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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Carter Caves State Resort Park

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 25-28, 2018.

Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures.

Trent Altman

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” This exhibit will open Jan. 13 and continue through April 30, 2018, in the lobby of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats.

The Amplifier

Gov. Matt Bevin has selected six individuals and five organizations whose contributions have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in the state as recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

This year’s awards include two new categories. The Emerging Artist award recognizes up-and-coming artists from the Commonwealth, and the Youth Artist award honors a student artist for outstanding achievement.


Jan 6, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #192 (January 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

One of the most popular pop/jazz groups, Fattburger has been classified by some as new adult contemporary music, contemporary jazz, or smooth jazz.

The San Diego-based unit has survived through many trends and still plays the same type of accessible funky music that was its original goal. Saxophonist Hollis Gentry, while in high school, led a group (Power) that opened for Cannonball Adderley at a college concert in 1972.


It’s time to leave tobacco behind in the New Year!

St. Claire HealthCare will provide a free smoking cessation course. The classes begin on January 8 at 5 PM and will be held in the Center for Health, Education and Research (CHER) building, Rm. 102.

Although the first steps can be hard, finding your path to a smoke free life is easier with the right help. The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program is a proven way to quit smoking, and stay quit, even if you’ve tried before and went back to smoking.

Tommy Castro

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

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

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Chris Pierce – You’ve Got To Feel It (Calabama)

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

Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

John Latini – The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good (Smokin’ Sleddog)

Trip Advisor

The amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park is closed because of electrical and structural issues. An inspection conducted this week by the Kentucky Department of Parks determined that the stage area is not safe for employees or park guests.

The J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre was constructed in 1958 and has hosted The Stephen Foster Story annually since that time.

San Diego Union-Tribune

Department for Public Health (DPH) officials, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now report “widespread” flu for the first time this flu season. 

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.


In 2017, Nothin’ But The Blues celebrated its 25th anniversary on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM).

Nothin’ But The Blues originated in April 1992 as a one-hour program on Friday nights. The program evolved to two hours in 1994 and in 2000, the program expanded to four hours moving to Saturday nights.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary, one album was selected per year as the best of the past twenty-five years.


Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today his office secured $152,000 for the state’s General Fund from a settlement with a Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company for improperly promoting its drugs to Kentuckians.

The multi-million dollar nationwide multistate settlement resolves allegations Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. engaged in off-label marketing and made deceptive and misleading representations in its promotion of four of its prescription drugs used to prevent stroke, COPD and hypertension.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently recognized several landowners, businesses and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for wildlife habitat restoration efforts.

Saving Our Appalachian Region

Editor’s note – the following is an opinion editorial.

I love Appalachia Kentucky.  I love the place, the people, and the opportunity that lies here.  I spend the holidays each year reflecting on the privilege it is to call this place home.

From the people, the majestic mountains and valleys, and many partners, it’s a great time to be a part of the transformation taking place in Appalachia Kentucky. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

A safety improvement project on KY 7 at Pomp in Morgan County will result in a long-term road closure scheduled to begin on Monday, Jan. 8.

The road will be closed until late July or early August to realign a curve near the KY 1161 intersection. This will impact traffic between West Liberty and Sandy Hook.

In addition, KY 1161 will be closed at this location.

Alpha News

Members of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Rep. John Sims' medical cannabis task force on Thursday discussed the concepts of a legislative proposal for the 2018 legislative session. The legislation is anticipated to be bipartisan.

Trip Savvy

The Kentucky State Parks will celebrate the start of 2018 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state.

Dinner buffets, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options at the parks on Dec. 31. Many parks are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals.

For more details on New Year’s Eve events at Kentucky State Parks, visit http://parks.ky.gov/new-years-eve

Kentucky Communications Network Authority

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) installed a “hut” next to Maysville Community and Technical College on December 14, 2017.  The hut is part of KentuckyWired’s high-speed fiber optic cable network being installed in every county in Kentucky.

Office of the Secretary of State for Kentucky

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and representatives from the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts presented the inaugural Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, the prize for gathering the most food in a statewide food drive held in October.

Big Sandy Area Development District took the overall award having raised nearly 1/3 of a pound of food per person in their district. The rural district winner is the Purchase Area Development District, and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District is the urban area winner.


Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse announced the indictments of three individuals for defrauding the state Medicaid program.

In Fayette Circuit Court on Wednesday Dec. 13, three women were charged in two separate indictments on 44 felony counts following alleged theft from the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program, and an individual who was receiving Social Security benefits.

The Levisa Lazer

Gov. Matt Bevin joined local officials and executives from EnerBlu Inc., a high-power energy-storage provider, in Pikeville to announce the company’s decision to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Kentucky.

The company will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with the establishment of a production facility in Pikeville, and an additional $40 million and 110 jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Lexington.


The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new deer, elk and small game hunting regulations at its quarterly meeting Dec 8.

The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Legislators must approve regulation recommendations before they become law.

Prison Fellowship

The holiday season is underway and as families gather to celebrate, it’s important to remember it’s not always the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.

While depression can occur at any time, the holiday season particularly may bring on loneliness and a lack of fulfillment for some. During the month of December, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, encourages people to learn more about holiday depression and how it might impact loved ones.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) was recently awarded $1,000 through the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) Mini-Grant Program to help bring Racing Robotics Summer Camp to the EKSC.

Amos Lee

Dec 8, 2017

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #126 (December 8 at 8:00PM; December 9 at 3:00PM)

With his laid-back vocal delivery and earthy acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, and '70s folk artists like James Taylor. The Philadelphia native first became serious about performing while attending the University of South Carolina during the mid-'90s.


Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)

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

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

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

George Thorogood – Party Of One (Rounder)

Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

Chris Pierce – You’ve Got To Feel It (Calabama)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Time Magazine

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky cities and counties to endorse medical marijuana legislation which can help their citizens, many who are veterans fighting physical and mental illnesses, get care and relief they need.

"It's clear momentum is building for medical cannabis in Kentucky. I challenge our local officials in cities and counties across the Commonwealth to join in the effort to bring relief to thousands of Kentuckians who suffer daily – their own citizens," Grimes said.

Hill Dickinson

When it comes to living a healthy life, access to health care is critical, but understanding how to use it is as well, which is why advocates are working to improve health literacy statewide.

Michelle Ganote with the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative says when it comes to prescription information, discharge instructions and appointment scheduling; even the most well-informed consumer still struggles to navigate the complexities of our current health.care system.

Consumer Affairs

Kentuckians looking to make extra money in time for the Christmas season need to watch out for seasonal employment scams, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Beshear said his office issued a scam alert this week after receiving multiple reports from Kentuckians who said they responded to a seasonal mystery shopper job advertisement that turned out to be a scam. A resident in Scott County reported losing $2,000 to the scam this week.


Thoughts of snow and ice may be far from the minds of Kentuckians with warm temperatures hovering over the state, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is sounding the battle cry “Winter is Coming” to alert motorists to prepare for the impending wintery conditions. The KYTC stands ready to tackle the elements with sharpened plow blades, stocked salt supplies and trained maintenance crews.


Motorists traveling the Mountain Parkway near Salyersville will follow a new traffic pattern starting Monday, Nov. 27, as construction crews move lanes to a new Burning Fork bridge. The switch to the new bridge will occur around midday.

The new bridge – just west of Restaurant Row in Salyersville – will carry one lane of eastbound traffic and one lane of westbound traffic. During this phase of construction, shoulder space on the bridge will be limited.

ABC News

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky.

In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A  have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years.