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: 5/14/16

May 17, 2016

This week's blues show begins with a song by Eric Bibb, "Like Aretha Loves to Sing."  He's on tour in the United Kingdom this month.  And, Aretha Franklin is coming to Cincinnati to perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend this summer on July 24th.  That's a must-see performance by a music legend!

The Blues: 5.7.16

May 10, 2016

This week's blues show opens with Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots.  Mr. Wainwright was born in Georgia and ended up in Memphis.  The Sonny Moorman Group and Lonnie Mack are also heard in the first set.   The second set starts off with the Kentucky Headhunters...a song entitled "She's Got to Have It" from their Alligator release, Meet Me in Bluesland.  You'll also hear from Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye and H-Bomb Ferguson.

Poetry Reading: For Mother's Day, local poet Sherry Cook Stanforth recites her poem My Mother's Dulcimer.

Fans of the Disney megahit film Frozen can now enjoy the familiar music and the characters on skates as Disney On Ice presents Frozen at U.S. Bank Arena, May 11-15.

On July 16th, 2011, a one-hour special honoring the 70th birthday of guitar legend Lonnie Mack was broadcast on The Blues.  The special featured conversations with music historian Brian Powers, King Records recording engineer Chuck Seitz, and guitarist Stuart Holman who played with Lonnie Mack in the 1970's.

The Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, Wendy Dewitt, the Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, and her drummer Kirk Harwood will perform two concerts here in Cincinnati with our own world-famous Boogie Woogie maestro, Ricky Nye.

The Blues: 4/16/16

Apr 18, 2016

This week on The Blues, we'll begin the show with Gary Moore's version of "Stormy Monday" featuring Albert King.  We'll also hear from Little Charlie & the Nightcats and the popular guitarist Joe Bonamassa in the first set.  The second set features Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Cassandra Wilson performing one of  Joni Mitchell's songs, Stanley Jordan's "All Blues," and the great vocalist Nina Simone.  And, the program ends with "When the Music's Over" by the Doors from their 1970 Wight Festival performance.

Local poet Brian Volck reads his poem Sorrel Soup from his collection Flesh Becomes Word.

For National Poetry Month, a poem from local poet Pauletta Hansel.

The Cincinnati Arts Association will present the acclaimed theatrical event A Night with Janis Joplin on April 13 at the Aronoff Center.

For National Poetry MonthDr. Herbert Woodward Martin presents his poem On the Flyleaf of Small Congregations 1 from his collection On the Flyleaf.

For National Poetry Month: Local poet Steve Winhusen reads Pheromone from his book, The Wonderful World.

  The John L. Magro Foundation, which provides financial assistance to deserving college students, presents its annual fundraising event on April 24 at Peterloon in Indian Hill.

The Blues: 4.2.16

Apr 3, 2016

This week's Blues program starts off with Robben Ford & the Blue Line,  as well as Luther Dickinson from the Alligator release "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson," Cyndi Lauper, and Holly Cole who's playing shows in Ontario.  The second set inclues songs by Charlie Musselwhite, Wilbert Longmire, Tom Waits and Louis Armstrong.   And finally, the show ends with Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Jeff Beck and J.J. Cale.

A Poem From Grace Curtis

Apr 1, 2016

For National Poetry Month, local poet Grace Curtis reads her poem The Stories We Wish Were Being Told of Us.