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EP 122: Tom Leach, University of Kentucky

posted by Logan Anderson July 16, 2020 0 comments
Tom Leach, Kentucky

My conversation with Tom Leach, the radio voice of University of Kentucky football and basketball. Topics of discussion include:

  • What he’s doing to get through the days during the pandemic.
  • How he gets through his daily talk show without any sports.
  • Setting his goal to one day be the voice of the Wildcats as an 8th grader.
  • The potentially obvious choice of attending the University of Kentucky for journalism school.
  • The influence of other legendary Kentucky broadcasters on his career.
  • The specific influence of long time Kentucky voice Cawood Ledford and why he’s saved his critique to this day.
  • Why he still has the cassette tape of his very first broadcast as a high school junior.
  • His moment of reckoning where he realized he needed to step up his game to reach his goals.
  • How turning down a good position as the voice of a high school team ended up being a blessing in disguise.
  • Getting a foot in the door as the pre/half/post game host at UK and how he rose through the ranks at that point.
  • The moments where he pinches himself and realizing how fortunate he is.
  • How “The Monotony of Greatness” led to developing his own personal philosophy.
  • Developing a document to help him quickly reference records and other statistical curiosities quickly during a broadcast.
  • The unique challenges of covering horse racing.
  • The keys to nailing big moments.
  • His broadcast horror stories.
  • His favorite broadcasters to listen to during an off night.

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