Articles by RickRedding

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Hays Heads for the Hall

Jackie Hays, the former WAVE 3 anchor who retired from broadcasting two years ago, heads a list of six who will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in April. Hays now has a job in P.R. at Norton Healthcare.  She spent 22 years in total at WAVE and 32 years on TV, including a stint at WHAS-TV. She won a boatload of awards during her journalism career. Another familiar name on the list is Frankfort bureau chief for the C-J, Tom Loftus.  he’s been a regular guest on KET’s Comment on Kentucky with retired Paducah legislative reporter…


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Louisville: Nudity-Free Since Just Now

Welcome to another dreary winter’s day in your newly nudity-free city. 56 degrees this weekend, so hang on and tune up the bike. And there’s some good news in here somewhere. Hogan’s Hope: That money the city got from the Readers’ Digest contest (ok, it’s just $1,000) will be going to the Save the  Hogan’s Fountain effort to preserve the teepee. Also, Tammy Madigan, the group’s organizer, says that the local band Hogan’s Fountain will be donating proceeds from iTunes sales of its song “Shine Your  Light on Me” to the effort. All .99 cents, Every little bit helps. Local…


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New Blood No Relief for Jeffersontown Taxpayers

When Greg Fischer took over as the new Mayor of Louisville, he required all employees who wanted to keep their jobs to  submit some ideas about their positions and how they might make them better.  Skeptics said it was Fischer’s way to get them to justify their jobs, and good government types thought it might actually result in trimming some of the fat in local government personnel. He ended up keeping just about everyone, but the exercise certainly made employees aware that they were lucky to have those jobs. Given the same opportunity to assess his 102-employee organization in Jeffersontown,…


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Deja Vu All Over Again – Louisville Goes Prude

When the National Farm Machinery Show arrives in town next week, some good ‘ole boys are in for a rude awakening. Because the traditional trek to Trixie’s may not be happening, and if it does, the boys won’t be getting their usual peek at a womsn’s ta-ta’s at the same time hoisting a cold beer. And if it’s still open, Trixie’s will be closing its doors at the early hour of 1 a.m. That’s because the city is scheduled to start enforcing its No Nudity ordinance tomorrow.  It effectively puts 25 local businesses employing more than 300 tax-paying citizens out…


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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Will Fischer Deliver?

I know, the post-Super Bowl malaise. And we’ve got the dank, gray weather to go with it.  At least the good guys won, though all of us at the annual Gilderbloom Game Fest were pulling for a tie, which for a moment seemed possible. The Steelers made that 2-point conversion to cut the Packers’ lead to 3, and there was some faint hope the Steelers would get the ball back and score a field goal.  Maybe it made John Schnatter a bit nervous, but there would be no free Papa John’s pizza for the masses. The rest of the show…


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NBA to Louisville Update: Miller to Meet with Stern

Don’t get all excited yet, but talk of an NBA team’s move to Louisville is ramping up. Last night, WAVE-TV’s Kent Taylor aired an interview with J. Bruce Miller, the local attorney hired by the Metro Council to negotiate with the league about bringing a team here. Miller said a few potentially key things have happened. For one, his unnamed investor group has signed a “No Shopping” agreement tying their money to Louisville if they pursue a team. And Miller said that renovations to Freedom Hall as a home to the team wouldn’t be in the previously-mentioned $100 million range,…


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Boel is on the Way Back

I caught up with former WLKY-TV anchor John Boel today. As I expected, he sounds as if he’s been a model rehab patient.  He’s back in town, celebrating his three-month sober anniversary on Sunday, watching the Packers with his pal Terry Meiners. Boel, in his direct and humble way, said he goes to three AA meetings per week, 2 counseling sessions. He’s found a sponsor in his recovery effort, has lost 32 pounds and is running and cycling every day. He can’t drive, because his license has been suspended. “I’m trying to get well,” he said. “The folks at rehab…


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A Winner: WAVE Exposes JCPS Bus Rides For Sweeps

It’s week 1 of the February Sweeps in local TV, and last night might be considered the kickoff, as WAVE, WHAS and WLKY all unveiled investigative pieces. And WAVE certainly came out ahead with its revealing series by Eric Flack on the longest bus rides in the JCPS system. Flack followed some buses around and found that, contrary to the P.R. being paraded around by JCPS, there are actually kids riding a bus 100 minutes to get to school, passing up to 3 legitimate schools on the way. He found bus drivers making erratic U-turns. There was the typical annoyed…


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VIDEO: Louisville’s Big Groundhog Party

Thanks to my cohort in partying, Larry Bolton, for helping create this video from last night’s Groundhog Day Party, hosted by my cousin Julie and her husband Kevin Ryan. This year it was at the St. Matthews Community Center, right behind Ten Pin Lanes. My favorite piece of Groundhog stuff: a t-shirt reading: “I Just Came Out of a Hole.” And there’s good news — you can expect an early spring!


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Some Can’t-Miss Louisville KY News

I hope you’re checking back frequently here at LouisvilleKY.com. Yesterday I posted something mid-afternoon about the crazy Metro Animal Services changes (though I didn’t know the icky news that Wayne Zelinsky was operating an “adult” business in his spare time). In the roughly 24 hours since, a dozen posts have gone up here. One of the stops I made yesterday was at Bob Sokoler’s office, which might be nicknamed gadget central. The ex-broadcaster turned successful realtor has three giant computer monitors on his desk, along with enough high-tech stuff to make my head spin. He showed me some video tricks…