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
3:04 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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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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Commentary
4:47 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Oxford Murders

Murray, KY – Now that the students have returned to Murray State and classes are in full swing, we take off our summer shades and don our thinking caps. Commentator Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of the mathematical mystery, The Oxford Murders, by Argentinean novelist and professor of mathematical logic, Guillermo Martinez.

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News Archive
3:16 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

McWherter Slams Haslam on Environment

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3:16 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

McCracken County Court Clerk race gets another write in

Paducah, KY – Recently embattled McCracken County Court Clerk Jeff Jerrell now faces a second write in challenger. Lourdes Hospital nurse supervisor Mark Kidd registered this week to campaign against Jerrell. McCracken County Fiscal Court Members criticized Jerrell's office in June regarding work hours and paid leave policies. Kidd alleges Jerrell is working less than 40 hours a week and thus not serving the public. Becky Bowers filed on July 13 to run for the same office. The final day to register as a write-in candidate is October 22.

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News Archive
3:05 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Debate Over Debates in US Senate Race

Frankfort, KY – The November 2nd General Election in Kentucky is now less than 11 weeks away. There's still a debate over debates in the U-S Senate campaign.

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News Archive
3:06 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Paul Seeking More Internet Donations

Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is tapping into Web-based fundraising again to build up his campaign treasury before the advertising blitz begins for the fall campaign.

Paul's campaign says Internet donations will be collected this Thursday and Friday. A campaign e-mail tells supporters that their contributions will go toward Paul's television ads.

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3:17 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Paul Takes Jab at Government Workers

Campbellsville, KY – Republican Rand Paul is taking aim at federal payrolls as a sign of government excess as the Senate candidate criticizes federal overspending to a tea party gathering.

Paul told about tea party activists Monday evening the average federal worker makes $120,000 a year - twice the salary of the average private worker. He says bringing federal salaries in line with the private sector would save the government an estimated $47 billion a year.

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3:06 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Stumbo Predicts Paul Will Lose

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is predicting a significant victory by Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway over Republican physician Rand Paul in this year's U-S Senate race. Following a legislative committee meeting in Frankfort, Stumbo told reporters Paul is out of touch with Kentucky.

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3:07 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

FOP endorses Jack Conway

Murray, KY – The Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police today announced their endorsement of Attorney General Jack Conway in his bid for U.S. Senate. FOP President Michael "Spike" Jones says Conway has worked hard to close down prescription pill pipelines and child pornography. Jones says the FOP is stretched thin and cannot support republican candidate Rand Paul's approach to fighting drug abuse. This comes just days after Paul told the Associated Press the war on drugs was not "a real pressing issue."

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