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: 6.25.16 show

Jun 27, 2016

This week's show starts off with the legendary Irma Thomas, along with another blues legend, Charlie Musselwhite, then BB King & Eric Clapton, and Tony Joe White.  The second set features Koko Taylor, Lonnie Mack, Gov't Mule, and local musicians Greg Schaber & High Street.  And finally, the show ends with Wynton Marsalis's "The Midnight Blues" and from Chicago, Ken Nordine.

After a one-year hiatus, the Buckle Up Country Music Festival returns this summer to Summit Park in Blue Ash. 

The Blues: 6.18.16 show

Jun 15, 2016
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This week's show starts off with one of my favorites, Leon Russell's "A Song for You."  In the first set you'll also hear from Garland Jeffreys, Jonell Mosser and Gov't Mule.  The second set includes Lucinda Williams who's in Europe for most of her June and July shows this summer.

The Blues: 6.11.16 show

Jun 12, 2016

Sugar Ray starts off this Saturday's edition of The Blues with "It's a Low Down Dirty Shame."  He's followed by Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham on Concord Records, "Luv in the Afternoon."  You'll also hear from the Gene Harris Quartet and the great Al Green in the first set.

The second set features Little Milton, Joan Armatrading, Eric Bibb, and Chris Thomas King.  And the show ends with Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Ruth Brown, Laura Nyro, and Bobby McFerrin in the last set.

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Cincinnati jazz vocalist Judy James passed away on June 2. (Read her obituary here: Judy James)

Poetry Reading: Local poet Sherry Cook Stanforth reads her poem What Mary B. Remembered from her book, Drone String.

The Blues: 5/28/16

Jun 1, 2016

  This week's blues show starts off with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble which is followed by music from guitarist Carolyn Wonderland and actor/musician Hugh Laurie.  The second set begins with Dr. John and Tom Waits along with New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams.  And the rest of the blues program includes songs by Wilson Picket who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, the legendary Koko Taylor, Led Zeppelin, and ends with John Mayall's "Congo Square."

Wednesdays on the Green, the free, weekly, family-friendly concerts on the lawn of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, kick off the summer season on June 1 with a performance from the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars.

A poetry reading from local poet Sherry Cook Stanforth.

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Gebhardt was commissioned by The Rolling Stones to make their concert film Ladies & Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones during their 1972, Exile On Main Street tour in the United States. Gebhardt parted with Lennon/Ono in 1973 shortly before their own separation.

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.

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