My favorite activity as a child was to sit on the porch at my home at 5152 Franklin Ave. in New Orleans. When I was around six-years-old with my brother we would call out the make of the car and the year as they passed our house. For some odd reason we had a knack for knowing exactly what type of car it was and the year. I have a twin-brother Joe and a sister, LeeAnn, who was 10-years-old older. I was the last one to be born. My brother is 16 minutes older. I began whistling at the age of 5 and never did stop. My dad would be watching the old “Mitch Miller Show” and I would whistle to the songs. My dad would tell me to stop, but I didn't. I kept it up and to this day I continue to whistle to songs on the radio. When I was a little kid growing up I wanted to be a policeman so I could help people. While I didn't become a policeman, in many ways I have helped people through my stories.
B.) Al Showers
When he was a child he wanted to be a record engineer, producing music for a record company. He was born in South Carolina on Shaw Air Force Base and attended schools in Canada, Guam and several all over the U.S. He joined the WLOX team in 1983. Before the position he has now he was a producer for news shows. This middle child has two older sisters and a younger brother. His uncle is the evening news anchor at WKRG in Mobile.
C.) Carrie Duncan
She's a self proclaimed open book. As a child she was considered a tom boy and extremely talkative. She graduated with her undergrad in just three and a half years. She's been at WLOX since September of 2002.
D.) Charisse Gibson
She's the oldest of three and grew up in New Orleans. As a child she danced, acted in plays and loves crawfish. Her mother said she has the "gift of gab" something she said she inherited from her father. This animal lover spends much of her time with her beloved Chihuahua-Yorkie mix named Joey. She loves to cook and is a “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) person.
E.) Danielle Thomas
She started in the broadcast business as sports reporter while still in college. She was a cheerleader in high school and spent much of her childhood in San Diego. She moved to South Mississippi as a teen with her mother. You can catch this singer-songwriter at most open mic nights on the coast. She speaks Spanish fluently and spent a semester living with a family in Mexico.
F.) David Elliott
He grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the second oldest out of five children and played just about every sport. He followed in his father's footsteps and pursued a career in broadcasting. His parents always said he would become president of the United States. This golf bum can be found hitting the golf balls on his days off. He’s a prolific reader, who just got into reading on a Kindle.
G.) Dave Vincent
Growing up on a farm in Frederick Town, Missouri was a lot of fun for this journalist. As a child he always wanted to be a veterinarian. He is very active. He's run several marathons and enjoys eating healthy and growing vegetables in his garden in his back yard. He started at WLOX in 1977 as a reporter and was the fourth child out of five children.
H.) Doug Walker
He grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. As a child he wanted to be a fireman and was the middle child out of three. He was popular in school. A memorable moment was when he role played characters from the 1960s TV show "The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ". Since he was blonde he played Illya Kuryakin. He enjoys the outdoors and likes to go to Horn Island and fish. His favorite rock band is the Beatles. “My favorite part of my job is that every day is different. Different people and different stories,” he said.
I.) Hannah Moseley
Only 4-years-old in this picture, she’s a native from Greenville, South Carolina. She’s one of five children. As a child she was considered a huge tom boy. She played every sport and pretty much lived outside bare foot. If she wasn't playing ball you could find her in a tree. Growing up, she always wanted to be a lawyer. She was incredibly shy in school, but was voted most valuable player (MVP) of her basketball and soccer teams every year. In college she played club soccer. She’s always looked up to soccer player Mia Hamm. Her favorite band was N-Sync. In college she looked up to Katie Couric and admires her drive. She often got in trouble for cutting her own hair. Her favorite food growing up was peaches and still is.
J.) Jeff Lawson
The youngest of two boys, this broadcaster grew up in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. As a child he was into the cartoon “Flint Stones”. He played baseball throughout his childhood and played one year in college. His position was pitcher and first base, left handed. His dream was to be a professional baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most people he knows in Pittsburgh still call him by his nickname Bird because he ate like a bird.
K.) Karen Abernathy
She grew up in Okinawa, Japan. In this picture she’s about 3 ½ years old and reading a book . She was the youngest out of two girls. She traveled all over the world with her military family. Her father was an army officer. She lived in more than 10 states and spent a lot of time in Malawi and Ethiopia. This animal lover has rescued dogs since she was a child. She grew up riding horses and showed horses competitively, winning numerous English and Western riding events. Her favorite TV show was "My Three Sons". She became a vegetarian when she was 10 because of her love for animals. She always thought she wanted to be a veterinarian, but found herself in broadcast. One of her most embarrassing moments in her teen years was when she took part in a high school pageant. The mc was former Redskins football player Joe Theismann. He asked her, “If you had a daughter, what would be her advice to her?” After an excruciatingly long pause she replied, “I would tell her to be herself.”
L.) Meggan Gray
Her favorite activity was make believe. “I would stand up on a stump in my front yard and pretend I was in a magical forest for hours. I was also infatuated with unicorns and the number two,” she said. She’s the youngest of two girls. Her sister is six years older. “I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I grew up. I wanted to fly an F18,” she added.
