In March 2008, I came in third place in City Magazine's "Best Radio Personalities." I've always said, I have the best listeners in the world. Thank-you so much for tuning in every day. It wouldn't be nearly as much fun without you.
**Winter Weather Advisory this morning.
Your WX: Some will experience a wintry mix for the Tuesday morning commute. Areas north of I-64 could get up to 3 inches. Along the West Virginia border, possibly an inch. Areas along I-81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, maybe a quarter of an inch. East of the Blue Ridge Parkway will likely just see rain. By the afternoon, we'll see some sunshine. Temperatures around 42. Wednesday through Friday, mostly sunny. Highs around 43. Rain showers likely on Saturday with highs 43. Sunday, possibly a snow & rain mix in the mountains, as sunshine returns on Monday. High 41 for both Sunday and Monday.
Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was remembered at a Memorial Service earlier this morning. The President and first lady, along with former President George W. Bush and Laura were in attendance. President Obama were among several scheduled to speak.
Here's a scary headline that blew up on the Internet over the weekend: The FBI can secretly turn on laptop cameras. And you know what -- it's true. But the real story, from the Washington Post, is how the FBI uses malware to infect the computers of terrorists to help catch them. More
Scientists in Israel have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wine cellar. Researchers found 40 ceramic jars, each big enough to hold about 13 gallons, in a single room. **Note: They must have had some good corks back then.
Tonights Mega Millions Jackpot is $344 million.
Monday Night Football: Chicago 45, Dallas 28
Retired managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday
December 10th is the 344th day of the year. 15 days left until Christmas. 21 days left until New Year's Eve.
Today is Human Rights Day and National Lager Day
--1672, the U.S. Postal Service started
--1927, The Grand Ole Opry premiered on the radio
--1946, Toys for Tots was organized
--1963, 6 year-old Donny Osmond made his singing debut on "The Andy Williams Show"
--1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received the Nobel Peace Prize.
--1965, The Grateful Dead played their first concert
--1967, Otis Redding died in a plane crash at age 26
--2003, Coldplay singer Chris Martin married actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Raven-Symone (28) Meg White of The White Stripes (39) chef Bobby Flay (49) Rod Blagojevich (57) Susan Dey (61)
Joke of the Day
Which of Santas reindeer has bad manners? - Rude-alph!
Weird News Today
Tom Wagoner recently woke up on a dark United Airlines plane. He fell asleep while flying from Louisiana to California. Tom woke up in Houston and missed his connecting flight because he was snoozing.
Reports say he called his girlfriend. "She thought I was crazy. He said to her, 'Debbie I'm locked on the plane.' I said, 'I'm telling you the truth; you better go somewhere and get me off this plane'.
His complaint to the parent company, you just shut the plane and leave someone on there asleep? ExpressJet apologized and is investigating. Wonder where he found his luggage?
HipHop365.com claims Simon Bradley canceled his wedding in order to watch Kobe Bryant's return on Sunday from an achilles injury. The 28 year-old promised his fiancé that they’d reschedule the wedding. They had invited 60 guests.
Smarter Than Question
This toy's magic ingredient is aluminum powder? What is it? Beth, Sheila, and Ray got it in seconds. It's the Etch-a-sketch.
On The Voice last night...
James Wolpert – Team Adam - “With or Without You” ... Adam called it an incredible performance.
Will Champlin – Team Adam - “Carry On" ... Cee Lo felt Will brought his swag.
Jacquie Lee – Team Christina – “Angel” ... left Christina amazed over the performance.
Cole Vosbury – Team Blake – “Shameless” ... Blake feels Cole knows who he is now.
Tessanne Chin – Team Adam – "Bridge Over Troubled Water" ... Adam called the performance flawless.
Tonight on The Voice - someone is going home. Christina Aguilera performs, plus performances from Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers and Michelle Chamuel.
Finalists for Time's 2013 Person of the Year
President Barack Obama
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Senator Ted Cruz
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Sarah Palin is going to host a new outdoors show on The Sportsman Channel called "Amazing America." It will debut next April.
NBC is planning another live musical because of the success of The Sound of Music.
