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Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones to host daily show on WLEX this fall

Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.
Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio. Photo provided

Matt Jones, the founder and host of Kentucky Sports Radio, is getting his own weeknight television show on WLEX.

The half-hour show, to tentatively begin Sept. 19, will air at 7:30 p.m. “Inside Edition,” the show that now occupies that slot, will be moved to 4:30 p.m.

Jones, the founder of KentuckySportsRadio.com, said the show would be something like ESPN’s rapid-fire sports discussion show “Pardon the Interruption,” with hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

The Jones show is not yet named. It will be taped at 5 p.m. each day, although it might be live on some days.

The show will have a heavy sports focus, Jones said, but the idea is that “for 30 minutes every day, we try to talk about things that people in Kentucky, especially Central Kentucky, are talking about.”

Pat Dalbey, president and general manager of WLEX, described the show: “It will be fun, it will be energetic, there will be a lot of opinions thrown around. ... We do want to see some debating of the issues. Not everybody sees the issues the same way, and we want to talk about that.”

Dalbey said Jones, 37, whose radio show is heard on stations statewide, “has got a voice that will help elicit some reactions.”

Jones broke down the format as being like “The Daily Show” and “Pardon the Interruption,” with an additional area to be developed. Guests will include sports writers and public figures, he said, and his Kentucky Sports Radio colleague Drew Franklin will be among the correspondents, as with those on “The Daily Show.”

“This is the kind of show I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Jones said. “Debate shows or commentary shows are very successful. I have not seen it tried in Kentucky. ... I was kind of waiting for the right opportunity.”

This is not Jones’ first foray into television. He previously hosted Kentucky Sports Television on CN/2, the Kentucky-themed channel available on cable television. More recently, he has contributed segments called “Overtime with Matt Jones” for WKYT.

In 2015, Jones was courted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to run against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, a Republican. Jones ultimately decided against the run.