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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Power Engineering

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) is beginning work on a series of projects at Spurlock Station to ensure the power plant remains in compliance with more stringent environmental rules for years to come.

Totaling over $262 million, these projects are aimed at ensuring future compliance with federal regulations related to handling and storage of coal ash and related materials, as well as handling and discharge of water at the plant.


Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the award of the state’s first-ever fish house contract, in an innovative step to attack the Asian carp problem in western Kentucky and encourage job growth in the region.

Bevin announced that Kentucky Fish Center, LLC of Wickliffe, Ky. has won the contract to establish the fish house, which will expand the market for Kentucky-caught Asian carp.

Blues Magazine

Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)

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

Whitney Shay – A Woman Rules The World (Little Village Foundation)

Mike Farris – Silver & Stone (Compass)

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (Concord)

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

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

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

Greg Abate Quintet

Oct 5, 2018

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #01 (October 7 at 6:00 p.m.)

Greg Abate Quintet feat. Richie Cole – Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1995)

Greg Abate has been on the music scene for a long time, having served in both the Ray Charles and Artie Shaw orchestras. This live set recorded at Chan's (a Chinese restaurant located in Woonsocket, RI) showcases a friendly battle of alto saxophonists, mostly playing Abate's originals.

Ruth Brown

Oct 5, 2018
New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #224 (October 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 12, 1928, singer Ruth Brown signed with Atlantic Records at a young age and recorded a number of hit R&B songs throughout the 1950s, including "I'll Wait for You," "I Know," "5-10-15 Hours," and "Mambo Baby." She went on to have a successful theater career later in life.

Wide Open Spaces

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed new regulations establishing statewide limits on trophy catfish, and proposed tightening existing regulations on the commercial harvest of large catfish and their use by pay lakes. Commission members, at their Sept. 28 quarterly meeting, also approved three wildlife studies of bears, bobcats and otters.

Most commission actions must be approved by legislators before they become law.


October is a time for football, colorful leaves and flannel. For the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), October 8-14 is also time for the Commonwealth’s Adopt-a-Highway groups to participate in the “Fall Sweep” to clear roadside litter.

Daily Independent

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Special Prosecutions announced the 10-year conviction of a Boyd County man on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Timothy Ray Sr., 63, of Catlettsburg, was convicted Sept. 27, on the abuse charges for crimes that occurred between 2014 and 2015 to minors. Ray will have his final sentencing hearing in Boyd Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Nov. 8. 

This case was investigated by the Catlettsburg Police Department and is being prosecuted by Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions.

Lexington Herald-Leader

Gov. Matt Bevin, who has been sporting a full beard in recent weeks, is encouraging Kentuckians to contribute to a very worthy cause while helping him answer a hairy question — “Should I shave or should I grow?”

Individuals are invited to visit http://governor.ky.gov/ShaveOrGrow and cast their vote to determine the fate of the Governor’s facial hair.

Assembly Magazine

During a news conference today in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and Kevin Nolan, president and chief executive officer of GE Appliances, a Haier company, to announce the appliance manufacturer will create 400 new jobs with a $200 million-plus investment in its laundry and dishwasher production facilities.

Fox 5 DC

Editor’s Note: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding today’s Judiciary Committee hearing:

Abraham Burton

Sep 27, 2018
Millennium Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #222 (September 23 at 8:00pm)

New York saxophonist Abraham Burton's music has been called exquisite jazz. His solos are powerful and creative.

He began developing his natural skills by attending Hartford's Hartt School of Music where he learned well from talented artists like Michael Carvin and Jackie McLean. Burton graduated from the school with a B.A. in music and a new love for the work of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Lester Young.


Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to NPR member stations.

For reasons I can't explain but for which I am extremely grateful, I have been granted the joy to work on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, in various capacities, since the early 1980s.

Supreme Court of Kentucky

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20.

The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.


The public is invited to a regional community forum Friday, Sept. 21, in Salyersville to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system.

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. ET at the Magoffin County Extension Office at 15 Rockhouse Road.

Kentucky State Parks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces that it will hold a 50th Anniversary celebration, Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Grayson Lake Dam Site Recreation Area from 1-5p.m.

