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 on the Blues, Saturday, April 14th at 11pm, the first set includes songs by Tony Joe White, Patty Larkin, Kurt Elling, and Dave Frishberg.  The second set of vocalists include Joss Stone, Mavis Staples (Memorial Hall 4/20) and Irma Thomas.  And, the show closes with Tommy Castro (Southgate House Revival 4/20), Leon Russell, Shemekia Copeland, and two from Johnny Adams.

A short 70 miles to the northeast will take you to the eclectic village of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and coming up June 9 is the first Yellow Springs Street Fair of 2018. 

The great musical icon, Mavis Staples, is coming to Memorial Hall on Friday, April 20th for a show which is sure to sell out.  Joining Elaine Diehl in our Corbett Studio to talk about her concert as well as the Longworth-Anderson concert series at Memorial Hall is Bill Baumann, Chairman of the Memorial Hall Society, and Rick McCarty from MEMI.

Their conversation goes into depth on how this series is put together and presented twice per year and also goes into detail about the pre-receptions prior to each concert in the series.  Of course, the pre-reception for Mavis Staples will include a very special award ceremony by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in honor of her civil rights work.  Rhiannon Giddens' upcoming performance at Memorial Hall on May 20th is also discussed.

1. Cincinnati Zoo's Tunes & Blooms concert series

2. Ricky Nye - St. Louis shows & Listing Loon gig

3. G/Listen concert series for GLSEN Greater Cincinnati chapter - Listing Loon

4. Newbees - Fretboard Brewing Company & Around Cincinnati interview/performance

5. Amy London - NJ shows

6. Bobby Mackey's - benefit for the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame - 4/14

Cincinnati's a popular stop for many nationally known blues artists, and we also are lucky to have so many talented musicians making Cincinnati their home.  So, I thought it'd be fun on this blues show, Saturday night, April 7th at 11pm, to spotlight musicians who have gigs booked here.

The first set begins with blues legend Buddy Guy followed by Walter Trout, Sonny Moorman who has an incredibly busy schedule, and Noah Hunt who's coming to the Ludlow Garage with Jason Dennie.

Mavis Staples is playing Memorial Hall and will probably sell out her April 20th show.  Also heard in the second set of The Blues are the Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb'Mo, and Taj Mahal.  And, the show ends with Todd Rundgren, Peter Frampton, and Steely Dan.

For National Poetry MonthLocal poet David Lee Garrison reads Tattoo from his book Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School.

Bobby Mackey's supporting the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame with a benefit concert on April 14th at his club in Wilder, Kentucky.  The Hall of Fame's next induction ceremony will be held June 7th at the Amphitheater in Fort Thomas.  Elaine Diehl spoke with Bobby in WVXU's studio April 3rd about the Hall of Fame, the benefit, his club, and his new album coming out in August.

The title track from Marcia Ball's new Alligator release, Shine Bright, begins this week's blues show on Saturday night, March 30th at 11pm.  Also featured in the first set is music from King Records legend Freddie King, as well as Robbie Robertson & Galactic, and finally Robben Ford and the Blue Line.

Muddy Waters begins the second set followed by Debbie Davies, Shannon Curfman, and Gov't Mule.  And ending the program are songs by Hot Tuna, Dr. John, and Tom Waits.

Lots of local, regional & national "music notes" this week.  Here's Elaine Diehl:  


A new edition of Katie Laur's Memories from the Hills of Home

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.

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 24th, at 11pm starts off with a song by EG Kight followed in the first set with music from Eva Cassidy, Garland Jeffreys, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.  The second set features an acapella Todd Rundgren, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, Marc Broussard, and Gov't MuleJohnny A. begins the last set which also includes Curtis Salgado, Honey Island Swamp Band, and ends with vocalist Janiva Magness.

1. Vocal Arts Ensemble - Memorial Hall

2. Sam Lewis - He opens for Paul Thorn at the 20th Century, & the show's sold out.

3. Ricky Nye 

4. Punch Drunk Tagalongs

5. Erin Costelo & Shannon McNally

6. Opera Goes to Church

7. Harry James Orchestra

8. Record Day Store

9. Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

The Blues: 3/17/18 show

Mar 19, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 17th at 11pm, starts off with another song from the new Jimi Hendrix studio release, Both Sides of the Sky.  This is followed in the first set by songs from Charlie Musselwhite and two from Delbert McClinton who'll be headlining the Cincy Blues Fest in August.  

The second set features Curtis Salgado, Shemekia Copeland and Big Joe Turner.  And, turning to the last set of the blues show, music from a new release by Chicago's Nick Moss Band, Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams.

Independent filmmakers have a new outlet for their works with the start of the Cindependent Film Festival, coming to the Woodward Theatre at the end of August. 

1. Rufus Wainwright - Taft Theatre - 3/16

2. Walnut Hills High School - Sing for a Cause - 3/18

3. Alan Barnes - First Unitarian Church - 3/18

4. Richie Ramone - Southgate House Revival - 3/23

5. Bobby Mackey - 70th birthday celebration at his club - 3/23 & 3/24

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, March 10th at 11pm, you'll hear a set devoted to the Goshorn Brothers at the end of show.  But, we'll begin with a retrospective of sorts, starting off with two songs from a new studio Jimi Hendrix cd, Both Sides of the Sky.  One of the songs is "Woodstock" with Stephen Stills doing vocals/organ.

Other musicians you'll hear during this hour include Janis Joplin, the Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Derek & the Dominoes, and Cream.


Nick Graham

This week on Music Notes you'll hear about future local concerts, SXSW, new recordings by Wussy & Marcia Ball, and future interview/performances of musicians recorded in WVXU's Corbett Studio.

March 11 will bring the first Cincinnati Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show at the Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center in Loveland. 

The Blues: 3.3.18 show

Mar 1, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, March 3rd at 11pm, Big Maybelle starts the music off with "Rain Down Rain."  She's followed by songs from Nina Simone, Ruth Brown, and Lou Rawls.  The second set features Etta James, Long John Baldry, Hugh Laurie and Leon Russell.  Johnny Adams begins the third set of the show with the title track of "Real Me," and then you'll hear from Chet Baker as well as Ann Chamberlain & Eddie Morgan.  Ending this edition of The Blues, Ernestine Anderson and Billie Holiday.

Joe Policastro is bringing his jazz trio to Bromwell's Harth Lounge on Saturday, March 3rd.  The Cincinnati native, who has lived and worked in Chicago the past 15 years, talked with Ron Esposito about the trio's  cd of "alternative jazz", Screen Sounds, and their takes on jazz today.

Cincy Blues Fest & Delbert McClinton

Us, Today

Yugos & Carriers & Kid ESP

CSO Classical Roots concert

The Blues: 2.24.18 show

Feb 25, 2018

This week on The Blues, Saturday evening at 11pm on February 24th, you'll hear from musicians both local and national who'll be performing in Cincinnati during the upcoming months.  The first set starts off with guitarist Sonny Moorman who has regular gigs at McCauley's Pub and is playing other venues, too, this coming week.  You'll also hear from Kelly Richey, Noah Hunt with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, and Buddy Guy.  

A new Memories from the Hills of Home from Katie Laur

On March 3, Manifest Drawing Center in East Walnut Hills will host an Uncommon Roots panel discussion on unique artistic visions and unusual photographic practices. 

In advance of his upcoming appearance at the Taft Theatre, a song from Rufus Wainwright

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