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.
Peanut Butter Pop Tarts...LIG
We've been begging for a peanut butter Pop-Tart ever since the Peanut Butter & Jelly Pop-Tart was discontinued in 1986. Now, after 27 years of waiting, Pop-Tart scientists have created the perfect mix of flavors to bring us Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts and Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts.
Top Earning Athletes from Sports Illustrated
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. .... $90 million
2. LeBron James .... $56.5 million
3. Drew Brees .... $47.8 million
4. Kobe Bryant .... $47 million
5. Tiger Woods .... $40.8 million. He was No. 1 through 2011.
5 things your dermatologist won't tell you
Super simple secrets for healthy, young skin.
1 They can tell which way you sleep. Sleeping on your side or stomach creates a furrow on one side of your face. To minimize wrinkles, sleep on your back.
2 If you hit the pillow every night without washing your face, every single thing you came into contact with that day is on your skin.
3 If it makes your skin feel 'squeaky clean,' it's stripping out all the moisture -- which is not a good thing.
4 Women that are losing their hair can use men's Rogain 5% minoxidil formula
5 Store brand antiaging creams have the same active ingredients and are just as effective as the brand named stuff that costs four to 10 times as much.
Article: 13 things your dermatologist won't tell you
There's a new survey that shows, four out of five people check work email over the weekend . . . three in five check it while on vacation . . . and more than half check it after 11 P.M.
One in 12 have checked work email while at a wedding . . . one in 16 at a funeral . . . and one in 16 have checked it while they or their spouse was in LABOR. (PR Newswire)
According to a survey by Restaurant.com, 65% of people think a waiter or waitress should come to the table to greet you within the first three minutes after you sit down. And after your food comes, they should come back to check on you . . . but ONLY once or twice. 91% say more than that is annoying. (PR Newswire)
I'm too sexy for my shirt...
Where do you have to go to find the sexiest women in the world? Columbia! A survey from a dating website discovered that Columbian women are the hottest in the world. And the sexiest men? British men take that title.
Care for a Bacon Dog
You know, this is EXACTLY what this country needed. Oscar Mayer has just introduced a new line of hot dogs that are STUFFED WITH BACON. That's in addition to whatever else hot dogs are normally stuffed with . . . chicken, pork, turkey, squirrel? These Bacon Dogs are now on sale all over the country. Each one is 130 calories and has 11 grams of fat. (Yahoo)
I’m Walking In My Zzzzzzzz’s
According to a new nationwide study, 29.2% of people have had at least one sleepwalking episode in their lives. That's almost one-third of us sleepwalking.
About 3.6% of Americans sleepwalked last year. That's about eight million people.
1% sleepwalk more than twice a month.
People who take sleeping medications like Ambien are 250% more likely to sleepwalk more than twice a month compared to people who don't. (LiveScience)
8 Tips To Instantly Boost Your Energy from health.com
Yawn away. "Yawning is your body’s way of cooling down the brain, essentially waking it up."
Get moving-Two hours. That’s how long you’ll feel revved up after taking just a 10-minute walk, according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology.
Go to YouTube. It’s official: We give you permission to watch that dancing hamster video at work. A good laugh raises your blood pressure and boosts heart rate, too, which can pump you up when you’re feeling sluggish,
See some red. Spotting something scarlet can actually kick you into high gear. Seeing the fiery color makes your muscles move faster and work harder, giving you a burst of energy when you need it most, according to University of Rochester research
Sprinkle these. Not into espresso shots? Get your energy from chia seeds. They’re packed with a revitalizing combo of B vitamins, fiber, and protein, so they pick you up without making you jittery.
Stretch it out. Dragging? Try this invigorating stretch: Stand in a doorway, facing forward with feet several inches apart, and reach to the sides of the frame. Grab the frame with your fingers, then push your chest forward until you feel a stretch in your torso and back; hold for 30 seconds.
Exercise. Fifty-eight percent of women feel most energized after they've had a workout, according to a Health.com poll.
