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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. 

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This week on the WUKY SportsPage host Keith Elkins goes one on one with the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach. The Paris, Kentucky native has been the radio play by play announcer for UK football for the past 24 seasons and he's now in his 20th season calling UK basketball games. Tom is also well known for his coverage of thoroughbred racing, especially at Keeneland, and the Triple Crown races. He's also a two-time Eclipse Award winner for Excellence in Racing Coverage. The UK alum has also won numerous other statewide and regional awards. 


WUKY SportsPage Episode 34: Heshimu Evans

Jan 8, 2021
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Basketball has given Heshimu Evans an opportunity to see the world, both before and after he played for Kentucky’s 1998 national championship team. A native of the Bronx, he played in several countries with the New York Gauchos AAU team before beginning his college career. After transferring to UK from Manhattan, he played in all 39 games for the Wildcats in 1997-98, averaging nine points and five rebounds per game.  He is remembered for his high-energy style of play that provided a spark whenever he entered a game for the “Comeback Cats.” The next year, as a starter, he averaged almost 12 points per game, just behind leading scorer Scott Padgett. Heshimu went on to a 15-year professional basketball career in Portugal, France, Japan, Angola and Spain before returning to Kentucky.

 

WUKY SportsPage Episode 33 Mike Pratt Part Two

Dec 17, 2020
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This week on the WUKY SportsPage it's part two of Keith Elkins' interview with UK Sports Network Colleague Mike Pratt.  Mike is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a basketball All-American in 1970, and a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He was part of a great run of success at Kentucky, including three SEC championships and two Elite Eight appearances and he's been the color analyst on radio for UK basketball since 2002.


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This week on the WUKY SportsPage it's part one of Keith's conversation with UK Sports Network colleague Mike Pratt. Mike is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a basketball All-American in 1970, and a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He was part of a great run of success at Kentucky, including three  SEC championships and two Elite Eight appearances.  Mike played professionally for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association.   He later was an assistant coach under Lee Rose at North Carolina-Charlotte,  and was in that position when UNCC made a Final Four run in 1977.  He served as the head coach at UNCC for four years.  He’s coached and scouted in the NBA, and had a long career in television and radio broadcasting. He has been the color analyst on radio for UK basketball since 2002.


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The Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team will try to right the ship against Georgia Tech this Sunday. The Cats are now 1 and 2 on the season following their loss to Kansas in the Champions Classic. After getting nearly pecked to death by the Jayhawks, how do they keep from getting stung by the Yellow Jackets? Keith Elkins, a long time member of the UK sports network and the host of the WUKY SportsPage Podcast joins WUKY's Alan Lytle for this week's Scouting Report.

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The Kentucky Men’s basketball team will need to re-group in a hurry following Sunday's loss to the Richmond Spiders.  Tuesday night, they’re taking on the Kansas Jayhawks in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. In this latest edition of the Scouting Report Keith Elkins, longtime member of the UK sports network and the host of the WUKY SportsPage podcast, joins Alan Lytle to talk about the matchup and, win or lose, the road ahead for this young team.


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Passion Richardson is an Olympic medalist, a four-time All-American at the University of Kentucky, and a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.  She was also the silver medalist in the 60-meter dash at the 1997 USA Indoor Championships, and won medals at the World University games and Pan American games that same year. She set several records at UK, and was SEC bronze medalist at 100 meters in 1997.  She later served as an assistant coach for UK track and field and is currently an academic counselor for UK Athletics. In this interview, she talks about how she got started in track and field, her experiences in international competition, the fight to keep the medal she won in the 2000 Olympics, and more, including an adventure that could be described as her own personal version of the Monaco Grand Prix. 


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Marty Appel is an author, baseball historian, former television executive and former public relations director for the New York Yankees, where his boss was “the Boss” – Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.  Marty has worked closely with some of the greatest names in Yankees history, including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Whitey Ford.  Even when they’re not in the World Series, the Yankees always have a presence through the many team and individual records they still hold.  Marty Appel probably knows more than anyone alive about the history of the Yankees and their long list of great stars.


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Sportscaster David Sullivan was an anchor in the early days of ESPN, when the network was establishing itself as a competitor to NBC, ABC and CBS.  He also held on-air positions in the Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Norfolk and Louisville TV markets.  Before all that, he played football at Kentucky under Charlie Bradshaw in the mid-60s, and as a teenager, he assisted his father, UK and Cincinnati Reds announcer Claude Sullivan, on Claude’s broadcasts.  From the America’s Cup and Olympics coverage to his first meeting with Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger, he has a great collection of stories from all those experiences.


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Jim Kovach achieved academic and athletic success at the highest levels. He was an all-SEC linebacker at Kentucky who played seven seasons in the NFL— and he holds a medical degree from UK and a law degree from Stanford. Today, he is the Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for UC-Davis Health and Chief Innovation Officer of Aggie Square, the UC-Davis Sacramento Innovation Center.  He was part of a memorable era of football at UK in the mid-70s under Coach Fran Curci, and is a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame and the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.  Host Keith Elkins catches up with Kovach in this latest edition of the WUKY SportsPage.


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