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Forecastle Festival to Offset Carbon Emissions with Clean Energy

Louisville, Ky., — It takes tens of thousands of kWh of electricity to make Forecastle Festival rock and roll each year on the Louisville Waterfront. And this year, a new partnership will ensure the festival’s carbon footprint is smaller than ever. Forecastle Festival will now run on 100 percent pollution-free electricity through a partnership with national Clean Energy provider Arcadia Power. New this year, Forecastle Festival will ensure that for every kWh of electricity used, a kWh is produced and put on the grid by a pollution-free, renewable source – like wind or solar. “Forecastle Festival was built on the…


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Louisville Gas & Electric Unveil New Energy Source

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – After more than two and one half years and over two million construction hours, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company’s new 640-megawatt natural gas combined-cycle generating unit — known as Cane Run Unit 7 or CR7 for short— is now commercially available, providing customers with another source of safe, reliable energy. Employees and contractors working on the project wrapped up the unit’s final commissioning and testing phases in mid-June, clearing the way for the company to take control of the unit and commence its official commercial operation. The unit is the first-of-its-kind in the…


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Mayor Fischer names James L. Blanton as director of Louisville Free Public Library

Louisville, Ky., – Citing his innovative approach to lifelong learning, including making libraries as centers of knowledge in addition to books, Mayor Greg Fischer today named James L. Blanton as the new director of the Louisville Free Public Library. Blanton is currently director of the Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, a position he’s held since 2012. He served many roles in his 12 years at the Chesapeake Public Library in Virginia, including senior library manager, overseeing all aspects of operations for the main central library. ‘The Chesapeake library system, with seven branches, serves the city’s 231,000 residents. “Mr. Blanton takes…


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State Auditor Launches Investigation Into University of Louisville Foundation

From WDRB.com FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) — Auditor Adam Edelen has announced his office will conduct an examination into the governance and oversight of the University of Louisville Foundation, an organization that manages the school’s $1.1 billion endowment. That’s according to a news release from the Auditor’s office. Edelen will also examine the existing governance structure of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, and the actions of the Foundation. “The importance of the University of Louisville in regards to education and workforce development cannot be overstated,” Edelen said. “Dr. Ramsey has presided over a period of significant growth and achievement….


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Louisville Casks For A Cause Set to Tap Saturday

Hopefully, the second time is the charm for Casks for a Cause. The event was postponed to THIS weekend (June 27th) thanks to rainy weather. louisvilleky.com and Rusty Satellite’s very own Rick Redding is the emcee of the awards ceremony. – Jackie H. Bentley Louisville, Ky., – The meteoric rise of craft beer in Louisville has been well recorded in local media. Now, the media, itself, is being asked to try their hand at crafting the perfect beer recipe while raising money for local charities. Spudz Chips is the presenting sponsor and Goodwood Brewing is playing host to the block party style…


Mutual Of Omaha Seeks Real ‘Aha Moments’ From Louisville Locals For National TV Spot

Louisville, Ky., – Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to Louisville. The aha moment tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’ Airstream trailer designed to capture and share Americans’ aha moments across the country. Locals can sign up for their spot and view previously recorded moments at http://mutualofomaha.com/aha. It is all part of Mutual of Omaha’s search for their next commercial spots featuring real people sharing real stories. From the participants along the 20-city and 7,700-mile tour, several new 30-second ads will be produced to air next year.


Saturday’s Downs After Dark Final Event of Historic Spring Meet at Louisville’s Churchill Down’s

Louisville, Ky., – Join Churchill Downs this Saturday night (June 27) to close the most historic Spring Meet in 37 years with a bang at “Downs After Dark” presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka. Guests are encouraged to break out their best cowboy and cowgirl duds to celebrate Saturday’s Boots, Brew & BBQ theme while they enjoy draft beer, specialty cocktails, BBQ food trucks and 11 races, including four marquee stakes events. Nashville music artist Justin Adams will bring his high energy country-meets-rock ‘n’ roll performance to the Plaza, where guests can also test their staying power on a mechanical bull….


Louisville Mayor leads nation’s mayors in support of My Brother’s Keeper Challenge

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer was the lead sponsor of a resolution approved this week by the nation’s mayors pledging continued support for a national initiative to help young men and boys of color stay on track with education and community engagement. The resolution, approved by mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in San Francisco, aims to bolster nationwide support for the “My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Challenge,” launched by President Obama in 2014. “We know the critical importance of ensuring that every child, regardless of color, neighborhood or family situation has the opportunity to reach their full…


Louisville’s Forecastle Festival Releases Daily Schedule

Louisville, Ky., – Led by Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse, Forecastle Festival has released its daily schedule, available at ForecastleFest.com Links to the daily schedule are provided below.  General admission weekend passes, single-day tickets, VIP and all-inclusive travel packages options are on sale now. All festival tickets are available at ForecastleFest.com, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Friday, July 17 Saturday, July 18 Sunday, July 19 Kick-Off Event Set for Thursday, July 16 Forecastle and Against The Grain Brewery will once again host the official Forecastle Kick-Off event on Thursday, July 16. The event will offer…


Louisville’s Chris Randolph Renews With 97.5 WAMZ

Louisville, KY., – 97.5 WAMZ announced today that morning drive personality Chris Randolph has renewed with the station.  Randolph, who marks 6 years with 97.5 WAMZ this year, will continue to entertain Kentuckiana, along with co-host Amy Nic, every weekday from 5-10 a.m. ET. iHeartMedia Louisville has a strong cross-platform presence including a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital – including WTFX-FM; WQMF-FM; WAMZ-FM; WNRW-FM; WLGX-FM; WKRD-AM; WHAS-AM; and WKJK-AM — and produces legendary marquee events including Bras Across The Bluegrass, the WHAS Crusade for Children, and Coyote’s Concert For Kids. iHeartMedia is a leading…