Don Chase in the Morning for December 14, 2009
Congrats to those in the WKML Family celebrating birthdays:
Robbie Lynn Autry
Jimmie Dawn Davis
Jalan Brooke Hunt
Sonya & Tonya Hunt
Eva Jean McLamb
Happy anniversary to Maria & Eusebio Torres
Happy 35th anniversary to Vicky & Donald Owens
Congratulations to Robbie Lynn Autry on winning a free buffet from Ryan’s Grill,
Buffet & Bakery, Skibo Road in Fayetteville and at exit 22 off I-95 in Lumberton. E-
mail your birthdays and anniversaries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget the name
of the person celebrating the birthday and their daytime telephone number.
WKML Country Notes 12/14
Billboard best of the Decade --- Billboard magazine has released its lists of the best
in music for the past decade. Interestingly, Faith Hill takes the number-one spot on
the list of Adult Contemporary artists of the decade and dominates the A-C song
list. Taylor Swift also makes a showing, grabbing number-28 on the list of the Top
50 Pop Artists of the Decade. Following are some of the country music highlights.
Top Country Artists-The Top 50 Country Artists starts out with this Top 10: (#1)
Toby Keith, (#2) Kenny Chesney, (#3) Tim McGraw, (#4) - Rascal Flatts, (#5)
George Strait, (#6) Alan Jackson, (#7) Keith Urban, (#8) Brad Paisley, (#9) Dixie
Chicks, (#10) Carrie Underwood.
Top Country Songs-The Top 100 Country Songs of the Decade kicks off with this
stellar Top 10: (#1) Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You," (#2) Mark Wills' "19
Something," (#3) Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet's "It's Five-O-Clock Somewhere,"
(#4) Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now," (#5) Kenny Chesney's "The Good
Stuff," (#6) Brooks and Dunn's "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," (#7) Tim McGraw's "Live
Like You Were Dying," (#8) Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday,"
(#9) Toby Keith's "As Good As I Once Was" and (#10) Steve Holy's "Good Morning
Top Country Albums-The Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade includes this Top
10: (#1) Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts, (#2) O Brother, Where Art Thou, (#3)
Dixie Chicks' Fly, (#4) Dixie Chicks' Home, (#5) Faith Hill's Breathe, (#6) Shania
Twain's Up, (#7) Rascal Flatts' Me And My Gang, (#8) Rascal Flatts' Feels Like
Today, (#9)Taylor Swift's self-titled debut, (#10) Taylor Swift's Fearless
Artist of the decade-Rapper Eminem takes the number-one spot in the list of the
Top 100 Artists of the Decade.
Following are the country stars who made the chart and their position: Toby Keith
(#22), Tim McGraw (#23), Kenny Chesney (#25), Rascal Flatts (#31), Taylor Swift
(#38), Faith Hill (#39), Dixie Chicks (#40), Alan Jackson (#48), Carrie Underwood
(#50), George Strait(#63), Keith Urban (#68), Shania Twain (#72), Brad Paisley
(#77), Lonestar (#99).
Hot 100 Songs-Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" grabs the top of this chart.
Following are the country stars who made the chart and their position: Faith Hill's
"Breathe" (#27) and Taylor Swift's "Love Story" (#73)
Top 50 Adult Contemporary Songs-Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You" claims
the number-one spot. Following are the country stars who made the chart and their
position: Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" (#4), LeAnn Rimes' "I Need
You" (#6), Lonestar's "Amazed" (#8), Shania Twain's "Forever and For Always"
(#10), Faith Hill's "Breathe" (#13), Taylor Swift's "Love Story" (#37), Faith Hill's
"Cry" (#45), Lonestar's "I'm Already There" (#48), Faith Hill's "There You'll Be"
Brooks, Garth --- Garth Brooks is back. The singer began his comeback this past
weekend with the first five shows of his five-year, 300-show residency at
the Encore Theater at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. The shows all lasted at least an
hour-and-a-half and included more than 30 songs -- though not all complete
performances -- and guest shots from wife Trisha Yearwood.
--- Garth's sets at the 15-hundred-seat venue were a stark contrast to the huge,
high-energy arena shows that marked the last phase of his career. The first Wynn
shows were intimate and stripped-down affairs featuring Garth, his guitar, a stool --
which he used only to hold his water bottle -- and a mic. There was some minimal
stage lighting, a lone spotlight and the occasional puff of smoke from a machine in
the wings to add a touch of ambience. The main focus was interaction with the
audience -- through personal anecdotes, covers of songs by artists who influenced
him and the honoring of song requests.
