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
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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Local News
3:24 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Cards Prepping for Bearcats; Cincy QB Munchie Legaux: "I'm Better" Than Bridgewater

In college football, the Louisville Cardinals host Cincinnati Friday in their annual battle for the Keg of Nails.

The Cards are unbeaten at 7-0; the Bearcats are 5-1 with their first loss coming last week at Toledo. Both teams are 1-0 in the Big East Conference.

U of L coach Charlie Strong says this is one of the biggest games of his two-and-a-half seasons in Louisville.

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Local News
1:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Authorities: Laser Pointers Can Blind Pilots, Cause Disaster

Photo from laserpointersafety.com

Louisville Metro Police and the FBI are warning people of the consequences of aiming laser pointers at aircraft.

Officials say a series of recent local incidents, often intended as pranks, has raised new concerns about the risks to commercial and police aircraft.

Officer Carey Hirtzell was circling an LMPD helicopter above an investigation scene last weekend when someone pointed a green laser at the aircraft.

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3:48 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Churchill Downs Gets Approval For September Dates

Churchill Downs has been given the go-ahead to offer a third racing meet starting next year.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted Tuesday to give the track a third live racing meet in September.

The schedule will be added to Churchill's traditional spring and fall meets.

The 12 additional dates will be Churchill's first all-September meet since 1890. The dates have traditionally gone to Turfway Park in northern Kentucky.

Local News
2:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Jurich Pressing Pitino to Extend Contract

University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich wants men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino to sign a another contract extension that would keep him at U of L until he’s 70 years old.

Pitino’s current contract expires in 2017, but Jurich says he’s been after the coach to sign on for an additional five years.

The two joked about it briefly during a press conference Monday.

"We get to extend your contract, don’t we?" asked Jurich.

"Yeah," Pitino fired back. "So I can die on the court."

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