Eat nutritiously. Studies show omega-3 fatty acids improve mood and brain function, essential for avoiding a midday slump
7 ways to make life more fun
This is a Men's Health article that teaches you how to "gamify" your life. Take the tasks that seem ordinary and turn them into a game to make them more interesting. Here's how:
1. Define your goals. Don't think of rewards yet, just think of a specific goal you'd like to accomplish.
2. Break it down into specific tasks. Games lead you to a larger level through a series of small steps. Break down your goal into specific tasks.
3. Figure out what motivates you. If social interaction motivates you, then complete your task with a buddy. If it's money, then reward yourself with a little cash every time you accomplish a goal.
4. Track your progress. Track your steps for inspiration (to see how close you're getting to your goal), and to reward yourself periodically.
5. Reward yourself.
6. Level up -- smartly. Reward yourself with something that will take you to the next level. If you're learning to play piano, for example, reward yourself with a cool pair of headphones after you've licked the basics.
7. Have fun. If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right.
Article: Gamify Your Life
Today is Wear Purple For Peace Day, Biographer's Day and National Sea Monkey Day
--1866, Root Beer was invented
--1866, the nickel was first coined
--1891, Spam was first sold
--1929, the first Academy Awards were handed out
--1965, Spaghetti O's were first sold
--1966, Bob Dylan released the first ever double album in popular music history.
--1985, Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA
Megan Fox (27) Man vs. Food star Adam Richman (39) Tori Spelling (40) Janet Jackson (47) Debra Winger (58) Pierce Brosnan (60)
Joke of the Day
Why isn’t it safe to tell a secret on the farm? Ans – because the corn has ears and the potatoes have eyes.
Weird News Today
A man in Kentucky hid in a grocery store until it closed. Then he cooked himself six steaks, consumed an entire cake and 57 cans of Redi-Whip.
The North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina police recently arrested Jasmine Walton and Kyle Schnoebelen for skinny-dipping at 3 a.m.. When they returned from the water their clothes were missing. Both were charged with public nudity.
A Baraboo, Wisconsin woman recently called the police to complain about her neighbors, who she said were having loud sex. When cops arrived, they discovered the lovemaking sounds were actually dozens of frogs belching out loud mating calls. The caller still wanted to file a complaint against her neighbor. ALWAYS BLAME THE FROGS
Smarter Than Question
38 percent of us listen to music while doing this. What is it? Congrats to James, he got the answer. It's "cutting the grass"
Tell Me Something Good
Pearl Cantrell credits bacon with helping her reach 105 years-old. The Richland, Texas woman says, “I love bacon, I eat it everyday. I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say. I love bacon, I could eat it for every meal — and I do!”
The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile stopped at Pearl's home last week to wish her a happy birthday and give her packages of bacon and take her for a spin in the Wienermobile. That's a lucky lady.
An Oscar Meyer spokesperson says, “We’ve seen a lot of stories on the road, but nothing quite like this one, so we’re excited to be here. We know she’s an inspiration."
Sounds like Pearl is an inspiration to her family friends and the community. That's spreading some good news.
Lar's Thought of the Day
"Success is never achieved by the size of the brain, but it always achieved by the size of one's thoughts."
Your Wx: Very nice today, but breezy with summertime highs. How about 88? Partly sunny tomorrow. Hi 82. Mix of sun & clouds Friday & Saturday. Maybe a P.M. shower. Hi around 78. Chance of storms Sunday and Monday. Hi around 80. Partly sunny Tuesday. Hi 79.
We're coming up on "the 100 deadliest days on the road for teen drivers". Phone companies are joining forces with parents, to get the word out about the dangers of texting and driving. AT&T is partnering with Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile for the 'It Can Wait' Campaign. Studies show between Memorial Day and Labor Day, more will die than any other time of the year.
Virginia Tech president Charles Steger announced Tuesday that he is stepping down.
