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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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Artists Network

Six Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines.

The prestigious award, named in honor of former arts council board chair and Kentucky journalist Al Smith, recognizes professional artists who have reached a high level of achievement in their careers.

Daily Yonder

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced five grants worth more than $5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. 

Two of the grants were awarded by the EEC’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, as part of the 2016 Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

Lakshmi Sriraman

Seven Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides $3,000 to a Kentucky master folk or traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same community during the course of a year.

Johnny Hartman

Aug 6, 2017
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #178 (August 6 at 8:00 p.m.)

Johnny Hartman was the quintessential romantic balladeer. The only singer to record with John Coltrane, Hartman was mostly known only to true jazz lovers during his lifetime.

Hartman was a master of emotional expression, putting everything he had into every word he sang. With any other vocalist, performing a love song with this kind of intensity could easily come across as being over the top or gushing, but Hartman's rich, masculine baritone voice never wavered in its sincerity.

Ernie Hawkins

Aug 4, 2017
SongSpace

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #115 (August 4 at 8:00 p.m.; August 5 at 3:00 p.m.)

For many years Ernie Hawkins has been playing concerts, clubs, blues and folk festivals, workshops, colleges, museums, parties, fist fights and millennium celebrations in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe and at every stop in the road from A Prairie Home Companion to Antone's to the Madrid Jazz Festival. He has played with blues greats such as Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Jim Brewer, Rev. Gary Davis and many others. playing style

WBKO

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that the Junior Williamson Rest Area at Slade – Exit 33 off eastbound Mountain Parkway – will be temporarily closed for a repair and renovation project beginning Monday, Aug. 14.

The project is anticipated to last approximately 75 days.

During the project duration, only commercial vehicle parking will be accessible. Portable bathrooms will be available on the premises to accommodate commercial drivers. All other access to the facility, parking area and vending machines will not be permitted.

Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Kentucky state and federal agencies, along with several local angling groups, are working together to improve fish habitat at Cave Run Lake near Morehead, Ky.

Trees, stumps, stake beds and artificial structures are being submerged underwater to provide fish habitat and shelter in the coves of the lake.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 14, through Thursday, Aug. 17, the Poppin Rock and Bangor boat ramps will temporarily close while they are being used as staging areas for storage and loading of the new fish habitat structures.

WKYT

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources invites people of all ages to celebrate hunting, fishing and the great outdoors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Activities and demonstrations will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) with free admission into the center during this event. The center features animals in naturalized enclosures, conservation displays and hiking trails through a variety of habitats.

Martha's Vinyard Times

The 2017 Natural Bridge Artisan Festival is set for Aug. 18-20 at beautiful Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade, Kentucky.

There will be handmade jewelry, wood and metal crafts, local Appalachian paintings and photography for sale. Booths open at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and close at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the booths are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Expect new traffic patterns in next week or two with much of KY 519 now rebuilt between Clack Mountain and KY 801 in Rowan County, contractors expect to open parts of the new highway this month and move toward final completion of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improvement project.

In the next week or two, traffic will be switched onto new pavement beginning near Clack Mountain. As work progresses, other sections of the KY 519 project will open between there and the KY 801 intersection.

Auto Plaza

In an effort to seek restitution for customers, Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit today (August 2) in Fayette Circuit Court against The United Group Inc., also known as Auto Plaza USA, in Nicholasville for deceptive business practices.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant, with the dealership located at 2000 Vince Rd., in Nicholasville, violated Kentucky’s Consumer Protection Act by defrauding more than 1,400 customers.

511 Contra Costa

State highway crews will begin activating traffic warning flashers at schools across northeast Kentucky next week as students and teachers return to classrooms.

And, that means hundreds of buses will be sharing roadways with work-day commuters each morning and afternoon. Most schools will hold first days the week of Aug. 7, with some returning the week of Aug. 14.

The Transportation Cabinet reminds all drivers to slow down in school zones, obey warning flashers on buses and never pass a bus on undivided highways when the stop arm is extended, and drive carefully.

Nestor Torres

Jul 28, 2017
South Florida Classical Review

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #177 (July 30 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jazz flutist Nestor Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he was inspired by people like Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, and Tito Puente.

He began studying flute at age 12. Torres' father, a talented musician, bought him a drum set when he was five. His playing incorporates a smorgasbord of Latin jazz, pop, straight-ahead jazz, and classical styles. After high school, he moved to New York with dreams of finding work with a profusion of Latin jazz bands.

