The First 99 Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville Sunday, Jun 15 2014 

Well, the Rusty Satellite Show has almost made it to a major milestone. This week will mark the 52nd episode of the Rusty podcast.  The list below includes politicians, media professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs, athletes, professors, public officials and a lot of good friends who agreed to help me build this little show.

On Father’s Day, it’s also worth mentioning my son, Nick Redding, now living in New Orleans, who came up with the Rusty Satellite moniker many years ago as a middle school student. It’s a great name.

I’m trying to make this little show a bit bigger, and one way to do so is to publish a book showcasing the special talents and people who have appeared on the show. Stay tuned for an update on that project in the near future.  For now, here’s the list, and stay tuned for Rusty’s 100th guest coming up this Thursday.

Allen, Tyler

Arnold, Joe

Asher, John

Ashton, John

Bell, Jill

Berry, Mike

Bisig, Larry

Boel, John

Boyd, Terry

Brown, John Y III

Budde, Neil

Buthod, Craig

Carter, Mark

Clark, Perry

Coffey, Claudia

Cogan, Shannon

Coomes, Mark

Coomes, Steve

Cosby, John

Crawford, Eric

Davenport, Scotty

Davis, J.P.

Domine, David

Esrock, Margue

Estopinal, Wayne

Faulkner, Karen

Fehder, Steve

Fenton, Angie

Fischer, Greg

Galliette, Greg

Gates, Belinda

Gaukel, Kirsty

Gentner, Kat

Gilderbloom, John

Gimmel, Emily

Green, Jackie

Griggs, Stacy

Haire, Darrell

Hart, Ed

Havens, Sara

Haygood, Glenn

Haynie, Hugh

Hebert, Mark

Hettinger, Wayne

Heuser, Chip

Holland, Gil

Holliday, Darrell

Inman, David

James, David

Jones, David Jr.

Kaelin, Brigid

Kandle, Kirk

Kaplan, C.D.

Kimel, Kris

Koons-MdGee, Tim

Laird, Tim

Lamas, Anthony

Lefkoe, Adam

Lubbers, Bernie

McCarthy, Brendan

McDonnell, Dan

McKnight, J.K.

Miller, Ashley

Miller, Corky

Miller, Jerry

Minnick, Fred

Muhammad, Larry

Nation, John

Paradis, Steve

Putney, Mose

Redman, Rick

Rhodes, Ben

Rogers, Darren

Schimmel, Shoni

Schmitt, Karl

Servo, Stacey

Sirchio, Kris

Smith, Ted

Sokoler, Bob

Tandy, Cyndy

Trusty, Taylor

Walczak, John

Walls, Kristen

Waters, Les

Weis, Nick

Wesslund, Debbie

White, Stephanie

Williams, Tom

Williamson, Diane

Wilson, Dick

Wiser, Steve

Witten, John

Yankeelov, Dawn

Yarmuth, Aaron

Yarmuth, John

Ye, Dr. Hong

Yunker, Mollie

Zickuhr, Marianne

Zirnheld, Craig

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Cards Are All Moved in to ACC, and the Going is Getting Tougher Sunday, Jun 1 2014 

The Louisville Cardinals are just starting to get comfortable in their new Atlantic Coast Conference digs.  The movers have come and gone, and Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino are giving instructions to the decorators. Things are nicer here, but it’s going to be a lot more work to make everything nice.

This week, the Cards’ new league unveiled a new branding video featuring stars and images from the 15-team league, including this image of Rick Pitino. The football schedule features familiar names once considered a rank above Louisville in the NCAA pecking order — Miami, Florida State, North Carolina, Duke — along with more familiar foes in Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Along with the shiny and new logos in the league’s update branding, the ACC means big-time. It’s likely EVERY U of L football and basketball contest will have a betting line.

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Before long, the preseason football guides will hit newsstands, and already there’s a “way too early” Top 25 that includes  Florida State at #1. North Carolina (17) and Clemson (18) are in it, and Notre Dame, also on the U of L football schedule this year, is at #23.

