Dick Robinson, 71, died Tuesday afternoon at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He was taken to UK on Saturday morning after a bike wreck near his home in Georgetown. He apparently had a stroke which led to the crash, his daughter Heidi Adams said Tuesday.
Mr. Robinson had a varied career in business, politics and athletics, and after he retired he went on to produce a radio show and work as a sports agent.
The story goes that Mr. Robinson hit upon the idea for The Joe B. and Denny Show while listening as former UK basketball coach Joe B. Hall gave an interview on the radio talk show of former basketball coaches Sonny Smith of Auburn and Wimp Sanderson of Alabama.
"He took out a pen and wrote something on a napkin and handed it to me. It said 'The Joe B. and Denny Show,'" Hall recalled.
The popular daily syndicated radio call-in show, which Mr. Robinson produced, paired Hall with former Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum.
Mr. Robinson was a baseball agent who recruited for Chicago-based agent Barry Meister, who has represented Randy Johnson, Roy Oswalt and Tim Wakefield.
"Some people go the extra mile for other people," Meister said in an interview this week. "Dick Robinson runs a marathon for people, he really does."
Mr. Robinson also taught in the sports management program at Midway College.
During his varied career, he coached college basketball at Oakland University in Michigan; worked as an executive for The Webb Cos.; brought USA Today to the area as a distributor; was part-owner in local clothier Graves Cox & Co., along with other businesses; and helped found the Leadership Lexington program.
He was at one time national president of the organization formerly known as the Jaycees.
Mr. Robinson served as personnel secretary in the cabinet of Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. from 1979 to 1983.
He also was commissioner of personnel and risk management under Lexington mayors Scotty Baesler and Pam Miller.
In 2007, he ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state as a Democrat. Hall and Crum were his honorary campaign co-chairmen.
Mr. Robinson was an avid bicyclist and runner and one of eight people to have run in all 35 Bluegrass 10,000 races.
"He was the happiest in his life right now," said Adams. "He loved his life. I think he left it how he wanted it to be."
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Christie Robinson; three daughters, Heidi Adams, Tracey Bachmann and Vicki Robinson; and four grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.