It’s a busy week for the Rusty Satellite Show. First, I went to the set of WHAS-TV’s Great Day Live to talk with beloved anchor Rachel Platt. I’ve known Rachel for years, and was pleased to hear her story about how she came to be a local supporter of the American Heart Association.
For years, I’ve been seeing those Hwang’s Martial Arts buses and passing by their storefronts, so I decided to see what they’re doing right. Mimi Hwang runs the family business with her parents, and they provide a great resource for parents throughout Jefferson County with after-school programs. Mimi was born in Korea and started training in the martial arts at age 3 when her family moved to the U.S. I was intimidated by her black belt.
In the news, I was saddened that our community lost two great men — Jim King and Houston Jones. Teen runaways from Grayson County have captured the news media’s attention, and the Ark Park suffered another setback. A new report gives Kentucky straight Fs for its work in stopping smoking. Plus, there’s football and a lot of movies to see. All in another episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.
1,500 animals are housed at the Louisville Zoo, and John Walzcak seems to know about every one of them. The Louisville Zoo director discusses the Zoo’s role as one of the region’s top tourist attractions, how most of the animals know who he is, and the good news about the Zoo’s move to sell beer. Kat Gentner may be the only graphic facilitator around here. If you don’t know what that means, listen in as we talk about her unique skill helps businesses, conferences and speakers illustrate their presentations so that ideas just jump out at you.
In the Kentucky primary, Rusty guests J.P. Davis (Metro Council District 9) and Karen Faulkner (Jefferson County Attorney) both ran quality races but were defeated on Tuesday, along with U.S. Senate hopeful Matt Bevin. As expected, the Mitch McConnell vs. Alison Lundergan Grimes race is set for the fall, in what will likely be the most expensive race in state history. State Auditor Adam Edelen released an audit of the Jefferson County Public Schools, and no one was surprised to learn that JCPS has too many administrators who are paid too much. That money could be used for classrooms and textbooks, but don’t hold your breath waiting for JCPS to get rid of the fat. Also, teachers and administrators at Male High School really want their students to do well on standardized tests. Maybe a little too much. The Courier-Journal reported that students told investigators that they were given answers to tests. On a brighter note, the Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge opened, and citizens can now walk to the Hoosier side. Also, I went to the Lyle Lovett show at the Iroquois Ampitheatre, and took some cool photos you can see at Louisvilleky.com.
This weekend, check out the Kentucky Reggae Festival, and on Memorial Day, the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle event.
After 94 great episodes and two great years, I’m pulling the plug on the Startup Podcast – not because I don’t love it or because it wasn’t working. I simply don’t have the time and flexibility to carry my own show. I’m grateful for the time and attention you’ve given me. Listen in for the full story.
It’s arguable that nobody is as consistent and makes as much of a difference in the Louisville startup scene than Tendai Charasika. Easily one of the most likable and dialed in guys, he’s made the jump from startup support to startup CEO of SuperFanU. In this episode, he details the challenges of balancing life in a startup with family and talks about the challenges of working on a company at the early stage of aggressive growth mode.
There’s a whole lot happening in the River City this week, and not all of it is good. Downtown violence has everyone concerned and puts the reputation of Waterfront Park as a safe place in jeopardy. But the big event is Red vs. Blue and the big game in Indy Friday. I talk about that, and how Mitch McConnell screwed up in a campaign video.
Of course, there are always two great guests on the Rusty Satellite Show. The first is Ted Smith, Metro Louisville’s Chief of Economic Development and Innovation, who talks to me about some local projects and reveals where the next big announcement will happen. Greg Galiette is starting his 30th year in professional baseball, and tells me about all the cool stuff happening at Slugger Field this year.
Finding a way to serve others and blend that into entrepreneurship has been a goal for Sean Vandevander throughout his career. He now volunteers for a Louisville social entrepreneurship startup called Waterstep and is working on facing the challenges that come with a non-profit.
The @kycoffeeguy came in for a chat about his history in the Louisville tech scene why he stays involved. Richard Meadows is around every turn at startup events and provides a few laughs on this week’s episode.
The Diaper Fairy, you read that correctly! This podcast dives into the not so pretty aspect of parenting: diaper duty. Listen in as Louisville’s very own Diaper Fairy tells you about how she can take care of the mess for you and all about what services and items she offers through her shop.
As a guy who has made his living in sales and networking, John Zeydel knows a thing or two about making connections. He and his business partner, Christy Smallwood, own and operation Arkham Executive, a “group therapy” of sorts for entrepreneurs. They also organize an annual event called Gear Up Louisville.
As a native Lousivillian, Chris Bailey has seen his fair share of rear-end collisions on the highways and biways of the area. It took his being a witness to a giant pileup on I-71 to realize that there’s a better way for drivers to be aware of velocity changes on the highway. That incident was the seed of his idea for Gear Brake, one of the young companies participating in the Velocity Accelerator this winter.