By LARRY VAUGHT
County music, Kentucky basketball, Kentucky/NFL football and a coach looking for a new job will be part of my Thursday morning radio schedule.
Inez, Ky., native Annalyse McCoy is now a regular performer at the Opry City Stage in New York City — the first satellite location of country music’s highly regarded Grand Ole Opry in Nashville — on Broadway in Times Square and will be on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com) at 7:20 a.m
She teams with her husband in the band “Annalyse & Ryan” as she continues the quest to stardom in the country music world. She’s a life-long Kentucky fan and also a direct descendant of the McCoys of eastern Kentucky who feuded with the Hatfields. She grew up listening to stories about the feud and had a book at her house with the story of the McCoys passed on from her grandparents.
She’ll discuss her musical journey and the possibility she might be performing in Times Square when UK plays Seton Hall in New York in December.
Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy will join Tim Estes and myself at about 7:35 a.m. Thursday on WPBK. DeCourcy was at the recent Peach Jam where many of UK’s top 2019 recruiting targets played.
We’ll also get his insights on John Calipari’s upcoming team and how he thinks certain newcomers will mesh with Calipari’s returning players — along with his thoughts on Stanford transfer Reid Travis.
At 9 a.m., I’ll be on WKYB (107.5 FM, wkybfm.com) and start off with future UK Hall of Famer Jacob Tamme (he will be inducted in the hall of fame in September). We’ll talk about UK’s upcoming season and well as his recent Swings for Soldiers, a golf scramble that has now raised over $1 million to build homes for wounded veterans.
Tamme might even have his son, Luke, in studio with us to let us know what he thinks about his father who starred at Boyle County, UK and then the NFL.
Former Mercer County girls basketball coach Chris Souder will fill the second half of the show to discuss his surprising decision to resign as assistant coach at Indiana State after less than two months on the job. He led Mercer to consecutive state titles before resigning in May to join the college ranks for the first time.
He’ll discuss what led to that decision as well as what lies ahead for him and his family.