Louisville news viewers lost two pillars of the local media on Friday, December 21, 2018. WHAS-11's Rachel Platt, above, had long planned for her smooth departure. WAVE-3's Scott Reynolds had no chance to make his own plan. He was informed in October that his contract would not be renewed at year's end. It's a money squeeze induced by the merger of WAVE owner Raycom and Gray Television. This blending of Gray's 93 stations and Raycom's 63 stations would only happen if Raycom reduced the payroll at certain outlets. Raycom operators had hoped to keep the RIFs (reduction in force) quiet but former WAVE news anchor Cheryl Case broke the Reynolds story on Facebook in a December 19 post. Affable Scott Reynolds,
Here are the full results from this year's Readers Poll. Some choice selections:
Great fun having former WHAS-11 morning show anchors reunite for a Not-So-Newlywed Game, TV Spouses Edition. Rachel Platt and Barry Bernson just barely beat Kelsey Starks and Andy Treinen. VIDEO
Bisig Impact Group co-owner Larry Bisig invited me to his advertising/marketing company for a chat on camera. Cool. We talked about my radio history, growing up with discipline, the last days of Ron Clay, my evolving tolerance, how to interview big ego people, dealing with violent students, and drunk college buddies trying to ruin my job. Good talk, L Man. Thanks for having me.
I appreciate the kindness and integrity of Matt Jones, founder of Kentucky Sports Radio. The first time I heard him on the air, I thought to myself, "There's my replacement." Matt took a group of smart, funny writers with shrewd youthful observations and launched a compelling, constantly updated University of Kentucky athletics fan site. Kentucky Sports Radio is a daily beacon of all things Big Blue Nation. The statewide radio show is hilariously provocative and informative. There's a terrific podcast. Matt's Lexington television show HEY KENTUCKY gets strong reviews. I'm happy for Matt, Ryan Lemond, Shannon the Dude, Drew Franklin, Mrs. Tyler Thompson, Turkey Hunter, and the entire crew. They've made Kentucky media sit up and notice, and they
?️ Friday launches my 33rd year on WHAS Radio and television. We ran a contest on my 1st radio show where hundreds of people guessed when I would be fired or leave. The winner gets $500. Only two entries are still valid. Jim McClellan needs me gone within three years or else Robert Rudolph is the winner. #loumedia #radiopersonality #Louisville My radio career began in September 1976 at WKQQ in Lexington, although I did not go on the air until late 1977. Therefore my total broadcast career has surpassed the 40 year mark.
Today is National Radio Day. In my life, it means almost as much as my birthday. I've been lucky enough to earn my living doing what I always wanted to do. From the time I was a little kid I just wanted to be on the radio. My dad laughed at Bill Bailey's jokes. I loved WAKY radio and the lunacy I heard from its deejays. I was hired at WHAS in 1985 for my sarcastic comedy streak, but the job evolved into conducting news making interviews with the powerful and prominent. Sometimes people become more prominent after appearing on my show. After some of my WAKY buddies helped me put together an audition tape in 1976, I was hired by
Thanks to editor Christine Fellingham and TOPS Louisville Magazine for the terrific profile of my family and career. Ms. Fellingham surprised me with a retelling of our first meeting 35 years ago. Family is life. I am abundantly bathed in life and love. Thanks to all who are a part of my incredible journey. Let's have lots more laughs going forward.
I was never smart enough to get a real job. Nonetheless, this broadcasting thing seemed to work out. WHAS RADIO CLIPS WHAS ARCHIVED CLIPS FROM THE 80s WHAS-TV GREAT DAY LIVE VIDEO WQMF RADIO CLIPS WITH RON CLAY WLRS RADIO CLIPS WITH RON CLAY WKQQ CLIPS FROM THE 1970s Both of my sons have the media bug. Family tradition. It's all good. WHAS Radio "Ter's Top 73 clips of 1987" Getting paid to play in the snow? Sign me up. In 2016, my media buddies roasted me as a fundraiser for Seven Counties Services. My earliest TV series was the nightly news magazine PM Louisville with the delightful Ange Humphrey.
High above the muddy banks of the Ohio River, politicians were slinging nothing but niceties toward their rivals on the eve of Kentucky's gubernatorial transition. Here's a shiny new bridge, so let's all take credit. Outgoing Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, a democrat whose signature accomplishment is the kynect health care exchange, was sharing a stage with his successor Matt Bevin, the republican whose top priority is to immediately dismantle kynect. Gov-elect Matt Bevin was presented with ribbon cutting scissors by Beshear to use next year in dedicating the east end bridge with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, another political polar opposite to Beshear. Bevin deferred to Beshear at the podium and did not speak publicly, but was seen chatting and posing