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Keeneland, UK Athletics to produce ‘A Day at Keeneland Presented by Toyota’ broadcast

Keeneland and University of Kentucky Athletics have announced a new program to deliver Keeneland’s Summer Meet to the Big Blue Nation. This Saturday (July 11) from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. EST, the UK Sports Network in partnership with Keeneland will broadcast “A Day at Keeneland Presented by Toyota.” This four-hour broadcast will feature continuous coverage of Keeneland’s Saturday...

Kentucky’s college basketball broadcasters can’t help but wonder what might’ve been in postseason

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tom Leach can’t help but wonder what would have transpired if the COVID-19 crisis didn’t bring sports to a sudden halt earlier this month. Like many in the sports profession, Leach was busy preparing for the postseason after calling Kentucky’s thrilling 71-70 comeback win at Florida on March 7 in Gainesville. By March 13, the season came to a screeching halt. Kentucky...

University of Kentucky Sports Network, UK Athletics launch BBN TV, BBN Radio for 2019-2020 season

As the University of Kentucky’s 2019-20 athletics schedule gets underway, the UK Sports Network is revamping its programming with the debut of Big Blue Nation TV (BBN TV) and Big Blue Nation Radio (BBN Radio). BBN TV is a weekly 30-minute television program built around exclusive access and analysis by UK Sports Network talent, co-hosted by Emmy-nominated sportscaster Lee K. Howard and veteran...

Barn Notes: Mississippi Delta heads Buffalo Trace field; Hawksmoor begins prep for Challenge Cup

Jackpot Ranch and Mike Rutherford’s Mississippi Delta, who finished 10th in Saturday’s First Lady (G1) going a mile, headlines a field of 12 plus four also-eligibles entered Tuesday for the 20th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the turf Friday. Trained by Mark Casse, Mississippi Delta won the $350,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint...

Billy Reed: Kentucky Wesleyan voice Joel Utley is an Owensboro institution after 55 years in the booth

The biggest college basketball programs in Kentucky each has an excellent radio play-by-play announcer who learned the craft at the feet of Cawood Ledford, who became an icon during his 39 years of broadcast Kentucky Wildcat games. We’re talking about Paul Rogers, who has been doing Louisville games for more than 20 years, and Tom Leach, who has been the voice of the Kentucky Wildcats for about...

Public ‘party’ will welcome wounded warrior and his family to new home in Nicholasville

Cpl. Matthew Bradford (right) after re-enlisting in the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Battalion East. Bradford became the first blind, double amputee to re-enlist. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   Staff report   A true American hero moves his family into a brand new home in Nicholasville Saturday, July 27, and the public are invited and asked to bring gift cards to...

Public 'party' will welcome wounded warrior and his family to new home in Nicholasville

Cpl. Matthew Bradford (right) after re-enlisting in the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Battalion East. Bradford became the first blind, double amputee to re-enlist. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   Staff report   A true American hero moves his family into a brand new home in Nicholasville Saturday, July 27, and the public are invited and asked to bring gift cards to...

2012 Review: By the numbers, here are
most popular KyForward stories of the year

Each of us has our own notion of what makes a good story – and we thought there were PLENTY of good stories at KyForward in 2012. We could have made our own Top Twelves List for 2012, of course – but we preferred to let the numbers speak for themselves, since we can track these things. Thanks to our own Jon Hale for compiling. And, yes, we were surprised by a few of them ourselves, which makes...

2012 Review: People are the heart and soul
of a community; celebrating with stories

Reflecting the traditions, culture and flavor of a place means telling the stories of people in all walks of life — real people who are Our Neighbors, run Our Businesses, reflect our values, engage in the community, provide services and leadership, do good works — and make things work. KyForward has told many of these stories throughout 2012, so many it was difficult to choose just one.   Look...

Transy video goes behind the scenes of exhibition game with UK basketball

Transylvania University’s Athletics Department has released a behind-the-scenes video produced by Judd Films that documents last November’s basketball battle between the Pioneers and the soon-to-be national champion Kentucky Wildcats.   Judd Films is operated by Transylvania graduate and former basketball player Blake Judd, who was on the floor when the Beck Center (Transy’s...