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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Murray State Cinema International will continue its theme of women-featured French films with Madame Hyde. Director of Cinema International, Dr. Thérèse St. Paul, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming screening. / IMDb

The first half of the spring 2020 season of Murray State's Cinema International features women-led and created French films. Cinema International director, Dr. Thérèse St. Paul and history professor, Dr. Eleanor Rivera, visit Sounds Good to discuss this week's screening and preview the rest of the season.

Language is a fundamental tool many individuals learn at a very young age. Language is used for communicating needs, expressing desires, and establishing societies and interpersonal connection. Michael Bordieri, Murray State professor of psychology, visits Sounds Good to discuss the language development process in both neurotypical children and children on the autism spectrum disorder.

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Murray, Kentucky based singer-songwriter, Melanie A. Davis, returns to the Sounds Good studio with a full band to debut her new album, Allegoria, in the first Live Lunch installment of 2020. 

Does your band have what it takes? Submit your best original song by Sunday, March 1st at midnight, and your band could be voted among the finalists to perform for the grand prize.

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In the next installment of Sounds Good's sport psychology series, Tracy Ross and Dan Wann discuss how sports fans learn to cope with particularly upsetting losses, team dissolutions, and free-agent players who move from a fan's favorite team to a rival.

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January's chilly temperatures can often be a deterrent to getting out into the wild and enjoying nature. However, the colder months create unique wildlife watching opportunities as migratory species, nocturnal foragers, and Mississippi flyway travelers settle into Land Between the Lakes. LBL's lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, visits Sounds Good to discuss.


Originally aired in the 1980s, The Black Cats Jump celebrates the legacy and expansive repertoire of African American big bands such as Basie, Ellington, and Webb. WKMS, Dr. Todd E. Hill, George Eldred, and original engineer, Mark Welch, join forces to reintroduce Black Cats Jump in the new year.

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When two brothers running the last family-operated funeral home in a small, western Kentucky town see the end of their business approaching, the younger sibling decides to explore more unusual avenues of postmortem business. Author and west KY native, Clayton Tune, visits Sounds Good to discuss his new, fictional book set in Murray, Kentucky.

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Land Between the Lakes started the annual tradition of censusing local birds to collect trend data in 1950. Almost seventy years later, the Woodlands Nature Station prepares for another year of data collection. John Pollpeter, the Woodlands Nature Station's lead naturalist, visits Sounds Good to discuss the count and what type of birds might be seen during the survey.