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."

Ways To Connect


Do you GoNoodle? 

Like many schools within the region, McBrayer Elementary School in Morehead has been utilizing GoNoodle for several years.

Now, thanks to a partnership between St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR) and Passport Health Plan, schools can take their involvement a step further with GoNoodle PLUS as McBrayer students demonstrated publicly Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts have new destinations to consider this fall with two parcels in Bath and Owen counties now open for public use.

The new tracts, acquired by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, expand Clay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by 467 acres and Dr. James R. Rich WMA by 601 acres. Each is open to hunting under the regulations currently in place for their respective WMAs.

Golf Course Industry

Nicklaus Design, the world’s leading golf course design company, has been engaged by Legacy Point Capital to design a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in the City of Wilmore located just outside Lexington, Ky.  

The project will be named “Legacy Point” and the Nicklaus Signature Course will be nestled among the horse farms of the Bluegrass State, and will play across naturally rolling hills, sprawling tree lines, and beautiful limestone creeks.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, addressed the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Executive Board during a meeting on the Prestonsburg campus on Monday, October 5.

Dr. Stephenson thanked Congressman Hal Rogers, Governor Steve Beshear, SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett and the executive board for their vision in working towards a better Eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

An entry submitted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10's design team was chosen as the winner of the William S. Gulick In-house Project Excellence Award in statewide competition.

The award was for the new KY 52 Bridge at St. Helens in Lee County, and was presented to District 10’s Project Development Branch at the recent 2015 Partnering Conference in Louisville.

“Given the emergency nature of this project, winning this award was very gratifying,” said Corbett Caudill, chief district engineer.

Rosas Lounge

Omar Coleman – Born & Raised (Delmark)

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

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (Blind Pig)

Albert Cummings – Someone Like You (Blind Pig)

Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues (Provogue)

Carolyn Wonderland – Live Texas Trio (Bismeaux)

Sugaray Rayford – Southside (NimoySue)

Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions – Vol. 1 (Delta Groove)


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #90 (October 4 at 8:00PM)

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band successfully mixed together R&B with the instrumentation of a New Orleans brass band. Featuring Kirk Joseph on sousaphone playing with the agility of an electric bassist, the group revitalized the brass band tradition, opening up the repertoire and inspiring some younger groups to imitate its boldness.

Columbus Dispatch

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced on Thursday (October 1) that he and 16 other state attorneys general have written a letter to Phusion Projects, LLC and its officers (collectively, “Phusion”) regarding the flavored malt beverage Four Loko and its high alcohol content.

In March of 2014, a settlement joined by Attorney General Conway and 19 other attorneys general resolved allegations that Phusion marketed and sold Four Loko in violation of consumer protection and trade practice statutes by promoting the alcoholic beverage to minors. 

Chris Isaak

Sep 25, 2015
WRZ Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #49 (September 25 at 8:00PM)

Songwriter Chris Isaak loves the reverb-laden rockabilly and country of Sun Studios. In particular, he transfers the sweeping melancholy of Roy Orbison's classic Monument singles to the more stripped-down, rootsy sound of Sun, resulting in a stylized take on '50s and '60s rock & roll that made him into a star in the early '90s, propelled to a great degree by the hit single "Wicked Game."


Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held Patriot Day ceremonies on its Pikeville, Prestonsburg and Mayo campuses on Thursday, September 10.   

Patriot Day is a day of remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and in Shanksville, Penn. that killed 2,977 people.

James Carter

Sep 13, 2015
All In One Music Service

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #87 (September 13 at 8:00PM)

After Wynton Marsalis, no one caused more of an uproar than James Carter did when he appeared on the New York jazz scene from his native Detroit. Carter's debut recording, JC on the Set, issued in Japan when he was only 23, and in the States a year later in 1993, was universally acclaimed as the finest debut by a saxophonist in decades. Critics lauded his ability to play in virtually any jazz style without appearing to ape anyone.

John Pizzarelli

Sep 6, 2015
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #86 (September 6 at 8:00PM)

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.


Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (Blind Pig)

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

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

Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues (Provogue)

Carolyn Wonderland – Live Texas Trio (Bismeaux)

Sugaray Rayford – Southside (NimoySue)

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

Paramount Arts Center

The Board of Directors for the Paramount Arts Center has announced that Norma Meek will now serve as Executive Director of the historical performing arts center, an iconic landmark in Ashland.

Meek has been serving as interim director since November 2014 and was excited to accept the position on a more permanent basis.

"I'm delighted to be able stay at the Paramount and continue what the staff and I have already put in motion. The Paramount is fortunate to have an amazing, hard-working staff, and I am thrilled to be part of an exciting new season," Meek said.

Brian Bromberg

Aug 29, 2015
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #85 (August 30 at 8:00PM)

A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg is also one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan, sometimes sounding like three bassists at once during his often-thunderous solos.

John Hartford

Aug 28, 2015
Buzz Quotes

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #47 (August 28 at 8:00PM)

John Harford (the added "t" was the brainchild of Chet Atkins) was born in New York City to a medical resident and his painter wife but grew up in St. Louis near the Mississippi River he would always love. His first job, on a riverboat, came at age ten.

Joe Augustine

Aug 22, 2015
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #84 (August 23 at 8:00PM)

Joe Augustine's serious study of the piano began at age 15. He played professionally six nights a week while earning a degree from Youngstown State University.

Classical training with Dolores Fitzer and extensive jazz and compositional training with Gene Rush coupled with study in New York with masters in the jazz field distinguishes Augustine's work from other players.


Aug 15, 2015
No Treble

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #83 (August 16 at 8:00PM)

Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group took a giant step forward when, after Ford's departure, altoist Marc Russo took his place. With original members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip, in addition to drummer William Kennedy, the band found its own R&B-ish sound, sometimes playing original compositions that sounded like Joe Zawinul at his most melodic.


St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR) recently earned two achievement awards from The Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare - Stroke Care Network; the 2015 "Pioneer Award" for its innovation and the “Galileo Award” for its comprehensive approach in improving stroke assessment and care for its patients.


The Bluegrass State’s many outdoor recreational activities will be highlighted this October during a series of competitive events called the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, First Lady Jane Beshear announced today (July 28).

The 13 events will be held in locations across the state and include fishing tournaments, archery, paddling, mountain biking and more.


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)

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.

Big Band Vocalists

Jul 24, 2015
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

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.

Alejandro Escovedo

Jul 23, 2015

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

Frank Vignola

Jul 17, 2015
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.