Rusty Satellite 229 – Paul Tuell and Erin Jones

Thanks. Really, I am thankful to you for sticking around for the 229th episode of the Rusty Satellite Show on Thanksgiving weekend. I invited a couple of good friends to be on this week’s show with me.

First up is Paul Tuell, founder of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, who welcomed me in his Jeffersontown office where I saw a warehouse full of product. Paul, a former Brown-Forman exec, says the brand is performing better than expected since its launch, and that there are some big things ahead. Plus, he told me about some new cocktails – the Sleigh Ride and Elf on a Shelf, that you can order from your favorite bartender.

Erin Jones joined me in the Louisville.am studio after spending most of the last 24 hours in the hospital with her six-year-old son, who managed to run into an immovable object going full speed running away from a girl. Erin, who regularly suggests guests for the show, is planning a big Thanksgiving at home and has a busy December ahead.

In the news, Erin and I discuss the disgusting principal at Manual High School, whose days in that post are numbered after several allegations of racism and, well, making inappropriate comments to students. We also discuss the sweeping sage of sexual misconduct allegations and how it affects the workplace. On a lighter note, I’ve got a rosy prediction for Saturday big football game between the Cards and Cats.

It all goes well with turkey, so enjoy listening to the show this weekend.

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 223 – Mike Rutherford and Norm Stamper

Rusty welcomes the authors of two fascinating books into the Louisville.am studios this week. First up is Mike Rutherford, creator of the Card Chronicle, half of the Ramsey and Rutherford sports talk show, and the author of 100 Things Louisville Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. The timing of the book’s release is odd, given it has a foreword from Rick Pitino. But there’s also a chapter entitled “What Did Freedom Hall Smell Like” and other gems that make it a must-read for Card fans.
Norm Stamper visited the city this week to talk about his ideas for fixing America’s police, a concept that hasn’t been universally accepted by local police forces. He did a media tour here and a town hall in the West End, My friend Chris Thieneman brought him here because he was inspired by Stamper’s ideas
In the news, I was sad to see the announcement that there’s an end in sight for the popular Hometown Heroes banner series. And while I was shocked, and pleased, to see Republican Sen. Dan Seum get behind a plan to legalize marijuana to help solve the state’s pension crisis, it was no surprise to hear mini-Trump Gov. Matt Bevin proclaim that two things aren’t going to happen during his term — the legalization of marijuana or the advent of casino gambling.
The big events I’m up for this week are the Garvin Gate Blues Festival and the U of L football game at Noon Saturday. And don’t forget the Aviation Heritage Festival at Bowman Field. Thanks for downloading the show, and please tell your friends to give it a listen. .

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 220 – Shadwick Wilde and Peggy Noe Stevens

‘Tis the season for football and festivals around here, and we’re fired up for a big one — the long-awaited Bourbon and Beyond down at Champions Park. There are talented chefs, experts in bourbon and of course a musical lineup of acts not seen around here since Forecastle.

Rusty is all in for seeing Jonny Lang and Trombone Shorty, but is fortunate enough to have persuaded Peggy Noe Stevens to come by the Louisville.am studios for a lesson in mixing bourbon and women. Stevens spent many years in high-profile corporate hospitality positions at Brown-Forman before going out on her own a decade ago. That decision was a rousing success, as today she counts distilleries as clients and operates the Bourbon Women Association.

Shadwick Wilde spends much of his time on the road, touring with his band Quiet Hollers, but is playing a rare local show in Old Louisville on Saturday. I talk with Shadwick after band practice about music, life and surviving. Quiet Hollers just released its third album, thanks to some support from SonaBlast Records.

I found some similarities in Wilde’s life to another fiercely independent and driven musician – Bruce Springsteen, whose biography I’m currently enthusiastically reading.

In the news, a planned athletic facility in West Louisville adds to the momentum already underway in the Russell neighborhood. And while the Louisville Cardinals failed in their big test against Clemson last week, they’ll be back at it at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, while UK takes on Florida in Lexington.