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.

About this time last year, Dr. Jim Gould told WKMS that Gene Katterjohn of Paducah had a good story and arranged for Kate Lochte to chat at the Katterjohn’s home one stormy afternoon. The Katterjohns are among the city’s many multi-generational community-minded families. Back in 1919 a Katterjohn won the mayoral race by 86 votes.

Murray State's new Clara Eagle Gallery Director Mike Martin kicks off his first semester curating the four campus galleries with works including 'Anthropogenic Landscapes' by Armin Muhsam, Paintings/Drawings/Sculptures depicting "Silver Linings" by Adrian Hatfield, 'AIR of UT' featuring works by professors and alumni at UT Knoxville and 'My Home' large-scale photos of interiors by Louis Chan. Martin brings artists Hatfield and Chan to Sounds Good to speak with Kate Lochte about their work.

Moving back to Mississippi from New Orleans, Elli Morris was searching for a warehouse home to suit her artistic personality. With none available, her uncle offered her a temporary home in the building he used as an office, their family’s old ice plant. The plant sparked Elli’s infatuation with her ice history and is the epicenter of her new book Cooling the South: The Block Ice Era. She speaks with Kate on Sounds Good about the her family’s involvement in the ice business and the transformation cheap, manufactured ice brought about.


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a puzzling disease attacking over 2.3 million people in the world, with around 200 cases appearing each day. Half a century ago, an MS diagnosis was much more devastating than it has to be today. Primary Care Neurologist Dr. Chris King speaks with Kate on Sounds Good today about the disease, treatment options and Primary Care's Community Forum on Multiple Sclerosis happening tomorrow evening. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

What a great night for live, local music in Lovett Auditorium! If you missed the Sounds Good Live Lunch After Dark concert featuring Big Atomic and The Savage Radley, tune in Thursday from 7 to 9 pm to hear the recording! (pre-empting World Cafe)


With classes starting at Murray State University and in schools across the region, it's an exciting time but can also be a time for worry. Test anxiety is relatively common, says Dr. Michael Bordieri of the MSU Department of Psychology, affecting about 20% of students from elementary age to medical students. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Bordieri on strategies for dealing with test anxiety.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Calloway County Public Library's Sandy Linn stops by Sounds Good with news of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook giveaway welcoming Murray State students who come and sign up for, update or use their library card, faculty and staff. A new monthly story time for young children (2-5) and LEGO building events for kids (5-12) start in September. She also teases the community reads coming soon.

Prichard Committee, Facebook

Kentucky's Prichard committee for Academic Excellence, a nationally recognized education advocacy organization, sees a leadership change when Executive Director Dr. Stu Silberman's retirement is effective September 4th. This past April, the Prichard Board selected Brigitte Blom Ramsey to move into the directorship. This month, Prichard has highlighted its intentions to focus on post-secondary education and affordability. Last Monday, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence was among educational organizations hosting a news briefing and discussion on college going in Kentucky. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte begins her conversation with Ramsey on this topic.

Cheryl Davis, 123rf Stock Photo

The Monarch population has rapidly declined in the last 10 years and naturalists are urging people to plant more milkweed and pesticide free nectar plants, which comprise a butterfly waystation. Former president of the Kentucky Garden Association Joanna Kirby calls the Monarch the 'canary in the coal mine' indicating a problem in the environment. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her monarch waystation efforts and the dedication of three in Paducah and Mayfield this weekend.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts / Facebook

From across the pond comes some of Cambridge's best actors and actresses, here to help celebrate Glema Mahr Center for the Arts' 25th season with a performance of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Center Director Brad Downall joins us on Sounds Good with more details on this performance and more free events.