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

Mary Gauthier

Dec 1, 2016
Americana Music Show

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #85 (December 2 at 8:00PM)

Americana singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier exploded onto the scene in 1999 following her self-released sophomore effort, Drag Queens in Limousines. The album, which garnered her a Crossroads Silver Star and a four-star rating in Rolling Stone, had critics comparing her self-described "country noir" to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, and, not surprisingly, Lucinda Williams. The success of Drag Queens led to main-stage shows at festivals around the country and multiple tours in Europe.

Haggard Hawks

Highlights of the 7th Annual (2016) Rowan County Masters Spelling Bee on Morehead State Public Radio. Recorded by WMKY on November 18th at Coffee Tree Books in Morehead, Kentucky, the event is also a fundraiser to support A Storybook Christmas, providing new books for children and young adults in Rowan County. For more information on A Storybook Christmas, call the MSU Adult Learning Center at 606-783-2871. Special thanks to Coffee Tree Books, The Fuzzy Duck Coffee Shop and the emcee for the program, Grant Alden.

Air Force ROTC

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: LTC Robert D. Hilton, Dave Litteral

Topic:  MSU Military and Veteran Programs

Concord Music Group

A star-studded concert at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre features two hours of music by an all-star lineup of guest artists performing songs written, recorded or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career.

Performers include Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Jason Isbell, Irma Thomas, Ryan Bingham, Mavis Staples and more.

The Musical Mojo of Dr. John airs at 8:00pm on Saturday, November 26 on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM). 


Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday on January 27, 2016 with a concert at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre.

The special event honored her fifty plus years in music with an intimate, career-spanning live performance.

Baez performed alongside a remarkable array of superstars including Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples and others.

Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration airs at 7:00PM on Friday, November 25 on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM).


The Kentucky State Board of Elections on Tuesday (November 22) certified vote totals from the Nov. 8 general election and issued certificates of election to candidates who received the highest number of votes, completing the official administration process of the statewide election.

Approximately 1.95 million Kentuckians, 59% percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the general election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official.


Hunters who illegally transport deer or elk carcasses into Kentucky from states infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) risk prosecution.

Hunters must not bring whole deer or elk carcasses from infected states to taxidermists or processing operations in Kentucky.

CWD is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and other cervids native to North America. Currently, there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans.

Lexington Herald-Leader

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Administrator (IV), has authorized a Complex Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) announced today. 

This grant makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling eligible fires in Harlan, Knox, Letcher, and Pike counties.

Pete Belasco

Nov 20, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #143 (November 20 at 8:00PM)

Jazz/pop artist Pete Belasco began playing piano at a young age, later turning his concentration to saxophone. Both of his parents played piano as well.

In high school, Belasco played in rock bands, but he soon became primarily interested in jazz and studied sax at Rutgers University and the Hart Conservatory. Upon graduation, Belasco relocated to Miami, playing saxophone and keyboards in local bands.

Crooked Still

Nov 18, 2016
Crooked Still

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #84 (November 18 at 8:00PM)

Neo-bluegrass group Crooked Still combines four musicians with distinguished backgrounds and connections.

Singer Aoife O'Donovan, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, is also a member of the Wayfaring Strangers.

Cellist Rushad Eggleston, the first string student admitted to the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, also performs with Fiddlers 4 and Darol Anger's American Fiddle Ensemble while also leading his own Wild Band of Snee.

Deanna Bogart

Nov 10, 2016
Blind Pig Records

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #142 (November 13 at 8:00PM)

Drawing on a variety of musical sources ranging from boogie-woogie to New Orleans R&B to swing to rock & roll, singer and barrelhouse pianist Deanna Bogart emerged as one of the most eclectic performers in contemporary blues.

Phil Upchurch

Nov 4, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #141 (November 6 at 8:00PM)

A prolific guitarist who is comfortable playing blues, soul, R&B, and jazz, Phil Upchurch has been a prominent figure in Chicago music circles since the mid-'50s.

Upchurch initially did freelance sessions with such musicians as Jerry Butler before becoming house guitarist for Chess. His sensitive, often funky chording, riffs, and licks were heard on numerous releases by such artists as the Dells, Howlin' Wolf, Gene Chandler, and Muddy Waters.

Freeport News Network

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday (November 6) at 2:00a.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.

Josh White

Nov 3, 2016
C.C. Rider

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #83 (November 4 at 8:00PM)

Josh White’s life is the history of black American music finding a white audience, of folk music and the American left, and of a man who remade himself time and time again, fighting discrimination, stereotypes, and his own personal demons to become one of the world’s most successful black entertainers, then maintaining himself in that position through four decades.

Kentucky Emergency Management

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at Boone Center, Frankfort, KY., has been activated in response to the numerous wildland fires across the Commonwealth. 

