Asking for Some Happy News

The holiday weekend was just a great time to be in Louisville, even if you had Taylor Swift tickets and had to figure out something else to do Saturday night. If you had nothing to do, it’s you own fault, even if you had no money. For my part, I played golf at Iroquois ($16) with my son yesterday, then took in the Crescent Hill Fourth celebration ($4, 1 beer) with Victoria, listening to Mickey Clark near the picturesque Peterson-Dumesnil house. On Sunday, we went to Tony Lindauer’s weekly party at Willow Park ($1.50, ice cream for Luke), dancing and listening to the incredible band Another Mule, right before the storm.

So here’s to living in a great city, and some fun, good news in media:

We Knew Sports Anchors Wore Shorts: But we didn’t know that WHAS-TV’s Claudia Coffey had so much fun off-air when Adam Lefkoe delivers weekend sports. Here’s a video captured on Lefkoe’s iPhone showing exactly what goes on in the studio while the B-roll is running. It’s also on the “Out of Lefkoe Field” blog run by the Syracuse grad.

Jim Tharp. PHOTO: Courier-Journal

That’s My Fave Ump: One of the good things about playing softball on Mondays, and being a catcher, is hanging out with Jim Tharp, who was the subject of  a great Rick Bozich feature the C-J. Jim’s advice to me – just don’t let the ball hit him. Jim claims he’s going to retire soon, after 50 years of calling ’em as he sees ’em.

That’s Our Fave P.R. Person: Fans of the C-J’s Saturday Scene may have been disappointed at the shrunken 4-page prodcut, but I was happy to see Ashley Schaffner of the Guthrie Mayes P.R. agency gracing the cover.

Really, Really Bad Timing: Gannett Blog featured an ad published in the Indy Star (a Gannett paper that, like the C-J, suffered huge layoffs recently) that was sickeningly self-congratulatory. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the same thing here. Does this text make you want to puke?  “Newspaper sales are growing — more Hoosiers purchased The Sunday Star in the month of June than a year ago, and we are feeling super! With unparalleled local stories and vast shopping options, we strive to inform, engage, surprise and entertain. Thanks for making our day!”

Listen Now at 11: WAVE has moved its WAVE3 Listens show back an hour, to 11 a.m., just before its Noon newscast at 725Live.

The Best?: Check out Louisville Magazine’s annual Best of listings, and you’ll see that the mag’s readers all seem to watch WAVE-TV.  Every year WAVE personalities seem to win media awards — this year WAVE’s Kevin Harned, Scott Reynolds and Dawne Gee were voted “most popular”, though somehow WLKY’s Fred Cowgill slipped in ahead of Kent Taylor in sports. And there’s a fun interview with LEO, winner of Best Weekly Print Publication. And of course, no one was surprised that its own website won the “Local Website” award. The results are in the July issue and, not online, but there’s a big party at Churchill Downs on July 21.