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 earliest dates of activity at the Kincaid Mounds in Massac County, Illinois, go back to 1050 A.D. It was once a large village, the capital of a Native American chiefdom, which existed until 1400 A.D., says John Schwegman of the Kincaid Mounds Support Organization. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Schwegman about the Archaeology Field Day at the site this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Mandolinist, composer, singer, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and future host of A Prairie Home Companion Chris Thile talks about his time as a student in Murray, on Sounds Good with Tracy Ross, ahead of his performance October 29 at Lovett Auditorium, benefiting the Murray State Music Department. Also, Asia Burnett speaks with Tina Bernot, MSU Interim Executive Director of Development, about how the concert came to be and how the scholarship will be used.

Photo by Claire Dunning, for WKMS

Murray State's Indian Student Association is holding a Flash Mob today in front of the Carr Health Building on campus, featuring a mash up of diverse Indian dance and music. Matt Markgraf speaks with the association's president, international student Mayur Bhandare. They talk about how he came to Murray State, his hometown of Nashik, cultural differences between India and the United States and an Indian festival coming up next month.

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Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris, Tennessee, offers traditional classes in ceramics, painting, dramatic art, yoga and more on a weekly basis. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Kaylan Buteyn about the organization's Art Jam this Saturday, featuring live music, kids crafts, art auction and a wildlife animal show.

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The Calloway County Public Library hosts a series of events this month. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Sandy Linn  about the upcoming Legislative Meet & Greet, the Lounging With Literacy event, a Book Binding Workshop, the Zumba Gold Series and a Heath and Molly Concert.

The Sierra Club and MESS sponsored an event at Murray State on alternative energy with guest Dr. Don Colliver, a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of the UK Biosystems and Ag Engineer Department. He's been involved in building design and energy-related teaching, research and outreach activities for over 35 years. On Sounds Good, Tracy sat down with Dr. Colliver to discuss ways to increase energy efficiency in homes, where Kentucky ranks in energy usage and how water conservation is connected to energy issues. 

Courtesy of John Eads (with thanks to Grecia White)

Murray State alumni are working around the world. John Eads graduated with a degree in social work last spring and is now a volunteer with the Peace Corps, working to reform the juvenile detention system in Peru. Matt Markgraf had a chance to speak with Eads while he was in town to learn more about his work in the Peace Corps, what living in Peru is like, his plans for the future, and advice for anyone interested in joining the program.

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The Murray State Racers football team has had split results over the past two games. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and "The Voice of The Racers" Neal Bradley discuss the games games, including the Homecoming victory over Austin Peay. They also look ahead to the Racers' next two games, starting with tomorrow's game at UT Martin and a brief preview of basketball season.

Next week is international "Open Access Week," with events around the world - including regionally at Murray State University. Open Access is a way to open up scholarly communication between different academies internationally, says Philip Siblo-Landsman of MSU Libraries. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about events at Murray State and more about what open access aims to achieve.

Each October, as the night falls earlier, the cool air crisps and leaves turn shades of orange and red, The Market House Theatre leads groups by lantern along the historic streets of downtown Paducah, telling stories of legend and lore. The River City Ghost Tours are underway and a play titled Dangerous Obsession opens tonight (October 15). On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf hears a ghost story preview from Executive Director Michael Cochran.