--- The comeback began on Friday with a version of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried,"
the first of many songs Garth would sing by a group of artists who helped chart his
musical path. These also included George Strait, George Jones, Bob Seger, James
Taylor, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, Jim Croce and Bob Dylan.
--- On Saturday, Garth arrived shortly before his early show after flying back and
forth from Memphis so he could attend his oldest daughter's soccer game. (He told
the crowd they won and will "go on to the finals.") He was dressed like a soccer
dad, too -- hoodie sweatshirt, jeans, workboots and baseball cap. He said the first
show had been "really rough," but Garth was loose and thoroughly enjoying himself
after a while.
--- By the end of the second show he was praising some of the new things he was
able to do as a "revelation." "Tonight's show tells me right here and now I can do
this," he told the crowd between his final numbers, "Friends in Low Places" and
"The Dance." He then paid tribute to the fans who have stuck with him during his
retirement, calling their loyalty "the greatest gift I can receive. You never went
anywhere and always let me be me. I can't thank you enough.”
Keith, Toby --- Toby Keith was criticized by some Norwegian officials for performing
at the Nobel Peace Prize concert on Friday in Oslo, Norway, because of the
notoriety of his pro-war hit “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry
American).” Keith said, “If someone wants to say that one song out of 30 million
albums sold and 27 No. 1’s is inappropriate, then you can jump up and down about
the one song.” He also emphasized his continued support of the U.S. military
following President Obama’s decision to send 30,000 additional troops to
Afghanistan. “If President Obama has to send troops into Afghanistan to fight evil,
I’ll pull for our guys to win, and I won’t apologize for it,” Keith said. “I’m an
American, and I do pull for our team to fight evil.”
Lambert, Miranda --- Miranda Lambert is spending Christmas like so many families
-- she's going to Grandma's house. 'Ran tells us, "Holidays are my time to sort of
unwind and really catch up with my family." She'd better get some rest while she's
there -- she'll be heading out on the road to tour with Brad Paisley in early January.
Love and Theft --- Love And Theft’s Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson and Stephen
Barker Liles gathered on 5th Avenue in downtown Nashville in late November to
shoot the music video for their latest single, “Dancing in Circles.” Filming of the
video included a few surprises. During the shoot, a group of unexpected protesters
rallied in the streets holding signs and shouting, “End the Fed!” as they passed
through the background. The crew frantically attempted to capture the ironic event.
The video can be seen starting today.
Lynn, Loretta --- Loretta Lynn and Nashville studio musician Harold Bradley have
been recognized with Special Merit awards from the Recording Academy, the
organization that presents the Grammys. Lynn will receive the Lifetime
Achievement Award during a special invitation-only ceremony on January 30th in
Los Angeles. She earned a 1971 Grammy for her duet with Conway Twitty, “After
the Fire Is Gone,” as well as two Grammys for 2004’s “Van Lear Rose” album.
Bradley will receive the Trustees Award in recognition of outstanding contributions
to the industry in a non-performing capacity. He and his brother Owen built Music
Row’s first recording facility in the 1950s. His guitar work can be heard on
thousands of country recordings.
Morgan, Craig --- Craig Morgan is throwing a fresh Yule log on the fire this season,
releasing an all-new holiday-themed version of “Bonfire.” The new version will be
digitally available beginning December 21st. Craig talks about what went into
making the holiday version of “Bonfire.”
Neil, David --- David Nail, whose “Red Light” is sitting at No. 7, will spend the
holidays with his new wife, Catherine, who helped make his last Christmas one of
his favorites. David says, “Without a doubt my favorite Christmas memory was this
past year when I had just recently got engaged to my now wife, Catherine.” Nail
and his new bride plan to spend time with family and friends this Christmas. “I am
looking forward to this one because this will be our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs.
David Nail,” the singer added.
Paisley, Brad --- Brad Paisley hasn’t always been a music success story – one of his
first live performances left him bruised and humiliated. Brad thought he’d scored a
big break when he was asked to sing the national anthem before an ice hockey
game in his native West Virginia – but the performance didn’t go as planned.
