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

      Constance Alexander is a prolific poet, author, and businesswoman. In March/April of 2017, she was the featured artist of the Kentucky Arts Council. In honor of National Poetry Month, she visits Sounds Good to recite poetry minutes and discuss upcoming NPM events.

        The Golden Pond Planetarium, located in Land Between the Lakes adjacent to the visitor center, has been open since 1979. Dr. Jim Gould, an advisor for Friends of Land Between the Lakes, visits Sounds Good to discuss the many different educational opportunities the planetarium offers the Western KY community. 

         Santa Ana, California based band, Pope Paul & The Illegals, utilize several facets of Americana rock n' roll, including rockabilly, swing, honky-tonk and blues. The band will be visiting Sounds Good for a live performance on Tuesday, April 3rd. 

A sudden shift in the Earth's rotation wreaks havoc over the globe as days and nights grow longer, gravity is affected, and the environment is thrown into disarray. Author of Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker, visits Sounds Good to discuss her novel about coming of age against the backdrop of an utterly altered world. 

We've narrowed down 20 submissions to the top 9 semi-finalists. Now it's up to your vote!

The top 4 finalists, decided by your votes, will perform in the finals live at Maiden Alley Cinema on March 29th at 7:00 pm, where the audience will determine the grand-prize winner. 

Listen to the songs below and vote for your favorite song in the comment section or on our Facebook page. 

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The National Organization of Women was created in 1966 to provide women with more equality in American society. Just over fifty years later, a local western KY chapter of NOW has been formed with similar, but expanded, goals. Catie Bates Robertson and Debi Danielson visit Sounds Good to discuss the new chapter, its mission, and ways for the community to get involved. 

In Light of the Revolution

      The MSU Department of Religious Studies is hosting a spring event series centered on women and religion. Cinema International has partnered with the department to present a female-directed film based on the women in the Arab Spring. Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Therese St. Paul and Dr. Christine Lindner about the upcoming film.

      The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage with two performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Dr. Rusty Jones, the Murray Shakespeare Festival chair, visits Sounds Good to discuss the event. 

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  Dr. Ali Hendley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Marc Polizzi, Assistant Professor of Political Science, visit Sounds Good to discuss the preparation of the Women's Faculty Caucus's 3rd annual International Women's Day event and its keynote speaker, Mitzi Sinnott.

        6-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award winners, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, will perform at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville, KY next week. Joe Mullins visits Sounds Good to discuss his career in the bluegrass music industry.