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Oct 31, 2013

Just for fun, here's the original Mercury Theatre radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" from October 30, 1938. The program, starring Orson Welles, caused a nationawide panic. Listeners who missed the program's introduction thought they were hearing news coverage of an attack from Mars.

Dec 8, 2012

NOTE: As he was to most people of my generation, John Lennon was an influential and inspirational person in my life. His death hit us all. Hard. This is an article I wrote for our partner station WABX two years ago today on the thirtieth anniversary of John's death. If you enjoy it, I hope you'll click the "LIKE" button underneath the headline and pass it on. Thanks, Rick

December 8, 1980.

I know all too well what that date signifies. I don't have to depend on news reports and tributes to remember John Lennon's life and death.

Nov 21, 2012
Whatever plans you have, I hope Thanksgiving is a special time for you. Eat too much. Sleep a lot. Hold your tongue around the relatives.

Give thanks. Think. Pray. Question everything, for therein lies the path to understanding. But know that you will never completely understand, and therein lies the path to faith. Reflect on the days you were cold, and those times that your soul felt barren.
Jul 25, 2011

My best friend Cathy turned to her husband with a knowing look.

"He doesn't have a clue," she said.

She was talking about me.       

I have read many books and seen many movies which tried to anaylize the plight of the hopeless fool barreling headlong down the road of good intentions. In her bemused frustration, Cathy summed it up better than any of them, in only five words.

Feb 26, 2011

I knew about Roberts Stadium long before I ever set foot inside. As a youngster, I used to read about the EC Aces (it was Evansville College then) and see the newspaper photos of the games, and what looked to be dozens upon dozens of rows upon rows of seating. Later, when my parents were tolerant, or already asleep, I would stay up late when the games were televised on delay, watch in palyers wearing those jerseys with the sleeves (beyond cool).

Dec 7, 2010

The thoughts of World War II should not be allowed to pass gentle into that good night. Will you help preserve them?

There are defining moments shared by all humanity, benchmarks in time burned into the collective memory. Among those, there stands one day, one point in time when life changes forever. In the lifetime of my parents and grandparents, that moment came on December 7, 1941. The "day which will live in infamy" plunged America headlong into World War II. No one would ever be the same.

Nov 11, 2010
At this uncertain time in history, at this uncertain time for America, we need more than ever to look to our heroes... to draw inspiration from their deeds, to draw strength from their sacrifices, and to cherish the freedom they ensured for us.
This is the story of such an American hero, Col. Charles Shelton of Owensboro, Kentucky. It is also the story of a family caught in a hell of bureaucracy where there are no easy answers.

And there are no happy endings.

Oct 25, 2010

If this weren't so sad, and so amazingly stupid, I'd laugh.

Oct 13, 2010

I can't help but swell with pride as one by one, the miners trapped for two months are lifted out of the shaft in Chile. How many times have mine accidents ended in tragedy? Most people in this area have a relative, friend, schoolmate or neighbor personally tied to the coal industry. It's a blessing to have good news to contemplate.

Oct 12, 2010

As I listen to Delilah each night on WIKY, I've begun to look at relationships as a spectator sport. With social media ever present, it's easier than ever -- and more fascinating than ever -- to see how people react to the calls and letters she receives.