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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Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo has announced the opening of a new accessible playground near the African Outpost restaurant and Colobus Crossing exhibit.

The Outpost playground dedicated today replaces 20-year-old equipment and includes ramps, music and sensory play panels, features for inclusive side-by-side play, slides and a new rubber surface throughout the entire playscape. 

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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #326 (May 9 at 8:00pm)

As the son of two professional musicians, John Boswell grew up in a richly musical and artistic environment. This developed into an interest in musical theater which began in high school and blossomed during his years at U.C.L.A., where he wrote a musical with actor Tim Robbins.

Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Chad Wadsworth

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #243 (May 7 at 8:00pm and May 8 at 3:00pm)

Texas-based singer/songwriter Israel Nash began his career in New York in the late 2000s, blending elements of rock and country with gentle psychedelia and undercurrents of rural folk.

Anita O'Day

Apr 29, 2021
Concord Records

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #325 (May 2 at 8:00pm)

Few female singers matched the hard-swinging and equally hard-living Anita O'Day for sheer exuberance and talent in all areas of jazz vocals. Though three or four outshone her in pure quality of voice, her splendid improvising, wide dynamic tone, and innate sense of rhythm made her the most enjoyable singer of the age.

Ernestine Anderson

Apr 29, 2021

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #56 (May 2 at 6:00pm)

Ernestine Anderson – Blues, Dues & Love News (1996)

Recorded live at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Universal City, California on November 27th and 28th, 1995.

Performers include:

Ernestine Anderson – vocals

Del Atkins – bass

Oscar Brashear – trumpet

Andy Martin – trombone

Bob Sheppard – saxophone, flute

Geoff Stradling – keyboards

Paul Vapiano – guitar  

Skip James

Apr 29, 2021
The Blues Highway

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #242 (April 30 at 8:00pm and May 1 at 3:00pm)

Nehemiah Curtis “Skip” James possessed one of the most hauntingly distinctive styles in the blues, and, according to some who knew him, one of the most disturbed and complex personalities as well.

Career Center BR

Unemployment rates fell in 81 Kentucky counties between March 2020 and March 2021, rose in 31, and stayed the same in eight counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.               

Oldham, Todd and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.8% each. They were followed by Logan, Shelby, Spencer and Washington counties, 3.9% each; and Green, Scott and Taylor counties, 4% each.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

Progress continues on the Mountain Parkway Expansion this spring, with completion of the 8.2-mile Morgan County segment in sight.

Asphalt plants have reopened for the year and paving is underway on the new westbound lanes of the Mountain Parkway in Morgan County. Westbound traffic will begin using the new lanes this summer between Exit 57 in Helechawa and Hager in Magoffin County.

Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky State Parks announced the grand opening of the newly renovated golf pro shop at Lincoln Homestead State Park. State Parks Commissioner Russ Meyer joined park officials, along with Washington County Judge/Executive Timothy Graves, Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Mayor Debbie Wakefield, to celebrate the official reopening on Tuesday, April 20.

KY Forward

Kentucky State Parks announced today that the main lodge building at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will undergo repair. Effective April 27, 2021, the lodge building will be closed to the public until further notice.

The guest room wings will remain open, and the temporary closure of the lodge will have no impact on guest reservations. Dining services will be temporarily relocated to the conference center building.

Nature Stories

Apr 27, 2021
Athens Storytelling Festival

A Time For Tales

Program #434 (May 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Nature Stories”

Program performers:

Doug Elliott

Kevin Kling

Bil Lepp

Doc McConnell

Tom Rush


Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)

Skylar Rogers – Firebreather (Independent)

Alastair Greene – The New World Blues (Whiskey Bayou)

Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War (Alligator)

Chris Cain – Raisin’ Cain (Alligator)

Veronica Lewis – You Ain’t Unlucky (Blue Heart)

Kim Wilson – Take Me Back (M.C.)

Steve Cropper – Fire It Up (Provogue)

Lakeshore Public Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #324 (April 25 at 8:00pm)

Lionel Hampton was the first jazz vibraphonist and was one of the jazz giants beginning in the mid-'30s. He has achieved the difficult feat of being musically open-minded (even recording "Giant Steps") without changing his basic swing style.

Jeffrey Foucault

Apr 23, 2021
Jeffrey Foucault

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #241 (April 23 at 8:00pm and April 24 at 3:00pm)

With his rugged Midwestern sensibility and rich, evocative voice, Jeffrey Foucault is a songwriter in the tradition of the classic American country-folk troubadours.

Geraldine Buckley

Apr 21, 2021
Geraldine Buckley

A Time For Tales

Program #433 (April 25 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Geraldine Buckley”

With her trademark wit, warmth and humor, internationally known, award-winning storyteller and educator Geraldine Buckley has been involved in storytelling, speaking, performance poetry and conducting creative workshops for over thirty years in the US, Canada, England, Holland, South Africa, Spain and New Zealand.

Danny Gottlieb

Apr 17, 2021
Drummer World

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #323 (April 18 at 8:00 p.m.)

Danny Gottlieb is one of the most popular drummers in jazz and contemporary music.

