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
12:16 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Nothin' But The Blues Top 20 (July 2015)

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Kentucky Headhunters w/Johnnie Johnson – Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

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

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

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Southside (NimoySue)

Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues (Provogue)

Carolyn Wonderland – Live Texas Trio (Bismeaux)

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Transportation
10:59 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

KY 1167 Reopens in Rowan County

Kentucky state highway crews have reopened KY 1167 today (July 25) after replacing a damaged culvert under the roadway in the Craney Creek area of Rowan County near Morehead. Recent storms washed-out the culvert and part of the road. Rowan County maintenance crews used new steel pipes as a temporary fix until a permanent concrete structure can be installed. Crews finished roadway repairs this afternoon, although motorists should note that travel will be on rough surfaces until permanent repairs are complete. Previous detours have ceased. (story provided by the Kentucky Dept.

Arts/Culture
6:26 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Big Band Vocalists

Lena Horne
Credit The Red List

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #80 (July 26 at 8:00PM)

Patti Page & Lou Stein Orchestra – Glory Of Love

Jimmy Rushing & Count Basie Orchestra – Sent For You Yesterday

Cab Calloway – Some Of These Days

Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher

Frank Sinatra & Harry James Orchestra – All Or Nothing At All

Lena Horne & Lou Bring Orchestra – Stormy Weather

Helen Forrest & Carmen Dragon Orchestra – I’m In The Mood For Love

Little Jimmy Scott & Lionel Hampton Orchestra – I Wish I Knew

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Employment
4:11 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Falls in 118 Counties

Credit Business Insider

Unemployment rates fell in 118 Kentucky counties between June 2014 and June 2015, but rose in Hancock and Russell counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.2 percent; Spencer County, 4.3 percent; and Anderson, Campbell and Jessamine counties, 4.4 percent each.

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Arts/Culture
12:16 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo
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Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #42 (July 24 at 8:00PM)

Alejandro Escovedo’s began his music career with the Nuns, a mid-'70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas in 1981 after a stint in New York City. The band released Sundown on Slash Records in 1982, but shortly after, Escovedo left to form the True Believers with brother Javier.

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Environment
12:07 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Native Walleye Return to Kentucky River

Walleye
Credit Kentucky Awake

Fisheries employees with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked more than 25,000 native southern strain walleye in the three forks of the Kentucky River above Lock and Dam 14 near Beattyville. The walleye, measuring 2-3 inches, went into the river last month.

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Economic
4:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

SOAR Announces High-Capacity Broadband Project Plans

Credit Nextgov

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR, announced a groundbreaking date for the high-speed, high-capacity broadband project, KentuckyWired (also known as the Super I-way) that will bring access to every county in the Commonwealth upon completion.

Plans are underway for a celebration planned for August 31, 2015.

The broadband initiative is one of the most significant aspects of SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region). Once completed, Kentucky’s network will be one of the fastest, highest-capacity networks in the nation.

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Transportation
11:54 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Public Meeting Planned on KY 2498 Improvements in Morgan County

Credit Millennium Highway

Residents of Morgan County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve KY 2498 in West Liberty.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 28, from 5-7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the West Liberty City Hall. This will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

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Arts/Culture
10:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Carter Caves State Resort Park to Host Pioneer Life Week

Pioneer Week activities at Carter Caves will include black powder gun demonstrations.
Credit Examiner

You can experience what Kentucky was like more than 200 years ago during Pioneer Life Week, July 20-26, at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill.

This 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 26.

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Arts/Culture
3:04 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Frank Vignola

Frank Vignola
Credit Folk Alley

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #79 (July 19 at 8:00PM)

An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, and swing.

The native New Yorker has a wide variety of influences; everyone from Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Pat Metheny to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian has affected his playing in some way.

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Transportation
10:53 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Road Projects Continue Throughout The Region

KY 11 Flemingsburg Bypass
KYTC

With a break in weather, and in some cases despite the rains, several major road construction projects are continuing in Fleming, Rowan, Carter and Boyd counties.

KY 11 FLEMINGSBURG BYPASS

Contractors are paving the bypass from the Maysville Road-KY 559 end back toward Elizaville Road near McDonald's. Work, and one-lane traffic, will progress toward Elizaville Road on Friday with some paving continuing next week. Work is also taking place now near the KY 11 intersection. Watch for flaggers and please heed warning signs.

