Jimmy Elliott Bio:
Birthday: October 4
A 34+ year veteran of the world of radio, Jimmy has been with WOVK since 1993, and has been Program Director & Music Director of the station since the Summer of 1997... Born and raised in Wheeling, Jimmy got his start in Radio in 1978 at legendary local Top 40 station 14WK. Over the years, he has worked for literally every radio station in the Upper Ohio Valley at one time or another, plus outside of the Ohio Valley, for several different Pittsburgh stations over the years, plus stations in Dallas, TX and in the Florida Keys. Jimmy also spent several years as Director of Marketing & Licensing for an international comic-book publishing company in the early '90s...
Steve Crow Bio:
Birthday: January 26
The "Radio Bug" bit Steve back in 1976. Since then, he has been a reporter, copywriter, news anchor, disc jockey, and sportscaster for a number of Ohio Valley radio Stations, and has played everything from Country, Rock and Roll, Oldies, and now back to Country. Steve joined the staff of WOVK in Feb 2001, and joined Morning Madness in January of 2002... A self proclaimed "Golf Nut", Steve is also the mild-mannered Manager of Kurtz Monument Company in Wheeling, and a licensed Life Insurance Agent. A life-long resident of the Ohio Valley, Steve has somehow managed to stay married for three decades to his long suffering and saintly wife, Becky. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Jeannette and Emily, and grandparents of Gracie, who is Pap-Pap's bestest pal and the Greatest Gift he ever received...
The devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, Monday hit close to home for Toby Keith, who grew up in the city. He released a statement Monday night saying, "I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all."
Toby and his family live nearby in Norman, OK.
The pants worn by actor Mark Hamill in his portrayal of Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Knight in Star Wars are being sold at auction. Nate D. Sanders Auctions says the current high bid for the pants is $22,413. The auction company expects the pants to sell for as much as $100,000 when the auction ends May 21 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. The auction company says Hamill once stated in an interview that the pants were actually “just bleached Levi’s with the tag still in them. Additional details about the pants at NateD.Sanders.com...
In other Star Wars news, production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, a new animated TV series set to air in the fall of 2014 as a one hour special on the Disney Channel before shifting to Disney XD Channels around the world. According to Disney, Star Wars Rebels is set in the time period between Star Wars: Episode 3 and Episode 4, an era in which the Empire is “securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape”...
George Strait's Sixty for Sixty campaign paid off with the superstar's latest single, "Give It All We Got Tonight," hitting #1 on the Mediabase country airplay chart this week. No other artist in any genre of music has put that many songs at the top of the airplay chart over the course of their career.
Says George, "I didn't realize we were making history -- I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy."
George goes on to thank his fans and country radio for their support in getting to this latest #1. Some of country's biggest stars, like Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, contributed to the Sixty for Sixty campaign to get George this 60th #1 while he was still 60 years old. George celebrated his 61st birthday on Saturday, but he's calling the Sixty for Sixty effort a success just the same.
"I may be 61," George says, "but I don't feel a day over 60."
"Give It All We Got Tonight" is the lead single from George's just-released 40th album, Love Is Everything.
While friends and family began to file past the coffin of 34-year-old Brighton Dama Zanthe in Zimbabwe last week, they noticed something about the recently deceased man: He started moving.
"We called an ambulance immediately," Zanthe's boss Lot Gaka told a local paper, according to The Telegraph.
Zanthe says he had no recollection of how or when he died, but admitted, "I feel OK now."
Star Trek Into Darkness lit up the weekend box office and knocked Iron Man 3 out of first place.
J.J. Abrams' sequel to his 2009 Star Trek film earned an estimated 70.6 million dollars. It has made 84.1 million since it opened early Thursday.
Star Trek Into Darkness was the only movie to debut in wide release last week.
After two weekends in the top spot, Iron Man 3 slipped to second place, with 35.2 million dollars. It has raked in a total of 337 million at the domestic box office and close to 1.1 billion worldwide to date.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:
1. Star Trek Into Darkness, $70.6 million.
2. Iron Man 3, $35.2 million.
3. The Great Gatsby, $23.4 million.
4. Pain & Gain, $3.1 million.
5. The Croods, $2.75 million.
6. 42, $2.73 million.
