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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The Gentry House in Murray is a place where people who are homeless can stay for 30 to 90 days, allowing them time to save money for a permanent shelter. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with director Sherece Cole about the mission and needs of the organization, and how homeless in rural communities are different than those you might see in a large city.

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As part of the WKMS Youth Radio Project, Matt Markgraf collaborated on a recording activity with Kristen Swisher's 6th Grade Class at Murray Middle School. In this month long project, the students listened to a radio drama from A Prairie Home Companion and then wrote and starred in their own radio dramas, learning along the way how to tell a story through character-driven narrative, dramatic conflict and, of course, sound effects. The parents from each group got a recording of their student's play. 

Andy "Jazzman" Smith has been a Sunday afternoon fixture on WKMS and The Jazzman Show has aired for almost 20 years. We're sad to say the final program was last Sunday (December 27) as Andy retires his program. George Eldred and David Fleming produced his show and chatted with Andy about the memories:

The Jazzman Show will continue to air from time to time on The Jazz Vault. WKMS thanks Andy for all his volunteered time, effort and love of the music. 

The Eisenhower Hour takes over the Sunday, 1 p.m. time slot beginning January 3.

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With 2016 only a few days away, now is traditionally the time of year to start thinking about changes you want to make in your life. Many seek a fresh start for changes in habits and ideas in setting new year's resolutions, but sticking to them can be tricky. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri on how to keep to your resolution. 

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The Paducah Area Transit System has a unique status as the only fixed route bus system in Kentucky that serves a rural town community with a population under 50,000. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the system's executive director Arthur Boykin about understanding the services provided and the challenges of operating such a system in our region.

After a two year hiatus, The Eisenhower Hour - a fun, nostalgic journey through American popular music and culture of the Fifties returns to WKMS this Sunday at 1 p.m. with host and producer "Dr. Bob" Lochte. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and Dr. Bob talk about the origins of the show.

Ben Rice Quartet, Facebook

Nashville-based jazz guitarist and Murray State alumnus Ben Rice has a new album out called, "Seeds." Café Jazz host Dr. Brian Clardy caught up with Rice after a recording session with his band and they talk about his influences, his new album and some thoughts on the holiday season.

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Murray State University is celebrating "A season of global traditions" this holiday season, so on Sounds Good Matt Markgraf sat down with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library, to talk about some of the holiday traditions at the university over the decades, including a giant Christmas tree, letters to Santa and a pre-Kwanzaa celebration.

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WKMS Program Director and host of Sounds Good and Beyond the Edge Tracy Ross presents his list of top ten albums of 2015 in alphabetical order. Hear selections from these albums and many others his best of the year mix Saturday, December 26 at 8 p.m. on Beyond the Edge.

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As we head into the holidays, some of the recent Racer Men's Basketball games haven't ended up so festive, but "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley says the best is still yet to come for this team. He says 5-5 is about right at this time in the season. Some of the wins weren't against teams he expected the Racers to beat and some of the losses weren't expected either. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good, recapping some of the recent games and a look ahead at the last games of 2015 and the first of 2016, as OVC play begins with three home games.

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