A sports enthusiast with a love for good writing can’t beat the second annual Billy Reed Sports Journalism Workshop, Aug. 8-10, on the campus of Georgetown College. A Hall-of-Fame journalist with more than 50 years experience, Reed has written for such publications as Sports Illustrated, the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader and now writes a blog about the lack of character in sport and the media.

Billy Reed

In addition to Reed, a wide variety of professional writers, photographers, radio-TV announcers, and publicists will make presentations during the three-day workshop. Radio buffs will be treated to the two sportscasters who bring you basketball and football from the state’s two signature programs – Tom Leach, voice of the Kentucky Wildcats, and Paul Rogers, voice of the Louisville Cardinals.

Other guests include Lexington Herald-Leader sports columnist John Clay; Jerry Tipton, the Herald-Leader’s UK basketball beat writer; Drew Deener, host of “The Early Birds” sports talk show on Louisville’s WKRD-790 AM; Wayne Martin, President and General Manager of WKYT-27 and a former head basketball coach at Morehead State University; Jennie Rees, who covers horse-racing for the Courier-Journal; and world-renowned sports photographer Bill Straus, an Eclipse Award-winner.

The sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, and Tuesday, Aug. 9 – with lunch included those first two days. The session on Wednesday, Aug. 10, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. The cost per student is $250.

If the National Football League dispute between club owners and NFL players is ended by that time, the Cincinnati Bengals will be in camp at Georgetown during the workshop. Workshop participants would then – like last summer – attend practice sessions and press conferences at Toyota Stadium.

For further information about the workshop, contact H.K. Kingkade at (502) 863- 8209 or Angela Allen at (502) 863-7971. Or print and mail the Billy Reed Sports Journalism Workshop Registration Form.

More about Billy Reed

Executive Scholar-in-Residence Billy Reed with Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, left, and Chris McCarron, with rising senior Taylor Vaughn of the GC News Bureau.

Reed will be beginning his second year as Georgetown College’s second Executive Scholar-in- Residence. (Former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins, who is still in residence, was the first.) Reed heads up the College’s new Academy for Character in Sport, which was established to address the well-documented decline of character, integrity and ethics in sports and the media. Follow his blog at acs.georgetowncollege.edu. He also is host of his own radio sports talk show on WGTK-970 AM in Louisville from 11 a.m. until noon Saturdays.

He was also host of “Conversations with Champions,” a series of fireside chats with sports celebrities in the College’s John L. Hill Chapel that were filmed for airing on Kentucky Educational Television. Guests were former University of Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton, former University of Louisville and NBA basketball star Junior Bridgeman; “Madame Butterfly” Mary T. Meagher, the swimming star of the 1984 Olympics; sports marketing legend Jim Host, current chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority; NBC sportscaster Tom Hammond, host of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and the network’s coverage of Olympic track and field, and ice skating; and Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Chris McCarron.