I don’t feel like I’m that grumpy, but this week there seems to be a lot to complain about. So let’s start with the weather, or at least weather forecasting. My guest, Kristin Walls, is a very nice young lady who does the weekend weather at WHAS-TV. She patiently listened to my complaints about how weather forecasts unnecessarily cause schools to close last week, just because it was cold, and then explained what the real story is behind those predictions.
I also used the show to complain about a Kentucky judge who ruled that no, Kentucky will not amend one of its antiquated laws regarding alcohol. So you’re not going to be buying a bottle of wine at a grocery store. Also, a right-wing legislator managed to ruin a perfectly good domestic violence bill by attaching abortion language to it. Richie Farmer is headed to jail, a scenario hard to imagine when he was wearing those short shorts at Rupp Arena. And I talk about changes at my old place, Business First.
On a brighter note, I talked with entrepreneur Taylor Trusty about some cool technology and marketing at Blackstone Media, and get some advice on promoting the Rusty Satellite Show. Plus, I run down some of the entertaining shows on TV, including Justified.
A week that started at zero ended up with an emotional high in Louisville. Frigid cold weather that forecasters reminded us constantly was a polar vortex producing the lowest temps in decades led panicked JCPS officials to call off school, and dozens and dozens of other businesses to shut down as well. Because it was too cold. Wimps. But the big story was Bobby Petrino. After Charlie Strong announced he’d taken the job at Texas (much to the chagrin of a booster named Red McCombs), the search for a new football coach around here prompted a massive increase in call-ins to sports talk shows. But when the dust settled, the guy whose teams averaged 50 points a game here was the logical choice. Critics argued that Petrino’s personal peccadillos were too troubling, but by week’s end most everyone in town is on board. And pumped about going to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium next fall. A gutsy Tom Jurich simply chose the coach most likely to win.
This week’s Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville are Bob Sokoler and John Witten. Bob is among the city’s top real estate professionals, and certainly the most technologically astute. He tells me about the outlook for sales of residential properties in 2014 and how he’s using drones to video houses. Witten, president of the Cabo Wabo organization, came in to talk about how this little 21-year-old bash became the social highlight of the winter here. Check out the Cabo Wabo party at the Mellwood Saturday night, where you can boogie with the famed Louisville Crashers. It’s all on this week’s Rusty Satellite Show.
We get 2014 started with a bang with Mayor Greg Fischer, who invited me down to his place at Sixth and Jefferson and showed off his bourbon collection (none was offered, incidentally, to his guest). The Mayor’s big idea is the local option sales tax he’s been pushing, but whether politicians in Frankfort buy into an idea that makes perfect sense will be played out in the legislature this year. Certainly I would liked to have had more time, but the Mayor had plenty to say about his agenda for 2014.
I spent much of the holiday break on the couch binge-watching House of Cards and Scandal on Netflix. And then Josh got me 60 hours of what he claims is the best TV show ever — Wired. So there’s a long way to go, and I’ve got plenty to do if we get snowed in. Which is a possibility around here. Enjoy the first Rusty Satellite Show of 2014.
Golf in December? That’s what we’re talking about on this week’s show, the last one for 2013. John Ashton is the man behind “Those Weekend Golf Guys” — now a nationally syndicated show about golf, if you can believe such a thing exists, that originates here in town. John is a long-time Louisville radio veteran and a great interview. What else, you say? Oh, yes it’s only the biggest sports weekend of the year. Our guest Mark Coomes has written about every aspect of the U of L – UK basketball rivalry for a few decades now, and offers up some insight on this year’s matchup at Rupp. Afterward, in Orlando, the football Cards take on Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl, a game that is likely the last in Teddy Bridgewater’s storied career as the Cards QB. You can read Mark’s take on all things sports at Insider Louisville. And since it’s the last show of the year, I offer up my take on 2013, which may become known as the year the Rusty Satellite Show started, among other things. All that and a Duck Dynasty take on this week’s show.