M.) Michelle Lady
She's the oldest of two girls and was born in Gulfport and grew up in Bay St. Louis. Both her grandparents and parents are Chicago natives and moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to run a family business. No matter which restaurant she went to as a child she always ordered grilled cheeses. Before pursuing a career in journalism she wanted to be a lawyer, but changed her mind during the last semester of her undergrad year in college.
N.) Mike Reader
He's the one holding his baby sister Cheryl. He was the middle child out of six and grew up along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. When this on-air personality was a child he wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force. Throughout high school he was considered an outsider. His first job was cutting grass. His favorite cartoon was "Captain Kangaroo". A high school English teacher is credited with being the biggest influence in his life, "I was joking around in high school. And one day my English teacher Ms. Ridgewell said, ‘I'm gonna make something out of you’. And ever since then she stayed on me," he said.
O.) Patrice Clark
Ever since she was a kid she wanted to be on television. Public speaking was a favorite past time for her. Her mother signed her up in several church plays, helping her to develop as a speaker. She’s the youngest of two children and grew up in New Orleans. Two of her idols were Oprah Winfrey and her mother. “I was always getting into trouble for talking and joking in class,” she said. “I always felt like I needed to say something. I was the mouth of the South. A big jokester.” Because she was such a big fan of Oprah, she got in trouble in high school when she super glued pictures of Oprah on her locker. “I thought it would give me motivation. But instead it got me suspended,” she added. Her favorite band in school was Destiny’s Child. "If I wasn’t a reporter I’d want to be a background singer or teacher. I struggled with my weight. My first big goal was to lose weight," she said.
P.) Rebecca Powers
This New Orleans native is the youngest of six children. She did very well in school, but always got in trouble for talking. Now she gets paid to talk. She credits her crooked bangs to her father. “He would line the six children up and give them all the same hair cut. I was called Casper and White Roach because I was so pale,” she said. She got her first Beatles album the year this kindergarten picture was taken and has loved music and Paul McCartney ever since.
Q.) Rhonda Weidner
This picture was taken when she was just four-years-old. She grew up in New Orleans. She was an only child, but sometimes considered the 10th child because her godparents had nine children and she often stayed with them. She's always loved the camera and knew in high school that she wanted to go into broadcast. In college she waited tables and worked as an intern at WDSU. She was into music and theater and her favorite genre of music is country.
R.) Ryan Beasely
He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He's the youngest of two children and loved the shows “Power Rangers” and "Ninja Turtles”. During his childhood years he played Legos. He was a baseball pitcher and catcher throughout high school. He was voted “Best personality” by his classmates. He’s a big outdoorsman and loves to fish and camp. In addition to the outdoors, he enjoys all water sports, tubing and jetsking. He’s wanted to do the job he’s doing now since he was 8-years-old.
S.) Steve Phillips
This picture was taken when he was around 2 ½ years old. This on air personality enjoyed football. His favorite cartoons were "Bugs Bunny" and "Captain Kangaroo". At an early age he had dreams of becoming an astronaut. He grew up just outside Peoria, Illinois.
T.) Terrance Friday
This only child, grew up in the northern state of Minnesota. He used to race home after school every day to watch the “Power Rangers” and wanted to be one when he grew up. He considers himself a momma's boy and used to sit in front of a large mirror in his room practicing different accents each day. He was voted “Best dressed” in Ms. Hartsig's third grade class. During fourth grade, his teacher Ms. Roxanne Wills assigned him to current events. That's why, he said, he made the decision to go into news.
U.) Tommy Richards
He’s three-years-old in this picture. As a child he was always playing outside with his dog Tang. He and the dog were big buddies. He was voted “Most energetic” in junior high and high school. He took speech and was actually in radio before he graduated high school. He is the youngest of five children. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama and moved to Mobile, Alabama when he was 7-years-old. He graduated from Murphy High School. People always told him he would get attention with whatever he did. When he was in 7th grade he wanted to be an actor and was always told to work on slowing down because he was used to talking too fast. While in junior college at Faulkner State he worked in radio. His favorite thing to do is listening to his siblings talk about their childhood. “When our family gets together and they talk about the good ole days, hearing my siblings stories are my favorite thing,” he said.
V.) Trang Pham Bui
She's the second oldest out of seven kids and grew up in Vietnam. After moving to the United States she loved to play basketball and softball. She has been in front of the camera since she was a baby because her father was a photographer; she never knew she would end up in front of the camera as an adult. She was considered a nerd in high school and always fell asleep while she ate. She often sucked on her food and tugged on her ear while eating. Her teeth were so rotten, she was called Black Bean Teeth. She would frequently be found fast asleep on a bag of rice.
W.) Tyler Bouldin
This WLOXer grew up in Midlothian, Texas. He's the oldest of two children. Although he never played, he aspired to be a professional ice hockey player. His favorite activity as a kid was playing video games. He loved to play all sports video games, primarily Madden football. His mom and all his friends know him as T. He describes himself as quiet, but hard working and always gets the job done. “I am very lucky and I realize how lucky I am.
Can you guess who these WLOX on-air personalities are? We'll reveal who they are on Friday, until then see if you can put a name to their childhood faces.