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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Old Time Radio Downloads

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) has announced the addition of “The Golden Age of Radio” to its program schedule.

The new program can be heard Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. beginning July 2.

Using a vast catalog of digitally-preserved audio files, the locally-produced program will highlight vintage, old-time radio programs from the 1930’s through the 1950’s.

SCR Foundation

The St. Claire Foundation would like to thank everyone who came out to the 2016 signature event, “Tastes, Tunes & Tales,” June 17 in support of St. Claire Regional (SCR). 

More than $10,000 was raised for SCR Oncology Services over the course of the evening, making the event a huge success.

The night was certainly one to remember, as approximately 180 guests enjoyed a delightful dinner, bourbon tasting and a variety of entertaining acts.

Rolling Stone

“Dr.” Ralph Edmund Stanley died at his home today, June 23, 2016 in the same mountains of southwestern Virginia where he was born in February 1927. Ralph Stanley was 89 years old.

He was preceded in death by his brother and musical partner, Carter Stanley, who died in 1966.

Dr. Ralph Stanley was an iconic American bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing. Stanley began playing music in 1946, originally with his brother Carter as part of the “Stanley Brothers”, and most often as the leader of his band, the “Clinch Mountain Boys”.

Tim Holbrook, Morehead State University

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

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Dr. Thomas Williams

Topic:  MSU Creative Writing Program

Morehead State University

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

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Dr. Philip Prater, Joe Fraley, Bill Redwine

Topic:  MSU Agricultural Sciences, Farm to Table Program

Tuck & Patti

Jun 20, 2016
Word Press

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #124 (June 19 at 8:00PM)

Over a career of jazz, R&B, and crossover recordings, husband-and-wife duo Tuck & Patti have produced a remarkable amount of music, especially considering that they rely on the textures of only guitar and voice.

Leon Redbone

Jun 17, 2016

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #68 (June 17 at 8:00PM)

While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx mustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner Leon Redbone.

Gram Parsons

Jun 10, 2016

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #67 (June 10 at 8:00PM)

Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, the songwriter pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, and as a solo artist he moved even further into the country realm, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other.

Institute of Outdoor Theatre

The Kentucky Arts Council has been awarded $746,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the federal agency’s latest round of state partnership agreement grants.

State partnership agreement funding is awarded annually to state-level arts agencies nationwide. The arts council is the only agency in Kentucky designated to receive state partnership funding from the NEA.

Kentucky Tourism

Joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland, Gov. Matt Bevin has announced plans for an additional $18 million in funding for the Kentucky State Parks at a press conference held at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

Benny Golson

Jun 5, 2016
Jazz Wax

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #122 (June 5 at 8:00PM)

Benny Golson is a talented composer/arranger whose tenor playing has continued to evolve with time.

After attending Howard University (1947-1950) he worked in Philadelphia with Bull Moose Jackson's R&B band (1951) at a time when it included one of his writing influences, Tadd Dameron on piano. Golson played with Dameron for a period in 1953, followed by stints with Lionel Hampton (1953-1954), and Johnny Hodges and Earl Bostic (1954-1956).


Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul (Provogue)

Dave Weld & Imperial Flames – Slip Into A Dream (Delmark)

Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note (Anti)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

Morehead State University

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

Hosted by Dr. Wayne Andrews, president of Morehead State University and moderated by Jason Blanton.

Topic: MSU Agricultural Sciences, Farm to Table Program

Guests: Dr. Philip Prater, Joe Fraley, Bill Redwine

Social Work Degree Guide

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

Hosted by Dr. Wayne Andrews, president of Morehead State University and moderated by Jason Blanton.

Topic: MSU Social Work Program

Guests: Rebecca Davison, Deirdra Robinson-Phipps

Boston University

Stakeholders for children and youth with special health care needs convened Wednesday (May 25) in Frankfort with a goal to strengthen the network that supports this group and their families.

Health Grove

A core mission of the Office of the Attorney General is to support Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens.

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined advocates and lawmakers, and carried through on that promise with three stops in Eastern Kentucky where he presented a total of $1.5 million to recovery facilities and drug treatment centers.

In Corbin, Beshear presenting Independence House recovery center with $450,000 to support substance abuse treatment for pregnant and postpartum women;

Pacific Standard

Comedian Cledus T. Judd, who is known as the “Weird Al” Yankovic of country music for his parodies, will be the guest speaker at a Greenup/Lewis County Drug Court graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27.