Alleghany County deputies have identified the woman found dead in a cemetery as Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez, a missing mother of four.
The National Transportation Safety Board today recommended that all 50 states lower the benchmark for determining when a driver is legally drunk from 0.08 blood-alcohol content to 0.05. The idea is part of an initiative to eliminate drunken driving, which accounts for about a third of all road deaths.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered an investigation into Internal Revenue Service political targeting of some conservative groups
Burger King will roll out the McRib-buster today as part of its Summer menu. Other BK roll-outs include a return of Memphis Pulled Pork sandwiches, a line of Carolina BBQ sandwiches and sweet potato fries. It also will introduce a new BBQ Chicken Salad and line of Oreo-infused desserts.
A huge night for the Powerball Jackpot. $360 million. More under Larry's This & That below.
SPORTS: Salem 2, Carolina 1. Hillcats 4 game win streak ended. Frederick 7, Hillcats 2. TONIGHT: Frederick @ Lynchburg - gametime 6:05. Salem @ Carolina. THIS WEEKEND: Frederick @ Salem. Friday 7:05, Saturday 6:05, Sunday 4:05. Carolina @ Lynchburg. Friday and Saturday 6:05, Sunday 2:05.
Elimination wasn't a BIG surprise on Dancing with the Stars. Kellie and Derek did an encore on their Argentine Tango. Take a look from Monday. It's fantastic!
In the end - though the crowd in the ballroom didn't like it - soapstar Ingo Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson were eliminated setting up for Final 4 for next week.
ABC announced on Tuesday that Dancing With the Stars, a victim of sagging ratings, is cutting back to one night a week — performances and results in the same show — for Season 17 in the fall.
There are now 10 on The Voice. The low vote getters were: Team Usher's Vedo and Team Shakira's Garrett Gardner. Next week, the Top 10 perform and Cee Lo Green is back to advise team Shakira.
Christina Aguilera is coming back to The Voice for Season 5...word is, Shakira is out.
Meanwhile, there's talk American Idol is considering a three judge panel. FOX says Idol will stay on Wednesday's and Thursday's when it returns in January.
"American Idol" judge and pop star Mariah Carey is planning her first world concert tour since 2004.
Beyonce' has cancelled her Belgium concert due to exhaustion, fueling pregnancy rumors.
Keifer Sutherland is going to do another round of the TV show ’24.’ Fox just cancelled his show, ‘Touch,’ after 2 seasons so his schedule was open and they signed him on for another run at ’24.’
Aretha Franklin's doctor is telling her she needs treatment — and has to stay off the road for a while. Because of that, she has canceled appearances scheduled for Chicago and Connecticut later this month.
Save these upcoming Grammy dates. The next Grammys will be January 26, 2014. The Grammys after that are set for February 8, 2015.
TONIGHT Idol Finale': Candice Glover, 23, of St. Helena Island, S.C., and Kree Harrison, 22, of Woodville, TX compete for the American Idol title. It's on tonight and tomorrow at 8P on FOX.
ABC: All new tonight including The Middle, Family Tools, Modern Family, How to Live With Your Parents, and Nashville
CBS: Criminal Minds is new followed by the finale of CSI
NBC: All new tonight with Dateline, Law and Order: SVU, and Chicago Fire
FOX: American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance are new
CW: Arrow and Supernatural are finales tonight
News from Nashville
Keith Urban was on Ellen yesterday and he talked about Randy Jackson's departure from American Idol.
Florida Georgia Line have scored their second number-one single on the Mediabase chart this week with “Get Your Shine On.” Darius Rucker’s cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” follows at number-two, while Kenny Chesney’s “Pirate Flag” is number-three. Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care" featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban round out the Top 5.
Guess who goes out on date night still? Brad Paisley tells Good Housekeeping he and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley still go out on date night. It's important to go out without the kids. He says he's an old fashioned guy. "When you're old-fashioned like I am, you know marriage is forever," he said. "Those vows are a promise."
