Rusty Satellite 213 – Chris Poynter and Chris Thieneman

Rusty welcomes two good friends named Chris — but that’s where similarities between the two end. Chris Poynter, a fellow WKU grad with a background in journalism, has ascended to the top communications job in the city. At least, the top job in Mayor Greg Fischer’s office, and was recently presented with a national award for his work during the week of Muhammad Ali’s funeral last year.
Chris Thieneman, a longtime activist and a former candidate for Mayor, has his hands full as a new father. But Chris is always involved in issues that matter to him, and tells me that he is bringing a nationally-known expert on cops to town later this year to raise awareness of the importance of proper policing.
I’m highlighting a couple of big stories that illustrate how much the media’s relationship with politicians has changed. Gov. Matt Bevin, who routinely turns down interview requests from the state’s major media outlets in favor on posting videos on YouTube, is in a real scuffle with WDRB’s Bill Lamb and the C-J over a drone that he spotted near his home. And Councilman Dan Johnson says he’s not resigning, and that some of his problems may date back to a traffic accident that occurred in 1976. Both appeared on Terry Meiners’ radio show at WHAS.
Plus, I tell you about a great lunch at Sweet Peaches in the West End, and another meal at another new place in town, the Red Herring. It’s all here in another great episode of the most interesting podcast in the ‘Ville — the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 212 – John and Missy Hillock, plus Jason Mudd

Louisville’s most interesting podcast continues with a great episode featuring the operators of a Norton Commons Bed and Breakfast and one of the city’s most positive web entrepreneurs.

John and Missy Hillock have put their hearts and souls into their Bed & Breakfast in Norton Commons, from John’s artistic bourbon-stave inspired art to Missy’s attention to detail in every one of the four bedrooms. You can meet them on Sunday, when they’ll be serving up special treats at the Taste of Independents at the Olmsted.

You can’t help but be a little happier when you meet Jason Mudd, the prince of positivity behind the YESLouisville media operation.

In the news, a dispute over a name has a speakeasy and seafood restaurant, one in New Albany and one on Whiskey Row, trading barbs in the media, but Hull or High Water, the Indiana seafood spot opening under the direction of Eric Morris, seems to have the upper hand. Insider Louisville’s editorial chief, Sarah Kelley, announced her resignation. And an opening at the Jtown City Council has some folks arguing online about who should fill the vacant seat.

This weekend, you have several fun events to choose from — the grand opening of Flying Axes, the GrateVille Dead Festival, and the Louisville City FC soccer match. There’s plenty more in the show, so please give it a listen.

Rusty Satellite 211 – Robbie Bartlett and Linda Ruffenach

Wanna be a Bourbon Bad Ass? Then talk to Whiskey Chicks founder Linda Ruffenach, who has built the idea of teaching women about bourbon into a thriving business and, soon, a book that will be published in the spring. She’s amping up for the Bourbon Mixer, a popular annual event held in conjunction with the Bourbon Brotherhood, coming to the Henry Clay next month.

You don’t have to wait that long to hear the music of Robbie Bartlett, who has been performing at various Louisville venues since 1982. You can check her out twice weekly at Volare Restaurant, where I caught up with her on a Wednesday morning during set up. Bartlett will also be performing at the magnificent Taste of Independents event July 30 at the Olmsted.

The top ticket this weekend is the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival at the Water Tower, where you can hear seven bands in two nights in a perfect setting, while sampling craft beer, cocktails and delicious food.

In the news, it’s sad to report the passing of artist Julius Friedman, who was a guest here about a year ago. I’ve got reason to like Frontier Airlines announcement of a return to the ‘Ville. Metro Councilman Dan Johnson continues to  post random thoughts about his sexual harassment case on Facebook, and discussion of a buffer zone at the state’s lone abortion clinic has out-of-town protesters gearing up for battle.

Join me for a fun episode featuring the Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville, once again on the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 210 – Emily Cox and Holly Weyler McKnight

A small gathering at Tyler Park some 15 years ago launched what is now a major Louisville event — the Forecastle Festival. The three-day event packs art, activism and music into a schedule that includes 60+ musical acts at Waterfront Park. The nautically-themed event has a $20 million economic impact on the city, and does plenty of good work through its Foundation.

