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Radio Ron’s Reflections: Episode 1

We’ve started a new segment on KSTV called “Radio Ron’s Reflections” where Casting Call contestant Ron Chilton shares his thoughts on a subject of his choosing. This week, Ron opined on the Rupp Arena situation. Check it out.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

31 Comments for Radio Ron’s Reflections: Episode 1



  1. Josh
    5:15 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron is awesome. Nice job.



  2. Calipari'sInYourEar
    5:32 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron gives a good opinion, however I disagree with it.



  3. matt jones
    5:49 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    I should have pick Will. I am a dumbass..



  4. Calipari'sInYourEar
    5:53 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    His opionion takes into consideration all the aspect EXCEPT the economic conditions our world, country, state, and local region face.

    There’s a time to do things, and sometimes it’s tough to swallow when everything lines up except the tidal wave. This project needs to be shelved for at least 3 to 5 years and until our country finds itself in better financial times.

    You might say, “well Louisville pushed their arena through in record time and questionalble economic times.” And the reality is Rick Pitino put his ego above the program and the people of that region and forced the move to be done so he could coach in it for several years before retirement. We don’t need a selfish move at UK. Little brother has a long way to go…

    Make smart decisions Kentucky.



  5. One For Thie History Book
    5:55 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    “Balderdash!!!” If more gems like that one spew from Radio Ron’s mouth then count me in for watching everytime!



  6. wayneky
    6:04 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    I agree, Rupp is pretty blah. Like it or not the Yum Center is first class. Demand a new arena, use private funds and sell bonds. The guy talking about current economical conditions, think how many construction jobs will be created and the income tax that will be paid on those salaries.



  7. BUcats
    6:20 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    This is why I voted for Ron over the summer. Not surprised he worked his way onto KSTV despite not winning the contest



  8. theSkinny81
    6:34 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Sweet Tap-Dancing Jesus I love this guy!! Great work Ron, and kudos to KSR for giving him a segment!



  9. EG Nashville
    6:37 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    This guy. Is. AWESOME!!!



  10. Brandon
    6:38 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Long live Radio Ron. Love this guy!! Really hope to see more of him on the show! Great job.



  11. Cats R Back
    6:58 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    I AGREE WITH EVERY WORD THAT CAME OUT OF RADIO RON’S MOUTH. That is the end of the discussion right there…JUST BUILD IT!



  12. Calipari'sInYourEar
    7:26 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    #7 – BUcats – He did win the contest… Matt just wanted yes woman echo beside him on the TV show.



  13. catty
    7:49 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    just watched it on tv. What a great piece.



  14. ric flair
    8:01 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron ROCKS!! Hell YEA. WOOOOOO!



  15. Calipari'sInYourEar
    8:04 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    #6 – wayneky – Debt is is the single largest contributor to the cause of any one individual, company, city, or country to suffer from economic recessions.

    Your suggesting the University take on massive debt. Your also suggesting that the construction jobs created by the project will somehow counter this debt in a magical forumla that only in Washington DC would attempt to infer balances each other out.

    In stronger economic times, the fan base, which is who the University would be depending on to pay off this debt, will have more resources to contribute. The “rich” aren’t as rich as they were, and the middle class are getting hosed at the tune of $280 for a family of four to watch UK vs. UL in Commonwealth. This is the climate before we being breaking ground.

    I have a feeling a majority of UK fans are so pissed off about Kentucky football far from conquering displays moreso now than in the past because they are being required to contribute such a larger stake of their finances on the table just to be a part of what once was an affordable “game” to attend to root on their team, win or lose.

    Do people make ignorant decisions when it comes to overpriced sports? Many do. I just hope we can learn from this before we build an arena that’s so expensive that the fans can no longer attend.



  16. Bill Lamb
    8:13 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    I’m Radio Ron, and that’s My Point of View



  17. TeamWeaver
    8:32 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    #15 – I can’t imagine a situation short of Armageddon where ‘Cat fans wouldn’t pack a new basketball arena. There are costs associated with maintaining a program like ours in the forefront of recruiting and competition, periodic replacement of our arena is one of them. With certain exceptions like Phog Allen Fieldhouse and Cameron Indoor duly noted, it’s generally recognized dumpy facilities will invariably hold back programs from achieving and sustaining their ambitions of competitive excellence. If we waited your suggested 3-5 years, add another 2 years for construction, we’d have been in Rupp for more than 40-years. In the facilities arms-race among top programs, that’s insane.



  18. Cat_Fan_Do
    8:46 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron is great!! He should be Easy’s replacement on KSR as Matt’s sidekick!



