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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Miles Davis Quintet

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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #118 (May 1 at 8:00PM)

Although The Miles Davis Quintet had a relatively short life (1955-1957), it went down in history as one of the finest and most interesting bebop combos of the 1950s. It was a group in which different musical personalities did more than coexist -- they complimented and inspired each other.

Morehead State University

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Rolling Stone

Groundbreaking guitarist and vocalist Lonnie Mack, known as one of rock’s first true guitar heroes, died on April 21, 2016 of natural causes at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tennessee.


His early instrumental recordings – among them Wham! and Memphis -- influenced many of rock's greatest players, including Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and especially Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was 74.


Kentucky State Parks

Interested in ghost hunting and paranormal investigations? Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County has just the thing.

The park and Kentucky Paranormal Research Activity Team (PART) will host four “ghost hunts” starting May 7. Participants will learn about the various facets of ghost hunting, become familiar with commonly used tools during the investigation, as well as park history.

Ghost hunters will go inside the Big Bone Methodist Church and visit two historic cemeteries on park grounds. The program runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and cameras are welcome.

All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #117 (April 17 at 8:00PM)

In 1975 American big band drummer Frank Capp (b. Frank Cappuccio, 20 August 1931, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), temporarily took over the duties of Nat Pierce (b. 16 July 1925, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, d. 10 June 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA), as contractor for the Neal Hefti Orchestra.

Trip Advisor

The Blair Building adjacent to the Cumberland Falls State Resort Lodge is no longer available for use due to the deterioration of wooden beams that support its roof.  The Blair Building was being used for meeting space and convention space.

The Kentucky Finance and Administrative Cabinet authorized Lexington, Kentucky based engineering firm S&ME, Inc. to inspect the building. S&ME concluded that the Blair Building had deteriorated to the point that it may not be used. Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland immediately closed the building to guests and employees.

Kentucky House of Representatives

Three members of the Kentucky House of Representatives are challenging the governor’s power to alter appropriations made for higher education in the state budget passed by the General Assembly in 2014. Their action will seek to intervene or join a lawsuit seeking to stop those cuts that was filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear on Monday (April 11).

“We applaud the courage of the attorney general and his readiness to stand up for students and middle class families who will almost certainly face tuition increases in light of these cuts,” Rep. Wayne said.

Levisa Lazer

Carter Caves State Resort Park is offering the Smoky Bridge High Line Ride, an unforgettable zipline experience, on April 30.

This temporary zipline of more than 200 feet will run across the gorge behind the park lodge. Participants will be strapped in for a memorable ride that drops more than 40 feet and cruises by the park’s largest natural arch, Smoky Bridge. Bring cameras for great photo opportunities.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are beginning to clear the path for the first extension of the Mountain Parkway in a half-century.

Crews working in Salyersville are completing pre-construction work needed to allow the project to begin this summer on Salyersville’s Restaurant Row.

Among the final pre-construction activities will be removal of about a half dozen structures that are in the planned path for parkway through Salyersville. The structures are located on property acquired by KYTC for the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors will temporarily close KY 435 on the Fernleaf-Germantown side of the AA Highway intersection for the next four weeks.

On Thursday, April 14, the road will be barricaded near milepoint 0.6, just south of the AA Highway (KY 9), and the following detours established:

-Northbound KY 435 thru traffic from the KY 10 intersection at Fernleaf must use KY 10 to the AA Highway (KY 9), then take the AA (KY 9) north to access KY 435 toward Minerva.

Western Kentucky Star

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court challenging the authority by which Gov. Matt Bevin recently ordered 4.5 percent cuts in the current fiscal year to Kentucky’s public colleges and universities.

Kentucky Dept. of Parks

Experience the beauty of the Carter Caves Wildflower Pilgrimage April 22-24 at Carter Caves State Resort.

Throughout the weekend guests will experience the beauty of the area during wildflower walks, canoe trips and van tours. This is the perfect weekend for experienced wildflower enthusiasts, beginner bloomers or those who just enjoy being in the woods to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.

Al Cohn

Apr 8, 2016
The Guardian

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #116 (April 10 at 8:00PM)

An excellent tenor saxophonist and a superior arranger/composer, Al Cohn was greatly admired by his fellow musicians.

Early gigs included associations with Joe Marsala (1943), Georgie Auld, Boyd Raeburn (1946), Alvino Rey, and Buddy Rich (1947). But it was when he replaced Herbie Steward as one of the "Four Brothers" with Woody Herman's Second Herd (1948-1949) that Cohn began to make a strong impression.


In celebration of Earth Day, Downtown Morehead, Inc. and the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a community cleanup day on Friday, April 22.

The cleanup efforts will focus on Main Street, First Street and Second Street and include trash pickup, general cleaning and debris removal.

Any businesses on these streets may dispose of large items for free pick up that day, but will need to call in advance to schedule.

