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A Penguin in the Palace for Mint Jubilee

If you follow hockey, and I don’t, you probably know about Sidney Crosby. I had to look up the facts about the Canadian who is perhaps the best player in the NHL, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I do remember watching him score the decisive goal in the Olympics for Canada against the U.S. He’s also very interested in the fight against cancer, and thus is thrilled to be coming to the Mint Jubilee at the Louisville Palace Friday night. Proceeds from the event go to the Mint Jubilee Foundation, which will distribute grants to cancer-related charities. The Jubilee,…


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Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011 Hangs out at The Willow Tree

Boden (Bo) Berndt with Teresa Scanlan. By Barbara Day Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011,  was in Louisville on Wednesday, May 4 to meet and greet Louisvillians at The Willow Tree, 657 S. Hurstbourne Parkway. Joseph Ribkoff, a national sponsor of the Miss America Pageant, had sponsored her to appear at the Great Steamboat race which was re-scheduled in June because of the flooding and attend the Derby Celebrity Luncheon. While she was in town, Teresa was promoting the Joseph Ribkoff line sold at The Willow Tree. As a frequent customer of the Willow Tree and the proud owner of many…


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Coffey’s Personal Story May Push Legislation

It’s not often that a news anchor gets personally involved in a story or cause, especially when it involves exposing personal details. But once in a while the issues that occur in the personal lives of the people on TV are meaningful — and help bring about positive changes. That’s what WHAS-TV’s Claudia Coffey is hoping for in telling the story of her son Jack’s heart condition. He’s just 4, but because of a history of heart problems in her family, she had Jack genetically tested and learned he inherited a heart condition. So he won’t be playing competitive sports…


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Derby Betting System No. 6: The Catholic Connection

This time Billy gives area Catholics a reason to get behind Nick Zito’s Dialed In on Saturday. Thanks again to LouisvilleCatholicSports. By Billy Reed I was trying to figure out why I think Catholics might wager more than other religious denominations when –Bingo! – I figured it out.  No telling how many Catholic parishes have used gambling on the old parlor game to both socialize and raise funds for church-related projects. I doubt that any studies have been done about the correlation between Bingo! gambling and other forms. But if Bingo! players ever do visit a casino, I’ll bet most…


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Hanging on the Backside

There was a media reunion going on over at the Churchill Downs backside this morning, and I had a great opportunity to reminisce with a few folks who remember what it was like before all this stuff — when there was no “radio row” on the backside and the only people over here were the serious racing journalists and horsemen. Today, despite chilly temps, hundreds of people walked around the stables, cameras at the ready, watching for Derby horses or, better yet, somebody like Bob Baffert. You can walk right up to Nick Zito’s barn and wait — to see…


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Fancy Pants bike Ride

Dress up for Bike Ride to Dawn at the Downs – Thursday, May 5, 2011 If an early morning at the track and even earlier morning on your bike sounds like fun to you then Bike to Dawn at the Downs tomorrow morning, Thursday May 5, is just for you! Join the early-rising sprocket jockeys in their best Derby attire for a ride from Central Park in Old Louisville to Churchill Downs. We’re not talking about spandex here. And this is no race. It’s for the Derby dame or dandy who likes the idea of riding in high style. Meet…


Kirby and Rocky all week from the Backside

      So Tuesday morning we gutted out the rain, wind, and dropping temperatures.  Although we were soaked to the bone, it was a blast. Rocky Knight brought his velveteen “derby hat” as I talked with New York milliner Christine Moore.  It’s Kirby and Rocky from The Backside all week on Oldies 1570am.  Its great to be broadcasting with an old friend.  Not that Rocky Knight is an old guy, rather back in the days of WQMF Rocky and Troy Show I used to pop over to the early morning radio show often.   All week Rocky and I are live from the…


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Derby Betting System No. 5: Most Deserving

Logic takes over in Billy Reed’s next installment of how to pick a Derby Winner.  Thanks to LouisvilleCatholicSports By Billy Reed The great jockey Pat Day failed to win the Kentucky Derby in his first 10 attempts, even though he frequently rode one of the favorites. As the losses mounted up, his fans began to fear that he might suffer the ultimate irony: Be the all-time jockey champion at Churchill Downs but never win the track’s signature race. For his part, Day accepted his losses philosophically. “I believe there’s a Derby out there with my name on it,” he would…


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Hey Jude – WDRB Moves Redfield in, Emmick out

Jude Redfield, formerly of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, has joined the Fox41 weather team, and Paul Emmick is out. Multiple sources have told me the move has been in the works for a while. News director Barry Fulmer gave me the standard email response:  “Our company policy is that we do not discuss personnel issues with anyone outside of our building.” Redfield, a WKU graduate, seems to be a major weather geek and was beloved in Indy, if his Facebook page is any indication. Though he left the station in March, he has continued to post weather-related status updates. Redfield won…


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Revealed: Another Louisville Bar Coming Downtown

How Noah Felt: 23 of 32 days, we’ve had rain.  The Bats tried to schedule a doubleheader today, starting at 10. Unlikely. But at least Osama’s dead and it’s Derby Week. And since it’s also the May sweeps, some pretty good TV. Memories of Geraldo: The WHAS promos made you think there was some sort of Geraldo-like reveal. Not so. But Doug Proffitt did take viewers down under Main Street, next to the Arena, to find an art colony and rooms long-ago left behind. The big news, though — restaurateur Bob Means, with help from developer Bill Weyland, will open…