Tim McGraw is on the road with his Two Lanes of Freedom tour with openers Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert. Tim says Brantley reminds him of a young Hank Williams Jr.
Look for Taylor Swift to perform at the CMT Music Awards on June 5 in Nashville. Others on the first wave of performers announced include Miranda Lambert's Pistol Annies, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town.
Luke Bryan will release his fourth studio album on Aug 13. The first single from the album is "Crash My Party". He performed it on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Today in country music history:
2003 - Singer, musician and actress June Carter Cash died in Nashville after complications following heart valve replacement surgery. Husband Johnny Cash was by her side. She was 73.
K.T. Oslin - singer, "80's Ladies," "Hold Me," "Come Next Monday"
A huge night for Powerball
The Powerball jackpot has swelled to $360 million. According to Fox News, tickets for each game cost $2 and there’s a 1 in 175.2 million chance that any ticket will win the grand prize. The overall odds of winning any prize, including $4 for selecting only the Powerball, are 1 in 31.85. Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time in Florida.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million. To put that in perspective, here’s a list of things more likely to happen to you:
• Becoming a movie star (1 in 1.5 million)
• Hitting a hole in one on consecutive par-three golf holes (1 in 156 million)
• Being struck by lightning in your lifetime (1 in 10,000) or in a given one-year period (1 in 1 million)
• Randomly picking the name of one specific female in the U.S. (1 in 157 million)
• Getting attacked by a shark (1 in 11.5 million) or drowning at the beach (1 in 2 million). Being killed by a shark though, is less likely than a lottery win.
• Being involved in a car-deer collision in Hawaii (1 in 6,267)
• Being killed by a mountain lion in California (1 in 36 million) or dying from SARS anywhere in the U.S. (1 in 100 million)
• Dying from a college or high school football injury (1 in 59 million), from a bee sting (1 in 6.1 million) or by drowning in a bathtub (1 in 840,000)
• Being crushed by a vending machine (1 in 112 million)
• Being killed by radiation from a nearby nuclear meltdown (1 in 10 million)
• Becoming the president of the United States (1 in 10 million)
• Giving birth to identical quadruplets (1 in 15 million)
• Dying from using a right-handed product incorrectly if you are left-handed (1 in 4.4 million)
• Picking a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket (1 in 13.5 million)
• Being canonized (1 in 20 million)
• Becoming an astronaut (1 in 12.1 million)
• Being killed by a venomous animal or plant (1 in 3.4 million)
• Being killed by falling airplane parts (1 in 10 million)
Who takes the most sick days
A new study ranked the 14 major U.S. job categories by the number of sick days the average worker takes. Doctors take the fewest . . . and cops, barbers, and waiters take the most. Story
Coastal Living editors first picked 10 "Happiest Seaside Towns" and invited the public to vote online or via smartphone. Here's how the picks stacked up in the vote:
1. Beaufort, SC
2. Harwich Port, Mass.
3. Sanibel Island, Fla.
4. Sag Harbor, N.Y.
5. Newport, R.I.
6. Rowayton, Conn.
7. Kennebunkport, Maine
8. Pa'ia Town, Maui, Hawaii
9. La Jolla, Calif.
10. Pescadero, Calif.
People always say one year is equal to seven dog years . . .
Researchers at the University of Georgia have come up with a more accurate way to calculate it. It's a little confusing, but basically small dogs age faster than medium-sized or big dogs until they're two years old . . . and then big dogs age faster. For example, a two-year-old dachshund and a three-year-old German shepherd are both 25 years old. (BBC)
How far would you go without taking a shower?
