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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Supreme Court of Kentucky

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20.

The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.


The public is invited to a regional community forum Friday, Sept. 21, in Salyersville to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system.

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. ET at the Magoffin County Extension Office at 15 Rockhouse Road.

Kentucky State Parks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces that it will hold a 50th Anniversary celebration, Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Grayson Lake Dam Site Recreation Area from 1-5p.m.

This is a free event and open to the public with family and children activities and local entertainment. It will also include several prominent speakers and the establishment of a time capsule that will be opened on the dam’s 100th anniversary.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents reviewed a two-year action plan, Creating a Better Life, during its quarterly board meeting today. 

The plan lays out the strategies and tactics needed to implement the KCTCS strategic plan and is aligned with other statewide education and workforce plans developed by partners including the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB).

The Creating a Better Life plan’s goals are to:

•Increase educational attainment of working adults,


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #221 (September 16 at 8:00pm)             

Etta Jones sang professionally for over 50 years, yet she steadfastly remained a "best-kept secret" throughout her career. With the clarity of Carmen McRae and the edge of Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, her unique style drew from gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire Family Medical Supply is celebrating nine years of service to the community with a Customer Appreciation Celebration Event on Friday, September 28 from noon to 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to enjoy free food and refreshments (while supplies last) and register to win one of several amazing door prizes during the Customer Appreciation Celebration Event.

Among the door prizes are a Golden Technologies lift chair valued at $1,335, a pair of Brooks shoes valued at $120, a Therma Moist Heating Pad valued at $100 and a pair of Aetrex Orthotic insoles a $60 value.


Update: Noon, September 10.

Several roads remain closed due to high water in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9.

Bath County:

- KY 211 at Salt Lick, between KY 3290 and a half mile off US 60 (MP 5.4-6.4)

Carter County

- KY 986 (Bens Run), along Tygarts Creek near Olive Hill (MP 0-1)
- KY 1910 at Grayson from Midland Trail to I-64 underpass (MP 0-1)
- KY 207 south about halfway between US 60 and Norton Branch (MP 1), tree down

Greenup County:

Advertiser Tribune

Kentucky Department of Hghways District 9 crews in multiple counties are reporting high water tonight.

As of 8 p.m., state highways reported closed by high water included the following locations, listed by county with mile markers in parantheses. Warning signs have been posted. Motorists should never drive through high water, and should slow down on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning.

Bath County:

- KY 36 at Meniffee County line (MP 23.8-23.9)

- KY 211 at Salt Lick, between KY 3290 and a half mile off US 60 (MP 5.4-6.4)

Greenup County:

Butch Thompson

Sep 8, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #220 (September 9 at 8:00PM)

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, his eight-piece Jazz Originals band, the Butch Thompson Big Three, or his unique blues duo with fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Paintsville Independent School District to train high school students to become certified nurse aides (CNA) in eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Two Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crew members are in Arkansas this week with Kentucky's top truck, tractor, backhoe and grader drivers to represent their state at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Safety Training Conference ‘roadeo.’

Duane Dehart, superintendent of the district's Rowan County maintenance crew, and Nick Clark, Nicholas County maintenance superintendent, will compete Sept. 4-6 in tractor mower, lowboy, snow plow and other equipment skills contests, hoping to bring home a national-level trophy for Kentucky.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This week will begin a series of traffic alterations across different areas of the Mountain Parkway.

Drivers should be aware of changes impacting eastbound traffic exiting the Parkway at the KY 205 interchange, traffic over Burning Fork Bridge near Salyersville, and changes to business access throughout Salyersville’s Restaurant Row.

Burning Fork Bridge


Contractors will close US 60 just east of the KY 211 intersection in Salt Lick overnight Wednesday for drainage pipe installation.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Sept. 5, crews will close US 60 to all traffic near milepoint 16.5 on the Farmers side (east) of KY 211 at Salt Lick to cut through the road and install a drainage pipe. The road will remain closed until 5 a.m. Thursday morning, Sept. 6.


Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive And Well (Silvertone)

Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy In This Land (Anti)

Nick Moss Band – The High Cost Of Low Living (Alligator)

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here (Alligator)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Morehead State University

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 3.

There will be no classes or office hours and mail will not be delivered.

