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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Hunger Gains: Budget Cuts Imperil Nutritious Food Aid

Apr 17, 2017
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

At a moment when food aid agencies are working to provide healthier food to the poor and the elderly, President Donald Trump has proposed a 21 percent cut in funding for the agriculture programs that support them. It’s a move that advocates say is bad for people who need food and local farmers who provide it. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

Petr Kratochvil, publicdomainpictures.net

Farmers in the Ohio Valley are waiting to see how President Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department might affect their fortunes. Concerns over trade have held up a confirmation vote for nominee Sonny Perdue, and trade is also on the minds of regional growers. Nicole Erwin of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov

With the passage of a bill lifting the ‘nuclear moratorium’ in Kentucky, now that Senate Bill 11 also known as the 'Robert J. Leeper Act' has been signed into law, there is a renewed attention on the past, present and future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

Anna Kitzman, 123rf Stock Photo

Lawmakers transformed the legal landscape of Kentucky during this year’s General Assembly. The state has new laws restricting abortions and allowing charter schools. Legislators also passed pro-business measures that forbid mandatory union dues and add a hurdle for people suing doctors and hospitals for malpractice. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this report on what passed the General Assembly and how the new laws might affect Kentuckians.

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

Federal health researchers are visiting the Appalachian coalfields to recruit allies in the fight against black lung. A resurgence in the worst form of the disease may affect as many as 5 percent of experienced miners in the region. Benny Becker of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies recently stopped by WKMS as part of a regular conversation addressing various things at MSU. This month, Davies reflects on his past three years as president, the outcomes of the Institute of Engineering pilot study, how a recent Math Day for high school students goes beyond crunching numbers, navigating recent legislation, tuition planning, an upcoming alumni event and diversity efforts.

Courtesy CVI

When President Donald Trump signed his latest executive order last week, he surrounded himself with coal miners and returned to a familiar campaign theme: “job-killing” regulations. But in some corners of coal country, an environmental regulation is creating jobs. Stream restoration is part of a multi-billion dollar business, and some displaced miners are tapping into that revenue stream. Glynis Board of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports. 

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Man O' War is widely considered one of the greatest race horses of all time and turns 100 today. Man O' War won an incredible 20 of 21 races in 1919 and 1920 and sired multiple champion horses including Triple Crown winner War Admiral. The famous horse also has a distant connection to a Murray State alum who became a Hollywood actor and collector. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Murray State Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian Sarah Hopley about Man O War's family ties to Hal Riddle.

Defunding Appalachia: Coal Communities Resist President’s Budget Cuts

Mar 27, 2017
Rebecca Kiger | Ohio Valley ReSource

President Donald Trump's proposal to cut the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies has alarmed some people in a region that helped to elect him. Now a budget resistance is brewing within the president's own party. Benny Becker of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports on what's at stake.

Todd Lappin, Flickr Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Crime statistics show human trafficking is on the rise, including here in the Ohio Valley region. Now some former victims of trafficking are raising awareness, and they've teamed up with some unlikely allies. Nicole Erwin, of the Ohio Valley ReSource, reports.

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