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Aaron Thompson talked with Chad Lampe on Sounds Good about his upbringing during integration and struggles schools and teachers face today. Listen to the full interview below.


  Aaron Thompson is an outlier. The eastern Kentucky native is the son of an illiterate coal miner father who, he says, signed his name with an X. Thompson's mother held the highest level education in his family. She graduated from the eighth grade. But now, Thompson has risen through the academic ranks to be the chief academic officer for Kentucky's Council on Post-Secondary Education.

Here's a rundown of our featured guests on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, February 9

Michael Ramage, associate director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University, discusses the latest idea of "net neutrality" -- regulating web access as a public utility -- and what this might mean for consumers and communications companies.

Gospel music's only blind drummer, Ricky McKinnie of The Blind Boys of Alabama, talks with Kate Lochte about the 7 decades-long success of the group, which performs in the Clemens Fine Arts Center of West Kentucky Community and Technical College this Friday.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch at Noon features southern Indiana singer-songwriter Nick Dittmeier. His alt country EP, Extra Better, earned him a nomination for "Songwriter of the Year" at the inaugural Louisville Music Awards.

Hear Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters in a live performance from Studio B, February 27 at Noon! Watch the live webcast here.

(UPDATE) Here's an outlook of our featured guests on Sounds Good this week.

Monday, February 2

So, how did the Super Bowl ads score?  We'll get analysis from a Murray State Executive in Residence, Mr. Robert Norsworthy, a national advertising expert working in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Janet Woodall Corum joins us to chat about her upcoming dessert theatre performance at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College.  She and Thad Mayhugh star in an intimate musical, "I Do, I Do," following a couple through fifty years of love, quarrels and marriage. Lynn Curtis directs the music.

Here's the outlook for who's on Sounds Good this week:

Monday, January 26

Curator Myers Brown is with us in the first hour to describe the Tennessee State Museum's Civil War exhibit, Common People in Uncommon Times, at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center.

Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies joins us in the second hour to discuss legislative priorities for 2015, President Obama's plan for free community college, how the tobacco free policy will be enforced and the hiring of the new MSU football coach.

Murray State University students are preparing for their 78th annual production run of Campus Lights this week.

Update: YouTube link to Year of October's Live Lunch performance added

Our next Sounds Good Live Lunch features Nashville-based rock band Year of October. Phlecia and Josh Sullivan founded the band in 2010 while attending the University of Kentucky. With influences of The Black Keys, Wilco, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Norah Jones, they have bluesy vocals, strong lyrics and roaring guitars with a sound reminiscent of the 1970s. 

When: January 23 at Noon

Poet Michael Cohen to Speak at MSU Creative Writing Event

Dec 31, 2014 Author Page

Murray State professor emeritus Michael Cohen reads from his book of essays "A Place to Read:  Life and Books" and participates in a conversation with MSU Watkins Fellow Riley Hanick Sunday at 3 p.m. in MSU's Faculty Hall.

Poet Rodney Jones Speaks at MSU Creative Writing Event

Dec 31, 2014
The Poetry Foundation

Murray State's MFA in Creative Writing Reading Series runs Saturday through next Wednesday.  Poet Rodney Jones is the first guest author for the Series.  Jones is a professor and distinguished scholar emeritus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Pulitzer Prize nomination and a Kingsley-Tufts Award among honors for his poetry. He stopped by WKMS to give a look into his writing style and even read some of his work.

Eight Simple Rules to Managing Your Kid’s Entertainment This Holiday Season

Dec 30, 2014
Magicalis (

In an increasingly media-connected world, sometimes parents struggle to know what exactly their kids are seeing, hearing and interacting with. Dan Olschwang is CEO of Magicalis, a company that aims to help solve this problem. His new app "Dawn" helps parents discover engaging and appropriate content for their kids.