Ed Kallay will finally be honored in Kentucky Hall of Fame

Word is that the late Ed Kallay, the play-by-play announcer for University of Louisville basketball and football in the Sixties and Seventies, will soon be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ed Kallay

Ed Kallay worked at WAVE Radio and TV from 1948 to 1977. A man with a tremendous sense of humor, he was an avid Louisville fan, with an ability to make his listeners laugh whether the Cards were winning or losing.

Many long-time Cards fans will also recall his hosting such shows as The Magic Forest and Funny Flickers, as well as Tomorrow’s Champions where young Cassius Clay (who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali) got his start in boxing.

Shortly before he retired, Kallay hired Bob Domine as his assistant. They were cut from the same mode, sharing a sense of humor and a love of sports that endeared them them to local sports fans of all stripes. His son, Mike, served as Business Editor of The Louisville Times and as Editor of Business First.

Thanks for the legacy, Ed.

Domine does it

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Bob Domine has retired, officially.

Bob Domine (Menefee Seay photo)

Thirty-seven years after he was hired by Ed Kallay, a Louisville legend at WAVE-TV, he signed off the air last week.

Domine obviously loved what he did, respected as much if not more for his personality than any expertise in sports. During his farewell remarks, he gave viewers credit for any success he enjoyed as a broadcaster.

Like most like local sports analysts, he was often accused of bias toward the University of Louisville or Kentucky. This may explain why he showed in a green T-shirt for the recent football game. The observer believes Domine appreciates both schools. He’s a people person in every possible sense.

Domine is not going to disappear into the woodwork in retirement. He’s just too likable.