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.
Trending This Morning
Rain and 1 to 2" of mountain snow possible today, especially to the north of I-64. Off and on rain in the afternoon. Hi today 46. Sunshine returns tomorrow with temps in the low 50s. Mid to upper 50s by the weekend. Monday, mid 60s with sunshine. Lows in the 30s and 40s.
Who will take home tomorrow nights Power Ball $425 Million jackpot?
Owner of Hooters Sports Bar in Roanoke is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Richmond businessman owns a dozen restaurants in 3 states. The 12 restaurants will stay open for business while the company goes through the Chapter 11 process.
Lynchburg Life Saving Crew is closing its doors after 78 years.
City of Roanoke crews were out decorating the downtown streets with Christmas decorations yesterday. The holiday season officially kicks off with the tree lighting during week one of Dickens of a Christmas on Dec 7.
Monday Night Football: Carolina 30, Eagles 22
Today is Pins and Needles Day.
1901 Army War College is established in Washington, D.C., now located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
1967 The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album is released.
1970 George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album is released.
1973 The Senate votes 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who resigned.
1983 Cabbage Patch Dolls cause riots across America.
Cuttin' Cake Today
Bill Nye-57; Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg-55; Samantha Harris (DWTS)-39; Jaleel White (Family Matters: Urkel)-36; Joshua Harris (Dallas: Christopher Ewing)-34
Joke of the Day
What kind of bird can write? ans - a pen-guin
Smarter Than Question
44% of women say this is the most important thing to pack when traveling. What is it? Congrats to Carol Lou, she got it. The answer is "comfy PJs"
On last night's Dancing With the Stars performance finale, the final three all-stars had two chances to prove that they deserve the newly tricked-out - with extra bling - mirror-ball trophy that will be handed out on tonight.
Shawn and Derek had no hope of catching up, score-wise, even though they recruited the Fierce Five for their freestyle! Which was pretty impressive. U.S. women's gymnastics team stars Gabby Douglas, McKaley Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Weber joined in their acrobatic routine.
Here's how the leaderboard stacked up:
Melissa & Tony: 60 (30, 30)
Kelly & Val: 59 (29.5, 29.5)
Shawn & Derek: 57 (27, 30)
Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend claims the actress's fiance threatened to kill him during a Thanksgiving confrontation that left him with a broken rib, bruised face and under arrest.
Oprah Winfrey announced she had a breast cancer scare last month, but offered few details to those gathered at an Oprah Magazine event in Los Angeles. Winfrey assured the crowd it was a false alarm
About 3.5 million viewers tuned in for "Liz & Dick," a made-for-TV movie starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor.
Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake on "Two and a Half Men," recently told Parade Magazine, he wants people to stop watching his U.S. sitcom because it is "filth" and he no longer wants to be on the show. Powerful words for a 19 year old.
Do you remember teen bride Courtney Stodden, who married 52 year old actor Doug Hutchinson? If you've ever watched Couples Therapy, they were recently kicked out. It appears, her mom is romantically linked to her daughter’s husband and has decided to respond to the reports that she’s been making moves on Hutchinson! She recently hinted that she wouldn’t mind having a man like Hutchinson herself.
Rumors are swirling that Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are engaged, but her sister Kim is saying it’s not so.
If you missed my interview with Richard Marx yesterday morning, you can hear the "extended interview" on my podcast. Here
Deborah Raffin, whose career acting in film and TV spanned three decades and included a memorable turn on the TV series 7th Heaven, has died. She was 59. She died from lukemia.
"Dallas" actor Larry Hagman will be remembered this week during private, invitation-only services in Dallas and Los Angeles. Note: Hagman had shot 6 of the 9 episodes of the Dallas reboot. The shows writers say they'll give him a proper sendoff.
new dvd's today
Lawless starring Shia LaBeouf
The Apparition with Ashley Greene
Step Up Revolution
abc:Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Shrek the Halls, Dancing with the Stars (FINALE)
cbs: NCIS (NEW), NCIS: Los Angeles (NEW), Vegas (NEW)
nbc: The Voice, Go On, The New Normal and Parenthood are all new
fox: Raising Hope, Ben and Kate, New Girl, and The Mindy Project are all new
cw: Hart of Dixie and Emily Owens, M.D. are both new
News from Nashville
Taylor Swift is on the cover of Parade Magazine, opening up about her lack of privacy.
Team Blake hit it out of the park last night on The Voice last night.
Scotty McCreery will be on hand during the 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' tomorrow night as part of the star-studded lineup on the NBC special. Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and others will perform.
Little Big Town announced on Monday (Nov. 26) that they have been forced to reschedule two upcoming concerts in Riverside, Calif. and Los Angeles after a sudden death in their immediate family. They will reschedule the missed shows, but should make Charlotte and the ACC FanFest this weekend.
Jake Owen is celebrating his third consecutive No. 1 single – and first that he co-penned – to date with “The One That Got Away" After the birth of his daughter on Thanksgiving Day, I'd like that a pretty special deliver too.
Rascal Flatts, Kip Moore and Jake Owen are joining the lineup of performers at the American Country Awards. They join previously announced artists including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town. The TV special airs on December 10 on Fox.
The Roanoke Civic Center has announced the Zac Brown Band will return to the Star City on January 25th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 30th at 10 AM.
Lar's This & That
Apartment Building Staff Suggested Tip: $20 to $100
Dog Walker Suggested Tip: One Week Pay
Extracurricular Instructors Suggested Tip: GiftLandscaper/GardenerSuggested Tip: Cost of One Visit
Mail/Package Delivery Suggested Tip: Gift
Nurses/Private Caregiver Suggested Tip: Gift or One Week’s Pay
Personal Trainer Suggested Tip: Cost of One Session
Teacher Suggested Tip: Gift/Gift Cards
Don’t ‘Web’ And Drive!
