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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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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.

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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Bill Schoening has recently completed his 19th year as the radio broadcaster for the San Antonio Spurs; before that he was the voice of University of Texas football, basketball and baseball for 12 years, won numerous awards, including Texas Sportscaster of the Year in 2014.  He got his start in much smaller radio markets, and it all adds up to a distinguished and very interesting career.  Keith Elkins goes one on one with Bill Schoening in the latest edition of the WUKY SportsPage.

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Lexington native Doug Flynn is familiar to baseball fans as a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine” teams of 1975 and ’76, and UK fans will remember that he came to the University in 1969 to play basketball and baseball. He went on to an 11-year major league career, and was a Gold Glove second baseman in 1980 as a member of the New York Mets. He’s done broadcasting work for the Reds, the UK and SEC networks, and is currently the host of “Kentucky Life” on Kentucky Educational Television. He is also well known for his charity work, giving his time and talents to a number of important causes in his home state and beyond.   He discusses his life and career with host Keith Elkins.

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This week on the WUKY SportsPage Keith Elkins talks with Joe Manning, deputy director of the Louisville Story Program which has produced among many projects  the book,  "Better Lucky Than Good - Tall Tales And Straight Talk From The Backside Of The Track ."  It tells the stories of the many unsung heroes of the racing business.  Churchill Downs normally hosts the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May but because of the current pandemic it's  been moved to September fifth.  

Kentucky State University

This week on the WUKY SportsPage host Keith Elkins talks with Kentucky State Thorobred great Elmore Smith, who in 1971 was the third overall pick in the NBA draft.  He played for 8 years with the Buffalo Braves, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Smith still holds the NBA record for most blocked shots in a single game with 17.  He also led the league in blocked shots in 1974 and 1975.  Before all that Elmore Smith was a star at Kentucky State College in Frankfort, (now Kentucky State University) where he played on two NAIA National Championship teams in 1970 and 1971.  

Keith Elkins

This week on the WUKY SportsPage Keith Elkins talks with sports marketing pioneer Jim Host; founder of Host Communications, and onetime radio voice of the Kentucky Wildcats.  Among his many accolades, Jim is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and he received an Honorary Doctorate from his Alma Mater in 2019.  Host has served at the cabinet level of state government and he was a key figure in the development of some of Kentucky's most prominent landmarks and structures including Rupp Arena, the Lexington Convention Center, the Kentucky Horse Park and the KFC Yum Center.  He is the author, along with Eric A. Moyen of "Changing The Game: My Career In Collegiate Sports Marketing."

Transylvania University Athletics

Don Lane was the head basketball coach at Transylvania University from 1975 to 2001.  He holds the record for coaching wins at the school.  In his final season at the helm the Pioneers went 27 and 2 and were ranked number one in the country for much of that year.  He joins Keith to talk about his coaching career and the state of college basketball today.

Alan Lytle

This week on the WUKY SportsPage Keith Elkins talks with former Brooklyn and later Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine (1948-1959) during a great era for the organization which was commemorated in the classic book "The Boys of Summer" by Roger Kahn.  Over the course of his pro career Carl pitched two no-hitters and for a time held the record for most strikeouts in a World Series game with 14. (1953 against the New York Yankees.)  Carl is also the author of "What I Learned From Jackie Robinson," about his relationship with his famous teammate who became the first African-American in Major League Baseball in 1947.  Before that he penned "Tales From The Dodgers' Dugout."