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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This week's "Music Notes" for the week of July 16th include events at Herzog Music, many jazz concerts, a couple of music festivals, and the Who's "Tommy" production coming to Memorial Hall in September.

One of Cincinnati's unheralded treasures is downtown's Lloyd Library. They have a new exhibit opening July 20 called Pharmacognosy Illustrated: A History of Natural Pharmaceuticals, and Lee Hay learns more about it from Executive Director Patricia Van Skaik.

This summer, we're sharing specials about King Records that I've produced over the past 10 years or so leading up to the 75th anniversary celebration of King Records on August 25th.  Details of the event are still being worked out, so as soon as they become available, I'll post on this website.

I spoke a couple of hours ago by phone with the great guitarist Derek Trucks who's coming into town at the PNC Pavilion on Sunday, July 22nd with the Tedeschi Trucks Band along with the Drive-By Truckers & the Marcus King Band.

We talked about how the recent heat wave has affected the band and their instruments, and how this year's tour differs from last year's with the Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna.

This week you'll hear about some of Ricky Nye's upcoming gigs, acts booked at Caffe Vivace, the Crown Jewels of Jazz and the Jazz in the Heights concert series, plus a show at the Comet and more.

  

1. Northside Rock n' Roll Carnival - Hoffner Park - 7/3 & 7/4

(Interview on Around Cincinnati's 7/1 show about the Northside Parade & Carnival)

2. Blue Ash/Montgomery Orchestra - Montgomery Park - 7/3

3. Boz Scaggs & America - Rose Music Center - 7/4

On this King Records special on July 7th at 11pm, you'll hear about jump blues artist, Bull Moose Jackson, who ruled the R&B charts from the late 40s and early 50s. Bull Moose Jackson, best known for “Big Ten Inch,” had his first big hit in 1947 with “I Love You, Yes I Do,” which is widely accepted as the first R &B single to sell a million copies. Jackson had 12 hits from 1946 to 1952 on the R& B chart.

In advance of Independence Day, an a capella version of The Star-Spangled Banner from The Lusters.

On this King Records rockabilly special, Saturday, June 30th at 11pm, the King of Covers, Delbert Barker, is featured.  Mr.

Lots of local concerts leading up to the 4th of July holiday next week including ones at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Washington Park, and in Franklin, Ohio.

Local poet Elizabeth Garber has penned her memoir about growing up with her acclaimed architect father, Woodie Garber, who battled mental illness. 

This Saturday night, June 23rd at 11pm, you'll hear a King Records special about three musicians who recorded country music there.  In 2008, I spoke with Orangie Ray Hubbard, Jr Spivey, and Herman Cress about their work at King Records.  Orangie Ray Hubbard came into the studio on 5/20/08 and returned a second time with Jr Spivey on 8/5/08.  I also had a  conversation with Herman Cress on 10/14/08.  Herman Cress played upright bass in Orangie Ray Hubbard's band with Jr Spivey on guitar.

During this one-hour special, you'll hear Orangie talk about his roots in Barbourville, KY, his life in Detroit, and his move back to Cincinnati and his musical career.   He discusses payola, Rusty York's studio, Syd Nathan, and Louis Innis.  Jr Spivey shares his memories of recording with another King Records musician, Hank Ballard, as well as recording with Orangie Ray Hubbard and playing with Lonnie Mack. Herman Cress also remembers Ray Pennington, Lucky Records, and playing with Orangie.  In addition to these interviews, you'll hear some of the songs recorded by Orangie Ray Hubbard at King Records and another by Herman Cress.

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Concerts, concerts, and more concerts all around the Cincinnati area are included in this week's edition of Music Notes.  You'll also hear about the passing of Danny Kirwan who was a guitarist with Fleetwood Mac, about a new film with Tom Waits appearing in it, and a new song released by John Fogerty & ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.  

Beginning this Saturday night, June 16th at 11pm, on The Blues, we're going to repeat some of the many specials I've produced over the years since 2007 about King Records and the talented musicians who recorded there.  This King Records special begins with a 2010 phone conversation I had with Bill Beach who was born in Glencoe Kentucky in 1932.  

The story that captured the nation's attention is now told by the man who oversaw every step of it. 

Lots of happenings coming up in the Cincinnati area this month including concerts by local and national musicians, the Juneteenth Festival in Eden Park, and the Rhythm & Brews festival at Miami Valley Gaming.  You'll also hear about the passing of Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, music-related jobs with ArtsWave, and much more on this week's edition of Music Notes.

This week's blues show, Saturday, June 9th at 11pm, starts off  with guitarist Eric Clapton and Ronnie Kole from New Orleans.  The second set features Charlie Musselwhite, Emmylou Harris and Anders Osborne.  And the second half of The Blues includes the music of Harry Connick, Jr.; Johnny Adams; Nina Simone; B.B. King; Ike & Tina Turner; and Delbert McClinton.

Singer/songwriter Chris Knight doesn't like to talk about his music, saying that he likes his music to talk for him.  So, we were delighted when he agreed to talk with Elaine Diehl about his music career, his release Little Victories, and upcoming concert at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky, on Thursday, June 14th at 9pm.   

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Waddell Falland, who recorded on King Records, passed away May 29, according to Walker Funeral Home. He along with Jimmy Railey were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions and The Famous Flames.  

This book by Amy Nathan, Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life,  certainly makes a case for the positive influences of music in our everyday lives.  

Dellan Stokesbary shares his thoughts about Nathan's book in a review which he recently recorded for Local Exposure.

On this week's Music Notes, Elaine Diehl shares details of many upcoming concerts, a festival at Miami Valley Gaming, and other musical news items.

This week's "Music Notes" features local concerts, new releases, a documentary starring Tatiana Berman,  music classes, and much more.  

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday, May 26th at 11pm, features interviews with three blues musicians:  Ben Levin, EG Kight, and Marcia Ball, plus songs by Trombone Shorty and Galactic who are coming to the PNC Pavilion in August.


On a new Memories from the Hills of Home, Katie Laur shares a piece she wrote about the man she calls the Swami of Swing, local jazz legend John von Ohlen

This week's edition of "Music Notes" including information about new releases at Shake It Records and by Fred Hersch.  There are also many upcoming concerts and festivals.  Plus very special collaborative visual/musical projects by Ric Hordinski & Michael Wilson.  WVXU/WMUB will also air a 2-hour special about Joni Mitchell from 10pm-midnight on Saturday evening, June 2nd.

This week's blues show, Saturday, May 19th at 11pm, begins with the legendary Koko Taylor along with Robben Ford and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters in the first set.  The second set features Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Ruth Brown, Brad Hatfield, and guitarist Johnny A.  Joe Louis Walker starts off the third set followed by Debbie Davies, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, and Joanna Connor.  And, John Mayall takes us out with "Congo Square."

Listen this Sunday evening, May 20th between 7-8pm, for an interview of Linford Detweiler with Brian O'Donnell about this year's festival!

In this week's Music Notes, you'll hear about a new biography about Freddy Fender, a new release by the Manhattan Transfer, and lots of local concert information.  


Pat Linhart and Julie Spangler came into WVXU's studio May 8th and spoke with Elaine Diehl about their upcoming performance at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, on May 19th.  During the interview, they talk about the difference between cabaret and musical theatre, the concept of the Fitton show, and some of the special guests who'll be performing with them.  

The Blues: 5.12.18 show

May 10, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, May 12th at 11pm, we'll start off with a song from Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie.  The second set features Tom Waits, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, and Ray Charles.  Irma Thomas starts off the third set along with Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard.


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