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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Inside Indiana Buisness

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has started a $700,000 project to improve four state highway bridges in Carter, Nicholas and Lewis counties.

The work involves bridge surface restoration and waterproofing of the KY 1 bridge over Everman Creek in Carter County, the KY 57 bridge over Somerset Creek in Nicholas County, the KY 8 bridge over Salt Lick Creek in Lewis County and the KY 10 bridge over Cabin Creek in Lewis County.


With election season under way across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds candidates and their supporters that campaign signs are not allowed on state highway rights of way.

“Campaign signs should be displayed only on privately-owned property,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We want to support and encourage the democratic process, but not at the expense of our motorists’ safety.”

Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta)

Eddie Cotton – Here I Come (DeChamp)

Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home (Blind Pig)

Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners – Beyond The Storm (Independent)

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops – Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – The Devil You Know (Alligator)

Toronzo Cannon – John The Conquer Root (Delmark)

Motorists should watch for lane closures and other traffic changes the week of May 12 along eight miles of the AA Highway (KY 10) in the Letitia area of rural Greenup County.

The $495,000 project, awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to Temple and Temple Excavating and Paving Inc., includes pavement sealing operations and micro-surfacing of all lanes of the AA Highway between the Lewis-Greenup county line east to the KY 7 intersection.

Pregones Theater

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded nearly $800,000 in grant funding to Kentucky agencies and arts organizations – including more than $700,000 to the Kentucky Arts Council – in its latest round of grants.

The arts council will receive $710,500 from the NEA through its state partnership agreement grants for the state arts agency's 2015 fiscal year budget. Partnership funding is awarded annually to state-level arts agencies nationwide. The arts council is the only agency in Kentucky designated to receive state partnership funding from the NEA.

Pop Culture Nerd

Aline Dolinh, the Southeastern United States representative in the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), will join Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker and six former poets laureate for readings during this year's Kentucky Writers' Day ceremony.


The Kentucky General Assembly honored Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall on April 14 with a resolution for his more than 15 years of service as the founding president of KCTCS.

Dr. McCall was accompanied by his wife, Carolyn, in the House and Senate Chambers. Senator Julian Carroll made introductions and initiated the resolution in the Senate.

Representative James Kay made the introduction of the same resolution in the House.

Kentucky Dept. of Transportation

Inspections and roadway patching on KY 773's twin bridges in Carter County will require daytime closures Wednesday and Thursday, April 23-24.

The bridges, located around the 1 mile marker between KY 7 and KY 1 south of Grayson, will be closed to all traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Motorists must detour using KY 7 and KY 1 through Grayson, or using local routes.

Road work is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to heed all warning signs, slow down in work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling.

Kentucky National Guard

If you know of a member of the Kentucky National Guard who died in the line of duty - the Kentucky National Guard Memorial needs your help. They are asking families and friends of the fallen to contact them and provide them with names.

They are seeking Kentucky Army or Air National Guard members who died in the line of duty from March 19, 1912 to the present. The Memorial has identified 148 but has more than 300 additional names to research. They are hoping that family and friends can suggest names they may not be aware of and add information to the names they have.


Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Carving that day will be Jack Gann of Berea, Jack Johnson of Somerset, and John Ferguson of Danville.


Keeneland has announced that it is converting its main race track from synthetic Polytrack material to a state-of-the-art dirt surface, with a drainage system that will be the first of its kind in North America.

The conversion will take place over the summer, with construction scheduled to begin May 19 and be completed Aug. 15. The track will reopen for training Sept. 1. The Fall Meet begins Oct. 3.


Keeneland announced today that it will build a multipurpose facility – the Keeneland Event Center – on its campus to house state-of-the-art simulcast wagering, Instant Racing and dining. The facility is scheduled to open in July 2015.

Located near the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center (which will now be named the Keene Barn), the 40,000-square-foot Keeneland Event Center will mirror the look and feel of existing structures on the property, featuring a limestone façade and tasteful, understated decor. 

Saturday Down South

University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops has lived much of his life with a keen awareness of the importance of cardiac care following his father’s untimely death at age 54 from a heart attack.

So when the coach was selected to be featured on the 2014 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle with proceeds going to benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK Healthcare, he found that to be a cause he could fully endorse.

Morehead State Public Radio received a total of 13 awards in nine categories during the 2014 Kentucky Associated Press Awards Banquet held on Saturday, March 29. The event was presented at The Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

MSPR students earned 11 awards, including First Place for Best Reporter, Best Newscast, Best Public Affairs and Best Sports Coverage.

