Celebrating 50 years of service


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hundreds of home games and plenty of road trips.  The three 50-year members left with us of the blue coat Committee of 101ers have plenty of stories to share.

Gene Oakley, Rex Payne and David Trosper could entertain anyone for hours talking about their half century of service as ushers for UK football and basketball games.

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The group was originally mainly comprised of mainly IBM employees and took over for the Boy Scouts back in 1966.

Now, there’s 340 members from a variety of backgrounds, with one thing in common.  They love what they do…just as much as Gene, Rex and David have and will continue to.

But back when it all started, no one knew it would last this long.  Just ask Trosper about that.

Now that it has, how much longer does the trio have?

Check out the video for more.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com