The Top 5 Most Overpaid Actors:
1. Adam Sandler - He can command a $15 million paycheck for a movie, but Forbes says, he doesn't always bring in big bucks for studios and a string of flops hasn't helped.
2. Katherine Heigl
3. Reese Witherspoon
4. Nicolas Cage
5. Kevin James
Bing.com is out with the yearly list of most searched celebrities on the search engine! Beyonce grabbed the #1 spot from 2012’s Kim Kardashian, who slipped to #2. Rhianna was 3rd. Taylor Swift 4th. Madonna 5th.
NEW ON DVD _ Released Dec. 10
• Fast & Furious 6 - In light of Paul Walker's passing, this is going to sell big.
• Despicable Me 2
• Battle of the Year
• Jayne Mansfield's Car
• Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor
• Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition
• Doc Martin Series 6
• Futurama Vol. 8
Christmas Specials on TV today
News From Nashville
Save the date of May 31, 2014 for next year's Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Stadium. Look for Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Parmalee, Colt Ford and more to come. General admission tickets are $40 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Salem Civic Center box office, Ticketmaster locations and 800-745-3000. VIP and reserved seat tickets will be available, too.
Garth Brooks announced yesterday he WILL go on a World Tour in 2014. BTW: Garth's new box set "Blame It On My Roots" is the #1 album in country this week.
American Country Awards - tonight -FOX hosted by Trace Adkins and NASCAR's Danica Patrick from Vegas. Note: Luke Bryan took home nine trophies last year and Miranda snagged three.
Garth and Trisha were married 8 years ago today. He calls Trisha the perfect partner.
Lee Brice is having his own "Parking Lot Party" after welcoming a son last week. That was also just days since receiving his first Grammy nomination. His baby boy, Ryker Mobley Brice, was born Wednesday (Dec. 4). Ryker and mom, Sarah, are doing fine.
Sick Bay: Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price is in stable condition at a Texas hospital following complications related to pancreatic cancer.
Sara Evans new album comes out March 4. The single and the album are both titled "Slow Me Down." Sara, it's been 3 long years. Thank you.
Actress Hayden Panettiere is one of Nashville's newest residents.
Look for Taylor Swift tonight in the Victoria's Secret special on CBS.
Xbox One users are being tricked into destroying their new game consoles. Pranksters have posted instructions that make gamers think their Xbox One consoles can be programmed to be backwards compatible so they can play their old Xbox 360 games.
The instructions read:
1. Go to the system menu.
2. Press LB, RB, LT, RT
3. Select Developer Console
4. Check the 'Enable devkit' box
5. Change the sandbox ID to freezone.reboot
6. Select 'Reset Home Console.
Following these instructions removes all playability from the Xbox One rendering it useless.
What to buy in December
If you're looking to stretch your dollars this holiday season, here are some things to buy – and not to buy buy – in December:
•Toys – The 10 days before Christmas is when many toys are discounted in a big way.
•Gift Card Freebies – A popular promotion throughout December – especially at restaurants – is to offer a free gift card to shoppers who purchase one as a gift. For example, last year California Pizza Kitchen offered a $20 gift card to anyone who purchased $100 or more in gift cards.
•Christmas Decorations – Prices will be slashed on everything left on the shelves on December 26th.
•Items for Holiday Cooking – Look for cutlery sets, bakeware, and small appliances.
As for stuff to stay away from, jewelry is a bad buy this month. So are electronics, which tend to drop in price in January and February.
What Your Christmas Cards Say About You
With so many holiday card options, it makes sense that the style you choose to send out says a lot about your personality.
Classic Cards: Think Norman Rockwell or Currier and Ives. You love the tradition of the holiday season, and are even sending similar cards to the ones your parents sent out when you were a kid.
Cute cards: Somewhere in between classic and funny lies the cute card. You not only find joy in the season, but you want to please everyone on your Christmas card list by sending a greeting that will bring a smile to all.
Funny card: You are much more casual about the holidays, and aren't concerned with offending anyone on your list.
DIY cards: You are an original and like to put a personal spin on the season.
