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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Kiowa County Press

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court judicial vacancy for Greenup and Lewis counties. The counties make up the 20th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s Division 1.

The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Paul Eugene Craft of Russell, Brian Christopher McCloud of Worthington and Matthew Jackson Warnock of Ashland.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University (main campus)

Thursday - 01/28/21

MSU will operate on Plan C. MSU will operate on a 1 hour and 30-minute delay. Offices will open at 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday/Thursday classes will begin with the 9:30 a.m. class.

Dining services and ADUC will open normal hours.

MSU (Mt. Sterling) is operating on Plan C on 1/28/2021.  Classes and offices will begin/open at 9:30 am est.

MSU Ashland classes and offices will begin/open at 10:00 am on 01/28/2021.

MSU Prestonsburg classes and offices are on a 3 hr delay on 00-00-19.


New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college degrees and other credentials provide a substantial boost to lifetime earnings, often totaling upwards of $1 million or more.

The findings are part of a new series of research briefs on education and median lifetime earnings in Kentucky that CPE plans to release over the next several weeks. The first brief, published today, reveals that higher levels of educational attainment allow workers to reap significantly greater financial rewards over the course of a career.

Dave Alvin

Jan 27, 2021

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #233 (January 29 at 8:00 p.m. and January 30 at 3:00 p.m.)

A singer, songwriter, and guitarist with a keen eye for the details of American life and a powerful and passionate performing style, Dave Alvin helped to kick-start the American roots rock scene in the early '80s with the band the Blasters, and has since gone on to a career as a solo performer, songwriter, producer, and sideman that's been as well respected as it is eclectic.


Kentucky Department of Highways snow and ice removal crews are standing by ready to roll tonight when wintry weather moves into northeast Kentucky.

The National Weather Service expects rain and snow showers to begin after 5 p.m., with precipitation changing to all snow by or after midnight. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow are possible into Thursday morning.

North State Public Radio

State highway crews will continue daytime road closures on KY 1444 in Carter County over the next two to three weeks for drainage pipe replacements.

Work to replace several pipes underneath the highway began Jan. 19, but has been delayed due to weather.

When weather allows this week and next – now through Feb. 5 – crews will close KY 1444 about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day between its KY 7 and KY 773 intersections to replace pipes. Work, and road closures, are also possible the week of Feb. 8-12.

Morehead State University

As Morehead State University begins a new year, the University will prepare incoming Eagle students through its upcoming Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) sessions for 2021. 

MSU will host SOAR sessions for new students, transfer students and Eagle Scholars (dual-credit students with MSU) in-person and in a virtual format.  

Thursday, Apr. 15 – Eagle Scholars*

Friday, Apr. 16 – New Students*

Monday through Friday, Apr. 19-23 – New & Transfer Students – Virtual**

Monday, May 24 – Transfer Students*

Tuesday, May 25 – New Students*


Up to $38 million is available to local governments to help Kentuckians with overdue utility bills in their jurisdiction. Each unit of local government may request up to $200,000 for assistance in their communities.

“Even with our victory over COVID-19 coming into sight, times are still tough for our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are grateful to be able to provide these funds, because they will ensure many Kentuckians won’t have to make the impossible choice between feeding their family and keeping the lights on.”

EastPark Industrial Center

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2.5 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for two projects in Eastern Kentucky that will upgrade waterlines, create jobs and build a better Kentucky.

The grant funding is administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG). Grantees include the City of Cumberland and the Northeast Kentucky Regional Industrial Authority in Grayson.

Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center announces the sixth Reveal exhibit, showcasing large format two-dimensional works by eleven Kentucky artists. The exhibit will open Feb. 8 and continue through April 30 in the center’s lobby.

Moth Stories

Jan 26, 2021
The Moth

A Time For Tales

Program #427 (January 31 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Moth Stories”

Program performers:

Alexis Barton

Joey Garfield

Jason Lemos

Enrique Garcia Naranjo

Betty Reid Soskin

Carla Van Hoose

Houston Chronicle

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #314 (January 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

Before the rock & roll revolution, Rosemary Clooney was one of the most popular female singers in America, rising to superstardom during the golden age of adult pop.

Shirley Scott

Jan 23, 2021

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #51 (January 24 at 6:00 p.m.)

Shirley Scott – Queen Of The Organ (1965)

Recorded live at the Front Room in Newark, New Jersey during December, 1964.

