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 Mornin'
Chilly start to the new year. Sunshine is back today, with a few clouds thru the weekend. Mid 40s today and tomorrow. Lows around 29. Friday, chilly and 40. Warming a bit by the weekend, as 50s return on Monday and Tuesday.
Light snow, sleet, freezing rain and black ice could be a problem this morning for folks in Alleghany, Bath, Bland, and Tazewell.
How dry was 2012? Roanoke was the 12th driest year in the record books and the warmest.
House passes Senate's 'fiscal cliff' deal.
It's a new year - and whether we go over the cliff or not - our taxes are going up. Even workers taking home less than $20,000 annually will be impacted.
More folks will have the chance to live on the Elks National Home's 200-acre spread in Bedford, thanks to a decision by the facility's board of trustees to open the doors to nonlodge members.
Discover Orange Bowl, Florida State 31-10 over Northern Illinois
Fifth-ranked Georgia beat No. 21 Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl
South Carolina beat Michigan 33-28 in the last 11 seconds of the Outback Bowl.
99th Rose Bowl - Stanford over Wisconsin 20-14
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, Northwestern defeated Mississippi State 34-20
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Oklahoma State stopped Purdue 58-14
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL TONIGHT
Allstate Sugar Bowl, 8:30 p.m., at New Orleans, Louisville (10-2) vs. Florida (11-1)
Fired on Monday, but now word has it former Philadelphia Eagles head Coach Andy Reid is set to join the Arizona Cardinals in the same capacity
This is Diet Resolution Week AND it's Buffet Week!!!! Woo-hoo.
Cuttin Cake Today
Cuba Gooding Jr 45; Kate Bosworth 30; Karina Smirnoff (DWTS) 35; Taye Diggs 42; Former TV evangelist Jim Bakker is 73
Joke of the Day
A woman was rushed into the hospital in an ambulance as she was just about to give birth to twins. At the hospital the lady was in such pain she had to be sedated.
A couple of hours after the babies had been delivered, she woke up and asked to see her children. "Doctor, could you bring my babies to me so I can name them?"
The doctor replied, "You don't need to worry about names, your brother has already named them.
"Why did you let him do that? He has no sense! What did he name the little girl?"
"De-nise!" replied the doctor. "Oh that’s not too bad, I thought u were going to tell me he'd named her something awful! So what did he call the little boy?" "De-nephew."
Smarter Than Question
If you're average, you have this for lunch more than 50 times a year. What is it? Congrats to Carol Lou, she got it. The answer is "nothing". Pack your lunch today.
More than 1 million revelers helped ring in 2013 in New York's Times Square.
Former Today Show co-anchor, Ann Curry, has formally asked her Peacock Bosses to let her out of her contract with the network. She wants to join her former boss -Jeff Zucker - when he takes over CNN in February.
Kim Kardasian Tweeted yesterday, she and Kanye refuse to raise their baby on their TV show "Keeping Up With The Kardashian's" or any of the other family spinoffs on E! Kimye and Kanya welcomed in the New Year in Vegas. Look for a little Kardashian this summer.
Bethenny Frankel's marriage to Jason Hoppy is about to be history. A source tells In Touch magazine, "She told him they are done. She's meeting with lawyers and just figuring out the next steps. It's over."
According to NME, 68 year old Bobby Womack is in the early stages of Alzheimers.
Performer Psy officially retired Gangnam Style with his New Year's Eve show. **Does that mean the Macarena will make a comeback in 2013?
TONIGHT ON TV
ABC: The Middle, The Neighbors, Modern Family, Suburgatory are all repeats. Nashville is new tonight.
CBS: Mike and Molly (2 episodes), Criminal Minds, and CSI are all repeats
NBC: All new tonight including Whitney, Guys with Kids, Law and Order: SVU, and Chicago Fire
FOX: Mobbed (2 episodes, both new)
CW: Arrow and Supernatural are both repeats
News from Nashville
Rolling Stone Magazine is out with the hottest country albums of 2012. Not surprising either. Kellie Pickler's "100 Proof", Easton Corbin's "All Over The Road", Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" and Jamey Johnson's "Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran".
Just so you know, Taylor Swift and her new guy, Harry Styles, kissed at midnight in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Taylor Swift has landed on another annual countdown, earning a coveted spot on Forbes' 30 Under 30 feature as one of the most innovative, financially-friendly young musicians of 2012.
Just a couple of weeks away from the start of a new season of American Idol. Keith Urban may be Australian, but he says the reason he became an 'American Idol' judge was to prove that the American Dream is a concept that transcends cultures and geographic divides. The season begins Jan 16 on FOX.
How about Jake Owen's halftime performance at the Orange Bowl last night? Who was he pulling for in the game? Easy. The Florida native is a Florida State alum and devoted Seminoles fan. Sorry Huskie fans.
TOUR TIME IN 2013
Rascal Flatts kick off their 2013 Changed Tour - Jan 10 in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Luke Bryan kicks off his 2013 Diret Road Diaries Tour with speical guests: Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line on Jan 17 in Evansville, Indiana
Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley - 2013 Locked and Relaoded Tour - Jan 17 in Columbia, SC
George Strait - The Cowboy Rides Away Tour with Martina McBride - Jan 18 - Lubbock, TX
Jason Aldean - 2013 Night Train Tour with special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett - Feb 21 in Bosier City, Louisiana.
