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Bay Minette native Kirk Jay turned heads on “The Voice” this week.

It’s always feast or famine in the gossip biz. And let’s just say this week my cup overfloweth. So I’m not going to waste your time with a meaningless introductory paragraph. I am just going to go ahead and pour you a glass of this delicious, sweet and intoxicating nectar of the gossip gods.

Enjoy responsibly! Don’t read and drive.

Ten65 a huge hit!

Another Ten65 Music Festival is in the books and what a fantastic weekend it was!

One of Mobile’s biggest musical success stories, Wet Willie, put on an extra long and extra energetic show for their fans, playing all of their greatest hits — “Keep on Smilin’,” “Country Side of Life” and “Everything that ‘Cha Do,” among others. Lead singer Jimmy Hall is always fun to watch as he jumps around the stage.

Afterward, Nashville country star and Mobile native Walker Hayes put on an impressive show, singing a little “90’s Country” and more. Mayor Sandy Stimpson went on stage and proclaimed Oct. 5 as “Walker Hayes Day” in the city of Mobile. Somebody call Hallmark!

On Saturday night, Big Boi brought out a huge crowd, despite a rainstorm that hit during his set.

Mayor Stimpson was spotted taking selfies with the crowd on Friday night and one of Mobile’s finest was spotted dancing on her Segway to the sounds of The Red Clay Strays.

Later all of the bars were packed to see even more great live music.

Thanks to the Jake Peavy Foundation and Gulf Distributing for filling the streets of downtown with thousands of people enjoying great live music.

So long, Bob!

On Saturday night, friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Battleship Pavilion to celebrate the long, distinguished career of WALA FOX 10 anchor Bob Grip. Many of us cannot remember a time when Bob (or WKRG’s Mel Showers) were not on the air. Though he won’t retire for a few more months, the “official” farewells were made last weekend. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a video message to him from D.C. Congressman Bradley Byrne made remarks in person, as did Secretary of State John Merrill. Many other politicos were in attendance. And, of course, all of his co-anchors were there including the current one, Lenise Ligon, as well as former co-anchors, Nancy Pierce and even  Anissa Centers, who made the trip all the way from Texas to celebrate with him. Everyone’s favorite weatherman John Edd Thompson was there too, as was longtime reporter Renee Dials. My spies said it was a fitting send-off for the revered local newsman. Good luck Bob! Things just will not be the same without you!

Bay Minette representin’

Country singer and Bay Minette native Kirk Jay turned all four chairs around on NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night with his rendition of “Bless the Broken Road.” Kirk, who currently resides in Montgomery, secured a spot on “Team Blake” with the always folksy and charming Blake Shelton, whose team has won most seasons.

We’ll be rooting for you, Kirk! Good Luck!

I’m a “Survivor”

In other reality TV news, “Survivor” will be holding auditions for its next season (which I think may be its 50th – or getting close to it!) at OWA on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hopeful contestants will line up and have one minute to state their name to a camera and then why they would be a good contestant for the show. You can get more info on this on OWA’s Facebook page or Good luck!


Well kids, that’s all I got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Bob Grip lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!