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...
While therapy dogs and cats are nothing new, another animal is being used to comfort hospital patients and others in need: llamas.
While the camel cousin is equally famous for its soft fur and its ability to spit at distances when perturbed, llama owner Niki Kuklenski says in some cases, the animals make the perfect therapy animals, and hers love to kiss. The fuzzy lip bumps help immensely, she says.
In fact, Kuklenski recently set up a kissing booth for her llamas Marisco and Flight at Camp Korey, a non-profit for kids with medical conditions. Her llamas also kiss patients at nursing homes and hospitals, and have helped bring some patients out of their shells.
Lori Gregory also lends her llamas to visit patients of all ages who have emotional problems. "Every room we went to, they [the staff members] were just freaking out," Gregory said. "'Herald hasn't spoken in a month, and I heard him say 'cute.' 'Helen hasn't sat up in a long time, and she's trying to move.'" She said she felt as if she were watching "miracles."