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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This week's blues show, Saturday, June 9th at 11pm, starts off  with guitarist Eric Clapton and Ronnie Kole from New Orleans.  The second set features Charlie Musselwhite, Emmylou Harris and Anders Osborne.  And the second half of The Blues includes the music of Harry Connick, Jr.; Johnny Adams; Nina Simone; B.B. King; Ike & Tina Turner; and Delbert McClinton.

Singer/songwriter Chris Knight doesn't like to talk about his music, saying that he likes his music to talk for him.  So, we were delighted when he agreed to talk with Elaine Diehl about his music career, his release Little Victories, and upcoming concert at Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky, on Thursday, June 14th at 9pm.   

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Waddell Falland, who recorded on King Records, passed away May 29, according to Walker Funeral Home. He along with Jimmy Railey were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions and The Famous Flames.  

This book by Amy Nathan, Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life,  certainly makes a case for the positive influences of music in our everyday lives.  

Dellan Stokesbary shares his thoughts about Nathan's book in a review which he recently recorded for Local Exposure.

On this week's Music Notes, Elaine Diehl shares details of many upcoming concerts, a festival at Miami Valley Gaming, and other musical news items.

This week's "Music Notes" features local concerts, new releases, a documentary starring Tatiana Berman,  music classes, and much more.  

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday, May 26th at 11pm, features interviews with three blues musicians:  Ben Levin, EG Kight, and Marcia Ball, plus songs by Trombone Shorty and Galactic who are coming to the PNC Pavilion in August.


On a new Memories from the Hills of Home, Katie Laur shares a piece she wrote about the man she calls the Swami of Swing, local jazz legend John von Ohlen

This week's edition of "Music Notes" including information about new releases at Shake It Records and by Fred Hersch.  There are also many upcoming concerts and festivals.  Plus very special collaborative visual/musical projects by Ric Hordinski & Michael Wilson.  WVXU/WMUB will also air a 2-hour special about Joni Mitchell from 10pm-midnight on Saturday evening, June 2nd.

This week's blues show, Saturday, May 19th at 11pm, begins with the legendary Koko Taylor along with Robben Ford and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters in the first set.  The second set features Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Ruth Brown, Brad Hatfield, and guitarist Johnny A.  Joe Louis Walker starts off the third set followed by Debbie Davies, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, and Joanna Connor.  And, John Mayall takes us out with "Congo Square."

Listen this Sunday evening, May 20th between 7-8pm, for an interview of Linford Detweiler with Brian O'Donnell about this year's festival!

In this week's Music Notes, you'll hear about a new biography about Freddy Fender, a new release by the Manhattan Transfer, and lots of local concert information.  


Pat Linhart and Julie Spangler came into WVXU's studio May 8th and spoke with Elaine Diehl about their upcoming performance at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, on May 19th.  During the interview, they talk about the difference between cabaret and musical theatre, the concept of the Fitton show, and some of the special guests who'll be performing with them.  

The Blues: 5.12.18 show

May 10, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, May 12th at 11pm, we'll start off with a song from Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie.  The second set features Tom Waits, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, and Ray Charles.  Irma Thomas starts off the third set along with Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard.


Acclaimed photographer Michael Wilson, whose work includes photos of Lyle Lovett, Hugh Laurie, Delbert McClinton, and Buddy Miller, embarked on a different kind of photography journey from January to March this year at the Manifest Drawing Center in Madisonville.  Eleven students learned the ins & outs of analog cameras from the making of prints to darkroom techniques.  The students were freshmen to seniors and from both private and public schools.

Their photographs will be on display one-day-only at Manifest Drawing Center at 4905 Whetsel Avenue on Saturday, May 19th from 6-8pm. The exhibition is entitled, "Through Our Lens: Photographs from the Envision Project."  The work of the Ohio students will be then be sent to Columbus for a year-long exhibition by the Civil Rights Commission.

