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41 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Pickleball Passion — Explaining the Fast-Growing Sport with Steve Hocker and Keith Johnson
Every morning this week, I’ve headed over to Hounz Lane Park and spent an hour or two playing pickleball. I just discovered the sport in March, began playing in April, and have really honed in on it recently. In the local pickleball community, I got my info from the Derby City Pickleball Facebook page, operated by my guest Keith Johnson. And Keith introduced me to Steve Hocker, a retired local businessman who is an accomplished player and instructor. We went to Tom Sawyer Park a few days before the opening of the state’s largest pickleball complex. (see Story here). In my conversation with Keith and Steve, I learned a lot about the sport – the fact that it’s considered the fastest-growing activity in the U.S., for one. And as we sat under a tree at a picnic table adjacent to the new courts, I could feel the energy and enthusiasm over the new courts. Finally the city will be able to play host to tournaments and other competitions, and the sport can act as an economic development engine to bring people here. Credit for the new complex goes to the Tom Sawyer State Park Foundation, which had the foresight three years ago to convert six of its tennis courts into a 16-court pickleball facility. It got the $100,000 to do it from the state in an effort led by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, a pickleballer herself. This Saturday, there will be official ribbon-cutting, demonstrations, vendors and a lot of people who love to play the game. You’ll learn a lot more by listening to the interviews. Also this weekend, the J-town Beer Fest is the marquee event on Saturday. You heard all about it from Deana Karem on last week’s show. The tourism numbers around here are growing exponentially. Waterfront Wednesday returned for the first time this week. So everything is headed in the right direction, at least for those with the vaccine. If you’re one of those people who haven’t gotten vaccinated, just stay home. please. Thanks to Home Cuisine, Hectare’s CBD and eXp Realty for sponsoring the show.
52 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
The Links Life of Stephen Stallings Jr.: J-town’s Hopping Beer Fest with Deana Karem
This show features two of my favorite topics — golf and beer. That’s right, the city’s most interesting and longest-running podcast introduces you to a young gun on the PGA Tour, Stephen Stallings Jr. Next weekend, Stallings will be competing in Kentucky’s lone regular tour event, the Barbasol Championship in Lexington. Over lunch at Salsarita’s on a rare trip home, Stephen and I talked about the challenges and the pure fan of competing against the best in the world every week. He has a disciplined, business-like approach to the game, and is one of the longest hitters on tour. And, like me and Phil Mickelson, he swings from the left side. His mom is Pam Stallings, operator of the two Salsarita’s restaurants in town and a great friend of the show, who is quick to remind anyone who asks that she is looking for good employees for the restaurants. The food, by the way, is awesome. Among the things we lost to the pandemic last year was large gatherings for drinking. And among the first events planned now that we can all gather is the July 17 J-town Beer Fest. It should be an amazing event, bringing thousands of people out to J-town, right down the street from my house. Deana Karem has been in charge of the Jtown Chamber for a year now, and is looking forward to making more things happen in the city. We talk about some of the new developments, and note that the new Drake’s should be opening soon. July is typically a slow political time, but we did get word that my favorite Congressman, John Yarmuth, will have a challenger in next year’s election. Of course, I don’t think Yarmuth has much to worry about, but Attica Scott’s campaign should get plenty of attention. She’s the state representative and community activist who was arrested during the racial uprising protests in 2020. You’ll also hear about my first visit to a drag show, at CC’s Low-Carb Kitchen, to see last week’s guest Tova UraVitch peform, and about my exciting Fourth of July experience at Paristown. The podcast is brought to you by Home Cuisine, Hectare’s CBD and eXp Realty.
44 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Tova Uravitch is Rusty’s First Drag Queen Guest; Ring Up Your Next Meal with Gene Stein’s FoodChing
Welcome to the start of the next 400 shows in the illustrious history of the most interesting podcast in the ‘Ville. There’s no better way to start than with a remarkable guest — it is Drag Queen extraordinaire Tova Uravitch, or John, as he’s known off stage. Tova met with me and Caroline Knop this week at Fante’s Coffee, and told me the fascinating story of how he grew up in Kentucky, moved to Florida and became a gymnast and stage performer, and made it back to Louisville where he is also a foster parent. Yes, it’s quite a story. Gene Stein and I reminisced about high school football before getting on to the launch of Foodching, certainly an ambitious project that aims to be more restaurant-friendly than competing food delivery apps like DoorDash and UberEats. Gene told me about the planning of the launch and how the first order came in moments after the site went live. Thanks to the former Rusty Satellite guests who came to Diamond Street Grub & Hops for a great 400th episode celebration, and especially to Corey Boston for bringing extra copies of the latest edition of Jeffersontown Magazine, featuring the show’s host on the cover. It was certainly a banner week for all things Rusty. In politics, it appears Charles Booker is set to challenge Rand Paul in next year’s U.S. Senate election, and I’ll certainly be in his camp and will try to get him on the show. Rumor has it that the Mayor’s Race will get an additional candidate very soon in Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, the former Louisville Forward chief. The longest-running podcast in the ‘Ville is brought to you by Home Cuisine, Hectare’s CBD and eXp Realty.
