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  • Together Again

    Together Again

    Thursday, January 16 2014 4:44 PM EST2014-01-16 21:44:32 GMT
    Gene and Pauliena West are together again...... I’ve lived in Alabama a lot longer than I lived in my hometown of Clay City, Indiana. But, it’s still my hometown, my Dad still lives there and I get back a few times a year. Once in a while you need to walk around on some black Eel River bottom farm land. Enough time has passed that too often I see obituaries in the local paper that bring back good memories and of...
    Gene and Pauliena West are together again...... I’ve lived in Alabama a lot longer than I lived in my hometown of Clay City, Indiana. But, it’s still my hometown, my Dad still lives there and I get back a few times a year. Once in a while you need to walk around on some black Eel River bottom farm land. Enough time has passed that too often I see obituaries in the local paper that bring back good memories and of...
  • Reporting 101

    Reporting 101

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-04-17 20:10:55 GMT
    Reporting 101 It's so easy to watch news coverage from the sideline and criticize, but in the aftermath Monday's explosions in Boston there is some great and not-so-great reporting out there. I
    Reporting 101 It's so easy to watch news coverage from the sideline and criticize, but in the aftermath Monday's explosions in Boston there is some great and not-so-great reporting out there. I
  • I beat Jeter there by at least 5 years

    I beat Jeter there by at least 5 years

      A friend of mine gave me some sound advice.   He said, "Don't ever go to the Baseball Hall of Fame with anyone who doesn't want to go."   I understand that now.  ...
      A friend of mine gave me some sound advice.   He said, "Don't ever go to the Baseball Hall of Fame with anyone who doesn't want to go."   I understand that now.   I've...
  • It wasn't personal

    It wasn't personal

      It's not you, it's me...... I've been remiss and just downright neglectful in not posting here lately, but I've been a little busy with these two guys.  I'm now the shortest guy in my house as both...
      It's not you, it's me...... I've been remiss and just downright neglectful in not posting here lately, but I've been a little busy with these two guys.  I'm now the shortest guy in my house as both of these...
  • Mike Royer's blog: Need cheering Up? Call a few old friends

    Mike Royer's blog: Need cheering Up? Call a few old friends

    I called Maggie and got her answering machine.   Maggie can make you smile just with the message you hear when you call.   When she calls you, after she tells you what she wants to tell you she...
    I called Maggie and got her answering machine.   Maggie can make you smile just with the message you hear when you call.   When she calls you, after she tells you what she wants to tell you she signs off...
  • Mike's Blog: Sperry Snow, a very good man remembered

    Mike's Blog: Sperry Snow, a very good man remembered

    Mike Royer remembers a Birmingham businessman and personal friend, Sperry Snow.
    Mike Royer remembers a Birmingham businessman and personal friend, Sperry Snow.
  • Mike's Blog: "and be sure and pray for Ann Curry"

    Mike's Blog: "and be sure and pray for Ann Curry"

    At bedtime Jack asked if we could add Ann Curry to our prayer list.  He'd seen her on the Today Show each morning and in his 5 year old brain he felt compelled to pray for Ann Curry - we did for many nights.
    At bedtime Jack asked if we could add Ann Curry to our prayer list.  He'd seen her on the Today Show each morning and in his 5 year old brain he felt compelled to pray for Ann Curry - we did for many nights.
  • Mike's Blog: Frank Jones sang again Sunday

    Mike's Blog: Frank Jones sang again Sunday

    Mike Royer chronicles one family's tragedy following the deadly tornado that struck Concord.
    Mike Royer chronicles one family's tragedy following the deadly tornado that struck Concord.
  • Mike's Blog: With all due respect to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    Mike's Blog: With all due respect to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    INDY racing in Alabama is a great time.  Take it from someone who's been to the INDY 500 a dozen times.  Alabama does it right.
    INDY racing in Alabama is a great time.  Take it from someone who's been to the INDY 500 a dozen times.  Alabama does it right.
  • Mike's Blog: Yella Fella, really is a hero after all

    Mike's Blog: Yella Fella, really is a hero after all

    Jimmy Rane is a hard working man that loves, his family, state, neighbors, and believes strongly in helping others.
    Jimmy Rane is a hard working man that loves, his family, state, neighbors, and believes strongly in helping others.
  • Mike Royer: Take time make happiness

