Rick Howlett

Broadcast Managing Editor

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years.   Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bluegrass Stakes Winner, Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized After Training Mishap

Credit Keeneland/Coady Photography

The trainer of Bluegrass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dance With Fate says the colt had to be euthanized after suffering an injury during training at a California track.

Dance With Fate was galloping at Del Mar race track early Thursday when he got startled and ran into a fence rail.     His exercise rider was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The colt was training for the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar.       

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Local News
1:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

WAMZ Radio's Coyote Calhoun Announces Retirement

One of Louisville’s best known radio personalities is announcing his retirement after 45 years in broadcasting.        

Coyote Calhoun plans to step down later this year as afternoon personality and program director at country music powerhouse WAMZ.

Calhoun was named program director at WAMZ shortly after it adopted the country format in the late 1970s, and he helped build it into one of the most successful country stations in the U.S.

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Local News
1:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Pitino: Former Card Russ Smith Reaches Contract Deal With NBA's Pelicans

U of L coach Rick Pitino and guard Russ Smith, in 2013.
Credit Rick Howlett

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says former Cardinal standout Russ Smith has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on his first NBA contract.

Smith was picked 47th in last month’s NBA draft by Philadelphia, but was traded to the Pelicans, who had long been interested in the guard.

"It only takes at the NBA level one team to believe in your talent," Pitino said.    "And we were always convinced that Russ Smith could be an outstanding pro because he can do so many different things."

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Local News
5:14 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Dufner Preparing to Defend PGA Title at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club

2013 PGA champion Jason Dufner will defend his title in August at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club. He spoke Wednesday during a visit to Churchill Downs.
Credit Rick Howlett

One of professional golf’s four major competitions is returning to Louisville later this summer.

The winner of last year’s PGA Championship is preparing to defend his title at Valhalla  Golf Club in early August.    

Defending champ Jason Dufner and PGA officials were in Louisville today to talk about the event, which will pay $10 million in prize money.

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Local News
3:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

For U of L' s Grant Kay, College World Series Also a Homecoming

Cards' first baseman Grant Kay is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, the home of the College World Series.
Credit Rick Howlett

The Louisville Cardinals are bound for Omaha, Nebraska  to begin play in the college baseball World Series this weekend.           

U of L takes on Vanderbilt Saturday at 8:00pm Eastern time in their opening round game.

This World Series berth is an extra special milestone for Cardinals’ first baseman Grant Kay.   The junior college transfer is an Omaha native.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Courier-Journal Lays Off Seven Staffers, Including Managing Editor

The Courier-Journal building on Sixth Street and Broadway.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

The Courier-Journal has cut seven positions in what executives are calling a “restructuring” in its newsroom.

Director of Marketing Nancy Jo Trafton declined to say which positions were eliminated, but she said no reporters were affected. Trafton said some newsroom positions will be created as part of the restructuring.

Longtime Metro Editor Mike Trautmann confirmed on Twitter that his position was among those eliminated:

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Input Sought for Campaign to Boost Louisville's Tree Canopy

Credit Census Data / Wikimedia Commons

Louisville’s Urban Forester will host a community meeting Wednesday to get ideas for the launch of a campaign to plant more trees in the city and improve its tree canopy coverage.

Erin Thompson says the meeting begins at 4:30pm at Whitehall House and Gardens on Lexington Road.

She says ideas are encouraged on all facets of the campaign.     

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Local News
4:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Paul McCartney's Louisville Show Rescheduled

Paul McCartney in 2009
Credit Creative Commons

Fans of Paul McCartney who have tickets to his first-ever performance in Louisville will have to wait a while longer for the show.

McCartney announced on his website Monday that his doctors have advised him to take more time to recover from a viral infection that left him hospitalized in Asia last month.

His June 26 show at the KFC Yum! Center has been postponed until Oct. 28.

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Local News
1:11 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Cardinals to Face Vanderbilt Saturday in College World Series Opener

The Louisville Cardinals are bound for Omaha and the College World Series for the second straight season.

U of L (50-15) will take on Vanderbilt Saturday night in opening round play and the pursuit of the school’s first national baseball title.            

Coach Dan McDonnell’s team swept Kennesaw State in super regional play over the weekend to clinch the World Series berth, with two come-from-behind victories.

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Local News
10:53 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

NCAA Baseball: U of L Beats Kennesaw State in Super Regional

University of Louisville freshman Nick Solak hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Cardinals rally to a 5-3 win over Kennesaw State on Friday in an NCAA super regional.

The Cardinals (49-15) scored three runs in the eighth to come from behind and move within a victory of their second straight College World Series berth and third since Dan McDonnell was hired as coach in 2007.

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