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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Hello Louisville

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications through August 15 from craft and visual artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Crafted Program, the only state-supported marketing program for professional artists.

The Kentucky Crafted Program is an adjudicated marketing assistance program for the state's finest visual and craft artists. It provides assistance to Kentucky artists through marketing and promotional opportunities and arts business training.

Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home (Blind Pig)

Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta)

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

Robert Cray Band – In My Soul (Provogue)

John Nemeth – Memphis Grease (Blue Corn Music)

John Hammond – Timeless (Palmetto)

Billy Branch & Sons Of Blues – Blues Shock (Blind Pig)

Eddie Cotton – Here I Come (DeChamp)

Trip Advisor

Thirteen Kentucky museums will offer free admission to active military members and their families this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative.

A collaboration of the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and thousands of museums nationwide, the Blue Star Museum program was started five years ago as a military appreciation effort aimed at connecting military families to cultural resources in communities where they've moved or are based.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to smooth out the hills and curves along Cranston Road (KY 377) in Rowan County, and that effort begins with a public meeting next month.

Residents, motorists and others concerned about the roadway may attend the meeting 5-7 p.m. June 5 at Tilden Hogge Elementary School to learn more about the project.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Architectural Artists Directory through Aug.15.

Professional artists age 21 or older whose work includes architectural elements, custom-made fixtures and uniquely crafted building materials and design elements are encouraged to apply.

Mother Nature Network

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is teaming up with the National Safe Boating Council and other boating safety advocates across the U.S. to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, 2014.

National Safe Boating Week is the official launch of the 2014 Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of life jacket wear by recreational boaters.

Kentucky Horse Council

Ten years ago, a group of concerned Kentucky horsemen formed a coalition to improve the economics of the state’s signature horse industry.  Designed to represent all equine breeds and disciplines, the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) was founded this week in May, 2004. 

Motorists are advised that daytime closures of KY 784 in Greenup County will occur this week as Kentucky Department of Highways crews make culvert repairs and replace cross drains under the roadway.

Beginning Wednesday, May 21, and during daytime hours of approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., KY 784 will be closed near the 5 mile marker in the Samaria area between Elton Smith Road and Harlow Hollow. Message boards will indicate specific times and schedules. The road will reopen nights and weekends.

Kentucky Christian University

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Young Library at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson a literacy grant in the amount of $2000 to support adult, family and summer literacy programs. 

This local grant award is part of over $6 million in grants awarded today to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 40 states the company serves.

Amusement Today

With final stages of a $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville is set to reopen May 24, the start of Memorial Day weekend.

With 20 new rides and attractions among a total of more than 50, Kentucky Kingdom and its award-winning Hurricane Bay waterpark will be open seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Aug. 13.

Kentucky Kingdom remains open during the Kentucky State Fair (Aug.14-24) and then celebrates Labor Day weekend and continues operating weekends through the end of September.


The Kentucky Arts Council is asking Kentucky artists, arts groups, arts supporters and the general public, to participate in two online surveys that will help assess the state of the arts in the Commonwealth. One survey is for the arts council's Kentucky Creative Industry study and the other will gather feedback for the council's next strategic plan.


Kentucky photographer Mary S. Rezny of Lexington, has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council's Featured Artist for May.

Rezny, whose studio is in Lexington's Distillery District, is a photo-based mixed media artist. Inspired by nature and gardens, Rezny adds paint, collage and organic materials to her work, creating three-dimensional illustrations. Her work has also evolved to include the creation of sculptural artist books. Rezny's studio doubles as a gallery for regional, national and international artists.

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.