Ours, and Everybody Else’s Awards

Yes, we’re really proud to be the choice of LEO readers as the top local news blog, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a little exception to some of the other choices made by readers, especially in the all-important media category. Because that’s what we do.

You should read through them all, it’s exhausting. And show up Thursday night at the Gillespie (Best Downtown Building Named for a a Former UK Coach) for the big LEO Party, where Nappy Roots is likely to show up and yes, a hair-hanger. It’s free, from 6-10.

WAVE is the TV station choice for #1, which doesn’t reflect ratings, which makes us suspect that somebody at WAVE is manipulating contests. How else to explain WAVE’s dominance in Louisville Magazine’s “Best of Louisville” awards. WLKY gets no mention. Ouch.

Dawne Gee as best local news anchor? Puh-lease. The reason may be related to the graph above. Rachel Platt and Jackie Hays get 2nd and 3rd. If we’re picking sides in an anchor vs. anchor contest, I’ll take John Boel.

Hottest Anchor (male or female)? Seriously. Julie Tam? This calls to question the credibility of all the other choices. I know V.V. readers have expressed admiration for choices 2 and 3 (Jennifer Baileys and Carrie Weil) and Janelle MacDonald deserves mention here. And since I just met her, that Lindsay Allen at Fox 41 is pleasant.

TV Morning Show: Can’t argue with Fox in the Morning, can we?

Meteorologist: Belski, Wills, Cardosi. Evidence that LEO Readers don’t watch much TV, since their #2 is no longer on the air. Tenure seems to be the key to winning.

Best Local Writer: Bob Hill, who’s great, but retired. Stephen and Phillip are good choices. No, the C-J has no more interesting writers, or at least none they allow to write columns. If the C-J were to replace Hill, that person could easily win this category.

Lastly, people seem to think the over- and under-reported story is Rick Pitino/Karen Sypher. Not sure how it could be considered to be under-reported. Maybe it’s the only story some voters could think of.

Up and At ‘Em

Once every two months, we start the week with The ‘Ville Voice Breakfast of Champions. By holding the event at 7 on a Monday morning, we make sure guests really want to be there. Today we’re at the University Club listening to Dr. James Ramsey, the school president, and will let you know how that goes a little later.

Attention Local Advertisers: I’m talking to you — still spending your entire ad budget on print and broadcast media. Check out this NYTimes story on the shift in ad spending to blogs. And how blogs have to produce original content to stand out. You can call us to advertise here, you know. [NYTimes]

Hell, Yea, It’s Litter: Maybe advertisers paying to be in the C-J’s weekly ad supplements, delivered to non-subscribers, will see that their money is being wasted now that a federal judge has trashed its lawsuit against the Metro Council’s anti-littering ordinance. Judge Charles Simpson scoffed at the paper’s free speech argument, saying the ordinance only poses a financial challenge. In other words, it’s not OK to throw unsolicited ads in your yard. Good. [Courier-Journal]

Speaking of Wastes of Newsprint: Employing an unemployed “biz wiz” is just one of five sins that make Velocity a weekly waste of the five minutes you spend on it, according to Zach Everson’s piece. We could probably come up with more reasons. [Louisville.com]

Rebel, Rebel: U of L’s football team goes to Lexington Saturday at Noon to take on UK in what used to be a really big football game. We want to test these new Southeastern Conference rules against blogging from the stands. The league says it will try to enforce a new rule that says if you buy a ticket, you can’t publish images, video or descriptions of the game on blogs. So buy us two tickets, and we’ll break the rules, just to see. [New Rules]

Can’t Beat the Bulls: A great year for the Louisville Bats ended Sunday with a 5-3 loss in the deciding game of a five-game series to Durham.  [C-J]

Media Loses Again: Coach Billy Reed found us a bunch of ringers, but we still couldn’t beat the guys the Metro Council recruited in our charity game for The Healing Place Saturday. Kyle Draper kept us in it, and we didn’t lose nearly as badly as we did last year. The Council critters put David Tandy, Kevin Kramer and James Peden out there, who proved they can at least run up and down the floor.

So We Don’t Need that Money Any More? Raise your hand if you think the city-ordered furloughs, which would have saved $2 million a year, were a good idea.  Now Jerry Abramson says we don’t need ’em, so city employees will show up to work the day of the St. James Art Fair and Christmas Eve and Oaks Day and goof off. [Courier]

Pitino Fans, Go Ahead and Change the Station

No one in the local TV market led a newscast with Ted Kennedy or Jim King or the nutjob who shot somebody down at Waterfront Park. Sorry, Coach, you can’t tell people what to watch, and they wouldn’t change the station from this soap opera if you begged them to. Which, I guess, you did.

Wish This Guy Was Still Coach: Billy Gillispie finally got caught driving drunk and spent a night/early morning in the Franklin County Jail. If he were still the coach at UK, it might’ve come close to eclipsing the Pitino story in the national press. [Herald-Leader]

Yes, We Were Weanies: Every TV station and newspaper at the Pitino press conference yesterday sent reporters from both the sports and news departments to the Yum Center, and no one in the room (including U of L’s Kenny Klein, we think), knew what he was going to say. Most were shocked at what the Coach said. But why in the hell did not a single reporter in the room shout out a question as Rick walked away? Does anybody miss Hebert? Would the assemblage have been as quiet if it were Jerry Abramson?

How are We Ever Going to Focus On the Actual Games Again? Late yesterday, the Southeastern Conference relaxed its new social media policy, saying that it’s OK for fans to text scores and photos to friends. But they still would prohibit blogging about the action on the field. This, from MediaPost:

“As for fans or other ticket holders, the SEC now says that ‘personal messages and updates of scores or other brief descriptions’ of games are okay, but that ‘real-time descriptions’ aren’t. That line appears impossibly blurry to draw, much less enforce. But fans who cross it, even if inadvertently, appear to risk landing in court.” 

