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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State highway improvements will continue across northeast Kentucky next week, the week May 29, and will include some traffic impacts through the Memorial Day holiday.

At Catlettsburg in Boyd County, the Kenova bridge that carries US 60 across the Big Sandy River to West Virginia is one lane with traffic controlled by temporary signals as contractors replace old pavement with a new driving surface. The lane under construction is impassable, so traffic restrictions cannot be removed for the holiday.


The Kentucky State AFL–CIO and Teamsters Local 89 have jointly filed a suit in Franklin Circuit Court seeking injunctive relief from enforcement of unfair and discriminatory provisions of House Bill 1 – The Kentucky Right to Work Act.  Plaintiffs believe that HB 1 violates Sections 1, 2, 3,13,55,59, 60 and 242 of the Kentucky Constitution and is bad for Kentuckians. 

Norton Healthcare

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that he has appointed Steve Ready of Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, to serve on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee which is within the executive branch and established by the 21st Century Cures Act.

“Norton Healthcare provides critical patient services to the people of Kentucky, and I am proud to recommend their System Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Steve Ready, in this new, national role,” Majority Leader McConnell said.


Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a Scam Alert to warn of a scam targeting Kentucky families and seniors who are seeking to save money on their prescription drugs.

Staff at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, contacted Beshear’s office after intercepting a phone caller attempting to lure in an unsuspecting victim by offering well-known prescription drugs for pennies on the dollar.

Kentucky Tourism

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will open a new temporary exhibit and offer free admission to the entire KHS history campus June 1 – June 3 in celebration of Statehood Day and Kentucky’s 225th birthday.

The celebration will start at noon on June 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open “People of Kentucky,” an exhibit that uses stories, objects and photographs to throw the spotlight on some well-known and not-so-well-known Kentuckians. Collectively, their stories contribute to that of Kentucky.


Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner unveiled an outreach campaign Wednesday (May 24) aimed at educating Kentuckians about the numerous job openings in the state and the short-term certification programs available to put citizens on a fast path to obtaining these jobs.

Announced during a news conference at the UPS WorldPort Global Operations Center in Louisville, Help Wanted Kentucky is a response to an increasing demand for skilled workers in five high-demand industries across Kentucky:

•Advanced Manufacturing

•Business and IT


State and local officials officially reopened the Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, following repairs from a fire that closed the building in 2015.

“We’re glad to have the Greenbo Lake lodge back open as one of our 17 resort parks,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “I commend the park staff for their hard work and patience.”

A fire on Oct. 4, 2015, forced the lodge to close for repairs. That work uncovered other problems with the lodge roof, forcing the closure to last longer than planned while further repairs were completed.

Office of the Kentucky Governor

Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month and May 17 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day in Kentucky. He was joined by Dr. Maryam Fouladi of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 17-year-old Kentucky native Kayne Finley, and other special guests during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

Business Insider

Secretary Hal Heiner has announced that Ballard and Mason counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Jackson, Meade and Owen counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress.

“I am excited to announce that we now have 37 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are 51 counties in progress to become Work Ready Communities,” Heiner said.

Charles Brown

May 19, 2017
Encyclopedia Britannica

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #167 (May 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Charles Brown’s incredible piano skills and laid-back vocal delivery remained every bit as mesmerizing at the end of his life as they were way back in 1945, when his groundbreaking waxing of "Drifting Blues" with guitarist Johnny Moore's Three Blazers invented an entirely new blues genre for sophisticated postwar revelers: an ultra-mellow, jazz-inflected sound perfect for sipping a late-night libation in some hip after-hours joint.

United States Power Squadrons

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct public meetings across the state June 5 and June 6 to solicit feedback from the paddle sports community.

“We want to hear from the paddling community - and we will use this input to shape our paddling program going forward,” said Gregory Johnson, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The meetings will address access, boater safety and other aspects of paddling.

Daddy Mojo

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected Kentucky as one of only 10 states to participate in a learning lab on state strategies to reduce childhood hunger.

CNY News

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a Scam Alert to warn Kentuckians of an email scam that relies on spoof government employee email addresses to defraud Kentuckians.

Five recent reports to Beshear’s office indicate the spoof email appears to come from a current Kentucky state government employee and solicits money in order to receive a sweepstakes prize the consumer has supposedly won.

