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.

Rusty Satellite 203 – Scott and Jennifer Benningfield, Todd Antz and Eric Morris

Rusty roars into the Memorial Day weekend with a superb show highlighting some of the city’s most interesting people. First, get to know Scott and Jennifer Benningfield, the married couple who saw an article in a magazine about these strange bikes made in Amsterdam. It took a year for Jennifer to talk her husband into getting one and starting the business you know as The Thirsty Pedaler. Now, they’ve opened a storefront on Fourth Street Live.
The granddaddy of all local beer event in New Albany’s Fest of Ale, organized by Keg Liquors owner Todd Antz. For the first time, the official after party for the June 3 event will be held at the Gospel Bird, where hundreds of fest-ers flocked last year when a storm hit the event. Eric Morris has big plans for the party, even while working on a new seafood spot, Hull and High Water, right down the street.
I’ve had about enough of Donald Trump and Matt Bevin and their attitude in trying to control what various media report. This week Bevin took to Facebook Live to record a video explaining how he has no intention of answering questions from the Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader. That’s because he doesn’t want to answer questions about the bargain he got on a house he bought at a discount. And don’t get me started on Trump. It’s time to pay attention, people, and speak up before these loudmouths get their way with the media.
This weekend is full of great events — Abbey Road on the River, the Kentucky Reggae Festival and Monday’s Hike and Bike with the Mayor. I hop you can get out there and enjoy. them And thanks for listening to the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 202 – Ashley Parker and Jennifer Washle, with Lauren Hendricks

Lauren Hendricks is back to co-host the show with me, as she’s gearing up for the big Buy Local Festival at the Water Tower on Sunday.

My first guest is the force behind that event — Louisville Independent Business Alliance president Ashley Parker. She’s a real estate agent and a master of the sport of stand-up paddleboarding. Listen in as she explains why it’s so important to buy goods and services from locally-owned businesses.

Jennifer Washle’s story is one of courage and compassion. I’ve known her for years as the organizer of the Bisig Impact Group’s concert series, including the Kentucky Reggae Festival coming Memorial Day weekend. But Jennifer is a cancer survivor who has the rare courage to want to talk about her journey in hopes that it will help someone else.

Lauren and I both like to eat – so we end up talking about some favorite local restaurants and my experience going to an event to promote the Blended Burger Project, a national campaign that will involve up to 500 restaurants, all of whom will offer a mushroom and meat patty with their own twists. And we’ll both be attending the Highlands Beer Fest, another of the city’s big weekend events. Join us, and tell your friends about the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 202 – Rolf Eisinger and Keith Lerme

The Rusty Satellite Show once again offers up some of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville this week. First, I went on location at Oak and Garvin, where Rolf Eisinger was supervising the installation of a new bike-sharing station, one of 27 being installed around town. Rolf is the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, which means he’s really busy during National Bike Month and preparing for a big Bike to Work event culminating at Fourth Street Live! next week.

I was fascinated by the story of Keith Lerme, who came to his position as VP and Regional Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation after a high-profile career in hospitality — with Yum!, Barnes & Noble, GiGi’s Cupcakes and at Sullivan University. Listen as he explains how his life changed instantly when he learned his high school-aged daughter would have to endure brain surgery. He’s gearing up for Make-A-Wish’s big fundraiser on May 20 at Kentucky Kingdom.

Of course, we’re all in recovery mode after a big Derby Week, one in which I enjoyed the high-profile Culinary Kickoff at the Ali Center and won a few bucks on Always Dreaming. One of this month’s highlights is the Highlands Beer Fest on May 20. I talked with John Bizzell at the Highlands ValuMarket about that event’s history and what’s new this year. There’s plenty more interesting topics on the 201st episode of the Rusty Satellte Show.

Rusty Satellite 200 – Mayor Greg Fischer and Cyndy Tandy

Mayor Greg Fischer drops by — actually I dropped by his place — to appear on the 200th episode of the Rusty Satellite Show. Fischer says he loves the job, and the opportunity to make a difference, as he’s set to begin campaigning for a third term. We talk about crime, economic development, bourbon and the West End, as well as his own assessment of how the city’s doing.

On the very first show, about four years ago, Cyndy Tandy was a featured guest on what was then a new and unknown media venture. So I asked her back to reminisce a bit about the show and talk, of course, about the Derby. Listen in as we talk about some major moments in the show’s history.

Of course, it is Derby Week, so we talk about some local traditions – Dawn at the Downs, a trip to Wagner’s, and how to play your hunches to win money at Churchill Downs. And I took a trip over to the newly-remodeled Second Floor Clubhouse to sample some of the new menu items from Executive Chef Dave Danielson.

It’s all here in an especially interesting Rusty Satellite Show — with a big thank you to Passport Health Plan and the Eye Care Institute for sponsoring the show. We’ll see you for Show #201 next week.

Rusty Satellite 199 – Mark Carter and Mark Maxwell

This 199th episode of the city’s most interesting podcast feature two guys named Mark — one who is making a historic business move by bringing his 500 employees to 18th and Broadway, and the other is the energetic leader of the Louisville Crashers.

Mark Carter’s surprise announcement two weeks ago that Passport is purchasing land at 18th and Broadway for a new headquarters was met with joyous reactions from Mayor Fischer and West End leaders who have seen disappointment in the past. When the prominent spot was rejected by Walmart last year, it was a blow not only to  the city’s economy, but to its psyche as well. Thanks to Passport’s planned move, however, the talk is about the expected new businesses that will be created there. Carter was praised by politicians and clergy alike, and you’ll want to hear his reaction.

At Maxwell’s Music in Jeffersonville, tucked into a strip shopping center, the first thing you notice are the colorful pianos lining the outdoor courtyard. Inside, it’s a musician’s dream, with private teaching areas, a full stage and themed rooms for instruments. But Mark Maxwell’s claim to fame is the success of the Louisville Crashers, considered the city’s top party band. The Crashers will be playing at Central Park in Old Louisville Friday, and have a full Derby Week itinerary, including backing up marquee stars at Unbridled Eve, the swankiest Derby Eve party of them all.

There’s plenty more great talk in this episode, including news about restaurant openings from, and a look at what some Rusty Satellite Show alumni are doing to make news. And next week, to celebrate our 200th show, I’ll have Mayor Greg Fischer on as my guest. So thanks for listening to this most interesting episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.