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 honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Murray Calloway County Hospital's "Because She Matters" campaign is raising funds for new, potentially life-saving 3-D mammography technology. VP of development at MCCH, Keith Travis, visits Sounds Good to discuss the importance of raising awareness and to provide more details about the fundraiser. 

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Although most people would consider themselves a Good Samaritan, psychological and social research shows otherwise. Tracy Ross speaks with MSU professor, Dr. Michael Bordieri, on Sounds Good about the psychology of being helpful -- and why we don't do it as much as we might think. 

  "Time to Lay it Down - The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War" is a two-part documentary special that explores music created during the Vietnam War. The music of the time expressed the deep divisions in the U.S., provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, and provided veterans with a source of healing when they came home. 

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 NPR Tiny Desk Concert veteran and self-described "intuitive folk" multi-instrumentalist, Diane Cluck, speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good ahead of her intimate house show in Paducah next week. 

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     Murray State University's theatre department will be presenting "The Praying Mantis" this week through September 23rd in the Wilson Hall black box theatre. Tracy Ross speaks with director, Daryl Phillipy, about what to expect from this macabre and entertaining production that weaves religious, romantic, and insectile imagery into one show. 

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  Tracy Ross and MSU Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, continue their biweekly discussions on Sounds Good with an examination of the meaning of happiness. Together, they explore the psychology behind what it means to be happy and how you might improve upon and increase your own happiness. 

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Murray State University professor of history, Dr. David Pizzo, speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about political climates seen around the world today and how they compare with that of post-WWI Weimar Republic immediately preceding its fall to the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

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Award-winning author and Graves County native, Bobbi Ann Mason, will be speaking at the Murray State History Department's inaugural lecture and scholarship banquet on September 19th. Tracy Ross speaks with MSU history professor, Duane Bolin, on Sounds Good about the banquet, the lecture, and its featured guest. 

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A "Hee Haw"-style skit and bourbon tasting are just some of the features of the upcoming "Backwoods Ball" fundraiser at Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Garden co-founder Bill Tyler. They talk about the history of the garden, its origins as a flat, sterile soybean field and more about their fundraising event. 

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The 30th Annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow, located in Hopkinsville, KY, happening this weekend.

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