Tag Archives: Tennessee

The Answer that You’ll Endorse

Drosselmeyer is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2010 Belmont Stakes. Trace back his bloodline and you’ll find Golden Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Nijinsky and Northern Dancer. The equine Drosselmeyer is named after Herr Drosselmeyer, the toymaker and … Continue reading

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Make a Fish Foundation

The ticket clerk at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies asked if we wanted to purchase a guidebook for $2. I must have hesitated for a moment because my wife said, “No, he doesn’t.” A few minutes later, I surprised my … Continue reading

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Fun in “The Son”

 There was something oddly nostalgic about the revival of The Son of the Musketeers at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. It’s supposed to evoke memories of the original for those who saw the 1982 production. The theatre is supposed to resemble … Continue reading

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Soap Gets in Your Eyes

The Smoky Mountains are a great place to relax and have fun. My wife and I took advantage of having an extra day off over the holiday weekend to see some of the local attractions.

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“Life” and Death

Episodes of Tennessee Life on East Tennessee PBS normally include three segments. The August episode, which aired on Sunday afternoon, had only two segments in order to devote more time to interview subjects Johnny Majors and Dr. Bill Bass.  Host Vickie … Continue reading

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The Hall You Say

August 1 is the anniversary of my first blog post in 2005. It’s an ideal day to share some very good news that I received this past week. Dear Mr. Murphy, . Congratulations – you have been selected to be … Continue reading

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Pictured Beside Skeletons

Tennessee Life airs each month on East Tennessee PBS. Host Vickie Lawson and producer Stephanie Aldrich invited me to interview famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass for the August episode of the show.   Dr. Bass and I recorded a sit-down interview … Continue reading

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Bear Essentials

 Joel Zachry of Appalachian Bear Rescue said he enjoyed our interview on the East Tennessee Report. I did too, so much so that I chose to post a copy of it below. Joel implied that I tired him out with … Continue reading

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Across the Meals

A Facebook friend shared a link to a list of “Every State in the USA, Ranked by Its Food/Drink.” They were thrilled that Tennessee ranked eighth. We do have some excellent food around these parts, especially BBQ. Memphis gets well-deserved … Continue reading

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Butcher Block

Gene Patterson of WATE-TV calls in to Star 102.1 via ISDN most afternoons. When I’m filling in for Rich Bailey, I get the opportunity to interact with Gene. After our on-air conversation on Tuesday, Gene told me that he had … Continue reading

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Over Easy

Some of the cast members of Front Page Follies will appear on Live at Five at Four today to sing two of the songs from the show: “Another Brick for the Vols” and “Go Donnie Ball.” I will be at … Continue reading

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Say You Want a Revolution

As a joke, I like to say that 1776 is my favorite musical about the Declaration of Independence. In reality, it’s simply one of my favorite musicals. My wife and I watch 1776 on DVD every summer on or about … Continue reading

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Better Class of Newsers

Knowledge of country music has never been a strength of mine. I have mainly worked in rock and pop formats. However, I have been listening to a 1991 Randy Travis song over and over again. Terry Silver-Alford, musical director of … Continue reading

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Purgecast

Two radio listeners contacted me over the weekend, one via Facebook and one via Twitter. In the course of our online conversations, they both mentioned that they missed hearing me on the radio in the morning. In both cases, I … Continue reading

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