There are few sports fans more devoted to their cause than University of Kentucky fans. Believe me, it’s a religion and I’m one of it’s devote´s. And no other media source, electronic or otherwise, delivers news and views about the Wildcats like Kentucky Sports Radio (www.kentuckysportsradio.com).
Irreverent, insightful, and always unconventional, KSR’s crew of founder Matt Jones, Drew Franklin, Thomas Beisner, Chris Tomlin, Bryan “The Intern”, among several others present both meat and minutia regarding UK athletics. Primarily basketball and football, articles are prsented with a flair that belies yet confirms their site’s motto – “University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.”
One part “Animal House”, another part ESPN, and still another serious journalism, founder Matt Jones has fashioned a web venue that in many ways sets a standard that traditional media, sports or otherwise, is finding difficult to compete with.
As evidence, witness Matt Jones’ commitment to actually serve as a courtroom correspondent during each day of University of Louisville* head basketball coach Rick Pitino’s rather tawdry legal entanglement with Karen Sipher this past summer. U fo L, being a chief rival of UKs’ (and Pitino being the former coach who helped Kentucky rebuild after the late ’80’s recruiting scandal), there was keen interest within Wildcat Nation regarding the trial and it’s outcome. Each day Jones produced blog posts that outlined, often in blushing detail, testimony, and tid-bits of information he witnessed during the proceedings. His posts were at once engaging and insightful… and often hilarious… at times without any intent on his part to present them that way.
Further, Jones and company have maneuvered to branch Kentucky Sports Radio into other electronic media, such as the recently launched KSR radio program on AM 1080 WKJK in Louisville (interesting, given that that “radio” has been part of their name since inception, with only a sporadic affiliation with the medium during its existence.) In the coming months, he will also host a KSR branded television show on local cable provider Insight’s CN2 channel.
Quite a ride for someone who only a year ago was a fledgling attorney at an up and coming law practice here in Louisville. A venture that was started by a group of college friends has, in less than half a decade, become an institution among the Wildcat faithful.
Here is a link to the most recent example of what KSR is all about. It’s a regular feature at Kentucky Sports radio’s site – “They Are Who They Thought They Were” – and it features a breakdown of Kentucky’s upcoming opponent, in this case the Auburn Tigers. It’s regularly penned by Drew Franklin and its about as good as an example of what KSR is all about as you’ll find.
Stop by their site, listen to their radio show Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon, or pick up their podcast at either the KSR site, wkjk.com, or at iTunes. Regardless of your sports loyalty or affiliation, I think you will be pleasantly surprised, and I guarantee you’ll always be amused.
*There no rivalry in America quite like the University of Louisville/ University of Kentucky. So when Pitino left the Boston Celtics to coach the Louisville Cardinals… you can only imagined the ire and disdain… not to mention betrayal felt by Kentucky fans nation wide. Thus, the interest for UK fans in the Pitino/ Sipher affair.