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.

Land Between the Lakes /

The Land Between the Lakes area is home to a vast array of flora and fauna, and the many hiking trails that weave in and out of the forests and lakeshores are great places to view wildlife up close. John Pollpeter, lead naturalist at the Woodlands Nature Station, speaks with Tracy Ross about the hiking trails available for exploring across its 170,000 acres. 

American Public Media /

Sounds Good celebrates the holiday season with four seasonal specials starting Wednesday, November 25th. From turkeys to music to saving the planet, these special presentations from American Public Media, PRX, and the BBC will air through Friday afternoon. 

IMDb /

Associate Professor of Theatre at Murray State University, Daryl Phillipy, was recently cast in two independent films, both of which are now available for streaming. Phillipy speaks with Tracy Ross about his roles and the auditioning and filming process. 

Old Kentucky Tales / WKMS

Old Kentucky Tales returns to the airwaves for its seventh season this fall. Hosts Brent Taylor and Jason Donner and producer Todd Birdsong speak to Tracy Ross about the upcoming season and the process of making a podcast highlighting stories and history of the commonwealth.

Sierra Club Kentucky / Facebook

Due to COVID-19, the Kentucky chapter of the Sierra Club's annual gathering has been switched to a virtual format for the first time. Club member John Griffin speaks to Tracy Ross about the chapter's first public, virtual gathering, the events' speakers, and this year's overarching theme of social justice and reform. 


In the next installment of Tracy Ross and Dr. David Pizzo's "History of Democracy," Pizzo outlines major threats to contemporary democracy, including useless constitutional safeguards, paramilitary violence, and a worldwide shift to authoritarianism. Pizzo draws comparisons between these present-day threats and similar threats found throughout the last 100 years of US history. 

Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren / Wikimedia Commons

John Pollpeter, lead naturalist at the Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes, speaks with Tracy Ross about the four types of owls commonly found in western Kentucky and Tennessee. Although they're not quite as friendly as Hedwig, all of these owls play critical roles in this region's ecosystem. 

American Public Media /

In the spirit(s) of Halloween, Sounds Good presents two spooky-themed specials from American Public Media this Friday, October 30th. The midday music and conversation hour will be filled with bone-chilling film scores and eerie short stories by Poe, Kafka, and Christie.

IMDb /

Due to technical issues, Murray State's Cinema International will present Gundermann this weekend in place of All About Me. The 2018 German biopic centers around the life of hero and anti-hero, Gerhard Gundermann. Program director Dr. Thérèse St. Paul speaks with Tracy Ross about the upcoming screening.

Middle of Everywhere / Facebook

WKMS, in partnership with PRX's Project Catapult and with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, present a new bi-weekly podcast, Middle of Everywhere. Hosts Austin Carter and Ariel Lavery explore the hidden gems, stories, and secrets of life in rural America often overlooked by coastal and urban media. Carter and Lavery speak with Tracy Ross about their brand new series that aired today.