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Billy Reed: Remembering Al Michaels and other icons of sports broadcasting (including Claude Sullivan)

During a recent Facetime conversation with my granddaughters Caroline and Lucy, they surprised me by asking if I knew Al Michaels. They had recently watched the movie about the U.S. hockey team’s historic upset of the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, the game for which Al always will be remembered. Hockey was hardly his main sport. In fact, ABC gave him the job only because he was their...

Clark-Heard, Moore, Sutherland among latest inductees to KHSAA Hall of Fame

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced in a press conference at the KHSAA Offices. The 11 members in this year’s class will be the 30th inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class of 2017 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday,...

Kentucky by Heart: For good or bad, directly or indirectly, UK basketball looms large

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Steve Flairty grew up feeling good about Kentucky. He recalls childhood trips orchestrated by his father, with the take-off points in Campbell County. The people and places he encountered then help define his passion about the state. “Kentucky by Heart” shares part and parcel of his joy. A little history, much contemporary life, intriguing places, personal...

A book for anyone’s taste ready for autograph at Frankfort’s 33rd Kentucky Book Fair

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair provides nearly $400,000 in grants to school, public libraries

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Calling the Cats: Claude Sullivan echoes
loud and clear in new Voice of the Wildcats

It has been said that the best sportscaster is the one you grew up hearing. College sports fans know that following a team means being part of its culture. They know the history, the team colors dotting the arena seats and the scent wafting from tailgaters’ grills.   Equally important, however, are the sounds of the crowd and the voice calling the games. The announcer’s voice which leaves...

Calling the Cats: Claude Sullivan echoes loud and clear in new Voice of the Wildcats

It has been said that the best sportscaster is the one you grew up hearing. College sports fans know that following a team means being part of its culture. They know the history, the team colors dotting the arena seats and the scent wafting from tailgaters’ grills.   Equally important, however, are the sounds of the crowd and the voice calling the games. The announcer’s voice which leaves...