It practically gallops!

Ballet Selfie

The piece of music stuck in my head on Friday night was the finale of act II of The Nutcracker. For some reason, my Nutcracker earworms tend to be the parts right before my character goes on, as opposed to the parts when I am actually doing something on stage.

On Thursday evening, a photojournalist from WATE-TV recorded about 20 minutes worth of the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s dress rehearsal. They can use the footage on Saturday morning at 9:45 when I will be interviewed in-studio by Mona Nair.

On Friday morning, we performed a shortened version of the ballet for an audience of school kids on a field trip. The show went well, which meant that Friday night’s rehearsal was more relaxed. We focused on the scenes with the three professional guest dancers, Courtney Dressner, Mark Burns and Grant Howard.


Shine a Light

The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award honored me for my involvement with several charities. I’m happy that those non-profit organizations can receive additional attention and awareness from the publicity surrounding the award.

The president of East Tennessee PBS asked me for photos that the station could post online. I sent a couple of pictures to them and to each of the charities mentioned in the FBI press release.

On Thursday, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and East Tennessee PBS posted very nice messages on their Facebook pages.


Nut-T Uncle

The Nutcracker cast t-shirts were distributed Wednesday night. Over the summer, visitors to the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s Facebook page voted to choose the artwork on the front. When we voted, we didn’t know who had submitted the various designs. Now that the shirts are printed, I was pleased to learn that the winning design was submitted by my friend Jenny Collins. She played my wife in the 2012 and 2013 productions of The Nutcracker.

An article in The Oak Ridger points out that I have a new role this year: “Special guest Frank Murphy of Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX radio station returns and will take on a new role as the Drosselmeyer.” Herr Drosselmeyer is the eccentric uncle who has some magical powers. He gives the Nutcracker to his niece Clara and casts a spell that sends her to an amazing dreamland.

The back of the cast t-shirt lists all the talented dancers who will bring the story to life on Saturday and Sunday. Three professional dancers from Georgia Ballet will be featured. You can buy tickets at the door, including student tickets for a penny with the purchase of an adult or senior ticket.


A Great Honor and Privilege

The FBI will send me to Washington in the Spring for the Director’s Community Leadership Award ceremony. I will get to meet the honorees from each of the other FBI divisions across the country. This week, I was announced as the award recipient from the Knoxville division. On Tuesday, Special Agent in Charge Edward Reinhold presented me with a certificate during a press conference at the FBI building on Dowell Springs Boulevard.

My wife was able to take a break from work to be there for the presentation. Dennis Reedy, who preceded me, and Angie Luckie, who followed me as president of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association attended the event. Longtime FBIKCAAA member Jan Maskarinic was there too. I was also joined by my colleagues Bruce Patrick and Todd Roberts and my pastor, Fr. Michael Woods.

WATE-TV and WBIR-TV sent cameramen. On WATE’s 4:00 p.m. news, Bo Williams and Lori Tucker had very kind words for me. Similarly, John Becker and Robin Wilhoit said nice things during WBIR’s 5:00 p.m. news.

Bruce and Todd recorded videos of Mr. Reinhold’s remarks and my remarks.



DCLA Knoxville

As stewards of the people’s airwaves, radio hosts can help publicize charitable causes and can disseminate safety information. Throughout my career, I have been blessed to be able to help others while doing what I enjoy. When not at work, I choose to donate time to various fundraisers.

I am deeply honored that the FBI Knoxville Division has recognized me for those efforts. Here’s the press release that was sent out today:

Frank Murphy selected to receive

the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Edward W. Reinhold, Knoxville Division, will present Frank Murphy with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA), on November 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Knoxville FBI office, 1501 Dowell Springs Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37909.
The FBI Director created the DCLA in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for selfless contributions to their communities. Each FBI Division may select one recipient each year.The recipients are recognized first by the local FBI office. At a later date, all recipients are brought to FBI Headquarters for a national ceremony with the FBI Director.
The recipients come from all walks of life, with extraordinary contributions as varied as their backgrounds; but all share a common commitment to improving the lives of their neighbors.
As host of the East Tennessee Report, for the Journal Broadcast Group, Murphy has devoted several radio programs to law enforcement issues important to the local community.
Mr. Murphy has served as emcee or entertainer for many charitable events, including the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, as well as fundraisers for schools and churches.
The Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk raises money for services to help abused, neglected and at-risk youth. Murphy has been known as the “Host with the Most” for the last two years in conjunction with his work with the Columbus Home for Children’s Services.
He has performed as a stand-up comic for several charitable endeavors, and has anchored pledge drives for PBS. Murphy has also hosted events for the Haven House, which is a shelter for abused women, and organized and participated on a panel during UT’s Diversity and Inclusion Week.
Frank Murphy will be awarded the 2014 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award by the Knoxville FBI Special Agent in Charge on Tuesday, 11/18/2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Knoxville FBI office, 1501 Dowell Springs Boulevard, Knoxville, TN.


Rest Oration

A Requiem Mass is most often a funeral Mass. The music consists of prayers for the dead as well as some standard Mass parts, such as the Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy), the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy), and the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

The Knoxville Choral Society performed Requiem for the Living at the Tennessee Theatre on Sunday evening. The members of the Choral Society, including my wife, attended a workshop and rehearsal with composer Dan Forrest on Saturday at Carson-Newman University. Singers from Carson-Newman joined with the KCS for the performance.

Dan Forrest and KCS director Eric Thorson held a pre-concert chat at 6:15 p.m. Forrest answered questions from several of the choir members who were about to sing his compositions.

When I arrived at the concert, I was prepared to hear some nice funeral music. I was happy to find out during the chat that I would also hear a few Christmas carols. Forrest said that he was commissioned to write an arrangement for “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” which was a song he disliked. He used the opportunity to pick up the tempo from the way the hymn is traditionally sung. He did an excellent job. I didn’t know the song before but now I want to hear it again and again.

The first half of the show put me in the Advent mood a few weeks early. I especially loved Forrest’s arrangement of “The First Noel.” I thought his version of “How Great Thou Art” would sound great during the closing credits of a film.

In the outstanding “Requiem for the Living,” Forrest deliberately swapped the placement of two Mass parts. He wanted his opus to ask for Christ’s mercy in the Agnus Dei before celebrating the Lord of Hosts in the Sanctus. In a Catholic Mass, the Sanctus leads into the Eucharistic Prayer which follows Christ’s instructions to “do this in memory of Me.” The Eucharistic Prayer is then followed by the Agnus Dei, which completes the thought that Jesus is the sacrificial lamb who died for our sins and whose body and blood are sacrificed on the altar.


Horns and Hard Art

In Northern Virginia, deer are a nuisance. They eat the plants in people’s gardens and often get hit by cars. Because they are so plentiful in the wild, I was surprised to learn that deer farming is catching on in other parts of the country.

Mike Malak told me about deer farming while I admired his Smoky Mountain Antler Art at the Foothills Craft Guild Fine Craft Show. He obtains antlers from mule deer and fallow deer and builds them into kitchen utensils  or chandeliers.

He said that farmed deer are fed corn and they often grow bigger antlers than in the wild. Some farmers cut the antlers off the bucks to keep them from fighting during rutting season. The bucks lose their antlers naturally each year. They grow bigger antlers as they get more mature. If they live long enough, they grow smaller antlers when they are older.

The fallow deer have palmate antlers, which reminded me of moose antlers. The mule deer antlers only reminded me of a comedian named Gary Mule Deer.


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