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Holly Jolly Dolly

Today was the last day of the season at Dollywood. The theme park is now closed until March. During the park’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, they featured characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In the Reindeer Games area, I saw an … Continue reading

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His Dad Elroy

The Providence High School magazine had some sad news that my wife and I had somehow missed. While reading the In Memoriam section, we learned that our friend Michael Hastings lost his father to cancer. Michael was mayor of Burbank when … Continue reading

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Needing Pardo

“Hello Frank? This is Don Pardo calling.” I was thrilled but confused. The man with the famous voice said he was returning my call. We soon figured out that a pink phone-message slip intended for Bill Wendell had been placed … Continue reading

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Darkness on the Edge of Clowns

Stephanie Beecken of WATE-TV interviewed me about the death of Robin Williams. I told her how he had been an influence on me comedically and that I had been a fan since the late ’70s. The piece aired at the … Continue reading

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“Your Table Is Ready”

. What is it that makes you a fan of an entertainer? It’s more than just making you laugh or smile. They make you feel something deeper. When Mork from Ork showed up on a weird episode of Happy Days, … Continue reading

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Bacon Bit

The Bacon Brothers played the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Friday night. Before their show, they called WNOX to do a phone interview with me. Kevin had just landed in Knoxville. Michael and the rest of the band were already in Greenville. … Continue reading

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Flexible Dwyer

Actor David Dwyer was very involved in the creation of the Big BBQ Bash in 2007. He was a member of the Leadership Blount class that started the annual event as their Legacy Project. My wife and I had the … Continue reading

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Today in HIStory

It’s been five years since Michael Jackson died. I was on the air on Star 102.1 that afternoon and I told my listeners that they would probably remember where they were when they heard the news. I had two close … Continue reading

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Reaching for the Stars

As legendary deejay Casey Kasem lives his final days, I am reminded of happier times. In 1989, Casey left ABC Radio Network’s American Top 40 and joined Westwood One to start Casey’s Top 40. In Washington, our competitor WRQX carried … Continue reading

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In a Mays -ment

Choosing a Broadway play was easy. I picked the one with “murder” in the title. Back in March, my wife and I looked up the list of shows that were likely to be playing in June. Popular shows like Wicked … Continue reading

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Cemental Journey

Members of my family sometimes use me as a reference library. They’ll call or write to ask a question, especially if it’s about pop culture. My sister was visiting Los Angeles yesterday. A few hours before experiencing an earthquake, she … Continue reading

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Melancholy Serenade

Jackie Gleason used to say that “Miami Beach audiences were the best audiences in the world.” As a kid, I was enthralled with The Jackie Gleason Show, which aired on CBS in the late ’60s. I loved the opening shot … Continue reading

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The Good Twife

The Academy Awards inspired even my wife to do some live-tweeting last night. It’s been a fun hobby of mine for several years. Here are some of my tweets that got the most reaction. See if you can guess which … Continue reading

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Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn

Tom Arnold said I gave him new information during our interview on Friday. I told him my story about meeting Matt Drudge when Drudge was the gossipy sales clerk in the gift shop on the studio lot where they filmed … Continue reading

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