The Star City is my home. I began my broadcasting career in 1973 as a junior at
During those year's I worked at 1240 WROV, K92 from 1980 to 1992, and in
I spent five and a half years at Your Hometown Station - WDBJ7 doing News 7 Mornin' before returning to my deep, deep "radio roots" in 1997.
In March 2008, I came in third place in City Magazine's "Best Radio Personalities." I've always said, I have the best listeners in the world. Thank-you so much for tuning in every day. It wouldn't be nearly as much fun without you.
I love doing mornings. However, the 3A alarm comes early. You know what they say, "early to bed, early to rise..." Well, I'm still waiting on the "wealthy" part to that one.
My wife, Glenna and I, were married in 1989. It was the "best thing" that ever happened to me. That was also our "first dance" song at our wedding.
We have four kids - Snuggles, Kisses, Tigger and Michael (all with four legs and tails.) They're the purrrr-fect kids.
Your WX: A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 9 am Monday. Periods of freezing rain will continue tonight with temperatures right around freezing. Those temps will go up gradually this morning, changing over to plain rain. Hi upper 40s today. Some scattered showers are possible early Tuesday as well as some light snow in the mountains, increasing sunshine by the late afternoon. Wednesday through Friday, mostly sunny with highs around 42. Increasing cloud cover for the weekend as well as the chance for a rain-snow mix, with the best precipitation chance on Sunday. Temps around 42.
Photo credit Larry Dowdy
Lots of school delays and closing today. Find them all on our homepage or I'll have them for you every 13 minutes this morning.
Check roads here.
Flightaware.com estimates that at least 2,197 flights were cancelled nationwide yesterday as a result of snow.
A 50-car accident occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Downingtown to Morgantown after a driver exited his vehicle following an accident.
Timothy Sands, provost of Purdue University, was named Virginia Tech's 16th president this afternoon.
Va. Tech has a date at the Sun Bowl with UCLA - Dec 31 Florida State and Auburn will play for the BCS Championship on Jan 6 in Pasadena, California. Bowl lineup here.
The 2013-2014 Bowl Matchups
Gildan New Mexico
Washington (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6)
Royal Purple Las Vegas
Fresno State (11-1) vs. USC (9-4)
Famous Idaho Potato
Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5)
R+L Carriers New Orleans
Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
East Carolina (9-3) vs. Ohio (7-5)
Boise State (8-4) vs. Oregon State (6-6)
Little Caesars Pizza
Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (10-3)
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah State (8-5) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1)
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5)
Syracuse (6-6) vs. Minnesota (8-4)
BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4)
New Era Pinstripe
Rutgers (6-6) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)
Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6)
Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1)
Buffalo Wild Wings
Michigan (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City
Ole Miss (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5)
Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4)
National University Holiday
Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5)
Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5)
Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3)
Rice (10-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6)
Duke (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4)
Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4)
Heart of Dallas
UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4)
Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2)
Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3)
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1)
UCF (11-1) vs. Baylor (11-1)
Oklahoma (10-2) vs. Alabama (11-1)
Clemson (10-2) vs. Ohio State (12-1)
Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Missouri (11-2)
Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4)
Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2)
VIZIO BCS National Championship
Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1)
The Saints snapped the Panthers' eight-game win streak with a 31-13 victory
EAGLES 34 LIONS 20
RAVENS 29, VIKINGS 26
PATRIOTS 27, BROWNS 26
BENGALS 42, COLTS 28
CHIEFS 45, REDSKINS 10
DOLPHINS 34, STEELERS 28
PACKERS 22, FALCONS 21
JETS 37, RAIDERS 27
BUCCANEERS 27, BILLS 6
Cowboys @ Bears (8:40P tonight)
Good luck to Northside taking on James Monroe this Saturday for the state Group 3A title. Last title they won was in 2009.
December 9th is the 343rd day of the year. 16 days left until Christmas. 22 days left until New Year's Eve 2013
Today is National Pastry Day and Christmas Card Day
--1843, the first Christmas cards were sent out ..
--1884, roller skates were invented ..
--1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered.
--1984, The Jacksons played their last show together
--1992, Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated
--2002, United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.
30 years ago today, the music world was in shock over the death of John Lennon the night before.
Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives (35) Kara DioGuardi (43 according to Wikipedia) Wallflowers singer Jakob Dylan (44) Felicity "Lynette" Huffman from Desperate Housewives (51) Donny Osmond (56) Dick Butkus (71) Beau Bridges (72) Judi Dench (79) Dick Van Patten (85) Kirk Douglas (97)
Where does Santa Claus stay while on vacation? ANS - In a ho-ho-ho-tel
A popular Mexican restaurant in New York (Antojeria la Popular Mexican restaurant) is selling 100 cricket burgers a day. The burger is called the Grass-Whopper. The crickets are dead and dried before being fried with Chihuahua cheese The gritty burger is then topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo.
The Port St. Lucie, Florida police recently arrested Craig Irvin for shoplifting New York Strip steaks. He stuffed the meat down the front of his pants and left the store. A manager spotted the theft and stopped Craig in the parking lot. He had $37.50 worth of meat in his pants.