Drought conditions continue to worsen, as the forecast does not indicate sufficient precipitation to lessen fire threats.

Officials from Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), and other state, federal and volunteer agencies, along with representatives from the private sector, will be operating within the EOC, offering support as requested.


In response to numerous wildland fires burning throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Matt Bevin today (November 3) declared a statewide emergency, effective November 3, 2016 to provide local and state officials immediate access to state resources.

Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in support of the Kentucky Division of Forestry to provide situational awareness and command and control for state assets as requested by Forestry and by our county officials and first responders in the impacted counties.

Eagle Country Online

A portion of KY 1167 at Craney Creek in Rowan County remains closed as highway crews work to replace a culvert.

Last year, summer storms washed out 8-foot culvert on KY 1167 between the 8 and 9 mile markers. Steel pipes were installed as a temporary fix.

Work began Monday, Oct. 31, to excavate the roadway and remove the pipes so a new preformed concrete culvert can be installed. That work will continue through the weekend and into next week, the week of Nov. 7.


William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)

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

Mike Wheeler Band – Turn Up! (Delmark)

Vaneese Thomas – The Long Journey Home (Segue)

Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator)

Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note (Anti)

Joe Bonamassa – Blues Of Desperation (J & R Adventures)

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

Guest: Dr. Dan Connell

Topic:  MSU Blue Ribbon Committee on Regional Outreach and Empowerment

Lew Tabackin

Oct 27, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #140 (October 30 at 8:00PM)

Lew Tabackin is one of the few jazz musicians who has been able to develop completely different musical personalities on two instruments.

Tabackin studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory from 1958-1962 as a flute major. As a tenor saxophonist, he is a hard-driving, tough-toned player reminiscent of Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, and sometimes, tone-wise, Ben Webster. But as a flutist, he sounds like a highly expressive master of Asian classical music.

Bryan Savage

Oct 21, 2016
Bryan Savage

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #139 (October 23 at 8:00PM)

After years of studio work in Los Angeles playing sax and flute on over 20 major label releases for such artists as Al Stewart, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Steve Martin and others, Bryan Savage is now building a strong following across the country as a solo artist on the National Smooth Jazz radio charts, as well as doing solo performances featuring tunes from his 7 international CD releases plus other popular tunes.

Ernestine Anderson

Oct 19, 2016
Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #138 (October 16 at 8:00PM)

Positioned squarely in the mainstream, at home in the worlds of jazz and pop standards as well as the blues, comfortable with small groups and big bands, Ernestine Anderson regularly received a lot of airplay on traditional jazz radio stations.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #137 (October 9 at 8:00PM)

There have been few jazz musicians as consistently controversial as Stan Kenton. Dismissed by purists of various genres while loved by many others, Kenton ranks up there with Chet Baker and Sun Ra as jazz's top cult figure. He led a succession of highly original bands that often emphasized emotion, power, and advanced harmonies over swing, and this upset listeners who felt that all big bands should aim to sound like Count Basie. Kenton always had a different vision.


Morehead State Public Radio's (WMKY - 90.3FM) Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive continues through Friday, October 21. Your tax deductible gift supports local programming, operations and student work-studies. Help support MSPR by becoming a new member or renew your gift today by calling 606-783-2001 or 1-800-286-9659.

Alligator Records

Ted Harvey, drummer of the legendary Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, died of natural causes on Thursday, October 6, 2016, in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Harvey was born December 21, 1930. He was 85 years old.

In addition to appearing on all of Taylor's albums and touring the world with him, Harvey played drums with blues legends Jimmy Dawkins, Big Walter Horton, Barrelhouse Chuck, J. B. Hutto, Jimmy Rogers, Snooky Pryor and many others.

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio’s 2016 Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive are scheduled from Oct. 17 through 21.

During this time, MSPR staff will ask listeners for a financial gift to support local programming, operations and enhance the learning environment for Morehead State University students.

Global Dog Productions

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #82 (October 7 at 8:00PM)

OKeh Records was founded by Otto K. E. Heinemann when he set up his own recording studio and gramophone record pressing plant in New York City in September 1918. Heinemann formed the name of the record label “OKeh”, from his initials.

KY Forward

Now that water temperatures are settling downward for the fall, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is resuming its trophy bass propagation program.

The program only accepts trophy-sized largemouth bass from anglers. In return, anglers receive a free replica mount of the fish. Bass accepted for the program are used as broodstock to grow a new generation of large fish.

Fox News

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is assigning emergency response personnel from Kentucky to provide assistance to states expected to be impacted from Hurricane Matthew.  In addition to KYEM staff, various emergency response and rescue teams from across the Commonwealth will be assisting in disaster response management and rescue efforts.

Sonny Rollins

Oct 3, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #136 (October 2 at 8:00PM)

Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers, but have also fueled the notion that mainstream jazz music can be widely enjoyed, recognized, and proliferated.