Melanie Davis

Operations Assistant

Melanie Davis is a recent Murray State grad, receiving her BA in Music Business in May 2018. NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series inspired her to pursue a career in public radio, and she's been listening to WKMS ever since she moved to Kentucky from southern Indiana four years ago. She began working at WKMS her junior year, and has taken on several different jobs: from writing Sounds Good stories for the web, to producing the Last Splash, to assisting with WKMS' Live Lunch concert series.

Melanie has a passion for sharing music with her community, whether it's through WKMS or her own music. She's a singer-songwriter, hula hoop dancer, and devoted cat mom in her spare time.

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Unwrapping a new, coveted gaming console -- an Atari, N64, XBox -- on Christmas morning is a fond memory for many people. With hundreds of thousands of video games and just as much variety in their genres, it is unsurprising that video games have been able to successfully cater to so many different individuals. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss these games and the potential for video game addiction, or gaming disorder.

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According to a study posted on Brescia University's website, dreams are defined as a series of thoughts, visions or feelings, and arise several times per night during an average sleep cycle. Dr. Michael Bordieri, psychology professor at Murray State University, visits Sounds Good to discuss the psychology of dreams with Tracy Ross. 

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Harvey McLaughlin, a San Antonio based rock and roll pianist, says he has "made a career out of writing about dragons, ghost trains, dodo birds, banshee queens, chupacabras, and other such quasi-cryptic conundrums that seem to populate the fringes of our collective news consciousness." McLaughlin will be bringing his quasi-cryptic tunes - reminiscent of 1970s pianists like Randy Newman, Warron Zevon, and Tom Waits - to Sounds Good for a witching Live Lunch performance. 

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The Murray State University MFA in Creative Writing Program is approaching their annual July residency, which will feature various writing workshops and a public reading series. Carrie Jerrell, the director of the MSU MFA in Creative Writing Program, visited Sounds Good to discuss the speakers, workshops, and reading events the community can expect in July. 

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The Murray Art Guild has been preparing for their annual Summer Art Party, taking place tonight, June 29th. The party will feature music from local band and WKMS Battle of the Bands finalist, Peachy Mae, live art demos from various local artists, and the opening of the MAG's new exhibit, "Who We Are." Executive director, Debi Henry Danielson, visited Sounds Good to discuss their upcoming event. 

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It's estimated that almost half of all Americans have or will have, at some point in their life, suffered from symptoms related to mental illnesses. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss ways in which we can move away from the stigma that has traditionally surrounded mental health. 

     Murray's Playhouse in the Dark, a spinoff of Playhouse in the Park that features contemporary shows portraying a variety of thought-provoking, mature themes, will feature the rock musical, Next to Normal, for the next week. Actors Julie Revell and Nathan Arnold visit Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming show. 

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    Paducah's National Quilt Museum is featuring a space-inspired exhibit, Fly Me to the Moon, for the summer. Over 130 artists from 8 countries submitted art quilt pieces celebrating all things lunar, and 44 of those pieces will be on display in Paducah. Susanne Jones, the museum's exhibit curator, visits Sounds Good to discuss the astral artwork. 

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   Vacations are usually synonymous with words like relaxation, fun, and happiness -- however, there can be downsides to everything, even an R&R trip. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss the good and bad that comes along with planning and going through with your next big trip. 

   United Way of Murray-Calloway County and Tap 216 have partnered to host a festival featuring music, art, and fun for the whole family. United Way Executive Director, Gerald Washington, and owner of Tap 216, Ben Ballard, visit Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming event.

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