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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Arts/Culture
6:27 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Jacky Terrasson

Jacky Terrasson
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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #77 (June 28 at 8:00PM)

Originally hailed as one of the bright young lions on the straight-ahead jazz scene of the 1990’s, virtuoso pianist Jacky Terrasson developed into a sophisticated performer with eclectic stylistic taste.

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Crime/Police
5:43 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Kentucky Issues Business Scam Warning

Credit The Investigation Report

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer, is warning businesses about an official-looking “2015 Annual Minutes Form” they may receive from an entity called Division of Corporate Services. Division of Corporate Services is not registered, affiliated or associated with the Secretary of State’s office.

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Government/Politics
10:59 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Kentucky Public Retirees to Host Gubernatorial Candidates

Credit NKY Tribune

Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will hold their annual conference Thursday and Friday, June 25-26 at the Clarion Hotel on Newtown Pike in Lexington.  The non-profit organization represents nearly 100,000 state and local government and state police retirees.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Thursday and the conference begins at 10 a.m. 

Representative and democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Sannie Overly will address the group on Friday at 9:30 a.m.  Likewise, republican candidate for Governor Matt Bevin will speak at 11:30 a.m. 

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Transportation
11:25 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Summer Road Projects to Impact Several Counties in the Region

Credit KTUL

Motorists should watch for lane changes, flaggers and other highway construction traffic impacts this week, the week of June 22, in northeast Kentucky.

In Ashland, contractors have temporarily closed all traffic access to the KY 716 (Summit) intersection at US 60 for concrete pavement construction from the Kentucky State Police post to Speedway. No turns into KY 716 or out of KY 716 are being permitted.

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Health
9:31 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Consider Proper Eye Protection When Planning Outdoor Activities

Credit Amazon

Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.

It’s disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.

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Arts/Culture
12:50 am
Sun June 21, 2015

D.A. Foster on Nothin' But The Blues

Credit Amazon

Nothin' But The Blues host Paul Hitchcock spoke with soul/blues vocalist D.A. Foster about his new album on VizzTone Records called “The Real Thing.”

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Arts/Culture
4:30 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Wendell Holmes (December 19, 1943 - June 19, 2015)

Wendell Holmes
Credit Alligator Records

Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died on Friday, June 19 at his home in Rosedale, Maryland of complications due to pulmonary hypertension. Earlier this week, Wendell addressed his fans and friends in an open letter as he moved into hospice care. He was 71.

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Environment
11:57 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Kentucky River Locks and Dams Makes Exploring Fun

Boats locking through the Kentucky River in Lock 2 near Lockport.
Credit Northern Kentucky Tribune

Kentucky River locks and dams Nos. 1 through 4 opened to boaters on May 22 for the first time since major renovation work began in 2007.

Now 82 miles of the Kentucky River are navigable from Frankfort to its mouth at the Ohio River.

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Health
5:39 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Kentucky Law Designed to Improve Child Passenger Safety

Credit Auto Guide

Governor Steve Beshear joined local officials, child-safety advocates and medical staff at the University of Kentucky today (June 15) to ceremonially sign long-awaited legislation to improve child passenger safety in motor vehicles.

House Bill 315 brings Kentucky’s booster seat law in line with 31 other states, including all seven of our neighboring states.

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Drugs/Alcohol
5:20 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Gov. Beshear Announces Funding Plan to Curb Heroin Use

Credit Orchid Recovery Center

Governor Steve Beshear  took another step to build upon the success of the 2015 landmark anti-heroin legislation he signed by announcing the funding of eight programs aimed at fighting and treating heroin use and substance abuse in Kentucky.

The $10 million in funding is part of Senate Bill 192, bipartisan legislation passed in this year’s legislative session aimed at curbing the rise in heroin use and opioid addiction.

The programs funded by the measure range from assistance to addicted mothers of newborns to treatment programs in jails and prisons.

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Arts/Culture
11:53 am
Mon June 15, 2015

WMKY Celebrates 50 Years

On this date, June 15, 1965, WMKY was established as east Kentucky's first radio station.

