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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With the changing landscape regarding medical marijuana, Cincinnati's Lloyd Library & Museum presents a new exhibit in conjunction with the Cannabis Museum in Athens, Ohio. 

Chris Smither is one of those singer/songwriters who's been on the scene for fifty years and loves to keep bringing joy to his fans with his music.  Promoting his first album of originals in six years, Call Me Lucky, Smither will be bringing his tour to the 20th Century Theater in Oakley on Wednesday, April 10th.  Kevin Gordon will be opening for him.  Doors open at 7pm with music beginning at 8 o'clock.  

Elaine Diehl spoke with him by phone on March 19th about his new album, his tour of Ireland in January, and the fact that he's only playing 100 shows per year.  Smither also talks about the guitar he'll be playing at the 20th Century solo show, which songs he prepares for shows, and what he does in his time off.  Chris Smither also said that he grew up in New Orleans and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts now, but still makes red beans and rice once a week.

A Poem From Lynn Robbins

Mar 22, 2019

A poetry reading from Lynn Robbins: It's About Time from her book, When You Sit To Write.

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One of the songs in the first set of this week's blues show, Saturday, March 23rd at 11pm, is from "The Blues White Album," a tribute to the Beatles "White Album," featuring Joe Louis Walker performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."  This song is followed by Buddy Guy's "74 Years Young."  The set begins with Curtis Salgado's "Strung Out" from his Alligator release, "Soul Shot."

The Joe Policastro Trio is bringing their jazz sounds in support of their new release, Nothing Here Belongs, to Caffe Vivace on Friday, April 5th. 

During their conversation, Joe, who's a Cincinnati native, talks about some of the songs on the new cd, what the band's process is working up arrangements, and the chemistry of the band members.  Joe also talks about the club where they play regularly in Chicago, Pops in Champagne.

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a song from Cincinnati's Riley School of Irish Music: Happy Remembrance from their CD, The Road to Riley.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, March 16th at 11pm, we're going to dig into the catalogs of several blues musicians beginning in the first set with Galactic, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and their Tedeschi Trucks Band.  The second set begins with guitar legend Lonnie Mack, Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, and Sugar Ray & The Bluetones.  Ending this blues show in the third set is guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Broussard, and Keith Little.

Many of these musicians are coming to Cincinnati to perform.  Tommy Emmanuel & Jorma Kaukonen at the Taft Theatre 9/27.  Marc Broussard w/Jonny Lang & JJ Grey at the PNC Pavilion 8/8.  Galactic's coming to Riverbend 6/1 w/George Clinton's One Nation Under a Groove tour.  And, the Tedeschi Trucks Band's playing PNC Pavilion 7/19.

A Poem From Richard Hague

Mar 8, 2019

Local poet Richard Hague reads “The Beast of Beer” from his book, Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst and Light: Sequences and Long Poems.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, March 9th at 11pm, the show begins with a new Alligator release by Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Killin' It Live.  They're coming to Southgate House Revival on Tuesday, April 30th.  The rest of the first set includes music from the Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominos, and Sonny Landreth.

The second set begins with a new one from Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio and continues with Whitney Shay from San Diego, Lake Street Dive (who will be at Fraze Pavilion June 15th), and ends with the legend, Otis Redding.  The last set features Jimmy Scott, Miles Davis, Diana Krall, and Leonard Cohen.

This year many nationally known musicians will be making stops in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Tours have already been booked at Memorial Hall, Riverbend, U.S. Bank Arena, and the Rose Music Center at The Heights. 

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is also presenting their annual "Classical Roots" concert in honor of International Women's Day on Friday, March 8th at Music Hall.  And, country legend Mickey Gilley is bringing his Urban Cowboy Reunion Show to the Belterra Casino Resort on Saturday, March 9th with Johnny Lee.  

Join us this Saturday evening, March 2nd at 11pm, for a trip down to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras edition of The Blues!  You'll hear from many iconic musicians like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Beausoleil, Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers, and of course, Cincinnati's own Ricky Nye.

If you love New Orleans as much as I do, you might want to mark your calendar for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running from Thursday, April 25th to Sunday, April 28th and the next week, Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th.  They've added another day...the first Thursday...this year.

Elaine Diehl

The brothers Blase, Jim and Darren, dropped by WVXU's studio last week and talked with Elaine Diehl about their eclectic, nationally-recognized Northside record store that's celebrating its 20th anniversary the month of March.

During the interview, they talk about how the store was started and how different the record store experience is for a customer as compared to clicking on an i-phone or computer to buy music.  They mention that coming into the store opens up new possibilities for purchases folks might not have been aware of on a phone or computer which may narrow their searches.

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This week's blues show, Saturday, February 23rd at 11pm, begins with classic Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, "Crossfire," and the first set finishes with Carolyn Wonderland and Hugh Laurie.  Dr. John begins the second set  followed by Tom Waits and Johnny Adams.  The third set features Wilson Pickett, Koko Taylor, Led Zeppelin.  John Mayall concludes the program with "Congo Square" from their Island release, "A Sense of Place" with Sonny Landreth on slide guitar from 1989.  

As part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit King Records: Thirty Years That Changed American Music | 1943-1973 will be officially dedicated on Thursday, February 28 in Cleveland. 

The Blues: 2.16.19 show

Feb 14, 2019

This week's blues show at 11pm on Saturday, February 16th starts with a song by Tony Joe White with some help from Michael McDonald.  Michael McDonald's touring with Chaka Khan this summer and will be in Columbus July 4th.

The rest of the first set of the show includes music by Eric Lindell on Alligator Records and Kevin Burt.  Jon Cleary's song, "21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man," is also included.  Cleary will be playing the Savannah Music Festival March 30th and will also be at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 5th.


A Poem For Valentine's Day

Feb 8, 2019

For Valentine's Day, a poetry reading from Jean Syed.

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