Matt Markgraf

New Media Promotion Coordinator, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS News Team in January 2007, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Murray State. Now he's got a master's degree in creative writing and is hard at work on "the next great American novel" - that is - when he’s not designing and updating the web site, producing commentaries and mixing up some Weekend Energy. Matt enjoys all kinds of music, but has a fondness for wicked beats. He’s at the station throughout the day and sometimes late at night working during the informative bliss of BBC World Service. In March 2011, he was named New Media & Promotions Coordinator for WKMS.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

1st Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

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Datebook
9:31 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Datebook: September 4 - Google Founded 15 Years Ago

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were Ph.D students at Stanford University  when they incorporated Google as a privately held company on this day in 1998. By the end of the year, Google had indexed 60 million pages. Today, Google employs nearly 45,000 and is worth nearly $100 billion dollars.

It’s Wednesday, September 4

Baptist Health Paducah offers a Prepared Childbirth Class Saturday from 9 to 3 in Meeting Room A of Doctors Office Building 2. The free class is designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. To register, call (270) 575-2229.

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Good Reads Kids
3:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Staff Pick from Calloway Co. Library: 'Perfect Puppy'

Looking for a good book to read to your kids, but not sure where to start? Make a visit to your public library! Here's the first in our series of recommended reads from the staff at the Calloway County Public Library, Perfect Puppy by Stephanie Calmenson, reviewed by Diane Daubert. 

For more about the Calloway County Public Library, visit callowaycountylibrary.org.

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Datebook
11:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Datebook: September 3 - Frederick Douglass Escapes to Freedom 175 Years Ago

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Dressed as a sailor, Frederick Douglass boarded a train to Maryland, transferred in Delaware, and took a steamboat to Philadelphia. He was a free man. He married free black woman Anna Murray, who had helped him secure the trip. On freedom, said he felt "as one might feel upon escape from a den of hungry lions."

It's Tuesday, September 3

New Covenant Christian Academy hosts The Lion's Roar Bike Ride Saturday morning, with registration starting at 7. Fifteen, thirty, and sixty-two mile options are available. All routes start and end at 218 College Street in Hardin. Race day registration is $22. Find registration forms at nccaky.org. For more information call (270) 703-4953.

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WKMS Press Releases
4:13 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Under $14K to go this fall. Help meet the goal! Click to contribute online now.

The greatest gift for supporting WKMS is continued service of the quality programming you enjoy. Thank you for making a financial contribution to this station. 

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Datebook
9:26 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Datebook: August 30 - The "Red Telephone" Goes Into Operation 50 Years Ago

Even though this is on display at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum it is not, in fact, the red phone.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Moscow-Washington Hotline allows direct communication between leaders in the US and Russia - from the Pentagon to the Kremlin, and it is actually neither the color red, nor a telephone. It originated as a teletype machine, then facsimile unit, and is now email exchange. But a red phone is much more interesting.

It’s Friday, August 30

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes hosts a Trades Fair tomorrow and Sunday from 10 to 4 daily. Trades and crafts represented include chair making, cooking, quilting, knitting, spinning, bee keeping, historical instrument building, and woodworking. Find a complete schedule at lbl.org.

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WKMS Press Releases
2:19 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

FUNDRAISER GOAL MET! YOU DID IT!

Thank you all for achieving the WKMS fundraising goal during the Halloween edition of Sounds Good! Everything you hear on WKMS happens because of your giving. We thank volunteers, student interns, food and thank you gift providers, Rotarian partners, guests on air, and you for coming through once again. WKMS can't do without you!

Stay tuned... we're giving away five pairs of tickets to Here Come The Mummies. They're performing in Lovett Auditorium on November 21st at 8 pm! We'll announce the winners very soon!

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WKMS Press Releases
12:01 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New to WKMS: The Treatment, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

New to the WKMS schedule Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, hear The Treatment hosted by Elvis Mitchell, produced by KCRW, a conversational program about movies, popular art, and entertainment. Beginning in September, NPR's Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa turns into a one-hour program, which WKMS will not be carrying at this time. KET's Connections with Renee Shaw, which previously aired Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, moves to a new date and time: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

From the show's website:

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Datebook
11:25 am
Thu August 29, 2013

August 29 - Speedy Gonzales Debuts 60 Years Ago

"The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico" made his first appearance on this day in Cat-Tails for Two. A prototype for his more iconic later form, he is seen in a red shirt, running from two cats, Bennie and George. In 1999, Cartoon Network ceased to show Speedy, in an effort to clamp down on ethnic stereotypes.

It’s Thursday, August 29

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park hosts an “End of the Summer Beach Blast” Saturday, with beach volleyball, limbo contests, a DJ, and more. Barbecue plates are available from 11 to 2 for $7 each. Bring a beach chair, umbrella, and towels. 

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Society
12:20 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

50 Years Later: The Cultural Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech"

On this day 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of over 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement, and it's cultural significance then and 50 years later. 

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Datebook
11:01 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Datebook: August 28 - MLK's "I Have A Dream" 50 Years Ago

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's historic speech was the grand finale of speeches given during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which drew a crowd of over 200,000 to the Lincoln Memorial. King described the "fierce urgency of now" for  civil and economic rights and racial harmony.

It’s Wednesday, August 28

A Paducah Town Hall Meeting about the National Alzheimer's Plan is tomorrow night from 5:30-7 at the McCracken County Public Library. The meeting offers a chance to share ideas and concerns with government representatives, hear about the latest Alzheimer's issues, discuss concerns families are facing, and find out about upcoming events. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900.

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