By LARRY VAUGHT
Eastern Kentucky University athletics director Steve Lochmueller will join us on WPBK (102.9 FM) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. to talk about a variety of things with myself and Tim Estes.
Lochmueller is in his second year as EKU AD following a successful business career following his athletics career at UK. He’s in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame after being a three-year starter at Tell City for his father, Bob Lochmueller. He had 1,333 career points and 927 rebounds.
He came to UK as one of the “Super Kittens” with Jimmy Dan Conner, Bob Guyette, Kevin Grevey, Mike Flynn, Jerry Hale and G.J. Smith. That group made the Final Four in 1975 and lost to UCLA in John Wooden’s last game, but Lochmueller gave up basketball his senior year to play football.
Kentucky had Derrick Ramsey, Art Still and Warren Bryant — along with several other future NFL players — on the 1974 team team when Lochmueller joined the football team.
“I am not too sure I handled anybody too well. I was very fortunate I was alternating starting right defensive tackle until I hurt my knee. You could see at that point Derrick and Art would be special players,” Lochmueller said.
Lochmueller was a regular at UK football and basketball games until he became athletics director at Eastern Kentucky.
“I think everything comes down to common sense. I played basketball at Kentucky. I am a Kentucky fan. I root for Kentucky except when they play Eastern Kentucky,” Lochmueller said.
“When I play them, I want to beat them. These young men and women here, they are my family now. When they play, I want to beat them (UK). Other than that, I wish all the state programs success. But I don’t apologize, or will I ever apologize, for being a Kentucky fan.”
Join us on WPBK — or wpbkfm.com — for more with Lochmueller on Thursday morning.
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We will have Leon Downey, executive director of tourism for the city of Pigeon Forge, join us about 7:50 a.m. Thursday to update what potential visitors should know as the area recovers from the deadly fires that forced Gatlinburg to be evacuated as well as parts of Pigeon Forge.
This is normally a festive time in Pigeon Forge with the holiday lights display and Christmas shopping. New Year’s Eve is also a popular time, so Downey will update us on what we need to know.