Describing a lifetime


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Earlier tonight at 5:30 and 6 we introduced you to a trio of UK Committee of 101ers.  Gene Oakley, Rex Payne and David Trosper.

The three are all in their 50th year of service with the blue coat group.

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You’ve likely been seated by at least one of the guys, or perhaps parked by one of them back in the days of men’s hoops games at Memorial Coliseum.

They’ve seen it all and been there in person for every UK coach on the hardwood…and even been to a healthy portion of away games too.

So what has this half century been like in words?

Check out the video for Rex’s take.

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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