Sounds Good

11 am - 1 pm Weekdays
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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WKMS Press Releases
10:08 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead February 23 - 27

Here's a rundown of our featured guests on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, February 23

Today we meet 2015 Grammy Award winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux who performs next Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Madisonville Community College's Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.

We continue our survey of "how things are going" in our coverage region with a conversation with Henry County, Tennessee, Development Corporation CEO David Hamilton.

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Science
2:11 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

'I Had No Idea' It's National Eating Disorders Week

Credit NEDA, nedawareness.org

Next week is National Eating Disorders Week, with the theme of "I Had No Idea" for 2015. Many people who are aware of eating disorders may not think they have one, but the campaign seeks to educate people on healthy methods of managing weight along with empowerment activities that help individuals embrace positive qualities in themselves as opposed to an unrealistic ideal. Murray State's Women's Center Director Abigail French discusses events at Murray State University for the awareness week, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Society
1:43 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Attend An Eight-Week Citizen's Police Academy in Murray

Communications Supervisor Rick Harris talks to a Citizen's Police Academy about how 911 and dispatches work
Credit Murray Police Department, Facebook

Police officers understand that often their interaction with the public is during high-stress times, so the Murray Police Department and other forces reach out to explain more about what they are trained to do in an eight-week Citizens' Police Academy with night classes through March and April. On Sounds Good, Sergeant David Howe and Kate Lochte do an overview of the course, which includes the basics of police work, a tour of the 911 call-center, understanding drug investigations, demystifying criminology, a tour of the jail and more.

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Sports
3:53 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Bradley: "One of the Most Memorable Games I've Ever Seen as a Racers Fan"

Credit Tab Brockman, Murray State Athletics, goracers.com

The Murray State Racers clinched their 24th OVC regular season championship last Saturday against the SEMO Redhawks after some intense shooting in overtime, winning 94-92, pushing their winning streak to 21, the second-longest in the nation. With 13-0 in the OVC, they have three more games before reaching a perfect 16 and Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley says at least one could be a real challenge. He stops by Sounds Good with a recap and a look ahead with Tracy Ross.

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Arts
3:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Playhouse in the Park Holds Auditions for 'After Dark' Production RENT

Director Joshua Byrn on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Tony Award-winning rock musical RENT, loosely based on the opera La boheme, follows the story of young artists struggling to survive in New York City and the complications of AIDS. The musical spent twelve years on Broadway and is now being staged at Murray's Playhouse in the Park as part of their After Dark series. Director Joshua Byrn directs and visits Sounds Good to talk about auditions, the show's controversial topics and the overarching theme of "no day but today."

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Arts
9:39 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Area Students Learn Lithography with Printmaker Meghan O'Connor

Meghan O'Connor teaches students the process of lithography
Credit Murray State University Printmaking, Facebook

Printmaking, the art of creating a print and putting it on paper, spans centuries and many forms are still active in the art world, from etching to relief to silkscreen. But one form that is considered "the beast" of the medium, lithography, combines artistic "magic" with chemistry. Tennessee State University professor and printmaker Meghan O'Connor conducts workshops at Murray State and area high schools this week and on Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets the artist, who gives a public lecture Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery classroom (weather depending) and printmaking professor Nicole Hand.

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Arts
8:40 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

This Year's Academy Awards and The Challenges of Historical Fiction

Credit cowpland, 123rf Stock Photo

Being snowed in this week may have given some the opportunity to catch up on the films nominated for this year's Academy Awards, airing February 22 on ABC. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Andrew Black, Murray State English and Philosophy Department Assistant Professor and Specialist in Media Studies, with a preview of some of the nominees and his pick for Best Picture. 

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Culture
10:34 am
Wed February 18, 2015

'Ted Talk' on Hopkinsville Journalist Rescheduled to March

Credit Courtesy of Jennifer Brown, Kentucky New Era archives

Ted Poston was born in Hopkinsville in 1906. He attended an African American high school in Hopkinsville and earned his bachelor's degree in Nashville. In 1928, he moved to New York and joined the Harlem Renaissance. There, he became the first African American writer on staff at the New York Post and the first to make a career at a white mainstream paper, where he covered the major events of the Civil Rights Era. Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to preview her "Ted Talk" coming up in March, with more about Hopkinsville's own, the "Dean of Black Journalists," Ted Poston.

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Sports
9:11 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Area Students Compete in Chess Tournament This Weekend

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Since 1980, student chess players have gathered across Kentucky to see who will compete in the state championships. And while chess isn't necessarily the first thing you may think of when it comes to Kentucky sports, the Commonwealth has produced its share of champions, and chess has even rated a regular column in the Courier-Journal's sports section. This weekend, aspiring student masters head to Central City to see who will represent the 36 counties of Quad A at the state championships in March. Todd Hatton gets a preview from the man who's bringing it all together, Quad A coordinator and Graves County Chess Coach, Tom Knight.

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Arts
8:40 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

"The Big Smoke" Author Reads Poems About Boxer Jack Johnson at Murray State

Credit The Big Smoke book cover, adrianmatejka.com

In 2013, Penguin Books published Adrian Matejka's book about the flamboyant boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world who held the title from 19088 to 1915. The book received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recognizing its important contribution to the understanding of racism and human diversity. Writing for Boston.com of The Boston Globe, John Freeman says that Matejka's voice is that of the boxer: "The gold-toothed, Shakespeare-loving, womanizing child of ex-slaves talks jive, taunts opponents, and muses philosophical about the American condition: 'When I clinch a man/it's like being swaddled in forgiveness.'" Kate Lochte visited with Matejka about The Big Smoke ahead of his reading Thursday night at Murray State.

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