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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Bryan Savage

Oct 21, 2016
Bryan Savage

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #139 (October 23 at 8:00PM)

After years of studio work in Los Angeles playing sax and flute on over 20 major label releases for such artists as Al Stewart, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Steve Martin and others, Bryan Savage is now building a strong following across the country as a solo artist on the National Smooth Jazz radio charts, as well as doing solo performances featuring tunes from his 7 international CD releases plus other popular tunes.

Ernestine Anderson

Oct 19, 2016
Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #138 (October 16 at 8:00PM)

Positioned squarely in the mainstream, at home in the worlds of jazz and pop standards as well as the blues, comfortable with small groups and big bands, Ernestine Anderson regularly received a lot of airplay on traditional jazz radio stations.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #137 (October 9 at 8:00PM)

There have been few jazz musicians as consistently controversial as Stan Kenton. Dismissed by purists of various genres while loved by many others, Kenton ranks up there with Chet Baker and Sun Ra as jazz's top cult figure. He led a succession of highly original bands that often emphasized emotion, power, and advanced harmonies over swing, and this upset listeners who felt that all big bands should aim to sound like Count Basie. Kenton always had a different vision.


Morehead State Public Radio's (WMKY - 90.3FM) Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive continues through Friday, October 21. Your tax deductible gift supports local programming, operations and student work-studies. Help support MSPR by becoming a new member or renew your gift today by calling 606-783-2001 or 1-800-286-9659.

Alligator Records

Ted Harvey, drummer of the legendary Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, died of natural causes on Thursday, October 6, 2016, in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Harvey was born December 21, 1930. He was 85 years old.

In addition to appearing on all of Taylor's albums and touring the world with him, Harvey played drums with blues legends Jimmy Dawkins, Big Walter Horton, Barrelhouse Chuck, J. B. Hutto, Jimmy Rogers, Snooky Pryor and many others.

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio’s 2016 Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive are scheduled from Oct. 17 through 21.

During this time, MSPR staff will ask listeners for a financial gift to support local programming, operations and enhance the learning environment for Morehead State University students.

Global Dog Productions

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #82 (October 7 at 8:00PM)

OKeh Records was founded by Otto K. E. Heinemann when he set up his own recording studio and gramophone record pressing plant in New York City in September 1918. Heinemann formed the name of the record label “OKeh”, from his initials.

KY Forward

Now that water temperatures are settling downward for the fall, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is resuming its trophy bass propagation program.

The program only accepts trophy-sized largemouth bass from anglers. In return, anglers receive a free replica mount of the fish. Bass accepted for the program are used as broodstock to grow a new generation of large fish.

Fox News

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is assigning emergency response personnel from Kentucky to provide assistance to states expected to be impacted from Hurricane Matthew.  In addition to KYEM staff, various emergency response and rescue teams from across the Commonwealth will be assisting in disaster response management and rescue efforts.

Sonny Rollins

Oct 3, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #136 (October 2 at 8:00PM)

Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers, but have also fueled the notion that mainstream jazz music can be widely enjoyed, recognized, and proliferated.

Elmore Magazine

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party At Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

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

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

Mike Wheeler Band – Turn Up! (Delmark)

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

Jimmy LaFave

Sep 30, 2016

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #81 (September 30 at 8:00PM)

Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he's playing solo or with a band.

Morehead State University

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

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Brian Hutchinson and Jamie Thomas

Topic:  MSU Athletics (Fall 2016)

Alligator Records

American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr.—leader of the band Buckwheat Zydeco—died on September 24, 2016 of lung cancer at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The Grammy and Emmy winning artist was the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. NPR’s Weekend Edition called him "the go-to guy for zydeco music...a master of accordion and organ."

Eddie Palmieri

Sep 24, 2016
IMG Artists

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #135 (September 25 at 8:00PM)

Eddie Palmieri is one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists, blessed with a technique that fuses such ubiquitous jazz influences as the styles of Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and McCoy Tyner into a Latin context. No purist, he has also shown a welcome willingness to experiment with fusions of Latin and non-Latin music.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Highway crews plan to upgrade the US 60 and KY 519 traffic signal at Morehead next week, Tuesday, Sept. 27, to provide new flashing yellow arrow indicators.

On Tuesday morning, motorists should watch for brief lane closures and delays during new signal installation.

Uncle Earl

Sep 23, 2016
Sunset Village Park

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #80 (September 23 at 8:00PM)

Fearless ambassadors for string-band music, Uncle Earl uses tradition as a springboard, coloring a vast and varied legacy with their own unique perspectives as vocalists, instrumentalists, and songwriters.