Somebody please buy me a ticket to the UK-U of L game so I can challenge this one.

The Big U of L Story You Missed: The University of Louisville appealed a court decision that it was wrong to suspend a student for posting information on her MySpace page. This is one U of L needs to give up on. Jake’s on it. [Page One]

And Here’s Billy’s Take: Which is what most people think — The Rick should listen to advice and keep his mouth shut.  [BillyReedSays]

Obsession and Kissing a Pig

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Pervert-ibility City: Shit. Go figure. Just because we like Google-ing “cunt” we get tagged with the “Obscene City” title. Better get the tough son of a bitch attorney general on it. [Silicon Alley Insider]

Wonder What These Guys Were Googling: Back in April, we reported that local police were upset with WLKY-TV for prematurely reporting on their Operation Bulldog, a sex sting modeled after the TV show “To Catch a Predator.” Yesterday, the cops announced they’d caught 14 men who had tried to lure cops posing as under-age girls to have sex with them. They’re mostly white guys from the East End. [WLKY]

While We’re on the Topic: Rick Pitino, like many do during a personal crisis, is focusing on his work – basketball. And Pitino’s troubles haven’t hurt (could they possibly help?) recruiting efforts. A UK professor tells the AP that as long as Rick keeps winning, the scandal will blow over. And the Rick’s still on board for that motivational thingie Sept. 29. [Crawford, AP]

The Problem With Aspring to be like West Virginia: The Mountaineer Race Track, the first to add slots, is struggling to make it financially, in part because politicians keep taking bigger slices of revenue. Watch for this story to reappear next time Churchill brings up its need for slots. [Courier]

The C-J Editors are Hokey: They asked us to say that.  Still, as the dad of an incoming freshman, the start of fall classes is something to get excited about. We’re not letting up on the university, but I’m looking forward to Parents Weekend. [Editors]

Don’t Send Us a Bill: Remember how we told you about those new SEC rules about blogging at games? It’s the topic of a New York Times national story, which includes news that Wisconsin officials are sending bills to bloggers it determines are reporting on games. [NYTimes]

Media at the Fair: It’s WHAS-TV Day and either Andy, Rachel or Kelsey will be kissing a pig. Funny. I mean typing “kissing a pig.”

This is More About Context than Coffee

by John LaFollette
The ‘Ville Voice Correspondent

Here’s a head scratcher.  A story about local iced coffee runs in the Courier that includes a quote from Lynn’s Paradise Café manager Ashley Brossart that doesn’t cast the restaurant in the rosiest of lights.  Shortly after the story is published, Brossart is fired from her post after two and a half years at Lynn’s.

Lynn Winter, the restaurant’s owner, said that since the issue was personnel-related she couldn’t talk about the specifics of why Brossart was fired. “I get a lot of press—some of it’s accurate, some of it’s not,” she said, “but I would never fire a person over a quote.”

Not so, says Brossart, who recalls that Winter told her she was fired for “misrepresenting the restaurant,” and “disregarding [Winter’s] feelings regarding coffee.”

The quote in question is in the sixth paragraph of the story:

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe on Barret Avenue serves an iced coffee made with espresso, but front house manager Ashley Brossart says her customers are looking for a different kind of jolt. “A lot of people don’t come here asking for specialty coffee. Honestly, we specialize in mimosas and Bloody Marys.”

But here’s the rub: Brossart says she wasn’t quoted properly in the first place.  The quote that ran, she says, came at the end of a longer conversation with C-J reporter Larry Muhammad in which she said Lynn’s staff would bend over backwards to meet any and all customers’ drink requests.

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Watch for the Game Police

By now, we’re all used to having ourselves searched as we buy a ticket and enter sporting events. Authorities don’t want you bringing in your own alcohol or guns or laser pointers or strobe lights or other contraband. They’ve got plenty of rules about what you can do or not do as a fan at a game. We know what those rules are about.

But now we’re heading to a whole new level of policing, as Eric Crawford discovered when he read the fine print on the credentials package he received from the Southeastern Conference. It included some rules for people who get media credentials, and more rules for you as a ticket buyer.

Say you decide to go this year’s U of L-UK football game, and you take your iPhone. If you decide to post game updates on Twitter, during timeouts, you could get yourself kicked out of the stadium, according to the new guidelines sent out by the SEC. Want to post a photo of yourself from your seats via Facebook? Don’t let the SEC catch you.

It’ll be interesting to see how serious the SEC is about the enforcement of all this.

Let’s say I buy a ticket and live blog the game for The ‘Ville Voice from my seat. Will SEC officials see my posts, then seek me out in section 227 to oust me? Will I have to hide my gear when ushers walk by? Wear a disguise?

Apparently they also want to be able to make an on-the-spot determination about media types and what they can get away with, because they don’t want anybody giving real-time descriptions of what’s going on. It’s all about protecting the broadcast rights holders, you know.  This is from the fine print on media passes:

“. . .the determination of whether a blog is a real-time description or transmission shall be made by the SEC in its sole discretion.”

Looks like I might have to become an anonymous post-er at games, and hope that Kenny Klein’s crew doesn’t come up behind me to read what I’m doing over my shoulder.

Two years ago, we were busy defying the NCAA and its prohibition against live blogging. At an NCAA baseball game, the organization kicked a blogger out of the press box for providing semi-live reporting of the action.

Now the powers that be are after everybody in the whole stadium.