Local Specials

Mary Ellen Tanner: Girl Singer
Saturday, August 9: 10pm
Here in the Cincinnati area, musicians and fans alike are mourning the May passing of singer Mary Ellen Tanner who played in clubs throughout the area, taught at CCM, and performed on the Bob Braun Show. This two-hour tribute, hosted by Lee Hay is to the late local vocalist who loved to sing standards.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy
September 7-28, 2013: 11 PM
This award-winning series, hosted by Lee Hay, is being rebroadcast to honor the label’s impact on Cincinnati and music. The series includes interviews with former King musicians, music historians, and music fans.

Rosemary Clooney: Big Band Singer
Saturday, May 18, 2013: 10 PM
This two-hour special, in honor of her 85th birthday on May 23rd, will focus on the big band career of local favorite Rosemary Clooney.  Beginning with her performances with the Tony Pastor Band, the special will highlight other big bands she worked with including Duke Ellington, Nelson Riddle, Woody Herman, and Count Basie.  You’ll enjoy songs from Rosemary Clooney’s 1956 show, plus, interviews with some of her family and friends, including jazz vocalist Amy London, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and Cincinnati Pops violinist Stacy Woolley.  Hosted by Bill Cartwright and produced by Lee Hay.  

Cincinnati Reds: Baseball Wives
Sunday, May 12,2013:  8 PM
This one-hour special shares memories of the women whose husbands were affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds during the 1950’s.  These wives include Jo McMillan, Eleanor Kluszewski, Joyce Bell-Dolle, Priscilla Stowe, and Betty Hoyt.  Jo McMillan talks about driving with her kids around the country to watch her husband Roy McMillan play ball.  You’ll also hear memories of Crosley Field and what life was like for baseball families outside the ballpark. Hosted by Howard Wilkinson and produced by Lee Hay.  (The Moth will return the following Sunday at 8:00 PM.)

We Were Here
Saturday, January 19, 2013: 11 PM
A rebroadcast of the first hour of the award-winning special “We Were Here.”  This special was produced by Lee Hay in 2003 as an outgrowth of her blues show and the discordant atmosphere between the races in Cincinnati. 

Ring III: A Cincinnati Keyboard Christmas
Sunday, December 9, 1012: 8 PM
A celebration of Christmas songs by local pianists. This one-hour special will feature Christmas selections recorded for this limited edition cd. Some of the musicians include Steve Schmidt, Kim Taylor, Michael Chertock, Pat Kelly and Ricky Nye.

Saluting Big Klu
Sunday, October 21, 2012: 8 PM
The World Series is near, so Lee Hay has assembled a 2-hour baseball extravaganza saluting one of the greatest Reds ever, 1B Ted Kluszewski. He was a bigger than life athlete and during this program, listeners will hear from his wife, Eleanor; clubhouse legend Bernie Stowe and his wife, Priscilla; Ken Griffey; Steve Wolter from Sports Investments; Big Klu in the Reds Hall of Fame and more. Also learn about this year’s Reds Fest, and the Baseball on the West Side exhibition at the Price Hill Historical Society.

Cincinnati Baseball: Crosley Field
Sunday, April 08, 2012: 8 PM
100 years ago this month, a Cincinnati sports icon was opened. First called Redland Field and later renamed Crosley Field, this legendary ballpark stirs many a fond memory for Reds fans. In honor of the anniversary we will rebroadcast the award-winning documentary, “Cincinnati Baseball: Crosley Field” by Lee Hay and Mark Heyne.

Around Cincinnati: Cincinnati Jazz
Sunday, March 25, 2012: 8 PM
This one-hour special features a profile of Ron Enyard and a performance by the popular jazz group, the Faux Frenchmen. The profile of jazz drummer Ron Enyard, who’s played with many legendary jazz musicians includes stories of his jazz career and the jazz scene in Cincinnati. Songs from his many recordings will also be featured. The performance by the Faux Frenchmen was recorded by WVXU at Christ Church Cathedral on November 29, and features many of their Django Reinhardt-influenced songs.

Cincinnati Reds: Broadcaster Waite Hoyt
Sunday, April 01, 2012: 8 PM
This one-hour special will air on WVXU/WMUB on Sunday, April 1st at 8pm. The special will highlight the broadcasting career of Waite Hoyt who called play-by-play for the Cincinnati Reds from 1942-1965. This special will include interviews with his widow Betty Hoyt; Greg Rhodes, Reds Team Historian; Joyce Graeter, Reds Hall of Fame volunteer; Phil Nuxhall, son of Reds player/broadcaster Joe Nuxhall; and Chris Eckes, Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager & Chief Curator.

