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.

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Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce via Facebook

The Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce recently took a trip with nearly 30 community leaders to Frankfort to discuss state-level issues that could impact the region. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with local chamber president and CEO Aaron Dail about some of the economic development issues that emerged out of the meeting and how to address some of the needs moving forward.

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The Ohio Valley once helped give rise to the labor movement. Now the region is seeing a move toward “right-to-work” laws, which unions oppose. Proponents say the laws attract new businesses but opponents say there’s little evidence to support that. Becca Schimmel of the Ohio Valley ReSource has a closer look. 

Closing Clinics: Abortion Rights Increasingly Out Of Reach

Feb 13, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

Since the beginning of the year, two abortion clinics in Kentucky and West Virginia have closed, leaving each state with just one such facility. In Ohio the number of clinics has dropped by half in recent years, a trend abortion opponents celebrate. But as Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports, abortion rights advocates worry that state-level restrictions are putting the right to choose out of reach.

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While Congressman James Comer has served as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and spent more than a decade in the Kentucky House of Representatives, he is new to Washington D.C., having won the District 1 seat in western Kentucky last November, formerly held by Rep. Ed Whitfield. Comer stopped by WKMS on his way to a speaking engagement to speak with Matt Markgraf about his thoughts on President Trump, legislative priorities, trade deals and hemp.

Shame To Acclaim: Tracking The Unlikely Path Of Appalachian Food

Feb 7, 2017
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It seems like every few years, Appalachian food gets “rediscovered” by mainstream media outlets as an up-and-coming culinary trend. There are many emotional implications of Appalachian cuisine’s surge in popularity. Ashlie Stevens of member station WFPL has more.

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The Ohio Valley’s addiction crisis is reaching a new generation as the number of drug affected babies rises at an astonishing rate. 

Courtesy Patrick Ford

One of the Trump Administration’s first actions was to freeze all grants issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The freeze only lasted about a week. But as Glynis Board of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports it brought attention -- and uncertainty -- to an EPA program that has pumped billions of dollars into the region.

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WKMS is proud to welcome Jackson, Tennessee's, Coopertheband, for a performance on Live Lunch, this Friday, February 3, at noon, during Sounds Good.  

The indie folk/rock sextet has had music featured on HBO, ESPN, TruTV and the hit show, "Without A Trace."  You can tune in live on your radio, stream at wkms.org, or watch the video stream through Facebook Live, with thanks to Murray State Digital Media Services.

Check out the band's video for their track "Giants"

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

Drinking water from the tap is an exercise in trust that most of us take for granted. But in Martin County, Kentucky, prolonged problems with the water system have many residents worried that their health is at risk. Benny Becker of the Ohio Valley ReSource has the story of how a community in coal country lost faith in both their water and their government. 

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Classes are underway in the Spring Semester at Murray State University. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies about enrollment and budget planning for the next academic year, what MSU is watching in the legislature, the role of arts education in a STEM+H-focused academic environment, building and maintenance projects and the CPE work group on tuition rate guidance and more.

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