Allmusic

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

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison (Alligator)

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

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

Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time (Delta Groove)

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

Dreamspider

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #114 (July 28 at 8:00 p.m.; July 29 at 3:00 p.m.)

Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk.

Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

International Business Times

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in the Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse with fun and educational events during July and August.

Some parks have astronomy experts scheduled to give talks about the eclipse.

Kenlake State Resort Park will kick off the events July 28 with “The Star Geezer" Mark Steven Williams.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will host University of Louisville Astronomy Professor Benne Holwerda for a presentation the weekend of Aug. 19-21.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This periodic report includes highlights about work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.

While utility tie-ins continue in the business-dense section of Restaurant Row, construction crews are working at the new bridge on the west end of the project segment, near Magoffin County High School and at the KY 1888 intersections.

Forbes

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  

The Morehead News

St. Claire Regional is happy to announce we will soon be offering new, extended weekend hours at Family Medicine Express.

Beginning Tuesday, August 1, our Family Medicine Express location hours will be:  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

St. Claire Regional’s Family Medicine Express provides fast, convenient walk-in treatment for a variety of routine non-urgent medical services.

Family Medicine Express is located inside the St. Claire Regional Outpatient Center at 1028 E. Main St. in Morehead beside of Aaron’s Best One Tire.

Spotify

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #176 (July 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra have consistently been one of the commercially successfully pop-jazz groups of the past 30 years.

The band became a full-time venture in 1976 and has been touring ever since. Critics love to attack this band's music, which combines R&B and elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz, but its live performances are often stimulating -- unlike many of its records, which emphasize the danceable melodies.

Community Hospital Anderson

Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce reports:

The City of Morehead, Morehead Housing Authority and Gateway House Homeless Shelter have partnered to open a cooling center at the Rowan County Senior Center located at 200 Heritage Place.

The cooling center will be open on Saturday, July 22 from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent says special thanks to Senior Center Director Glenna Crockett, Gateway House Director Marilyn Lewis Smith and Morehead Housing Authority Director Jeff Patrick.

Northern Kentucky Tribune

Fall can seem like an eternity away when the heat index soars into the triple digits and air conditioners must work overtime to meet unrelenting demand.

The arrival of the new Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources provides a comforting reassurance that summer is marching closer to fall. The free guide ships to outlets that sell licenses and permits, but it also can be viewed and downloaded from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://fw.ky.gov

B.B. King Blues Club

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #113 (July 21 at 8:00 p.m. and July 22 at 3:00 p.m.)

Clayton Joseph Chenier was born September 28, 1957 - the son of the great King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. C.J.'s father was the first Creole musician to win a Grammy Award.

Star Gazette

Repairs to the Russell viaduct (KY 244) bridge in Greenup County will require a four-day temporary closure next week.

Beginning Tuesday, July 25, and continuing through Friday, July 28, the viaduct will be closed, day and night, as structures and maintenance crews with the Kentucky Department of Highways patch the pavement and repair parts of the bridge along the roadway center line.

Odyssey Online

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.

According to a July 19 letter from the 20 AGs, the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors of sexual assault. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has received a Senior Corps RSVP grant of $103,767 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support volunteers serving in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties.

The funds were awarded as part of a Senior Corps grant competition to expand RSVP to new geographic areas. The MSU RSVP currently serves Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties. The new grant will expand services into Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties.

Morehead Tourism

The Morehead Tourism Commission, Morehead Conference Center and the GFWC Morehead Woman’s Club have partnered together to add another trail stop to Main Street. 

Located behind the Morehead Conference Center, the trail stop features a table, trail information kiosk and two designated parking spaces for trail users. 

GFWC Morehead Woman’s Club donated funds raised during one of their recent Charity Balls to support the trail town efforts.  Morehead Tourism and Morehead Conference Center matched their donation for the project. 

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 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.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports an embankment repair project will require the Kentucky Department of Highways to temporarily close KY 1013 in Fleming County for two weeks this month.

Beginning Monday, July 24, crews will close KY 1013 at the 13.1 milepoint – a half mile north of Rush Run Road – to excavate the roadway and repair a roadside slip. The road will remain closed, day and night, until about Aug. 4 or until work is complete.

AA Roads

Motorists using I-64 between Morehead and Ashland should expect intermittent shoulder and lane closures this summer for installation and repair of median cable barrier.

Cable barrier, a safety device that uses a fence-like structure of continuous steel cables to help prevent vehicles from crossing the median into opposing travel lanes, will be installed along 22 miles of I-64 from mile marker 137 at Morehead to mile marker 159 near Olive Hill in Carter County.

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