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
5:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Django Reinhardt on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Django Reinhardt
Credit Herb Museum

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #73 (May 31 at 8:00PM)

Guitarist Django Reinhardt was the son of a traveling entertainer. He grew up in a gypsy settlement outside Paris. Reinhardt first played violin and later took up guitar, and began working professionally in 1922 with the accordionist Guerino. In 1928, he was badly burned in a caravan fire, which resulted in the mutilation of his left hand. This deprived him of the use of two fingers and led him to devise a unique fingering method.

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Arts/Culture
12:36 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour
Credit Montreux Jazz Live

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #72 (May 24 at 8:00PM)

Known to fans as "Captain Fingers" for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Lee Ritenour is a noted jazz artist and session musician who has been one of the leaders in his field since the early '70s.

Born in Los Angeles, California on January 11, 1952, Ritenour took up the guitar when he was eight years old, and decided to make music his career when he was 12. Ritenour's parents were supportive of his ambitions, and arranged for him to study with some of the best guitar teachers in Southern California.

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Education
11:11 am
Fri May 22, 2015

MSU Mt. Sterling Closed on May 22

MSU at Mt. Sterling is closed on Friday, May 22. Classes are canceled and offices are closed due to a water leak.

Economic
6:11 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Beshear Hopes Next Governor Will Embrace SOAR

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announcing plans in 2013 for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.
Credit Kentucky.com

Governor Beshear is optimistic that SOAR will continue after he leaves office.

“Shaping Our Appalachian Region” is the non-profit organization he established with Congressman Hal Rogers more than a year ago to help diversify and improve the economy of eastern Kentucky.

The governor leaves office at the end of this year but he’s hoping Kentucky’s next chief executive will be committed to the SOAR initiative.

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Transportation
10:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

KY 1722 in Rowan/Fleming Closed For Repairs

Credit ACCU Permit

An embankment fix on KY 1722 at the Rowan-Fleming county line will start this month, requiring a three-month highway closure and detour.

On Tuesday, May 26, contractors expect to start reconstruction of KY 1722 at the 9 mile marker where a slip has undermined surface pavement. Repairs will include full excavation of the roadway, stabilization of the embankment, installation of new drainage measures and other work – all of which will require temporary closure of the highway.

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Government/Politics
4:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Secretary Grimes Prepared for Recanvass in Close Election

Credit KHBS

In the wake of the May 19 Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election, in which Matt Bevin and James Comer are currently separated by only 83 votes, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is prepared to implement procedures for a recanvass in the event one is requested.

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Economic
11:50 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Rowan County Disaster Recovery Center Closing May 21

Credit Fairfield Citizen

The disaster recovery centers in Madison and Rowan counties will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, and the Bourbon County disaster recovery center will close at 6 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 22.

The centers, which have been operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are located at:

• 525 High St. (Paris Municipal Service Building) in Paris.

• 558 S. Keeneland Drive (Madison County Joint Information Center) in Richmond.

• 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

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Transportation
4:35 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Considers Salyersville to Prestonsburg Options

Based on positive feedback from a recent public meeting, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will carry forward its preliminary evaluation of a cross-country corridor for extending the Mountain Parkway from Salyersville to Prestonsburg.

More details will help KYTC better compare its two options for creating a four-lane, 14-mile extension of the Mountain Parkway: Widen along the existing corridor (KY 114) or build a new road along a cross-country corridor north of KY 114.

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Arts/Culture
9:56 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #71 (May 17, 8:00PM)

Jazz vocalist Carmen McRae always had a nice voice, but it was her behind-the-beat phrasing and ironic interpretations of lyrics that made her most memorable.

She studied piano early on and had her first important job singing with Benny Carter's big band (1944), but it would be another decade before her career had really gained much momentum.

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Arts/Culture
7:47 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Alltech Hosts 2nd Annual Craft Brews and Food Fest

The crowd was wall-to-wall in 45,600 square feet of Heritage Hall at the second annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest in downtown Lexington on Saturday, May 16. The festival boasted over 180 beers, 51 breweries, six craft distillers, 10 food vendors, five musical acts, and of course, an enormous bourbon barrel for entrants to walk through.
Credit Alltech

It’s a huge day for the owner of The Dayton Beer Company – not only is he getting married at his new brewery today, but his “Batch 100” golden strong ale was also chosen from over 350 beers to win the Alltech Commonwealth Cup. The competition is the only professional beer competition in Kentucky and boasted 350 beers from 20 countries and five continents competing for the title.

