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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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Rolling Stone

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #209 (June 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The report of a deer fawn being kept illegally led to drug charges against a man and his mother in Marion County.

On Monday, June 11, conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources charged 26-year-old Matt White, of Lebanon, Ky., with holding protected wildlife and one count of cultivation of five or more marijuana plants.

Ohio County Monitor

With a renewed focus on safety and protecting critical transportation assets, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is launching Bridging Kentucky – a statewide bridge program that will rehabilitate or replace more than 1,000 bridges.

Dom Flemons

Jun 15, 2018
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #143 (June 15 at 8:00 p.m. and June 16 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes.

Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones.

Trafficwks

Motorists should watch for lane closures and increased traffic restrictions along KY 32 in Rowan County in the coming days as work ramps up at two Morehead intersections that are among the region’s highest crash rate locations.

Improvements include right turn lanes on KY 32 at the Fraley Drive-Pinecrest intersection just east of the I-64 interchange as well as lane separator curbs there and at KY 32 at West Main Street in downtown Morehead.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

A meeting to nominate candidates for the Eighth District representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) June 25 at the Morehead Conference Center, Collins Hall West, 111 East First Street, Morehead, Ky.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Doors will close promptly at 7:30 p.m. for the duration of the meeting.

The Eighth District includes Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Rowan and Wolfe counties.

Market Watch

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced the six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the May 22 primary election.

The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing, include Bullitt, Jessamine, Owen, Powell, Rowan and Scott counties.

Metal Werks Inc.

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced The Legacy Companies, a food service and consumer appliance company, will create 60 full-time jobs and invest nearly $6.7 million as it revitalizes a recently closed Bourbon County facility.

Roberto Perera

Jun 9, 2018
Musixmatch

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #208 (June 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

Roberto Perera’s romance with the Paraguayan harp began back in 1964 when the 12-year-old aspiring musician enrolled at the Conservatory of Modern Music in his hometown of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Kelly Willis

Jun 8, 2018
Broadway World

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #142 (June 8 at 8:00pm and June 9 at 3:00pm)

Americana singer and songwriter Kelly Willis launched her recording career in 1990 with the album Well Travelled Love, but she first hit her creative stride with the 1999 independent release What I Deserve. Since then, Willis has carved out a comfortable niche writing and recording at her own relaxed pace, often in collaboration with her spouse, Bruce Robison (2013's Cheater's Game and 2014's Our Year), while 2002's Easy and 2007's Translated from Love were fine examples of her talent and charm.

The I-64 rest areas at Morehead will close temporarily on Friday as a $2 million interstate resurfacing project in Rowan County nears completion.

On Friday morning, contractors will begin removing old blacktop and repaving each rest area’s access roads, and will finish paving the right lanes of eastbound and westbound I-64 between Exit 137 at Morehead and the 142 mile marker. The rest areas are expected to reopen Friday afternoon.

Noble Research Institute

A series of chemical treatments designed to keep boat ramps free of hydrilla at Cave Run Lake is now underway.

Hydrilla is an invasive aquatic weed that grows quickly, choking out other vegetation and impacting fish populations. First discovered in Cave Run Lake near Morehead in 2016, the weed quickly spread from Alfrey bank and Zilpo Flats to other areas of the lake.

Gabrielle Goodman

Jun 2, 2018
Berklee College of Music

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #207 (June 3 at 8:00 p.m.)

Gabrielle Goodman is a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music in the Voice Department. She is well-versed in jazz, R&B, classical, as well as gospel and has performed with Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, and Roberta Flack.

Her 1993 JMT/Polygram debut release Travelin' Light, featuring Kevin Eubanks on guitar, saxophonist Gary Thomas, and drummer Buddy Williams, brought Goodman international acclaim.

Tina Terry Agency

Grammy-nominated Chicago blues legend Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater died of heart failure on Friday, June 1, in his hometown of Skokie, Illinois. He was 83.

Born Edward Harrington on January 10, 1935 in Macon, Mississippi, Clearwater (as he came to be known) was internationally lauded for his blues-rocking guitar playing, his original songs and his flamboyant showmanship. He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2016, and also won two Blues Music Awards including Contemporary Male Blues Artist of The Year in 2001.

Gretchen Peters

Jun 1, 2018
Rolling Stone

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #141 (June 1 at 8:00 p.m.; June 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

A singer and songwriter whose work is both literate and easily relatable, Gretchen Peters has enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist, releasing a series of albums that have made her a cult heroine thanks to her clear, expressive voice and way with a melody.

