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.