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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Keeneland has announced that it is converting its main race track from synthetic Polytrack material to a state-of-the-art dirt surface, with a drainage system that will be the first of its kind in North America.

The conversion will take place over the summer, with construction scheduled to begin May 19 and be completed Aug. 15. The track will reopen for training Sept. 1. The Fall Meet begins Oct. 3.


Keeneland announced today that it will build a multipurpose facility – the Keeneland Event Center – on its campus to house state-of-the-art simulcast wagering, Instant Racing and dining. The facility is scheduled to open in July 2015.

Located near the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center (which will now be named the Keene Barn), the 40,000-square-foot Keeneland Event Center will mirror the look and feel of existing structures on the property, featuring a limestone façade and tasteful, understated decor. 

Saturday Down South

University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops has lived much of his life with a keen awareness of the importance of cardiac care following his father’s untimely death at age 54 from a heart attack.

So when the coach was selected to be featured on the 2014 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle with proceeds going to benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK Healthcare, he found that to be a cause he could fully endorse.

Morehead State Public Radio received a total of 13 awards in nine categories during the 2014 Kentucky Associated Press Awards Banquet held on Saturday, March 29. The event was presented at The Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

MSPR students earned 11 awards, including First Place for Best Reporter, Best Newscast, Best Public Affairs and Best Sports Coverage.

Tyler Kline also earned Best of Show in the College Radio division.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – The Devil You Know (Alligator)

Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta)

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops – Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

Toronzo Cannon – John The Conquer Root (Delmark)

Eddie Cotton – Here I Come (DeChamp)

Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children in the United States has one or more developmental disabilities.

Recently, a group of care workers and community leaders organized a proclamation to raise the level of disability awareness in the community.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story.

Claypool-Young Art Gallery

The Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University will host the 2014 Sophomore Art &Design Exhibition, April 2 through 9.  

The annual show is an opportunity for MSU Department of Art & Design students to exhibit as emerging artists in a professional setting at the midpoint of their college career.  The exhibition opens with a reception featuring live music by MSU students and complimentary refreshments on Wednesday, April 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

UW Extension

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently awarded $85,591 in Rowan County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP).

The Rowan County Conservation District submitted a proposal to the Rowan County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers. 

Rowan County Arts Center

The Kentucky Arts Council has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) to conduct workshops in the eastern region of the Commonwealth that will provide arts-related tools, resources and ideas that can initiate economic growth and development.

Gwen Heffner, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Three times a year, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea holds review sessions to consider works and products by Kentucky artisans who are not juried members of the Kentucky Arts Council programs or the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. 

Applications for the next review are due April 30.

Application categories are visual arts (crafts, and two-dimensional art), books, music, storytelling and other recordings or films and Kentucky Proud food products.

The Kentucky Community College and Technical System (KCTCS) has chosen Dr. Larry Ferguson as the vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions.

Ferguson was selected following an extensive national search. He is currently the dean of resource development and external affairs at Ashland Community and Technical College.   He begins work in his new role with KCTCS on April 16.


Salt truck and snow plow crews in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 will report for duty at 2 a.m. in all northeast Kentucky counties to respond to slick road conditions Tuesday (March 25) morning if necessary.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers overnight across much of the region with lows below freezing. While less than a half inch of snow accumulation is predicted, there is a potential for slick travel – especially during the morning commute.

Kentucky Arts Council

A 15-year-old sophomore student from Pike County is Kentucky's 2014 Poetry Out Loud state champion and will represent the Commonwealth at the national finals in April.

Taryn Syck, the school champion from Pike County Central High School, emerged as the winner among 14 high schools students who competed for the Poetry Out Loud state title Thursday (March 13) at the Capital Plaza Hotel.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents, during its quarterly meeting today (March 14), announced the selection of a presidential search consultant and committee to assist in the selection of the next KCTCS president. Current and founding KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced in November his plan to retire January 15, 2015. 


Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Library Seminar Series will sponsor a Women’s History Conference on Friday, March 21, on the Prestonsburg campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. in the Pike Building.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn about women, their role in leadership and history and other important topics,” said Judy Howell, a professor and reference librarian at BSCTC. “We have assembled some great presentations that will leave participants enlightened and encouraged.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $138,000 improvement project for a bridge on KY 386 in western Nicholas County.

