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Insider Ire on Journalism, ArkSpeak, Ali’s 70th, and Guess Who’s for Pot?

OK, local journalism followers — you’re gonna want to read Terry Boyd’s rant against local television station WAVE-TV. Boyd called me last night, complaining that the story that his Insider Louisville blog broke had been stolen and aired on the station without attribution. Yes, this kind of thing ticks us off. If I break a story, I want to get credit when it’s repeated on the nightly TV news.  Boyd claims WAVE aired the story on the potential courtship of Kentucky Kingdom by the owners of Holiday World, using his story for its information without giving any credit. In his…


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Don’t Believe that Santa Claus is Coming to the Kingdom’s Rescue

The big news yesterday was that the owners of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind. are talking about taking over the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park. As Terry Boyd detailed in depth yesterday at Insider Louisville, the fact that Koch family has admitted it is interested doesn’t mean any deal is imminent. The local TV stations who jumped on the story (WAVE even took credit for breaking the story at 7, though Boyd’s piece was published earlier in the day) pushed it to the top of their newscasts. As attractive a story as anything involving Kentucky Kingdom is, it’s nothing for…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – District 10’s Charm, Tradition and Best Baloney!

Do we really need to spell out “bologna” between sandwich lovin’ folks? Does  your baloney have  a first name? Good!  I just love it when the weather, the occasion or the nostalgic appetite line up for a delicious baloney sandwich. Whether it’s a thick slice with mustard on white, wrapped in wax paper or a Dagwood stacker with layers of deli-thin slices rolled under  produce, seasoning and condiments, everyone has their own classic baloney sandwich. Today is the first week of Metro Council guests to the TGIF Local Lunch Post so raise a toast (wheat, white or rye?), to Metro Council…


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Gilderbloom to Reveal Surprising Results on Louisville Real Estate

My friend Dr. John Gilderbloom has been doing some amazing research on local real estate, trying to explain why things happen the way they do here and what leaders could/should do to make our quality of life better. One of his goals is to convince city leaders to change two-way streets into one-way streets, serving to slow down traffic, reduce crime and encourage business on those streets. Gilderbloom hasn’t shared the results of his research to a Louisville audience — until now. On Jan. 18, he will be giving a talk at Big Spring Country Club. It ought to be…


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The Voice Moves Beyond St. Matthews

The Voice-Tribune isn’t a strictly St. Matthews paper anymore, a fact that’s made ever clear by the paper’s recent move to new offices on East Main Street.   Since being purchased by Blue Equity in 2007, the paper has made plenty of changes — more color and expanded sections, new publications and the sponsorship of events, including what’s become a huge annual Best Dressed event and monthly parties at local restaurants. The paper, which seemed to resist technology before being purchased by the Blue Equity, now has a significant web presence, including several online-only blogs. Managing editor Angie Fenton, who came…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Morris’ Deli for Cold Cuts and Hot Soups

It’s almost been a year since I started posting lunch suggestions via Facebook. How it happened was an accident.  Our newly-elected mayor had a very active Facebook page that quickly became an open forum for praise or problems. Visitors to the page could also find  suggestions, nostalgia and local event promotion. One Friday morning, I was feeling good about the approaching weekend and looking forward to purchasing a to-go lunch from my favorite place, Morris’ Liquor & Deli in the lower Highlands on Taylorsville at Bardstown. During my morning online ritual, I had moved from my Facebook page over to…


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Louisville Home Sales up as 2011 comes to an end!

Despite a very slight increase in interest rates, the number of homes going under contract in December 2011 was up some 15 percent when compared to December 2010. The number of homes sold was up about 1.5 percent. December is notoriously slow for home sales so even a small increase is a positive sign as we head into 2012. The outlook for this New Year seams very positive. Interest rates look as if they will stay in the high 3 or low 4 %. The price of homes continues at a 4 plus year low. The median sales price of…


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Spend the winter Fixing up your Louisville Home. Step by Step Guide!

Starting just days from now and continuing thru early March Louisville Home Sellers will be thinking about selling their Kentuckiana homes. If you’re one of them don’t spend the winter months thinking about it. Spend the time preparing your home. Even if you don’t want to sell you’ll be thank full you spent the time fixing and cleaning it up. The peak buying time in Louisville starts in March and continues through late July and into August. So waiting for March to start preparing your house is already too late! So well before you put up the ‘For Sale’ sign…


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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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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…