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Thumb Butte, in Prescott AZ. Photo by Rick Redding

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Cuts at WHAS-TV; Move Lou Pushback; Derby Derby and Petrino’s Deal and Free Advice

I spent a great week in Arizona, climbing up to 6,000 feet of altitude to Thumb Butte. And I came back to great weather, Derby Fever and all this — Cuts at WHAS-TV: A ton of local knowledge will be heading out the door at WHAS-TV in the next week, thanks to another round of corporate cuts. According to a source, Tegna (the parent company of WHAS, spun off from Gannett) offered buyout packages to at least a dozen staffers, and all but a couple accepted. Among those leaving are news anchor Melissa Swan, who’s been at the station since…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: 49 Trifecta, Jeffersontown’s Online Village, Uber’s Up

It’s April 1, you fool, and remember it’s just  about 36 days until the Kentucky Derby, and things are picking up around here, in a good way. Guess Who’s Turning 50 This Year: There must be something I should bet on here. This week’s Rusty Satellite Show features Donna Brothers, the NBC pony back reporter who is COO of Starlight Racing and one of the all-time winningest women jockeys. She’s speaking at Maryhurst’s Journey of Hope Luncheon May 18. And there’s the artist Jeaneen Barnhart, who loves to paint horses and naked people, who’s opening a new show downtown this…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Rusty Gets Around to SoBro, Jtown, plus some Media Moves

  This week I learned. . . …about a program being spearheaded by Luckett & Farley’s Ed Jerdonek that will provide cool housing for company interns under the same roof as L&F headquarters, giving a few lucky young architects a good working environment and a short walk to the office. Hear about that on the Rusty Satellite Show, along with. . . . ..YouthBuild, which Brandon Bailey says helps two societal issues — it helps 18-24 year-olds who need direction a way to learn a building skill; and provides little houses for developmentally-challenged young people who live at home with…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: March Badness Ain’t All That Bad

I could certainly pout about plenty of the items that perturb me around here, like enduring these NCAA Tournament games with no real rooting interest, thinking what might have been had the Cardinals been taking on a 14 seed today. And then there’s the disturbing news out of Bowling Green yesterday, where some un-named thing happened that resulted in the resignation of Coach Ray Harper and the suspension of three players. Politics? Sheesh. Mitch McConnell finds it convenient to ignore the Constitution by refusing to consider President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court. The Kentucky Senate keeps cranking out anti-progressive legislation,…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Green Days – Driving with Andre, Jtown’s Podcast, River House, Stage One, Speed, Actors, St. Pat’s —

Of course the mysterious and elusive Andre McGee is an Uber driver in Kansas City. The big question is — How did the local and national media spend all this time wondering where the University of Louisville’s fall guy in its basketball sex scandal is and how to interview him, when all they had to do to question him was hail an Uber? Of all the characters in the sordid story, McGee seems to be the only one who has not had to answer to media. According to reports on the ESPN story coming out Sunday, McGee has been keeping a…


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A New Podcast Debuts in Jeffersontown, Kentucky

Jtown Becomes First Louisville, KY Area Chamber to Produce its own Podcast It’s the 10th largest city in the Commonwealth, boasts more than 1,600 businesses and has one of the most active Chambers in the region. Now, the Jeffersontown Chamber has launched a new podcast to bring positive attention to the city, spotlighting its ripe business climate and many activities. “We are excited to have this new way to reach out to our membership and others thoughout the community to showcase all that J-town has to offer,” said John Cosby, president of the Jeffersontown Chamber. In the first episode, host Rick…


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40th LouisvilleKY Humana Festival at Actors Leads with Residence

The 40th Humana Festival of New American Plays kicked off with a modern, emotional story involving motherhood and mental illness. In Residence, new mom Maggie takes a business trip to Arizona packing some secrets about her life at home, where her husband is taking care of a new baby. But she’s feeling a lot of pressure to sell the ultrasound medical device to doctors, and is tormented by her past. She befriends a couple of hotel employees, who have some issues of their own. The young hotel manager has plenty of worry about — succeeding in a dead-end job after her…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: a Crash, the Speed, a Roasted DJ, Champs with Cocktails

My lowlight of the week was this — driving on Watterson Trail in stop-and-go traffic, a woman in an SUV slammed into my rear bumper. I was unhurt, but the damage will require a body shop stay for my car and, thus, no ridesharing earnings for a while. On the brighter side, it was a tremendous week — the first Cocktails with Champions at O’Shea’s Irish Pub was an astounding success, I got to see parts of the new Speed Museum and met Ghislain D’Humieres, and spent a fun hour with ARTxFM’s Marianne Zickuhr and Lauren Argo.  HEAR ALL THAT…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: All Night Long with Delbert, Chocolate Cocktails and a Sex Scandal Goes Away

I’m just hours away from my Delbert McClinton reunion in Frankfort, of all places, and I’m pretty excited about seeing Delbert at 75. I was introduced to “Giving it Up for our Love” on Natural 97 Radio in the Orange Palace at the Pike House in Bowling Green with Mark Hebert. I’ve seen him live a bunch of times since, and had my only “Cruise” experience with him. Meanwhile, there’s plenty to discuss here, starting with The Sighs (of relief) in Texas Are Upon Us: What looked a week ago like another long-lasting sex scandal at U of L went away…


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LouisvilleKY Loves Its Tailspin Ale Fest

On Being a Volunteer Pourer at LouisvilleKY’s Tailspin For Pete’s Sake. . . that was the chocolate-peanut butter beer I was pouring, along with Sweet Baby Jesus, which, was just about as good. I was told the difference was a single percent of alcohol, but no one I spoke to mentioned any difference. I’m no beer connoisseur, and prior to the Tailspin Ale Fest at LouisvilleKY’s Bowman Field on Saturday, I wasn’t “in” on the craft beer scene. I spent several hours as a volunteer beer pourer on an unbelievably clear and warm February day. Pouring beer is a fun job,…