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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In advance of his upcoming appearance at the Taft Theatre, a song from Rufus Wainwright

This week on the Blues, we'll celebrate female musicians on Saturday night, February 17th at 11pm.  We'll start off in the first set with Bonnie Raitt, Joan Armatrading and Jonell Mosser.  The second set begins with Mavis Staples who's coming to Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati April 20th, Irma Thomas, and ends with Abbey Lincoln.  Elaine Diehl's interview with singer/songwriter Tracy Walker celebrating her 25th anniversary in the music world follows.


This week's blues show starts off with one of my favorites by Diana Krall, "Peel Me A Grape" followed by a song from John Coltrane's Ballads cd and one by Kurt Elling.  Dave Frishberg begins the second set along with Harry Connick, Jr., Leon Russell, Prince, and ends with Mary Ellen Tanner singing with the Lee Stolar Trio.  And the show ends with Etta James, Miles Davis, Johnny Adams, and Philip Paul.

Coming to The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester on March 3: Boston puppeteer Wayne Martin discusses Cincinnati TV legend and puppet master Larry Smith.

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The LA band Dustbowl Revival is coming into Cincinnati for a gig at the Woodward Theater on Sunday, February 11th at 7:30pm.  They're on tour promoting their new self-titled album which includes an appearance by Keb' Mo'.  The album debuted on two Billboard charts and was the #1 debut on Amazon's Americana/Alt-Country and Top 200 charts.  Their music is characterized as a "vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds" from this 8-piece band.

The Blues: 2.3.18 show

Feb 4, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, February 3rd at 11pm, starts off with the Sonny Moorman Group, Gov't Mule and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  The second set features Shirley Johnson, Leroy Ellington & E-Funk, Deborah Coleman, and the Yardbirds.  And ending the program with the third set are the High Street Rhythm Rockers and the Monty Alexander Trio.

Poetry Reading: Roberta Schultz reads Lullaby, from her new chapbook, Songs from the Shaper's Harp.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a love story for the ages. Recorded as part of last spring's Cincinnati visit of StoryCorps, legendary King Records drummer Philip Paul and his wife, Roberta, tell their story of a love that was worth the wait.

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Over the past few months since WNKU ceased broadcasting AAA music, I've been receiving many, many press releases from musicians about upcoming gigs, new cds, concert tix going on sale, etc.  So, I thought I'd start sharing them with everyone with a new feature, Music Notes.  

“ Music and sound must be part of a thoughtful communication strategy.  If the sound is doing nothing but driving the visual presentation or attempting to make something seem cooler than it actually is, then all it is is noise.” - quote from Music2Life's webpage.

For Black History Month: the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be celebrating the month with the theme African American Women in Cincinnati. 

The Cincy Blues Society is sponsoring their annual 2018 Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Festival at Duke Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd.  There'll be more than 40 acts on 5 stages including Alligator Records recording artist Tinsley Ellis who'll be performing the first night at 9:15pm in the BB King Room.

The Blues: 1.20.18 show

Jan 22, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, Jan.20th at 11pm,  starts off with Tinsley Ellis, a blues musician who's performing in Cincinnati on February 2nd at the Winter Blues & Heritage Festival at Duke Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.  You'll hear a song from his new Alligator release, Winning Hand.  This song is followed by one from Curtis Salgado/Alan Hager who've also got a new Alligator release, Rough Cut.

Art Beyond Boundaries celebrates the artistic visions of people with disabilities. On January 26, they open their 11th anniversary exhibit called Chapter 11.

Coming February 2-4 is the annual Mennonite Art Weekend, featuring visual and performing arts, workshops, and more at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church

For more information about the Klaberheads, here's a link to their website.

Katie Laur's Birthday Bash!

Jan 11, 2018

Elaine Diehl shares her thoughts about Cincinnati bluegrass legend Katie Laur and her upcoming birthday celebration at the Front Street Cafe in New Richmond, Ohio on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30pm.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's celebration on Monday, January 15th, I've produced a one-hour tribute in his memory. Sweet Honey in the Rock, Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, along with Eddie Harris and Les McCann will be featured in the first set.

The Blues: 1.6.18 show

Jan 7, 2018

This week on The Blues, January 6th, 2018 at 11pm, a repeat of a show from 2013 which begins with George Thorogood & the Destroyers and ends with John Mayall.  Other musicians featured in the first set include Janiva Magness and Tommy Castro.  The four songs in the second set are from Thom Chacon, Chet Baker, Shemekia Copeland and Little Feat.  Southern Hospitality starts off the third set followed by Sena Ehrhardt and Van Morrison.  And finally ending the show, Janis Joplin from 1968 and John Mayall, 1969.

The new Herzog Music on Race Street downtown has a busy January of events including a book signing and a Toddler Jam. 

Local music: A song from recent CEA award-winning band and album, Dawg Yawp.

 

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, December 30th at 11pm, we'll look back at some of the musicians we lost in 2017.  The show starts off with Gregg Allman and an Allman Brothers song which included drummer Butch Trucks.  We'll also hear from Steely Dan in the first set...Walter Becker was one of the co-founders of the group.

Closing out the holiday season, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra will join with St. William's Church Choir to perform along with guest soloists selections from Handel's classic "Messiah".  The performance is scheduled on Wednesday, January 10th, at 7:30pm in St. William Catholic Church located at 4108 W. 8th Street in Price Hill and will be free and open to the public.  

A holiday tradition continues when the 13th Annual Around Cincinnati special airs Christmas Eve at 7pm. Producer/host Lee Hay has assembled a full hour of great music and stories. 

American cuisine, from coast-to-coast and all points in between, is celebrated in America: The Cookbook

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