Early on, the Cards aren’t getting a lot of respect, which is the way Bobby Petrino likes it. MyTopSportsBooks.com puts the Cards at 4th in the Atlantic Division, behind Florida State, Clemson and Syracuse. Simply winning more games than they lose will be considered a success in 2014, as opposed to expectations last year of an undefeated season.

Louisville will have opportunities to prove itself on the field, but most experts think the Cards will do well to nab the ACC’s 3rd or 4th best bowl tie-in, possibly the Sun Bowl.  There’s no doubt that U of L’s entrance into the league offers plenty of prestige to its new competition.

“With the recent expansion of our league and the addition of Louisville on July 1, it seemed a natural time to update our brand,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a news release. “We feel that it well represents the high standard and values the ACC has held for more than 61 years.”

 

 

The Zoo Ranks 12th, and We’re Inside 100 Days to Kickoff Saturday, May 24 2014 

Don’t miss my conversation with Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak on the Rusty Satellite Show (also featuring graphic facilitator Kat Gentner). While I was at the Zoo Tuesday, I took this photo of John in front of an animatronic bug. We also discussed, outside the interview, how the Zoo overcame the bad public relations from the 2009 train derailment. Walczak explained the thorough safety precautions now in place.

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John Walczak, director of the Louisville Zoo, which finished 12th nationally among zoos in a contest.

Originally we had planned to do the interview to promote the Zoo’s participating in a USA Today contest in which online voters selected the best Zoo in the country. The results just came out, and Louisville’s was 12th in the voting. Top zoos were in Toledo, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Memphis and Columbus. Which, really, just means those cities have the most active online voters.

This may be a stretch for a segue, but unless you listen constantly to sports talk radio, you may not realize it’s less than 100 days until the University of Miami invades Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for Louisville’s first game in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bettors may look to sites like MyTopSportsbooks.com for a line on the game, but I suspect the Cards will be favored, given their 36-9 whipping of the ‘Canes in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

This week the ACC announced kickoff times for five U of L games, including the Monday night opener with Miami, which will air on ESPN at 8 p.m.  The Murray State game that Saturday night starts at 7. And let’s hope the Thursday, Oct. 30 home game with Florida State will garner national interest when it kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

From Any Angle, this Derby was Tremendous Sunday, May 4 2014 

From the Red Carpet, to Millionaire’s Row, to the Paddock, to the Grandstand, to the brand new terrace above the Starting Gate, this was a Derby for which there are not enough superlatives.

No, we didn’t have the 5-17 exacta, because as always there’s a horse that crashes the party (Commanding Curve, really?).  The favorite proved worthy of its hype. My favorite part of that story is the interview I heard on the radio going over, in which I learned that the DAP on the jockey’s silk was an acronym for Dumb Ass Partners.

How cool is that? Well, how cool were the three dudes from Atlanta, or the nice couple from Austin, or those blokes from New Zealand, or seeing Pat Day spending the day meeting fans, or seeing jockeys walk over to their mounts in the Paddock, or that lady’s toilet-themed hat, or having the best live view of the race in my lifetime, or reeling off correct answers to Derby Trivia at my son’s after-party, or even watching bad Karaoke at Check’s Cafe with a cheeseburger to end the evening.

Check it all out here, plus my amateur video of the big race.

Saying hello to the 1992 winner on Lil E. Tee, my favorite, Pat Day Commode-theme Dudes from Atlanta All the way from Austin Happy Red Hat Lady The Before Picture- California Chrome New Zealanders. A long trip Intense focus And They're Off Chrome takes command at the head of the stretch Nobody had this Jockeys descend into the Paddock Afterwards, it's a rush to go These photos brought to you by Paula, ace photographer We must be on the Front Row

 

Oaks, Derby is More than a Double Friday, May 2 2014 

Happy Oaks Day!

Have you heard any of your friends complain about being worn out from partying? How many times have you heard that Happy song this week? Not getting any work done? Decide to get up for Dawn at the Downs at 5?

It’s nothing unusual around here. My week has consisted of Bed Race, Parade Preview Party, Boat Race, Parade and now the home stretch at Churchill with Oaks and Derby.

