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24 > Image 24 of Kentucky Alumni, vol. 79, no. 1, Spring 2008

Part of Kentucky alumnus

P f . . Its a clich to say that Tom Leach is liv- r O ' ' n ing his dream job, but theres no way around it thats simply the truth. He is one of those few individuals who knew as a teenager what he wanted to do with his life. Through hard work, persistence, and O I I I a bit of luck, hes built a career for himself around sports that now entitles him to the V A A A A . Voice ofthe \Wildcats moniker. g , . A Leach, who earned a degree in journalism { { C from UK in 1983, began his sportscasting A Y, .7 T 1, . F {T 7 , career at age 16 when he worked for his A AL T P hometown radio station in Paris. ',r ._ l _ __ A _A Ab Pursuing his dream career just out of _AA high school, he sought guidance from ( A A sportscasting icon Cawood Ledford and jg, A sent him a tape to critique. My mom and YF} _ _ A .A A O dad always encouraged me to shoot for ~ _ .9I`\ ` Al the moon. Dont set limits on yourself, A " ~ F says Leach. Af-; l Ledford gave the young reporter valu- A. ~\ _ __- A able insight. Cawood told me its good A 4,;AA;\ Al _ ` l for the audience to know the UK broad- ___,, i | ` A v ,.; AA _ i ;_ A caster wants to see the Cats win? says { A _;A;AiAA A Leach, but you must also tell your listen- \AA tt. A .',. EAA A A A AA A j Af A ers when the team is playing poorly A \\ 1 A ~__AAA g A 5 __ CLeach Iplaylecgblaseialllat ABoAurbc;1A A /, -A A \A jx A A A _ A . 1 ` ` ounty 1 c oo . is at er, VIH, C T//3/%yD\\\l A A\ A- L A l played for tie Lexington Hustlers, a semi- , AA/ ij gy Ar j /`;,_ AM A A\ AA A _A\_ \\ \AA A , pro baseball team. Brother Steve played 'A.A Al / * /// ;{/rl A . Allj [ * l _ \\ AlA, A for the Georgetown College football jljl lj*AAAA~ team.AnuncleplayedforUKduringthe .A A AA WA! `: Ap All AI AI jjx`A BearBryantdays. EjlAl \A `jl\ l ll l All l j A l g vi j Leach loved UK sports and he sought a . FA ` A j s A ` ~AA\A w A=.A front row seat calling UK gamesjust like I { __ {gl l A ,{kA\ \ l K lj `A LClf0rd and Ralph Hacker. 1 7// i l I ; J _ ` _ l A Leach began on the UK Radio Network Q '. A; 2 , , A // \_\\ iQ * \/lj L lA in 1989 and eight years later was doing " _ _ ; Pf _ ' /AA/' A, /j 5 " *', if play-by-play for Kentucky football, adding A A Q A __ _A\ __; 1; _-ir `*A{ V fir \\ A basketball in the 2001-O2 season. He is \ ` { - H-T;\S`;L. --{~ . . , ` = r ir r f r l r h mi l i f `` -i` Q l a 1 t . =.# J 0 " iii.? doigd alcgoii aftjefhooch ` j; A A A A A 2 AA , i- reporting on WLAP 630, the flagship sta- "' ; _ fi`) /_ J - ` tion for the Big Blue Sports Network. He ' 4 T K handles NBC and ESPN assignments. Hes been Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year four times and is a two -time winner ofthe prestigious Eclipse Award for excel- lence in coverage of Thoroughbred racing. He is kicking his career up a notch with Tom Leach Productions, launched last year with ]im Host of Lexington and ].C. Faulkner of Charlotte, NC. Married for almost 20 years to Robyn , Rabbeth, formerly of WLEX-TV they are the parents of two children, Connor, 15, E and Caroline, 9, both of whom enjoy i competing in .... y ou guessed it...sports! E >} 22 Spring 2008