Rusty Satellite 228 – Dale Romans and Jack Mathis

When I read that Dale Romans had surpassed Bill Mott to become the all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs, I decided to see if I could get him on the show. At Barn 4, where he’s been operating a winning stable for decades, Romans was wheeling and dealing on the phone when I stepped into his office. His life partner Tammy walked in, and then Dale and I got started. I think you’ll find Dale’s story intriguing, and his optimistic outlook about the future of racing and Churchill stands out.

I’m usually one of those people who complain that the Christmas season starts too early, and would normally be especially vexed about any shopping event going on before Thanksgiving. But Jack Mathis assures me that the Champagne party at Work the Metal in Butchertown Friday will be special. He started the store back in 2003, and has grown it to an amazing 12,000 square feet.

The party starts at 6, and will include goodies from Butchertown Grocery, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Cellar Door Chocolates and some special cocktails from my friends at Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey.

In the news, there’s more movement in J-town, where Bearno’s is taking over the old Ferd Grisanti’s spot where Loui Loui’s just closed. And Corbett’s in the East End shut down this week after a decade in business. Louisville City FC won the USL Soccer title Monday, a good omen as the team got the go-ahead to start building a new stadium in Butchertown.

There’s plenty more going on in my hometown, and you can hear about some of it right here on the Rusty Satellite Show. Thanks for downloading.

Rusty Satellite 227 – Dr. Kevin Cosby and Maggie Harlow

There are some great things happening in the West End, and one of the reasons is the presence of Dr. Kevin Cosby at St. Stephen Baptist Church. I went to see Dr. Cosby at the St. Stephen Family Life Center to talk with him about progress in West Louisville and his leadership of both St. Stephen and Simmons College.

Maggie Harlow is much more than a business leader whose Signarama business downtown is thriving and expanding. She’s inspiring and aspiring, perhaps one day to elected office. And she’s the driving force behind efforts to create a park in honor of the Hill Sisters, best known for creating the Happy Birthday song. She will be at the Breakfast of Champions on Nov. 14, where we will learn all about the history of the Hill Sisters in Louisville.

In Rusty Satellite Show alumni news, I’m sad to hear of the closing of Loui Loui’s in Jtown, where owner Mike Spurlock has operated for five years, Meanwhile, Mike Safai announced plans to open a 20,000 square foot Farmers Market in Shelby Park. At the West Louisville Economic Development event last week at the African-American Heritage Center, I heard encouraging news about the future of the West End from previous show guests including Darrell Griffith, Dawne Gee, David Tandy, Gill Holland and of course Mayor Greg Fischer.

Also, I’ve notice that a lot of bad actors in America and Kentucky are feeling consequences for their actions, from House Speaker Jeff Hoover to Metro Councilman Dan Johnson and now, Manual High School principal Jerry Mayes. It’s all revealed in this excellent episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 226 – Michael Dubree and Angie Fenton

The Rusty Satellite Show, in 225 episodes, has never had a guest with a story quite as compelling as that of Michael Dubree. The Tompkinsville native seemed destined for a life of addiction, always searching for his next high, until he turned his life around. This month he’s on the cover on Men’s Health as the mag’s “Ultimate Guy”, and he’s got the physique to show how he earned the title. He tells me his story in an awesome interview.
It’s also a great show because I get to welcome back Angie Fenton, who first appeared on the Rusty
Satellite in Show #7. Now she’s got a darling daughter and operates Extol Magazine in southern Indiana with her husband Jason.
Angie sits in as guest host as i talk about the week’s biggest stories — the Tom Jurich interview, Dan Johnson’s failed effort to thwart a trial to remove him from Metro Council, and Gov. Matt Bevin’s continued disregard for the facts about marijuana. And Angie and I discuss the idea that, with all the negativity surrounding college sports, we may find other ways to spend our time this winter.
It’s all in an exciting episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 225 – Jennifer Moore and Jordan Price

Rusty roars into fall with two more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville. First up is Jennifer Moore, a former Democratic Party chair who now runs Emerge Kentucky, an organization that offers advice to women on running for public office. She’s also a personal injury lawyer, so I ask her the obvious question — why are there so many TV ads and billboards for attorneys?
Jordan Price had a brush with fame as the nation celebrated “Talk Like a Pirate” day. The aspiring actor and elementary school drama teacher starred as a pirate in a string of Long John Silver’s commercials. We talk about his upcoming directorial debut at CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center.
I went to see the Eagles at the Yum! Center Tuesday, and offer up my secret for getting in cheap. I’ve got an opinion on the firings over at U of L, and I’m hoping the Metro Council does the right thing by voting for the new soccer stadium in Butchertown. I’ve also got updates on Dan Johnson and Chris Thieneman, and plenty more on the Rusty Satellite Show. Join me, and tell your friends.

