WMKY

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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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements over the next six years.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Hunters interested in entering this year’s elk hunt drawing have until midnight (EST) April 30 to buy applications. Hunters can apply online at the department’s website at: http://fw.ky.gov

Kentucky residents and non-residents are eligible to apply for four permit types but can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10.

Lexington Herald Leader

Gov. Matt Bevin has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear and his office from the political lawsuit filed last week against Kentucky’s recently enacted pension reform law (Senate Bill 151).

The filing lays out significant evidence that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth (his client) regarding SB 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct that govern all attorneys.

Wall Street Journal

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit to hold a New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer accountable for contributing to an illicit drug market that fueled Kentucky’s opioid epidemic.

In the lawsuit filed in McCracken Circuit Court, Beshear alleges Johnson & Johnson, and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Ortho-McNeil subsidiaries, devised a deceptive marketing scheme in order to generate higher profits from their opioid drugs Duragesic, Nucynta and Nucynta ER. 

Forest Wander

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has opened more land for public use.

Old Trace Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 323-acre property near the community of Emerson in Lewis County. Hunting on the WMA is allowed under statewide regulations.

J Street

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 23, ahead of the Commonwealth's Primary Election next month.

Zazzle

Thanks for supporting Morehead State Public Radio, WMKY at 90.3FM. More than $20,000 was raised from listener gifts and business challenges during our Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive.

For the past five days, you've heard us talk about the need to raise money for our local programming and student work-studies. Many of you voiced your support and we thank each of you for your kind words and financial gifts.

Today is the final day of Morehead State Public Radio's Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive. If you haven't made your gift to WMKY (90.3FM), please do so today. 100% of gifts received this fund-drive will be used for student work-studies and local programming. Cuts to MSPR's FY1819 university-supported budget beginning July 1 has been reduced to zero with $44,000 removed in student work-study funding. To continue offering student work-study opportunities, MSPR will need to provide the funding from other sources.

FEMA

Governor Matt Bevin yesterday sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes.

Game & Fish

The fisheries division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently added some bigger rainbow trout to its usual stockings at streams in three popular tourism destinations.

Areas receiving the upsized fish include the Middle Fork of Red River near Natural Bridge State Resort Park, East Fork of Indian Creek in the Red River Gorge National Geological Area and in Rock Creek in the Daniel Boone National Forest in McCreary County.

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Time is running out....we're just $360 away from meeting a $2,000 challenge gift for our Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive. Use WMKY's secure online pledge form under the "Support Us" tab. A long-time supporter of WMKY's local news and student work-studies will give us $2,000 if we raise $2,000 through our website. Make your gift today to local, fresh and diverse programming from Morehead State University - WMKY at 90.3FM.

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Challenge Issued:

A long-time listener and public radio supporter from Morehead will match up to $2,000 for web gifts received during WMKY's Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive today through Friday, April 13. Help us meet the challenge! Use WMKY's secure pledge form under the "Support Us" tab. Thanks for your support of Morehead State Public Radio - WMKY at 90.3FM.

Live Internet

The sun breaks on the first day of WMKY's Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive, today through Friday, April 13. Phone volunteers are ready for your gift of any amount at 606-783-2001 or use the secure online pledge form under the "Support Us" tab. Thanks for supporting public radio from Morehead State University.

Outdoor Channel

Managing a deer herd across 120 counties is a science for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

In some areas of the state, deer numbers are above desired levels. Overpopulation hurts herd quality, leading to smaller and less healthy deer. Too many deer also means increased habitat and crop damage. In other parts, particularly in areas of east Kentucky, biologists and hunters want more deer on the landscape.

Nature Conservatory

Learn about wildflowers and enjoy the spring season at Red River Gorge with the Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend April 13-14 at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

The annual event includes hikes at the state park and in Red River Gorge on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for ages 13-17. Ages 12 and under are free. More information is available at: http://www.knps.org

Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade has a lodge, cottages and restaurant.

Mountain Arts Center

The 28th Summer Season for Billie Jean Osborne’s legendary Kentucky Opry kicks off with its premier performance on Saturday, June 16 in the Willard and Lucy Kinzer Theater of the Mountain Arts Center (MAC), the Prestonsburg venue that has been home to the Opry since the facility opened in 1996.

