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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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Kentucky.gov

Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky today announced upcoming child sexual abuse prevention trainings in Morehead for organizations that serve children.

The April 5 trainings at the Rowan Public Library, 175 Beacon Hill Drive, focus on helping daycares, summer camps, churches and other youth-serving organizations evaluate their programs and offer strategies to strengthen protocols and policies to safeguard children from sexual abuse.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea salutes photographer Mary S. Rezny as the creator of the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts, given to eleven Kentucky Governor’s Awards recipients at a recent ceremony in Frankfort.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts are the Commonwealth’s highest honors in the arts, recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky.

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The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until Feb. 15 for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. This $3,000 grant helps master folk artists 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 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.

Musopen

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #197 (February 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century.

As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition.

Guy Davis

Feb 9, 2018
Guy Davis

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #130 (February 9 at 8:00 p.m. and February 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Updating the rural blues tradition for the modern era, Guy Davis was among the most prominent ambassadors of African-American art and culture of his generation, additionally winning great acclaim for his work in the theater.

The Ledger Independent

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that highway repair projects in Mason, Lewis and Carter counties have received $360,690 in Rural Secondary Emergency Funds.

In Mason County, $19,500 will be used for flood damage and storm debris removal costs on Germantown Road (KY 3056) along Lawrence Creek. This is a 25 percent match on a federal Natural Resources Conservation Service grant.

In Lewis County, $158,950 will be used for slide repair costs on KY 989 (Salt Lick Road) about 2.5 miles east of the KY 3310 intersection.

Campus Answers

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved campus diversity plans for the public four-year universities and the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at its meeting Friday.

The five-year plans aim to boost enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students, particularly underrepresented minorities and low-income students. The plans also promote workforce diversity and inclusive and supportive campus environments.

Everyday Health

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reporting 100 flu-related deaths from the flu epidemic in Kentucky.

At least four of those deaths have been pediatric cases. This season’s H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well.

WebMD

Kentuckians will have increased opportunities to purchase certain generic drugs, at a lower cost, under an agreement reached by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office.

Beshear made the announcement, along with 22 other states, who worked together to reach a 20-year agreement designed to hold pharmaceutical companies Teikoku Seiyaku and Teikoku Pharma USA accountable for their anti-competitive tactics.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Feb 2, 2018
Variety

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #196 (February 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Recognized throughout much of his career as "the world's greatest living entertainer," Sammy Davis, Jr. was a remarkably popular and versatile performer equally adept at acting, singing, dancing, and impersonations -- in short, a variety artist in the classic tradition.

Escohi

Morehead State Public Radio will offer a variety of programming to celebrate Black History Month in February.

Among the specials are:

“Moments of the Movement” will be aired daily. Daily segments of recordings of the personal histories and testimonials of foot soldiers from the Civil Rights Movement. Some of these stories are harrowing, others are uplifting, but they all convey our collective journey as a nation toward new heights of equality.

Cowboy Junkies

Feb 2, 2018
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #129 (February 2 at 8:00 pm and February 3 at 3:00 pm)

Although it didn't originally have anything to do with their sound, the Cowboy Junkies' name wound-up seeming pretty accurate: their music was grounded in traditional country, blues, and folk, yet drifted along in a sleepy, narcotic haze that clearly bore the stamp of the Velvet Underground.

KOMO

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with AARP Kentucky and partners to launch “Mission Veterans Protected” to help reverse the high rate of veterans, active-duty service members, reservists and military families from being targeted and falling victim to scams.

“Mission Veterans Protected,” part of Beshear’s Scam Alerts initiative, provides preventative resources to help Kentucky’s veteran community combat the findings in a recent AARP study that determined more veterans are targeted by con artists and fall victim to fraud when compared to nonveterans.

The Daily Item

AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs at a new hemp-products development and manufacturing center in Paris as it forges relationships with Kentucky farmers and partners on research projects with the state’s flagship university, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.

Gypsee

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board today announced three statewide trainings focused on investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases.

