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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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Good Sams Club

A campground improvement project at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is underway and will limit reservations for dates in 2018.

The equestrian sites and 20 primitive sites are being converted to full hookup RV sites.  Another 25 sites are having electric power converted to 50 AMP service.  This project was initiated due to the increasing popularity of Greenbo Lake’s campground and the requests of guests for improved service.

American Health Centers

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced that his office has filed court actions against two fitness centers in Kentucky for failing to properly register with his office and post a cash bond that protect members should a center go out of business.

The fitness centers are American Health Center in Grayson and Fitness World in Raceland.

WBKO

Approximately 120 Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 940th Military Police Company deployed this week to the U.S. Virgin Islands where they will assist with support to civil authorities in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

The Walton, Kentucky-based unit departed from The Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville with vehicles and equipment loaded on Air National Guard aircraft. The Guardsmen will serve under a joint National Guard task force when they reach the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Jazz Music Archives

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #187 (October 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

The father of Joey DeFrancesco, "Papa John" had his career revived when his son's success helped bring about the renaissance of the Hammond organ. John's father had played reeds with various swing bands, including the Dorsey Brothers.

John DeFrancesco began playing trumpet when he was six and did not start playing organ until his wife bought him an organ for his 23rd birthday. After a few months of nearly nonstop practicing, he was ready to perform in clubs.

JJ Grey & Mofro

Oct 6, 2017
Jefferson Theater

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #124 (October 6 at 8:00 p.m. and October 7 at 3:00 p.m.)

Although Mofro is based in the Florida city of Jacksonville, near where JJ Grey and Daryl Hance grew up, the band actually formed across the Atlantic in London.

Penn Jersey Development

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Jessamine County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. In addition, Bath County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community in Progress.

“I am excited to announce that we now have 38 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are 50 counties in progress to become Work Ready Communities,” Heiner said.

Elmore Magazine

Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

George Thorogood – Party Of One (Rounder)

North Mississippi All-Stars – Prayer For Peace (Songs Of The South)

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (Concord)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Linsey Alexander – Two Cats (Delmark)

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee)

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)

Jesse Cook

Sep 29, 2017
Allen Clark, Jesse Cook

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #186 (October 1 at 8:00 p.m.)

Canadian rhumba flamenco artist Jesse Cook has blended the exotic Spanish music form with elements of new age, jazz, and easy listening on his releases for Narada Records.

Signed to the label in 1994, he produced his debut, Tempest, one year later. Gravity, released in 1996, hit the Top Ten on the new age charts. Vertigo was released two years later, and Free Fall appeared in mid-2000.

Dale Ann Bradley

Sep 29, 2017
Bluegrass Today

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #123 (September 29 at 8:00 p.m. and September 30 at 3:00 p.m.)

Raised in the coal fields of Appalachia, life for Dale Ann Bradley was much like her musical heroes from the same area in the southern mountains. No running water or "safe" electricity was available until she was a senior in high school. "One light socket and an extension cord kept a 1950's "Philco" refrigerator, box fan, and radio going. Looking back now I know how dangerous that was."

PBS

America’s military veterans have proven they can be relied upon to get jobs done.

So, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) is inviting veterans to learn more about careers in helping to safely provide reliable, affordable power to over 1 million Kentucky residents.

In November, EKPC will offer a series of career fairs for veterans to highlight the electric cooperative and its related careers.

The Trail Blazer

The Department for Local Government (DLG) selected Rowan County for an award of $75,000 from the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for Don Greenhill Park. 

The proposed funding will go to construct a dog park, resurface the basketball court, and replace the existing playground equipment, originally installed in 1992.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sep 22, 2017
Sermig

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #185 (September 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

California's Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are an old-school swing-and-jump blues outfit who first came to prominence in the 1990s as one of the main progenitors of the neo-swing revival. Along with similarly-inclined neo-swing acts like Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy helped to revive big-band music and popularize swing dancing for the MTV generation and beyond.

Amazon

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #122 (September 22 at 8:00 p.m. and September 23 at 3:00 p.m.)

This program features “An American Troubadour: Songs of Steve Forbert,” a 2017 release on Blue Rose Music. The album features twenty-one songs showcasing Steve Forbert’s five decade career and the impact he's had on other songwriters and musicians.

Blue Rose Music assists in the business and creative development of musicians and projects. A portion of all revenue is donated to The Blue Rose Foundation, providing pre-school scholarships to financially disadvantaged children.

Plano Prairie Garden

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate two more Monarch butterfly waystations at the William Whitley House State Historic Site and Carter Caves State Resort Park in September.

The William Whitley House ceremony is Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. and the Carter Caves event is Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.

Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky have worked with state parks and other groups to design and install Monarch waystations.

Florida Sportsman

The Kentucky Fuel Corporation properties in eastern Kentucky are no longer open to public hunting.

Kentucky Fuel’s hunting access agreement with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is no longer active, returning the property to private status.

