Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and holds a Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. He serves on boards for the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, Kentucky Public Radio Network, MSU Staff Congress, Morehead Tourism Commission and Rowan County Christmas. He is the host of "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8PM-12AM) and "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 11PM-12AM). Paul and his wife Rebecca have four children and three grandchildren. 

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Transportation
9:50 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ceremony Marks Beginning of Mountain Parkway Expansion

Credit Kentucky.gov

More than 50 years after the Mountain Parkway opened, Gov. Steve Beshear and Eastern Kentucky leaders today marked the beginning of the Mountain Parkway Expansion – a 46-mile transformational construction project to improve mobility, safety and economic development in the Appalachian region.

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Employment
5:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kentucky’s Jobless Rate Marks Largest One Month Drop Since 1976

Credit CCSF

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in September 2014 at 6.7 percent from a revised 7.1 percent in August 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted.

This is the lowest rate for the state since July 2008 when it was 6.6 percent, which was during to the financial crisis.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Fall Brings Spotted Bass Schools

Spotted Bass
Credit KS Wildlife

They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.

In 1956, the Kentucky legislature designated this species the “Kentucky bass” and made them the official state fish. Many anglers, especially in the south-central portion of the United States, still call the spotted bass a Kentucky bass.

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Government/Politics
12:46 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

In-Person Absentee Voting Option Available During General Election

Credit Fort Worth Weekly

Eligible voters in many Kentucky counties may already cast absentee votes for the November 4, 2014, General Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

• Military personnel confined to a base who learn of the confinement within seven days or less of the election

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Education
12:40 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Public Library Videophone Unveiled

Videophone
Credit KY Forward

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) and Lexington Public Library have partnered to offer a free public videophone access station for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Arts/Culture
3:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Al Jarreau on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Al Jarreau
Credit All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 41 (October 19 at 8:00PM)

The only vocalist in history to earn Grammy Music Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B), Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 12, 1940. The son of a vicar, he earned his first performing experience singing in the church choir. After receiving his master's degree in psychology, Jarreau pursued a career as a social worker, but eventually he decided to relocate to Los Angeles and try his hand in show business, playing small clubs throughout the West Coast.

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Health
2:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Training Held to Enforce Domestic Violence Crimes

Credit WBNS

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy announced a week-long conference being held to train police and prosecutors on the current trends and issues involving crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The conference continues through Oct. 17 at the Department of Criminal Justice Training Louisville field office, located on the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus.

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Business
5:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Made in Kentucky - Bowling Balls, Post-It Notes and Houseboats

At the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, new cars start as huge balls of steel. Twenty hours later, they’re driven off the production line.
Credit American RadioWorks (Emily Hanford)

Did you know Kentucky is home to the largest peanut butter production facility in the world? That’s just one of thousands of products made in Kentucky.

While Kentucky is widely known for automobiles, bourbon and award-winning thoroughbreds, the Commonwealth is a melting pot for manufacturing.

Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions in the state. These projects are expected to create nearly 7,500 jobs and $2.2 billion in new investment.

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Transportation
1:32 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Campaign Sign Policy Enforced on State Highways

Credit WAPT

With Election Day near, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds candidates and their supporters that campaign signs are not allowed on state highway rights of way.

“Campaign signs should be displayed only on privately-owned property,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We want to support and encourage the democratic process, but not at the expense of our motorists’ safety.”

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Arts/Culture
11:48 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Denny Zeitlin

Denny Zeitlin
Credit All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 40 (October 12 at 8pm) ***NEW TIME***

Denny Zeitlin's parents were involved in both music and medicine. They started him on the piano at age two and he continued to study classical music while in elementary school, then began playing jazz in high school. Zeitlin began playing professionally in and around his hometown of Chicago as a teenager.

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Business
9:49 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kentucky Celebrates October as Manufacturing Month

Jared Carroll worked on a new Camry in the trim section of the line that produces Camrys and Avalons at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.
Credit Kentucky.com

Kentucky is paying tribute to one of its largest and most significant industries. Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in the Commonwealth.

“From automobiles and aerospace parts to raw materials to food and beverages, Kentucky is at the heart of manufacturing in this country,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our products are enjoyed by people around the world, and that presence is growing. I want to thank all those who work tirelessly to make Kentucky manufacturing such a vital part of our state’s economy.”

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Arts/Culture
5:30 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Tony Williams on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase (8pm-NEW TIME)

Tony Williams
Credit Music Radar

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 39 (October 5 at 8pm)  

**NEW TIME at 8pm**

Tony Williams' death in 1997 of a heart attack after routine gall bladder surgery was a major shock to the jazz world. At the age of 51, Williams seemed so youthful, healthy, and ageless even though he had been a major drummer for nearly 35 years.

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Arts/Culture
11:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hindman Settlement School to Offer Photography Workshop

Digital artist/photographer Malcolm J. Wilson will present a workshop at Hindman Settlement School.
Credit Hindman Settlement School

Renowned photographer and Harlan County, Kentucky native, Malcolm J. Wilson, will present “Light and Composition: The Creative Side of Digital Photography” at Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky.

The workshop will be held October 22-26, and will feature fieldwork designed to compensate for a variety of lighting scenarios photographers frequently encounter, as well as dynamic composition techniques that take photographs from ordinary, to artistic.

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Transportation
11:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Simon Kenton Bridge Repairs Planned in Maysville

Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in Maysville, KY
Credit Photobucket

Motorists traveling US 62 across the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge to downtown Maysville on Thursday, Oct. 2, will encounter lane closures.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., Kentucky Department of Highways crews will patch part of the bridge’s concrete road surface on the Kentucky-bound side. Traffic will be one lane, controlled by flaggers, until 3 p.m. Traffic delays are expected, and travelers are encouraged to plan accordingly.

