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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The Blues: 12.2.17 show

Nov 30, 2017

This week's blues show, Saturday night, December 2nd at 11pm, begins with one of the pioneers of the electric guitar, Albert King.  You'll also hear from Leon Russell, Joan Armatrading, Etta James, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Long John Baldry among others in the rest of the show.

Elaine Diehl sat down with two folks from Buddy Roger's Music who dropped by the studio this morning to talk about their two days of clinics coming up on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th at their showroom in North College Hill.

The Blues: 11.25.17

Nov 27, 2017

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you'll hear a repeat on Saturday, November 25th at 11pm,  of  a December, 2016 blues show.  The program begins with the Derek Trucks Band and Joss Stone.  Later in the show, there's music from George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, and Etta James.  And, this edition of The Blues ends with songs by Koko Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

Elaine Diehl's thoughts on this zany Christmas show on the west side of Cincinnati at Jim & Jack's on the River located at 3456 River Road.  You'll hear "a collection of holiday songs performed ala The Rat Pack by Curly & the Cueballs. 

Here's a link to their YouTube video from their past Christmas performance.

Frank Johnson recently spoke by phone with Ricardo Averbach, Director of Orchestra Studies at Oxford's Miami University about a recording he conducted of the Seattle Symphony.  The orchestra performed AR Rahman's composition, "The Flying Lotus," and a cd of it was released this fall.

In the 60's, 70's, and beyond, Jerry Rubin was a well-known counter-cultural leader - founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, New Age/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer. 

A Poem From Roberta Schultz

Nov 17, 2017

Poetry Reading: Local poet Roberta Schultz recites Forbidden Fruit from her chapbook, Songs from the Shapers Harp, published by Finishing Line Press. 

The Blues: 11.18.17 show

Nov 16, 2017

The Blues program on Saturday evening, November 18th at 11pm, begins with Al Green, Michael McDonald, and the Gene Harris Quartet.  You'll also hear Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Deanna Bogart, and alto saxophonist Hank Crawford in the second set.  And filling out this blues show, Carolyn Wonderland, Harry Connick, Jr., Eva Cassidy, Prince (performing Joni Mitch

The Blues: 11/11/17 show

Nov 16, 2017

This week's blues show, Saturday, November 11th at 11pm, begins with one of my favorite groups, Deep Rhumba, and also Lucinda Williams, John Scofield, and from New Orleans, another favorite Johnny Adams.  You'll also hear later in the show, Jonny Lang who's coming to the Taft Theatre Sunday, January 14th and Anders Osborne.

Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue, based here in Cincinnati, rescued more than 200 animals who were in shelters in Texas and Florida prior to Hurricane Harvey and Irma, taking on costs above their normal expenses. 

Poetry Reading: David Lee Garrison recites "First Date" from his new book, Carpeing the Diem: Poems About High School.

The Fillmore Wind Program will present their 2017 holiday concert on Saturday, December 2nd, at 7pm at Mt. Healthy High School with special guest vocalist Nancy James.  Frank Johnson recently spoke with their artistic director, Dr. James Daughters, about the Program.  

Miami University Department of Music and the William E. Schmidt Foundation present 

Grand Night: Love Letters to Ella

Celebrating 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald at Miami University

The stage version of the life and music of one of our area's favorite daughters, Rosemary Clooney, is coming to the stage at The Carnegie in Covington. 

Marti Schottelkotte

Ron Esposito sat down in the WVXU studio with the three teenage members of the group, Triple the Trouble.  They recently opened up for Smashmouth, Uncle Kracker, and Spin Doctors, so they're definitely talented and having fun on stage.  

Bob Ross sat down in the WVXU studio with Ron Esposito Monday afternoon, October 30th, to talk about his musical career which started at the age of 14 and was influenced by Metallica.  Bob honed his guitar style while studying at Morehead State University and also in Philadelphia.  He talks about guitarists Jimmy Bruno and Pat Martino as well as his approached to sound and music.

Halloween on The Blues!

Oct 29, 2017

This week on a Halloween edition of the Blues, Saturday night, October 28th, 2017, from 11pm to midnight, you'll hear spooky music from musicians  including Dr. John, Tom Waits, John Mayall, T-Bone Burnett, and Bobby Mackey.

It's Halloween....on The Blues!

Just in time for Halloween, Lee Hay ventures into Cincinnati's eerier side. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing their classic holiday rock opera to Cincinnati's US Bank Arena for two shows on Thursday, December 21st.  Their lead guitarist, Joel Hoekstra, who's been with them since 2010, recently spoke by phone with Elaine Diehl about TSO and some of his other musical projects.

Here’s a review of Radney Foster’s new cd and book of short stories by WVXU’s singer/songwriter Roberta Schultz. 

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

Fans of The Walking Dead are anxiously anticipating the new season of the zombie drama on October 22. 

The 11th Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday, October 28. 

A Poem From Roberta Schultz

Oct 20, 2017

Poetry Reading: Around Cincinnati contributor Roberta Schultz reads the poem, “Iona,” from her  new chapbook, Songs from the Shapers Harppublished by Finishing Line Press.

The Sorg Opera House has finally begun hosting a variety of musical concerts for area music fans.  The first concert was by the Butler Philharmonic on September 24th, 2017.  The next concert will feature the sounds of the Blue Wisp Big Band, a band which has been performing on the Cincinnati jazz scene for decades.

The Blues: 10/14/17

Oct 16, 2017

The week's blues show, Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 11pm, begins with blues legend Albert King.  The rest of the first set features Laura Nyro, Eva Cassidy, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

Rhonda Juliano, Artistic Director of the choral group Fluidity, and Mike Moroski, Executive Director of UpSpring, dropped by the studio recently to speak with Anne Arenstein about their upcoming concert.

A new book from Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni tells her personal story of meeting, and later working for, iconic American artist Andy Warhol

There’s a hot young pianist on the scene whom local piano legend Ricky Nye has been praising for some time now. He’s Ben Levin and according to his website he’s been playing piano since he was eight, then hooked up with Ricky Nye.