Rusty Satellite 242 – John Neace and Tawana Bain

Sure, it’s been a tough week for sports fans around here — so I thought it would be great to talk about our city’s professional soccer franchise and the team’s bright future. I got hold of John Neace, chairman of the team’s board, to give you a timetable leading up to the first game in the new stadium, which he says will happen in 2020. And Neace is also a part of the group trying to get the NBA to locate here, so I ask him about that as well.

Tawana Bain certainly has an entrepreneurial spirit – she’s been running her own business here for 14 years. But this year she’s starting something new called the Derby Diversity Summit, which of course will take place Derby Week. She’s playing matchmaker for suppliers owned by minorities (African-American, women, LGBT, veterans) and companies that want to use minority-owned firms in their business. All over a Mint Julep or two.

In the news, there’s this U of L thing. This week we learned the NCAA’s silliest penalty – banners representing a national championship must not be displayed at the Yum! Center. While that’s got a lot of folks upset, I remind you that the University paid strippers and prostitutes to entertain its student-athletes and prospects, so the punishment is really deserved. Also, a lot of teens (14) have gotten the attention of police for posting threats online in the wake of the Florida shooting tragedy. Yet I question how the Jeffersontown city attorney got away with a death threat on social media.

Also, voters in Bullitt County show they may not be as dumb as I thought they were, rejecting the bid of Rebecca Johnson to succeed her husband as a State Representative. Of course, she claimed voter fraud in losing by a 68-32 percent margin.

All that and more on the 242nd episode of the Rusty Satellite Show, brought to you by Platinum Panel and Passport Health Plan.

Rusty Satellite 241 – Edward Lee and Molly Alviar/Brian Price

This 241st episode of the Rusty Satellite Show was recorded on Valentine’s Day, and I was happy to be joined by a festive Carolyn McLean in the studio to talk about an interesting week in the ‘Ville. Plus, she brought me chocolate.

My first guest has already claimed fame as a nationally-renowned chef, and he got his start right here at 610 Magnolia, which he’s made his own. Plus, Chef Edward Lee operates Milkwood in Actors Theatre and a D.C. restaurant. So why did he open Whiskey Dry on Fourth Street Live!? Tune in to find out why, and hear about Lee’s passion for helping aspiring chefs get into the industry.

Contrary to what we say on the podcast, this is the 5th Annual Tailspin Ale Fest, and Liquor Barn plays a big role as a sponsor. Molly Alviar, a former UK cheerleader, handles marketing and events for the now-local company. Last year, the company was purchased by Blue Equity of Louisville. Brian Price, the “Beer Guy” at Liquor Barn, chimes in with some info on the Barrel-aged offerings available at Tailspin.

Carolyn and I discuss our upcoming venture in podcasting – the re-launch of EatDrinkTalk. Plus, we get a chuckle or two from the recent auction of items by Tom Jurich, and we discuss the pros and cons of Valentine’s Day.

Rusty Satellite 240 – Cres Bride and Brendan Evans

When I heard the legendary landmark Joe’s Older Than Dirt was coming back, complete with a brand new moose out front, I had to get the story. Cres Bride, who ran the joint for 15 years, has partnered with Fernando Martinez for a Joe’s Re-Boot. And Bride, who also owns R Place Pub down the street in Lyndon, says the main difference from the old Joe’s is that the food will be better, thanks to Martinez’s participation.

I was introduced to Zimbabwe native turned Louisville business owner Brendan Evans, who has a wonderful accent and tremendous appreciation for what America has to offer. After working in the business a few years, he recently purchased the Rental Depot and is gearing up for a busy Kentucky Derby season.

The big news on the Rick front is that I’m moving. That’s right, that means the “Cozy Cottage in J-town” is available for rent, so contact me soon if you’re interested in renting my 3-bedroom, 1-bath home situated in a lovely private spot – and it includes a hot tub. In the news, misplaced priorities on the Metro Council are such that three Republicans, including my own Council member Kevin Kramer, have attached their names to an abortion bill. Meanwhile, only 10 of 26 voiced support for the medical marijuana bill in the state legislature.

The big restaurant news is that Kealin’s, like Joe’s, a legendary name around here, is making a comeback in the Highlands. And we’ll soon have another Edward Lee creation to visit, on Fourth Street Live. I’ll have Lee as a guest on next week’s show.

