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WHAS-TV and Clear Channel Sign Up for Arena Signs

If you’ve ever been to the Yum! Center, you know the bombardment of advertising messages is ever-present. Somebody at the Louisville Arena sure has a way of convincing sponsors to ante up, even those you wouldn’t expect to spend money on arena signage. Jim Host, head of the arena authority, is one heck of a salesman. Among the six new sponsors announced this morning is WHAS-TV, which would seem to already have plenty of visibility as the official station for U of L broadcasts. T’he station is sure taking advantage of that, if you’ve noticed the barrage of news promos…


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Cats #3, Cards #4 in New Poll

What does losing to Indiana do to your #1 ranking? Voters in the AP poll dropped Kentucky two spots in this week’s college basketball poll, one spot in front of the undefeated Louisville Cardinals, who move up to 4th. The Cats fell behind new #1 and undefeated Syracuse, but surprisingly also fell behind Ohio State, which also lost over the weekend, to Kansas.  North Carolina is 5th, followed by Baylor, Duke, Xavier, Connecticut and Missouri. Looking ahead, the Cardinals could remain undefeated going into the Dec. 31 matchup with UK. The Cards host Memphis, which fell out of the Top…


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Reagan Gets Gig in St. Louis

How do you spell relief down at GLI?  s t L o u i s. Not to kick the guy on the way out, but it was pretty clear from this morning’s post that Joe Reagan was on the way out at GLI. And I’d gotten a tip since then that his actual compensation may be much higher that the $370K that’s his listed salary. I’m betting the replacement hired by GLI won’t command that kind of salary. Anyway, Reagan leaves with a happy quote from the Mayor, and as reported by WFPL, some parting words of his own. He’s…


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Hoops, A Ball and Harsh Words for Reagan

That was quite a weekend. especially if you’re a hoops junkie. End of the World – Not: Kentucky’s last-second loss to Indiana was a shocker, especially considering that even though the Cats played poorly overall, they were in a position to win on anything other than a last-second 3-pointer. They’re still a superior team, especially if Calipari can somehow figure out what alien inhabited Terrence Jones’ body in Bloomington. Jones disappeared and needs a wake-up call.  Even Dick Vitale, on the ESPN broadcast, was at a loss about Jones’ performance, saying repeately he couldn’t understand what he was doing after…


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Will Tinch Face More Charges in Sex Case?

Anybody out there believing Joshua Tinch’s alibi when he was confronted with evidence that he was communicating, having sex and smoking pot with a teen-age student at Iroquois High (another great news item for my alma mater!). Tinch’s attorney told media that the charges are false, that Tinch wasn’t in town on the weekend the victim claims they had sex,  and that Tinch has lots of girlfriends and responded with “Who’s this?” to many of the texts. Tinch, who was fired as an Iroquois instructor in August as a result of the incident, may have failed to realize the leverage…


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Overtime Scandal Typical of Government

Sorry, PulseoftheCity readers, about yesterday. I had to take some personal time and a few of the other projects I’m involved in needed attention. I guess I’ll have to make it up by working overtime, the word of the moment in local news. It’s jaw-dropping pathetic that Metro government has allowed this to go on for so long. That 10% of the 5,500 local employees are managed so inefficiently that they’ve been able to rack up $15,000 in overtime, and that someone made more than their $47K salary in extra pay? Somebody’s head should roll, but Metro is being careful…


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I Love L.A. – Party Tonite

Leigh Ann Yost is a local treasure. She’s the local singer/songwriter most likely to be playing at local charitable events, the first to sign up for any cause involving music. She’s a regular on WFPK’s Live Lunch. In her day job, she’s an enthusiastic promoter of Harbor House, which helps adults with disabilities.  Or you may know her as the outspoken writer here at LouisvilleKY.com who is quick to point out deficiencies in the Jefferson County School system. The singer/songwriter is releasing a new CD, “As I Live and Breathe,” packed with nine heartfelt songs that chronicle “love, loss and…


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DCE Packs It In with a Party

There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll through Matthew Landan’s Derby City Espresso on Market Street. It may have been a coffee shop, but it was as different from your average Starbucks as it could be. The place is almost hidden just west of the Residence Inn, but you won’t forget the eclectic collection of, well, stuff that’s in there. I stopped in during the day several times and engaged in interesting conversations with the outspoken Landan, who was always willing to admit the business was tough — he had no employees and spent most of his time there. And…


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Comings and Goings

Forget college football coaching changes. And, by the way, there won’t be any Charlie Strong moves coming anytime soon. There’s plenty of coming, going and staying going on around here. White Out: While Jerry Abramson made some bonehead personnel decisions as Mayor, hiring Robert White as police chief nine years ago wasn’t one of them. Rather that leaving in a cloud of shame (Kim Buton, Gilles Meloche, Melissa Mershon), White was feted at Churchill Downs lat night as he prepares to move to Denver. He reiterated the point that he thinks the new chief should come from within. Next For…


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Big East Expands, Needs a Name Change

It looks the last item of consideration for Big East Conference membership is geography. According to widespread reports, Houston, Boise State, Central Florida, San Diego State and SMU will join the championship chase for the 2013 season. Boise and San Diego will be football-only members. It will make the Big East the least accurately named league in the nation and the most geographically diverse. But that doesn’t matter, because the additions will save the league’s Bowl Championship Series status. It will also make it a lot more difficult for Louisville to win the whole thing and go to a BCS…