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It’s Been A Year: Remembering Lovely Francene

January 13th, 2011 by jake · 5 Comments

Seems like it was yesterday that Francene Cucinello was boasting of a prominent Democrat asking her to consider a bid for elected office. Seems like it was yesterday that we were having coffee while gossiping about Jack Conway’s bear arms. Seems like it was yesterday she was working with us to uncover the Robert Felner scandal. Seems like it was yesterday she was changing Louisville and Kentucky for the better with her glaring voice of reason and intoxicating personality.


January 15 marks the anniversary of her untimely death. Can’t believe it’s been a year since her passing. A year since her earth-shattering memorial service. A year since the State House and Senate adjourned in her honor.


Francene’s one of the few people in this community who worked hard to keep elected officials honest, the press legitimate and life good for those who needed her.

Hope you’ll help me honor her by remembering that being oneself is important. In politics. In media. In everyday life.

I miss her.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 KSTV // Jan 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks for that great picture of her in the Derby/Oaks hat. I miss her everytime I turn on WHAS radio.

  • 2 Stephen Ulrich // Jan 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    A very good friend to so many in this community. I wish she had lived long enough to know that we did get the suicide prevention legislation into law. Thank you Francene for helping to save children lives. You are missed!

  • 3 James R. // Jan 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Francene was a refreshing, probing voice on the radio, something that is surely missing today in the world of hatred we have now on WHAS.
    She was beautiful and was one who was always trying to move the ball forward, not just blame others.
    Obviously she is missed and Louisville is not the same without her. Peace girl.

  • 4 Gordon Garrett // Jan 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

    We were blessed to have Francene in our community. Folks like her don’t come around very often, if at all. I like to think that she is now a bright light in the night sky. We miss you Francene.

  • 5 Eden Springs // Jan 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Nobody has been able to fill her shoes, and nobody is ever going to be able to replace her in the hearts of those who loved her, either.

    Miss you for your feisty red-headedness, your unending passion for the truth and that big ol’ underdog-lovin’ heart of yours.

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