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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Cincinnati native Doris Day opens up this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright which will air on Saturday, April 4th at 10pm.  She'll be singing "Pretty Baby" from the album, Young Man with a Horn.  That's followed by the great Buddy Rich and vocalist Rod Stewart.  During the rest of the first half of Swing, you'll hear from Louis Armstrong, June Christy, and Glenn Miller.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright at 10pm on Saturday, March 28th, Bill shares some of his favorite songs from the era. 

The program begins with "Let Me Off Uptown" by Gene Krupa which is followed by "Big John's Special" by Fletcher Henderson.  Some of Bill's regular favorite vocalists are also spotlighted like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme.

A poem from Richard Hague

Mar 27, 2015

A poetry reading by local poet Richard Hague from his most recent Dos Madres book, During the Recent Extinctions: New and Selected Poems 1984-2012.

Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead will recognize the character Dr. Eugene Porter. The actor behind the doctor, Josh McDermitt, spoke by phone with Lee Hay prior to his recent appearance at the HorrorHound Weekend.

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The headliners of this year’s 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival will include Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, Toronzo Cannon, Syl Johnson, Clarence Carter, Zora Young, Big Bill Morganfield, Mud Morganfield, Bobby Dixon, Alex Dixon, Billy Branch and others who will be performing at the Petrillo Music Shell, June 12–14, in Grant Park. The three-day festival, presented by the City of Chicago, will also feature tributes and a special centennial concert honoring Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon on Sunday, June 14.

Saturday, March 28 "Dreaming in Colour" at The Greenwich.

Dreaming In Colour is a St. Louis-based contemporary, instrumental jazz group
that presents an atmosphere of resonant songwriting full of energy and melodiousness. The nucleus of Dreaming In Colour, bassist Kevin Ellis and drummer Chris Noonan, enlists some of the top sax and keyboard luminaries for recording and performance.

A Tribute to Kenny Poole

Mar 25, 2015

Cincinnati jazz guitarist Kenny Poole played with a number of jazz greats including Mark Murphy, Jack McDuff, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. To honor Poole on the anniversary of his passing, friends and fellow musicians join Lee Hay for a special two hour jazz special to celebrate his music. Performers include local jazz musician, Steve Schmidt, as well as Chicago guitarist Andy Brown. Among others sharing stories will be Fred Hersch, Larry Kinley, Phil DeGreg, Larry Goshorn, Bob Nave, April Aloisio, Larry Nager, and Phil Burkhead. 

Program Summary:

Josh McDermitt, who plays Dr. Eugene Porter, on the wildly successful AMC series, The Walking Dead, will be appearing this weekend, March 20th through the 22nd,  at the Horror Hound Weekend at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Other Walking Dead cast members, past and present, including Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl will also be there.

This week on The Blues, which'll air at 11pm on Saturday, March 21st, the show begins with a song written by Jimmy Smith "Bayou" and is played by the great Joey DeFrancesco.  This is followed by Ruth Brown with a recording she did in 1989, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" with Grady Tate on drums and altoist Hank Crawford. 

Singers past and present dominate Bill's swing show this Saturday evening, March 21st at 10pm.  The show begins with Bobby Darin, "Sunday in New York," and Linda Ronstadt's, "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance."  You'll also hear from Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble and Julie London in the first half of the program.

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