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Arts/Culture
6:01 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Kentucky State Parks to Offer Halloween Events in October

Credit Pocket Ranger

October is arriving, and that means the Kentucky State Parks will be getting out the pumpkins and goblin decorations as they prepare for one of the most popular times of the year – Halloween.

Many of the park system’s campgrounds will be having special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special events during October – a great time to be outside with family and friends.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

ColorFall Helps Public Track Leaf Changes

Credit Rye Library

Fall has arrived, and with it the 2014 edition of the ColorFall program touting peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

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Transportation
3:46 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Mountain Parkway Expansion to Utilize Cost-Reducing Engineering Strategies

Credit Exaktime

The Mountain Parkway Expansion – a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth – will have a significantly lower price tag when construction begins later this year.

Governor Steve Beshear has unveiled the first of a series of innovative engineering improvements, changes that will reduce the cost of the project by at least $40 million and provide a more direct route for motorists and commercial vehicles.

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Arts/Culture
11:12 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Nothin’ But The Blues Top 20 (September 2014)

Credit Guitar Planet

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home (Concord)

John Mayall – A Special Life (Forty Below)

Gregg Allman – All My Friends (Rounder)

Mannish Boys – Wrapped Up And Ready (Delta Groove)

Lucky Peterson – Son Of A Bluesman (Jazzbook)

Robert Cray Band – In My Soul (Provogue)

Keb Mo – Bluesamericana (Kind Of Blue)

Andy T. & Nick Nixon Band – Livin’ It Up (Delta Groove)

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Arts/Culture
3:11 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Offers Grants to Appalachian Counties

Credit Express Yourself Studios

The Kentucky Arts Council is making funding available to counties in the Appalachian region for arts projects and activities through its competitive Arts Access Assistance grant, a unique funding opportunity that targets underserved populations in the Commonwealth where the arts are not the primary emphasis.

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Arts/Culture
2:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sadao Watanabe

Sadao Watanabe
Credit Cafe Japan

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 38 (September 28 at 11pm)

Sadao Watanabe alternates excellent bebop dates with pop albums. Watanabe learned clarinet and alto in high school, and in the 1950s he moved to Tokyo, joining Toshiko Akiyoshi's bop-oriented group in 1953. When the pianist moved to the U.S. in 1956, Watanabe took over the band.

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Employment
11:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Jobless Rates Fall Throughout Kentucky

Credit Grocery Trader

For the first time on record, unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2013 and August 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  

“The underlying message is that we have left the recession behind. That doesn’t mean unemployment rates will decrease each month in all 120 counties,” cautioned Manoj Shanker, economist at the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

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Economic
11:36 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

SOAR Working Groups Suggest Recommendations

Ten working groups organized under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative presented their top findings today at Natural Bridge.

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Education
11:19 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Awards Grant for Environmental Scholarships

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Georgetown
Credit TMMK

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky has awarded a grant of nearly $10,000 to the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC) for the 2014-15 Professional Environmental Educator Certification course.

The Toyota grant will provide scholarships to educators who will reach a diverse group of Kentuckians underserved by current environmental education efforts.

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Economic
10:58 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Gov. Beshear Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Recent Flooding

Credit USA Today

Governor Steve Beshear has asked President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance to eastern Kentucky communities recovering from recent flooding.

Strong storms from August 19-23 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which washed out roads and forced people from their homes throughout the eastern part of the state. Communities in Floyd, Knott, Johnson and Pike counties were the hardest-hit.

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Crime/Police
10:45 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Schools Advised on Fake Invoice Scam

Credit Oregon Coast Daily News

Attorney General Jack Conway, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are joining together to warn Kentucky school districts to be vigilant of a scam targeting schools throughout the country.

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Arts/Culture
9:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Kentucky Historical Society Receives Grant to Inventory Collections

Credit Kentucky House Republicans

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $149,060 to the Kentucky Historical Society.

KHS will use the grant funds to help fund a complete inventory of the museum collections, which numbers an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 individual pieces, and help make information about and images of those items accessible online. The inventory is expected to take three to four years to complete.

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Education
2:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Beshear Proclaims Adult Education Week

Credit Examiner

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has designated Sept. 22-28 as Kentucky Adult Education Week.

Local adult education centers will sponsor community events and activities to raise awareness of free, academic skill-building services available to qualified adults. The state observance coincides with National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week set by the United States Congress.

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Arts/Culture
2:24 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Battle of Perryville State Historic Site Commemorates 1862 Battle

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Credit Kentucky Tourism

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will commemorate the anniversary of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky during the weekend of Oct. 4-5.

The weekend will include military demonstrations at 2 p.m. both days. There will also be speakers, living history interpreters, interaction with the soldiers in camp life demonstrations, antique and period vendors and food vendors. A special program on the “Life of the Soldier,” focusing on camp life, will be conducted both days. The park museum will also be open.

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Economic
5:56 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Kentucky’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.1 Percent

Jared Carroll works on a new Camry at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky plant in Georgetown.
Credit Kentucky.com

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2014 dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary August 2014 jobless rate was 1.3 percentage points below the 8.4 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2013. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate slipped to 6.1 percent in August 2014 from 6.2 percent a month ago, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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Business
5:21 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Keeneland September Sale Concludes

Credit Horse Racing Nation

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction, closed Sunday (Sept. 21) with results nearly equal to 2013, continuing a healthy trend toward market stability and confidence in the Thoroughbred industry.

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