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...
Thompson Square canceled their concert appearances on Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries tour this weekend due to duo member Keifer Thompson's ongoing vocal condition. Keifer's doctor has ordered him to cancel all dates through June 2 in an effort to speed up the healing process. Keifer and his wife and duo partner Shawna Thompson didn't take the decision to cancels those appearances lightly.
He says in a written statement, "Our fans are on our minds every moment of every day -- you are the reason we're here and the reason we get to live our dream of making music for a living. We hope that you will understand what a difficult decision this has been and know that we can't wait to get back out on the road and make it up to you as soon as possible.”
Luke Bryan's concerts will still go on without Thompson Square this weekend.
Blake Shelton assembled some of the music world's hottest stars for the Healing in the Heartland benefit concert in Oklahoma City Wednesday night. The sold-out show raised funds for the victims of the tornadoes that ripped through nearby Moore, OK on May 20. The concert was broadcast on NBC as well as on Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT.
After a montage of footage showing the devastation from the storm, Blake opened the show performing his recent country hit, "God Gave Me You." Blake's fellow coach on The Voice, Usher, later joined him to close out the night singing Blake's cover of the Michael Bublé hit "Home." During the musical break in the song, Blake asked the crowd, "Is there anybody in the world cooler than Usher?"
Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, grew so emotional during her performance of "The House That Built Me," she had to let the audience sing it for her at one point. Photographs of animals left in need in the wake of the storm were displayed on a screen behind Miranda.
OneRepublic front man and Tulsa, OK native Ryan Tedder was on hand to sing the band's new single, "Counting Stars." Darius Rucker sang the title cut of his new release, True Believers, which just bowed at the top of Billboard's Country Albums chart.
Rascal Flatts' bass player Joe Don Rooney's hometown of Picher, OK was destroyed in a tornado a few years back, so the group's performance of "I Won't Let Go" took on added meaning. Luke Bryan delivered his latest single, "Crash My Party," for the sold-out crowd too.
A few more Oklahomans rounded out the performance slots, including Reba, who took the stage to sing her 2007 song about volunteerism, "Everyday People." Norman, OK native Vince Gill dedicated his solo acoustic performance of "Threaten Me with Heaven" to the people who didn't make it through the tornado.
Though they couldn’t be there in person, music stars Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno made pre-taped appearances for the cause. The special also included personal stories of those who lost loved ones in the storm.
Money raised from the special will go to the United Way's tornado relief efforts in the affected areas. You can still donate to the cause at Facebook.com/UnitedWay.
A fast food employee is being lauded by police for his fast thinking after foiling a robbery at a Burger King in Stockton, California, on Friday night.
As two hamburlgars stormed the restaurant brandishing guns and demanding cash, one employee slipped out a back door, according to KOVR-TV. The quick-thinking employee found the would-be robbers' still-running getaway vehicle in the store’s parking lot, hopped in and drove off, stashing the car around the block. When the alleged thieves realized their car had been taken, they took off on foot and hid in a nearby field.
Police soon found the two suspects, Gabriel Gonzalez and Jeremy Lovitt, and arrested them. They've been charged with armed robbery.
Cops in Montclair, California, are looking for a tattooed man who allegedly snatched 50 pounds of marinated beef and chicken from a market on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Daily News reports the suspect -- who may have had an accomplice -- had pre-ordered the haul from the independent market, and after picking it up from the butcher's station, he began shopping for other barbecue-related items. That's when employees say he tried to high-tail it out of the store with the stuff, scuffling with an employee who tried to stop him before successfully escaping with the meat in a Dodge Durango.
The suspect or suspects are still at large. Considering Memorial Day is one of the summer's biggest barbecue days, it's likely much of the evidence won't ever be recovered.
A senior citizen in Calgary, Canada, arrived home to a shock of a lifetime recently when she spotted a contractor she didn't hire tearing new shingles from her garage roof.
According to CTV News, Linda Cox tried telling the worker to stop what he was doing, but he informed her he couldn't stop tearing off the shingles -- which were only two years old -- until he talked to his boss. When Cox asked to speak to the roofer's superior, the boss reportedly hung up on her, so she called 911.
Eventually, the roofer's boss arrived on the scene, and admitted they got the address wrong -- but he wouldn't give Cox any information about the company lest she embarrass them.
When Cox called the Better Business Bureau, the roofing company agreed to fix the damage, but since her garage roof was under warranty, the company she actually hired two years ago agreed to make the repairs -- if the absent-minded roofing company pays them back.
A mother in North Carolina had her 13-year-old son arrested last Monday after the boy chowed down on his mom's Pop-Tarts.
