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Rick is the entrepreneur behind LouisvilleKy.com. He’s been a world-famous blogger since thinking up The ‘Ville Voice back in 2006. Before leaving that start-up in 2009, he was voted the city’s best blogger by Louisville Magazine. LEO Readers voted his site the best independent news site in the city. In 2009 he organized a news operation at LouisvilleMojo and headed up the Local Voices blog team at WLKY.com in 2010. A long time ago, he was a beat reporter at Business First, launched business news operations in the Kiosk and Pizza industries, and wrote a media column at LEO. He’s a Louisville native and a graduate of WKU.

Highlighting a Pre-Pre Derby Week at Churchill, Library, Freedom Hall and a Racquetball Lesson

April 20, 2014
Journalist Matt Taibbi spoke at the downtown Library

With a couple of days left still until the frenzy of Derby Week, I warmed up with an active schedule of interesting activities available only in Louisville, Kentucky. First, you can listen to my conversation with Darren Rogers, the big man on campus (at least as far as 2,000 media members are concerned) at...
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Thunder Was Wondrous

April 14, 2014

A brief clip of the Thunder over Louisville fireworks show, as seen from the 15th floor of the Galt House. To listen to an interview with Thunder chief Wayne Hettinger, go to this Rusty Satellite link.             
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No Fear, Fire Up The Thunder

April 10, 2014

OK. I’m a little bit worried. I keep running into people, coming across social media posts, that indicates to me a lot of people are staying home for Thunder Saturday.  The message I’d like the community to send is that we’re not giving up our riverfront, Waterfront Park or downtown to criminals. In the...
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Walking and Talking the Big Four and Media

April 6, 2014

The city’s collective news media, now fully distracted by basketball, seems content to look away from the violence brought by a mob of 200 that started at Waterfront Park March 22. No one, with the possible exception of WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners, is asking the right people the difficult questions about unruly 11-year-olds roaming...
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King Rex Loves The Cats, But Some Fans Don’t Get It

April 6, 2014
King Rex Loves The Cats, But Some Fans Don’t Get It

How is there so much controversy over the TV call of the Kentucky – Wisconsin game? Apparently because, despite ample notice given that there would be three “game casts” — one for each team and one with un-biased announcers — a lot of idiots (Charles Barkley’s word) lit up Twitter complaining that Rex Chapman...
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Cultural Differences, and Plentiful Options, in the ‘Ville

March 24, 2014
Dave Barry at the Library

Among the reasons I really enjoy doing the Rusty Satellite Show is the opportunity to learn a little about a lot of things from the rich roster of guests I have been able to convince to spend 15 minutes talking about themselves. In every case, I learn something form the conversation, and I...
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Bracket Distractions — Arts and Business and Politics

March 16, 2014
El Toro's Stacy Griggs

It's always good to have some friends who don't pay attention to the same things you do -- it offers perspective. What's important to you (whether U of will be a #2 seed or #3 seed in the NCAA bracket) is like speaking a foreign language, I'm guessing, to someone like Les Waters,...
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At Actors, “Christians” Questions Churches’ Use of Fear

March 9, 2014
Larry Powell and Andrew Garman in The Christians
Humana Festival of New American Plays 2014
Photo by Michael Brosilow

The only way to make the atmosphere more church-like at Actors Theatre's "The Christians" would have been to replace the plush seats with pews.
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Rusty’s Top Five on Rednecks, Gays, Governors, Plays and Big Blue

March 9, 2014
Karl Schmitt of the Louisville Sports Commission

  I hope you get a chance to listen to this week’s Rusty Satellite podcast featuring JCPS board member Debbie Wesslund and Louisville Sports Commission chief Karl Schmitt. You’ll find out why we had so many snow days, among other topics, and learn a little about how the city’s top sports attraction arm is...
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It’s the Money that Separates “Partners” in Humana Festival Play

March 1, 2014
Annie Purcell, David Ross, Kasey Mahaffy and LeRoy McClain
Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry
Part of Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014
Photo by Bill Brymer

Never before in America, or Kentucky, has there been more talk about acceptance of and prohibitions against all things gay. And when I read the previews for "Partners", a new Humana Festival play, I figured it might be all about that topic.
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