If there were a Derby Festival Bucket List, I knocked a big one off the list Wednesday by riding on the Belle of Cincinnati during the Boat Race. We lost to the Louisville boat, but truth is our captain felt sorry for them since they couldn’t lose on their 100th anniversary.

Meanwhile, note that the Derby-themed Rusty Satellite Show is a good one. Tune in to hear about hosting parties from America’s CEO Tim Laird, and then hear from Jockeys Guild rep Darrell Haire about the life of a jockey during Derby Week.

Oh, my Derby pick. I’m betting a 10-14 exacta because I have to bet 10 every year since my son picked Giacomo and I refused to bet it. And Paula just picked the number. It’s Medal Count, which has local connections. There’s also good reason to choose the 7, We Miss Artie, in honor of Rusty guest Dick Wilson’s wife and it’s the number I won big on in 1992 with Lil E. Tee. Despite what Churchill’s Darren Rogers told me, I’m throwing out the favorite, California Chrome. And I’ve got this hunch on Wicked Strong.

These reasons are as good as yours for choosing a horse. Pick one, root hard, and celebrate either way with a Mint Julep.

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Now That’s a Big Screen Sunday, Apr 27 2014 

Your Churchill Downs experience just improved in a big way. Now you can attend the races at the track and watch the proceedings on TV at the same time, from almost any vantage point.

Yes, I have memories of Churchill Downs as more of a quaint setting — in the 70s the Spires weren’t dwarfed by a big building, there was more grass than concrete in the Infield, and the only music you’d hear all day was the Call to the Post. I remember straining to see, or having to walk to a different vantage point, to see the odds.

I say it’s all better now. I like being able to watch the races on big-screen TVs, having a clear view of the odds board from any spot on the grounds, and having a rock and roll band playing out back. The big screen, unveiled on schedule at 8 Saturday night, was a spectacular addition to the fan experience.

WDRB’s Eric Crawford wrote about this at length, noting the reality of what the track is today — an entertainment complex ready to compete with (and join, if our crotchety legislature would get its act together) casino complexes that seem to make money AND produce a sellable product.

Crawford wrote:

The mammoth video board behind the backstretch further clutters a once sacred landscape, just as the light stanchions did before, and the corporate tents on the infield, and the advertisements on the barn roofs.

But no one’s clamoring to go back to daylight-only racing, or to tear down any of the millions in construction in recent years, and I can’t figure out who would complain about the magnificent new TV. Watching a few of the live races from a 3rd-floor box, seeing the unfolding of the race from start to finish makes the racing that much more exciting. To complain about this level of progress seems as silly as longing for a 19-inch black-and-white TV.

I took a few shots of the new screen, and some other interesting happenings, at Opening Night at Churchill.

Please consider listening to the current Rusty Satellite Show, with guests Anthony Lamas and Dick Wilson, for other perspectives on the big race, And coming Thursday, Rusty’s special Derby edition features Jockeys Guild rep Darrell Haire and America’s Chief Entertaining Officer, Tim Laird.

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Cute girlfriend found us a spot on the rail The first image, displayed at 8 p.m. The Louisville Crashers up close Rocking the Paddock We like new things that are bright and shiny Want a $1,000 Mint Julep? Famed chef Anthony Lamas Derby historian/philanthropist Dick Willson

Getting You Fired Up for Derby Week Saturday, Apr 26 2014 

Check out this cool graphic developed by Derby Supply Chain Solutions with some cool information on the Kentucky Derby.And listen to the Rusty Satellite Show for Derby Week discussions.

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Highlighting a Pre-Pre Derby Week at Churchill, Library, Freedom Hall and a Racquetball Lesson Sunday, Apr 20 2014 

With a couple of days left still until the frenzy of Derby Week, I warmed up with an active schedule of interesting activities available only in Louisville, Kentucky.

First, you can listen to my conversation with Darren Rogers, the big man on campus (at least as far as 2,000 media members are concerned) at the new and improved Churchill Downs. Here’s a link to our show, which also includes Kentucky Derby Festival board member Jill Bell.

