Afternoon Drive with Larry

Confessions Of A News Director

Posted By: Larry Lomax · 7/16/2013 3:45:00 PM

One of my previous jobs in mainstream radio was News Director, pulling together information for the morning newscasts.  As you might guess there's a vast reservoir of events happening both locally & globally. I had to figure out what I thought was relevant to listeners and share it within a short window of time.

My task was to "choose the news" and determine how to share each story. I was entrusted by our management to use my own good judgement.

I quickly realized the stories I selected were filtered through my Christian world view, life experiences, and core values.

I remember some high profile events that ran contrary to my beliefs, and I quite frankly wrestled over reporting it at all. By sharing a particular story I didn’t want to imply an endorsement of an event, yet I also knew shedding light on controversial issues might cause like-minded people to ...

Don't Try Roasting Coffee In Your Dryer

Posted By: Larry Lomax · 6/19/2013 7:58:00 AM

There are some tasks I do that my wife Kathy finds perplexing. OK, maybe that just makes me normal. In her eyes I often take the long route in doing something, instead of a more efficient, quicker, easier, and likely less messy route to my goal. There is some truth to that.

I have nothing against efficiency. In fact, I love finding new ways to get things done not just faster, but better. However, I find there are some tasks I value more highly than just attaining the goal itself. Sometimes it’s all about the journey getting there, whether simple or complex.  A few examples:

Coffee roasting at home has been a weekly project this past year, and I’m loving it. Yes, it is a bit messy at times, but I love the scent of the steam rising from the roasting beans and the challenge to get the roast timed ...

Once A Scout, Always a Scout

Posted By: Larry Lomax · 4/3/2013 8:47:00 AM

I have to say one of the best parts of my childhood was being both a Cub and a Boy Scout.  Because I was a non-swimmer, I never quite made it to the top as an Eagle Scout, but many things I learned I still practice today.

“Be Prepared” is the scout motto. If you look in the back of my van you might conclude I’m prepared for most any contingency. I don’t need your help AAA or FEMA, I’ve got it covered.

In Cub Scouts it was nice to have my dad involved with me, although I’m not sure how much I actually did to build the 6 inch Pinewood Derby cars we raced down the track.

Through those years I learned how to tie knots the right way, shoot with a bow, target practice with a rifle, build a good campfire and then cook over it, safely use ...

My New Best Friend For A Day

Posted By: Larry Lomax · 2/5/2013 4:00:00 PM

The last day or two we have had a house guest, who makes our cat Angel quite nervous when he’s around. Meet Frankie.

He’s on loan from my step son while he and his friends are off to Great Wolf Lodge for some fun. Frankie is a pretty friendly and energetic little pup at 7 years old.

After letting him outside to hang out with our much older dog, Cocoa, it was soon apparent his talent was getting the nylon rope leash tangled around anything he comes near. I performed several “rescues” this morning. He was finally content to come inside for a nap.

I know I’m not the only one who appreciates the gift of joy that pets can place in our lives. My daughter Grace, who just celebrated her 18th birthday, was showing off several videos she found on YouTube of dogs & cats doing hysterical antics. We ...

No Two Holidays Are Ever Alike

Posted By: Larry Lomax · 12/21/2012 1:00:00 PM

Christmas is here, and I pray for God’s blessings upon you and your family. 

We know there are many who are missing a loved one this year, and I hope you’ll join with me to reach out with a hug and a prayer wherever we can.  Let us not forget the agony endured by a small town in Connecticut that is still reeling from the recent loss of life.

Jesus was born 2,000 years ago… with the purpose to die for our sins that one day we may live in an entirely different world.  There’s a song from Jeremy Camp that I’ve been thinking about:

There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we'll hold on to ...
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