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

Jazz Matrix

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #107 (February 7 at 8:00PM)

The renowned horn-driven funk outfit Tower of Power have been issuing albums and touring the world steadily since the early '70s, in addition to backing up countless other musicians. The group's leader since the beginning has always been tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, who was born in Detroit but opted to pursue his musical dreams in Oakland, California.


Jimmy Burns – It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love (Alligator)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Method To My Madness (Alligator)

Andy T & Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man (Blind Pig)

Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den (Concord)

Albert Cummings – Someone Like You (Blind Pig)

Colin Linden – Rich In Love (Stony Plain)

Bloodshot records

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #62 (February 5 at 8:00PM)

The Executioner’s Last Songs from Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, is a collection of Americana and roots-based blues songs about murder, death, and dying. The three volume collection was recorded to benefit the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Steve Oliver

Jan 30, 2016
Wallpaper Abyss

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #106 (January 31 at 8:00PM)

Playing sideman to Rick Braun, Larry Carlton, Gato Barbieri, the Neville Brothers, and many others introduced guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver to smooth jazz fans, but it was with Steve Reid's band that Oliver found a following.


Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

Hosted by Dr. Wayne Andrews, president of Morehead State University and moderated by Jason Blanton.

Topic: MSU Admissions and Financial Aid

Guests: Tim Rhodes, Denise Trusty

Kentucky Center

Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region. Hosted by Dr. Wayne Andrews, president of Morehead State University and moderated by Jason Blanton.

Topic: Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts

Guests: Carrie Nath, Dr. Scott McBride, Jeanne Petsch

Huffington Post

Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region. Hosted by Dr. Wayne Andrews, president of Morehead State University and moderated by Jason Blanton.

Topic: 21st Century Education Enterprise Program

Guests: Rachel Blackwell, Krys Lynam, Chuck Clark

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio has named Mihaela Maynard as the new host for Sin Fronteras.

Presented in both Spanish and English, Sin Fronteras brings cultures together to educate, inform and entertain.

Broadcast on the third Friday of each month on WMKY (90.3FM), the next program of Sin Fronteras can be heard at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

Through music and conversation, Sin Fronteras explores the Hispanic culture, history and its people.

“We should embrace opportunities to learn from other cultures,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager.

GreenTree Forest Products

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has announced that GreenTree Forest Products Inc., an Appalachian hardwoods producer in Wallingford, will add 10 full-time jobs with a $2.2 million investment for equipment upgrades at its Fleming County facility.

Kentucky Arts Council

State arts leaders gathered Jan. 20 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s arts community and the vital roles it plays in the state’s livelihood. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.


Unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between December 2014 and December 2015, fell in six counties and remained the same in five, 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 3.5 percent.  It was followed by Oldham County, 3.8 percent; Fayette and Spencer counties, 3.9 percent each; Shelby County, 4.1 percent; and Boone, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Warren counties, 4.3 percent each.

Bridge Hunter

Against the backdrop of depleted Road Fund revenues and the need to extend the life-cycle of aging infrastructure, Governor Matt Bevin today submitted his 2016-2022 Recommended Highway Plan to members of the General Assembly.

“This plan provides a common sense approach to prioritizing our infrastructure needs over the next few years,” said Gov. Bevin. “We must be accountable to our citizens by investing in transportation projects that promote safety and economic opportunity.”

Doug Chatham is your host for "Odd Numbers," Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:00pm. The program will have a science fiction theme. Songs include "I Think I'm a Clone Now," "Tribbles" and "TIE After TIE."

Tracy Nelson

Jan 28, 2016
Music Row

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #61 (January 29 at 8:00PM)

A very versatile and talented vocalist, Tracy Nelson is better known for her role as lead singer of Mother Earth. The Nashville sextet had three albums in a country-rock vein make the charts in the late '60s and early '70s.

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) has announced five new members to its Community Advisory Board (CAB).

Joining the nine member volunteer board are Sarah Dailey, Dr. Janet McCoy, Steven Middleton, Steve O’Connor and Rev. Molly Smothers.

The CAB assists Morehead State Public Radio by making recommendations on programming, fundraising and public relations to build the listening audience, expand the operational base of support, offer opportunities for students and provide a better community service through educational and cultural radio programming in the community.

TV 411

Kentucky Adult Education joins the GED Testing Service (GEDTS) in announcing a recalibration to the GED test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels.

In Kentucky, as in most other states, the passing score for high school equivalency is moving from 150 to 145. The GED program will also include two optional levels above high school equivalency to signify college readiness and, for some test-takers, the opportunity to earn college credits.

