WMKY

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), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sat., 11am-12pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales," "Shaping Appalachia," and "The Reader's Notebook."

Ways to Connect

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

MSU Athletics

Not even a cool, light rain could put a damper on the Morehead State spring football game Saturday afternoon.

The offense scored four touchdowns - three through the air and one rushing - to culminate a spring that saw the Eagles go through 14 on-field sessions.

Johnny Lytle

Apr 21, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #163 (April 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Considered one of the top vibes players in the world, Johnny Lytle was known for his great hand speed and showmanship. He was also a songwriter and wrote many of his own hits, including "The Loop," "The Man," "Lela," "Selim," and the jazz classic "The Village Caller."

Everyday Health

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is calling on homeowners to help control mosquitoes by eliminating standing water from containers that can collect rainwater where insects breed.

Office of the Kentucky Governor

On Wednesday (April 19), Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin visited Ashland’s Paul Blazer High School, where they surprised one of the First Lady’s Derby Poster Contest finalists, Anistyn Conner.

Gov. Bevin and Mrs. Bevin also toured the school and stopped in several other classes to visit with students. They were also joined by Boyd County Judge-Exec. Steve Towler, State Sen. Robin Webb and Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore.

State Collaborative on Reforming Education

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round.

Donna the Buffalo

Apr 20, 2017
Jefferson Theater

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #102 (April 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Rootsy folk-rock combo Donna the Buffalo formed in 1987 in Ithaca, NY. The group's three vocalists -- Tara Nevins, who also plays fiddle, guitar, and accordion; guitarist Jeb Puryear; and keyboardist Joe Thrift -- add another layer of diversity to the group's eclectic and often socially conscious sound. Guitarist Jim Miller, drummer Tom Gilbert, and bassist Jed Greenberg complete the ensemble.

Ryo Kawasaki

Apr 14, 2017
Nomme Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #162 (April 16 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jazz fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki was born in Toyko, Japan, on February 25, 1947. Although he originally planned on becoming a scientist, Kawasaki put an end to his studies early on and concentrated solely on guitar, playing with a variety of Japanese jazz groups throughout the '60s.

Terry Robb

Apr 14, 2017
Acoustic Guitar Summit

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #101 (April 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers.

Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his over 40 year music career.                      

John Flavell

Editor’s note: The following editorial is used by permission by The Morehead News, online at: http://themoreheadnews.com

WMKY Radio, the flagship station of Morehead State Public Radio, signed on the air in 1965 with a mighty 10 watts of power from atop the Combs Building at Morehead State University.

Today, its 50,000-watt signal reaches across 20 counties of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Chicago Sun Times

Grammy-nominated Chicago blues icon Lonnie Brooks, whose music Rolling Stone called, "witty, soulful and ferociously energetic...simply astonishing guitar work," died on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Chicago, according to his son, Ronnie Baker Brooks. He was 83. Guitar Player described him as “...like a fire-and-brimstone preacher, testifying the blues from the bottom of his soul.”

Coale Johnson

Apr 7, 2017
Walking Rain

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #161 (April 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Coale Johnson was 14 when his musical journey started when he “borrowed” his sister’s guitar and she never really got it back.

Johnson started his formal studies in Chicago and then went on to Berklee School of Music in Boston. It didn’t take long to realize that academia was really no place for a free spirited guitar player.

Professor Longhair

Apr 7, 2017
Washington Post

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #100 (April 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

A founding father of New Orleans R&B, Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd was nevertheless so down-and-out at one point in his long career that he was reduced to sweeping the floors in a record shop that once could have moved his platters by the boxful.

The Council on Postsecondary Education set 2017-18 tuition and mandatory fee ceilings for resident undergraduate students at its meeting Friday at Northern Kentucky University.

The ceilings limit tuition and mandatory fee increases to 3 to 5 percent and include:

•3 percent for Western Kentucky University

•4 percent for the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University

•5 percent for Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University and Murray State University.

Summit Post

A Martin County man will pay nearly $8,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to multiple counts of illegal guide activities and taking elk.

Byron Delong, 24, of Pilgrim, Ky., pleaded guilty Monday in Martin District Court to guiding elk hunters without a commercial guide’s license, assisting an elk hunter to hunt over bait, and assisting an elk hunter with an At-Large Elk Permit to hunt in a Limited Entry Area.

