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123 > Image 123 of Basketball, 1977

Part of University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men)

LEDFORD HACKER TREASE McLANE KFNTUCKY 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 10th year with the network and 23rd year of covering Kentucky. Assisting Ledford is Ralph Hacker, station manager of WVLK Radio in Lexington, who enters his third 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 third year of a three-year contract, the Host firm has built up the network from 27 stations to a record total of 73 stations, one of the nation's largest collegiate basketball networks. The UK Television Network enters its sixth year with WKYT-TV of Lexington as the Coordinator. The Network, which handles delayed telecasts of Wildcat games in Rupp Arena and Freedom Hall in Louisville, covers a three-state area this year, including WOWK-TV in Huntington, W. Va., and WEHT-TV of Evansville, Ind. 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. UKIT tipoff is approximately 9:00 p.m. Dec. 17, and the same time Dec. 18 if UK wins their first game. A loss would put them in the consolation game at 7:00 p.m. Handling the play-by-play and color for the telecasts are Denny Trease, Sports Director of WKYT-TV, Lexington, and Hardin McLane of Elizabethtown. TELEVISION The following stations are included on th Live and Delayed: Ch. 27WKYT-TV, Lexington Ch. 13-WOWK-TV, Huntington, W. Va. Ch. 25-WEHT-TV, Evansville, Ind. Ch. 57-WKYH-TV, Hazard OVERAGE network: Delayed: Ch. 6-WPSD, Paducah Selected Games: Ch. 3WAVE-TV, Louisville Ch. 13WBKO-TV, Bowling Green Ch. 19-WXIX-TV, Cincinnati