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The biggest improvement is the massive new scoreboard you’ve probably heard about on the backside. Of course, the infield has changed a lot since I ended my eight-year stretch of consecutive Infield experiences in 1989. And I’m not a fan of most of the changes (all that concrete), but the new scoreboard is a big improvement no matter what your vantage point. Pull out all your synonyms for “big” to describe it. I can’t wait to see it in action.

And a new area of the track that Darren showed me, with an elevated view of the Derby starting gate, will be an awesome place to watch. It reminds me of the area above the South End Zone at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The new facade facing Central transforms the look of the place. It’s in a spot where Rogers told me Downs president and South End resident Kevin Flanery used to cut the fence and charge a reduced entry fee to his friends.

I think all my liberal progressive friends and Bill Maher fans showed up at the Library Wednesday to hear from journalist Matt Taibbi. He spoke for 90 minutes about injustices in the American justice system, specifically contrasting how white collar financial criminals manage to avoid jail time while committing crimes that affect millions versus the minor offenses that put the less-privileged behind bars. His book, The Divide, is high on my reading list.

On Firday, I took my son Luke out to a basketball game at Freedom Hall, where we marveled at how old and out-of-date the place seemed, having experienced the Yum! Center on a regular basis. The game was the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, and featured three U of L recruits. It’s the oldest of these all-star games in the country. The highlight may have been U of L recruit Jaylen Johnson taking a feed from his Mom in the Dunk Contest, but we were also impressed by Ballard recruit Quentin Snyder’s court presence.

For those of you who follow local media, I had two interesting stories at Insider Louisville. Check out my piece on the new political show on WHAS-TV, hosted by Joe Arnold.  And I had the only local story on the sudden departure of Claudia Coffey from the WHAS-TV anchor desk. Both have been guests on the Rusty Satellite Show.

So all in all it was a great week, not including playing golf with my girlfriend Paula on Saturday. And one more thing I never expected. I walked into the Westport LAC for my regular racquetball game Friday afternoon. I noticed the guy on the court, by himself, looked like he was pretty good, but I couldn’t see him clearly. So I got dressed in the locker room, thinking maybe I’d challenge this stranger.

But when I got over to the court I recognized that it was none other than Kane Waselenchuk. Now that may not mean much to you, but Kane is the best player in the world. See for yourself in this New York Times profile.

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He hasn’t lost a professional match in four years, and has been #1 since 2009. He’s married to a Louisville girl, Kim Russell, a champion on the court herself. I used to play her Dad, Rick, in the 1980s at the YMCA. I compared it to Tiger Woods hitting balls at Seneca, or maybe LeBron James showing up unannounced at a U of L basketball practice to get some work in. But neither superstar dominates his sport the way Kane does.

There were only three of us by the courts, and Kane, who’s a really cool guy, agreed to play my friend Travis in a game that was as lopsided as you might expect. I asked Kim why they were here, and her answer tells you a lot about how someone can become a dominant force in any sport. They were in town to visit her family, and when she asked Kane what he wanted to do, he said he wanted to practice. And that’s how the #1 player in the world ended up hitting balls at my club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Rex Loves The Cats, But Some Fans Don’t Get It Sunday, Apr 6 2014 

How is there so much controversy over the TV call of the Kentucky – Wisconsin game?

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Rex Chapman is a homer

Apparently because, despite ample notice given that there would be three “game casts” — one for each team and one with un-biased announcers — a lot of idiots (Charles Barkley’s word) lit up Twitter complaining that Rex Chapman and crew were homer-ing it up for the kids from Texas wearing blue uniforms.

That’s right — uninformed sports fans, rather than taking the trouble to actually listen, or, even better, check the Internet to find out why King Rex was calling the game on TNT, simply started posting ignorant tweets (“This one announcer on TNT is so biased for Kentucky and it’s getting really annoying.“) The experiment, which will likely be considered a success by the suits who decide such things, gave fans the opportunity to hear the game called by announcers with an obvious bias — meaning that Chapman, along with Rob Bromley and Dave Baker, argued that every questionable call should have done UK’s way and got really excited when the ball bounced Blue.

