A decade ago, the Joe B and Denny Show on WKRD Radio was a big hit with local sports fans, providing an opportunity for them to hear debate on issues. That, of course, was before ESPN-680 and a couple of other radio stations wised up to the ratings value.
Now University of Louisville fans can catch up on their favorite athletic program on different stations throughout the day. UK fans as well.
Twitter was abuzz Thursday evening with reports that the Joe B and Denny Show was coming to an end. Those reports may have been premature.
Joe Hall, the former University of Kentucky basketball coach, and Denny Crum, his counterpart at UofL, have been doing the show for 10 years. Hall broadcasting from WVLK in Lexington, and Crume behind the microphone at WKRD in Louisville. While their primary focus is on the state’s two leading programs, they also discussed a lot of other issues, and spend a lot of time talking about hunting and fishing. On Friday, they were discussing the deer and bear populations in Kentucky.
WKRD employees received an email from station management Thursday that the show would end next week because WVLK is changing formats and was terminating its arrangement with the coaches.
Kelly Carls, the controversial program manager for Clear Channel stations in Louisville, told the Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach that he wanted to continue the relationship. “We’ve got a 10-year relationship with the coaches now and loved every minute of it,” Carls said. “So it’s basically up to them how long they want to do the show.”
The coaches have said they want to continue the show, which is also broadcast on other stations in the state, including WKU Public Radio in Bowling Green. Lexington has two other AM stations and nine FM stations so there would appear to be some viable options in parts of the state that worship anything UK blue.
Hopefully the show will continue. Their folksy, down home approach is at least an alternative to some of the biased and argumentative approaches of other shows.
UofL fans owe themselves the experience of enjoying the $19 million Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium before the 2014 college soccer season comes to an end. The Louisville soccer team has two home games remaining during the regular season, including the final ACC home game against Clemson Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals and Tigers are tied with 4-2 conference marks with Syracuse on top of the ACC’s Atlantic Division. UofL is currently 11th nationally. Tickets are $12 for chairback seats and $9 for general admission.
The University of Louisville Marching Band traveled to Naptown Sunday for a special performance during halftime of the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts football game. Of course, the network cut away from the performance for the talking heads in the studio. Click on the photo for the video.
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Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn, the vision assistance family and soccer stadium builders, contributed 30 B&S Challenger Trumpets to the band on Monday. Their son Mark is assistant director of UofL bands.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced three additional football meetings between the Cardinals and the Irish, in addition to this season’s meeting Nov. 22 at South Bend.
Louisville will host Notre Dame on Sept. 2, 2019, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, at Notre Dame in 2020 and in Louisville in 2023. The games are part of an agreement between the Conference and Notre Dame to play five ACC teams each year in football.
Five years out for the first one here, plenty of time to expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Got a question or two for Tom Jurich? What’s next for the athletic program?
The University of Louisville athletic director will answer any and all questions at the fall gathering of the Central Cardinal Club, scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 11th at the PNC Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Jurich is always forthcoming, very candid, at these meetings, not leaving the podium until there are no more questions. Eager to address any speculation or issues.
A silent auction will include items donated by coaches of the department’s 22 programs, and there will be free wine tasting, door prizes, and raffle tickets for an authentic Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream jersey. Plus, a meal of course, featuring Italian grilled chicken and lasagna. Cost is $20 per person, with the doors opening at 3 p.m. Jurich will speak at 5:30.
Russ Smith, Luke Hancock and Stephan Van Treese have moved on, taking with them all their experience, all those record-setting wins, including two Final Four appearances and a national championship.
Basketball is back at the University of Louisville, with a lot of new faces at Sunday’s Red-White Scrimmage. So many of them at both ends of the court, making a printed copy of the roster almost a necessity.
They held a scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Sunday, something akin to a coming out party for players in new leadership roles and newcomers, resembling an all-star game more than a scrimmage with little defense despite the 75-72 score.
— Montrezl Harrell will again be a scoring machine but will he be better than 60% from the free throw line? Appeared lucky to hit one of three Sunday despite all the extra work on free throws during the off season. Looked like he had spent more time on three-point shots.
— Wayne Blackshear more assertive for sure, looking for more shots, aggressively going to the basket, pulling down 11 rebounds, five on the offensive end. Another new beginning for him, also changing his jersey number from No. 20 to No. 25.
— Chris Smith, trimmed down, quicker, taking charge in the closing minutes. Needing to carry over some of that enthusiasm to defense.
— Terry Rozier, the leading scorer with 25 points, could have doubled his production with better shot selection.
— Anton Gill is the guard who will create chaos when he goes in for a layup, making some of the unbelievable Russ-type.
— Anas Mahmoud, the seven-foot freshman from Cairo, mature beyond his years and experience, cool under pressure, could well be a leader before his time.
Lots of youth and growing up to do with one of the toughest schedules in the program’s history coming up. Rick Pitino will have to be patient.