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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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The Fat Babies

Jun 25, 2017
The Fat Babies

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #172 (June 25 at 8:00 p.m.)

The Fat Babies are an eight piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s.

Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Jonathan Doyle (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), John Donatowicz (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums).

The Fat Babies have three albums out on the Delmark Record label including "Solid Gassuh" released in 2016.

(provided by Fat Babies)

Workplace Report

Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey have filed a motion to dismiss the purely political, frivolous lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO and Teamsters challenging Kentucky’s Right-to-Work Act.

This lawsuit threatens to hurt Kentucky’s families, robbing them of high-paying job opportunities. The historic new law protects employees in the Commonwealth from being forced to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs.

Congressman Hal Rogers

Congressman Hal Rogers congratulates Rowan County Middle School for being selected as a "School to Watch" in 2017 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.

The recognition is awarded to high-performing middle schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity.

St. Claire Foundation

Top-flight music and entertainment, top-shelf bourbon, high-demand auction packages, delicious food and a capacity crowd combined to make the St. Claire Foundation’s 2017 Signature Event one to remember.

“Tastes, Tunes & Tales” netted more than $17,000 to help enhance the environment and experience for patients and visitors in the new Medical Services Pavilion Oncology Department. Nearly 200 people attended the event on Friday, June 16, at the Morehead Conference Center.

Trip Advisor

State and local officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open.

A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center.

Dulcie Taylor

Jun 23, 2017
Dulcie Taylor

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #109 (June 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Dulcie Taylor learned a hard music lesson at an early age – don’t leave your ukulele unattended in a porch chair at the beach. Some clueless teenager can sit on it and smash it to bits. The demise of her ukulele was a tough moment for ten-year-old Dulcie but that Christmas her Mother bought her a guitar and Taylor’s lifelong love of singing and songwriting began.

Maceo Parker

Jun 17, 2017
Montalvo Arts Center

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #171 (June 18 at 8:00 p.m.)

Maceo Parker was born on February 14, 1943 in Kinston, North Carolina. Parker's mother and father both had an appreciation for music and sang in their church's choir, but it was his uncle who had the strongest influence on the youngster's musical development.

Lexington Herald Leader

Editor’s Note: The following editorial is provided by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

The Greencards

Jun 16, 2017
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #108 (June 16 at 8:00 p.m.)

Texas contemporary bluegrass trio the Greencards are aptly named. After coming to the realization that their English and Australian homelands were not so conducive to their uniquely American style of music, mandolin player Kim Warner, fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, and bass player Carol Young took their love of Ricky Skaggs and Bob Dylan, mixed it with a little Fairport Convention and David Bowie, and began hitting clubs in the Lone Star State.

WHAS

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the creation of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force at a press conference with federal and state officials and other special guests in the State Capitol Rotunda.

The new 23-member task force will bring together every department of state government that has a hand in workforce development with members of the private sector.

Their mission is to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and individuals burdened by substance abuse or criminal records.

The Sun

Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians who purchased Provigil to file their claims as part of the more than $1 million settlement his office secured with pharmaceutical company Cephalon last year over its anticompetitive conduct to protect profits from its sleep disorder drug.

As part of the settlement, Kentuckians who used the drug will receive a portion of roughly $760,000. Kentucky’s Medicaid program will receive nearly $500,000 as part of the settlement.

To date, 525 Kentuckians have filed claims. The deadline to file a claim is June 25, Beshear said.  

Allmusic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #170 (June 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

As with all other art forms, the jazz community has many members who have made significant contributions to its development, yet never received their due recognition. Pianist, composer, and band leader Tom Talbert is one such artist, whose compositions have been ranked with Gil Evans and Stan Kenton.  

Port Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #107 (June 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

After the passing of Robert Jr. Lockwood in 2006, David "Honeyboy" Edwards was generally regarded as the last of the Delta bluesmen who had actually played and traveled with Robert Johnson himself, and with Edwards' death in Chicago in August 2011 at age 96, that last link passed into history.

For much of his life, Edwards was something of an underappreciated figure, but not in his latter years -- his slashing, Delta-drenched guitar and gruff vocals were as authentic as Delta blues ever got.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

June is one of the best months for outside activities such as fishing. However, many predator species, such as largemouth bass, have already completed their annual reproductive ritual and kind of sulk through June.

It can be a tough month for fishing in lakes and reservoirs, but two options will produce fishing that compares to the marvelous weather.

June is a transitional month for largemouth bass in our larger lakes, but the confined nature of a farm pond ups the odds in the angler’s favor.

Oklahoma Watch

Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order Friday that establishes the Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council to ensure successful implementation of House Bill 520 (HB 520).

The order also realigns key education boards, councils and committees to provide an efficient, modern structure for implementing Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and provides for greater coordination of efforts across the education system.

