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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Pieces Of A Dream

Jul 5, 2014

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 26 (July 6 at 11pm) 

Bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon, and keyboardist James Lloyd founded crossover jazz group Pieces of a Dream in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were teenagers at the time of their 1976 formation.

Although they were jazz-oriented, the group also emphasized R+B and incorporated funk, quiet storm, hip-hop, new jack swing, and smooth jazz into their recordings, which often featured vocalists (including Barbara Walker, Eva Cassidy, and Maysa Leak).


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

Robert Cray Band – In My Soul (Provogue)

Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home (Blind Pig)

John Nemeth – Memphis Grease (Blue Corn Music)

John Mayall – A Special Life (Forty Below)

John Hammond – Timeless (Palmetto)

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

Charlie Musselwhite – Juke Joint Chapel (Henrietta)

Kentucky Department of Transportation

The Federal Highway Administration has approved the Transportation Cabinet’s proposal to replace a 14-mile section of the 80-year-old, sharply-curved KY 32 in Elliott and Rowan counties with a new roadway mostly north of its current route.

Engineers will now move the $100 million-plus project into final design, and begin drafting straighter, wider travel lanes capable of carrying more traffic, more safely.

Appalachian Community Development Association

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded $9,000 in grants to three master traditional and folk artists who will spend the next year teaching skills and practices vital to the state's cultural heritage to apprentice artists working in the same art form.

The arts council's Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants facilitate and support the recognition and continuation of Kentucky cultural traditions. Funding allows apprentice artists to study face-to-face with masters in their field to advance toward the same status within a specific folk art community.


Kentucky schools and teachers can apply for the next round of TranspArtation grants from the Kentucky Arts Council for arts-related field trips to be taken between Oct. 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

The grant funding is available for any Kentucky school, public or private that supports grades pre-K through 12, to assist with transportation costs to and from arts field trips and events.

Kentucky Department of Transportation, District 9

Nine state highway crew members from Mason, Fleming, Nicholas, Carter and Rowan counties earned medals this week in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9’s Equipment Operators Safety and Training ‘Roadeo’ – the Olympics of northeast Kentucky’s road workers.

Tallying scores from all events, Nick Clark of Nicholas County maintenance and Duane Dehart of Rowan County maintenance earned enough points to take home overall individual champion trophies in this year’s roadeo.

Ken Peplowski

Jun 27, 2014
Peterborough Jazz Club

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 25 (June 29 at 11pm) 

One of the top clarinetists of the 1990s and a very talented tenor player, Ken Peplowski has helped keep the tradition of small-group swing (and occasionally Dixieland) alive.

Peplowski made his professional debut at ten and played locally in Cleveland. After spending 1978-1980 touring with the Tommy Dorsey ghost orchestra (directed by Buddy Morrow), Peplowski settled in New York, freelanced in a variety of settings, and played with Benny Goodman.

Go Get Funding

Several area families were recently honored for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children.

The Kentucky Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) and the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work presented the awards to the Northeastern Service Region families at a recent reception.

Alternative Press

Three Kentucky organizations have been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive funding for community reading projects through the 2014 round of The Big Read grants.

The Big Read program, started in 2006, supports organizations across the country in developing local reading programs in an effort to encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities.


Keeneland’s conversion of its main track from a synthetic surface to a dirt surface is progressing on schedule.

More than 16,000 tons of Polytrack have been removed from the track, and a new drainage system along both the inside and outside rails is currently being constructed.

This unique system will work in tandem with the existing vertical drainage system located beneath the track that was installed during the 2006 renovation.

Memphis Flyer

The American Queen Steamboat, the largest steamboat ever built, will once again bring its passengers to Huntington for two days on June 26 and June 30.  The last time this boat docked in Huntington was eleven years ago.

The American Queen will stop in Huntington on Thursday, June 26 for the entire day and Monday, June 30 for an afternoon visit. Four large passenger buses accompany the steamboat to ports and will transport passengers around the city to pre-determined destinations.

Concrete restoration work is under way on two bridges crossing Fox Creek in Fleming County, and contractors are making safety improvements along KY 57 north of Flemingsburg.

The bridges, at mile marker 2.8 on KY 111 at Grange City and mile marker 7.2 on KY 158 at Ringo’s Mill, will be one lane with temporary traffic signals for about the next month. Delong Concrete LLC is doing the work under a $240,321.15 contract awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Eliane Elias

Jun 19, 2014

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 24 (June 22 at 11pm) 

The classical tradition meets the spontaneity of jazz through the virtuosic playing of Brazil-born and New York-based pianist Eliane Elias. A former member of the jazz ensemble Steps Ahead, Elias has continued to explore two distinct musical streams through her solo recordings and her performances since the mid 1980’s.

MSU at Ashland will be closed on Friday, June 13. Classes are canceled and offices are closed due to a power outage.


Beginning on Monday, June 23, a bridge on KY 1000 near Caney in Morgan County will be closed for repairs.

The bridge, which crosses Caney Creek at milepoint 0.039 near the KY 191 intersection, will be shut down while new beams and a new deck are installed on the existing support structures. The project is expected to take approximately 30 days to complete.

During the closure period, drivers can use KY 1162 to access KY 191 north of Caney, or US 460 at the other end of KY 1000 at White Oak, as detour routes.

Art Pepper

Jun 12, 2014
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 23 (June 15 at 11pm) 

Despite a remarkably colorful and difficult life, Art Pepper was quite consistent in the recording studios; virtually every recording he made is well worth getting. In the 1950s he was able to develop his own sound despite the dominant influence of Charlie Parker.


State highway crews in northeast Kentucky are continuing cleanup efforts, amid another round of thunderstorms, after severe storms downed trees and power lines across the region Tuesday night (June 10).

Crews responded just after the evening storms hit, some working after midnight to clear roadways. As of 4 p.m. today, most debris blocking roads or travel lanes had been removed in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9’s counties of Bath, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties.

Fayette Alliance

Keeneland will offer 17 stakes worth a total of $4.925 million during its 2014 Fall Meet from Oct. 3-25. The 17-day season will award approximately $600,000 in average daily purses as one of the richest racing programs in North America, while Keeneland debuts a state-of-the-art dirt surface on the main track and features races for horses headed to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Leigh Valley Live

A bridge replacement project and drainage repairs will require road closures at two locations on KY 1285 (East Union Road) in Nicholas County for the next three weeks.

On Wednesday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m., state highway crews will close KY 1285 just south of Lower Concord Road at the 3 mile marker to replace a cross drain under the roadway.


The Kentucky Arts Council has released a 2014 guide to summer arts programs hosted by Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) organizations throughout the Commonwealth.

The program guide, organized by county, includes half-day, full-day and week-long camps with topics ranging from dance and music to clown skills and archeology. Students interested in visual art, sculpting, theater, writing and puppetry will also find great opportunities.

The annual conference of Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) is planned June 12-13 at the Holiday Inn in Louisville (I-64 & Hurstbourne Lane). 

Public employees and retirees who receive benefits from any of the three systems covered by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (Kentucky Employees Retirement System, County Employees Retirement System, and State Police Retirement System) are encouraged to attend.

Charlie Parker

Jun 5, 2014
Herman Leonard (PBS Jazz)

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 22 (June 8 at 11pm)

Charlie Parker was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz, and a central figure in the development of bop in the 1940s. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he inspired a generation of jazz performers and composers.

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.