Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and holds a Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. He serves on boards for the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, Kentucky Public Radio Network, MSU Staff Congress, Morehead Tourism Commission and Rowan County Christmas. He is the host of "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8PM-12AM) and "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 11PM-12AM). Paul and his wife Rebecca have four children and three grandchildren. 

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Arts/Culture
9:24 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Adopt-A-Highway Poster Contest Winners Announced

First place, ages 6-8, Sarah Maloney, Simpson Elementary, Simpson County
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Students from Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Drakes Creek Middle School in Warren County, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Boone County and Simpson Elementary in Simpson County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2014 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest.

“The purpose of the contest is to increase environmental awareness among children,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We hope to educate our young people about the damaging effects of litter, and to change attitudes and behaviors about littering.”

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Environment
11:13 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission Proposes 2015-2016 Deer Season Dates

Credit Pike Pond Cabins

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the dates of the 2015-2016 deer seasons and numerous changes to deer and elk regulations in the state at its quarterly meeting Dec. 12.

Commission members proposed allowing resident hunters 65 or older to use crossbows during the entire archery deer season as well as deer zone changes for Hopkins, Larue, Green, Nelson, Bullitt, Grayson, Ohio, Breckinridge and Allen counties. They also recommended modifying deer hunting regulations on 10 wildlife management areas (WMAs) and on Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area.

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Education
4:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Edwards Named KCTCS Interim Chancellor

Dr. George Edwards
Credit KCTCS

Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) president- elect Dr. Jay Box announces that Dr. George Edwards has been named interim chancellor effective Jan. 26.

As the system-level chief academic officer, the chancellor provides leadership, direction and support for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, institutional research and effectiveness, distance learning initiatives, professional development and external collaborative relationships.

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Arts/Culture
2:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Six Kentucky Sites Nominated for National Register of Historic Places

Elkhorn City Elementary and High School in Pike County
Credit Kentucky Heritage Council

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board this week approved six sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, nominations which will now be forwarded to the National Park Service (NPS) for final determination of eligibility. A decision on designation will be rendered within 60 to 90 days.

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Arts/Culture
7:50 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Kevin Eubanks

Kevin Eubanks
Credit WEMU

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #49 (December 14 at 8:00pm)

An adept guitarist with a bent toward contemporary jazz, Kevin Eubanks is best known for leading the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno.

Born in 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eubanks grew up in a musical family along with his older brother, trombonist Robin, and younger brother, trumpeter Duane and his uncle is pianist Ray Bryant. A talented musician by his teens, Eubanks eventually studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Health
7:43 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Public Health Officials Report Widespread Flu Activity in Kentucky

Credit Primal Docs

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

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Business
2:28 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Write a Business Plan

Credit Start Up Nation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging entrepreneurs and persons interested in starting a business in Kentucky to participate in National Write a Business Plan Month this December.

"This is a great time to develop a plan for a new Kentucky business or update older plans," said Grimes. "Businesses with clear plans and goals are more likely to succeed, so I encourage people to use the business planning tools my office provides online.”

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Economic
2:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Charitable Giving Tips During The Holidays

Credit CNN

As Kentuckians generously open their pocketbooks and wallets for those in need of a helping hand this holiday season, Attorney General Jack Conway wants to make sure your charitable donations do not end up in the hands of scam artists.

“Much like storms and natural disasters, the season of giving brings out the best and worst in people,” Attorney General Conway said. 

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Economic
2:04 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Solicitation Targets Homeowners

Credit Record Transfers Services

Attorney General Jack Conway, the Kentucky Real Estate Commission, and the Kentucky County Clerks Association are joining together to warn recent Kentucky homebuyers to be vigilant of official-looking mailings being sent by “Record Transfer Services” that attempt to sell homebuyers copies of their property deeds for an excessive fee.