One out of 5 U.S. drivers says they access the Internet on their cellphones while driving, a new survey finds. State Farm’s annual research report on distracted driving indicated 21% of drivers said they were accessing the internet while on a cellphone in 2012, up from 13% in 2009; 15% read social media while driving this year up from 9% three years ago. And 13% updated social networks such as Facebook, up from 9%. Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm, said the growing popularity of smart phones was contributing to the escalating numbers of distracted drivers. The survey revealed an increase in the percentage of drivers who said they owned mobile web devices and who reported accessing the internet while driving.
Nintendo Wii U ($400)
iPod Touch ($199)
iPad Mini ($329)
Have fun, Santa!
Has the Grinch stolen the office holiday party?
More than half (52%) of senior managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said their employer is not holding a holiday celebration this year. More than three-quarters of executives (79%) and employees (75%) whose companies have holiday parties gave the festivities high marks and said they enjoyed them. **Guess the "save the lampshades" campaign worked.
Is The Day of the LIVE Christmas Tree Coming To An End
According to a new survey, only ONE in FIVE families say they're going to have a real Christmas tree this year. 13% will buy a tree from a garden store or Christmas tree lot, and 5% will dig up their own tree for the house.
49% of households will put up an artificial tree that's green like the real thing. 19% will buy an artificial tree that's a different color, like white or red.
14% say they aren't going to have a tree this year.
The main reason people gave for going with an artificial tree or no tree over a real one is the cost difference. The second-most common reason was that people felt buying a real tree just to throw it away a month later isn't very "green."
Safety Ideas When Hanging The Lights Outside
Wear closed toe shoes with rubber soles when climbing the ladder to avoid slipping.
Read the safety stickers on the ladder that describe how much weight the ladder can hold and how high to climb. A rung near the top should have a "Danger" sticker telling you not to climb any higher.
Read the directions on the holiday lights box, which will tell you how many strings of lights you can safely put together—usually two or three. If you don’t have enough extension cords or plugs for all of the lights you want to use, don’t string more together than the directions permit.
Buy more cords or a surge protector with additional outlets.
Use grounded extension cords. These have three holes for plugs, as opposed to two. Two-hole cords are more dangerous.
Have someone help you by holding the ladder and handing you supplies. If you are decorating alone, make sure you have a cell phone so you can call for help if necessary.
Make sure the ladder is on a solid platform. Wet, mushy grass can make the ladder sink and become unstable.
Don’t overload outlets with too many plugs, as this is a fire hazard.
Look for a UL—Underwriters Laboratories—sticker on lights packages and surge protectors, which is a safety indicator.
The Average Fella Says You're Close To A "10"
According to a survey by the Remington hair-care company, the average man says his partner is about a seven out of 10 . . . or 67% perfect. NONE of the men surveyed said they had a perfect woman . . . and eight out of 10 said the perfect woman doesn't exist. That's because women don't like watching sports . . . clean too much . . . and have bad tempers. (Female First)
The 10 Most Addictive Foods...Maybe The Most Delicious Foods
Dr. Ashley Gearhardt is one of the founders of Yale University's Food Addiction Scale, which rates foods on the chemical effect they have on your body. She put together this list of the 10 most addictive foods.
(And it could also double as the list of the 10 most delicious foods :-)
Here you go...
#10.) White bread.
#6.) Potato chips.
#3.) French fries.
#1.) Ice cream.
Our Christmas Tree
I purchased our Christmas tree yesterday...all by myself. OK, I did have a little help from the cats - Tigger, Michael, Snuggles and Kisses. Think Glenna was surprised? If I can just figure out how to get it in the house.
Weird, But True News
Army 2nd Lieutenant Jalyessa Walker was head-over-heels -- over and over. She's a former University of Texas at El Paso cheerleader. Now, she's apparently set a new record for consecutive handsprings. As the crowd counted, Walker did 49 back handsprings during halftime at the UTEP-Rice football game. She was shooting for 50, but ran out of room on the UTEP field. The current record of 35 was set in October, by a Dallas high school cheerleader. The El Paso Times reports Lieutenant Walker now has to submit a video tape to the Guinness people to make her record official. **Sounds like the world record is tumbling.
A Florida woman was arrested for driving 100 mph while blasting her horn, saying God told her to do it. How come God never tells these people to go and volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate some time at a homeless shelter?
Staying Healthy Today
A person tolerant of a cat or dog may end up sneezing and wheezing after returning home after being away, allergists warn. Allergist Dr. Richard Weber, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said people returning home after visiting relatives for the holidays or college students back for Thanksgiving or winter break may develop a severe allergy to a family pet they hadn’t been allergic to before.
This flare-up of pet allergies is called the Thanksgiving Effect – and an allergist can help a patient cope with a sudden allergy to Fifi or Fido. For the more than 40 million Americans, who suffer from allergies and asthma, the holidays could also be one of the stuffiest times of year.
To avoid problems, use natural aromas. Pumpkin, gingerbread and pine-scented air fresheners can be inviting, but they can also be hazardous. About one-third of people with asthma report health problems from air fresheners, which contain volatile organic compounds. Open windows to air out the house or let the scents from the oven provide natural aromas, Weber said
Good News Story
An 80-year-old Michigan mailman says he won’t give up his job with the United States Postal Service because without it, life “gets boring.” Richard Dawson has been delivering mail in Lansing for 56 years and has been on the same route for the last 30 years. Although he admits that he has considered retiring before, he said he doesn’t plan on doing so any time soon. Dawson said he even has about two years of unused sick time built up.
Lar's Thought of the Day
"Not WHAT we say about our blessings, but how we USE them is the true measure of our thanksgiving."