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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Music: Legendary local jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Tanner is with the Lee Stolar Trio for this recording of But Not For Me.

The Blues: 2.18.17

Feb 16, 2017

Vocalist Al Jarreau begins this edition of The Blues which airs on Saturday night, February 18th at 11pm.  I played his music for years on my jazz shows.  The first set also includes the legendary voices of Ray Charles, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin.  The second set features Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Witherspoon doing the King Records song, Good Rockin' Tonight, and ends with Gov't Mule and k.d. lang.  And ending the show, are songs by Abbey Lincoln, Larry Kinley, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

Two events of note:

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This Saturday evening on the Blues, February 11th at 11pm, some of my favorite lovey-dovey songs from some of my favorite musicians.  The show starts off with Leon Russell's, "A Song for You," followed by Shemekia Copeland, Etta James' famous "At Last," and Leonard Cohen performing "I'm Your Man."

Peter Frampton starts off the second set which also includes Diana Krall's, "Peel Me a Grape," and the classic Miles Davis tune, "My Funny Valentine."  

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, with around 70 categories this year, will be presented on Sunday, February 12th at 8pm.  So, on Saturday, February 4th at 11pm, you'll hear a special Grammy edition of the Blues.  We’ll start off with music from some of the blues-nominated musicians including Lurrie Bell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Janiva Magness.  

Starting February 2, Dayton's Human Race Theatre will present the world premiere of Eric Ulloa's 26 Pebbles, which deals with the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on the community. 

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Allman Brothers Band co-founder Butch Trucks passed away Tuesday night, January 24th, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69.  He was the third member of the original Allman Brothers Band to pass away.  Guitarist Duane Allman died in 1971 and bassist Berry Oakley a little over a year later.  The band including Butch Trucks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

Cincinnati's Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem Class Lessons from her 2011 collection The Lives We Live In Houses

A song from The John Ford Blues Society. From their self-titled CD, enjoy Brer' Rabbit Blues.

The Blues: 1.21.17

Jan 19, 2017

While I was dusting this morning at home, I saw a few cds that I hadn't heard for awhile, so they'll start off this week's blues show that'll air on Saturday night, January 21st at 11pm.  The first set begins with Jonny Lang's "Lie to Me" followed by Delbert's classic "Under Suspicion,"  Johnny A.'s "Get Inside," and ends with one of my favorites by Bobby McFerrin, "Sweet in the Mornin'."

The new writer-in-residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a local teacher, husband and father who published his first book last year. 

This weekend on The Blues, Saturday evening, January 14th at 11pm, one of my favorite programs in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   You'll hear a great version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Monty Alexander Trio, followed by Sweet Honey in the Rock and Dr. Maya Angelou. 

There's also music from the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, and Aretha Franklin.  Other gospel songs are sung by the Birmingham Sunlights, Patti Labelle and the great Mahalia Jackson.

The Blues: 1.7.17 show

Jan 8, 2017

This week's blues show, 11pm on Saturday, January 7th, begins with a great cd produced by Marcos Sastre and Larry Goshorn, Shades of Blue.  The song's "Pack It Up" which is followed by Delbert McClinton (who's having a cd release party at the Madison in Covington on Feb. 25th), Shemekia Copeland, and a Putumayo release called "Blues Lounge."  

Poetry Reading: Susan Glassmeyer reads her poem, Ice Storm.

A King Records Christmas

Dec 23, 2016
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Lee Hay has a very special treat for you: A King Records Christmas!

In honor of the importance of King Records, I decided to devote this year's Christmas special to some of the talented musicians who recorded at King.  This year's one-hour Christmas special will air on Saturday night, Christmas Eve, at 11pm and be repeated on Christmas Day, December 25th at 7pm.

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