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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AA Roads

Motorists should watch for temporary lane closures on I-64 for bridge inspections this week in Bath, Rowan and Carter counties.

Beginning Tuesday, July 17, contractors will inspect bridges on I-64 between Mt. Sterling and the Rowan County line in Bath County around mile markers 118, 120, 122 and 129.

On Wednesday, July 18, contractors will inspect bridges in Carter County near Olive Hill at mile marker 161.

Latin Bay Area

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #212 (July 15 at 8:00pm)

An assemblage of some of Cuba's most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club's origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians whose performing careers had largely ended decades earlier with the rise of Fidel Castro.

Paul Cauthen

Jul 13, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #146 (July 13 at 8:00pm; July 14 at 3:00pm)

Paul Cauthen has kept the fires of old-fashioned outlaw country, spiking his sinewy swagger with an undercurrent of gospel.

The Independent

Due to low water levels, the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will limit recreational boat lockage on the Ohio River.

Effective immediately and until conditions abate, navigation locks on the Ohio, which includes Willow Island Locks, Belleville Locks, Racine Locks, R.C. Byrd Locks, Greenup Locks and Meldahl Locks, will only lock recreational craft through on even-numbered hours (2, 4, etc.).

The locks on the Kanawha River, London, Marmet and Winfield Locks, will continue normal operations.

(provided by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)


Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) effective August 16.

She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College and was chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College. Prior to joining KCTCS, she was vice president at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.

Cabins of Birch Hollow

A highway project that begins July 11 on KY 77 and KY 715 in the Red River Gorge in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties will cause traffic delays until the project is completed by the end of August.

The work will take place on KY 77 between the north end of the Nada Tunnel in Powell County and mile marker 2 in Menifee County, and on KY 715 between the KY 77 intersection in Menifee County and Pine Ridge in Wolfe County.

You Tube

JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

One important aim of the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) is to promote STEM in our community, and this was part of the message that Susan Scott, EKSC Staff Instructor, shared when she presented at the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) 11th annual conference at the University of Kentucky on June 21st, 2018.

Representing her role as a mentor in STEM education at the EKSC, Scott spoke on the importance of engaging children in meaningful science programs through fun and enriching experiments. 

Morehead State University

MSU Farmer's Market is open today from 10am to 2pm. The market is located at the Bell Tower in front of the Camden-Carroll Library.

Red e app

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the creation of the Economic Opportunity Commission, which will be attached to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED).

The new Commission combines the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council.

The Economic Opportunity Commission will consist of 12 voting members appointed by the Governor, with the Lieutenant Governor serving in an ex officio capacity.

Bridge Hunter

Work expected to start this week on a $900,000 bridge deck restoration project to improve seven bridges in northeast Kentucky has been rescheduled.

The project will instead start next week, Monday, July 9, when contractors plan to close the KY 1661 bridge over the Little Sandy River (milepoint 1.6) near Grayson in Carter County. The road will be closed at the bridge for 10 days for a pavement overlay and other work.

Pic 2 Fly

This summer’s not only bringing high heat, but also nearly $8 million in new blacktop and other state highway repairs to northeast Kentucky.

In May and June, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded 18 contracts for road and bridge work in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties totaling $7,628,196.55.

Trace Creek Construction

Rowan County Judge Executive Dr. Walter Blevins, Rowan County Jailer Wes Coldiron and the Rowan County Fiscal Court cordially invite the public to an open house for the new Rowan County Detention Center located at 1075 South Tolliver Street in Morehead.

The open house is planned from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9th. Tours of the new facility will be conducted by detention center employees.

(provided by Rowan County Fiscal Court)

MSU Administration & Fiscal Services

The City of Morehead will close streets and roads in downtown Morehead today (July 3) for Fazoli's Freedom Fest celebrations.

Attached is a map of all the road closures for your convenience. 

(provided by MSU Administration and Fiscal Services)

United States Air Force Band

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM) will celebrate the July 4 holiday with special programs.

“That Was Radio – Westerns” will air at 9 a.m. Host Leon Smothers explores the golden age of radio, including the radio programs, personalities and events that shaped those programs. On this edition, Smothers will be your guide for a review of old-time radio Westerns including shows for kids, adults and the whole family. The program will be a nostalgic hour of singing cowboys, adventure and suspense. The program will repeat Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m.