54 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Celebrating 400 Episodes with Mayor Bill Dieruf’s Campaign Plan and Corey Boston’s Local Magazines
Eight years, 700+ guests, with a pandemic thrown in, the Rusty Satellite Show has persevered to reach a milestone unimaginable back in June 2013. But then again, there’s never been a reason to stop producing the longest-running podcast in the ‘Ville. It began in a time when podcasts were a novel idea, before hosting a podcast became as expected as having a web site for anyone hoping to make a mark on the world. But today the Rusty Satellite Show wades through a world of a million podcasts, boasting a track record like no other. My very special guest is Mayor Bill Dieruf of Jeffersontown, who recently announced he’s up for a bigger job. He’s the only (thus far) Republican to announce his candidacy for Mayor of Louisville, running on his track record of success in J-town and his ability to lead and succeed in a common-sense way. He just might be in the right place at the right time to become the city’s first Republican mayor since the 1960s. He’s got great ideas to move Louisville forward. I’m also talking with Corey Boston, publisher of Jeffersontown Magazine, which features Yours Truly in a cover story this week. Corey operates magazines in St. Matthews and Middletown as well, and tells me how he came to publishing from a history in health care and insurance. The magazine is in its fourth year. Here’s a link to the Rusty Satellite Show story. We haven’t really celebrated a milestone like this since show #100, when we gathered at now-defunct Louie Louie’s in Jtown, when the show still seemed new. For episodes 200 and 300, I had Mayor Greg Fischer as my guest. I’m often asked, given there have been some 700+ guests, about which was my favorite, or which episode really got a lot of attention. As much as I’d like to have a good answer for that one, I think the experience of having a meaningful, thoughtful conversation, meant to be entertaining, is what it’s all about. I will say that one of the things I’m most proud of is the diversity of guests, the variety of industries and geography that have been featured on the show. It really is a chronicle of, as the theme song says, “What the Hell is Going On” in Louisville every week. I sure plan to continue into the future. Thanks to all of you who provide feedback, ideas and support. I’ll be back next week.
53 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
It’s Back to Origin Park with Scott Martin; Luke Gamble and the Fund for the Sports
If you like being in the know about exciting new projects around here, you’re going like this spisode. It features a little-known patch of land in Indiana that’s becoming a crown jewel among area parks, and a program designed to put young people on playing fields in a variety of sports. The 399th episode of the city’s most interesting podcast beings with Scott Martin, who talked with me a few years back as the executive behind the Parklands, the now-completed and enormously successful series of parks in east Louisville. Scott’s moved on to a new project called Origin Park, a stretch of Indiana land between Clarksville and New Albany. I’ve traveled the 7 mile trail on my bike, but you’ll hear about Martin’s plan to expand the area as a community asset. Luke Gamble likely never thought he’d end up in Louisville. But that was before the tennis professional met Gill Holland, who enticed Gamble with a project here involving youth sports. Gamble, who played collegiately at Princeton, calls it the “Fund for the Arts, for Sports.” The idea is to assist and/or create organizations that give young people an opportunity to play organized ball, or any type. Gamble, who has been ranked among the top doubles players in the world, is also helping coach collegiate teams at Bellarmine and Louisville. In the new, there has been news in the Mayor’s Race — Bill Dieruf, the mayor of Jeffersontown, announced his intention to run as, thus far, the only Republican in the race. Metro Council president David James, considered a front-runner, dropped out for health reasons. Business executive Craig Greenberg got a boost when former Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith joined his campaign. And there’s plenty of speculation about who else might join the race. Dieruf will by one of my guests next week for show #400, and you don’t want to miss it. Also, the big 400th episode celebration is planned for June 30 in St. Matthews. Save the date and join us. We get support from Home Cuisine, Hectare’s CBD and eXp Realty. Thanks for listening.
