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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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Levisa Lazer

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ from Sept. 6-9.

The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as dulcimer, fiddle and guitar are used to tell stories about life long ago in the eastern Kentucky foothills.

Denise Jannah

Sep 1, 2017
Wieringernieuws

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #182 (September 3 at 8:00 p.m.)

The classic honeyed voice of jazz vocalist Denise Jannah has been heard on her solo albums in the U.S. After a childhood spent alternately in Surinam and Holland, she attended the Hilversum Conservatory, graduating in 1971.

Her first American release was in 1991 with her album, Take It From the Top. Two others followed, A Heart Full of Music and I Was Born in Love With You. In 2000, Jannah became the first Dutch solo artist to release an album on Blue Note with The Madness of Our Love.

Benefits Pro

Gov. Matt Bevin applauded a ruling by a federal judge in Texas yesterday striking down the Obama-era overtime pay rule for salaried workers. If implemented, the new rule would more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers—without Congressional authorization—thereby substantially increasing employment costs and threatening jobs.

The overtime rule, originally set to go into effect on December 1, 2016, was initially put on hold by Judge Amos Mazzant (of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas) last November.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Registration for the annual Kentucky Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop in September is now open. The weekend program is designed for women 18 and older who want to learn more about the outdoors and develop a variety of outdoor skills, including hunting and fishing.

The event is Sept. 15-17 at Camp Robert C. Webb on Grayson Lake. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources sponsors the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, which more than 3,000 women have attended since it began.

Realtree

The morning air is crisp and comfortable. Dew blankets the grass and clings to spider webs that glisten as the sun’s rays find them.

A late August taste of fall is enough to get any deer hunter excited with anticipation about what is around the corner.

The 2017-18 deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Kentucky with the start of the 136-day archery season. The crossbow, youth gun, muzzleloader and modern gun seasons follow later this fall.

Ismed

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Special Prosecutions Unit today announced that a 58-year-old Ashland man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on kidnapping and on being a persistent felon charges.

Wallace Daniel Spence, of Ashland, was sentenced Aug. 31, 2017, by a Boyd Circuit Judge. Spence was indicted June 6, 2016, by a Boyd County grand jury for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl. 

Spence was sentenced to 11 years in prison in August 2017 for the rape of the girl in Lawrence County, Ohio.

The New York Times

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to warn Kentuckians of fake charity scams related to Hurricane Harvey.

Due to the lasting devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Beshear is asking Kentuckians to be wary of scammers attempting to profit from relief efforts.

“The families and communities impacted by this deadly storm deserve our help,” said Beshear. “I am asking generous Kentuckians to please take time and verify a charity before making a donation.”

Air National Guard

The Kentucky National Guard currently has 68 Guardsmen on duty in support of Hurricane Harvey. This includes 60 Air Guardsmen based out of Louisville and 8 Army Guardsmen augmenting the Texas National Guard Army Aviation Support Mission.

Airmen from the Kentucky and Mississippi Air National Guard have established an aeromedical evacuation and air cargo hub in Houston, attaining mission-capable status within hours of their arrival at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Two Fleming County brothers facing hundreds of illegal hunting charges entered guilty pleas and agreed to pay more than $20,000 in fines, restitution and court costs, serve time in home incarceration and lose their hunting privileges for three years.

Larry Fryman, 69, and his brother, Danny Fryman, 63, entered guilty pleas to their charges Aug. 17 in Fleming District Court.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire Regional Medical Center proudly launches St. Claire HealthCare and a new branding logo that incorporates all of its services and entities as one. 

Luna and the Mountain Jets

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #119 (September 1 at 8:00 p.m. and September 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Appalachian rock band” seems to be as good of a description as can be found for Luna and the Mountain Jets.

This quartet from eastern Kentucky covers a lot of musical ground. They occupy the space between Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty with jangle riffs and acoustic driven stories of rural life.

Relix

North Mississippi All-Stars – Prayer For Peace (Songs Of The South)

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ – Tajmo (Concord)

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

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

Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison (Alligator)

Soul Train

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #181

One of the most popular saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions when he played straight-ahead jazz. A highly influential player, Washington pushed himself with the spontaneity and risk-taking of a masterful jazz musician.

MSU Athletics

Despite eight blocks from junior middle blocker Maddie Fella, Morehead State volleyball's battle against Youngstown State came up on the short end (3-0) Friday night. YSU edged the Eagles 25-23, 30-28, 25-20.

The Eagles slipped to 1-1 after defeating Delaware State 3-0 earlier in the day.

"I think we have a lot of depth on this team," said head coach Jaime Gordon. "I think we showed some fight tonight."

