MORNING MADNESS
KVOM Radio - PO Box 541 - Morrilton, AR 72110 - Phone 501-354-2484 - Fax 501-354-5629 - kvom@kvom.com
News and Sports Director
The Mouth of the South Morning Show
6-10 AM
Ashton Taylor

"I want to get my kicks while I am still young enough to get em"
-Rizzo (Grease)
Hey! My goal in the mornings is to pump you up and get you excited about the day. I am honored a privileged to be bringing you THE BEST COUNTRY AROUND. You can hear anything from Waylon and Willie to Randy Rogers and Reckless Kelly on KVOM. Call in your request or birthday from 6-10 AM on the Mouth of the South Morning Show!

Keep Rock'n the Red Dirt!
-Ashton

501.354.2484
(800) 467.KVOM
ashton@rivervalleyradio.com
ABOUT ASHTON:
Some things that I love..... God, my sweet husband "Sweet Lane,"  MUSIC, NEWS, Chi Omega, RADIO, sunshine, my family, friends, sisters, my favorite brother, singing, pictures, the south, going to the lake, driving my jeep, painting, concerts, shopping, jokes, tv, ALL types of music, laughter, my boots, hunting, fishing, football, camping in my camper, "Eddie," my boat "The Night Owl," going to the river, and my .22 Winchester rifle and my revolver.. "Pearl."

When I was a little girl, I was addicted to watching BJ Sams in the morning on Channel 11 (CBS) and wanted to be a reporter. I am recent college graduate of Arkansas State University with a B.S. in Radio Television (Broadcast Journalism) I was born and raised in the hills of Greenbrier, AR
Josh Abbott with Ashton (Below)
KVOM Radio - PO Box 541 - Morrilton, AR 72110 - Phone 501-354-2484 - Fax 501-354-5629 - newsroom@kvom.com
EVERYDAY
6:00-10:00 AM
6:15 School Lunch Menus (during the school year)
7:30 Newswatch
8:30 Trading Time
9:45 Commodities
KVOM CAFE
Join Ashton for a delicious lunch at some of the hot spots in town from 11:30-12:30 for the Finger Lick'n Country Kick'n Cafe!

Wednesdays: Cedar Lounge
Fridays: Ortegas

Ashton with The Kentucky Headhunters Below)

Ashton and Evan
12/8/11... Staying out too late
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Ashton & Shooter Jennings
Steamboat 2012
In Loving Memory of my biggest fan... my sweet brother, Scott.
Forever in my heart and in song.
Words cannot express how thankful I am for your votes for "Personality of the Year" for Out of the Region market at the 2013 Texas Regional Radio Awards Show. THANK YOU. It has been a crazy year for me and this is an amazing honor. Its because of people like you who voted and listen to The Mouth of the South Morning Show that we were able to take this achievement home. I LOVE YOU ALL! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
We'll "Never Be That High" or "17" again... but we'll meet "On a Cloud" in the end. Love you.
Eric Church.. (without his sunglasses!)

MORNING MADNESS

The Mouth's Moron of the Moment -Healthcare Style

by Ashton Taylor on 08/28/13

Epic fail or strange success? When it comes to a recent (and bizarre) alleged bank robbery, it all depends on whom you ask.

Clackamas County sheriff's deputies, for example, might be more inclined to classify Timothy Dean Alsip's alleged robbery attempt last Friday a failure. Alsip's arrest at a Bank of America branch outside Portland, Ore, was especially easy because the suspect remained at the scene of the crime, according to CBS Seattle.

Speaking with members of the media, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Mark Nikolai described the strange chain of events, beginning a little after 10 a.m. on Aug. 23.

"[Alsip] handed over a note saying, 'This is a hold up. Give me a dollar,'" Nikolai said of the events inside the bank, according to local media reports.

Rather than flee with his ill-gotten bill, however, Alsip reportedly took a seat in the lobby and quietly waited for police to arrest him, according to CBS Seattle.

Originally charged with both second-degree robbery and third-degree theft, Alsip saw his robbery charge dismissed, according to the Sheriff's Office website. Alsip remains in jail, having failed to pay a $40,000 bail on the theft charge.

According to The Oregonian, Alsip told officers he had "robbed" the bank in order to receive medical care in jail. Although he had no previous criminal record, Alsip had apparently been acting strangely in the days before the robbery. The 50-year-old homeless man asked random people for help and even called 911 on himself to "complain of various imaginary problems," reported The Oregonian.

Whether or not Alsip's health problems are legitimate, his plan to seek jailhouse healthcare may have been inspired by a similar robbery in North Carolina two years ago. At the time, James Verone told reporters that he asked the teller at a Gastonia, N.C., bank for $1 in an effort to get himself arrested, according to Mother Jones. The 59-year-old reportedly hoped to stay in jail just long enough to get free medical care for a host of conditions and then qualify for Social Security when he got out.

(Hat tip, MSN) (From Huffington Post)

August 27th -The Day That Changed My Life- A personal note

by Ashton Taylor on 08/27/13

As many of you may know, today marks 2 years since my precious brothers passing. To say Scott was my best friend- would be an understatement. He was my everything. Scott and I were there for each other in times of need, fear, sorrow, excitement, and had each other's back like no one could imagine. Being 1 1/2 year apart meant that we fought like crazy as children but grew closer and closer as we got older. 

