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...
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.
Wouldn’t it be great if it was a Happy Thanksgiving all year long?
Well, that’s the way it is for a Minneapolis physician whose “hippie” parents thought it would be far out to name her Happy Thanksgiving Reynolds some 43 years ago.
According to Reynolds, her folks got help from the universe in selecting her name, which she deems an “unintentional gift.”
Naturally, anyone who meets her for the first time gets a kick out of the name and Reynolds claims it’s helped get job interviews.
Of course, Happy Thanksgiving Reynolds will be celebrating her birthday Thursday while the rest of the country celebrates her name.
A 62-year-old mall Santa Claus was arrested in Massachusetts on Sunday, accused of pinching the buttocks of a teenage "elf" who was acting as his photographer. The Smoking Gun reports Herbert Joneswas arraigned on Monday morning, and charged with indecent assault and battery.
He is free on a thousand dollars' bail, but is forbidden from suiting up as Santa again. He was ordered to stay out of the Hanover Mall, where the alleged grope took place.
The unidentified woman alleges Jones pinched her butt, following an earlier comment his alleged victim said was, "I wish you were a few years older and I was younger." After the pinching, she reportedly told her manager, who contacted the cops, who arrested Jones in his changing room.
He insists he was innocent, that the contact was unintentional; a co-worker saw a reach, but couldn't confirm if a pinch took place. Jones insisted to cops his line about he and his accusers' respective ages was taken "out of context," and he merely meant he, "wished he was young again so he could make different life choices."
The former mall Santa has a most appropriate court date to answer the charges: Christmas Eve.
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is reportedly planning to ring in the New Year by marrying tennis pro Ryan Sweeting.
According to US Weekly, Cuoco and Sweeting's wedding date is December 31. Insiders say the couple will wed in Southern California and the wedding theme will be "fire and ice."
Sweeting, 26, popped the question to Cuoco, 27, in September after dating for just two weeks.
Previously, Sweeting had a brief romance with Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill. Before that, she was linked to musician Bret Bollinger.
Before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, you can help yourself to one of the new movies opening Wednesday. The following films make their debut:
* Frozen -- Disney's latest animated film features Kristen Bell as the voice of Anna. Anna works with a mountain man and a reindeer to find her sister, who's transformed the kingdom into a land that's suffering from a permanent winter. Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad also lend their voices to the flick, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG.
* Homefront -- Jason Statham is a former drug enforcement agent who goes into seclusion with his daughter. He ends up clashing with a meth dealer, played by James Franco, who puts their lives in danger. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder also star in the drama, which was written by Sylvester Stallone. Rated R.
* Black Nativity -- Based on the Langston Hughes play, the musical tells the story of a teen who joins his estranged relatives in New York City for the holidays. However, he doesn’t see eye to eye with one of the relatives, a reverend, so he seeks to return home to his mother. Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson star. Rated PG.
And expanding into wide release:
* The Book Thief -- The film follows a young girl who is sent to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany during World War Two. Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse star. Rated PG-13.