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Two Greater Cincinnati public radio veterans – reporter Jay Hanselman and producer/announcer Lee Hay – will be leaving WVXU-FM at the end of October.

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It's the end of an era on WVXU-FM. Around Cincinnati, the 7 p.m. Sunday arts and culture show, airs its final broadcast after 15 years this Sunday.

It's provided an important voice to local theaters, authors, musicians, actors and other performers, especially after the Enquirer's arts and entertainment staff was mostly disbanded in 2014, and Northern Kentucky University sold off folk-rock WNKU-FM in 2017.

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With the end of WVXU's Around Cincinnati Sunday night local arts show, and Chris Thile's national Live From Here Saturday program, weekends will sound different.

Lee Hay's Around Cincinnati ends at 7 p.m. this Sunday, after 15 years. Live From Here, which replaced Garrison Keillor's a Prairie Home Companion, ends Labor Day weekend.

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Lee Hay's favorite Around Cincinnati interview over the years is the acclaimed designer Todd Oldham's 2006 interview of his mentor and friend, celebrated artist Charley Harper, in our studio.

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Around Cincinnati won't be around much anymore. WVXU's Sunday night arts and entertainment show ends Aug. 23.

It premiered in August 2005, shortly after Xavier University sold the station to Cincinnati Public Radio.

A holiday tradition continues when the 13th Annual Around Cincinnati special airs Christmas Eve at 7pm. Producer/host Lee Hay has assembled a full hour of great music and stories. 

The Beatles At Crosley - 50 Years Later!

Jul 17, 2016

 

91.7 WVXU invites you to celebrate

THE BEATLES AT CROSLEY – 50 YEARS LATER!

Sunday, August 21, 9:30am – Noon

Blue Ash Sports Center's Crosley Field (11540 Grooms Road, Blue Ash)

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You just know that jazz expert Oscar Treadwell is smiling on Cincinnati.

Ten years after his death, his adopted hometown provides the background for a major motion picture about jazz icon Miles Davis, Don Cheadle’s new "Miles Ahead."

Treadwell, who died on April 1, 2006, at age 79, was the jazz voice and conscience for Cincinnati for 46 years.  

If a Miles Davis tune was heard on radio here, most likely it was on Treadwell's shows on WVXU-FM, WNOP-AM, WGUC-FM, WVAE-FM or WZIP-AM. In fact, "O.T." is such an institution that his shows are still on the air here at WVXU-FM 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

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Not only did David Letterman love Cincinnati’s “Paul Dixon Show,” he was a huge fan of Dixon’s sidekicks Colleen Sharp Murray and Bonnie Lou.

And I have the proof.

Going through my Letterman files recently, I found a note Dave sent me in 1998 referencing Bonnie Lou, the vocalist from WLWT-TV’s “Dixon” and “Midwestern Hayride” who died earlier this month at age 91. Lee Hay will air a one-hour tribute to Bonnie Lou at 11 p.m. Saturday in place of the weekly “Blues” show.

Steve Gebhardt: Cincinnati Filmmaker, a one-hour special looking at two films by this Cincinnati native, will be re-broadcast on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday, November 7, at 11pm. Mr. Gebhardt passed away at his home in Cincinnati on October 15 at the age of 78. He had visited the WVXU studio several times over the years to talk about his film career with Frank Johnson, Ron Esposito, and David Delegator.

To read Steve Gebhardt's obituary in the New York Times, click here.

David Delegator interviewed Steve Gebhardt on May 25, 2011 about two of his films, Carla Bley’s jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill and Twenty to Life: The Life and Times of John Sinclair. (Here's a clip from Twenty to Lifehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQg-7ewgy4)  

 This one-hour program includes music from Carla Bley’s “Escalator Over the Hill” album, John Sinclair’s albums, and John Lennon’s song, “John Sinclair.” [Carla Bley is a jazz composer, big band leader, and musician who was well-known in the 1960’s free jazz movement.  John Sinclair is a poet, disc jockey, and political activist who recorded a jazz album with Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cincinnati on January 15, 1994. He was a longtime New Orleans resident where he did a blues show on WWOZ for many years, and he has recently lived in Amsterdam for at least 5 years where he produces his own internet radio show. He was also the first manager of the seminal, protopunk Detroit band, MC5.

Steve Gebhardt founded the UC Film Society in 1961 and later taught film courses at Antioch College and the University of Cincinnati. After moving to NYC, he filmed many world-famous musicians including John Lennon & Yoko Ono and the Rolling Stones. Mr. Gebhardt also worked on the film, Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music which came out in the 1990’s.

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Full disclosure here: If I still worked at the Enquirer, I’d be writing about Lee Hay and her latest effort to celebrate Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting and recording history.

Up next for Hay: Another five-week series about Cincinnati’s iconic King Records, to celebrate King Records month.

On “The Blues with Lee Hay” at 11 p.m. Saturday on WVXU-FM and WMUB-FM, she interviews music historian Brian Powers and Steve Halper, nephew of King Records founder Syd Nathan, about the history of the record label and the many musicians who recorded there.

Powers also talks about the many activities scheduled to honor King Records during the September celebration around the city. (See list here.)