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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4:42 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Celebrate the 4th Red, White & Tuna-Style at Badgett Playhouse

Red, White & Tuna and The Fabulous Fifties Show are Fourth Fare at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers. Red, White & Tuna is the 3rd installment in the comedic series Greater Tuna, a satirical ride through the the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town. Perennial favorites and new arrivals appear in the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. Take a stroll down memory lane in The Fabulous 50's Show and The 70s Show this Saturday. Badgett impresario Bill Minihan joins us on Sounds Good with the details.

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Culture
4:29 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Murray Freedom Fest Kicks Off with Veterans Remembrance

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Murray's annual tradition of food, fun and fireworks is back this Friday and Saturday. Festivities kick off Friday evening with a street fair featuring food, crafts, games, a beer garden, and an outdoor concert by Swamp Donkey and Margarita Beach. Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Erin Carrico walks us through Freedom Fest, beginning Friday with a 7:30 a.m. Veteran's Remembrance Ceremony at Chestnut Park. Hear the conversation:

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Culture
12:18 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Madisonville's 4th Annual 4th Fest

Credit photo by Robert Wyatt

Madisonville goes all out on the week of 4th of July, featuring baseball, fireworks, live music, outdoor movie night and more. Hopkins County's Tourism and Convention Commission Executive Director Trish Noel joins us on Sounds Good to talk about 4th Fest, starting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 1) with Praise in the Park starting at 6 p.m. Hear the conversation:

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Arts
10:48 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Preview of ROMP Fest 2014

ROMP, the bluegrass roots and branches festival returns to Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro next weekend, with headlining acts Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, and many others. On Sounds Good, Chris Langdon, Promotions Director for the International Bluegrass Museum, previews the festival with Tracy Ross.

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Education
11:41 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Murray State Library Stocks Comics, Graphic Novels to Boost Reading

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Comics and graphic novels are more popular than ever thanks largely to successes in the film and television industry, with blockbusters like The Avengers and The Dark Knight. Murray State University Dean of Libraries Dr. Adam Murray and Owner/Operator of G's Comics in Murray Garrick Crump talk with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the university's 7-year-old effort to increase reading by bringing graphic novels into Waterfield Library and they pick some favorites, too.

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Arts
10:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

"Breathe New Life" at Mayfield's Ice House Gallery

Terry Goatley, Ronn Moyers, Sean Brown at Mayfield's Ice House Gallery
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Mayfield's Ice House Gallery features artwork made form recycled and repurposed materials from works by Sean Brown of Murray, Terry Goatley of Fancy Farm and Ronn Moyers of Mayfield in the summer exhibit "Breathe New Life" that runs from June 10 to July 26. Ice House Gallery Director Shane Gregory speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the exhibit and its artists.

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Education
2:34 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Summer Activities and Book Lending at Calloway County Public Library

On today's Sounds Good, we welcome regular guest from Calloway County Public Library, Sandy Linn, with the latest on the range of activities the library this summer like Jim Gill's Contagious Tunes Tour, the 2014 Summer Reading Program and the Teen Creative Canvas Event. They also talk about the book lending service. 

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Arts
11:42 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Steep Canyon Rangers Play Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville Tonight

The Steep Canyon Rangers often tour with Steve Martin, notably on A Prairie Home Companion, won "Entertainers of the Year" from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and recently received a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, for "Nobody Knows You."  Tonight, the Pennyroyal Arts Council presents "A Night With the Steep Canyon Rangers" at the Alhambra Theater. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the band's banjo player, vocalist and songwriter Graham Sharp.

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Arts
4:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Kelsey Waldon Plays Acoustic Set on Sounds Good

Today on Sounds Good, Ballard County native Kelsey Waldon performed live in WKMS Studio A. Rolling Stone Country recently named her among the "10 New Artists You Need to Know." Tracy Ross speaks with Kelsey about her hometown, Monkey's Eyebrow and how she got started, also the inspiration for some of her songs.

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Arts
4:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Pickin' Party This Weekend, Nathan Blake Lynn & Josh Coffey Emcee

Pickin Party 2013

The Pickin' Party returns to LBL's Homeplace this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to see old time music on a rustic stage. Nathan Blake Lynn and Josh Coffey emcee while Dixie Volunteers, Charlie Stamper, and buck dancer Thomas Maupin and Overall Creek Band perform. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls about the event.

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