Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. He serves on the Morehead Tourism Commission and volunteers with Rowan County Christmas. 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." Paul and his wife Rebecca have three children and three grandchildren. 

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Arts/Culture
7:51 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Stefan Karlsson on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Stefan Karlsson
Credit Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #60 (March 1 at 8:00PM)

Stafan Karlsson, a native of Sweden, was born into a musical family. His father played piano professionally and inspired his interest in piano and jazz. He also began church organ lessons at 13 and continued to study the instrument into his college years.

Following his graduation from high school, the pianist came to the United States on a scholarship to study at the University of North Texas, where he earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree.

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Arts/Culture
4:02 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Two Morehead Artists to be Featured at Kentucky Crafted: The Market

"Winchester Melody" by Brenda Salyers
Credit Image Kind

Brenda Salyers and Diane Smallwood of Morehead are part of a group of thirty-one Kentucky artists who have been selected to exhibit in "Music Scenes," a new Kentucky Arts Council exhibit that will debut at Kentucky Crafted: The Market March 7-8 at Lexington Convention Center.

"Music Scenes" examines the relationship between visual art and music. The selected artwork includes painting, photography, fiber art, collage, mixed media and other forms.

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Arts/Culture
11:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Nothin’ But The Blues Top 20 (February 2015)

Credit CDON

Linsey Alexander – Come Back Baby (Delmark)

JW Jones – Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

Mississippi Heat – Warning Shot (Delmark)

Marcia Ball – The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man (Alligator)

Mannish Boys – Wrapped Up And Ready (Delta Groove)

Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator)

Johnny Winter – Step Back (Megaforce)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home (Concord)

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Environment
4:37 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Morehead and Olive Hill to Host National Orienteering Races

Credit Lincolnshire Sport

Two Kentucky Trail Towns, Olive Hill and Morehead, will be the site for the Flying Pig XIX, an orienteering event expected to attract hundreds of competitors from around the country and several foreign countries the weekend of March 27-29.

The Flying Pig, hosted by Orienteering Cincinnati, includes the U. S. Individual Orienteering Championships as well as recreational competitions for newcomers to orienteering. This event is sanctioned by Orienteering USA, the national federation of the sport.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Fishing Licenses Help Support Kentucky's Wildlife Resources

Credit Telluride Fly Fishers

It is the time of year anglers must make an investment in their future fishing. Current 2014-2015 fishing licenses expire this weekend. If you plan to fish on or after March 1, you’ll need a new fishing license.

A Kentucky resident annual fishing license sets you back $20. This isn’t as cheap as it was 20 years ago, but it is still a great bargain for all you receive in return.

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Business
5:19 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Greenup County Energy Plant Approved, 100 Jobs Created

Credit WSAZ

The Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting has granted a construction certificate for an electric generating plant and associated electric transmission line at a planned coke plant in northern Greenup County.

SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC, of Lisle, Illinois, intends to construct a 90-megawatt (MW) plant in conjunction with a coke plant to be built on about 250 acres along the Ohio River 2 miles northeast of the city of South Shore. The site is currently in agricultural use, but is near other industrial facilities.

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Transportation
3:02 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Public Meeting for KY 7 Road Project in Elliott and Morgan Counties Postponed

A second public meeting for a KY 7 improvement project in Elliott and Morgan counties that was scheduled for this week has been postponed due to weather concerns. The meeting is being rescheduled, and will be announced at a later date.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project will reconstruct 10 miles of KY 7 from the southern city limits of Sandy Hook to the KY 711 intersection at Wrigley in Morgan County.

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Transportation
2:58 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Road Improvements Planned Between Morehead and Vanceburg

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to know how best to improve your drive between Vanceburg and Morehead.

And, to answer that question, engineers are now gathering information about the KY 59-KY 344-KY 377 state highway corridor that links the AA Highway (KY 9) at Vanceburg in Lewis County to Big Perry Road (KY 799) at Triplett in northern Rowan County.

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News
3:43 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Winter Storm Warning Through 7pm Saturday

Credit WYFF

The National Weather Service in Jackson (KY) has issued a winter storm warning in effect from 7:00pm Friday through 7:00pm Saturday. 

Another winter storm system will move into eastern Kentucky Friday evening and continue through Saturday.

The overnight low on Friday will be 16 degrees and a high on Saturday of 36 degrees. Saturday night's low will be 31 degrees and Sunday's high expected near 38 degrees. Chance of precipitation Friday night is 90 percent, 100 percent on Saturday, 80 percent Saturday night and 40 percent on Sunday.

