Mark Hebert

2016-03-01 13.58.28

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…


Hebert at the 93.9 FM studios

Hebert Takes New U of L Job; School Promotes John Karman

FROM U OF L TODAY:  John Karman, veteran journalist and current communication specialist in the Office of Communications and Marketing, has been appointed interim media relations director at UofL.  Karman, a former Business First reporter who most recently covered the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and other areas for OCM, will assume the post recently vacated by Mark Hebert, who has taken a position as director of programming and production for the university. Hebert is overseeing all work related to the “UofL Today with Mark Hebert” radio show on 93.9 FM, a new UofL blog and all university video and radio…


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THE WEEK’s NEWS: Ice Cream, a Roller Coaster and Some Real News

The current news cycle is being dominated by yet another tragic shooting, this time in Louisiana, and America’s continuing failure to do anything to change how easy it is for deranged individuals to get their hands on guns. However, there’s plenty of good news in good ole Louisville K Y . . .   COMFY COW’S RANGE: Could an ice cream business be Louisville’s next national success story in business? The six-year-old startup launched by partners Tim and Roy Koons McGee opened a commissary this week with plans to market sweet treats nationally. CHRIS THIENEMAN’S COURT BATTLE: Watch the video…


Hebert at the 93.9 FM studios

U of L Launches Radio News Show with Mark Hebert

You know 93.9 FM The Ville for its UofL sports programming, but beginning next week the station will regularly air news about UofL faculty, staff and students. Starting July 27, UofL’s Mark Hebert will host two weekly 30-minute programs on the station. The shows will focus on research and insights from expert UofL faculty, as well as stories about our successful students, and staff and campus events. Called “UofL Today with Mark Hebert,” the shows will air Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. with replays Saturday and Sunday mornings. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our outstanding…


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Day 5: Saturday in the Ballpark

Our seats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium are on the 50-yard line, way up in the UPS Flight Deck. If you like the nuances of the game, the Xs and Os,  seeing pass patterns as they develop, they’re great seats. There’s also a wonderful vista, with a view of the city from Iroquois Park to downtown’s office buildings. Churchill Downs’ twin spires and the still developing U of L academic campus are close. Our group has a dozen or more seats together. My son Josh joined Paula and I yesterday as the Cardinals took care of business against N.C. State….


Walking and Talking the Big Four and Media

The city’s collective news media, now fully distracted by basketball, seems content to look away from the violence brought by a mob of 200 that started at Waterfront Park March 22. No one, with the possible exception of WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners, is asking the right people the difficult questions about unruly 11-year-olds roaming the streets and scaring regular folks from even coming downtown. I wrote about this for Insider Louisville, which added a poll that says its readers, (at least 77% of them), don’t think local media has done a good job of covering the issue. I also talked…



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A Place That’s Full of Ideas, Including a $10 Million One

Some Good, Bad, and Crazy Ideas: Can Money Buy Happiness, or a Bridge? David Jones is offering up $10 million if public officials will just agree to get started building an East End bridge. Nice gesture. Not gonna happen, even though Jones says construction could be completed in just two years. A List of Ideas: I like #s 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 on Brian Tucker’s list of radical, novel bridge ideas. Especially #6. Dismiss and divest of all power every single person sitting on the Bridges Authority board. Throw away all the studies, drawings, and opinions of…


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Best Local TV Sweeps Reporters

I love TV sweeps months, especially February, because that’s when TV stations put a big emphasis on investigative reporting, which usually comes with a big dose of sensationalism. Sometimes it works, and having a reporter work on one story for several weeks results in good journalism. Short-staffed stations even require anchors to get out from behind their desks and actually go and interview people about issues. You won’t see many anchors outside the studio in March, but in February you’ll see it: WAVE’s Scott Reynolds up at the Indiana State Capitol, or WHAS’ Rachel Platt talking up JCPS principals and…