Something to Look Forward To

Ahhh. Friday. Hope to be knocking back a few with Dr. Ramsey tonight at the Parents Reception over at U of L, as long as I’ve not been declared a persona non grata.

Last Call for Comedy: We’ve still got room for you Sunday. Get in touch with me through the site, or Facebook, and come see Marty Pollio with us, FOR FREE, Sunday night.

We Need Anger: I missed this campaign in 2006, but fortunately Chris Anger, a local comedian, is considering running for Mayor again in 2010. Just gotta get a Vote with Anger t-shirt.  Anger is part of the an event in Irish Hill tonight and tomorrow that includes a history lesson from Tom Owen. Check it out. [Anger]

Get On Your Horse: I know it’s airing Friday night at 10, but still, if you’re home, turn to Animal Planet (insight 60) to see the first new episode of the reality series, Jockeys.

More Politics to Watch: Tonight’s Comment on Kentucky features Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Adam Walser from WHAS-TV and Stephenie Steitzer of the C-J.

What? Wayside Christian Mission, which just said it has plans to move into Hotel Louisville by November, filed an appeal related to a BOZA decision related to its pursuit of the Mercy Academy building. How about a little focus? [C-J]

Hurry Car Buyers: Imagine the traffic at local car dealerships this weekend. Cash for Clunkers, and business for car dealers, ends Monday. [WaPo]

That’s all we got, Have fun at the Fair!

It’s Our Weekly TGIF Edition

Senate Approves Barzun, Northup: We’re happy that Matthew Barzun is going to be the new U.S. Ambassador to Sweden. Less enthused about Anne Northup getting a new job as a commissioner of the Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Both were approved by the Senate today. [Courier]

At least they’re being nice: The local GOP is publicizing a John Yarmuth protest Monday over the Congressman’s leadership on health care. The release on it asks protesters to be professional, focused and respectful at the event outside Yarmuth’s downtown office.

Chapter 1: U of L Professor John R. Hale gets the first chapter of his new book, Lords of the Sea, in the big paper. It’s about ancient Athens. [NYTimes]

So Maybe This Proves He was Just a Jerk: Ex-PRP Coach Jason Stinson’s trial starts later this month, and today the C-J got hold of  a deposition from a player who said Stinson was really mad during that practice, but that he didn’t deny players water. “Ding, Ding, We’ve Got a Winner” is what the player said Stinson said when he raised his hand to quit. [Courier]

Commenting on . . .: Tonight on Comment, it’s the C-J’s Stephanie Steitzer, along with Owen Covington of Owensboro and Roger Alford of the AP. And the Conway “Son-of-a-bitch” controversy lives on.

No More Poop: This weekend, go back and look at all the great nominations for our Golden Poo Awards. You might have forgotten somebody. [Golden Poo]

Time for a Beer Summit

I’m with the cop – a Blue Moon, please.

Where Rudeness Rules: Treating elected officials poorly is a big sport at Fancy Farm, where up to six U.S. Senate candidates may speak to the 10,000 folks sweating themselves over barbecue dinner. WAVE and WHAS will be there, so reward them for making the trip by watching their reports. Here’s a link to Ronnie Ellis’ preview. [Ellis]

Therefore, On Comment: Back in the studio, it’s John Stamper of the Herald-Leader and Debby Yetter of the C-J on Comment on Kentucky. They’ll chat by phone with Paducah’s Bill Bartleman down at Fancy Farm. But you’re probably doing something else. It’s on KET at 8.

What’s Up With That?: Suddenly Anne Northup is an expert on consumer products and safety. That must be why Mitch McConnell got the President to pick her as a new CPSC commissioner. [Courier]

Sypher News: Some poor schmuck attorney is getting Karen Sypher as a new client today, courtesy of the government. Another round of Sypher footage on TV news. How do you feel about paying for her defense?

