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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Cinema Systers Film Festival logo

A three-day event billed as ‘the only all-lesbian film festival in the U.S.’ is returning for a second year this weekend in downtown Paducah. Cinema Systers Film Festival organizer Laura Petrie said she was inspired by the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, an annual event that ran for 40 years before closing in 2015.

Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

The American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace Obamacare, is encountering stiff resistance. Even in places that voted Republican, such as the Ohio Valley, protests are popping up as the bill moves to the Senate. Some opponents are newly motivated by a recent medical study on life expectancy. It found that unlike most of the country, parts of the Ohio Valley have seen lifespans get shorter.

Becca Schimmel, WKU Public Radio

Kentucky is coal country, and is heavily reliant on the dirty fossil fuel for power. A study underway at Western Kentucky University is examining the effectiveness of a water-based clean coal solution. Becca Schimmel from member station WKYU takes a closer look at what a mushroom has to do with reducing emissions.

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

Coal country is waiting to see if President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental regulations will boost the mining business. But some bipartisan proposals before Congress offer different ways to help. Ohio Valley ReSource reporters offer some analysis of three ideas that could help to mend mining country.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University's Spring commencement ceremony is Saturday and as the traditional academic year comes to a close there is much attention and focus on the next year. Performance funding goes into effect over the summer and state officials have recently outlined broad reforms that could potentially shape education at all levels. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with MSU President Dr. Bob Davies about these topics, also a new fast-track law program partnership and the recent Missouri Valley Conference decision.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, via Facebook, cropped

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is gearing up for a Trail of Tears Weekend this Friday and Saturday. The cultural event gives guests an opportunity to step back in time and imagine what life was like in the region 175 years ago and prior. 

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

The Ohio Valley’s addiction crisis has brought another health problem, as rising numbers of needle drug users are contracting a serious form of heart infection called endocarditis. The rate of endocarditis doubled in the region over a decade, and many patients require repeated, expensive treatment and surgery as they return to drug use and once again become infected.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Tennessee Valley Authority representatives Scott Brooks, Charles Chappell and Nick Morris* recently stopped by Sounds Good to speak with Matt Markgraf as part of their 'River Tour' to discuss how TVA is managing water levels after recent rainfall, TVA's economic impact and a social media photo contest.

Nemes headshot via labor.ky.gov (cropped), Hensley headshot via LinkedIn

Members of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet have been touring far west Kentucky to discuss incorporating apprenticeship programs in schools and economic development opportunities in the IT and telecommunications fields. Matt Markgraf recently spoke with Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes and Communications Director Jarrad Hensley about these efforts ahead of a meeting at Murray State University. 

Aaron Payne | Ohio Valley ReSource

By most measures, health outcomes in the Ohio Valley region are not very good, with many parts of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia ranking near the bottom among states. But a team of health researchers may have found a few places within the region that stand out. They see them as potential “bright spots” — places with some health measures better than expected for the region. 

Now the researchers want to know why these communities fare better and whether the lessons can be applied elsewhere.

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