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It's time to turn to the WUKY SportsPage with your host Keith Elkins... revealing conversations... and stories you thought you knew from prominent Kentucky sports figures. 

WUKY SportsPage: episode 48 - Alan Sullivan 2.0

Nov 23, 2021
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Alan Sullivan is the son of legendary Kentucky broadcaster Claude Sullivan, and the co-author of “Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the Rise of Modern Sportscasting.”  The book, which has recently been re-issued in paperback, chronicles the career of Claude Sullivan, who broadcast University of Kentucky football and basketball games from 1947-67 and also was a radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds before his untimely death in 1967 at the age of 42. In this new interview Alan focuses on the qualities that made Claude a successful broadcaster and broadcasting executive, as well as Claude’s work in Russia on several trips made in the 1950s, and his relationship with UK coaches, especially Bear Bryant and Adolph Rupp.  An interview with Bryant is among several audio clips included in this podcast. 

  

  

UK Athletics

Victoria Dunlap Connley, a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, is among the all-time best in women’s basketball at Kentucky, where she played from 2007-11.  She was first team All-America as a junior, third team as a senior, and was twice named SEC Player of the Year.  She is among UK’s top 10 in several statistical categories, and is only the second UK woman to exceed 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career (Valerie Still was the first). 

  

  

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Carl Nathe is now in his 25th year as the public address voice of Commonwealth Stadium/Kroger Field. His booming call of “First DOWN, KENTUCKY” often has close to 60,000 UK football fans joining in.  But his career includes a wide range of experience in radio and television and a 32-year tenure as a public relations officer at UK, a position from which he recently retired.  

 

WUKY SportsPage Episode 45: Jerry Hale

Sep 8, 2021
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Jerry Hale played basketball at the University of Kentucky from 1971-75, an era of transition for the program.  In the final year that freshmen were not eligible for varsity play, he was part of an undefeated freshman team known as the "Super Kittens," when large crowds would show up at Memorial Coliseum hours before the varsity game in order to see the freshmen in action.  Following Adolph Rupp's retirement, Jerry played on Coach Joe Hall's first varsity team in 1972-73 and on a national runner-up team in 1975, his senior season. 

  

Wayne County Schools

Rodney Woods is a former Tennessee basketball star who, after being a key part of Vol teams that included Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, returned to his native Kentucky to achieve Hall of Fame distinction as a high school basketball coach. He’s been the Wayne County coach since 1986, and the school’s gym and basketball court are named for him. He attracted the attention of Tennessee, Kentucky and other college programs during his high school career at Lone Jack in Bell County, Ky., and chose the Vols after Coach Ray Mears or one of his assistants came to 17 consecutive Lone Jack games to watch him play. In this conversation, he talks about his high school days (more than one 50-point night), leading the SEC in assists in each of his three seasons at Tennessee, the “Bernie and Ernie” show, the rivalry with Kentucky and how his coaching has been influenced by Mears and former UK coach Adolph Rupp. 


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With Major League Baseball on its All Star Break Keith hooked up with Cincinnati Reds broadcaster and former major leaguer Chris Welsh. He talks about growing up as a Reds fan, his start in baseball, the unusual way he found out he had made the San Diego roster, his rocky start as a batting practice pitcher for the Reds in the early 70s, as well as the status of the current Reds, who are in contention in the National League Central.

  

  

UK Athletics

Autumn Humes just completed an outstanding career, on and off the field, with the University of Kentucky softball program, and she recently took a few minutes to reflect on both her high school and college athletic experiences with host Keith Elkins.

  

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This week on the WUKY SportsPage Keith Elkins catches up with Lexington native Kevin Jarvis who pitched for parts of 12 seasons in the major leagues. He was a star at Tates Creek High School and Wake Forest University before going on to that long major league career, which began with the Cincinnati Reds.  Jarvis pitched for 10 teams in all. 

 

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This week on the WUKY SportsPage Keith Elkins catches up with a very busy and prolific Billy Reed. The two discuss the hall of fame journalist's life and career and what he thinks of the current state of college athletics.


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Fifty years ago, March 1971, the Kentucky State Thorobreds wrapped up the second of their three consecutive NAIA basketball championships. Arthur Box, graduating early, had finished his senior year of high school in Cleveland in January 1971. He came to Frankfort the following season, when the Thorobreds earned their third straight national title. Box has become an unofficial historian for that great era, and has written a book called “Still Champions After All These Years,” a compilation of biographies, photos and statistics of the championship teams and others from the coaching tenure of Lucias Mitchell, as well as updates on the players' lives after basketball.


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