Rusty Satellite 224 – David Toborowsky and Frank Abignale

You probably didn’t know that somebody from Louisville is featured in the Learning Channel reality series, 90 Day Fiance, but it’s true. And it’s an old friend of mine, David Toborowsky, who has spent much of the last three years overseas. He met and proposed to Annie, a young Thai woman and, voila, their story is now part of the show.
Now, David didn’t reveal any spoilers about the rest of the series, but based on the first two episodes, I can recommend it as a highly entertaining program. And you can hear about David’s journey on this episode.
My guest Frank Abignale is the author of one of the most amazing life journeys in human history. Frank is the model of the movie “Catch Me If You Can” which details his ability to pose as a pilot, doctor and lawyer on his way to making a fortune as a con artist. I spoke to him here before he gave a talk on fraud prevention to a sold-out audience at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. His trip was sponsored by the good folks at AARP.
Of course, all the news around here is about what’ going on at U of L — which this week fired its
 long-time Hall of Fame basketball coach and very likely gave the boot to it athletics director. We haven’t heard the last from Rick Pitino or Tom Jurich, however. Gov. Matt Bevin’s comments about how Colorado is dealing with legalized marijuana, upon further review, are flat-out lies. This week he unveiled a new plan to solve the state’s pension crisis that doesn’t include new revenue from gambling or marijuana.
For the gorgeous weekend ahead, I recommend a trip to the Mini Maker Faire at Fourth Street Live! and your local golf course. Enjoy the show, and please tell your friends.

Rusty Satellite 222 – Alex Reymundo and Campbell Boyer

The most interesting podcast in the ‘Ville is back for a 222nd week — with a couple of special guests. Alex Reymundo’s life is fascinating if only for the fact that he has two incredible, and successful, careers. As one of the Latin Kings of Comedy, he’s been featured on cable TV specials and has traveled the world as a performer. But he’s also a co-owner of Number Juan tequila. That’s a story you have to hear right here.

You can join me and Alex at the Number Juan Comedy Show Friday at Mango’s on Dutchmans Parkway.

Campbell Boyer is a big kid who likes to play with things — so five years ago he organized the Louisville Mini Maker Faire to give locals a chance to join him to create cool stuff — using Virtual Reality, Drones and other tech tools. This year the Faire moves to Fourth Street Live! for the first time, and includes Big Kid hours with music and brews.

I’ve dore more than 400 interviews as part of this podcast, and you can listen to all of them in our archive. This week, it might be interesting to go back to some special guests — like Angela Leet, the Metro Council member who announced this week she’s running for Mayor on a “We don’t need more bike lanes” campaign. With all that’s going on at U of L, it would be a good time to search the Rusty archives to hear interviews with Tom Jurich and Kenny Klein. Also, changes in local sports talk radio involve John Ramsey, and Matt Jones is the subject of a lawsuit brought by a referee.

The Metro Council voted this week to get behind the proposed soccer stadium on 40 acres in Butchertown, with a big boost of support from Greater Louisville Inc. chief Kent Oyler.

The weekend starts early with a U of L football game at NC State, and continues with the ever-popular St. James Court Art Show. Thanks for tuning in to the Rusty Satellite, the most interesting podcast in the ‘Ville, and please recommend it to your friends.

Rusty Satellite 221 – Gill Holland and Pat MacDonald

I know, I know.  That whole University of Louisville shake-up has you all shook up. But let Rusty distract you with two of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville. Regular Rusty listeners know Gill Holland from his appearance in Show #11, and then again last year when he was running for Metro Council. Nowadays Gill is doing important work in Portland while celebrating the 15th anniversary of SonaBlast Records at the 9th annual NuLu Festival this weekend.