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Economic
2:59 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

SOAR Receives $200,000 ARC Grant

Credit WKYT

Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. (SOAR) received approval of a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to help pay for the nonprofit organization’s startup costs as it works toward innovation, economic diversification and job creation across eastern Kentucky.

It is the first of four installments of an ARC grant announced last year totaling $750,000 to be distributed over four years.

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Arts/Culture
2:52 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Bob James on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Bob James
Credit Gallery Hip

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #59 (February 22 at 8:00pm)

Bob James’ recordings have practically defined pop/jazz and crossover during the past few decades. Influenced by pop and movie music, James has often featured R&B-ish soloists (most notably Grover Washington, Jr.) who add a jazz touch to what is essentially an instrumental pop set.

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Business
10:53 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Kentucky's Small Businesses Offered Assistance Following Winter Storm

Credit Westport News

With much of the Commonwealth crippled by continuing severe winter weather, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to small businesses across the Commonwealth with a Winter Storm Business Services Hotline and online services.

“While roads across the state are being cleared, businesses can still connect with us online to get their filings done or via our Winter Storm Business Hotline with any questions regarding their business transactions,” said Grimes.

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Arts/Culture
11:23 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Kentucky Crafted - The Market Adds New Artists

Credit Copious Notes

Among the more than 200 artists who are exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market March 7-8 at Lexington Convention Center are 14 Kentucky Crafted program artists who are new to the show.

The Market is the largest gathering of Kentucky artists under one roof and is the Kentucky Arts Council's signature event for artists in the Kentucky Crafted program to display and sell their work to a broad base of consumers and wholesale buyers.

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Government/Politics
10:38 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Kentucky House Cancels Session Until Feb. 23

Kentucky House of Representatives
Credit LRC

Recognizing the combination of record cold temperatures and the near-record snowfall this week, the leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives announced on Wednesday that the House would not meet for the remainder of this week. 

They will re-convene at 4 p.m. on Monday.    

“Several members have expressed concern about leaving their families in these conditions, and major highways like I-65 have seen closures because of accidents,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.  “Therefore, we think it is more prudent to be safe than sorry.”

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Transportation
5:37 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Ironton-Russell Bridge Closing Wednesday at 11PM

Ironton-Russell Bridge
Credit Ohio River Blog

Due to the extreme cold, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Lawrence County maintenance facility will close the Ironton-Russell Bridge by 11:00p.m. on Wed., Feb. 18.

Current forecasting models indicate that the overnight low temperature at the bridge will be at or nearly minus six (-6) degrees below zero, with a wind chill of approximately -20 degrees. Therefore, crews will be dispatched at 10 p.m. to set barricades and establish the detour, enacting a full closure of the structure by 11 p.m.

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News
12:58 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Emergency Management Officials Offer Generator Safety Tips

Credit Farmers Cares

Kentucky Emergency Management officials want to remind citizens to maintain safe practices as they deal with the current cold weather emergency. 

Many households run generators during a power outage and homeowners should take extra precautions to avoid injury and even death.

"During the 2009 Ice Storm 35 Kentuckians perished, most due to improper use of auxiliary heat devices and generators," said Buddy Rogers, Kentucky Emergency Management Information Officer. "These were all avoidable accidents.”

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Arts/Culture
11:38 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Milt Jackson

Milt Jackson
Credit Allmusic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #58 (February 15 at 8:00pm)

Before Milt Jackson, there were only two major vibraphonists, Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo. Jackson soon surpassed both of them in significance and, despite the rise of other players (including Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton), still won the popularity polls throughout the decades. Jackson (or "Bags" as he was long called) was at the top of his field for 50 years, playing bop, blues, and ballads with equal skill and sensitivity.

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Economic
9:57 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Gov. Beshear Issues Executive Orders on Price Gouging and Emergency Prescription Refills

Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit MSNBC

As Kentuckians dig out from deep snow, Governor Steve Beshear issued two executive orders on Tuesday (Feb. 17) to protect consumers from price gouging and to ensure families have access to needed prescription medicines.

“Both of these orders will help Kentuckians manage the effects of the storm, knowing that they will pay fair prices for goods like gasoline and won’t have to worry about skipping doses of maintenance medications,” said Gov. Beshear.

Price Gouging Executive Order

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News
9:43 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory Issued Through 7pm Wednesday

Credit Calhoun

The National Weather Service in Jackson (KY) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through 7:00p.m. on Wed., Feb. 18.

Another round of snow is expected with 1 to 3 inches possible throughout eastern Kentucky. Additional amounts may be expected in higher elevations. Blowing and drifting snow is also anticipated with this system.

Wind gusts Wednesday afternoon will be between 20 and 30 mph. The combination of snow and wind will lead to hazardous travel conditions.