Paisley reveals, “They had the mic in the middle (of the ice). I had to go out in the
dark and then they were going to put the spotlight on me. When I walked out, I
slipped, and I’m on my butt and then the spotlight hit me, looking like a crime
Rimes, LeAnn --- Brandi Glanville -- the soon-to-be-ex-wife of LeAnn Rimes'
squeeze Eddie Cibrian -- took a cue from a Carrie Underwood song after she found
out her husband was cheating. Brandi made like Carrie in "Before He Cheats" and
slashed the tires of Eddie's motorcycles. She tells EOnline.com, "He broke my
heart, so I broke his Harleys. It was right after I found out about girl number-two,
and I had that Carrie Underwood song in my head, and I just went for it!... And it
Rogers, Kenny --- Kenny Rogers refused to appear in his new movie, because he’s
convinced he’s too ill to appear on camera. Rogers wrote the book “Christmas in
Canaan,” which has been turned into a film starring Billy Ray Cyrus. Kenny admits
he vowed to stay behind the camera because of a number of ailments he’s suffering
from. “My body is falling apart,” the 71-year-old singer said. “Christmas in Canaan”
premiered last night on the Hallmark Channel.
Thompson, Josh --- Josh Thompson is busy doing what all new artists do – working
hard. And with the success of his debut single, “Beer On The Table,” Josh has
plenty to feel good about as he heads into the holidays. But as the Christmas TV
shows begin their annual run, one thing that Josh doesn’t feel particularly good
about is the 24/7 airing of the classic “A Christmas Story.”
Turner, Josh --- While his busy year comes to a close, Josh Turner is getting ready
for the holidays and starting some new traditions with his family, which had an
addition this year. “Christmas this year in our household is going to be different
because instead of having one child, we have two. Two boys. One is 3-years-old,
one is 5-and-a-half-months-old right now. Come Christmas time, he’ll be six-
months-old,” Turner said. Josh’s new single is “Why Don’t We Just Dance.”
Underwood, Carrie --- Carrie Underwood has opened up to Esquire magazine,
revealing what she really thinks of ex-boyfriend and NFL star Tony Romo. The
publication asked Carrie if her song “Cowboy Casanova” was about the Dallas
Cowboy quarterback, who had a very public breakup this year with Jessica
Simpson. Underwood said, “No. I would never immortalize a guy that did me
wrong. I would never give him that much credit.”
Vassar, Phil --- Phil Vassar has released the video for “Everywhere I Go,” his
current single from his new album, “Traveling Circus.” Written by Phil and Jeffrey
Steele, “Everywhere I Go” is a “touching and emotional song about healing and
remembrance that appeals to many situations,” Vassar says. The video was filmed
and produced in Florida by aspiring videographer Chris Cella with his friends and
former film school classmates. Along with celebrating the release of “Traveling
Circus,” which drops tomorrow, Phil is also giving a Christmas gift to all of his fans
in the form of five free holiday songs. Click on www.philvassar.com/christmas to
download “Phil Vassar An Acoustic Christmas” for free.
Here's a Pop Quiz for you: According to Men’s Health, 3,238 men end up
hospitalized each year while doing this. Find the answer below.
News of the Weird: Remember what your mother would say about wiping off your
muddy shoes? Well, a couple of accused crooks didn't. Pennsylvania state troopers
report muddy footprints were the big tip-off in busting a couple of suspected
thieves. Officers found muddy tracks at the scene of break-ins at a pet supply
store and a veterinary clinic in Newville. When troopers pulled over 18-year-old
Daniel Jumbelick and 21-year-old Jonathan Stimeling, they noticed both had muddy
pants and shoes. Investigators say the pair admitted to a total of 10 break-ins
It’s time now for Officer Don’s Police Blotter, It’s time now for Officer Don’s Police
Blotter, a service of “Holmes Security Systems…If you’re paying more than $18.95
for monitoring you’re paying too much.” A 44-year-old Louisiana woman was
charged with second-degree battery after allegedly pouring a pot of boiling grits
onto her sleeping boyfriend. St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies said Carolyn Brown
caused second-degree burns on the man’s face and arms. The boyfriend told
deputies that he came home from work on November 7th, got into an argument
with Brown, told her that he was breaking up with her, and then went to bed. She
later came into the room and dumped the huge pot of hot grits on him.
Welcome to today’s “WKML Don Chase Secret 2 Success,” a service of Bible Alive
Ministries. Dr. Ralph Richardson, teacher.
Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.”
"God didn't have time to make a nobody, only a somebody. I believe that each of
us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition." Mary Kay Ash
as in Mary Kay cosmetics.
Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.”
That’s your “WKML Don Chase Secret 2 Success,” a service of Bible Alive Ministries.
