LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Rusty’s Take, Podcast Excellence and Shiny New Things

It sure has been a good week for me — I started swimming at LA Fitness, the first exercise I’ve had in months, U of L got its biggest win of the year against UNC the night before UK suffered its most embarrassing loss, and I got treated to a free beer at World of Beer and lunch from Thorntons. The Rusty podcast includes a new friend and an old one. And we finalized plans for a couple of great future events. Details of these and other happenings:

Tailspin Tales: On Rusty, I introduced you to Trevor Cravens, president of DRAFT Magazine and half the inspiration (along with Tisha Gainey) for the upcoming third Tailspin Ale Fest at Bowman Field. It’s Feb. 20, and I may be pouring some beer there.

On Media I: Significantly, some changes in local media worth reporting. WDRB-TV ended the contract of John David Dyche, its political columnist, in an apparent cutback, leaving the region with one less voice to discuss and analyze the antics of the Bevin administration. LEO Weekly promoted Laura Snyder to publisher, creating an opening for a new managing editor. At the Voice-Tribune, something mysterious is going on as publisher Tracy Blue abruptly “left the building” according to Insider. The company, owned primarily by her husband, released a statement that she was no longer with the firm. Hmm.

Jon Fleischaker
Jon Fleischaker

On Media: I’ve always had great respect for Jon Fleischaker, and not just because he used to kick my butt in racquetball. For 45 years he’s been the top attorney around here when it comes to media-related law, and he talked to me about how he’s battling privacy laws because organizations like the University of Louisville keep fighting Open Records laws. Listen in on Rusty.

Podcast Excellence: Ever thought about doing your own podcast? I can help. Contact me at Rick@LouisvilleKY.com. Here’s a relatively new effort by Louisville Uncovered’s Cyndy Tandy in which she talks with the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Lindsay English and, well, me.

Thorntons Cuisine: I got an invited this week to sample heart-shaped donuts, burritos and pizza, all part of a new effort by Thorntons to promote its food offerings. It’s a lot better than what you might think of gas-station food.

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 10.42.34 AMFull Circle Price Tag is $55 Million: When I had Tom Jurich on the Rusty Show in September, we talked about newly-announced plans to finish the circle at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. This week, U of L announced a fund-raising campaign to pay for it, along with a web site, snazzy renderings and video. Check it out.

600 Jobs at Passport: I went to the Ali Center Tuesday to hear about Passport’s deal with Evolent to create a “Medicaid Center of Excellence” with perhaps the most ex-Rusty guests ever gathered in one place, outside of our 100th show party. This list included Passport’s Mark Carter and Jill Bell, Metro Councilman David Yates, Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Forward chief Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, plus Dr. Craig Blakely and Dr. Sara Moyer.

Breakfast of Champions: Make plans now to attend the March 8 Breakfast of Champions, at the University Club. Our speaker is ex-Rusty guest Robby Valentine, a mentor to countless young people in our community and a member of the management team at the Yum! Center. More to come on that soon!

CWCLogo2016Cocktails with Champions: That’s right, I’ve created a new event along with Paul Tuell of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey and Caroline Knop. The date is March 2 at O’Shea’s in the Highlands. Apron Inc. will get the proceeds, and Paul promises some interesting new cocktails featuring Ballotin. Make plans to have a cocktail with me.

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