Susan Cattaneo

Aug 25, 2017
Dave Rackley and Susan Cattaneo

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #118 (August 25 at 8:00 p.m. and August 26 at 3:00 p.m.)

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country.

In 2016, Cattaneo was an Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival and performed as a finalist at the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and at the Wildflower Festival Songwriters contest.

State Parks

Six Kentucky State Parks were honored as part of Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” awards announcement.

More than 100 award winners were announced Thursday at the Kentucky State Fair.

“Our parks are honored with these Best in Kentucky awards and we appreciate the public support all of our parks and our employees receive,” said Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland. “We’re in some great company with all of the attractions, businesses and people that were recognized.”

Familypedia

Gov. Matt Bevin today launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine.

“I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way to get involved in repairing, enhancing or beautifying it.”

Auto Plaza USA

The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission today adopted a sweeping Consent Decree agreement to resolve claims made by customers of the Nicholasville-based car dealer Auto Plaza USA. The Commission began its investigation into the claims made against Auto Plaza USA in early May and determined that the dealership had made inaccurate payments of the Motor Vehicle Usage Tax that is assessed when a vehicle is sold or transferred.

Office of the Kentucky Governor

Gov. Matt Bevin today joined Aetna officials and Northern Kentucky officials at the Boone County Sherriff’s Training Center to announce a partnership that will provide 720 doses of Narcan to first responders in the Northern Kentucky and Appalachia regions to help prevent opioid overdose-related deaths.

Deterra System

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking an innovative step in the fight against what he believes is the single greatest threat to Kentucky – the state’s drug epidemic.

AG Beshear has launched the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, the state’s first initiative to allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of opioid medications at home.

The program involves the drug deactivation pouch, Deterra, which allows Kentuckians to dispose of their unused prescription opioids in a completely safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Howard Alden

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #180 (August 20 at 8:00 p.m.)

Howard Alden was born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958. Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

An $800,000 project to improve and resurface US 60 through Owingsville will begin next week in Bath County.

Work, which starts Monday, Aug. 21, includes new blacktop, roadside widening, drainage pipe replacements, new handicapped sidewalk ramps and other improvements along US 60 from North Stepstone Road (about a mile west of the schools at mile marker 5) through downtown Owingsville to the KY 111 intersection (mile marker 8).

Joy Kills Sorrow

Aug 18, 2017
Joy Kills Sorrow

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #117 (August 18 at 8:00 p.m.; August 19 at 3:00 p.m.)

Joy Kills Sorrow formed in 2005, bringing together virtuoso musicians who share a love of American roots music.

Emma Beaton, who studied cello at Berklee College of Music, won “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008.

Matthew Arcara took first place in the National Flat Pick Guitar contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in 2006.

Oak Park Public Library

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is warning the public not to directly look at the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 without the proper equipment and techniques.

KyForward

Visitors to the 2017 Kentucky State Fair can help children in foster care by donating a new duffle bag or backpack at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.

CHFS is collecting the bags at its display in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Children coming into foster care will receive the bags to carry their belongings.

Grayson RECC

Grayson RECC employees helped provide more than $13,000 in donations of money and supplies for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Lexington and Louisville.

Donations totaling $13,282 came from employees of Grayson RECC and other Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to support Ronald McDonald Houses in Lexington and Louisville, which provide lodging and resources to families while a child is in a nearby hospital.

Rowan County Public Library

The following press release was submitted by the Rowan County Public Library:

Due to overwhelming public response, the “Come Eclipse With Us!” Library program is canceled. On Monday, August 21, the Rowan County Public Library will close at noon and will reopen at 4 pm. Call the Library at 784-7137 about free solar viewing glasses. The “Get Your Solar Eclipse On!” program on August 16th will take place as scheduled and is fully booked.

Kentucky Heritage Council

The National Park Service has announced that eight Kentucky sites have recently been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including a Jewish cemetery, wholesale grocery warehouse, and Victorian home school for girls.

Ents24

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #116 (August 11 at 8:00 p.m.; August 12 at 3:00 p.m.)

Founding Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman essentially retired from music after leaving the band in 1993, choosing to dedicate time to his family and his restaurant, Sticky Fingers. He returned to music in 1997 with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, a rotating old-time rock & roll, R&B, blues, and boogie collective of superstar musicians anchored by keyboardist Georgie Fame, guitarist Albert Lee, pianist Gary Brooker, and guitarist Terry Taylor.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has closed the eastbound and westbound I-64 rest areas around mile marker 141 near Morehead in Rowan County because of a water leak.

An estimated repair time is not yet available. The rest areas will remain closed until further notice.

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