Monthly Archives: July 2010

Rip the Knob Off

As a radio geek, stunt formats and frequency swaps naturally appeal to me. For the past two weeks, I have been enjoying the stunt format on 100.3 FM. It’s a mishmash of sound bites that are supposed to drive listeners … Continue reading

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E=mc² Room

Einstein Simplified is moving. After 16 great years in Knoxville’s Old City, the comedy improv troupe has found a new home at The Square Room, located on Market Square. The first weekly show in the new venue will be on … Continue reading

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The Price is Now Right

To once again quote from Casey Kasem’s famous rant, “this happens to me all the time!” I go to the supermarket and cannot find a favorite product. Occasionally, I see the “closeout item” tag and buy whatever is left on … Continue reading

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Skull Set

Carol Bass charmed the crowd gathered at Echo Bistro & Wine Bar on Monday night for “Dinner with the Bone Doctor.” The event was a fundraiser for the Dr. William M. Bass III Forensic Anthropology building fund. Supporters heard a … Continue reading

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Loe and Behold

Gary Loe has entered the world of local politics. I know Gary as a friend from church, you may recognize him from his time as an investigative reporter on WVLT. He is seeking the state assembly seat being vacated by … Continue reading

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Fair Labor

The image of Adam West in the opening sequence of one of my favorite movies, “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” came to mind when I received an email from the director of the Karns Fairest of the Fair pageant. Would I serve … Continue reading

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JuXmasly

Each time we travel, my wife and I look for a souvenir Christmas ornament. At the rate we’re going, we will eventually need a bigger tree to display them all. On this year’s trip, we found ornaments at gift shops … Continue reading

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Roaming Charge

The gate attendant handed us some papers as my wife and I drove into Yellowstone National Park earlier this month. Included with the park map and newsletter was a card we could hang from our rear view mirror. It was a warning … Continue reading

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Ora Pro Nobis Peccatoribus

Hate crimes are evidence of the stupidity and ignorance of the hate criminals. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oak Ridge was vandalized last week. I was disgusted when I read about it on Thursday morning. I wonder if the vandals … Continue reading

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Daddy Benami

A man approached the Star 102.1 van during my remote broadcast on Sunday. He was carrying a file folder. I was watching from across the parking lot of US Cellular and wondered aloud if he planned to drop off a … Continue reading

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Prepare for Ludicrous Speed

The 25th anniversary banners at Dollywood clearly acknowledge that they opened in 1986, which is 24 years ago. While you can’t say that the Dollywood name is 25 years old yet, you can say that the name is in its 25th year … Continue reading

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TNT: The Neglected Tortoise

A Twitter message from a fellow Body Farm fan got my hopes up that TNT had a new show about a crime-fighting tortoise named Bass. The heavily promoted series is called “Rizzoli & Isles.” One is a cop, the other … Continue reading

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Where People Get Caffeine

Everything at my wife’s high school reunion was so fancy that they had not only Starbucks Coffee but Starbucks Hot Water too. They held the event at the Westin Tysons Corner. One of her classmates saved memorabilia from their high … Continue reading

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Looking for Mr. Udvar

To get from Seattle to Washington, we flew from SeaTac to Baltimore. I was extremely happy that our AirTran flight was non-stop and that they offered WiFi in-flight. Before entering my credit card information, I clicked on on “live help” … Continue reading

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