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
2:18 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

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

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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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Arts
12:56 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

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

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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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Education
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
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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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Education
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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Culture
2:03 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

[Update] Paducah Life Celebrates 25 Years with Song Contest

Sing A Song of Paducah Contest
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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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Environment
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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Culture
2:24 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

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

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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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Arts
11:38 am
Wed July 8, 2015

[Watch] Sounds Good Live Lunch: Suspicious River, Today @ Noon

Suspicious River plays Sounds Good Live Lunch
Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Join us for our next Sounds Good Live Lunch featuring western Kentucky rural rock band Suspicious River on July 24 at Noon. Priding themselves on a narrative, storyteller style, Suspicious River's sound "floats on a swollen current of strum beats and guitar drums and is punctuated with the sounds of harmonica, saxophone and keys."

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Culture
4:36 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Why the Liberty Bells Ring for Indpendence on July 8

Courthouse in downtown Murray
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When the liberty bells ring on July 8, it will symbolize our beginnings, as a small country of three or four million people taking on the greatest military power in the world. While we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day, it wasn't until four days later when the average American heard the Declaration of Independence for the first time by orators on the court square or read it posted on the wall of the local tavern. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain Wendell Oury Chapter in Murray, hosts a Liberty Bell Tolling Ceremony at noon tomorrow, July 8, on the Calloway County Courthouse Lawn. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte sought the back story for the bell tolling to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence from Murray State University Professor of History Bill Mulligan.

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Business
4:59 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

What the AT&T Bill Means for Rural Kentuckians and Broadband Access

Michael Ramage on Sounds Good
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The so-called 'AT&T bill' passed this year by the Kentucky legislature will give the company more freedom from regulations when placing lines for home phone service, which can now include broadband, says Michael Ramage, director of Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management. Kate Lochte speaks with Ramage on Sounds Good about how this may mean greater broadband connectivity for rural Kentuckians.

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