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.
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."
The No. 1 smiling city, according to Jetpac: St. Louis, followed by Kansas City, Mo., and Columbus, Ohio. In fact, seven of the 10 smiling-est cities are in the Midwest, including bankrupt Detroit, at No. 9. Raleigh #10. Charlotte #13. What? Not ONE Virginia city made the Top 50 Happy List. **I know Viriginia is for Lovers, but Lovers can be HAPPY too.
A Boston Pizza survey shows 77% of people have pretended to like a bad gift.
- 80% of people have witnessed someone pretending to like a bad gift
- 72% of people hold their smile for as long as they can to make it seem like they enjoy their bad gift
- 48% of people who receive a bad gift say: "oh you shouldn't have!" or "this is too much!"
- 46% of people have returned or exchanged a bad gift
- 45% of people have regifted a bad gift
- 57% of people give a hug to avoid having to comment on the bad gift
Cell Phone Pet Peeves
Jive Software recently asked 1,000 people to name their biggest cell phone pet peeves.
- 65% of people hate co-workers, who have loud or private conversations in public areas
- 52% of people dislike it when people check their phones while they are having a conversation with them
- 38% of people get annoyed by people who check their phones during meetings
Nelson Mandela Fast Facts
- spent nearly 30 years in prison because South Africa's Apartheid government considered him a terrorist. He was allowed one visitor a year. Nelson spent most of his time breaking rocks.
- he completed a law degree in prison
- full name is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Rolihlahla is a Xhosa term colloquially meaning "troublemaker'' .. also called Madiba
- herded cattle as a boy
- loved gardening, boxing and long distance running
- Mandela was married three times, fathered six children and had 17 grandchildren
Hollywood's Reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela
Oprah: “One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”
Morgan Freeman : Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind."
Simon Cowell: ''So sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace.''
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie: ''Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel.''
Anderson Cooper "Mandela is gone. There is no one else like him."
Tyra Banks "@NelsonMandela, 95 powerful years on this earth yet freedom for INFINITY because of you. You are an angel that will live forever."
Alyssa Milano "'There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.' ~Nelson Mandela"
Josh Groban: "We have lost one of humanity's greatest treasures. RIP Madiba. I will never forget the lessons learned from him or his vision that lives on."
Larry King "Sad to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela - he was the greatest figure of the 21st century - a fascinating man"
Al Roker: "A giant of a man, Nelson Mandela, dead at the age of 95. His legacy and his spirit will live forever...Nelson Mandela proved one person can make a difference. God bless him"
Kelly Osbourne "Today is officially one of the saddest days! The world has lost the most inspirational person to ever walk the earth rip #NelsonMandela"
Whoopi Goldberg "I want 2give the world a hug I was told Mandeba just passed. Nelson Mandela R.I.P. Time for a well earned sleep.Condolences to his family"
Neil Patrick Harris "Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…"
NASCAR's Kevin Harvick was on a flight from North Carolina to Las Vegas on Tuesday night, when a fan named Louise Groomer tweeted him and asked if he would "please" follow her on Twitter.
Since she used the word "please" — and Harvick was a bit bored on the long flight — he decided to "hit this button and see what happens."
What happened was...the woman from rural Oregon hit the jackpot of racing. Not only did Harvick follow Louise - just one of 130 people he follows - but he also invited her to the Daytona 500 in February on an all-expenses paid trip (flight, hotel, pit passes).
What was his motivation for the random act of kindness? She simply used the word "please" and THAT hooked up.
Almost 2 million accounts on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and other social media and Internet sites have been breached, according to Trustwave, a cybersecurity firm. The hackers stole 1.58 million website login credentials and 320,000 e-mail account credentials. The breaches began Oct 21. The server involved in the breaches is located in the Netherlands. Four sites reportedly said they have notified users and reset passwords.
The 12th annual Alzheimer's Education Conference featuring national and regional experts - is today from 8:30 to 5 p.m. at the Jefferson Center.
We've come a long way baby! Ford will unveil the 50th anniversary Mustang today.
NFL Football tonight (Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars)
The Sun Bowl is looking at Virginia Tech. The Hokies haven't played in El Paso, Texas, since 1947. The Sun Bowl is played at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. There is a possibility they'll wind up in Atlanta for The Chick-fil-A Bowl. However, Va. Tech has been to the Chick-fil-A Bowl as recently as 2009 and has already made two trips to Atlanta this year.
The NFL has fined Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for interfering with a kickoff during last week's game against the Ravens. He took a step onto the field during Jacoby Jones' kickoff return
December 5th is the 339th day of the year. 20 days left until Christmas. 26 days left until New Year's Eve.
Today is Bathtub Party Day (everybody in), Ninja Day and International Volunteer Day
-- 1776, The first fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
-- 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna at age 35
-- 1901, Walt Disney was born
-- 1933, Prohibition was repealed
-- 1951, the first automatic garage door was installed in Washington, D.C.
-- 1952, Abbott and Costello debuted
Several European banks have barred Santa Claus' from coming into their branches. The banks are worried that bank robbers may dress as Santa and rob them. Any Santas wishing to enter the banks will be asked to remove their beards and empty their bags. **Note to the European banks...if there's a sleigh with reindeer - double parked out front, I think you're pretty safe.
The Bellingham, Washington police recently busted a car thief by his hat. The man tried to elude cops by boarding a bus. They caught him because he forgot to remove the Santa hat he was wearing while he was prowling.
5% of women say their husbands do this during the holidays...what is it? Wouldn't you know, Carol Lou would get it. The answer is "give the worst gifts."
Jay-Z has decided "vegan" is the ticket as he turns 44. Happy eating.
The National Enquirer claims Britney Spears is planning to marry.
The Fast & Furious YouTube page has released a tribute video to Paul Walker. The 40-year-old starred in five of the six Fast & Furious films before his death on November 30.
An amazing Paul Walker story is just now coming out....Irene King was working at a Santa Barbara jewelry store in 2004 when Walker and a US soldier bonded. The soldier was on leave from Iraq and couldn't afford a $10,000 ring. Walker called the manager and discreetly paid for the ring. The story is coming out now because of Walker's tragic death.
Kelly Clarkson is apologizing for missing some tour dates. She Tweeted: “I’m so sorry 2 all my fans overseas 4 not doing promo 4 my Xmas album. I have been incredibly ill w/pregnancy. Hopefully it gets better soon.”
Carrie Underwood tells Ladies Home Journal there are three keys to a success marriage. "Communication, trust, and Skype are key.''
What does Carrie Underwood like about this time of year? She tells People Stylewatch, "being around friends and family" is what she loves most about this time of year. Does she get stressed this time of year? Yes, but wine always helps. Cheers to that.
Taylor Swift and her road crew have been doing Secret Santas during their tour. She recently received a Beach Boys DVD and CD and Tweeted: "The RedTour is doing Secret Santa. Just found this in my dressing room and ran down the halls screaming 'SANTA!!!'
Congrats to our areas SaraJane McDonald (14 years old), she's placed in the TOP 4 in the US for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's 2014 National Anthem Contest! SaraJane
is the only one from VA!! The winner will sing the National Anthem for the opening of the 2014 NCBA Convention (Nashville, TN on 2/4-2/7/14) as well as at the Grand Ole Opry before Trace Adkins and Diamond Rio hit the stage! If you'd like to vote - you have until 12/13/13!