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.

Ways to Connect

Blue Wisp Jazz Club

Jan 11, 2013
Doctor Dave Photogrpahy

Lee Hay sits down with local attorney, musician and co-owner of the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Ed Felson, to discuss the current financial problems facing the club and the efforts he is undertaking to stabilize the business. The Blue Wisp’s move to a larger space downtown, plus adding a full food menu, have both increased costs exponentially. While making no guarantees, he does want to try everything possible to keep the club open and a home for live music.


What Makes the Reindeer Fly

Jan 11, 2013

The incredible Lloyd Library and Museum in downtown Cincinnati has a fascinating exhibit running until the end of February. Titled What Makes the Reindeer Fly, it is a book and art exhibit that explores the role of "magic," or hallucinogenic, mushrooms both scientifically and culturally from around the globe and how they have a greater presence culturally then you ever imagined possible. Curator Anna Heran talks about this fun and informative exhibit in an interview with Lee Hay.


Big Rock Club

Jan 11, 2013

A song from the Northern Kentucky father/son 3-pc band Big Rock Club.  Their CD, Extinction, was released in October, 2012.

Jay Schadler of ABC News

Dec 28, 2012

Jay Schadler has been a reporter for ABC News for many years now, but he started his early broadcasting career in Oxford at WMUB. He speaks by phone with Lee Hay talking about his days as news director at WMUB, his favorite travel experiences, his passion for photography and how he balances his TV works with running a gallery in New Hampshire.


This year marks the 8th year for WVXU’s Around Cincinnati Christmas Special, this year airing on Sunday, December 23 from 7:00-9:00 pm. As in years past, producer Lee Hay fills this show will plenty of music and storytelling, just in time for that last day of shopping or preparing for your family’s celebration.


As the nation continues to mourn the senseless violence that claimed so many innocent lives in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday, musicians around the country are organizing to send a message of sympathy and unity.

All musicians are asked to observe a moment of silence at every musical performance in the USA on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 PM in whatever time zone they are performing.

Ruth Lyons: First Lady of Television DVD

Dec 14, 2012

Last year’s acclaimed documentary, Ruth Lyons: First Lady of Television, is back out on DVD for the holiday season. The proceeds from the sales of the DVD all benefit the Ruth Lyon’s Children's Fund.

Author Nadine Huffman and artist Marilyn Lebhar are the creative talents behind the book A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas, a beautiful book all about Cincinnati and with all proceeds going to support adoption efforts happening here in the tri-state. They are in-studio with Lee Hay to talk about the genesis of the book and how they hope to sell out this year’s supply of the book, the same as they did last year.


A poem from Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, distinguished Paul Laurence Dunbar scholar from Dayton, Ohio.


A tribute to jazz legend Dave Brubeck on the Blues with Lee Hay, Saturday night, December 8th, at 11pm.  There’s music from his quartet’s 25th Anniversary Reunion as well as his later quartets.  The vocal work of Carmen McRae, Louis Armstrong, and Tony Bennett are also featured with him on piano.

There are solo piano selections by Mr. Brubeck, and the show ends with a version of his famous hit, “Take Five,” recorded at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. in 1995.

A celebration of Christmas songs by local pianists. This one-hour special will feature Christmas selections recorded for this limited edition cd. Some of the musicians include Steve Schmidt, Kim Taylor, Michael Chertock, Pat Kelly and Ricky Nye.

We are very excited to announce that fashion and interior designer Todd Oldham will be signing his new book, Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom, at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Saturday, December 1 from 2-4pm. Books available for purchase at the Art Museum shop. We hope you can make it out for this special event!

The Hiding Place

Nov 23, 2012

Author, Miami U alum and now assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University, David Bell, joins Lee Hay to talk about his latest novel, The Hiding Place, set in the fictional town of Dove Point, Ohio.


New Edgecliff Theatre

Nov 16, 2012

Lee Hay turns the tables on our contributor Jim Stump and interviews him about his day job as artistic director of the New Edgecliff Theatre and their upcoming double-header production of David Sedaris’ The Santa Land Diaries and Ginna Hoben’s The 12 Dates of Christmas.


Lee Hay discovers the variety of holiday programming coming to Mt. Auburn’s William Howard Taft National Historic Site when she talks with Kerry Wood, one of the site’s park rangers.


The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington is host to a myriad of classes, performances, and special events, and with the holidays fast approaching, they have an exciting schedule coming up. Lee Hay welcomes in the center’s executive director, Ray Kingsbury, to talk about the center’s mission and what all is coming up in the next couple of months.

