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...
After spending nine years building the Mars Curiosity rover and seeing it deployed to the Red Planet, which worlds should an inventor conquer? If you're former NASA engineer Mark Rober, the answer is the traditional ugly Christmas sweater.
After a well-received, jury-rigged Halloween costume became a viral hit, Rober created the companyDigital Dudz, which integrates smartphones with sweaters and other garments designed with cut-outs that display the phones' screens.
Among the company's latest creations are knitted holiday sweaters; one with a crocheted fireplace setting is decorated by realistic footage of a real-life fire, thanks to the phone tucked away in a hidden pocket and running a free app made available by the company.
Another holiday sweater is decorated by a crocheted kitty -- the eyes and tongue of which are animated thanks to the phone display. Ditto the darting eyes of the company's "Creeping Santa" design, which warns, "He Sees...when You Are Sleeping." Other holiday-themed offerings display an animated snowglobe.
For Halloween or Walking Dead marathons: shirts that feature "beating hearts" at the center of a gaping hole and fake bloody wounds.
The sweaters retail for more than 70 bucks, but the costumes integrating Rober's patented tech retail for around 30.
Rober told Wired that based on the YouTube video of his improvised costume for Halloween, he was able to quit his rocket science day-job and work at Digital Dudz full-time. "We spent zero dollars on advertising. We just had a YouTube video and that was it," he recalled. "We did a quarter million dollars in revenue, just in three weeks."
Only one movie opens nationwide on Friday: Out of the Furnace, a drama starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck.
Bale stars as Russell, a steel mill worker who spends time in jail. After he's released, he sets out to save his brother -- Affleck's character, Rodney -- from a crime ring. Harrelson plays the leader of the ring.
Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe also star in Out of the Furnace, which was written and helmed by Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The film is rated R.
Another option this weekend is Lee Daniels' The Butler. The summer hit returns to theaters, just in time for awards season.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been the box office champ the last two weekends. It made 74 million dollars during the three-day Thanksgiving weekend.
A small experiment seems to prove that there is such a thing as selective hearing among men and women.
British surgeon John Phillips with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals and other researchers compiled a list of words believed to be socially relevant to each sex such as “football” and “beer” for men and “shopping” and “chocolate” for women.
The words from each list were read to 40 men and 40 women. What Phillips discovered, probably to no one’s great surprise, is that men remembered more of the so-called “male” words while women had an easier time recalling words geared to their sensibilities.
According to Phillips, “'For a long time patients remark that their spouses have selective hearing, so it’s been fun explaining that there is some truth in what they say.”
Batman and Superman, make way for Wonder Woman. It was announced Wednesday that Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot [gah-DOTE] will fill the role of the female DC Comics superhero in the Man of Steelfollow-up, which is currently titled Batman vs. Superman.
Gadot, 28, is best known for her appearances as Gisele in three of the Fast and the Furious films, including this year's hit, Fast & Furious 6. Her credits also include the Steve Carell-Tina Fey comedy Date Night and the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action flick Knight and Day.
Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder says in a statement, “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”
Man of Steel star Henry Cavill will reprise his role of Superman in the movie. Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in August, to the chagrin of some comic fans.
The Batman vs. Superman project is scheduled to be released July 17, 2015.
Carrie Underwood steps into the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in NBC's production of The Sound of Music Live! Tonighty night at 8 ET. While most people are familiar the movie version of The Sound of Music, Carrie wants viewers to know they're bringing the stage musical version to the small screen.
"I think it's really important that people know that we're not remaking the movie," Carrie explains. "This is a whole different project. The movie and the musical are two very different things."
The production will broadcast live from a studio giving viewers the feel of watching an actual play take place in real time.
Says Carrie, "This would be the equivalent of you, like, on Broadway and you see a show, we're doing that on TV. I think a lot of people have gotten a little confused as to what our project is, and it's important they know it's the musical version."
Carrie grew up loving The Sound of Music, so putting her stamp on songs like "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things" is a real treat.
"There's not a song I don't love to sing," she says. "I've gotten the 'What's your favorite Sound of Musicsong?' quite a bit, and I can't answer it now, any more than I could answer it kind of when we first started."
True Blood's Stephen Moyer co-stars with Carrie as Captain von Trapp. The Sound of Music Live! soundtrack is also out this week, and the live production will be released on DVD December 17.
Two thousand mice have been parachuted onto Guam, in an effort to try to rid the island of a determined and numerous enemy: brown tree snakes. The reptiles are an invasive species that are multiplying as they decimate the island nation's native birds and other animals -- and cause millions in damage to electrical and other systems into which they slither.
KUAM-TV reports the U.S. Agriculture Department is now relying on the mice to fight them: and it's a suicide mission. The rodents were already dead when they were packed onto tiny parachutes and dropped via helicopter into the trees in which the snakes hunt -- but the dead mice pack a secret weapon: they were loaded with a little Tylenol.
The over-the-counter pain reliever isn't toxic to most animals in small amounts, but it's poisonous to the snakes. When the snakes eat the baited mice, U.S. Agriculture Department officials hope, Guam's snake problem will be over.
A 68-year-old man in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder after he allegedly butt-dialed his former employee, who he was apparently plotting to have murdered.
KAIT-TV reports that on Thursday afternoon Larry Barnett apparently accidentally called a man from Paragould, Arkansas, who unbeknownst to Barnett, listened in as he discussed with another person how Barnett allegedly wanted the man he'd called killed.
The caller told cops he overheard Barnett say, "I don't care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it. I don't care what you have to do, make it look like an accident."
Officers went to the Paragould man's home to find it had been burgled and the stove tampered with -- so they went to Barnett's home and had him arrested. The victim was apparently a former employee of Barnett at a motor company in Jonesboro.
Sexual frustration can kill a man.
Or at the very least, it does a number on male fruit flies.
Scott D. Pletcher, research professor at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, conducted a study that examined what happened to male fruit flies that aren't allowed to mate after being exposed to the sexual pheromones of females.
The result? The males developed serious health consequences, cutting their lives short.
Pletcher notes, "These data might provide the first direct evidence that aging and physiology are influenced by how the brain processes expectations and reward. In this case, sexual rewards specifically promoted healthy aging."
A 46-year-old Colorado woman who claims to be a hairstylist is reportedly in trouble with the law for taking a little too much off the top, or was it for taking her top off a little too much?
The LongmontTimes-Call reports Suzette Hall is accused of offering topless hairstyling services and was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of practicing cosmetology without a license, as well as felony criminal impersonation.
According to the report, witnesses told Longmont Police Detective Stephen Desmond that Hall had opened a beauty salon and was "charging $45 for topless haircuts" and was advertising on Craigslist.
Police arrested Hall at her Loveland home. The newspaper reports Hall's former business partner told police they launched the hair-cutting business together, but she backed out when Hall decided to offer additional services.
The former partner claimed that Hall told her she was soliciting sex with men in the business, and admitted taking payments for sex and doing "house calls."
According to police, Hall has nine previous felony convictions for crimes such as identity theft, motor vehicle theft, felony theft and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.