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Ali’s Early Interviews in Louisville

AP Photo

AP Photo

Ali celebrates his Gold Medal in his hometown (AP Photo).

Before he was The People’s Champ, he was the Louisville Lip.  After winning the Olympic Gold Medal and a couple of Golden Gloves, he joined legendary broadcaster Milton Metz on 840 WHAS.  Cassius Clay took calls with Metz for 90 minutes on November 29, 1962, providing fantastic radio.

The clip below features an interview with long time Sports Talk 840 anchor Van Vance.  Vance had plenty of great stories to tell about Ali, but nothing’s funnier than the time he helped Ali record a cover to Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”

For all of those in the Louisville radio and television community, thank you for providing an adequate avenue for the community to celebrate the life of The Greatest.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Ali’s Early Interviews in Louisville



  1. Rixter
    10:08 pm June 4, 2016 Permalink

    We get Monday off work, right?



    • Rixter
      10:11 pm June 4, 2016 Permalink

      that’s how I judge greatness. Can you get me off work? I never thought MLK was all that….. until they said ‘ you get his birthday off’.
      Great American.



  2. BlueNotes
    11:11 pm June 4, 2016 Permalink

    He predicts beating Cleveland Williams in 3. Here is the link to that match.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rI6pZDJOVc



  3. buzzard
    10:52 am June 5, 2016 Permalink

    Thank you for these interviews. I can’t begin to put into words what Ali meant to me. I was a 12 yr. old boy from Louisville when Ali beat George Frazer in Africa. We couldn’t afford to watch on closed circuit TV. I listened on the radio like it was the most important thing the world had ever seen. I’ve never heard these interviews. THANK YOU.