Tracy Ross

Program Director, Host of Sounds Good and Beyond the Edge

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.  

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The relationship between patient and healthcare provider can sometimes be a tenuous one, according to Murray State University professor of psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri.

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WKMS celebrates Black History Month with special programming in February.  This year, we’re featuring three episodes of the series With Good Reason, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

We’ll hear about one man's quest to free Africa's historical recordings from the colonial archives; discover untold tales of all-black sports leagues; listen to the story of one person who was injured in the Charlottesville attack last August and more.  

A schedule and detailed descriptions of the upcoming programs is below.

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Psychological science may not be able to take away all the pain and sorrow during times of tragedy, but it can help. Murray State University professor Dr. Michael Bordieri visited Sounds Good to discuss ways survivors of traumatic events, such as the recent shooting at Marshall County High School, can cope with their feelings.

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Data suggests many have already strayed from their New Year’s resolutions.  Murray State University professor Dr. Michael Bordieri visited Sounds Good to discuss how people can stick to their resolutions and make positive changes during the new year.

  The US is in the middle of an opioid epidemic, and Kentucky is ranked second highest in opioid related deaths. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss possible causes of and solutions to the epidemic.

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In today's world of Information Technology, there are more jobs than there are people to fill them. The director of the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State visits Sounds Good to discuss why that might be, and how to change it. 

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  During the Thanksgiving season, words like 'gratitude' and 'thankfulness' are seen at every turn. However, the holiday season can often carry stressful, and even negative, connotations. MSU Psychology professor, Dr. Michael Bordieri, visits Sounds Good to discuss the psychological benefits of gratitude in every day life, and how important it is to focus on the positive. 

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Join Tracy Ross this Friday at noon for another installment of Live Lunch. Murray's own beach-pop duo, Cruel Waves, will be visiting Sounds Good for an hour of music and discussion. Comprised of Alejandro Villanueva on guitar and Melanie Davis on vocals, guitar, and drums, the pair combines jazzy lounge-inspired vocals with surf-influenced guitar riffs. The melodies that dance between the agile mezzo and captivating guitar create an ethereal, bittersweet, and unique sound. 

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   John Paul White, singer/songwriter and former member of the Civil Wars, visits Sounds Good to discuss his return to a solo music career and his upcoming performance at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema. 

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   On this 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Dr. Marjorie Hilton, Associate Professor of History at MSU, and M.A. student, Jon Dunning, talk to Tracy Ross about the impact of the revolution on Americans and their way of life, or Americanism. 

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