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.

Ways to Connect

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The Calloway County Public Library Board is moving forward with a new expansion plan despite objection and disapproval from community members at another tense meeting Tuesday evening. Board members voted three to one to proceed with a plan to build a new children's library next to the current library and to connect the two buildings. 

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Administrators of a Kentucky retirement system for teachers are developing a request for more funding in the state’s next biennial budget.

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a viral photo on social media of young supporters wearing ‘Team Mitch’ shirts posing with a cardboard cutout of her at the Fancy Farm Picnic. 

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The 139th Annual Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday brought barbecue, bingo and heaps of political mudslinging. 

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A former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden shared his experiences and a message of positivity at a GOP rally in Murray Friday night. 

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Republican Governor Matt Bevin says his Democratic rival is “a buffoon” in response to a call for the firing of the state Labor Cabinet secretary over Blackjewel coal and unpaid miners

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is calling on Republicans to take voting seriously in November and to vote their values. 

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Murray State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Arant is stepping away from his role beginning next week to serve as a Fellow at the Council on Postsecondary Education. 

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A black Democratic Kentucky lawmaker who was told by a white Republican colleague to “sit down” during a heated moment in the general session is calling on Democrats to "take a stand."

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“Have you heard the good news?” asked Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Interim Secretary Vivek Sarin to a room of community and economic development leaders in Murray on Wednesday. “The good news I’m talking about is in the context of economic development.” 

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