Thanks for tuning in, and to my sponsors — and Passport Health Plan — for making it all possible. And remember, if you go to and sign up, you’ll be eligible for a $100 gift card. Just tell them Rusty Satellite sent you. 

Rusty Satellite 239 – David Jones Jr. and Amanda Scott

If you have any interest in the evolution of local media, you’ll want to hear my conversation with David Jones, Jr.  He was instrumental in forming the Insider Media Group, which has helped turn Insider Louisville into a non-profit that will count on donations from readers for survival. It has plans to grow its reporting staff to 15, which would be enough, he says, to adequately cover the region’s important news outside of sports, crime and weather.

Also, I’m happy to bring you the feel-good story of Amanda Scott, who emerged from a life saddled with addiction to help start, which operates a home for women who want to change their lives for the better by getting clean in a safe and healthy environment.

It was a big week for me as I considered running for a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The deadline was Tuesday, and I was being encouraged by some good folks who really thought I could win. I decided against it, but in the future it’s something to consider. I’ve got an update on what’s happened in Jeffersontown since last week.  The city attorney posted a terroristic threat on Facebook, which must be OK to his boss, Mayor Bill Dieruf, who continues to avoid my calls. Also, I discovered that the city’s law against short-term rentals is, well, maybe not really a law.

Thanks for joining me on the Rusty Satellite Show, brought to you by Passport Health Plan and Platinum Panel.

Rusty Satellite 238 – Karen Williams and Dan Seum

If you ask Karen Williams, 2018 is the year it all comes together in Louisville. The president of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau tells me how the completion of the Convention Center downtown and the Omni, plus several other projects, is putting the city in a new class for attracting visitors.

And she says a big part of the city’s appeal is the short-term rental market, and talks about how the city is very close to completing a deal with Airbnb to collect taxes.

State Sen. Dan Seum has the experience and the courage to face off with the Governor, even though they’re in the same party. And Seum thinks the solution to the state’s fiscal problems could be solved by legalizing cannabis – and casinos, for that matter. Listen in to hear how Seum is taking the battle to Gov. Bevin and the small-thinking legislators during the current session.

You’re not going to believe this, but the city attorney in Jeffersontown, Schuyler Olt, threatened on Facebook that he was going to break Chris Thieneman’s neck. Not kidding. Olt, who also happens to be the lead naysayer in my Airbnb battle with the J-town City Council, is the one who replied to one of my comments on Facebook by claiming that Airbnbs were havens for meth lab operators. I’ve called on the Mayor to fire him.

There’s plenty more in this great episode of the Rusty Satellite Show, brought to you by Platinum Panel and Passport Health Plan.

Rusty Satellite 237 – Laura Wallace and Julie Roberts, with co-host Carolyn McLean

Rusty welcomes Carolyn McLean into the studio as guest co-host, and she brought a bottle of wine. So she’s definitely going to be invited back. We teased a potential new project and blasted local school officials for calling off classes for the third day in a row.
My first guest, Laura Wallace, was once referred to as the “Oh Shit” girl. That means that, as the city’s only independent concierge, she can save you if you forget an anniversary or need to impress a client at the last minute. She’s also one of the city’s biggest boosters, and comes armed with some interesting stories from her eight years as an entrepreneur.
Julie Roberts was named Director of Development for the Kentucky Center for the Arts last summer, and dived right in to expanding the organization’s footprint, including the upcoming Paristown Pointe project off East Broadway. We talk about the potential effect of Gov. Bevin’s announcement that he’s planning to cut the state’s contribution to the non-profit, along with dozens of other organizations.
I have an update on my ongoing feud over short-term rentals in Jeffersontown, and Carolyn and I have the lowdown on some local media developments, as well as our experiences at a few additions to the local dining scene.
It’s all here in the 237th consecutive weekly episode of the Rusty Satellite Show, brought to you by Passport Health Plan and Platinum Panel.

Rusty Satellite 236 – Matthew Gilles and Mo McKnight Howe

Join me in Portland as I sit down with Matthew Gilles, known for the Foam Gnomes that adorn his building and trucks that promote Louisville Spray Foam Insulation. But the Central City native has a colorful history that includes a stint as a scuba instructor. In addition to his history as a local contractor, Gilles has become an investor in Portland properties, and is optimistic about the area’s future.

