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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Renewable Energy Long Island

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has filed a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to construct an 8.5-megawatt solar project in Clark County, Ky.

If approved, the cooperative solar installation will be located next to EKPC’s headquarters facilities, adjacent to Interstate 64 and U.S. 60, about two miles east of Fayette County. With more than 32,000 photovoltaic panels covering 60 acres of land, the installation would be one of Kentucky’s largest solar farms.

Geoffrey Keezer

Jul 23, 2016
Blue Port Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #127 (July 24 at 8:00PM)

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Geoffry Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Joshua Redman, Benny Golson and Ray Brown in his 20s.

Rosie Flores

Jul 22, 2016
Credit: Cleveland

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #71 (July 22 at 8:00PM)

Alternative country meets the rockabilly revival meets California guitar virtuosity in the music of Rosie Flores. Since the late '70s, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rosie Flores has been an important figure on the alternative country scene in both Austin, TX, and Los Angeles. She's a hard-working, independently minded artist who's well-respected for her gritty, energetic vocals and fiery guitar solos.

Inside Indiana Business

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that Bath County will receive $18,900 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

The money will be used for slip or slide repairs on North Lick Branch Road (CR 1027) between mile points 1.2 and 1.209. The Bath County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also announced that Fleming County will receive $35,200 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

PBS Newshour

Staffers to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio have fallen ill with norovirus, an extremely contagious virus. The cause of the outbreak is currently under investigation. No staffers from the Kentucky delegation have reported experiencing any symptoms of norovirus at this time.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The first extension of the Mountain Parkway in more than a half century will begin soon as contractors start to widen the roadway through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row.

The 2.4-mile project will improve safety and ease mobility through the busiest and most visible stretch of roadway along the Mountain Parkway corridor.

Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry’s special guests on July 23 will be the Floyd County sister duo of Teddi Leigh Cyrus and Jo Pack Hall.

Both are former members of the Kentucky Opry organization, and helped catapult it into what it is today. Cyrus was picked to join the Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros in 1991, at the early age of 13. She left in 1997. Hall joined in 1997, also a youngster, at the age of 16. She was promoted to the Kentucky Opry in 2000, before leaving in 2002. 

Bill Mays

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #126 (July 17 at 8:00PM)

Bill Mays

A fine pianist, Bill Mays has often worked behind the scenes, leading to him being a somewhat overlooked jazz improviser. Mays worked in Los Angeles as a studio musician from the late '60s on, accompanying Sarah Vaughan (1972-1973) and Al Jarreau (1975), but mostly doing session work.

Levisa Lazer

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the 25th annual Pioneer Life Week July 25-31.

The annual event allows visitors to see how pioneers and Native Americans lived. Most events are free to the public. The pioneer encampment near the park campground is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.

Lite 98.7

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will host a celebration in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Activities and demonstrations will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST). Admission is free during the event.

National Hunting and Fishing Day has been celebrated in the United States for more than four decades. The Salato Center’s celebration of this event has traditionally been held in September in correlation with the national initiative, but will be held in August this year.

The Independent

Players of the new “Pokemon Go” game are having luck catching virtual creatures at Kentucky State Parks. The game encourages people to get out and explore using a smartphone app to collect the virtual creatures.

Visitors are welcome to play the game at state parks and historic sites.

“All we ask is that they be careful and obey a few basic rules for safety,” said state park Naturalist Robert Myers.

His suggestions for those playing the game include:

*Be aware of your surroundings, especially along trails, roadways, cliffs, streams and lakes.

Jorma Kaukonen

Jul 14, 2016
Rolling Stone

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #70 (July 15 at 8:00PM)

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first turned to the guitar. Kaukonen lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1960s, playing backup to singer Janis Joplin in local clubs.

A Miner Detail

The Kentucky Department of Parks will offer advance tickets to the annual commemoration of the Battle of Perryville Oct. 8-9. Advance sales will be available online through Oct. 5.

The Battle of Perryville was the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. More than 7,600 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. Each year, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the battle with re-enactments, living history programs, battlefield tours, authors and book signings, period entertainment, vendors and more.

The Warix Run Boat Ramp at Cave Run Lake will be temporarily closed Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29.

During the closure, the boat ramp will serve as a staging area for a fish habitat improvement project. Artificial habitat structures will be installed in the waters at Warix Run and nearby coves.

“This effort is part of a large, multi-year habitat project for Cave Run,” said District Ranger Jon Kazmierski with the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined state and local officials in Kenton County to present Transitions Inc., Women’s Residential Addiction Program (WRAP) $450,000 to support women suffering from alcohol and substance abuse.

