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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Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2019, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, who has served since 2017.

The state poet laureate is appointed biennially by the Governor to promote the literary arts in Kentucky through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars, conferences and events, including Kentucky Writers’ Day.

The arts council coordinates the nomination and selection process for recommendation to the governor.

MSU Athletics

After hitting the road for the first time this season, Morehead State volleyball returns home to host the Comfort Inn-Vitational this weekend.

The Eagles (3-1) welcome in Saint Francis (Pa.), Mercer, and Wright State.

Nat Adderley Quintet

Aug 30, 2018
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #219

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Nat Adderley redefined the idea of "brotherly love" in a musical context. Fueled by his desire to "be remembered for having led a committed life," Nat devoted his creative energies to collaborating with his saxophone-playing brother, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, producing one of jazz's greatest sibling success stories.

Old Time Radio Downloads

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) will celebrate the Labor Day weekend with special programs.

Among the specials are:

"Muddy Bottom Blues – Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash" 
August 31 at 8:00pm; September 1 at 3:00pm

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

When Kentucky’s 2018 deer season opens Sept. 1, a number of new regulations will be in place.

Deer hunters should note the following changes for the upcoming season:

•The modern gun deer season has been lengthened in Zones 3 and 4 and will now be 16 days across all zones, opening Nov. 10 and continuing through Nov. 25, 2018.

•The statewide and youth deer permits now allow for the harvest of up to four deer. While the harvest allotment for statewide and youth deer permits has increased, the one-buck rule remains in place statewide.

St. Claire Healthcare

Three eastern Kentucky students with aspirations of working in healthcare are the recipients of scholarships from the St. Claire Foundation.

Hannah Skaggs of Salyersville has earned the $750 Sister Mary Jeannette Wess Scholarship. Skaggs is a junior at the University of Pikeville and a pitcher on the U-Pike softball team. She has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend medical school.

Jim Widner Big Band

Aug 24, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #218 (August 26 at 8:00pm)

A sought-after jazz musician and clinician, bass player Jim Widner enjoyed a storied career on stage with the likes of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco before he pursued his true passion – jazz education.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Through this year-long (Aug. 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019) project, the NE KY AHEC will work to establish a regional Opioid Crisis Response Network in collaboration with St. Claire HealthCare, Pathways Inc., Sterling Health Solutions, and the Gateway District Health Department.

Hilarie Spangler

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) will host a Night of Appalachian Storytelling at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 8 at the Gearheart Auditorium (One Bert T. Combs Drive) on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC.

The event is presented by Gearheart Communications and Appalachian Wireless.  Admission is $5 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free.  The event is family friendly.

Barsotti & Manley, PLLC

As the Labor Day weekend approaches, families and friends are making plans to celebrate the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for motorists, as many impaired drivers get behind the wheel.

For this reason, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and local law enforcement agencies are joining officers across the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. 

St. Louis Public Radio

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning business owners to be wary of websites that charge for services that are provided for free by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Beshear said an aspiring Kentucky business owner has reported a suspicious website, which mimics IRS.gov, but advertises services to help business owners obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for a $250 to $300 fee, when it is free through IRS.gov.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The public is invited to learn more about the state’s ruffed grouse management plans during a community meeting hosted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at 7 p.m. (Eastern) Friday, Aug. 24, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park near Prestonsburg.

Experts from the department’s Wildlife Division will discuss plans for upcoming projects to help restore grouse in Kentucky. Biologists will be available to answer questions from the audience and outline long-term goals for the program.

The meeting is open for the public.

Dr. Billy Taylor

Aug 17, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #217 (August 19 at 8:00pm)

Pianist Billy Taylor was such an articulate spokesman for jazz, and his profiles on CBS' Sunday Morning television program (where he was a regular beginning in 1981) were so successful at introducing jazz to a wider audience, that sometimes one could forget what a talented pianist he was for over half a century. While not an innovator, Taylor was flexible enough to play swing, bop, and more advanced styles while always retaining his own musical personality.

USA Today

The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.

The Business Journals

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Open Investment Proclamation recognizing the significance of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Kentucky’s economy.  Approximately 7.4 percent of the state’s total employment is a result of FDI, and FDI is responsible for employing over 117,000 workers in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will conduct a special called meeting Aug. 17 in Frankfort to consider the fiscal year 2019 budget and other items.