Vietnamese Cuisine Back on Bardstown: Cafe Mimosa, which burned down in January, is making a comeback at a new location. [Eats]

Your Lead Story Tonight: They convicted the crazy Indiana woman who shot a guy on a motorcycle just ‘cuz she was filled with road rage.

Those Controversial Listings: The Kings of LEO have heard enough of the complaining. Starting with the Aug. 19 issue, they’ll bring back the Plugged In listings they cut earlier this year.

And Go Back for More Poo: When you have some time this weekend, take a lot at some of the great responses we’ve gotten for our Golden Poo awards. [Golden Poo]

Fancy Farm: Going or Not?

It used to be a no-brainer on the first weekend in August. Every political reporter in Kentucky spent the weekend in western Kentucky and got familiar with barbecue, the heat and heated politics.

That was before media started watching their pennies and foregoing most travel. And while the prospect of seeing what Jerry Abramson will do at Fancy Farm, and hearing what is likely the true start of the Republican primary for Jim Bunning’s seat, may be enticing, not every media outlet will be there.

KET, the statewide organization that most consistently broadcasts news about political races, won’t be doing any live coverage this year. KET’s Tim Bischoff says the fact that it’s not an election year led to KET’s decision to pass on live coverage. He said the network also skipped the picnic in 2005 and 2006. He said KET’s Bill Goodman will be covering the event as a reporter, and his Monday show will focus on the event.

Among local stations, Fox41 is passing on the festivities. News director Barry Fulmer said it was a big expense at a time when there was little fat in the budget. However, WHAS-TV news director Genie Garner said her station would be sending reporter Melanie Kahn and a crew to file reports from the picnic site. At WAVE-TV, reporter Marisela Burgos is, like Kahn, going to experience the drama of Fancy Farm for the first time.

So it will likely be worth watching the weekend news on WAVE and WHAS to see how Kahn and Burgos get along down there.

As of this moment, WLKY-TV had not made a decision on its plans for Fancy Farm coverage.

Getting Late Early Department

We’ve wisely scheduled some late Friday afternoon bidness meetings.

An Actual Pee Alert: Our favorite news story of the week.  A janitor in Clark County was caught by a hidden camera peeing on a court reporter’s chair. He’s facing some sort of charge. [WHAS-TV]

Quarter Expired: Another long-time local restaurant has closed up. Check out the Eats take on the Fifth Quarter. [‘Ville Voice Eats]

Eight Days Out: The big Fancy Farm political picnic is coming up, which will be emceed by Al Cross, who says he doesn’t want to wear a tie. The Gov is sitting this one out, too, and our Mayor is going, but not speaking. It would be interesting to see how he plays in Paducah. [WFPL]

People Still Watch the Evening News?: TIME is doing a national poll triggered by the death of Walter Cronkite, asking America who is the most trusted newscaster. Of course Jon Stewart is blowing away Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. He’s even ahead in Kentucky. [TIME]

Hoops Here: This weekend a national 3-on-3 basketball tournament is going on at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, with teams from 22 qualifying events coming here for the finale.  There’s a $10K prize, not bad for playing some hoops. Blue Equity is behind the party, which we found out about from a Sports Commission release.

Talking News: On tonight’s Comment on Kentucky, C-J environmental reporter James Bruggers, H-L columnist Bill Estep and CNHI’s Ronnie Ellis are on. It’s on KET at 8.

Have a big time this weekend!