Photo card: You are excited to share your love of family and the season with your loved ones. (HLNTV)
Why Can't We Be Friends
A new survey published in the Daily Mail reveals that 25% of women hate their partner's friends because they are a bad influence. Other findings:
- 10% of women say their partner's friends put a strain on their relationship
- 16% of women have tried to prevent their partner from mixing with his 'undesirable' friends
- 33% of women have made up excuses to avoid spending time with their partner's friends
Top 10 Things Women Dislike About Their Partner's Friends
1. Drinks too much
2. Completely ignores you
3. Tells the same stories you have heard over and over again
4. Talks about football endlessly
5. Shows off
6. Swears more
7. Stays out late
8. Plays commuter games for hours on end
9. Acts like he is still a teenager
10. Tells unfunny jokes
When it comes to shopping for gifts...
Men are the worst. Men push the deadline, bargain less, and spend too much.
10% of guys plan to wrap up their Christmas shopping when? Yes, on Christmas Eve.
For women it's 3.6% (probably buying something for their guy to take to his mom!). Of course, is this survey telling us something we don't already know?
Would this work for you?
A new study shows that people who are constantly glued to their phones checking their messages and taking calls are unhappier than those who don't. The study also suggests that those who are constantly checking their phones suffer from higher anxiety levels and even lower grades. Could you do it? Up to the challenge this weekend?
For Cats...though shalt not pass
Do NOT Try This at Home
Especially on your new bike from Santa on Christmas morning.
Good News Story
A Secret Santa recently donated $50,000 to the Salvation Army. Two bell ringers found five $10,000 checks in a kettle outside of a Joplin, Missouri Walmart.
Lt. Jamie Curry of the Salvation Army says "it has happened before, but it has never been the same person and the bell ringers can't ever tell you who it was who put the money in because it's usually wrapped in bills.
We have some members and longtime staff who have always tried to figure out who it is and who have their theories on who it could be. For others, it's kind of fun to just have the mystery. We like the idea of the anonymity and giving them the opportunity to be anonymous. We're just grateful that that person cares enough about the community to give us that kind of money to work with."
Nice! Secret Santa is alive and well this Christmas.
Larry's Thought of the Day
"Cherish your children for what they are, NOT for what you want them to be."
Your WX: A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 9 am Monday. Periods of freezing rain will continue tonight with temperatures right around freezing. Those temps will go up gradually this morning, changing over to plain rain. Hi upper 40s today. Some scattered showers are possible early Tuesday as well as some light snow in the mountains, increasing sunshine by the late afternoon. Wednesday through Friday, mostly sunny with highs around 42. Increasing cloud cover for the weekend as well as the chance for a rain-snow mix, with the best precipitation chance on Sunday. Temps around 42.
Photo credit Larry Dowdy
Lots of school delays and closing today. Find them all on our homepage or I'll have them for you every 13 minutes this morning.
Check roads here.
Flightaware.com estimates that at least 2,197 flights were cancelled nationwide yesterday as a result of snow.
A 50-car accident occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Downingtown to Morgantown after a driver exited his vehicle following an accident.
Timothy Sands, provost of Purdue University, was named Virginia Tech's 16th president this afternoon.
Va. Tech has a date at the Sun Bowl with UCLA - Dec 31 Florida State and Auburn will play for the BCS Championship on Jan 6 in Pasadena, California. Bowl lineup here.
The 2013-2014 Bowl Matchups
Gildan New Mexico
Washington (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6)
Royal Purple Las Vegas
Fresno State (11-1) vs. USC (9-4)
Famous Idaho Potato
Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5)
R+L Carriers New Orleans
Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
East Carolina (9-3) vs. Ohio (7-5)
Boise State (8-4) vs. Oregon State (6-6)
Little Caesars Pizza
Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (10-3)
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah State (8-5) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1)
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5)
Syracuse (6-6) vs. Minnesota (8-4)
BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4)
New Era Pinstripe
Rutgers (6-6) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)
Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6)
Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1)
Buffalo Wild Wings
Michigan (7-5) vs. Kansas State (7-5)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City
Ole Miss (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5)
Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4)
National University Holiday
Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5)
Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5)
Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3)
Rice (10-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6)
Duke (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4)
Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4)
Heart of Dallas
UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4)
Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2)
Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3)
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1)
UCF (11-1) vs. Baylor (11-1)
Oklahoma (10-2) vs. Alabama (11-1)
Clemson (10-2) vs. Ohio State (12-1)
Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Missouri (11-2)
Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4)
Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2)
VIZIO BCS National Championship
Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1)
The Saints snapped the Panthers' eight-game win streak with a 31-13 victory
EAGLES 34 LIONS 20
RAVENS 29, VIKINGS 26
PATRIOTS 27, BROWNS 26
BENGALS 42, COLTS 28
CHIEFS 45, REDSKINS 10
DOLPHINS 34, STEELERS 28
PACKERS 22, FALCONS 21
JETS 37, RAIDERS 27
BUCCANEERS 27, BILLS 6
Cowboys @ Bears (8:40P tonight)
Good luck to Northside taking on James Monroe this Saturday for the state Group 3A title. Last title they won was in 2009.
