Ask brothers John and Jeff Ramsey whoâ€™s the more manly of the two, and youâ€™ll instantly spark a humble debate.
â€œOh, heâ€™s more manly,â€ assures Jeff, one-half of The Ramsey Brothers, the weekday morning radio show airing 5 to 9 a.m. on WVEZ Lite 106.9 FM.
â€œHow do you define it?â€ John â€“ the other half â€“ questions, deflecting the honor.
â€œLook at him!â€ Jeff pleads.
â€œI donâ€™t think thatâ€™s true, Jeff. Thatâ€™s nice of you to say, but Iâ€™m (Jeffâ€™s) biggest fan,â€ John concedes.
Donâ€™t bother inquiring whoâ€™s the funnier comedian, either. Youâ€™ll get the same result: â€œWe share the funny,â€ testifies Jeff, who began his career alongside John as a stand-up comedian.
â€œWe started in Louisville doing amateur contests and things and then an agent kind of found us, and then we toured the East coast,â€ Jeff explained of their stand-up gig. â€œI wasnâ€™t even old enough to get into places we were going. He was barely old enough; weâ€™re just two years apart.â€
Though undefeated at Shirleyâ€™s Comedy Club on amateur nights, John and Jeff grew tired of the frenzied schedule of a comic. The two decided to pursue radio, instead, and, thus in the 1980s, â€œThe Ramsey Brothersâ€ were born at WRKA Louisville.
The partnership only lasted a short while, however, once John began working in television. He now serves as host of WAVE 3 Listens Live and the variety show 725 South Floyd.
Yet, Lite 106.9 knew there was something left in the brotherly duo, and in 2011 approachedÂ Jeff, who has worked mornings for the station since 2008, with the idea to reprise the former show.
Though two manly men, â€œThe Ramsey Brothersâ€ is geared toward â€œhip, family-oriented women.â€ But, keeping their listenersâ€™ perspective in mind isnâ€™t tough, Jeff said. â€œWe have our guy time, itâ€™s just not on the air, on the radio,â€ he said. â€œWe always keep our listeners in mind, but itâ€™s not that hard.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t patronize women,â€ John added. â€œLike some people say, â€˜Well you canâ€™t just talk about sports.â€™ Thereâ€™s some things that transcend, and women are just as interested in the Olympics or when UofL and UK play each other. Todayâ€™s woman is well rounded and likes a lot of the same things we like.â€
Working together as siblings, John and Jeff keep each other in check, especially when one might arrive to work a little grumpy due to their 3:34 a.m. wake-up call. â€œ(The rule we have is) youâ€™ve got to be in a good mood,â€ John said. â€œWeâ€™re up at 3:34 in the morning so itâ€™s easy to complain but who wants to hear that?â€
Through their success in radio, the two-man team have been offered jobs in other markets, but have no desire to leave the city they live in nor their homes just two doors down from each other. Itâ€™s their passion for Louisville that they believe creates added appeal to their show. And, no doubt their playful banter and obvious love for one another has been key in attracting local listeners throughout the years.
â€œJeffâ€™s really good about (keeping the show) local. And we think that separates us,â€ John said. â€œHonestly, Jeffâ€™s the captain of the show and he is the funniest of the two. He can say no, but believe me heâ€™s the guy. Thereâ€™s very few people I look up to. And, yet heâ€™s my younger brother, and I look up to him.â€