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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Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #55 (November 20 at 8:00PM)

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupleo, Mississippi. Elvis moved to Memphis by his teens, where he absorbed the vibrant melting pot of Southern popular music in the form of blues, country, bluegrass, and gospel.


Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo pre-filed legislation that, if passed, would ensure that no business could acquire more than one horse-racing license except under special circumstances in Kentucky.

“I want to make sure that we keep the playing field level when it comes to who owns our horse-racing tracks,” said Speaker Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.  “We have a system that is second-to-none in the world, and my goal is preserve the integrity of horse racing and make it more competitive.  This will guarantee the diversity of ownership of racing licenses.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

More than 300 people attended a public meeting on November 19 to hear updated details on two options under consideration for extending the Mountain Parkway between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

No decision has been made on whether to widen the parkway along the existing corridor (KY 114) or build a new road along a cross-country corridor to the north of KY 114. However, further studies over the last few months allowed the project team to refine plans and provide more details about the two routes.

Paul Cacia

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #97 (November 22 at 8:00PM)

Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances, usually quite successfully.

Early on he studied clarinet, switched to alto, and played with Jerry Wald. Konitz gained some attention for his solos with Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (1947). He began studying with Lennie Tristano, who had a big influence on his conception and approach to improvising.

If you missed the recent public meeting about ways to improve travel between Vanceburg and Morehead, it’s not too late to make comments on the Transportation Cabinet’s future highway plans.

Comments will be accepted until Dec. 4 on the KY 59, KY 344 and KY 377 planning study. See the “Active Planning Studies” online at:

The Recorder

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

At this time, District 9 has about 22,000 tons of salt and 75 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment on hand across Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties to keep 2,000 miles of state highways passable during inclement weather.

Rowan County Sheriff's Office

The smell of warm chili filled the air at the inaugural Chili Wars event.

Held on Saturday, November 7, the event was a benefit for God’s Pantry Food Bank and held at the Morehead Conference Center in Morehead.

Awards were presented by God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Marian F. Guinn, Ben Caudill and Jeffrey Liles, Morehead Regional Advisory Board Chair and Vice Chair.

Chili Wars Winners List:

1st Place - Rowan Co. Sherriff    

2nd Place - Morehead Pediatric Dentistry

3rd Place - Jesus Our Savior Catholic Church

People’s Choice – Allen’s IGA


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #54 (November 20 at 8:00PM)

“Voices of a Grateful Nation” uses music to redefine troop support.  In an attempt to highlight the challenges that face homecoming troops and to sound a call for action from the public and the private sector, the Welcome Home Project has produced a series of unique recordings that feature Americana artists and songs of gratitude, support and understanding. 

Performers include Sally and Bukka Allen, W.C. Clark, Jesse Dayton, Deryl Dodd, Jimmy LaFave, Walt and Tina Wilkins, and more.

Dutch Jazz Orchestra

Nov 15, 2015
Cees van de Ven

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #96 (November 15 at 8:00PM)

The Dutch Jazz Orchestra is focused on special projects within the realm of jazz. They are specialized in performing and recording obscure, and often unknown, works by the unsung heroes of jazz.

The Dutch Jazz Orchestra has performed a list of rarely performed works of composers, as Mary Lou Williams, George Handy, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Claude Thornhill, The Boyd Raeburn Orchestra, Duke Ellington and now Billy Strayhorn.

The Jayhawks

Nov 13, 2015

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #53 (November 13 at 8:00PM)

Led by the gifted songwriting, impeccable playing, and honeyed harmonies of vocalists/guitarists Mark Olson and Gary Louris, the Jayhawks' shimmering blend of country, folk, and bar band rock made them one of the most widely acclaimed artists to emerge from the alternative country scene.

World Class Outdoors

Rural mail carriers who volunteer to help the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reported seeing fewer rabbits along their routes this year, but hunters can still expect to encounter plenty of rabbits this season.

“If you look back at the data, we’ve had really high numbers of rabbits, some of the highest in several years,” said Ben Robinson, small game biologist with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “There should be good numbers of rabbits on the ground, which should translate into good rabbit hunting.”


Award-winning singer-songwriter Ellis Paul brings new life to a Christmas favorite with “The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas,” a heartwarming reminder of the true meaning of the holiday spirit.

The book is illustrated by Scott Brundage, an award-winning illustrator whose works have appeared in major newspapers and magazines throughout the United States.

Paul’s second children’s book tells the story of Christmas Block, a neighborhood renowned for its cacophony of decorations as families compete to have the biggest and brightest display each season.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers studying ways to improve travel between Vanceburg and Morehead have some options now – and they need your comments.

At a public meeting Thursday, Nov. 12, in Vanceburg, engineers will present maps of construction alternatives for the public’s consideration.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a meeting next week to share what it has learned after several months of evaluating options for extending the Mountain Parkway between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

Officials have refined two alternatives to create a four-lane road between Salyersville and Prestonsburg, and they will present additional details to the public during a Nov. 19 meeting at Prestonsburg Elementary School, 140 South Clark Road. The meeting will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet

KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s 3,400 mile middle mile fiber optic network project, has earned the Excellence in Development Finance Project Award, a top award from the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA).

The KentuckyWired public-private partnership (P3) between the Commonwealth and Macquarie Capital received the top honor for its innovative financing package and forward thinking initiative. The award was presented this week at the CDFA’s National Development Finance Summit in Charleston, South Carolina.

Black Clarksville

A unique Kentucky State Park tradition, Eagle Watch Weekends, will be offered once again in January and February 2016.

The park system will sponsor this wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow guests to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey.

For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have offered Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to view the eagles from land and water and learn about the national symbol and other wildlife.

Jeff Jarvis

Nov 6, 2015

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #95 (November 8 at 8:00PM)

Jeff Jarvis has distinguished himself as a trumpeter, composer, jazz educator, and music publisher. He serves as Director of Jazz Studies at California State University Long Beach and frequently appears as a honors jazz band conductor, clinician and lecturer.

Ted Hawkins

Nov 5, 2015
Past Blues

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #52 (November 6 at 8:00PM)

Overseas, Ted Hawkins was a genuine hero, performing for thousands. But on his L.A. home turf, sand-blown Venice Beach served as Hawkins' makeshift stage. He'd deliver his magnificent melange of soul, blues, folk, gospel, and a touch of country all by his lonesome, with only an acoustic guitar for company. Passersby would pause to marvel at Hawkins' melismatic vocals, dropping a few coins or a greenback into his tip jar.


Albert Cummings – Someone Like You (Blind Pig)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

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

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love (Alligator)

Omar Coleman – Born & Raised (Delmark)

Jimmy Burns – It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

Zac Harmon – Right Man, Right Now (Blind Pig)

Rick Vito – Mojo On My Side (Delta Groove)

Eddie Gomez

Oct 31, 2015
Meet Up

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #94 (November 1 at 8:00PM)

Legendary bassist and two-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades.  His impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman. 

Eddie’s unique sound and style can be heard on many Grammy winning records as well as on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, rhythm & blues, popular and contemporary music.    

Coffeyville Public Library

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday (November 1) at 2:00a.m. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

It’s also recommended to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms. Check batteries in media devices, children's toys, and other items such as flashlights, garage door openers and clocks.


Governor Steve Beshear today saluted 45 new Kentucky State Police troopers on their graduation from the KSP Training Academy, reminding them of the immense responsibility that comes with their badge.

Beach Metro

Bats appear frequently in so many Halloween decorations because many people view them as spooky or scary. That’s a shame, because bats are truly amazing animals that are frequently misunderstood.

To help educate people about bats, federal agencies partnered with private conservation organizations to designate Oct. 25-31 as National Bat Week.

Why should people care about these creatures?


Motorists encounter deer on Kentucky roadways throughout the year but the number of collisions increases in the fall.

Almost half of all deer-related accidents in the state occur from October through December with more of these collisions reported in November than any other month, according to Kentucky State Police data.

Vanessa Rubin

Oct 25, 2015
Akron Beacon Journal

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #93 (October 25 at 8:00PM)

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to parents from Trinidad and Louisiana, Vanessa Rubin arrived steeped in great musical traditions.

After achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio State University, Rubin taught school for a number of years, all the while with both feet squarely in the jazz lexicon on a path towards a career in music. Along the way she played the regional joints and concerts, dabbled in band management, and continued to hone her skills.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #51 (October 23 at 8:00PM)

The duo of acoustic guitarist John Cephas and harpist Phil Wiggins enjoyed a partnership spanning several decades, during which time they emerged among contemporary music's most visible exponents of the Piedmont blues tradition.

Both were born in Washington, D.C., although Wiggins was a quarter century younger than his partner; they met at a jam session in 1977, and both performed as regular members of Wilbert "Big Chief" Ellis' Barrelhouse Rockers for a time prior to Ellis' death.

News Democrat Leader

Gov. Steve Beshear today (October 22) honored nine Kentuckians with the prestigious Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

Pike Pond Cabins

Cold air poured into Kentucky over the past weekend and dropped overnight low temperatures below freezing across much of the state.

The cool down didn’t cool off the deer hunting. It’s been hot since early September.

“Good numbers of deer across the state coupled with a cool and wet summer and sub-par mast production means we are ripe for some high harvest numbers,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The early returns support his assertion.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

The Respiratory Therapy and Human Services programs at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held the second-ever Wings of Love ceremony on Thursday, October 15 to commemorate Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 3,952,841 births in 2012 and 23,985 infant deaths.

Allen Farnham

Oct 16, 2015
VCU Arts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #92 (October 18 at 8:00PM)

Allen Farnham has become quite important to jazz, not just as a pianist/arranger but also behind the scenes as a producer at the Concord label, where he has worked on more than 50 releases.

Farnham first played piano when he was 12. In 1983, he graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. After moving to New York City in 1984, he freelanced and two years later signed with Concord Records.