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.
A light glaze of ice could cause some problems this A.M.. This is not a major ice event. However, VDOT will monitor the roads. The freezing rain threat ends by 7A and mid morning in the higher elevations. Temperatures will rise to the 40s. Tomorrow, low to mid 60s. A good chance of rain Wednesday. Some areas could get an inch. Hi near 60. Cooler the rest of the week. Breezy Thursday. Hi 43. Rain/snow chance Friday. Hi 34. Sun and clouds Saturday. Hi 41. Sunday, partly sunny. Hi 39.
Lots of folks Sunday night reported seeing a very bright "fireball" streak across the night sky. The fireball was likely a large, or close meteor.
Morgan Harrington's parents mark three years since her remains were found
Former Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Carrico dies
College hoops: Tigers beat the Hokies 77-70.
1915- The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress.
1958- Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers) was seriously injured in an auto accident in New York. He would never return to play again.
1959- Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
1963 - The Salem Fire Department got a new $20,000 engine and one of its features made it a little easier for firemen to answer alarms during cold weather. The feature: a 20-cup coffee maker and portable generator to power it. The coffee maker was a gift of an anonymous person."
1963 - The first Shenandoah Valley passenger train ran from Hagerstown to Roanoke on June 18, 1882, and the last will go from Roanoke to Waynesboro and back on this date.
1973- A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
1985- About 45 American recording artists gathered to record "We Are the World."
1986- Space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.
Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) is 77; Joey Fatone of 'N Sync is 36; Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 33; Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) is 32; Ariel Winter (Modern Family) is 15
In Kansas, a group of mice tunneled into a police evidence locker, found three large bags of marijuana . . . and got themselves HIGH. The mice chewed through the bags, ate some weed, then built themselves a nest made out of marijuana. The evidence clerks eventually found them and evicted them.
Last Wednesday night, a 42-year-old woman in South Carolina was arrested for CHOKING her boyfriend in the middle of the night. Why? Because she was mad at him for HOGGING THE COVERS. She's facing domestic violence charges. **In the wedding vows, doesn't that fall under "better or worse"?
Ben Affleck's "Argo" won it's second big award in two days on Sunday, receiving the top honor of best ensemble cast in a movie at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Supporting Actor, Film: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Supporting Actress, Film: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble, Film: Skyfall
Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble, Television Series: Game of Thrones
Lifetime Achievement: Dick Van Dyke
Actor, Television Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Actress, Television Series: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Ensemble Cast, Comedy, Television Series: Modern Family
Actor, Mini-Series: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Actor, Television Series, Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Actress, Television Series, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding Ensemble Cast, Television Series, Drama: Downton Abbey
Actress, Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Actor, Motion Picture: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Cast, Motion Picture: Argo
"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" cooked up $19 million in its opening weekend.
2. "Mama," $12.8 million.
3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $10 million.
4. "Zero Dark Thirty," $9.8 million.
5. "Parker," $7 million.
Pop-chips are on fire and Katy Perry has her own line. Katy’s Kettle Corn!” Katy’s chips will be carried in Target, Walgreens and Safeway stores beginning in mid-February.
Sick Bay: Actor Burt Reynolds is "feeling better" after being hospitalized in Florida for the flu, but he is still in intensive care. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence an awards show in Australia because she's battling walking pneumonia. She did attend the SAG Awards last night.
Fox News Channel is parting ways with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, ending her three-year tenure as a contributor on the network.
Danica Patrick announced on the media tour last week in Charlotte, that she's dating fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
"American Pie" singer Don McLean has been fined $400 for driving his Chrysler (not a Chevy) too fast through a Maine school zone. McLean's lawyer says he was driving 43 mph in an area that has a limit of 15 mph when school zone warning lights are flashing and 45 mph when they're not. He argued that the lights were off. The judge decided McLean had been speeding but lowered the $515 fine to $400. McLean paid it immediately.
Carrie Underwood and The Lumineers have been added as performers on the Grammys. Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will do a performance together. Previously announced performers include fun., The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift. The Grammys are February 10 on CBS.
ABC: The Bachelor is 2-hours tonight followed by a repeat of Castle
CBS: All repeats tonight
NBC: The Biggest Loser is two hours followed by a new Deception
FOX: Bones and The Following are new
CW: The Carrie Diaries and 90210 are both new
Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Love and Theft and Wynonna are among the stars set to perform on Norwegian's The Best Country Cruise Ever next year on the Pearl. The voyage sets sail from Miami on January 12, 2014 aboard the Norwegian Pearl, with stops in Ochos Rios,Jamaica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico on the itinerary. Neal McCoy and Lonestar will also be on the cruise,
Sheryl Crow will release a country album on Warner Music Nashville, marking her first new music in two years.
Blue Ridge Music Festival - June 1, Salem Stadium, 11A featuring Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Colt Ford, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Will Hoge, Sweetwater Rain, The Skip Castro Band
According to a new study, EVERYONE lies about their weight. The only difference is how much we shave off. Men shave off anywhere from one to five pounds, depending on how overweight they are. Women shave off one to six pounds.
The Game vs Commercials
In a new survey, we've finally admitted we're more excited about the Super Bowl COMMERCIALS than the game itself. 39% of people say the commercials are their favorite part of the Super Bowl . . . only 28% went with the game. (Adweek)
Say cheese! It'll keep your skin soft
Thanks to the Vitamin A found in cheese and other dairy products, that is what helps get your skin through the cold of winter. Vitamin A repairs and rejuvenates skin cells and can keep your skin supple and soft through winter. Research shows a deficiency of this vitamin will result in a dry complexion.
Give your brain and upgrade
Here's another advantage to drinking Green Tea. Each cup is filled with the powerful antioxidant EGCG, which researchers have discovered triggers the growth of new brain cells in the memory centers of the brain. That gives you better short and long term recall, according to reports in the Journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
Those findings - plus related studies that link green tea and memory - may lead to development of a new treatment for Alzheimer's.
Work perks that'll keep you from leaving
According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, the perk employees say would be MOST likely to keep them from leaving their job is . . . getting to work a half day on Friday. On-site fitness centers . . . the chance to wear jeans to work . . . catered lunches . . . and massages also made the top five.
Good News Story
Dave Bell finally has gotten some satisfaction over a 60-year-old complaint about a nut roll. In 1952, Bell was 14 when he bit into a candy bar and discovered a twig. He sent a letter to the Pearson's Candy Company, hoping to score some free candy. Bell tells the St. Cloud, Minnesota, Times he came across a copy of the letter and sent email to the company to remind them of his complaint. Bell says the replacement candy arrived a week ago. And he jokes he's not sharing.
Lar's Thought of the Day
"You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars." Henry Ford