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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In honor of National Poetry Month this April, WKMS presents its 15th annual Poetry Minutes. Author and creative writing instructor at Murray State University, Constance Alexander, visits the Sounds Good studio to discuss this year's Poetry Minutes -- and helps Tracy Ross write a short poem himself in an on-air, pop-up poetry workshop. 

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Nationally renowned author and Kentucky native, Crystal Wilkinson, published Water Street in 2004. The composite novel is a series of tableaux of small town life and community. Wilkinson visits Sounds Good to discuss her short stories and her upcoming presentation at the West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

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An experimental method of health care aimed towards improving social well-being and community connectivity is decreasing the need for more traditional forms of pharmaceutical-based care. Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., Murray State University professor of psychology, visits Sounds Good to discuss the new medicinal trend. 

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Louisville, Kentucky based duo, The Other Years, will be featured on the next installment of Sounds Good's Live Lunch series. The duet is born from a sister friendship, two friendly vines headed up the same tree. Their voices combine in many forms, embarking on a journey of songwriting influenced by time old traditions.

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Filing taxes before April 15 can be a confusing and sometimes stressful experience. Aside from finding the time to file, the right documents to gather, and the funds to pay for a professional preparer, many people put off filing until the last minute. The Murray State University Department of Accounting and United Way of Murray-Calloway County have partnered to provide IRS-sponsored, free tax preparation services to alleviate the struggle of tax season for moderate-to-low income members of the community.

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Born in 1904, Pablo Neruda (born Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto) was a Nobel Prize-winning poet-diplomat and Chilean politician. Assistant professors of Spanish, Ben Post, Ph.D., and Moses Fritz, Ph.D., visit Sounds Good to discuss Neruda's life and Cinema International's upcoming presentation of his biopic. 

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Problematic behavior can occur in children and adults alike. Murray State professor of psychology, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss how to implement positive change in which the behavioral goals expected can be compared to a dead person's (or in this case, teddy bear's) capabilities.

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With thousands of athletic teams ranging from amateur locals to highly televised professionals across the United States, it's not surprising that supporting and watching these teams has become an integral part of day to day life. Murray State professor of Psychology, Dan Wann, will be presenting a colloquium over his research on the psychology of 'fandoms.' Wann visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming seminar. 

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Led by singer-songwriter, Kayla Little, Little By Little offers fresh takes on classic favorites and earworm-filled originals. The Murray-based three piece will perform on the next installment of Sounds Good's Live Lunch concert series. 

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A new radio documentary that explores the history of black gospel music and illustrates its significant influence on the formation of rock and soul music will be broadcast by Murray State's 91-3 WKMS in February in honor of Black History Month. Hosted by Grammy award-winning gospel singer, CeCe Winans, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN and distributed by NPR.

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