In that first year, WMKY operated on a four hour broadcast schedule as a 10 watt radio station from a classroom inside the Combs Building at Morehead State University. By 1970, WMKY increased to a twelve hour schedule and in 1999, went to a twenty-four hour broadcast day.

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Transportation
11:31 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Twenty Percent of Mountain Parkway Widening Project Underway

Credit Mountain Parkway Expansion

About one-fifth of the widening and improvements of the Mountain Parkway between Campton and Salyersville will be under construction this summer, marking significant progress for the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

A third construction project starting soon just west of Salyersville will bring a total of six miles of the current Mountain Parkway to the construction phase.

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Arts/Culture
9:51 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Rob McNurlin on Nothin' But The Blues

Credit Amazon

Nothin' But The Blues host Paul Hitchcock spoke with Americana singer/songwriter Rob McNurlin about his new album on Buffalo Skinner Records called “Blue Nashville Guitar.”

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Arts/Culture
5:32 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Count Basie Orchestra

Count Basie Orchestra
Credit Concert Vault

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #75 (June 14 at 8:00pm)

In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for nearly 30 years after his passing.

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Environment
10:10 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Salato Wildlife Center to Host Monarch Waystation Program

Monarch Butterfly
Credit NY Times

Folks who have ever wondered what they could do to help native butterflies are invited to a program and planting at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13.

The program, which will appeal to green thumbs and greenhorns alike, will highlight the essential elements of a Monarch Waystation. With monarch butterfly numbers in retreat due to habitat loss, waystations are special plantings along migration routes designed to provide food to adults and larvae.

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Transportation
7:15 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Kentucky House Leaders Discuss Transportation Needs

Kentucky House leaders met with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, center, today in a series of meetings with elected officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss major highway projects in Eastern Kentucky. Those pictured are, left to right, House Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards, House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and House Majority Whip Johnny Bell.
Credit Office of the Kentucky House Speaker

One week after announcing his goal to build an interstate-quality highway between Prestonsburg and Beckley, W.Va., Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo and three other House leaders discussed an even larger goal this afternoon during meetings with U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Washington, D.C.  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner attended the meeting with Rep. Rogers.

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Business
4:37 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Kentucky Improves One Stop Business Portal

Credit The Guardian

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Officer, is announcing today new features on the Kentucky Business One Stop Portal (http://www.onestop.ky.gov) that make it easier for new businesses to register and interact with the Secretary of State’s Office and Department of Revenue. 

The enhancements save businesses both time and money by streamlining transactions and data and providing more flexibility and security in managing information.

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Environment
10:09 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Website to Assist Kentucky's Stream Anglers

Credit Fichigan

Fisheries crews with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources routinely see a variety of trophy smallmouth bass, muskellunge, catfish and walleye while doing their sampling studies in streams.

Now the department is unveiling those stream secrets through a new information section on the department’s website.

“Stream fishing is a whole lot better than people think it is,” said Fisheries Biologist David Baker, who headed the effort. “You can catch the fish of a lifetime in a stream.”

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Transportation
3:25 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Simon Kenton Bridge Restoration Funding Approved

Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge

Governor Steve Beshear has announced that $300,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been approved for restoration of aesthetic lighting on a treasured landmark of Maysville – the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River.

The famed “necklace” lights that outline the 84-year-old suspension bridge were switched off in February 2014 after inspectors found exposed wiring, damaged or inadequate connectors, missing and damaged junction box covers and other electrical safety hazards.

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Transportation
12:35 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Road Project Public Meeting Scheduled in Frenchburg

Residents of Menifee County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve US 460 in Frenchburg.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the Menifee County High School cafeteria. It will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

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Transportation
11:42 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Highway Extension Proposed Between Prestonsburg and West Virginia

Credit Office of the Kentucky House Speaker

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced today (June 2) that he is calling for a new extension of the Mountain Parkway into West Virginia, to “unlock the potential of our regions vibrant workforce.”

