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War Of The Worlds

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.


If your heart doesn't get broken, it's not really high school

Valentine's Day. Ninth Grade. Her name was Jenny. Smart, confident, reasonably popular, and quite sexy in that post-puberty pre-sag freshman jail bait sort of way. Best of all, she was MY girlfriend. Bet you can guess where we're headed. Oh, true love...

I have an unfair reputation for trashing Valentine's Day.

It all started when I went on a rant on the air a couple of years ago. Here's where I'm coming from: I don't hate Valentine's Day, nor should I.

Rick's Rock Calendar: Super Bowl XLVII Edition

For everyone ready for some football one last time, here's a special edition of my Rock Calendar looking at the top songs on game day through the years. In our daily Rock Calendar on Twitter, we look at a particular date (usually the current calendar date) and note what happened, as well as the song or album you would have heard on the radio as Number One at that time.

Remembering John Lennon

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.

21 Thanksgiving Thoughts

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.

CNN Spends Valentine's Day With Delilah

CNN spent Valentine's Day with lots of love songs, and the woman who brings them to you every night on WIKY, Delilah.



Friend To The Clueless

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.

Roberts Stadium

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).

Remembering Pearl Harbor, Before The Memories Are Gone

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.

America's Last Vietnam War POW

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.

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