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

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The public is invited to learn more about the state’s ruffed grouse management plans during a community meeting hosted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at 7 p.m. (Eastern) Friday, Aug. 24, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park near Prestonsburg.

Experts from the department’s Wildlife Division will discuss plans for upcoming projects to help restore grouse in Kentucky. Biologists will be available to answer questions from the audience and outline long-term goals for the program.

The meeting is open for the public.

Dr. Billy Taylor

Aug 17, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #217 (August 19 at 8:00pm)

Pianist Billy Taylor was such an articulate spokesman for jazz, and his profiles on CBS' Sunday Morning television program (where he was a regular beginning in 1981) were so successful at introducing jazz to a wider audience, that sometimes one could forget what a talented pianist he was for over half a century. While not an innovator, Taylor was flexible enough to play swing, bop, and more advanced styles while always retaining his own musical personality.

USA Today

The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.

The Business Journals

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Open Investment Proclamation recognizing the significance of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Kentucky’s economy.  Approximately 7.4 percent of the state’s total employment is a result of FDI, and FDI is responsible for employing over 117,000 workers in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will conduct a special called meeting Aug. 17 in Frankfort to consider the fiscal year 2019 budget and other items.

The special called meeting will start at 1 p.m. EDT and will follow the Commission’s regular committee meetings, which are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

The committee meetings and special called meeting will be held at the Arnold Mitchell Building on the campus of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources headquarters in Frankfort.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

This periodic report includes highlights about work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.

Morgan County Segment

Throughout this approximately 8-mile section through Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin Counties, workers are continuing clearing, excavation and construction with minimal impacts to traffic on the Mountain Parkway.


The credential Kentuckians rely on most to verify their identities will undergo major upgrades in 2019 to enhance security and to keep travelers on the move.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials have announced the launch of the Confident Kentucky initiative to improve the security of state driver’s licenses and introduce a new Voluntary Travel ID credential that meets federal standards to board U.S. flights and enter select federal facilities.

MSU Athletics

Morehead State Football had eight players listed on Phil Steele's Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Teams.

Senior wide receiver Jarin Higginbotham is a first-team selection, while senior quarterback Lawson Page and sophomore slot receiver Landon Hurst were third-team picks on offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior lineman Patrick Rice and senior lineman Nick Flores were named to the second-team. Senior lineman Jamil Butler, junior linebacker Jerome Brooks and senior cornerback Chauncey Johns were on the third team.

Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center

On Aug. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. employees and board members of the Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting a Phone-A-Thon for their Change for Children Capital Campaign.

It will take place at the Rowan County Fiscal Court Room at 600 West Main St., Morehead but those wanting to donate can also call (606) 315- 6523 or give on their PayPal account (gatewaycac2@gmail.com).

The event invites community members to stop by, donate, make phone calls to friends and relatives, then take a photo so they can be publicly thanked on social media and other locations.

The College at Brockport

Operation UNITE has been awarded funding to place 54 full-time Serve Kentucky AmeriCorps members in elementary schools across southern and eastern Kentucky during the 2018-19 school year.

Through a $658,800 grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE will provide math tutoring, drug prevention, and healthy living education to students in 15 counties including Carter, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Morgan, Owsley, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Wolfe.

Jackie McLean

Aug 8, 2018
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #216 (August 12 at 8:00pm)

Jackie Mclean has long had his own sound, played slightly sharp and with great intensity; he is recognizable within two notes.

McLean was one of the few bop-oriented players of the early '50s who explored free jazz in the '60s, widening his emotional range and drawing from the new music qualities that fit his musical personality.

Tami Neilson

Aug 8, 2018
Saving Country Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #150 (August 10 at 8:00pm and August 11 at 3:00pm)

Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.

The Morehead News

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is offering a new scholarship to help students complete their associate degrees in two years or less.

The 15 to Finish scholarship will pay $500 to students who successfully complete 15 credit hours in a semester and enroll for an additional 15 hours the next semester. Research shows students who take at least 15 hours a semester are more successful, graduate sooner and save money.

National Capital Industries

Work starts this week on bridge improvements on US 60 in downtown Grayson in Carter County and on KY 7 in Elliott County -- part of a 7-bridge, $900,000 restoration project.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, US 60 will be one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals across the Little Sandy River bridge in downtown Grayson (milepoint 24.5) as contractors begin bridge deck pavement repairs.

Lena Horne

Aug 4, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #215 (August 5 at 8:00pm)

Lena Horne was born in 1917 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne in New York City. She performed with the greatest jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. She lives in New York City today and does not appear in the public eye anymore.

Lena is most famous for the movie Stormy Weather, in which she sung the title song, in the 1940's. Contrary to how music careers usually begin, Lena grew up in an elite family. She lived in a black bourgeois area in Brooklyn, New York.


