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.

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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 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.

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.
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Rusty Satellite 218 – Fred Minnick and John Stewart

Rusty is ready to party, so he welcomes in the region’s premier bourbon ambassador and the organizer of an event devoted to our favorite temptations – bourbon, beer and, yes, bacon.

We get started with Fred Minnick, making his second Rusty Satellite appearance, this time to talk about his role at the upcoming Bourbon and Beyond event Sept. 23-24. Fred, author of six books and an in-demand speaker, tells us about the bourbon focus at the event, starting with his own mini-bar. Like me, though, Fred’s a big fan of some of the musical acts, including Joe Bonnamassa, Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang. Find out more at

First, though, get your tickets for Saturday’s Bacon, Bourbon and Beer Festival at Bowman Field. You know the name Stewart Promotions, which has been promoting flea markets and Christmas shows at the Fairgrounds for decades. John Stewart grew up in the business, but came up with the idea of a special event to benefit Kosair Charities. This is the third one, but the other two were held in January at the Mellwood Arts Center. Clear skies are forecast for Saturday. Get a $10 discount by getting your tickets at and using the promo code “kosairkids.”

I did tell you that Jeff Brohm’s Purdue squad would give the Louisville Cardinals all they could handle in the football opener last week. Now the Cards have their hands full again, taking on North Carolina on the road in the ACC opener. Speaking of opening, the new Waylon’s Feed and Firewater is now open in St. Matthews. And we got word this week that Jeffersontown’s best-kept secret — the identity of the restaurant operator going in at Taylorsville and Watterson — is the city’s third Feast BBQ. It will open next year.

Don’t forget that on Tuesday, the Breakfast of Champions welcomes Passport Health Plan CEO Mark Carter. It starts at 7:30 a.m. at the University Club– please join us by bringing $20 for a hot buffet breakfast and some great networking.

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Rusty Satellite 217 – Roscoe Goose and Barry Bernson

A juggernaut among podcasts, the Rusty Satellite Show checks in with Juggernaut Jug Band veteran Roscoe Goose (that’s his Jug Band name). Goose came to the studios from his home in Owen County to tell me about the Sept. 16 Jug Band Jubilee, a national event featuring nine bands from around the U.S. Come and bring the kids.
Barry Bernson is taking on a new role — movie star. He would call that an exaggeration, but he does have a part in an upcoming Nicole Kidman film made in Cincinnati. The former TV anchor is busy these days recording audio books. The man who once called me an “eminence grise” on the air is a true Kentucky treasure, though he lives across the River.
You’ll hear a big shout out to all my Facebook friends, 275 of whom wished me a Happy Birthday Monday. It’s the first weekend of college football, and the Cards are playing Purdue in Indy, and you could probably get a ticket cheap. It will be interesting to see what new Boilers coach Jeff Brohm has in store for his hometown team.
Other than the football, it’s Labor Day Weekend, highlighted by WorldFest at the Belvedere and, on Monday, the Hike, Bike and Paddle event with the Mayor.
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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.

Rusty Satellite 214 – Al Cross and Greg Horvath

As the city’s first news blogger and enthusiastic follower of local media, I was keenly interested in the Louisville Forum’s topic — Fake News. And who better to have on the show than Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame member Al Cross, who now helps teach young people in rural Kentucky about the profession.
In addition, I have some comments abut the panel, which included Louisville Public Media’s Brendan McCarthy, WDRB’s Bill Lamb and conservative commentator Scott Jennings.
My second guest, Greg Horvath,. has produced books and films about his incredible life story (he played college football at age 38) and his goal of helping to combat the rising number of overdose deaths. But Horvath is a critic of a lot of the current ways that fight is being conducted. He’s in Louisville as a guest of Chris Thieneman.
On Sunday, I went to the Iroquois Ampitheatre to see a spectacular show by Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, and I share some details here. And I’m glad to see a few openings around town — Dennie Humpreys’ Jimmy Can’t Dance jazz club opens downtown Aug. 19, and the Old Louisville Pizza operation run by Dan Borsch is now serving up pies and beer.
Thank you for tuning in the city’s most interesting podcast, and please get in touch with me if you have ideas for the show.

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.