Books I’ve written include:
Fourth Street Nights: The Golden Age of Louisville Top 40 Radio is a look at the Louisville AM radio scene from the late 1950s until the late ’70s, when WAKY and WKLO fought for the ears of local teens while WHAS struggled to lose its stuffy image and become a source of news, talk and music. Although this book hasn’t been formally published, a PDF version (including photos) is available for only $10! To order, click the button below.
Television Variety Shows is an in-depth look at 57 variety shows from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, including extensive episode guides.
The Incredible Inman’s Louisville Trivia Challenge contains 281 amazing questions about Louisville and Louisvillians, local history, TV, radio, movies and sports, AND a cover photo of David before his goatee!
Randy, Cactus, Uncle Ed and the Golden Age of Louisville Television is a book about something that doesn’t exist anymore – homegrown television produced by hometown talent. It’s a look at Louisville television in the 1950s and ’60s, when homegrown shows such as “Hayloft Hoedown,” “Tomorrow’s Champions” and “T Bar V Ranch” filled the airwaves, making stars of local celebrities such as Randy Atcher, “Cactus” Tom Brooks, Ed Kallay and Phyllis Knight.
It gave the rest of us a chance to be stars in our neighborhoods for a day or so. Long before the term was coined, local TV was interactive, offering access to practically everyone in the community who had a good story to tell, a song to sing or a birthday to celebrate. In the mid-1950s, African Americans were still segregated in Louisville movie theatres and at lunch counters, but they could appear with Randy and Cactus on “T-Bar-V Ranch” or audition for King or Queen of the WHAS Crusade for Children on “Hi Varieties.” Muhammad Ali’s boxing career began on WAVE’s “Tomorrow’s Champions.”
Randy, Cactus, Uncle Ed and the Golden Age of Louisville Television is out of print.
Performers’ Television Credits, 1948-2000 is a massive, three-volume database of television credits covering January 1, 1948 through May 31, 2000 for thousands of performers, from Lee Aaker (he played Rusty on the 1950s series “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin”) to Grace Zabriskie (she played the mother of Laura Palmer on “Twin Peaks”). It was named one of the best reference books of the year by Library Journal and features the kind of extensive detail that the Internet can’t match.