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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The Blues: 4.8.17 show

Apr 9, 2017

This week's show which airs at 11pm on Saturday, April 8th, features musicians who'll be appearing in Cincinnati and two musicians who recently passed away.  The first set features Lonnie Mack and Johnny A.  A tribute show on the first anniversary of Lonnie Mack's death will be held on Friday, April 21st at the Madison Theatre in Covington.  It's called Mackfest, and there'll be many guitarists on stage that night.

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Jinny Berten recites That Dog from her book, We Dance.

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From a press release from Alligator Records:

The family of Grammy-nominated Chicago blues icon Lonnie Brooks, who died on Saturday, April 1, has announced the visitation and funeral information for the late blues legend.

Visitation: Sunday, April 9: Blake-Lamb Funeral Home - 4727 W. 103rd St. - Oak Lawn, IL 60453 - Wake/Viewing 3-9pm.

Funeral: Monday, April 10: Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church - 2233 W. 79th Street - Chicago, IL 60620 -Visitation 10-11am with services at 11am.

The Blues: 4/1/17 show

Apr 2, 2017

The Sonny Moorman Group starts off this week's edition of The Blues at 11pm on Saturday, April 1st.  They're followed by Gov't Mule and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  The second set includes Shirley Johnson, Leroy Ellington & E-Funk, Deborah Coleman, and the Yardbirds.  And, the show ends with the High Street Rhythm Rockers and the Monty Alexander Trio.

Concert notes: 

4/8 - Noah Hunt - Live at the Ludlow Garage

4/21 - Mackfest - Tribute to Lonnie Mack - Madison Theater, Covington

5/2 - Johnny A - Redmoor

Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Jinny Berten reads her poem The Breath of Dawn from her book We Dance.

The Blues: 3/25/17 show

Mar 27, 2017
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This week's program which airs at 11pm on Saturday, March 25th, starts off with the Claudettes who'll be performing at MOTR Saturday, April 8th.  Also heard in the first set are Zac Harmon, Shemekia Copeland, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  

The Blues: 3.18.17

Mar 15, 2017

This week's blues show on Saturday night, March 18th at 11pm, starts off with Joe Louis Walker who's playing Jazz Fest the first Sunday, 4/30.  The rest of the first set includes Big Joe Turner and the great Nina Simone.  

The second set of this blues show begins with Muddy Waters, plus a tribute to the master by Charlie Musselwhite.  Janis Joplin's "Ball and Chain" from Monterey 1967 finishes the set.

The Blues: 3.11.17

Mar 12, 2017

This week on The Blues, Saturday night at 11pm, March 11th, 2017, the show begins with some vintage Ike & Tina Turner followed by Shemekia Copeland, Otis Spann and Cream.  The second set starts off with Cincinnati's Sonny Moorman Band as well as Bob Weir, Bill Withers, Bobby McFerrin, and Ken Nordine.

Based here in Cincinnati, the Educational Theatre Association (home to the International Thespian Society) is promoting March as Theatre in our Schools Month

Local poet Ralph La Charity reads his poem The Settling Into, from one of his self-published chap books.

Cirque du Soleil is bringing their production of Ovo back to Cincinnati from May 11 - 14 at US Bank Arena. 

A Poem From Brian Volck

Mar 3, 2017

Poetry reading: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pediatrician Dr. Brian Volck reads In Winter from his collection, Flesh Becomes Word.

The Blues: 3.4.17 show

Mar 2, 2017

This week's blues show, which airs 11pm on Saturday, March 4th, begins with a new Alligator release by Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio.  Elvin Bishop was a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60's.  The rest of the first set features Delbert McClinton, Eli Cook (who tours around Virginia), Debbie Davies, and the great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

With Fat Tuesday around the corner, this week's blues show (Sat, 2/25 at 11pm) is full of toe-tappin', soul reviving music from New Orleans.  You'll hear from local piano legend Ricky Nye, Beau Jocque, the Jambalaya Cajun Band, and a favorite...Mr. Zachary Richard.  The second set starts off with the Honey Island Swamp Band, then Galactic, Dr. John, and Louis Armstrong.

Poetry From Michael Henson

Feb 17, 2017

Poetry: Local poet Michael Henson reads his poem Winter from his book, The Dead Singing.

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