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

Rural western Kentucky was host to the 'only all-lesbian film festival in the United States' over the weekend. Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema was home to the inaugural three-day Cinema Systers Film Festival.  Matt Markgraf went to the festival on Saturday and brings this report:

Southwings and Vivian Stockman

The prestigious National Academy of Sciences recently announced a comprehensive study on the health effects of the controversial coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal. For coalfield residents who have long questioned what impact the dust, blasting, chemicals and water contamination was having, the announcement comes as welcome news, if somewhat overdue.  

Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau

Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Mary Hammond has been appointed to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. On Sounds Good Matt Markgraf speaks with Hammond about how this opportunity came about, how the UNESCO designation has changed Paducah, how area residents can get involved and other events and efforts on the horizon.

Kenn W. Kiser,

Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

The new academic year is getting underway at Murray State University. MSU President Dr. Bob Davies speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good about updates on performance funding, state appropriation, the newly appointed Regents, construction projects and much more. 

Credit Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

Small-scale farmers in the region often find it challenging to keep their land sustainable while staying competitive in the marketplace. Nicole Erwin of Ohio Valley ReSource visited a farm that’s doing both with a method called rotational grazing. She found that this “new” approach grows from some very old ideas.

James Sweasy

Beginning this week doctors fighting the region’s opioid addiction crisis will have a little more to work with. The federal government will allow doctors to treat more patients with a drug called buprenorphine. That medication has solid support from science, but remains controversial in some circles. Aaron Payne of Ohio Valley ReSource visited three addiction treatment centers with three very different approaches, and found that there’s no silver bullet when it comes to addiction. 

The Living Room

These darlings of the Paducah music scene bring their unique sound to WKMS' Studio B for the next Sounds Good Live Lunch, Friday, August 12th at noon.  You can tune in live on your radio, stream us online, or watch a live video stream here!

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL News

In videos of Fancy Farm, the annual political throwdown in southwestern Kentucky, you’ll usually see little white ceiling fans spinning furiously above the speakers, who are all shouting and sweating profusely with their sleeves rolled up.

jodylehigh, pixabay

You are Letcher County, Kentucky. You are rural, mountainous, and in the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields. Your economy is not in good shape. Fox News has called your largest town “the poster child for the war on coal.” You are offered funds to build a new federal prison. It could bring jobs but also brings up troubling moral issues. What do you do?