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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Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party At Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

Joe Bonamassa – Blues Of Desperation (J & R Adventures)

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

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

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

Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

Junko Onishi

Aug 29, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #131 (August 28 at 8:00PM)

With the release of her 1993 Blue Note debut Cruisin', pianist Junko Onishi arrived as one of the most promising of Japan-born jazz musicians.

Growing up in Tokyo, Onishi received classical piano lessons but became quite interested in jazz. She studied at Berklee and after three years moved to New York. Already a well-developed player, Onishi worked with Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Kenny Garrett, and Mingus Dynasty before recording her debut as a leader.


The Great American Dulcimer Convention will celebrate its 40th anniversary Sept. 23-24 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville.

The talent will include Anne MacFie, Heidi Muller, Ted Yoder, Nancy Barker and Josh Noe, February Sky, and Miller, Miller and Meyer. Concerts wills be offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The concert fee is $10 per person. Free workshops will be offered during the day Saturday.

Robbie Fulks

Aug 26, 2016
Robbie Fulks

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #76 (August 26 at 8:00PM)

Singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks was one of the more heralded talents in the alternative country movement, displaying an offbeat, sometimes dark sense of humor in many of his best moments. As time passed, he moved away from the country twang of his early work and into a crunchier roots rock hybrid.

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. Jason Bentley, Tim Rhodes, Adam Abbott

Topic:  Opening of MSU (Fall 2016)

Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #130 (August 21 at 8:00PM)

As a teenager, David Newman played professionally around Dallas and Fort Worth with Charlie Parker's mentor, Buster Smith, and also with Ornette Coleman in a band led by tenor saxophonist Red Connors. In the early '50s, Newman worked locally with such R&B musicians as Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker.

Kentucky State Parks

Two caves at Carter Caves State Resort Park have reopened for self-guided tours.

Laurel and Horn Hollow caves were closed in 2009 due to the spread of white-nose syndrome among bat populations. White-nose syndrome was found at Carter Caves in 2013.

There was interest in reopening Laurel and Horn Hollow caves and the emphasis now is focused on limiting the spread of the disease, which does not affect humans.

Guests who want to explore Laurel and Horn Hollow Caves are required to get a permit at the park’s welcome center before entering. The permit is free.


For the second consecutive year, the Kentucky Arts Council is offering the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship program in eastern Kentucky, this time in Johnson County, for art and craft entrepreneurs and other makers who are interested in selling their work online.

Etsy, whose 1.7 million active sellers reported $2.39 billion in gross merchandise sales in 2015, is an online marketplace where people around the world buy and sell unique goods.

Grady Champion

Aug 19, 2016
Clarion Ledger

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #75 (August 19 at 8:00PM)

Mississippi-based, Grammy Award winning songwriter/musician Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for more than two decades.

Appalachian State University

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has selected five individuals and five organizations whose contributions have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in the state as recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

“Just as the wheels of commerce and industry are important to moving Kentucky forward, so too are the arts,” said Gov. Bevin. “Each work of art tells a story and is a reflection of its maker's unique journey through life."

Clarkesville Now

Many archery hunters in Kentucky will spend the last long weekend of summer getting an early jump on fall.

Kentucky’s 2016-17 deer season kicks off the first Saturday in September with the start of the 136-day archery season. Anticipation has been building for months.

“Everything right now points toward another good season,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

That is welcome news following a string of record harvests.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Construction crews working in Magoffin County are opening a new overpass across the Mountain Parkway, restoring local access to motorists crossing the parkway west of Salyersville.

The previous overpass at Gifford Road was closed a little more than a year ago to allow construction of a new interchange on the parkway and construction of a new, two-lane span across the Mountain Parkway. Work is continuing to widen the parkway near the Gifford Road interchange, which has not yet opened to traffic.


Motorists should watch for lane closures as work starts this month on a $3 million Interstate 64 cable median barrier project in Carter and Boyd counties.

The cable barrier, a safety measure that uses a fence-like structure of continuous steel cables to help prevent vehicles from crossing the median into opposing travel lanes, will be installed on 20 miles of I-64 from mile marker 161 at the Tygarts Creek bridge in Olive Hill to mile marker 181 at the US 60 overpass at the Boyd County line.

Texas State Historical Association

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #74 (August 12 at 8:00PM)

Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas, an early exponent of country blues, was born in Big Sandy, Texas, in 1874, one of nine children of former slaves who sharecropped on a cotton plantation in the northeastern part of the state. Thomas learned to hate cotton farming at an early age and left home as soon as he could, around 1890, to pursue a career as an itinerant songster.


Sin Fronteras will spotlight several Spanish cartoons of the 1980's and 1990's. 

Hosted by Mihaela Maynard, the program will offer a spotlight on several cartoons and their importance in the Spanish-speaking community. 

