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."

Ways to Connect

Buddy DeFranco

Jan 20, 2017
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #150 (January 22 at 8:00PM)

Buddy DeFranco is one of the great clarinetists of all time and, until the rise of Eddie Daniels, he was indisputably the top clarinetist to emerge since 1940. It was DeFranco's misfortune to be the best on an instrument that after the swing era dropped drastically in popularity and, unlike Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he has never been a household name for the general public.

Seth Walker

Jan 20, 2017
National Association of Broadcasters

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #89 (January 20 at 8:00PM)

A soulful singer, a skilled songwriter, and a guitarist with a sharp, clear tone, Seth Walker didn't come to the blues and R&B by the normal path, whatever the normal path might be -- he grew up in a two-family commune in rural North Carolina and began his musical path at three years old as a cellist.

Both his father and mother were classically trained musicians, and Walker's childhood was full of classical music, but there was also plenty of country, rock, and pop thrown in there, too.

The Lane Report

Gov. Matt Bevin has presented five Kentuckians with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2017 Leadership Award in Frankfort. The event, hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, recognizes individuals who embody Dr. King's life and work, and who have made an exemplary contribution toward his legacy of service.

Songs of Coal Mining

Jan 13, 2017
Kentucky Coal Mining

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #88 (January 13 at 8:00PM)

This program of Muddy Bottom Blues will feature “Black Dust, Dark Tunnels & Hard Lives: Songs of Coal Mining” with traditional, folk, blues and Americana music from Norman Blake, Johnny Cash, Hazel Dickens, Tom T. Hall, Johnson Mountain Boys, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Darrell Scott, Ralph Stanley II, Steep Canyon Rangers, Keith Whitley and others.

Tampa Bay Times

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising the influenza (flu) level in the state from “regional” to “widespread.”

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.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will draw down Fishtrap Lake in Pike County 22 feet below winter pool by Jan. 23 to conduct maintenance on Fishtrap Lake Dam.

The maintenance activities will concentrate on the withdrawal gate’s hydraulic system and the emergency bulkheads on the intake tower of the dam.

KY Forward

Gov. Matt Bevin’s Communications Office today announced the launch of a new interactive website at http://www.BevinAnnualReport.com

The site highlights the accomplishments of the Bevin Administration’s first year in office.

“We are excited to unveil this innovative look back at a hugely transformative year in the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper.

Graphic Enterprises

Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will host a series of “Fireside Chats” with famous characters from Kentucky history beginning on Feb. 4, 2017.

During each Saturday program, there will be a “Taste of Frontier Fare” from 5:30-6:15 p.m. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. at the 18th Century Tavern blockhouse. Below is the schedule of portrayals of Kentucky historical figures.

Feb. 4: Daniel Boone, Kentucky explorer and pioneer, portrayed by Kevin Hardesty as part of the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua program.

Kentucky Arts Council

Morehead musician Jesse Wells is the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for January and February.

Wells began his fascination with music at a young age, learning to play the mandolin at age 4.

“My dad handed me his mandolin, a very nice R.L. Givens A-style mandolin, when I was 4 years old. He said, ‘If you learn 20 tunes, I’ll give it to you,’” Wells said. “It didn’t take me long to take him up on his offer.”

George Coleman

Jan 6, 2017

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #148 (January 8 at 8:00PM)

A masterful improviser with an ear for both blues-informed lyricism and adventurous harmonics, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator George Coleman is one of the most respected musicians to emerge out of the hard-bop era.

Jeri Brown

Jan 6, 2017
Buddy Holland

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #147 (January 1 at 8:00PM)

Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of jazz’s most outstanding artistic vocalists. With many fine musicians who are labeled "artistic," it’s sometimes overlooked how richly musical, thoroughly accessible and enjoyable their music can be.

Jeri Brown is focused, ambitious, daring and intent upon creating music that is both well-conceived and honest. Brown is well known for performing and recording with passion and dedication.


Nearly 100 salt truck and plow crew members will remain on duty in northeast Kentucky tonight, treating state highways as snow continues to fall across the region.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, roadways ranged from mostly wet to partly-covered with snow. Air temperatures average 23 degrees, with pavement 32-34 degrees and falling. With snowfall rates now increasing west to east, motorists should plan for partly-covered, slick road conditions throughout the night. In areas of heavy snowfall, on bridges and in valleys, snow cover could be greater.


Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is calling on fellow elected officials, beginning with Kentucky constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly, to help restore trust in public institutions after a recent report on Kentucky's civic health shows trust in media in the Commonwealth at an all-time low.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky state highway crews are prepared for what could be the first accumulating snowfall of the season as the National Weather Service expects 1 to 3 inches of snow through Friday.

