MOBY IN THE MORNING
Moby in the Morning
Weekdays, 5am - 10am
The Moby in the Morning Show is a daily companion and a good friend ... laughter, love, sincerity, fun and maybe just a little silliness. Things for Mom and Dad, things for Grandma and Grandpa and even things meant just for the kids. City cousins are certainly welcome, too, in this place where no one is excluded. But, the values of the people in towns of all sizes across this great land will always be in the driver's seat here. It's a place for people who simply want to "get back to their roots" and have a friendly place to turn on the radio dial, regardless of their home addresses.
Moby, President of Atlanta-based Moby Enterprises, Inc. and creator of "The Biggest Small Town in AMERICA" Radio Network, has a 25-year history as the top morning DJ in Dallas, Houston and Atlanta where he was the top-rated morning personality for 10 years. One of the original "shock jocks", Moby worked in Rock and Top 40 before dropping that way-overdone shock persona like a hot potato. He moved to Country in 1991 and found what he calls his "true radio home and real love." The father of Jonah and Grace, Moby now lives in Roswell, Ga., with his wife, Mary Beth.
Born in Crossville, Tenn., Moby got his nickname at the age of 12 and has been known as Moby in the Morning on the radio since 1981. He landed his first radio job at the age of 15 on WCSV AM in Crossville.
Moby attended Belmont College in Nashville with the dream of becoming a high school band director. But radio was under his skin, so he quit school and went back to Crossville where he worked for WAEW for two years. He then started his climb upward by moving to a station in Columbia, Tenn., and finally to Nashville where he worked for two stations, including WAMB, a big band station, where he made $100 a week. Moby moved to the FM band in 1974 at WKDA-FM, which became WKDF, then to WKQB (WLAC FM) in Nashville. His first job outside of Tennessee was at at 98 ROCK in Tampa, Fla.
Moby moved to Houston in 1981, and worked for KSRR-FM (97 Rock) where he had the No. 1 morning show for five years. In 1986 he took his show to KEGL-FM in Dallas for just under two and returned to Houston and KLOL in 1988.
Tired of Rock and the shock jock routine, he moved to a Country station in Atlanta in 1991. Although he loved Country music, this was Moby's first job in country (where he had really always belonged). Within a year, he hosted the top rated country morning show in Atlanta a run that continued for a remarkable 10 years. Five-time winner of Billboard's Major Market Country Morning Show of the Year, Moby was also nominated twice as Major Market Morning Show of the Year by the Country Music Association in addition to being the Academy of Country Music's Major Market DJ of the Year.
His Atlanta-based "Moby in the Morning" show was syndicated by ABC in 30 small towns across the United States in the mid-'90s and, looking back, the idea for his current program was born during that time as he travelled the country and visited with his listeners.
Moby says, "When I traveled to these small towns in Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida and on and on, I was greeted by people standing in line who seemed to feel as though they knew me and came to see me like they were visiting a relative they hadn't seen in way too long.
"Reflecting back on those days and those appearances encouraged me to develop a concept for radio that will provide the backbone of America with the sort of radio show they can appreciate and feel comfortable listening to with their entire family. Because of my diverse background, I know what touches these people, what moves them, what makes them laugh and what will bring them back every day ... a unique, innovative radio show designed for the millions of listeners in small towns of all sizes all across America."
Aired on: 20-May-13
Every four years, on our television screen,
The commercials start blarin', asking us why can't we see?
The other guy is evil; he's the one to take the blame,
And if you disagree with me, then you must be insane.
The socialists are coming, if you ask ole grandpa Joe,
While the ridh are getting richer, if you ask his grandson Bo.
The truth is the war is over, and the people haven't won.
It's the people we've elected holding up the smoking gun.
They tell you that we're all to blame and hold up your equal share,
But when it comes to their turn, the buck stops over there.
We're all drinking Kool-Aid, but we're running out of time,
Believing that this is everybody's fault but mine.
Ernie Lujan, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantlingthe United States just yet.