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.

Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tomorrow, Murray Main Street kicks off its Main Street Merriment festivities from 5 to 8 p.m. Executive Director Deana Wright visits Sounds Good and says she's planned some familiar events along with some new ones sure to help bring Christmas to the city. Here's a rundown of festivities:

Pennyroyal Center

Pennyroyal Center Executive Director David Ptaszek heads a multi-service private nonprofit organization with 66 facilities throughout its 8-county service area that has served Western Kentucky since 1967.  He stopped by WKMS to talk about one his newer facilities: the Pennyroyal Veterans Center in Hopkinsville.

Janice Mason Art Museum

Many of our region's art guilds and museums offer great alternative shopping opportunities for holiday giving. Paula Lisowsky of the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the original items there, made by this region's artists and artisans.

Macmillan Publishers

Sometimes it's tough finding a gift for the kids in your life. Murray State University Waterfield Library's Katherine Farmer stops by Sounds Good with a list of great books to give young readers over the holidays. She says she's a fan of kids' stories, even though one might not think they appeal to older audiences. Here are her top picks, just in time for the holidays.

Market House Theatre

Thursday, Market House Theatre kicks off its two-weekend run of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The classic animated program first aired back in 1965, and has since made itself a staple of the holidays. Theatre Executive Director Michael Cochran stopped by for a Sounds Good interview with Kate Lochte.

'Tis the season to get out the coats, scarves, earmuffs and warm socks. But maybe those socks made from sheep's wool just aren't warm enough? Introducing alpaca fiber or "the fiber of the gods" as the Incans called it. It's a luxury fiber similar to cashmere, but has a hollow core that gives it an extra insulating property, which makes it lighter and warmer. On Sounds Good, we meet Kathy Tinkham of Red Roof Ranch Alpacas in Trigg County and learn how she got into raising alpacas and some of the items in her store that will keep you warm this winter season.

John Fannin says inspiration for "A Winter's Dawn" comes from a blend of understanding popular music and high velocity skiing. He conducts this piece of original work for Saturday's Community Band Concert in Murray. Kate Lochte gets a sneak listen with Fannin on Sounds Good and they talk about how his compositions are getting nationwide attention in the wind band repertoire.

Here's a look ahead at who's on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, December 1

John Fannin will conduct his piece "A Winter’s Dawn" for Saturday's Community Band  Concert in Murray.  Fannin's compositions are getting nationwide attention in the wind band repertoire.

Today we meet Kathy Tinkham of Red Roof Ranch Alpacas in Trigg County.  The Tinkhams have built a fifty plus alpaca herd on their hundred acre ranch.  Each alpaca is named and its wool is identified in hand-made items in the store, alongside Peruvian goods.

T.O.N.E-z, Facebook

Rapper/actor T.O.N.E-z. received an Emmy nomination in 2012 for his song "Long Hard Times To Come," which is the theme song to the television series Justified. His free performance at halftime of a high school football game in October was canceled at the last minute by school administrators. On Sounds Good, T.O.N.E-z. and Crittenden County Football Boosters President Serena Dickerson talked with Tracy Ross about the circumstances surrounding the cancelation and the rapper's decision to return to Marion last Saturday to perform at Fohs Hall with Big Atomic.

Jim Pearson,

Former Madisonville Messenger photographer Jim Pearson's 100 portraits of veterans who live in Hopkins County are on display through December 18 in the Madisonville Community College Glema Mahr Center for the Arts' Anne P. Baker Gallery. The exhibit opened on Veteran's Day. Kate Lochte  speaks with Pearson on Sounds Good about how the project turned into an exhibit and describes some of the subjects in the work.