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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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is set to celebrate 30 years of exceptional theater in Over the Rhine.

This week, February 6th at 11pm, we're travelling down to New Orleans for a taste of music you might hear during their Mardi Gras celebration!  The show begins with two of my favorites, Lil' Band O' Gold and ReBirth Brass Band, followed by the iconic Professor Longhair and then the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

A Poem From Lynn Robbins

Jan 29, 2016

A reading of Writer’s Block Revisited from local poet Lynn Robbins.

Did you know Around Cincinnati has a weekly email, letting you know what stories you’ll hear on the next episode?

The Winter Blues Fest will happen again this year at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati on Friday & Saturday evenings, February 5th and 6th.  The headliners this year are the Nick Moss Band on Friday night, and Carolyn Wonderland along with the Tullie Brae Band on Saturday night.

The blues special tonight, January 30th at 11pm, will feature music by Carolyn Wonderland and many of the talented blues musicians who perform in the Cincinnati area. 

The Blues: 1/23/16 show

Jan 26, 2016

This week's edition of The Blues includes folks like Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, and Leonard Cohen.  You'll hear Dylan's classic Grammy-winning,"Gotta Serve Somebody," Cocker's "Respect Yourself," and Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat."

Tonight on the Blues at 11pm, a special in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The show begins with an uplifting version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Monty Alexander Trio and then Sweet Honey in The Rock.  You'll hear the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, and the Reverend King.

Other gospel selections are performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, the Birmingham Sunlights, and Mahalia Jackson. 

The Blues: 1/9/16 show

Jan 9, 2016
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Texas bluesman Long John Hunter passed away this past Monday in his home Phoenix, and his song "Time and Time Again" begins this week's blues show.  After that, Hank Crawford's version of the classic, "Misty", Lou Rawls with "I Just Want to Make Love to You, " and "Breakin' Out" by Shemekia Copeland.

The Blues: 1/2/16

Jan 3, 2016

We'll start the new year out with classic songs from the past.  The show begins with Albert King's classic, "Born Under a Bad Sign" followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cream's "Stormy Monday" and "Statesboro Blues" by the Allman Brothers 1971.

The second set starts off with Etta James and Cyndi Lauper (Cyndi Lauper's award-winning Broadway play is coming to the Aronoff this week - Kinky Boots).  Sonny Landreth and BB King complete the second set of the program.

This morning I was saddened to learn that Andrea Cheng passed away on December 26th.  We were lucky to have her come into the WVXU studio twice in 2013 for chats with Barbara Gray about her writings.

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