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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Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke and Dr. Cindy Clemson, both members of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Murray State University, talk with Tracy Ross on the impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1975.

Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center, courtesy of Carrie Jerrell, Murray State University

Louisville Poet Adam Day reads from his poetry tonight in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery on Murray State's Campus. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good ahead of his visit about his inspiration, acclaim and thoughts on the succinctness of poetry.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

This semester's Murray State University Cinema International film series includes selections from Japan, Belgium, India, Nigeria, Argentina, Italy , Germany and the United States. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Tim Johns, Associate Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts, about the films - from what critics describe as "a visually sumptuous celebration of an unspoiled prewar Japan" to "one of the most frightening of movies, with one of the most unforgettable villains."

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Disney's The Little Mermaid opens Thursday at Playhouse in the Park in Murray. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Laurel Johnston, playing Ariel in the production. They talk about differences between the movie and musical and acting with a young cast.

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Over a billion colds are estimated in the United States each year. Increasing research suggests that there's a psychological link between stress and the nagging illness, says Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about this potential relationship.

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Last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA declared Russia out of compliance with the ban on performance- enhancing drugs. Unless Russia fixes the problem, their athletes could be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Kalinski about how deep the "culture of cheating" runs.

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The Murray State Racers Men's Basketball Team has played several games since the last time Tracy Ross checked in with "voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley. They won one game by 15 points and lost the other three by very close margins. On Sounds Good, Bradley recaps recent games and looks head at some games that they should win statistically, however, with the loss of Brion Sanchious due to a torn ACL, they'll have to do some strategic positioning.

Kala Dunn, WKMS

As an ongoing series, we invite individuals who make up Murray State University's diverse body of international students to share some background into their native country, cultural traditions and experiences here at MSU. Matt Markgraf speaks with Bassel Alhashemi, an undergraduate student from Aleppo, Syria, studying biology. In a two-part conversation on Sounds Good, they discuss coming to Murray State, life growing up in Syria, how the media portrays the Syrian crisis, how his family is faring, hopes for the future and more.

Michael Terra, Empty Bowls Project of Paducah

The Empty Bowls Project returns to Paducah for the sixth year. The event helps sponsor 70,000 meals that the community kitchen serves every year, with approximately 1,700 bowls. On Sounds Good, Paducah artisan Michael Terra discusses the Throw-A-Thon, Monday and how he got involved in bringing the project to Paducah.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Calloway County Public Library is kicking off the new year with a series of community reads, a collaboration with the Murray State University Department of History and a visiting children's author. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mignon Pittman and Sandy Linn about these events and more.

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