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: 5.16.15 show

May 19, 2015

This week on The Blues, Saturday evening, May 16th at 11pm eastern, the first half of the program features two sets of music followed by an interview about the Jazz Houses app of New Orleans. 

Bill Cartwright has prepared a great show for swing lovers this week...Saturday night at 10pm on May 16th.  The show begins with Gregg Field's version of the classic "Satin Doll", "Let Yourself Go" by Stacey Kent and the ever popular Dean Martin with "On the Street Where You Live."

Other vocalists in the first half of the Swing show include Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest and Maxine Sullivan.  After the mid-show break, you'll hear Bobby Darin, Rosemary Clooney and Glen Gray.  The show ends with Benny Goodman's "Stealin' Apples."

The Blues: 5.9.15 show

May 11, 2015

There's a mix of new and old, familiar and not so much so on this week's Blues show which airs on Saturday, May 9th at 11pm.  The show begins with "Speeding Blues" by Philip Gibbs along with Minneapolis musician Ken Valdez.  Then, Cincinnati favorite, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band with lead vocalist Noah Hunt.  They'll be on stage at Huber Heights with Jonny Lang on June 24th, and they'll also be touring with Van Halen.

This week's Swing show, which airs on Saturday, May 9th at 10pm, begins with Andy Kirk's, "The Lady Who Swings the Band," which is followed by the Nat King Cole Trio, "Little Girl," and Ray Anthony's "Mr. Anthony's Boogie."  Other vocalists heard in the first half of the show include Cincinnati native Doris Day, Mel Torme, Bobby Darin and Carly Simon. 

Ella Fitzgerald's version of Irving Berlin's "It's a Lovely Day Today," starts off the second half of Bill's swing show.  Bill also includes songs by favorites Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Tony Bennett to round out the program.

The dancing is back for the eighth year! Salsa on the Square happens on Fountain Square on Thursday evenings and Nicholas Radina joins Lee Hay with what to look forward to this summer.

Cincinnati's got a great jazz scene these days!  Here's a sample of some of the upcoming performances in the area:

4/29 – 8:30pm – The Blue Wisp Big Band at Urban Artifacts in Northside.  New Wednesday night location!

4/30 – International  Jazz Day - Jazz events all over the world. 

5/2 – 9pm - Don Braden, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist and Cincinnati native at The Greenwich with Phil DeGreg (piano), Art Gore (drums), and Aaron Jacobs (bass). 

This week's Blues show on Saturday, May 2nd at 11pm starts off with "Bring on the Music" by Gov't Mule with vocals by Ty Taylor and written by Warren Haynes.  That's followed by songs from JP Jones as well as Sonny Landreth who's playing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival tomorrow, Sunday, May 3rd.

The legendary Billie Holiday's performance of "Blue Moon" opens this week's edition of Swing with Bill Cartwright on Saturday, May 2nd at 10pm.  Ms. Holiday is followed by Ted Heath, Steve Tyrell, and the great Jimmy Dorsey.  You'll also hear the classic "Woodchopper's Ball" by Woody Herman at the end of the first half of the program.

The second half of Bill's swing show begins with Frank Sinatra performing "Stars Fell on Alabama" and ends with "James Session" by Harry James.

In honor of National Poetry Month, a reading by local poet Grace Curtis.

Covington’s Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park has kicked off its summer Music@BCM series of live music concerts featuring a diverse line-up of local performers.

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