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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News Archive
3:03 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Conway Blasts Paul @ St. John's

News Archive
3:15 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

School Board Campaign Contributions

Frankfort, KY – A federal judge has suspended a law limiting campaign contributions in Kentucky school board races. The ruling lifts a $100 cap, making candidates eligible for the $1,000 limit from individual contributors allowed in other races. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves in Frankfort ruled the limit unconstitutionally restricts a candidate's right to free association. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of a Louisville school board candidate.

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News Archive
3:03 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Conway Surpasses $300,000 in Web Fundraiser

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Democratic US Senate candidate Jack Conway has banked more than $300,000 in his first Web-based fundraiser, while his opponent is making a new plea for campaign cash from his supporters. Republican Rand Paul says he urgently needs to raise more than $350,000 in the next two weeks so everyone in Kentucky can see his first television ad.

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Commentary
11:58 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Commentary: "Life is a Miracle" - thoughts after a near-death experience

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – Cradling a newborn, burying a loved one or laying in a hospital bed and waiting, it's easy to forget that life is fleeting and fragile unless presented with a stark reminder. Commentator Dr. Duane Bolin has a new lease on life after a near-death experience. He's since grown fond of Wendell Berry's essay, "Life is a Miracle" and shares his interpretation of the piece.

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News Archive
3:04 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Rand Paul's Revised Deficit Plan

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3:03 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

More Barbecue for Paul, Conway

McCracken County, KY – U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul are expected to speak at this year's Saint John's Catholic Church picnic, Saturday, September 11th in rural McCracken County. Earlier this month, the two kicked off the fall campaign at the Fancy Farm picnic, a church picnic that's become an annual rite of passage for candidates. Some 5,000 pounds of pork, mutton and chicken barbecue will be on hand for the crowd at St. John.

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Commentary
12:36 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Judicial Overreach and the Democratic Process

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – The issue of marriage and equality is in the news again after a California judge overturned the controversial Proposition 8. In Kentucky, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the ban on Ten Commandment displays in county courthouses. Commentator Richard Nelson says both decisions were left to a single or small group of judges rather than being open to the democratic process. For contentious issues like these, he proposes judges show restraint, not overreach.

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News Archive
3:15 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Bredesen Responds to Favoritism Allegation

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3:04 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Outstanding Commonwealth's and County Attorney

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway today named 56th District Commonwealth's Attorney G.L. Ovey as one recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney Award. Ovey has served Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties for 22 years. Attorney General Conway praised Ovey for his work in securing the guilty convictions for Kevin Dunlap who committed a triple murder in Roaring Springs in 2008. Marshall County Attorney Jeff Edwards also received one of the 2010 Outstanding County Attorney awards.

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News Archive
3:05 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Paul Prefers Local Efforts to Combat Drugs, Takes Criticism from Conway

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Republican U-S Senate candidate Rand Paul says the federal government should take a backseat to local initiatives to combat drug trafficking and addiction problems afflicting Kentucky. Paul toured an addiction recovery center Monday in Dixon, in Webster County. Paul says the anti-drug program should compete for federal funding in the traditional committee process, but says his preference is for local efforts to combat the problem.

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