Downtown Holiday Windows

Nov 9, 2012

Downtown’s Landor Asssociates will bring back the feeling of years gone by when they decorate the windows in their building, which once was the Shillito’s department store. These windows, while they may bring back memories of family visits downtown in the past, are very 21st century with modern interpretations of classic holiday scenes with an interactive multi-media display. Scott Dannenfelser, Landor’s design director for brand environment, joins Lee Hay to talk about why Landor has resurrected this tradition and what visitors can expect.


This song will be a part of this Saturday's episode of Blues with Lee Hay.

The Other Side

Oct 26, 2012

Ever wondered about “the Other Side?” Fear no more, Lee Hay talks with New York Times bestselling author and celebrity psychic medium Concetta Bertoldi, author of the new book Inside the Other Side: Soul Contracts, Life Lessons, and How Dead People Help Us, Between

The Bells

Oct 26, 2012

Local actor Michael Blankenship shares his interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Bells. Recorded in

WVXU's studio.

Saluting Big Klu

Oct 15, 2012
www.crosley-field.com

Sunday, October 21, 2012: 8 PM

The World Series is near, so Lee Hay has assembled a 2-hour baseball extravaganza saluting one of the greatest Reds ever, first baseman Ted Kluszewski. He was a bigger than life athlete and during this program, listeners will hear from his wife, Eleanor; clubhouse legend Bernie Stowe and his wife, Priscilla; Ken Griffey; Steve Wolter from Sports Investments; Big Klu in the Reds Hall of Fame and more. Also learn about this year’s Reds Fest, and the Baseball on the West Side exhibition at the Price Hill Historical Society.

Red Dog/Blue Dog

Oct 12, 2012

If this year’s presidential race is wearing you out, perhaps it’s time for another perspective on the whole red-blue divide. Why not take it to the dogs?

Over the Rhine Coming Home

Oct 12, 2012

Musical group Over the Rhine will be playing two big shows in Ohio over the next couple of months. First stop is the beautiful Victoria Theatre in Dayton on October 26, and then their annual Christmas show at the Taft Theatre here in Cincinnati on December 1.

Blues Brews and BBQ

Aug 29, 2012

There's a great blues mini-festival coming to the PNC Pavilion on Saturday, September 8th.  You can hear songs from three of the groups - Delbert McClinton, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Little Feat on my Blues show, 11pm-midnight, September 1st on WVXU.

PNC Pavilion announced the first annual Blues, Brews and BBQ, a mini blues festival featuring Delbert McClinton, Little Feat, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Villains on Saturday, September 8th .

Sabina Barron from the Writers of Outstanding Words program brings several of her students in to read their poetry and also talks about the work of the organization.

Larry Kirwan: Rock and Read

Aug 15, 2012

Featuring a solo performance by author, playwright and punk pioneer Larry Kirwan from the Irish rock band Black 47. He reads from some of his literary works and performs some of his memorable tunes in a one-man show recorded by WVXU on February 4th at the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Jazz

Aug 15, 2012

Lee Hay hosts a one-hour special featuring a profile of Ron Enyard, a review of Ernie Krivda’s latest cd “Blues for Pekar,” and a performance by the popular jazz group, the Faux Frenchmen.

Frank Johnson talks with jazz drummer Ron Enyard, who’s played with many legendary jazz musicians and includes stories of his jazz career and the jazz scene in Cincinnati. There will be songs from the many legendary jazz musicians he listened to over the years.

This a one-hour special highlights the broadcasting career of Waite Hoyt who called play-by-play for the Cincinnati Reds from 1942-1965.

This special includes interviews with his widow Betty Hoyt; Greg Rhodes, Reds Team Historian; Joyce Graeter, Reds Hall of Fame volunteer; Phil Nuxhall, son of Reds player/broadcaster Joe Nuxhall; and Chris Eckes, Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager & Chief Curator.

Cincinnati Baseball: Crosley Field is a one-hour special that features studio interviews along with music of the period and audio highlights from Red Barber, Joe Nuxhall, and Johnny Vander Meer.

Believe it or not, the Cincy Blues Fest is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, with the event scheduled for August 10 and 11 at Sawyer Point. Mary Beth Weaver from the Cincy Blues Society talks with Lee Hay about this year’s anniversary event, some of the performers and how the Fest supports the efforts of the Society.

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