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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Throughout the year, holidays are celebrated based on religion, veterans, notable historical figures, and new beginnings. This February, we celebrate the only holiday on the American calendar dedicated to a large ground squirrel. Land Between the Lakes lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, visits Sounds Good to discuss both the history of Groundhog Day and the animal for which it's named. 

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Murray State music professors Dr. Stephanie Rae (flute), Dr. Amy McCann (clarinet), and Dr. Matthew Gianforte (piano) will present a culturally diverse recital featuring works from South America, the Balkans, and northern Africa. Dr. Rae visits Sounds Good to discuss the showcase.

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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.

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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.

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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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This January, WKMS will add two new programs exploring music from across the globe and spanning all genres. Tune in to WKMS on January 5th to hear Imported and Afropop Worldwide.

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