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.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Join us for our next Sounds Good Live Lunch featuring Nashville's The Carmonas Friday, May 6 at Noon! This roots band blends the sibling harmonies of Chad, Alison, and Aaron Carmona with fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and upright bass to create a sound that transcends bluegrass.

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Forward Paducah /

In September 2015, Paducah Economic Development began a process to prepare an economic development strategy for Paducah and McCracken County. The seven-month planning process was designed to improve the community’s economic vitality through an aligned initiative to address challenges and seize opportunities. 

Hear Tracy Ross talks to Paducah Economic Development Vice President Will McDowell about this initiative, called Forward Paducah.

Cathy Yeulet, 123rf Stock Photo

Treating mental illnesses sounds simple on paper, but Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri says there can be unfortunate disparities in that treatment among different social classes and cultures.

He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about these issues.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State Professor Joshua Easterling has received a prestigious fellowship and will study in Germany starting this fall. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about his work and experience.


An especially potent form of computer virus has taken root in the last few years. Michael Ramage, director of Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about ransomware.

LowerTown Arts & Music Festival

This year’s Lowertown Arts and Music Festival kicks off next week in Paducah.

Co-directors Michael and Victoria Terra talk with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the upcoming event.

The Gentry House, via Facebook

The Gentry House in Murray will hold its 4th annual Derby Party May 7 starting at 2 p.m.

Board President Robert Lyons and Director Sherece Cole speak with Austin Carter on Sounds Good about the upcoming event.


Home health care is a service that many providers and patients have considered as of late. Melanie Beck and Tammy Sullivan of Baptist Health Home Care speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good on how the treatment option works.

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William Gross Magee, graphic communications lecturer at Murray State, is publishing a collection of 3D photographs depicting Mammoth Cave. Hear Magee and Tracy Ross discuss the book and the photographer that inspired it on Sounds Good.

Marcella's Kitchen via Facebook (cropped)

Austin Carter talks to Jay Staten about The Empty Bowls Project Dinner and Silent Auction, supporting Marcella's Kitchen which will be held Saturday, April 23rd from 11 am to 1 pm in Draffenville. 

Staten says the project first started about 26 years ago, when a Michigan art teacher challenged his students to come up with a creative community service project. It’s not just in Paducah; organizations around the country create their own bowls to help feed the hungry.