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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Courtesy of Brian Clardy, via Facebook

The Democratic National Convention is getting underway this week in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton is expected to formally accept the party nomination. Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy is a delegate from Calloway County. Matt Markgraf checked in with Clardy this morning from the convention.

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland has ended with Donald Trump formally accepting the GOP nomination for president. McCracken County Commissioner and retired Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman was a delegate at the RNC. Matt Markgraf speaks with him about Trump's speech last night and the message he plans to bring back home to western Kentucky voters. 

Courtesy of Bill Bartleman

Thousands of people are in Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Republican National Convention as members of the party converge behind presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. McCracken County 1st District Commissioner and former Paducah Sun journalist Bill Bartleman is a delegate and arrived at the RNC Sunday. Matt Markgraf speaks with Bartleman about his experience so far and what some of his goals are as a representative from western Kentucky.

Courtesy Grow Appalachia

Every few years, Appalachian food gets “rediscovered” by mainstream media outlets as an up-and-coming culinary trend. But does that interest actually benefit residents of the region as they navigate away from a coal-fueled economy?    Ashlie Stevens of member station WFPL looked at the pros – and cons – of the outside attention to Appalachia’s other natural resource. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Paducah area native J. Polk Brooks found a unique business opportunity in western Kentucky during a time when most of the country was in financial despair. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library at Murray State University, about the special collection telling the story of the rise and fall of the Brooks Bus Line and the people who commuted out of the Great Depression to opportunity in Detroit and back home again.

Jenni Todd, WKMS

We welcome Kentucky-native and Nashville-based artist Vickie Vaughn back to WKMS Studio B for a Sounds Good Live Lunch Friday, June 24 at 11 a.m. This time, she's joined by guitarist Corey Walker for an hour of bluegrass and country tunes. 

Watch the live webcast here!

Ohio Valley Resource Logo, via Twitter

Starting June 20, you'll hear some new voices on WKMS as we launch a new regional journalism partnership called the Ohio Valley ReSource. We're teaming up with some other great public media stations to bring you even better coverage of some of the most important issues our region faces. On Sounds Good, Chad Lampe speaks with the project's managing editor Jeff Young. 

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, Facebook

The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is gearing up for its annual Dazzling Daylilies Festival and Balloons Over The Garden June 20-26. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Susie Tyler about the event, now in its 7th year and the theme of "blooms, balloons, barbecue and bluegrass" with activities including guided tours, sculpture dedication, walk and talk and balloon rides.

PaBREWcah Logo, via Facebook

Saturday is the inaugural PaBREWcah Beer Fest, featuring 19 craft breweries from across the region and live music in downtown Paducah. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Daniel Sene about the event, which benefits Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

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A commonly accepted fact in treatment that when you want to help people suffering from anxiety, you want to get rid of the fear. New research has shown, however, that fear may actually be helpful in treating anxiety. On Sounds Good, Dr. Michael Bordieri and Tracy Ross discuss using fear as a treatment method for some mental health issues.

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