Tyler Kline also earned Best of Show in the College Radio division.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – The Devil You Know (Alligator)

Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta)

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops – Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

Toronzo Cannon – John The Conquer Root (Delmark)

Eddie Cotton – Here I Come (DeChamp)

Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children in the United States has one or more developmental disabilities.

Recently, a group of care workers and community leaders organized a proclamation to raise the level of disability awareness in the community.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story.

Claypool-Young Art Gallery

The Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University will host the 2014 Sophomore Art &Design Exhibition, April 2 through 9.  

The annual show is an opportunity for MSU Department of Art & Design students to exhibit as emerging artists in a professional setting at the midpoint of their college career.  The exhibition opens with a reception featuring live music by MSU students and complimentary refreshments on Wednesday, April 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

UW Extension

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently awarded $85,591 in Rowan County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP).

The Rowan County Conservation District submitted a proposal to the Rowan County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers. 

Rowan County Arts Center

The Kentucky Arts Council has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) to conduct workshops in the eastern region of the Commonwealth that will provide arts-related tools, resources and ideas that can initiate economic growth and development.

Gwen Heffner, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Three times a year, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea holds review sessions to consider works and products by Kentucky artisans who are not juried members of the Kentucky Arts Council programs or the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. 

Applications for the next review are due April 30.

Application categories are visual arts (crafts, and two-dimensional art), books, music, storytelling and other recordings or films and Kentucky Proud food products.

The Kentucky Community College and Technical System (KCTCS) has chosen Dr. Larry Ferguson as the vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions.

Ferguson was selected following an extensive national search. He is currently the dean of resource development and external affairs at Ashland Community and Technical College.   He begins work in his new role with KCTCS on April 16.


Salt truck and snow plow crews in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 will report for duty at 2 a.m. in all northeast Kentucky counties to respond to slick road conditions Tuesday (March 25) morning if necessary.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers overnight across much of the region with lows below freezing. While less than a half inch of snow accumulation is predicted, there is a potential for slick travel – especially during the morning commute.

Kentucky Arts Council

A 15-year-old sophomore student from Pike County is Kentucky's 2014 Poetry Out Loud state champion and will represent the Commonwealth at the national finals in April.

Taryn Syck, the school champion from Pike County Central High School, emerged as the winner among 14 high schools students who competed for the Poetry Out Loud state title Thursday (March 13) at the Capital Plaza Hotel.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents, during its quarterly meeting today (March 14), announced the selection of a presidential search consultant and committee to assist in the selection of the next KCTCS president. Current and founding KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced in November his plan to retire January 15, 2015. 


Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Library Seminar Series will sponsor a Women’s History Conference on Friday, March 21, on the Prestonsburg campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. in the Pike Building.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn about women, their role in leadership and history and other important topics,” said Judy Howell, a professor and reference librarian at BSCTC. “We have assembled some great presentations that will leave participants enlightened and encouraged.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $138,000 improvement project for a bridge on KY 386 in western Nicholas County.

Beginning the week of March 17, contractors will remove deteriorated concrete from the surface of the KY 386 bridge over McBride Creek and replace it with a new concrete overlay. The work will require the bridge to be restricted to one lane, with traffic controlled by temporary signals, through April or until the project is complete.

The work is being done under a $137,579.93 low-bid contract awarded to M&M Services Co. Inc.

Center For Early Childhood Education

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday (March 9) at 2:00a.m. Remember to move your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

It’s also recommended to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms. Check batteries in media devices, children's toys, and other items such as flashlights, garage door openers and clocks.

More than two hundred artists will display their work this weekend at the Lexington Convention Center during “Kentucky Crafted – The Market.” It’s an award-winning marketplace showcasing high quality handmade goods from across the Commonwealth. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has more...

Courier Press

Crews are making progress on clearing state highways across northeast Kentucky.

As of 5:30 p.m. (Mon., March 3), most main routes, such as I-64, US 23, US 60, US 68, KY 11 and other Priority A highways had improved to mostly clear and wet with some slush.

Plow crews continue to work those routes and are now working Priority B routes - which are partly covered with snow - and Priority C routes, which are mostly covered.

Crews in northeast Kentucky will work to clear as many highways as possible before nightfall, and will remain on 12-hour shifts into Tuesday.

Toronzo Cannon – John The Conquer Root (Delmark)

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops – Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Dangerous (Delta Groove)

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – The Devil You Know (Alligator)

Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove)

Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul (Delmark)