The WUKY SportsPage

  • Hosted by Keith Elkins

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 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." 

UK Athletics

Rachel Lawson has been the University of Kentucky's Softball Coach since 2007.  Going into this season she had compiled a record of 432 wins and 275 losses.  The team recorded twenty more victories before the COVID-19 outbreak shut down all college sports.  Rachel has taken the Wildcats to 11 NCAA Tournaments and the Women's College World Series in 2014.  Fifty of her players have earned All-SEC honors and 171 have been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  She spoke recently with Keith about coaching in the midst of a global pandemic.

WUKY SportsPage Episode 19: Paul Andrews

May 20, 2020

Keith Elkins talks with former Wildcat Paul Andrews, who played for both Joe B. Hall and Eddie Sutton in the 1980's.  Paul is currently CEO of the Brook Hospitals with two facilities in Louisville.  He's been in that position since 2009, and has more than thirty years of experience in behavioral health.  Paul is a native Kentuckian; hailing from London.  Many will remember his half-court shot to win the state championship for his High School team, the Laurel County Cardinals.

Negro League Baseball Museum

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League where some of baseball's greatest stars played in the days of racial segregation.  In the late 1970's and early 1980's there were several reunions of Negro League players in Ashland, Kentucky, thanks to the work of a young newspaperman named Tom Stultz who owned the Greenup County Sentinel.  Today Tom is the president of JMI Sports.  The Negro League Hall of Fame was in Ashland for a brief time but was relocated to Kansas City where today the Negro League's Baseball Museum honors the players and their era.  Bob Kendrick is the museum's president.  Tom and Bob are Keith Elkins' guests on the latest episode of the WUKY SportsPage.

UK Athletics

This week on the WUKY SportsPage host Keith Elkins brings us a rare 1986 interview he conducted with UK sports broadcasting legend Cawood Ledford.  The interview was part of a UK TV series called UK Roundtable.  Terry Birdwhistell, senior oral historian at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries and Jason Flahardy, audio visual and photographs archivist found the program in the UK archives.  It's a fascinating time capsule for UK sports fans.  Enjoy this conversation with Keith and Cawood!

Alan Lytle

If you're 'jonesing' for some sports stuff, Keith Elkins has your cure.  This week he welcomes in Alan Sullivan, son of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster Claude Sullivan.  In their book "Voice of the Wildcats," Alan Sullivan and Joe Cox give the behind-the-scenes account of the man whose voice embodied UK Athletics from 1947 to 1967.  Keith and Alan, who is currently a healthcare architect, discuss many of the highs and lows of Claude Sullivan's career and play some of Claude's classic calls including two UK National Championships, Vernon Hatton's half court miracle shot against Temple, on the scene reporting from Russia and his brief stint as a play by play man for the Cincinnati Reds.