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 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."

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National Capital Industries

There will be temporary daytime closures of Big Perry Road (KY 799) in Rowan County next week for embankment repairs.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 25-29, crews will build a concrete retaining wall along the embankment of Big Perry Road about 1.8 miles north of US 60. Barricades will be placed at Gene White Lane (milepoint 0.3) and at milepoint 2.2 near a forest service road, and KY 799 will be closed to all thru traffic.

Ahmad Jamal

Oct 20, 2021

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #63 (October 24 at 8:00pm)

Ahmad Jamal – Live In Paris 92 (1993)

Recorded live in Paris, France on April 3rd and 4th, 1992.

Performers include:

Ahmad Jamal – piano

David Bowler – drums

Todd Coolman – bass

Dori Freeman

Oct 20, 2021

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #266 (October 22 at 8:00pm and October 23 at 3:00pm)

A gifted singer and songwriter whose music puts a contemporary spin on classic folk and country themes, Dori Freeman's breakthrough in 2016 demonstrates why it's not a bad idea to reach out to your favorite artists.

Dori Freeman was born and raised in the Appalachian community of Galax, Virginia. Dori's father, Scott Freeman, and her grandfather, Willard Gayheart, were veteran bluegrass musicians who played regularly and ran their own venue, Front Porch Gallery and Frame Shop.

Heath Brothers

Oct 15, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase (#338)

Program #338 (October 17 at 8:00pm)

Jimmy, Percy, and Tootie Heath teamed up in 1975 to form the Heath Brothers. Up until then, bassist Percy had been busy with the Modern Jazz Quartet, but with the group in "retirement" (temporarily as it turned out), all three brothers were free to join forces.

Originally a quartet with pianist Stanley Cowell, but expanding after the addition of guitarist Tony Purrone and Jimmy's son Mtume on percussion, the band recorded for Strata East (1975), four albums for Columbia, and two for Island.

Workshop Media, The Barefoot Movement

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #265 (October 15 at 8:00pm and October 16 at 3:00pm)

Acclaimed Americana group "The Barefoot Movement" has carved out an indelible space in the acoustic scene since their 2011 debut album, Footwork. Their sound is invigorating, infused with a captivating honesty that transports audiences to a place of complete enthrallment.

Interesting People

Oct 15, 2021
Barbara McBride-Smith

A Time For Tales

Program #443 (October 17 at 3:00pm)

“Interesting People”

Performers include:

Donald Davis

Diane Ferlatte

Syd Lieberman

Barbara McBride-Smith

Mike Seeger

Kentucky Today

Motorists should expect state highway work zones in several northeast counties in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 during the next week, Oct. 8-15:


•KY 1944 (White Oak Road): Beginning about 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, crews will close KY 1944 near the 5 mile marker – about 1.5 miles west of the KY 111 (Wyoming Road) intersection – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Friday, Oct. 15, for slide repairs. During construction, motorists may detour using KY 36 and KY 111 to reroute through Owingsville.

St. Claire HealthCare

“For the first time in weeks, we’re starting to see the numbers moving in the right direction,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, SCH President/CEO.

St. Claire HealthCare reported an alarming daily high of 49 hospitalized COVID-19 patients during September but today, that number has been cut in half.

According to Will Melahn, MD, SCH Chief Medical Officer, the availability of monoclonal antibody therapies like REGEN-COV™ is playing a significant role in lowering hospitalization rates.

Elijah Ocean

Oct 7, 2021
Elijah Ocean

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #264 (October 8 at 8:00pm and October 9 at 3:00pm)

Acclaimed for consistently capturing audiences’ hearts, Elijah Ocean is widely known for his distinct vocals, catchy melodies, and razor-sharp storytelling.

He’s opened for legends like Dale Watson and emerging stars such as Charlie Crockett, and backed up like-minded talents Zephaniah OHora and Michaela Anne.

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR), 90.3 FM, WMKY, is currently undergoing upgrades to replace outdated equipment that will allow it to continue preparing students for broadcasting careers.  

The station, located in Breckinridge Hall on the MSU campus, is replacing two audio boards in its master control and production studios. The units are nearly twenty years old, about five years passed due to be replaced, according to MSPR General Manager Paul Hitchcock.

Jackie Ryan

Oct 1, 2021
Jackie Ryan, Art Pazornik

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #337 (October 3 at 8:00pm)

Vocalist Jackie Ryan has recorded and/or performed with Toots Thielemans, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Ernie Watts, Harry Allen, Scott Hamilton, John Clayton, Gerald Clayton, Amina Figarova, Mike Wofford, Jon Mayer, Larry Vuckovich, Barry Harris, Bill Cunliffe, Shelly Berg, Benny Green, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Emil Richards, and Jon Hendricks.

Ana Egge

Oct 1, 2021
Ana Egge, Jack Hirschorn

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #263 (October 1 at 8:00pm and October 2 at 3:00pm)

Ana Egge was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and grew up in the small northwest North Dakota town of Ambrose, where her father farmed wheat.

The Egges, described by Ana as latter-day hippies, traveling back and forth between North Dakota and New Mexico in a '69 Dodge van through much of Ana's youth until they settled in Silver City, New Mexico, to open an alternative school when Ana was 12.


Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – 662 (Alligator)

Altered Five Blues Band – Holler If You Hear Me (Blind Pig)

Johnny Tucker w/Kid Ramos & All-Stars – 75 And Alive (Blue Heart)

Eddie 9V – Little Black Flies (Ruf)

Chris Cain – Raisin’ Cain (Alligator)

GA-20 – Try It…You Might Like It! (Karma Chief)

Mike Zito – Resurrection (Gulf Coast)


Sep 27, 2021
Regi Carpenter

A Time For Tales

Program #442 (October 3 at 3:00pm)


Program performers:

Roy Book Binder

Spencer Bohren

Regi Carpenter

Bil Lepp

Jimmy Hamilton

Sep 24, 2021

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #62 (September 26 at 8:00pm)

Jimmy Hamilton - Rediscovered At The Buccaneer (1985)

Saxophonist Jimmy Hamilton, recorded live at the Buccaneer Hotel Lounge on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands on September 24, 1985.

Performers include:

Jimmy Hamilton – alto saxophone and clarinet

Gary Mayone – piano

Joe Straws – bass

Delroy Thomas – drums

Jason Eady

Sep 22, 2021
The Southern Illinoisan

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #262 (September 24 at 8:00pm and September 25 at 3:00pm)

A champion of the Texas honky tonk tradition, Jason Eady is different than most Lone Star singer/songwriters in one important respect: he was born and raised in Mississippi.

Known for songs about the tougher side of life played with heart, soul, and a rootsy atmosphere, Eady's music combines contemporary country with traces of bluegrass and Americana, and he found an eager audience for his work after settling in Texas.

St. Claire HealthCare

The St. Claire Foundation is excited to announce another successful benefit golf outing.

This year, $49,360 was raised during the event, nearly a 23% increase over the 2019 outing and almost double the amount raised in their 2020 Charity Golf UN-Scramble that was held virtually.

School Days

Sep 21, 2021
How Stuff Works

A Time For Tales

Program #441 (September 26 at 3:00pm)

“School Days”

Program performers:

Donald Davis

Bill Harley

John McCutcheon

Ray Stevens

Sweet Honey In The Rock

Lancer Ledger

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2021 unemployment rate was 4.3%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).

The preliminary August 2021 jobless rate was down by one-tenth of a percentage point from July 2021 and down 1.2 percentage points from the 5.5% recorded for the state one year ago.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August 2021 was 5.2%, down from the 5.4% reported in July 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tom Harrell

Sep 19, 2021
Downbeat Magazine

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #336 (September 19 at 8:00pm)

Tom Harrell, (born June 16, 1946, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.), American jazz trumpet player and composer who was recognized for his lyrical improvisations and for his facility in both traditional and experimental styles of jazz.

Harrell spent most of his youth in the San Francisco Bay area, where he began playing in jazz groups when he was 13.

He graduated from Stanford University in 1969 with a major in music composition, and he also studied with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.

Way Down Wanderers

Sep 16, 2021
Keith Cotton, Way Down Wanderers

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #261 (September 17 at 8:00pm and September 18 at 3:00pm)

The Way Down Wanderers are often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious.

Stories and Music

Sep 15, 2021
Greensboro News and Record

A Time For Tales

Program #440 (September 19 at 3:00pm)

“Stories and Music”

Program performers:

Sheila Kay Adams

Spencer Bohren

Mike Cross

David Holt and Josh Goforth

Moron Brothers

Kim Weitkamp

Don White

Paul Thorn

Sep 9, 2021

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #260 (September 10 at 8:00pm and September 11 at 3:00pm)

Before establishing himself as a purveyor of muscular American roots music, Tupelo, Mississippi's Paul Thorn lived several other lives.

Lexington Herald-Leader

On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrive over the next week at strained Kentucky hospitals. Assisting with nonclinical functions within the hospitals to allow hospital staff to focus on patient care, 310 additional Guard members will support 21 hospitals around the commonwealth.

Team Kentucky

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky has recorded more than 13,000 new COVID-19 cases in just four days. The Governor also reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases in one week, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, with 30,680 cases, topping the previous record-high week reported the week before.

“We continue to see more cases than is safe by any means,” said Gov. Beshear. “The bad news is we had the worst week ever last week. Our hospitals continue to be pushed to the brink. If we have one bad week, we can very quickly run out of ICU beds.”

Moth Stories

Sep 7, 2021
Chicago Tribune

A Time For Tales

Program #438 (September 12 at 3:00pm)

“Moth Stories”

Program performers:

Mike Birbiglia

Ginny Hawker

Christopher Scott

Boris Timanovsky

Katie Vacca


Cultural Landscape Foundation

As COVID-19 cases increase at the fastest growth rate of the pandemic, straining Kentucky hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday called lawmakers to Frankfort next week to extend the pandemic state of emergency, which provides administration and public health officials with the tools and measures needed to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

St. Claire HealthCare

At the request of the state of Kentucky, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deployed a team of medical professionals from its National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to St. Claire HealthCare to safely care for the surge of COVID patients at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.

Dave McMurray

Sep 3, 2021
Blue Note

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #335 (September 5 at 8:00pm)

Dave McMurray is a Detroit-based saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader.

As a saxophonist, McMurray -- who plays all horns from baritone to soprano as well as flute -- offers a keen melodic sensibility, and a rich, earthy tone. He is assured and inspired whether working in jazz, rock, R&B, funk, pop, or folk.

Jesse Daniel

Sep 1, 2021
Jesse Daniel

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #259 (September 3 at 8:00pm and September 4 at 3:00pm)

Jesse Daniel possesses the hard-won life experience that many sing about, but few have actually lived. Instead of wearing those trials like badges of honor, he has used them to forge the solid foundation from which he has built his career.