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

June Laffoon Taylor was born in Earlington, just south of Madisonville in 1921. After graduating from Murray State University, she went on to a lifetime career in Kentucky politics, holding prominent roles from being a Democratic Party leader to the commonwealth's first female Chief of Staff. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian of MSU's Pogue Library about the university's large collection documenting her life and the challenges she overcame as a prominent woman in Kentucky politics.


When treating mental disorders like depression, sometimes simpler treatments can prove more effective.

Hear Dr. Michael Bordieri with the Murray State University Department of Psychology speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the resurging idea.

Regional Entrepreneur Conference / Facebook

Hopkinsville Community College is hosting an entrepreneurial conference on March 9. HCC Workforce Development Liaison Lea Martin and Kentucky Small Business Development Center District Director Chris Wooldridge speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about what to expect.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

Since its discovery in a population of bats in a New York cave in 2007, white nose syndrome has become one of the gravest threats to American and Canadian bats.  White nose is a fungal infection that disrupts the bat’s hibernation cycle and has resulted in the death of approximately 6 million bats in North America.  Kentucky has not escaped the infection’s spread; it first appeared in the Commonwealth in 2011 and has been detected in bats in western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Photo by Michael Bailey, American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, returns to the Lovett Auditorium stage at Murray State University with performances of Julius Caesar and The Life of King Henry the Fifth. Events are underway with performances March 8 - 10. 

Four Star Records, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

February 3, 1959 is often called "The Day the Music Died" but it isn't the only day that can make that unfortunate claim.  The phrase is often associated with the deaths of rock and roll pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, but March 5, 1963 would prove as devastating to country and western music. 

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Tonight kicks off a hopeful Ohio Valley Tournament championship run for the Murray State University men’s basketball team. They face No. 7 seed Eastern Illinois tonight, March 2 at 8 P.M.

“The Voice of the Racers” Neal Bradley speaks with Tracy Ross on what the team will have to do to bring home a title.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

We welcome back Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters this Friday at Noon on Sounds Good Live Lunch, at Noon. The southern Indiana singer-songwriter is kicking off a tour promoting their new album Midwest Heart/Southern Blues.

Hear Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters in a live performance from Studio B, March 4 at Noon! Watch the live webcast here.

Nicole Hand, Murray State University

The Murray Art Guild presents a new exhibition Friday, March 4 that’s inspired by the work of social activist and native Kentuckian bell hooks.

Collaborators and Murray State Professors Nicole Hand and Carrie Jerrell speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about how “Visual Elegy” came to be.

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

Playhouse in the Park will hold a production of the classic Puritan drama “The Crucible” later this week.

Director Marian Bradtke and actor Marci Jo Gardner-Edmonds speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the play.