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 on The Blues, Saturday night, December 30th at 11pm, we'll look back at some of the musicians we lost in 2017.  The show starts off with Gregg Allman and an Allman Brothers song which included drummer Butch Trucks.  We'll also hear from Steely Dan in the first set...Walter Becker was one of the co-founders of the group.

Closing out the holiday season, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra will join with St. William's Church Choir to perform along with guest soloists selections from Handel's classic "Messiah".  The performance is scheduled on Wednesday, January 10th, at 7:30pm in St. William Catholic Church located at 4108 W. 8th Street in Price Hill and will be free and open to the public.  

A holiday tradition continues when the 13th Annual Around Cincinnati special airs Christmas Eve at 7pm. Producer/host Lee Hay has assembled a full hour of great music and stories. 

American cuisine, from coast-to-coast and all points in between, is celebrated in America: The Cookbook

A song for the holidays: "Christmas Time is Here" by Cincinnati's Tropicoso.

Singer/songwriter Dave Hawkins dropped by the studio with his guitar "Sparky" to talk about his most recent cd, "As Long As We Get There" and a concert he's got coming up on December 23rd at the College Hill Coffee Company.

Elaine Diehl recently sat down with Scotty McEvoy, one of the producers of a unique holiday concert, to talk about Island Christmas Holiday, scheduled for Thursday, December 21st at The Church in Oakley.  He characterized the show as “where 'White Christmas' meets Bob Marley and 'A Prairie Home Companion’ meets Jimmy Buffett.”  

 

This year's blues Christmas special is dedicated to the memory of WVXU Production Assistant Kevin Rowinski who started his radio broadcast career while a student at Xavier University.  Cincinnati Public Radio brought him on board in 2005 where he enjoyed his work on a number of award-winning specials over the years.  Sadly, he passed away in the spring of 2016, but his work is still highly valued by those who worked with him.  So, this blues special is one which he helped me produce in 2014.  

This picture of him was taken at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame even though his first love was the Cleveland Indians.  He loved sports and has left lasting memories with those of us who were lucky enough to share time with him.

The Blues: 12.9.17

Dec 10, 2017

 

This week's blues show, Saturday, December 9th at 11pm, starts off Shemekia Copeland and Charlie Musselwhite.  You'll also hear later in the first set, Cassandra Wilson & Lou Reed.  The second set features Eric Bibb, Organic Grooves, Mick Weaver, and Irma Thomas.  And finally ending the show in the third set is music by blues legend Buddy Guy, Tab Benoit & Jimmy Thackery, and Ronnie Earl.

Cincinnati's long and accomplished broadcast history is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

One of America's most popular authors, Mary Higgins Clark, along with her co-writer Alafair Burke, have published the latest installment in their Under Suspicion series. 

Stevie Nicks new biography

Dec 7, 2017

Elaine Diehl recently spoke by phone with Stephen Davis in Boston about his new unauthorized biography, "Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks."  She's been a popular vocalist on the rock scene for decades since her early work with the band Fritz & Fleetwood Mac and her rocky relationship with Mick Fleetwood.  

I recently spoke with David Hepworth about his book, Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars, which explores his theory that the era of the rock star began in 1955 and ended in 1995 with the advent of computers & social media.  He's divided the book into 40 chapters, one for each year between 1955 and 1995 beginning with Little Richard's New Orleans recording of "Tutti Fruitti" for Specialty Records in 1955.

The annual Clay Alliance Holiday Pottery Fair, featuring local ceramic artists who exhibit regionally and nationally, has found a new home for 2017. 

Back with a new Christmas album and tour, Lee Hay has a song from the new 98 Degrees album, Let it Snow

Legendary drummer John Von Ohlen has recorded a cd of original piano compositions and needs help to pay for its production.  So, a Kickstarter project has been established to help him fund the project.   The goal is to raise $5,000 by Tuesday, December 12th.   So far, a little over $1,500 has been raised.  

Nat Comisar who owned two popular restaurants, the Maisonette and La Normandie, in downtown Cincinnati (sadly both are now closed) is staying busy with real estate these days and also sharing his singing talents with local and national bands including Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins, and The Bobs.

From December 7th -21st, Nat Comisar and Noah Berry will be touring with the NO PROMISES Vocal Band in the Tristate area on their "Christmas with NO PROMISES" tour.  They'll be performing in Covington, Walnut Hills, Montgomery and Beavercreek.  The ensembles's "signature blend of jazz-infused seasonal favorites and everyday classics" includes songs by the Manhattan Transfer, Joni Mitchell, and Harry Connick, Jr.

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.  

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