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Environment
11:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Endangered Cranes Reported in Kentucky

Credit CBC

Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of five federally protected whooping cranes in Hopkins County and a sixth in Barren County.  In addition to these confirmed reports, whooping cranes have been seen in more than a dozen counties across Kentucky in the last two weeks.

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources caution hunters to be vigilant for the possibility of whooping cranes being present in areas being hunted.

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Economic
4:47 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Equine Group Opposed to Casino Gaming

Credit Amber Stone Technology

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) met on December 2 and voted unanimously on the issue of casino gaming prior to the 2015 legislative session in Kentucky. 

Their resolution, in its entirety, is as follows:

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Arts/Culture
11:55 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond
Credit Jazz In America

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #48 (December 7 at 8:00pm)

Paul Desmond is widely recognized for his genius as a melodic improviser and as the benchmark of cool jazz sax players.

Desmond and Art Pepper were virtually the only alto players of their generation not directly influenced by Charlie Parker. Desmond was influenced by Lester Young, but took it further, into melodic and harmonic worlds never before traveled by reedmen -- especially in the upper registers.

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Education
1:15 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Higher Education Tax Tips Offered

Credit Fastweb

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly.

Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, though, discuss the situation with your parents. Depending on how much they contributed to your upkeep during the year, they may be able to claim you as a dependent, which could save thousands of dollars.

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Economic
10:17 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Kentucky's Creative Industry Report Released

Credit Artisan Ideas

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the Kentucky Creative Industry Report, commissioned by the state arts agency last year. The report creates a baseline assessment of the number of people employed by Kentucky’s creative enterprises, the industry’s economic impact, and an examination of its convergence with other important economic sectors.

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Arts/Culture
9:39 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Christmas Parades Rescheduled

Credit Visit Williamson

Due to the possibility of inclement weather this weekend, the following Christmas Parades have been re-scheduled:

Mt. Sterling/Montgomery County will be held on Monday, December 8 at 6:00pm

Morehead/Rowan County will be held on Friday, December 12 at 5:30pm

Transportation
4:01 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Snow and Ice Removal Priority Routes Established

Credit Edge-O-Lite

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established priority routes for snow and ice removal for the upcoming winter season in the 10 counties that make up the Department of Highways District 10.

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Arts/Culture
10:11 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Nothin’ But The Blues Top 20 (November 2014)

Credit Amazon

Mannish Boys – Wrapped Up And Ready (Delta Groove)

Keb Mo – Bluesamericana (Kind Of Blue)

Johnny Winter – Step Back (Megaforce)

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

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home (Concord)

Lucky Peterson – Son Of A Bluesman (Jazzbook)

John Mayall – A Special Life (Forty Below)

Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right (Alligator)

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Arts/Culture
5:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Louie Bellson Big Band

Louie Bellson
Credit Drummer World

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #47 (November 30 at 8:00pm)

Jazz drummer Louie Bellson (1924 2009), the inventor of the two bass-drum kit, was famous for his memorable contributions to the Big Bands of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Tommy Dorsey. He also revitalized the Duke Ellington Band, where he became renowned as an arranger and composer, and toured for many years with his wife, singer Pearl Bailey.

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Arts/Culture
9:41 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Kentucky Artisan Center to Offer Holiday Programs

Wyman Rice
Credit Kentucky.gov

On Saturday, Dec. 6, visitors to the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will experience the arts through demonstrations, book signings and music as Wyman Rice, of Lexington, demonstrates his sculptural hand-built pottery, Stephen M. Vest and James B. Goode sign copies of Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas, and musicians Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw, of Cold Spring, fill the air with holiday favorites.

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Business
4:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Conway Wants Telemarketing Rules Updated

Credit Open Forum

Attorney General Jack Conway is urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update the Telemarketing Sales Rule to reflect the realities of today’s marketplace and give consumers more protections against unscrupulous telemarketers.

In a letter sent to the FTC, Attorney General Conway and 37 other attorneys general asked the agency to update the Telemarketing Sales Rule to further protect consumers from the continued prevalence of telemarketing fraud and abuse.

