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.

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.

Tab Brockman,

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.


"Fun with Languages" partners with Murray State's Waterfield Library to offer Saturday morning language clubs for children in preschool to 8th grade. Participants may choose to learn French, Spanish, German, Japanese or Chinese. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Valerie Hendley about she has expanded this language learning program across the region.

Jenni Todd, WKMS

Breaking the mold this month is a "senior" puppy named Danny, aged 6. He's a Shih Tsu mix with big, expressive brown eyes and a very relaxed demeanor. Very well socialized, he was found in the county with a severe allergic reaction to fleas.  He has rehabilitated over the past two months on allergy medication and healthy diet. In a foster home now with younger middle school children, cats and dogs of all sizes, he's very well socialized and enjoys everyone (especially cats). 


Murray State’s second annual Campus Plunge next month brings together students and faculty together for a worthy cause; Special Olympics in Kentucky. The event, held at MSU’s quad next to Pogue Library, invites participants to get dunked in a pool of ice-cold water.

MSU Associate Professor of English Squire Babcock speaks with Tracy Ross on what the event means for the 140 athletes participating in western Kentucky.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A little over two weeks ago, we spoke with two professors of Murray State's history department who were among the 72 Kentucky history professors who signed a letter calling for the removal of the statue of Confederate president and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis from the capitol rotunda in Frankfort. The letter went to Governor Steve Beshear and to the Kentucky Historical Properties Advisory Commission, which earlier this August voted 7-2 to keep the statue where it is. But that doesn't mean the debate is over. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Tom Hiter, former Director of Heritage Defense for the Sons of Confederate Veterans and longtime SCV member Dr. Don Duncan.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Captain Wendell Oury Chapter, is hosting a Colonial Dinner on October 19, with a menu featuring foods in the style of the colonial times at The Willow Bistro. The restaurant is the historic 1929 home of Price Doyle, a prominent music professor at Murray State and his wife was one of the charter members of the local DAR chapter. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Treasurer Kathy Timmons about the event and the organization.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a diverse and growing community of international students and we are interested in learning more about them. Matt Markgraf recently met Aydan Aslanova a student from Azerbaijan who is involved in the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at MSU. They talk about what she's studying, her hometown of Baku, and learn why chivalry and smiling are different in the United States compared to her home country.