Pre-4th Media Meanderings

Awarding Behavior: LEO’s Phillip Bailey picked up a NATIONAL award from the organization of alt-weeklies. His stories on a West End resident, a controversial radio station decision and last year’s fiasco over the homophobic flyer that influenced a Metro Council election got the attention of the AAN. Worthy of re-reading. [AAN]

Fixed Sidewalk: Our pals at Broken Sidewalk, the local blog about neighborhoods, is back up to speed after a short hiatus. Welcome back! [Broken Sidewalk]

He Got What Was Coming: J.D. Sparks, the loony Republican who tried to stop LEO from filming a GOP fundraiser, got a $250 fine and an order to stay away from LEO writer Jonathon Meador. For no extra charge, he got humiliated publicly, threw away his chance at a political future, and became a persona non grata with the local party. On the bright side, he gets to keep his guns. [S. George]

Heine on the Web: It’s generally hard to get us to say “Ooh, that’s cool” about a local retailer website. But then there’s this new one from Heine Bros. [Heine]

Telling Anthem’s Side: Deb Moessner, president of Anthem, did one of those WAVE Hot Buttons to explain that Norton just wants more money, which is why the two parties split. I’m expecting some C-J editorials from both sides tomorrow. I kind of like this new trend of settling public arguments in the media. [WAVE]

Belles Again: It’s episode 7 tonight, in which Kellie (now the most troubled and, therefore, most intriguing, Belle) figures out she can get pregnant, but the current long-distance BF wants none of that. And Shea goes crazy wedding shopping, though we know the wedding will never take place. Fickle Hadley has a date. At 10 tonight on SOAPnet.

Better to Read Something: I heard Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs is coming to the Idea Festival this fall, so I read his book, “The Know-It-All,” about his experience reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. Funny, funny stuff, and it does make you feel smarter. Not as smart as if you read the whole thing, but still. [IF]

48 Hours Deadline: We’re big fans of the 48-Hour Film Festival, which is coming up later this month. Thus far 38 teams of filmmakers are signed up, leaving about 10 spots open. If you hurry. Teams get their assignments July 17, and the films will be screened July 22-23.  [48 Hours]

And on KET: Tomorrow’s Comment on Kentucky features Ryan Alessi of the Herald-Leader (who broke the KACo story), Al Cross and Laura Cullen Glasscock of the Kentucky Gazette.

How To Spend the Weekend!

How to Spend the Hot, Hot Weekend. Our suggestions:

Learn About the Loop — The Parks Department is hosting a public event for residents to learn about the proposed Louisville Loop. It’s from 10-1 Saturday at the Farnsley-Moreman Landing. Ride your bike. [Metro]

Cheap Beer — Is it enough to get you back to the track for night racing? [Churchill Downs]

Read The Slugger Book — Authors of the new Louisville Slugger book, “Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger” will be signing copies down at the Museum today and tomorrow.

Carrying It Out — The New Bethel Church Open Carry Celebration is Saturday from 5 until 8. The NY Times has actually sent a reporter, Katherine Q. Seelye, to Louisville to cover it. [NYTimes]

Krekel Procession — On Sunday, you can be part of a New Orleans-style funeral procession from lower Frankfort Avenue to the Vernon Club. Bring a colorful umbrella and a tambourine in honor of Tim Krekel. Or just yourself. [Stemle]

Or Watch Some Political TV — The guests on Comment on Kentucky tonight on KET are columnist Ronnie Ellis, C-J racing writer Greg Hall and the Herald-Leader’s Larry Dale Keeling. Debriefing on the Session and they’ll talk about horseracing. It starts at 8 tonight.

Get Out and Feel the Heat

Media-Related Belles Moment: Emily’s dad tried to talk her into going to work with Terry Meiners at WHAS Radio, but Em’s got stars in her eyes and going back to Vegas. She said she’d think about it, but not really.

Arena Tour Postscript: We heard from Charlie Molen, who did the infamous interview with WHAS-TV about the arena accident. He says there hasn’t been an OSHA inspector on site all along, as we were told on the tour this week, and he has concerns about safety and the quality of the work. “Louisville’s not getting their money’s worth down there. If you’re smart enough, you can see through them,” he said. [V.V. Comment]

The Big Weekend: We’ll be at the Cabo Wabo party at Bowman Field Saturday. Bring $10 and a teddy bear (every penny goes to charity) and party up with the band Radio Radio. [Cabo Wabo]

And Then There’s: Night Racing at Churchill Downs tonight. We’ll leave the coverage to the mainstream media on this one, but it could be a historic event, like, the last time the track is packed on a non-Derby event.

