LEDFORD HACKER TREASE WATERS
KENTUCKY RADIO, TELEVISION NETWORKS RANK WITH BEST IN NATION
Kentucky basketball has captured the imagination of fans throughout the country for years and the UK Radio Network deserves a large share of credit for popularizing Wildcat basketball into the far reaches of the East, Midwest and South.
Synonymous with the Wildcats is sportscaster Cawood Ledford, Sports Director of WHAS-Radio-TV, Louisville, who enters his 11th year with the network and 24th year of covering Kentucky.
Assisting Ledford is Ralph Hacker, station manager of WVLK Radio in Lexington, who enters his fourth year as color commentator for the network after having covered the Wildcats for 10 years. Together, this broadcasting team brings all the excitement and color of UK basketball, both on and off the court, to a large radio audience.
Co-originating stations for the Lexington based firm of Jim Host and Associates. Inc.. which owns broadcast rights to the network, are WHAS (840kc) and WVLK (590kc). Now entering its second three-year contract, the Host firm has built up the network from 27 stations to a record total of 82 stations, one of the nation's largest collegiate basketball networks.
The UK Television Network enters its seventh year with WAVE-TV of Louisville as the Coordinator.
The Network, which handles delayed telecasts of Wildcat games in Rupp Arena, and three live home games—SMU, Indiana and South Carolina, covers a five state area this year, including WFIE of Evansville, Ind., WSAZ of Huntington, W. Va., WZTV of Nashville, and WXIX of Cincinnati.
Games in the University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament will be telecast live if both sessions are sellouts, otherwise, it will be on a delayed basis.
Tipoff time for regular season delayed games is 11:30 p.m., EST.
Handling the play-by-play and color for the telecasts are Denny Trease, Sports Director of WKYT-TV, Lexington, and Randy Waters of WAVE-TV, Louisville.
The following stations are included on the network:
Live and Delayed: Selected Games:
Ch. 3—WAVE-TV, Louisville Ch. 6—WPSD-TV, Paducah, Ky.
Ch. 27- WKYT-TV, Lexington Ch. 13-WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
Ch. 57—WKYH-TV, Hazard Ch. 17—WZTV-TV, Nashville, Tenn.
Ch. 3-WSAZ-TV, Huntington, W. Va. Ch. 19-WXIX-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio Ch. 14-WFIE-TV, Evansville, Ind.