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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Almost thirty years ago, the concrete barrier separating East and West Berlin was torn down. Murray State's Cinema International program will be presenting two films having to do with the Berlin Wall this week and next. Program director, Thérèse Saint Paul, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming screenings.

Western Kentucky native Daniel Neihoff combines powerful vocals, Appalachian style finger-picking, and narrative songwriting to create his own blend of Americana, blues, and country. Neihoff is set to perform on the next installment of Live Lunch on the heels of his March 2019 EP release, Appalachian Cry.

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Murray State professor of psychology, Daniel Wann, Ph.D., was a trailblazer in the world of sports fandom psychology. Sounds Good is introducing a new series on the subject, and Wann visits the Sounds Good studio to discuss why he chose a previously unstudied career path.

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Although pelicans are normally associated with coastal areas, more and more of these large, big-billed birds are making a seasonal home in Land Between the Lakes. LBL lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, visits Sounds Good to discuss the recent influx of pelicans in western Kentucky. 

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Kicking off the German language series of Murray State's Cinema International program is 2017 Austrian film Mademoiselle Paradis. Director of Cinema International, Thérèse Saint Paul, and MSU history professor, Brian Clardy, visit Sounds Good to discuss the film and its upcoming screenings.

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People of all ages, genders, and races can suffer from low-self esteem. In the age of social media, comparing oneself to their peers is easier than ever. Murray State professor of psychology, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the difference between healthy and harmful comparison.

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In honor of Labor Day, Sounds Good explores the age of online shopping, vacations and mental health days, women in the workplace, and the emergence of American anthems (no, not just Francis Scott Key's). 


Murray State's Cinema International program has been a long-loved staple of the MSU community, bringing thoughtful, comedic, and inspiring films of every genre and from every country to the western Kentucky campus. Director of Cinema International, Dr. Thérèse Saint Paul, visits Sounds Good to discuss the program's new schedule and upcoming screenings. 

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According to the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), there are approximately 450,000 children in the U.S. foster care system on any given day. Wakendra Gourley, co-leader of the Lakes division of the Kentucky Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Support Network, visits Sounds Good to discuss the foster care system, the support network, and how to help children across western Kentucky find their forever homes.

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The Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival has been a beloved Midsouth tradition ever since its debut in 1990. Organizer of this year's festival, Lew Jetton, visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming weekend-long event.