WMKY

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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Nature Conservatory

Learn about wildflowers and enjoy the spring season at Red River Gorge with the Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend April 13-14 at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

The annual event includes hikes at the state park and in Red River Gorge on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for ages 13-17. Ages 12 and under are free. More information is available at: http://www.knps.org

Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade has a lodge, cottages and restaurant.

Mountain Arts Center

The 28th Summer Season for Billie Jean Osborne’s legendary Kentucky Opry kicks off with its premier performance on Saturday, June 16 in the Willard and Lucy Kinzer Theater of the Mountain Arts Center (MAC), the Prestonsburg venue that has been home to the Opry since the facility opened in 1996.

The Kentucky Opry cast is currently preparing various themes, medleys, and individual songs for the new season. As usual, the antics of resident comedian Munroe will be in full force as he continues to pursue his dream of becoming the star of the show.

Gresham, Smith and Partners

The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received a $10,327 grant from the Lexington Cancer Foundation to establish a new program that will help cancer patients who are receiving treatment at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling.

Through this grant, the Joyful Comfort & Healing Program will be created at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and the foundation will be able to purchase four reclining chairs to use in the infusion center that will improve patient comfort as patients fighting cancer are receiving treatment.

Independent Stave Company

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Co. will create 220 jobs for Kentuckians with a new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead.

Views From The Edge

The Kentucky Arts Council’s celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day April 24 at Louisville’s Spalding University will cap off a week of literary events around the state that recognize the Commonwealth’s literary tradition.

The Kentucky General Assembly established Kentucky Writers’ Day in 1990 to honor Kentucky’s strong literary tradition and to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.

Herald-Dispatch

Plan a spring adventure on Tygarts Creek on a canoe or kayak with a 6-mile  excursion hosted by Carter Caves State Resort Park.

The park is offering guided trips on six dates in 2018 – April 14, 21, 29 and May 2, 6 and 12.

The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges. The park will provide canoes or kayaks, paddles, life vest, transportation shuttle from and back to the Welcome Center, and guides for your trip.

The fee is $40 per person. (The fee is $30 a person if you bring your own canoe or kayak.)

Elmore James Strange Angels

Various – Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (Sylvan Songs)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way (E-One)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Victor Wainwright & The Train – Victor Wainwright & The Train (Ruf)

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black (Anti)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

Fresh Plaza

Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA will invest more than $44.5 million in Eastern Kentucky’s Breathitt County and create 121 jobs with the construction of a new facility on a reclaimed mine in Jackson, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.

Dallas Moore

Mar 29, 2018
Carpe Diem

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #136 (March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 31 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dallas Moore is an outlaw country singer who makes his home in Cincinnati. The long-haired Harley-riding singer, who was influenced by old Elvis Presley and Hank Williams 45s as a kid, plays a hard rockin' brand of country that is topped-of by his gruff vocals and shows equal reverence for Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Moore, who went to college on a jazz scholarship, has won several trophies at the Cincinnati Music Awards.

Springs Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #135 (March 23 at 8:00pm and March 24 at 3:00pm)

Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it wasn't until the late 20th century that they had the benefit of a major record company behind them.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will study the impact of allowing anglers participating in fishing tournaments to keep shorter bass in lakes with special regulations.

The three-year test is limited to two spring and two fall tournaments each year on Lake Cumberland and Cave Run Lake.

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio’s 2018 Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive will be held during the week of April 9 through 13.

“We hope to build on the success of our fall fundraiser by returning to a telethon-style event,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “We’ll be asking listeners to step forward with a financial gift to support our local programming and operations.”

The History List

To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will offer special programming on Monday, April 2, for children with autism.

Autism Awareness Day will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort.

That day, KHS will provide low noise levels, filtered lights, pictorial signs, quiet spaces and sensory activities in the exhibit “A Kentucky Journey” to meet the specific needs of the autism community.

