Conversations with Champions

Conversations with Champions

Sports columnist Billy Reed interviews athletes and leaders in various sports. A KET production.

All Past Episodes

Bissell Roberts and Steve Miller

56:56 | #803

Billy speaks with Bissell Roberts and Steve Miller, graduates of Henry Clay High School in Lexington, about the high school experience, not only as it pertains to sports.

Vickie Foley

59:03 | #802

Billy's guest is Vickie Foley, the all-time leading female trainer in Kentucky horse racing history.

Jerry Eaves

56:40 | #801

Billy's guest is Jerry Eaves, a former point guard on UofL's 1980 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship team. Eaves is the men's basketball head coach and athletic director at Simmons College and hosts a radio talk-show.

Chris Briggs - Georgetown College NAIA Championship

56:31 | #708

Chris Briggs, Georgetown College's head basketball coach, talks about winning the 2019 NAIA National Championship and how the NAIA fits into the basketball landscape.

Jimmy Dan Conner and Jerry Hale

56:40 | #707

Billy's guests are Jimmy Dan Conner and Jerry Hale of the 1975 University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team.

Butch Cope and Tony Gray

56:30 | #706

Butch Cope, associate commissioner of the KHSAA, and Tony Gray, the police chief in Danville and head of officials for the 12th Region, discuss the issue of high school game officials quitting due to abuse and threats.

Lea Wise Prewitt and Donna Murphy - Women's Sports

56:45 | #705

Billy discusses the present and future of women's sports, particularly basketball, with two of Kentucky's legendary players - Lea Wise Prewitt of the University of Kentucky and Donna Murphy of Morehead State.

Bob White and J.R. Van Hoose - "Sweet Sixteen"

56:45 | #704

Billy discusses the boys' Kentucky State High School basketball tournament with veteran sportswriter Bob White and J.R. Van Hoose, who led Paintsville High to the 1996 state championship and was Kentucky's "Mr. Basketball" in 1998.

State Rep. Rocky Adkins and Wayne Martin

56:48 | #703

State Rep. Rocky Adkins, who is currently Minority Floor Leader, and his former college coach, Wayne Martin, discuss the future of sports at Kentucky's regional universities.

Jennie Rees

56:30 | #702

Billy speaks with Jennie Rees, an award-winning thoroughbred racing writer and one of the sport's most knowledgeable authorities.

Dan Issel

56:35 | #701

Billy speaks with Dan Issel, former University of Kentucky basketball great who played under legendary coach Adolph Rupp, he was twice named an All American. He is also a retired Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach.

Jack Brammer and Dick Gabriel

56:35 | #610

Billy speaks with Jack Brammer, Frankfort bureau chief at the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Dick Gabriel, host of a radio sports talk show, about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling permitting individual states to legalize sports gambling.

Kelly Wells

56:40 | #609

Billy speaks with Kelly Wells, head coach of the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) men's basketball team. Wells led the UPIKE Bears to win the 2011 NAIA National Championship and was named the NAIA Coach of the Year following that championship season.

Jacob Tamme

57:13 | #608

Billy's guest is former University of Kentucky football player Jacob Tamme who retired from the NFL in 2017. Tamme was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft and also played for the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.

Doug Flynn

56:32 | #607

Billy speaks with Doug Flynn, host of KET's Kentucky Life and a former Major League Baseball player.

David Grissom

56:31 | #606

Billy's guest is David Grissom, chairman of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. He talks about restoring the university's image after a series of scandals both in athletics and academics.

Tim Sullivan

56:59 | #605

Billy's guest is Tim Sullivan, sports columnist at the Louisville Courier-Journal.

John Brewer, Gerry Calvert, and Earl "Brother" Adkins

57:10 | #604

Former University of Kentucky basketball players John Brewer, Gerry Calvert, and Earl "Brother" Adkins talk about playing for legendary coach Adolph Rupp.

Dick Gabriel and Drew Deener

56:30 | #603

Billy speaks with sports talk hosts Dick Gabriel of the Kentucky Sports Network and Drew Deener of ESPN680 in Louisville.

Kyle Macy

56:42 | #602

Billy speaks with former University of Kentucky basketball legend Kyle Macy. Macy is currently an assistant coach for the Transylvania University men's basketball team.

Lloyd "Pinky" Gardner

56:55 | #601

Billy speaks with Lloyd "Pinky" Gardner, who has been associated with several championship basketball teams at Western Kentucky University and Fairdale High School. He is best known as the trainer for the great Kentucky Colonels of ABA.

Tom Leach

56:40 | #510

Billy speaks with Kentucky broadcaster Tom Leach, the voice of the Wildcats, and host of The Leach Report radio show.

Rex Chapman

56:41 | #509

Billy sits down with former University of Kentucky basketball player Rex Chapman. Retired from professional basketball, Chapman played for four NBA teams through his 12-year career in the league.

Mike Battaglia

56:30 | #508

Billy speaks with Mike Battaglia, who has been in thoroughbred racing in Kentucky for more than 40 years. He is best known as the oddsmaker for the Kentucky Derby, the track announcer at Turfway Park and Churchill Downs, and a TV analyst.

