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.

Geoff Baggett /

History will come to life this weekend in Trigg County, Kentucky as historian and author, Geoff Baggett, transforms into an American Revolution militiaman for a free "hands-on history" presentation. Baggett visits Sounds Good to discuss the upcoming event.

According to the CDC, 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. New research suggests that the location of these walks could be equally important to an individual's health as the exercise itself. Murray State University professor, Michael Bordieri, Ph.D., visits Sounds Good to discuss the best locales for walking. 


Since its creation 175 years ago, the YMCA has provided young men and women opportunities to give back to their communities, develop leadership skills, and actively participate in local government. Members of a service-learning program called Y-Corps visit Sounds Good to discuss the program and the impact Y-Corps has had on their lives.

KY Open Government Coalition /

In the mid 70s, Kentucky established a right of access to public records through the Open Records Act. Nearly 40 years later, this act is being jeopardized by restrictive new bill proposals. Amye Bensenhaver, director of the KY Open Government Coalition, visits Sounds Good to discuss the law, amendments, and the fight to maintain civilian and media access to public records.

Lew Jetton

A Western Tennessee native, Lew Jetton created his distinct style of blues guitar while growing up in Gibson County. Jetton will bring his locally grown music to the Sounds Good studio for the next Live Lunch installment.

BBC World Service / BBC

This Independence Day, WKMS presents three special shows honoring New Orleans music-legend Dr. John and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. 

Courtesy of HOMES, Inc.

Joe Oliver and Tony Brown peered into the dark crawl space beneath a Letcher County, Kentucky, home. Already, they could see problems. The crawl space had been blocked off with just a thin sheet of plywood; the posts supporting the house rested on uneven blobs of poured concrete; the whole place reeked of mold. 

Hoptown Chronicle, Facebook

Longtime Hopkinsville journalist Jennifer Brown says since she left the Kentucky New Era in 2016 she had been looking for “the next thing” while doing some freelancing and teaching at conferences. She noticed activity and renewed interest in the city’s downtown area. “And I thought that having a news project that had a very hyper local focus on downtown Hopkinsville would be manageable for one person to start.” 

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

The 2020 U.S. Census begins on April 1, 2020 and preparations are already underway - even at the local levels. Local recruiting assistant Andy Fazzini is traveling around the region seeking people willing to work as enumerators. He stopped by WKMS to speak about the position, why it's important for people to fill out the Census, the controversial citizenship question and what to expect when the nationwide count gets underway.

Linda Fittante / WKMS

Yuki Noguchi, a correspondent on NPR's Business Desk out of Washington, D.C., recently visited Murray State's Wrather Auditorium to discuss business, the economy, and more. Noguchi visited the Sounds Good studio prior to her evening lecture to discuss her journalism career, the importance of empathy, and music.