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Radio Station Uses Obama Impersonator to Promote News

WHAS radio is using impersonators of President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton to promote its news content.

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The advertisements lampoon the presidents, playing on Mr. Clinton’s sex scandal and Mr. Obama’s handling of the nation’s debt.

The three 30-second spots present WHAS as a station that broadcasts content that would upset the president.

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The ads promote the stations’ news and talk content, which includes Rush Limbaugh’s show.

The station did not run similar ads while President George W. Bush was in office.

WHAS director of operations Kelly Carls declined to comment to WFPL. However, he told CN2’s Pure Politics the ads were meant be funny and there is a long tradition of imitating the president.

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Crusade Awards Grants To U Of L

The WHAS Crusade for Children has given nearly half a million dollars from this year’s fundraising to the University of Louisville.

U of L was given money for various medical and academic programs that benefit children, from the school of dentistry to the Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center.

The Crusade raised over 5 million dollars this year. President Dawn Lee says U of L’s fund requests were chosen from among dozens of applications.

“Usually we’re able to only fund less than half of the requests that we get, so it’s a very difficult process to go through and make the determination of where the funds go. It’s really trying to determine where the impact is going to be the greatest and where the need is the most.”

Lee says various school programs and hospitals in Kentucky and southern Indiana and other universities will also receive funds from this year’s Crusade.

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U Of L To Host Three Debates

The major-party candidates for three offices will debate this week at the University of Louisville. And two of the debates will be broadcast nationally.

The first debate will be Tuesday between the candidates for the 3rd Congressional District—Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth and Republican Todd Lally. On Thursday, Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer will debate Republican Hal Heiner. And on Sunday, Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway will debate Republican Rand Paul.

Debate co-sponsor WHAS-TV will broadcast all of the events. Moderator Mark Hebert says two of them will air nationally as well.

“It’s our understanding that C-SPAN has agreed to record the congressional debate between John Yarmuth and Todd Lally as well as the U.S. Senate debate between Rand Paul and Jack Conway to play back at a later date,” he says.

Conway and Paul have already had one nationally-broadcast debate on Fox News. They will appear together on KET later in the month.

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WHAS-TV GM On Olmstead

WHAS-TV staff members are mourning the loss of a colleague.

Reporter Chuck Olmstead passed away early Tuesday, two weeks after suffering a brain aneurysm.

General Manager Mark Pimentel says despite the seriousness of his condition, Olmstead’s passing was a surprise.

“We’d all hoped that Chuck would respond well to the treatment after the aneurysm and come back and he had been getting better so we were candidly shocked that this happened,” he says.

Olmstead, a native of Boston, started at WHAS in 1975. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Visitation and a “Celebration of Life” service will be held Saturday at Caanan Christian Church, 2840 Hikes Lane.