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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."

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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.

The Boot

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #97 (March 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Hank Williams was born September 17, 1923, in Mount Olive, Alabama. Considered one of the most popular American country music singer/songwriters with songs like "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." He died of a heart attack at the age of 29 in 1953 in the backseat of his Cadillac.

Ultimate Classic Rock

James Cotton, Harmonica Blues Legend Dies at Age 81 (July 1, 1935 - March 16, 2017)

World-renowned blues harmonica master James Cotton, whom Rolling Stone called, “One of the greats of all time, burning with brilliant virtuosity,” died on March 16, 2017 of pneumonia at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was 81.

His overwhelmingly powerful harmonica playing was one of the iconic sounds of the blues. He toured worldwide for over 60 years.

ABC News

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday (March 12) at 2:00a.m. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

It’s also recommended to change 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.

Rob Ickes

Mar 10, 2017
Ted Lehmann Blogspot

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #157 (March 12 at 8:00PM)

Widely acknowledged as one of the masters of the Dobro or resonator guitar, Rob Ickes is an instrumentalist who has made a name for himself in bluegrass, country, and jazz.

Born in San Francisco, California in 1967, Ickes was first exposed to bluegrass and old-timey music when he was a child, attending weekly jam sessions hosted by his grandparents. Ickes' family tried to interest him in playing the fiddle, but it didn't take.

Josh Kessler/Pure Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #96 (March 10 at 8:00PM)

Suffolk Times

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Kentuckians to report instances of price gouging to his office now that a state of emergency has been declared in Kentucky due to recent storms.

Treemaster

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday (March 3) declared a statewide emergency, in response to the severe storms that battered Kentucky earlier this week.

A powerful weather system with torrential rain, hail, flash flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes tracked across the Commonwealth on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and Wednesday (March 1), resulting in injuries and significant property and infrastructure damage.

Mance Lipscomb

Mar 3, 2017
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #95 (March 3 at 8:00PM)

Tim Hagans

Mar 3, 2017
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #156 (March 5 at 8:00PM)

Trumpeter Tim Hagans was with the orchestras of Stan Kenton (1974-1977) and Woody Herman (1977), before moving to Sweden (1977-1981) where he played with Sahib Shihab, Ernie Wilkins' Almost Big Band, the Danish Radio Orchestra (which was then directed by Thad Jones), and Dexter Gordon.

After returning to the U.S., he taught at the University of Cincinnati and recorded for the local MoPro label. Hagans taught at Berklee (1984-1986), and then in 1986 he started working with Joe Lovano and Fred Hersch.

Allmusic

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

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

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

Sammy Eubanks – Sugar Me (Underworld)

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

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

Kentucky Department of Transportation

While most high water left by Wednesday's severe storms has receded, state highway crews continue to clean up roadways across northeast Kentucky today.

Work includes plowing debris off travel lanes, cleaning ditchlines and culverts, cutting back overhanging trees, fixing darkened signals and general debris cleanup. Motorists should slow down and give crews and equipment room to work. One-lane traffic is possible in hard-hit areas.

As of 11 a.m., traffic impacts still affecting highways in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 include:

GREENUP COUNTY

Brent Gallaher

Feb 24, 2017
Brent Gallaher

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #155 (February 26 at 8:00PM)

Brent Gallaher has been a favorite on the Cincinnati (OH) jazz scene for more than 25 years. His tonal and melodic conception is reminiscent of the great classic tenor men Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson; yet he adds his own personally and modern approach to the instrument.

Gallaher is a diverse musician. His work as a side man varies from small jazz ensembles, to big bands, to classic pop horn bands, and even the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Morehead State University

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

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Charles Holloway, Chris Blakely, Cory Clark

Topic:  MSU Diversity and Inclusion

Louvin Brothers

Feb 24, 2017
The Louvin Brothers

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #94 (February 24 at 8:00PM)

From the close-harmony brother acts of the 1930s evolved Charlie and Ira Louvin, ranking among the top duos in country music history. With Ira's incredibly high, pure tenor and Charlie's emotional and smooth melody tenor, they learned well from the Bolick brothers (the Blue Sky Boys), the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and other major family duos of the previous generation, preserving the old-time flavor while bringing this genre into the '50s, when country music moved to a newer sound.

