Sounds Good

11 am - 1 pm Weekdays
  • Hosted by Tracy Ross, Austin Carter

About The Show

The music on Sounds Good is a mix of legacy artists who are still making great music now (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt) deep cuts from classic artists (The Band, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, REM) great contemporary artists who don' t receive commercial airplay (Neko Case, Wilco, Jack White, Darrell Scott, The Black Keys) and those who defy the boundaries of categorization (Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Ry Cooder, Bill Frisell, Justin Townes Earle). You'll also get a bit of World music, Blues, Soul/R&B, Reggae and Jazz.

Additionally, you'll hear interviews with newsmakers and community leaders, live music from some of our region's best musicians, our community events calendar and more.

This Thursday, Sounds Good will feature two hour-long specials honoring female poets and astronauts of the 60s and 70s, hosted by actress, Meryl Streep, and the first woman commander of a space shuttle, Eileen Collins, respectively.

The Kitchen Sisters /

Groundbreaking writer, actress, and comedian, Tina Fey, comes to Public Radio to host The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long specials inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra's March performance is Saturday the 16th at the Carson Center in downtown Paducah. Included are two works by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome.

Dith Pran / The New York Times

In 1964, New York Times Co. vs. Sullivan declared news publications protected from accusations of defamation by elected officials on the grounds of the First Amendment. Today, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas looks to overturn that historic ruling. Murray State professor, Kevin Qualls, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the justice's controversial goal. 

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

The Ohio Valley has seen its share of workplace disruption with job losses in manufacturing and energy sectors. But a recent report warns that thousands of the region’s service, transportation, office and warehouse jobs could also be at risk. This time the threat is a coming wave of automation.

All Murray State University campuses will present a one hour Continuing Legal Education class on trademark law. Through a Video Conference originating from MSU Paducah's campus, students and community members alike can learn more about e-commerce, trademark legalities, and earn CLE credit from the Kentucky Bar Association.

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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.

Mary Meehan / Ohio Valley ReSource

In rural parts of the Ohio Valley, qualified therapists are sometimes hours away from people who need help. That’s a problem in cases of sexual assault and domestic abuse, when such services can be a lifeline. Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource visited a rural clinic in Wyoming that’s using telemedicine to connect with survivors of sexual assault.

Dustin Alton Strupp

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.