Best 2000+

Learn about the history of mining or buy a few antiques at the Eastern Mining Collectors Association’s annual Spring Meet and Show at Carter Caves State Resort Park on Saturday, April 7.

Vendors from across the country will be at the show to sell, buy and trade mining artifacts used in the mining of coal, gold, silver and copper. The artifacts include lamps, mine signs, photos, posters and other items. Vendors can also identify and give free appraisals of mining-related items that you might have hidden in your attic, basement or barn.

Bob Mintzer Big Band

Mar 18, 2018
KNKK

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #202

Diversification has always been a driving force behind Bob Mintzer and his music.

Aside from being a tenor and soprano saxophonist, Mintzer also plays flute, clarinet, EWI, and is world renowned as a composer, arranger and educator. He has been active in the jazz, pop, orchestra, Latin, and world music genres.

Wood Brothers

Mar 16, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #134 (March 16 at 8:00 p.m. and March 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

A roots music trio featuring brothers Chris (upright bass, vocals) and Oliver Wood (guitars, vocals) along with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, the Wood Brothers bring a distinctive flair to their union of folk, blues, gospel, and jazz.

Zimbio

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) urges Kentuckians to celebrate National Deaf History Month, March 13-April 15, by recognizing deaf champions and increasing awareness of the deaf community’s contributions and rich history.

MLive

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while nonfarm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

The U.S. annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in 2017 from 4.9 percent in 2016.

Georgie Fame

Mar 11, 2018
Daily Express

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #201 (March 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan.

Old Time School of Folk Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #133 (March 9 at 8:00 p.m. and March 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Although they received a boost in popularity when actor/banjo player Steve Martin joined their ranks in 2009, the Steep Canyon Rangers had already earned an audience with their progressive bluegrass sound.

Osborn Insurance Group

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday (March 11) 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.

Advantage News

Interstate motorists should watch for lane closures along 10 miles of I-64 in Bath County during the next several months for a $1.2 million bridge painting project.

Beginning Saturday, March 3, contractors will close one lane of I-64 westbound across the I-64 bridge that spans Slate Creek at mile marker 118 while crews paint the steel beams underneath.

Walle Larsson

Mar 2, 2018
Walle Larsson

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #200 (March 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Amazon

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way (E-One)

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black (Anti)

Various – Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (Sylvan Songs)

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

Rick Estrin & Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland (Alligator)

R.L. Boyce – Roll And Tumble (Waxploitation)

KY Forward

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort reopens for the season beginning March 1. The center, which features exhibits of the state’s fish and native wildlife, is a popular destination for families and school groups.

Later this season, visitors can expect to see a new addition: a striped skunk. It joins the center’s collection of animals that cannot be released back into the wild, but are trained at the center for educational programs.

The Water Spot

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District.

The project will help secure clean water for the people of Martin County and will be administered by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KY DAML), which has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE).

Weather.gov

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall events which have caused widespread flooding and damage to critical infrastructure across Kentucky.

Beginning on Feb. 9, severe storms produced heavy rain and strong wind gusts, causing flooding, landslides and mudslides and resulting in injuries and major impacts to infrastructure, agricultural production and governmental, commercial and private properties.

Grayson Capps

Feb 23, 2018
Southland Music Line

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #132 (February 23 at 8:00 p.m.; February 24 at 3:00 p.m.)

A literate and impassioned songwriter whose song characters are often caught barely hanging on at the edges of American life, Grayson Capps is a bit like a New Orleans version of Tom Waits, albeit more of a roots rocker in actual musical execution.

Applications for three college scholarship programs for the 2018 fall semester are now available from the St. Claire Foundation.

The programs include the St. Claire HealthCare Auxiliary Scholarship, the Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship and Sister Mary Jeannette Wess SND Scholarship.

The St. Claire HealthCare Auxiliary Scholarship assists students with an interest in medicine and a heart for community service, SCH Volunteer Services Director Regina Thompson said.

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