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Samfest Annual Benefit Concert Moves to Calloway County, This Weekend

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Regional musician Sam Crutcher passed away in December 2009, since then his family and friends came together to create a music festival in his honor called Samfest. The 6th annual Samfest is this weekend at the Calloway County Fairgrounds and features live music by Nightfish, Big Atomic, Quailbones, The Drunken Poets and others, with local arts and food vendors, too. Chris Kerlick and Kayla Crutcher stop by Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about the event and the proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

"I think my father would be proud of his community coming together and supporting all of our local musicians and artistry." -Kayla Crutcher

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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.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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