The Morehead News

Advanced Disposal Services Landfill in Rowan County, located at 300 Old Phelps Road, will host a Free Disposal Day from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Open to all citizens of Rowan County, all loads must be under tarp and tied-down to avoid spillage. No commercial truck loads or trailer loads, and no hazardous materials accepted.

There will be a charge for disposal of tires. The cost is $6.00 for car tires and $12.00 for commercial tires. Rates are applied per tire.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #211 (July 1 at 8:00 pm)

On this program, it’s Jazz at the Movies - Part 1 featuring music from the movie soundtracks to The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) which starred Beau and Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Music from the film Beyond The Sea (2004) featuring Kevin Spacey will also be showcased.

Alligator Records

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

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

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Danielle Nicole – Cry No More (Concord)

Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)

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

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)


As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members.

Kentucky Today

In a letter sent July 28 to Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King, House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins blasted the performance-based funding formula that awards nothing from a $31 million pool to Morehead State University, Kentucky State University and several coal-county-based KCTCS schools this coming school year.

“This funding approach is fatally flawed, as I argued when it was enacted in last year’s legislative session and again this year when it was included in the upcoming two-year budget,” Leader Adkins said. 

Keep Safe Coalition

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a Scam Alert to warn Kentuckians of a new phone scam where con artists claim to be Federal Social Security Administration agents calling to notify you that your Social Security number has been stolen.

Beshear said his office received a report of the scam after a caller tricked a Jefferson County victim into disclosing her Social Security number and paying a fee to receive a new Social Security number and card.

Luke Winslow-King

Jun 29, 2018
My New Orleans

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #145 (June 29 at 8:00pm and June 30 at 3:00pm)

Originally from Cadillac, Michigan, Luke Winslow-King began studying and performing music at a young age. He first came to Louisiana at age 19 with Earthwork Music founders Seth Bernard and Daniel Kahn presenting “From California to the New York Island: The songs and stories of Woody Guthrie.”


Before you head out for a day on or near the water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) encourages you to make sure you have life jackets for everyone and that you wear them.

In the last 10 years, 84 percent of all public water-related fatalities involved people not wearing life jackets and the greatest number of water-related fatalities involved people swimming in areas not designated for swimming. In addition, 27 percent of boating fatalities involved people falling overboard.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new deer, elk and fishing regulations at its June quarterly meeting.

The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly. Legislators must approve all recommendations before they become law.

Lexington Herald Leader

During a ceremony in Pikeville this week, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated Alltech and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery opening its $15 million operation in Pikeville and the creation of 13 full-time jobs.

Cruise Mapper

The Queen of the Mississippi, one of the largest sternwheeler boats on the Ohio River, is making a second, unexpected stop in Huntington.

Due to high river levels, the boat was not able to make a scheduled stop in Marietta and will visit Huntington instead. This is actually their second visit to the city this week.

MCTC Rowan Campus

The Construction Technology program at the Rowan Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) along with the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed project house.

The project house is a fully functional 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home located at 90 Grapevine Lane in Morehead. Over the course of two years, nearly 120 students from all walks of life have worked on this house under the knowledgeable instruction of MCTC Construction Technology Program Coordinator, John Earl King.

St. Claire HealthCare

More than 230 people had a rockin’ good time at the St. Claire Foundation’s 2018 Signature Event, “Rockin’ & Rollin’ on Railroad Street”, on June 15 at the Morehead Conference Center.

“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!”

Humberto Ramirez

Jun 23, 2018
Sonando En Puerto Rico

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #210 (June 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

A wide-ranging trumpeter, arranger and composer, Humberto Ramirez is comfortable playing straight-ahead Latin jazz (on his solo releases for Tropi-Jazz) as well as producing and arranging for the bigger names in Latin dance, including Tony Vega, Johnny Rivera and Brenda K. Starr.

Ramirez began his professional career playing trumpet in the band of salsa legend Willie Rosario, then moved into the arranging chair as well.

Outdoor Channel

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is suspending recreational target shooting with firearms on Veterans Memorial Wildlife Management Area until further notice because of ongoing habitat work on the 2,497-acre property in Scott County.

The decision ensures crews performing the work can do so safely.

Veterans Memorial Wildlife Management Area (WMA) remains open for fishing, hiking, bird watching and other types of outdoor recreation. Fall hunting seasons will not be affected.