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.

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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Anyone who sang "Auld Lang Syne" on New Year's Eve sang the words of Robert Burns. Suppers celebrating the Scottish poet have been a global tradition since his death in 1796, and the Western Kentucky Highland Society continues the tradition in Murray on January 23. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with proud Scotsman Robert Valentine about Burns, 'neeps and tatties' and a poem about haggis.

Murray State MFA Program

Lorraine López is the author of six books of fiction and has served as editor or co-editor of three essay collections, including The Afro-Hispanic Review. Her collection Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010. She reads Tuesday night at Murray State University as part of the MFA Reading Series. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with López about fairy tales, approach to writing, teaching other writers and her new book The Darling.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, January 11 - 15, as we prepare for the Spring semester beginning at Murray State, January 19. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

Monday, January 11

Mark Jarman

The Murray State University Creative Writing MFA program kicks off with acclaimed poet Mark Jarman reading from his forthcoming book, The Heronry, Saturday at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. Jarman taught at Murray State from 1980 to 1983 and is presently Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. His honors include a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry as well as numerous awards. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Jarman about his thoughts on writing and teaching poetry, 'New Formative' and 'New Narrative' style and how and how fresh forms of poetry emerge.

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"Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley predicted the struggles for this years' Racers team would come early before they start picking up the wins. They started off 5-2 and had a bit of a rough stretch, but record-wise they're about where he thought they'd be without having had a solid road game. On Sounds Good, Bradley updates his prediction, saying the best Racer basketball is coming in February, when some of the freshmen players will start to break out. He recaps the recent games a looks ahead with Tracy Ross. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

"There were a lot of ways to die out there," says historian Ted Belue, a history professor at Murray State University, discussing the true story of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, subject of the new film The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy is set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota. He speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the history of the fur trade and why "malcontents" like Glass were drawn to the novelty of adventure and "hairy dollars."

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Winter is the peak season for eagle viewing at Land Between the Lakes, where more than 100 bald eagles and some golden eagles can be seen residing and hunting for fish. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with naturalist Monica Main about the series of van tours and river yacht cruises through Land Between the Lakes to see these birds in the wild.

Courtesy of National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah is getting ready to open two new exhibits, kicking off 2016: the regional guild show, "Simply Southwest" and the annual kids' contest, "School Block Challenge." On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Judy Schwender, Curator of Collections and Registrar, about these exhibits and a peek at 'The Other Side' coming in February.

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Three Murray State University professors recently authored a peer reviewed paper that won the "Best Paper Award" in the Business Education Category at the Academy of Business Research International Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. The professors are Dr. Gerry Muuka, Interim Dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, Dr. Bella Ezumah, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and Dr. Kevin Qualls, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Qualls about the paper's reception and its findings.

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The Drawer Boy is a humorous and heartfelt classic that people will love, says Michael Cochran, Executive Director of the Market House Theatre in Paducah. Dealing with memory issues, life-long friendship, the power of using theatre to heal and multi-layered characters, The Drawer Boy opens January 14 and runs through January 24. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Cochran about the production and new things for 2016 at the community theatre.

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