Javon Jackson

Mar 31, 2017
PDX Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #160 (April 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Morehead State University

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Dr. Michael Henson, Dr. Tim Thornberry, Taylor Zumwalt

Topic:  MSU Undergraduate Research

Alligator Records

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio (Alligator)

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

Lil’ Ed & Blues Imperials – The Big Sound (Alligator)

Mississippi Heat – Cab Driving Man (Delmark)

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)

Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men – Prick Of The Litter (Thirty Tigers)

Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark)

Caroline Herring

Mar 30, 2017
Tom Fahey

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #99 (March 31 at 8:00 p.m.)

Contemporary folk singer/songwriter Caroline Herring was raised in a musical family in Canton, MS. Her father played guitar and her mother played piano. Naturally, her parents had her take piano lessons, but she eventually became more interested in guitar and the chance to sing her own songs.

"We extend our congratulations to Dr. Morgan and the Morehead State University Board of Regents.  Jay brings to Morehead a broad array of experience from his service as provost at Murray and prior experience as a faculty member,” said Bob King, CPE President.

Jeremy Davenport

Mar 24, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #159 (March 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jeremy Davenport is a vital part of the New Orleans music scene. With his original lyrics and music, Jeremy infuses his unique style and mood of storytelling creating not only a modern edge, but also the distinct feeling of a lifestyle reminiscent of a time when Jazz was at its peak of popularity.

He is known for his vocal and trumpet playing skills, as well as being a born entertainer. Davenport’s showing has tempted such performers as Sting, Paul McCartney, Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall.

Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky State Parks announced today that it will look at alternative recreational uses for the 9-hole golf courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park and Kincaid Lake State Park.

The parks previously sought proposals for private businesses to manage the golf courses, but did not receive any responses.

As a result, the course at Carter Caves will close permanently April 2. The course at Kincaid Lake will remain open through Oct. 31, 2017.

Kentucky Craft History & Education Association

Kentucky master woodworker Terry Ratliff, of Martin, will demonstrate his craft at 6 p.m., April 13, at Lawrence County Public Library.

The program is part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” traveling exhibit, which will be in Louisa through May 31. The library is at 102 W. Main St. in Louisa.

“Makings of a Master” contains seven display cases housing a variety of musical instruments, tools and artworks made by master tradition bearers, interpretive panels, display photos and quotes, along with a push-button video display.

Mark Erelli

Mar 23, 2017
Mad Mission Agency

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #98 (March 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

Americana singer/songwriter Mark Erelli appeared on the music scene in 1999 with an eponymous debut from Signature Sounds. Critics from Billboard to the Boston Herald sang the musician's praises, and the Kerrville New Folk Contest named him top dog in its competition.

Shelton Herald

Applications for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship are now available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

The scholarship helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate’s degree pay for training that leads to a certificate or credential in a high-demand workforce field.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the workforce fields are construction, health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics and business services/information technology.

Josh James, WUKY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to intervene in Kentucky State University’s lawsuit against a student newspaper.

At issue is KSU’s denial of requested documents by the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, and of a request by Beshear’s office to legally review the withheld documents.

Beshear said the power of the Attorney General to confidentially review withheld records is critical to enforce Kentucky’s Open Records law, and KSU’s lawsuit is an attack on the state’s transparency laws.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Contractors continue to push ahead with construction on Restaurant Row, the busiest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

“Now that spring and summer are approaching, work on Restaurant Row will kick into high gear,” said Marshall Carrier, a KYTC engineer who is the project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “We urge travelers to use caution and be patient as we bring them a safer Mountain Parkway.”

Livestream

The Original Front Porch Pickin’, one of the Mountain Arts Center’s (MAC) house productions, will return on Friday March 31 with Appalachian Wireless as the official sponsor of the popular regional show.

Due to rising costs, last fall the MAC began charging an admission at the door. With this official sponsorship, it will once again be free admission for everybody.  

MAC Assistant Director Shelly Crisp is thrilled about the new deal.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Spring break for many conjures thoughts of traveling somewhere warm and catnapping on a beach between rounds of golf.

A staycation sounds much better if you’re a muskellunge angler from Kentucky. The state’s muskellunge fishery has earned a reputation that extends beyond its borders, and experienced anglers know spring is one of the can’t-miss times of the year.

Betty Carter

Mar 18, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #158 (March 19 at 8:00 p.m.)

Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and a restless improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony as much as any bebop horn player.

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