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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A robust winter season and more precipitation expected in the coming weeks has Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials looking for ways to conserve salt as deliveries slow and materials run in short supply.

With less than 150,000 tons of salt on hand and delivery becoming increasingly difficult, KYTC engineers are implementing strategies to stretch the remaining supply. When conditions permit, crews will rely more on plowing and less on treatment with salt and other materials.

MSPR's Community Advisory Board meeting planned for this evening (Feb. 6) has been cancelled and rescheduled for 6:00PM on Thursday, February 13, 2014. The meeting will be held in the main studios of MSPR, located in Breckinridge Hall on the campus of Morehead State University. Meetings of MSPR's Community Advisory Board are open to the public. A Community Advisory Board of representatives from this service region meets quarterly to discuss programming, community outreach and station activities.   


After working to clear state highways of freezing rain, and removing fallen trees and debris, Transportation Cabinet crews are back in their plows spot treating roads across northeast Kentucky.

Motorists are advised to travel with caution as scattered snow showers and falling temperatures could create slick spots and slush-covered travel lanes even on roadways that were clear earlier today (Feb. 5).

Pro Freight

Governor Steve Beshear announced today (Feb. 5) he will lead a Kentucky Export Initiative (KEI) trade mission to the United Kingdom. The trade mission is set for May 11-16 and will focus on increasing commerce, promoting travel and tourism, and building business relationships between Kentucky and the United Kingdom. The KEI delegation will make stops in London and Manchester.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are concentrating on clearing downed trees and removing debris from roadways across northeast Kentucky in the wake of Tuesday night's (Feb. 4) ice storm.

In some areas, such as KY 168 in Boyd County, KY 59 in Carter County, KY 1459 in Greenup County and several locations in Elliott County, roads are blocked by trees and closed to through traffic.

Kentucky Arts Council

State arts leaders gathered January 28 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual celebration of the Commonwealth's arts community and the vital roles it plays in the state's livelihood. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.


State snow fighters across northeast Kentucky are making progress clearing roadways in the wake of an overnight winter storm.

Snow has stopped across Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 and main routes such as Interstate 64, AA Highway, US 23, US 60 and others are reported as wet pavement or slushy to partly covered with snow, especially turn lanes and shoulders - with more roadway snow cover reported in Ohio River counties. Other roads remain partly to mostly covered with snow as highway crews continue plowing and treating with salt.

Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove)

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops – Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

Toronzo Cannon – John The Conquer Root – Delmark

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove)

Chris James & Patrick Rynn – Barrelhouse Stomp (Earwig)

Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul (Delmark)

Roomful of Blues – 45 Live (Alligator)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind (Sony)

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Residents of Powell County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a proposed project to improve KY 213 north of Stanton. The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Stanton Christian Church. It will be an open house format meeting with no formal presentation.


Approximately 150 people attended a public meeting to discuss the proposed widening of a section US 460 (Parkway Drive) in Magoffin County on Thursday, Jan. 23. The meeting was conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways District 10.

Attendees viewed a presentation by District 10 personnel and consultants. They provided comments on the project, asked several questions and viewed maps of the area showing the general scope of the proposed project. They were also provided comment forms on which they could express their opinions on the project.

Keepers of Tradition

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until February 15, 2014, for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. The grant provides up to $3,000 for master folk artists to teach the skills, practices and culture of Kentucky's living traditional arts to less experienced artists who are part of the same community.

Master artists and apprentices must apply together and both must be residents of Kentucky. A master artist can practice any traditional art form (music, dance, craft, ceremonial art, storytelling, etc.) learned in his or her community.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation (District 9) is reporting (Thurs., Jan. 2, 5:00PM) that I-64 eastbound is closed at 115MM in Bath County. Traffic is being detoured via US 60 at Exit 113. Westbound lanes on I-64 remain unaffected at this time. Cause of the closure is a propane tanker that has jackknifed and both eastbound lanes are blocked. Estimated duration of the detour is 3-5 hours.

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops – Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove)

Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul (Delmark)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind (Sony)

Toronzo Cannon – John The Conquer Root – Delmark

Roomful of Blues – 45 Live (Alligator)

Walter Trout – Luther’s Blues (Provogue)

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 54% of all retail sales in the United States. Now in its fourth year, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to shop local, keeping more dollars in the community.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story.