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Arts/Culture
12:07 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Kentucky State Parks to Offer Holiday Programs

Credit Kentucky.com

Three Kentucky State Park historic sites will continue the holiday tradition with tours during November and December.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown will hold its Christmas Candlelight Tours of Federal Hill mansion Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Transportation
4:23 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

KYTC Suspends Installation of ET-Plus Guardrail

ET-Plus Guardrail End Treatment
Credit WSB TV

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has temporarily suspended installation of the ET-Plus guardrail end treatment, pending results of new crash tests mandated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Trinity notified state departments of transportation that it would stop shipment of ET-Plus units until testing is completed. KYTC has de-listed the ET-Plus as a permitted option for installation or replacement of Type 1 guardrail end treatments.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Muskellunge Returns to Dewey Lake in Floyd County

Muskellunge
Credit PBase

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week stocked 500 muskies measuring 13 inches apiece in the lake. While the lake is not slated to receive annual stockings of this species, department personnel will add muskellunge when excess fish are available from state hatcheries.

Dewey Lake was once home to the state record tiger muskie, a hybrid cross between muskellunge and the northern pike. The fish that went into the lake this week are pure muskies. The lake is within the native range of muskies in the state.

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Arts/Culture
3:59 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Benny Carter

Benny Carter
Credit Jazz Wax

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #46 (November 23 at 8pm)

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Health
5:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

KCTCS Begins Tobacco-Free Campaign

Credit George Fox University

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will kick off its tobacco-free campaign today (Nov. 20) as people around the state and nation participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

The KCTCS System Office in Versailles will enforce the ban on January 1 for all staff and visitors. Smoking cessation classes will be offered to System Office employees Jan. 15 through April 9.  Several KCTCS colleges already are tobacco-free and the others will become tobacco-free in 2015.

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Arts/Culture
9:38 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Final Dance at The Julep Ball

Credit Medical News MD

The University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center has announced it will discontinue The Julep Ball. The gala has been held annually on the evening before the Kentucky Derby since 2009.

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Arts/Culture
12:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Credit Photographers Gallery

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #45 (November 16 at 8pm)

Jazz interpretations of the songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Program Playlist:

Arturo Sandoval – Blackbird

Brad Mehldau – Dear Prudence

Diana Krall – And I Love Her

Tuck & Patti – Honey Pie

Chick Corea – Eleanor Rigby

George Benson – Here, There And Everywhere

Nelson Rangell – Let It Be

Bobby McFerrin – From Me To You

McCoy Tyner – She’s Leaving Home

Rachael MacFarlane – All My Loving

Ramsey Lewis – Michelle

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Transportation
2:05 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Kentucky Highway Crews Ready For Winter Weather Duty

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

With salt stockpiled and snow removal priority routes established, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

At this time, District 9 has more than 20,000 tons of salt and about 75 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment on hand to keep 2,000 miles of state roads in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties, passable during inclement weather.

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Education
9:41 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Dr. Stephen Vacik Appointed President of MCTC

Stephen Vacik, Ed.D
Credit WTVQ

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall has announced the appointment of Stephen Vacik,Ed.D. as the next president of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC).

Dr. Vacik has served as president of Colby Community College in Kansas since 2011 and his career at community colleges spans 18 years. Dr. Vacik is a former Academic Dean and Vice-President of Instruction at East Mississippi Community College and he previously held several faculty and administrative positions at Bevill State Community College.

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Arts/Culture
6:03 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Kenny Burrell

Kenny Burrell
Credit All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 44 (November 9 at 8:00PM)

Born in Detroit, Kenny Burrell was raised in a musical family. His mother, who sang in the Second Baptist Church choir, also played the piano around the house. His father was fond of the banjo and the ukulele.

Burrell credits Charlie Christian, Oscar Moore, and Django Reinhardt as influences, as well as such bluesmen as T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters.

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