Articles by RickRedding

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Orchestra CEO Touts “Bold and Ambitious Plan”

To listen to Louisville Orchestra CEO Rob Birman discuss his organization’s financial problems, you’d almost think that crisis is a business-as-usual status for the 74-year-old musicians group. Birman, speaking at the Breakfast of Champions event at the University Club, presented a history that included strikes, near-bankruptcies and other troubles that mar the Orchestra’s past, while noting the group rose to national fame decades ago. But as the Orchestra emerges from bankruptcy, Birman says it will no longer rely on the three Bs — Bailouts, Bequests and Borrowing. He said it will no longer operate in a “chronic state of despair”…


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Indiana May Want Me, But I’m Not Going Back There

I’ve never liked going over there, anyway. And now that the Sherman-Minton Bridge won’t be carrying the 80,000 cars a day it usually takes back and forth, I won’t be going anywhere near the remaining bridges that take you to Indiana. From the looks of things, it would be faster to swim across. Buzz on the Bridge closing — 1. It will increase the urgency for new bridge(s), with some claiming the whole thing a conspiracy foisted upon us by the Bridge forces to make the idea of paying a toll to get across the Ohio a little more palatable….


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Cards’ Worst-Case Scenario Turning into Reality

Reality bites sometimes. It was such a nice story for the U of L football team this year. Coach Charlie Strong, in his second season, seemed to have everything moving right on schedule. There have been no off-field problems with his players. Academics are important. Billboards on the interstates attest to the possibilities. A diminutive QB from Trinity is a surprising starter. The schedule is set up to build momentum toward Big East competition. But then, the reality is you still have to play the games. And this is big-time college football, and no matter how great the story is,…


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Big Day for Local TV on Monday

Changes for shows that have been discussed, planned and purchased for months and years are being implemented Monday morning on local TV. Let’s take a look at what’s new: WHAS-TV’s 4 p.m. Newscast: This is Life after Oprah for WHAS. The 4 p.m. news, featuring Claudia Coffey and Renee Murphy as co-anchors, starts Monday, giving WDRB’s news at that hour some competition. WAVE Ditches 725: That 12:30 experiment with  a live show hosted by John Ramsey– didn’t work so well. Atrocious ratings. WAVE GM Ken Selvaggi says moving 725 Live to Saturday nights at 7:30 will give it eight times…


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Judy Green Saga Ends, Maybe

Have we heard the last of Judy Green? The embattled Metro Councilwoman, a day after declaring she wouldn’t resign on the eve of her removal hearing, delivered a brief letter to the Clerk’s office just before Noon, as reported by the C-J: Effective immediately, I do hereby resign from my position as Metro Councilperson from District One Metro Louisville. It has been my privilege to represent the residents of District One. Once the resignation is official, it will be up to the rest of the Council to fill her seat until the next election, scheduled for 2014. And yes, Green…


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More Trouble at WBKI

Rumors are pouring in about changes at WBKI-TV, where the station has apparently released Terry Glaser, who had been managing the station for the last several months. Glaser’s name, as of this morning, is no longer listed on the station’s website. That site now consists of a grand total of 10 employees. The new station manager listed is Lennie Philyaw, who was once a local sales manager at a station in Spartanburg, S.C. and knows Paul Libovitz, who is an owner of a corporation, Louisville TV Group, that owns the station. That’s a long way from the station’s recent past,…


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The Return of the WAVE Editorial

When Ken Selvaggi took over as GM at WAVE-TV in March, some of us wondered if the station would continue its Hot Button editorials that Steve Langford had started. And for a long while, it looked like WAVE had abandoned the on-air editorial, leaving WDRB’s Bill Lamb as the lone TV opinionator. But it turns out Selvaggi, who came from a Raycom station in Montgomery when Langford retired last spring, was just getting acclimated. On Aug. 23, Selvaggi recorded his first local editorial, about putting children first. He’s committed to doing them twice a week, he says, but will do…


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Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Scene

Herre’s what’s got me thinking or scratching my head today. . . PATRIOT GAME: Tonight a team of police officers will take on fireman in a game of hoops downtown. It’s a $10 ticket, but the money goes to a great cause — the Healing Place. Our own Billy Reed is a board member. A few years back, the event also featured a media team coached by Reed taking on ringers from the Metro Council. I was on the media squad, and we stunk. I miss that. Another Bike Hit-an-Run: This is disturbing. A 26-year-old man was riding his bike…


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Da Vinci Deserves Better

(Photo from FrazierMuseum.org) Last week, I took my family to the Frazier History Museum to see the Da Vinci “The Genius” exhibit. We expected it to be solidly entertaining, though we knew that it probably wouldn’t hold our toddler’s attention for long. First, we were very surprised by how cramped the exhibit was. There was a lot of stuff in those 10,000 square feet, but I could hardly turn around without running into someone, and it was so crowded that it was difficult to read most of the signs without hogging them. The reproductions of Da Vinci’s machines had the…


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Chilled Out and Back to Work

It may have been the chilliest Hike & Bike we’ve had yet, but there were all kinds of folks riding to the West End yesterday. The C-J said it was a record 9,000, but it didn’t seem that crowded. In other words, I didn’t have to wait in line to get Jackie Green to check the air pressure in my tires. Also, a note to Mayor Fischer — it’s time to re-pave Southwestern Parkway.  And where the heck was Jerry Abramson — isn’t he running for Lt. Gov.? Oh, Yeah, He Is: And like it or not, Jerry’s going to…