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
Another wet day. A cold rain today. Hi 46. Rain early tomorrow, then sunshine. Hi 53. Partly sunny Thursday. Hi 49. Friday, sunshine. Hi 46. Back to the 50s for the weekend with sunshine. Much colder Monday. Hi of only 39. Yikes.
How much rain have we gotten since Monday? Almost 3" in Blacksburg, over 1" in Roanoke, close to an inch in Lynchburg.
President Barack Obama demanded on Monday that lawmakers raise the nation's $16.4 trillion federal debt limit quickly, warning that "Social Security benefits and veterans' checks will be delayed.
Ron Paul will speak in Lee Chapel at Washington & Lee tonight.
The Cadillac ATS has been named North American Car of The Year. Meanwhile, Toyota has once again dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker. The Japanese company sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide in 2012, although it's still counting. GM sold 9.29 million.
Sales for the Samsung Galaxy S have topped 100 million. Not exactly what Apple wanted to hear.
The FBI is warning consumers of an elaborate computer scam that involves the computer accusing the user of viewing child pornography and demanding $300
NASA has awarded a contract to explore ways to potentially expand the International Space Station. The agency says Bigelow Aerospace has been awarded a $17.8 million contract to deliver to the agency an inflatable extension for the space station.
Virginia Wineries made 2012 a record breaking year.
Monday, the History Museum of Western Virginia started moving its offices, gift shop merchandise and archives back into Center in the Square’s newly renovated building on Campbell Avenue, the first of the museums to do so.
Ex-President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital on Monday.
CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman has tweeted that Auburn offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler has been hired by Virginia Tech. Tech has yet to confirm it.
Check out Daytime Blue Ridge with Mike Wilson and Natalie Faunce today at 12n on WSLS, 10. I'll be in their Food Lion kitchen working up a healthy meal called Larry's Southern Tilapia. **Guess I need to catch some fish.
1878 - Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain's Queen Victoria.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office.
1952 - NBC's "Today" show premiered.
1958 - The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV on The Perry Como Show.
1961 - Motown Records signed The Supremes.
1974 - 'Happy Days' premiered on this day on ABC.
Cuttin' Cake Today
Charo (Maria Martinez) 62, Martha Davis (The Motels) 62, Mario Van Peebles 55, Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) 46, Chad Lowe 45, NFL quarterback Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) is 34; Pitbull is 32
Joke of the Day
What do you call a universe that you rule? ans - a youniverse
Weird News This Mornin'
A 13-year-old boy who lives in Italy with his adoptive parents took his father's Mercedes and drove more than 500 miles through Europe in an apparent attempt to reach his birth family in Poland. He set off on Thursday from northern Italy with 200 euros in his pocket and drove the car for almost 24 hours before being stopped by German police. +
A woman who does not live in Flint, Michigan, called her son who still lives in the area to check on her vacant house. He found a few things missing, including the kitchen sink.
A 61-year-old Spanish teacher in Ohio is suing her school district for discriminating against her disability . . . a FEAR OF CHILDREN. You heard that right. She says she's only afraid of younger children, and when the district transferred her from high school to middle school after 35 years of teaching, it triggered her phobia. She's suing for an undisclosed amount.
Smarter Than Question
If you're an average American, you'll do this 16 times today. What is it? Carol Lou, nailed it. The answer is "swearing".
Lance Armstrong reportedly confessed to Oprah - during a pre-recorded interview - that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. He apologized to the staff at Livestrong cancer charity. Oprah talks about the interview this morning on "CBS This Morning." The interview airs Thursday on Oprah's network. More
Bachelor recap: Sean Lowe started the night off with 19 women and ended up with 16. Going Home: Diana, the salon owner from Salt Lake City and Brooke, community organizer from Pittsburgh. Katie, the yoga instructor from Illinois, said she wasn't having fun and bailed. He walked her out.
(Photo: ABC, Good Morning America)
Robin Roberts says she hopes to return as "Good Morning America" co-anchor within "weeks, not months."
