Parker Franklin


Parker's a senior majoring in journalism with a sports communication minor at Murray State. He's from the small town of Dixon, Kentucky. After studying architectural engineering in high school, he realized his true passion was news. When he's not at the station, you can almost always find him watching sports or immersing himself in his small (but growing!) vinyl collection.

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Kentucky is facing a doctor shortage. A 2013 report commissioned by the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange found the state lacks about 3,800 doctors, including 183 primary care physicians. Universities in the Commonwealth are hoping to make a dent in that shortage. Parker Franklin has more on those efforts from Murray State.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University president Bob Davies is further illuminating proposed cutbacks. The school is faced with after a 4.5 percent state funding cut over the next two years that was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.

Davies talks budget woes, university business and more on Sounds Good with Todd Hatton.

Forward Paducah /

In September 2015, Paducah Economic Development began a process to prepare an economic development strategy for Paducah and McCracken County. The seven-month planning process was designed to improve the community’s economic vitality through an aligned initiative to address challenges and seize opportunities. 

Hear Tracy Ross talks to Paducah Economic Development Vice President Will McDowell about this initiative, called Forward Paducah.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against a student loan company for failing to submit key documents during an investigation.

City of Madisonville

Madisonville officials are moving forward with a citywide beautification project.

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Treating mental illnesses sounds simple on paper, but Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri says there can be unfortunate disparities in that treatment among different social classes and cultures.

He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about these issues.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State Professor Joshua Easterling has received a prestigious fellowship and will study in Germany starting this fall. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about his work and experience.


An especially potent form of computer virus has taken root in the last few years. Michael Ramage, director of Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about ransomware.

LowerTown Arts & Music Festival

This year’s Lowertown Arts and Music Festival kicks off next week in Paducah.

Co-directors Michael and Victoria Terra talk with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the upcoming event.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky has an all-time high number of registered voters. Ahead of Kentucky's primary election next month, the total comes out to about 3.2 million.