By LARRY VAUGHT
On Thursday I am lucky to be joined by two of my favorite people when Katie George is on WPBK (102.9 FM) from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and then Freddie Maggard will be on WKYB (107.5 FM) from 6-7 p.m. for Cat Calls from Mallard’s on the Danville Bypass.
George is a former national prep volleyball player of the year from Assumption High School in Louisville and was the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year at the University of Louisville. She also earned NCAA All-American honors as well as Academic All-American honors. George graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville in three years with a Bachelors in Communications and minor in Sports Administration
She managed to find time to enter her first beauty contest and was crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2015 and went on to place in the top 11 at the Miss USA Pageant.
Her dream had always been to work in broadcast journalism and she’s now a full-time member of the WDRB-TV sports staff where she works with two of the best journalists I know, Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford.
She covers both University of Kentucky and Louisville basketball and football. I’ve seen her with the video camera on the sideline during football games and hard at work doing interviews after games. She brings a different perspective to her work and I guarantee it will be a fun 30 minutes that Tim Estes and I will have talking with Katie George.
(You can listen online at wpbkfm.com or later go to the site for the podcast).
MAGGARD ON WKYB
Maggard, the former UK quarterback, will be with former Kentucky center Dave Hopewell and myself at Mallard’s from 6-7 p.m. Thursday to talk all things UK football.
He is now a football analyst for Kentucky Sports Radio, regular on the Leach Report with Tom Leach and part of the UK Radio Network team.
No one studies UK football — or football in general — more than Maggard. He will help break down UK’s game at Alabama, the recent win over South Carolina and what the rest of the season might hold.
He also stays up on recruiting and we will make sure he shares those insights as well.
“Even I am surprised by the numbers and statistics he rattles off when it comes to UK football now,” Samantha Burton, Maggard’s sister, said. “I never saw that coming. I call him Rain Main (after the movie role Dustin Hoffman played of a high level autistic man who could rattle off statistics, memorize numbers and calculate square roots in a flash) because of all that stuff he spouts off so quick. It’s crazy.
“But he loves it. I have never seen him happier. At his age he has found what he was meant to do. He really is a good guy and seeing him enjoying what he is doing so much right now really does make me happy.”
But she also knows some great stories on her brother. Like the time he got in trouble and his mother used a piece of a Matchbox race track to “stripe” him for not listening to her.
“When we were little Dad was the superintendent for Blue Diamond Coal. We lived in Hazard and they were always doing construction,” Burton said. “We moved to Letcher County and they bought us a top of the line Clayton trailer. We lived on site and dad worked daylight to dark.
“I learned to drive by the time I was 10 or 11 at the strip mine. But our mom dared us not to go close to the sludge pond because it was a dangerous place. We talked each other into it. He never ever got in trouble. He was the baby. So I thought if I lied and said it was his idea, we would not be in trouble.
“We could hear mom yelling our names. We had an old orange Matchbox race track and she had a strip of that in her hand. She striped us until we got back to the trailer. Needless to say, we never went back to that sludge pond again.”
Hear Freddie’s side of the story Thursday night on WKYB (107.5 FM). You can also listen online at wkybfm.com.