Sounds Good

11 am - 1 pm Weekdays
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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Arts
3:45 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

The Gibson Brothers Return to Kentucky Opry Next Week

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The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Eric Gibson who was named the Songwriter of the Year that same year, in advance of the Gibson Brothers performing at the Kentucky Opry next week. Draffenville's own Clayton Campbell is also in the band. 

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Arts
3:22 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Final Day to See Colburn's 'Nature Stories' at Janice Mason Art Museum

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Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz is just about to close an exhibit of nature photography by Marty Colburn, titled Nature Stories. The final day to see the exhibit is tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a closing reception for Colburn in the evening. Kate Lochte speaks with the Museum's Executive Director Rebecca Rittenhouse on Sounds Good to learn more about the show.

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Education
2:25 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Murray State Professor Takes 'Active Steps' in Diabetes and HIV Research

Dr. Jason Jaggers at WKMS

We continue a series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across college and schools. Our fourth guest is Dr. Jason Jaggers, Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, who studies exercise concepts in special populations, including those with diabetes and HIV. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Jaggers on Sounds Good about his research.

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Arts
11:26 am
Wed April 1, 2015

'The Big Smoke' Author Reads Poems About Boxer Jack Johnson at Murray State

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Update: This reading was rescheduled to April 2, due to winter weather in February. This conversation was re-broadcast on Sounds Good, April 1.

In 2013, Penguin Books published Adrian Matejka's book about the flamboyant boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world who held the title from 19088 to 1915. The book received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recognizing its important contribution to the understanding of racism and human diversity. Writing for Boston.com of The Boston Globe, John Freeman says that Matejka's voice is that of the boxer: "The gold-toothed, Shakespeare-loving, womanizing child of ex-slaves talks jive, taunts opponents, and muses philosophical about the American condition: 'When I clinch a man/it's like being swaddled in forgiveness.'" Kate Lochte visited with Matejka about The Big Smoke ahead of his reading Thursday night at Murray State.

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Society
4:37 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Connected Warriors Yoga Program Helps De-Stress Veterans

Credit Matt Markgraf / WKMS

Murray is home to a free yoga space for veterans and their families as part of the Connected Warriors program.

Instructor Gayle Rogers spoke with Kate Lochte about her experiences with the program that looks to de-stress former soldiers.

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Society
4:16 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Mental Health Counselor Discusses Problem Gambling

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National Problem Gambling Awareness Month ends tonight, and a Tampa Bay counselor has made a name for himself treating excessive gamblers and their families.

Dr Damon Dye, EdD is a licensed mental health counselor; his new book, "Know When to Hold Em: A Guide for Spouses of Problem Gamblers" offers tools and resources for those in the recovering process. He spoke with Kate Lochte about an issue that isn't often talked about.

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Culture
3:58 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

'Discover Islamic Culture' in Activities, Film & Food at Murray State, Tomorrow

Maysoon Suleiman-Khatib and Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib on Sounds Good
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Murray State University has a Muslim student population of roughly 360 students, along with their families, which is relatively large for the small college town. Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib, who teaches in the Political Science Department, says he hadn't encountered many Saudis in his life until he came to western Kentucky. Tomorrow, students, faculty and community members are invited to meet and interact with people from different parts of the world in a day-long Islamic Culture Experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge, hosted by the Murray State's Muslim Student Organization, including documentary films, cultural activities and food. Dr. Alkhatib and his wife Maysoon Suleiman-Khatib, an adjunct professor in the Organizational Communications department, join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with the details.

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Government
2:45 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

How MSU Students Can Apply to Legislative Research Commission's 2016 Internship Program

Jordan Smith on Sounds Good
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Each of Kentucky's public universities has someone managing governmental affairs, who follows pieces of legislation affecting higher education and its impact on a regional level. Murray State's Director of Governmental Relations Jordan Smith joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about some of the bills passed in this year's Legislative Session, an internship opportunity with the Legislative Research Commission for qualified college students and his thoughts on what it's like to work with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies in Frankfort.

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WKMS Press Releases
10:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Sounds Good Week Ahead: March 30 - April 3

Here's a rundown of our featured guests this week on Sounds Good:

Monday, March 30 

Murray State's Director of Governmental Relations Jordan Smith is with Kate Lochte to talk about the Legislative Research Commission's 2016 Legislative Intern Program for qualified college students.

Murray State's Muslim Student Organization offers an all-day Islamic Culture experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge tomorrow and Kate Lochte learns about it from Murray  Political Science faculty Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib. 

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Education
5:33 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

MSU Professor Takes Students Aboard Aircraft Carriers to Research Sound Exposure

Dr. Gary Morris at WKMS

Noise-inducing hearing loss is a serious health threat to Navy personnel, that costs the Department of Veterans Affairs over $100 million dollars each year. Dr. Gary Morris, chair of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State University researches hearing loss in the Navy with his students and joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about his work as part of our Racer Scholar Profiles series, which highlights MSU faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools.

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