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.

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.

Murray State University Music Department, Facebook

Curtains! is a musical comedy/murder mystery about a failing musical about the classic story of Robin Hood, and includes a series of murders on set as the musical is prepared for it's opening. A lieutenant comes by to solve the case and fix the artistic problems of the show as well. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with musical director Dr. Chris Mitchell, director Maribeth Crawford and lead actor Logan Sapp.

Courtesy of Creighton Michael,

Creighton Michael's exhibit Pattern Play II is on exhibit at Murray State University's Clara Eagle Gallery. The exhibit blends drawing and sculpture and allows the installers to be part of the creative process in deciding how the works are presented. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the artist along with Michael Martin, Director of Galleries on how students have helped shape the project.

ROOTS 6 Music Concert, Facebook

Murray State's Departments of History and Student Affairs host the “Roots 6” concert tonight (Nov. 17) at 7:30 in Lovett Auditorium. They feature sets from The Gypsy Hombres performing world music and European jazz, international bluegrass artists the Vickie Vaughn Band and Emily Duff & Friends. Admission is free, but a donation of canned goods are requested for Need Line. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Ted Belue about the concert.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, November 16 through 20. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.


Preserving Our Voices segment from previous years. Hear the new POV special during Sounds Good on November 27. See the schedule.

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The Murray State University football team has had mixed results so far as the squad ends this season. They’re 3-6 at the moment, coming off a 46-43 overtime shootout victory against Tennessee State. Tracy Ross speaks with “The Voice of the Racers” Neal Bradley on the last few weeks of football action, as well as what’s going on with MSU basketball.

Yeiser Art Center, Facebook

Paducah Arts Alliance is sponsoring the 7th Annual Affordable Art Show tonight at the Yeiser Art Center in downtown Paducah from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Jessica Perkins and Rosemarie Steele about why the show is a win/win for both local artists and community members interested in their work.

tamarindarts, 123rf Stock Photo

There is a big, bright festival underway in India right now: Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival of lights, celebrated each autumn. The idea is light overtaking darkness or good overcoming evil, says Mayur Bhandare, president of the Indian Student Association at Murray State University. He tells Matt Markgraf about some of the historical traditions and stories behind the festival, and how Diwali is being celebrated both back home and this weekend on the MSU campus.