Author: Rob Holbert

The Sound and the fury

The Mississippi Sound was uncharacteristically angry when I visited my parents last weekend. The shallow, muddy body of water I grew up on definitely spends more time smooth as a polished diamond than it does imitating its bigger, deeper and more intimidating relatives. But this past weekend it was as worked up as I’ve ever seen it without a named storm pushing the issue. Honestly, I would rather have had crystal-blue skies and skillet-flat water broken only by redfish tails and shrimp than the 40-mph maelstrom and banging surf, but bad weather is definitely the better show. My son,...

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Stations swap frequencies

Fans of WERM-AM and WABF-AM may have done a little head-scratching recently when the two Eternity Media-owned stations swapped spots on the radio dial. Gospel station WERM has held 1480 on the dial for years, while WABF was at 1220. Station ownership decided recently to swap the stations’ places on the dial, giving a big boost in reach to one and scaling the other back. WABF is now broadcast on a 5,000-watt frequency, while WERM moves to the 1,000-watt position at 1220. The result obviously means more coverage for one station and less for the other. “To better serve...

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Epilogue for ‘Scandal of the Century’ players

The kids are getting a little older now and have started to show interest in college and where they’ll go and study, etc. As we were talking about that the other night I figured it might be a good time to show them a classic college movie that best represents my memories of getting an education. By the end of “Animal House,” my son was extremely excited about college. My daughter, however, said she might change plans and become a long-haul trucker. I support her decision. Anyway, I’d forgotten about the neat part at the end of this particular movie where we find out what happens to each character later in life — known as the epilogue. I’ve always loved movie epilogues. It’s kind of comforting to know your favorite characters turned out OK, or that the bad guys eventually fell into a meat grinder. The problem with real-life dramas, of course, is we have to wait years and years to know exactly how things turned out for our favorite cast of characters and, frankly, by then we seldom care. The Luv Guv debacle is a great example of this. The scandal is still hot, and I know a lot of people have questions about what’s going to happen to the central characters in America’s most nauseating political scandal. So I’ve taken the liberty of writing epilogues for the...

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Ivey moves to break up slimy Bentley-Strange alliance

Even the best-laid plans of mice and giant men can run aground. At least that seems to be the lesson we can take from newly minted Gov. Kay Ivey’s decision to shorten the timeline on “Big Luther” Strange’s election for the senate seat he swiped. The Luv Guv and Big Luther seem to have had it all worked out — Luther diddled around on investigating Gov. Bentley, then Bentley gave Luther the United States Senate seat he coveted and set an election date far enough away to theoretically give Strange a leg up on retaining the seat. But Gov....

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Kelly Jones joins FMTALK’s morning show

Fans of FMTALK 106.5’s “Mobile Mornings” show started hearing a familiar voice delivering the news at the beginning of this week. Kelly Jones, who served as a morning anchor at WPMI-TV until last September, has joined the ranks of one of Mobile’s most popular radio talk shows. She joins hosts Sean Sullivan and Dalton Orwig weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. “I’m doing news and headlines in the mornings. It’s my first week and I’m loving it!” Jones said. She says her job is to bring a news component to the program, pulling trending stories from the...

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