The Disney animated tale "Frozen" finally cooled off "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," while the week's lone new wide-release "Out of the Furnace" wasn't a match for either blockbuster.
1."Frozen," $31.6 million ($30.6 million international).
2."The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $27 million ($44.3 million international).
3."Out of the Furnace," $5.3 million.
4."Thor: The Dark World," $4.7 million ($5.4 million international).
5."Delivery Man," $3.8 million.
Billy Joel joined Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children -- and have never stopped.
ABC reportedly quashed Barbara Walters' choice of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as No. 1 on her "Most Fascinating People" of 2013 list. Although Snowden was Walters' pick to top her annual roster, she was overruled by network executives because Snowden wouldn't agree to be interviewed for the program. So who was the second choice? Find out out on the special airing Dec 18.
NBC's live 'Sound of Music' special drew 18.5 million viewers, according to early Nielsen estimates.
Paramount Pictures has greenlit Top Gun 2 and the Beverly Hills Cop reboot
Regis Philbin said Don Rickles cut his leg and then developed an infection that left him bedridden for 3 weeks. Don is learning to walk again
The Top 5 perform on The Voice tonight.
Who are the most popular women on the web?
Madonna #10, Britney #9, Miley #8, Taylor Swift # 7, Katy Perry #6
Here's what Google says about the Top 5.
4. Lady Gaga
2. Lana Del Ray
The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC tonight (Four families transform their homes for the holidays in hope of winning $50,000)
Country Album: "Night Train," Jason Aldean; "Two Lanes of Freedom," Tim McGraw; "Based on a True Story ...," Blake Shelton; "Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves; "Red," Taylor Swift.
Album of the Year: "The Blessed Unrest," Sara Bareilles; "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk; "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," Kendrick Lamar; "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; "Red," Taylor Swift.
New Artist: James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran
Garth Brooks is on The View and The Talk today.
In case you were wondering, Nicole's stylist cut Keith Urban's hair.
Over the past five decades, Margot Brockmann's husband Paul has bought her a whopping 55,000 dresses. He calls himself an "old fashioned guy" and admits that he loves seeing ladies in dresses with wide skirts that "swish" on the dance floor.
You guessed it, the 78 year old from Lomita, California loves to dance. In fact, he met his wife Morgot on the dance floor. It was there, he got the idea to start buying her dresses. Throughout 56 years of marriage, Paul has bought her more than 55,000 ballroom-style dresses. Everytime he'd see a nice dress, he'd buy it.
Brockmann never wanted Margot to have to wear the same dress twice, sometimes buying 25 to 30 dresses in one day. Those dresses mean so much to him, he says, because "You cannot find these types of dresses today."
Sadly, they've gotten older, and the couple feels it's time to start selling the dresses. They've already sold 5,000 to 6,000. He'd love to sell them to a museum or theatrical organization...but until they come along, Paul will continue to open the warehouse doors - where the dresses are stored on racks, sorted by color and style - for people to buy a little bit of his history and love of Margot.
The Virginia Tech Board of of Visitors will announce the 16th president of Virginia Tech at a news conference on Friday.
Starting at 9 a.m. you can pick up a copy of Sarah Palin's new book and get a wristband to see her at Valley View Mall Barnes and Noble. She will sign books Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has redesigned the state's standard license plate to incorporate the "Virginia is for Lovers" slogan. Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled the new design Wednesday. The DMV will begin issuing the new plates on March 1.
Vinton broke ground on it's new library Thursday.
Downtown Roanoke tree lighting begins at 5:30 at the Wells Fargo Plaza and that starts Dickens of a Christmas. The Downtown Moneta parade at 6P, Salem Christmas Parade is tonight at 6:30P. Remember, Santa is watching.
Saturday Night College Football on ABC (ACC Championship: Duke vs. Florida State)
Sunday Night Football on NBC (Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints)
BCS Selection Show on ESPN
December 6th is the 340th day of the year. 19 days left until Christmas. 25 days left until New Year's Eve.
Today is National Gazpacho Day, National Salesperson's Day, National Pawnbroker’s Day and Microwave Oven Day
-- 1945, the microwave oven was invented
-- 1956, the first bra and lingerie catalog came out
-- 1960, Thomas Monaghan founded Domino's Pizza
JoBeth Williams (The Big Chill) is 65; Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is 61; Janine Turner (Cliffhanger, Northern Exposure) is 51; comedian Steven Wright is 58
Joke of the Day
What do you get if you cross Father Christmas with a detective ? Ans - Santa Clues!
Weird News Today
John Herod closed down his Schlotzsky's Deli and Cinnabon in Abilene, Texas because his employees needed an "attitude adjustment." His marquees read: 'Closed for Attitude Adjustments'. John closed because workers weren't smiling as much as they used to and because they were slow. He is retraining everyone.
The Sarasota police recently arrested a 63 year-old woman for attacking an officer while drunk and topless. Mary Seitz was sitting on a bench in front of Walmart when she removed her clothes and then punched a sergeant after he told her to get dressed. Officers forcibly dressed her and charged her with battery on an officer, resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication...who would have thought that? Hummmm?
Smarter Than Question
15% of people have missed a promotion at work because of this...what is it? No winner today. The answer is "dressing too casual."