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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This week's swing show features a number of great jazz vocalists including Louis Armstrong, June Christy and Dinah Washington in the first set.  There's also great swing music from Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, and Stan Kenton.

The Blues: 6.20.15

Jun 18, 2015

This Blues show will air on Saturday night at 11 o'clock on June 20th.  You'll hear in the first set, Shemekia Copeland, Magnolia Mountain, Van Morrison, and "After You've Gone" from Hugh Laurie's New Orleans release.  The second set starts off with another Louisiana musician, Anders Osborne, who's followed by a song from Gov't Mule...who'll be at the NiFi Festival at Kentucky Speedway the end of August...and Etta James.

This week's Swing show, Saturday, June 20th at 10pm, begins with vocalist Helen Merrill performing "Dearly Beloved."  Other vocalists featured in the first half of Bill's show include Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, and Dinah Washington.  The second half of Swing with Bill Cartwright starts off with "There Will Never Be Another You" by Keely Smith and Michael Buble's "Summer Wind."  Also included in the second half are songs by Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, and finally the show ends with "Memories of You" by the Boilermaker's Jazz Band.

There’s a brand new music festival coming to the Kentucky Speedway that will include rock, alternative, and country music along with camping, food trucks and more.

The final lecture in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s baseball lecture series happens June 18: The Civic and Environmental Aspects of Baseball Landscapes from Professor John Fairfield of Xavier University.

The Blues: 6.13.15 show

Jun 8, 2015

This week on the Blues, Saturday night at 11 o'clock on June 13th, you'll hear the great BB King doing "Early in the Morning" with help from Van Morrison.  You'll also hear from the Neville Brothers in the first set.

Mel Torme singing "Lulu's Back in Town" begins this week's Swing show airing on Saturday evening, June 13th at 10pm.  Other vocalists in the first half of the program include Natalie Cole, Deborah Locke, the Four Freshmen, and the great Judy Garland singing, "The Trolley Song." 

The second half of Swing features a number of iconic performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Errol Garner, and Frank Sinatra.  Cincinnati native Doris Day is featured singing, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."  And the program ends with "King Porter Stomp" by Benny Goodman.

Richard O. Jones was a longtime writer for The Hamilton Journal-News, but he has now embarked on a new career as true crime historian.

The Blues: 6.6.15 show

Jun 4, 2015

This week's Blues show, 11pm on Saturday, June 6th, begins with New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis, the great blues singer Nina Simone, and Cincinnati's own jazz legend Jimmy McGary.  Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be performing at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center on Saturday night, July 11th, and then heading up to the Rose Music Center at the Heights concert venue the next evening, Sunday, July 12th.

Bill begins this week's Swing show (which airs on Saturday night, June 6th at 10pm) with the tune, "The Song is Ended" by vocalist Dakota Staton.  I did some online research and discovered several different references to her birth year from 1930 to 1931 and 1932.  So, I'm going with 1930 as mentioned in her 2007 New York Times obituary.  Her first album which was on Capitol, "The Late, Late Show," was a hit in 1957.  The song Bill features tonight is from he