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.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records this month, the last special I'm producing has a potpourri of topics from a look at the Tokyo Happy Coats and Playhouse in the Park's production of "Cincinnati King" to Darren Blase's efforts to showcase his King Records collection at Shake It Records, plus the preservation work being done to save the King Records studio on Brewster Avenue.  

This King Records Potpourri special will air on Saturday night, September 22nd, at 11pm and again Sunday evening, September 23rd, at 7pm.

This presentation is on the third floor of the Main Library downtown, and at 2pm right before Roy Baugher's slideshow, Darren Blase from Shake It Records will be on the first floor talking about the comeback of vinyl recordings.  A great afternoon of musical history Saturday afternoon, September 22nd, at the Main Library downtown!

This week's "Music Notes" covers a number of events in honor of King Records 75th anniversary in September, tickets going on sale this week for John Mellencamps's February tour coming to the Aronoff,  and a number of local concerts including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati.

The 44th annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival is running 9/19-22 in Bean Blossom, Indiana, with performers like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bobby Osborne, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Tom T. Hall & Miss Dixie will be inducted into the HOF this year.

Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September. This week's show is the second of two parts looking at James Brown Productions – conversations with and stories from those who worked with the Godfather of Soul during his King Records days.

This King Records special will feature interviews with Waddell Falland & Jimmy Railey who were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions, & The Famous Flames, two of the Sisters of Righteous, Dr. Kay Robinson, and two of The Dapps.  Waddell Falland and Jimmy Railey spoke with me in 2007.  Geneva L. Kinard Woode & Denise Kennard Crowley from the Sisters of Righteous talked with Brian Powers about their careers at King Records as teenagers and backing up numerous King musicians including Hank Ballard.  Dr. Kay Robinson shared her thoughts on recording a gospel album for JBP.  Dave Parkinson, saxophonist, & Eddie Setser, guitarist, from The Dapps, also share their memories of working for James Brown Productions.  

Madeleine Peyroux is a singer who has many fans here in Cincinnati.  Her voice has been described as reminiscent of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.  She recently released her album "Anthem" which was produced and co-written by Larry Klein who also worked with Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.  In support of this new release, she'll be playing at Ludlow Garage on Saturday, September 29th.  

Elaine Diehl spoke with her at her Brooklyn home while taking a break on August 9th.  They discussed the new album, personal connection to her audiences, the writing process with a group, band members, guitars, and Billie Holiday.


This week's musical events include many local concerts as well as several events in honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records.  Tickets are going on sale Friday, September 14th for two December shows by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also concerts by Cher in Louisville and Indianapolis.  

The GoFundMe campaign in support of a documentary about the great saxophonist Jimmy McGary will end Saturday, September 15th.  


In honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records, music historian Brian Powers spoke with a number of folks this summer about their work with James Brown Productions which was based in the King Records building on Brewster Avenue.  From 1965 to 1971, James Brown's company created a new genre of music producing many hit records and was involved in civil rights and the Black Pride movement.  During this hour, which airs on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday, September 8th at 11pm and repeats on Sunday, September 9th at 7pm, you'll hear interviews with Brown's publicity director/tour manager Alan Leeds, his arranger David Matthews, and from musicians Carmon DeLeone and Chuck Sullivan, as well as related music.

Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September with two programs looking at James Brown Productions – conversations with and stories from those who worked with the Godfather of Soul during his King Records days.

James Brown Productions, Part 1

Dellan Stokesbary, an intern with Lee Hay at WVXU,  shares his thoughts about Jeremy Bridgman's book, Darci the Drummer, with artwork by Gabbi Steiger. 

Jeremy Bridgman has written a book for young children ages 4-9 about a 2nd grade girl who wants to be a drummer and the support she needs to accomplish her dream.  This book highlights the need for parental support of their children's creative dreams.

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