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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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.

In the last installment of Sounds Good's sport psychology series, Tracy Ross and psychology professor Dan Wann, Ph.D., discuss the process of socialization in sport fandoms. This week, they discuss how an individual becomes a fan of particular teams and players.

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Live art performances of all kinds - music, theatre, visual art, literature - are undoubtedly exciting and special. These experiences can also have a more significant impact on an individual's overall mental health than one might think. Murray State professor of psychology, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss. 

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While the image of a turkey is widely synonymous with Thanksgiving due to their alleged spot on the Plymouth colonists' table, the snood-ed bird didn't gain this symbolic status until the 19th century. Land Between the Lakes' lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, visits Sounds Good to discuss these deceivingly intelligent birds, their history in the upcoming holiday, and where to see them in LBL.

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Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are often subject to implicit bias in search, tenure, and promotion processes. Murray State's ADVANCE program just received their second three-year grant to raise awareness and educate the community on these biases within STEM and the importance of avoiding them. Professor of mathematics, Maeve McCarthy, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss this new grant and the ADVANCE program.

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The Murray State University Department of Music and Department of Theatre and Global Languages presents the hastily written, but nonetheless carefully crafted, two-act Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. The director of the show and several cast members visit the Sounds Good studio to discuss the upcoming production.

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Musician, songwriter, folklorist, and honorable Kentucky Colonel, Nathan Blake Lynn, brings his American roots music to Sounds Good's next Live Lunch installment ahead of his Backstage Pass performance at the Clemens Fine Arts Center.

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Sounds Good has explored what it means to be a sports fan, basking in reflective glory (BIRGing), and cutting off reflective failures (CORFing) - this week, Tracy Ross and Murray State professor of psychology, Dan Wann, Ph.D., go to the origin of sport fandom: how one becomes socialized into being a fan.

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November is National Bald Eagle month, and Land Between the Lakes provides bird-watchers and national symbol-lovers alike with ample opportunities to see these large birds in their natural habitat. John Pollpeter, lead naturalist at the LBL Woodlands Nature Station, visits Sounds Good to discuss eagles and how to find them.

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