Matt Markgraf

News Director, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. At WKMS, he's led the management of the web site, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. Matt hosts the electronic music show Weekend Energy Saturday nights and formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. He produces an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project. He also enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music and obscure science fiction movies.

In March 2011, he was hired full-time as New Media & Promotions Coordinator. In March 2016, he was named Interim News Director.

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Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado were among headliners last night at the Republican National Convention. Bill Bartleman is a delegate from McCracken County. Matt Markgraf spoke with him this morning for his take on the speeches and look ahead to tonight, when Donald Trump will formally accept the Republican nomination.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

A prolonged heat wave is in the forecast for the region today and through Sunday night. Most of the WKMS listening area west of Land Between the Lakes is under an excessive heat warning. The rest of our region is under a heat advisory.

Isaiah Canaan via Twitter

Former Murray State University basketball standout Isaiah Canaan has signed on to the Chicago Bulls as guard. The Bulls announced the signing Wednesday but not the details of his contract. 

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

Last night at the Republican National Convention, delegates nominated Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Bill Bartleman is a delegate from McCracken County. Matt Markgraf spoke with him this morning about the tone of the convention, the Kentucky delegation, the speech by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and looking ahead to tonight's speech by Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado. 

Alfred Hofer, 123rf Stock Photo

An Illinois agency will soon collect used tires from abandoned properties and rural roads in an effort to reduce the risk of illnesses carried by some mosquitoes.

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

The Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, Ohio, where presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is expected to accept the party nomination Thursday. McCracken County Commissioner and retired Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman is a delegate attending the convention. He speaks with Matt Markgraf about the discord on the floor over a roll-call vote, speeches from "Making America Safe Again," the Kentucky delegation and an effort underway to bring someone from Trump's campaign to Fancy Farm. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Update: The old Eggner's Ferry Bridge was demolished today. See the video here.  

The old Eggners Ferry Bridge is set for explosive demolition. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says demolition of the four main spans over Kentucky Lake in Aurora is set for 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 25.

belchonock, 123rf Stock Photo

The convicted felon whose emotional testimony convinced a Republican western Kentucky lawmaker to change his mind and led to the adoption of an expungement law has had his criminal record officially cleared by a judge. 

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

Thousands of people are in Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Republican National Convention as members of the party converge behind presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. McCracken County 1st District Commissioner and former Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman is a delegate and arrived at the RNC Sunday. Matt Markgraf speaks with Bartleman about his experience so far and what some of his goals are as a representative from western Kentucky.

paul.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is skipping the Republican National Convention next week and is instead hosting a series of town hall meetings in far western Kentucky and performing eye surgeries in Paducah. 

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