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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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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Murray State University is celebrating "A season of global traditions" this holiday season, so on Sounds Good Matt Markgraf sat down with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian for Pogue Library, to talk about some of the holiday traditions at the university over the decades, including a giant Christmas tree, letters to Santa and a pre-Kwanzaa celebration.

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WKMS Program Director and host of Sounds Good and Beyond the Edge Tracy Ross presents his list of top ten albums of 2015 in alphabetical order. Hear selections from these albums and many others his best of the year mix Saturday, December 26 at 8 p.m. on Beyond the Edge.

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As we head into the holidays, some of the recent Racer Men's Basketball games haven't ended up so festive, but "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley says the best is still yet to come for this team. He says 5-5 is about right at this time in the season. Some of the wins weren't against teams he expected the Racers to beat and some of the losses weren't expected either. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good, recapping some of the recent games and a look ahead at the last games of 2015 and the first of 2016, as OVC play begins with three home games.

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There's limited data that shows why people suffer from depression over the holidays, but one can reasonably assume that it's often a time where people who already feel isolated may feel more isolated, or see others who are more socially connected. Suicide prevention is a difficult topic, but an important conversation to have. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri on ways to reach out and help people who may be struggling and some of the warning signs that might be displayed.

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This holiday season, many families will decorate Christmas trees and front yards with dazzling electric lights, travel long-distance, maybe hundreds of miles to visit relatives, or turn up the central heat and do some online shopping for gifts. A lot has changed about how we celebrate and survive the winter months over the past 160 years. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Land Between the Lakes Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls about how farm families celebrated Christmas in 1850.

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, December 14 through December 18. We'll continue hour-long episodes ahead of our special Holidays Sound Good series in the noon hour. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

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Saturday night, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents their the annual Christmas celebration, one of the most energetic performances all season. On Sounds Good, Maestro Raffaele Ponti speaks with George Eldred about the performance and explains why some consider this concert the official start of the Christmas season in Paducah.

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Well told from the American Civil War are the stories of battles and heroic leaders. Among the lesser known stories are those of the farm families and their homesteads who found themselves struggling to survive in the midst of conflict. "It was a trying time," says Land Between the Lakes Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls. She speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good about what life was like for the farm families of western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee ahead of their reenactment event "Civil War Comes to the Homeplace" this Saturday.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

For the final puppies sound good special of 2015, we meet Lola, a sweet, fun-loving black lab mix puppy. She enjoyed meeting everyone at the station who came to greet her and played tug-of-war with her chew toy before heading into the studio. Kathy Hodge of the Humane Society of Calloway County also talks with Tracy Ross about the 2016 Pet Calendar and photos with 'Santa Claws.'

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