    Mike Royer: Take time make happiness

    I've just always thought that your happiness is up to you, sort of your own business.   If you're not happy, then do something about it, change something.  But, my wife and other good people...
    I've just always thought that your happiness is up to you, sort of your own business.   If you're not happy, then do something about it, change something.  But, my wife and other good people I know...
  • Mike Royer: I hope you had a good day too

    Mike Royer: I hope you had a good day too

    It was a pleasant surprise to see an old friend after the meeting.  83 year old Robert C. Weaver is a good and kind man, and one of the best known merchants and philanthropist in the Talladega area.
    It was a pleasant surprise to see an old friend after the meeting.  83 year old Robert C. Weaver is a good and kind man, and one of the best known merchants and philanthropist in the Talladega area.
  • Mike's Blog: A party I wish I could have attended

    Mike's Blog: A party I wish I could have attended

    Mike Royer talks about his experience interviewing Demetrius C. Newton, an important civil rights crusader.
    Mike Royer talks about his experience interviewing Demetrius C. Newton, an important civil rights crusader.
  • 150 M.P.H. is a great way to start a fall vacation

    150 M.P.H. is a great way to start a fall vacation

    A son always remembers the best time he spent with his father.  I think my kids will remember the day they went 150 M.P.H.
    A son always remembers the best time he spent with his father.  I think my kids will remember the day they went 150 M.P.H.
  • I've never been more proud

    I've never been more proud

    Oh sure, winning a prestigious award is nice….being named the best at something you do is a huge honor. But, today I caught a glimpse of the mountaintop. Today, I did something I’ve never done before.
    Oh sure, winning a prestigious award is nice….being named the best at something you do is a huge honor. But, today I caught a glimpse of the mountaintop. Today, I did something I’ve never done before.
  • Thanks for the memories, George

    Thanks for the memories, George

    $10 Million Looks like A Bargain NowGeorge Steinbrenner died today. He turned 80 years old a couple weeks ago on the 4th of July. Some didn’t like George Steinbrenner much -- I did. Was he a saint, absolutely...
    $10 Million Looks like A Bargain NowGeorge Steinbrenner died today. He turned 80 years old a couple weeks ago on the 4th of July. Some didn’t like George Steinbrenner much -- I did. Was he a saint, absolutely not, are...
  • Maybe every day should be Flag Day

    Maybe every day should be Flag Day

    Flag Day is June 14th and Independence Day is just around the corner too. So, it seemed like a good time to do a story about Flag etiquette. Too often the flag is displayed incorrectly and its image is placed...
    Flag Day is June 14th and Independence Day is just around the corner too. So, it seemed like a good time to do a story about Flag etiquette. Too often the flag is displayed incorrectly and its image is placed inappropriately...
  • I'm an Easy Fan to Win Over

    I'm an Easy Fan to Win Over

    I'm a Yankee fan....an Indy car fan.....and now a Will Power fan, here's why.
    I'm a Yankee fan....an Indy car fan.....and now a Will Power fan, here's why.
  • What Me and You Gonna Do Tomorrow Pop?

    What Me and You Gonna Do Tomorrow Pop?

    Head Coach Gene Stallings may be retired from football, but he's still a very busy man. He beloved son John Mark Stallings died in August of 2008 and Coach Stallings works to raise money to support people, especially...
    Head Coach Gene Stallings may be retired from football, but he's still a very busy man. He beloved son John Mark Stallings died in August of 2008 and Coach Stallings works to raise money to support people, especially...
  • Good customer service pays off

    Good customer service pays off

    I think it was around 1963 when I first subscribed to Sports Illustrated. I was so excited because it was the first time something started coming in the mail that was addressed to me.
    I think it was around 1963 when I first subscribed to Sports Illustrated. I was so excited because it was the first time something started coming in the mail that was addressed to me.
  • Not the speech we expected

    Not the speech we expected

    I’m occasionally invited to emcee events. It’s not my favorite job, and I don’t think I’m actually that good at it. But, for some reason people think that if you talk for living, you’d...
    I’m occasionally invited to emcee events. It’s not my favorite job, and I don’t think I’m actually that good at it. But, for some reason people think that if you talk for living, you’d probably...
  • By this time tomorrow ... Mike Royer predicts Alabama-Texas outcome

    By this time tomorrow ... Mike Royer predicts Alabama-Texas outcome

    By this time tomorrow... we’ll know who the new champion of college football is.
    By this time tomorrow... we’ll know who the new champion of college football is.
  • "Whoopsie"

    "Whoopsie"

