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) and "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 8pm-9pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales," "Shaping Appalachia," "Sin Fronteras" and "The Reader's Notebook."

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Paramount Arts Center

The Board of Directors for the Paramount Arts Center has announced that Norma Meek will now serve as Executive Director of the historical performing arts center, an iconic landmark in Ashland.

Meek has been serving as interim director since November 2014 and was excited to accept the position on a more permanent basis.

"I'm delighted to be able stay at the Paramount and continue what the staff and I have already put in motion. The Paramount is fortunate to have an amazing, hard-working staff, and I am thrilled to be part of an exciting new season," Meek said.

Brian Bromberg

Aug 29, 2015
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #85 (August 30 at 8:00PM)

A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg is also one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan, sometimes sounding like three bassists at once during his often-thunderous solos.

John Hartford

Aug 28, 2015
Buzz Quotes

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #47 (August 28 at 8:00PM)

John Harford (the added "t" was the brainchild of Chet Atkins) was born in New York City to a medical resident and his painter wife but grew up in St. Louis near the Mississippi River he would always love. His first job, on a riverboat, came at age ten.

Joe Augustine

Aug 22, 2015
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #84 (August 23 at 8:00PM)

Joe Augustine's serious study of the piano began at age 15. He played professionally six nights a week while earning a degree from Youngstown State University.

Classical training with Dolores Fitzer and extensive jazz and compositional training with Gene Rush coupled with study in New York with masters in the jazz field distinguishes Augustine's work from other players.


Aug 15, 2015
No Treble

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #83 (August 16 at 8:00PM)

Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group took a giant step forward when, after Ford's departure, altoist Marc Russo took his place. With original members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip, in addition to drummer William Kennedy, the band found its own R&B-ish sound, sometimes playing original compositions that sounded like Joe Zawinul at his most melodic.


St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR) recently earned two achievement awards from The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare - Stroke Care Network; the 2015 "Pioneer Award" for its innovation and the “Galileo Award” for its comprehensive approach in improving stroke assessment and care for its patients.


The Bluegrass State’s many outdoor recreational activities will be highlighted this October during a series of competitive events called the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, First Lady Jane Beshear announced today (July 28).

The 13 events will be held in locations across the state and include fishing tournaments, archery, paddling, mountain biking and more.


Kentucky Headhunters w/Johnnie Johnson – Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor (Blind Pig)

Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (J & R Adventures)

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Southside (NimoySue)

Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues (Provogue)

Carolyn Wonderland – Live Texas Trio (Bismeaux)

Kentucky state highway crews have reopened KY 1167 today (July 25) after replacing a damaged culvert under the roadway in the Craney Creek area of Rowan County near Morehead. Recent storms washed-out the culvert and part of the road. Rowan County maintenance crews used new steel pipes as a temporary fix until a permanent concrete structure can be installed. Crews finished roadway repairs this afternoon, although motorists should note that travel will be on rough surfaces until permanent repairs are complete. Previous detours have ceased. (story provided by the Kentucky Dept.

Big Band Vocalists

Jul 24, 2015
The Red List

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #80 (July 26 at 8:00PM)

Patti Page & Lou Stein Orchestra – Glory Of Love

Jimmy Rushing & Count Basie Orchestra – Sent For You Yesterday

Cab Calloway – Some Of These Days

Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher

Frank Sinatra & Harry James Orchestra – All Or Nothing At All

Lena Horne & Lou Bring Orchestra – Stormy Weather

Helen Forrest & Carmen Dragon Orchestra – I’m In The Mood For Love

Little Jimmy Scott & Lionel Hampton Orchestra – I Wish I Knew

Business Insider

Unemployment rates fell in 118 Kentucky counties between June 2014 and June 2015, but rose in Hancock and Russell counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.2 percent; Spencer County, 4.3 percent; and Anderson, Campbell and Jessamine counties, 4.4 percent each.

Alejandro Escovedo

Jul 23, 2015

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #42 (July 24 at 8:00PM)

Alejandro Escovedo’s began his music career with the Nuns, a mid-'70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas in 1981 after a stint in New York City. The band released Sundown on Slash Records in 1982, but shortly after, Escovedo left to form the True Believers with brother Javier.

Kentucky Awake

Fisheries employees with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked more than 25,000 native southern strain walleye in the three forks of the Kentucky River above Lock and Dam 14 near Beattyville. The walleye, measuring 2-3 inches, went into the river last month.


Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR, announced a groundbreaking date for the high-speed, high-capacity broadband project, KentuckyWired (also known as the Super I-way) that will bring access to every county in the Commonwealth upon completion.

Plans are underway for a celebration planned for August 31, 2015.

The broadband initiative is one of the most significant aspects of SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region). Once completed, Kentucky’s network will be one of the fastest, highest-capacity networks in the nation.

