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.
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.
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?
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!
Head here to vote.
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According to a new study at the University of Pennsylvania, the brains of men and women are wired completely differently. [Nevertheless, neither one can remember where they parked the car.]
As we head into Christmas party season, here's a great list from Monster.com...things you should avoid saying to the boss
The Hearing Journey says "selective hearing" IS a real thing.
The study compiled pairs of words thought to be more socially relevant to men (such as beer and football) and women (including chocolate and shopping) and combined them in a single list.The list was then read out to 40 men and 40 women.
On average, men correctly recalled more male than female words and women correctly recalled more female words.
Source: The Daily Mail
A new survey by State Farm reveals that 30% of drivers engage in aggressive driving during the winter holidays.
- Naughty Driving includes: speeding, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane changing and tailgating
- people drive naughty when there are traffic jams (63%), when they are running late (55%) and when there are road closures or construction (47%)
- 54% of people say men are the naughtiest drivers while 10% say women are. The remaining 36% say both sexes are equally naughty
Who knew, Santa is watching you behind the wheel too. Is cutting someone off, naughty or nice?
Zagat recently asked people to name their biggest restaurant-related annoyances. Noise level (27%) topped the list followed by bad service (24%), high prices (15%), overcrowding (11%) and disappointing food (10%)
Flower designer Pasi Carter has created a $4 million Christmas wreath. It contains 16 rubies, 32 diamonds and 138 carats. See it.
Good News Story
Jimmy Mulligan was walking to a Bridgeport, Connecticut home when two armed men stole his Thanksgiving dinner and wallet. He called 911. What did the 911 dispatcher do? He took up a collection and had the police deliver two dinners to Jimmy's home. That's Thanksgiving.
Larry's Thought of the Day
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
Gas is selling for 18 cents a gallon in Venezuela. Road trip!
Over 2.1 million PS4's have been sold. **I know what Santa's bringing you for Christmas.
ESPN’s SEC Network, CBS Sports and Fox Sports all want Tim Tebow to join their college football broadcast team.
On Monday night, Seattle Seahawks fans set a new world record for the loudest outdoor sports stadium. The crowd noise reached 137.6 decibels and registered on a nearby seismometer as a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.
Changes coming to next year's Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. The April 26 race will feature a 10K option, called the "Star K," to go along with the full and half marathons. Organizers have replaced a portion of the course that travels along the Roanoke River Greenway because of repeated flooding.
December 4th is the 338th day of the year. 21 days left until Christmas.
Today is Wear Brown Shoes Day, National Dice Day, National Cookie Day and Santas' List Day
--1880, Levi Strauss created Levi's Jeans .. he sold his very first pair the next day
--1980, Led Zeppelin disbanded
--1987, Madonna filed for a divorce from Sean Penn
--1988, Roy Orbison performed his final concert in Akron, Ohio. He died two days later
--1991, Pan Am stopped flying
Reveal magazine claims Steve Chapman not only sleepwalks, but also paints and cooks while asleep. He tells the magazine he has Kleine-Levin Syndrome, or 'Sleeping Beauty Syndrome', and can sleep for months at a time without waking up.
"My wife once came home and found a stepladder in the lounge. I'd painted the ceiling but I couldn't remember it. Another time she found the wrappers from dozens of chocolate strewn across the room. And I often cook myself meals. It can be very distressing for my wife Doreen, it took years for doctors to discover what was wrong.'' How did you sleep last night?
The average woman has about 12 of these...what is it? No winner today. The answer is "pounds to lose."
The Voice ... James Wolpert and Matthew Schuler were in the bottom two. Matthew sang his last song.
On The Biggest Loser - Reuben is eliminated.
Billy Joel plans for a residency at New York's Madison Square Garden arena. He'll perform a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting Jan. 27. The first four previously announced shows -- Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18 -- are sold out. Must be that New York State of Mind.
12.1 million viewers watched The Walking Dead on Sunday.
The Kardashians spent $250,000 producing their Christmas card. Have you seen the card? I can't figure it out. See it.
Another TV celebrity has died in an accident. Bill Beckwith - co-host of the HGTV show "Curb Appeal" - was killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco yesterday.
'Fast & Furious 7' production on hold after Paul Walker's death.
Katy Perry is the newest UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
So how popular are "selfie's"? Just look...
Photo credit Instagram
Star Wars: Episode VII won’t be in theaters for another two years. Until then, may the force be with you.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center on NBC. The 81st-annual tree-lighting ceremony in New York. Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel will be performing tonight.
Mariah Carey will join Aretha Franklin, Train and other entertainers who will perform during the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Friday. 'Glee' star Jane Lynch will host the event.
"The Facts of Life" star Kim Fields gave birth to her second son yesterday. Mom and little Quincy are doing well.
The Academy of Fine Arts Warehouse Theatre in Lynchburg is bringing comedian Paula Poundstone to the Hill City on Friday, January 17th. Showtime: 8P. Tickets: $36 / Call: 434-846-8499. Visit here.
Christmas Specials on TV tonight.
Congrats to Luke Bryan, named CMT Artist of the Year last night. Alabama presented Florida Georgia Line with the CMT Artists of the Year award last night. The night's other honorees were Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw.
Tim McGraw was serenaded by Lady A at the CMT Artist of the Year awards as they performed his song "Highway Don't Care." If you have to replace Keith Urban on your guitar solo, there's no one finer than Peter Frampton.
Apparently, playing Maria von Trapp is not safe. Carrie Underwood was injured while rehearsing for The Sound of Music. She Tweeted: "So yesterday I hit myself in the head with my own guitar & later fell on my face playing leap frog! What do today's rehearsals have for us?... Ps - I no longer leap frog (sic) in the show..."
Garth Brooks is gathering his band members for four shows at the Wynn Las Vegas resort early next month.
Taylor Swift tells Showbiz Spy that her success intimidates men.
Dolly Parton's 1973 single "Jolene" and Kris Kristofferson's1970 album Kristofferson have been added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Tim McGraw says one of his highlights of 2013 was his Academy of Country Music Awards performance. He teamed up with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban to perform their collaborative hit "Highway Don't Care" at the April event. But what is Tim up to these days? He's working on a new album and planning a 2014 tour.
2013 Belk Bowl - Dec 28 from Charlotte. ACC vs SEC. Blake Shelton is playing the Fan Fest before the game.
Ready for a new Nashville tonight? When Maddie wants to spend time with Deacon, Teddy starts to feel he's being replaced; Lamar asks Rayna to get Tandy to commit to being a character witness; Juliette worries about Layla's career stealing her spotlight.