December 9th is the 343rd day of the year. 16 days left until Christmas. 22 days left until New Year's Eve 2013
Today is National Pastry Day and Christmas Card Day
--1843, the first Christmas cards were sent out ..
--1884, roller skates were invented ..
--1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered.
--1984, The Jacksons played their last show together
--1992, Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated
--2002, United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.
30 years ago today, the music world was in shock over the death of John Lennon the night before.
Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives (35) Kara DioGuardi (43 according to Wikipedia) Wallflowers singer Jakob Dylan (44) Felicity "Lynette" Huffman from Desperate Housewives (51) Donny Osmond (56) Dick Butkus (71) Beau Bridges (72) Judi Dench (79) Dick Van Patten (85) Kirk Douglas (97)
Where does Santa Claus stay while on vacation? ANS - In a ho-ho-ho-tel
A popular Mexican restaurant in New York (Antojeria la Popular Mexican restaurant) is selling 100 cricket burgers a day. The burger is called the Grass-Whopper. The crickets are dead and dried before being fried with Chihuahua cheese The gritty burger is then topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo.
The Port St. Lucie, Florida police recently arrested Craig Irvin for shoplifting New York Strip steaks. He stuffed the meat down the front of his pants and left the store. A manager spotted the theft and stopped Craig in the parking lot. He had $37.50 worth of meat in his pants.
The Disney animated tale "Frozen" finally cooled off "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," while the week's lone new wide-release "Out of the Furnace" wasn't a match for either blockbuster.
1."Frozen," $31.6 million ($30.6 million international).
2."The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $27 million ($44.3 million international).
3."Out of the Furnace," $5.3 million.
4."Thor: The Dark World," $4.7 million ($5.4 million international).
5."Delivery Man," $3.8 million.
Billy Joel joined Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children -- and have never stopped.
ABC reportedly quashed Barbara Walters' choice of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as No. 1 on her "Most Fascinating People" of 2013 list. Although Snowden was Walters' pick to top her annual roster, she was overruled by network executives because Snowden wouldn't agree to be interviewed for the program. So who was the second choice? Find out out on the special airing Dec 18.
NBC's live 'Sound of Music' special drew 18.5 million viewers, according to early Nielsen estimates.
Paramount Pictures has greenlit Top Gun 2 and the Beverly Hills Cop reboot
Regis Philbin said Don Rickles cut his leg and then developed an infection that left him bedridden for 3 weeks. Don is learning to walk again
The Top 5 perform on The Voice tonight.
Who are the most popular women on the web?
Madonna #10, Britney #9, Miley #8, Taylor Swift # 7, Katy Perry #6
Here's what Google says about the Top 5.
4. Lady Gaga
2. Lana Del Ray
The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC tonight (Four families transform their homes for the holidays in hope of winning $50,000)
Country Album: "Night Train," Jason Aldean; "Two Lanes of Freedom," Tim McGraw; "Based on a True Story ...," Blake Shelton; "Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves; "Red," Taylor Swift.
Album of the Year: "The Blessed Unrest," Sara Bareilles; "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk; "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," Kendrick Lamar; "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; "Red," Taylor Swift.
New Artist: James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran
Garth Brooks is on The View and The Talk today.
In case you were wondering, Nicole's stylist cut Keith Urban's hair.