Kenny Chesney - No Shoes Nation Tour - special guests: Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves - March 16 - Tampa
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
"I need to work on being a less controversial tweeter." --Blake Shelton
"I really should lay off the fast food. I want to stay healthy!" --Scotty McCreery
"I have them every year. It’s always to eat better and go to church a little more and cuss a little less and try to just be a little more tactful and not procrastinate as bad." --Luke Bryan
"For 2013, I want to be home more with my family and still work hard. I want to get to places in my career where I can play fewer shows so I can be home a little more. Family is really a big part of my life and very important to me." --Lee Brice
"My resolutions are the same every year: start working out again, try to make better use of my time, finally organize all my photos and videos. Those are usually the Big Three. Hopefully, I can keep them this year." --Martina McBride
"Stay on the radio." --Gary Allan
"My resolution is to top this last year. The momentum has been incredible." --Mike Eli, Eli Young Band
"To get over my stage fright." --Hayden Panettiere
"I need to start packing lighter. I need to stop hauling so much crap around. I need to stop bringing four bags. I’ll bring Randa-Ritas, but not three pairs of boots." --Miranda Lambert
"Last year I just had quit and said I wasn’t going to drink for the year and I’m going to say that again this year." --Brantley Gilbert
Lar's This and That
What do fellas do that can land them in the doghouse with their significant other? Ladies, see if you agree. Fellas, read on.
-He doesn’t listen to her
-He blows off chores.
-He spends too much time at work.
How will you know she's mad? She gets a bit sarcastic. That's followed by swearing and yelling.
Source: Women’s Health
NAME THAT TUNE
I saw this in the latest Reader's Digest and thought, this could really change your favorite song. But what would an English Major think of it?
TOP 10 SONG TITLES WRECKED BY GOOD GRAMMAR
10. "I Feel Well"
9. "Whom Are You going to Call? (Ghostbusters)"
8. "A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On"
7. "There Is No Sunshine"
6. "I Still Haven't Found for What I've Been Looking"
5. "Who Do You Love?"
4. "What Does Love Have To Do with It?"
3. "Rocket Person"
2. "Bobby McGee and I"
1. "I Can't Get Any Satisfaction"
WHAT WOULD JIMMY BUFFETT DO
When you fly, does SLOW BOARDING annoy you? I already know what you answered. Read on. An astrophysicist decided to try and figure out the best way for passengers to get on a plane. The answer? Allow passengers to board in no particular order instead of boarding by zones. The study found they cut boarding time by 30%.
TIME FOR RECESS
Great news for kids: Doctors are taking a stand on the benefits of recess, and not just for the exercise. It's just as important to children's development as class time is.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is officially advocating a scheduled break during the school day. A pediatrician with the AAP says, "Children need to have downtime between complex cognitive challenges. They tend to be less able to process information the longer they are held to a task."
BOOST YOR BRAIN POWER IN 2013
How? Join a knitting circle. Researchers discovered that refining motor ability can bolster cognitive skills. Plus — it’ll keep you warm this winter. Nice scarf.
YOU HAD A BAD DAY
According to a survey by Quilted Northern, seventeen percent of women have dropped makeup in the toilet. Sure you may have grabbed it in milliseconds and yes, it was tightly sealed, but despite using antibacterial wipes, medical experts say TOSS IT?
University of Virginia researchers asked folks to keep a diary of all their "fibs, little white lies or flat out lies" over the curse of a week. Here's what they found.
Most people lie once or twice a day — almost as often as they grab a snack from the refrigerator or brush their teeth.
Both men and women lie in approximately a fifth of their social exchanges lasting 10 or more minutes. During the course of a week, we deceive about 30 percent of the people we interact with one-on-one.
LOOKING FOR LOVE
If you're a newlywed, here’s something to look forward to. A survey of "Just Married" Americans of least ten years, they found 74 percent were "very in love," "intensely in love," or "very intensely in love" with their spouse.
Suffer from insomnia? Then you might want to try this.
Studies show if you lie in bed and rub the inside edge of your thumb – on the side facing your index finger – for about a minute then repeat on the opposite hand, you will become drowsy.
A British study shows people who tried this trick fell asleep 25 percent faster.
Weird, But True News
A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., judge sentenced a man who’d had an altercation with his wife to take her out on a "date’’ that included elegant dining at the local Red Lobster followed by a night of bowling.
Judge John Hurley also ordered defendant Joseph Bray "to stop somewhere and get some flowers’’ for his wife. **Honey Boo Boo is NOT filmed in Fort Lauderdale is it?
Oh, it gets better...
A pet-friendly pub in Britain called The Branding Villa has brewed up a new beer especially for dogs. The nonalcoholic beverage — simply called Dog Beer — is flavored to taste like beef.
Just ask for a Barkweiser at happy hour.
Good News Story
Finding a lost wedding ring along a snowy highway is hard enough. But a Good Samaritan in Northern California also has to track down the man it belongs to. Douglas Benedetti says he met the man but doesn't know his name or phone number.
The man was searching for the ring on the shoulder of Interstate 80 near Kingvale in the Sierra earlier this month. He told Benedetti he'd lost the ring while putting chains on his vehicle.Benedetti, who installs chains for people on the highway, decided to return to the area hours after the man left.
After a little less than an hour of searching, he came across the ring in the snow next to a semi-truck. Now Benedetti wants to return the ring. Since he didn't get the guys phone number, all he has to go on is: "Lisa, 5th June, 2010."
Lar's Thought of the Day
"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." author unknown