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.  


4:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Celebrate Wildlife This Saturday at LBL's Nature Station


LBL Naturalist John Pollpeter spoke with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good today about the 50th Anniversary Wildlife Celebration at the Woodlands Nature Station this Saturday. The event will have puppet shows, live animal demonstrations - including eagle encounters, games and crafts, and a special visit by Smokey Bear.  See more about this event and other happenings at LBL

1:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Enjoy Old-Time Music at LBL's 15th Annual Pickin' Party

LBL's Pickin' Party, an old-time music festival, returns to Land Between the Lakes' Homeplace for its 15th year, June 15 and 16. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nathan Blake Lynn emcees with performances by the Dixie Volunteers, Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Mark Dvorak, and more. Bring your own musical instruments to jam and perform, also bring your own chairs and blankets. See more at LBL's event calendar.

1:31 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

W.C. Handy Blues Festival Returns to Henderson


Tine to bring out your brightest and boldest Mardi Gras outfit! The W.C. Handy Blues  Barbecue Festival returns to Henderson's Auburn Mill Park this week, featuring music by The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Janiva Magness, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, and more! The festival runs today (Wednesday) through Saturday, June 15. It's one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, and proceeds go to fund next year's show. Tracy Ross speaks with festival organizer Leslie Newman.

We're broadcasting LIVE from the festival at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday.

See the full schedule and more at

5:08 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Lunch in the Cemetery this Saturday in Pembroke

Tour the tombstones and learn about some of Pembroke's most colorful former residents, including a Civil War veteran, a prison warden, and a man who died from an extracted wisdom tooth. Tracy Ross speaks with Janet Brevard, Programs and Exhibits Director for the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County about "Lunch in the Cemetery" at Rosedale Cemetery in Pembroke, on Saturday, June 1st at 1 p.m. Tickets are $13 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Prices include ghostly entertainment and a traditional summer picnic including fried chicken, all the fixin's and dessert. Chair or blanket recommended. Reservations required, call 270-887-4270. See more about this event, here.

3:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Landee Bryant on Maiden Alley Cinema's Digital Conversion

Maiden Alley Cinema is seeking funds for their digital conversion campaign. Mandatory digital conversion is happening across the country, effectively ending the era of 35mm films. For smaller, independent theaters, purchasing new equipment and replacing the projection set-up is costly, and in Maiden Alley's case, is $90,000, half of the annual operating budget. MAC's executive director Landee Bryant speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the change, and their Kickstarter campaign to meet the goal.

See more on Maiden Alley Cinema's website.

2:57 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Samfest Remembers Local Musician Sammie Crutcher and Benefits Charities

Chris Kerlick speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about Samfest IV, a memorial/charity concert for late local musician Sammie Crutcher. Crutcher played in a Samfest is at Hidden Creek Campground in Springville, Tennessee on May 25. This family event features music in the styles of bluegrass, country and rock & roll. Proceeds from this year's event goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. See more information about the event.

4:48 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Dueling Pianos Perform at Harrah's for Boys & Girls Club

Todd Anderson and Sam "Snacks" Hawkins of Leadership Paducah (Hawkins is also the Director of Operations for the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club) speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the OCBGC and the opportunities it offers Paducah area youth. Hawkins also performed some slam poetry. They also talked about  the Big Bang Dueling Pianos Band performing for a benefit for the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club at Harrah's in Metropolis on June 1. The event also features comedian "Kier." Doors open at 6 p.m., individual tickets are $50 each.

For more information, call (270) 556-0682 or email To learn more about the Leadership Paducah program, visit You can find out more about the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club at

4:18 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

JD Wilkes of The Dirt Daubers Talks New Projects and LowerTown


Tracy Ross speaks with JD Wilkes whose band The Dirt Daubers are Friday night's headliners at the LowerTown Arts and Music Festival. Wilkes has a new CD in the works for The Dirt Daubers; he's writing a book on Kentucky Barn Dances; and he has a 7" vinyl record of 14 banjo tunes out now called "Kitchen Tapes." Click here to see more of our interviews ahead of the LowerTown Festival.

Click here to see the complete LowerTown event schedule.

See more about The Dirt Daubers.

2:55 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Bountiful Flowers and Family Fun at the Tennessee Iris Festival


The Tennessee Iris Festival Iris and Horticulture Show is Friday and the David Johnson Chorus performs Saturday. Festival Board Member Christy Oliver has the scoop on all the other Festival events this week in Dresden. She speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good. The festival runs from April 27 through May 4.  Click here for more information and a schedule of events.

1:11 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Racer Sports Update with Neal Bradley

Tracy Ross recently spoke with the "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley about last Saturday's Blue Gold Bowl and next year's Racer Basketball schedule. Here's this month's Murray State Racers update.