Kentucky Derby

an accomplished sports journalist, TV host, & media personality-recognized for her expertise in sports broadcasting. With her skills she developed a passion for sports early on & cultivated her love for football=mainly NFL!

Kay Adams

American Sportscaster/TV Personality

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Tricia is a Canadian actress/former model, starring on the TV Series of Battlestar Gallactica & Lucifer

Tricia Helfer

Canadian Actress/Model

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Tosca is a South African-Canadian filmmaker, producer, & director. She is the younger sister of entrepreneurs Elon & Kimbal Musk

Tosca Musk

South African-Canadian Filmmaker, Producer & Director

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

He has been at the helm of Leading for Diageo Investments within the Black community to achieve the goal of generating $2.4 billion in economic value!

Malcolm Ellis

Head of Diverse Investments-DIAGEO

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

An American singer-songwriter gaining widespread popularity & commercial success for her empowering pop anthem "Fight Song."

Rachel Platten

American Singer-Songwriter

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American model/beauty queen from Lexington, KY, a long-standing aspiration to participate in beauty pageants, having dreamt of being on the Miss USA stage from a young age.

Madalyne Kinnett

Miss Kentucky-USA

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

During the Miss USA competition, Romano promoted women in STEM fields & has worked with nonprofits Project Scientist & Smile Train during her reign as Miss USA.

Morgan Romano

Miss USA

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Brand Ambassador for the historic bourbon whiskey brand of Old Forester.

🌹℧🏇 Melissa Rift🌹℧🏇

Old Forester Brand Ambassador

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

As Gallery Education Manager at the Speed Art Museum, oversees educational initiatives & programs related to the museum & is husband to Celebrity Chef Damaris Phillips

Darrick Wood

Gallery Education Mgr. at the Speed Art Museum

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Chef Damaris Phillips is a "Southern-Style" American Chef & TV Personality known for her Southern-style cooking & charming, warm personality!

Chef Damaris Phillips

“Southern-Style” American Chef & TV Personality

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Robert Pine is an American actor known for his extensive work in TV/Film. Notably he is father to famed movie actor Chris Pine

Robert Pine

American Actor/Sergeant Joseph -"CHiPs" TV Series

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Amber is an American Actress & TV Host starring in The Surfside Girls, N.C.I.S., & WandaVision

Amber Martinez

American Actress & TV Host

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American TV News Anchor/Political Commentator-best known for his work with Fox News' Channel & their political coverage & authoring several books

Bret Baier

American TV News Anchor/Political Commentator

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American actress, model, philanthropist/socialite. Best known with twin Priscilla as 1 of 1970's Doublemint Twins. Co-hosts annual Barnstable Brown Gala-high-profile charity event in Louisville, during KY. Derby weekend-renowned for its celebrity guests raising millions in diabetes research.

Richie is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, & producer best known for his work as the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi.

Richie Sambora

American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, & producer

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Edelen is no stranger to being on stage. While juggling teaching & competing in several local & regional pageants, she earned her ticket to the Miss Kentucky competition.

Randy has released over 20 studio albums & charted over 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 16 that reached the No. 1 spot. Songs like "Forever & Ever, Amen," "I Told You So," & "Three Wooden Crosses" are considered staples in the country music genre.

Randy Travis

American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, & Actor

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American singer known for his country/pop music career. He gained ntnl. attn. at age 11 with release of his debut album "One Voice," which was certified double Platinum in USA.

🎤Billy Gilman🎤

Celebrity American Singer

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Grace studies Nuclear Engineering at the Univ. of Wisconsin & plays the classical violin. She is also a competitive water-skier, loves to travel, & is a foodie!

Grace Stanke

Miss America

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Bobby Flay is a famous American chef, restaurateur, & TV personality. He is known for his expertise in Southwest cuisine & appearances on various Food Network shows, such as Iron Chef America, Beat Bobby Flay, & BBQ Brawl.

Bobby Flay

American Chef, restaurateur, and TV personality

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Ingram has enjoyed a highly successful career, which includes a Heisman Trophy win in college & multiple NFL Pro Bowls.

Mark Ingram II

American (NFL)-professional football player

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American former professional football player, widely considered 1 of grtst. running backs in National Football League (NFL) history, playing primarily for Dallas Cowboys/Arizona Cardinals.

Emmitt Smith

American (NFL)-retired professional football player

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American actor known for his work in both TV/Film, gaining wider recognition for his recurring roles in TV series like "Teen Wolf"/"Yellowstone."

Ian Bohen

American Actor-Yellowstone TV Series

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American businessman & philanthropist, best known as owner of Gallery Furniture-a retail furniture chain based in Houston, TX. He has garnered fame for his entrepreneurial acumen & community service efforts!

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale

American Businessman & Philanthropist

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Harlow developed a love for music early on & started rapping at 12, recording his music using rudimentary software & equipment.

Jack Harlow

American Rapper, Singer, & Songwriter

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

A prominent figure in American TV & became synonymous with ABC's reality dating show "The Bachelor", when he started hosting on its 2002 debut & its subsequent spin-offs to become the face of the entire franchise, hosting "The Bachelorette," "Bachelor in Paradise," "Bachelor Winter Games,"

Chris Harrison

American TV Personality-The Bachelor

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Soozie is an American filmmaker/producer, & has been involved in various documentary & narrative filmmaking projects, having produced & directed Overload: America's Toxic Love Story, By the Wayside & Meant to Be.

Soozie Eastman

American Filmmaker & Producer

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Morgan McGarvey has dedicated his life to public service to make a difference for others, by becoming U.S. House of Representatives, for Kentucky's 3rd Dist.

Morgan McGarvey

U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky 3rd District

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

A distinguished American actor best known for portraying Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in the iconic TV series "Leave It to Beaver." Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Mathers' early intro to the entertainment world paved way for his enduring career in the industry.

Jerry Mathers

American TV Actor-Star of "Leave it To Beaver" TV Series

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Smokey is an iconic figure in the music industry, renowned as a legendary Motown singer, songwriter, & record producer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, where he later found fame & contributed significantly to the Motown sound.

Smokey Robinson

Legendary Motown Singer and Artist

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Aaron's story began in 1985 when, at 12, a snowmobiling accident changed his life forever. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, presenting challenges that would have overwhelmed lesser souls. But in Aaron, the spark of resilience was ignited.

Aaron Pike

Paralympian Champion/Athlete

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

She charted a remarkable journey that defies the odds & inspires the world. From the challenges of a traumatic childhood to becoming a Paralympian champion, Oksana's life story is a testament to the power of resilience & indomitable human spirit.

Oksana Masters

Paralympian Champion/Athlete

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

An American former professional basketball player, & team member of winning 2013 NCAA Championship Univ. of Louisville team. After Retiring, he became a sports analyst for ESPN & ACC Network

Luke Hancock

Frmr. Pro Basketball Player/Sports Analyst

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Brazilian artist, painter, serigrapher, & sculptor. His work combines elements of cubism, pop art, & graffiti painting, using vibrant colors & bold patterns as a visual expression of hope, dreams, & happiness. Britto is considered the most collected & licensed artist in history.

Romero Britto

Brazillian Artist, Painter, Serigrapher, & Sculptor

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Marcus is a Swedish professional racing driver. He competes in the NTT IndyCar Series, driving the No. 8 Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, & is the 2022 Indianapolis 500 winner. Ericsson previously competed in Formula One between 2014 & 2018.

Marcus Ericsson

Indy 500 Race Car Winner

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Robert is a Canadian-born American board game inventor who created the popular word-guessing game Pictionary in 1985. Since selling Pictionary, he has invented other board games & products.

A visionary behind impeccable service, legendary steaks, & a passion for showmanship! Yet, from a humble beginning at 15, he took control of his life by leaving a fatherless & problematic home, & with mentorship of a high school coach, Ruby mainly raised himself & forged his destiny!

Jeff Ruby

Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt Univ. & earned a Juris Doctor @ Univ. of Virginia School of Law. In 2016, he became KY.'s 50th Attny. Genl., & in 2019, became KY.'s 63rd Governor & is son of 61st KY. Governor & our 292nd guest-Gov. Steven Beshear

KY. Governor Andy Beshear

63rd Governor-Commonwealth of KY. (2019-2027)

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American Sportswriter, Pundit, & TV Analyst primarily covering the National Football League (NFL).

Ian Rapoport

American Journalist/Sportswriter & NFL Network TV Analyst

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

As Miss Earth USA, she will compete for the Miss Earth title. With a strong sense of compassion for service, animals, & the Earth, she is a global ambassador with Wands for Wildlife to use beauty tools to provide medical aid to wildlife animals.

Danielle Mullins

Miss Earth USA

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Tayan Stansfield-Miss Teen Earth 2023

Tayan Stansfield

Miss Teen Earth

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Mrs. Eden Bridgeman Sklenar is owner, Chairwoman, & CEO of EBONY & JET & Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Manna Inc

Eden Bridgeman

Owner/CEO-Ebony Media

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Star is an American lawyer, journalist, TV personality, fashion designer, author, & women's & diversity advocate.

Star Jones

American lawyer, journalist, celebrity TV personality, fashion designer, author, & women’s & diversity advocate

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

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, & & Season 9 (2015) of The Voice reality talent show

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 Vallelonga

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 NFL's Houston Oilers & the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos. Moon also played for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, & Kansas City Chiefs.

Warren Moon

(1984-2000) Retired NFL Football Player

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Eddie Montgomery & Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s with Montgomery's brother, John Michael Montgomery. Gentry then reunited in 1994 with Eddie after Gentry was unable to find a solo record deal & 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

Today the Healing Place campus is expanding & has several thousand alumni with a 75% recovery rate.

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

Chef Thierry Rautureau (1959-2023)

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

Former Louisville Metro Chief of Police (2012-2020)

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, he was chosen to lead the KY. Derby Museum, since taking the lead, Armstrong & his “KDM” staff have increased revenue by 22%, along with annual attendance increases.

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

Former Executive Chef, Churchill Downs Racetrack (2011-2022)

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 (1999-2018)

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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