“Dusty Attics”, Episode 22 – Opal Lee

Miss Opal. Force of nature. I typed those words as a placeholder to come back to later. Then I realized I couldn't improve on them. Opal Lee has been changing lives almost all of her [...]

August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Discover, News and Commentary, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Learning What We Live

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." - Proverbs 23:7 Rainsford expressed his surprise. "Is there big game on this island?" The general nodded. "The [...]

“Dusty Attics”, Episode 19 – Betty Buckley

The first time I ever saw her name in a program, it read Betty Lynn Buckley. That was fifty years ago, but you could already see the talent that earned Betty the title "The Voice [...]

Why The Moon Really Mattered

The Eagle landed on June 20th, a little after 3:15 in the afternoon Fort Worth time. By the time Neil Armstrong was preparing to squeeze through the Lunar Module's hatch six hours later, we'd gathered [...]

Pastor Bob Is Back, And He Has A Special Invitation For You.

Hello, friends. It's your old pal Pastor Bob, back with you again. I know, I know. It's been thirty years since we last spoke, just prior to the unfortunate and unfounded claims that somehow a [...]

June 27th, 2019|Categories: News and Commentary, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The Peril of Posterity

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to [...]

What-A-Bummer (It’s Not Chicago We’re Worried About, Burger Lovers)

Among roll-outs, the announcement that the beloved family-owned Whataburger chain was being sold to an investment firm has to rank among the all-time worst. Sometimes conditions invite arm-chair quarterbacking. This is one of those. You'll note I did not say [...]

The Amazing Miss Opal Lee

Juneteenth, 2019. I thought I'd remember the day by re-posting an interview I did last year about this time with Fort Worth's legendary Miss Opal Lee. For years Opal Lee has fought to see Juneteenth [...]

“Dusty Attics”, Episode 15 – Greg Ellis

For more than a decade he fought in the trenches of the NFL, terrorizing quarterbacks across the league. Then he decided to try the world of entertainment. No one can say that Greg Ellis doesn't enjoy a challenge. Although [...]

15 Quick Thoughts After Seeing Captain Marvel

1. I had to explain to my 13-year-old what a pager was. I sounded like I was describing the telegraph. 2. Trailers are when we elbow each other over movies we just have to see and completely forget about later [...]

Reaping What We Sowed: How Talk Radio Crippled America

At one point in the mid-70s, there'd been a rash of UFO sightings. Naturally, the stories captured the headlines. One week a local radio outlet in Dallas-Fort Worth and a sister station in Houston started promoting a special hour late [...]

March 5th, 2019|Categories: News and Commentary, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Those Pants

An old friend sent me a photo the other day. There is no getting around this one. Jack Schell and I worked together at KVIL. He'd demur, but Jack is probably the smartest, most brilliant man I've ever known. He's [...]

The Quiet Man

Television news anchors. A different breed if ever there was one. One I knew would revise the scripts right before every newscast, in order to make sure he always had more on-camera lines than his female partner. Ted Baxter and [...]

Me and Arkansas Jones

Mid 90s. I'd just changed jobs, trying to do a radio talk show at a station I'd just joined. I'd never done a talk show before. Any kind of talk show. I needed to make a splash. Getting good guests [...]

20 Quick Thoughts on the 2019 Oscars

Of course I watched. I do every year. Part of my broadcast training was an emphasis on keeping up with what's going on - so even though I might not have seen but a movie or two all year, I [...]