Half a century of covering Louisville sports for Ed Peak

Our man Ed Peak (left), a veteran sportswriter, teams up with Gary Graves of the Associated Press to cover the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, as well as many University of Louisville games.

Editor’s Note: More on Ed Peak from the man who knows him best, Ed Peak. I first met Ed while we were young sportswriters at the Courier-Journal; he was part of the Friday night high school sports crew, I was on the copy desk. He reminisces about some of the high and low points along the way of a 50-year-plus career of covering local sports.

By Ed Peak

I have been involved in reporting sports since my freshman year of high school. That’s 50 years. I take pride in reporting the facts. I try not to slant the news right or left.

Taking solace that in all my years I have never once jumped out of my seat in a press box to show my emotions for a team I was covering with a loud yahoo. I have never withheld information about a team or individual. Good or bad. I learned old school.

I was covering a Kentucky Colonels basketball game for my college newspaper, The Quadrangle, of Jefferson Community College. The late Earl Cox, then Sports Editor of The Courier-Journal sat next to me. He said to me.”Ed, how would you like to work at the C-J taking high school games on weekends over the telephone. We pay well.”

I jumped at the chance. The C-J was one of the top newspapers in the country at the time. I got to work with one of the greatest Prep Sportswriters in Bob White. I got to work with Dave Kindred, Dick Fenlon, Billy Reed. Mike Sullivan, Tev Lauderman, Jim Bolus, Russ Brown, Ron Coons, Johnny Carrico, Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford just to name a few. I learned from some of the best.

About the same time, 1972, Wayne Perkey, asked if I would do a high school “Game of the Week” for his morning radio show on WHAS 840. I was also asked to help with the Saturday, “Telescore84” scoreboard show that preceded University of Kentucky football games. It was all sports scores and information. I was very fortunate to have these gigs. I learned a lot and appreciate all the help along the way. I learned to be “Fair and Balanced”.

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Earl Cox retires as dean of local sports journalists

Earl Cox, who played a pivotal role in local sports coverage for over five decades, recently decided to call it quits, a retirement that almost went unnoticed unless one subscribes to the Voice-Tribune in St. Matthews.

Cox, who is 83, was the former sports editor at the Courier-Journal where he had worked for 33 years. He retired from the C-J in 1978, joining the St. Matthews weekly newspaper for another 25 years.

A native of Irvine, Ky., Cox had a huge affinity for University of Kentucky athletics and the sports pages of the C-J and the Voice Tribune often reflected his enthusiasm for the Lexington school. Not that he ever shorted the University of Louisville, Cox equally committed to in-depth coverage of UofL sports.

Earl Cox
Earl Cox

During his tenure and afterwards, the C-J has always been harshly criticized by fans of both schools for favoring the rivals. Visitors from another planet could easily have surmised that Louisville was home of two universities. Personally, I’ve always believed the hometown university should be given precedence over a school 70 miles away. But that’s what you get when hire a journalist from rural Kentucky overseeing sports for a metro newspaper.

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