BSCTC, Prestonsburg

The Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Office of Cultural Diversity and the Library Seminar Series in conjunction with the Kentucky Chautauqua will present a performance of Charlotte Dupuy: Suing for Freedom at 9:25 a.m., Tuesday, February 2 in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Charlotte Dupuy was born in 1787 in Cambridge, Maryland, to George and Rachel Stanley who were enslaved.  At the age of eight, Charlotte was sold for $100 and forced to leave her family.

Saying that Kentucky’s lieutenant governor needs to be given more authority, state Rep. George Brown Jr. filed legislation today that, if approved, would essentially restore the office’s powers to what they were when the state’s constitution was adopted in 1891.

“In 1992, Kentucky’s voters decided that future governors should pick their running mate before the election, which of course is similar to the way we choose our presidents,” said Rep. Brown of Lexington. 

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Regional and community health systems across the Commonwealth partner to reverse KY’s poor health statistics, share best practices and prepare for a population health model of care delivery.

Ten health care systems across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, collectively known as the Kentucky Health Collaborative, announced its primary objectives of raising the standards of care across the state, addressing the Commonwealth’s poor health statistics and reducing the cost of care through greater operational efficiencies.

CBS News

Gov. Bevin has activated the state's prohibitions on price gouging to protect consumers during the winter storm that has affected most of the Commonwealth. The price gouging emergency order is effective as of 7 AM EST, Saturday, January 23, 2016.


Residents of 35 coal-producing counties in Kentucky can now apply for the 2016-2017 Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship. The scholarship helps residents of the state’s coal‐producing counties complete a bachelor’s degree.

A student must:

•Be a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of a Kentucky coal‐producing county.

•Have earned at least 60 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree.

•Be enrolled at least half‐time in a bachelor’s degree program.

•Be in good academic standing.

Every Trail

2016 marks the 11th year for the Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest – the digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends.

Learn park history and search for the perfect photo op as you explore Kentucky State Parks at your own pace throughout 2016!  Teams will choose an east or a west booklet when registering.  This means that about one-third of the quests which are park-specific, will be in the eastern or western half of the state.

Leon Parker

Jan 23, 2016
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #105 (January 24 at 8:00PM)

Drummer Leon Parker consistently shows that less is more by making a great deal of music on a greatly reduced drum set sometimes consisting only of a snare drum, bass drum, and a cymbal.

Parker started playing drums when he was three and became serious when he was around 11. At 15, he playing in a local youth jazz band, and two years later, he started studying classical percussion. After graduating from high school, Parker moved to New York City, taking lessons with Barry Harris and freelancing.

Safety Partners

Kentucky Governor Bevin has declared a State of Emergency in response to today’s (January 22) winter storm which has impacted much of Kentucky.

Kentucky Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) remain active monitoring the winter storm and coordinating the response.

USA Today

Interstate 75 traffic has been diverted at Exit 41 northbound and diverted at exit 76 southbound. Kentucky State Troopers are assisting vehicles to divert off the highway in order to clear the roads.

The Red Cross is establishing shelters for motorists stranded due to the road closure.

For those in the vicinity of London, travelers can exit at mile marker 41 and seek shelter at West London Baptist Church, 360 Parker Rd. London, Ky.

NY Daily News

In response to the winter storm affecting most of the Commonwealth, Governor Matt Bevin today declared a statewide emergency effective at 1:30 pm, January 22, 2016 to provide local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and assistance.

"My primary concern is safety. By declaring a state emergency we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs. I thank all of the officials working hard to keep people safe and commerce flowing," said Governor Matt Bevin.

Greeted by heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) snow and ice crews began operations early this morning to get ahead of the looming winter storm.

As predicted by the National Weather Service, much of lower half of Kentucky experienced sleet and freezing rain early Friday morning.  The icy precipitation created slick, treacherous driving conditions for crews treating the roadways.  By mid-morning, most of the freezing precipitation changed into heavy snow.

Kenton Library

Newly fallen snow has a way of awakening the spirit of adventure in kids and grown-ups alike.

It’s also nature’s tattletale.

As such, a fresh blanket of snow opens a window to new discoveries by revealing which animals inhabit the landscape around us and how they use it during the winter months.

Animal tracking in the snow exercises the body and mind, and it can be fun for the entire family.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

State highway crews in northeast Kentucky are spot treating roadways today while preparing for the next, larger snowstorm that's expected to hit the region overnight. The public is advised to plan ahead, avoiding road travel on Friday and Saturday. 

As of 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, highways are mostly clear, with some slush or spotty snow cover on back roads. Salt truck and plow crews will continue to spot treat roadways.

Maria Muldaur

Jan 21, 2016
The Blues Mobile

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #60 (January 22 at 8:00PM)

Best known for her seductive '70s pop staple "Midnight at the Oasis," Maria Muldaur has since become an acclaimed interpreter of just about every stripe of American roots music: blues, early jazz, gospel, folk, country, R&B, and so on.