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On the Radio, Day 1


This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's first year. Historian Ed Ayers, president of the University of Richmond, shared his thoughts on the war and its legacy in Richmond in this week's cover story (click here). I continued that discussion with him Monday morning when I filled in for Jimmy Barrett as guest host on “Richmond's Morning News,” on 1140-AM WRVA. Click here to hear Ayers' thoughts on Richmond's opportunities in the Civil War's anniversary.

If you tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday for the ads as well as the game, you'll want to hear what John Norman had to say about the winners and losers. Norman is the new chief creative officer of the Martin Agency, and helped create one of the Super Bowl's most acclaimed commercials, Coke's “Happiness Factory” (watch it below).

And Marcus Messner of the VCU School of Mass Communications discussed the journalist assaults and media lockout during the riots in Egypt. (Speaking of, Messner is set to moderate a discussion with CNN's Anderson Cooper at the Richmond Forum on Feb. 19-20. I'm giving away two tickets to the Sunday matinee on the 20th to a lucky reader of The Scoop, my weekly e-mail newsletter.

Tomorrow is my second day filling in on WRVA's morning news show (1140-AM) and we'll be discussing synthetic marijuana, economic segregation in Richmond Public Schools and the hottest arts events coming up this season. Plus, the woman at the center of the City Hall sexual harrassement controversy, Jennifer Walle will stop by for an interview. That along with the latest local news, traffic, weather, sports and more, from 5-9 a.m.

You can hear it at 1140-AM, or streaming live over the Internet at Or, if you have the iHeartRadio app, you can tune in using your iPhone.