52 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Rusty Returns with Seasonz from Chris Howerton and Visits CC’s Low Carb Kitchen with Corey Milliman
It’s been a few thousand miles, one knee injury and a round of cicada-swatting since the last Rusty Satellite Show, and you’ll love this new episode from the ‘Ville’s longest-running and most interesting podcast. We missed a lot during the two-week break, but glad to be back as all COVID protocols go away Friday — yes, you can get rid of that damn mask. I’ve got news of my pal Chris Thieneman buying the Glenmary Golf Course, and my Mayor here in Jeffersotown, announcing that he’s running for Greg Fischer’s job. Plus, there’s a TopGolf update and two more ludicrous political ideas from Republicans. But the focus is on two wonderful guests. I met Chris Howerton at Fante’s Coffee, where the cicadas were making their presence known. Chris is a long-time local restaurant veteran who’s launched his own brand of seasonings and spices. My sample sprinkled on a Fante’s ham-and-cheese was tasty. Chris has transformed his love of cooking into what promises to be a successful business. For Corey Milliman, the path to entrepreneurship featured several detours, not the least of which is a battle with COVID, from which he’s still recovering. He calls himself a long hauler, with bouts of brain fog. Despite that, last October he opened CC’s Low Carb Kitchen in the 800 Building downtown, and it’s become the happening place for low-carb food and entertainment, including a Sunday Drag Brunch. Find out how a Wisconsin native with an IT background ended up running this unique business in our interview. Plans for the Rusty Satellite Show 400th episode party are being made, I just can’t tell you the details yet. But I hope you’ll come. I’d love to see y’all in person without masks, and please, don’t be dumb — get vaccinated. The show is brought to you by Home Cuisine, Hectare’s CBD, and eXp Realty. Call me anytime at 502-439-6391 to talk real estate.
53 minutes | May 20, 2021
Spudz-Man John Good Loves America, Horses and Crisps; A Trip to the Zoo with Kyle Shepherd
The Rusty Satellite Show carries on with two delightful guests, each with a story that will bring a smile to your face. First up, you’ll hear from John Good, a horseman in his first life who last appeared on the show six years ago to tout his new Spudz potato chip brand (or, as they say in his home country Ireland, crisps). Today he’s partnered with Pap’s Beef Jerky and the products are in stores not just around here, but many national markets. Good, who came to America and got a job working on Bob Baffert’s team guiding thoroughbreds, has strong opinions on the state of horseracing today, and still counts most of his friends among the game’s participants. Listen in to see how he feels about his mentor’s latest issues. Kyle Shepherd has always been a happy and fun individual, but her outlook has dramatically improved since taking on a self-improvement mindset. She’s reached her ideal weight — having shed 115 pounds — and hope to serve as in inspiration to others who have struggled with health and weight issues. She’s also the premier promoter of all things Louisville Zoo, and tells me about the search for a new leader, the popularity of the Wild Lights attraction, and who her favorite animal is. There’s one big story dominating the news this week (other than the usual gun deaths and punk fights) and it involves the formerly beloved assistant basketball coach at U of L, Dino Gaudio, now the target of a federal prosecution. Gaudio, a decades-long friend of Coach Chris Mack, didn’t react well when he got fired in March, In fact, with audio tape rolling, Gaudio threatened to expose some NCAA violations to the media. Little did he know that kind of threat can get you a couple years in prison. He just wanted 17 months in salary, a seemingly paltry amount given the school’s history of giving six-figure buyouts to outgoing coaches and administrators. This is episode 397 of the Rusty Satellite Show, the city’s longest-running and most interesting podcast. I’ll be taking a two-week break before returning to strive for the 400-show milestone in June. Watch this space for info on our celebration of that feat. Thanks always to Home Cuisine and eXp Realty for sponsoring the show.
