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.


Local News
3:23 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Strong "Shocked" At Cards' Progress This Season

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he expected the Cards to improve over last season but he never dreamed that this team would have a 9-0 record and a top-ten national ranking, given the youth of his recruiting classes.

"I’m shocked that we’re this far along, I’ll say that. I am shocked that we’re this far along in our third year. Because, when you look at it, when you get your team to the junior-senior group of guys then that’s when you feel like you’re going to be solid," he said.

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Local News
3:36 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

UK: Joker Phillips Won't Be Cats' Football Coach Next Season

University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart says he'll replace Joker Phillips as the Wildcats' football coach at season's end.

Barnhart made the announcement today in an open letter to fans, saying the search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Phillips will coach the Wildcats' final two games of the season against Samford and Tennessee.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

College Football: U of L Rolls Over Temple, UK Drops Eighth Straight

Teddy Bridgewater threw five touchdown passes and the Louisville Cards improved to 9-0 for the first time in school history with a 45-17 win over Temple Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The 10th ranked Cards, now 4-0 in Big East Conference play, visit Syracuse next Saturday.

In Lexington, the Kentucky Wildcats fell to Vanderbilt 40-0 for their eighth straight loss. UK is idle next weekend before facing Samford on November 17 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

100 Years of "Tarzan" Gives U of L Cause for Celebration

Denny Miller as Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)
  • Rick Howlett covers U of L's "birthday" celebration of Tarzan.

In October of 1912, a pulp magazine called The All Story published a story called “Tarzan of the Apes, a Romance of the Jungle.”

The tale of an orphaned child of British aristocracy who was raised by apes in the African jungle was the first of many adventures of the hero created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

A hundred years later, the University of Louisville has taken a prominent role in the centennial celebration and the preservation  of Tarzan's legacy.

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Local News
6:19 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Pitino Contract Extension To Run Through 2022

University of Louisville

The University of Louisville has made it official and given men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino a contract extension that will keep him with the Cards for ten more years.

Pitino’s previous contract ran through 2017, but athletic director Tom Jurich had been pressing the coach to extend the deal, which will have him coaching until age 70.

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Local News
3:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Now 8-0, Cards Trying to Stay Humble

The University of Louisville football team continues to rise in the national rankings.

The undefeated Cards have the number ten spot in this week’s USA Today/coaches poll and are 12th in the Associated Press poll following Friday’s overtime win over Cincinnati.

U of L also shot up from 16th to 10th in the BCS rankings, the system used to determine the top postseason bowl match-ups and college football’s national champion.

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Local News
6:12 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

College Football: UK falls at Missouri; IU topples Illinois


In college football, the Kentucky Wildcats dropped their seventh straight game, losing 33-10 at Missouri today.

UK was plagued by turnovers. The Wildcats had three fumbles that resulted in Missouri touchdowns.

Kentucky falls to 1-8 on the season and 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference.

The Tigers notched their first conference victory and evened their overall record to 4-4.

UK hosts Vanderbilt next Saturday.

The Indiana Hoosiers snapped a five-losing streak, defeating host Illinois 31-17.

Local News
11:54 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

U of L Tops Cincinnati in Overtime

A 30 yard field goal by John Wallace gave the Louisville Cards a 34-31 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats on a rainy Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The Cards got their chance to win the game after intercepting a Cincinnati pass on the first overtime possession. The winning score came right after Wallace's first field goal attempt. There was a high snap on the first try, but the play was whistled dead because Cincinnati coach Butch Jones had called time out.

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Local News
3:12 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

College Football: U of L vs Cincy, UK at Missouri, IU vs Illinois


College football resumes tonight with Louisville hosting Cincinnati. The 16th ranked Cards are undefeated at 7-0 and hope to hand the Bearcats (5-1) their second straight loss.

Cincinnati dropped out of the top 25 after losing last weekend at Toledo.

Kickoff at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is 8:00pm.

The Kentucky Wildcats visit Missouri Saturday.

Both teams are winless in SEC play. This is Missouri’s first season in the conference, and playing in Columbia will be a new experience for Joker Phillips’ Wildcats.

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Arts and Humanities
6:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Jim Beam's Great-Grandson Reflects on Rise to Master Distiller in New Book

  • Fred Noe talks to WFPL's Rick Howlett about his new book, 'Straight Up: The Bold Story of the First Family of Bourbon."

One of the most prominent names associated with Kentucky bourbon is Beam.

The Beam family began making whiskey in 1795, but it was Jim Beam who put the product on the map, building the brand bearing his name after Prohibition.

Today, Jim Beam bourbon and the company’s other varieties of spirits are among the most popular in the world.

Jim Beam’s great-grandson, Fred Noe, has documented the colorful history of the family business and his rise from bottling line worker to Jim Beam master distiller.

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