Bobby Washington and George Wilson

56:49 | #505

Bobby Washington and George Wilson talk about the old Dunbar High in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jerry Tipton

56:41 | #504

Billy speaks with sports writer Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Tipton is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame and has been on the UK basketball beat for 34 years, longer than any other columnist.

Wilbur Hackett Jr. and Paul Karem

56:47 | #503

Billy speaks with Wilbur Hackett Jr. and Paul Karem, former UK football players. Wilbur Hackett Jr. is one of the players featured on the new statues at Commonwealth Stadium honoring racial pioneers in football. Paul Karem was active in getting the statues in place.

John Y. Brown, Jr.

58:49 | #502

Billy's guest is former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown, Jr.

Scott Davenport

58:00 | #408

Billy Reed talks with Scott Davenport, men's head basketball coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Derrick Ramsey

57:20 | #407

Billy speaks with Derrick Ramsey, secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, who was a quarterback and tight end at the University of Kentucky and went on to play professional football for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, New England Patriots, and the Detroit Lions.

Paul Rogers

58:20 | #406

Denny Crum

55:54 | #405

Billy talks with Denny Crum, former men's basketball coach at the University of Louisville from 1971 to 2001.

Frank Minnifield

57:14 | #404

Billy Reed's guest is former NFL great Frank Minnifield, who played defensive back for the Cleveland Browns. Minnifield is a native of Lexington, Kentucky.

Mike Pratt

57:40 | #403

Billy speaks with Mike Pratt, a former UK basketball player under legendary coach Adolph Rupp and former head coach at UNC Charlotte.

Donna Brothers

57:01 | #402

Billy Reed speaks with retired jockey Donna Barton Brothers, who serves as the on-track reporter and analyst for NBC Sports Triple Crown coverage and a reporter and analyst for TVG Network.

Julian Tackett

56:50 | #401

Billy Reed speaks with Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), about high school sports and the recent issues with referee retaliation.

John Swofford

56:30 | #303

A discussion with John Swofford, who has served as commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the past 18 years.

D. Wayne Lukas

56:30 | #302

A discussion with legendary thoroughbred horse trainer D. Wayne Lucas.

Phil Simms

59:45 | #301

Billy Reed talks to Louisville native Phil Simms, a CBS sports anaylst and former New York Giants quarterback, who led the team to two Superbowl titles.

Tom Jurich

56:29 | #207

Billy Reed discusses character and integrity in sports with University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich, a position he has held since 1997. Before Louisville, Jurich was AD at Colorado State and Northern Arizona. One of his greatest accomplishments was bringing Rick Pitino to the University of Louisville.

Kenny Davis

56:45 | #206

Former Georgetown College NAIA All-American Kenny Davis, Captain of the USA's 1972 Olympic Basketball Team, speaks about his Olympics experience in Munich - both the heartbreak and lifelong disappointment of losing the controversial Gold Medal basketball game to the Russians, and the horrific memory of the slaughter of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists during those same ill-fated Games.

Tori Murden McClure

56:28 | #205

Billy Reed talks with Tori Murden-McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic and the president of Spalding University in Louisville.

Joker Phillips

56:29 | #204

Billy Reed sits down with Joker Phillips, head football coach at the University of Kentucky, to discuss the character, ethics, and integrity exemplified by his team in losing star Randall Cobb to the NFL draft a year early and ending the 27-year losing streak to Tennessee.

John Carroll

56:28 | #203

Former newspaper editor John Carroll talks about the relationship between sports and college presidents. Carroll's publications, including The Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and others, won numerous Pulitzer Prizes. Carroll passed away June 14, 2015.

Seth Hancock

56:30 | #202

Billy Reed talks with Seth Hancock, the horseman who syndicated the great Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and is general partner of legendary Claiborne Farm in Bourbon County.

Tubby Smith

56:28 | #201

Host Billy Reed talks to University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith - a man with a reputation for character-building and the last coach to bring an NCAA basketball title to the University of Kentucky ('98).

Pat Day and Chris McCarron

56:27 | #106

Host Billy Reed talks with Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Chris McCarron.

Tom Hammond

56:29 | #105 | TV-G

Host Billy Reed talks with Lexington native and NBC sportscaster Tom Hammond. He is one of the network's staple on-air presenters and covers everything from the Olympics to the Kentucky Derby. A Georgetown College production.

Jim Host

56:29 | #104 | TV-G

Host Billy Reed talks with Kentucky entrepreneur Jim Host, chair of the Louisville Arena Authority, which recently opened the new KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. A Georgetown College production.

Mary T. Meagher

56:30 | #103 | TV-G

Host Billy Reed talks with Louisville native and former Olympic swimming star Mary T. Meagher about her life and career. A Georgetown College production.

Junior Bridgeman

56:27 | #102 | TV-G

A conversation with former Milwaukee Bucks star Junior Bridgeman. Now a prominent Louisville businessman, Bridgeman shares in Georgetown College's initiative for restoring character, ethics, and integrity to collegiate sports through its Academy for Character in Sport project. A Georgetown College production.

C.M. Newton

56:29 | #101 | TV-G

A conversation with ex-NCAA Rules Chair and former University of Kentucky Athletics Director C.M. Newton. A Georgetown College production.

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