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

With bands from Red Ember, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Bawn in the Mash, Solid Rock'it Boosters and many others, Paducah has a very prominent local music scene. This scene burgeoned in the 1960s, with bands like the Moxies, Palisades, The Paducah Dukes, Stormy & The Shandels and The Rivals to name a few. Todd Hatton goes back to 1965 with a look at the music scene of the day with Paducah native and musician Tommy Thompson and George Coryell, one of the founding members of the Moxies. Their single, "I Must Apologize" topped the Beatles on the 1964 charts in Paducah.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

American pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone is considered one of the founding fathers of white settlement in Kentucky and though it can be a challenge to find relevance to Boone to the far western part of Kentucky - since there's no evidence he personally spent time in the region, one could argue a connection through his daughter, says Murray State history professor Ted Franklin Belue. He's done significant research on Boone, including consulting with the History Channel and serving on the board of the Filson Historical Society. Todd Hatton speaks with Belue about Boone and his legacy in the Commonwealth.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Seventy-two history professors in Kentucky have signed a letter to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission of Kentucky calling for the removal of the statue of the controversial Jefferson Davis in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort to a museum. Todd Hatton speaks with two history professors at Murray State University who signed the letter, Dr. Duane Bolin and Dr. David Pizzo who argue for a contextual understanding of Davis and explain Kentucky's distinct position as a state on both sides of the Civil War.

Delta Entrepreneurship Network

Local entrepreneurs will have their shot at success next month as part of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network’s annual pitch competition. Held October 6 at Murray State University, the Delta Regional Authority-operated event gives area businesspeople a chance to present their ideas to a panel of judges, similar to the network television program, “Shark Tank.”

CHFA at Murray State, Facebook

Murray State's Fall Fanfare Concert is this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium on Family Weekend at MSU. 17 music ensembles perform 'a smorgasbord' of styles, says Assistant Director of Bands John Fannin. He joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good with an overview of one of the music department's "best attended events all year."

International Students at Murray State University, Facebook

There isn't a typical day at Murray State University's Institute for International Studies says Claire Alcott Dunning. She's an International Student Counselor and when she's not doing social media work for the program, she's booking trips around the world, representing the university to prospective students. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Dunning about what it's like traveling the world and her upcoming trip this October.

Traveling to Pakistan


The fit between the client and the therapist is really important, but finding a the right therapist doesn't have a clear answer because there is a lot of information to weigh, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State University. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Bordieri about ways to find a therapist you're comfortable talking to and willing to be honest with about what you're experiencing.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Community car seat safety checkup, disc golf, creepy critters, storybook theatre and a community read, Calloway County Public Library is busy this autumn. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross catches up with Sandy Linn about these upcoming events.

Sergey Bogachuk, 123rf Stock Photo

As we head into the autumn months our minds may go to all of the delicious food associated with the holidays. While many focus on heart health, it's also important to give your brain the things you need to be as healthy as possible. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Lisa Raum, registered dietician and Nutrition Affairs Program Manager of the Southeast Dairy Association, about ways to defend yourself over the cold months with healthy tips to "feed your brain." 

Tab Brockman,

The Murray State Racers Football Team is now two games into their season, with two very different scores. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with 'Voice of the Racers' Neal Bradley about the games and the two ahead, including Western Michigan this weekend and the 'Family Weekend' home game against Tennessee Tech next Saturday.