Melanie Davis

Operations Assistant

Melanie Davis is a recent Murray State grad, receiving her BA in Music Business in May 2018. NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series inspired her to pursue a career in public radio, and she's been listening to WKMS ever since she moved to Kentucky from southern Indiana four years ago. She began working at WKMS her junior year, and has taken on several different jobs: from writing Sounds Good stories for the web, to producing the Last Splash, to assisting with WKMS' Live Lunch concert series.

Melanie has a passion for sharing music with her community, whether it's through WKMS or her own music. She's a singer-songwriter, hula hoop dancer, and devoted cat mom in her spare time.

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In 1960, Dennis Jackson became the first African American student-athlete to participate on a Murray State University team. Jackson visits the Sounds Good studio to reflect on his time at MSU and his athletic career.

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In the 19th century, Charles Darwin presented a theory of evolution that is still widely accepted and taught today. Natural selection and "survival of the fittest" categorizes species into 'weak' and 'strong' groups, with the latter carrying over into following generations and the former dying out. Michael Bordieri, professor of psychology at Murray State University, visits Sounds Good to discuss a new evolutionary theory that promotes collaboration and harmony between all 'strength' levels of species.

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Modern society is connected by online social media platforms comprised of hundreds of thousands of visual, aural, and textual publications. As more online users begin to publish greater amounts of content, laws regarding individuals' rights to their own image, sound, and likeness gain greater pertinence within the modern era. 

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The sprawling expanse of Appalachia has been used as the backdrop for campfire stories, scary stories, and urban legends, shared by avid story-tellers and thrill seekers, for generations. Author and filmmaker, Jerry Deaton, plans to share these Appalachian tales at the McCracken County Public Library this October. Deaton visits Sounds Good to discuss the bone-chilling stories and his upcoming presentation. 

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Humans are known to be creatures of habit, but not all habits are beneficial or conducive to our future goals. Dr. Michael Bordieri, professor of psychology at Murray State University, visits Sounds Good to explore what makes consistency in life changes so difficult to achieve and what steps we can take to reach that goal, resolution, or new sense of self.

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Hometown sports are more than just games -- they shape our lives and unite us, celebrating who we are as Americans. The essential qualities of sports -- competition, fair play, and the zeal to win -- embody the American spirit. Wrather Museum will be celebrating that spirit with their featured Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, this fall. The director of Special Collections and Exhibits at MSU University Libraries visits Sounds Good to discuss the showcase. 

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An average of 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. During this year's Domestic Abuse Awareness month, the Clemens Fine Arts Center in Paducah, KY is hosting a new dramatic play detailing the lives and stories of victims of interpersonal violence. Brenda J-Yasd, writer of the play, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming performance.

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Robert Penn Warren's groundbreaking novel of politics, power, and corruption, All the King's Men, is the centerpiece of public discussions around the state as part of a joint project between Kentucky Humanities and University Press of Kentucky. Constance Alexander and Dr. Drew Thompson visit Sounds Good to discuss the Paducah discussion and the upcoming Murray event.

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The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, enacted in March 2002, aimed to limit the amount of financial support interest groups and national political parties could provide to a specific campaign. In 2010, a historic court ruling overturned the reform act. Dr. Kevin Qualls, associate professor in MSU's Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, visits Sounds Good to talk about the significant change created in campaign finance law.

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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Calloway County will be holding a Suicide Awareness march this weekend at the Calloway County courthouse. Jennifer Taylor, member of the coalition and licensed professional clinical counselor at MSU, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming event.

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