Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and holds a Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. He serves on boards for the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, Kentucky Public Radio Network, MSU Staff Congress, Morehead Tourism Commission and Rowan County Christmas. He is the host of "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8PM-12AM) and "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 11PM-12AM). Paul and his wife Rebecca have four children and three grandchildren. 

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Arts/Culture
3:59 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Benny Carter on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Benny Carter
Credit Jazz Wax

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #46 (November 23 at 8pm)

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Health
5:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

KCTCS Begins Tobacco-Free Campaign

Credit George Fox University

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will kick off its tobacco-free campaign today (Nov. 20) as people around the state and nation participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

The KCTCS System Office in Versailles will enforce the ban on January 1 for all staff and visitors. Smoking cessation classes will be offered to System Office employees Jan. 15 through April 9.  Several KCTCS colleges already are tobacco-free and the others will become tobacco-free in 2015.

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Arts/Culture
9:38 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Final Dance at The Julep Ball

Credit Medical News MD

The University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center has announced it will discontinue The Julep Ball. The gala has been held annually on the evening before the Kentucky Derby since 2009.

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Arts/Culture
12:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Credit Photographers Gallery

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #45 (November 16 at 8pm)

Jazz interpretations of the songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Program Playlist:

Arturo Sandoval – Blackbird

Brad Mehldau – Dear Prudence

Diana Krall – And I Love Her

Tuck & Patti – Honey Pie

Chick Corea – Eleanor Rigby

George Benson – Here, There And Everywhere

Nelson Rangell – Let It Be

Bobby McFerrin – From Me To You

McCoy Tyner – She’s Leaving Home

Rachael MacFarlane – All My Loving

Ramsey Lewis – Michelle

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Transportation
2:05 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Kentucky Highway Crews Ready For Winter Weather Duty

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

With salt stockpiled and snow removal priority routes established, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

At this time, District 9 has more than 20,000 tons of salt and about 75 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment on hand to keep 2,000 miles of state roads in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties, passable during inclement weather.

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Education
9:41 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Dr. Stephen Vacik Appointed President of MCTC

Stephen Vacik, Ed.D
Credit WTVQ

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall has announced the appointment of Stephen Vacik,Ed.D. as the next president of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC).

Dr. Vacik has served as president of Colby Community College in Kansas since 2011 and his career at community colleges spans 18 years. Dr. Vacik is a former Academic Dean and Vice-President of Instruction at East Mississippi Community College and he previously held several faculty and administrative positions at Bevill State Community College.

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Arts/Culture
6:03 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Kenny Burrell on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Kenny Burrell
Credit All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 44 (November 9 at 8:00PM)

Born in Detroit, Kenny Burrell was raised in a musical family. His mother, who sang in the Second Baptist Church choir, also played the piano around the house. His father was fond of the banjo and the ukulele.

Burrell credits Charlie Christian, Oscar Moore, and Django Reinhardt as influences, as well as such bluesmen as T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters.

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Arts/Culture
2:25 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Nothin' But The Blues Top 20 (October 2014)

Credit Ultimate Classic Rock

Johnny Winter – Step Back (Megaforce)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home (Concord)

Mannish Boys – Wrapped Up And Ready (Delta Groove)

Lucky Peterson – Son Of A Bluesman (Jazzbook)

Gregg Allman – All My Friends (Rounder)

Keb Mo – Bluesamericana (Kind Of Blue)

John Mayall – A Special Life (Forty Below)

Robert Cray Band – In My Soul (Provogue)

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Arts/Culture
1:32 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Chet Baker

Credit Free Fall Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 43 (November 2 at 8:00pm)

Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-'50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz for his photogenic looks and singing.

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Business
9:21 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Kentucky State Parks to Offer Military Discount

Credit Kentucky Tourism

The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.

The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in.

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Crime/Police
4:13 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Kentucky Agencies Combine Efforts to Stop Copper Theft

Credit National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are joining forces and offering a reward to attack a crime that is costing Kentucky taxpayers millions of dollars – theft of copper wire from highway lighting systems.

