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

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. 

Courtesy of Murray State University Town & Gown, cropped from release.

The ceremonial groundbreaking of a $50 million automotive parts manufacturing facility in Murray is scheduled for July 23. 

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Update: The State Medical Examiner's Office in Madisonville on Monday determined in a preliminary diagnosis "no evidence of trauma" after an autopsy of the eight-month-old child found dead in an apartment in Mayfield on Sunday. / Abilene Christian University

A private, Christian university in northern Texas has named the former Murray State University Director of Athletics their new AD. 

Murray State University

Murray State University Director of Athletics Allen Ward is resigning. His last day is July 27.

Christian County Sheriff's Office

A 12-year-old girl in Christian County, Ky., was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police say she admitted to poisoning her four-year-old stepbrother.

Courtesy of Kentucky Community and Technical College System

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has named a new chancellor. Dr. Kristin Williams begins August 16. She is currently president of Henderson Community College.