Neil Budde, the new executive editor of the Courier-Journal, joins the Rusty show to talk about the future of the local newspaper — and he’s optimistic. Neil, a WKU graduate in his second stint at Sixth and Broadway, says the paper’s focus on digital products, the addition of USA Today to the daily paper and the hiring of new reporters signals potentially the bottoming out of bad news involving the paper. Glenn Haygood, on the other hand, is always good for a positive quote or two about how well the #1 ratings station is doing in town. Haygood, who’s been at WLKY for six years, was also the only local who was happy to see the University of Central Florida, his alma mater, win Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium this year. In a busy week, I did Christmas parties, listened to Greg Stumbo diss the chances of new hemp legislation, and lamented the death of Nicholas Brody on Homeland. Just another great episode with the Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville. And yes, the Rusty Satellite show t-shirts are in. Contact Rick@LouisvilleKY.com if you want one.
Remember growing up and reading the Incredible Inman column every week in the Courier-Journal? Mr. Incredible himself is one of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville, and on this week’s show he talks about his new book, “The Good, The Bad and The Snarky” — one of the better book titles I’ve ever heard. David talks about how he still gets questions for his TV column, even long after he left the paper after 32 years. David Domine is our expert on Old Louisville, and has a special passion for what many may consider the most grisly, creepy criminal trial of the year — the Joseph Banis case. David’s writing a book on the whole sordid mess, and has been a guest on a popular TV show talking about it. But Domine’s real claim to fame is his special knowledge of Old Louisville history and cuisine. Meanwhile, I watched a documentary on HBO this week called Trophy Kids, which dealt with the same sort of sick parent that prompted the New York Times to write a story headlined “Real Basketball Moms of Kentucky.” There’s nothing about this topic that I like, which you’ll learn from listening to Rusty Satellite Show #25.
Listen in this week as Rusty Satellite is on the road meeting two more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville — first stop is Ed Hart’s office in the Highlands, where we learn all about the new and improved Kentucky Kingdom that opens for business in the spring. Hart talks about the enormous economic impact the opening of the Park will have on the city, and goes over some of the hurdles it took to get here. There are a bunch of new rides, and the amusement park will be hosting a job fair in January. Later I met WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold at 38th and Market, where he was doing a story on a new economic development initiative there. Joe’s the only beat reporter on politics working for a TV station in this market. I also got him to sing a line or two, so you’ll want to hear that. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping, I offer up for your consideration my annual gift card rant, in which I encourage you to just go to the store and get me something I can open on Christmas Day.
Rick talks with fellow Iroquois High grad and Bellarmine U. basketball coach Scott Davenport and local do-gooder organizer Kris Sirchio. He also goes down his list of things for which he is thankful and talks podcasting with Louisville.AM founder Dan Vonderheide.
I still don’t understand how Obamacare is going to work, but I did talk with Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, who knows more than you or I do. Emily Gimmel is a tech-savvy entrepreneur who gave up a career in TV news and entertainment to run her own business (Graceship.com) right here in her hometown. And even though she may be best known for her role in the Louisville-based reality TV series “Southern Belles”, Emily has transitioned into an entrepreneur with a great chance to succeed. She has forgiven me, I think, for poking some fun at the Southern Belles series back in the day.
I also address the issues on everyone’s mind around here: Kevin Ware, GLI, Kentucky Kingdom and why you can’t buy a bottle of wine at the grocery store.
Listen to Rusty as the guests are David Jones Jr. and Smith Haynie. Jones, the former Humana chairman who runs Chrysalis Ventures, the city’s top venture capital firm, ran for the Jefferson County School Board last year and for the first time talks candidly about what he’s learned in 10 months. If you don’t know the name Hugh Haynie, you probably didn’t grow up around here. The C-J’s world-renowned editorial cartoonist raised that profession to an art form and left a legacy of amazing images. His son Smith, now a Circuit Court Judge, wants to showcase his Dad’s work for everyone to see, and he talks with Rusty about the exhibit going on now through Jan. 26 at the Frazier Museum. Also on the show, Rick talks about the crazy idea of a local women’s basketball coach providing fans with free beer.