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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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.

Market House Theatre, Facebook

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.

The Gentry House, Facebook

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.

Photo by Kristen Swisher

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. 

Paducah Area Transit System, Facebook

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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