The special called meeting will start at 1 p.m. EDT and will follow the Commission’s regular committee meetings, which are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

The committee meetings and special called meeting will be held at the Arnold Mitchell Building on the campus of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources headquarters in Frankfort.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

This periodic report includes highlights about work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.

Morgan County Segment

Throughout this approximately 8-mile section through Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin Counties, workers are continuing clearing, excavation and construction with minimal impacts to traffic on the Mountain Parkway.


The credential Kentuckians rely on most to verify their identities will undergo major upgrades in 2019 to enhance security and to keep travelers on the move.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials have announced the launch of the Confident Kentucky initiative to improve the security of state driver’s licenses and introduce a new Voluntary Travel ID credential that meets federal standards to board U.S. flights and enter select federal facilities.

MSU Athletics

Morehead State Football had eight players listed on Phil Steele's Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Teams.

Senior wide receiver Jarin Higginbotham is a first-team selection, while senior quarterback Lawson Page and sophomore slot receiver Landon Hurst were third-team picks on offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior lineman Patrick Rice and senior lineman Nick Flores were named to the second-team. Senior lineman Jamil Butler, junior linebacker Jerome Brooks and senior cornerback Chauncey Johns were on the third team.

Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center

On Aug. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. employees and board members of the Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting a Phone-A-Thon for their Change for Children Capital Campaign.

It will take place at the Rowan County Fiscal Court Room at 600 West Main St., Morehead but those wanting to donate can also call (606) 315- 6523 or give on their PayPal account (gatewaycac2@gmail.com).

The event invites community members to stop by, donate, make phone calls to friends and relatives, then take a photo so they can be publicly thanked on social media and other locations.

The College at Brockport

Operation UNITE has been awarded funding to place 54 full-time Serve Kentucky AmeriCorps members in elementary schools across southern and eastern Kentucky during the 2018-19 school year.

Through a $658,800 grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps members serving with UNITE will provide math tutoring, drug prevention, and healthy living education to students in 15 counties including Carter, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Morgan, Owsley, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Wolfe.

Jackie McLean

Aug 8, 2018
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #216 (August 12 at 8:00pm)

Jackie Mclean has long had his own sound, played slightly sharp and with great intensity; he is recognizable within two notes.

McLean was one of the few bop-oriented players of the early '50s who explored free jazz in the '60s, widening his emotional range and drawing from the new music qualities that fit his musical personality.

Tami Neilson

Aug 8, 2018
Saving Country Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #150 (August 10 at 8:00pm and August 11 at 3:00pm)

Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.

The Morehead News

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is offering a new scholarship to help students complete their associate degrees in two years or less.

The 15 to Finish scholarship will pay $500 to students who successfully complete 15 credit hours in a semester and enroll for an additional 15 hours the next semester. Research shows students who take at least 15 hours a semester are more successful, graduate sooner and save money.

National Capital Industries

Work starts this week on bridge improvements on US 60 in downtown Grayson in Carter County and on KY 7 in Elliott County -- part of a 7-bridge, $900,000 restoration project.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, US 60 will be one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals across the Little Sandy River bridge in downtown Grayson (milepoint 24.5) as contractors begin bridge deck pavement repairs.

Lena Horne

Aug 4, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #215 (August 5 at 8:00pm)

Lena Horne was born in 1917 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne in New York City. She performed with the greatest jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. She lives in New York City today and does not appear in the public eye anymore.

Lena is most famous for the movie Stormy Weather, in which she sung the title song, in the 1940's. Contrary to how music careers usually begin, Lena grew up in an elite family. She lived in a black bourgeois area in Brooklyn, New York.


Gov. Matt Bevin has recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Bowling Green.

Private First Class Joe Stanton Elmore, 20, died on December 2, 1950 in Changjim County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea.


Residents of Menifee County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a proposed rockfall mitigation project on KY 1274 near Cave Run Lake.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the Menifee County High School cafeteria. It will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

Historic Bridges

A $1 million Transportation Cabinet preventive maintenance project coming next month to downtown Ashland’s 12th Street bridge will mean extended life for the Ohio River crossing, but it requires a temporary traffic change – the bridge must be closed.

“While we understand the concerns this will create, it’s vitally important that work is done to keep the bridge in service for the 14,000 vehicles a day that use it,” said Chief District Engineer Bart Bryant of Kentucky Department of Highways District 9.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare is collaborating on a nationwide research study to test whether two drugs can help prevent second cancers and the formation of new precancerous polyps, known as adenomas, in patients who have already battled colorectal cancer.