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 Time Jumpers started as a group of performers jamming western swing between sets at the Grand Ole Opry. They took the sound to the Station Inn in Nashville and it came together from there. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Ranger Doug about what he enjoys most when playing live shows and what the audience can expect tomorrow night at West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Clemens Fine Arts Center.

Claire Dunning, International Student Counselor

Murray State University is host to four students involved in the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan. Humaira Ahmad Khan is a veterinary medicine major, here for one semester, and in her eighth semester of study overall. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Humaira about her experience at Murray State, her time working at a radio station back home, and how media and Hollywood contribute to misconceptions of both Pakistan and the United States. 

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For the second year in a row the Penguin Project highlights the artistic abilities of children with special needs through Murray's Playhouse in the Park. This year's performance of Seussical Jr. has been a sell-out for opening weekend, with over 50 children and volunteers participating. President of the Board of Directors Dan Lavit speaks with Austin Carter on Sounds Good today to tell us more about the program. 

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Have you ever seen a family gourd giraffes? How about a gourd Humpty Dumpty? Or a bejeweled gourd cat face? These are some of the highlights in this year's annual All About Gourds exhibition in Mayfield. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Ric Watson, Executive Director of the Ice House Gallery about the exhibition and the activities at this weekend's Gourd Patch Arts Festival.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray State University 'Test Drive a Racer' internship program is in its second year and has been met with "glowing" praise from employers says Dr. Steve Cobb, Dean of the Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology. He stops by Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about how the program helps get students in the door at companies and government institutions where it might otherwise be difficult; they also discuss construction on campus, a career day later this week and opportunities for study abroad.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Restoration work is underway in the historic Columbia Theater in downtown Paducah. Geoffrey Steward leads Atlanta-based International Final Arts Conversation Studios in uncovering the stained glass ceiling, investigating the original paint palettes from 1927 and its modernization in the 1950s. They are also repairing the fire curtain, damaged when the movie screen was installed, patching the holes, sealing the asbestos and repainting the New York Harbor scene. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf stopped by the Columbia to learn more about the restoration effort.

Cassidy's Cause is a therapeutic riding center, giving riding lessons to individuals with disabilities from cerebral palsy to downs syndrome to autism, ages 4 to 51. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Angie Falconite, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the organization about the Corvettes on the River fundraising event this weekend in Paducah.

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Special Olympics Kentucky provides youth who have disabilities with over 15 different sports programs ranging from downhill skiing to equestrian riding to traditional sports teams and even bowling. Next month, a Regional Bowling Tournament will be held in Paducah and nearly 40 volunteers are needed to make it possible. Western Kentucky Regional Director Laura Miller speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good today to talk more about the event and other growing programs. 

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It is a celebration as much as it is a memorial. With festive regalia flying and the warm scent of Indian fly bread floating through the air, the 28th Annual Trail of Tears Powwow will be held this weekend at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville. Commissioner Peg Hayes speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good  to tell us more about the festivities.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra kicks off their 2015-2016 season this weekend with a huge opener from the romantic period, featuring two composers who shared similar styles and love for the same woman. Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 3, op.97 E-flat major is followed by Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No.2, op. 83, B-flat major. On Sounds Good, George Eldred speaks with Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the work and life of these two contemporaries.