“The crime of copper wire theft from lights that illuminate our roadways is literally highway robbery of Kentucky drivers,” KSP Major Mike Crawford said at a news conference today. “This type of theft results in damage that far exceeds the salvage value of the wire.”

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Arts/Culture
7:52 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Greg Abate

Greg Abate
Credit Dayton Daily News

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 42 (October 26 at 8:00pm)

Greg Abate is an internationally-known jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer.

In the 1970’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg Abate played lead alto saxophone for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.

In 1978, Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to 1987.

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Business
7:39 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Keeneland Concludes Fall Meet

left to right: Keeneland Racing Secretary Ben Huffman; jockey Rosie Napravnik; Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason.
Credit Keeneland

Keeneland’s 2014 Fall Meet, highlighted by the debut of a new dirt surface, the track’s first $1 million race and world-class racing that produced a large contingent of Breeders’ Cup-bound horses, closed Saturday with the third-highest Fall season attendance in Keeneland history. 

On-track attendance for the 17-day Fall Meet, held Oct. 3-25, totaled 251,574, third behind the fall records of 266,466 and 259,710 recorded in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Average daily attendance was 14,798, down 5.59 percent from last fall’s 15,674. 

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Government/Politics
4:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Public Input Needed on Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Credit HEKSS

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has scheduled visioning forums to give individuals with disabilities, advocates and other interested individuals an opportunity to provide feedback on the services OVR provides to Kentuckians with disabilities Nov. 20 at four locations.

Input from the visioning forums will be used to help develop the state plan for vocational rehabilitation services that the agency is required to submit to the Rehabilitation Services Administration. The visioning forums schedule follows.

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Business
4:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Manufacturers Employ Thousands of Kentuckians

Jared Carroll works on a new Camry in the trim section of the line that produces Camrys and Avalons at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown.
Credit Kentucky.com

Chances are good that you or someone you know plays a vital role in Kentucky’s vast manufacturing industry.

The Commonwealth is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. That means one in every eight jobs in Kentucky is in manufacturing.

Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions in the state. These projects are expected to create nearly 7,500 jobs and $2.2 billion in new investment.

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Drugs/Alcohol
4:53 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Cough Syrup and Cold Medicines Subject of Abuse Awareness Campaign

Credit AHC Health News

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is joining with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA) in supporting National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month by helping bring attention to the misuse and abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines by teenagers and young adults.

Statistics provided by the industry show that one in 25 teens abuses over-the-counter cough medicine to get high. 

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Education
9:47 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Retired Teachers Honored at Ceremonial Bill Signing

Credit KXXV

Flanked by more than a dozen legislators and retired teachers, Gov. Steve Beshear ceremonially signed a bill on Monday (Oct. 20) to honor retired teachers in Kentucky.

House Joint Resolution 19, sponsored by Rep. Rick Nelson, of Middlesboro, declares the state’s support for its tens of thousands of retired teachers, and names the third week of October as “Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Appreciation Week” in Kentucky.

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Transportation
9:50 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ceremony Marks Beginning of Mountain Parkway Expansion

Credit Kentucky.gov

More than 50 years after the Mountain Parkway opened, Gov. Steve Beshear and Eastern Kentucky leaders today marked the beginning of the Mountain Parkway Expansion – a 46-mile transformational construction project to improve mobility, safety and economic development in the Appalachian region.

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Employment
5:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kentucky’s Jobless Rate Marks Largest One Month Drop Since 1976

Credit CCSF

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in September 2014 at 6.7 percent from a revised 7.1 percent in August 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted.

This is the lowest rate for the state since July 2008 when it was 6.6 percent, which was during to the financial crisis.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Fall Brings Spotted Bass Schools

Spotted Bass
Credit KS Wildlife

They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.

In 1956, the Kentucky legislature designated this species the “Kentucky bass” and made them the official state fish. Many anglers, especially in the south-central portion of the United States, still call the spotted bass a Kentucky bass.

