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Memorial Day specials to air on MSPR

In recognition of Memorial Day 2018, Morehead State Public Radio will broadcast special programming.

Among the specials are:

Doc Watson.jpgFriday, May 25, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, 3 p.m. - "Muddy Bottom Blues" - Paul Hitchcock hosts this special program of Muddy Bottom Blues, featuring the music of the late Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson, an award-winning guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. Recorded live on Feb. 10, 1963 at Club 47 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this never-before released live concert features Watson performing songs of the Carter Family, traditional and original compositions. The program is made possible by Yep Roc Records and the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina.

President Franklin D. RooseveltSunday, May 27, 2 p.m. and Monday, May 28, 10 a.m. - "Golden Age of Radio" - On this special of "The Golden Age of Radio," host Hitchcock reflects on the passing of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. Through rare and vintage audio, the program will present special news reports, memorial services and reflections on the death of  FDR on April 12, 1945. This program is made possible by the Internet Archive, an online non-profit library of books, movies, music and old-time radio shows.

Also on Sunday, May 27, 3 p.m. and Monday, May 28, 9 a.m. - "That Was Radio" - Leon Smothers is the creator, writer and host of That Was Radio, an overview of the golden years of radio during the 1930s through the 1950s. That Was Radio will go behind the programs to explore the personalities and events that inspired and shaped those programs.  The program will examine how the radio programs were made, and discuss their importance and impact on radio. That Was Radio will provide some of the background needed for a new audience to better understand old-time radio and overall, to enjoy it even more.

Leon SmothersMonday, May 28, 11 a.m. - "For My Country - Music and the Spoken Word Memorial Day Special," features "Hymn to the Fallen," "On This Day," "A Tribute to the Armed Forces," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and more.

Monday, May 28, noon - "2018 United States Air Force Band Jazz Heritage Radio Series"

Throughout its long history, the Airmen of Note has regularly performed and recorded with the leading artists in the jazz world. In fact, the list of guest artists featured with the Note reads like a "who's who" of the jazz industry. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band, the current band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians including one vocalist. The 2018 special will feature three guest artists: Nnenna Freelon, hour 1; Peter Erskine, hour 2; and Marshall Gilkes, hour 3.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the campus of Morehead State University. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Additional information is available by calling MSPR at 800-286-9659 or 606-783-2001or online at

Pictured above, top to bottom, are Doc Watson, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and MSPR's Leon Smothers.