Beginning the week of March 17, contractors will remove deteriorated concrete from the surface of the KY 386 bridge over McBride Creek and replace it with a new concrete overlay. The work will require the bridge to be restricted to one lane, with traffic controlled by temporary signals, through April or until the project is complete.

The work is being done under a $137,579.93 low-bid contract awarded to M&M Services Co. Inc.

Center For Early Childhood Education

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday (March 9) at 2:00a.m. Remember to move your clocks forward 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.

More than two hundred artists will display their work this weekend at the Lexington Convention Center during “Kentucky Crafted – The Market.” It’s an award-winning marketplace showcasing high quality handmade goods from across the Commonwealth. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has more...

Courier Press

Crews are making progress on clearing state highways across northeast Kentucky.

As of 5:30 p.m. (Mon., March 3), most main routes, such as I-64, US 23, US 60, US 68, KY 11 and other Priority A highways had improved to mostly clear and wet with some slush.

Plow crews continue to work those routes and are now working Priority B routes - which are partly covered with snow - and Priority C routes, which are mostly covered.

Crews in northeast Kentucky will work to clear as many highways as possible before nightfall, and will remain on 12-hour shifts into Tuesday.

Toronzo Cannon – John The Conquer Root (Delmark)

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops – Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove)

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – The Devil You Know (Alligator)

Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove)

Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul (Delmark)

Kentucky Department of Transportation

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will present two design options in March for the reconstruction of the KY 36-KY 32 intersection in downtown Carlisle.

The project proposes a rebuild of the congested five-way intersection near the Nicholas County Schools complex to provide improved sight distance, safer and more efficient traffic flow, and better access for the school system and surrounding community.

Options include replacing that intersection with either:

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College held its fourth-annual Super Sunday College Fair on Sunday, February 23, at the Church of God MPG of T in Pikeville, Ky.

Super Sunday is an annual Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) statewide initiative intended to increase the college-going rate of students of color. 

"It’s great to get out in the community and answer questions,” said Billie Jean Cole, associate dean of student affairs at BSCTC.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Global Studies and International Partnerships (GSIP) at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, will sponsor a presentation on Love and Compassion by Tsering Phuntsok.

The presentation by Phuntsok, who has been a practicing Buddhist monk for the past 22 years, will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC.

Phuntsok is an educator of Buddhist compassion, spiritual dancing, rituals, prayers and practices.

Following the success of their first benefit concert held two weeks ago, the non-profit Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund announced that another event has been scheduled. 

Up and coming fan favorite, Borrowed Blue, will open for the legendary Grammy Award winning Kentucky Headhunters on Saturday, April 19 at the Frankfort Convention Center.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 1 and will be available at www.etix.com.   

Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), along with consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, has assembled a project team to update the Kentucky Statewide Rail Plan.

The plan is a policy document that details freight and rail passenger operations and trends in Kentucky, and focuses on setting a framework for high level goals and policies that can be used by decision makers, industry officials, and others interested in rail in the commonwealth. 

Two full days of live performances will set the tone for the 32nd annual Kentucky Crafted: The Market as some of the state's best-loved musicians gather to perform on the Kentucky Stage, a two-day musical event that accompanies the Kentucky Arts Council's wholesale-retail art and craft marketplace.

There is no shortage of activities for people of all ages at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, and the Kentucky Arts Council has plenty to offer visitors to its 32nd annual wholesale-retail marketplace open to the public March 8-9 at the Lexington Convention Center.

A Kentucky Crafted Program artist and Louisville furniture maker is the recipient of a 2014 NICHE Award, a competitive award that celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.

Chris Krauskopf won a 2014 NICHE Award in January at Buyers Market: The American Made Show in Philadelphia, Pa.

Krauskopf won for his Bonn Zero-G Custom Rocking Chair in the Tables and Seating Furniture Category.

Kentucky National Guard

An all-star benefit concert coordinated by the all-volunteer Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund will be held in Frankfort. The event will feature Grammy award-winning artist Delbert McClinton and Kentucky’s own Exile. 

All proceeds will benefit construction of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial being built outside Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. The all-volunteer effort has already raised $700,000 and needs just $550,000 more in order to build the Memorial. 

Love Tomorrow Today

A robust winter season and more precipitation expected in the coming weeks has Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials looking for ways to conserve salt as deliveries slow and materials run in short supply.

With less than 150,000 tons of salt on hand and delivery becoming increasingly difficult, KYTC engineers are implementing strategies to stretch the remaining supply. When conditions permit, crews will rely more on plowing and less on treatment with salt and other materials.