Performers include:

Shirley Scott – organ

Bob Cranshaw – bass

Otis Finch – drums

Stanley Turrentine – tenor saxophone

(provided by Discogs)

Stephanie Penn

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Guard:

“Yesterday evening, we learned that some of the National Guard forces who have been helping protect the Capitol complex were being made to rest in parking garages between their shifts.

“I don’t think a single Senator feels that was acceptable. I am glad the situation was resolved and I hope we learn exactly what happened.

Office of Gov. Andy Beshear

Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman for a memorial flag ceremony on the Capitol grounds to commemorate the more than 3,300 Kentuckians lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Every flag you see represents a real Kentuckian, one who was and is loved by their families and friends, who meant something to the communities in which they lived,” Gov. Beshear said. “Each and every loss is singular and heartbreaking.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Repairs to the I-64 overpass on KY 32 in Rowan County will require daily lane closures on the Morehead connector over the next few weeks.

Beginning today, contractors will reduce westbound KY 32 (outbound from downtown Morehead) to one lane at the I-64 overpass for concrete patching of bridge piers. The right lane of KY 32 will be closed about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day just past Fraley Drive. Interstate on and off ramps will not be affected. Motorists should slow down, merge left, and plan ahead for traffic delays – especially during rush hour or times of heavy traffic.


Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2020 unemployment rate was 6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).

The preliminary December 2020 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage points from November 2020 and up 1.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for December 2020 was 6.7 percent, unchanged from November 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Gov. Andy Beshear

The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that Gov. Andy Beshear will lead a bipartisan task force to guide states in their economic recovery and revitalization efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Drivers who use KY 594 (Red Lick Road) in Estill County will have to find an alternate route for the next few weeks, as repairs are planned that will require the road to be closed during working hours.

Daytime closures will begin on Monday, Jan. 25, to repair a major break in pavement at milepoint 4.7, which is 0.5 miles west of Horns River Road and 4.7 miles east of the Madison County line.


On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on increased funding for Kentucky hospitals, COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 vaccines as well as bills he is vetoing because they are unconstitutional and a threat to Kentucky lives during this pandemic.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky hospitals will receive an additional $800 million to $1 billion annually to help advance the quality of care of Medicaid members and provide a stable base for hospitals that will extend beyond the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky has an opportunity to embrace significant changes to achieve racial equity, but progress will not occur until educational attainment is improved, fairness is ensured in the criminal justice system and economic empowerment is increased for people of color.

That is the message of a new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Racial Inequality, “Achieving Equity to Build a Stronger Kentucky.”

Moments to Remember

Jan 18, 2021
Syd Lieberman

A Time For Tales

Program #426 (January 24 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Moments to Remember”

Program performers:

Gene Autry

Mike Cross

Diane Ferlatte

Syd Lieberman

Mac Parker

Kim Weitkamp


Gov. Andy Beshear has announced heightened security measures around the Kentucky State Capitol grounds in Frankfort following the Jan. 6 attack by domestic terrorists on the U.S. Capitol.

The Journal.ie

Andy Beshear, state officials and Kroger leadership have announced a new partnership to significantly increase the speed of COVID-19 vaccinations across the commonwealth.

The first Kroger regional, drive-through vaccination sites will open the week of Feb. 1 for Kentuckians in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. On Jan. 28, the Governor said more details would be announced on site locations and how to sign up.


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) snowfighters deployed in various sections of the commonwealth today to get a jump on an approaching weather front bringing snow.

Forecasters warned of a squall-like system moving into western Kentucky early today and spreading eastward, beginning with rain and a few light snow showers but turning increasingly to snow toward evening with less than 1 inch accumulation over most of the state.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Motorists should expect increased traffic impacts approaching downtown Russell over the next month as contractors begin steel work on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s KY 244 viaduct replacement project in Greenup County.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, steelworkers will begin offloading and placing girders on newly-built bridge piers adjacent to the existing KY 244 (Bellefonte Street) viaduct.

The work will require flagged traffic or temporary traffic stops on KY 244 several times a day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the next four weeks.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will close two culvert bridges in Fleming and Mason counties after an engineering analysis found issues with the structures. Until repairs are made, the structures will remain closed to all traffic for the public’s safety.


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is hiring staff for the 2021 residential program for Kentucky high school students from May 31 to June 26 on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. Candidates should apply online at: http://kentuckygse.com/about/join-our-staff

All positions are paid, and room and meals are provided.

The Shepherd’s House

The Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) has announced the award of four grants to support the establishment or expansion of four Recovery Community Centers. The grants total $1.5 million to be awarded over two years.