Larry Kirwan: Rock & Read
Sunday, March 18, 2012: 8 PM
A solo performance by author, playwright and punk pioneer Larry Kirwan from the Irish rock band Black 47. He tells some tales and performs some of his memorable tunes in a one-man show recorded by WVXU on February 4th at the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Around Cincinnati: St. Patrick’s Day Special
Sunday, March 11, 2012: 8 PM
This special features interviews with folks from the Irish Heritage Center about their St. Patrick’s Day events, as well as an expert on Irish foods, and the Irish American Theater Company will perform a scene from “A Couple of Blaguards” which will be entered in an international competition in Dublin, Ireland. Irish artwork, music by Silver Arm, and a discussion of the Riley School of Irish Music will be included. A performance of Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw recorded by WVXU at Christ Church Cathedral on November 22 will also be featured.

Over the Rhine with Love
Sunday, February 12, 2012: 8 PM
Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine will be performing a special Valentine's Day concert for broadcast on WVXU. Linford and Karin recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary and have been touring, writing and recording together for over 20 years. For this broadcast Karin & Linford will perform songs from Over the Rhine's entire catalogue and will share with interviewer Brian O'Donnell some stories and reflections on their relationship and their adventurous life together.

Mama Jazz Revisited
Sunday, February 05, 2012: 8 PM
A special hour of jazz from the incomparable Mama Jazz. This is one of her programs from 2002, originally broadcast on 88.5 WMUB, Oxford.

Ring II: A Cincinnati Guitar Christmas
Sunday, December 04, 2011: 8 PM
A celebration of Christmas songs by local guitarists. The one-hour special includes music from a number of musicians who are new to the Ring project this year including Greg Schaber, Cat City, and The Bears.

Voices From Above and Below: A Halloween Special
Sunday, October 30, 2011: 7 PM
This 2-hour special is the perfect soundtrack for Halloween parties and trick-or-treat fans! There will be spooky music from musicians like Dr. John, Tom Waits, and Mike Oldfield mixed with scary readings of Edgar Allan Poe and ghost stories, and of course, lots of spine-tingling sound effects.

Frank Foster: Cincinnati Jazz Icon
Sunday, September 18, 2011: 8 PM
Don't miss this one-hour tribute to Frank Foster who was born in Cincinnati in 1928 and was a noted jazz musician and composer. Well-known for his work with the Count Basie orchestra, Frank Foster will be honored by his friends and jazz colleagues. Music from his long jazz career will also be featured on this special produced and hosted by Lee Hay.

Steve Gebhardt: Filmmaker
Sunday, August 14, 2011: 8 PM
The founder of the UC Film Society in 1961, Steve Gebhardt has made a number of films about musicians including "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones" and "Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music." During this one-hour special, David Delegator talks with Steve Gebhardt about two of his movies, "John Sinclair: Twenty to Life" and "Carla Bley: Escalator Over the Hill."

Cincinnati Baseball: Crosley Field
Sunday, July 31, 2011: 8 PM
This one-hour special features studio interviews along with music of the period and audio highlights from Red Barber, Joe Nuxhall, and Johnny Vander Meer.

Cincinnati Civil War History
Sunday, July 24, 2011: 7 PM
On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this two-hour special explores Cincinnati’s role and includes an interview with noted historian James A. Ramage, as well as looks at Harriet Beecher Stowe House, local Civil War walking tours, Civil War-era recipes, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Lonnie Mack Special
Saturday, July 16, 2011: 11 PM
From Indiana and a well-known guitarist in clubs around the area for many years, Lonnie Mack will be celebrating his 70th birthday on Monday, July 18th. He now resides in Nashville and rarely makes personal appearances these days.

The Train Kept A-Rollin'
Saturday, July 23, 2011: 11 PM
Lee Hay’s “Blues” show on Saturday, July 23 presents a special tribute to the classic song The Train Kept A-Rollin' on the 60th anniversary of Tiny Bradshaw’s recording at Cincinnati’s King Records.

Cincinnati Baseball: The Red Stockings & Beyond
Sunday, May 22, 2011: 8 PM
This one-hour special features the history of the Reds, beginning with the team in 1869.

Cincinnati: 10 Years Later
Sunday, April 10, 2011: 8 AM
Ten years ago, violence broke out in the streets of Cincinnati after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man. WVXU speaks with some of the key players during those events.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Journey From Within
Saturday, January 15, 2011: 11 PM
The Journey From Within is a one-hour tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The special begins with a song by Sweet Honey in the Rock and then continues with the words of Dr. Maya Angelou. Listeners will also hear from Reverend Adam Clayton Powell and philosopher Cornel West. There are important historical moments from Marian Anderson on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 Civil Rights speech, and the voice of Dr. King.

The Around Cincinnati Christmas Special
Sunday, December 19, 2010: 7 PM
The 6th Annual Around Cincinnati Christmas, hosted by Lee Hay will air on 91.7 WVXU twice this holiday season: Sunday, December 19th from 7-9pm and again Christmas Day from 10pm-midnight.

