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.

Bloom Behavior /

National Autism Awareness Month continues through April, spreading the message about the disorder and how families can identify and treat it in their children.

Adapting educational goals are a big part of that process, and Bloom Behavior Therapy Psychologist Dr. Becky Nastally along with Families on the Spectrum Board Member Kim Steele spoke with Kate Lochte on how families with students on the autism spectrum seek services from schools.

WKMS continues a new series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Ashley Ireland, Director of User & Instruction Services in Waterfield Libraries. The newly established President's Commission on Retention was just one impetus for the research she's conducted.

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A rain or shine event celebrating Earth Day is on the radar for this weekend. It's the 6th Annual Earth Day Concert in Carson Park in Paducah, and keeping with the environmental "teach-in" feel of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, there will be informational displays and concessions available with proceeds supporting the Greater Paducah Sustainability Project. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with West Kentucky Community and Technical College Professor of Philosophy and Sociology David Nickell, who has the day's schedule.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert headlined by Carol Orff's Carmina Burana with over 300 singers on stage in the Carson Center this Saturday. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti about the evening.

Playhouse in the Park, Facebook

Murray's Playhouse in the Park opens a two week run of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, RENT this Thursday. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT deals with mature themes as it follows young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Joshua Byrn and Brad Brauser speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the "Playhouse After Dark" production.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The issue of cyber security has become increasingly relevant, with recent attacks on Sony, Target and Anthem making headlines over the past few months. Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management's Patterns of Distinction Security Matters is a one day technology security conference next Thursday, April 23, with a focus on how small businesses can protect themselves from evolving threats. The Center's Associate Director Michael Ramage joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview.

Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Facebook

Woodmen of the World are the second largest purchaser of American flags after the U.S. government, which they've been donating to community organizations across the country since 1947. As part of their 125th anniversary as an organization, Woodmen of the World hosts a patriotic pride video contest, open to entries from all elementary schools in the nation through April 24. Regional Community Outreach Manager Angela Hatton speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the contest and the cash awards for the winning videos.


The Captain Wendell Oury Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonel Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution are sponsoring a patriot grave marking ceremony for revolutionary war soldier, Private William Bonner, Saturday, April 11.

Murray State Communications

Dr. Bob Davies will officially become Murray State University’s 13th president at an investiture ceremony on campus Friday. There, he’ll give a speech titled “Endeavor, Hope and Achievement,” named after the three stars in the university’s logo.

Davies spoke with WKMS’ Chad Lampe about his time on campus thus far as well as his plans for today’s event.

He says while he’s honored to be a part of the ceremony, it’s really about the university and its goals as well as the community at large.

The Homeplace 1850's Farm at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area hosts a day dedicated to working with wool Saturday from 10 to 4, and on Sounds Good, Kate Lochte learns about all the hands-on activities, including "shearing" from Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls.