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Efforts to save the former King Records studio building in Evanston are a step closer to becoming reality.

As Women's History Month wraps up, Lee Hay welcomes in Sue Plummer and Christine Anderson from Xavier University.   They are documenting the many women who were part of Cincinnati's legendary King Records and encourage listeners to email them any names or other information that will help.  Please email them directly:  Sue Plummer - plummers1@xavier.edu -  and Christine Anderson - andersoc@xavier.edu.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a love story for the ages. Recorded as part of last spring's Cincinnati visit of StoryCorps, legendary King Records drummer Philip Paul and his wife, Roberta, tell their story of a love that was worth the wait.

The King Records month long celebration in September is coming to a close, and tonight's one of the few remaining events this week.

Stan Hertzman, who's been a guest on Around Cincinnati in the past, will talk about King Records and the group Them.  Great stories from Cincinnati's historical past.

Stan will be at the Public Library's downtown branch tonight at 7pm.

Brian Powers

King Records Month: 5 Royales


Celebrating King Records Month: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

In honor of Cincinnnati's celebration of King Records in September, I produced a special about Hank Ballard & the Midnighters which will air on Saturday, September 9th at 11pm and again Sunday, September 10th at 7pm.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke by telephone recently with the two remaining Midnighters, Billy Davis and Norman Thrasher.  They've both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Midnighters.

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Local steel guitarist Cameron Cochran will spend September celebrating King Records Month with a series of performances and a tribute to the iconic locally-produced TV show, Midwestern Hayride

September will again celebrate the history and legacy of Cincinnati's King Records

King Records continues to be recognized for its significance to Cincinnati through radio documentaries airing on WVXU and WMUB.  The series of radio documentaries which aired in September, 2016, for King Records month have won two awards, both in the radio documentary category, the Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications and Ohio’s Society of Professional Journalists.

Cincinnati City Council decided Wednesday to go to court to acquire the former King Records studio building in Evanston by eminent domain.

A King Records Christmas

Dec 23, 2016
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Lee Hay has a very special treat for you: A King Records Christmas!

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Here's my annual 2016 Holiday Program Guide, and it's bigger and better than ever. Here's the link to my 14-page 2016 Holiday Program Guide. It's also at the bottom of this page.

More shows, more listings, more info. (I've added the networks this year, in addition to the local channels, so people in other cities can find their holiday favorites too. If you have family or friends who have enjoyed my list in the past, please send them the link.)

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to consider a demolition permit sought by owners of the King Records building in Evanston.

Join us Saturday night, October 1st at 11pm, for the second part of a two-part spotlight on the talented songwriter/producer Henry Glover.  This special will focus on his post-King Records career.

Henry Glover was undoubtedly a major force behind the success of King Records.  Tonight, you'll hear about his years at King Records, and next week in part 2, you'll hear about Henry Glover's post-King Records career.

In this third installment of a September celebration of King Records, the spotlight's on R&B singer Roy Brown who had a significant influence on the early development of rock 'n roll and wrote the classic jump blues song "Good Rocking Tonight.”

This Saturday night at 11pm, September 10th, the spotlight's on King Recording musician Wynonie Harris.  You'll hear from his son, Wesley Devereaux from his home in Omaha, and also Tony Collins who lives in England and wrote the biography, Rock Mr. Blues: The Life & Music of Wynonie Harris.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke with both of these guests recently.  You'll also hear from special guest Elwood who introduces the special and one of the songs.

  On Saturday night, September 3rd at 11pm, join me for the first of five one-hour specials on King Records as part of the celebration of King Records in September.

September is King Records Month in Cincinnati. WVXU will pay tribute with four special episodes of Lee Hay's Blues show (Saturday nights at 11pm starting September 3). 

You can learn about Cincinnati's most famous record label with dozens of events and special shows on this six-page list for King Records Month 2016. 

Print out the list and circle your favorites. These are mine:

September is King Records month as the former Cincinnati label turns 73 years old. Three dozen activities are planned. They are listed here and include everything from a traveling exhibit to a gospel lunch to a listening party.

King Records Month

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WVXU helps celebrate King Records month throughout September with two special programs. Tune in Saturdays at 11:00 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm.

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Updated 4/28/16: WVXU-FM will repeat a Lonnie Mack 70th birthday blues special at 11 p.m. Saturday as a tribute to the legendary guitarist who died April 21 near his Nashville home.

The one-hour special, produced by Lee Hay, was originally broadcast July 16, 2011.  Here's her description of the 2011 program:

Connie Wernet

Bonnie Lou, the last remaining star from Ruth Lyons’ TV show and Cincinnati’s Golden Age of Live TV, died Tuesday at age 91.

The country, rockabilly and pop music singer performed for 30 years on WLW’s iconic “Midwestern Hayride,” “Boone County Jamboree,” Lyons’ “50-50 Club” and the “Paul Dixon Show,” the crazy weekday morning host who inspired young David Letterman. 

After leaving TV when Dixon died in 1974, she continued to entertain for another 30 years at fairs, festivals, pageants and concerts. Her last major public performance here was at the 2006 Tall Stacks riverboat festival.

Cincinnati has now designated the former King Records complex in Evanston as a historic landmark.  City Council unanimously approved the issue Wednesday.  

The company which owns a portion of the King complex wants to demolish its section.  There is a lawsuit pending.  

The full Cincinnati Council is likely to vote Wednesday on an ordinance designating the former King Records complex in Evanston as a historic landmark.  

The Neighborhoods Committee approved the measure Monday unanimously.  

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Full disclosure here: If I still worked at the Enquirer, I’d be writing about Lee Hay and her latest effort to celebrate Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting and recording history.

Up next for Hay: Another five-week series about Cincinnati’s iconic King Records, to celebrate King Records month.

On “The Blues with Lee Hay” at 11 p.m. Saturday on WVXU-FM and WMUB-FM, she interviews music historian Brian Powers and Steve Halper, nephew of King Records founder Syd Nathan, about the history of the record label and the many musicians who recorded there.

Powers also talks about the many activities scheduled to honor King Records during the September celebration around the city. (See list here.)

Larry Nager

During the month of September, the legendary recording studio King Records will be celebrated across Cincinnati with various programs.  Beginning on Saturday evening, August 29th at 11pm here on WVXU/WMUB, the King Records salute gets underway with the first of five programs dedicated to the musicians who recorded at King Records on Brewster Avenue.

The five King Records specials on WVXU:

Update 08/21/15: The Cincinnati Planning Commission has unanimously approved a request to designate the King Records buildings as historic.

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