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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When Janice Morgan learns that her son has been arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and drug charges, she feels like she's living a nightmare. Her son's turbulent journey through anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder showed Morgan the importance of seeking a better understanding of mental health and the recovery process. Morgan visits Sounds Good to discuss her son, their relationship and lives, and her memoir, Suspended Sentence, that recounts it all.

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For the second installment of "The History of Democracy," Murray State professor of history, David Pizzo, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the history of apartheid in South Africa and the democracy born from incredible racial tension and violence.

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From only eating specific meals on game day to booger hexes to lighting incense in front of a backyard Buddhist statue - sports fans are no strangers to superstitious behavior. Murray State professor of psychology, Dan Wann, Ph.D., and Tracy Ross continue their sports psychology series with a discussion on sport superstition. 

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The list of all possible fears and phobias seems to go on forever. An estimated 9.1% (19 million) U.S. adults have at least one phobia. Murray State professor of psychology, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss fear and why it might be better to embrace fear than avoid it.

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At the end of the First World War (1918-1919), Germany experienced a powerful revolution in which the monarchy was overthrown and replaced with a democratic government system. Murray State University professor of history, David Pizzo, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the revolution in the first installment of a new series, "The History of Democracy."

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky native, Ted Poston, is commonly referred to as the "Dean of Black Journalism." Poston will be celebrated in "Our Town Hoptown: African American Voices" as part of Hopkinsville's annual Big Read. Founder and editor of the Hoptown Chronicle, Jennifer Brown, visits Sounds Good to discuss the program and the man behind it.

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Two weeks ago, Tracy Ross and Murray State professor of psychology, Dan Wann, discussed BIRGing, or basking in reflective glory. This week, Wann returns to the studio to discuss the opposite phenomenon: CORFing, or cutting off reflective failure.

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Bats are often associated with all things spooky: vampires, caves, dark nights in the forest. However, these furry-faced creatures play a highly important role in ecological systems around the world. Land Between the Lakes naturalist, John Pollpeter, visits Sounds Good to discuss these diverse, helpful, and not-so-scary mammals.

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Paducah native, McKynleigh Abraham, spent her early acting years performing on the Market House Theatre stage. Years later, Abraham will return to Paducah to perform at the Carson Center with the touring production of the Tony award-winning musical, Once on This Island. Abraham visits Sounds Good to discuss the show, her Paducah roots, and how it feels to be returning as a professional actor. 

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The next film in the 2019 Cinema International series highlights the fear and resentment that permeated Europe following Donald Trump's election in the United States. Director of Murray State's Cinema International, Thérèse St. Paul, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the film.