KY 32 MOREHEAD

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Environment
10:46 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Summer is Insect Season in Kentucky

Credit WKYC

Grayson Brown serves up breakfast to mosquitoes each morning in the Public Health Entomology Laboratory at the University of Kentucky.

As he clicks through his emails using one arm, the mosquitoes dine on Brown’s other arm. He’s been doing it for so long the bites don’t bother him.

“We’re ramping up production for doing mosquito tests this summer,” said Brown, the lab’s director and a longtime faculty member in the university’s Department of Entomology. “Pretty soon, I’ll have one arm in one cage and I’ll be barefooted with my feet in two other cages.”

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Arts/Culture
10:34 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Hindman Settlement School to Host Writers' Workshop

Credit Hindman Settlement School

Hindman Settlement School is hosting its 38th Annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, July 26 - 31 in Hindman, Kentucky.

This year the School is honoring the memory of Jim Wayne Miller, who was associated with the workshop during its formative years, and highlighting the release of Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, published by the University of Kentucky Press.

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Arts/Culture
3:04 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Bob Dylan - The 1960's

Bob Dylan
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Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #41 (July 17 at 8:00PM)

Bob Dylan started his career in the early 1960s with songs that defined social issues such as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. During this time the rebellion against mainstream society was rising amongst the youth as they adopted alternative lifestyles as a way of achieving self-transformation.

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Education
11:34 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Three Area Students Receive 2015 St. Claire Foundation Scholarships

SCR President/CEO Mark J. Neff; 2015 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship recipients Tayler Rogers and Colton Thayer; SCR COO and Vice President, Morehead Medical Group Greg Bausch, PharmD; and SCR Dentist, Emily Bausch Blevins, DMD
SCRMC

Three students from northeast Kentucky are the recipients of 2015 scholarships from the St. Claire Foundation.

Tayler Rogers of Owingsville and Colton Thayer of Tollesboro will each receive $1,000 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarships. Hannah Pollitt of Hillsboro is the recipient of this year’s $750 Sister Mary Jeannette Wess, SND Scholarship.

Rogers was this year’s Bath County High School valedictorian. She will attend Transylvania University this fall and has aspirations of becoming a dermatologist.

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Economic
1:27 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Radiothon Planned to Assist Johnson County Flood Victims

Credit WKYT

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and WSIP (98.9 FM) will broadcast an Operation Helping Hands Radiothon on Saturday, July 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

The radiothon, powered by Appalachian Wireless, is also sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.

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Economic
10:47 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Red Cross Opens Shelter at Carl Perkins Community Center in Morehead

Credit JCC Metro West

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Morehead at the Carl Perkins Community Center and they are in need of help running the shelter. 

If you are in need of assistance or able to assist at the shelter, please contact either Jane Holycross at 937-498-1565 or Jody Oldham at 859-405-5611.

Richard DeAngelis, Coordinator

Volunteer Services, Bluegrass Territory

American Red Cross Eastern Kentucky

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Transportation
10:40 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Regional Roads Impacted by Heavy Storms

Credit WHIO

Flooding and damage from two days of thunderstorms are still affecting some state highways in northeast Kentucky.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday evening (July 14), the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 reports the following restrictions:

KY 560 in Fleming County near Ewing is closed near the 0.3 mile marker due to high water.

KY 165 in Fleming County is one lane near Cowan between the 2.3 and 2.7 mile markers due to high water.

KY 597 (Cherry Grove Road) in Fleming County is closed north of the KY 57 Flemingsburg Bypass due to downed trees and power lines.

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Economic
2:12 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Gov. Beshear Declares State of Emergency in Rowan and Johnson Counties

Credit WKYT

Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky Monday (July 13), causing widespread damage. Another severe storm is expected to hit the state later today.

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Economic
11:26 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Widespread Damage in Rowan County Following Storms

Monday thunderstorms cause tree damage outside the St. Claire Foundation House
Credit Tom Lewis

Storms caused extensive damage in northeast Kentucky as Rowan County was hit hard. Some 70 homes were damaged by flash flooding in the eastern part of Rowan County. 

