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

Rick Nance, via Facebook

A TV show premiering on NBC this month will feature work from a local artist. 

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Murray State Univeristy’s Board of Regents on Friday voted to work with a firm to analyze options for how to proceed with a beleaguered pension system. They also approved a capital plan to address maintenance needs and authorized demolishing another old building on campus. Enrollment this fall is up and finances at the end of the last academic year were relatively positive. Regents also met for their annual retreat on Thursday. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights from both meetings:

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Another old building is coming down on the Murray State University campus. The Board of Regents voted on Friday to demolish “Old Richmond” Residential Hall.

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Murray State University's Board of Regents discussed in their annual retreat on Thursday the roadmap ahead with regard to making a decision on how to deal with KERS Non-Hazardous following a bill passed in a special legislative session that provided “relief” to some universities in freezing pension rates for one year and providing mechanisms to exit the system.

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A former Murray High School teacher accused of sexually grooming students has agreed to voluntarily surrender his Kentucky teaching certificate. 

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The IHOP in Paducah suffered major structural damage due to a fire early Thursday morning. 

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FBI Louisville said on Wednesday morning there is no additional information involving a widely-reported vague social media threat made against Kentucky schools, but reiterates "there is no credible threat against Kentucky schools." 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear is touring unions in the west Kentucky region promoting what he calls his “Kitchen Table Agenda.” Beshear stopped at the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 184 in Paducah on Tuesday afternoon. He was at IUOE Local 181 in Henderson in the morning.

Courtesy City of Paducah

The City of Paducah and McCracken County passed in a joint meeting on Monday an agreement that involves generating revenue for future sports facilities. 

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Festival organizers in colorful clothes walked out Saturday morning in front of a stage along Paducah’s historic floodwall. Dozens of local businesses and vendors, their stands adorned with bright, rainbow flags, crowded downtown parking lots.

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