THIS IS KENTUCKY
THE WILDCATS ON THE AIR
1989-90 UK RADIO NETWORK
WBGN-AM Bowling Green
WKYA-FM Central City
WASE-FM Fort Knox/Radcliff
WLSK-FM Lebanon/Marion Co.
WVLK-AM/WVLK-FM Lexington, Georgetown,
WWXL-AM/WWXL-FM Manchestei/Clay Co.
WMST-AM/WSMT-FM Mt. Sterling
WIDS-AM Russell Springs
Veteran announcers Cawood Ledford and Ralph Hacker have worked together for almost 20 years.
A Kentucky basketball tradition through the years has been the ability of the legions of Big Blue fans to catch the Cats on radio. Listening to Kentucky basketball has been a tradition in the Commonwealth and across the country for decades. Nearly every Kentuckian has fond memories of sitting around a radio on a cold winter night, living and dying with the fortunes of the Big Blue.
As usual, the excitement and action of Kentucky's 87th season of basketball will be broadcast to fans across the country on one of the largest college networks in the nation.
The rights to Wildcats basketball are held by Host Communications, Inc. of Lexington, which is in its first season under a new contract with UK.
Now in his 37th season of broadcasting Wildcats games, Cawood Ledford is truly a legend in the Commonwealth. In many drug stores and barber shops across the state, conversations in the winter begin with, "Well, Cawood said last night. . ."
His brisk, informative style has won him a spot in the hearts of Kentuckians for years and to many people who never have a chance to see the Cats in person, Cawood IS Kentucky basketball. As one station promoted him once, "When you listen to Kentucky basketball, you don't just hear it, you SEE it through the eyes of Cawood Ledford."
Ledford has made some "of his phrases
legendary in Kentucky, especially his traditional, "The Wildcats are moving to the right-hand side of your radio dial." When he appears at courtside at Rupp Arena, the Kentucky band salutes him in unison with a loud, "Hello, Cawood!"
The native of Harlan County (actually Cawood, Ky.) has been named Best Basketball Announcer in the Nation, in addition to being named Kentucky's Sportscaster of the Year 20 times, He is president of his own Lexington-based company, Cawood Ledford Productions, and has produced many award-winning radio and television sports programs.
Ledford's sidekick on Wildcats broadcasting is Ralph Hacker, president and general manager of radio station WVLK in Lexington. Hacker is now in his 18th season on the UK Network, offering his knowledge of the broadcasts, as well as handling pregame, halftime and postgame programs.
In addition to his UK radio duties, Hacker has ventured into television in the past five years, calling football and basketball games for Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions, ESPN, the NCAA and CBS.
Dave "Buzz" Baker, a native of Franklin, Ohio, joins Cawood Ledford on some radio broadcasts this season, as he did during football season. Baker became a sports reporter for WKYT-TV in 1982, shortly after his graduation from Georgetown College. He was named weekend anchor in 1984 and