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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Robben Ford will be appearing at Martin Marietta Theatre in Harrison High School (Harrison, Ohio) on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm.    His album, Into the Sun, that came out last year has been getting good reviews.  Tickets for the Harrison show are available through the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society. 

The Blues: 3.19.16 show

Mar 20, 2016

Starting off this week's Blues show is "Hear Me Lord" by blues legend Bonnie Raitt who'll be playing Fraze Pavilion on August 30th with the Richard Thompson Trio.  That's followed by Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris and the Blind Boys of Alabama. 

Claudia Kalb is a health and science journalist whose new book looks at some of the great minds, and possible mental illnesses, of some of the most talented, acclaimed artists and scientists through history.

A poetry reading from Roberta Schultz:

The Blues: 3.12.16 show

Mar 15, 2016

This week's blues show starts off with "Swan Blues" from King Pleasure's album, Moody's Mood for Love which was recorded in 1962.  This is followed in the first set by Johnny Adams, Kurt Elling and Tom Waits.

The second set of the program begins with Jon Cleary's "Frenchmen Street Blues" from the soundtrack to "Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series Season 2".  Jimmy Witherspoon and a classic Red Garland song "Skinny's Blues" from a 1961 session at Van Gelder's studio complete the set.

A poetry reading by local poet Judith Moffett.

The Blues: 3.5.16 show

Mar 7, 2016
Photo by Rick Olivier

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 5th at 11pm, begins with the Doc Robins Band, Lisa Mann and ends with Van Morrison and New Orleans favorite Johnny Adams. 

During the second set, you'll hear from Matt Anderson, Bobby Rush, and the Inner City Blues Band.  The rest of the program features Vinx, Chet Baker, Diana Krall, and Gov't Mule.

The Blues: 2.27.16 show

Feb 29, 2016

This week's show begins with New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams and Nashville's Jonell Mosser.  You'll also hear Lucinda Williams's song "God Don't Never Change" from the great new Alligator release, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, as well as "How Long Watchman" from Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir.

Mike Norris is an author and musician whose newest children’s book is Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountains.  As he tells Lee Hay, the book includes 48 original nursery rhymes and illustrations by acclaimed Appalachian folk artist Minnie Adkins.

The Blues: 2.20.16 show

Feb 22, 2016

This week on The Blues, the spotlight's on a new Alligator Records release, "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson".  This compilation has a talented group of musicians contributing songs from the Blind Boys of Alabama to Rickie Lee Jones.  On tonight's show, the first set features 2 songs by Tom Waits, one from Lucinda Williams, and another from Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi from this album.

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