Tag Archives: Washington DC

Hello, Folly!

The 2015 Front Page Follies are over five months away but David Lauver has been hard at work developing concepts for parody songs that poke fun at local events. He invited last year’s cast members to a meeting to discuss his … 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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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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What a Nye Sky

There was a celebrity on my flight from Reagan National to LaGuardia Airport last Saturday. When I first spotted him in the airport, I thought, “that guy resembles Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Then I thought that he could enter … 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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Living Large

Off the air, Tommy Davidson and I talked about Washington broadcast legends like Willard Scott and George Michael. The comedian, who got his big break on In Living Color, grew up in D.C. He is in Knoxville this weekend to … Continue reading

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Museum Piece

Writing about The War of the Worlds prompted me to search for KLOS in the database of The Paley Center for Media. I found a reference to the live broadcast we did on the Mark & Brian Show in 1997, … Continue reading

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Top News Instantly

The top-of-the-hour legal I.D. for WTLP-FM Braddock Heights is misleading. The announcer swallows the L so that it sounds like he’s saying WTOP. It’s safe to assume that there won’t be any complaints about the pronunciation prestidigitation. WTLP is a 24-hour-a-day … Continue reading

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Golden-throated Weaver

Sandy Weaver is one of the best deejays I’ve ever heard. I used to tune in weeknights at 10:00 p.m. to hear her on Q107 in Washington, DC. She was on after a jock named Uncle Johnny. Either Johnny or … Continue reading

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Knox, Knox… Who’s There?

In East Tennessee, it’s a fairly common practice to name streets after political figures who are still living. In 1792, Knox County was named after the still-living General Henry Knox. The 42-year-old was Secretary of War under President George Washington. … Continue reading

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Concrete Evidence

The relatively new Shake Shack in Washington drew us in. My wife and I were headed toward the Spy Museum last week when we changed plans and walked in to the adjacent Shake Shack instead. At least two concretes on the … Continue reading


F Minus

A group of picketers passed my wife and me in Washington last week. We didn’t know they were picketers at the time. What caught our eye was a woman wearing a t-shirt that read “RG F****N’ 3!” Her shirt was … Continue reading

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That Strange and Interesting Plant

A rare corpse flower bloomed at the United States Botanic Garden this week. During a ten or twelve hour window, it emits a smell similar to rotting flesh in order to attract insects that will pollinate the flower. In 1999, … Continue reading

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