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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The Blues: 4.29.17 show

19 hours ago

This week's show at 11pm starts off with Moreland & Arbunkle and Gregg Allman.  You'll also hear in the first set from Gov't Mule and Janis Joplin.  The second set features music and interview by Ron Esposito with guitarist Johnny A. who's coming to the Redmoor on Tuesday, May 2nd.  He's also touring this summer and recording this fall with The Yardbirds.  And finally in the third set, Garland Jeffreys, Dr. John, and Sonny Landreth.  

The Blues: 4/22/17

20 hours ago

On this blues show, you'll hear a song from Coco Montoya's new release as well as from the Tim Goshorn Band, Johnny Adams, and Albert King...all in the first set.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Cincinnati's Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem "Our Words: Cincinnati, April, 2017."

Celebrating National Poetry Month: local poet Jinny Powers Berten reads "Words" from her book, We Dance.

Chuck Madden

Tribute: In honor of Tim Goshorn, a special friend to many in the Cincinnati music community, who passed away recently, here's his song, "Skippin' Stones," which he wrote and recorded on the Goshorn Brothers' cd, Life.

Cincinnati Enquirer obituary

Coming April 26: A concert in memory of Michelle Gwynne, longtime local harp teacher, presented by The Cincinnati Harp Community, at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, April 15th at 11pm, the spotlight's on the late, great guitarist Lonnie Mack who passed away a year ago on April 21, 2016.  You'll hear many of his songs, as well as some songs with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm
Monday, May 29 at 1:00 pm:

Sunday, May 28 marks the 40th anniversary of the devastating fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club. John Kiesewetter hosts a look at the tragic event and its aftermath through conversations with people who were there, including former waiter Wayne Dammert.

The Blues: 4.8.17 show

Apr 9, 2017

This week's show which airs at 11pm on Saturday, April 8th, features musicians who'll be appearing in Cincinnati and two musicians who recently passed away.  The first set features Lonnie Mack and Johnny A.  A tribute show on the first anniversary of Lonnie Mack's death will be held on Friday, April 21st at the Madison Theatre in Covington.  It's called Mackfest, and there'll be many guitarists on stage that night.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Jinny Berten recites That Dog from her book, We Dance.

Sandro Miller

From a press release from Alligator Records:

The family of Grammy-nominated Chicago blues icon Lonnie Brooks, who died on Saturday, April 1, has announced the visitation and funeral information for the late blues legend.

Visitation: Sunday, April 9: Blake-Lamb Funeral Home - 4727 W. 103rd St. - Oak Lawn, IL 60453 - Wake/Viewing 3-9pm.

Funeral: Monday, April 10: Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church - 2233 W. 79th Street - Chicago, IL 60620 -Visitation 10-11am with services at 11am.

The Blues: 4/1/17 show

Apr 2, 2017

The Sonny Moorman Group starts off this week's edition of The Blues at 11pm on Saturday, April 1st.  They're followed by Gov't Mule and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  The second set includes Shirley Johnson, Leroy Ellington & E-Funk, Deborah Coleman, and the Yardbirds.  And, the show ends with the High Street Rhythm Rockers and the Monty Alexander Trio.

Concert notes: 

4/8 - Noah Hunt - Live at the Ludlow Garage

4/21 - Mackfest - Tribute to Lonnie Mack - Madison Theater, Covington

5/2 - Johnny A - Redmoor

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Jinny Berten reads her poem The Breath of Dawn from her book We Dance.

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