Lane one of 40 finalists to co-host Matt Jones show

Linda Younkin/State Journal Sports Writer Published:

KSTV put out a call for a co-host, and Lindsey Lane answered.

Now, after two rounds of auditions, the Frankfort resident is one of 40 finalists to be co-host with Matt Jones on his show that airs Tuesdays and Thursdays on Kentucky Sports TV.

Voting is now underway to trim the finalists to 10.

“Votes are definitely needed,” said Lane, the only finalist from Frankfort. Voting continues through Friday on the website, and those voting need to be on Facebook.

KSTV, an affiliate of Insight’s cn2, held casting calls in Louisville and Lexington that drew nearly 400 people.

In the first round those auditioning were asked questions about themselves and UK sports.

“Then we went in front of the cameras,” Lane said about the second round. “There were three judges; it was very ‘American Idol’ style.”

Former basketball players Mark Krebs of Kentucky and Perrin Johnson of the University of Louisville took turns debating on camera with the co-host hopefuls for the audition.

“They asked us a question and we had to debate why we felt the way we did,” Lane said.

Lane’s question was should Rupp Arena be rebuilt or renovated, and she debated Johnson.

“Perrin, being from Louisville, talked about the Yum Center,” Lane said. “I said we didn’t need a Yum Center. We went back and forth for about five minutes.

“Then the judges talked about what they liked about what we did,” she added. “I was very fortunate. I got three yeses, so I felt good.”

The field was narrowed to 20 finalists from the Lexington casting call and 20 from the Louisville call, putting Lane where she is today.

It’s a place she hasn’t been before.

A 2000 graduate of Franklin County, Lane is a state employee in the Public Protection Cabinet.

“This is all brand new,” she said. “Other than being on the radio a couple times promoting something, I’ve never done anything like this before.

“It’s all very exciting, meeting new people, and everyone has a common interest in Kentucky sports. That makes it a lot of fun.”

Lane saw the casting call posted on the Kentucky Sports Radio website. Being co-host would be a part-time job involving work weekends and two nights a week.

 “They want someone to do more sideline interviews and come on the show to work with Matt,” she said. “You’d do all home football and basketball games, but they talk about every Kentucky sport.”

When the voting ends Friday the field will be narrowed to five people from each casting call, and those 10 people will appear on the show, doing a nine-minute segment with Jones talking about whatever topic he brings up.

To vote for Lane, go to the website On the right-hand side of the page is a link to vote for the KSTV casting call. Click on the Lexington casting call and scroll down to Lane’s name.

There is just one vote per person for the entire contest.


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