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Week 2 of Pizza Club with Luke at Coals.

LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: You Can’t Mail a Banjo to Italy, and Other Stories

It has been a truly wonderful week — I was able to enjoy free lunches twice, thanks to good luck and kindness from a stranger.  On Monday, I took my son Luke to the UPS Store in Stony Brook, with the intention of shipping a banjo to my son Nick in Italy. Well, that didn’t work out, as the UPS staffer looked at me, took a deep breath, and told me the cost was $650. Not happening. But next door we happened upon the grand opening of a new Potbelly Sandwich Store. My friend Denise, from the Jeffersontown Chamber, saw…




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Pitino’s Good Weekend and More Media News

A spin around the media circle in the last weekend before Christmas: Best Weekend Moment: Rick Pitino’s press conference after the Memphis game. Obviously in a good mood after his team’s 95-87 win to go 10-0, Pitino got on his soapbox, giving advice to the Big East leadership, saying the league needs Memphis and Temple. He said Commissioner John Marinatto had better get his ass home from a vacation in Hawaii and work on it. He also said he’d been watching too much Tim Tebow on SportsCenter. And in another great weekend moment, Tebow’s Broncos  lost. Annual Favorites: I love…


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No More Trouble, Charla Young Launching New Show

Remember Charla Young? The former WAVE-TV Troubleshooter quit that job two years ago and has been working her own leadership training business ever since. And now she’s getting back into TV with a show that debuts on WDRB-TV January 7. Young said that after 5 years at WAVE, she was tired of being threatened by the people she exposed on the air, and wanted to do something less stressful. And she told me a story about why she wanted to help people. “I was in the hole, sitting in the dark because I couldn’t pay my bills,” she said. “I…


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Bad Blood with WHAS and WDRB?

There were plenty of worthy stories in the news yesterday. There was a shooting. The Taylor Swift show was drawing a big crowd downtown. The police chief’s son was arrested. There was the announcement that the cross-River shuttle was being suspended by the city. But WHAS-TV took the unusual step of leading its 5:30 newscast with the story about a rival station’s anchor. WHAS-TV’s Gene Kang spent the day yesterday tracking down a 19-year-old African-American man who said he heard Lindsay Allen say the N-word during a Monday morning segment. In most cases, TV stations are hesitant to report bad…


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Allen’s Lame Apology Won’t End the Story

Today Lindsay Allen of WDRB-TV offered an apology, sort of, for her comments yesterday on the air about Tiger Woods and the use of the N-word: “Yesterday a viewer contacted us over a comment I made during this newscast. I want to assure everyone that the comments I made were misunderstood. I apologize if any of our viewers were offended.” As apologies go, this one is pretty weak. First of all, she blamed the viewer who brought the comment to the station’s attention, rather than actually apologizing for what she said. The statement also is a denial that she uttered…


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Ratings Race is On for Local Stations

First, a disclaimer. Last week’s TV ratings, in which major programming changes took place at every local station, were affected by the shutting down of the Sherman Minton Bridge. The constant traffic reporting, as well as changed schedules for commuters, altered viewing habits. We just don’t know how they were altered. So let’s not make any big conclusions about how the new shows did locally. On second thought, let’s do. In the newly-competitive 9 a..m. slot, Great Day Live! on WHAS beat Regis & Kelly on WDRB by a narrow (3.8 to 3.4) margin.  That shows that plenty of R&K…


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Fox41 Will Remain with Fox, Etc.

I had a great opportunity to meet Indiana basketball legend Kent Benson last night. Benson, who told me he recently moved from Bloomington to a huge spread in Nasvhille, was here to promote a new business, 1VIZN, which has opened a training center off Blankenbaker Parkway in Louisville.  The company sells “super fruit” blends and a weight loss program. Here’s a testimonial to that product — I was told that local realtor and UK All-American Rick Robey has lost 30+ pounds on the stuff in the last two months. Those involved in the local launch include a UK – IU…


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Blurring the Line Between Sports and News

Just when I thought local  TV news was phasing out sports coverage, one local station is beefing things up in its sports department.  WHAS-TV news director Mark Neerman  says the station is ready to go in a new direction by emphasizing sports news thoughout its newscasts, saying the station will “integrate and increase our sports presence even further into our newscasts. ” Yesterday Neerman said he’d hired Kent Spencer, a former Morehead State football player who’s been with WTVQ in Lexington since 2003, to replace Matt Hobbs, who’s leaving this month for undisclosed reasons. Spencer was a general assignment reporter…