Wednesday, crews pretreated roadways in advance of the storm by applying brine, or saltwater, to travel lanes. The water evaporates, leaving lines of salt crystals on the pavement that mix with ice or snow to prevent freezing and to ease removal.


The Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) is accepting grant applications to fund oral history projects, the transcription and indexing of existing oral history interviews and the preservation of existing oral history interviews.

KOHC offers monetary, equipment and training grants to assist amateur and professional oral historians with oral history research projects on topics of particular significance to Kentucky.

Elmore Magazine

Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark)

Lil’ Ed & Blues Imperials – The Big Sound (Alligator)

Vaneese Thomas – The Long Journey Home (Segue)

Mike Wheeler Band – Turn Up! (Delmark)

William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

Sammy Eubanks – Sugar Me (Underworld)

Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

Morehead State University

Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

Host: Wayne D. Andrews, President, Morehead State University

Moderator: Jason Blanton

Guests: Carol Christian, Jennifer Carter, Will Castro, Danielle Gibson

Topic:  MSU Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics


A gift of teddy bears is helping to make winter a bit warmer for some children in need.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has 2,000 handmade teddy bears that social services staff can use to help comfort children during crisis situations. 

Carla Gover

Applications are available online for artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory, a marketing assistance program that supports Kentucky performers of music, dance, theater and storytelling.

The Performing Artists Directory is an adjudicated online roster of performing artists used by in-state and out-of-state presenters and others as a resource for identifying artists for performance bookings and projects. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Kentucky Department of Transportation reports...KY 8 is closed in eastern Lewis County between Quincy and Rock Creek (27-28 mile markers), likely overnight and into tomorrow for tanker truck crash and spill cleanup. Emergency responsive crews have barricades up and advise all to avoid the area. Motorists may use the AA Highway or local roads to reroute.That section of KY 8 is east of Quincy, connecting along the Ohio River to US 23 near Portsmouth, and serves approximately 2,000 vehicles per day.

Kentucky Tourism

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its eighth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 26-29, 2017.

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.

A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers alike. All of the trips and events are led by guides.

Rowan County Arts Center

Nominations of 14 sites to the National Register of Historical Places, and a research project documenting a new statewide context to evaluate future submissions, were recommended for approval by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board during a recent meeting in Frankfort.

Approved submissions will now be forwarded to the National Park Service (NPS) for final determination of eligibility, a process that generally takes 60 to 90 days.

United Academy

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for November 2016 was 4.8 percent from a revised 5.1 percent in October 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary November 2016 jobless rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the 5.6 percent rate recorded for the state in November 2015.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for November 2016 was 4.6 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


Drivers traveling in Louisville and Southern Indiana need to prepare for the start of tolling on three Ohio River bridges. Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin Friday, December 30. 

Tolled bridges include the two I-65 bridges connecting Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana, the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. The new East End bridge connecting the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Ky. with State Road 265 in Utica, Ind. will also be tolled. 


The Mountain Arts Center (MAC) and Big Sandy Community and Technical College held a Christmas celebration at the MAC on Wednesday, December 7.

More than 1,500 people filled the lobby of the MAC to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and slide down the slide, a replica of what appeared in the film “A Christmas Story.”

Lynne Arriale

Dec 10, 2016
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #146 (December 11 at 8:00PM)

Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale’s career is graced by a love of melody and a joy of musical discovery. With a style that is vibrant and hard-driving, yet lyrical and intimate, Arriale provides an exhilarating musical experience. The consummate storyteller, she immediately connects with her listeners through emotionally-charged performances.

Clarkesville Now

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new deer and elk hunting regulations at its quarterly meeting Dec 2.

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. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

Steve James

Dec 9, 2016
Utah Blues Society

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #86 (December 9 at 8:00PM)

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Steve James has carved a niche for himself in the acoustic and folk-blues scene through a lot of touring. He's built his fan base the old-fashioned way, without the support of an international record company marketing machine.

James, who plays National steel guitar, mandolin, and banjo, got hooked on blues as a 12-year-old. In his youth, he befriended and learned from some of the masters of acoustic blues: Sam McGee and B.B. King's cousin, Furry Lewis.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting entries for a traveling exhibit that will tour Kentucky libraries in 2017 and 2018.

The exhibit, titled “The Illustrated Word,” is open to all Kentucky residents, age 18 and older. The theme connects visual art with literature. Artwork may reference a specific piece of writing or it may include text.

Racin' Today

Kentucky Speedway grandstands will be smoke-free, including the use of e-cigarettes and vapor cigarettes, beginning with the 2017 season.

This policy applies to all seating areas, including suites, clubs and terrace boxes. The speedway will continue to permit smoking in all other areas of the grounds, including but not limited to parking lots, camping, and display areas.