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WUKY SportsPage Episode 50: Kentucky Wesleyan broadcaster Joel Utley

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Kentucky Wesleyan veteran broadcaster Joel Utley
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Kentucky Wesleyan veteran broadcaster Joel Utley

Joel Utley is his 61st year as the radio broadcaster for Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball. In that time, Kentucky Wesleyan has won eight NCAA division II national championships, and finished runner-up in four other seasons, meaning he has called 12 NCAA championship games. He’s a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Wesleyan Hall of Fame.

In this conversation with Keith Elkins, Joel talks about his early interest in broadcasting, an interview with Adolph Rupp that he did during his student days, his move to Owensboro and some of the highlights of his long, and still very active, career.

Keith Elkins has an extensive background in broadcasting and public relations. He retired in 2017 after nine years as director of broadcasting and media relations for the Lexington Legends. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Legends, who played a 140-game schedule in the South Atlantic League as a class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. For 15 seasons, he was heard on halftime and postgame shows as the studio anchor on University of Kentucky basketball broadcasts on the UK sports network.Keith is a former television sports anchor and reporter with WLEX-TV in Lexington. Later, as a member of the University of Kentucky public relations staff, he produced and narrated many television features and promotional announcements on behalf of the university. Keith also has served as director of public relations at Transylvania University and worked in marketing communications with Wyncom, Inc. of Lexington. He returned to UK as director of communications in the UK College of Engineering, and was the editor of the College of Engineering alumni magazine, Quadrangle. He has served as host of the WUKY Sports Page podcast since 2019.Keith is a native of Bedford, Indiana, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a longtime Lexington resident. He has two adult sons and two grandsons.