Articles by RickRedding

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JCPS Up Next in Mismanagement City

Is anyone out there surprised by the new report from JCPS that found the giant organization is overpaying its administrations, has flawed hiring policies, that nepotism is rampant, and that it needs to trim its staff significantly? I’m not. Like MSD before it, there just seems to be a pervasive attitude by administrators in these public positions that they’re entitled to operate the way they want, that they can hire whoever they want for whatever job they choose. Excess is king. And it’s all because it’s not THEIR money. You remember the WLKY report by Duane Pohlman on the ridiculous…


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Is There A Drumanard Conspiracy to Stop the Bridge?

What if. . . there has been a vast conspiracy afoot, going back 20 years, and involving high-powered government entities, with the purpose being to thwart the East End Bridge by driving up costs to make the whole thing impossible? What if the 55-acre Drumanard Estate, which bridge planners have believed is worthy of protection because it’s on the National Register of Historic Places,  isn’t so historic and that the Olmsted plan that made it so was never implemented? Is it feasible that wealthy bridge opponents, like River Fields, orchestrated a long-running lie to keep a bridge from coming? Wouldn’t…


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WAVE Confirms Boel Joining News Team

WAVE-TV general manager Ken Selvaggi said today that the station has hired former WLKY-TV newsman John Boel as a reporter for its morning newscasts. He said Boel will not be a co-anchor but has been hired as a reporter with some potential co-anchoring duties. HIs first day will be Jan. 2. Selvaggi said he believes Boel’s knowledge of the market and experience in Kentucky and Indiana were the major reasons for the hire. “I think he has a lot to offer and that he has always done quality work. I think his best days are ahead,” he said. Boel, who…


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Pitino’s Good Weekend and More Media News

A spin around the media circle in the last weekend before Christmas: Best Weekend Moment: Rick Pitino’s press conference after the Memphis game. Obviously in a good mood after his team’s 95-87 win to go 10-0, Pitino got on his soapbox, giving advice to the Big East leadership, saying the league needs Memphis and Temple. He said Commissioner John Marinatto had better get his ass home from a vacation in Hawaii and work on it. He also said he’d been watching too much Tim Tebow on SportsCenter. And in another great weekend moment, Tebow’s Broncos  lost. Annual Favorites: I love…


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Let’s All Try to be Good and Avoid the Gift Card Trap

I’m going to try and stay out of trouble for one more week.  I really do want that Amazon Fire thingie, and I’m hoping Santa is a LouisvilleKY.com subscriber. Today at 1 I’ll be on Joe Elliott’s show at 970 AM – WGTK, and also knocking out some Christmas shopping because we’re on location at A Taste of Kentucky at Mall St. Matthews.  An elf tells me that the Louisville-themed snow globe is a great gift idea for that Friend Of Lou who has you stumped on what to get. Which reminds me that I’ve not done my annual rant…


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Boel’s WAVE Audition No Secret

Former WLKY-TV anchor John Boel, who was dismissed at his former station after a second DUI last year, auditioned for the co-anchor spot alongside Jean West for WAVE’s Sunrise show this week, according to multiple sources. Boel’s audition may be the worst-kept secret in town. Calls to WAVE officials have gone unanswered today. Boel, whose book about his alcohol addiction and recovery has become a big seller locally, declined to comment on the audition today. “On the News, In the News” was published this fall by Butler Books. Boel’s got a roomful of trophies for his work in local journalism,…


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Why Fischer’s Fireworks Veto Makes No Sense

Pro-Business? More Jobs? Mayor Greg Fischer’s veto of the Metro Council’s fireworks ordinance makes little sense. Fischer, knowing that the Council’s new legislation allowing the sale of bottlerockets and Roman candles to be sold around here would allow new businesses to open, hid behind the idea that the inherent danger was too great. Did he account for the fact that residents living in, say, David Yates’ District in Valley Station could drive a couple miles to Bullitt County to get them? No, Fischer said he was siding with his public safety officials in opposing the sales: “My first priority as…


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MSD Corruption Detailed in Audit; Schardein Out

No local government organization involves more money and more accusations of mismanagement than the Metropolitan Sewer District. And now Mayor Greg Fischer, in receipt of a scathing audit about MSD business practices, has given director Bud Schardein the boot and is making sweeping changes. Here’s the official release from Metro: Citing significant management problems at the Metropolitan Sewer District ranging from conflicts of interest to questionable business practices, Mayor Greg Fischer today appointed a director to lead the agency on an interim basis. Fischer also announced that he will create a task force to examine the possibility for shared services…


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Speed’s Three-Year Closure is Extreme

When Dr. Charles Venable spoke at our Breakfast of Champions event in May, the Speed Museum CEO was touting a bold and ambitious plan to eliminate asphalt, create a park-like setting and totally change the look of the property. It looked pretty cool and it would not be financed with taxpayer money, and now already $43 million has been raised.  It included a YouTube video that gave us all a look at something that looked nothing like what is there now. As it should have for its $79 million price tag. I didn’t know it would require the entire that…


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Radio Return of the Ramsey Brothers

There are no new ideas, of course, so WVEZ-FM radio is reviving the Ramsey Brothers, John and Jeff, to do a daily morning program on the station. Here’s the release posted on the WAVE-TV site, where John Ramsey hosts segments on WAVE3 Listens and, I think, still does the 725 Live show that airs on Saturdays. LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Cox Media Group Louisville’s New Lite 106.9, WVEZ-FM, have announced brothers and former radio morning show partners Jeff and John Ramsey will reunite in a new daily morning program, called The Ramsey Brother, on Lite 106.9, effective Jan. 3. First…