WBTW-TV reports 37-year-old Latasha Renee Love contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to report her tarts had gone missing, and she fingered her own flesh-and-blood as the toaster pastry pilferer.
Police officers responded to the robbery call, and placed the unidentified minor under juvenile arrest, charging him with misdemeanor larceny when Love pressed charges.
Cops were told Love had been having discipline issues with the teen, and his swiping the breakfast treats was the last straw.
This past holiday weekend will go down in history as the biggest Memorial Day weekend ever at the box office with an estimated $316 million in gross revenue for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The debut of Fast & Furious 6 was the number one move in the country with $120 million in estimated ticket sales.
The Hangover Part III grossed $51.2 million for a second-place finish, while Star Trek Into Darkness finished in third with an estimated $47 million.
Box office observers note that Christmas weekend 2009 had a bigger three-day total of around $270 million, but for a four-day holiday weekend, this past weekend is tops.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27 with estimated ticket sales, according to Variety:
1. Fast & Furious 6, $120.0 million.
2. The Hangover Part III, $51.2 million.
3. Star Trek Into Darkness, $47.0 million.
4. Epic, $42.6 million.
5. Iron Man 3, $24.35 million.
6. The Great Gatsby, $17.02 million.
7. Mud, $2.4 million.
8. The Croods, $1.6 million.
9. 42, $1.6 million.
10. Oblivion, $1.1 million.
Though many country fans will be headed to the lake or the beach this Memorial Day, a few of the format's top stars are here with a reminder to remember those who've sacrificed so much to serve in the U.S. military:
Lee Brice grew up listening to his grandfather's stories of serving in World War II, so Memorial Day has always had a special meaning for him. Now that he's topped the country chart with his ode to a fallen soldier, "I Drive Your Truck," Lee is proud his song will serve as the soundtrack for thousands of military families honoring their loved ones this weekend.
He says, "This song is not just for the soldiers. It's like their families and their friends who kind of really understand what they sacrifice on a daily basis. So, Memorial Day, I think, is kind of for all those people too, you know, to me."
Tim McGraw is honoring U.S. service men and women in a big way on every stop of his Two Lanes of Freedom tour this summer. As he did last year, Tim has teamed up with Chase and Operation HomeFront to give away 31 mortgage-free homes to U.S. military personnel.
Says Tim, "I couldn't think of a better program to be involved in. I couldn’t think of anything better to do than to give those guys a home, a mortgage-free home for the rest of their lives."
Little Big Town is honored to meet and perform for their fans serving in the military as well as the families those troops leave behind. The group's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman recently met a 21-year-old mother of three whose husband is on his third tour of duty overseas.
"She’s raising these children at home and just doing a great job and the best she can, and he’s serving our country," Karen says. "He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children. And we just can’t take it for granted."
Brantley Gilbert comes from a military family, and he almost joined those ranks a few years ago. He says, "That was actually an option or an idea for me when I was kinda in limbo what I was gonna do with my life."
Though Brantley went on to become a country star, he does have cousins who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brantley will be thinking of his cousins and some of their fallen friends this Memorial Day.
Brantley says, "My cousin Josh actually lost his best friend in Kirkuk City, Iraq, so I know that day’s heavy for him. And it is for all the members of my family that have been in the military. It definitely means a lot to me, not just because my family’s involved in it, because of what our military stands for."
Before their touring schedule got out of hand, The Band Perry made it a point to head back to their grandmother's house in Mississippi for her church's annual Memorial Day event. After the service, the church has a huge potluck lunch, and the Perry siblings took that opportunity to interview a few soldiers a few years ago while they were working on their first album.
Reid Perry explains, "We just listened to a lot of the stories that they had to tell because there’s some amazing anecdotes."
His sister Kimberly Perry adds, "Unfortunately, so many of those folks who had told us those stories three short years ago are no longer with us, so it’s really like this moment in time that we’re trying to soak up before it’s gone away for us."
The Hangover Part III opened early Thursday, earning an estimated 3.1 million dollars in late-night screenings, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Two more films arrive in theaters today, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Here's a closer look:
* Fast & Furious 6 -- In the latest film in the action series, Dwayne Johnson's federal agent Hobbs asks Vin Diesel's Dom to get his team back together in order to take down a group of mercenary drivers. If the mission is a success, Dom's crew will be granted full pardons. Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Luke Evans also star. Rated PG-13.
* Epic -- In this 3D animated film, a teen girl is transported to a secret world where she helps some warriors in their fight against their evil rivals. Beyoncé, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz and Amanda Seyfried lend their voices to the film. Rated PG.