Cartoons such as "Detective Bogey," "Delfy and Friends," "The Fruities," "Basket Fever" and "Sandokan, The Tiger of Malaysia" will be discussed. A variety of contemporary songs will also be featured on the program.

Sin Fronteras airs on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM) at 7:00pm on Friday, August 12.

Kentucky Teacher, Amy Wallot

Eight schools across the Commonwealth will receive a Teaching Art Together grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to conduct artist residencies with students during this school year.

The Teaching Art Together grant allows Kentucky teachers to collaborate with practicing, professional artists from the arts council’s Teaching Artists Directory. Artists design and implement one- to four-week residencies at schools that are awarded the grants.

Marla Toncray, The Ledger Independent

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park will commemorate the anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle with its annual re-enactment weekend on Aug. 20-21.

The re-enactment commemorates the 1782 battle that included Daniel Boone and other pioneers along the Licking River. The outnumbered pioneers lost as they went up against British soldiers and Native Americans. Among the 70 pioneers who died was Boone’s youngest son, Israel.

James Moody

Aug 6, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #129 (August 7 at 8:00PM)

After serving in the Air Force (1943-1946), James Moody joined Dizzy Gillespie's bebop orchestra and began a lifelong friendship with the trumpeter. Moody toured Europe with Gillespie and then stayed overseas for several years, working with Miles Davis, Max Roach, and top European players.

His 1949 recording of "I'm in the Mood for Love" became a hit in 1952 under the title of "Moody's Mood for Love" with classic vocalese lyrics written by Eddie Jefferson and a best-selling recording by King Pleasure.

Solomon Burke

Aug 5, 2016
Rubber City Review

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #73 (August 5 at 8:00PM)

While Solomon Burke never made a major impact upon the pop audience -- he never, in fact, had a Top 20 hit -- he was an important early soul pioneer.


Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the West Liberty Airport will receive $750,000 to fund overdue airport pavement renovations.

“Maintaining and preserving airport infrastructure is critical to the economic viability of our Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin.

River City News

A new Ancient Bison exhibit has been added to the interpretive displays at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County, Kentucky.

The hulking beast depicted in the new diorama, Bison antiquus, was the precursor to the modern bison of our time. The ancient bison was about 25 percent larger than modern bison, weighed as much as 3,500 pounds and stood up to 7.5 feet tall at the top of the hump.

Kentucky Tourism

Five Kentucky State Park resorts will receive an estimated $3.13 million in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next two years, officials announced.

The funding comes from $18 million approved this year by Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly. The improvements include structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades. The work for the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign will be carried out during 2016 and 2017.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

St. Claire Regional’s qualified dental staff is performing school entry dental exams at our Family Medicine locations in Morehead and Frenchburg. State law requires a dental exam before Jan. 1 of a child’s first year in public school, so don’t delay.

In addition to school entry exams, SCR Family Medicine offers a variety of dental services. Our dental staff provides preventive care, such as check-ups, x-rays and cleanings.

We also perform other procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges and extractions. We even offer full and partial dentures.

Kokomo Herald

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with disasters, assist military families, and serve the community in Rowan and surrounding counties. 

No matter what the disaster may be, floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes; American Red Cross Volunteers are always there to lend a helping hand to support their community. 

Bobby Lyle

Aug 1, 2016
Bobby Lyle

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #128 (July 31 at 8:00PM)

A flexible pianist and keyboardist, Bobby Lyle has long straddled the boundaries between straight-ahead and more commercial forms of jazz.

Lyle grew up in Minneapolis and at age six took piano lessons from his mother, who was a church organist. Lyle played clarinet for a period in junior high school before switching back to piano. He considers Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, and Art Tatum to have been his early influences.


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

Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

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

Joe Bonamassa – Blues Of Desperation (J & R Adventures)

Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

Bonnie Bishop – Ain’t Who I Was (Thirty Tigers)


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. Darrin DeMoss, Dr. David Saxon, Dr. Craig Tuerk

Topic:  MSU Biomedical Sciences Program

All Dylan

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #72 (July 29 at 8:00PM)

John Prine is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, IL. Raised by parents firmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background, at age 14 Prine began learning to play the guitar from his older brother while taking inspiration from his grandfather, who had played with Merle Travis.

After a two-year tenure in the U.S. Army, Prine became a fixture on the Chicago folk music scene in the late '60s, befriending another young performer named Steve Goodman.

Renewable Energy Long Island

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has filed a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to construct an 8.5-megawatt solar project in Clark County, Ky.

If approved, the cooperative solar installation will be located next to EKPC’s headquarters facilities, adjacent to Interstate 64 and U.S. 60, about two miles east of Fayette County. With more than 32,000 photovoltaic panels covering 60 acres of land, the installation would be one of Kentucky’s largest solar farms.

Geoffrey Keezer

Jul 23, 2016
Blue Port Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #127 (July 24 at 8:00PM)

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Geoffry Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Joshua Redman, Benny Golson and Ray Brown in his 20s.