While best known as the drummer in the original Pat Metheny Group, of which he was a member for six years, Danny, during the past 30 years, has performed and recorded with some of the world's greatest musicians. He appears on over 300 CDs to date, including 4 Grammy winners.

Nat Adderley Sextet

Apr 17, 2021

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #55 (April 18 at 6:00 p.m.)

Nat Adderley Sextet – Live At Sweet Basil (1990)

Recorded live at Sweet Basil in New York City, May 12th and 13th, 1990.

Performers include:

Nat Adderley – cornet

Bob Bargad – piano

Walter Booker – bass

Jimmy Cobb – drums

Sonny Fortune – alto saxophone

Vincent Herring – alto saxophone  

Business News Daily

Even with the turmoil of COVID-19, minority students in Kentucky achieved steady gains in college degrees and credentials last year, and overall, the state remains on pace to meet its educational attainment goals in 2030.

Mike Barnett

Apr 14, 2021
Mike Barnett

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #240 (April 16 at 8:00 p.m. and April 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

Mike Barnett is a virtuoso fiddler with a sound that straddles traditional and contemporary bluegrass, jazz, and folk.

Nacogdoches Miller

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) is pleased to recognize Nacogdoches Miller as the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Student Award.

Selected by MSPR staff, the annual award demonstrates leadership, initiative, personal development, and an overall commitment to MSPR above the level of his/her peers.

Daria Denysenko

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) is pleased to recognize Daria Denysenko as the recipient of the 2021 Community Advisory Board Student Leadership Award.

Selected by MSPR’s Community Advisory Board, the annual award demonstrates personal achievements, leadership, volunteerism, and involvement on the campus and in the community.

Moth Stories

Apr 13, 2021
The Moth

A Time For Tales

Program #432 (April 18 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Moth Stories”

Program performers:

Enrique Garcia Naranjo

Maxie Jones

Darrell Scott

Gabby Shea

Bruce Teiller

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

Mark Egan

Apr 12, 2021
Bilbo's Bass Bites

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #322 (April 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Since touring and recording in the late ‘70s as a member of Pat Metheny Group, Egan’s ability to groove, perfectly complement the music in any situation and solo in highly expressive fashion has made him one of the most in-demand bass players on the international music scene.

Esther Rose

Apr 7, 2021
Playing For Change

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #239 (April 9 at 8:00 p.m. and April 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Equal parts poignant and lighthearted, Esther Rose's honeyed retro-country has the crossover appeal of artists like Margo Price and Kelsey Waldon.

Steeped in dreamy, rustic twang, her solo debut, This Time Last Night, arrived in 2017. Her third album, 2021's How Many Times, added a touch of pop luminance to the mix without diluting her songs' folksy charm.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9

Construction’s under way on a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway safety project to replace the US 60-KY 801 intersection near the Bath-Rowan county line with a mini-roundabout.

Contractors are currently working on drainage, lighting, and other parts of the intersection, and expect to begin pavement changes next week, the week of April 12. Construction will take about two weeks, weather permitting.

Henry Butler

Apr 2, 2021
Henry Butler

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #321 (April 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Henry Butler's blues-based, New Orleans funk-style piano playing was not for every blues fan, to be sure. Butler was a local legend in New Orleans, but rarely toured other parts of the country; most any time of the year he could be found playing in one of New Orleans' famous night spots.


Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #54 (April 4 at 6:00 p.m.)

Count Basie & His Orchestra – Breakfast Dance and Barbeque (1959)

Recorded live at the The Americana Hotel, Miami, Florida on May 31, 1959.

Performers include:

Alto Saxophone – Frank Wess, Marshall Royal

Baritone Saxophone – Charlie Fowlkes

Bass – Eddie Jones

Drums – Sonny Payne

Flute – Frank Wess

Guitar – Freddie Green

Piano – Count Basie

Tenor Saxophone – Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster

Trombone – Al Grey, Benny Powell, Henry Coker


Apr 1, 2021
Bob Bayne, Lucero

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #238 (April 2 at 8:00 p.m. and April 3 at 3:00 p.m.)

Adding a Southern flavor to their love of Springsteen, the Mekons, and the indie folk-pop of Ida, Memphis alt-country rockers Lucero have suffered the turbulence that comes with the indie scene, but their story of perseverance and survival is triumphant, so much so that director Aaron Goldman made a film about it.


Alastair Greene – The New World Blues (Whiskey Bayou)

Veronica Lewis – You Ain’t Unlucky (Blue Heart)

Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War (Alligator)

Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)

Skylar Rogers – Firebreather (Independent)

Kim Wilson – Take Me Back (M.C.)

Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level (Nola Blue)

Kevin Burt – Stone Crazy (Gulf Coast)

A.J. Croce

Mar 24, 2021
Joshua Black Wilkins, A.J. Croce

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #237 (March 26 at 8:00 p.m. and March 27 at 3:00 p.m.)

Over the past three decades, A.J. Croce has established his reputation as a piano player and serious vocal stylist who pulls from a host of musical traditions and anti-heroes….part New Orleans, part juke joint, part soul.

Over his ten studio albums, it’s clear that A.J. Croce holds an abiding love for all types of musical genres: Blues, Soul, Pop, Jazz, and Rock n’ Roll.