Manfredo Fest

Feb 18, 2017
Artist Direct

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #154 (February 19 at 8:00PM)

One of the better-kept secrets among Brazil's bossa nova pioneers, Manfredo Fest's popularity and profile rose dramatically in the 1990s.

Legally blind since birth, Fest's greatest early influence was George Shearing, but he developed his own approach apart from Shearing and other Brazilian jazz pianists, unleashing relentlessly flowing streams of bop-flavored notes against a Brazilian pulse, occasionally letting his classical roots show.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #93 (February 24 at 8:00PM)

Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack.

Tommy Emmanuel

Feb 11, 2017
Soundpress

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #153 (February 12 at 8:00PM)

Tommy Emmanuel is a four-time winner of Australia's Best Guitarist award, has helped bring the art of rock guitar down under to a higher awareness over his two-decade-long career by bringing a sense of jazz improvisation into a mix that also includes blues, country, rock, classical, and Spanish music.

Pathways

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo on Friday, February 10 in a Capitol rotunda ceremony to announce over $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 13 new projects in Kentucky. 

These grants impact multiple regions and counties across the Commonwealth.

Fairfield Four

Feb 9, 2017
Masters of Traditional Arts

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #92 (February 10 at 8:00PM)

Known best for their appearance at the end of the film “O Brother Where Art Thou,” and on the subsequent soundtrack release, the Fairfield Four are alive and well and still singing in the traditional African American a cappella gospel style they have been known for since the group's inception almost 100 years ago.

Austin City Limits

Feb 2, 2017
Twitter

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #91 (February 3 at 8:00PM)

Austin City Limits is the longest running music series in American television history, one of the most exciting and successful music festivals in the United States, and an award-winning concert venue.

Created by KLRU and broadcast on PBS for 40 years, Austin City Limits has become an institution, as well as the recipient of a rare institutional Peabody Award, an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark and the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts.

History Channel

Morehead State Public Radio will offer a variety of programming to celebrate Black History Month in February.

Among the specials are:

“Moments of the Movement” will be aired daily. The program is recordings of the personal histories and testimonials of foot soldiers from the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the stories are harrowing, others are uplifting, but they all convey our collective journey as a nation toward new heights of equality.

Alligator Records

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

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

Sammy Eubanks – Sugar Me (Underworld)

Vaneese Thomas – The Long Journey Home (Segue)

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party At Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

Mike Wheeler Band – Turn Up! (Delmark)

Business News Daily

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

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Jennifer Reis, Waylan Coffey

Topic:  MSU Arts Entrepreneurship Program 

Kermit Ruffins

Jan 29, 2017
New Music For Old Folks

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #151 (January 29 at 8:00PM)

New Orleans-based trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is an ever-inventive musician who projects a warmth from the stage. He's got charisma, so as a consequence, he and his bandmates in the Barbecue Swingers are not in danger of overexposing themselves in their native Crescent City.

WKYT

A 42-year-old coal miner was killed Thursday in an accident in an underground Pike County mine. Ray Hatfield, of Hi Hat Ky., a conveyor belt attendant with 23 years of experience, suffered fatal injuries inside the R&C Coal LLC Mine No. 2 in Pikeville.

The mine was shut down after the fatality and continues to be closed on Friday while an investigation into the fatal accident continues. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the mine Thursday night and they remain on scene.

World Cafe

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #90 (January 27 at 8:00PM)

The three full-time members of the string band known as the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Dom Flemons on guitar, jug, and harmonica, Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and fiddle, and Justin Robinson on banjo and fiddle, met in 2005 at the Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, drawn together by their mutual love of bluegrass, jug music, and old-time country and rock.

Butler County Engineer's Office

Kentucky state snowfighters are preparing for winter weather duty across northeast Kentucky.

Today, Friday, Jan. 27, crews will pretreat roadways in advance of possible weekend snow by applying brine, or saltwater, to travel lanes. The water evaporates, leaving lines of salt crystals on the pavement that mix with ice or snow to prevent freezing, which assists with snow-removal efforts.

Roots Rock Revival

Butch Trucks, one of the Allman Brothers Band's founding drummers, died Tuesday evening in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. Page Stallings, Trucks' booking agent, confirmed the veteran musician's death to Rolling Stone, but said a cause of death is currently unknown.

"The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch's friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss," Trucks' rep said in a statement. "Butch will play on in our hearts forever."

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