The two-day upcoming trainings, one in Gilbertsville, Louisville and Prestonsburg, are for law enforcement and prosecutors on “going beyond a child’s word and seeking evidence to corroborate a child’s statement.”

Trip Advisor

The Kentucky Department of Parks has announced the temporary closure of the amphitheater at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg to make electrical and structural repairs. State officials recommended these needed repairs during a recent maintenance inspection of the facility.

Similar safety issues were also discovered last month at the amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, leading to its temporary closure as well for the protection of both the public and performers.

Emerging Arts Leaders of Eastern Kentucky

Emerging Arts Leaders of Eastern Kentucky is hosting a “Restore KY Arts Funding Arts Advocacy Event” at CoffeeTree Books on Wednesday Feb 7 from 4 - 6 pm. 

The free and open to the public event will include speakers, opportunities to write and/or call state representatives, and a social media station. 

Lori Meadows, former Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council, will be one of the event speakers scheduled between 4:00 – 5:00 pm, as well as Matt Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center and Ashley Gilliam, Rowan County Arts Center Director. 

Spotify

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #195 (January 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

As a member of saxophonist Ornette Coleman's early bands, bassist Charlie Haden became known as one of free jazz's founding fathers. Haden never settled into any of jazz's many stylistic niches, however. Certainly he played his share of dissonant music -- in the '60 and '70s, as a sideman with Coleman and Keith Jarrett, and as a leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra, for instance -- but for the most part, he seemed drawn to consonance.

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

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black (Anti)

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

R.L. Boyce – Roll And Tumble (Waxploitation)

Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

The Blazers

Jan 26, 2018
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #128 (January 26 at 8:00pm and January 27 at 3:00pm)

The Blazers, who perform a guitar-heavy blend of blues, surf rock, country, rocked-up norteño, cumbia, and other Mexican styles, are often compared with their East Los Angeles counterparts, Los Lobos. Like Los Lobos, the Gourds, or Doug Sahm's Texas Tornados, the Blazers perform a rousing, danceable mix of North American musical styles.

Mint Press News

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now describes influenza activity in Kentucky as an epidemic. This season’s strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well.

Kentucky is in its sixth consecutive week of widespread flu activity which is the highest level of flu activity and indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

Energy Speaks

The Franklin Circuit Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by labor unions challenging the Commonwealth’s historic new right-to-work law.

House Bill 1, passed by the 2017 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, made Kentucky the 27th state to extend right-to-work guarantees to all its workers.

The Court’s decision rejected the labor unions’ arguments and concluded that the General Assembly acted both reasonably and rationally in determining that House Bill 1 would bring increased jobs and investment to Kentucky.

The Morehead News

Due to the increase of flu cases, St. Claire Regional Medical Center has implemented temporary visitor restrictions to protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff.

Visitation is now being restricted for anyone under the age of 14, and anyone with flu-like symptoms. Only two visitors will be allowed in a patient’s room at a time, and they may be given masks or other protective clothing for use when visiting.

Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #194 (January 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era.

He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular figure of the first few years of the Swing Era, he continued to perform until his death 50 years later.

EMU Faculty of Engineering

How can you attend college, pay little to no tuition, and graduate four years later with a guaranteed job? With a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet scholarship, of course.

High school seniors, recent graduates or current college students should apply by Feb. 1, 2018, for one of about 20 scholarships to study civil engineering at accredited Kentucky colleges.

Childcare Network

It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Putting “safety first,” the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Below zero temperatures didn’t keep District 9 snow plow crews from their appointed rounds overnight.

Crews in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties pushed as much snow as they could off back roads, cleaned up Priority A route medians and shoulders, replaced plow blades and did other maintenance work.

Courier-Journal

On Tues., Jan. 16, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin delivered his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly and fellow Kentuckians, outlining his plan to continue getting the state’s financial house in order.

WHAS-11

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said a newly created unit in his office focused solely on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cold cases will be instrumental in maintaining his ongoing commitment to seek justice for victims of crime.

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