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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Commentary
11:59 am
Thu April 29, 2010

Cleaning up Paducah's uranium enrichment plant (Part Four)

Paducah Uranium Plant
www.purchaseadd.org

Paducah, KY – It's been 60 years since the Atomic Energy Commission announced Paducah would become the site of the Nation's second uranium enrichment plant. Today, in the fourth of this week's five part series, Paducah Remediation Services Communication Manager Joe Tarentino explores opportunities made available to the Department of Energy's stakeholders that provide for public involvement in the cleanup process. A stakeholder is a person or organization that has a "stake" in something.

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Commentary
3:51 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

A poem for the 2010 Kentucky Legislative Session

Murray, KY – The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its 2010 legislative session recently, but failed to accomplish its primary goal of crafting a state budget. Commentator and Poetry Minute producer Constance Alexander reflects on the state of Kentucky through a poem of her own.

Legislative Session, 2010 (with apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer and in Honor of April, National Poetry Month)

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Commentary
11:42 am
Wed April 28, 2010

Cleaning up Paducah's uranium enrichment plant (Part Three)

Paducah, KY – It's been 60 years since the Atomic Energy Commission announced Paducah would become the site of the Nation's second uranium enrichment plant. Today, in the third of this week's five part series, Paducah Remediation Services Communication Manager Joe Tarentino takes a brief look at the environmental laws that control the cleanup process and the agencies tasked with applying those laws.

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Commentary
10:33 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Cleaning up Paducah's uranium enrichment plant (Part Two)

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
www.usec.com

Paducah, KY – It's been 60 years since the Atomic Energy Commission announced Paducah would become the site of the Nation's second uranium enrichment plant. Today, in the second of this week's five part series, Paducah Remediation Services Communication Manager Joe Tarentino elaborates on the discovery of contamination at the site, the ongoing environmental investigations, and the steps taken by the Department of Energy to protect the citizens of Western Kentucky.

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Commentary
10:15 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Cleaning up Paducah's uranium enrichment plant (Part One)

Joe Tarantino

Paducah, KY – It's been 60 years since the Atomic Energy Commission announced Paducah would become the site of the Nation's second uranium enrichment plant. Today, in the first of this week's five part series, Paducah Remediation Services Communication Manager Joe Tarantino addresses the history of the Gaseous Diffusion Plant and outlines of the Department of Energy's involvement in the clean-up process.

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Commentary
10:35 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Commentary: Domestic partnership debate hits Murray State

Richard Nelson is a policy analyst for The Family Foundation, a nonprofit public policy organization.

Murray, KY – Universities across the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have either adopted or shown interest in a controversial measure allowing domestic partnership benefits to their employees. Commentator Richard Nelson says Kentucky's academic institutions should stick to education, not "social engineering."

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Commentary
8:26 am
Fri April 16, 2010

UPDATE: An open letter to President Obama on global nuclear security

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – On Thursday, April 8th President Barack Obama and Russian Federation President Dimitri Medvedev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, signaling a change in relations between the two countries. Commentator and History Professor Doctor Brian Clardy writes this open letter to President Obama about the future of nuclear weaponry and global security.

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Commentary
4:01 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Self-Taught Lawyer

Murray, KY – As WKMS signed onto air 40 years ago, many mourned the death of author Erle Stanley Gardner, best known for the popular Perry Mason series. Mystery fan Michael Cohen takes a look at the life and work of the uncommon author in this commentary, which he calls "The Case of the Self Taught Lawyer."

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Commentary
4:18 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Commentary: Crisis and Opportunity: President Obama and Sino-U.S. Relations

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – During the 2008 presidential campaign, then candidate Barack Obama promised a change in U.S. approach to foreign policy. Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy believes the president has since been instrumental in creating positive transformative efforts, but says the overall status and tone of U.S. - Chinese relations will be the single most tenuous foreign policy dilemma the Obama Administration will face.

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Commentary
10:57 am
Fri January 22, 2010

Amanda Cross' Kate Fansler debut is 'uncommon mystery'

Murray, KY – Now that schools across the region are back in full swing, it's once again time to dawn that literary hat and pick up a good read. Commentator Michael Cohen recommends an academic murder mystery by Carolyn Heillbrun, who wrote under the pseudonym, Amanda Cross. Cohen peaks through the pages of her first novel starring literature professor Kate Fansler, titled In The Last Analysis.

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