    Barbara Williams is 75 years old. She’s been retired from teaching school here in Birmingham for more than two decades. These days, she’s busy with church and friends, but on Mondays she comes to the...
    Barbara Williams is 75 years old. She’s been retired from teaching school here in Birmingham for more than two decades. These days, she’s busy with church and friends, but on Mondays she comes to the local Meals...
  • They invited the wrong speaker today

    They invited the wrong speaker today

    This morning when I looked at my day planner, it looked like just another speaking engagement that has been on my calendar for a couple of months: 11:30 a.m., a lunch meeting of senior adult men at Mount Royal...
    This morning when I looked at my day planner, it looked like just another speaking engagement that has been on my calendar for a couple of months: 11:30 a.m., a lunch meeting of senior adult men at Mount Royal Towers, a...
  • Jay Leno: Funny and wise

    Jay Leno: Funny and wise

    I talked to Jay Leno the other day. That sort of sounds like we’re pals and I can pick up the phone and chat with my buddy Jay.
    I talked to Jay Leno the other day. That sort of sounds like we’re pals and I can pick up the phone and chat with my buddy Jay.
  • Mal Moore's hometown: Dozier, Alabama, Population 391

    Mal Moore's hometown: Dozier, Alabama, Population 391

    I’m going to Tuscaloosa tomorrow to interview Coach Moore. It’s sort of a special time in his career. It was 50 years ago that a pretty good football coach name Bryant recruited Mal Moore to come up to...
    I’m going to Tuscaloosa tomorrow to interview Coach Moore. It’s sort of a special time in his career. It was 50 years ago that a pretty good football coach name Bryant recruited Mal Moore to come up to Tuscaloosa...
  • Wonder if Grandma Royer was right?

    Wonder if Grandma Royer was right?

    July 20, 1969 is a date most of us who were old enough to reach the TV power switch will remember for as long as we remember anything.
    July 20, 1969 is a date most of us who were old enough to reach the TV power switch will remember for as long as we remember anything.
  • Buy one ... get one free

    Buy one ... get one free

    Read on for tales from the 3rd Annual Royer Boys 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
    Read on for tales from the 3rd Annual Royer Boys 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
  • In case you hadn't heard...

    In case you hadn't heard...

    It would be a challenge for the network and cable news outlets to fit this in amidst all the coverage of celebrity deaths this past week, but I though you would want to know that Sgt. Ricky D. Jones of Plantersville,...
    It would be a challenge for the network and cable news outlets to fit this in amidst all the coverage of celebrity deaths this past week, but I though you would want to know that Sgt. Ricky D. Jones of Plantersville, Ala....
  • Want to hear a dirty joke?

    Want to hear a dirty joke?

    There were only two barbershops in Clay City when I was a boy. Two were plenty.
    There were only two barbershops in Clay City when I was a boy. Two were plenty.
  • Life Lessons from Charlie the Caterpillar

    Life Lessons from Charlie the Caterpillar

    Charlie the Caterpillar didn’t know he was ugly until a bunch of people told him he was.
    Charlie the Caterpillar didn’t know he was ugly until a bunch of people told him he was.
  • When Nice Guys Finish First

    When Nice Guys Finish First

    I just found out this week that one of my all-time favorite people is going to receive a wonderful honor that he richly deserves.
    I just found out this week that one of my all-time favorite people is going to receive a wonderful honor that he richly deserves.
  • You Fixed What?

    You Fixed What?

    My 11-year-old is very cute and he knows it. In fact, he has become a master of using his cuteness to get in good with us when he needs to and using some to get out of trouble. But, he’s still cute and is going...
    My 11-year-old is very cute and he knows it. In fact, he has become a master of using his cuteness to get in good with us when he needs to and using some to get out of trouble. But, he’s still cute and is going to ride...
  • Reasonable Expectations

    Reasonable Expectations

    30 minutes out of jury deliberations with 11 other citizens made me look at a garden hose in a different way. Reasonable expectations -- I learned about those this week.
    30 minutes out of jury deliberations with 11 other citizens made me look at a garden hose in a different way. Reasonable expectations -- I learned about those this week.
  • As Silly As You Want To Be

    As Silly As You Want To Be

    I’m told that children under the age of 5 laugh about 300 times a day. As we get old we laugh less, which is sad isn’t it? Most adults, on average, laugh about 10 times a day, and that’s on a good...
    I’m told that children under the age of 5 laugh about 300 times a day. As we get old we laugh less, which is sad isn’t it? Most adults, on average, laugh about 10 times a day, and that’s on a good day.
  • I've never had a dog this long

