Articles by RickRedding

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Tonight’s Lead Story — Misery All Over

I have a routine of DVR’ing the late-night newscasts of local stations, fulfilling my media critic mission to compare how stations handle the day’s stories. Honestly, I usually don’t watch them, but I did today. And I can see why people get sick of the news, and how it can be kind of depressing. Especially as I write this on a gloomy, rainy day. All of our local TV stations covered mostly the same stuff last night, all crime-related. And all the crime stories have to do with people having problems with their relationships, aided by drinking and drugs. The…


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Skepticism Abounds for the Ville/Lex Partnership

Today the newly-formed Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement named a 21-member board consisting of a lot of important people from Lexington and Louisville business circles. BEAM, as its known, is going to do something to bring jobs and companies and goodies and happiness between the cities of Louisville and Lexington. Mayors Jim Gray and Greg Fischer are on board. A couple of foundations have even put up money for it, and the Metro Council has passed a resolution supporting BEAM.  Heck, there’s a Facebook group with 488 members. Who wouldn’t want to be involved in bringing more business to the two…


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Actors’ Play Shows Military POV

The new play at Actors’ Theatre is a big deal in the military community, and has been performed on military bases all over the world. But it provides a more valuable insight into the minds of those who do the fighting for those of us who aren’t connected so closely with the services. “ReEntry” features five actors who march around the stage, stopping to perform brief vignettes, talking as if being interviewed by an unseen reporter. The dialogue comes from actual interviews conducted with veterans by director KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman. Exposed are some of the raw emotions felt…


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Loathing Richie Edition for Friday

We made it… Friday, another bad day for Richie Farmer. Not Fit For Office: Aren’t you glad you didn’t make Richie Farmer your new Lt. Gov.?  I saw Richie’s concession speech on Election Night, and he looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on that stage, thanking supporters for helping him through a tough year.Looks like he wanted to get his girlfriend home to be ready for work the next day. Richie lacks judgment, the ability to discern between right and wrong, and doesn’t deserve the trust of the public. Turns out he hired his girlfriend Oct. 31, didn’t…


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Ratings Report – Lamb Looking Pretty Smart Now

When he spoke to my Breakfast of Champions group this spring, WDRB general manager Bill Lamb talked about how he toughed it out and got aggressive in 2009 while his competition didn’t. He acquired new syndicated programming and launched a new newscast, added staff and hoped that by the fall of 2011, the recession would be over and his station would be on the rise in the ratings. Well, I’m not sure about the recovery from the recession, but it appears his strategy is paying off. In the first half of the first ratings period in which his new programming…


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Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

I don’t believe in ghosts. So when I heard about the SyFy Channel’s journey to Frankfort to seek out paranormal activity at the Buffalo Trace Distillery,  it seemed intriguing. Luke and I went over there last night. The agenda was to watch the debut of the Ghost Hunters episode at 9, followed by a tour of the supposedly haunted warehouse and mansion. The staff, including P.R. maven Amy Preske, who was featured in the episode, had plenty of creepy stories about the Stony Point Mansion. Col. Albert Blanton died in an upstairs room here in 1959. Presko, who has an…


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Healing Place Brings on Corporate Supporters, Seeks More

If you watch local newscasts, you can’t help but notice a ton of stories about crimes committed by people who are caught up in the despair of alcohol and drug abuse. What doesn’t get the spotlight is the work being done by The Healing Place to help individuals get help for their addictions. The Healing Place just announced it is getting some much-needed corporate support (from Texas Roadhouse and Brown-Forman) to help reach a goal to qualify for a Kresge Grant for its women and chldrens’ campus. Here’s the organization’s news release: Louisville, KY (November 14, 2011) — The Healing…


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Get On Board with Ben Rhodes

Friends, I’m involved in marketing the racing career of Ben Rhodes, a phenomenal 14-year-old freshman at Holy Cross High School, who aspires to a career as a professional race driver. Wouldn’t it be something to see someone from Louisville among the top drivers in the world? Ben certainly has an opportunity to get there. Take a look at the latest news from the Rhodes camp.  If you’d like to support Ben’s quest in 2012, please get in touch with me at Rick@LouisvilleKY.com. LOUISVILLE, KY (November 16th, 2011) – 14-year-old Kentucky native Ben Rhodes has signed with Marcos Ambrose Motorsport to…


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Video of the Meiners Traffic Stop

Here’s the video of the traffic stop by Officer Sam Cromity that includes Terry Meiners, who is the second car stopped here. This video was used in evidence in the trial in which a jury declared Meiners not guilty of speeding, doing 75 in a 55 mph zone. You can hear the officer, Sam Cromity, get off a phone conversation at the :48 mark in the video, as he’s pulling the cars over. Skip ahead to the 9:00 mark for the audio exchange with Meiners.


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Meiners Fights Law, and Law Doesn’t Win

This is not some goofball skit with Joe B. Hall on the Terry Meiners show. No, the irreverent WHAS DJ and Great Day Live! TV host decided to get a lawyer (a good one, Steve Pence) and fight a speeding ticket from a cop he ridiculed on the air. Sources tell me that Officer Sam Cromity and his black Mustang have quite a reputation for pulling over speeders on the Watterson. And records show that Cromity, as far back as 2005, has been leading the LMPD stats in racking up overtime pay going to court to be a witness on…