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.

[Audio] Madisonville's Mahr Park to Open This Year

Feb 11, 2016
Marvo Entertainment Group

Mahr Park at Hidden Hills Farm, a 265-acre former farm bequeathed by Dr. Merle and Glema Mahr, is in development. The park opens this year and hopes to be a model and template for exemplary land stewardship.

Tracy Ross Speaks with Sam Koltinsky, the first "artist in residence" at Mahr Park and Barbie Hunt, co-trustee of the Mahr Trust about the project in this two-part interview.

Sandy Miller Sasso

Sandy Sasso, visual artist and retired art educator, has an upcoming show featuring paintings and drawings at the Ruth Baggett Gallery in Paducah. She speaks with Austin Carter on Sounds Good about her creative process and her display.

[Audio] Puppies Sound Good: Meet Marge!

Feb 10, 2016

Meet Marge, a 7-year-old rat terrier in need of a permanent home. Humane Society of Calloway County Executive Director Kathy Hodge brought Marge by WKMS and spoke with Tracy Ross on her history.

Image courtesy of David Wright, Gallatin, TN, courtesy of Ted Belue

Murray State University history professor Ted Belue will deliver a presentation at the Calloway County Public Library titled "Black Indians and Black Mountain Men on the Frontier: Restoring a Vanishing Legacy." The event’s scheduled for later this week, and Belue speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about what to expect.

Pogue Library at Murray State University is home to numerous special collections and oral history projects. Tucked among these documents is the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Coretta Scott King and her daughter Bernice at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral taken by Owensboro native Moneta Sleet Jr. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian, about how this photo, and a thank you letter signed by Sleet ended up in the archives at Murray State.

Courtesy of Janett Blythe, WKCTC

Update February 8: Conversation on Sounds Good added  

West Kentucky Community and Technical College announced Thursday the name of the main gallery in Paducah School of Art and Design's new 2D and Graphic Design Building. The recognition goes to Paducah artist and interior designer Bill Ford. 

Courtesy of Murray State's Theatre Dept.

Murray State’s Theatre Department will run a production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” opening February 18 in the Robert E. Johnson Theater. Director Lissa Graham-Schneider about the play.

For the first time, top Army and Marine Corps leaders have testified that they think women should register for the draft.

"I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Both Milley and Marine Gen. Robert Neller said women, like men, should be required to register for the Selective Service at age 18.

Shawnee National Forest /

A new quarter featuring the Shawnee National Forest launches this week. SNF Public Affairs Specialist Sue Hirsch speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about how the coin and forest came to be.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS, courtesy of Pogue Library

Pogue Library at Murray State University is home to numerous special collections, including letters an articles from an influential educator, Clarence Timberlake. Timberlake is considered the "Founder of Vocational Education in Kentucky," devoting his life working to improve education for African Americans in the Commonwealth. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf explored this collection with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian, and learns how his legacy left a lasting impact on the region, namely in Paducah, Madisonville and Hopkinsville.