Businesses are also offered additional cleanup help with door painting, window cleaning, etc. This also must be scheduled in advance.


Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy)

Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

Various Artists – God Don’t Never Change: Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator)

Andy T & Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man (Blind Pig)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

Luther Dickinson – Blues & Ballads (New West)

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love (Alligator)

Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

Mary Stallings

Apr 3, 2016
Concord Music Group

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #115 (April 3 at 8:00PM)

Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singer who isn't nearly as well known as she should be.

The niece of saxophonist Orlando Stallings, she started singing as a child and sang jazz in Bay Area clubs during her teenage years, when she performed with Louis Jordan & His Tympani 5 and shared the stage with such greats as Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster.

The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Morehead Railroad and Historical Museum.

The event, slated for Saturday, May 14, is set for noon to 4 p.m. at the First Street location. Tours, music and nostalgia are just a few items on the agenda.

The event is designed to take one back to days gone by when the railways were full and tourists would be dropped and picked up along their journeys. Large supply shipments passed through the station which still is very much intact complete with a weighing area and dry storage area.

Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” and the lobby exhibit, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition,” on Saturday, April 9.


If your daily drive involves the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge (KY 10) across the locks and dam in Greenup County, you might want to rethink your route the next couple of months.

Beginning Monday, April 12, contractors will restrict the Ohio River crossing to one-lane so old expansion joints can be safely replaced, which will mean traffic delays.

The joints – important components that allow the bridge to expand and contract with temperature changes – have deteriorated over the years, causing potholes and rough driving conditions across the structure’s concrete surface.

Chet Atkins

Mar 26, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #114 (March 27 at 8:00PM)

Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he recorded hundreds of solo records, Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks.


The Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lakes State Resort Park is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.

Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland made that decision after receiving the draft of an engineering report that concludes the building is no longer safe for occupancy.

“The lodge has been closed to visitors and guests for the past six months ago after an electrical fire that caused smoke damage to the main lodge and some of the resort’s 36 guest rooms,” Commissioner Holland said. 

KY Forward

Executives from Superior Composites Co. LLC joined state economic development and local officials in Vanceburg this week to mark the start of a $2.5 million expansion. It is expected to create 32 new full-time jobs at the company’s glass reinforcements production facility.

The project comes less than a year after Superior Composites was spun off as an independent business and will position the company for long-term growth. The plant produces continuous filament glass fiber reinforcements and veils used in a variety of markets in the global composites industry.

KY Fame/National Network

One of the Commonwealth’s nationally recognized workforce training programs, the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME), expanded to northeast Kentucky and the SOAR region, Governor Matt Bevin announced.

Through KY FAME, high school graduates and adults can earn an associate degree in advanced manufacturing while gaining hands-on, paid experience at a sponsoring manufacturer. The apprenticeship-style, education-and-training program addresses a need for more technically skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.

Ernie Watts

Mar 19, 2016
Ernie Watts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #113 (March 20 at 8:00PM)

Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than fifty-five years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound.

Missouri Life

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #66 (March 18 at 8:00PM)

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were among the more popular of mid-1970s country-rock outfits, slotting in chronologically and stylistically between the Eagles and Firefall. As exponents of '70s country-rock, the group rode a wave of success for five years on A&M Records and survived in some form into the 1990s, with a following just large enough to justify occasional record releases in their later years.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Camp SMILE, a free bereavement camp for children ages 7-17, is a collaborative of St. Claire Regional (SCR) Hospice and Palliative Care and the Morehead State University Department of Nursing.

The camp serves as a safe environment that helps children explore and understand feelings of grief and loss. In addition to bereavement counseling, campers will spend the weekend enjoying activities such as swimming, archery, hiking and crafts, and will each receive a free T-shirt.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors started replacing asphalt with concrete pavement today at the KY 7 and east I-64 intersection in Grayson, which will mean lane closures for the next several weeks.

Current traffic changes include restricting all northbound (from Grayson toward I-64) vehicles to one lane on KY 7 (Carol Malone Boulevard). Through the week of March 21, all KY 7 traffic shifts into the right lane near Interstate Drive and Love’s truck stop. And, the eastbound I-64 on and off ramps (Exit 172) are one lane.

Morehead State University

Sin Fronteras

Program #15 (March 18 at 7:00PM)

Sin Fronteras host Mihaela Maynard speaks with George Eklund, Associate Professor of English at Morehead State University, about his poetry, influences of the Spanish language on his writings and working with Mexican poet Mario Bojorquez.

George Eklund received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and has taught at MSU since 1989. He has been awarded the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry by the Kentucky Arts Council and Morehead State's Distinguished Creative Productions Award.


(Editor's note: The following report was provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth.

The project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway from two lanes to four lanes, and will extend the parkway another 16 miles between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

Hardin County Conservation

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month.  The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way.

The cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock, marestail, Japanese knotweed, and kudzu.

Property owners can learn more about specific treatments in their areas by contacting their district highway office.