Beshear said the content of the message might also include an official request for personal or financial information or seek payment for an outstanding debt.

Roosevelt Institute

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in March 2017.

The preliminary April 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in April 2016.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


The arrival of Memorial Day weekend signals the start of boating season at lakes and marinas across Kentucky.

The Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction want your boating experience with your family to be a safe one. This May – National Electrical Safety Month -- the two agencies want to alert boaters to the dangers of “electric shock drowning.”

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

St. Claire Regional (SCR) is proud to announce that their first retail pharmacy is now open and serving patients, staff and our region. SCR’s pharmacy offers both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

SCR’s new retail pharmacy also provides a concierge Meds-to Bed program to assist our patients and their families.

The Meds-to-Beds is a convenient bedside service that delivers our patient’s prescriptions to them prior to discharge.


Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse has announced a six-count indictment of a former Eastern Kentucky Suboxone clinic doctor. 

Dr. Curtis Edens, 57, of Hardeeville, South Carolina, was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury May 12 on two counts of Medicaid fraud; one count of improperly prescribing a controlled substance; one count of theft by deception over $500 – all Class D felonies; and four counts of theft by deception over $10,000, Class C felonies.


Gov. Matt Bevin joined four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield today to announce a championship boxing match to be held in Louisville on June 24 at Freedom Hall.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the Louisville Sports Commission, the Muhammad Ali Center, Top Knotch Boxing (TKO), Kentucky Venues, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.


Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS)  Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), renowned experts and response partners gathered in Lexington this week for the 2017 Kentucky Zika Summit.

Billy Novick

May 12, 2017
Potomac River Jazz Club

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #166 (May 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

Billy Novick is internationally recognized as a musician, performer, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has made spotlight appearances at numerous festivals, including the Kool, Newport, Edinburgh, Brecon (Wales), Marsiac (France), and Breda (Netherlands) jazz festivals, as well as the Philadelphia and Winnipeg folk festivals.

Thelonious Monk

May 7, 2017

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #165 (May 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

MSU Athletics

Morehead State softball fell twice at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles conclude their season at 26-22 and 6-12 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

"We battled hard and came up short in game two. It is a disappointing end to the season but we accomplished a lot this season," said head coach David Williams. "We posted the first winning season in quite some time and some individuals set single season records. There is definitely a lot to build on."

Steve Kaufman

May 5, 2017
Acoustic Vibes Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #104 (May 5 at 8:00 p.m.)

Steve Kaufman was born into a musical family in 1957. His father was a jazz piano player and his mother was a classically trained pianist. Music was always around. At four Steve started plinking at the piano and did so for several years.


Mississippi Heat – Cab Driving Man (Delmark)

Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)

Delbert McClinton & Self Made Men – Prick Of The Litter (Thirty Tigers)

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

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire – Grown Ass Woman (Delmark)

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

Robert Randolph & Family Band – Got Soul (Sony)

Kurt Elling

May 2, 2017
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #164 (April 30 at 8:00 p.m.)

An adept singer with a lithe, highly resonant baritone voice and four-octave range, Kurt Elling has garnered abundant critical praise and numerous accolades for his distinctive brand of vocal jazz. Given the depth and broad vision of his recordings and performance style, Elling is in a league of his own.

Jeb Loy Nichols

Apr 28, 2017
Jeb Loy Nichols

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #103 (April 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

As a teenager, Jeb Loy Nichols made his way from Austin, Texas to New York, New York. In the Big Apple, punk rock took root and continued to be an influence even after Nichols had moved to London. In the U.K., the sounds of dub and lovers rock mixed with his already colorful palette, and Nichols collaborated with fellow genre chameleons like Neneh Cherry and the Slits' Ari Up.

The Odyssey Online

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

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guest: Dr. Jason Bentley

Topic:  Student Success

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

MSU Athletics

Not even a cool, light rain could put a damper on the Morehead State spring football game Saturday afternoon.

The offense scored four touchdowns - three through the air and one rushing - to culminate a spring that saw the Eagles go through 14 on-field sessions.

Johnny Lytle

Apr 21, 2017

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #163 (April 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Considered one of the top vibes players in the world, Johnny Lytle was known for his great hand speed and showmanship. He was also a songwriter and wrote many of his own hits, including "The Loop," "The Man," "Lela," "Selim," and the jazz classic "The Village Caller."