Motion City

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is visiting Taiwan next week on an international trade mission to Asia with a delegation from the United States.

Grimes is one of four secretaries of state selected to participate in a trip the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is coordinating and funding. Grimes made a similar visit in 2013, making the trip her second in office.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

Two ramps on the Mountain Parkway in Magoffin County will close this week as workers continue major construction on the parkway near Salyersville.

The eastbound ramps at the KY 7 interchange (Exit 75), both for traffic exiting and entering the parkway, will be closed. These ramps will remain closed for up to a week.

Daily Mirror

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that one-third of adults in rural areas have arthritis, and that more than one-half of that population is limited in their daily activities by the condition.

In Kentucky, more than one million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and more than half (570,000) of those with arthritis live in rural parts of the state.  Furthermore, 45 percent of rural working age adults report that arthritis limits their ability to work.

Mark O'Connor

Jun 5, 2017
NPR

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #169 (June 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Mark O’Connor is an astonishingly versatile American violinist and composer who has had exceptional success melding various genres of music -- country and bluegrass, jazz, and classical -- into his own unique style and voice. This has resulted in two Grammy Awards; dozens of his own albums; collaborations with a diversity of other musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Renée Fleming, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Alison Krauss, and Marin Alsop; and a playing method program widely used by string students.

Rod Picott

Jun 2, 2017
Mission Bar + Tapas

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #106 (June 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born in New Hampshire but raised in South Berkwick, ME, Rod Picott started his musical journey performing with a number of high-school and after-school rock and punk bands.

After graduation, Picott headed west for Boulder, CO, performing in various coffeehouses and perfecting his craft with the help of Steven Allen Davis. After this time, Picott headed to Nashville to try his luck on Music Row.

Creative Commonwealth

Owsley County Farmers Market will debut “Homegrown Handmade” as part of its 2017 grand opening June 3 in Booneville.

“Homegrown Handmade” is a result of a grant the Kentucky Arts Council received last year from the United States Department of Agriculture to incorporate and maximize the arts in two Kentucky counties at well-established farmers markets.

“A lot of people are really excited about this,” said Glenn Baker, community education director for Owsley County Schools and one of the local organizers of the grand opening.

WDFW

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will celebrate Free Fishing Weekend June 3-4.

Free Fishing Weekend, an annual event since 1992, offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit. Limits on the size and number of fish that anglers may keep still apply.

Additionally, anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.

Blues Magazine

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)

Mississippi Heat – Cab Driving Man (Delmark)

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire – Grown Ass Woman (Delmark)

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live From The Fox Oakland (Fantasy)

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

Andrew Oh

May 28, 2017
Colombo Jazz Festival

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #168 (May 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

Andrew Oh has become a legend among Hong Kong musicians with his name cropping up whenever sax solos are the topic of discussion. Music fans who once listened to locally produced music from the 1970’s are sure to have heard his innovative playing when listening to tracks by bands as diverse as The Wynners and The New Topnotes.

MSU Athletics

Sophomore leftfielder Niko Hulsizer drilled his Ohio Valley Conference and Morehead State record 27th home run of the year Saturday as the Eagle baseball team saw its season conclude with an 11-6 setback to Belmont in the OVC Tournament.

Pinterest

Gregg Allman, the singer, musician and songwriter who played an essential role in the invention of Southern rock, has died at the age of 69. Allman's rep confirmed to Rolling Stone that the artist died Saturday afternoon.

The southern rock pioneer fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, creating a template for countless jam bands to come.

Dave Van Ronk

May 26, 2017
The New Yorker

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #105 (May 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and native New Yorker Dave Van Ronk inspired, aided, and promoted the careers of numerous singer/songwriters who came up in the blues tradition. Most notable of the many musicians he helped over the years was Bob Dylan, whom Van Ronk got to know shortly after Dylan moved to New York in 1961 to pursue a life as a folk/blues singer.

Lexington Herald Leader

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Keith Kappes, Madonna Weathers

Topic:  Dr. Wayne Andrews' Service to MSU and the Region

State highway improvements will continue across northeast Kentucky next week, the week May 29, and will include some traffic impacts through the Memorial Day holiday.

At Catlettsburg in Boyd County, the Kenova bridge that carries US 60 across the Big Sandy River to West Virginia is one lane with traffic controlled by temporary signals as contractors replace old pavement with a new driving surface. The lane under construction is impassable, so traffic restrictions cannot be removed for the holiday.

Townhall

The Kentucky State AFL–CIO and Teamsters Local 89 have jointly filed a suit in Franklin Circuit Court seeking injunctive relief from enforcement of unfair and discriminatory provisions of House Bill 1 – The Kentucky Right to Work Act.  Plaintiffs believe that HB 1 violates Sections 1, 2, 3,13,55,59, 60 and 242 of the Kentucky Constitution and is bad for Kentuckians. 

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