The event is to recognize 13 individuals who have successfully completed the Drug Court program. The public and media are invited to attend. The ceremony will take place at 12:00pm at Greenup First United Methodist Church at 607 Main St. in Greenup.

Pete Fountain

May 21, 2016
Jazz Talk

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #121 (May 22 at 8:00PM)

One of the most famous of all New Orleans jazz clarinetists, Pete Fountain has the ability to play songs that he has performed a countless number of times (such as "Basin Street Blues") with so much enthusiasm that one would swear he had just discovered them.

Northern Kentucky Tribune

Prized for their fight and flavor, catfish are readily available in Kentucky waters and can be caught on a wide assortment of baits.

A gob of nightcrawlers, cut bait, commercial stink bait, hot dogs, uncooked shell-on shrimp or scraps of chicken marinated in strawberry-flavored drink mix have all proven capable of enticing catfish into biting.

And late spring into early summer is a great time to cater to them.

Wall Street Journal

Grammy-winning country icon singer Guy Clark died on Tuesday (May 17) in Nashville after a long illness at age 74.

Clark, who was best known of his literary songwriting style on such modern country standards as "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train," had been battling cancer for several years.

Constant Contact

Radio Eye is one of the hundreds of nonprofits participating in the fourth annual Kentucky Gives Day on May 24, 2016. 

Organized by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Kentucky Gives Day is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages Kentuckians to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite participating charities through a single website and in just twenty-four hours.

Camels & Chocolate

Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Sec. Don Parkinson announced today that Kentucky’s tourism industry has experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005. 

Kentucky's tourism industry generated $13.7 billion in economic impact during 2015, an increase of five percent over the previous year. The industry supported more than 186,000 jobs, including 6,200 jobs created in 2015.

Freedom Outpost

Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse today announced the indictment of an Elliott County woman on two counts of Medicaid Fraud, Class D felonies.

Ruby Fraley, 56, of Isonville, was indicted by an Elliott County grand jury this week.

“I take my role as Medicaid watchdog very seriously,” Beshear said. “Medicaid is a vital service that our state can afford and must support. My office is committed to protecting Kentucky families and seniors from anyone who would defraud such a critical program.”

Santa Cruz Health

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) is celebrating National EMS Week May 15-21.

This year’s theme is, “Called to Care.” Kentucky’s EMS heroes provide outstanding day-to-day practice of patient care, provider and patient safety, community awareness and injury prevention.

Morehead State University

There were smiles, cheers and lots of photographs taken as the newest alumni took the ceremonial walk across the stage, signifying the completion of their college degrees. They were greeted by MSU President Wayne D. Andrews who offered a congratulatory handshake to each of those completing graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development sponsored its 32nd Semi-Annual Rites of Passage recognition ceremony Friday, May 13, in Button Auditorium.

The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize and celebrate the scholastic achievement of minority and international students. Each student received a certificate and a special Kente stole.

Student performers under the direction of Jorian Johnson and Haley Clay provided musical selections. The keynote speaker for the spring celebration was Taunya Y. Jones.


Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy)

Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul (Provogue)

Dave Weld & Imperial Flames – Slip Into A Dream (Delmark)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love (Alligator)

Albert Cummings – Someone Like You (Blind Pig)

Roseanna Vitro

May 13, 2016
Roseanna Vitro

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #120 (May 15 at 8:00PM)

Having toured the world as an esteemed performer, clinician, recording artist, vocal instructor and ambassador, vocalist Roseanna Vitro has proven herself a reigning member of the jazz community. Her collaborations, covering a wide range of music and stylistic directions, have been cited and celebrated, far and wide.

Charles Earland

May 13, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #119 (May 8 at 8:00PM)

Keyboardist Charles Earland came into his own at the tail-end of the great 1960s wave of soul-jazz organists, gaining a large following and much airplay with a series of albums for the Prestige label. While heavily indebted to Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Earland came armed with his own swinging, technically agile, light-textured sound on the keyboard and one of the best walking-bass pedal techniques in the business.

Miles Davis Quintet

May 3, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #118 (May 1 at 8:00PM)

Although The Miles Davis Quintet had a relatively short life (1955-1957), it went down in history as one of the finest and most interesting bebop combos of the 1950s. It was a group in which different musical personalities did more than coexist -- they complimented and inspired each other.