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.  

Ways to Connect

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Approaching one's mental health can often involve a catalogue of undesirable or harmful symptoms and how to fix them. However, a new psychological outlook focused on resiliencies and strengths of the patients might prove to be more beneficial. Murray State University professor of psychology, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss this theory. 

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band /

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band takes classic country blues, fingerstyle picking, and washboard playing to new levels of contemporaneity. Frontman 'The Reverend Peyton' visits Sounds Good to discuss the band's upcoming headlining performance at the Lowertown Arts and Music Festival. 

In this bonus episode of Something From Nothing, WKMS employees Asia Burnett and Tracy Ross join host Justin Lewis to preview some of the music that will be at the Lowertown arts and music festival. 

Also included in the episode will be other parts of the festival Asia and Tracy are looking forward to. 

The festival begins this Thursday night and runs through Saturday. Check for details. 

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band /

With a lively funk sound that seems to have traveled straight up the Mississippi from New Orleans, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is set to headline Paducah, Kentucky's Lowertown Arts and Music Festival next weekend. Guitarist, manager, and founding member of the band, JP Miller, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming performance.

Knight Branch Farms /

Knight Branch Farms in New Concord, Kentucky is preparing to host a multi-genre music festival this May. Festival organizer, David Wilson, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming event. 

The Tapestry /

This past weekend, Murray State University alumnus and artistic director of The Tapestry, Corey Crider, presented a classic rock and opera fusion concert at Fohs Hall in Marion, KY. Crider visited Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming performance and preview samples from the program. 

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Singer-songwriter and Live Lunch veteran, Fate McAfee, returns to the WKMS studios on the heels of the March release of Diesel Palomino, McAfee's second studio album. McAfee will be backed by Paducah, KY's Leonard the Band (who performed on Sounds Good in 2014 and 2018). 

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Many people enjoy an alcoholic drink or two at a social gathering, event, or other celebratory experience, but how many drinks does it take to cross over into 'binge-drinking?' Murray State professor of psychology, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss how to define and limit binge drinking.

Murray State's Cinema International will present a Friday-only special showing of Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits, the world's first all-girl punk band. Original drummer, Paloma McLardy, and MSU Dept. of History chair, Kathy Callahan, Ph.D., visit Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming screening. /

This May, Murray State's Paducah campus will host an international business and trade conference centered around thriving in the global economy. Hutchens Distinguished Professor of Management at MSU, Sandy Miles, Ph.D., and the Director of Development for the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, Brian Canerdy, visit Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming conference.