Matt Markgraf

News Director

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director since March 2016 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant.

Matt has led the management of the station's website, online streaming and social media platforms. He's also developed promotional and marketing materials over the years. He enjoys writing, working with student journalists, traveling around the region, meeting listeners and learning new things every day.

He has a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Creative Writing from Murray State University. 

For 11 years, Matt volunteer hosted the electronic music program Weekend Energy Saturday nights, showcasing the genre's soulful and diverse celebration of international culture. For fans of the show, he still maintains a Weekend Energy Spotify playlist.

He formerly coordinated and hosted the classical music program Carson Myre Youth Series. Matt has produced an assortment of interviews for Sounds Good and has led initiatives in the Youth Radio Project.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking international cuisine, discovering new music, reading science fiction and has recently taken to recording public domain audiobooks.

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The case involving the accused Marshall County High School shooter is scheduled for another status hearing on March 8.


Murray State University President Bob Davies is leaving to take a job in Michigan. Central Michigan University announced today Davies will be their 15th president. CMU  trustess introduced Davies this morning in a meeting.  He will begin his duties September 1.

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Northwest Tennessee state Representative Tim Wirgau, whose district includes Henry, Stewart and Benton counties, lost a re-election bid in the Republican Primary on Thursday to challenger Bruce Griffey. 

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It’s Primary Election night in Tennessee, which will narrow down the race for Governor and define candidates vying for Senator Bob Corker’s seat. It's also the county general election for local races. Here are results for some key races in the WKMS coverage area in northwest Tennessee.

See more statewide coverage on this live blog, courtesy of Nashville Public Radio.

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Gun rights and gun violence have dominated national and regional headlines this year, following several shootings, including the deadly shooting last January at Marshall County High School in west Kentucky. Now, as 3-D printed guns could potentially upend the national conversation, and as the president of the National Rifle Association visits the region on Friday, the Paducah/west Kentucky chapter of the nonpartisan group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America is looking to build consensus on gun safety. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with the group's Local Lead for Paducah, Christa Dubrock, about how the region could facilitate change.

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Bipartisan national defense legislation awaiting President Trump's signature authorizes more than $158 million for military construction projects and other defense priorities in Kentucky.

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Murray State University is closing early on Friday to accommodate an increased number of visitors for a Republican event featuring National Rifle Association President Oliver North.  

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Thursday Update: Clarksville Police have identified the man as 39-year-old Eugene Bompers of Clarksville.

Original Story (From The Associated Press):

Police in Tennessee say a 39-year-old man fleeing from authorities has died after trying to swim across a river.


WKMS is mourning the death of volunteer music host Corbet Hall. 

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday 30-year-old Hall of Murray died from injuries Tuesday night after a vehicle collision on U.S. Route 641 and Main Street in Benton. 

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A candle products manufacturer in Mayfield is investing more than $8.3 million to expand operations, creating 52 full-time jobs.