Gov. Matt Bevin has recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Bowling Green.

Private First Class Joe Stanton Elmore, 20, died on December 2, 1950 in Changjim County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea.


Residents of Menifee County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a proposed rockfall mitigation project on KY 1274 near Cave Run Lake.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the Menifee County High School cafeteria. It will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

Historic Bridges

A $1 million Transportation Cabinet preventive maintenance project coming next month to downtown Ashland’s 12th Street bridge will mean extended life for the Ohio River crossing, but it requires a temporary traffic change – the bridge must be closed.

“While we understand the concerns this will create, it’s vitally important that work is done to keep the bridge in service for the 14,000 vehicles a day that use it,” said Chief District Engineer Bart Bryant of Kentucky Department of Highways District 9.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare is collaborating on a nationwide research study to test whether two drugs can help prevent second cancers and the formation of new precancerous polyps, known as adenomas, in patients who have already battled colorectal cancer.

Kevin Gordon

Aug 3, 2018
Nashville Scene

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #149 (August 3 at 8:00pm and August 4 at 3:00pm)

Alternative country-rock singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon was born and raised in West Monroe, Lousiana, and grew up on a steady diet of the area's indigenous swamp blues, honky tonk and rockabilly.

A published poet and graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, he teamed with producer and E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent to record his debut Illinois 5 a.m., issued in 1997 on the Nashville-based Motherlode label; Down to the Wall followed in mid-2000.

Operation UNITE

More than 400 basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, footballs and balls of all types have been donated to Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) for distribution throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.

The sports balls were donated by the American Heart Association in a special media event held on Wednesday, July 25 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands during the 12th annual Camp UNITE, a week-long leadership/adventure program for middle school-aged youth.


Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) and SilverLiner together with Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, and LKLP Community Action Council celebrated SilverLiner’s inaugural class of welders from the Workforce Solutions Welding Training on the Mayo campus.  

These students are well-trained and ready for a career in new and emerging industries in eastern Kentucky.

St. Claire HealthCare

Mark J. Neff, FACHE, St. Claire HealthCare President/CEO has announced that he will retire effective January 31, 2019. 

Neff states, “I’m sad to leave, but excited about a new adventure as my wife, Diane, and I are moving back to Notre Dame to be closer to our children and grandchildren.”

Neff was appointed President and CEO of St. Claire in 1995.   When he arrived, he brought with him more than 10 years of not-for-profit, regionally integrated healthcare system experience.

Acoustic Alchemy

Jul 28, 2018
LionHear TV

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #214 (July 29 at 8:00pm)

During the late '80s and '90s, Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael produced a series of mellow albums classified as adult contemporary music, though the guitarists encompass the range of jazz and new age as well.

Both grew up in England during the '60s listening to pop/rock, though Webb studied jazz guitar at Leeds College of Music while Carmichael focused on classical guitar at the London College of Music.

American Songwriter

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

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

Paul Thorn – Don’t Let The Devil Ride (Perpetual Obscurity)

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

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

Danielle Nicole – Cry No More (Concord)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)

Milk Carton Kids

Jul 27, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #148 (July 27 at 8:00pm and July 28 at 3:00pm)

The Milk Carton Kids are a neo-traditional folk duo from Los Angeles, California. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed the group in early 2011, shelving their solo careers in favor of a collaborative project that focused on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars, and rootsy songwriting.

Manchesters Finest

The Paramount Players will present Legally Blonde the Musical at the Paramount Arts Center on August 3 and 4.

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the movie, Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods (Audrey Fosson) as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 

Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

St. Claire Foundation

The St. Claire Foundation’s recent 2018 Signature Event raised $23,000 to support St. Claire HealthCare’s efforts to relocate and upgrade our inpatient rehabilitation services with a state-of-the-art therapy gym and functional training space, including a home simulation environment.

“We’ve been hosting annual Signature Events for 16 years,” said St. Claire Foundation Executive Director Tom Lewis. “This one set records for attendance and dollars raised. We hope everyone who attended had as much fun as our staff did!”

Chris Standring

Jul 21, 2018
Benedetto Guitars

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #213 (July 22 at 8:00pm)

Smooth jazz guitarist Chris Standring was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England; classically trained at the London College of Music, he further honed his skills during a decade spent working for the BBC as well as a number of theatrical orchestras on London's West End. From there, Standring relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a top session player after recording with everyone from Bebe & Cece Winans to Jody Watley and Carole Bayer Sager.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) was presented with the Center of Excellence Award in Distribution at the National AHEC Organization’s biennial conference, held July 8-11 in Arlington, Va.

The Distribution award recognizes an AHEC program that is improving health care workforce distribution throughout the nation, particularly among rural and underserved areas and populations. Other Center of Excellence awards were given in Diversity and Practice Transformation.