A core mission of the Office of the Attorney General is to address Kentucky’s drug epidemic by supporting recovery efforts and organizations like Transitions.

KY CIR

Gov. Matt Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner have announced the launch of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative.

This new $100 million statewide bond program is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce in the Commonwealth to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.

Kentucky.com

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball filed an intervening motion in the lawsuit between former Kentucky Retirement Systems Chairman and Trustee Tommy Elliott and Governor Bevin today (July 11).

Treasurer Ball is attempting to stop Elliott from inappropriately using $50,000 of state pension funds to pay for his legal counsel.

Quincy Jones

Jul 8, 2016
Wet Paint

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #125 (July 10 at 8:00PM)

In a musical career that has spanned seven decades, Quincy Jones has earned his reputation as a renaissance man of American music. Jones has distinguished himself as a bandleader, a solo artist, a sideman, a songwriter, a producer, an arranger, a film composer, and a record label executive, and outside of music, he's also written books, produced major motion pictures, and helped create television series.

Aristocrat Records

Jul 7, 2016
45 Worlds

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #69 (July 8 at 8:00PM)

Aristocrat Records, sometimes billed as The Aristocrat of Records, was founded in April 1947 by Charles and Evelyn Aron, together with their partners Fred and Mildred Brount and Art Spiegel. Leonard Chess also invested in the young record company.

Logan West

On the brink of closure only a year ago, Logan Corp.’s mining equipment plant in eastern Kentucky will move to a new building five times its current size, invest $2.6 million and hire 70 new employees to meet soaring demand for its new line of custom dump truck beds, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.

Sydney Lake

Summer is arguably the most popular time to fish as muggy, hot days push people to the water for relief and relaxation.

Many anglers, especially those who seek game fish such as black bass, trout or striped bass, release their catch.

“Catch and release works and is a good thing,” said Dave Dreves, assistant director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “But, if you don’t handle the fish properly, your good intentions can be reversed.”

SCR

St. Claire Regional (SCR) is proud to welcome Cletus Carvalho, M.D., board certified psychiatrist, to our Medical Staff. Dr. Carvalho will serve as Medical Director for our Behavioral Health Unit.

With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Carvalho comes to SCR from UK HealthCare where he held a variety of positions, most recently Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry.

The Little Loaf

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced Euro Sticks Group, a French family-owned manufacturer of ice-cream and coffee-stir sticks that he visited in April during an economic development mission to Europe, plans to open a 90-job facility in Corbin with an initial $15 million investment.

Plixid

Dave Weld & Imperial Flames – Slip Into A Dream (Delmark)

Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note (Anti)

Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

Joe Bonamassa – Blues Of Desperation (J & R Adventures)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

Find The Company

The public is invited to join elected officials and guests Friday, July 1, for the dedication of two highway signs honoring Rowan County veterans.

 

In action by the 2016 General Assembly, state legislators have designated nearly six miles of KY 32 from the Fleming-Rowan county line to I-64 as “Veterans Avenue” and have designated KY 3531, which crosses KY 32 to Old Cranston Road in Morehead as “American Legion Way.”

 

Old Time Radio Downloads

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) has announced the addition of “The Golden Age of Radio” to its program schedule.

The new program can be heard Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. beginning July 2.

Using a vast catalog of digitally-preserved audio files, the locally-produced program will highlight vintage, old-time radio programs from the 1930’s through the 1950’s.

SCR Foundation

The St. Claire Foundation would like to thank everyone who came out to the 2016 signature event, “Tastes, Tunes & Tales,” June 17 in support of St. Claire Regional (SCR). 

More than $10,000 was raised for SCR Oncology Services over the course of the evening, making the event a huge success.

The night was certainly one to remember, as approximately 180 guests enjoyed a delightful dinner, bourbon tasting and a variety of entertaining acts.

Rolling Stone

“Dr.” Ralph Edmund Stanley died at his home today, June 23, 2016 in the same mountains of southwestern Virginia where he was born in February 1927. Ralph Stanley was 89 years old.

He was preceded in death by his brother and musical partner, Carter Stanley, who died in 1966.

Dr. Ralph Stanley was an iconic American bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing. Stanley began playing music in 1946, originally with his brother Carter as part of the “Stanley Brothers”, and most often as the leader of his band, the “Clinch Mountain Boys”.

Tim Holbrook, Morehead State University

Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

Host: Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, President, Morehead State University

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Dr. Thomas Williams

Topic:  MSU Creative Writing Program

Morehead State University

Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

Host: Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, President, Morehead State University

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Dr. Philip Prater, Joe Fraley, Bill Redwine

Topic:  MSU Agricultural Sciences, Farm to Table Program

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