A phenomenal Kentucky Derby run by California Chrome secured the hope that a Triple Crown winner could be in the making for 2014. The horse’s owners tell their story below.
So far, my horse is still in it.
A spot along the rail is the best seat in any sporting venue anywhere.
In Kentucky, we teach them the fine art of pari-mutuel wagering as soon as they’re old enough to reach the betting window.
Keeneland in the the spring: a perfectly Kentucky experience
Here are cuts from the very first PM Louisville show that ran on September 7, 1989. WHAS-TV added hosts Ange Humphrey Davidson and me to localize the PM Magazine franchise.
Ange and I would shoot all five of the next week’s shows on Wednesday mornings at WHAS studios. We would begin at 8 a.m. and change clothes after each show to record the next. We usually wrapped shooting by 1:30 so that I could get to work prepping my radio show.
Ange and I hosted PM Louisville for only one year. The show was repackaged as Louisville Tonight Live, which was broadcast live at 7 p.m. nightly.
My radio show runs until 7 every night and Ange Humphrey lived in Charlotte, North Carolina so we were unavailable to meet the live demands of the show.
John O’Connor and Felicia Ferguson were hired to host the show and it was successful for several years. Bob Sokoler and Kirby Adams eventually took over hosting duties on Louisville Tonight Live until it left the air in 1992.
Let’s inject some sanity into this situation.
Why must we spend nearly $500,000 on a study of 150 trees (or clusters)? That’s $3,303.33 per tree…for a study. Let’s spend that money trimming tree tops that are in the standard glide paths of the runways, which are defined on pilot approach/departure charts.
We all love trees. We all make choices when we buy houses at or near airports. Trees grow. Trees that collide with airplanes must be maintained. We get it. Trim the trees. We all love the planet and part of being good stewards of earth is to trim trees that could kill people flying in airplanes.
Sanity overrides known danger. Save the $500,000 study money and use it for crumbling infrastructure elsewhere.
Worried about the tree count? For every tree that has to be taken down, plant a new one. Just place it at least 100 yards to the right or left of any runway approach path and it won’t grow to be a problem in the future.
My Plea for Trees is a plea for people to use logic when planting trees. The airport has been here longer than any of the people who live around it.
When you plant a tree, don’t put it in an approach path or you are merely planting a new problem for the next generation.
Let’s use our tax money to patch potholes, resurface tattered roadways, and bolster cracking bridge supports.
Mother Nature will take care of her trees.
BTW, the Courier-Journal trees article offers nice aerial videos from pilot Steve Koch. Take a ride.
It was fun having a marriage proposal on live TV. Watch these two young people become engaged on Great Day Live.
And if Valentine’s Day is awful for you, watch the Michael Jackson or Sinead O’Connor videos to feel your vibe.
This 1986 video shows WHAS-11 News reporting on the sale of the final media properties held by the Bingham family of Louisville. The Binghams dominated Louisville’s media landscape by controlling the major daily newspaper, plus the most popular radio and television stations.
WHAS-AM and WAMZ-FM were sold for slightly more than $20 million to Clear Channel Communications of San Antonio, the fifth and sixth stations to join its burgeoning portfolio. Clear Channel went on to build a chain of 1,200 stations across America before selling to Bain Capital.
At the time of this report, the Binghams had already sold The Courier-Journal newspaper to Gannett; WHAS-11 to the Providence Journal Corp., and Standard Gravure (rotogravure printing) to an Atlanta investor.
In 2014, Gannett reacquired WHAS-11 by purchasing Belo, Inc., the media company that purchased the Providence Journal Company years earlier.
The video above includes soundbites from Bingham family patriarch Barry Sr. and scion Barry Jr., plus images of Gannett CEO Al Neuharth and Clear Channel founder Lowry Mays, all projecting positive growth for all of the newly-scattered Bingham properties.
Twenty-eight years later, only Mr. Mays is alive.
Surely worldwide adoration of the late Michael Jackson would score a sympathy payoff for his mom’s negligence lawsuit against concert promoter AEG. The family was asking for a paltry $1.5 billion.
