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Having a Field Day

Paul Simoneau, the Vice Chancellor for Administration of the Diocese of Knoxville, attended the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk last month. At first, I thought he was just stopping by my booth to say hello. He actually had several specific … Continue reading

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Major Fomo

Saturday could have been the day for the East Tennessee FOMO festival. FOMO stands for “fear of missing out.” It describes the feeling you get when you are reading social media posts from friends who are attending an event without you. I … Continue reading

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Rocky Topera

Knoxville Opera’s 13th annual Rossini Festival was great hit. The perfect weather guaranteed a huge attendance during the ten-hour street fair. Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX was the radio sponsor for the event. The festival featured five stages with entertainment. There … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Football

The confirmation of the rumor that Boomsday 2014 and the Vols’ home opener would switch days made me happy. Having Boomsday on a Saturday means that I get two days off in a row on Labor Day weekend. It’s unusual for … Continue reading

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Norma Mates

Before becoming opera singers, Rochelle Bard was a pre-med student and Ta’u Pupu’a played defensive end in the NFL. The two are paired in Knoxville Opera’s production of Norma on April 11 and 13 at the Tennessee Theatre. I recorded two interviews … Continue reading

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Norma Distribution

Knoxville Opera needed  a radio commercial for their upcoming production of Norma. I was in the right place at the right time and had the privilege of voicing and producing the spot.

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Brushing Up on Looking Down

The highlight of the Gatlinburg Improv Fest, for me personally, was a guessing game called “King’s Court.” We played the game during the Einstein Simplified show on Friday night. I was lucky enough to play the king. Paul Simmons played … Continue reading

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Best of Both Worlds

When members of an improv troupe get to know each other and anticipate each others’ actions on stage, it’s called “group mind.” At the Gatlinburg Improv Fest, each participating troupe got a chance to show how well its members work … Continue reading

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Yes Energy

One of the best things I learned at this year’s Gatlinburg Improv Fest is something that I had already learned about radio. Until Saturday, I hadn’t realized that it was yet another similarity between the two disciplines. Consultant Valerie Geller … Continue reading

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GIF Exchange

The third annual Gatlinburg Improv Fest is coming up in two weeks. I’ve been looking forward to it for months because I had such a great time last year and the year before. Two years ago, I interviewed festival founders … Continue reading

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Oliver Springs Eternal

“Are you coming back for the festival?” Every person my wife and I encountered in Oliver Springs asked us that question. We had stopped off in the small town on our way home from Frozen Head State Park. The October … Continue reading

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Mmm… Butternut

Four bakeries won the top six awards at the second annual Cupcakes in the Park festival on Saturday. The event, benefiting the Helen Ross McNabb Center, was held in Krutch Park Extension.     A blackberry moonshine cupcake from The Cup took first place … Continue reading

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The Sun’ll Come Out Mañana

The HoLa Festival got rained out on Saturday. Fortunately, the festival organizers thought fast and made arrangements to reschedule the Festival for Sunday on Market Square. During the Parade of Nations, I spotted an impressive headdress that looked like a … Continue reading

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Spiral Fair Case

My wife heard me raving about the bacon-maple funnel cake I tasted at the Tennessee Valley Fair on Friday. Unfortunately, she can’t have one because the gluten in the cake would upset her stomach. When she and I visited the … Continue reading

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