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American multi-instrumentalist, singer, & composer who was a founding member of alternative rock band R.E.M.

Mike Mills

Co-Founder-Alternative Rock Band R.E.M.

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Linkin' Bridge is a musical group consisting of Louisville, Kentucky natives Big Rome, Montre Davis, Shon China Lacy, and Elliot Nicholas

Linkin' Bridge

A capella Quartet Singing Group

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Zea began her acting career in theatre. Her first major role was on the NBC daytime soap opera  Passions (2000–2002), where she played the role of Gwen Hotchkiss. Her breakout role was on ABC  primetime soap opera Dirty Sexy Money as socialite Karen Darling.

Natalie Zea

American TV Actress

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland, alongside Kristian Bush. She sang eth national anthem at the 145th KY. Derby in 2019. Prior to this, she also charted as a duet partner on the country version of rock band Bon Jovi's 2006 single "Who Says You Can't Go Home," a # 1 hit on the  Billboard country charts.

Jennifer Nettles

Lead Vocalist of Duo-Sugarland & American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, & Actress

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Best known for role of Fez in sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006) & as Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014–16). He was also host of MTV series Yo Momma (2006–07), He also has a role on NCIS as Nick Torres.

Wilmer Valderrama

Venezuelan American Actor, Producer, Singer & TV Personality

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Richardson was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his cousin and bandmate Brian Littrell on April 10, 2015.

Kevin Richardson

Member of the Backstreet Boys Band, American Singer, Songwriter, Actor, & Model

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American actor and comedian. He is best known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.

David Alan Grier

American Actor & Comedian

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American singer, songwriter, & musician from Harlan, KY. Smith began singing in his church choir & continued through his college education. In 2015 he gained natnl. recognition when he won season 9 of the singing competition The Voice.

Jordan Smith

American Singer, Songwriter, & Musician

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American actor, screenwriter, producer, and film director. He is best known for co-writing and producing the film Green Book, for which he received two Academy Awards

Nick Vallevonga

Academy Award-Winning Producer, American Actor, Screenwriter, & Film Director

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American country music singer and songwriter signed to Curb Records. Brice has released four albums for the label

Lee Brice

American Country Music Artist

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

At age 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother and began learning to play and sing on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in the Louisville/Lexington, KY area and developed a fan-base that eventually landed him on some of the biggest stages in the business, opening for some of the nation’s hottest stars.

J.D. Shelburne

American Country Music Artist

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1989, releasing seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label between then & 1999, & has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992.

Travis Tritt

American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, & Actor

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

As an American comedic actor and voice artist, you may know his iconic voice more than his looks. In advertising, he has played a "control enthusiast" in a series of commercials for National Car Rental.

Patrick Warburton

American Comedic Actor

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

former American & Canadian football QB who played professionally for 23 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Moon also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.

Warren Moon

(1984-2000) Retired NFL Football Player

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Eddie Montgomery & Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s as part of 2 different bands with Montgomery's brother, John Michael Montgomery. Gentry reunited in 1994with Eddie Montgomery after Gentry was unable to find a solo record deal, and Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999.

Eddie Montgomery

American Country Music Singer

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Guiney is an american host & was a contestant on the 1st season of The Bachelorette & later appeared as the bachelor in the 4th season of The Bachelor.

Bob Guiney

American TV Host

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

In her role as Asst. Master Distiller, McCall will continue working under the direction of Master Distiller Chris Morris on the innovation & the development of new products within Woodford Reserve.

Elizabeth McCall

Asst. Master Distiller-Brown-Forman/Woodford Reserve

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Rabil is a Lebanese-American professional lacrosse player & founder of a new professional lacrosse organization, known as the Premier Lacrosse League

Paul Rabil

American Professional Lacrosse Player

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the White House Chief of Staff (& later President) Wayne Palmer on the Fox action/drama series 24.

D.B. Woodside

American TV Actor

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Host of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta an American reality TV series on TLC which follows events at Bridals by Lori in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs.

Monte Durham

Host & Fashion Director- Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Steve Huey wrote of Lawrence's musical style that he was "one of a number of rock-tinged honky tonk singers who rose to fame in the early '90s" & "gained a loyal audience for his mix of modern & traditional country sounds"

Tracy Lawrence

American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, & Record Producer

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Trained 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah & 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Baffert has won 5 KY Derbies, 7 Preakness Stakes, 3 Belmont Stakes, & 3 KY. Oaks.

Bob Baffert

Legendary American Racehorse Trainer & 2018 & 2015 Triple Crown Winner

Interviewed: 05-03-2019

Chef Thierry Rautureau, nicknamed "The Chef In The Hat", is the chef/owner of restaurants, Loulay and Luc, in Seattle, Washington.

Chef Thierry Rautureau

Nicknamed- (The Chef in the Hat) & Chef/Owner of Loulay and Luc Restaurants

Interviewed: 05-02-2019

Conrad worked his way through the ranks, rising to Asst. Chief in the LPD & later an Asst. Chief in the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Dept. (LMPD). As a Lieutenant Colonel with the LMPD, Conrad was Commander of the Administrative Bureau. Chief Conrad left the LMPD in 2005 to become Chief of the Glendale (AZ) Police Dept.

Chief Steve Conrad

Louisville Metro Chief of Police

Interviewed: 05-01-2019

McGaughey has accomplished the rare trifecta of training a Breeders’ Cup winner, her daughter, and her granddaughter in the troika of Personal Ensign, My Flag, and Storm Flag Flying. In 2013 he won his first Kentucky Derby with Orb.

Shug McGaughey

Hall of Fame American Thoroughbred Horse Trainer

Interviewed: 10-30-2018

Smith has won the most Breeders' Cup races of any jockey with 26 Breeders' Cup wins. Smith also is the 2nd leading jockey of all time in earnings with over $300 million. In 2018, Smith rode Justify to the Triple Crown, becoming the oldest jockey to win the title at age 52.

Mike E. Smith

2018 Triple Crown Winning American Jockey

Interviewed: 10-30-2018

best known for winning the 2011 Preakness Stakes with Shackleford and the Breeders’ Cup Turf with Little Mike. He also upset American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers Stakes with Keen Ice. He won the 2012 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.

Dale Romans

American Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainer

Interviewed: 10-30-2018

Learn how Fred overcame PTSD to become a world-reknowned Bourbon author and Bourbon connoisseur.

Fred Minnick

Author, Journalist and Whiskey Blogger

Interviewed: 12-08-2017

In 2015, Patrick was chosen to lead the esteemed KY. Derby Museum, replacing Lynn Ashton who previously served 20 years in that role. Since taking the lead at the museum, Armstrong & his “KDM” staff have increased revenue by 22%, along with an annual attendance increase of over 12.6% in the 2016 fiscal year & 5.6% in the 2017 fiscal year.

Patrick Armstrong

President/CEO, Kentucky Derby Museum

Interviewed: 11-19-2017

Chef David Danielson applies classic French training with fresh and local flavor.

Chef David Danielson

Executive Chef, Churchill Downs Racetrack

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

For 20 years, Mike Berry has been at the helm of the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF), one of the nation’s largest and most notable civic celebrations.

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

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

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

A native of Ireland, Dr. T. Pearse Lyons is driven by making a difference in the world, and has built his company, Alltech, based on doing the right thing.

Dr. T. Pearse Lyons (1944-2018)

President & Founder, ALLTECH, Inc. And 2010 Title Sponsor, FEI World Equestrian Games (held Lexington, KY.)

Interviewed: 06-11-2010

Pat Day is a legendary American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Pat Day

Retired Horse Racing Jockey (1976-2005) & 1992 Kentucky Derby Winner

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

PJ Cooksey believes you should find what you are passionate about in life and go and do it.

Patricia “PJ” Cooksey

Former Female Jockey & 1984 Kentucky Derby Contender

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

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

John Asher (1955-2018)

former-Vice President of Racing Communications, Churchill Downs

Interviewed: 05-24-2007

Growing up in Kansas, Steve Sexton learned a lot about the importance of a strong work ethic and goal setting.

Steve Sexton (1959-2016)

Past President, Churchill Downs (2002-2009)

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

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