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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12:43 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

'A Small Miracle of a Southern Island' Comes to National Quilt Museum in Paducah

Under the Southern Island Flowers by Josephine Nanoy, 2006
Credit Courtesy of Judy Schwender, National Quilt Museum

Caohagan is a 13 acre island in the south Philippines, 10 degrees above the equator. When quilting was introduced to the island, the inhabitants were able to increase their standard of living significantly. Their colorful quilts became increasingly popular worldwide and several are on display at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with curator Judy Schwender about the exhibit, "A Small Miracle of a Southern Island: Quilts of Caohagan" on display through October 13.

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5:57 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Friends of the McCracken Co. Library Host A Summer Book Sale

Friends of MCLIB Summer Book Sale Flyer

More than 1,200 boxes of books sorted by subject matter are now on display at Paducah's St. Paul Lutheran Church for the Friends of the McCracken County Public Library Summer Book Sale Friday and Saturday. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jennie Boyarski about the sale highlights.

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5:50 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Murray State Jazz Orchestra Releases Crowdfunded Album

New MSU Jazz Orchestra album "Why We Can Have Nice Things"
Credit Album Cover

Murray State University's first crowd-sourced fundraiser ended with the successful printing of the MSU Jazz Orchestra album "Why We Can Have Nice Things," now available at the University Bookstore, featuring 13 classic tunes, including "Hope Swings Eternal," "Walkin' and Swingin'" and "Why Don't You Do Right." Director Dr. Todd Hill stops by Sounds Good to preview some songs and his solo performance tomorrow for Carson Center Fridays @ 5. 

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2:18 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

From Scrooge to Santa, Charles Edward Hall Shares the Spirit of Christmas in Radio City

Credit "Santa Claus is for Real" back cover /

Every year, Charles Edward Hall dons an iconic red suit and white beard, preparing for the role he's played for the last 27 years. He is famously known as Santa to the 26 million people who've attended the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and to the readers of the book he recently co-authored, "Santa Claus is for Real." Charles talks with Kate on Sounds Good about his journey as Santa, his new book, and an upcoming performance for the Twilight Theatre's summer fundraiser.

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12:56 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Outgoing Clemens Fine Arts Director Talks Career, Legacy and Retirement Plans

Credit Gail Robinson Butler / Facebook

After 29 years at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Gail Robinson Butler is retiring tomorrow from her position as Director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center. She stops by Sounds Good today to reminisce with Kate on her impactful career and many enjoyable experiences. 

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4:09 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

'Quench Your Thirst with Salt' Author Reads at Murray State Wednesday

'Quench Your Thirst with Salt' by Nicole Walker, published by Austin Peay State University's Zone 3 Press
Credit book cover,

Nicole Walker, author of the memoir Quench Your Thirst with Salt, comes to the July Reading Series of the Murray State MFA in Creative Writing program. Her book is part cultural critique part scientific treatise on the 'strangeness' of growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Walker about her book, the power of writing and her series of letters to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on her website Nikwalk, protesting cuts to higher education.

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3:38 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Murray State's Creative Writing MFA Program Celebrates 10 Years with Regional Writers

Carrie Jerrell on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Poets & Writers magazine ranked Murray State's MFA Program the 7th best low-residency program in the nation in 2013. The program is now in its 10th year and to celebrate, special events held this summer include a recent alumni celebration with readings and workshops and a day dedicated to regional writers this Wednesday. Associate Director of the program Carrie Jerrell speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the events. 

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2:03 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

[Update] Paducah Life Celebrates 25 Years with Song Contest

Sing A Song of Paducah Contest

Update: Today on Sounds Good, we featured the six finalists in this contest.

The six finalists are "Paducah True" by Joe Hansen, "Paddlewheels" by George Coryell and Mike Jones, "Paducah, Jewel on the Ohio" by J.D. Wilkes, "Back to Old Paducah" by The Wheelhouse Rousters, "Oh Paducah, on the Ohio" by Suzi Renaud and "Docked in Paducah Again" by Nathan Blake Lynn.

Hear these songs and vote for your favorite on Paducah Life's Facebook Page

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5:15 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Hansel!

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Today we meet Hansel, a happy, energetic shih tzu/pug mix available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. He seemed to be smiling the entire time he was at WKMS and enjoyed all of the attention. Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society says he was found running around with a pack of dogs when he was brought in, with matted fur and underweight. He's recovered well, only barks when significant and sits for treats. Hansel seems like a good fit for a young family with lots of energy. In the interview, Hodge also talks about how to volunteer from fostering to driving dogs to rescues and a remarkable story about a poor beagle.

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2:24 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

'The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard' Author Opens July Reading Series

Credit "The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard" cover /

Fiction writer Erin McGraw will be traveling to Murray State University to open the July Reading Series of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. McGraw's novel, "The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard," grew out of the true story of her grandmother who left her two children behind in Kansas to make a new life on the West Coast without them. She stops by Sounds Good to speak with Kate Lochte about the intricacies of composing a historical novel immersed in family tensions. 

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