Matt Markgraf

Volunteer Host

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 March 2016-September 2019 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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Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

A white-tailed deer in west Kentucky is the state's first confirmed case of hemorrhagic disease this year. 

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Republican U.S. Congressman James Comer says the U.S. is in a “full-fledged trade war with China.” His thoughts on trade and tariffs were a central theme in his speech at a Rotary Club meeting Wednesday in Paducah. He also touched on other topics: his role in the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and why he supports Trump administration environmental protection rollbacks. After the meeting, he described his position on the current gun control conversation., cropped

Governor Matt Bevin has named Leon Owens to the Murray State University Board of Regents. Owens is an alumnus and the president of Swift and Staley in Paducah. 

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Calloway County Judge Executive Kenny Imes is directing the county library board of trustees to restart a board appointment process after one of the finalists withdrew their name. 

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, former Marine fighter pilot, Amy McGrath says her message of putting country above political party sets her apart from other candidates who have tried, and failed, to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McGrath stopped in Paducah on Monday as part of a campaign tour across the region. Matt Markgraf sat down with McGrath outside a local coffee shop to talk about her positions on big issues and how she believes she can beat McConnell in 2020.

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Murray State University President Bob Jackson is reallocating funds for his presidential investiture into need-based scholarships.

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Kentucky State Police is investigating the death of a Calloway County Jail inmate Thursday night. 

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Briggs and Stratton is closing their Murray operation by fall 2020. About 600 full-time positions will be affected. The Milwaukee-based company announced on Thursday plans to consolidate production of its small vertical-shaft engines to its Poplar Bluff, Missouri facility. 

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is holding a hearing next week to seek public comment on the reconstruction of U.S. 641 between Murray and Hazel. 

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The City of Paducah and McCracken County are one step closer to an agreement that involves generating revenue for a future sports facility.