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 Poem From Brian Volck

Aug 14, 2015


A poetry reading by local poet Brian Volck from his book Flesh Becomes Word.

The SunWatch Native Flute And Art Festival is happening August 14-16 in Dayton, Ohio, and one of the featured performers, Douglas Blue Feather, previews the event in a conversation with Lee Hay.

Bill starts off this program with "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans" by Tony Bennett who's with Count Basie's band.  For those of you who are Tony Bennett fans, he'll be performing at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend on Saturday, September 5th.  Doors open at 6:30pm that evening with the concert beginning at 8pm. 

From PNC's press release:

Miss Peggy Lee gets things started on this week's Swing show with the title track from her Hallmark release, "Why Don't You Do It Right."  This is followed by several big band selections in the first half of the show including Fletcher Henderson, Ralph Flanagan, and Harry James.  Helen Forrest sings with Harry James' orchestra.  You'll also hear Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, "For Me and My Gal," from the 1942 hit parade album.  Rosemary Clooney, Rod Stewart and Artie Shaw are also

spotlighted in the second half of this swing program.

This week's show starts off with a standard from the time, "Cherokee," by Glen Gray.  During the first half of Bill's swing show, you'll also hear from Glenn Miller, Mel Torme, and the great Billie Holiday performing "Say It Isn't So."  A number of wonderful vocalists are presented during the second half of the show including Frank Sinatra's classic, "Strangers in the Night," along with Dean Martin, "All I Do is Dream of You," and Bobby Darin singing "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

Please note: The unveiling of Big Joe Duskin's memorial plaque has been postponed until Saturday, September 12th at noon at Taft's Ale House in Over-the-Rhine.

Cincinnati’s master of boogie woogie piano, Ricky Nye, tells Lee Hay about a historical plaque honoring the late, great Big Joe Duskin that will be unveiled on August 8 at 14th and Vine in Over the Rhine, as well as Philip Paul’s performance with him at the Arches Stage at the Cincy Blues Fest on Saturday, August 8.

A poem from local poet and Around Cincinnati contributor Roberta Schultz, from her chapbook Outposts on the Border of Longing.

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."