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 4th Annual Bend in the River Art & Music Festival will be held Saturday, October 7th from noon to 10pm at The Sanctuary, a renovated historic church built in 1847, at 2110 St. Michael Street.  It's a free, family-friendly event showcasing the transformation of the lower Price Hill neighborhood.

The Blues: 9.30.17

Oct 1, 2017

This week on The Blues, 9/30/17 at 11pm, the show begins with Catfish Keith who's starting a tour of England and Europe 10/6/17.  Also in the first set, St. Paul & the Broken Bones.  They're coming to Lexington, KY 11/15 & 11/16.  The 11/16 show is almost sold out.  For some reason, I only became aware of them when I saw an interview with the lead singer Paul Janeway with Charlie Rose this week.   You'll also hear songs by Mark Nomad and Porter Nickerson.  Porter Nickerson is Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage on 10/26.  Michael Grayson recently spoke with them for our music website, Local Exposure.

Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter Willy Porter along with Carmen Nickerson are bringing their music to the Ludlow Garage on Thursday, October 26th.  Their latest album, Bonfire to Ash, was released last November.  

The King Records month long celebration in September is coming to a close, and tonight's one of the few remaining events this week.

Stan Hertzman, who's been a guest on Around Cincinnati in the past, will talk about King Records and the group Them.  Great stories from Cincinnati's historical past.

Stan will be at the Public Library's downtown branch tonight at 7pm.

Ron Pope's an internet success!  He's sharing his music with fans who found out about him by way of social media and concert venues.  Here's a link to his YouTube channel.  He'll be taking the stage at Bogart's here in Cincinnati on October 16th.

The annual DevouGrass Music & Arts Festival is coming to Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky, on Saturday, october 7th from noon to dusk.  The free festival will feature bluegrass bands, crafters, and food trucks with all proceeds raised going to the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky.

Middletown's Sorg Opera House dates back to 1891 and has a long history of hosting music, theatre, opera and movies, but fell into disrepair in recent times. 

Poetry reading: Our contributor Roberta Schultz shares a poem from her new chapbook, Songs From The Shaper's Harp.

Local piano legend Phil DeGreg and his trio will release a new CD, Queen City Blues, at a party on September 21 at The Greenwich in Walnut Hills. 

A Song From Doris Day

Sep 15, 2017

The song "Ohio" from Cincinnati native Doris Day

This week's blues show, Saturday, September 16th at 11pm, starts off with a set of music by Hugh Laurie, Ernestine Anderson, and the great Charlie Musselwhite.  The rest of the show we've turned over to award-winning music historian Dave Lewis who's done a great deal of research on the life, music, and radio programs by Ohio native Frank Crumit.

Celebrating King Records Month: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

In honor of Cincinnnati's celebration of King Records in September, I produced a special about Hank Ballard & the Midnighters which will air on Saturday, September 9th at 11pm and again Sunday, September 10th at 7pm.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke by telephone recently with the two remaining Midnighters, Billy Davis and Norman Thrasher.  They've both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Midnighters.

In the space that once housed Herzog Studios, purportedly where Cincinnati's first R&B music was recorded, is now Herzog Music, a retail and teaching music shop. 

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