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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A Celebration of Bonnie Lou

Dec 28, 2015

Bonnie Lou passed away on December 8th here in Cincinnati.  Her passing was marked with newspaper obituaries across the country including the New York Times.  She was a legend and a wonderful entertainer.

Tonight, December 26th at 11pm, you'll hear a one-hour celebration of her life.  John Kieswetter shares some of his memories of Bonnie Lou.  You'll also hear an interview of her and music historian Randy McNutt in our studio in November, 2007.  Plus, lots and lots of her recorded songs, many of them recorded at King Records, which earned her an honored place in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

She lit up a room when she entered, and her laughter and smiles were infectious!  She'll be missed.

The Blues Christmas show

Dec 20, 2015

This year's Blues Christmas special on Saturday night, December 19th at 11pm, starts off with BB King, Booker T & the MGs, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Etta James and Aaron Neville.  The second set begins with Houston Person's "Merry Christmas Baby," followed by Marcia Ball, Leon Redbone, Allen Toussaint, and the Marcus Roberts Trio.  And finally, the show ends with local favorites, The Steve Schmidt Organ Trio,  then the Persuasions, James Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas" recorded at King Records, and the Blind Boys of Alabama performing "Last Month of the Year."

For the 11th straight year, Lee Hay has assembled some of the best local musicians and contributors to celebrate the season in word and music.

Our contributor David Lewis is the chair of the Cincinnati chapter of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and gives lectures each month at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County about this area’s long, distinguished history of recording sound and music.

Lee Hay previews the upcoming Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice celebration concert that will air on 91.7 WVXU and 88.5 WMUB this Friday, December 18 at 8pm.

The Blues: 12/12/15 show

Dec 9, 2015

This week's show begins with Robben Ford's "Chevrolet"...I love songs about cars...and ends with another favorite, Ken Nordine from his Word Jazz cd.  You'll also hear Jimmy Witherspoon live with the Robben Ford Band in 1994...Live at the Mint...and Susan Tedeschi before she married Derek Trucks.  The second set features Aerosmith, the legendary Janis Joplin, Little Milton and Tracy Nelson's classic "Mother Earth" with Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar.

The Blues: 12/5/15 show

Dec 6, 2015

This week's show begins with Debbie Davies and one of my favorites, Delbert McClinton.  During the first set, you'll also hear from Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings and the great Nina Simone with "I Shall Be Released" recorded in 1969.  The second set starts off with Muddy Waters with Vinx, Leonard Cohen and Tommy Emmanuel following.

Tommy Emmanuel will be performing a sold-out show in Cincinnati on Wednesday, December 9th, at McAuley Performing Arts Centre.  It's his "Classics + Christmas tour."

Provided

Cirque du Soleil will bring its newest touring show, Toruk: The First Flight (Inspired by James Cameron’s “Avatar”), to Cincinnati’s US Bank Arena starting May 4, 2016.

The Blues: 11.21.15 show

Nov 22, 2015

This week on the Blues we'll start off with a song by Corey Harris & Henry Butler, "There's No Substitute for Love" from their Alligator release "vu-du menz."  This is followed by Taj Mahal and Tony Joe White.

The second set features Amos Lee, Van Morrison/Tom Jones, Garland Jeffreys, and Michael McDonald.  Michael McDonald has been nominated to be inducted into the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

A Song From Tommy Emmanuel

Nov 20, 2015

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will present his first Christmas concert in Cincinnati on Wednesday, December 9 at McAuley Performing Arts Center.

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