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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Poetry Reading: 

The Blues: 10.15.16

Oct 16, 2016

This week's show begins with a song by Hound Dog Taylor and his  Houserockers in honor of the passing of his drummer, Ted Harvey, on October 6th.  This song is followed by Howling Wolf, Shemekia Copeland, and Amos Lee who playing Indianapolis on October 26th.

The second set starts off with Freddie King, a song recorded here at King Records, in 1960 with Philip Paul on drums.  You'll also hear from Etta James, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, and Maria Muldaur.

The Blues: 10.8.16 show

Oct 9, 2016

The blues are back after a fun five weeks of specials about Cincinnati's King Records.  This blues show starts off with "Goin' Down Slow" by Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie in the first set.  The second set begins with Tom Waits and Delbert McClinton, as well as Marcia Ball (who'll be coming to Ludlow Garage's stage on October 14th) and Ray Charles.  And finally, Irma Thomas sings "Dr. Feelgood" at the beginning of the third set, and you'll also hear Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard's "In Time of Need".

Join us Saturday night, October 1st at 11pm, for the second part of a two-part spotlight on the talented songwriter/producer Henry Glover.  This special will focus on his post-King Records career.

A Poem From Judith Moffett

Sep 30, 2016

Poetry Reading: Judith Moffett recites Signals from her book, Tarzan in Kentucky.

Henry Glover was undoubtedly a major force behind the success of King Records.  Tonight, you'll hear about his years at King Records, and next week in part 2, you'll hear about Henry Glover's post-King Records career.

Poetry Reading: Sherry Cook Stanforth recites Family Reunion, 1 979 from her book Drone String.

In this third installment of a September celebration of King Records, the spotlight's on R&B singer Roy Brown who had a significant influence on the early development of rock 'n roll and wrote the classic jump blues song "Good Rocking Tonight.”

Poetry Reading: Local poet Lynn Robbins reads “Homesick” from her book, When You Sit to Write.

A poem by Pauletta Hansel

Sep 12, 2016

Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati's poet laureate reads her poem "Speech Lessons" from her book, Tangle.

This Saturday night at 11pm, September 10th, the spotlight's on King Recording musician Wynonie Harris.  You'll hear from his son, Wesley Devereaux from his home in Omaha, and also Tony Collins who lives in England and wrote the biography, Rock Mr. Blues: The Life & Music of Wynonie Harris.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke with both of these guests recently.  You'll also hear from special guest Elwood who introduces the special and one of the songs.

  On Saturday night, September 3rd at 11pm, join me for the first of five one-hour specials on King Records as part of the celebration of King Records in September.

September is King Records Month in Cincinnati. WVXU will pay tribute with four special episodes of Lee Hay's Blues show (Saturday nights at 11pm starting September 3).