Celebs in Denial...Carmen Electra says she's NOT dating Simon Cowell and Bradley Cooper denies dating Jennifer Lawrence. **They're all totally dating each other.
The First Ladies of Comedy killed it at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, if early projections are any indication anyway. Early ratings show Globes hostesses/Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler brought in a 12% higher audience than fellow sidesplitter Ricky Gervais.
Forget those much-parodied Chanel No. 5 ads! Brad Pitt’s got a new endorsement deal in the works! According to E! News, the actor has agreed to endorse Cadillac in print ads and TV commercials that will air in China.
What did you get for a your birthday when you turned 1? Beyonce and Jay Z gave their baby girl -Blue Ivy Carter - an $80,000 Diamond encrusted Barbie. Wait there's more. At the party last week, they also spent $95,000 on pink and white roses, $30,000 on costumes, jewelry and toys for baby Blue Ivy's friends and their parents and a cake that cost $2400. Yep, that was just like my first birthday party. What?
Royal officials have announced Kate, is due to give birth to her first child in July.
ABC: Happy Endings, Don't Trust the B---, and Private Practice are all new
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Vegas are all new
NBC: Betty White's Off Their Rockers, 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
NEW ON DVD TODAY
• Taken 2
• To Rome With Love
• The Possession (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedwick)
• Won't Back Down (Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter)
• Men of a Certain Age: The Complete Second Season
News from Nashville
Let's all give a big country round of applause for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cameron Atkinson and his wife Anna Belle. Mostly for Anna Belle. Because she was the one who found Dierks Bentley's dog Jake, who had gone missing on Sunday night (Jan. 13) following a thunderstorm in Nashville. Dierks is in town with Miranda Lambert this Saturday night at the Roanoke Civic Center. Not sure where Jake will be.
Nicole Kidman thought maybe Keith Urban didn't like her when he didn't call after they met on a TV talk show. Kidman tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that it took four months for Urban to ask her out. Apparently he got caught up on his "things." They've been married more than six and a-half years.
Kenny Chesney has announced 28 new dates for his 2013 'No Shoes Nation' Tour, making it one of the year's biggest tours. A Va. Beach stop has been added on June 6.
Luke Bryan came to the rescue of a horse that tumbled 15 feet into a river. Luke was boating at the time when he came across the horse named Misty. It took about a dozen people to come to the rescue and free Misty but she’s now safe and recovering.
Lar's This & That
Dating pitfalls smart women should avoid...
A new app called The Proposal Pro is now available for free on iTunes. It helps guys figure out all the logistics behind popping the question -- like tips on choosing the perfect ring, asking your parents for permission, and the best spots to propose in your city. The most helpful feature the app includes: a ring-sizer that lets the user drop their girlfriend's ring on the screen and have the size calculated.
You're Going to Get the Flu Because...
A new survey has found that 75% of adults don't wash their hands for long enough this flu season. You should scrub them for at least 20 seconds . . . most people wash for zero to 15 seconds.
In fact, Dr. Sanjay Gupta says you should sing the Happy Birthday song through TWICE.
Three Reasons You're Not Getting Any Sleep at Night
Researchers at Mayo Clinic's Center for Sleep Medicine are finding a surprising reason behind those tired eyes this morning. What's it from? Your dog or cat. If you share your bed with your four leggged best friend, that could explain a lot with your lack of shuteye.
The Secret To Being Happy In Your Job
A new study found that the happiest workers in the country are in Dayton, Ohio. The other happiest workers are in Knoxville, Tennessee and Honolulu, Hawaii. The LEAST happy workers are in Boulder, Colorado . . . Reno, Nevada . . . and Wichita, Kansas. (CareerBliss)
Most-Commonly Used Words
According to a study by Google, there are eight words in the English language that are each used in at least 1% of all speech and writing. In other words, these words are used at least once in every 100 words.
In order, from most-to-least-often used, they are: The, of, and, to, in, a, is, and that. (Deadspin)
You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation. Bette Davis