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LBL's Planetarium Offers Many Educational Opportunities to the Community


      The Golden Pond Planetarium, located in Land Between the Lakes adjacent to the visitor center, has been open since 1979. Dr. Jim Gould, an advisor for Friends of Land Between the Lakes, visits Sounds Good to discuss the many different educational opportunities the planetarium offers the Western KY community. 

           The Golden Pond Planetarium is nestled in the junction of the North-South Trace and Highway 68. It's adjacent to the Land Between the Lakes visitor center, and has been open since 1979. Around 25,000 to 28,000 people visit the planetarium yearly. The planetarium is open every day of the week except for two days out of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Dr. Jim Gould, an advisor for Friends of Land Between the Lakes, visits Sounds Good to discuss the many educational opportunities Golden Pond has to offer and how the community can give back. 
              Golden Pond Planetarium offers a plethora of educational and entertaining programs, including astronomer-led star observations, star shows, concerts, laser light shows, and more. Not only is it the closest planetarium of its kind in the surrounding area, but their daily programs throughout the entire year make them exceptionally unique. 
             Dr. Jim Gould explains Golden Pond's current fundraising goal, which is to replace the projector for the observatory dome by the end of 2018. To contribute to Golden Pond and Land Between the Lakes, visit the Friends of Land Between the Lakes website and donate online or donate in person through the North or South welcome centers. 

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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