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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Culture
5:11 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MSU's History Department Presents ROOTS 4

MSU's Department of History presents its ROOTS 4 Music Concert Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. MSU Senior Lecturer in History, Ted Belue visits Sounds good to talk about the evening featuring the Bankester Family Band, the Giant City Slickers, and Terrapin Pond performing a blend of modern Bluegrass, Gypsy-Jazz, Country-Rock, Western Swing and Folk. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome.

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Education
4:56 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Events and Activities at the Calloway County Public Library

Matt records an original radio play with middle-school kids at the library during Fall Break.

Every third Monday of the month Libraries Sound Good on WKMS. Our guest is Sandy Linn of the Calloway County Public Library whose website is available in a gazillion languages. She speaks with Tracy Ross about computer classes, book clubs, and a preview of Eeeek! The Kids of Calloway County Public Library tell an original spooky story for Halloween in the style of an old-time radio play with the help of Matt Markgraf.

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Puppies Sound Good
3:50 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Calloway

Today we met Calloway, this month's featured adoptable puppy at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Calloway is a retriever/husky mix who needs a loving home. She was very sweet and sleepy at WKMS, and a little shy making her radio debut. She's seven weeks old and is one of a litter of six. She'll be a medium to large size dog when she's fully grown. See more information about her on Petfinder.com (where she's listed as a boy!).

See more at the Humane Society of Calloway County website.

Sports
4:21 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Racer Football Update with 'Voice of the Racers' Neal Bradley

Neal Bradley

Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley about the beginning of the football season. We're currently five games in, at 3 and 2. Tracy asks Neal if the Racers are in a better or worse position than predicted. They talk about the position in the OVC for the Racers and how other teams stack up. Near the end of the interview, Bradley talks about the year ahead for the MSU Racers Men's Basketball team. See more MSU sports at goracers.com.

Arts
4:31 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Playhouse in the Park Presents: "The Odd Couple"

The Odd Couple’s Oscar Madison has a perfect line for lunchtime: “I got brown sandwiches and green sandwiches. It’s either very new cheese or very old meat.” MSU English and Philosophy’s Rusty Jones directs Playhouse in the Park’s The Odd Couple opening Friday for a two weekend run. Dr. Jones brings cast members Brad Brauser (Oscar) and Tom Jackson (Felix) to visit Sounds Good. This Neil Simon iconic comedy won a Tony in 1965 and, according to the American Association of Community Theatres, it is still one of the most frequently produced comedies by community theatres around the world. See more at Playhouse in the Park's website.

Arts
4:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Nightfish on Playing Hot August Blues Past and Present

Credit hotaugustbluesfestival.com

Members of the band Nightfish preview the Hot August Blues Festival at Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora. They also speaks with Tracy Ross about forming in 1986 and playing at the first Hot August Blues Festival, keeping the energy alive for decades, and about getting together to play at this year's event. See more at Hot August Blues Festival's website.

Culture
3:52 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Celebrate the Soybean in Martin

The City of Martin’s Brad Thompson joins us to preview activities of The Soybean Festival that can bring up to 40,000 people to Martin to observe west Tennessee’s dominance in soybean production. The festival will be in downtown Martin from September 1 to 8, featuring music by Dustin Lynch, The Martins, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Tim May, Survivor, and Sawyer Brown. According to the festival website, the festival got its start 20 years ago and celebrates the "crossroads of good living," allowing people to "pay homage to a tiny, but worthy vegetable that is capable of feeding and fueling everday lives." See more about Martin's Soybean Festival.

Sports
2:23 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

MSU Athletic Director on NCAA Rules Changes

Murray State University’s Athletic Director Allen Ward takes a look at NCAA rules changes and steps he's taken to ensure the university's compliance. He also talks about the new season ahead for Murray State on the field and on the court. It's Coach Chris Hatcher's fourth year, and several players who are key to the football team's success this year. He talks about Coach Steve Prohm's recent recruitment and some returning players and putting together a new team. 

Arts
4:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Quilt City Showdown Pits Paducah Improv Teams

The Quilt City Showdown pits Paducah Improv teams in smart comedic performance at the Carson Center Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Improv team Terry Little, Audra Todd, and Stacy Smith give us a taste of the action on Sound Good. Billed as a 'no holds barred comedy cage match,' two improv groups will face-off in a high energy, game show format, with the grand prize being 'a hand-crafted trophy constructed of 24 carat gold, Hornbill Ivory, and Amazonian rosewood.' The show is in the Myre River Room, tickets are $5. Click here for more information.

Culture
3:48 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

MSU Archaeologist on New Findings at Poverty Point

Credit Poverty Point State Historic Site, Facebook

Tracy Ross speaks with Anthony Ortmann, Murray State Archaeologist, contributing to new thinking about the prehistoric earthworks at Poverty Point. These were built about 3500 years ago on the edge of the Mississippi floodplain in northeastern Louisiana. One of the mounds stands 72-feet high and has a base almost the size of 10 football fields. They speak about how Anthony came to work at Poverty Point and why the site is historically significant, also, new findings and research about the site. Click here for more about Poverty Point and how to visit.

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