05 July 2003


Happy 4th, everyone!

Today was a busy day for the station. Every year on Independence Day, WTVM throws a HUGE bash for the cities of Phenix City, AL and Columbus, GA called "Thunder on the Hooch".

Needless to say, since it is a free event that lasts all day, every Tom, Dick, and "Hairy" comes out of the woodwork to attend this enormous gala. Last year, the estimate hit around 40,000 people. This year, thanks to Jeff Carson, the high profile headliner for the "God and Country Celebration" at the Phenix City Amphitheater, we're looking at 50,000.

The event is always the biggest of the year, and the public eats it up. It's great to celebrate with all those people, but always makes for a long day.

However, some funny things happened @ this Thunder:

1. One of my co-workers asked me if I had a girlfriend today. Look out, KO, looks like there's some competition in the ranks!
Laughingly, I informed her that I did, and she works at the station as well, to which 2 plus 2 was finally solved.
To be honest, she was asking so she could set me up with a friend of hers, to which I promptly forgot all about the previous sentence.

If you ask me, I think she was asking for herself. Sure, her husband was standing a foot away, but I can read between the lines.

2. I got to judge the All-American Apple Pie Baking Contest. Twist my arm! I cannot believe that they had trouble finding someone, anyone who wouldn't eat FREE pie.

At any rate, the best pie was basically a unanimous selection, and I got my fill from the other "worthy" contestants.

3. The Great American Duck Race showed some minor "quacks" in the armor, but eventually worked itself out.

4. Finally, I had a 20 minute discussion with a backwoods man who was peeved because he sent 2 letters to my GM asking for a station coffee mug to which he never received a response. Seriously. So I told him that I would relay his complaint to the GM and finally wiggled my way out of the conversation. I might've still been there, had I not thought quickly.

Plus, to top it off, He remarked how much he enjoyed watching KO. Enough to send shivers up my spine.

All in all, a good day was had by all. I got a t-shirt and a sweet WTVM "Greg Norman" straw fedora to wear all day.

I looked like a friggin' golfer all day, though I love the hat. Anyone care to hit the links?

PS I think I heard that @#R#@% Lee Greenwood song 465 times today.

Color me unpatriotic, but I can't stand that song. Am I alone here? Why do I need this song, or an idiotic Toby Keith redneck song to tell me I love this country?

Toby Keith. Spreading his redneck, Muslim hate seed across the US all summer long.
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