The Kentucky Opry cast is currently preparing various themes, medleys, and individual songs for the new season. As usual, the antics of resident comedian Munroe will be in full force as he continues to pursue his dream of becoming the star of the show.

Gresham, Smith and Partners

The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received a $10,327 grant from the Lexington Cancer Foundation to establish a new program that will help cancer patients who are receiving treatment at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling.

Through this grant, the Joyful Comfort & Healing Program will be created at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and the foundation will be able to purchase four reclining chairs to use in the infusion center that will improve patient comfort as patients fighting cancer are receiving treatment.

Independent Stave Company

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Co. will create 220 jobs for Kentuckians with a new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead.

Views From The Edge

The Kentucky Arts Council’s celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day April 24 at Louisville’s Spalding University will cap off a week of literary events around the state that recognize the Commonwealth’s literary tradition.

The Kentucky General Assembly established Kentucky Writers’ Day in 1990 to honor Kentucky’s strong literary tradition and to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.

Herald-Dispatch

Plan a spring adventure on Tygarts Creek on a canoe or kayak with a 6-mile  excursion hosted by Carter Caves State Resort Park.

The park is offering guided trips on six dates in 2018 – April 14, 21, 29 and May 2, 6 and 12.

The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges. The park will provide canoes or kayaks, paddles, life vest, transportation shuttle from and back to the Welcome Center, and guides for your trip.

The fee is $40 per person. (The fee is $30 a person if you bring your own canoe or kayak.)

Elmore James Strange Angels

Various – Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (Sylvan Songs)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way (E-One)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Victor Wainwright & The Train – Victor Wainwright & The Train (Ruf)

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black (Anti)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

Fresh Plaza

Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA will invest more than $44.5 million in Eastern Kentucky’s Breathitt County and create 121 jobs with the construction of a new facility on a reclaimed mine in Jackson, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.

Dallas Moore

Mar 29, 2018
Carpe Diem

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #136 (March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 31 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dallas Moore is an outlaw country singer who makes his home in Cincinnati. The long-haired Harley-riding singer, who was influenced by old Elvis Presley and Hank Williams 45s as a kid, plays a hard rockin' brand of country that is topped-of by his gruff vocals and shows equal reverence for Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Moore, who went to college on a jazz scholarship, has won several trophies at the Cincinnati Music Awards.

Springs Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #135 (March 23 at 8:00pm and March 24 at 3:00pm)

Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it wasn't until the late 20th century that they had the benefit of a major record company behind them.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will study the impact of allowing anglers participating in fishing tournaments to keep shorter bass in lakes with special regulations.

The three-year test is limited to two spring and two fall tournaments each year on Lake Cumberland and Cave Run Lake.

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio’s 2018 Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive will be held during the week of April 9 through 13.

“We hope to build on the success of our fall fundraiser by returning to a telethon-style event,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “We’ll be asking listeners to step forward with a financial gift to support our local programming and operations.”

The History List

To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will offer special programming on Monday, April 2, for children with autism.

Autism Awareness Day will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort.

That day, KHS will provide low noise levels, filtered lights, pictorial signs, quiet spaces and sensory activities in the exhibit “A Kentucky Journey” to meet the specific needs of the autism community.

Best 2000+

Learn about the history of mining or buy a few antiques at the Eastern Mining Collectors Association’s annual Spring Meet and Show at Carter Caves State Resort Park on Saturday, April 7.

Vendors from across the country will be at the show to sell, buy and trade mining artifacts used in the mining of coal, gold, silver and copper. The artifacts include lamps, mine signs, photos, posters and other items. Vendors can also identify and give free appraisals of mining-related items that you might have hidden in your attic, basement or barn.

Bob Mintzer Big Band

Mar 18, 2018
KNKK

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #202

Diversification has always been a driving force behind Bob Mintzer and his music.

Aside from being a tenor and soprano saxophonist, Mintzer also plays flute, clarinet, EWI, and is world renowned as a composer, arranger and educator. He has been active in the jazz, pop, orchestra, Latin, and world music genres.

Wood Brothers

Mar 16, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #134 (March 16 at 8:00 p.m. and March 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

A roots music trio featuring brothers Chris (upright bass, vocals) and Oliver Wood (guitars, vocals) along with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, the Wood Brothers bring a distinctive flair to their union of folk, blues, gospel, and jazz.

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