This week’s Rusty features two of the key sailors on the Forecastle ship — Visual Design director Emily Cox and First Mate Holly Weyler McKnight. Both are Assumption High grads who are making a mark in their hometown — Emily lives in Nashville, but designs every detail of the look of Forecastle and three other festivals operated by A.C. Entertainment.

Holly, of course, was on the show two years ago and is well-known to everyone involved in the show. She’s married to the Captain, J.K. McKnight, has a newborn child, and holds down an important P.R. job with 21C Hotels.

In the news segment, I discuss why Jennifer Lawrence is coming home for an event at the Frazier Museum. Also, I sampled a new flavor at the new scoop shop in NuLu and noticed plenty of new construction around the city, including a Phoenix Hill brewery.

Join Rusty for all this and more in this special Forecastle episode.

Rusty Satellite 209 – Ilyse Gordon McCormick and Russell Lloyd

Don’t miss this episode of the city’s most interesting podcast, featuring media entrepreneur Ilyse Gordon McCormick and Jefferson County’s Democratic Party chair Russell Lloyd.

McCormick is a former producer at WHAS-TV, and has an idea to create a professional, independent local newscast that will be available through Facebook. It’s ambitious, but she’s already got a team assembled and an office in Portland’s Faulkner Gallery.

Last week, Russell Lloyd was compelled to release a statement from the local Democratic Party after the latest weirdness from Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, who has now been ordered to report his comings and goings to the Metro Council president, in order to send out warnings to those in the building who fear him. Lloyd also talks with me about other local political issues and the challenging road ahead for the Party.

I hope you’ll join me in Jeffersontown on Saturday, where I’ll be pouring beer at the Summer Beer Fest. The other big event is the Lebowski Fest, and the good news is that Will Russell has gotten treatment and is doing positive things. WAVE-TV’s personalities dominated the Best of Louisville media awards, and you can find plenty of good places to eat in contest’s restaurant categories.

All that and more in another exciting episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 208 – Ibn Ali and Tom Sobel

Rusty welcomes a couple of legends to the show this week, starting with Ibn Ali, nephew of the Champ. He’s back in town and teaching boxing at the Jewish Community Center. And to talk with him, you can tell he spent time with his famous uncle. Ibn is confident, loud, brash and a poet.

Tom Sobel and I met at a golf event at Standard Country Club, where we played as a team. I knew after hearing a different funny story on every hole that I wanted to have him on the show. Sobel is the comedy pioneer who has been producing shows and representing talent for four decades, and he’s collected some great stories.

On Tuesday, I attended a special media dinner at Mesa Collaborative Kitchen in New Albany, featuring Chef David Danielson, and it was spectacular. Watermelon, lobster, canelloni were just the highlights, held in a beautiful new space that just opened. Also, i bought a new car and tell you about the experience.

There’s plenty more local history in my talk with Tom Sobel, so be sure and tune in to this special episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 207 – Rev. Joe Phelps and Drew Curtis

Both Joe Phelps and Drew Curtis are leaders of large groups of followers, in totally different worlds, and demonstrate their leadership in smart and thoughtful ways. And both are critical of Gov. Matt Bevin.

Phelps, the pastor at Highlands Baptist Church, told me he never sought publicity, but instead was presented with an opportunity to help solve an enormous problem — the plight of those who live in the West End who face the possibility of violence entering their lives every day. Phelps is all about inclusion and has reached out to the black community, befriending Rev. Kevin Cosby and leading talks about race.

Which is why he was so upset, publicly, at Bevin’s appearance in Louisville and his suggestion that prayer groups are the answer to the escalating problems in West Louisville.

Curtis, the founder of, lives in Versailles and operates the hugely successful web site that showcases  absurd and unusual news stories, all submitted by members of the FARK community. We talk about his run in the Governor’s race, and why he felt compelled to do it. He’s got a new book coming out next year, and was in town to talk with members of the Louisville Digital Association.

