Lee Hay

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.

American cuisine, from coast-to-coast and all points in between, is celebrated in America: The Cookbook

A song for the holidays: 

Singer/songwriter Dave Hawkins dropped by the studio with his guitar "Sparky" to talk about his most recent cd, "As Long As We Get There" and a concert he's got coming up on December 23rd at the College Hill Coffee Company.

Elaine Diehl recently sat down with Scotty McEvoy, one of the producers of a unique holiday concert, to talk about Island Christmas Holiday, scheduled for Thursday, December 21st at The Church in Oakley.  He characterized the show as “where 'White Christmas' meets Bob Marley and 'A Prairie Home Companion’ meets Jimmy Buffett.”  

This year's blues Christmas special is dedicated to the memory of WVXU Production Assistant Kevin Rowinski who started his radio broadcast career while a student at Xavier University.  Cincinnati Public Radio brought him on board in 2005 where he enjoyed his work on a number of award-winning specials over the years.  Sadly, he passed away in the spring of 2016, but his work is still highly valued by those who worked with him.  So, this blues special is one which he helped me produce in 2014.  

The Blues: 12.9.17

Dec 10, 2017

 

This week's blues show, Saturday, December 9th at 11pm, starts off Shemekia Copeland and Charlie Musselwhite.  You'll also hear later in the first set, Cassandra Wilson & Lou Reed.  The second set features Eric Bibb, Organic Grooves, Mick Weaver, and Irma Thomas.  And finally ending the show in the third set is music by blues legend Buddy Guy, Tab Benoit & Jimmy Thackery, and Ronnie Earl.

Cincinnati's long and accomplished broadcast history is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

One of America's most popular authors, Mary Higgins Clark, along with her co-writer Alafair Burke, have published the latest installment in their Under Suspicion series. 

Stevie Nicks new biography

Dec 7, 2017

Elaine Diehl recently spoke by phone with Stephen Davis in Boston about his new unauthorized biography, "Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks."  She's been a popular vocalist on the rock scene for decades since her early work with the band Fritz & Fleetwood Mac and her rocky relationship with Mick Fleetwood.  

I recently spoke with David Hepworth about his book, Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars, which explores his theory that the era of the rock star began in 1955 and ended in 1995 with the advent of computers & social media.  He's divided the book into 40 chapters, one for each year between 1955 and 1995 beginning with Little Richard's New Orleans recording of "Tutti Fruitti" for Specialty Records in 1955.

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