  19. bleedblueky
    8:54 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Love Ron and he convinced me about building a new arena 🙂



  20. Sheeeeiiit
    9:16 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron I’d pretty damn good and convincing.

    #4&15 – I get what you are saying but….if all people did what you are suggesting and waited 3 to 5 years to expand or open any business, the economy will be ten times worse off. IMO now is the time to open a business or expand and be apart of a real recovery. I don’t care if you are a republicrat or a demican deep down everyone knows it is on us to bring the economy back not the government. The government can help and how much they should is debatable. But ultimately it is up to us people to bring the US back to a profitable economy.

    Will building a new BBall arena be a mistake or a huge success? I dont know. I just think that holding off any smart idea out of fear that we offend broke people or push too soon is not a good reason. If the money is there and the backing is there then let’s go for it. Selling tickets will not be a problem. UK fans are a damn good built in customer base for a business during any economic climate. Personally I think the powers that be should build a new arena as soon as a plan can be made. I think it will be a huge success. But what do I know, I’m just a broke ass American who loves Kentucky BBall.



  21. gator skin boots
    9:34 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    Givem Hell Ron!!!



  22. HEY LOOK
    10:24 pm September 23, 2011 Permalink

    It’s the monopoly dude!!!!



  23. Calipari'sInYourEar
    3:12 am September 24, 2011 Permalink

    #17 – TeamWeaver – “There are costs associated with maintaining a program like ours in the forefront of recruiting and competition, periodic replacement of our arena is one of them. With certain exceptions like Phog Allen Fieldhouse and Cameron Indoor duly noted, it’s generally recognized dumpy facilities will invariably hold back programs from achieving and sustaining their ambitions of competitive excellence.”

    With Calipari, the top notch practice facilities, and a current arena that is an asset regardless of how it might be painted…

    1. Kentucky has had the top recruiting class for 3 straight years. Calipari can recruit anyone he wants and if he can’t get them due to some deep rooted family connection to another program, he gets the #2 player still ranked in the top 20.

    2. Kentucky is also undefeated in Rupp since Calipari has taken the reins.

    You’re argument is without substance. You’re also overvaluing the importance of an arena in our programs success. The ONLY reason that holds water on building a new arena is to include corporate boxes so the University can follow the trending model to enjoy additional revenue from these facility upgrades. That’s it… we won’t be better, and we won’t lose recruits until this happens. That’s just not factual.

    We are recruiting better than we have since Rupp died and we are winning at a higher pecentage in Rupp since the days of Memorial.



  24. Calipari'sInYourEar
    3:29 am September 24, 2011 Permalink

    #20 – Sheeeeiiit – I didn’t say people or business shouldn’t use this as a time to start a business or expand. Each of them have their own specific set of business budgets and needs to consider to aid in making intelligent decisions.

    Yet, unless someone indicates Rupp is unsafe due to structural anomolies there is no one who can say it doesn’t satisfy every need we have as a fan base and provide 100% of what our basketball players need to be successful. Rupp is a treasure, it’s given our University the ablility to record attendance records going back decades.

    Rupp will need to be replaced at some point. But for a public University to take on this project now is clearly not out of need (for the basketball program or for the fans) as it’s only a want.

    The people who are making this decision won’t be held responsible for paying the bill. It will be us.

    Also, private funds… ha! Will the real KY boosters please stand up and pay the bill. If there was all this private money eagar to start construction it would have happened already.



  25. BlueVoodoo
    8:39 am September 24, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron is great…..more RR!!!! And yes, build a new arena. UK fans PAID for the yum center (seriously, how many uvel fans actually work and pay taxes???)… it’s time to build and pay for our own new arena.>>>> Does anyone else think Radio Ron looks like a young Col. Sanders?<<<<<<



  26. Sarah White
    9:05 am September 24, 2011 Permalink

    He is absolutely wonderful!!!! I just love him – whether you like his views or not.



  27. Jungle Fever
    9:23 am September 24, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron is great! Although I disagree with him regarding building a new arena he made his case well. I’m with 4, now just is not the time. Lexington and surrounding area just can’t support it now and maybe ever. Look all of the things that come to Rupp now and ticket sales are poor. A new civic arena just isn’t feasible at this time IMO.



  28. uk3k
    9:59 am September 24, 2011 Permalink

    radio ron is the shizz.



  29. sandy
    12:25 pm September 24, 2011 Permalink

    Wow! Radio Ron still has it – convinced me!



  30. Browski
    2:46 pm September 24, 2011 Permalink

    Radio Ron is great. I totally agree with all of his opinions on this matter.
    Balderdash. nice.



  31. TeamWeaver
    3:42 pm September 24, 2011 Permalink

    Listened to it again and still like it! Go Ron!