My story begins as a kid growing up in Lexington. Living in the south end of Lexington, I played every sport I could at Cardinal Valley Park. My second home was in that park in the summer, playing Little League Baseball games until dark.
My story begins as a kid growing up in Lexington. Living in the south end of Lexington, I played every sport I could at Cardinal Valley Park. My second home was in that park in the summer, playing Little League Baseball games until dark. All of the kids in my neighborhood loved being at the ball park, just like in the movie “Sandlot”. A good friend of mine was Joe Cowley. We played on an all star team together. Joe went on to play baseball in the Major Leagues, just like the kid in the Movie.
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Growing up in sports kept me out of trouble. My Family moved to Florence, Kentucky, for my high school years where I attended Boone County High School. It was there, that my love for high school sports blossomed and my broadcasting career began. The legendary Boone County coach Jim Connor was my basketball and baseball coach. Coach Connor was very tough on his players but at the same time he was very fair. During my senior year I was voted Captain of the Basketball team. Our team won a very tough 33rd District Basketball Tournament held at Conner High school that year. We advanced and lost a very close 9TH regional tournament game to Holy Cross by one point. I took the loss very hard like most 17 year olds would. Disappointed, I decided to sit out the upcoming baseball season that year. Coach Connor who was also the Baseball coach could sense my dejection. He asked me if I would be interested in doing the PA for the baseball games. At first I first turned it down. But Coach was very persuasive. I took him up on his offer and that was when my announcing career began.
My love for high school sports Broadcasting grew and in 1983 Dale McMillen hired me at WHKK- FM in Erlanger, Kentucky to do a Scoreboard Show. I gave all the scores at halftime for games taking place in Northern Kentucky. Later in my career I went on to do play by play of high school football and basketball games.
My college experience included broadcasting football and basketball games at Thomas More College and basketball games at Northern Kentucky University until 1998. Shortly thereafter I returned back to my hometown of Lexington. In 2002 I contacted Jim Cloud, the radio station owner at WMJR 1380, about doing some high school football and basketball in the Lexington area. He hired ma and I began to broadcast games again. In 2003 WLAP approached me about doing the Kentucky Scoreboard Show on Friday nights with Louis Stout. At the same time I pitched a high school television show to Mr. Wayne Martin and Mike Kanarak at WKYT and the “Scholastic Ball Report” was born. I have also been selected to do color and Play by play for some high school television productions at WKYT. These include the Class A- 6A KHSAA State football championship games along with the boys and girls state basketball championship games. I also do play by play for the Lexington Horseman, the Arena 2 Football Team.
Currently I am doing a high school “Game of the Week” on WVLK-FM 101.5 for football and boys and girls basketball. I also enjoy doing play by play on the KHSAA Radio Network for the boys and girls state basketball tournaments, and the KHSAA Rawlings Radio Network in football and baseball.
I am a University of Kentucky graduate with a degree in Communications. In February, 2000 I was voted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, primarily for my broadcasting contributions.
Gary Ball/September 21, 2008