47 minutes | May 13, 2021
Over The Edge with RoBo and Gilda’s Club; Tik Tok Lessons with Bryan Starr
Here’s an idea — let’s go rapelling down the side of the Hyatt Regency downtown. Somebody must have said something along those lines at a meeting of the local Gilda’s Club organization. Next week, Bob Murphy, aka RoBo, is going to do just that to raise money for the non-profit that helps families dealing with cancer. Murphy’s never done anything like this before, and admits to a fear of heights, but it appears his fear of not following through with his pledge is the bigger fear. Murphy and dozens of others, all of whom will commit to raising $1,000 for Gilda’s Club, will rappel down the 18-story Hyatt May 21. We’re joined by Jonathon Raley, the organization’s development director. In a time when fund-raising for non-profits requires a lot of creativity and risk, this seems a worthy endeavor. Check it out, and sign up, here. My previous impression of Tik Tok was that it’s just another social media site where people try to call attention to themselves. But Bryan Starr sees it as a vital component for any business interested in selling its products. Starr, a videographer who had spent much of his time doing weddings, had to pivot as a result of COVID, and became obsessed with Tik Tok. He eventually built an audience of half a million followers, and decided to create a how-to series on how to build you Tik Tok audience. I think you’ll agree it’s an idea worth looking into. Where do you come down on the Bob Baffert issue? To me, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the 7-time Derby winner finds an excuse for the drugs discovered in Medina Spirit’s system. Baffert, who was being praised for his brilliance two weeks ago, now seems destined to be known as the all-time cheater among trainers. His horse is scheduled to run in Saturday’s Derby, for now, but results of another test could alter that, and the distribution of the Derby’s $1.86 million winner’s purse. Crime stories are some of my favorites, and none has had me laughing as hard as the recent story of a 24-year-old woman who complained at the Main Event in J-town that her drink wasn’t strong enough. The bartender offered another shot at full price, which caused a “verbal confrontation.” Later, the woman found the bartender on a smoke break and beat her up, and said she thought the bartender treated them poorly because her group didn’t tip. Which she should have. The show is sponsored by Home Cuisine. which delivers healthy meals right to your home. And by eXp Realty, reminding you to start at my web site to begin your search for a new home. Don’t be intimidated by what you’re hearing in the news, you can find a new home now. Call me at 502-439-6391 This was the week I met my eight-month-0ld grandson Matthew Parker Redding for the first time, all part of a big week at home. It’s all in the 396th episode of the ‘Ville’s longest-running and most interesting podcast, the Rusty Satellite Show.
50 minutes | May 6, 2021
What’s Up with Gill Holland in Portland/Harlan Co.; Kelly Burgess Brings the Business Home
Time for more podcast excellence from the city’s longest-running and most interesting show — this week I made it down to Portland to see one of the show’s favorite guests – Gill Holland. I’ve known Gill for a while now, but every time we meet has a bunch of interesting projects to talk about. Like the first brewery in Harlan County — a project he’s got close to completion (note the Harlan County Beer Company hats). There’s also the possibility of a new motel in Portland, and a number of other, equally interesting projects. We met at his Portland Anchor Building, where the basketballs were bouncing downstairs and vacancies are rare. Prior to Derby I talked with Kelly Burgess at the Fante Coffee House near Cherokee Park. Burgess, who left a corporate job in publishing last year, has become an entrepreneur and loves it. She had several events last week, including the Keg and Eggs event at Cafe Lou Lou that I attended, in which she promoted Apero Seasons, her flower decorating business. Kelly’s home base is Nashville, but she’s spending about half her time here getting the new business going. Meanwhile, we hosted 50,000+ people in one place last week — as the Kentucky Derby set the pace for America’s post-pandemic public life. But I wonder why we don’t just require everyone to show proof of vaccine to get in places — then we could do away with masking and get back to normal, as they’re doing in several other states. Politicians are apt to say that not getting vaccinated is a personal choice, but it’s also an ign orant one as all the evidence makes clear. I’ll tell you about a horribly racist tweet brought to my attention by WDRB’s Marc Weinberg – proof that there are awful individuals out there. And some happy personal news — I’m meeting my grandson Mattie for the first time in person this week. Thanks to our sponsor Home Cuisine for being a part of the show. And I’ve got some advice for home buyers in this seller’s market — get preapproved, stay within your price range, get a good agent, be patient and be ready to go. You can start your search at my eXp Realty web site.
49 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Derby Week with Horsey Gals! On The Farm with Kim Weir; Cathy Shircliff at Churchill Downs
Kim Weir and a friend at Chestnut Hall There’s no place like home during Derby Week. We all have cherished Derby memories – especially if you’ve been to the Infield, and now with the first post-COVID race we’re ready to make some more. This week I found two women who are absolutely passionate about the horse business. First, my trip to Prospect’s Chestnut Hall farm could have been ordered up by the local tourism board, some of whom were there touring the place with me. Kim Weir is the New York-based Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, brings an unbridled enthusiasm to her work. Chestnut Hall was recently purchased by Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjens and designated as a sanctuary for 11 retired racers. The organization has some 500 horses placed at farms around the U.S., including some at prisons, where inmates take care of them. At Chestnut Hall, which is just now opening for visitors, you can walk right up to the horses. Event possibilities are endless in the ancient house that Carstanjens has fixed up for guests. Cathy Shircliff at Churchill Downs Cathy Shircliff, in her work at Churchill Downs’ Director of Community Relations, was instrumental in working with the TRF and Carstanjens to establish Chestnut Hall as a horse sanctuary. She’s spent most of her life involved in horses, in one way or another, including publishing the definite Kentucky Derby book a few years back. Today she coordinates activities involving non-profits at Churchill Downs Inc. facilities throughout Kentucky. And then there’s the race. The experts can’t find any flaws in Essential Quality, who is trained by Brad Cox, like me an Iroquois High Raider. So that’s enough for me. Rock You World, Known Agenda and Hot Rod Charlie are the early betting favorites, but Cathy’s dark horse is Midnight Bourbon. And even it you can’t get into the track on Derby Day, it’s easy to place your bets online. The show is sponsored by Home Cuisine and eXp Realty. Make it a great Derby!
