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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A Korean auto parts maker is nearing completion on building a $50 million facility in Murray. DAE-IL Corporation broke ground last summer on the 350,000 square-foot building. 

Murray State University

Governor Matt Bevin signed last week a pension relief bill for regional universities and quasi-state agencies, following a special legislative session. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf sat down with Murray State President Bob Jackson to unpack what this new law means for the university and the next steps over the months ahead.

Watch: President Bob Jackson testified before the Senate State and Local Government Committee prior to the bill's passage.

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Governor Matt Bevin appointed on Monday two members to the Hopkinsville Community College Board of Directors. 

John Hicks via Facebook

Kentucky voters head to the polls this November to choose the state's next set of constitutional officers, including the position of governor. While most are familiar with Republican incumbent Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger, Attorney General Andy Beshear, some may not be aware of a third option: Libertarian candidate, business consultant John Hicks. 

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A hemp grower and producer in Lyon County is investing $2.7 million dollars in expanding their operations. 

Western Kentucky Pride Festival logo, via Facebook Page

Organizers say Paducah will have its first LGBTQ Pride Festival next month. The inaugural Western Kentucky Pride Festival is August 24 and 25 at the riverfront downtown.

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Congressman James Comer was the featured speaker at the Purchase Area Development District’s 50 year celebration on Monday in Paducah. He discussed the value of ADDs in rural areas and his involvement in some recent legislation making its way through Washington, including the reauthorizations of a bill designed to prevent child abuse and another supporting senior citizen services funding. He also talked about his opposition to a bill that would raise the minimum wage. 

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‘Regional consent’ was on display in the Paducah Convention Center Monday as local officials and community stakeholders gathered for the Purchase Area Development District’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. 

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Attorneys representing accused Marshall County High School shooter Gabe Parker filed this week a motion to suppress statements he made to police following the shooting that killed two students and injured several others.  

Christian County Detention Center

A former football coach for the Christian County School District is in jail on sex charges involving a minor.