In a letter to each member of the Kentucky and West Virginia Congressional delegations, and both states’ governors, Speaker Stumbo championed the major new expansion.

“Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia share a vibrant workforce that is united in providing the finest quality labor anywhere,” said Stumbo.

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Arts/Culture
4:29 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Nothin’ But The Blues Top 20 (May 2015)

Credit Roots Music Report

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane (New West)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor (Blind Pig)

Jorma Kaukonen – Ain’t In No Hurry (Red House)

JJ Grey & Mofro – Ol’ Glory (Provogue)

Tad Robinson – Day Into Night (Severn)

Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (J & R Adventures)

Marcia Ball – The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator Man (Alligator)

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Arts/Culture
10:02 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Kentucky Headhunters Guitarist Greg Martin on Nothin' But The Blues

Credit Alligator Records

Grammy award-winning The Kentucky Headhunters have released their latest album on Alligator Records called "Meet Me In Bluesland." The new project features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pianist Johnnie Johnson. 

Nothin' But The Blues host Paul Hitchcock spoke with guitarist Greg Martin, one of the founding members of The Kentucky Headhunters, about the new record and playing with Johnnie Johnson.

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Arts/Culture
5:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt
Credit Herb Museum

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #73 (May 31 at 8:00PM)

Guitarist Django Reinhardt was the son of a traveling entertainer. He grew up in a gypsy settlement outside Paris. Reinhardt first played violin and later took up guitar, and began working professionally in 1922 with the accordionist Guerino. In 1928, he was badly burned in a caravan fire, which resulted in the mutilation of his left hand. This deprived him of the use of two fingers and led him to devise a unique fingering method.

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Arts/Culture
12:36 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour
Credit Montreux Jazz Live

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #72 (May 24 at 8:00PM)

Known to fans as "Captain Fingers" for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Lee Ritenour is a noted jazz artist and session musician who has been one of the leaders in his field since the early '70s.

Born in Los Angeles, California on January 11, 1952, Ritenour took up the guitar when he was eight years old, and decided to make music his career when he was 12. Ritenour's parents were supportive of his ambitions, and arranged for him to study with some of the best guitar teachers in Southern California.

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Education
11:11 am
Fri May 22, 2015

MSU Mt. Sterling Closed on May 22

MSU at Mt. Sterling is closed on Friday, May 22. Classes are canceled and offices are closed due to a water leak.

Economic
6:11 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Beshear Hopes Next Governor Will Embrace SOAR

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announcing plans in 2013 for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.
Credit Kentucky.com

Governor Beshear is optimistic that SOAR will continue after he leaves office.

“Shaping Our Appalachian Region” is the non-profit organization he established with Congressman Hal Rogers more than a year ago to help diversify and improve the economy of eastern Kentucky.

The governor leaves office at the end of this year but he’s hoping Kentucky’s next chief executive will be committed to the SOAR initiative.

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Transportation
10:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

KY 1722 in Rowan/Fleming Closed For Repairs

Credit ACCU Permit

An embankment fix on KY 1722 at the Rowan-Fleming county line will start this month, requiring a three-month highway closure and detour.

On Tuesday, May 26, contractors expect to start reconstruction of KY 1722 at the 9 mile marker where a slip has undermined surface pavement. Repairs will include full excavation of the roadway, stabilization of the embankment, installation of new drainage measures and other work – all of which will require temporary closure of the highway.

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Government/Politics
4:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Secretary Grimes Prepared for Recanvass in Close Election

Credit KHBS

In the wake of the May 19 Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election, in which Matt Bevin and James Comer are currently separated by only 83 votes, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is prepared to implement procedures for a recanvass in the event one is requested.

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Economic
11:50 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Rowan County Disaster Recovery Center Closing May 21

Credit Fairfield Citizen

The disaster recovery centers in Madison and Rowan counties will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, and the Bourbon County disaster recovery center will close at 6 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 22.

The centers, which have been operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are located at:

• 525 High St. (Paris Municipal Service Building) in Paris.

• 558 S. Keeneland Drive (Madison County Joint Information Center) in Richmond.

• 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

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