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Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 30 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music, he currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sat., 11am-12pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales," "Shaping Appalachia," and "The Reader's Notebook."

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Artist Direct

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #154 (February 19 at 8:00PM)

One of the better-kept secrets among Brazil's bossa nova pioneers, Manfredo Fest's popularity and profile rose dramatically in the 1990s.

Legally blind since birth, Fest's greatest early influence was George Shearing, but he developed his own approach apart from Shearing and other Brazilian jazz pianists, unleashing relentlessly flowing streams of bop-flavored notes against a Brazilian pulse, occasionally letting his classical roots show.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #93 (February 24 at 8:00PM)

Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack.

Tommy Emmanuel

Feb 11, 2017
Soundpress

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #153 (February 12 at 8:00PM)

Tommy Emmanuel is a four-time winner of Australia's Best Guitarist award, has helped bring the art of rock guitar down under to a higher awareness over his two-decade-long career by bringing a sense of jazz improvisation into a mix that also includes blues, country, rock, classical, and Spanish music.

Pathways

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo on Friday, February 10 in a Capitol rotunda ceremony to announce over $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 13 new projects in Kentucky. 

These grants impact multiple regions and counties across the Commonwealth.

Fairfield Four

Feb 9, 2017
Masters of Traditional Arts

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #92 (February 10 at 8:00PM)

Known best for their appearance at the end of the film “O Brother Where Art Thou,” and on the subsequent soundtrack release, the Fairfield Four are alive and well and still singing in the traditional African American a cappella gospel style they have been known for since the group's inception almost 100 years ago.

Austin City Limits

Feb 2, 2017
Twitter

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #91 (February 3 at 8:00PM)

Austin City Limits is the longest running music series in American television history, one of the most exciting and successful music festivals in the United States, and an award-winning concert venue.

Created by KLRU and broadcast on PBS for 40 years, Austin City Limits has become an institution, as well as the recipient of a rare institutional Peabody Award, an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark and the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts.

History Channel

Morehead State Public Radio will offer a variety of programming to celebrate Black History Month in February.

Among the specials are:

“Moments of the Movement” will be aired daily. The program is recordings of the personal histories and testimonials of foot soldiers from the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the stories are harrowing, others are uplifting, but they all convey our collective journey as a nation toward new heights of equality.

Alligator Records

Lil’ Ed & Blues Imperials – The Big Sound (Alligator)

Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark)

Sammy Eubanks – Sugar Me (Underworld)

Vaneese Thomas – The Long Journey Home (Segue)

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party At Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

Mike Wheeler Band – Turn Up! (Delmark)

Business News Daily

Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

Host: Wayne D. Andrews, President, Morehead State University

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Jennifer Reis, Waylan Coffey

Topic:  MSU Arts Entrepreneurship Program 

Kermit Ruffins

Jan 29, 2017
New Music For Old Folks

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #151 (January 29 at 8:00PM)

New Orleans-based trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is an ever-inventive musician who projects a warmth from the stage. He's got charisma, so as a consequence, he and his bandmates in the Barbecue Swingers are not in danger of overexposing themselves in their native Crescent City.

WKYT

A 42-year-old coal miner was killed Thursday in an accident in an underground Pike County mine. Ray Hatfield, of Hi Hat Ky., a conveyor belt attendant with 23 years of experience, suffered fatal injuries inside the R&C Coal LLC Mine No. 2 in Pikeville.

The mine was shut down after the fatality and continues to be closed on Friday while an investigation into the fatal accident continues. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the mine Thursday night and they remain on scene.

World Cafe

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #90 (January 27 at 8:00PM)

The three full-time members of the string band known as the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Dom Flemons on guitar, jug, and harmonica, Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and fiddle, and Justin Robinson on banjo and fiddle, met in 2005 at the Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, drawn together by their mutual love of bluegrass, jug music, and old-time country and rock.

Butler County Engineer's Office

Kentucky state snowfighters are preparing for winter weather duty across northeast Kentucky.

Today, Friday, Jan. 27, crews will pretreat roadways in advance of possible weekend snow by applying brine, or saltwater, to travel lanes. The water evaporates, leaving lines of salt crystals on the pavement that mix with ice or snow to prevent freezing, which assists with snow-removal efforts.

Roots Rock Revival

Butch Trucks, one of the Allman Brothers Band's founding drummers, died Tuesday evening in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. Page Stallings, Trucks' booking agent, confirmed the veteran musician's death to Rolling Stone, but said a cause of death is currently unknown.

"The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch's friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss," Trucks' rep said in a statement. "Butch will play on in our hearts forever."

Buddy DeFranco

Jan 20, 2017
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #150 (January 22 at 8:00PM)

Buddy DeFranco is one of the great clarinetists of all time and, until the rise of Eddie Daniels, he was indisputably the top clarinetist to emerge since 1940. It was DeFranco's misfortune to be the best on an instrument that after the swing era dropped drastically in popularity and, unlike Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he has never been a household name for the general public.