1. Jazz Standard's 11th Annual Fred Hersch Invitation Series in NYC - 5/8-13.

2. Greg Chako - gigs at Trotta's in Dayton KY & Washiington Platform

3. Blue Wisp Big Band  - Urban Artifact - Wednesdays until 12/26.

4. Gibson Guitars bankruptcy

5. Ricky Nye & Dottie Warner - Arnold's - 5/10

6. Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys - back surgery

7. Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket - Ludlow Garage - 5/11

This week's blues show, 11pm Saturday night, May 5th will feature a variety of musicians including Chris Stapleton and Deep Purple.  The first set begins with Alabama Mike from a compilation release in honor of Howlin' Wolf.  This tune's followed by Howlin' Wolf, R.L. Burnside, and The Medicine Men with Lance Boyd who'll be performing Friday, May 11th on the Cincinnati Guitar Festival stage at the Madison Theater in Covington.  Brian O'Donnell previews the event with Bob Nave in an interview that'll air on VXU's "Around Cincinnati" program Sunday night, May 6th at 7pm.

Melissa-Claire sat down in WVXU's studio this afternoon with Elaine Diehl to talk about her new EP of original music entitled, "Imperfect Timing."  She recorded 5 songs for it backed up by a number of Cincinnati musicians including guitarist Harold Kennedy and Chris Arduser.  Tim Goshorn spent 3 hours with her in the studio recording the last song on the EP, "Little Girl," not long before he passed away last spring.

Lauren Eylise is an independent, soul singer/songwriter & guitarist who's coming off an appearance at the Funk Fest and is now scheduled to headline her first show at the Woodward Theater at 8pm on Friday, May 4th.  She's added a horn section to her backup band, The Part-Time Lovers, for this show. The theme of the concert, "Running with the Wolves," was inspired by a book she loves.

1. Ruins - debut album, Sample Size

2. Legendary jazz vocalist Bob Dorough passed away at the age of 94. YouTube videos: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" & "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most"

3. Trout Steak Revival, Nicholas Johnson & Mike Mains - all have shows coming up at the Southgate House Revival

4. Flying Circus Big Band & a host of jazz musicians at The Greenwich for a fundraiser for drummer John von Ohlen.  Both shows are now sold out!

5. Steve Schmidt - Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame induction celebration - Urban Artifact - 5/2

6. Mandy Gaines - Schwartz's Point w/Pat Kelly - 5/3 & Washington Platform 5/12.

7. Rita Coolidge - first album of new material in 25 years - "Safe in the Arms of Time" - 5/4 release 

Some new Memories from the Hills of Home from Katie Laur

This week's show at 11pm, Saturday, April 28th, starts off with a little boogie woogie from our own Ricky Nye followed by Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, the Jambalaya Cajun Band, and Zachary Richard.  The second set features the Honey Island Swamp Band, Galactic, Dr. John, and the great Louis Armstrong.  The Rebirth Brass Band starts off the third set followed by the legendary Professor Longhair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Pentones and finally Johnny Adams.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is running from April 27th to May 6th this year.  If you're a music fan and have never been, I'd strongly suggest you add a visit to your bucket list.

1. Phil DeGreg - Latitudes - 4/26

2. Ricky Nye - Brew River Gastropub - 4/26

3. Ariel Quartet - Corbett Auditorium - 4/26

4. Black Plastic record store   

5. Sam Amidon/Sam Gendel - Music Now Festival - 4/27 & 28

The Blues: 4.21.18 show

Apr 22, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, April 21st at 11pm, starts off with local guitarist Kelly Richey, Gov't Mule, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  The second set features Eric Clapton, The Doors, Derek & the Dominos, and Tina TurnerBob Dylan, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, and Ricky Nye end the show in the third set.

1. Southgate House Revival - 4/18 (Tom Petty Tribute), 4/21 (Sierra Hull)

2. The Greenwich - Chasing the Trane film - 4/19

3. Cincinnati Opera's summer season

4. 4/20 - MOTR Pub, Madison Theatre, Northside Tavern shows

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