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A WUKY Chat With The Man Who Inspired 23 Blast

An inspirational story set in Corbin, Kentucky opens in movie theaters nationwide this week.

Travis Freeman was a healthy 12-year-old with a bright future ahead of him when he was struck with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, a condition that led to surgery and the loss of his sight - but it’s what happened afterward that led to a book and now a major motion picture.

Despite his disability, Freeman went on to play football. And he hopes audiences see the filmed version not just as an entertaining sports tale, but as a movie with an undeniable message.

"No matter what your situation or your circumstances may show, life does not have to end when tragedy comes," Freeman tells WUKY. "You can look beyond your circumstances."

An independent production, 23 Blast will nevertheless open on 600 screens this weekend.

The Lexington premier takes places Friday night at 7, with cast and crew members on hand.


Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.