Today is a big milestone for those who do media in and around the state of Kentucky. In a testament to his talent and ability to connect with audiences, Terry Meiners celebrates his 25th year on WHAS today. Some of you may not know Terry, but most of you do, thanks to his time holding down the afternoon drive slot on the powerful WHAS signal. During that time, Meiners has become a broadcast icon in the state, pulling in unprecedented ratings in the area and becoming the most popular radio show host in the state. Meiners is one of the very few known people in the Commonwealth who has allegiance to both Louisville and Kentucky (despite fans of both schools thinking otherwise) and even finds a way to cheer for the Cats while also doing interviews for UL television. I only knew Meiners as a name and a popular radio guy until the past year, but now am thankful to call him a friend. Over the last year, I have been on his show numerous times, but more importantly have gotten to know him as an individual. Terry is as generous a person as you will meet, participating in all forms of local charity activities and being as big a booster of the state and city of Louisville as you will ever find. He has given me important career advice numerous times as is as big an advocate for this site as anyone in the city of Louisville. We congratulate him on 25 years at WHAS and on this day where we announce a pretty big transition, I thank him for all he has done for me as well.
To the news (shortened a bit for a late night)….
— The big news today was the apology by Daniel Orton via Twitter, in which he told fans he was sorry for a number of things. He admitted the story we first reported here, mainly that he didnt finish his classes while at UK and he said he thought it was a big mistake. He also suggested his comments about “wishing” he had gone to Kansas were taken out of context by the media, but he apologized if they came off wrong. He did not however address the reports that he made similar comments to other NBA GMs, but all in all, I was impressed with the gesture. Most 19 year olds make mistakes…not many 19 year olds own up to the mistakes and apologize. I give Orton credit for doing that and hope he is making the right steps to getting good advice and fixing some of the errors that plagued the end of his time at UK.
— The sad news of the day was of course the passing of Mark Krebs’ mother earlier today after a battle with cancer. I received a text this afternoon from Mark, thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers, as the Big Blue Nation mourns together. John Calipari, Demarcus Cousins and Jon Hood, among others, all gave their thoughts to Mark publically and I am sure many more did so privately as he spends this time greiving with his family. We wish him the best and all of KSR is praying for he and his family.
— John Wall picked out his pro basketball number today and it will be #2, thanks to the addition of his two numbers in college (for those of you that are slow, that means 1+1=2). Wall’s jersey is sure to be a quick high seller and along with Cousins’s and Patterson’s (I am told that Cousins will likely wear 15 as well if it can be wrestled from Joey Dorsey) is likely to be a high seller in this state.
— NBA Free Agency has begun. I dont care about Lebron, Wade, Bosh, etc. What I am amazed about is that JJ Redick is about to get seriously paid by some team. Unbelievable.
— Heshimu Evans became a citizen of Portgual. I wrote this last night, but no one seemed to find it as odd as I did. But isnt that strange?
— One UK player dropped and blocked Beisner from following him on Twitter…and he is seriously upset. I think it is quite funny, but Beisner needs some consoling asap.
— Quincy Miller was the hero once again tonight, hitting the winning shot when the USA team won the Under 18 gold medal over Brazil. Austin Rivers led the team in scoring (he is choosing between Duke, UNC and Florida), but Miller showed he was clutch once again, with the winning bucket. He also retweeted a condolence to Mark Krebs as well. Nice kid with some clutch skills.
— If you get a chance, check out Bomani Jones’s mockumentary on Free Agency from his radio show. Some good stuff, and a familiar voice playing the role of Mike D’antoni.
Check back between 9 and 10 am as we have a special announcement of a new opportunity we have going forward. It is an exciting time for me and I am looking forward to finally being able to announce it tomorrow morning. So check it out between 9 and 10 for more information.
More news all day….