48 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Stephen Yates Explains Cool at the Frazier; It’s Derby Party Time at Paristown with Jeanne Hilt
We’re in the home stretch. Despite the blanket of snow we experienced this week, the blanket of roses is being prepared and readied for the winner of the 147th Running of the Kentucky Derby. Of course, here at the Rusty Satellite Show, we’re ready for Mint Juleps and merriment. So I went to where the action is — at Paristown, where Jeanne Hilt shared some great news and showed me around Hopewell, the new “world-class flex work and off-site meeting space.” I was impressed, but wanted to hear more about the Crashers concert Friday night, the Richard Sullivan art show and what time Hickory Vaught is playing bluegrass this weekend. Oh, and the music of Hot Brown Smackdown, another Rusty favorite. Jeanne says Paristown may be the place to be on Derby Day as well. Later, I was the guest of Stephen Yates at the Frazier Museum, where the new Cool Kentucky exhibit features such items as Tori Murden’s boat, Paul Hornung’s Heisman and uniforms from the Kentucky Colonels. The tourism industry may have taken a big hit from COVID, but Yates explains how the Frazier is getting back to business, with the leadership of former Rusty guests Andy Treinen and Rachel Platt. I’m predicting a lot of home parties this Derby, especially if you can only invite guests who’ve gotten their COVID vaccine. Those of you refusing to get the vaccine should just stay home. The highlight of my week was watching the final episode on Shameless on Showtime, ending an unbelievable 11-season run highlighting the shortcomings of the dysfunctional Gallaghers on the South Side of Chicago. No other cable scripted series, not The Wire, Breaking Bad, or Justified, lasted as long. And it was great until the end, as Frank finally died in a way that didn’t surprise anyone who has watched the show. Here in Louisville, we’re ready for our big party and hoping everyone shows up. It promises to be an unusual Kentucky Derby, but certainly a lot better than 2020’s September race. If you’re in the market for a new home, or just want to talk about real estate, give me a call at 502-439-6391, and check out my eXp Realty web site. And thanks to Home Cuisine, where you can get healthy meals for home, for sponsoring the show.
46 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Derby Scoop with Darren Rogers; Cars and Coffee with Leo Fante
It ain’t what we want, but all of us here in the ‘Ville are ready for the Kentucky Derby and its attendant happenings, aren’t we? And don’t look now, but the 147th Running of the Kentucky Derby is just 16 days away. But what I wanted to know was this – how close to a real Derby is it going to be this year? So I asked Churchill Downs’ Senior Director of Media, Darren Rogers, for all the details. Rogers, who first appeared on the Rusty Satellite Show way back in 2014, has been a vital part of getting me famous podcast guests all these years, including a number of famed jockeys, trainers and Downs personnel. Listen to our talk for all the scoop on the first Saturday in May, including the identity of the favorite and how you can get tickets. I talked to Leo Fante for the first time in 2017, just after he’d opened Fante’s Coffee in that old house on Grinstead Drive. We were doing an interview for the EatDrinkTalk podcast, and he was planning to have a Cars and Coffee event for the first time. Cut to four years later, and Fante is still there, and still promoting Cars and Coffee (no comedians, though) after a tumultuous year that saw the business survive two lengthy shutdowns. Fante didn’t follow the actions of coffee shop competitors, who focused on drive-thru and carryout orders. No, Fante’s is a place where you come in, relax and have a conversation. But Fante did use his decades of coffee business knowledge to expand the distribution of his product to shops all around the state. If you have questions about this crazy real estate market, I’ve got answers. As an eXp Realty agent, I’m glad to talk with you about buying or selling. I’m at 502-439-6391, or you can go to my web site to start your search. Also, a big shout out to Home Cuisine, which provides healthy meals for you to have at home, for sponsoring the show.