7. Oblivion, $2.2 million.
8. Mud, $2.16 million.
9. Peeples, $2.15 million.
10. The Big Wedding, $1.1 million.
Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on ABC, will feature quite a bit of country flavor throughout the night. Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry will join big-time nominee Taylor Swift on the performers lineup.
Taylor joins fun. and Maroon 5 as the lead nominees for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, with 11 nods apiece.
All three of those artists are up for the Top Artist prize too, along with One Direction and Rihanna. Taylor is also up for Top Female Artist, and for Top Billboard 200 Album for Red. Other categories including a nod for Taylor are Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist and Top Streaming Song (Video) for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Taylor also got a mention in the Top Country Artist field, along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Carrie Underwood.
Jason also picked up a nomination for Best Male Artist against Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Bruno Mars and Drake. Taylor's Red and Jason's Night Train projects are up also for Top Country Album honors, along with Luke Bryan's tailgates & tanlines, Carrie Underwood's Blown Away and Tuskegee by Lionel Richie.
The finalists for Top Country Song are Luke Bryan's "Drunk on You," Eric Church's "Springsteen," "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes' "Wanted" and Taylor's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Look for Florida Georgia Line, Shania Twain, Jennifer Nettles and Nashville's Hayden Panettiere to present trophies on the show too.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
Two Missouri teens taking part in Project Graduation, an adult-supervised, substance-free graduation bash, were busted for possession of meth.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon at the Chesterfield Family Center in Springfield. The two suspects, who are 17 and 18 years old, respectively, weren't identified, and were jailed but not immediately charged with possession of the drug, reports KY3-TV.
Cops say one of the 70 adult chaperones meant to keep the event on the up and up found the drugs on the suspects, who were two of 270 Nixa High School grads in attendance.
Cops believe the unidentified teens intended to distribute the meth to others at the event.
A lawyer in New York City who wanted to be as bootylicious as Beyonce now says he can't sit down because of it. The New York Daily News reports that Neil J. Squillante signed up for personal training sessions with FocusNYC, which have been billed as "Beyonce's Secret Weapon" to staying in shape, but he claims the intense workouts in 2010 left him permanently injured.
Squillante is suing the training company for negligence, claiming he, "began to suffer from severe, disabling pain in his pelvic region" after the workouts -- pain that remains to this day, and which prevents him from sitting when he travels or attends long meetings.
The Office will close up shop Thursday night. For nine seasons, viewers have watched the goings-on at the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as its employees were followed by a documentary crew.
The 75-minute finale of the NBC comedy will take place months after the airing of the documentary on TV, with the workers attending the wedding of Rainn Wilson's Dwight and Angela Kinsey's Angela.
The finale will feature the return of original cast members Mindy "Kelly" Kaling and BJ "Ryan" Novak, in addition to guest stars Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson and more. A recent report also stated that Steve Carell will make a cameo, reprising his role of former Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott.
Kinsey is promising that the finale will be "epic" and satisfying for longtime fans. She says, "The finale...was an ambitious episode. It was huge and multiple locations and guest stars, so I think the fans are going to be really happy. I was."
Kinsey says filming the final scene was emotional for her, her co-stars, and executive producer Greg Daniels. She recalls, "The whole crew had gathered around on stage, and then Greg Daniels said that's a series wrap on the cast of The Office. And we were all there together and we just all disintegrated. We just all started crying, we were hugging each other, hugging the crew, hugging Greg."
Kinsey didn't realize the show would have this much success when the pilot was shot in 2004, since it was an adaptation of the hit British comedy created by and starring Ricky Gervais. She says, "It was so quiet and slow-paced and so different from what I'd been watching on television, which was exciting, and I was a fan of the BBC version, I just didn't know if it would make it in America. I didn't know if the American audience had the patience. But they did. And I'm so thankful."
Singer Josh Groban, who played the brother of Ed Helms' Andy in two episodes, believes The Office evolved into an "amazing" show because, "It wasn't afraid to tap into, I think, the insecurities that we all kind of have as human beings no matter what level on the totem pole we are in the business world....And it's brilliantly written."
The final episode of The Office will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern time, following a one-hour retrospective.