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.  

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Arts
1:59 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Louisville-Based Indie Jazz Group D'Arkestra Plays LowerTown

"Little Voices" Album by D'Arkestra
Credit D'Arkestra, Facebook

Louisville-based band D'Arkestra has been performing together since 2012. The seven-piece group brings odd meter grooves, tight horn lines and improvisation to their energetic live shows. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with leader, songwriter and saxophonist Drew Miller about how the group has developed their sound and what we can look forward to in their performance at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival in Paducah.

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Arts
12:46 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Bowling Green Psychedelic Rock Band Buffalo Rodeo Plays LowerTown

"123 Water" by Buffalo Rodeo vinyl cover
Credit Buffalo Rodeo, Facebook

Bowling Green has an active rock music scene, with emerging groups like Cage the Elephant and Morning Teleportation. Another group on the rise is indie psychedelic rock group Buffalo Rodeo, recently releasing their new album 123 Water on vinyl. Tracy Ross speaks with keys and vocalist Jordan Reynolds ahead of their performance at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival on May 15 at 8 p.m. 

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Culture
4:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

'The Cherry Cola Book Club' Author Visits Calloway County Library

The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee
Credit book cover, kensingtonbooks.com

Calloway County Public Library's Sandy Linn visits Tracy Ross on Sounds Good with news of a Special Event Sunday featuring author Ashton Lee, author of The Cherry Cola Book Club and gives a preview of summer reading registration and a visit by the history mobile.

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Arts
5:03 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Bawn in the Mash Celebrates 10th Anniversary Tonight at Dry Ground Brewing Co.

Tommy Oliverio with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good

A Grand Old Time Indeed is western Kentucky's Bawn in the Mash's 5th Studio Release. Bawn founding member Tommy Oliverio joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to preview tonight's celebration of Bawn's 10th Anniversary at Dry Ground Brewing Company, located in the historic Coca-Cola Building in Paducah and the band's legacy in the region.

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Arts
4:35 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tickets Selling Fast for JD McPherson at Maiden Alley

JD McPherson
Credit Jimmy Sutton, maidenalleycinema.com, jdmcpherson.com

Maiden Alley Cinema hosts a series of music performances this weekend, welcoming back JD McPherson tomorrow night (Thursday) and on Friday a night music by Jack Grelle, Amy LaVere and The Hooten Hallers. Landee Bryant-Greene of Maiden Alley talks about the bands with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good and the partnership with the local chapter of the NAACP to show the film Racial Taboo, with an appearance by the director.

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Arts
3:45 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

The Gibson Brothers Return to Kentucky Opry Next Week

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The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Eric Gibson who was named the Songwriter of the Year that same year, in advance of the Gibson Brothers performing at the Kentucky Opry next week. Draffenville's own Clayton Campbell is also in the band. 

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Sports
4:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Neal Bradley Recaps The Racers' Heartbreaking Loss & Looks Ahead as #RacersTakeonNIT

Credit Tab Brockman, Murray State Sports Information, goracers.com

The Murray State Racers celebrated an entire season of great basketball news, but with one heartbreaking shot we end on a bit of a down note as far as the NCAA tournament goes. However, as the #RacersTakeOnNIT they could probably make into the final 4 of the National Invitation Tournament. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley on the past few games, missing the chance to get into the NCAA and their first game of the NIT: tonight's match against UTEP.

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Arts
2:44 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Playhouse in the Park Presents "The Diary of Anne Frank"

The Diary of Anne Frank Poster for Playhouse in the Park's production
Credit Playhouse in the Park, Facebook

Playhouse in the Park presents a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Wendy Kesselman, a drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a storage attic during WWII and the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence, fears and hopes. The story emerges from the historical account written by Anne Frank and her thoughts on the experience and growing up. Director Don Fleming and cast member Amanda Futrell, who portrays Petronella Van Daan, stop by Sounds Good to preview the production, opening this weekend.

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Sports
12:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Neal Bradley Previews the OVC Tournament After Racers Historic Season

Credit Tab Brockman, Murray State Sports Information, goracers.com

With a 24 game winning streak and an undefeated conference slate, Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley says the Murray State Racers Men's Basketball Team has had an amazing transformation from the start of the season: from 2-4 to the point where they may be in the NCAA tournament, to be ranked 25 in the AP poll and 24 in the USA Today poll, to running the table in the OVC, which has never been done in conference play by any Murray State Team is remarkable. Tracy Ross says it's been fun to have these Sounds Good discussions with Bradley because there's been nothing but good news. They recap the last few games, the OVC honors and take a look at what's ahead.

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Sports
3:53 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Bradley: "One of the Most Memorable Games I've Ever Seen as a Racers Fan"

Credit Tab Brockman, Murray State Athletics, goracers.com

The Murray State Racers clinched their 24th OVC regular season championship last Saturday against the SEMO Redhawks after some intense shooting in overtime, winning 94-92, pushing their winning streak to 21, the second-longest in the nation. With 13-0 in the OVC, they have three more games before reaching a perfect 16 and Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley says at least one could be a real challenge. He stops by Sounds Good with a recap and a look ahead with Tracy Ross.

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