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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MSU Office of Multicultural Affairs

Former Murray State University student Johnnie Green recently visited the campus to donate $10,000 in scholarships to MSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

The Spring semester is coming to a close at Murray State University and work is underway on establishing the next academic year. The Board of Regents recently approved an increase in tuition and fees for 2017-18. A tighter budget for the next year is also in its final weeks of crafting. MSU announced a Provost and VP for Academic Affairs and is considering changing athletics conferences. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with President Dr. Bob Davies about these things and more.

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The American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek is underway in Paducah. The popular, now biannual, event draws thousands of avid quilters and enthusiasts to the city. The National Quilt Museum is also located in Paducah and showcases dozens of works, including QuiltWeek award winners. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with quilter Pat Durbin about her exhibit "A Walk in the Woods" on display in the museum. 

Illustration by Alexandra Kanik

Women and people of color in the workforce earn less, on average, than do white, male workers. This ‘wage gap’ in the Ohio Valley region hovers around 20 percent. Becca Schimmel of the Ohio Valley ReSource explores why the gap persists and how it affects workers in an economy shifting toward more service sector jobs. 

Hunger Gains: Budget Cuts Imperil Nutritious Food Aid

Apr 17, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

At a moment when food aid agencies are working to provide healthier food to the poor and the elderly, President Donald Trump has proposed a 21 percent cut in funding for the agriculture programs that support them. It’s a move that advocates say is bad for people who need food and local farmers who provide it. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

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Farmers in the Ohio Valley are waiting to see how President Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department might affect their fortunes. Concerns over trade have held up a confirmation vote for nominee Sonny Perdue, and trade is also on the minds of regional growers. Nicole Erwin of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov

With the passage of a bill lifting the ‘nuclear moratorium’ in Kentucky, now that Senate Bill 11 also known as the 'Robert J. Leeper Act' has been signed into law, there is a renewed attention on the past, present and future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

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Lawmakers transformed the legal landscape of Kentucky during this year’s General Assembly. The state has new laws restricting abortions and allowing charter schools. Legislators also passed pro-business measures that forbid mandatory union dues and add a hurdle for people suing doctors and hospitals for malpractice. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this report on what passed the General Assembly and how the new laws might affect Kentuckians.

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

Federal health researchers are visiting the Appalachian coalfields to recruit allies in the fight against black lung. A resurgence in the worst form of the disease may affect as many as 5 percent of experienced miners in the region. Benny Becker of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies recently stopped by WKMS as part of a regular conversation addressing various things at MSU. This month, Davies reflects on his past three years as president, the outcomes of the Institute of Engineering pilot study, how a recent Math Day for high school students goes beyond crunching numbers, navigating recent legislation, tuition planning, an upcoming alumni event and diversity efforts.

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