Murray State

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.

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. 

Racers Take On Morehead In OVC Quarterfinals Tonight

Mar 3, 2016
Tab Brockman, Murray State Sports Information,

With a commanding win over Eastern Illinois last night, the Murray State men’s basketball team looks to keep their postseason hopes alive in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. 

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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. 

Courtesy of Rosa Hudspeth

Pogue Library at Murray State University is home to numerous special collections and oral history projects. One of these recordings is the voice of Murray resident Florence Kenley-Hudspeth, who is now 80. In an oral history recording with Murray State in 1979, she reflects on life growing up in a time when Murray was a segregated community. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian, describing Hudspeth's experience growing up in the 1940s and 50s and her thoughts on the Civil Rights Movement.

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), via Facebook

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is wrapping up, but the campaign to tackle eating disorders continues year-round nationally through the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and locally at Murray State University's Women's Center. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross recaps the week's events with Women's Center director Abigail French and the types of disorders most commonly seen on campus. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray State Board of Regents expressed support in their quarterly meeting Friday of the efforts led by President Dr. Bob Davies in keeping the university community informed about the looming budget crisis. Regent Chair Harry Lee Waterfield, Jr. said potential higher ed funding cuts are one of the most important issues facing post-secondary institutions in Kentucky in generations. 

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For more than 20 years, Murray State University Department of Art & Design's Summer Art Workshop has brought in high school students from around the country to participate in a week-long experience learning from various artistic mediums. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Nicole Hand Bryant about this year's event, which has a focus on STEAM (STEM with an 'A' for Art) incorporating technology into art projects.

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Murray neurologist Dr. Chris King says roughly 4% of Americans suffer from at least 15 headache days per month, with each occurrence lasting four hours or more. He says there are 60 different types of headaches, grouped into certain categories based on presentation. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the different types of severe headaches ahead of a community forum on migraines next week at Murray State University.

Dave Winder, Murray State Athletics,

Since the last time Tracy Ross spoke with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley, the Murray State Racers men's basketball team has played four games and won three. Bradley says they are peaking right now with only three games left in the regular season. Vying for a realistic number two seed, he says, in the OVC that comes with a double buy. If the Racers end up tied with UT Martin and lose the tie breaker, then they'll drop to 5th seed.

Here's a recap and a look ahead: