Talking Big Red with Gary Ransdell and Cooking Up News with Dean Corbett

Dr. Gary Ransdell

As a WKU alumnus, I was thrilled when I heard that Dr. Gary Ransdell was coming to town to talk to the Oldham County Chamber. So I caught up with him to ask about all things Western — from Big Red to the nation’s top high school prep school to how great it was to have Bobby Petrino pay $350K to coach the football team last year. Ransdell is a great university president, as you’ll hear in our interview.

Dean Corbett has spent an amazing 37 years in the restaurant business, and his latest venture promises to be among the best. He’s quite a busy and in-demand businessman, and has three kids under 10 years old at home. We talk about his new place, in the old Brewery building downtown, and about a great event he’s hosting Thursday night. That party is all about a book written by former Rusty guest Steve Coomes — the topic is country hams, and apparently this is a great place to be if you’re a country ham fan.

In other news, I retired from racquetball after 34 years, and I’m OK with that. Dan Johnson is digging a bigger hole every week, this time by encouraging a local business to pack up and leave its lease because he wants a developer to start a project in the space. Dan, of course, has his own financial issues. And there’s still a minute to talk about the Ironman and a new Bill Lamb controversy.