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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The Music Man is a staple musical of the American stage, perhaps best known for the song "76 Trombones." Con-man Professor Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa and tries to convince them to make a boys band, buying musical instruments. Things get turned around when he falls in love with librarian Marian Perue. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Jill Herndon (who plays Eulalie MaCkechnie Shinn, the mayor's wife) and director Stephen Keene about the performance opening this week at Playhouse in the Park. 

Here's a preview of our featured guests on Sounds Good, December 7 through December 11. We're pleased to bring more holiday specials in the second hour of the program this week, beginning with Hanukkah Lights 2015. Hear the music and community conversation program weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule may be subject to change.

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After several games, the Murray State Racers Men's Basketball team is finding ways to win through good defense, despite struggling offensively. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley about the beginning of their season, catching up on the last several games. Bradley says they will need to find different ways to score and play with more offensive confidence. 

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Update: Part Two of this conversation is now online. 

Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke, and Dr. Cindy Clemson, are both members of the President's commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Murray State; serving on The Committee on Disabilities. In Part one of a two-part conversation celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, they talk with Tracy Ross about the history of the Act, and its effect on disabled college students.

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For the past 50 years, the predominant model in health treatment has focused on medication as the most important aspect of treatment for schizophrenia, but Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri says a couple of weeks ago a new study finds the combination of talk therapy with medication to be an effective treatment. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Bordieri about the study and the history of treating schizophrenia.

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Ceramicist Craig Rhodes is exhibiting his improvisational work at the Ruth Baggett Gallery in Paducah, on display through December 24. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Rhodes about his work, his process in designing and creating them and some of his local influences.

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The Paducah School of Art and Design host a photo contest based on Ron Rash's book Saints at the River as part of WKCTC's annual community read event. Work is also nearly complete on the third phase of their campus expansion. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Paul Aho, Dean of PSAD about the contest, the new campus addition and the 5th annual Student and Faculty Holiday Art Sale this weekend.

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Maiden Alley Cinema is wrapping up the year with the debut of their new permanent stage for the Music@MAC series, a Film Brew and a Movies for Me family night. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Executive Director Landee Bryant-Greene about their events through the end of the year, including a CD release party featuring holiday tunes by regional musicians.

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Soup for the Soul is one of the newest non-profit organizations in Murray. Founded about six months ago upon recognizing a need for serving individuals hot meals in the evenings, community member Debbie Smith has seen her efforts grow into a cause that fed 20 people now feed 75 to 100 people in need five nights a week. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with board chair Gina Winchester about some of the group's accomplishments and what's ahead for 2016.

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Brian Heller is the new director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center at WKCTC in Paducah. Moving from Wisconsin where he was the executive director of a community non-profit performing arts center, Heller says it's a welcome change moving to a higher education institution. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about his time so far in western Kentucky and how he first learned of Paducah. 

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