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Government/Politics
10:08 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Disaster Recovery Center Now Open in Rowan County

Credit WOBM

A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been opened in Rowan County.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Rowan County center is located at 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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Business
5:09 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Kentucky Legislation Expected to Create Jobs and Promote Tourism

Credit Secretariet

Governor Steve Beshear has signed House Bill 340, which will make Kentucky more competitive in attracting film and television productions and help create jobs, generate tax revenue and promote tourism.

“House Bill 340 gives Kentucky a strong advantage when competing with other states for outside film projects,” said Gov. Beshear. “Increased film production in Kentucky means a boost to local economies and an opportunity to highlight the Bluegrass state on both big and small screens across the world.”

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Arts/Culture
8:43 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Storyteller Lepp to Headline St. Claire Foundation Signature Event

Bil Lepp
Credit Southeast Missourian

Returning after a sold out performance last year, master storyteller Bil Lepp will bring his folksy, family friendly humor to Morehead on Thursday, June 11, in a benefit dinner engagement for the St. Claire Foundation.

Proceeds from the dinner, to be held at 6 p.m. at Morehead State University’s Adron Doran University Center, will assist with the planning stages of a new medical office building for St. Claire Regional Medical Center. There will also be a silent auction.

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Arts/Culture
5:24 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Walter Norris, Hal Galper and John Hicks

Maybeck Recital Hall

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #70 (May 10 at 8:00PM)

Pianists Walter Norris, Hal Galper and John Hicks are featured as part of the Maybeck Recital Series.

The Maybeck Recital Hall, also known as the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, is a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The studio has a rich tradition of musical performances dating back over 100 years.

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Economic
4:17 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Lawrence and Madison Counties

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials will be at two Disaster Recovery Centers in Lawrence and Madison Counties.
Credit SI Live

Two Disaster Recovery Centers operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Thursday, May 7th in Lawrence and Madison counties.

The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday. The centers are located at:

Lawrence County Community Center

180 Bulldog Lane

Louisa, KY 41230

Madison County Emergency Management

Joint Information Center

558 S. Keeneland Dr.

Richmond, KY 40475

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Economic
4:10 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

FEMA to Begin Flood Inspections in Rowan, Bath, Carter and Elliott Counties

FEMA damage inspector Melanie Forbes (left) talks with homeowner Johanna Price
Credit Press And Guide

Residents and business owners who applied for federal assistance resulting from the severe storms and flooding in April will hear soon from damage inspectors.

People who suffered losses in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan, and Scott counties may be eligible for assistance by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Business
3:20 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Keeneland to Expand Wagering at The Red Mile

Credit Keeneland

Keeneland has announced that it will move its year-round simulcast wagering operations to The Red Mile, the historic Standardbred track in Lexington, beginning July 15, 2015.

Keeneland and The Red Mile will offer wagering on Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing at one Lexington location. 

The two tracks are investing nearly $2 million to significantly upgrade the Grandstand area of The Red Mile for simulcast patrons. 

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Business
4:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Small Businesses Support Kentucky's Economy

Credit Shawn Graham

May 4-8 is National Small Business Week, and the Kentucky Arts Council is taking the opportunity to promote small businesses within the state’s creative industry and the impact of the arts on Kentucky’s economy.

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Economic
10:11 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Rowan, Bath, Carter Counties to Receive Federal Flood Assistance

Credit WKYT

Kentucky has received approval for a presidential disaster declaration.  Governor Steve Beshear was notified late Friday that President Barack Obama has authorized federal assistance for Kentucky and its citizens in designated counties that suffered significant damage during the April flooding event.      

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Arts/Culture
4:27 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Nothin’ But The Blues Top 20 (April 2015)

Credit Amazon

JJ Grey & Mofro – Ol’ Glory (Provogue)

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane (New West)

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

Jorma Kaukonen – Ain’t In No Hurry (Red House)

Linsey Alexander – Come Back Baby (Delmark)

Mississippi Heat – Warning Shot (Delmark)

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

JW Jones – Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

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Arts/Culture
4:11 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Cecil Payne

Cecil Payne
Credit The Telegraph

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #69 (May 3 at 8:00PM)

Acclaimed by peers and critics among the finest baritone saxophonists of the bebop era, Cecil Payne remains best remembered for his three-year stint with Dizzy Gillespie's seminal postwar big band.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, on December 14, 1922, Payne began playing saxophone at age 13, gravitating to the instrument after hearing Lester Young's work on Count Basie's "Honeysuckle Rose." Young's supple, lilting tone remained a profound influence throughout Payne's career.

