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155 > Image 155 of Basketball, 1980

Part of University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men)

LEDFORD KENTUCKY RADIO, TELEVISION NETWORKS TOPS IN THE NATION Kentucky basketball has basked in the spotlight of popularity over a span of years unmatched by any collegiate team in the country. One of the major reasons for that popularity has been the UK Radio Network, which with 50,000 wart clear channel WHAS Radio (840KC) of Louisville, has beamed the UK story into the far reaches of the United States. Now with WCKY (1530KC) of Cincinnati in its second year on the Network, Kentucky can boast of having TWO 50,000 watt stations transmitting its games. Synonymous with the Wildcats is sportscaster Cawood Ledford of Lexington, 10-time "Kentucky Sportscaster of the year," who enters his 13th year with the network and 27th year of covering Kentucky. Assisting Ledford is Ralph Hacker, vice-president and general manager of VWLK Radio in Lexington, who enters his sixth year as color commentator for the network after having covered the Wildcats for 11 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. Now in its second three-year contract is the Lexington based firm of Jim Host and Associates, Inc., which owns broadcast rights to the network. The Host firm has built up the network from 27 stations to a record total of over 105, the nation's largest collegiate basketball network. Out of state network affiliates include stations at Peru, Ind., Williamson, W. Va., Cincinnati and Portsmouth, Ohio, Miami, Fla., and Clarksville and Wartburg, Tenn. A HACKER TREASE WATERS TELEVISION COVERAGE The UK Television Network enters its ninth year with WAVE-TV of Louisville as the Coordinator. The Network will handle seven delayed telecasts of Wildcat games in Rupp Arena, and five live games-Baylor, at Kansas, Indiana and the UKIT (dependent on a sell-out) covers a five-state area this year, including WFIE of Evansville, Ind., WZTV of Nashville and WXIX of Cincinnati and a Huntington, W.Va. station to be announced later. Tipoff 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 Sports Director of WAVE-TV, Louisville. The following statons are included on the network: Live and Delayed Selected Games: Ch. 3-WAVE-TV, Louisville Ch. 13-WBKO-TV, Bowling Green Ch. 27-WKYT-TV, Lexington Ch. 17-WZTV-TV, Nashville, Tenn. Ch. 57-WKYH-TV, Hazard Ch. 19-WXIX-TV, Cinncinnati, Ohio Ch. 14-WFIE-TV, Evansville, Ind. Ch. 6-WPSD-TV, Paducah