Now, Chapman happens to be my favorite college basketball player of all time (he’s actually tied with Darrell Griffith, but I saw Rex’s two years at UK from press row at Rupp Arena), so I thought his cheerleading was kind of cool. No, I couldn’t stand to listen more than once. Nice experiment, and maybe we could find Rex some sort of job commenting with Kentucky Sports Radio, but only really big UK fans would want to listen to such one-sided game descriptions every game.

It was like hearing Bill O’Reilly analyze a Mitch McConnell speech.

Anyway, in the end, Kentucky won and is playing Monday in the title game. That’s good news for the Commonwealth, so cheer ‘em on, even if you’re a Cardinal fan.

Monday night, we’ll be back to normal, with the 9 p.m. national championship tilt on CBS (which makes execs at WLKY-TV very happy) and no homer broadcasting, unless you choose to listen on radio.

Cultural Differences, and Plentiful Options, in the ‘Ville Monday, Mar 24 2014 

Among the reasons I really enjoy doing the Rusty Satellite Show is the opportunity to learn a little about a lot of things from the rich roster of guests I have been able to convince to spend 15 minutes talking about themselves.  In every case, I learn something form the conversation, and I hope you do too.

It would be hard not to get something worthwhile from my talks this time with Tim Koons McGee and Steve Wiser. Koons McGee’s ambitious plans for the four-year-old Comfy Cow, which include becoming a national brand, was news to me. I just called him because I wanted to know about the new store at Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road, and maybe get a free scoop of ice cream.  I also got a relevant opinion on same-sex marriage from someone actually affected by the much-debated topic.

Wiser is one of those guys with a vast amount of local knowledge, which made 12 minutes really insufficient to get all my questions answered about local architecture.  But if you listen you’ll find out about the renovation of a long-anticipated restoration project and what could really be a cool change to downtown.

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And I got to talk about seeing one of my cultural heroes, the hilarious Dave Barry, at the downtown library last week. It motivated me to check out his book “Lunatics” and recall how much fun I still have with my son Josh talking about the movie “Big Trouble” based on Dave’s hilarious first novel.

Which got me to thinking about the culture available around here, like seeing Barry (or Matt Taibbi, coming soon) at the library, a rich resource where I’ve built my music collection and keep finding books I want to read (Nick Hornby’s “Slam“). Maybe I’m just itching to get out, but it’s great I have options like the upcoming shows by Lyle Lovett and (just announced) Elvis Costello. Not to mention events I’ve actually bought tickets for, including Billy Joel at the Yum! Center and the Book of Mormon at the Kentucky Center. I’ve written about how great the Humana Festival is.

There is certainly a lot to choose from to keep your mind occupied. I mentioned a few media stories on the show last week — how Mitch McConnell dissed a LEO reporter, how the University of Louisville is paying hush money to former employees, how a court sided with newspapers in a battle with the state over releasing records to the public. So it was fitting that I finally got to the end of a memorable binge watch — five seasons of the HBO series “The Wire.” which concluded with a long piece about the media’s effects on life in a big city. I highly recommend it, even if it’s already dated (pagers).

Something for everyone, of course. But everyone around here is talking about a basketball game scheduled for this Friday in Indianapolis. I can handle respectful differences of opinion, even if I don’t agree with your point of view (like if you agree with Sarah Palin, who thinks the missing Malaysian jet may have been snatched up into heaven by God, according to fake news reports).

As for the game, I think we should all take a deep breath, turn off talk radio and stop reading our Facebook news feeds. Let’s use the game as an excuse to have a beer with our friends. Let’s not surround ourselves with the negative energy we’re feeling toward people who think the 20-year-olds they’re cheering for in a basketball game are superior to the 20-year-olds in different uniforms you’re cheering for.  If you only read one piece on the game, read this one by former Rusty guest Mark Coomes. And if our team loses, let’s become the best fans of our home state team, even if we can’t stand the behavior of some of their fans.

Dave Barry at the Library Architect Steve Wiser Tim Koons McGee at the Comfy Cow

 

 

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