On January 3, 2014, a judge refused to revisit the verdict, narrowing the Jacksons’ appeal options.
Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Marlon, and the rest of the family is still able to sidestep working for the rest of their lives, albeit on a slightly tighter budget.
This Motown performance 30 years ago is the last time the brothers had a major celebrated appearance with Michael. Their 2012 tour was scheduled to start in Louisville but was canceled, in part, for lack of ticket sales.
There are lots of nominees for the Weirdest Jackson Family Performance, and this is definitely one of them.
Here’s a Hugh Haynie cartoon banned from local publication because of the bond between the Kennedy and Bingham families. Barry Bingham Sr. dictated the censorship (pink banner) to his Courier-Journal editor in 1969. The Hugh Haynie editorial cartoon collection is on display at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.
Here is a WHAS Radio live performance from December 22, 1988 where a group of listeners delivered a live reading of “A Christmas Carol.”
Merry Christmas, everyone.
I wonder where all of those people are today.
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Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari speaks to the media following UK’s third loss in a season some expected to be flawless. North Carolina beat Kentucky 82-77 in the Wildcats’ first true road game.
Calipari said that UNC “deserved to win” and that his guys “need to get knocked in the teeth” in order to learn.
“Hopefully you’ll see progress,” Calipari wished out loud.
Although many fans thought that this magnificent #1 recruiting class would give UK a perfect “40 and oh” season, this loss to North Carolina on the heels of losses to Baylor and Michigan State have dampened spirits across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
UK hosts archrival Louisville in two weeks. Suddenly, Cats fans are not as confident as they have been since Calipari assembled what many call “the greatest recruiting class ever.”
Meanwhile, the very popular radio sketch of UK fanatic The Beasman sets up like this:
BEASMAN coach cal is a spy For air Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
I CAIN’T HOLD IT IN NO LONGER. I’M SO SICK AN TARD OF MY WILDCATS LOSIN, I’M STARTIN TO THINK COACH CAL IS A DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY SENT HERE BY U OF SMELL TO SABBERTAGE THE GREAT KENTUCKY WILDCATS. DADGUMMIT, LARRY MINNER…DON’T YOU START SMIRKIN. I KNOW YOU AND SLICK RICK IS SMIRKIN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE MIGHTY KENTUCKY WILDCATS IS A-FLOUNDERIN. I TELL YOU WHAT…I AIN’T EVEN GOT THE STRENGTH TO SMACK TAWK NO MORE. WE WAS GONNA BE FARDY AND OH AND LOOK AT US NOW. WE GONNA BE LUCKY TO BE TWUNNY AND TWUNNY. SOME OF US GOOD CLASSY CAT FANS THINK COACH CAL MIGHT BE A SPY JUST LIKE BILLY CLYDE GILLESPER. ADMIT IT, LARRY. YOU AND SLICK RICK PLANTED COACH CAL HERE TO SECRETLY BLOW UP THE GREAT KENTUCKY TRADITION. I KNOW THEY WON IT ALL A FEW YEARS AGO BUT THAT WAS PROBLEE