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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Society
8:19 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

UT Martin Hosts 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference Next Week

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The University of Tennessee at Martin hosts its 15th Annual Civil Rights Conference next week. Conference Director, Assistant Professor of History Renee LaFleur previews the multi-day event whose keynote speaker is presidential historian and Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library since 2009, Mark Updegrove. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with LaFleur about the theme of how President Johnson's "Great Society" contributed to the Civil Rights Movement and other featured speakers at the event.

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Education
7:25 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Murray State Campus Climate Survey Looks at Diversity Efforts

Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University's President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion is a governing body on campus responsible for planning, developing, improving and evaluating diversity efforts including the Campus Diversity Plan. On Sounds Good, Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President for Student Affairs and chair of the Commission, and Caroline Atkins of the Department for Continuing Education join Kate Lochte to talk about how the latest Campus Climate Survey from 2014 compares to one conducted in 2005.

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Culture
7:15 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Murray Main Street Hosts Trivia Fundraiser for Downtown

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Murray Main Street hosts a fundraiser trivia night at the Murray Banquet Center on Friday, February 20th at 6 p.m. One day after last year's trivia event was the night of the first downtown building collapse. On Sounds Good, Murray Main Street Manager Deana Wright says this underscores the importance of the event and in helping to support the cause for historic preservation in Murray.

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Arts
4:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Yeiser Exhibits Paducah Artist's Lifelike Clay Botanicals

Clay Botanical by Jimmy Nichols
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The Yeiser Art Center opens a show of Jimmy Nichols Clay Botanicals with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Along with exhibiting clay botanicals from private collections, for this show the artist is also making a container of life-sized Hollyhocks, a gardenia topiary as well as a garden size container holding a peony bush. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Rob Robertson, an avid collector of Jimmy Nichols' work, about his regard for the artist.

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Arts
12:17 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Paducah Symphony's "A Lincoln Portrait" is a 'Powerful and Sincere Journey'

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Saturday night's Valentine's activities in Paducah include The Paducah Symphony in concert at the Carson Center. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the Symphony's Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti about the grand selections of music in "A Lincoln Portrait," which he says is a powerful and sincere symphonic journey.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good! Meet Valentino

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A puppy up for adoption from the Humane Society of Calloway County came up to the WKMS studios today with Executive Director Kathy Hodge. Valentino is a black and white rat terrier/dachshund mix is estimated to be around 4 months old. He is very expressive and curious about everything, according to Hodge. He was found as a stray and turns out to be very sweet-natured around people - didn't mind being picked up and passed around by everyone at WKMS. His foster says he's housebroken, is doing well with house training and loves toys.

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Science
3:58 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Psychology of How to Quit Smoking

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Quitting smoking is one of the top resolutions people make, coming in only behind weight loss and exercise. The CDC found that over two-thirds of smokers reported a desire to quit and over half tried to go at least one day without the habit in a given year. Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss how to kick the nicotine addiction.

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Arts
4:00 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Clemens Fine Arts Center Presents The Blind Boys of Alabama, This Friday

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Gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama started singing together before the attack on Pearl Harbor. They toured the South during the Jim Crow era of the 1940s and 50s and sang at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. They've played at the White House for three administrations. In 2009, they were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Drummer, arranger and vocalist Eric "Ricky" McKinnie speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about their visit this Friday to WKCTC's Clemens Fine Arts Center. 

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Business
3:21 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

What the Latest in Net Neutrality Means for Rural Providers

Michael Ramage, associate director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University
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Net neutrality is back in the headlines after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plans to present a 300-page document at a meeting later this month, which would reclassify 'broadband.' Under the current Telecommunications Act, there are multiple areas: telephone, broadcast, information. If the proposal passes, broadband would be reclassified from an information service to a telecom service. Michael Ramage, Associate Director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University, discusses the latest news, explains regulating web access as a public utility and what this might mean for consumers and communications companies on Sounds Good.

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WKMS Press Releases
10:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: February 9 - 13

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

Monday, February 9

Michael Ramage, associate director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University, discusses the latest idea of "net neutrality" -- regulating web access as a public utility -- and what this might mean for consumers and communications companies.

Gospel music's only blind drummer, Ricky McKinnie of The Blind Boys of Alabama, talks with Kate Lochte about the 7 decades-long success of the group, which performs in the Clemens Fine Arts Center of West Kentucky Community and Technical College this Friday.

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