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Government/Politics
12:46 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

In-Person Absentee Voting Option Available During General Election

Credit Fort Worth Weekly

Eligible voters in many Kentucky counties may already cast absentee votes for the November 4, 2014, General Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

• Military personnel confined to a base who learn of the confinement within seven days or less of the election

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Education
12:40 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Public Library Videophone Unveiled

Videophone
Credit KY Forward

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) and Lexington Public Library have partnered to offer a free public videophone access station for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Arts/Culture
3:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau
Credit All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 41 (October 19 at 8:00PM)

The only vocalist in history to earn Grammy Music Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B), Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 12, 1940. The son of a vicar, he earned his first performing experience singing in the church choir. After receiving his master's degree in psychology, Jarreau pursued a career as a social worker, but eventually he decided to relocate to Los Angeles and try his hand in show business, playing small clubs throughout the West Coast.

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Health
2:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Training Held to Enforce Domestic Violence Crimes

Credit WBNS

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy announced a week-long conference being held to train police and prosecutors on the current trends and issues involving crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The conference continues through Oct. 17 at the Department of Criminal Justice Training Louisville field office, located on the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus.

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Business
5:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Made in Kentucky - Bowling Balls, Post-It Notes and Houseboats

At the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, new cars start as huge balls of steel. Twenty hours later, they’re driven off the production line.
Credit American RadioWorks (Emily Hanford)

Did you know Kentucky is home to the largest peanut butter production facility in the world? That’s just one of thousands of products made in Kentucky.

While Kentucky is widely known for automobiles, bourbon and award-winning thoroughbreds, the Commonwealth is a melting pot for manufacturing.

Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions in the state. These projects are expected to create nearly 7,500 jobs and $2.2 billion in new investment.

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Transportation
1:32 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Campaign Sign Policy Enforced on State Highways

Credit WAPT

With Election Day near, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds candidates and their supporters that campaign signs are not allowed on state highway rights of way.

“Campaign signs should be displayed only on privately-owned property,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We want to support and encourage the democratic process, but not at the expense of our motorists’ safety.”

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Arts/Culture
11:48 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Denny Zeitlin

Denny Zeitlin
Credit All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 40 (October 12 at 8pm) ***NEW TIME***

Denny Zeitlin's parents were involved in both music and medicine. They started him on the piano at age two and he continued to study classical music while in elementary school, then began playing jazz in high school. Zeitlin began playing professionally in and around his hometown of Chicago as a teenager.

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Business
9:49 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kentucky Celebrates October as Manufacturing Month

Jared Carroll worked on a new Camry in the trim section of the line that produces Camrys and Avalons at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.
Credit Kentucky.com

Kentucky is paying tribute to one of its largest and most significant industries. Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in the Commonwealth.

“From automobiles and aerospace parts to raw materials to food and beverages, Kentucky is at the heart of manufacturing in this country,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our products are enjoyed by people around the world, and that presence is growing. I want to thank all those who work tirelessly to make Kentucky manufacturing such a vital part of our state’s economy.”

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Arts/Culture
5:30 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Tony Williams on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase (8pm-NEW TIME)

Tony Williams
Credit Music Radar

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 39 (October 5 at 8pm)  

**NEW TIME at 8pm**

Tony Williams' death in 1997 of a heart attack after routine gall bladder surgery was a major shock to the jazz world. At the age of 51, Williams seemed so youthful, healthy, and ageless even though he had been a major drummer for nearly 35 years.

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Arts/Culture
11:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hindman Settlement School to Offer Photography Workshop

Digital artist/photographer Malcolm J. Wilson will present a workshop at Hindman Settlement School.
Credit Hindman Settlement School

Renowned photographer and Harlan County, Kentucky native, Malcolm J. Wilson, will present “Light and Composition: The Creative Side of Digital Photography” at Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky.

The workshop will be held October 22-26, and will feature fieldwork designed to compensate for a variety of lighting scenarios photographers frequently encounter, as well as dynamic composition techniques that take photographs from ordinary, to artistic.

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