Sounds Good

11 am - 1 pm Weekdays
  • Hosted by Tracy Ross, Austin Carter

About The Show

The music on Sounds Good is a mix of legacy artists who are still making great music now (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt) deep cuts from classic artists (The Band, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, REM) great contemporary artists who don' t receive commercial airplay (Neko Case, Wilco, Jack White, Darrell Scott, The Black Keys) and those who defy the boundaries of categorization (Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Ry Cooder, Bill Frisell, Justin Townes Earle). You'll also get a bit of World music, Blues, Soul/R&B, Reggae and Jazz.

Additionally, you'll hear interviews with newsmakers and community leaders, live music from some of our region's best musicians, our community events calendar and more.

Clemens Fine Arts Center, Twitter

Brian Heller is the new director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center at WKCTC in Paducah. Moving from Wisconsin where he was the executive director of a community non-profit performing arts center, Heller says it's a welcome change moving to a higher education institution. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about his time so far in western Kentucky and how he first learned of Paducah. 

Kentucky Small Business Development Center / Facebook

Small business owners often face the question of "can we grow?" If the answer is yes, the investments and risks can be scary. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, is hoping to take the edge off some of the concerns about expansion. Chad Lampe speaks with Associate Director Gordon Garret and District Director Chris Wooldridge on Sounds Good about this new "economic gardening" program to grow small businesses.

Dr. Bob Davies, Twitter

Murray State University President Bob Davies delivered his first “State of the University” address earlier this month. He speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the community dialog the event provides along with his thoughts on higher education performance funding and the upcoming state legislative session.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, November 30 through December 4. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

Halfway to Lower Town Fundraiser Event Page, Facebook

Halfway to LowerTown is a fundraising event for the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival this Friday at 7 p.m. at Paducah Beer Werks. On Sounds Good, Seth Murphy, Music Director for the festival and Shannon Vetter of Gideon's Rifle join Austin Carter in studio with an update on the event, what the bands have been up to and Vetter plays a new song, "Existential Blues."

Yeiser Holiday Home and Gallery Tours, Facebook

The Holiday Home and Gallery Tour is the Yeiser Art Center's biggest fundraiser, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Paducah. New this year are the galleries in LowerTown open to tour to see artists working in their studios. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Lindsey Maestri, Executive Director for the Yeiser Art Center and event coordinator Ashlea McMillan about the event.

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Thanksgiving is typically a time when family members come together around the table and enjoy a nice meal, but sometimes the conversations can get heated or become difficult. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and Dr. Michael Bordieri of Murray State University's Department of Psychology discuss some helpful tips for getting along better with relatives and being more effective in making interactions positive.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Bob Valentine, Senior Lecturer in Murray State's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been performing Mark Twain for 40 years, but introduces a fresh script with an updated voice and new hair to the MSU Johnson Theatre stage on November 30, as part of a joint Town & Gown fundraiser for MSU Theatre and Playhouse in the Park. He stops by Sounds Good with Mark Welch, Director of Community Relations and Alumni Affairs, to talk about the performance.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, November 23 through 27. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

Hickman County Arts Council Friends, Facebook

Friends of Hickman County Arts & the Hickman County Arts Council host an Arts, Crafts & Book Fair this Saturday in Clinton at the Hickman County Elementary School gymnasium, featuring local arts and crafts by over 45 local vendors. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mary Potter and Cherry Pyron about how the event has grown since it began 11 years ago.