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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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Culvert repairs on US 60 east of Morehead in Rowan County will restrict part of the highway to one-lane traffic in the coming weeks.

On Monday, July 26, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will start concrete repairs at a deteriorated culvert that carries Schoolhouse Branch Creek under the highway about four-tenths of a mile east of Christy Creek (KY 32) near Morehead.

Interesting Engineering

On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear celebrated the grand opening of a $14.7 million technology center that will serve high school and technical college students and provide training for displaced workers seeking new career paths.

Gov. Beshear joined Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Jason Glass, Senate President Robert Stivers, Senator Brandon Storm, Dr. Koffi Akakpo, President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), and local leaders from Estill and Powell counties for the ribbon cutting.

JP Harris

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #253 (July 23 at 8:00pm and July 24 at 3:00pm)

Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1983, JP Harris doesn’t fancy himself so much a musician as he does a carpenter who writes country songs. After finishing the eighth grade, he boarded a Greyhound in the middle of an early summer night, and scarcely looked back.

He traveled the country, often alone, hitchhiking and hopping freight trains while making his living as a farm laborer, shepherd, woodsman, and carpenter, among many other titles.

All Music

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #60 (July 25 at 8:00pm)

Allen Farnham - Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Vol. 41 (1994)

Pianist Allen Farnham recorded live at the Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley, California on June 12, 1994.


On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear requested a full, independent and transparent accounting of Kentucky State University (KSU)’s finances and signed an executive order to ensure the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is empowered and has the necessary tools to provide guidance and oversight during the review.

Bob French

Jul 15, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #331 (July 18 at 8:00pm)

The son of New Orleans banjo player Albert "Papa" French, drummer/vocalist Bob French is a journeyman New Orleans musician who has played with a variety of artists including New Orleans R&B legends Dave Bartholomew and James "Sugarboy" Crawford as well as rock & roll icon Fats Domino and many others.

Maia Sharp

Jul 15, 2021

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #252 (July 16 at 8:00pm and July 17 at 3:00pm)

Singer and songwriter Maia Sharp has a talent for passionate, emotionally honest songs about life and love that have won her a loyal fan following as a performer as well as the ultimate show of respect from her peers -- her songs have been covered by a wide variety of musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Chicks, Cher, Tricia Yearwood, Lisa Loeb, and Keb' Mo'.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #251 (July 9 at 8:00pm and July 10 at 3:00pm)

Gillian Welch first appeared on the folk scene as a young singer/songwriter armed with a voice and sensibility far beyond her years, earning widespread acclaim for her deft, evocative resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with rural Appalachia of the early 20th century.

Morehead Theatre Guild

The Morehead Theatre Guild will be holding auditions for its next two productions, 110 Stories and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 12, 13 and 14, at the Rowan County Arts Center at 6pm, in the second floor auditorium.


Nothin’ But The Blues – Top 30 Albums (1991)

1.  Buddy Guy – Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues – Silvertone

2.  Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – The Sky Is Crying – Epic

3.  John Lee Hooker – Mr. Lucky – Charisma

4.  Johnny Winter – Let Me In – Pointblank

5.  Albert Collins – Iceman – Pointblank

6.  Eric Clapton – 24 Nights – Reprise

7.  Bonnie Raitt – Luck Of The Draw – Capitol

Jamestown Revival

Jul 2, 2021
Bands In Town

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #250 (July 2 at 8:00pm and July 3 at 3:00pm)

Emerging in the early 2010s, Texas-based duo Jamestown Revival specialize in harmony-laden, Western-tinged Americana-folk songs in the vein of contemporaries like Lone Bellow, Shovels & Rope, and the Lumineers.

Inspired by the likes of Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Western author Louis L'Amour, among others, the group was formed in 2011 around the talents of childhood friends Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance.

Steve Earle & The Dukes

Steve Earle & The Dukes will make a stop in Prestonsburg on their 2021 tour on July 15. They will take the stage in the Lucy & Willard Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC). This will be the first time they have played the MAC in it’s 25 year existence.

Little Village Foundation

Tia Carroll – You Gotta Have It (Little Village)

Chris Cain – Raisin’ Cain (Alligator)

Steve Cropper – Fire It Up (Provogue)

Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)

Clarence Spady – Surrender (Nola Blue)

Rob Stone/Elena Kato/Hiroshi Eguchi – Trio In Tokyo (Blue Heart)

Alastair Greene – The New World Blues (Whiskey Bayou)

Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War (Alligator)

Wendall Berry Farming Program

The Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College is hosting On-Farm Recruitment Days in Henry County, Kentucky on Friday, July 9 (from 1:00pm-4:00pm) and on Saturday, July 10 (from 9:00am-12:00pm).

The event is open to all prospective applicants. Farmers, aspiring farmers, and agricultural educators are also especially encouraged to attend.


A joint law enforcement investigation by officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has resulted in charges against two Tennessee men in both states and uncovered suspected violations in others.

