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Sail the River Blue

One of the ideas I had to promote Knoxville Opera’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore was to have the cast “take over” the Star of Knoxville riverboat. As luck would have it, the singers were not available because the ship’s cruise … Continue reading

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A Right Good Crew

Donata Cucinotta has a name that sounds like it belongs to an opera star. I told her that I thought her parents destined her for a life on the stage by giving her that name. I thought Sean Anderson’s name … Continue reading

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Bear with Us

Amanda Marr from the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce brought a friend with her. Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear wore his Christmas vest and relaxed on the back of the couch in the WNOX studio. I interviewed Amanda about the 25th anniversary … Continue reading

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Halloweird

It certainly felt like Halloween today. I was still in bed when I heard something strange on WTOP.com. They played an audio clip of Dr. Frankenstein shouting “It’s alive, it’s alive!” Unfortunately, they played it immediately before a commercial for an in … Continue reading

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Fort Night

There were many great costumes at the 4th annual Hearth Scares Ball at James White’s Fort on Friday night. My favorite, given my morbid sense of humor, was the guy dressed as Ernest Hemingway. He had converted an inflatable pool toy … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll Heaven

Radio personality Jaan McCoy died while he was at work on Saturday. He was found in the studio at Westwood One in Dallas. His weekend show was carried on Classic Hits stations around the country, including WNOX.

I was … Continue reading

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Hall Effect

Post by Friends of Literacy. . Two of the five inductees into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame visited WNOX on Thursday, bringing the total number of honorees present to three. I interviewed Vince Vawter and David Lauver for … Continue reading

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Seal of Approval

Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill has received over fifty-two decorations for his distinguished service, including two Silver Stars for extraordinary gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. O’Neill will be the keynote speaker at the Blount Chamber’s … Continue reading

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Carl’s Good Tavern

Carl LaBove was booked, canceled and rebooked for this weekend at Side Splitters Comedy Club. LaBove was already on the schedule when the owner of Side Splitters decided to close for football season and cancel all the upcoming shows. Steve … Continue reading

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Rep Rally

Local Sales Manager Ben McWhorter sent an email to his staff pointing out that several Journal employees, including “Big Bank Frank Murphy,” had been nominated for Big Wig Awards. He mentioned me because I was put in the Best Radio … Continue reading

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General T.S.O.

Paul O’Neill, the founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is a native New Yorker. At one point in my phone interview with him, I made him laugh by using a New York accent. Paul called WNOX to promote the band’s December 10 … Continue reading

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Six on Your Side Splitters

Side Splitters Comedy Club is asking for help. On Sunday, they used social media to spread the word that they really need people to show up this coming weekend. My friend Bridgette Martin, who works at Side Splitters, got my … Continue reading

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Edwardian Era

Edward W. Reinhold is the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division. He assumed his duties on Monday. Former SAC Kenneth Moore retired at the end of May. The press release details some of Mr. Reinhold’s past … Continue reading

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Don’t Heckle the Hof

 When comedian Steve Hofstetter read the news that Side Splitters Comedy Club was going to close for football season, he called the club’s owner and made arrangements to re-open it. Steve and his partners will manage the club through the … Continue reading

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