In a new survey, HALF of people admit at some point, they've gone THREE DAYS or MORE. The survey also found the spot you're most likely to clean every time you shower is under your armpits. You're least likely to wash behind your ears. (PRWeb)
Strange Artist Requests
A rider is a list of demands touring artists make as they travel from one venue to the next. Some are simple (pickles, ramen, and incense from Selena Gomez) to downright odd (Mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair from Lady Gaga). Here's a list from other artists-- and yet again, Adele scores high points for being "just plain cool":
*20 international phone lines
*Lillies and white and light-pink roses that have stems trimmed to percisely 6 inches
*20 white kittens and 100 doves
*2 dozen white roses and vanilla aromatherapy candles
*NO busy patterns in the living room space
*Room temp at 75 degrees
*Mini Babybel cheese
*Lots of Red Bull
*Chauffeurs are NOT allowed to start a conversation with Ms Perry
*Dressing room draped in cream or soft pink
*Coffee table must be in a present modern style
*Fridge must come with a glass door
*Baked goods scented candles
*2 space heaters
*buckets of spicy fried chicken - no thighs, lots of wings - a large cheese platter
*Three packs of gum in three different flavors
*Venue transportation must be a late-model black Maybach
*2 bottles of $300 champagne and two $200 bottles of Sassicaia wine
*Juicy baked chicken, heavily seasoned with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper
*White covers for the chairs
*White fish (fish and fruit)
*No styrofoam or plastic goods shall be used when preparing the food
*small bottle of "Flinstones" Vitamins with Extra Vitamin C
*European lager beer
*Sandwiches without tomatoes
*Any fan who scores free tickets has to make a donation to charity
Here Are 10 Things Americans Agree On
We argue about plenty of issues in this country, but America isn't divided on everything. According to surveys, more than 90% of Americans say they believe in God . . . they're patriotic . . . they think it's important to prevent terrorism . . . they think cloning people is a BAD idea . . . and that you shouldn't have an affair. (Fresno Bee)
Are We There Yet
According to a global survey by the GPS company TomTom, the average American kid gets BORED 30 minutes into a family road trip.
And our kids are actually slightly MORE patient than the global average . . . worldwide, the average kid gets bored within 27 minutes on a road trip.
The survey also found that 41% of parents say being in the car on long trips with their kids is MORE STRESSFUL than being at work.
52% offer treats to keep their kids quiet . . . and 24% respond to "Are we there yet?" by lying about how far away they actually are.
Today is Police Officer's Memorial Day.
1926 The New York Rangers are officially granted an NHL franchise.
1930 The first airline stewardess is hired.
1940 Nylon pantyhose go on general sale for the first time in the United States.
1972 George C. Wallace is shot by Arthur Bremer and left paralyzed while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, for the Democratic Presidential Nomination.
1982 "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder peaks at No. 1.
Madeleine Albright-76 Dan Patrick (Sportscaster)-57 Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Ugly Betty: Natalie / The Sopranos: Meadow)-32
Joke of the Day
Why did the banana go to the hospital? ans - because it wasn't peeling well.
Weird News Today
Monday in Queens, New York, a cat got stuck 30 feet up in a tree. And a cop actually climbed up to save him . . . but HE got stuck too. Finally the fire department came and rescued both of them.
Over the weekend, an American Airlines pilot diverted a flight from L.A. to New York and landed in Kansas City . . . because a female passenger wouldn't stop belting out WHITNEY HOUSTON songs. The woman was arrested . . . and sang "I Will Always Love You" as cops escorted her off the plane. She ended up being released without charges
Smarter Than Question
28% of people can't name a single one of these...what are they? Congrats to Rhonda, she got it. The answer is "neighbors".
Tell Me Something Good
There are still lots of kids who write to the President of the United States or the vice president. But it's rare for them to get a personal response. That's what happened to a 7-year-old student in the second grade at the Downtown Montessori Academy in Milwaukee. He wrote veep Joe Biden with a suggestion for making the world a safer place. His suggestion: if guns shot chocolate bullets, no one would get hurt. Biden wrote back — and even agreed chocolate bullets would make life safer. The VP added: "People love chocolate. You are a good boy, Joe Biden." You know, that's just plain cute.
Lar's Thought of the Day
When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. - Richard Hooker