Articles by RickRedding

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Oops! WHAS-TV Texts: Fail

Oopsie: Since I’m signed up for text alerts from all the stations, my phone tends to go crazy during weather events. But this one from WHAS-TV was pretty unusual: We regret WHAS11 is suspending snow closing texts due to technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. Go to whas11.com for complete closings. I got it Thursday night. It’s not just an inconvenience, though, as the station had sold an ad sponsorship to Big O Tires for its snow closing alerts, as evidenced by the one I got Thursday at 10:30 a.m. announcing JCPS’ early school closings.  Obviously, it’s not a…


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Good News for Larry Meiners

It’s amazing that Terry Meiners has managed to stick around for 25 years on WHAS Radio. He was celebrating the big anniversary yesterday with comedian Tim Wilson, a running gag on the show lately being that Wilson’s just been too busy to stop by the station and talk to Terry. I’ve been on the show a few times, and Terry’s always been the consummate interviewer — he allows guests to get their message across while giving his listeners something unexpected. That keeps you on your toes in the studio. And even though he’s been caught up in a few minor…


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Go Spud Crazy with J.T. Dockery

J.T. Dockery, known to Seidenfaden’s patrons as the drumming half of the Louisville-based glitterbilly duo The Smacks! and the fried half of acoustic street-busking duo Cheeseburger & Fries, is about to unveil Spud Crazy, a deluxe new graphic novel collaboration between himself and renowned author Nick Tosches. Institute 193, a Lexington art gallery, has set up a Kickstarter account to help fund this limited-edition objet d’art book. Institute 193’s edition (9″ x 12″ and sealed in a printed glassine envelope) will consist of 40 pages of artwork, an essay by Bob Levin (author of “The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney’s…


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List of Cancellations: Everything

We are apparently getting the promised snowstorm. As I write this at 2:30, it’s coming down hard outside the window here. JCPS let out high schools at Noon, elementary schools at 1:25, and Luke has already called to see about going sledding. U of L called off classes tonight, and I expect that whatever your event is tonight – fugeddabout it. Which is too bad for the Voice-Tribune people, who have a big party scheduled at the Kentucky Center, and it’s media darling Angie Fenton‘s 36th birthday and all.  She’s probably relieved. It’s canceled. And how’s this for irony. Bellarmine…


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About that “Army of Citizen Journalists” Comment

The topic was the future of journalism, so I took a 12-year-old along to see how the world of news fits into his worldview. After listening to a panel of locals, Luke is not in the least interested. I’d be surprised if the meeting inspired any of the dozen or so students in attendance to set their sights on this new and changing profession. In fact, there was a serious discussion about whether journalism is a profession or an activity. The panel, held at St. X and organized by the local SPJ, was lightly attended, maybe because U of L…


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Statewide Tobacco Ban

The anti-smoking forces are looming over Kentucky’s civil rights like the Death Star over Alderaan once again. The Courier-Journal is reporting that a bill proposing a statewide tobacco ban is now before the Kentucky legislature. I oppose any attempts to curtail tobacco usage, even though I don’t even smoke, myself (aside from an occasional fine cigar after a good meal or a puff of my pipe whilst striking a Sherlock Holmes-esque pose at my fireplace mantle), mainly because I tend to oppose any attempts to curtail people doing whatever they want to do within the law. I repeat, within the…


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Jumping on the Louisville-Frankfort Train Idea

If you bring up the future of transportation around here, most people focus on the silly Ohio River Bridges project. Wanna-be visionaries will tell you that light rail is a must-do for the city. But no one in recent times has talked about train travel within the state. Until now. A story in the Frankfort paper details plans for a $75 million project that would make it possible to ride a train from here to Frankfort and Lexington for $6 or less.  Ralph Tharp is Frankfort’s “industrial recruiter” and believes the project, using existing rail lines, could be completed by…


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Can Valley Station Get Its Cracker Barrel?

A lot of people out in Valley Station and the Southwest have a chip in their shoulder. Many think Metro Government snubs its nose at them when it comes to bringing projects there (unless it’s a demonized ammunition shelter). Some complain that national businesses, especially franchised restaurants, overlook them. And I’ve heard the demographics — that statistics show that the older, traditional people in the South generally eat out less, don’t use credit cards, and those numbers discourage restaurant chains from locating on Dixie Highway. But another part of the problem is resistance to change.  Seven years ago, developer Chris…


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Super Future Starts Here

Snow, Snow, Snow:  I’ve been watching TV news lately, and got the idea that we may get a few inches of snow soon. But a mild storm 48 hours away doesn’t always have to be the lead story, does it? Be Nice: I’m going to try and be nice and help promote tonight’s cool panel discussion sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s called The Future of Journalism. The five panel members are all certainly qualified to talk about the topic — Sarah Kelly of LEO, Shea Van Hoy of the Jeffersonville Evening News, Kathy Hostetter of WAVE-TV, Gabe…


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Fisher Touts His Green Cred

Mayor Greg Fischer touted his efforts at making Louisville greener today with a press conference at the Newburg Library, where he talked about the heating and cooling, lighting and carpeting that were part of the building process. Of course he had nothing to do with it, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and give him credit for making green building ideas public.  He also mentioned some interesting stuff going on at the Metro Development Center on Fifth Street, taking the opportunity to use the word photovoltaics in an actual sentence. The Mayor even mentions his plan to…