Millennium Highway

Residents of Morgan County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve KY 2498 in West Liberty.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 28, from 5-7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the West Liberty City Hall. This will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.


You can experience what Kentucky was like more than 200 years ago during Pioneer Life Week, July 20-26, at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill.

This annual event allows visitors to see how pioneers and Native Americans lived. Most events are free to the public. The pioneer encampment near the park campground is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.

Frank Vignola

Jul 17, 2015
Folk Alley

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #79 (July 19 at 8:00PM)

An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, and swing.

The native New Yorker has a wide variety of influences; everyone from Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Pat Metheny to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian has affected his playing in some way.


With a break in weather, and in some cases despite the rains, several major road construction projects are continuing in Fleming, Rowan, Carter and Boyd counties.


Contractors are paving the bypass from the Maysville Road-KY 559 end back toward Elizaville Road near McDonald's. Work, and one-lane traffic, will progress toward Elizaville Road on Friday with some paving continuing next week. Work is also taking place now near the KY 11 intersection. Watch for flaggers and please heed warning signs.



Grayson Brown serves up breakfast to mosquitoes each morning in the Public Health Entomology Laboratory at the University of Kentucky.

As he clicks through his emails using one arm, the mosquitoes dine on Brown’s other arm. He’s been doing it for so long the bites don’t bother him.

“We’re ramping up production for doing mosquito tests this summer,” said Brown, the lab’s director and a longtime faculty member in the university’s Department of Entomology. “Pretty soon, I’ll have one arm in one cage and I’ll be barefooted with my feet in two other cages.”

Hindman Settlement School

Hindman Settlement School is hosting its 38th Annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, July 26 - 31 in Hindman, Kentucky.

This year the School is honoring the memory of Jim Wayne Miller, who was associated with the workshop during its formative years, and highlighting the release of Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, published by the University of Kentucky Press.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #41 (July 17 at 8:00PM)

Bob Dylan started his career in the early 1960s with songs that defined social issues such as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. During this time the rebellion against mainstream society was rising amongst the youth as they adopted alternative lifestyles as a way of achieving self-transformation.


Three students from northeast Kentucky are the recipients of 2015 scholarships from the St. Claire Foundation.

Tayler Rogers of Owingsville and Colton Thayer of Tollesboro will each receive $1,000 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarships. Hannah Pollitt of Hillsboro is the recipient of this year’s $750 Sister Mary Jeannette Wess, SND Scholarship.

Rogers was this year’s Bath County High School valedictorian. She will attend Transylvania University this fall and has aspirations of becoming a dermatologist.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and WSIP (98.9 FM) will broadcast an Operation Helping Hands Radiothon on Saturday, July 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

The radiothon, powered by Appalachian Wireless, is also sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.

JCC Metro West

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Morehead at the Carl Perkins Community Center and they are in need of help running the shelter. 

If you are in need of assistance or able to assist at the shelter, please contact either Jane Holycross at 937-498-1565 or Jody Oldham at 859-405-5611.

Richard DeAngelis, Coordinator

Volunteer Services, Bluegrass Territory

American Red Cross Eastern Kentucky


Flooding and damage from two days of thunderstorms are still affecting some state highways in northeast Kentucky.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday evening (July 14), the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 reports the following restrictions:

KY 560 in Fleming County near Ewing is closed near the 0.3 mile marker due to high water.

KY 165 in Fleming County is one lane near Cowan between the 2.3 and 2.7 mile markers due to high water.

KY 597 (Cherry Grove Road) in Fleming County is closed north of the KY 57 Flemingsburg Bypass due to downed trees and power lines.


Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky Monday (July 13), causing widespread damage. Another severe storm is expected to hit the state later today.

Tom Lewis

Storms caused extensive damage in northeast Kentucky as Rowan County was hit hard. Some 70 homes were damaged by flash flooding in the eastern part of Rowan County. 

County officials say there were also some trailers washed off their footing and some water rescues were also necessary. There are also some roads in the area that have been washed out or are mud-covered.

Ronnie Day, Rowan County Emergency Management Director, says the damage is extensive throughout the county.

FEMA, Kentucky National Guard

Due to the risk of severe weather this afternoon and evening, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will activate the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at Level IV today. 

At this level additional KYEM personnel are present providing additional situational awareness and available to offer support to local emergency management officials if requested. 

As this storm system moves across the state this afternoon and evening, the most significant threat will be high winds with speeds up to 70 mph (or higher), heavy rain and hail.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

IMG Arcade

In anticipation of severe weather in the forecast for this week and its potential to cause damage, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages.

Secretary Mike Hancock today issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected locations. 

The National Weather Service in Jackson (KY) has issued a severe weather statement which includes a Flash Flood Watch for the MSPR listening area throughout eastern Kentucky.

Counties in the watch include Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Lee, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Powell, Robertson, Rowan and Wolfe.

The Flash Flood Watch is in effect through the evening of Tuesday, July 14.