In a few weeks, you’ll want to check out the Aviation Heritage Festival at Bowman Field, an event whose creation and organization wouldn’t have happened without veteran pilot Pat MacDonald, whose story of growing up and living in the shadow of the airport is an interesting tale.

Yes, I do address the bubbling controversy at U of L, including the departure of Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino, and feel some sympathy for those of you taking the news hard. Things will get better, I promise.

Thanks for downloading the show, and tell your friends about Rusty.

Rusty Satellite 219 – Eric Gregory and Dawn Beahl

There aren’t many weeks in which more big events are going on — and Rusty is here to help make sure you don’t miss anything. Let’s start with this week’s most interesting people.
My first guest is Eric Gregory, who is living proof that majoring in journalism can lead to gainful employment in the bourbon industry. Eric is the executive director of the Kentucky Distillers Association, and is busy keeping track of and hosting events associated with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. I stopped in at the Bourbon Hall of Fame luncheon, which was honoring Makers Mark’s Bill Samuels,
Up next is Dawn Beahl, who is hosting a huge fundraiser for Office Nick Rodman on Friday. Rodman was the officer who died in March after a criminal rammed his squad car. He left behind and wife and two young children. Beahl, the wife of a police officer who was close to the Rodmans, is expecting up to 1,000 people at the Fairgrounds Friday.
I’ve got a Dan Johnson update, and another opportunity to question Gov. Bevin’s logic. But the big news is the game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday between the Cards, ranked 14th, and #3 Clemson. ESPN is here for GameDay, and we learned this week where the Unitas statue is going. Among the events around town are the Gaslight Festival in Jtown and the Jug Band Jubilee on the Waterfront.
Thanks for tuning in to the show, and be sure to tell your friends about the most interesting podcast in the ‘Ville.

Rusty Satellite 216 – Cathe Dykstra and Corey Sims

That once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse was a doozy, right? Not to most people I talked with, who came away disappointed the sky didn’t darken more, even after hearing Dr. Tim Dowling explain the whole thing on the show last week. There are more opportunities to learn about goings-on in Louisville on the Rusty Satellite Show #216.

The first guest is Cathe Dykstra, who has done some ground-breaking work, literally, with the Family Scholar House organization. Cathe’s family of single parents and their kids will soon encompass six campuses, but there’s always more demand. Hear about how Cathe helped create a safe place for single parents to live while raising kids and getting an education.

Out in my neighborhood, Corey Sims and his partners are almost ready to open a new Jeffersontown restaurant, Mac’s Dough House, which they can only hope will be as successful as their two-year-old RecBar. The two spots are close to each other, and may be sparking a new level of nightlife down the street. I hope so.

Rusty fills you in on some other happenings around the city, including the opening of El Taco Luchador in St. Matthews. Got ideas for the show? Find me on Facebook (Rick Redding) and make a suggestion.

Rusty Satellite 215 – Dr.Timothy Dowling and Danny Seim

Watch out, you might learn something in this week’s Rusty Satellite Show. First, I sought out the bet expert around here to learn what kind of risk I’d be taking if I look directly at the sun during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. Thanks to Dr. Tim Dowling, I know not to do that, and a whole lot more about this amazing event. You’ll also find out why people from all over the globe are coming to Hopkinsville, and about the emergency preparations underway for it.
Danny Seim’s sundial project in Portland is just one of the activities he’s signed up for since omving from Portland, Oregon to the Portland section of our city. Hear about the amazing work being done at the Dolfinger Building near 25th Street, and how he’s helping Gill Holland revitalize Portland.
Of course, the news is depressing, especially when the country has as its major talking poitn a President who refuses to denounce his base of neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Our Governor, the Trump mini-me, showed he lacked sensitivity to the race issue by declaring that Confederate statues, like the Castleman statue in the Highlands, should stay right where they are. And in non-racism news, Councilman Dan Johnson, a pain in the neck to most of his fellow Council members, took a leave of absence, saying he had a pain in the neck.
Still, there are good time to be had by all, especially for those of you who want to join me in Madison for the Delbert McClinton show at Ribberfest. Plus, Saturday night is the Bourbon Mixer, a major drinking and sampling event you heard about here on the Rusty Satellite Show.