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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A reception was held Wednesday for the opening of a new art exhibit at Morehead State University. It's a mixed media show with a focus on manipulating, controlling and constructing images and landscapes.

MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has the story...

The current exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center showcases paintings and drawings by an artist known for portraits, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in eastern Kentucky.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story…

Residents of Morgan County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve KY 7 north of West Liberty.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Liberty City Hall. It will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

  1. James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator)
  2. Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin’ (Blind Pig)
  3. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Sunny Road (Delmark)
  4. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Knockin’ Around These Blues (Delta Groove)
  5. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – See Saw (J & R Adventures)
  6. Walter Trout – Luther’s Blues (Provogue)

He was one of the featured attractions at the 1939 World's Fair and appeared in a 1960 film starring Tuesday Weld. This year, marks the 75th anniversary of an American icon. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has the story...

In order to allow for an inspection of a bridge crossing the Red River, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 715 in the Red River Gorge at the Wolfe-Menifee county line on Wednesday, August 28. The road will be closed from approximately 10:00Am to 12:00PM.

No marked detour will be posted. This bridge closure will impact traffic using the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway loop route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly.

Road work on Interstate 64 in Carter County will require the closure of the westbound Exit 161 (Pleasant Valley) ramps at Olive Hill on Friday, August 23. The ramps will be closed approximately from 6:00AM to 7:00pm.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured to Exit 156 (Smokey Valley) and US 60 to access Olive Hill or the interstate. Motorists should watch for message boards announcing the closures or advising of changes due to weather.

The Morehead State men's basketball game at Tennessee on December 23, 2013 will be televised live by ESPNU.  Tip-off from Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville is set for 7:00PM. The contest is one of thirty-one games on Morehead State's regular season schedule.  The date against the U-T Volunteers from the Southeastern Conference is also one of ten against post-season teams from a year ago.

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the beginning of the annual Adopt-a-Highway Poster Contest, which emphasizes and promotes the importance of removing litter from Kentucky roadways. 

Students from across the Commonwealth are invited to submit creative works for use in a calendar for 2014. The contest is open to all Kentucky students of elementary, middle and high school age. First, second and third place winners are selected in four age groups.

Each year, the Kentucky Arts Council recognizes artists who are engaged in creating work of high quality. MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story of a Morehead artist who uses his skill to teach and inspire others. 

Drainage improvements will require the temporary closure of KY 324 near Mays Lick in Mason County next week.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 12, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will close KY 324 at the 3.1 mile marker – just east of Huber Lane – and cut through the road to replace a cross drain. The road will remain closed until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. During the closure, motorists may use US 68 and US 62 to access locations along KY 324.

Officials in Jackson County have issued a Golden Alert for Pinkey Woods who was reported missing since Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013.

In order to replace a damaged drainage pipe, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 364 in Morgan County on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The road will be closed at mile-point 0.8, just inside the Magoffin County line. The project will begin around 8 a.m. and will continue until approximately 3 p.m. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic. No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use either KY 1081 to KY 3333 or KY 1081 to US 460 through Magoffin County as a detour route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly.

The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close KY 161 in southern Mason County on Monday, August 5 for a drainage pipe replacement. The work, and road closure, will take place approximately from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 5, 2013 between Flat Fork Road and KY 324. Motorists may detour using KY 324 and KY 170. Road work schedules are dependent upon weather. Motorists should heed all warning signs, and drive carefully by remaining aware of workers and construction equipment at all times.

J.J. Cale, whose songs became hits for the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at age 74 from a heart attack, his management agency's website announced. Cale died at about 8 p.m. Friday at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California.

In 1971, Cale, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, released his debut album, Naturally, while he was already in his 30's. He won a Grammy in 2006 for The Road to Escondido, recorded with Clapton.

James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator)

Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin’ (Blind Pig)

Various Artists – Remembering Little Walter (Blind Pig)

John Primer & Bob Corritore – Knockin’ Around These Blues (Delta Groove)

Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Blue Heart (Underworld)

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – See Saw (J & R Adventures)

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Sunny Road (Delmark)

Mike Wheeler – Self Made Man (Delmark)

Linsey Alexander – Been There Done That (Delmark)

Omar Dykes – Runnin’ With The Wolf (Provogue)

Diane Siebels, Charlottesville, Va.

Fiber Arts Magazine describes the foundation of art to be…“a knowledge of material and technique, and a wish to communicate something visually.” That’s the intent of a current exhibition of art at Morehead State University.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story...

Cave Run Lake in eastern Kentucky offers many outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, fishing and camping. One activity there has been in operation for more than twenty years, but is often overlooked by visitors.

MSPR’s Paul Hitchcock has the story:

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It's as American as hot dogs, apple pie and baseball, and a traditional part of our Fourth of July celebrations. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock has more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 million American adults struggle with high blood pressure. Besides a healthy diet and exercise, sleep can also promote a healthier lifestyle. MSPR's Paul Hitchcock reports...