Dr. Ralph Richardson, teacher.
10 days til Christmas Eve & the busiest mailing-day of the Christmas season
After church yesterday, Debbie mentioned going to Carrabbas for lunch. That was
music to my ears. I had the sirloin marsala. Debbie had the pork chop marsala.
Her Dad, a huge fan of seafood, enjoyed the Spiedino de Mare. By the way, thru
Christmas, Carrabbas is open for lunch on Saturdays.
Speaking of really good food, Walter Wilkins and I broadcast live from Popeyes
Louisiana Kitchen Saturday. If you have never tried Popeyes chicken, try it with
the mashed potatoes with cajun flavor. Jusy try it. I think you might be as
surprised as I was.
One other food note, Debbie and a lot of the church ladies were doing their
Christmas Cookie Exchange Saturday night. That left a bunch of husbands with
nothing to do. Mickey DeCarlo had the idea to ride over to Laurinburg to a
restaurant called General McArthur's. Man-o-man was it some kind of good. Great
idea Mickey. Can't wait to go back. What kind of cookie did Debbie bake? Coconut
macaroons. Sure wish I had some for breakfast. I’ll post her recipe here this
What began as a grudge match ended far different as Matthews-Butler hammered
Jack Britt 48-17 to win the state 4-AA championship.
In the Class 4-A state championship, it was a thriller as Asheville Reynolds held on
to beat Harnett Central 14-12.
In the NFL yesterday:
New Orleans 26 --- Atlanta 23
Green Bay 21 --- Chicago 14
NY Jets 26 --- Tampa Bay 3
Miami 14 --- Jacksonville 10
Baltimore 48 --- Detroit 3
Houston 34 --- Seattle 7
Indianapolis 28 --- Denver 16 (The Colts set a new NFL record for most
consecutive regular-season wins (22) and most wins in a decade (114), plus
wrapping up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs)
Buffalo 16 --- Kansas City 10
Minnesota 30 --- Cincinnati 10
New England 20 --- Carolina 10
Washington 34 -- Oakland 13
Tennessee 47 --- St. Louis 7
San Diego 20 --- Dallas 17
Philadelphia 45 --- NY Giants 38
NFL Monday Night Football, Arizona at San Francisco
Alabama running tailback Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday in the
closest vote in the award’s 75-year history. Ingram finished 28 points ahead of
Stanford running back Toby Gerhart. Ingram received 227 first-place votes and
1,304 points. Gerhart got 222 first-place votes and 1,276 points, while Texas
quarterback Colt McCoy, last season’s runner-up, received 203 and 1,145.
Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fourth and Florida quarterback Tim
Tebrow, who won the Heisman two years ago, was fifth. The previous closest vote
in Heisman history came in 1985, when Auburn’s Bo Jackson beat Iowa quarterback
Chuck Long by 45 points. Ingram won four of the six regions. Gerhart took the far
west and Suh won the southwest.
Busy with damage control, Tiger Woods says he's going to "take an indefinite break
from professional golf." In his second statement since that infamous car crash,
Tiger admits for first time that he's been unfaithful. "I am deeply aware of the
disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of
all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry
and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done,
but I want to do my best to try."
-Tiger says he'll focus "on being a better husband, father, and person" -- and, of
course, not sleeping with so many women.
-Tiger lost two endorsement deals over the weekend. First, was Gillette -- who said
they're phasing the philandering golf pro out of its ads. ThenAccenture, global
management services company, dumped Tiger, saying he "is no longer the right
representative for its advertising." But Nike is standing by its ad man. A Nike rep
tells T-M-Z, "Tiger has been part of Nike for more than a decade. He is the best
golfer in the world and one of the greatest athletes of his era. We look forward to
his return to golf. He and his family have Nike's full support."
-We won't be seeing Tiger's putter after all. Playgirl says they have decided not to
publish those alleged nude photos of the philandering golfer. The magazine's Daniel
Nardicio says the pics, reportedly taken by camera phone by Tiger himself, "were
impossible to one 100-percent verify, hence the unwillingness to go there."
-Tiger's wife Elin reportedly bought a six-bedroom home in Sweden on December
1st. The two-point-two-million-dollar residence is on a small island near Stockholm
and is only accessible by boat.
-View co-host Joy Behar has apologized for calling Mistress Number-One, Rachel
Uchitel, a "hooker" on the A-B-C talk show.