County officials say there were also some trailers washed off their footing and some water rescues were also necessary. There are also some roads in the area that have been washed out or are mud-covered.

Ronnie Day, Rowan County Emergency Management Director, says the damage is extensive throughout the county.

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Government/Politics
4:48 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Kentucky Emergency Management Activates Operations Center

The new Kentucky Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) was unveiled on October 21, 2013 during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Gov. Steve Beshear, FEMA and state personnel. The $11.8 million dollar facility, built in part with FEMA grant funds, is outfitted with the latest technology and constructed to endure natural and man-made disasters.
Credit FEMA, Kentucky National Guard

Due to the risk of severe weather this afternoon and evening, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will activate the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at Level IV today. 

At this level additional KYEM personnel are present providing additional situational awareness and available to offer support to local emergency management officials if requested. 

As this storm system moves across the state this afternoon and evening, the most significant threat will be high winds with speeds up to 70 mph (or higher), heavy rain and hail.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

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Transportation
4:38 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Kentucky Highway Restrictions Temporarily Lifted for Out-of-State Utility Vehicles

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In anticipation of severe weather in the forecast for this week and its potential to cause damage, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages.

Secretary Mike Hancock today issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected locations. 

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Area News
11:58 am
Mon July 13, 2015

National Weather Service Issues Severe Weather Statement

The National Weather Service in Jackson (KY) has issued a severe weather statement which includes a Flash Flood Watch for the MSPR listening area throughout eastern Kentucky.

Counties in the watch include Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Lee, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Powell, Robertson, Rowan and Wolfe.

The Flash Flood Watch is in effect through the evening of Tuesday, July 14.

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Government/Politics
10:47 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Kentucky Leads Nation in Implementing National Voter Registration Act

Credit Cap Times

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes shared Kentucky’s standard-setting voter registration practices with secretaries of state from across the country at the National Association of Secretaries of State Summer Conference in Portland, Maine.

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Arts/Culture
6:37 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Urban Knights

Urban Knights
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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #78 (July 12 at 8:00PM)

The contemporary, smooth jazz all-star collective Urban Knights features pianist Ramsey Lewis as its constant member.

Featured Urban Knights musicians include Grover Washington Jr., Maurice White, Najee, Dave Koz, Fareed Haque, and Earl Klugh, among others.

Lewis united the various Knights for outings like 1995's self-titled debut, 1997's Urban Knights II, and 2000's Urban Knights III, which was the supergroup's first album for the Narada label.

(story provided by Allmusic)

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Arts/Culture
3:35 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Al Smith, Sam Bush, Dave Shuffett to Receive Governor's Awards in the Arts

Al Smith
University of Kentucky

Nine Kentuckians whose contributions – as artists or advocates – have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in Kentucky and the nation are being honored by Gov. Steve Beshear for their lifelong commitment to and achievement in the arts as recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

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Economic
3:24 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Two Kentucky Counties Added for Public Assistance for March Disaster

Credit KYEM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for March severe storms and snow in order to make Bath and Harlan counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.

Local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations in Bath and Harlan may apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of emergency work, debris removal and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure. FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-share reimbursement program.

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Arts/Culture
4:40 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Peter Case

Peter Case
Credit San Diego Reader

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #40 (July 10 at 8:00PM)

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Crime/Police
12:52 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Clark County Couple Plead Guilty to Copper Theft Charges

A metal plate is welded over a handhole, but in this case, thieves were able to bend it enough to get to the wire.
Credit UDOT

A Clark County man and woman have pleaded guilty to a combined 33 criminal charges involving theft of copper wire from lighting systems on Kentucky highways.

Aaron Ferguson entered guilty pleas on July 8, 2015, to 28 felony charges – seven counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property, seven counts of first-degree criminal mischief and 14 counts of first-degree persistent felony offender.

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Transportation
3:35 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Traffic Restrictions on I-64 in Carter and Rowan Counties

Credit WLWT

One-lane traffic will begin today on I-64 in Carter and Rowan counties for a $11 million slide repair and pavement rehab project.

Contractors will start slide repairs first on the westbound side of the interstate around the 149 mile marker, which is already reduced to one lane due to pavement damage.

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