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

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   The Kentucky Academy of Science will be hosting astronomer, teacher, and writer, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, to kick off their annual KAS meeting. Bennett visited Sounds Good to discuss his prolific career, current perspectives on science, and the presentation he will be giving on campus in early November. 

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            Adolph Rupp, nicknamed "Baron of the Bluegrass," served as head basketball coach for the University of Kentucky for 41 years. MSU professor of history, Dr. Duane Bolin, visits Sounds Good to discuss his upcoming biography of Rupp, which details his successful -- and sometimes scandalous -- life. 

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          At 13 years old, Carol Larson stood at 6 feet and 6.5 inches. Due to surgically shortening her legs at an attempt at 'normalcy,' Larson faced challenges every day of her life, which she then translated into various art forms -- one of which has found a new home in Paducah's National Quilt Museum. 

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        The Carson Center in Paducah, KY will be hosting their 13th annual Distiller's Dinner, which raises funds for the non-profit performing center. Development director, Debbie Wattier, and chef of Artisan Kitchen, Karla Lawrence, visit Sounds Good to provide details of the event. 

Is Medicinal Marijuana Risky or Rewarding?

Oct 18, 2017
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Psychology professor Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Tracy Ross on Sound Good to discuss the potential benefits and downfalls of marijuana use for medicinal purposes. 

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     Founder and president of Beyond the Limits: Awaken Your Potential, Jacqui "Dr. J" Lowman, visited MSU this Tuesday to present a lecture discussing how to break free from perceived limitations and disabilities. A paraplegic and advocate for the positive benefits of recreation, Dr. J brought two more BTL crew members to Sounds Good to discuss their own battle against the impossible on the Appalachian Trail. 

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      In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Murray Calloway County Hospital's "Because She Matters" campaign is raising funds for new, potentially life-saving 3-D mammography technology. VP of development at MCCH, Keith Travis, visits Sounds Good to discuss the importance of raising awareness and to provide more details about the fundraiser. 

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Although most people would consider themselves a Good Samaritan, psychological and social research shows otherwise. Tracy Ross speaks with MSU professor, Dr. Michael Bordieri, on Sounds Good about the psychology of being helpful -- and why we don't do it as much as we might think. 

Exploring the Soundtrack of the Rock N' Roll War

Sep 27, 2017

    "Time to Lay it Down - The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War" is a two-part documentary special that explores music created during the Vietnam War. The music of the time expressed the deep divisions in the U.S., provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, and provided veterans with a source of healing when they came home. 

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   NPR Tiny Desk Concert veteran and self-described "intuitive folk" multi-instrumentalist, Diane Cluck, speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good ahead of her intimate house show in Paducah next week. 

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