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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…


Have a Rusty Little Christmas

It’s three days until Christmas, and I’ve only got a few more gifts to get. I found the perfect time for shopping this weekend. I showed up at Target on Saturday night. It wasn’t crowded at all. First, I figured the whole data breach scare would keep a lot of paranoid shoppers away from that store. Then I went during a tornado/thunderstorm warning, about 10 p.m. Those two factors combined to create a situation in which I had the place almost to myself. I left in time to pop into Dick’s Sporting Goods just before it closed at 11. Of…


We Know What You Did Last Weekend

As you might have expected, the TV ratings for the just-completed weekend of hoops were extraordinary and record-setting. You may know that WLKY garners the best ratings in the NCAA Tournament of any CBS station in the country, and with such unprecedented success by local teams, the numbers are up, up, up. WLKY GM Glenn Haygood reports that games on his station (now that the games are shared between CBS, TBS and TRU TV) were 15-20 percent higher than last year. Saturday night’s Kentucky win over Iowa State did a 34, which is in Super Bowl territory. The 15 games…


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WLKY Adding News Hours in Mornings on Digital Channel

Beginning next month, WLKY-TV will begin broadcasting local news from 7-9 a.m. weekdays. Except it won’t be airing on Channel 32, where the CBS Morning Show airs, but on the Hearst-owned station’s digital channel, 32.2 (188 on Insight Cable). Not only is it unprecedented in the market to schedule regular locally-produced news on a digital channel,  the move puts WLKY into competition for local news in what is the domain of WDRB-TV, which can, for now, boast it is the only local programming at that hour in the market. The main network stations, including WLKY-TV, air their networks’ national news…


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Bell Awards and Give a Day

Last week I had the pleasure of honoring a friend, mentor and co-worker, Mary Sullivan, at the WLKY Bell Awards. She was one of 10 chosen for her service and dedication to this community by The Spirit of Louisville Foundation. Tune in to WLKY tomorrow,  October 15,  from 9 to 10 p.m. to see the full presentation on all the winners. Each one chosen is unique in his or her service, but all have done great things for a great many people (and animals, too!) over many years. More than one of us wiped a tear as we heard about World War II…


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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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Ridiculist with Judy Green And Football is Here

If you’re a WKU grad and a U of L fan like me, here’s some good news. You can go to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for tonight’s 6 p.m. kickoff. You can probably watch the whole game (though few probably will) and still get home in time to watch the Hilltoppers take on UK in Nashville.  Both games are being televised on ESPNU. An Embarrassment Approaching the Karen Sypher Level: Anyone who saw Judy Green interviewed on WLKY  last night now realizes what a hoax it was that she claimed to be too sick to attend her removal hearing, which…


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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…


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End of Eras for Dutch’s, Nunn

  It should be a bigger deal when a local business that’s been around for 80 years — 80 YEARS — shuts down, especially when so many of us remember stumbling around inside Dutch’s Tavern in St. Matthews listening to rock and roll. But the truth is the landmark, opened during the Great Depression, is gone. Maybe there’s such a thing as too many bars in a small area — there’s competition from Gerstle’s, Molly Malone’s, BBC, Brendan’s and now Drake’s.   Nunn Done It:  Steve Nunn did kill his ex-girlfriend back in September 2009. He pled guilty today and…


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Doing the Right Thing Friday

Finally Friday. It’s been a great week, and an exciting weekend ahead. Here’s a few things you might have missed. First, check out Billy Reed’s piece on Artis Gilmore, who was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Wednesday night. My favorite inductee was UK’s baller Rex Chapman, who was throwing behind-the-back passes and pulling up for three’s while I was watching from press row back in the ’80s.  He and Darrell Griffith will always be my two favorite college players of all time. I also had a soft spot for Ed Kallay, an institution in media as I…