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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King Records Month

Jul 25, 2016

WVXU helps celebrate King Records month throughout September with special programs about the label’s Jump Blues Artists from the late 1940’s-early 1950’s. Tune in Saturdays at 11:00 pm.

September  3 - Bull Moose Jackson is remembered by his daughter, Margaret Fort; musician Jymie Merritt; and manager Carl Grefensette.

September 10 - Wynonie Harris is profiled by author Tony Collins and his son, Wesley Devereaux.

Morgan Rigaud is a Northern Kentucky-based fine and decorative arts/collectibles appraiser who appears regularly on the KET program Kentucky Collectibles, which will be taping at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center on August 20. 

Poetry reading: Local poet Richard Hague reads from his book, Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst and Light: Sequences and Long Poems.  

The Blues: 7.23.16

Jul 19, 2016

This week's program is a repeat of a program from February 21st, 2015.  The show begins with the Blues Brothers & Friends and a lively rendition of "Green Onions."  This song is followed by the Allman Brothers and Sonny Moorman.  The second set features Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor and Tommy Lee Cook.  After this,  in the 3rd set, Big Mama Thornton, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Groove Holmes.  The show ends with Ronnie Earl's "Beautiful Child."

The Blues: 7.16.16

Jul 14, 2016

Robben Ford starts off this week's program with "Chevrolet" in honor of the recent races at Kentucky Speedway.  I had a great time exploring the Crosley exhibit which featured turntables, retro furniture, and jukeboxes.  Getting back to the music you'll hear on this show, there are songs by Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi, Aerosmith and Gene Harris, too.

The Blues: 7.9.16

Jul 14, 2016

This week's show starts off with Eric Clapton and T-Bone Burnett.  You'll also hear in the first set from Tom Waits and Ken Nordine.  There's also a song later in the show from Peter Frampton who'll be on Riverbend's stage with Gregg Allman on July 19th.  And during the last set, you'll hear songs by Etta James and Shemekia Copeland.

The Blues: 7.2.16

Jul 14, 2016

Some of the great musicians you'll hear on this show include Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, and Sonny Landreth.  The 3rd set features Delbert McClinton, Dwight Yoakam, Leon Russell and Aretha Franklin who's playing Riverbend with the Cincinnati Pops on July 24th.  And the show ends with John Mayall, "The Laws Must Change."

Poetry Reading: Local poet and Around Cincinnati contributor Roberta Schultz reads a selection from her chapbook, Outposts on the Border of Longing.

It's time for a big summer weekend of racing at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. 

The Blues: 6.25.16 show

Jun 27, 2016

This week's show starts off with the legendary Irma Thomas, along with another blues legend, Charlie Musselwhite, then BB King & Eric Clapton, and Tony Joe White.  The second set features Koko Taylor, Lonnie Mack, Gov't Mule, and local musicians Greg Schaber & High Street.  And finally, the show ends with Wynton Marsalis's "The Midnight Blues" and from Chicago, Ken Nordine.

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