His Holiness: The Dalai Lama
Sunday, October 17, 2010: 7 PM
This special edition of “Around Cincinnati” highlights the Dalai Lama’s visit to Cincinnati and Miami University in October. There will be an interview about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's International Freedom Conductor Award (IFCA) which he will receive on Wednesday, October 20th. A number of interviews will also focus on activities at Miami University including a look at the history of Tibet and China’s relationship, the mystical arts of Tibet, sand mandalas, and an overview of the events relating to the Dalai Lama’s public address on October 21st.

Voices From Above and Below: A Halloween Special
Sunday, October 31, 2010: 7 PM
This 2-hour special is the perfect soundtrack for Halloween parties and trick-or-treat fans! There will be spooky music from musicians like Dr. John, Tom Waits, and Mike Oldfield mixed with scary readings of Edgar Allan Poe and ghost stories, and of course, lots of spine-tingling sound effects.

Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sunday, October 10, 2010: 8 PM
Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar are forever linked much in the same way that Hal Holbrook and Mark Twain have been. Dr. Martin, who was a poet-in residence and English professor at the University of Dayton for over 30 years, travels the country dressed in late 19th century clothing portraying Mr. Dunbar, the first African American poet to capture the nation’s attention in the late 1800’s.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Saturday, August 21, 2010: 11 PM
Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away twenty years ago on August 27th, 1990, in a helicopter crash on his way to Chicago at the age of 35. This special highlights the masterful work of this guitar great, the formation of Double Trouble and its quick rise to fame.

Cincinnati Fringe Festival Preview
Sunday, May 30, 2010: 8 PM
Hosted by Lee Hay, this special feature interviews with the organizers and participants, with in-studio performances.

D-Day + 50 Years
Sunday, June 06, 2010: 7 PM
WVXU's Peabody award-winning documentary is featured on the 66th anniversary of D-Day. Historical audio includes radio reports from the around the world, as well as Cincinnati; addresses by President Roosevelt; and special musical performances.

The Who Concert: 30 Years Later
Sunday, November 29, 2009: 8 PM
December 3, 1979 became an infamous night in Cincinnati history as the deaths of eleven concertgoers forever changed crowd control and emergency preparedness. This one hour special, produced by Lee Hay and hosted by Brian O’Donnell, will air on Sunday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m., immediately following “Around Cincinnati.”

Remembering Herzog Studios
Saturday, November 21, 2009: 11 PM
Tune in for a one-hour special featuring the work of musicians who recorded at Herzog Studio between 1945-1955 on the 2nd floor of 811 Race Street in downtown Cincinnati.

Ludlow Garage 40th Anniversary
Sunday, August 02, 2009: 8 PM
Cincinnati’s Ludlow Garage will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during this year’s Cincy Blues Fest, but first 91.7 WVXU brings together some of the key players in the Garage’s glory years and some of the music that made it famous.

A Celebration of John Von Ohlen
Sunday, June 28, 2009: 8 PM
Musicians came into the studio that day to honor the legendary drummer John Von Ohlen who has played with many jazz greats including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Cal Collins, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and Perry Como.

2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Sunday, May 24, 2009: 8 PM
Cincinnati Fringe Festival productions push the boundaries of the “norm” and continually experiment with style and content.

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
Sunday, April 26, 2009: 8 PM
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of one of the most revered and influential jazz recordings ever made, Miles Davis: Kind of Blue.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy
Sunday, October 26, 2008: 8 PM
This special series, hosted by Lee Hay, is produced to honor the label’s impact on Cincinnati and music. The series includes interviews with former King musicians, music historians, and music fans.

Baseball: A Little Known Chapter
Sunday, February 22, 2009: 8 PM
Negro League Baseball was organized in February 1920 in Kansas City and included teams mostly in the Midwest like the Dayton Marcos and Cincinnati Cuban Stars.

Katie Reider: A Celebration
Sunday, September 14, 2008: 8 PM
91.7 WVXU pays a heartfelt tribute to the talent and spirit that was Katie Reider.

A Tribute to Kenny Poole
Saturday, June 30, 2007: 8 PM
Cincinnati jazz guitarist Kenny Poole played with a number of jazz greats including Mark Murphy, Jack McDuff, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. To honor Poole on the anniversary of his passing, friends and fellow musicians join Lee Hay for a special two hour jazz special to celebrate his music.

Remembering Oscar Treadwell
Sunday, May 07, 2006: 7 PM
Oscar Treadwell, fondly known as OT, died in early April at the age of 79. He had come out of retirement to host Jazz with OT on the new WVXU. His long radio career had taken him from Reading, PA to Philadelphia, a brief stop in New York, and then to Cincinnati with stints at WNOP, WGUC, WVXU, WAVE, and then back to WVXU in August of 2005.