The Kentucky Arts Council is sponsoring a conference Dec. 10 in Pikeville to provide resources, funding information and best-practice strategies for creating and sustaining community-based arts and cultural projects that may lead to tourism and economic development opportunities.

Motorists should watch for one lane traffic on KY 32 (Christy Creek Road) east of Morehead in Rowan County as crews and contractors continue to clear a rock slide and make roadway repairs.

Work is taking place on KY 32 at Walker Branch on the Morehead side of Open Fork Road. Traffic is being flagged around the work zone. Motorists should expect delays and traffic changes until repairs are complete.

Motorists are asked to heed all warning signs and flaggers, drive carefully in work zones, and remain aware of workers and construction equipment at all times.

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday (November 3) at 2a.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.

A Morehead pharmacist who participated in last weekend’s statewide prescription drug take back program says more people are realizing that disposing of unused medications does help keep children from consuming them accidently…but Bill Shely says there’s another compelling reason to do so.

Shely says some drugs can become lethal to the person they were prescribed for, once they’re outdated…

Eighteen pounds of prescription medications were collected and disposed of in Rowan County last Saturday.

Owned and operated by Morehead State University, work has started on a major renovation at Eagle Trace Golf Course. MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story.

Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul (Delmark)

Roomful Of Blues – 45 Live (Alligator)

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Sunny Road (Delmark)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind (Sony)

Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues (Silvertone)

Walter Trout – Luther’s Blues (Provogue)

Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin’ (Blind Pig)

Omar Dykes – Runnin’ With The Wolf (Provogue)


An exhibit of the fine sporting art, American paintings and sculpture cataloged for the inaugural Sporting Art Auction will be open to the public Monday-Saturday, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

The Sporting Art Auction will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The public also is welcome to view the artwork during the November Breeding Stock Sale, which runs Nov. 5-14.

Feature: A Fine Line

Oct 22, 2013
Roscoe Landon Wilson

A reception was held recently for the opening of a new art exhibit at Morehead State University. The exhibit features interpretations  and techniques of contemporary drawing.

MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has the story...

MSU Athletics

The Morehead State soccer team picked up its first shutout victory since October 28, 2011 in a 1-0 victory over SIU Edwardsville Sunday (October 6) at Ralph Korte Stadium.

MSU (3-8-1, 2-1) got the winner in the 63rd minute, when junior forward Macy Cobb received a through ball from junior forward Jade Flory and was able to slide it into the net after an initial save from the SIUE (7-3-3, 1-2-1) keeper.

"We played our most complete game of the season," Head Coach Warren Lipka said. "We defended very well as a group."

  1. Omar Dykes – Runnin’ With The Wolf (Provogue)
  2. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Sunny Road (Delmark)
  3. Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul (Delmark)
  4. Walter Trout – Luther’s Blues (Provogue)
  5. Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin’ (Blind Pig)
  6. James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator)

Beginning on Thursday, September 26, KY 15 will be closed in Wolfe County at mile-point 16.451. This is the bridge over the Mountain Parkway near what is commonly called "the 55 mph curve." 

The closure is necessary as part of an ongoing repair project on the KY 15 bridge. The closure will begin around noon and will last approximately one week. Traffic using KY 15 between Slade and Pine Ridge will need to use the Mountain Parkway as a detour route. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert drivers of the closure.

The Kentucky Department of Highways will close part of KY 182 (Grahn Road) in Carter County for embankment repairs during the day on Monday and Tuesday, September 16-17. Work will take place on KY 182 between US 60 and Goose Creek Road, with KY 182 closed at the work site from 8a.m. to 5p.m. each day to accommodate equipment for T-rail installation.  The closure is not expected to affect school bus traffic. Motorists should detour using KY 3298 or local routes to reach Grahn Road and other destinations. Road work schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

A reception was held Wednesday for the opening of a new art exhibit at Morehead State University. It's a mixed media show with a focus on manipulating, controlling and constructing images and landscapes.

MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has the story...

The current exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center showcases paintings and drawings by an artist known for portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in eastern Kentucky.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story…

Residents of Morgan County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve KY 7 north of West Liberty.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Liberty City Hall. It will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

  1. James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator)
  2. Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin’ (Blind Pig)
  3. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Sunny Road (Delmark)
  4. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Knockin’ Around These Blues (Delta Groove)
  5. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – See Saw (J & R Adventures)
  6. Walter Trout – Luther’s Blues (Provogue)