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MSPR Presents ‘Heart of The Orchard’

news-thumb-heart-orchard.webpMorehead State Public Radio will broadcast "Heart of the Orchard," a six-part series produced and hosted by recent Morehead State Graduate Hayley King (Class of 2023) of Ridgeway, S.C., beginning this weekend.

The series features an hour of Americana music focusing on old-time, traditional, folk, bluegrass, and country music. Through songs, stories, and personal reflections, "Heart of The Orchard" will highlight a range of styles of Americana music found in Appalachia and nearby regions. The first program will air at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 4. MSPR will repeat each program in the summer series through Aug. 20.

King, who double-majored in traditional music and Spanish, said creating the series allowed her to explore a musical genre close to her heart.

"I will share how various music genres are connected, how they evolved over time, and some of my favorite artists," commented King. "My hope is these programs will inspire listeners in their own discoveries as music truly is a living orchard of history, emotion, and humanity. I am so thankful I ended up at Morehead State, studying the music that has become such a big part of who I am."

King explains the origins of "Heart of the Orchard" comes from childhood memories and her family's autumn visits to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

"My family would pick apples at a nearby apple orchard. I was amazed at the many varieties of apples, tastes, textures, and colors," King explained. "Similar to those orchards, it's fascinating that so many unique music styles could develop in the same Appalachian region, much like the variety of apples in an orchard."

WMKY serves more than 20 counties throughout Eastern Kentucky from the campus of Morehead State University. Listeners can listen to WMKY at 90.3FM online, by phone app or by smart speaker.

Additional information on Morehead State Public Radio is available online at, by emailing General Manager Paul Hitchcock at or by calling 606-783-2334.

Photo Caption: Recent MSU Graduate Hayley King hosts "Heart of the Orchard," broadcasting on Morehead State Public Radio beginning Sunday, June 4. 

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