A shooting from the road complaint received by Kentucky Conservation Officer Trevor Lowe in April and his subsequent follow-up about the vehicle witnesses believed was involved produced evidence of alleged poaching activity by Sid Herring, 51, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Stefan Brownlie, 38, of Portland, Tennessee.

Zimmerman Paint

Work begins next week along nine miles of US 60 in Bath and Rowan counties under a $1.4 million Kentucky Transportation Cabinet safety improvement project.

The project includes new, more visible road signs – especially to mark curves – better roadway paint striping, new guardrail, drainage repairs, new blacktop, a curve realignment, and other work to reduce the risk and severity of crashes on US 60 from Cherry Lane at Farmers to KY 519 at Morehead.


The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage that is negatively affecting blood product availability across the country.

Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now and help ensure hospital shelves are stocked with blood products over the Fourth of July holiday and beyond. 


LION First Responder PPE Inc., a manufacturer of firefighter garments and other first responder equipment and apparel, will reopen its Lee County facility after 11 years, a project that will create 75 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with an $850,000 investment.


Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #59 (June 27 at 8:00pm)

Harry “Sweets” Edison and the Golden Horns, recorded live at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, April 10th and 11th, 1997.

Performers include:

Harry “Sweets” Edison – trumpet

Dave Gibson – drums

Junior Mance – piano

Marcus McLaurine – bass

Clark Terry – flugelhorn, trumpet

Frank Wess – tenor saxophone, flute

Shannon McNally

Jun 24, 2021
Shannon McNally

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #249 (June 25 at 8:00pm and June 26 at 3:00pm)

Singer/songwriter Shannon McNally first emerged amid the roots rock and Americana revival of the early 2000s.

A crafty mix of soul, blues, rock, and country, McNally established herself with releases like 2002's Jukebox Sparrows and 2006's North American Ghost Music while also seeking out interesting collaborations with the likes of Neal Casal, John Hiatt, Charlie Sexton, and Dave Alvin.

Rowan County Arts Center

The 2021 Morehead Market will be the second Saturday of July thru September from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, on the Rowan County Arts Center Lawn.

This event is weather permitting.

Established in 2015, the event features handmade or locally produced items from Rowan and surrounding counties. Items to be sold can include food, produce, soap, candles, jewelry, art ceramics, crafts, plants, etc.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has launched a service to provide online renewal of driver’s and motorcycle licenses.

“This is a dramatic step forward for customer convenience – the ability to go online to renew your driving credential and save yourself a trip to a licensing office if you don’t otherwise require in-person service,” Gov. Beshear said. “Modernizing state services puts Kentuckians in the driver’s seat to choose how they want to be served and make a Better Kentucky.”

Jazz at the Movies

Jun 18, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #330 (June 20 at 8:00pm)

Jazz at the Movies featuring music from the movie soundtracks to the films Moonstruck and The Lost City.

Moonstruck (1987) starred Nicolas Cage, Cher and Olympia Dukakis.

The Lost City (2005) starred Andy Garcia, Dustin Hoffman and Ines Sastre.

Raising Children Network

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced today that the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) will receive nearly $6 million in additional funds from the annual Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to support high-quality, early experiences for children and families throughout the state.

Amy Speace

Jun 17, 2021

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #248 (June 18 at 8:00pm and June 19 at 3:00pm)

Growing-up in Baltimore as the oldest child of four, Amy Speace discovered music, words and a love of language early on.

Her grandmother taught her to read at 3 years old by reading street signs. By 5 she was writing poetry, and by 8 she’d learned to play piano. Over the next decade, the family moved often, then Speace enrolled in Amherst College in Massachusetts. Not knowing what where to go after graduation, she took her professors’ advice and moved to New York City in 1991.

Spokesman Review

With this year’s 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 in Breathitt, Estill, and Lee counties approaching on Friday and Saturday, July 2-3, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is again urging motorists to use caution during the annual event.


A clean, safe and inviting rest area on the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Rowan County today was announced as the “best maintained” in Kentucky for 2020.

“One thing that all travelers appreciate is a well-run, well-maintained, easily accessible rest area where they can stop, relax and enjoy a respite from the road,” said Jim Gray, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which annually presents the Best Maintained Rest Area Award.

Sonoma Magazine

On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear marked his final regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefing by thanking Kentuckians for their hard work and sacrifices that saved countless lives in the commonwealth.

Editor’s note: Provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9.

Contractors have reopened US 60 east in Rowan County today after a culvert replacement. The highway remains one lane at Glenwood Hollow (mile marker 16) with traffic controlled by temporary signals. Motorists should expect delays and use caution in the work zone.

Editor’s note: The following provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9:

The Kentucky Department of Highways has reopened US 60 where it crosses Tygarts Creek at Upper Tygart (milepoint 4.1) in Carter County after contractors repaired a section of pavement damaged by Wednesday's flash flooding.

All detours have ceased. However, motorists are reminded that the area remains a construction zone for an adjacent bridge replacement project, and drivers should use caution.