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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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.

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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
Artistxite

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
Allmusic

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.

Morehead State University

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Rolling Stone

Groundbreaking guitarist and vocalist Lonnie Mack, known as one of rock’s first true guitar heroes, died on April 21, 2016 of natural causes at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tennessee.

 

His early instrumental recordings – among them Wham! and Memphis -- influenced many of rock's greatest players, including Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and especially Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was 74.

 

Kentucky State Parks

Interested in ghost hunting and paranormal investigations? Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County has just the thing.

The park and Kentucky Paranormal Research Activity Team (PART) will host four “ghost hunts” starting May 7. Participants will learn about the various facets of ghost hunting, become familiar with commonly used tools during the investigation, as well as park history.

Ghost hunters will go inside the Big Bone Methodist Church and visit two historic cemeteries on park grounds. The program runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and cameras are welcome.

All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #117 (April 17 at 8:00PM)

In 1975 American big band drummer Frank Capp (b. Frank Cappuccio, 20 August 1931, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), temporarily took over the duties of Nat Pierce (b. 16 July 1925, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, d. 10 June 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA), as contractor for the Neal Hefti Orchestra.

Trip Advisor

The Blair Building adjacent to the Cumberland Falls State Resort Lodge is no longer available for use due to the deterioration of wooden beams that support its roof.  The Blair Building was being used for meeting space and convention space.

The Kentucky Finance and Administrative Cabinet authorized Lexington, Kentucky based engineering firm S&ME, Inc. to inspect the building. S&ME concluded that the Blair Building had deteriorated to the point that it may not be used. Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland immediately closed the building to guests and employees.

Kentucky House of Representatives

Three members of the Kentucky House of Representatives are challenging the governor’s power to alter appropriations made for higher education in the state budget passed by the General Assembly in 2014. Their action will seek to intervene or join a lawsuit seeking to stop those cuts that was filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear on Monday (April 11).

“We applaud the courage of the attorney general and his readiness to stand up for students and middle class families who will almost certainly face tuition increases in light of these cuts,” Rep. Wayne said.

Levisa Lazer

Carter Caves State Resort Park is offering the Smoky Bridge High Line Ride, an unforgettable zipline experience, on April 30.

This temporary zipline of more than 200 feet will run across the gorge behind the park lodge. Participants will be strapped in for a memorable ride that drops more than 40 feet and cruises by the park’s largest natural arch, Smoky Bridge. Bring cameras for great photo opportunities.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are beginning to clear the path for the first extension of the Mountain Parkway in a half-century.

Crews working in Salyersville are completing pre-construction work needed to allow the project to begin this summer on Salyersville’s Restaurant Row.

Among the final pre-construction activities will be removal of about a half dozen structures that are in the planned path for parkway through Salyersville. The structures are located on property acquired by KYTC for the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors will temporarily close KY 435 on the Fernleaf-Germantown side of the AA Highway intersection for the next four weeks.

On Thursday, April 14, the road will be barricaded near milepoint 0.6, just south of the AA Highway (KY 9), and the following detours established:

-Northbound KY 435 thru traffic from the KY 10 intersection at Fernleaf must use KY 10 to the AA Highway (KY 9), then take the AA (KY 9) north to access KY 435 toward Minerva.

Western Kentucky Star

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court challenging the authority by which Gov. Matt Bevin recently ordered 4.5 percent cuts in the current fiscal year to Kentucky’s public colleges and universities.

Kentucky Dept. of Parks

Experience the beauty of the Carter Caves Wildflower Pilgrimage April 22-24 at Carter Caves State Resort.

Throughout the weekend guests will experience the beauty of the area during wildflower walks, canoe trips and van tours. This is the perfect weekend for experienced wildflower enthusiasts, beginner bloomers or those who just enjoy being in the woods to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.

Al Cohn

Apr 8, 2016
The Guardian

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #116 (April 10 at 8:00PM)

An excellent tenor saxophonist and a superior arranger/composer, Al Cohn was greatly admired by his fellow musicians.

Early gigs included associations with Joe Marsala (1943), Georgie Auld, Boyd Raeburn (1946), Alvino Rey, and Buddy Rich (1947). But it was when he replaced Herbie Steward as one of the "Four Brothers" with Woody Herman's Second Herd (1948-1949) that Cohn began to make a strong impression.

Topix

In celebration of Earth Day, Downtown Morehead, Inc. and the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a community cleanup day on Friday, April 22.

The cleanup efforts will focus on Main Street, First Street and Second Street and include trash pickup, general cleaning and debris removal.

Any businesses on these streets may dispose of large items for free pick up that day, but will need to call in advance to schedule.

Businesses are also offered additional cleanup help with door painting, window cleaning, etc. This also must be scheduled in advance.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy)

Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

Various Artists – God Don’t Never Change: Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator)

Andy T & Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man (Blind Pig)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

Luther Dickinson – Blues & Ballads (New West)

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love (Alligator)

Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

Mary Stallings

Apr 3, 2016
Concord Music Group

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #115 (April 3 at 8:00PM)

Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singer who isn't nearly as well known as she should be.

The niece of saxophonist Orlando Stallings, she started singing as a child and sang jazz in Bay Area clubs during her teenage years, when she performed with Louis Jordan & His Tympani 5 and shared the stage with such greats as Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster.

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