    I've never had a dog this long

    My dog Jessie is a good dog. When I pull in the driveway, my wife says, “Dad’s home," and Jessie comes running to the door and as soon as I open the door she’s all over me wanting me to pet her and...
    My dog Jessie is a good dog. When I pull in the driveway, my wife says, “Dad’s home," and Jessie comes running to the door and as soon as I open the door she’s all over me wanting me to pet her and let her...
  • Good friends are priceless and free

    Good friends are priceless and free

    I’ve been reminded recently of the best medicine I know of to deal with day-to-day stress and the onslaught of bad news. The market can fall like a rock, but my friends will be my friends.
    I’ve been reminded recently of the best medicine I know of to deal with day-to-day stress and the onslaught of bad news. The market can fall like a rock, but my friends will be my friends.
  • Need some ice cubes?

    Need some ice cubes?

    Grandma Royer’s birthday is coming up soon. I have a picture of her here on my desk at home and her smile always brings back great memories of her; from time to time the picture reminds me of one of my favorite...
    Grandma Royer’s birthday is coming up soon. I have a picture of her here on my desk at home and her smile always brings back great memories of her; from time to time the picture reminds me of one of my favorite Grandma...
  • I'm just all a"twitter" ...so I better practice

    I'm just all a"twitter" ...so I better practice

    As you get older, and figure you know just about everything, you get a little excited when given the opportunity to learn a brand-new thing. That happened this week when Kristen, the very talented person who heads up...
    As you get older, and figure you know just about everything, you get a little excited when given the opportunity to learn a brand-new thing. That happened this week when Kristen, the very talented person who heads up our Web...
  • Just call me Mr. Positive in the New Year

    Just call me Mr. Positive in the New Year

    2009 is going to be a great year, I just know it. I’m not too big on New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve sort of made one for myself and I’ll see how long I can stick to it.
    2009 is going to be a great year, I just know it. I’m not too big on New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve sort of made one for myself and I’ll see how long I can stick to it.
  • We respect our Presidents ... no matter who they are

    We respect our Presidents ... no matter who they are

    Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi gave the world a look at the ugly side of freedom when President Bush visited the Green Zone in Baghdad this week. Freedom allows dissent and allows for protest, even loud and ugly...
    Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi gave the world a look at the ugly side of freedom when President Bush visited the Green Zone in Baghdad this week. Freedom allows dissent and allows for protest, even loud and ugly protest....
  • Scattered and smothered, Sweetie

    Scattered and smothered, Sweetie

    One of my favorite columns by Lewis Grizzard was about Waffle House. I thought of him this weekend when my boys and I bellied up to counter at the Waffle House closest to us. Much of what Lewis wrote came back to me...
    One of my favorite columns by Lewis Grizzard was about Waffle House. I thought of him this weekend when my boys and I bellied up to counter at the Waffle House closest to us. Much of what Lewis wrote came back to me during...
  • I'm going to write something nice and sweet

    I'm going to write something nice and sweet

    I wouldn’t call it writer’s block but rather writer’s funk. I’ve not been able to finish more than a paragraph or two in this space since late October. It’s not like homework; I’m...
    I wouldn’t call it writer’s block but rather writer’s funk. I’ve not been able to finish more than a paragraph or two in this space since late October. It’s not like homework; I’m not...
  • Undecided? Really.

    Undecided? Really.

    I like to think I’m pretty open-minded. I also like to think there’s a Santa Claus and an Easter Bunny and that life is fair. But, here’s what I don’t understand: Our nation’s...
    I like to think I’m pretty open-minded. I also like to think there’s a Santa Claus and an Easter Bunny and that life is fair. But, here’s what I don’t understand: Our nation’s presidential...
  • We Sang "Happy Birthday" After All

    We Sang "Happy Birthday" After All

    You might think it odd for a bunch of people to sing Happy Birthday at a graveside service, but we did just that today.
    You might think it odd for a bunch of people to sing Happy Birthday at a graveside service, but we did just that today.
  • A Little Pork To Make The Emergency Go Away

    A Little Pork To Make The Emergency Go Away

    Thank goodness our elected congressmen and senators know an emergency when they see one. Our Senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, along with Congressman Robert Aderholt voted against the $700 billion bailout...
    Thank goodness our elected congressmen and senators know an emergency when they see one. Our Senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, along with Congressman Robert Aderholt voted against the $700 billion bailout last...
  • He's My Oldest Friend