The change occurred after publication of the 2017-18 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has updated its online version of the guide to reflect this change. The guide is available at the department’s website at: http://fw.ky.gov

WMSK

Kentucky Department of Corrections Interim Commissioner Jim Erwin has announced that Malcolm Smith has been promoted to deputy warden at Little Sandy Correctional Complex (LSCC) in Sandy Hook.

"Malcolm Smith has demonstrated the skills necessary to be a valuable addition to the leadership team of Little Sandy,” said Erwin. “I am pleased to promote someone with such an excellent performance record and the experience needed to serve the department in this new role as deputy warden."

Adventures in Homeschooling

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 35th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 13-15.

The festival features demonstrations of pioneer living, frontier skills, traditions, and lifeways. Browse the crafters corner to see the many handcrafted items for sale and find lots of good eats at the food court. 

Game & Fish

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has unanimously recommended that the department increase prices for some resident Kentucky hunting and fishing licenses.

The Commission is the guiding body for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It took the action during its September quarterly meeting. It will be the first resident license price increase in more than a decade, and the first increase of the senior and disabled sportsman’s licenses since their inceptions in 1999.

Brecker Brothers

Sep 18, 2017
Spotify

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #184 (September 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

In the 1970’s, brothers Michael and Randy Brecker co-led a band of New York session big shots that included, at various times, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, and George Duke, among others.

When they chose, the Brecker Brothers Band could be one of the most intelligent and creative fusion outfits.

Leroy Carr

Sep 15, 2017
Speakin' The Blues

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #121 (September 15 at 8:00 p.m. and September 16 at 2:00 p.m.)

The term "urban blues" is usually applied to post-World War II blues band music, but one of the forefathers of the genre in its pre-electric format was pianist Leroy Carr.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved $75,000 to temporarily support and stabilize the Dover Covered Bridge in Mason County.

In late July, a flash flood severely damaged the historic wooden bridge when thunderstorms dropped more than 7 inches of rain across the region. Lee Creek rose out of its banks and washed away two 12,000-pound steel support beams from under the bridge. Floodwater also shifted its truss off foundations and peeled away blacktop on the road at either end.

Renewable Energy Long Island

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has approved a grant to East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) to help fund the construction of a solar farm in Clark County.

USDA Rural Development announced a grant of $262,637 through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loan and Grant program.

EKPC is constructing a 60-acre solar farm on its headquarters property adjacent to Interstate 64 between Lexington and Winchester. When completed later this year, the $18 million facility will feature 32,300 solar panels.

Kei Akagi

Sep 8, 2017
Allmusic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #183 (September 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

Pianist Kei Akagi is best-known as a sideman but his list of credits and versatility are certainly quite impressive.

Born in Japan, Akagi lived in Cleveland during a large part of his childhood (from age five-twelve) before returning to Japan. He started classical piano lessons when he was five but was soon also interested in pop and rock music. Back in Japan, Akagi studied philosophy and music, playing piano at high school dances and with his college band.

Aaron Burdett

Sep 8, 2017
Bandsintown

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #120 (September 8 at 8:00 p.m. and September 9 at 3:00 p.m.)

Creating music isn’t a means to an end, it is an end with a meaning for Aaron Burdett. Writing and creating songs is rooted somewhere deep in his psyche; it’s something that can’t be denied and must be shared. His lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once, while his music style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock that cohesively creates a story.

CHOC Children's

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside to help educate the public about the prevalence of childhood cancer across the U.S. and promote the need for continued research and treatment.

As part of the observance, Governor Matt Bevin has officially proclaimed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Kentucky and will be illuminating the Kentucky State Capitol dome gold tonight.

Morehead Writing Project

Kentucky State Parks are offering a lodging discount to Florida residents looking for a place to stay to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Guests with a Florida driver’s license can receive 25 percent off the regular rate for lodge rooms and cottages through Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resort parks that feature lodges, restaurants and recreational activities. Most resorts also have cottages. Additionally, the park system operates 30 campgrounds across the state.

Defense.gov

Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade departed for the Caribbean to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 7.

Approximately 20 Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation (a company under 63rd TAB) deployed to the Virgin Islands with two UH-60 Blackhawks equipped for medical evacuations. Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron also deployed as part of Kentucky’s response to provide search and rescue.

Weather Underground

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following the four simple steps of Be Ready, Be Steady, Show and Go! during September – National Preparedness Month (NPM).

This nationwide effort is organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare and plan for emergencies in their homes, business and schools.

CoffeeTree Books

CoffeeTree Books in Morehead invites everyone to listen and enjoy the works of poet Julie Hensley and author R Dean Johnson. 

The husband and wife duo will be reading from their respected projects on October 3rd, 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM.  Following the presentation will be a chance to purchase their works and have them signed.

Morehead State University

Utilizing a balanced attack and an efficient back line and service effort, the Morehead State volleyball team opened the Colonial Classic with a pair of 3-0 sweeps on Friday.

The Eagles shut out Savannah State (25-18, 25-14, 25-21) before handing the host William & Mary Tribe the same result (26-24, 25-23, 25-14).

Morehead State is now 4-2 in 2017.

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