Saturday on the River: The Belle’s new marketing idea is hosting a big Saturday night party at the Wharf, with a show by Artie Dean Harris. [Belle]

Talking About Slots: On Comment on Kentucky tonight, plenty of special session topics to discuss, with Ronnie Ellis, Tom Loftus and Joe Biesk.  KET at 8.

Some Bloopers: Here’s some outtakes from new promos shot for Fox41.

Dear Nick, Josh and Luke: Sunday is Father’s Day.

Another great week at the ‘Ville Voice and Page One. Thanks for stopping in.

It’s Local Emmy Awards Season

And the nominees are…

The National Academy of Television Arts and Scienes puts on what must be the most extensive awards for the local television industry.  In dozens of categories, stations from 13 markets in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia compete for the prestigious awards.

As we always say on these awards programs, though, the winners are often the ones best at compiling awards entries. But organizers say that they received a record 588 nominations from 40 organizations.

That disclaimer said, our four local stations have been busy. In the nominations just released today, WHAS leads the way with 20, followed by WLKY with 13, WAVE with 8 and Fox41 with 6.

Individually, nominees for Best Anchor included both WHAS-TV’s Rachel Platt and Melissa Swan, and the station’s weatherman, Monty Webb, is up for an individual award. No nominees from the area for sports or reporter, though several stories done by locals were nominated.

As usual, WLKY’s John Boel had a bunch of nominations for various pieces. Others up for awards from WLKY include Ben Jackey, Andy Alcock, Mike Petchenik, Steve Burgin and Ann Bowdan. From WHAS, there’s Joe Arnold, Gary Roedemeier, Doug Proffitt, Melanie Kahn and Andy Treinen. WAVE attracted nominations for Scott Harvey, Connie Leonard and Kent Taylor. WDRB’s Barry Bernson, Jennifer Baileys, Julie Tam and Valerie Chinn are included.

In addition to these on-air awards, there are nominations writers, directors, photographers and others.  KET received several nominations as well, including one for its Louisville Life series.

The winners will be announced July 25 in Lexington. You can take a look at the entire list at this website.

OK, You Can Start the Weekend Now

Keeping It Classy: Now that was something. After she wrote a story that appeared on the front page of Thursday’s Courier-Journal about parole rates, the C-J’s Stephenie Steitzer posted a note on her blog crediting WHAS-TV’s Mark Hebert for uncovering the story earlier. Hebert’s piece ran April 6. Hers on April 16. [Courier]

For Comments: Probably not about that, but Hebert’s a guest on KET’s Comment on Kentucky tonight, along with Ronnie Ellis of CNHI and Jack Brammer of the Herald-Leader.  Remember, KET turned off its analog signal.

Not A Nice Guy: The whole 10 minutes of video of John Ziegler not doing what the cops at USC tell him to do is on the Internet. Funny how he happened to have his own camera crew. [Page One]

Now It’s a Joke: Apparently Jerry Abramson has decided to use the storm debris cleanup as fodder for jokes. Not only did he reference it in his brief talk at the Health Enterprise Network event this morning, it was giggle material at today’s They’re Off Luncheon. [Courier]

Stimulating Numbers: Rebuilding the Chickasaw Pumping Station in West Louisville — $5 million from the State, $12 million from MSD, 18 months to complete, 150 jobs. Yes, Gov. Steve and Mayor Jer were there too. [press release]

News of The Rick and The Cal: Let’s end things today with a lighter note concerning our statewide obsession with basketball coaches. In Lexington, today’s H-L front page is dominated by a giant photo of John Calipari’s new house. Meanwhile, our pal C.D. Kaplan is implying there’s meaning to the fact that Rick Pitino is putting new sod down in his front yard. We hope Chuck’s just kiddin’ around.