Todd Hatton

Morning Edition Host, Producer

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.

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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Hopkinsville's annual International Festival is this weekend. The two-day event kicks off Friday with dancing, food, festivities, art and more from cultures around the world, including Mexico, Germany and India. Sangeet Sheth has been a student recruiter for three years. She performs a north Indian classical storytelling dance called 'Kathak' and speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the festival. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

In our monthly "Puppies Sound Good" segment, we met Beasley today, a scruffy and very friendly puppy up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Todd Hatton speaks with Executive Director Kathy Hodge about Beasley and upcoming events: paint your pet night and an animal academy day camp for kids. 

Playhouse in the Park

The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a comedic drama set in 1939 as Hitler invades Poland and the premiere of Gone with the Wind. The play centers around a Jewish family in Atlanta, making arrangements for the social event of the season: a ballyhoo, around Christmastime. On Sounds Good, members of the cast speak with Todd Hatton about the multi-layered production, learning Hebrew and Jewish culture and comedic timing ahead of the play's opening this weekend.

Murray State Town and Gown Community Band Concert on the Quad, via Facebook

The Town & Gown Community Band Concert includes 85 members of the regional community: adults, university and high school students. The group meets for three rehearsals before presenting the concert. Dr. Todd Hill of Murray State University's Music Department and Carol Brunn from MSU's Town & Gown stop by Sounds Good to preview tonight's (June 7) concert at 7 p.m. on the quad in front of Lovett Auditorium. 

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.

Acclaim Press

Dr. James Duane Bolin has written his "Home and Away" column for newspapers across Kentucky for over a decade.  They recount his travels throughout Kentucky and the United States, as well as his journeys in family, social, and academic life.

Murray State University

This story was originally published April 5.

As Murray State University anticipates a finalized Kentucky state budget and possible cuts therein, MSU President speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about how the university is already tightening its belt.

Library of Congress, Harris and Ewing Collection

One of the few complaints, if not the only one, about the 1979 biography Dear Alben: Mr. Barkley of Kentucky was that people wanted more.  And in 1979, author Dr. James Libbey agreed, setting out to provide a more comprehensive look at the Commonwealth's most prominent political icon of the 20th century.

But, as it sometimes can, life got in the way.

"In 1981," Libbey said, "I was an academics administrator, so my plate was full, and I then had major surgery which, at the time, just knocked the stuffing out of me."  However, in 1986, Libbey returned to the classroom and decided to resume work on the biography of the man he calls "one of the most popular politicians of his time."

Matthew Brady / National Archives and Records Administration

If you're familiar with the American Civil War, you likely know the names Ulysses S. Grant, James Longstreet, and William Tecumseh Sherman.  They were among the men whose decisions and strategies charted the course of the war and ultimately, that of American history.  Charles Ferguson Smith is arguably no less important, but considerably less well-known.  And Plano, Texas history professor Allen Mesch is out to change that.

Kentucky Chautauqua / Kentucky Humanities Council

In their book "A New History of Kentucky," historians Lowell Harrison and James Klotter called Madeline McDowell Breckinridge the most influential woman in the Commonwealth.  Breckinridge was a descendant of some of Kentucky's most prominent families, and she used the resources her name provided to advocate for women's suffrage.  She's also the subject of an upcoming Kentucky Chautauqua this Wednesday at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville.  Todd Hatton speaks with Kelly Brengelman, who brings the progressive reformer to life.