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
3:18 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Fancy Farm's Wilson Demands Paul Apologize for Comments

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3:17 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Paul denies kidnapping claims

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3:18 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

First District House Candidates: Lawrence and Rudy

Fancy Farm, KY – The 130th annual Fancy Farm Picnic political stumping finished this year with speeches from Kentucky First District House candidate Mike Lawrence and incumbent Steve Rudy. Democratic candidate Lawrence spoke first saying he would bring the
change his opponent promised six years ago when he took office. Lawrence criticized Rudy as another lawmaker who wasn't doing his job.

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3:08 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Fancy Farm US Senate Candidates Spar

Fancy Farm, KY – The nominees for U.S. Senate took the stage at Saturday's Fancy Farm picnic to kick off the traditional start of the fall campaign season in Kentucky. Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul are vying for the seat that will be left vacant by the retirement of Republican Jim Bunning. Conway told the crowd that Paul, a member of the tea party movement, wants to cut most government programs to the point of putting schoolchildren, farmers the disabled and others at risk but changes his position when challenged.

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3:07 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Fancy Farm: Hatchett vs. Whitfield

Fancy Farm, KY – After U.S. Senate Candidates Dr. Rand Paul and Attorney General Jack Conway finished their speeches at this year's Fancy Farm picnic, local candidates took to the podium. Leading the way was democratic candidate for the Kentucky First District U.S. Congressional seat, Charles Hatchett. Hatchett, of Marshall County, says he wants to exude qualities of Vice President Alben Barkley.

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Commentary
4:18 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - Talking about Detective Fiction

Murray, KY – Mystery fans recently celebrated the 90th birthday of award-winning novelist P.D. James (August 3). James is most famous for her iconic poet-policeman Adam Dalgliesh. Her most recent book, published in 2009, is a work of literary cricitism, titled Talking about Detective Fiction. Fellow mystery critic Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of this "entertaining" analysis of the genre.

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3:08 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Jack Conway still trails behind Paul in polls

Murray, Ky. – Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Conway's campaigning in western Kentucky today in hopes of boosting his poll numbers. According to a SurveyUSA poll released this week conducted exclusively for the Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV, Republican Rand Paul edges Conway, 51 to 43 percent. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll two months ago, the contest is essentially unchanged. Conway may have made up some ground in Western Kentucky, but lost some ground in the eastern part of the state.

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3:09 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Tilley Consider Run for Attorney General

Hopkinsville, KY – A Kentucky state representative from Hopkinsville may seek the Attorney General's seat. Democratic Representative John Tilley says if current Attorney General Jack Conway wins the US Senate election, he will consider running. Tilley tells the Kentucky New Era he's not starting a campaign, but he is preparing. Conway trails Republican opponent Rand Paul in the polls, with the election still over two months away. Tilley thinks he would have Conway's support if he seeks the position.

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3:09 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Mongiardo endorses Conway days before Fancy Farm

Dr. Dan Mongiardo (left) and Jack Conway (right)
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Frankfort, KY – In a close vote, Attorney General Jack Conway defeated Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo in the May primary, to clinch the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Conway meets Republican Rand Paul in November.

After the primary, Paul was immediately endorsed by the man he defeated, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. But on the Democratic side, Mongiardo refused to endorse Conway.

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3:09 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Fancy Farm Gearing Up

Fancy Farm, KY – The 130th Fancy Farm picnic is Saturday in rural Graves County, Kentucky. More than 10,000 people are expected to show up, many drawn to the political speaking, where good-natured heckling is allowed. This year's master of ceremonies, House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover of Jamestown, will be doing his best to keep the crowd under control.

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