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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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Connectivity

Former White House Press Secretary James S. Brady died on Monday. I had the good fortune to meet him twice. In the late ’80s or early ’90s, Jim and his wife Sarah came to the WAVA studios for an interview about … 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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Nay, Nay

John Pinette had me hooked as a fan the moment I first heard his debut album, Show Me the Buffet. Like all his fans, I was deeply saddened by his death today at age 50. In the spring of 1998, a record … Continue reading

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Wrecked Him?

Bobby Slayton was in the news last week. He posted a message on Facebook and Twitter about the death of his friend David Brenner. He had to post a correction when he found out that Brenner was still breathing. Brenner … 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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Heaven On A Technicality

Comedian Tim Wilson died yesterday. I first learned the news when Spanky Brown posted it to Facebook and Twitter.  Within minutes, I found posts from many other comedians, including Dale Jones and Pat Godwin, who were shocked at the loss … Continue reading

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Kiner’s Kudos

It’s been a joy to read articles about Ralph Kiner, who died Thursday. He was one-third of the New York Mets broadcast team that I loved watching as a kid. The other two announcers were Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson, … Continue reading

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Laugh on Glory’s Side

Bob Schriver’s family knew he was in his final hours this past week. My good friend, Fr. Ragan Schriver, told me that his dad had pneumonia. Bob hung on for a few more days and then passed away on Thursday … Continue reading

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Survived By

On the Survivor: Blood vs. Water reunion show last night, Tina Wesson and Katie Collins didn’t get much airtime, They used what time they had to urge viewers to wear their seatbelts and to donate to the Red Cross. Tina’s son … Continue reading

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Auburn Notice

Movies and TV shows often make it seem funny to scatter someone’s cremated remains. The fake ashes almost look like gray baby powder instead of the real thing. Cremated remains aren’t ashes at all. They are pulverized bones. On Saturday … Continue reading

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How to Cope

The librarian sisters who encouraged my reading as a child saw something they knew would interest me. Of course they were right. It was an article about forensics and Catholicism on a blog called Joan’s Rome. The blog post publicized a … Continue reading

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