Let’s dance! In the party pics conga line with Shannon Cogan, and a saucy Aussie

Champagne smallerBig smiles, big personalities and big business networking — yes, it’s everyone’s favorite feature in the society shiny sheets: party photos! Boulevard picks through the pics, choosing our favorite coverage.

With NFocus Louisville’s sudden demise, Boulevard is more dependent than ever on The Voice-Tribune for our window on the ladies who lunch and the men who punch.

Shannon Cogan

Tangoing straight to the chase, here’s today’s party pics pick: Let’s Dance Louisville, where Cathedral of the Assumption hosted a “Dancing with the Stars”-esque fundraiser last Saturday, featuring local “celebrities” (to use the editor’s choice of punctuation).

Of the 73 (!) photos by workhouse paparazzo Tim Valentino, our favorite is No. 19: WAVE news anchor and silver-sequin pailletted Shannon Cogan, sandwiched between weatherman Brian Goode and Robert Curran, the Louisville Ballet’s Australian executive director.


Photo, top: That’s Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd, crowned Season 22 champions of “Dancing with the Stars” on May 24.

Among media at Olympic trials in Omaha, WAVE stood alone. (But in the Instagram age, does it even matter?)

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Connie Leonard reported live last night from Omaha, with in-studio anchors Scott Reynolds, left, and Shannon Cogan.

WAVE’s solo was hardly surprising, of course, because the station is an affiliate of longtime exclusive Olympics broadcaster NBC, which paid $4.4 billion in 2011 for rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 games.

The station was in Omaha to cover 21-year-old University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell, who made the U.S. swim team last night after beating her own personal best time last night, to win the final of the 100 meter butterfly in 56.48 seconds.

WAVE is owned by Raycom Media of Montgomery, Ala. The summer games start Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro; latest news.

The Omaha coverage — including this broadcast story — was a reminder of how much the city’s once-dominant media outlet, The Courier-Journal, has retreated as newspapers across corporate parent Gannett continue losing readers and advertising. The CJ apparently covered last night’s final by watching WAVE. “It’s a dream come true,” the paper said Worrell told NBC.

But in the age of Twitter and Instagram, more newsmakers bypass conventional media altogether. Worrall celebrated on both platforms moments ago.