Mainstreamers Have Forgotten The MSD Corruption

Isn’t it cute watching all of Jerry Abramson’s pals get ousted from boards and commissions? Particularly these two literal turd burglars? [WLKY]

Today at 7:30 P.M. the Bellarmine will celebrate. Doors open at 6:30. Knights Hall on the University campus (off Norris Place at Knights Way). Be sure to take $15 to buy a championship t-shirt. [Press Release]

Alison Grimes received a Teamsters endorsement in the race to be Kentucky’s next Secretary of State. [Page One]

There’s a feral hog problem in Jefferson Memorial Forest and we all fear for the safety of Fairdale Bigfoot. [WFPL]

GLI announced its 2011 board of directors. You should take a look at the list. [GLI]

Basically, you should be buying flowers for your ladyfriend or your ladyboyfriend. Because that just makes sense. Unless they sneeze at everything. [Consuming Louisville]

Of course the Metropolitan Sewer District’s new ethics policy falls short. Glad the Metro Council finally noticed. Remember all the crap Schardein caused with the whistleblower? It’s like the entire city has forgotten that mess. [C-J/AKN]

The solid gold Kentucky Derby 137 Winnter’s Trophy will arrive at Churchill Downs today at 2:00 P.M. [Press Release]

The public meeting for on the Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent search drew quite a small crowd. [WAVE3]

Here’s hoping the residents of Rubbertown are being taken seriously by Greg Fischer and his administration. We don’t want them to be blown off for a basketball game. [FOX41 & More WFPL]

Schools in Lexington have some sort of fancy new math program that sounds foreign. Do Louisville schools have this? Maybe we’re just linking this to cause controversy. [H-L]

Freak…and Dave, Out at CW

The experiment that brought a couple of local sports radio shows to television on the CW is about to come to an end.

Calling it a business decision, Craig Hoffman said today that the two shows will be off the schedule by July 4. Hoffman, the station’s community relations director, said the station is discussing the idea of a new local sports show that would debut in late summer or early fall. That show, he said, could include a role for former University of Louisville QB turned media personality Dave Ragone.

“I would not be surprised to see him do something here down the road,” Hoffman said.

The current shows — Dave and Sports in the Morning (6-8 a.m.) and The Freak Show with John Renshaw (11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.) — both suffered a loss of personnel recently. Renshaw left town unexpectedly in may, while Ragone’s broadcast partner, Scott Padgett, took a job on Coach John Calipari’s staff at UK.

Those shows were part of a broadcast agreement between the station and Dugan Ryan, who produced and sold the shows. Ryan said he’s interested in working toward an agreement with the station’s new owners about future programming.

The sports shows were canceled on radio last November when Cumulus Broadcasting changed formats of its 93.9 station, which had been all sports talk. They started doing the show from the CW studios in January.

Arena Progress is All About Certainty

No, the media tour of the downtown arena site wasn’t a reaction to the recent concrete mishap. No, OSHA didn’t send someone to the site, there’s been someone from OSHA here the whole time. No, the accident won’t affect the ultimate finish date on the arena.

When you’re around Jim Host, chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority, you tend to believe what he says because there’s never any doubt in his voice. Then, when he throws numbers and statistics around and makes bold pronouncements about the safety of the construction site, it’s hard to doubt. Even if that pesky Joe Arnold keeps asking questions about the accident.

About that — the accident area was re-poured June 5, and caused management some time, but didn’t affect the overall schedule.

You can almost believe it when Host says he really expects events like the NCAA Hockey Championship (really, hockey) to be played in the arena someday. He’s already lured the Women’s Volleyball final.

Host, along with Mayor Jer, Dan Ulmer and execs from Mortenson Construction, hosted a horde of media types on a tour this morning, which included a 3D Modeling video showing exactly how the guts of the arena are being put together.


Want some numbers? The cost of construction is about $1,000 a minute, $10 million a month. About 300 workers on site, a number that’s going up. The 14,000 square-foot lobby will be among the largest at any arena in the U.S., and another video showed clearly dozens of hip features, like the television system that allows the venue to control individual screens throughout the arena.

News? How about coming news. Host says he’ll have an announcement soon on a number of national conventions which have committed to Louisville because of the arena, including one that is returning after a 30-year absence. And in July he’ll have an update on the naming rights sales progress.