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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Cincinnati's Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem Class Lessons from her 2011 collection The Lives We Live In Houses

The Blues: 1.21.17

Jan 19, 2017

While I was dusting this morning at home, I saw a few cds that I hadn't heard for awhile, so they'll start off this week's blues show that'll air on Saturday night, January 21st at 11pm.  The first set begins with Jonny Lang's "Lie to Me" followed by Delbert's classic "Under Suspicion,"  Johnny A.'s "Get Inside," and ends with one of my favorites by Bobby McFerrin, "Sweet in the Mornin'."

The new writer-in-residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a local teacher, husband and father who published his first book last year. 

This weekend on The Blues, Saturday evening, January 14th at 11pm, one of my favorite programs in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   You'll hear a great version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Monty Alexander Trio, followed by Sweet Honey in the Rock and Dr. Maya Angelou. 

There's also music from the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, and Aretha Franklin.  Other gospel songs are sung by the Birmingham Sunlights, Patti Labelle and the great Mahalia Jackson.

The Blues: 1.7.17 show

Jan 8, 2017

This week's blues show, 11pm on Saturday, January 7th, begins with a great cd produced by Marcos Sastre and Larry Goshorn, Shades of Blue.  The song's "Pack It Up" which is followed by Delbert McClinton (who's having a cd release party at the Madison in Covington on Feb. 25th), Shemekia Copeland, and a Putumayo release called "Blues Lounge."  

Poetry Reading: Susan Glassmeyer reads her poem, Ice Storm.

A King Records Christmas

Dec 23, 2016
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Lee Hay has a very special treat for you: A King Records Christmas!

In honor of the importance of King Records, I decided to devote this year's Christmas special to some of the talented musicians who recorded at King.  This year's one-hour Christmas special will air on Saturday night, Christmas Eve, at 11pm and be repeated on Christmas Day, December 25th at 7pm.

Music for the Season: Wussy presents their song Las Vegas from their self-titled CD, Wussy.

The Blues: 12/17/16 show

Dec 14, 2016
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A touch of Christmas on this week's blues show!  You'll hear Aaron Neville's "Christmas Prayer" and Houston Person's, "Santa Baby," with vocals by Etta Jones.  There are also songs by Ernestine Anderson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Monty Alexander Trio.

Tune in Saturday night, December 17th, at 11pm for an hour of the blues!

The Blues: 12.10.16 show

Dec 12, 2016

This week's Blues show on Saturday night, December 10th at 11pm, features songs from a few of the blues compilations in our library.  The show begins with Little Johnny Taylor and BB King frm the Super Soul Blues, Vol.II cd.  You'll also hear from Michael Bloomfield, Anders Osborne, and Debbie Davies in the first set.  

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Poetry Reading: Susan Glassmeyer recites her poem “Snow Cake.”

A Poem From Michael Henson

Dec 2, 2016

Poetry Reading: Michael Henson recites Come On Up from his book The Dead Singing.

Popular crime novelist Patricia Cornwell is back with another adventure for Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now in her 25th year as her series protagonist. 

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