When I started a podcast last June, I thought it would be fun to interview some locals who had interesting stories to tell. I called it The Rusty Satellite Show, insisted that my theme music was Paul Thorn’s “What the Hell is Going On,” and put it out there.
It airs on the Dan Vonderheide’s Louisville.am podcast network.
Somewhere along the way, inspired by a beer commercial, I started calling guests on the show “the most interesting people in The ‘Ville.” A few months in, I figured out how to do the interviews on location, and put more thought into the photos that appeared online with the podcast.
In all, the show has included 12-minute conversations with 100 interesting people, over the course of 52 weeks, encompassing the worlds of business, entertainment, sports, media, politics and entrepreneurship. The list of 100 is full of people who are doing big things in this town, many of whom appear regularly in Insider Louisville news stories.
I looked for people who started things (Tim Koons-McGee of Comfy Cow, Kris Kimel of Idea Festival, J.K, McKnight of Forecastle), people who had jobs I thought were cool (Glenn Haygood of WLKY-TV, Rick Redman at Louisville Slugger), people who run things I like (Craig Buthod of the Louisville Free Public Library, John Walczak of the Louisville Zoo) and my friends in media and PR (starting with Mark Hebert and Angie Fenton, the only two-time interviewees).
Because I tried to make the show timely, it tracks some of the big news stories of the last year. There was Tyler Allen, whom I interviewed in his car driving around downtown talking about bridge construction. I talked with state Sen. Perry Clark at his South End home about marijuana and hemp legislation. I asked Metro Councilman David James why he voted to retain a colleague with ethics problems.
I had one of the first interviews with Aaron Yarmuth after he announced plans to buy LEO Weekly, and made my first-ever trip to The Courier-Journal editorial offices to talk with Neil Budde.
While many of those on the list aren’t newsmakers, there were some big “gets.” Starting with Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth. Gill Holland was a no-brainer. One of my favorites was Ed Hart, the man behind Kentucky Kingdom. Hart, notoriously critical of local media, resisted being interviewed for months before finally he agreed to do the show in his office.
Oh, there were places I’d go for the show. I was in the basement of Jackie Green’s bike shop, Emily Gimmel’s cool space in Butchertown, the Thunder control center with Wayne Hettinger, a Slugger Field dugout with Corky Miller, Brigid Kaelin’s living room with her adorable son, the digs at Distillery Commons of El Toro founder Stacy Griggs.
So here it is — 100 of the Most Interesting Poeple in the ‘Ville, according to the Rusty Satellite Show. How many do you know?
John Y. Brown III
David Jones Jr.
Carolyn Gaeta McLean
Dr. Hong Ye