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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 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.


WUKY SportsPage Episode 38: J.R. VanHoose

Mar 18, 2021
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This week on the WUKY SportsPage Keith Elkins catches up with basketball great, J.R. VanHoose who in 1996 led the Paintsville Tigers to the state championship. He talks about that and many more experiences in the sport he loves.


UK Athletics

Dan Issel’s basketball career at Kentucky and in the professional ranks has placed him in numerous Halls of Fame, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and others.

He scored 2,138 points in three seasons at Kentucky, averaging just under 26 points a game for his career. That’s a record for the men's program that has stood for 50 years. He went on to play professionally with the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA and the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, and was an all-star in both leagues.  At the time of his retirement as a player in 1985, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving had scored more points as a professional player.  He has been an NBA coach and executive, and is currently president of the NBA2Lou initiative, an effort to bring NBA basketball to Louisville.

  

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Paul Rogers has been the voice of University of Louisville football since 1992 and basketball since 1995.  He was with WHAS in Louisville for 46 years, working in both radio and television. Name a famous sports arena, and it’s likely that Paul has called a game there. In addition to his work with U of L, he called the Sweet Sixteen, the Kentucky boys’ high school basketball tournament, many times. He called the Kentucky Derby on radio for 30 years. He is a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, and a three-time winner of the Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year award. And he got his start in broadcasting at WBKY, now WUKY, when he was a UK student.

  

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