Earlier this week, Lynda Lambert posted a bittersweet status update on her Facebook page: “How do you say goodbye to someone you’ve worked with every day for 14 years and who is one of your dearest friends?” she wrote after learning that her colleague Aaron Miller is leaving his job as a radio DJ to serve as a program manager for Leadership Louisville.
Aaron began his career in radio in 1994 and has spent the last 12 years co-hosting the Lambert & Lindsey show on 102.3 The Max with George Lindsey and Lynda (one of The Voice’s Best Dressed nominees). The trio is best known for their weekday morning show and their incredibly giving spirits. They’re also very funny people.
Aaron Miller will be such an asset to Leadership Louisville, but he’ll definitely be missed around the Mainline Broadcasting offices downtown. “I’m very excited about the new position. I’m very sad about leaving,” he told me.
Aaron, who starts on Monday, June 27, will work alongside a crew that includes Vikki Stone, who begins her role as a program manager in July. “(Leadership Louisville) is such a neat organization and a unique organization. They’re so respected in the community. This is a chance to grow a bit and branch out,” Aaron said.
“We wish him much success and happiness in this next chapter of his life,” Lynda wrote in her Facebook post, before cracking: “Now, who’s going to get my coffee every morning?”
More than 23,300 people came out for the return of night racing at Churchill Downs, despite a few quick-hit rain showers. The Louisville Crashers kept the party jumping in the paddock until DJ Charlie Chan took over followed by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, formerly of Run DMC.
The Voice-Tribune crew and friends packed the Stakes Room and, says Lori Kommor, “We had such a blast.” The evening included a birthday celebration for Julia Carstanjen, complete with cake and a rendition of that famous song written long ago by Louisville natives and siblings Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893.
There were lots of familiar faces all around the track, including in the Turf Club, which was as happening as ever. I love that Churchill Downs is now offering a Junior Turf Club Membership to young professionals at a discounted rate (call 502.636.4467 for more info).
I spent the night serving as the on-camera entertainment correspondent for Churchill Downs, which is always a ball, but this time I also hosted a game called Bet or No Bet, presented by Thorntons. Essentially, you sign up to be one of four contestants who get the choice to walk away with a $100 Thorntons gift card or make a $1,000 bet on the horse of your choice during a designated race. After each contestant chose to place the bet, and three of the four won – ! – and walked away anywhere from $1,700 to $5,800 richer than when they’d come to the track, John Asher joked that I was under investigation. I think we were both a little amazed at how high I can jump in high heels. I believe I was as excited as, if not more than, the winners, and couldn’t contain myself, especially when one of the horses won by a nose.
If you come out to Downs After Dark on Friday, look for the Bet or No Bet table in the paddock (or Gate 17 if it rains). This week’s theme is Cool Summer Nights and shades of blue. DJ Rap – aka Queen of the Turntables – will spin in the paddock. Gates open at 4 p.m. The first of 11 races begins at 6 p.m.
Save the Date
The Voice-Tribune’s Third Thursday After-Work Party at Captain’s Quarters was such a ball. Guests enjoyed a variety of appetizers, American Beverage Marketers’ pong tournament and Bacardi’s make-your-own mojito bar (my apologies, again, to the two ladies I splashed while muddling the heck out of my mojito). One lucky attendee walked away with a fabulous package from Skyn Lounge, our big giveaway for the night, while several others won VIP passes for Sunday nights at Captain’s Quarters.
We’ll host our next Third Thursday event on July 21 at Volare, 2300 Frankfort Ave. Hope you’ll be able to Eat • Play • Live with us.
J-Dub’s Hollywood White Party, presented by Grey Goose Vodka, is Saturday, June 25, at Prime Lounge.
Joey Wagner, Shahrzad Javid, Bryen Pinkard, Amanda Mings, Ahmed Awadallah and Angelia Gilbert will host the annual affair. DJ Prism will provide the tunes. All-white attire is suggested but not mandatory, though you must wear a white shirt or top at the very least.
The Hollywood White Party is sponsored by Grey Goose, Red Bull, J Wagner Group, Breeders’ Cup and Robert Pieroni Creative.
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.