JUST TO THROW US OFF BY GITTIN OUR HOPES UP REAL HIGH THAT EVER SEASON WAS GONNA BE FARDY AND OH WITH U UH KAY DOMMERATIN LIKE THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, JUST TOYING WITH THE OPPONENTS. BUT RIGHT AFTER THAT ONE FOOL’S GOLD CHAMPERCHIPS TO GIT US ALL TO PAY MORE FOR TICKETS AND SEAT LICENSES…WHAT HAPPENED? WE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE N.I.T. AND GOT BUGGERED BY LITTLE OL BOBBY MO. WE GOT PUNKED AND MOCKED AND RUN OUT OF NOBODYLAND BY LITTLE STINKIN’ BOBBY MO. WE SHOULDA FIRED COACH CAL THAT NIGHT FOR HUMILERATIN ALL THE GOOD CLASSY KENTUCKY FANS WHO HAD TO CRY THERSELFS TO SLEEP AND GIVE THEIR CHILDREN ADDERALL TO GIT THEIR MINDS OFF THE HORROR. BUT NAW, WE DINT FIRE COACH CAL…WE LET HIM START TAWKIN HIS FANCY EAST COAST TAWK AND WE PUT THE FISH HOOKS RIGHT BACK IN OUR WILDCAT MOUTHS. MATT JONES TODE US TO CALM DOWN AND TRUST IN COACH CAL, AND SINCE MATT JONES IS OUR MASTER, WE DONE WHAT WE WAS TODE. AND THEN COACH CAL STARTED ALL HIS BERNIE MADOFF CON MAN TAWKIN ABOUT “HEY Y’ALL, I GOT US ANOTHER BIG BLUE #1 RECRUTING CLASS AND WE’S GONNA GO FARDY AND OH.” AND SO WE HAD TO SET THROUGH WATCHING THEM LOSERVILLE CARDINAL DEMONS GO AND WIN IT ALL AFTER THEIR GUY KEVIN WARE BROKE HIS LEG AND BECAME AMERICA’S SWEETHEART. THAT WAS TOUGH TO SET THROUGH, COACH CAL, BUT ALL US GOOD CLASSY CAT FANS JUST KEPT SAYIN “HAVE YOUR FUN, LOSERVILLE, BECAUSE COACH CAL AND MATT JONES SAYS THE BEST TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED IS COMING TO LEXINUN.” AND WE BLEEVED ALL THEIR FAKE BIG BLUE LIES. “HERE COMES THE HARRISON TWINS. JAMES YOUNG. WE GOT BIG OL JULIUS RANDLE. MARCUS LEE. WILLIE CAULEY GOLDIBLOCKS IS BACK. AND JON HOOD IS MISTER KENTUCKY BASKETBAW. AINT NOBODY CAN STAY WITHIN 50 POINTS OF THESE HERE WILDCATS!” LOOK AT US NOW, LARRY MINNER. SICK, TIRED, THROWING UP IN BUCKETS, AND HALF-SKEERED WE’S GONNA LOSE TO OUR ARCH-ENEMAS WITH SLICK RICK DANCIN ALL OVER THE RUMP ARENER FLOOR. THIS HERE IS A CONSPIRACY, AINT IT? DID TOMMY TURTLENECK JURICH SECRETLY PAY OFF COACH CAL TO COME IN HERE AND RUIN KENTUCKY? THAT’S WHAT’S GOIN ON, AIN’T IT? DADGUMMIT, IF COACH CAL LOSES TO SLICK RICK RIGHT HERE ON THE RUMP ARENER FLOOR THEN WE ALL GONNA GO OVER AND THROW HIS FURNITURE ONTO A FLATBED AND LEAD HIM TO THE EDGE OF TOWN AND TELL HIM TO GO BACK TO MEMPHIS AND NEVER, EVER COME BACK HERE. THIS HERE IS SOME KIND OF SECRET PACT AMONG SLICK-HAIRED I-TALIAN CATHLICKS, AINT IT? WE IS DONE AT KENTUCKY HIRING COACHES WITH SLICK HAIR AND FANCY SUITS. DADGUMMIT, MITCH BARNHART, IF YOU AINT IN ON THE CONSPIRACY, GIT ON THE PHONE AND TELL TRAVIS FORD TO COME HOME TO KENTUCKY. IT’S TIME WE GIVE THE BIG BLUE PROGRUM BACK IN THE HANDS OF A KENTUCKIAN. ONCE I LEFT, THAT FERRENER EDDIE SUTTON DROVE U UH KAY IN A DITCH, AND WE BEEN POSSESSED EVER SINCE. COME HOME, TRAVIS FORD. MAKE US THE ARROGANT, CONDESCENDING, IN-YOUR-FACE, SMACK TAWKIN BIG BLUE NATION THAT WE USED TO BE BEFORE COACH CAL TURNS US INTO BOBBY MO’S PERMANENT BEE-OTCH. SAVE US, TRAVIS. SAVVVVVEEEEE USSSSSSSS!