Tag Archives: WAVA

Glazer Pointer

The Weigel’s store in LaFollette sells a grilled cheese sandwich made with a glazed doughnut. I learned about the “Sweet Glazer” on their Facebook page as I was preparing to do a remote broadcast from the store. When I got … Continue reading

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Samples of Service

Leeann Samples’ birthday would have been on Wednesday. Her husband Don created a Facebook event called Leeann Samples Flu Shot Day. Here’s Don’s explanation: On January 2nd of this year, my healthy, beautiful wife entered the hospital and was admitted … Continue reading

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Needing Pardo

“Hello Frank? This is Don Pardo calling.” I was thrilled but confused. The man with the famous voice said he was returning my call. We soon figured out that a pink phone-message slip intended for Bill Wendell had been placed … 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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T Time

In the current episode of the Einstein Simplified podcast, Aaron Littleton randomly mentioned Mr. T. The reference led me to tell the group about my encounter with Mr. T at WAVA. He was one of the many celebrities I took … 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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Oldies, Goldies

A year ago today, my daughter got me all choked up with happiness. We were having a Google Hangout on my birthday. During the conversation she emailed me an MP3 and watched as I listened to it. The story actually … Continue reading

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Money Changes Everything

Eddie Money was the headliner at the Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge on Friday night. Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX, CROET, Pro2Serve and UCOR sponsored the concert. I had the privilege of doing the stage introduction right before Eddie started. … 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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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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At the Eleventh Hour

A 7-Eleven store is closing. Not just any old 7-Eleven, but the 7-Eleven on Lee Highway at George Mason Drive in Arlington, Virginia. It’s the 7-Eleven to which my good friend Bean and I would take the “Walk of Life” … 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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Daddy’s Little Girl

On Father’s Day, my daughter surprised me with a classic radio. On my birthday, she surprised me with some classic audio. When my daughter was born, I was the assistant promotion director at WAVA. I would also chime in on … Continue reading

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The Pages of My Mind

Independence Day and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays. Don’t get me wrong. I love Easter and Christmas but those are Holy Days first, holidays second. This week, I’m looking back at some memorable Independence Days. Before moving to East Tennessee, … Continue reading

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