The news is full of absurd stories involving local officials — including the Metro Council President’s fistfight at a football game. Councilman Dan Johnson has now threatened legal action against the women who accuse him of fondling and indecent exposure. And Sen. Morgan McGarvey is the latest sensible state politician to try to push Kentucky into the 21st century by suggesting that it’s time to pass medicinal marijuana legislation.

There’s plenty more in this all-star episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 206 – Zack Pennington and Tara Bassett

This week Rusty learned that axe-throwing is a sport, or at least a challenging game, with Zack Pennington, one of the partners in the new Flying Axes venue in NuLu. Zack explains that the new business is the first of its type in Kentucky and one of only a handful in the U.S. The Clay Street facility features plenty of room for axe-throwing, and of course beer.

I’ve known Tara Bassett since the early ’90s, when we helped launch a TV show featuring homebuilders. Since then, she’s enjoyed a number of media stops in her career, and today hosts shows on Crescent Hill Radio. Listen in as she discussed the personal story of her work with Bridgehaven Mental Health Services. And, you’ll learn she really loves dogs.

Three stories in the news got my attention this week — Gov. Matt Bevin called out those who criticized his prayer plan for the West End by saying that his opposition “hates God and this Administration.” My favorite councilman, Dan Johnson, stands accused of dropping his drawers in front of a women in a parking lot. And the long-awaited U of L audit reveals details of financial mismanagement that are worse than what we expected, revealing James Ramsey as the mastermind of manipulating the media.

In better news, the Cards are in the College World Series, and U2 is playing a concert at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday. And don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Join me for a very interesting Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 205 – Steve Eilers and Pai Charasika

It’s an exciting week at the Rusty Satellite Show as I welcome in two of the city’s most interesting people. First up is Steve Eilers, a local musician and close friend of the late, great Tim Krekel. This Saturday at Saints Steve and more than a dozen other musicians will host a CD release party. The CD is a tribute to Krekel’s music, performed by his friends, available to the public for the first time.  Listen in as Eilers recounts the making of the songs eight years ago after Tim requested Steve start the project just weeks before his death.

Pai Charasika’s enthusiasm is a sure selling point for Sippin, a new app designed to help you find some new friends with similar interests. Pai says the new company’s special sauce is an algorithm that helps match people, though he’s quick to remind me that it’s not a dating thing.

Also on the show, I tell you about my son Luke’s interest in the news, how nationally-renowned singer Bryson Tiller (a fellow Iroquois HIgh grad) is giving back to his hometown, and news that the city is getting a new Dave & Buster’s. Also, you can hear about the surprising recruit for U of L basketball, and how the baseball team could earn another College World Series trip at Patterson Stadium this weekend.

Rusty Satellite 204 – Amy Attaway and Stephen Reily

Rusty visits two of the most interesting people in the Louisville arts scene as summer gets into full swing with plenty of things to do in Louisville.

First, I went to ArtSpace to catch up with Amy Attaway, who is busy getting ready for the premiere of another season of Shakespeare in Central Park. I learned that the ‘Ville has been doing a production of this type longer than anyone in the nation, and almost stumped Amy by asking for a relevant quote from Bill S.

Amy, a native Louisvillian, never thought she’d be able to ply her craft in her hometown, but she’s thriving in her job at Kentucky Shakespeare and helping operate Theatre 502, which is also premiering a new play. And, Amy fills in as a news reader on WFPL.

There’s no double duty for Stephen Reily, the entrepreneur who has taken over as interim director of the Speed Art Museum. We last spoke to Reily when he was running for Metro Council, not knowing that ultimately he’d be asked to take over one of the city’s thriving arts organizations.

Listen in as Stephen discussed the latest exhibit, the collection of photographs he’s collected over the years that focus on life in the South. He’s giving a talk June 1 — get tickets at

In between interviews, I’ll fill you in on events like the Denim & Diamonds event for Parkinson’s on Friday, and Saturday it’s the Fest of Ale in New Albany. Plus, there’s a few rants about local news. Tune in to the Rusty Satellite Show, and please tell your friends.