    He's My Oldest Friend

    My oldest friend Emil Lang isn’t doing very well tonight and he’s heavy on my mind. If you’re the type person that starts or ends the day saying a prayer, I’d sure appreciate you adding Emil...
    My oldest friend Emil Lang isn’t doing very well tonight and he’s heavy on my mind. If you’re the type person that starts or ends the day saying a prayer, I’d sure appreciate you adding Emil to your...
  • A Mansion Just Over The Hilltop

    A Mansion Just Over The Hilltop

    It’s a song we used to sing at the Good Hope Baptist Church in Clay City. It went something like, “I’ve got a mansion, just over the hilltop, in that bright land where we’re never grow...
    It’s a song we used to sing at the Good Hope Baptist Church in Clay City. It went something like, “I’ve got a mansion, just over the hilltop, in that bright land where we’re never grow old.”
  • Mad I Missed Cousin Cliff's Funeral

    Mad I Missed Cousin Cliff's Funeral

    I’m sort of sorry I was out of town because I missed the funeral of my friend Cousin Cliff.
    I’m sort of sorry I was out of town because I missed the funeral of my friend Cousin Cliff.
  • Maybe It's Just Me...

    Maybe It's Just Me...

    Do we really need television reporters or anchors or meteorologists standing in the wind and driving rain as a hurricane approaches landfall?
    Do we really need television reporters or anchors or meteorologists standing in the wind and driving rain as a hurricane approaches landfall?
  • How Do You Treat A 105-Year-Old?

    How Do You Treat A 105-Year-Old?

    All of Emil Lang’s friends, and there are many of us, are looking forward to October and his birthday. Our friend will turn 106.
    All of Emil Lang’s friends, and there are many of us, are looking forward to October and his birthday. Our friend will turn 106.
  • When It's The Most Fun

    When It's The Most Fun

    I’ve worked in television for 33 years, 29 of them here in Birmingham. It’s always been generally fun.
    I’ve worked in television for 33 years, 29 of them here in Birmingham. It’s always been generally fun.
  • You Say It Your Way............ I'll Say It Mine!

    You Say It Your Way............ I'll Say It Mine!

    Sometimes there are absolute rules on word pronunciation.......sometimes the majority rules.
    Sometimes there are absolute rules on word pronunciation.......sometimes the majority rules.
  • This May Help...

    This May Help...

    Tony Snow died last Saturday. I didn’t know him, but feel I did.
    Tony Snow died last Saturday. I didn’t know him, but feel I did.
  • A Day With WWII Vets On The Honor Flight

    A Day With WWII Vets On The Honor Flight

    I spend the day Wednesday with 35 veterans of that last world war, and spending the day with them was my honor.
    I spend the day Wednesday with 35 veterans of that last world war, and spending the day with them was my honor.
  • When You Pray..............Be Specific!

    When You Pray..............Be Specific!

    Lessons in praying, 45 years apart.
    Lessons in praying, 45 years apart.
  • A New Home for NBC13.com

    A New Home for NBC13.com

    It's a new web site look but familiar faces are still here.
    It's a new web site look but familiar faces are still here.
  • Should We Bail Out Stupid?

    Should We Bail Out Stupid?

    I’ve learned most of life’s lessons the hard way, always have.
    I’ve learned most of life’s lessons the hard way, always have.
  • All they Know How To Do

    All they Know How To Do

    It’s 468 miles from my house to my Dad’s house in Clay City, Indiana.
    It’s 468 miles from my house to my Dad’s house in Clay City, Indiana.
  • Optimism And The Fuel Crisis

    Optimism And The Fuel Crisis

    It’s beginning to affect nearly every part of our lives.
    It’s beginning to affect nearly every part of our lives.
  • I Saw Ted Kennedy Part The Clouds

    I Saw Ted Kennedy Part The Clouds

    My dad is one of my three heroes.
    My dad is one of my three heroes.
  • I'll Send You a Bill... You Just Pay It

    I'll Send You a Bill... You Just Pay It

    A couple quick items before I get to my point. I set a new personal record in the area of gas purchases today.
    A couple quick items before I get to my point. I set a new personal record in the area of gas purchases today.
  • Miss Cora And Reggie

    Miss Cora And Reggie

    She’s got spunk, Cora Kitson does. She had to be tough to deal with everything she’s dealt with in her 88 years.
    She’s got spunk, Cora Kitson does. She had to be tough to deal with everything she’s dealt with in her 88 years.
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