Mark Story

November 18, 2013

Mark Story: Joe Dean Sr. was basketball's evangelist to football-crazy South

Long before Dick Vitale rode ebullience and goofy catch phrases into iconic broadcasting status, Joe Dean Sr. — "St-uh-rrrr-ing music in Lexington, K-Y" — was filling the airwaves of the South with a similar flair.

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About Mark Story

Mark Story


I am a native Kentuckian, a graduate of North Hardin High School (Radcliff) and the University of Kentucky. I came to the Herald-Leader in the glamorous position of agate clerk on Aug. 27, 1990. Since that time, I’ve worked as small-college beat reporter, sports enterprise/investigative reporter and, since August, 2001, as a full-time sports columnist.