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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You may have seen on television or movies the massive Spring festival of colors in India, known as Holi. This festival was celebrated across India last week but Murray State University's Indian Student Association brings the festival to campus this Saturday. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with the association's president Mayur Bhandare about the history and mythology of the holiday, how his family celebrates back home and the upcoming event on campus.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Folktales and legends, natural remedies and "old wives tales" have a remarkable way of traveling with settlers, taking on a life of its own wherever people settle. This region has no shortage of stories like these. Murray native Mildred Hatcher spent her lifetime collecting and preserving the folktales of Kentucky and Tennessee. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Pogue Library Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian about Hatcher's love of folktales and her impressive collection at Murray State.

Paducah Beer Werks, via Facebook

Jay Marchmon and Todd Blume are the brewers at Paducah Beer Werks. In their first year of business, they took home medals in state, national and international beer competitions. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with the brewers about how they got started, these awards and the "Festiversary" this weekend.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Far too often, the everyday stories of our communities get lost in history: stories of an old opera house, recollections of childhood memories from the Civil War. Anyone interested in the heritage and history of our region would find a remarkable treasure in the collection of Fulton journalist Ouida Jewell at Murray State's Pogue Library. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian about this 'success story' from western Kentucky.

[Audio] The Difficulties of Treating Addiction

Mar 22, 2016
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A common story in pop culture is that of the celebrity’s rehab troubles; either they’re checking in or going back.

MSU professor of psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about addiction and the difficulty in finding effective treatments.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

As spring begins to bloom, the Calloway County Public Library is planning a slate of community events both indoor and out.

CCPL Community Relations Coordinator Sandy Linn talks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about what’s coming up, including this year’s Easter egg hunt.

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Early next month, the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials will hold its Spring Summit in Murray. Angela Guyton and Dr. Doris Sarr of the KBC-LEO stop by Sounds Good to talk about this year’s event.

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Operation Jumpstart is a nine-part program starting next month designed to help would-be entrepreneurs test the feasibility of their idea. 

Hear Tracy Ross talk about the course on Sounds Good with Chris Wooldridge, District Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at Murray State along with Gina Winchester, Executive Director of Regional Outreach for MSU and Will McDowell, Vice President of Paducah Economic Development.

Land Between the Lakes

The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum is holding a special event at its weekly Sunday Afternoons in the Parlor.

Participants will learn about papercraft in the 19th century and how to make fun and practical items to take home.

Keep the TN River Beautiful, via Facebook

Local organization Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful will be cleaning up at Land Between the Lakes this weekend.

Program Coordinator Laura Howard speaks with Austin Carter on Sounds Good about the importance of the Tennessee River.