Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 3, 2013

MSPR named top bluegrass station

Staff report
The Independent

MOREHEAD — Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY 90.3 FM) has been nominated for Bluegrass Station of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Blugerass Music of America.

Michelle Wallace, host of MSPR’s “Bluegrass Sunday,” also was nominated for Bluegrass DJ of the Year.

“Eastern Kentucky has a rich history of bluegrass, old-time, Celtic and other types of music indigenous to the region. WMKY is proud to keep the spirit of these traditions alive through our locally hosted music programs,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager.

“Thanks to our loyal listeners, who continue to support public radio from MSU.”

Winners will be announced during the annual 39th Annual SPBGMA bluegrass music awards program at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville on Sunday.

A veteran bluegrass performer, Wallace is a featured member of the Hazel Holler Band. An all-girl group from eastern Kentucky, Hazel Holler plays Appalachian, country, bluegrass and some original music. Formed in 2003, Hazel Holler has kept audiences dancing everywhere it goes.

“Bluegrass Sunday” features information on regional concerts and festivals, in-studio guests and music recorded by MSPR.

MSPR has been a fixture of the bluegrass music scene for more than three decades. The station has featured many programs presenting different and diverse hosts and styles of music.

MSPR broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Morehead State University. WMKY (90.3 FM) is the flagship station for the MSPR network, which includes a translator in Inez.

More information is available by calling MSPR at (800) 286-9659 or (606) 783-2001 or by visiting msuradio.com.