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
9:21 am
Fri December 19, 2008

Santa's Sigh

Paducah, KY – If you're looking for a warm and fuzzy Christmas present for a loved one, a puppy might not be the best idea. The Humane Society warns "a dog is a precious purchase that will be in someone's life for an average of 15 years, so it should not be an impulse buy." Commentator Patience Renzulli addresses this issue in a story titled "Santa's Sigh."

"Please, Santa, I would like my own puppy for Christmas. I've been very good this year. And I don't want anything else. Love, Julie."

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Commentary
9:08 am
Fri December 19, 2008

Uncommon Mystery - Corpus Christmas

Murray, KY – There's nothing like a warm Christmas corpse to chill your bones in the holiday season. That's what the artisans of the Bruel House in Grammercy Park must deal with in Margaret Maron's novel, Corpus Christmas. Commentator Michael Cohen says this artsy mystery will have you guessing until the end.

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Commentary
9:29 am
Fri December 12, 2008

"Porn has no place in civil society"

Murray, KY – With a downtrodden economy and a president-elect hopeful to implement change, many Americans are anxiously and nervously anticipating the coming year. Commentator Richard Nelson hopes for a change in the way society and lawmakers consider pornography. He believes the distinction between what is art and pornography is a fine line, but that "we are so far over the line, it is appalling."

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Commentary
9:23 am
Fri December 12, 2008

A review of "Season of Snows and Sins"

Murray, KY – If you're looking for a good mystery novel to curl up with by the fire this holiday season, commentator Michael Cohen suggests you take a stab at Patricia Moyes' novel Season of Snows and Sins. This uncommon mystery for the holidays takes place in the Swiss Alps during a Christmas vacation - gone wrong.

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Commentary
9:22 am
Fri December 5, 2008

Uncommon Mysteries - Sherlock Holmes and Christmas

Commentary
3:13 am
Fri November 28, 2008

Uncommon Mystery - Season's Revenge: A Christmas Mystery

Murray, KY – Got that holiday itch but not quite sure how to scratch it? Commentator Michael Cohen suggests taking a stab at Henry Kisor's (Ky-zehr's) novel Season's Revenge: A Christmas Mystery. This uncommon mystery for the holidays features a Native American detective investigating an unusual murder in northern Michigan.

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Commentary
4:59 am
Tue November 11, 2008

Veterans' Day 2008

Mike Freeland served as a combat medic in Europe during World War II. He?s the author of Blood River to Berlin and lives in Hopkinsville.
Mike Freeland

Murray, KY – Author and commentator Mike Freeland, a World War 2 combat medic, reflects on the cost of freedom and the responsibility of citizenship.

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News Archive
3:21 am
Fri November 7, 2008

Lunsford Charges Dropped

News Archive
11:57 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

Election analysis with Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – The contrasts between Tuesday's election results across the country and in Kentucky can appear to be dissonant and somehow obvious at the same time. Todd Hatton spoke Wednesday with Dr. Brian Clardy, associate professor of history at Murray State University. Dr. Clardy believes both American and Kentucky politics have entered a transformation period, and that a failure to change could signal failure at the voting booth.

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News Archive
11:55 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

Election analysis with Dr. Winfield Rose

Murray, KY – The contrasts between Tuesday's election results across the country and in Kentucky can appear to be dissonant and somehow obvious at the same time. Todd Hatton speaks with University Professor Dr. Winfield Rose. He has taught political science at Murray State for 29 years, and written extensively in the area of public policy. Dr. Rose sees the vote as a matter of timing, and doesn't believe Kentucky's GOP has much to fix.

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