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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Here’s a review of Radney Foster’s new cd and book of short stories by WVXU’s singer/songwriter Roberta Schultz. 

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

Fans of The Walking Dead are anxiously anticipating the new season of the zombie drama on October 22. 

The 11th Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday, October 28. 

A Poem From Roberta Schultz

Oct 20, 2017

Poetry Reading: Around Cincinnati contributor Roberta Schultz reads the poem, “Iona,” from her  new chapbook, Songs from the Shapers Harppublished by Finishing Line Press.

The Sorg Opera House has finally begun hosting a variety of musical concerts for area music fans.  The first concert was by the Butler Philharmonic on September 24th, 2017.  The next concert will feature the sounds of the Blue Wisp Big Band, a band which has been performing on the Cincinnati jazz scene for decades.

The Blues: 10/14/17

Oct 16, 2017

The week's blues show, Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 11pm, begins with blues legend Albert King.  The rest of the first set features Laura Nyro, Eva Cassidy, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

Rhonda Juliano, Artistic Director of the choral group Fluidity, and Mike Moroski, Executive Director of UpSpring, dropped by the studio recently to speak with Anne Arenstein about their upcoming concert.

A new book from Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni tells her personal story of meeting, and later working for, iconic American artist Andy Warhol

There’s a hot young pianist on the scene whom local piano legend Ricky Nye has been praising for some time now. He’s Ben Levin and according to his website he’s been playing piano since he was eight, then hooked up with Ricky Nye.

WVXU will air a one-hour special about rock legend Tom Petty on Saturday night, October 7th at 11pm.  Produced by documentarian Paul Ingles, Tom Petty - Live and Kicking It: An Appreciation is a music-intensive hour of live performances.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who just finished up a national tour recently, Petty's passing by cardiac event Monday, October 2nd, stunned his many fans from his decades of performances.

The 4th Annual Bend in the River Art & Music Festival will be held Saturday, October 7th from noon to 10pm at The Sanctuary, a renovated historic church built in 1847, at 2110 St. Michael Street.  It's a free, family-friendly event showcasing the transformation of the lower Price Hill neighborhood.

The Blues: 9.30.17

Oct 1, 2017

This week on The Blues, 9/30/17 at 11pm, the show begins with Catfish Keith who's starting a tour of England and Europe 10/6/17.  Also in the first set, St. Paul & the Broken Bones.  They're coming to Lexington, KY 11/15 & 11/16.  The 11/16 show is almost sold out.  For some reason, I only became aware of them when I saw an interview with the lead singer Paul Janeway with Charlie Rose this week.   You'll also hear songs by Mark Nomad and Porter Nickerson.  Porter Nickerson is Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage on 10/26.  Michael Grayson recently spoke with them for our music website, Local Exposure.

Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter Willy Porter along with Carmen Nickerson are bringing their music to the Ludlow Garage on Thursday, October 26th.  Their latest album, Bonfire to Ash, was released last November.  

The King Records month long celebration in September is coming to a close, and tonight's one of the few remaining events this week.

Stan Hertzman, who's been a guest on Around Cincinnati in the past, will talk about King Records and the group Them.  Great stories from Cincinnati's historical past.

Stan will be at the Public Library's downtown branch tonight at 7pm.

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