48 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
In Portland: Amelia Pillow’s Sally Forth Opening; Richard Sullivan’s Equine Artistry
It’s just three weeks until the BIG DAY in Louisville, and it is beginning to look a lot like Derby around here. Certainly the news is filled with Derby-related items, the weather is improving and this week I’m featuring a business that hopes to open up, you guessed it, by Derby Day. On Wednesday Churchill Downs announced there are even going to be Infield tickets available, and the Derby Museum said it’s going ahead with its annual Gala. So you’re not on of those people resisting the vaccine, are you? Because that would be dumb, and will cause you to miss out on activities like traveling and going to big events, all because you believe the urban myths that it’s somehow going to make you infertile or something. And speaking of indefensible positions. Sen. Mitch McConnell walked back a statement yesterday criticizing corporation for making very democratic positions on voting — like the American idea now opposed by Republicans (especially in Georgia) that every American has a right to vote. For this week’s Rusty Satellite Show, I went to Portland to visit with a artist whose star is rising in equine circles, and a brewer bringing beer to a part of the city often ignored by retail business. First up is Amelia Pillow, proprietor of the Sally Forth Taproom at Shippingport Brewery, opening at 12th and Main by Derby, she hopes. The place has the energy and vibe that something big is getting ready to happen. I think you’ll like Amelia’s story. That’s Richard Sullivan’s image you see on the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottles, and on an increasing number of local homes. He’s holding an event April 23 at Paristown Pointe showcasing his latest equine creations, many of which I saw in progress in his studio on the 2nd floor of a former school, the Dolfinger Building. I asked Sullivan, a former pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization, about the controversy with baseball and politics. I’m back on my Home Cuisine healthy meal diet, thanks to my friends at Home Cuisine and a sponsor of the show. And if you want to talk buying or selling real estate, call me at 502-439-6391 or visit my eXp Realty web site.
47 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Hat Tip to Riot Cafe’s Olivia Griffin; Mae Pike Is Ready to Hop into Easter
Did you miss me? The Rusty Satellite Show returns from a 3-week break with two fantastic guests and some stories about Florida. Olivia Griffin at the Riot Cafe First up is Olivia Griffin, a native San Franciscan who originally came to Louisville to sell hats. Once she arrived, she loved it and made the ‘Ville her home. I had noticed the buzz her bar The Limbo has generated in its three-year existence, but Griffin has really made a name for herself with the Riot Cafe at 4th and Chestnut. Griffin was actively helping those involved in downtown protests, and now her five-week-old Riot Cafe serves as a tribute to those days and a respite in a downtown which has seen many shops close. She’s doing a turn with Apron Inc.’s Chef in a Box promotion this week. You may know Mae Pike by now as the owner of Home Cuisine, the healthy meal provider. But as I learned, she’s also a big Easter fan and dresses up in this bunny costume every year. Mae also helps me get back in track with food and is moving me to her Paleo menu. OK. so the big story in Florida was my proposal to Paula, which got a crazy amount of attention back home. My relationship with Paula dates to the beginning of the Rusty Satellite Show, so that’s something. But I did a whole lot of walking and bike-riding in Ft. Myers, where every thoroughfare is bike-friendly. It got me a little riled up when I think about all the locals here who show disdain for bike paths and even call the Mayor by a bike-focused Mae Pike in her bunny suit negative nickname. We just can’t be a healthy community without more focus on making exercise easy, like every city in Florida does. The city’s longest-running and most interesting podcast comes to you from the Rusty Satellite world headquarters in Jeffersontown, and is sponsored by Home Cuisine and eXp Realty. Call me at 502-439-6391 to talk about any aspect of local real estate.
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
A Magically Delicious Event at Street Grub; Ray Verner is Making Music in Portland
You can’t help but notice that we, as a society, are quickly moving on to our post-COVID lives. Not that the pandemic is over, but public events are coming back, school is in session and March Madness, while not as mad as usual, is back. This week I talk with some of my favorite interesting folks — Jared Fox Matthews, Michael Beckmann and Caroline Knop — about the fantastic dinner they’re planning for St. Patrick’s Eve, March 16. With a global theme and Chef Ellen Gill McCarty in the kitchen, 70 lucky diners will enjoy a 4-course meal and some surprises at Street Grub and Pub in St. Matthews. I talk with Matthews about surviving in the restaurant business, and with Beckmann and Knop about this special event. In Portland, Ray Verner is serious about making music. In Gill Holland’s Portland Anchor Building’s basement, he’s built a state-of-the-art recording studio where up-and-coming stars can get their music recorded, and Verner uses his connections to hook them up with record deals. And it’s more than that. Verner plans to teach the business he’s been a part of for two decades to young West Enders who want to make a living in the business, whether as performer or producer. The special optimism I’m feeling has something to do with how easy it was for me to get my first vaccine dose on Wednesday. Just 10 minutes online and I had an appointment. Which means a LOT of people are getting the vaccine, and COVID numbers all over are falling. You might think that Texas removing its mask mandate was premature, but I’m betting even Andy Beshear is going to lighten up soon. Consider this — Beshear announced this week that restaurant capacity could go up from 50 to 60 percent. U of L announced it will sell more tickets to its game with Virginia on Saturday, and Churchill Downs said it was re-evaluating its plan for the Derby to accommodate more guests. The YUM! Center said it is hosting a touring event — Professional Bull Riders – at the end of March. JCPS is holding in-person classes next week. Next week, a rare hiatus for the city’s longest-running podcast. But the show will return with more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville. Thanks to Home Cuisine and eXp Realty for sponsoring the show.
