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...
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.
Black Friday turned out to be Arrest Friday for an Apple Valley, Minnesota, man who thought it would be a good idea to spread some holiday cheer by tossing $1,000 in dollar bills over a third-floor railing at the Mall of America, the Star Tribune reports.
According to police, 29-year-old Serge Vorobyov tossed the money to people below as a trio of singers performed "Let it Snow" at the Mall of America rotunda.
Vorobyov said he wanted to make it "snow money" as the singers performed, but Bloomington police were not thrilled and cited him for disorderly conduct. Mall of America spokeswoman Sarah Schmidtsaid Vorobyov disrupted the performance and could have caused a serious situation.
Police say no one was hurt.
The holiday box office was on fire, and the latest Hunger Games movie wasn't the only reason.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire repeated as box office champ, earning an estimated 75 million dollars -- a three-day, Thanksgiving weekend record. It also set a five-day record for the holiday by raising 110.2 million from Wednesday through Sunday.
Disney's animated film Frozen set two new marks for a Thanksgiving opening. It collected 67 million dollars over the three-day weekend and 93 million since its debut last Wednesday.
The Jason Statham-James Franco thriller Homefront premiered in fifth place, earning seven million bucks from Friday through Sunday. The World War Two drama The Book Thief, which expanded in wide release, ended the weekend in seventh place, with 4.9 million dollars. And the musical drama Black Nativitybowed in eighth place, with 3.9 million.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $75 million.
2. Frozen, $67 million.
3. Thor: The Dark World, $11.1 million.
4. The Best Man Holiday, $8.5 million.
5. Homefront, $7 million.
6. Delivery Man, $6.9 million.
7. The Book Thief, $4.9 million.
8. Black Nativity, $3.9 million.
9. Philomena, $3.8 million.
10. Last Vegas, $2.8 million.
A shorter holiday season this year will potentially cost retailers some big bucks.
Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst at Adobe Digital Index, says in a new report that businesses dependent on holiday sales will lose about $1.5 billion in revenue due to six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Actually, there’s more than that going against retailers this year. The 16-day government shutdown in October hurt a lot of people in the pocket book while lackluster hiring continues to take a bite out of the economy.
But even with all these drawbacks, the National Retail Federation predicts sales at traditional stores are expected to be up over four percent from the same period in 2012 while online purchases could see an increase of 15 percent.
Just the same, consumers have probably already noticed that “holiday creep” has started earlier than normal with Macy’s and other retailers announcing they’ll be open Thanksgiving night for the first time. Meanwhile, major discounters such as Target and Walmart have started featuring pre-Black Friday price cuts.
Crowds can freak out people when personal space is reduced to a minimum.
And yet, not everyone minds getting squished, particularly if they think they’re part of something bigger than themselves.
A group of researchers from three different British universities questioned some participants of both an outdoor music concert attended by 250,000 people and a protest march with 7,000 demonstrators.
They were asked if they felt crowded at the events, their connection to others and what positive emotions they experienced.
The result was that those who related more to the crowd, reacted more positively to the experience and that the crowd was more important than the event itself. Therefore, what might look a nightmare to the casual observer from the outside may seem like a dream to those on the inside.
Tim McGraw is the very picture of physical fitness these days, thanks to intense workouts and a strict diet. But like most of us, that all goes out the window for Thanksgiving dinner.
Tim says, "Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals of the year so I’m not going to skip out on anything."
Tim's wife, Faith Hill, is responsible for cooking the dinner, and she uses a lot of home-grown vegetables in the process. "We have the traditional turkey and cornbread dressing and all the vegetables that are grown in our parents' garden," Tim explains. "We have cornbread and peas, green beans, butter beans, cranberry sauce -- all those things."
Tim and Faith will enjoy a quiet holiday season this year before playing another round of Soul 2 Soul shows this January at the Venetian in Las Vegas.