Louisville Life joins Derby celebration
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This year’s Derby celebration is in full swing, and Louisville Life joins in the fun with a look at several Derby icons, including a popular hangout near Churchill Downs, hats, twin spires, and more. The program, hosted by Candyce Clifft, airs Thursday, April 29 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. CT on KET2; Saturday, May 1 at 7/6 p.m. CT on KET; and Sunday, May 2 at noon/11 a.m. CT on KET2.
First, Wagner’s Pharmacy opened in 1922 when Leo Wagner bought Hagen’s Pharmacy, where he had worked since he was 14. Threatened by the presence of another newly opened pharmacy on the block, Wagner looked for a market to corner — and found it at Churchill Downs. He let the horsemen buy their cigarettes and other weekly staples on credit and generated a friendship and loyalty that has lasted for three generations. Louisville Life discusses the history and continued success with the current owner, Brenda Wagner.
Then, viewers take a trip to Objects of Desire Gallery in the Highlands, where owner Julia Comer shows off some of her unique hats.
Also, just in time for the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby, Et Cetera celebrates the anniversary of Louisville’s most iconic image — the towering twin spires at historic Churchill Downs.
And, Candyce talks with Julie Koenig-Loignon, a familiar face in Louisville for her years as an anchor on WHAS-TV. Now vice president of brand development and marketing at Churchill Downs, Koenig-Loignon talks about Derby 136 and HullabaLou, a new summer music festival.