We get 2014 started with a bang with Mayor Greg Fischer, who invited me down to his place at Sixth and Jefferson and showed off his bourbon collection (none was offered, incidentally, to his guest). The Mayor’s big idea is the local option sales tax he’s been pushing, but whether politicians in Frankfort buy into an idea that makes perfect sense will be played out in the legislature this year. Certainly I would liked to have had more time, but the Mayor had plenty to say about his agenda for 2014.
I spent much of the holiday break on the couch binge-watching House of Cards and Scandal on Netflix. And then Josh got me 60 hours of what he claims is the best TV show ever — Wired. So there’s a long way to go, and I’ve got plenty to do if we get snowed in. Which is a possibility around here. Enjoy the first Rusty Satellite Show of 2014.
Rick talks with fellow Iroquois High grad and Bellarmine U. basketball coach Scott Davenport and local do-gooder organizer Kris Sirchio. He also goes down his list of things for which he is thankful and talks podcasting with Louisville.AM founder Dan Vonderheide.
Listen to Rusty as the guests are David Jones Jr. and Smith Haynie. Jones, the former Humana chairman who runs Chrysalis Ventures, the city’s top venture capital firm, ran for the Jefferson County School Board last year and for the first time talks candidly about what he’s learned in 10 months. If you don’t know the name Hugh Haynie, you probably didn’t grow up around here. The C-J’s world-renowned editorial cartoonist raised that profession to an art form and left a legacy of amazing images. His son Smith, now a Circuit Court Judge, wants to showcase his Dad’s work for everyone to see, and he talks with Rusty about the exhibit going on now through Jan. 26 at the Frazier Museum. Also on the show, Rick talks about the crazy idea of a local women’s basketball coach providing fans with free beer.
This week’s Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville are Steve Coomes and John Nation. Steve is an acclaimed food writer who knows everyone in the local restaurant industry, and they certainly know him. I ask Steve about the best restaurants in town, how much fun it is eating and drinking free stuff all the time and about the book he’s working on. You may not know John Nation, but you’ve seen his photographs. John’s latest project is a book, “One Hundred Fascinating Louisville Women” that includes John’s portraits. They’re great. John was the staff photographer at Louisville magazine for 35 years. In addition, I give my two cents on a local journalism panel and talk about Rand Paul’s problems with plagiarism.
Rusty spent some time in Old Louisville this week. First up, it’s Mike Berry, the longtime chief of the award-winning festival, who talks about being in a Flash Mob and how it’s only 25 weeks until Thunder #25. Larry Muhammad has made the transition from Courier-Journal reporter to playwright, and has a show about legendary Henry Bain opening Nov. 15 in New Albany. Listen up to learn about the man behind the famous sauce. Also, I talk about the importance of Klout scores, how good the U of L basketball team is going to be, and wonder why so many Hollywood heavyweights are investing in the Kentucky U.S. Senate Race. All this on the show featuring “the most interesting people in the ‘Ville.”
Rick talks with St. James Art show director Margue Esrock about what to expect this weekend. He also visits with hemp proponent Mose Putney about that controversial crop and it’s place in Kentucky agriculture. Those interviews plus Rick’s take on the news of the week.
Rick takes the time to sit down with Metro Councilman Jerry Miller to talk about his political future. At the outset of the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival, he also sits with John Cosby to talk about what’s going on during the event.
Fresh off of the Champions Breakfast, U of L Baseball coach Dan McDonnell sits with rick to talk about leadership and how to get to where you want to be and John Y. Brown III visits the studio to talk about his book “Musings From The Middle”. Plus, Rick shares his thoughts on the UofL/UK football game.
Rick talks with the “Mayor of NULU” and proponent of the Portland neighborhood, Gill Holland and also welcomes in Kirsty Gaukel from Actors Theatre to talk about what’s going on with that venerable organization.