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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Kevin Gordon

Aug 3, 2018
Nashville Scene

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #149 (August 3 at 8:00pm and August 4 at 3:00pm)

Alternative country-rock singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon was born and raised in West Monroe, Lousiana, and grew up on a steady diet of the area's indigenous swamp blues, honky tonk and rockabilly.

A published poet and graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, he teamed with producer and E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent to record his debut Illinois 5 a.m., issued in 1997 on the Nashville-based Motherlode label; Down to the Wall followed in mid-2000.

Operation UNITE

More than 400 basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, footballs and balls of all types have been donated to Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) for distribution throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.

The sports balls were donated by the American Heart Association in a special media event held on Wednesday, July 25 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands during the 12th annual Camp UNITE, a week-long leadership/adventure program for middle school-aged youth.


Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) and SilverLiner together with Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, and LKLP Community Action Council celebrated SilverLiner’s inaugural class of welders from the Workforce Solutions Welding Training on the Mayo campus.  

These students are well-trained and ready for a career in new and emerging industries in eastern Kentucky.

St. Claire HealthCare

Mark J. Neff, FACHE, St. Claire HealthCare President/CEO has announced that he will retire effective January 31, 2019. 

Neff states, “I’m sad to leave, but excited about a new adventure as my wife, Diane, and I are moving back to Notre Dame to be closer to our children and grandchildren.”

Neff was appointed President and CEO of St. Claire in 1995.   When he arrived, he brought with him more than 10 years of not-for-profit, regionally integrated healthcare system experience.

Acoustic Alchemy

Jul 28, 2018
LionHear TV

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #214 (July 29 at 8:00pm)

During the late '80s and '90s, Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael produced a series of mellow albums classified as adult contemporary music, though the guitarists encompass the range of jazz and new age as well.

Both grew up in England during the '60s listening to pop/rock, though Webb studied jazz guitar at Leeds College of Music while Carmichael focused on classical guitar at the London College of Music.

American Songwriter

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

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

Paul Thorn – Don’t Let The Devil Ride (Perpetual Obscurity)

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

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

Danielle Nicole – Cry No More (Concord)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)

Milk Carton Kids

Jul 27, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #148 (July 27 at 8:00pm and July 28 at 3:00pm)

The Milk Carton Kids are a neo-traditional folk duo from Los Angeles, California. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed the group in early 2011, shelving their solo careers in favor of a collaborative project that focused on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars, and rootsy songwriting.

Manchesters Finest

The Paramount Players will present Legally Blonde the Musical at the Paramount Arts Center on August 3 and 4.

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the movie, Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods (Audrey Fosson) as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 

Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

St. Claire Foundation

The St. Claire Foundation’s recent 2018 Signature Event raised $23,000 to support St. Claire HealthCare’s efforts to relocate and upgrade our inpatient rehabilitation services with a state-of-the-art therapy gym and functional training space, including a home simulation environment.

“We’ve been hosting annual Signature Events for 16 years,” said St. Claire Foundation Executive Director Tom Lewis. “This one set records for attendance and dollars raised. We hope everyone who attended had as much fun as our staff did!”

Chris Standring

Jul 21, 2018
Benedetto Guitars

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #213 (July 22 at 8:00pm)

Smooth jazz guitarist Chris Standring was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England; classically trained at the London College of Music, he further honed his skills during a decade spent working for the BBC as well as a number of theatrical orchestras on London's West End. From there, Standring relocated to Los Angeles, where he became a top session player after recording with everyone from Bebe & Cece Winans to Jody Watley and Carole Bayer Sager.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) was presented with the Center of Excellence Award in Distribution at the National AHEC Organization’s biennial conference, held July 8-11 in Arlington, Va.

The Distribution award recognizes an AHEC program that is improving health care workforce distribution throughout the nation, particularly among rural and underserved areas and populations. Other Center of Excellence awards were given in Diversity and Practice Transformation.

AA Roads

Motorists should watch for temporary lane closures on I-64 for bridge inspections this week in Bath, Rowan and Carter counties.

Beginning Tuesday, July 17, contractors will inspect bridges on I-64 between Mt. Sterling and the Rowan County line in Bath County around mile markers 118, 120, 122 and 129.

On Wednesday, July 18, contractors will inspect bridges in Carter County near Olive Hill at mile marker 161.

Latin Bay Area

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #212 (July 15 at 8:00pm)

An assemblage of some of Cuba's most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club's origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians whose performing careers had largely ended decades earlier with the rise of Fidel Castro.

