Entertainment

Conrad Bachmann

Founder, Lou. Intl. Film Festival & Hollywood actor

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

Mitzi Friedlander has spent much of her career bringing stories to life for the blind. After 50 years of recording books, Friedlander holds the record for most talking book titles narrated for the National Library Service.

Joey Wagner, Owner of the J Wagner Group, has been putting on some of the biggest events in the city of Louisville and the midwest region for the past 10 years. J. Wagner Group, a full-service event planning, marketing, and promotions firm, serves many well-known and high-end clients.

Joey Wagner

Owner & Event Planner, J Wagner Group & DerbyVIP.com

Interviewed: 12-04-2015

A competitive spirit drives Chris Morris in his pursuit for excellence as a master distiller.

Chris Morris

Master Distiller, Brown-Forman Corporation

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Since Lee W. Robinson was seven years old and constructing scale models, he has had a passion for design and building beautiful homes.

Lee W. Robinson

Owner, The Lee W. Robinson Company

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Kevin Grangier is driven by his desire to create things that make people happy.

Kevin Grangier

Restauranteur, The Village Anchor & Le Moo’ Restaurants

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Dan McDonnell loves to compete, loves to win, and loves seeing the growth in his players as he coaches the University of Louisville baseball team.

Coach Dan McDonnell

Head Coach, University of Louisville Men’s Baseball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Tom Jurich cites his motivation to do things right and see results as he leads athletic programs at the University of Louisville.

Tom Jurich

Vice President and Director of Athletics, University of Louisville

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Jeff Walz has a passion for excellence that drives him as the head coach of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team.

Coach Jeff Walz

Head Coach, University of Louisville NCAA Women’s Basketball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick John Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick Henry Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Terri Foster knew from a young age she had musical gifts, and now seeks to use her gifts to help other young people develop theirs.

Michael Blowen’s fear of horses grew into a deep love for horses, and for saving their lives.

Michael Blowen

Founder and President, Old Friends Farm – A Thoroughbred Retirement Facility

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

Katie George sees her daily challenge to make herself and others better.

Katie George

2015 Miss Kentucky USA

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

Tyrone Cotton’s love of music and desire to create fuels his music and the songs he writes.

Tyrone Cotton

Singer, Songwriter and Musician, Tyrone Cotton Band

Interviewed: 04-17-2015

Fun and the challenge of creating a sense of wonderment drive Louisville-native Wayne Hettinger to create memorable events on a grand scale.

Wayne Hettinger

Producer and Originator, Thunder Over Louisville

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

Tim Laird loves interacting with people and sharing experiences with food and beverage.

Tim Laird

“C.E.O” Chief Entertainment Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

Interviewed: 08-15-2014

Dawne Gee grew up dreaming of working in communications.

Challenge motivates Ed Hart, and business turnarounds meet that need for him.

Ed Hart

President & Partner, Kentucky Kingdom

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Theatre director Les Waters’ interest in contemporary art and new plays drives him in his career.

Les Waters

Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (“ATL”)

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Mark Johnson has a deep passion for the sport and spectacle of horse racing; He calls it the greatest theatre on earth.

Mark Johnson

International Horse Racing Announcer, Kentucky & Epsom Derbies

Interviewed: 04-12-2013

JK McKnight is the founder and captain of the Forecastle festival, a gathering of musicians, artists and activists.

J.K. Mcknight

Founder, Forecastle Festival

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

Mandy Connell is a talk radio host who credits her competitive nature as a driver to be her best.

Mandy Connell

Past Host, “Mandy Connell Show” 84 WHAS RADIO (2010-2013)

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

A consistent love for sports and entertainment drives Lynn Abramson-Saltzman in her career.

Lynn Abramson-Saltzman

Past General Manager/Exclusive Marketer of the KFC YUM! Center (2011-2013)

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

A passion for the arts and to make things better by introducing new generations to the art drives Stephen Klein in his career.

Stephen Klein

Past President of The Kentucky Center for the Arts (2005-2013)

Interviewed: 03-25-2011

Berk Bryant is fueled by a desire to bring bluegrass and traditional country music to the world to enjoy.

Berk Bryant

“The Country Gentleman” Bluegrass Radio DJ

Interviewed: 03-25-2011

Angie Fenton is an award-winning and esteemed writer driven by a passion to serve her community.

Angie Fenton

Past THE BUZZ Columnist (2005-2009), The Courier-Journal

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

Driven by the need for, and impact of, arts education on young people, Paul Lenzi and his wife, Geraldine, co-founded the Blue Apple Players Theatre Group a children’s theatre company.

Paul Lenzi

Executive Director, Blue Apple Players

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

A driving curiosity about the world and the desire to be “a part of the solution” drive Denton Randall each day.

Denton Randall

Chief Development Officer, ElderServe

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Bill McNulty is an actor and director who has performed internationally, and enjoys a grounded life with a love for his work and his family.

William “Bill” McNulty

Resident Actor & Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

John Asher loves the sport of horse racing and is driven to make everything about Churchill Downs the best in the world.

John Asher

Vice President of Racing Communications, Churchill Downs

Interviewed: 05-24-2007

Ed Manassah is motivated to succeed when he encounters a challenging issue.

Allan Cowen takes the long view of life and believes that life is as great as you choose it to be.

Allan Cowen

President & CEO, Fund for the Arts

Interviewed: 12-06-2006

Jim Host loves Kentucky and he believes it has more potential than any other state in the country.

Jim Host

Former Kentucky Commerce Secretary & Founder of Host Communications

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Francene Cucinello loves to get people talking and challenge them to think.

Francene (1964-2010)

Former-Talk Show Host, 84 WHAS

Interviewed: 09-27-2006