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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New Orleans author Laura Lane McNeal has received much praise for her latest novel, Dollbaby, and spoke recently with Lee Hay about the plot and the research she did for the book.

A poetry reading by local poet Grace Curtis from her book, The Shape of a Box.

The Swing show on Saturday, July 11th at 10pm features a number of great vocalists including Linda Ronstadt, Jane Monheit, and Frank Sinatra.  The second set of Bill's swing show begins with the great Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie and concludes with the Patrick Williams Big Band doing "I've Got the World on a String." 

The Blues: 7.11.15 show

Jul 16, 2015

This week's show, which airs at 11pm on Saturday, July 11th, starts off with two songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan, followed by songs from Lonnie Mack and Joe Louis Walker.  The second set features Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and Johnny Adams with Dr. John on piano.

The third set features Bernie Pearl who's a Long Beach-based guitarist and then Ry Cooder.  Candye Kane and Wynton Marsalis along with Eric Clapton finish up the show on the fourth set of The Blues.

Is Music Hall haunted?

Jul 10, 2015

Cincinnati’s Music Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in our city, but is it haunted?  As Lee Hay learns from guest Judy Knuckles, you can experience the dark corners and cavernous depths of Music Hall by taking a Guided Ghost Tour.

Local musicians featured!

Jul 9, 2015

This week on the 4th of July Blues show, which airs at 11pm, the first set features the Goshorn Brothers, the Sacred Mushroom, Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Noah Hunt on vocals, and the Bluebirds.  The second set starts off with blues singer Sweet Alice Hoskins, then blues guitarist Kelly Richey and her band, and finally the Blues Merchants with Amy McFarland doing the vocal work.

This week, Saturday, July 4th at 10pm on Bill's swing show, he starts things off with Benny Goodman's "King Porter Stomp" followed by Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin and Lena Horne.  He also includes in the first set songs by Woody Herman, Diana Krall and George Shearing.

The second set of the Swing show begins with a favorite from New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr.,"We Are in Love."  Other vocalists in the second set this week include Rosemary Clooney, June Christy, and Frank Sinatra.  And the show ends with the classic, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore,"

The Kentucky Speedway is gearing up for the fifth running of the Quaker State 400 NASCAR race and they have added more family activities and 2 free practice sessions during the July 9-11 weekend.

A poetry reading by Steve Winhusen from his book, The Wonderful World.

Book review from Lee Hay: Weeds of Kentucky and Adjacent States, by Patricia Dalton Haragan.

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