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Flash Mob News: Joe Reagan Dances

The good folks at GLI were a little worried yesterday when I posted news that a flash mob was being organized for a big Louisville event. They wanted to keep things secret, and my post could have tipped off some folks that the big event was the GLI annual meeting at the KFC Yum! Center.  But by the looks of people in the crowd in this video, I think there was plenty of shock value. Emily Carroll, who organized the whole thing, told me yesterday that about 175 people were involved, but did not tip me off that GLI boss…


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How to Market Anything in Okolona

  Those folks sure like their guns in Okolona. And businesses know that being associated with guns is a surefire way to increase traffic. Of course, you remember two summers ago, when Louisville became the focus of national media attention after a pastor encouraged his flock to bring guns to church. Taking the gun promotion idea to a new level, this barber shop in Okolona is promoting that you can enroll in a concealed carry gun permit class right there while you’re getting hour hair cut.


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Bacon, Bourbon and Beer

Coming from the world of fundraising, not many events catch my eye. I’ve been on the rubber chicken circuit enough to know that many of these events: 1) are not necessarily big fundraisers despite the amount of money put into them (we’re talking net dollars, folks) 2) are not all much fun and 3) are the same people go to the same events and pose for the same society pictures. Often, if you really want to help a charity, just write a check without expecting to be wined and dined. That being said, events are a great way to learn…


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Manual Teacher Story Provides Media Lessons

What in the name of Mary Kay Letourneau is going on around here? There’s no doubt the juiciest story in the news yesterday was that 38-year-old biology teacher Carrie Shafer of Manual High School was caught drinking and probably having sex with a 17-year-old Manual student in a public park.  If I’m a news director, it’s a no-brainer that it’s the lead story on the late news. But I’m not a news director. Still, here’s a clue as to why WLKY-TV leads the late news ratings. WLKY reporter Erin Haynes was live outside the Courthouse (where nothing at all was…


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Surprise: Flash Mob is Coming Real Soon

The thing about Flash Mobs is that you really don’t know when or where they’re going to happen. But I can tell you that one will happen in Louisville today. I just can’t tell you when or where, because if I did, someone would kill me. Just kidding. Sort of.  Emily Carroll, a media buyer at Leapfrog Interactive, says she came up with the idea of organizing a flash mob after watching an episode of the TV show Modern Family. Emily is just 25, but said it was “bucket list” thing for her to organize and execute one. Officially a…


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Our Man in Japan

It so happens that Albrecht Stahmer, a UK grad who has been working with J. Bruce Miller on drumming up excitement about bringing the NBA to Louisville, lives in Tokyo. And many of his associates here are concerned about him. And they want to be sure he makes it to the YPAL event March 31 — “Why Not Louisville — The NBA and Louisville” at Patrick O’Shea’s downtown March 31. I’m hoping Albrecht doesn’t mind, but I thought it would be good to share his report on the current situation over there with you. I like the way he inserts…


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Edith Can Shoot Things is on Target

“Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them” is an odd title for the New American Play that premiered Sunday at Actors Theatre.  A. Rey Pamatmat’s drama is about a 12-year-old girl (Edith, played brilliantly by Teresa Avia Lim) who does shoot something and hit it, but the play’s real intrigue revolves around her 16-year-old brother and his boyfriend. And no matter how accepting we are of gay relationships in today’s world, the audience at the Bingham Theatre seemed to gasp each time Kenny (Jon Norman Schneider) and Benji (Cory Michael Smith) kissed smack on the lips.  And as they  explored…


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Attack Strategy Fueled Fox41 Through Recession, Lamb Says

This morning Bill Lamb told all us Champion Breakfasters how Fox41 survived and prospered during the economic slide of 2009 by cultivating loyalty and getting aggressive. The Fox41 GM, who’s been there nine years, said that while his competitors were cutting back and laying off staff, he held a meeting in 2009 and told his staff that there would be no layoffs, but that they would be required to “bring it” every day at work. And that move, more than anything, cultivated a culture of loyalty. The slide in TV news began after the 2008 election money dried up, and…


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Why is everything two thousand dollars?

When I first started thinking about wedding, it occurred to me that everything costs $1000. And that’s ridiculous. Now, as I’m deeper into the planning, I’m finding that everything costs $2000. It angers me, as a musician, and makes me realize that I’m certainly not charging enough. I understand that photographers have many years of studying and perfecting their art, and that they are getting paid for more than just the six hours they are shooting photos.  It’s also for consultations, and assistants, and spending time touching up the photos later. And they all ask for $2000, it seems. My…


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Did Gaga Warm the Arena for Elton? The Bitch is Back!

Just one more reason to file your taxes early. Good ol’ Reg Dwight, fondly known as British rock icon Elton John, will bring his greatest hits show to the KFC Yum! Center on April 15 which should put him smack in the middle of Derby hell, or heaven, depending on who you ask. Wow, we’ve never had two queens in the city within one month’s time! I do have some hopes to attend this concert but my real prayer is that he will keep as much clothing on as possible. But you gotta hand it to the guy, he’s “Still…