Paul Cauthen

Jul 13, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #146 (July 13 at 8:00pm; July 14 at 3:00pm)

Paul Cauthen has kept the fires of old-fashioned outlaw country, spiking his sinewy swagger with an undercurrent of gospel.

The Independent

Due to low water levels, the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will limit recreational boat lockage on the Ohio River.

Effective immediately and until conditions abate, navigation locks on the Ohio, which includes Willow Island Locks, Belleville Locks, Racine Locks, R.C. Byrd Locks, Greenup Locks and Meldahl Locks, will only lock recreational craft through on even-numbered hours (2, 4, etc.).

The locks on the Kanawha River, London, Marmet and Winfield Locks, will continue normal operations.

(provided by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)


Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) effective August 16.

She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College and was chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College. Prior to joining KCTCS, she was vice president at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.

Cabins of Birch Hollow

A highway project that begins July 11 on KY 77 and KY 715 in the Red River Gorge in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties will cause traffic delays until the project is completed by the end of August.

The work will take place on KY 77 between the north end of the Nada Tunnel in Powell County and mile marker 2 in Menifee County, and on KY 715 between the KY 77 intersection in Menifee County and Pine Ridge in Wolfe County.

You Tube

JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

One important aim of the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) is to promote STEM in our community, and this was part of the message that Susan Scott, EKSC Staff Instructor, shared when she presented at the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) 11th annual conference at the University of Kentucky on June 21st, 2018.

Representing her role as a mentor in STEM education at the EKSC, Scott spoke on the importance of engaging children in meaningful science programs through fun and enriching experiments. 

Morehead State University

MSU Farmer's Market is open today from 10am to 2pm. The market is located at the Bell Tower in front of the Camden-Carroll Library.

Red e app

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the creation of the Economic Opportunity Commission, which will be attached to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED).

The new Commission combines the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council.

The Economic Opportunity Commission will consist of 12 voting members appointed by the Governor, with the Lieutenant Governor serving in an ex officio capacity.

Bridge Hunter

Work expected to start this week on a $900,000 bridge deck restoration project to improve seven bridges in northeast Kentucky has been rescheduled.

The project will instead start next week, Monday, July 9, when contractors plan to close the KY 1661 bridge over the Little Sandy River (milepoint 1.6) near Grayson in Carter County. The road will be closed at the bridge for 10 days for a pavement overlay and other work.

Pic 2 Fly

This summer’s not only bringing high heat, but also nearly $8 million in new blacktop and other state highway repairs to northeast Kentucky.

In May and June, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded 18 contracts for road and bridge work in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties totaling $7,628,196.55.

Trace Creek Construction

Rowan County Judge Executive Dr. Walter Blevins, Rowan County Jailer Wes Coldiron and the Rowan County Fiscal Court cordially invite the public to an open house for the new Rowan County Detention Center located at 1075 South Tolliver Street in Morehead.

The open house is planned from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9th. Tours of the new facility will be conducted by detention center employees.

(provided by Rowan County Fiscal Court)

MSU Administration & Fiscal Services

The City of Morehead will close streets and roads in downtown Morehead today (July 3) for Fazoli's Freedom Fest celebrations.

Attached is a map of all the road closures for your convenience. 

(provided by MSU Administration and Fiscal Services)

United States Air Force Band

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM) will celebrate the July 4 holiday with special programs.

“That Was Radio – Westerns” will air at 9 a.m. Host Leon Smothers explores the golden age of radio, including the radio programs, personalities and events that shaped those programs. On this edition, Smothers will be your guide for a review of old-time radio Westerns including shows for kids, adults and the whole family. The program will be a nostalgic hour of singing cowboys, adventure and suspense. The program will repeat Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m.

The Morehead News

Advanced Disposal Services Landfill in Rowan County, located at 300 Old Phelps Road, will host a Free Disposal Day from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Open to all citizens of Rowan County, all loads must be under tarp and tied-down to avoid spillage. No commercial truck loads or trailer loads, and no hazardous materials accepted.

There will be a charge for disposal of tires. The cost is $6.00 for car tires and $12.00 for commercial tires. Rates are applied per tire.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #211 (July 1 at 8:00 pm)

On this program, it’s Jazz at the Movies - Part 1 featuring music from the movie soundtracks to The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) which starred Beau and Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Music from the film Beyond The Sea (2004) featuring Kevin Spacey will also be showcased.

Alligator Records

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

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

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Danielle Nicole – Cry No More (Concord)

Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)

Paul Thorn – Don’t Let The Devil Ride (Perpetual Obscurity)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)


As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members.