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Area News
3:49 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Fleming County Home Destroyed By Fire

Volunteers prepare to battle a house fire on Claypool Lane near Nepton Thursday morning. No one was in the house according to officials on the scene.
Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

A Fleming County house was destroyed in a fire Thursday morning.

Fleming County Emergency Management Director Dwayne Price said dispatch received a call to respond to a house fire along Nepton Road in the Nepton area about 11:15 a.m., Thursday.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the house to be engulfed in flames. The resident of the home, Millard Claypool was not at the home when the fire broke out, Price said.

"He had left earlier in the day," Price said. "So, there was no one in the home at the time of the fire."

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Business
2:34 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Alltech to Honor Gen. Colin Powell

General Colin Powell
Credit Alltech

General Colin Powell will receive the Alltech Medal of Excellence during the Alltech REBELation, a conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Ky., May 17-20.

The Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction, awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honorees include scientists such as Dr. Eugenia Wang for her pioneering work in microRNA and agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the “father of the Green Revolution.”

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Environment
4:05 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Elk Program Assists Landowners and Hunters

Credit Summit Post

Kentucky’s elk zone encompasses more than 4.1 million acres in 16 counties and a new program developed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources strives to make more of that land accessible to the public during the elk hunting seasons.

The Voucher Cooperator Elk Permit Program offers private landowners and lessees an incentive for volunteering to open their land for elk hunter access: an elk tag of their own. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the framework for the program late last year.

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Transportation
5:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Traffic Advisories in Bath, Fleming and Rowan Counties

Credit US DOT

More than $1.3 million of improvements to KY 11 in Bath and Fleming counties and KY 801 in Rowan County will mean lane closures and other traffic changes beginning the week of May 11 along 26 miles of state highway.

The projects, which were awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to Strawser Construction Inc., include pavement sealing and microsurface paving operations in these areas:

·         KY 11 in Bath County, from the Montgomery County line north past Sharpsburg to KY 1106 near Bethel, for a distance of 7.5 miles

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Government/Politics
11:32 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Honors Fallen Employees

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

In observance of National Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is honoring employees who lost their lives while on the job.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock and Assistant State Highway Engineer Bob Lewis joined KYTC Employee Safety and Health Branch Manager Rob Hecker and KYTC graphic designer Shannon Martin to hang a memorial print in the KYTC Central Office lobby in Frankfort.

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Government/Politics
11:27 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Absentee Voting For May Primary Open Across Kentucky

Credit Virginia Voters Alliance

In many Kentucky counties, eligible voters may already cast absentee votes for the Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

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Arts/Culture
11:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

New Book Examines Life of Jesse Stuart

Jesse Stuart
Credit Jesse Stuart Elementary School

The Jesse Stuart Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Dr. James Gifford’s latest book, “Jesse Stuart:  Immortal Kentuckian.”

The new biography examines the life of the late Poet Laureate of Kentucky in broad historical context and explains that Stuart immortalized himself though enduring influences on the people who read his books and the people who knew him personally.

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Arts/Culture
11:49 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Florence Crittenton Site to Receive Historical Marker

The Florence Crittenton Home, previously served single pregnant women and girls in Lexington.
Credit Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker in Lexington to honor an organization’s long-term efforts to help women in need.

The ceremony will take place May 9 at 10 a.m. at 519 W. Fourth St., site of the former Florence Crittenton Home.

The facility opened in 1894 as the House of Mercy to provide a home for single pregnant women. In 1921 it became affiliated with Florence Crittenton Homes, a national organization that businessman Charles Crittenton founded in memory of his daughter.

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Arts/Culture
11:01 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Ray Obiedo

Ray Obiedo
Credit Enigmaterial

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #68 (April 26 at 8:00PM)

Smooth jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo was born and raised in Richmond, California, where as a child he frequently traveled to nearby San Francisco to take in free concerts by the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. Obiedo also gained considerable influence from acts including James Brown, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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