This is a free event and open to the public with family and children activities and local entertainment. It will also include several prominent speakers and the establishment of a time capsule that will be opened on the dam’s 100th anniversary.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents reviewed a two-year action plan, Creating a Better Life, during its quarterly board meeting today. 

The plan lays out the strategies and tactics needed to implement the KCTCS strategic plan and is aligned with other statewide education and workforce plans developed by partners including the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB).

The Creating a Better Life plan’s goals are to:

•Increase educational attainment of working adults,

Etta Jones

Sep 14, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #221 (September 16 at 8:00pm)             

Etta Jones sang professionally for over 50 years, yet she steadfastly remained a "best-kept secret" throughout her career. With the clarity of Carmen McRae and the edge of Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, her unique style drew from gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire Family Medical Supply is celebrating nine years of service to the community with a Customer Appreciation Celebration Event on Friday, September 28 from noon to 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to enjoy free food and refreshments (while supplies last) and register to win one of several amazing door prizes during the Customer Appreciation Celebration Event.

Among the door prizes are a Golden Technologies lift chair valued at $1,335, a pair of Brooks shoes valued at $120, a Therma Moist Heating Pad valued at $100 and a pair of Aetrex Orthotic insoles a $60 value.


Update: Noon, September 10.

Several roads remain closed due to high water in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9.

Bath County:

- KY 211 at Salt Lick, between KY 3290 and a half mile off US 60 (MP 5.4-6.4)

Carter County

- KY 986 (Bens Run), along Tygarts Creek near Olive Hill (MP 0-1)
- KY 1910 at Grayson from Midland Trail to I-64 underpass (MP 0-1)
- KY 207 south about halfway between US 60 and Norton Branch (MP 1), tree down

Greenup County:

Advertiser Tribune

Kentucky Department of Hghways District 9 crews in multiple counties are reporting high water tonight.

As of 8 p.m., state highways reported closed by high water included the following locations, listed by county with mile markers in parantheses. Warning signs have been posted. Motorists should never drive through high water, and should slow down on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning.

Bath County:

- KY 36 at Meniffee County line (MP 23.8-23.9)

- KY 211 at Salt Lick, between KY 3290 and a half mile off US 60 (MP 5.4-6.4)

Greenup County:

Butch Thompson

Sep 8, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #220 (September 9 at 8:00PM)

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, his eight-piece Jazz Originals band, the Butch Thompson Big Three, or his unique blues duo with fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Paintsville Independent School District to train high school students to become certified nurse aides (CNA) in eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Two Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crew members are in Arkansas this week with Kentucky's top truck, tractor, backhoe and grader drivers to represent their state at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Safety Training Conference ‘roadeo.’

Duane Dehart, superintendent of the district's Rowan County maintenance crew, and Nick Clark, Nicholas County maintenance superintendent, will compete Sept. 4-6 in tractor mower, lowboy, snow plow and other equipment skills contests, hoping to bring home a national-level trophy for Kentucky.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This week will begin a series of traffic alterations across different areas of the Mountain Parkway.

Drivers should be aware of changes impacting eastbound traffic exiting the Parkway at the KY 205 interchange, traffic over Burning Fork Bridge near Salyersville, and changes to business access throughout Salyersville’s Restaurant Row.

Burning Fork Bridge


Contractors will close US 60 just east of the KY 211 intersection in Salt Lick overnight Wednesday for drainage pipe installation.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Sept. 5, crews will close US 60 to all traffic near milepoint 16.5 on the Farmers side (east) of KY 211 at Salt Lick to cut through the road and install a drainage pipe. The road will remain closed until 5 a.m. Thursday morning, Sept. 6.


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

Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)

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

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

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here (Alligator)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Morehead State University

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 3.

There will be no classes or office hours and mail will not be delivered.

The Recreation and Wellness Center will be open on the following schedule:


Saturday, Sept. 1: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 3: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Sept. 2: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Monday, Sept 3: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.- noon

State Scoop

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Governor Matt Bevin today announced two grants worth $10.5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. 

Letcher County will receive $4.5 million for a water expansion project that will serve 100 additional households and the future federal correctional facility in Roxana.

Hal Rogers

Celebrating the organization's 5th anniversary, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin welcomed more than 1,100 attendees to the annual summit at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville, applauding federal, state and local leaders for overcoming early challenges to drive successful efforts inspired by Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR).