The WEEK says Happy Thanksgiving Louisville KY!

Happy Turkey Day Louisvillians!

Here’s some news, and a podcast, and Paul Thorn’s ode to family as we remember that, you know, we’ve got it pretty good around here. There’s plenty of tidbits for you from Rusty Satellite alumni and local media folks:

Tom Owen
Tom Owen

Owen Rides Off: Metro Councilman Tom Owen told me it wouldn’t take him long to decide, and one week after his Rusty Satellite Show appearance the 76-year-old Louisville legend said he’s not up for another election, prompting a lot of Highlands residents to think about running. Happy Trails to Tom.

Janelle Chooses Family: WAVE-TV’s anchor Janelle MacDonald celebrated her last day at the station yesterday, getting a tearful send-off that included an on-air appearance by her fiancee Todd Earwood. MacDonald spent 11 years at WAVE. She’s getting married in December and says she’s not going back into TV.,

Jackey’s Back: Not the same can be said for Ben Jackey, who left his job as an 0n-air reporter at WLKY in 2010 for the better pay and working conditions of the PR world.  He chose a tumultuous JCPS communications office, where he spent five years as a spokesman before that office imploded. This week, he turned up on WLKY again, reporting on the new Louisville Bats logo design.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones

Jones Says No: Bummer. Matt Jones said this week he’s not running for Congress. I was kind of excited about all those right-wing Republicans considering casting a vote for the politically-liberal Jones. Back to basketball, says Jones, who didn’t want to miss another UK run at the NCAA title. The Cats are currently #1 in the polls.

I Don’t Have Time: Don’t use that excuse this Holiday season, or anytime. Call my guest on the Rusty show this week, Cathi Bingaman. She runs a personal and business concierge service called InSyncWithYou.

A Bowling We Will Go: The Louisville Cards are likely to be visiting El Paso for the Sun Bowl Dec. 26, sources tell me, regardless of how they come out in Lexington Saturday. For both UK and U of L, it’s been a mediocre, at best, season, so both are looking for something to salvage for 2015 at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday. I’m betting the Cards will cover the 4-point spread.  Meanwhile, the better game is in Bowling Green Friday at Noon, as Jeff Brohm’s Toppers take on Marshall. WKU is slated for the Miami Beach Bowl Dec. 21.

Ted Loebenberg

Coated for Good:  Go to your closet. Find a coat you haven’t worn in a year, and take it on Friday morning to one of the Free Coat Exchange locations around town. Ted Loebenberg’s Free Coat Exchange is now in its fifth year of getting coats to people who need them. Hear Ted on Rusty here.

And One More Good Deed: Check out this WDRB story about a program that provides shoes for folks fighting addiction at the Healing Place. That’s my doctor, George Quill, heading up a great program. You’ll find out more about my surgery and Dr. Quill’s good works next week on the Rusty Satellite Show.

I Don’t Like These People: Check out one of my absolute favorite Paul Thorn songs that’s a totally appropriate background tune for your Thanksgiving meal.