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 Blues show on Saturday, May 2nd at 11pm starts off with "Bring on the Music" by Gov't Mule with vocals by Ty Taylor and written by Warren Haynes.  That's followed by songs from JP Jones as well as Sonny Landreth who's playing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival tomorrow, Sunday, May 3rd.

The legendary Billie Holiday's performance of "Blue Moon" opens this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright on Saturday, May 2nd at 10pm.  Ms. Holiday is followed by Ted Heath, Steve Tyrell, and the great Jimmy Dorsey.  You'll also hear the classic "Woodchopper's Ball" by Woody Herman at the end of the first half of the program.

The second half of Bill's swing show begins with Frank Sinatra performing "Stars Fell on Alabama" and ends with "James Session" by Harry James.

In honor of National Poetry Month, a reading by local poet Grace Curtis.

Covington’s Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park has kicked off its summer Music@BCM series of live music concerts featuring a diverse line-up of local performers.

Fans of TV’s Nashville will know Will Chase from his role as superstar Luke Wheeler. This Lexington, Kentucky native (and UK fan) is coming to Music Hall to join the Cincinnati Pops in their concert presentation of The Music Man on May 1-3. He joins Lee Hay by phone to talk about singing the role of Professor Harold Hill in this American musical classic, plus his role on one of primetime TV’s biggest hits.

The Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati is hosting the 22nd Annual Acting Irish International Theatre Festival from May 19-24. For ticket information, click here.

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We're coming up on the 91st anniversary of the birth of blues vocalist Big Maybelle, May 1st, 1924, who lived in Cincinnati during her career and recorded at King Records.  Through the research of music historian, Dave Lewis, you'll hear the story of her career until her death on January 23, 1972 in Cleveland and also lots of her music. 

Vocalist June Christy begins this week's edition of the Swing show on Saturday, April 25th at 10pm.  Her song, "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis" is followed by songs by Larry Clinton, Vic Damone, and Johnny Mercer's "Candy."  Other songs heard in the first half of Swing with Bill Cartwright include the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, and local favorite Rosemary Clooney.

"China Boy" by the Benny Goodman Trio starts off the second half of the program.  You'll also hear from other vocalists like Helen Humes, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

This week's Blues show begins with vocalist Madeleine Peyroux who'll be appearing in Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 21st at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley and performing with the Ric Hordinski trio.  Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John and Eric Bibb are also featured in the first set.  Dr. John's coming to the Taft Theatre on May 20th.

This week's Swing show, which airs at 10pm on Saturday, April 18th, begins with "In the Mood" by Glen Gray and is followed by a little known vocalist, Lulee Fisher, performing "A Foggy Day."  Also heard in the first half of Bill's swing show are Count Basie, Bing Crosby and Les Brown.  The second half of the show begins with the classic "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman.  Other vocalists in the second half include Patti Page, Peggy Lee, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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