The Recreation and Wellness Center will be open on the following schedule:


Saturday, Sept. 1: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 3: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Sept. 2: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Monday, Sept 3: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.- noon

State Scoop

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Governor Matt Bevin today announced two grants worth $10.5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. 

Letcher County will receive $4.5 million for a water expansion project that will serve 100 additional households and the future federal correctional facility in Roxana.

Hal Rogers

Celebrating the organization's 5th anniversary, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin welcomed more than 1,100 attendees to the annual summit at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville, applauding federal, state and local leaders for overcoming early challenges to drive successful efforts inspired by Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR).

Grateful Web

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #151 (August 31 at 8:00pm and September 1 at 3:00pm)

At some point all those miles turn into milestones.  For four decades and counting, on stages across the globe - from the grange hall to the Grand Ole Opry - all those performances turn into statements of legacy and purpose. The goal was to play their music all over, have people like it, and make a living.  And then, at some point, the journey circles back home.

“We wanted to have a party,” says bassist Nick Forster.  “We wanted to have a full-out bash!” 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Foggy mornings and shorter days foreshadow the coming of fall. This inevitability triggers many to visit lakes, rivers and streams to get in that last weekend of the summer boating season during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The crowded conditions common on this holiday make observance of simple boating safety procedures vital to a safe weekend for everyone.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2019, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, who has served since 2017.

The state poet laureate is appointed biennially by the Governor to promote the literary arts in Kentucky through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars, conferences and events, including Kentucky Writers’ Day.

The arts council coordinates the nomination and selection process for recommendation to the governor.

MSU Athletics

After hitting the road for the first time this season, Morehead State volleyball returns home to host the Comfort Inn-Vitational this weekend.

The Eagles (3-1) welcome in Saint Francis (Pa.), Mercer, and Wright State.

Nat Adderley Quintet

Aug 30, 2018
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #219

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Nat Adderley redefined the idea of "brotherly love" in a musical context. Fueled by his desire to "be remembered for having led a committed life," Nat devoted his creative energies to collaborating with his saxophone-playing brother, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, producing one of jazz's greatest sibling success stories.

Old Time Radio Downloads

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) will celebrate the Labor Day weekend with special programs.

Among the specials are:

"Muddy Bottom Blues – Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash" 
August 31 at 8:00pm; September 1 at 3:00pm

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

When Kentucky’s 2018 deer season opens Sept. 1, a number of new regulations will be in place.

Deer hunters should note the following changes for the upcoming season:

•The modern gun deer season has been lengthened in Zones 3 and 4 and will now be 16 days across all zones, opening Nov. 10 and continuing through Nov. 25, 2018.

•The statewide and youth deer permits now allow for the harvest of up to four deer. While the harvest allotment for statewide and youth deer permits has increased, the one-buck rule remains in place statewide.

St. Claire Healthcare

Three eastern Kentucky students with aspirations of working in healthcare are the recipients of scholarships from the St. Claire Foundation.

Hannah Skaggs of Salyersville has earned the $750 Sister Mary Jeannette Wess Scholarship. Skaggs is a junior at the University of Pikeville and a pitcher on the U-Pike softball team. She has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend medical school.

Jim Widner Big Band

Aug 24, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #218 (August 26 at 8:00pm)

A sought-after jazz musician and clinician, bass player Jim Widner enjoyed a storied career on stage with the likes of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco before he pursued his true passion – jazz education.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Through this year-long (Aug. 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019) project, the NE KY AHEC will work to establish a regional Opioid Crisis Response Network in collaboration with St. Claire HealthCare, Pathways Inc., Sterling Health Solutions, and the Gateway District Health Department.

Hilarie Spangler

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) will host a Night of Appalachian Storytelling at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 8 at the Gearheart Auditorium (One Bert T. Combs Drive) on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC.

The event is presented by Gearheart Communications and Appalachian Wireless.  Admission is $5 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free.  The event is family friendly.

Barsotti & Manley, PLLC

As the Labor Day weekend approaches, families and friends are making plans to celebrate the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for motorists, as many impaired drivers get behind the wheel.

For this reason, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and local law enforcement agencies are joining officers across the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. 

St. Louis Public Radio

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning business owners to be wary of websites that charge for services that are provided for free by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Beshear said an aspiring Kentucky business owner has reported a suspicious website, which mimics IRS.gov, but advertises services to help business owners obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for a $250 to $300 fee, when it is free through IRS.gov.