Seth Walker

Jan 20, 2017
National Association of Broadcasters

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #89 (January 20 at 8:00PM)

A soulful singer, a skilled songwriter, and a guitarist with a sharp, clear tone, Seth Walker didn't come to the blues and R&B by the normal path, whatever the normal path might be -- he grew up in a two-family commune in rural North Carolina and began his musical path at three years old as a cellist.

Both his father and mother were classically trained musicians, and Walker's childhood was full of classical music, but there was also plenty of country, rock, and pop thrown in there, too.

The Lane Report

Gov. Matt Bevin has presented five Kentuckians with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2017 Leadership Award in Frankfort. The event, hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, recognizes individuals who embody Dr. King's life and work, and who have made an exemplary contribution toward his legacy of service.

Songs of Coal Mining

Jan 13, 2017
Kentucky Coal Mining

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #88 (January 13 at 8:00PM)

This program of Muddy Bottom Blues will feature “Black Dust, Dark Tunnels & Hard Lives: Songs of Coal Mining” with traditional, folk, blues and Americana music from Norman Blake, Johnny Cash, Hazel Dickens, Tom T. Hall, Johnson Mountain Boys, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Darrell Scott, Ralph Stanley II, Steep Canyon Rangers, Keith Whitley and others.

Tampa Bay Times

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising the influenza (flu) level in the state from “regional” to “widespread.”

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

Topix

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will draw down Fishtrap Lake in Pike County 22 feet below winter pool by Jan. 23 to conduct maintenance on Fishtrap Lake Dam.

The maintenance activities will concentrate on the withdrawal gate’s hydraulic system and the emergency bulkheads on the intake tower of the dam.

KY Forward

Gov. Matt Bevin’s Communications Office today announced the launch of a new interactive website at http://www.BevinAnnualReport.com

The site highlights the accomplishments of the Bevin Administration’s first year in office.

“We are excited to unveil this innovative look back at a hugely transformative year in the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper.

Graphic Enterprises

Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will host a series of “Fireside Chats” with famous characters from Kentucky history beginning on Feb. 4, 2017.

During each Saturday program, there will be a “Taste of Frontier Fare” from 5:30-6:15 p.m. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. at the 18th Century Tavern blockhouse. Below is the schedule of portrayals of Kentucky historical figures.

Feb. 4: Daniel Boone, Kentucky explorer and pioneer, portrayed by Kevin Hardesty as part of the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua program.

Kentucky Arts Council

Morehead musician Jesse Wells is the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for January and February.

Wells began his fascination with music at a young age, learning to play the mandolin at age 4.

“My dad handed me his mandolin, a very nice R.L. Givens A-style mandolin, when I was 4 years old. He said, ‘If you learn 20 tunes, I’ll give it to you,’” Wells said. “It didn’t take me long to take him up on his offer.”

George Coleman

Jan 6, 2017
Jazziz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #148 (January 8 at 8:00PM)

A masterful improviser with an ear for both blues-informed lyricism and adventurous harmonics, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator George Coleman is one of the most respected musicians to emerge out of the hard-bop era.

Jeri Brown

Jan 6, 2017
Buddy Holland

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #147 (January 1 at 8:00PM)

Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of jazz’s most outstanding artistic vocalists. With many fine musicians who are labeled "artistic," it’s sometimes overlooked how richly musical, thoroughly accessible and enjoyable their music can be.

Jeri Brown is focused, ambitious, daring and intent upon creating music that is both well-conceived and honest. Brown is well known for performing and recording with passion and dedication.

Recorder

Nearly 100 salt truck and plow crew members will remain on duty in northeast Kentucky tonight, treating state highways as snow continues to fall across the region.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, roadways ranged from mostly wet to partly-covered with snow. Air temperatures average 23 degrees, with pavement 32-34 degrees and falling. With snowfall rates now increasing west to east, motorists should plan for partly-covered, slick road conditions throughout the night. In areas of heavy snowfall, on bridges and in valleys, snow cover could be greater.

Courier-Journal

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling on fellow elected officials, beginning with Kentucky constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly, to help restore trust in public institutions after a recent report on Kentucky's civic health shows trust in media in the Commonwealth at an all-time low.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky state highway crews are prepared for what could be the first accumulating snowfall of the season as the National Weather Service expects 1 to 3 inches of snow through Friday.

Wednesday, crews pretreated roadways in advance of the storm by applying brine, or saltwater, to travel lanes. The water evaporates, leaving lines of salt crystals on the pavement that mix with ice or snow to prevent freezing and to ease removal.

Instructables

The Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) is accepting grant applications to fund oral history projects, the transcription and indexing of existing oral history interviews and the preservation of existing oral history interviews.

KOHC offers monetary, equipment and training grants to assist amateur and professional oral historians with oral history research projects on topics of particular significance to Kentucky.

Elmore Magazine

Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark)

Lil’ Ed & Blues Imperials – The Big Sound (Alligator)

Vaneese Thomas – The Long Journey Home (Segue)

Mike Wheeler Band – Turn Up! (Delmark)

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

Sammy Eubanks – Sugar Me (Underworld)

Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

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