Morehead State University Public Radio General Manager Paul Hitchcock was one of eight participants who completed the Kentucky Arts Council’s Community Scholars program to learn how to be a more effective community asset.
“It’s important to promote and preserve the diverse and rich heritage of arts and culture in our region to enhance our community and our lives. The Community Scholar program is a fine example of how the Kentucky Arts Council is a strong advocate for the people of Kentucky to value and benefit from the arts,” said Hitchcock.
A veteran broadcaster for more than 30 years, Hitchcock began his career in 1981 as music and program director at WRVG in Georgetown. He also served as promotions director at WTKC in Lexington.
He started at WMKY (MSPR) in 1986 and was promoted to general manager in 2003.
Hitchcock holds a B.A. degree in communications/psychology from Georgetown College and an M.A. degree in communications from MSU.
His achievements include: Best Local Music/Entertainment Series (2000) from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for “US 23 Talent Showcase,” a live performance series recorded at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. He is past president of the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and Rowan County Christmas.
Hitchcock and his wife Rebecca have been married for 26 years. They have four children and three grandchildren.
The Community Scholars Program trains members of a community in documentation, interpretation and dissemination of their unique local cultural resources and traditional art forms. Training consists of several sessions and occurs twice a year in different communities across the state. Certification as a Community Scholar opens up many opportunities for future research projects.
Participants completed the course Sept. 29 in Booneville.
Besides Hitchcock, other new Community Scholars and county they represent are: Glenn Baker, Lee; Stella Baker, Lee; Jennifer Bryant, Owsley; Sue Christian, Owsley; Cheryl McCauley, Owsley; Linda Bowling, Owsley; and JoAnne Richardson, Owsley
Hitchcock will join a network of more than 200 Community Scholars across the state who are qualified to identify, document, conserve and present living traditions, culture, arts and oral history of their respective communities.
Additional information is available by contacting Hitchcock at 606-783-2001 or 1-800-286-9659.