Lee Hay

Announcer & Producer

Lee Hay has worked at all three Cincinnati Public Radio stations: WGUC in the mid-70's, WMUB in the late 70's, and WVXU since 1984. She is currently executive producer/host of the award-winning arts program Around Cincinnati Sunday evenings and The Blues on Saturday evenings. Her radio work has been awarded numerous awards including one from the Ohio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, numerous Communicator Awards, Society of Professional Journalists and the Ohio Associated Broadcasters Association. Most recently she has received a Certificate of Merit from the Gabriel Awards for The Journey from Within; and recognition from the Ohio Associated Broadcasters Association for Cincinnati Baseball: Crosley Field (2011) and The Who Concert: 30 Years Later and Baseball: A Little Known Chapter (2010). Hay is also WVXU's music director and with her jazz background was the Cincinnati correspondent for downbeat magazine.

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Cirque du Soleil will bring its newest touring show, Toruk: The First Flight (Inspired by James Cameron’s “Avatar”), to Cincinnati’s US Bank Arena starting May 4, 2016.

The Blues: 11.21.15 show

Nov 22, 2015

This week on the Blues we'll start off with a song by Corey Harris & Henry Butler, "There's No Substitute for Love" from their Alligator release "vu-du menz."  This is followed by Taj Mahal and Tony Joe White.

The second set features Amos Lee, Van Morrison/Tom Jones, Garland Jeffreys, and Michael McDonald.  Michael McDonald has been nominated to be inducted into the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

A Song From Tommy Emmanuel

Nov 20, 2015

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will present his first Christmas concert in Cincinnati on Wednesday, December 9 at McAuley Performing Arts Center.

Sadly, the great Allen Toussaint passed away this past Monday while on tour in Madrid.  His presence was a given in New Orleans for years and years.  Such a talent.  So, in his honor, the first two songs of this week's blues show on Saturday, November 14th, at 11pm, will feature Mr. Toussaint followed by "Precious Lord" by the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Terrence Burke, the man behind Wump Mucket Puppets, is in the studio with Lee Hay to talk about a very busy summer; introduce his newest puppet, G’Wizzl; and a special appearance on Thanksgiving Day at the Fall Feast at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

A Poem From Karen George

Nov 6, 2015

A poetry reading by Karen George from her chapbook, Inner Passage.

A poetry reading by Dr. Norman Finkelstein from his sequence of poems, From The Files of the Imminent Foundation.

Steve Gebhardt: Cincinnati Filmmaker, a one-hour special looking at two films by this Cincinnati native, will be re-broadcast on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday, November 7, at 11pm. Mr. Gebhardt passed away at his home in Cincinnati on October 15 at the age of 78. He had visited the WVXU studio several times over the years to talk about his film career with Frank Johnson, Ron Esposito, and David Delegator.

To read Steve Gebhardt's obituary in the New York Times, click here.

David Delegator interviewed Steve Gebhardt on May 25, 2011 about two of his films, Carla Bley’s jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill and Twenty to Life: The Life and Times of John Sinclair. (Here's a clip from Twenty to Lifehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQg-7ewgy4)  

 This one-hour program includes music from Carla Bley’s “Escalator Over the Hill” album, John Sinclair’s albums, and John Lennon’s song, “John Sinclair.” [Carla Bley is a jazz composer, big band leader, and musician who was well-known in the 1960’s free jazz movement.  John Sinclair is a poet, disc jockey, and political activist who recorded a jazz album with Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cincinnati on January 15, 1994. He was a longtime New Orleans resident where he did a blues show on WWOZ for many years, and he has recently lived in Amsterdam for at least 5 years where he produces his own internet radio show. He was also the first manager of the seminal, protopunk Detroit band, MC5.

Steve Gebhardt founded the UC Film Society in 1961 and later taught film courses at Antioch College and the University of Cincinnati. After moving to NYC, he filmed many world-famous musicians including John Lennon & Yoko Ono and the Rolling Stones. Mr. Gebhardt also worked on the film, Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music which came out in the 1990’s.

It's my favorite holiday of the year, and how lucky this year to be able to share some of my Halloween cd collection with you. (Saturday night, October 31st at 11pm) 

The theme music for this Halloween special is Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.  Please note that there aren't any breaks during this one-hour special, but the playlist will be listed on this webpage.

The Blues: 10.24.15 show

Oct 26, 2015

This week on The Blues on Saturday night, October 24th at 11pm, the show starts off with "It's a Low Down Dirty Shame" by Sugar Ray and  the title track "Luv in the Afternoon" by Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham from 1990 Concord release.  The rest of the first set features the Gene Harris Quartet and the great Al Green.