Tracy Ross

Program Director, Host of Sounds Good and Beyond the Edge

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.  

Ways to Connect

Judy Schwender, National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum has two special exhibits on display: 12th Quilt Japan and the Gala of the Unexpected. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Judy Schwender about the exhibits and thoughts on why quilting has room to grow as a medium and is growing in popularity worldwide.

Market House Theatre, Facebook

Market House Theatre’s next show is “All Shook Up,” a musical comedy featuring songs made famous by Elvis. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2005. “Heartbreak Hotel,” Love Me Tender,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” are a few of the 24 Elvis numbers. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the director and choreographer about the production.

Katarzyna Białasiewicz, 123rf Stock Photo

Home health is one of the many areas involved in physical therapy. To qualify, one must be referred to by a physician, an MD, DO (Doctor of Osteopathic) or DPM (Doctors of Podiatric Medicine). Populations tend to include geriatrics, pediatrics and sometimes adults who happen to be in a car accident or recovering from a major surgery. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with physical therapist Kamran Nabavi of Baptist Health Home Care about navigating help through physical therapy. 

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The so-called "bathroom bill" circulating state governments across the country, namely North Carolina, restricts transgender people to use bathrooms that align with their biological sex. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has recently questioned the need for a special legislative session called by fellow Republican lawmakers over President Obama's directive where public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their identity. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State University psychology professor Dr. Michael Bordieri about these hot-button issues, which he calls "concerning." 

Murray Rotary Club, via Facebook

Rotary International President-Elect John Germ is in Murray Thursday for the ribbon-cutting of the newly constructed amphitheater in Central Park and for a dinner event in the evening. Jayne Crisp says in her 23 years as a Rotarian the local chapter has never before been honored by an upcoming president. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Crisp about the visit. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Arts, music and good times abound this weekend at the Lowertown Arts & Music Festival. And we'll be there in Lowertown Paducah with the WKMS tent across from the main stage on Friday and Saturday. 

Chad Lampe, WKMS

Today we met Rhett Butler, a loveable large puppy. He weighs 50 pounds, is six months old and "as solid as can be," says Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society of Calloway County. His breed started a discussion involving Staffordshire terrier to a border collie lab mix. He's mostly black with a white stripe on his face and white paws. His foster parent says he tends to be very quiet. 

Forward Paducah / epaducah.com

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.

Cathy Yeulet, 123rf Stock Photo

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.

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