Her recordings have earned her a devoted following, but there are plenty of folks who are fans of her work and don't even know it -- Peters is a go-to songwriter for many of the biggest names in country and pop.

Amazon

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Nick Moss Band – The High Cost Of Low Living (Alligator)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy In This Land (Anti)

Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (Highjohn)

Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light (3 Legged)

The New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #206 (May 27 at 8:00pm)

Dave Brubeck – Late Night Brubeck: Live at the Blue Note

Pianist Dave Brubeck teams up with saxophonist Bobby Militello (alto, tenor and flute), bassist Jack Six and drummer Randy Jones for a set that emphasizes ballads and slower tempos.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Boaters can feel safer during the Memorial Weekend holiday as conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources join other law enforcement agencies.

More than 100 conservation officers will patrol Kentucky’s waterways this weekend to watch for dangerous boaters.

Doc Watson

May 25, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #140 (May 25 at 8:00pm and May 26 at 3:00pm)

Doc Watson – Live at Club 47

Yep Roc Records and the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries announce the release of Doc Watson, Live at Club 47, set for a February 9 release on CD and digital, nearly 55 years to the date of the original recording.

Tufts Now

The Kentucky Air National Guard is teaming with the Kentucky Department for Local Government and other branches of the U.S. military to offer health care at no cost to citizens in four Eastern Kentucky counties starting June 15.

Medical screenings, non-emergency medical treatments, sports physicals, dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions, optical exams, and single-prescription eyeglasses will all be offered, said Lt. Col. Amy Mundell, a medical administrative officer in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Medical Group, which is serving as the lead military agency.

MLive

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2017 and April 2018, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent. It was followed by Campbell, Oldham and Shelby counties, 2.9 percent each; Fayette, Scott and Spencer counties, 3 percent each; and Boone, Kenton, Marion, Warren and Washington counties, 3.1 percent each.

Pest World

With spring now in full swing, people are taking advantage of the warmer weather and spending more time outside.

This also is the time when tick activity increases across Kentucky.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding people to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Offering the cleanest safe havens for road-weary motorists driving on the Commonwealth’s interstates, two I-64 facilities in northeast Kentucky received the Best Maintained Rest Area Award recently at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 19th annual recognition ceremony.

The Carter County Eastbound I-64 Rest Area and the Rowan County Westbound I-64 Rest Area tied for the award, which is based on state inspection reports.

Human Development Institute

In a ceremony on May 15, Gov. Matt Bevin signed Executive Order 2018-328 to add Kentucky to the growing list of states with Employment First policies for people with disabilities. The University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute (HDI) will play a pivotal role in carrying out this order.

Senior Advice

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today the Eastern State Hospital Long Term Care Facility will be closed due to state budget constraints. The facility currently serves 14 residents with acquired brain injuries (ABI) or geriatric residents with long-term care needs.

Eastern State Hospital, a state-owned psychiatric facility, is managed by UK HealthCare and primarily serves patients with acute mental health needs. The current action impacts only the long-term care facility, and all other services will remain intact.

Amazon

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Nick Moss Band – The High Cost Of Low Living (Alligator)

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

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (Highjohn)

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy In This Land (Anti)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

Winchester Sun

East Kentucky Power Cooperative plans to demolish the powerhouse of a decommissioned power plant in Clark County, Ky.

The powerhouse and stacks of Dale Station, located in southern Clark County on the Kentucky River, will be torn down and removed over the next year.

The plant ceased operations in early 2016. Since that time, the powerhouse, which houses the plant’s generating units, has been unused and is beginning to deteriorate.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will celebrate Free Fishing Weekend June 2-3.

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.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

The community is invited for a rockin' good time at the St. Claire Foundation's Signature Event. "Rockin' & Rollin' on Railroad Street” is scheduled for Friday, June 15 at the Morehead Conference Center.

Kick off your evening on Railroad Street with the opening reception at 6 p.m., featuring hors d'oeurves and an open bar offering a variety of beers, wines and bourbons. Enjoy an amazing dinner prepared by St. Claire's Aramark at 7 p.m., followed by musical entertainment, dancing and a live auction! A cash bar begins at 7:30 p.m.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Do you know a child who struggles with day-to-day interactions such as initiating conversation and reading social cues? Learning appropriate social skills can help children function better at home, school and in the community.

St. Claire HealthCare will offer FREE Social Skill Builder camps this summer to help rising preschooler through 6th graders with their social skills. SCH’s licensed occupational therapists

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