Independently, Kristin Andreassen (guitar, fiddle, ukulele, harmonica, vocals, clogging), Rayna Gellert (fiddle, guitar, vocals), KC Groves (mandolin, guitar, bass, vocals), and Abigail Washburn (banjo, vocals), have each emerged as adventurous, compelling voices in the ongoing old-time renaissance.

Chesapeake Bay

Officials have discovered the presence of hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant, in several areas of Cave Run Lake near Morehead. State and federal officials are asking boaters and anglers using Cave Run Lake to take precautions to help prevent the spread of this plant.

Rob McNurlin

Sep 16, 2016
Gary Hayes Country

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #79 (September 16 at 8:00PM)

Rob McNurlin was raised in Eastern Kentucky, the hymns in church, the Johnny Cash Show on TV, a harmonica from his grandmother, his parents records and a guitar on his ninth Christmas set him on a very musical path.

McNurlin began studying traditional music learning hundreds of folk, hillbilly-blues and Gospel tunes. Inspired by Cash, Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, he started writing songs and mixing these originals with the  traditional .

Pat Martino

Sep 9, 2016
Benedetto Guitars

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #133 (September 11 at 8:00PM)

One of the most original of the jazz-based guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, Pat Martino made a remarkable comeback after brain surgery in 1980 to correct an aneurysm caused him to lose his memory and completely forget how to play. It took years, but he regained his ability, partly by listening to his older records.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #78 (September 9 at 8:00PM)

Sweet Honey in the Rock is a dynamic, all-female a cappella group with a repertoire rooted in African choral, blues, gospel, and jazz.

The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hearing impaired.

Music & the Spoken Word - Forged in Iron (9:00am) 

This show celebrates the working women and men. Those who labor day in and day out. Music from this show includes "The Road Not Taken" from Frostiana, "My Song in the Night", "O Come Ye Nations of the Earth" and more.

The Right To Vote - A Humankind Special (10:00am)

Joe Williams

Sep 3, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #132 (September 4 at 8:00PM)

Joe Williams was the last great big-band singer, a smooth baritone who graced the rejuvenated Count Basie Orchestra during the 1950s and captivated audiences well into the '90s.

Born in Georgia, he moved to Chicago with his grandmother at the age of three. Reunited with his mother, she taught him to play the piano and took him to the symphony. Though tuberculosis slowed him down as a teenager, Williams began performing at social events and formed his own gospel vocal quartet, the Jubilee Boys.

Rounder Records

Sep 1, 2016

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #77 (September 2 at 8:00PM)

Rounder Records began in 1970 as a collective enterprise by three college friends, passionate music lovers all, to record, preserve, and pioneer the development of roots music and its contemporary offshoots.  It was not originally intended to become a business, all three Rounder Founders had other careers in mind, but the reception their first releases earned drove the trio to do more. As one often said, “It was like a hobby that got out of control.” In their third year alone, they released 19 albums. 


Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party At Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

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

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

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

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

Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep (Redwing)

Junko Onishi

Aug 29, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #131 (August 28 at 8:00PM)

With the release of her 1993 Blue Note debut Cruisin', pianist Junko Onishi arrived as one of the most promising of Japan-born jazz musicians.

Growing up in Tokyo, Onishi received classical piano lessons but became quite interested in jazz. She studied at Berklee and after three years moved to New York. Already a well-developed player, Onishi worked with Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Kenny Garrett, and Mingus Dynasty before recording her debut as a leader.


The Great American Dulcimer Convention will celebrate its 40th anniversary Sept. 23-24 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville.

The talent will include Anne MacFie, Heidi Muller, Ted Yoder, Nancy Barker and Josh Noe, February Sky, and Miller, Miller and Meyer. Concerts wills be offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The concert fee is $10 per person. Free workshops will be offered during the day Saturday.

Robbie Fulks

Aug 26, 2016
Robbie Fulks

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #76 (August 26 at 8:00PM)

Singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks was one of the more heralded talents in the alternative country movement, displaying an offbeat, sometimes dark sense of humor in many of his best moments. As time passed, he moved away from the country twang of his early work and into a crunchier roots rock hybrid.

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. Jason Bentley, Tim Rhodes, Adam Abbott

Topic:  Opening of MSU (Fall 2016)

Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #130 (August 21 at 8:00PM)

As a teenager, David Newman played professionally around Dallas and Fort Worth with Charlie Parker's mentor, Buster Smith, and also with Ornette Coleman in a band led by tenor saxophonist Red Connors. In the early '50s, Newman worked locally with such R&B musicians as Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker.