Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News or watch it anytime with Spectrum On Demand. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

Jon Toth goes undrafted but signed with 49ers

04/29/2017 08:31 PM

After waiting for the last 3 days Jon Toth didn’t hear his name be called in the 2017 NFL Draft but he did sign a free agent deal with the 49ers. He was rated the No. 6 center and the No. 234 prospect overall by CBS Sports. The Indiana native will compete with Jeremy Zuttah and Daniel Kilgore in San Francisco for the center position.  Read more 

Malik Monk declares for the NBA Draft

04/04/2017 09:07 AM

One day after De’Aaron Fox declared for the NBA Draft, Malik Monk has done the same thing. In a letter published in “The Players Tribune”, Monk made his intentions for the NBA Draft clear and issued a thank-you to several people, including Big Blue Nation. Monk wrote: “Kentucky fans made one thing crystal clear to me: They had my back. No one made me wait until the fall, until I got to Lexington, to be accepted into Big Blue... Read more 

Isaiah Briscoe proves to be the "alpha dog" for Kentucky

03/10/2017 08:50 PM

All season, John Calipari has questioned if his team had an “alpha dog”, as he likes to call it. Who can the team lean on when they need to win a tough game? Isaiah Briscoe proved to be that guy in the SEC Tournament opener….despite battling the flu.  Read more 

Beisner's Corner || I was wrong about the Calipari "30 For 30"

03/07/2017 10:55 PM

Photo: When I heard they were making a “30 For 30” about John Calipari, my reaction was probably a little different from yours. I didn’t care. I truly had no interest in spending two hours of my life watching a film on Kentucky’s coach. And it was nothing personal against Calipari. I like him quite a bit, have never had a bad interaction with him and I find him to be incredibly fascinating on a personal level.... Read more 

BEISNER'S CORNER || The athlete who has inspired me the most

02/15/2017 01:17 AM

One of the really cool things about this job is that when people find out what I do, they’re curious. When I was in my previous career, no one found out what I did and said “Wow, tell me more about those Kodak scanners.” It just doesn’t work that way. This job makes people ask questions and when you meet someone who isn’t a sports fan, they often ask why I love sports so much. That’s a... Read more 

Kentucky pounds Clarion in first exhibition game

10/30/2016 08:48 PM

Photo: UK Athletics The UK basketball team finally had a chance to play against someone other than themselves and they handled their business just about as well as they could have. The Cats blew out John Calipari’s alma mater, Clarion, 108-51. Bam Adebayo led the way with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Malik Monk was the top-scorer with 15 points. Freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox finished with 12 points and 7 assists, while Sacha Killeya-Jones added 12 points... Read more 

Fact or Fiction: UK basketball predictions for 2016-17

10/25/2016 08:50 PM

Photo: UK Athletics The UK basketball team finally faces an opponent on Sunday when Clarion comes to Rupp Arena for the first exhibition game of the season. In anticipation of the season getting underway, KSTV played a game of “Fact or Fiction” with a few basketball topics.  Read more 

Marcus McClinton returns to share his passion for UK football

10/25/2016 08:29 PM

Passion and enthusiasm was a trademark of Marcus McClinton’s playing career when he was a safety for Kentucky from 2004-2008. Now, he’s back and sharing his passion with Big Blue Nation as a part of every game, when he takes the field before the fourth quarter to get the fans on their feet. He talked with KSTV about his love for Kentucky and what he thinks the future holds for the football program.  Read more 

How do UK and Duke stack up in the preseason?

10/25/2016 04:10 PM

Photo: UK Athletics The Duke Blue Devils enter the season at the top of the polls, but Kentucky received the second-most first-place votes from the coaches. How do the teams match-up with each other?’s Evan Daniels gives his thoughts and takes a look at who could be UK’s first 2017 basketball commitment.  Read more 

John Calipari hosts record crowd for UK Women's Clinic

10/24/2016 07:30 PM

Kentucky head coach John Calipari hosted his annual women’s clinic over the weekend, taking the event to Rupp Arena for the first time. A record crowd turned out for the 2016 edition and cn|2 Sports’ Lyndsey Gough was on hand for the festivities.  Read more