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.

From "Cross-Contamination and Stickers" (1998, 2015, and 2018-2019)
D. Dominick Lombardi /

D. Dominick Lombardi is a visual artist, writer, and art critic who has been exhibiting his socially-driven works since 1977. A 45-year retrospective of Lombardi's prolific career will be presented on Murray State's campus. Lombardi visits Sounds Good to discuss his lifelong achievements and the upcoming exhibit. 

credofilm /

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.

Tembela Bohle /

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.

Pascal Renet /

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. 

Glynis Board // Ohio Valley ReSource

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking a rare species of plant found in the Ohio Valley off of the endangered species list. Amid controversial proposals to change the law protecting rare species, the Running Buffalo Clover is an example of a successful recovery. It joins about 2.5 percent of threatened and endangered species (42 species) that have been taken off the list, or delisted, due to recovery. There are still 1,663  U.S. plants and animals on the endangered species list.

Christian Schulz /

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.

Seattle Municipal Archives / Flickr Commons (CC BY 2.0)

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). 

Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley ReSource

Tom Folz drives around on a sunny, August afternoon and surveys the thousands of acres of dark green, leafy soybean plants and tall stalks of corn he grows on his sprawling farm in Christian County, Kentucky.

Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

Festival organizers in colorful clothes walked out Saturday morning in front of a stage along Paducah’s historic floodwall. Dozens of local businesses and vendors, their stands adorned with bright, rainbow flags, crowded downtown parking lots.