46 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Shelbyville’s Boom with Mayor David Eaton; Lori Cheek Shows You Can Go Home Again
If you skipped from 2019 to 2021 in Shelbyville, you might not even notice that a pandemic put most of the world on pause for a year. 30 minutes east of my house, Mayor David Eaton oversees a city that has seen exactly zero businesses fail downtown, is building a new convention center and offering more activities for tourists. And between the first time Eaton was mayor back in the 1990s, to the middle of his second term, the city’s population has tripled. Eaton says he’s in his final term as Mayor, with plenty of projects to complete before spending more time at the city’s Weissinger Hills Golf Course. I was thrilled to catch up with Lori Cheek, who last appeared on the show in December 0f 2014, a time when she was getting national attention as the creator of a dating app that was featured on the TV show Shark Tank. A lot has happened since, including Lori’s decision to move home from New York after anticipating what COVID-19 would do to that city. She’s settled in NuLu, for now, and figuring out which nightspots have the best warming stations. We decided to have a beer at West Sixth, though she insisted on sitting outside, where it was nice and sunny. Some real estate statistics from the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors tell the story of an industry’s change — though sales overall increased by 13 percent, average pricing jumped by 16 percent while available inventory fell by 41 percent. You can see what’s available right now at my eXp Realty web site. Also in the news, the new Louisville Extreme indoor football team announced it will play games this year at the KFC Yum! Center, and Kentucky Kingdom will open under new ownership this spring. In media, WAVE’s Lauren Jones offered an emotional exit after the station didn’t renew her contract. And it’s Restaurant Week, a great opportunity to support the industry and have a night out. Or you could stay in for a healthy meal from Home Cuisine, a sponsor of our show.
48 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Joe Arnold is your Go-To for Power, and the Power of Love Yascone’s Social Connections
Finally, there’s real snow out there. And for Joe Arnold, the former WHAS-TV reporter turned VP of the Kentucky Association of Electrical Cooperatives, that means fielding calls from media about power disruptions. This week, he’s been doing some live TV for stations, primarily in Lexington, regarding the effect of the recent ice storm on power. Joe obviously loves his work, and reveals in the interview a lot of interesting facts I didn’t know about the distribution of power, and we dive into what’s happened in Texas as well. He was surprised to learn that as a college student home for the summer of 1980, I worked at KAEC’s plant on Bishop Lane painting electrical transformers. Love Yascone, along with her sisters Faith and Joy, have carved out a niche in social circles for hosting parties and mixing with celebrities. But the pandemic has dealt a real blow to those in the event business. Love tells me that the family’s Frankfort Avenue Coach House has been used lately as a gathering place for grieving families in lieu of funerals. But she’s staying busy developing a new “wearable art” clothing line inspired by her favorite are pieces. There’s news this week — the closing of Another Place sandwich shop after 50 yearrs, the purchase of Uptown Cafe by longtime customer Tom Drexler and his wife, the Green District expanding to the Highlands and the re-opening of a prominent shopping strip on Breckenridge Lane. The new track and field facility opened its first event in the West End, and Ali Center exec Donald Lassere resigned. And there’s the snow, never as heavy as predicted, but enough to change our lives for the short-term. There’s also been plenty of reaction to Marc Murphy’s cartoon about Rush Limbaugh’s death. I’ll be holding an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at 338 Lanai Court in the East End. Check it out and come see me. Thanks also to Home Cuisine, our sponsor, and check out the SNOW DAY special. 338 Lanai Court
55 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
#385: Matt Gibson’s Comeback Plan for KDF; A Lodgical Concept in NuLu with Andrew Held
The community has overreacted to a minor blast of winter, as organizers of everything find their excuse to cancel things. So sit back and enjoy some of the ‘Ville’s most interesting people here on the Rusty Satellite Show. First up is Andrew Held, who landed the cool job of running four distinct business operations in a remodeled building positioned as the “Gateway to NuLu.” Held is putting the finishing touches on LODGIC Workplace, a shared workplace concept with sparkling amenities, including the two-person pod for podcasting where we recorded our interview. He’s also got a Kids’ Camp next door, an upscale coffee shop/bar, and coming in April a full-service restaurant. It’s designed to attract those who’ve had enough of the working-from-home routine forced by the pandemic, and Held imagines a wide variety of business people utilizing the modern space. Matt Gibson might have considered himself cursed. After two decades in the event planning business, learning all the secrets of running the Kentucky Derby Festival from Mike Berry, he emerged as the new leader of the non-profit in late 2019. So his Derby Festival was on track to be the best ever. Then COVID-19. Events cancelled. And he was among the first 100 people in Louisville go catch COVID, and it wasn’t easy for him or his family. Meanwhile, Gibson and his staff have worked more hours than ever before trying to sort out details for 2021, including a way to actually have a Thunder over Louisville, a Pegasus Parade and many of the events we’ve grown to love around here. In our interview, Gibson doesn’t give away all the details, but it’s a fun and informative discussion of what’s coming up. In the news, some numbers came our regarding the pandemic’s effect of tourism and travel in 2020, and it’s a more dramatic drop than you expect. Also, we’ve got a list of the Top 10 destinations from Louisville, for those of you, like me, looking for an excuse to leave town for a while. Don’t forget that our sponsor, Home Cuisine, is helping you through the pandemic by providing healthy meals for your home. And if you’re interested in buying or selling your home, call me, Rick Redding, at eXp Realty.