You remember Mo McKnight Howe from her appearance here as the owner of Revelry Gallery in NuLu. I checked in with her to talk about the successful Airbnb enterprise she and her husband operate down the street from Revelry. We talk about NuLu’s growth and the effect of all those new hotel rooms opening in 2018.

In the last week, two former Rusty Satellite guests made big career moves. Chris Poynter left the Mayor’s Office for a big new job at Brown-Forman, while Stephen Reily accepted the permanent spot as the director of the Speed Museum. There’s a threat of snow for the weekend, so you can find out here where it’s approved to take your sled. And I talk about some potential changes at my media operation.

It’s all in another interesting episode, brought to you by Passport Health Plan and


Rusty Satellite 235 – Theresa Reno-Weber and Carolyn McLean

The first Rusty Satellite Show of 2018 features a couple of wonderful women. Long-time listeners remember Theresa Reno-Weber from her 2016 appearance in which she talked of her fascinating job making Metro Government more efficient. A year ago, she took on a new challenge — as president and CEO of the Metro United Way.

Please listen to the podcast, and come meet Theresa at Tuesday’s Breakfast of Champions, where she’ll give additional insight into her work and the mission of the United Way.

I was thrilled when Carolyn McLean called me a few weeks ago to tell me a cool story about how her June 2014 appearance on the Rusty Satellite Show impacted her life recently. Listen in to hear that one, plus details of how she’s left corporate America to bravely make it on her own.

In addition, we’re talking about what’s head in what promises to be an exciting 2018 for Louisville, and I touch on some stores in the news. Join me, and tell your friends, about the Rusty Satellite Show, home of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville.

Rusty Satellite 234 – Gabe Duverge and Caroline Knop

We’re putting a bow on another 52 episodes of the Rusty Satellite Show with a look back, and a peak ahead. Before we let 2017 go for good, Caroline Knop and I talk about some of the memorable guests we’ve had on the show, from Mayor Greg Fischer to Santa Pat Meehan, from extraordinary entrepreneurs to folks with really important jobs, from actors and musicians to record-setters in athletics.

But first, there are a couple of pretty big ballgames coming up this weekend, so I invited U of L superfan Gabe Duverge into the studio to get the lowdown. Friday at 1, it’s the Battle of the Bluegrass in Lexington, as the Cards and Cats renew their heated rivalry. And on Saturday, we’ll be glued to the TV broadcast of the Cards’ TaxSlayer Bowl contest against Mississippi State in Jacksonville. Listen in for Gabe’s take on both games.

For those who don’t know Caroline, she’s a PR maven who is the Rusty Satellite Show’s chief guest finder. She is on the front line of the many of the city’s biggest events, always finding ways to get her clients mentioned in local media. And she’s a lot of fun, too.

Caroline takes us into 2018, previewing a few events including the Fifth Annual Tailspin Festival coming in February.

It was a great 2017 here at the Rusty Satellite Show, and I’m looking forward to meeting some of the city’s most interesting people again in 2018. Happy New Year!

Rusty Satellite 233 – Natalie Harris and Santa Pat Meehan

You’ll hear one of the best Ho! Ho! Ho!’s of your life when you listen to the jolly bellow of the Derby City Kringle. Pat Meehan is a natural-bearded Santa, and has been listening to hear what kids want for Christmas for decades, including 26 years at Oxmoor Mall. While that run just ended, Pat’s doing plenty of Santa appearances, including this weekend at Fourth Street Live!

I asked this question on Facebook this week: Do you know someone who’s been really good this year? I’d like to talk to the nicest person in town on the Rusty Satellite Show.

I got a bunch of responses from you, and chose Linda Ruffenach’s nomination of Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless. That group gets a lot of attention during the holidays, and is holding its annual Give-A-Jam concert at the Clifton Center on Thursday. She may truly be the nicest person in town.

Another call this week revealed an interesting story about how the Rusty Satellite Show impacted a former guest in a positive way. Listen in to hear about Carolyn McLean’s good fortune. I did interviews with a family therapist on the holiday blues, and talked to Elmer Lucille Allen, an artist who’s going strong in the West End at age 86.

Thanks to Passport Health Plan and Platinum Panel for sponsoring the show. And, please, open and download it before Christmas.