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Saw Her Standing There

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Choral Society missed a rehearsal earlier this week due to the ice storm. You wouldn’t have known it based on their excellent performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at the Tennessee Theatre. I was ready … Continue reading

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Funeral Directed

On Friday morning, my wife and her sisters gathered at the funeral home to make the arrangements for their mother’s wake and burial. I went along, as did another sister’s husband. Two of the women had been through the process … Continue reading

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Ye Who Sang Creation’s Story

The Knoxville Choral Society performed several selections by composer Dan Forrest at the Tennessee Theatre a week ago. I was especially impressed with his arrangements of “Angels from the Realm of Glory,” “The First Noel,” and “O Come All Ye … Continue reading

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Rest Oration

A Requiem Mass is most often a funeral Mass. The music consists of prayers for the dead as well as some standard Mass parts, such as the Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy), the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy), and the Agnus … Continue reading

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Sunday Drive

One of the jokes in my stand-up routine is about the police directing traffic outside large churches on Sundays. When I first started at Star 102.1, I would regularly get stuck in the backups when trying to get to work … Continue reading

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Camping Out

Zeke Piestrup worked his way up from the bottom at KROQ. When I worked there, he was a promotions assistant. He would drive the van to events, hang banners and hand out prizes. He later got an on-air shift, focusing … Continue reading

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According to Matthew

Matthew Kelly spoke to a full house at All Saints Catholic Parish on Friday night. Fr. Michael Woods decided that his parishioners would get the opportunity to purchase tickets before Kelly’s appearance was announced to the general public. The overwhelming majority of … Continue reading

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Showtime at the Apologetics

The amount of anti-Catholic comments on a single Facebook post astounded me. Most of the comments show ignorance about the Church. Some comments are actually hateful. Heather Burian, a recently-hired reporter for WVLT-TV, filed a story about the Diocese of Knoxville’s first … Continue reading


Home Improvement

The Diocese of Knoxville unveiled its plans for a new cathedral on Sunday. Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish hosted a picnic on the lawn and parking lot where the new cathedral will be built. Different tents housed artists’ renderings of the … Continue reading

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Men of Faith

The high school football season started this week both on the field and in the movie theater. When the Game Stands Tall stars Jim Caviezel as Coach Bob Ladouceur of De La Salle High School in Concord, California. The De … Continue reading

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Dominus Tecum

The new Marian Chapel at All Saints Catholic Church was dedicated on Thursday evening. It features a beautiful wooden triptych. Scott DeWaard, who made the wooden altar furniture and the doors of the church, made the frame. He suggested artist … Continue reading

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G. Whiz

Terrence G. will be the headliner for the Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX 1st Birthday Party at Side Splitters Comedy Club on Sunday night. Local comic John Upton and improv troupe Einstein Simplified will perform too. I will be the emcee … Continue reading

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The Morah and the Maestro

The organizers of “Some Enchanted Evening” asked me to take on a few additional duties. I had previously agreed to be on the honorary committee for the March 23rd event, which was a benefit for the Knoxville Jewish Day School. … Continue reading

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Lifestyles of the Richman Famous

If you looked closely, you could see my name in the program for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s most recent performances. On page xiii, there is an ad for Some Enchanted Evening, a tribute to Lucas and Debbie Richman. The event … Continue reading

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