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

This month, we meet Sadie, a black and tan hound mix, roughly 10 or 11 weeks old. When this outgoing puppy came arrived, her tail never stopped wagging and she sniffed everything. She's a curious and happy puppy that loved getting treats and cuddles from the station crew. Kathy Hodge, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Calloway County, says she's in a foster home with a large and small dog and some cats and predicts she'll be 50 pounds when fully grown. She speaks with Todd Hatton about Sadie and also the Easter Bone Hunt event coming up and how to prepare your pets for emergency weather. 

Andrzej Wilusz, 123rf stock photo

What do we do with the not so helpful thoughts that show up as we live our lives? Not getting overwhelmed by these thoughts is the topic for Kate Lochte's conversation with Dr. Michael Bordieri of the Murray State University Department of Psychology on Sounds Good.

"Music is life. And like life, it is inextinguishable." - Carl Nielsen. This sentiment is evoked in the Paducah Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Nielsen's 4th Symphony, featuring side-by-side performance by the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Symphony in D minor "Youth." Also, Respighi's tour through Rome in Fontane di Roma and Verdi's Overture to Nabucco. Kate Lochte speaks with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the March 14th concert.

Icehouse Gallery, Facebook

Mayfield's Ice House Gallery is showing "Scientific America; Photography by Ron Toth," through March 26th. Toth is a plant sciences professor at Northern Illinois University. Icehouse Interim Director Ric Watson tells us about the show and what else is happening at the Gallery under his direction.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The film Pariah is a coming-of-age art drama looking at the life of a young woman in New York City discovering her own identity and the conflicts that arise from race, religion, sexual orientation and adolescent anxiety. Murray State University Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the film and the unique stories it presents that tend to get overlooked, ahead of tonight's 7:30 showing at the Curris Center Theatre.

Tab Brockman, Murray State Sports Information,

With a 24 game winning streak and an undefeated conference slate, Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley says the Murray State Racers Men's Basketball Team has had an amazing transformation from the start of the season: from 2-4 to the point where they may be in the NCAA tournament, to be ranked 25 in the AP poll and 24 in the USA Today poll, to running the table in the OVC, which has never been done in conference play by any Murray State Team is remarkable. Tracy Ross says it's been fun to have these Sounds Good discussions with Bradley because there's been nothing but good news. They recap the last few games, the OVC honors and take a look at what's ahead.

Dr. Bob Davies, Twitter

Murray State President Bob Davies visited the WKMS studios for the latest in a series of monthly conversations on the state of the university. He spoke with Chad Lampe on implementing MSU’s upcoming campus-wide tobacco ban, his thoughts on a performance funding for higher education institutions in Kentucky and other topics from last week’s Board of Regents meeting.

Here's a look at our featured guests on Sounds Good this week. 

Monday, March 2

Todd Hatton speaks with TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz about their upcoming season and the reasons for the program's success around the world.

Chad Lampe speaks with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies about Honors College, performance funding and more.

She's six-feet, two-inches tall, she's in her 7th decade and her humorous down-home stories attract millions of viewers to her YouTube channel with clips like "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets former Miss North Carolina storyteller, wife of "Left Brain," Jeanne Robertson, who entertains at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville on March 12.

Courtesy of Dr. Katherine Taken Smith

We begin a new series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools. Our first guest is Dr. Katherine Taken Smith, who teaches consumer behavior and promotions management in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. She published an article on human trafficking and its connection with businesses, what corporations can do to eliminate human trafficking in their supply chains and how consumer behavior can put pressure on businesses to be proactive in curbing the demand for this modern form of slavery.