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.

Ways to Connect

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A Korean automotive parts maker and local officials ceremonially broke ground on Monday on a $50 million facility in Murray.

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Murray State University is discontinuing its current search for a new Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management.

Courtesy of Mercy Health/Lourdes Hospital

A hospital in Paducah has a new name. Lourdes Hospital is now called Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital. Officials commemorated the name change on Monday with the unveiling of a new sign on top of the building.

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Kentucky State Police is investigating a two-vehicle double fatality Sunday night on KY 115 in Oak Grove., cropped

Republican Congressman James Comer of Kentucky's First District says being one of the only farmers in Congress and being a former state agriculture commissioner made him a frontrunner to serve on the conference committee that will negotiate the final version of the Farm Bill.

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A Murray State University police officer was arrested on Thursday and charged with First-Degree Sexual Abuse, a Class “D” Felony. 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

An initiative is underway to make far west Kentucky a 'waterfowl mecca.' That's according to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials who are partnering with Ducks Unlimited in a $10 million dollar effort to transform 30,000 acres in Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties.

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A Fort Campbell soldier died this week near a shopping mall in Clarksville, Tennessee after his motorcycle collided with a van. 

Courtesy of MTD Products

A manufacturing company is investing $10 million in its Martin, Tennessee, operations over the next five years, creating 200 jobs.

The Kentucky Department for Local Government has approved a $200,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to help cover operational costs at a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in west Kentucky.