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Transportation
6:02 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Road Crews Continue Battling Heavy Snow

Credit Kentucky Department of Transportation

As of 5:00p.m. on Monday, state highway crews in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 have now spent more than 12 hours in plow trucks clearing roads as a massive winter storm continues to blanket the northeast region.

All roads were reported mostly to completely covered with snow - several inches in some areas - and plow drivers in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties remain focused on clearing main Priority A roads as they have since first responding at 4 a.m. today.

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News
5:01 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Gov. Beshear Issues Statewide Emergency

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

The governor’s office issued a statement Monday afternoon, saying the state of emergency was declared in response to heavy snows and bitter cold across the Commonwealth in the past 12 hours. In terms of records, more snow has fallen today than in any other 24-hour period in 17 years, since 1998.

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News
4:26 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

More Snow, Dangerous Cold Temperatures Expected

The National Weather Service in Jackson (KY) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire Morehead State Public Radio listening area in Kentucky through midnight tonight (Feb. 16).

Nighttime lows will be in single digits  through Tuesday. Area temperatures are expected to fall below zero by Wednesday and Thursday evening. Wind chill values will be near 20 below zero during this period. Daytime highs will be in the teens through Thursday.

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Transportation
12:50 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

KSP Reminds Drivers to Use Caution During Winter Weather

Credit KARE11

Kentuckians are being dealt a wintery weather blast today and KSP is asking motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few hours.

"Winter weather provides new challenges and responsibilities to the public and the Kentucky State Police," says KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb.

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Transportation
12:30 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Kentucky Roads Snow Covered, Travel Not Advised

Credit Kentucky Dept. of Transportation

As snow continues to fall across the state, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews remain in plows and on main roads trying to keep them clear as possible.

As of Monday at 11 a.m., all state highways are reported as mostly to completely covered with snow.

High snowfall rates mean routes are quickly being re-covered, even where plows are working on Priority A routes such as I-64, US 23, US 60, KY 32 and others. In some counties, graders have been dispatched to lower-priority routes to keep them from becoming impassable.

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Arts/Culture
10:34 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Kentuckians Celebrate Arts Day at the Capital

Kentucky pastel artist Marianna McDonald paints in the Capitol Rotunda.
Credit WUKY

More than 300 people gathered at the Capitol Rotunda on Wed., Feb. 11 to celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky.

Among the attendees were representatives from the 96 Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) organizations who received a collective $1.4 million in grant funding from the Kentucky Arts Council in fiscal year 2015. Members of those organizations met with their legislators to thank them for their continued support of the arts in their respective communities.

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Business
10:11 am
Wed February 11, 2015

AG Conway Seeks Security Breach Answers

Credit Clark Howard

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and 9 other state attorneys general from across the country joined in a letter sent to Anthem's president and chief executive officer, expressing concern that the company's delay in notifying those impacted by the data breach is causing unnecessary added concern to Anthem customers.

"We are asking Anthem to provide further information without unnecessary delay to those whose personal information was impacted by the data breach," said Attorney General Conway.

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Government/Politics
4:20 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Special Olympics Kentucky Celebrates 45 Years With Rally at State Capitol

Credit Special Olympics

Special Olympics Kentucky athletes and supporters gathered in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on Feb. 9 to celebrate 45 years of the program’s history in Kentucky and to rally support for House Bill 178.

The bill, filed by Rep. Martha Jane King (D-Lewisburg) would add the sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state as a check-off box on the Kentucky State Tax Return Form, allowing people to make a donation from their state tax refund.

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Arts/Culture
7:17 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Kentucky Crafted: The Market Earns Top 20 Distinction

Linda Fifield of Jackson County sells beaded vases at the 2014 Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Her husband, Jack, who does wood-turning, shared the booth.
Credit Kentucky.com

Kentucky Crafted: The Market has been named one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for March 2015.

The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council's signature event, produced each spring and featuring the highest quality art, craft, literature, music and food found in Kentucky.

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Arts/Culture
4:48 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins
Credit Indiana Public Media

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #57 (February 8 at 8:00pm)

Coleman Hawkins was the first important tenor saxophonist and he remains one of the greatest of all time. A consistently modern improviser whose knowledge of chords and harmonies was encyclopedic, Hawkins had a 40-year prime (1925-1965) during which he could hold his own with any competitor.

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Education
9:55 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

KCTCS to Host 'Super Sunday' Event

Credit Calahe

On Sunday, February 22, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) and each of its 16 colleges will partner with churches statewide for Super Sunday, an annual student recruitment initiative specifically targeting African-American and Latino students.

This year marks the fifth anniversary for the information fairs that enable KCTCS advocates to connect with prospective college students and their families.

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