49 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Super Show: Cassia Herron is Building a West End Grocery; Game-Snacking with Mae Pike
I’ve been feeling really Super lately, thanks to a rejuvenated workout routine and the KETO Diet I’m enjoying with the help of Home Cuisine and owner Mae Pike. And though Mae professes to know nothing about Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes, she is interested in helping you stay on track when you go to a Super Bowl party. a healthy meal from Home Cuisine We talk about that and other healthy ideas as Mae returns to the show. In the background you’ll hear the distinctive laugh of Caroline Knop, who voices a new :30 second spot for Home Cuisine debuting in this week’s show. First up I talk with Cassia Herron, whose busy life includes running a non-profit, — Louisville Association for Community Economics (LACE) — that has as its goal to build a new co-op owned grocery store in the West End. Cassia has a full resume that includes serving in a leadership role with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and has an obvious passion for helping people. Thanks to Gill Holland for introducing us, and to Cassia for setting up the interview at the Republic Bank YMCA, a new structure I’d not visited before. Therre’s plenty of news this week involving Rusty Satellite alumni — I was thrilled to see entrepreneur Lori Cheek on the cover of Today’s Woman — she’s moved back here from New York. And show favorite Tawana Bain recently purchased that magazine. Also, there’s news about a music concert in September. Check out my eXp Realty web site to search all over town for the right next home, and get in touch with me while interest rates are at record lows. And feel free to get in touch with me to suggest a future guest on the podcast — the longest-running and most interesting show in the ‘Ville.
49 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Snow Day: Rusty’s Talks with Mayoral Candidate David James and Downs’ VP Tonya Abeln
It was an interesting afternoon – this January 27 in Louisville — for the Rusty Satellite Show. The snow began to fall around 3, well ahead of my scheduled 5 p.m. interview with Metro Councilman and Mayoral candidate David James. But he showed up at NuLu Marketplace and Hectare’s right on time, and we had a great conversation about his vision for tackling the city’s problems, some 14 months ahead of what promises to be a competitive and crowded primary to succeed Greg Fischer. David James at NuLu Marketplace Interesting to note that James was my guest once before, way back in August 2013, when I was just figuring out how this podcast thing works. Tonya Abeln, three years into her job at VP of Communications at Churchill Downs, graciously agreed to come down to the West Sixth Brewery next door, where we had a beer and watched it snow, talking about our mutual enthusiasm for the Kentucky Derby. This week she released a video that got some attention, recalling the before-times when 170,000 people packed themselves under the Twin Spires. Tonya was a fan of the Derby long before she got her current assignment, and recalls her very first Derby — though she needed my help to remember who won that year. We also discussed the still-developing plans for this year’s race, just 93 days away. In other news the Kentucky Derby Festival announced its plans to hold events — without spectators — in the weeks before the race. Although we’re always announcing restaurant closings (Martin’s BBQ on Barrett) we had good news with Friend-of-the-Show Dennie Humphrey revealing a new bar in the Highlands and Super Chef Darnell Ferguson revealing plans to open a seafood restaurant in the West End. Our new sponsor, Home Cuisine, has got me in a positive frame of mind on the KETO diet, as I’ve already dropped a few pounds in the first week. And remember to call me at 502-439-6391 if you’re thinking of buying or selling your home. As an agent with eXp Realty, I have all the tools to make your experience a great one.
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