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.

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Murray State University's Accounting Department and the Epsilon Nu chapter of Beta Alpha Psi have partnered with the United Way of Murray-Calloway County to offer the 45th year of the VITA, or volunteer income tax assistance, program to the local community.

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Grady H. Pennington's Loving Line Again has been on display in the Murray Art Guild this February; the last day to see the exhibit is Saturday, February 27th. MAG Executive Director Debi Henry Danielson speaks to Tracy Ross about the exhibit and the artist behind the works. 

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Paducah native, poet, performer, and educator Samuel "Snacks" Hawkins presents a virtual poetry reading hosted by the McCracken County Public Library on the evening of Wednesday, February 17th. Hawkins speaks to Tracy Ross about his career, sharing art in the age of COVID, and more.

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Land Between the Lakes is one of the best locations in Kentucky and Tennessee to view several species of eagles, including the bald eagle. Woodlands Nature Station lead naturalist John Pollpeter discusses these striking birds of prey and how to best view them in the wild. 


From the pervasiveness of racial profiling to Black radio history, WKMS celebrates Black History Month with special programming that highlights the Black American experience, expression, and legacy of the last two hundred years. Special programming from PRX will air every Monday in February from 11 am to 1 pm. 

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Sounds Good will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by honoring the minister and activist's legacy with two special presentations from PRX on Monday, January 18th. 

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WKMS celebrates the start of 2021 with a week of special programs. From an infamous drug rehabilitation facility to a recap of the sounds, emotions, and music of the previous year, these programs from the BBC and PRX reflect on the past and how it might shape the year ahead. 

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Land Between the Lakes is home to several hundred coyotes, though these small to medium-sized canines are more often heard than seen. Woodlands Nature Station's lead naturalist, John Pollpeter, speaks with Tracy Ross about these "tricky" creatures who have now colonized 49 out of 50 states. 

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Murray State University's Theatre Department presents a radio rendition of the 1946 classic film It's a Wonderful Life this Thursday, December 10th. Assistant Professor of Theatre, Daryl Phillipy, speaks with Tracy Ross about the cast's COVID-friendly rehearsal process and upcoming performance. 

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Western Kentucky musician Luke Taylor has played with several local bands, including WKMS veterans Leonard the Band and The Cuttin' Jessies. Taylor's solo album was set to release as COVID-19 shuttered venues nationwide in early spring. He speaks with Tracy Ross about making music during a pandemic; his new rock band, Pep Talk; and finally releasing his self-titled EP.