LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Celebrating Independence, Podcast Excellence, Journo Awards and More

The new sign at Mint Julep Tours, at the Mellwood exit off 64, went up this week.

First up, congrats to all the winners, but especially my EatDrinkTalk partner Steve Coomes for a big win at the Society of Professional Journalism awards held Thursday night. Steve won for his work at Insider Louisville under the category of dining review/criticism. You can now read Steve’s award-winning journalism at EatDrinkTalk.net.  According to various Twitter posts: WDRB won 31 of the awards, including a first-place for Bill Lamb. Also, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the Courier-Journal and Business First took home trophies.

For your listening pleasure. . .

Griffin Paul, photo by Steve Coomes
Griffin Paul, photo by Steve Coomes

Here’s your chance to hear Steve Coomes and I discuss trendy things in restaurants, such as why Mexican restaurants always move in when an existing spot leaves. We’ve got the scoop on new spots in Indian Springs, Hikes Point and more, plus we tell you about our favorite plates and libations every week. This time, Steve has a conversation with rising star Griffin Paulin on the plague of heroin in the industry, and I get together with Danny Mac’s to find out why he’s opened a pizza joint at the Mellwood Arts Center.


Listen to Rusty for the story behind this famous Julius Friedman image
Listen to Rusty for the story behind this famous Julius Friedman image

For Rusty Satellite, I got to visit with some legendary locals — Julius Friedman just opened a spectacular 50-year retrospective of his iconic work at the Frazier History Museum, and I talk with him about some of them. Then I went down to WAVE to have a conversation with the always-entertaining Dawne Gee about passing the cash, helping charities and dealing with medical issues. Hear it here:


Out Riding in Jtown: I talked with 21st Century Parks chief Scott Martin, and learned that the 4,000-acre system is nearly complete, and you can now ride a bike from Shelbyville Road to Bardstown Road, a distance of 19 miles, without dealing with motorized traffic. Well, if you’re in good enough shape you can do that. Listen Here:



This Happened This Week:

My favorite Congressman and Rusty Satellite guest John Yarmuth gave away his salary ($174K) to 17 local charities. Not surprisingly, none of our other elected officials followed suit. . . Tragically, former JCPS spokesperson Lauren Roberts passed away at age 52. She was well-liked and remembered fondly by her media peers. . . Newly-named U of L Board of Trustee member Doug Cobb, who has tweeted his non-belief in evolution and climate change, and his opposition to gays, deleted his Twitter account after taking a bunch of heat over it for a week. At first, he told media members he wasn’t backing away from anything he’d posted. . .  Others among Matt Bevin’s choice for the U of L board were John Schnatter and Junior Bridgeman.  . Meanwhile, it says here that James Ramsey is going nowhere, despite a promise to resign once the new board is seated. . . .My old boss, Carol Timmons, announced she has a new job doing Marketing Communications for New West. She left Business First last fall after 27 years there.  . . I’ve never seen such a crowd as the one for Hayes Carl at WFPL’s Waterfront Wednesday. Cars were parked up River Road nearly to the railroad tracks.

To Do List, 4th of July Weekend:

Go see Orchestra for the masses, as Teddy Abrams brings a free show to Waterfront Park, followed by the city’s fireworks. Members of the band Houndmouth will also be on stage. . . check out the Flea Off Market in Nulu, on property owned by ex-Rusty guest and ex-boss Steve Paradis. . .The Bats are home Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then Louisville City FC takes on Montreal on Monday at Slugger Field. . . It’s the last chance to see live racing at Churchill Downs for a while, and Downs After Dark is Saturday.

Five Minutes of Fun: 

A new episode of The Wil Show – Real Housewives of Louisville, from Rusty guest Wil Heuser, is up on YouTube. This time, Wil’s mom plays a prominent role, along with our favorite character, Barbara Sexton Smith, as the ladies work up energy for a poor doctor who has lost her pinkie toe.