CUT to the CHASE! By Alan Cutler and Dr. John Huang. Foreword by John Calipari.
Over the last three decades, no media member has been closer to UK Athletics than Alan Cutler. This book is full of wonderful stories of that time and is like Alan himself, unique, entertaining and full of insight. A must read for every UK fan.” (Matt Jones, founder of Kentucky Sports Radio)
“When I was a columnist for the New York Daily News and visited Lexington, it was always a pleasure to see Alan Cutler. The man was a fixture at Kentucky Basketball games at Rupp Arena—a great storyteller and the ultimate insider who was always fair with the coaches and players he covered. It's what made him so good at his job in TV. Now, he has put some of his favorite memories into a book, and after you read it, you will know why he was the “go-to guy” for all things in the Blue Grass.” (Dick “Hoops” Weiss, Hall of Fame sportswriter)
Alan Cutler, the former long-time sports anchor-reporter at LEX18, is back in the news. The man best known for chasing Billy Gillispie down the hallway on the day he was fired has written a book—called, appropriately, CUT TO THE CHASE!
The flamboyant New York native first arrived in Lexington in 1981, left for top-rated KDKA-TV and KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh in 1984, before returning to the Bluegrass three years later for an amazing run as the most dominant sportscaster in his viewing region.
“Over the years, I’ve been able to interview a lot of newsworthy people,” Cutler said at the outset of the project. “I’m not trying to brag, but it’s something I know I’m good at—it’s a gift. People seem to open up to me, and I’ve accumulated a lot of interesting and entertaining stories along the way.”
Bold, opinionated, and revealing, CUT TO THE CHASE!—with a special foreword by John Calipari—chronicles some of Cutler’s most memorable encounters during his riveting forty-four-year broadcasting career. From calling Little League Baseball games in Farmington, New Mexico, to his tenuous relationship with Rick Pitino, as the long-time host of the Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network, to his thoughts on the current state of UK Basketball and Football—Cutler lays it all out on the line for the True Blue fan.
Told in his usual brash, confident, and no-holds-barred manner, the book—painstakingly crafted over a two-year period with Dr. John Huang—captures Cutler doing what he does best… beating everybody to the punch in telling stories people want to hear.
“Throughout my career, I never worked for any TV station,” Cutler writes in the book’s introduction. “I worked for you—the True Blue fan. TV paid me, but I was always delivering for those that watched or listened on the radio. There were times my aggressive philosophy caused some clashes with management, but that goes with the territory. You probably remember when I was chasing UK Basketball coach Billy Gillispie after he was fired. All I was trying to do was what I always did, working hard to get the story—nothing more, nothing less. It almost got me fired.”
“I don’t give a sh*t.” That’s Alan’s way of telling you he’s going to be brutally honest as he recounts some of his favorite stories of his life as a sportscaster. Why did the most powerful man in college athletics tell a former UK coach to shut up in the bathroom? In what other sports book will you find the term orgasmic jubilation? King Rex crying, Sam Bowie shooting air balls, why Bill Curry flopped, Dick Enberg’s socks—every single chapter packed full of emotion, humor, and never-before-told tales from Alan’s personal perspective.
Get ready for a unique and entertaining ride, as Alan takes you behind the scenes—as only he can—to explore the stories and personalities that shaped our culture.