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.

Ways to Connect

Jay Schadler of ABC News

Dec 28, 2012

Jay Schadler has been a reporter for ABC News for many years now, but he started his early broadcasting career in Oxford at WMUB. He speaks by phone with Lee Hay talking about his days as news director at WMUB, his favorite travel experiences, his passion for photography and how he balances his TV works with running a gallery in New Hampshire.


This year marks the 8th year for WVXU’s Around Cincinnati Christmas Special, this year airing on Sunday, December 23 from 7:00-9:00 pm. As in years past, producer Lee Hay fills this show will plenty of music and storytelling, just in time for that last day of shopping or preparing for your family’s celebration.


As the nation continues to mourn the senseless violence that claimed so many innocent lives in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday, musicians around the country are organizing to send a message of sympathy and unity.

All musicians are asked to observe a moment of silence at every musical performance in the USA on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 PM in whatever time zone they are performing.

Ruth Lyons: First Lady of Television DVD

Dec 14, 2012

Last year’s acclaimed documentary, Ruth Lyons: First Lady of Television, is back out on DVD for the holiday season. The proceeds from the sales of the DVD all benefit the Ruth Lyon’s Children's Fund.

Author Nadine Huffman and artist Marilyn Lebhar are the creative talents behind the book A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas, a beautiful book all about Cincinnati and with all proceeds going to support adoption efforts happening here in the tri-state. They are in-studio with Lee Hay to talk about the genesis of the book and how they hope to sell out this year’s supply of the book, the same as they did last year.


A poem from Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, distinguished Paul Laurence Dunbar scholar from Dayton, Ohio.


A tribute to jazz legend Dave Brubeck on the Blues with Lee Hay, Saturday night, December 8th, at 11pm.  There’s music from his quartet’s 25th Anniversary Reunion as well as his later quartets.  The vocal work of Carmen McRae, Louis Armstrong, and Tony Bennett are also featured with him on piano.

There are solo piano selections by Mr. Brubeck, and the show ends with a version of his famous hit, “Take Five,” recorded at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. in 1995.

A celebration of Christmas songs by local pianists. This one-hour special will feature Christmas selections recorded for this limited edition cd. Some of the musicians include Steve Schmidt, Kim Taylor, Michael Chertock, Pat Kelly and Ricky Nye.

We are very excited to announce that fashion and interior designer Todd Oldham will be signing his new book, Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom, at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Saturday, December 1 from 2-4pm. Books available for purchase at the Art Museum shop. We hope you can make it out for this special event!

The Hiding Place

Nov 23, 2012

Author, Miami U alum and now assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University, David Bell, joins Lee Hay to talk about his latest novel, The Hiding Place, set in the fictional town of Dove Point, Ohio.


New Edgecliff Theatre

Nov 16, 2012

Lee Hay turns the tables on our contributor Jim Stump and interviews him about his day job as artistic director of the New Edgecliff Theatre and their upcoming double-header production of David Sedaris’ The Santa Land Diaries and Ginna Hoben’s The 12 Dates of Christmas.


Lee Hay discovers the variety of holiday programming coming to Mt. Auburn’s William Howard Taft National Historic Site when she talks with Kerry Wood, one of the site’s park rangers.


The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington is host to a myriad of classes, performances, and special events, and with the holidays fast approaching, they have an exciting schedule coming up. Lee Hay welcomes in the center’s executive director, Ray Kingsbury, to talk about the center’s mission and what all is coming up in the next couple of months.

Downtown Holiday Windows

Nov 9, 2012

Downtown’s Landor Asssociates will bring back the feeling of years gone by when they decorate the windows in their building, which once was the Shillito’s department store. These windows, while they may bring back memories of family visits downtown in the past, are very 21st century with modern interpretations of classic holiday scenes with an interactive multi-media display. Scott Dannenfelser, Landor’s design director for brand environment, joins Lee Hay to talk about why Landor has resurrected this tradition and what visitors can expect.


This song will be a part of this Saturday's episode of Blues with Lee Hay.

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