-The Florida Department of Children and Families visited Tiger Woods' home near
Windermere on Saturday. Details of the visit are being kept secret, says a
spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Congrats to Don Phipps. Don is the new superintendent of Beaufort County
Schools. Don, I am proud of you.
Are you a part of your church Christmas cantata this year? Ours is Sunday night at
6 at Carroll Memorial Baptist Church. In a way, I'll be glad when it's over. On the
other hand, maybe not. What about you?
The Princess and the Frog was transformed into the number-one movie in the
country over the weekend. Disney's first hand-drawn animated film in five years
earned 25-million dollars between Friday and Sunday. The modern twist on the tale
of a princess who kisses a frog prince is notable for featuring Disney's first African-
Stephen King and his wife Tabitha are donating 12-thousand-999-dollars so 150
soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard can go home for the holidays. The
money will go toward two bus trips from Camp Atterbury in Indiana to Maine. King
didn't donate the full 13-thousand as needed, because he thought the number 13
was unlucky. One of his personal assistants chipped in the other dollar.
The Senate passed a 447-billion-dollar spending bill on Sunday and sent it to the
White House for President Obama's signature. The bill will keep the government
running through September 30th, 2010. Republicans were generally opposed to the
level of spending, but the bill passed by a comfortable 57-to-35 margin.
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year --- For most Americans, the December
holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. According to the latest
Rasmussen Reports survey, 52% consider the holidays joyous, a five-point jump in
joy since last year. Meanwhile, 36% of adults think the holidays are stressful. Other
-Women (55%) find the season to be merrier than men (49%). Young adults and
adults over 65 consider the season to be more joyous than other age groups.
-Thirty-nine percent say holiday shopping is unpleasant, while 43% said it is fun.
-86% of Americans say they will be celebrating Christmas this year; 4% will
observe Hanukkah, 3% will celebrate Winter Solstice, or Yule, and 1% will take part
in some other religious observance.
-65% of adults plan to decorate their home for the holidays; 30% say they won’t.
-50% of adults say they’ll buy gifts for people outside of their immediate family.
Women (54%) are much more likely than men (46%) to buy for non-family
-45% of adults plan to give a homemade gift to friends or family members. Women
(48%) are slightly more likely to do this than men (42%). Those earning between
$60,000 and $100,000 per year are more likely to give homemade gifts than those
in other income brackets.
-77% of adults say they’re on Santa’s nice list. Only 9% say they were naughty this
past year and may not be so lucky.
-Most Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.”
-Americans also remain overwhelmingly in favor of allowing religious symbols to be
displayed on public land and feel even more strongly that public schools should
celebrate at least some religious holidays.
New Year’s Eve 2009 is truly a “once in a blue moon” event. The next blue moon is
scheduled to occur on December 31, 2009. A “Blue Moon” occurs when two full
moons happen in one calendar month. This lunar cycle happens approximately once
every two and a half years. It happens because a complete lunar cycle, the time it
takes for the moon to go from new to full, is 29.5 days. Some years we have 12 full
moons, others 13. The next blue moon will not happen until August 31, 2012, and
the next blue moon to occur on New Year’s Eve won’t happen until 2028.
Occasionally there will be a year with two blue moons. The last time this rarity
occurred was back and 1999. It won’t happen again until the year 2018.
What's on tv tonight?
Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (ABC)
Find My Family (ABC)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Accidentally on Purpose (CBS)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
Lie to Me (Fox)
The Sing-Off (NBC) Series premiere. Hosted by Nick Lachey. Celebrity judges: Ben
Folds, Shawn Stockman and a secret
Larry King (CNN) N/A.
The Jay Leno Show (NBC) Anna Kendrick and JMZ – Mikey Day.
What Would Jesus Buy? (Sundance Channel)
Bank of Hollywood (E!) Series premiere.
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC) Tom Arnold and Adam Lambert.
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Hugh Grant, Zoe Saldana and Alicia Keys.
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Joshua Jackson, Lake Bell and Reba
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Kate Hudson, Giovanni Ribisi and Chevelle.
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Ron Artest, Eva Amurri and Natasha Leggero. (R)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) Sigourney Weaver.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Charlize Theron, Donny Osmond, Regis Philbin and
The Colbert Report (COM) Snoop Dogg.
Lopez Tonight (TBS) Mark Harmon and 50 Cent.
Here's the answer to today's Pop Quiz: According to Men’s Health, 3,238 men end
up hospitalized each year while doing this. Answer: Decoration for the holidays.
See you tomorrow. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for being a part of the WKML