1990-91 UK BASKETBALL RADIO NETWORK
WBGN-AM Bowling Green
WKYA-AM Central City
WASE-FM Ft. Knox
THE WILDCATS ON RADIO
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 88th season of basketball will be broadcast to fans across the country on one of the largest college networks in the nation.
The network once again includes clear-channel WHAS in Louisville, 840 on the AM dial.
The rights to Wildcat basketball are held by Host Communications, Inc., of Lexington, which is in its second season under a new contract with UK.
Now in his 38th 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
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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!" That's the kind of respect Kentuckians have for "their" announcer.
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 broadcasts is Ralph Hacker, president and general manager of radio station WVLK in Lexington. Hacker is now in his 19th season as the color analyst on the UK Network, offering his knowledge to the broadcasts, as well as handling all pregame, halftime and postgame programs.
In addition to his UK radio duties, Hacker has ventured into television in the last four years, calling games for Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions, ESPN, the NCAA and CBS, as well as the UK TV Network.
Dave"B uzz" Baker, a native of Franklin, Ohio, joined Cawood Ledford on some radio broadcasts last 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 was instrumental in the founding of WKYT's Sports Spectrum show on Saturday nights, which has been named the best sports program in the state of Kentucky by the Associated Press.