If someone would have told me, "Ash, you don't want to be an actress - its a hard life." I would have laughed in their face. Deep down, that is what I have always wanted to be. I blame it on church. My brother (he hated it) and I got a great start in singing and acting in children's plays and it really stemmed from there. In my mind, I was always born to entertain and be on a stage in some form or fashion. I guess that is why I went into radio. It allowed me to capture an audience and spread the music that I love so dearly. Radio has allowed me to express myself in ways I could only imagine. 

There are many reasons why I love radio. Especially KVOM -that would take days and days to talk about. Scott was very proud to listen to me on air by the way and loved KVOM as well. He had a passion for this music as much as I do. But, being an actress in that form (on air) is something they don't teach you in college. 

Now, when I say, being an "actress" I am referring to the fact that I am hiding my true emotions, yet still trying and struggling to put on a happy face.  Life happens, you must learn to cope and move on in some form or fashion. As a morning show DJ or someone in the public eye you must carry on a persona and that "Happy Go Lucky" attitude. Which is something I have been struggling with today and over the last couple of weeks. How do you manage these raw emotions that are hard to deal with in real life; not to mention all while being on air? Its hard to carry on day to day things at work without ripping your heart out and showing your vulnerable side to the masses. So today, for this moment. I am not a fan of being what I call, an "actress." And this my friend, is something they do not teach you in college.

With that being said, as heavy as my heart is- I have always refrained from putting to much of my personal life on the airwaves. Quite frankly, deep down, I would get tired of hearing about the personal lives each day of the local morning show DJ. I wanna hear great music, headlines, and funny stories -not them constantly saying the word, "I." So, that has been my thought process when I have cracked the mic every morning since 2009. Don't get me wrong, I love to cut up and tell funny stories that happen. But I love to make my show about the listeners.

With this month almost behind me, I am reflecting on the good things that have happened. Instead of the bad; and believe me (I would have to write a whole other post about all of the negative things that happened this past month. Seriously it has been horrible. More bad than good -hands down) it has been a cruddy month. However, back in June I got married to my best friend. We are now trying to buy a farm. My mom got married to a wonderful man who treats her like a queen and is everything I could ask for as far as someone to accompany her in life. I paid off my boat this year. I took a management position with our company, Max Media as the Digital Media Manager. I have grown my side enterprise, "Southern Belle Media" drastically. My little sister started her senior year. I have grown closer and closer to my older half sister, Kayla and niece Maelyn. (Who I can not imagine life without) My Uncle Jason -who is like a big brother to me, got married to a wonderful girl and they now have a precious little boy. Overall, I have had many blessings. Even though my brother isn't here in the physical world to rejoice in these milestones, I know he is with me step by step in the day. Scott loved the Lord beyond all means and also made the most important decision of his life many years ago. To accept the Lord as his savior and to follow him. I remember crying when we were at church camp like it was yesterday. I was so excited. Tears of joy rolled down my face. (I am a TOTAL softy -Another reason I could have NEVER made it in TV news. I would ruin a good story by crying on air as I would be reading it. It's different in radio. HA) Of course, as Christians and folks in general we face challenges and struggles every day. From the bad decisions we make, we learn from. This was the story of my brothers life. And boy.... does he have some stories. We both do. But, on days like today... the anniversary of his death is the moment he went to the best place we can not even imagine, heaven. Those who we love don't go away, they walk with us everyday.-still. That is the only thing that gives me the comfort on days like these. Some days are harder than others but I know we will see each other on the other side; one day. -And we will rejoice in the Lord together! 

So, thank you for the thoughts and prayers today. I love you all dearly. My dear close (other mother) shared this with me today: Psalm 34:18 (ESV) "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."

The Mouth's Moron of the Moment

by Ashton Taylor on 08/23/13

 

NEW YORK (AP) - A man who repeatedly used phony credentials to gain entry into New York City's jails has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors told a Manhattan judge on Thursday that they want Matthew Matagrano to be locked up for 10 years.

Matagrano, a former inmate, pleaded not guilty to felony burglary in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The judge doubled his bail to $100,000 and ordered him to get medical attention.

The New York Post says that according to police statements released in court, Matagrano said he repeatedly sneaked into jails because the people inside were "nice."

Authorities say Matagrano tried to get inside multiple city lockups, including Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center where he mingled with inmates for hours.


Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/21888827/man-pleads-not-guilty-to-sneaking-into-nyc-jails#ixzz2cnEDdit1

The Mouth's Moron of the Moment: Croc Dundee Edition

by Ashton Taylor on 08/22/13

Is it me or is this really a sketchy looking bathtub? We need to call Mr. Clean right away and maybe he can help with the nastiness. Either way, who in the heck keeps an alligator in a bathtub? Would you not think that the alligator would grow up? Really?

There's nothing wrong with saying, "See you later, alligator," unless it's a real alligator that you left in your mom's bathtub.

Authorities in Volusia County, Fla., have charged Sean Lewis, 45, with alligator poaching after his mother called 911 on Monday to report him.

Lewis told cops he received the small alligator from a friend who was supposed to come back for the animal, but never did, NBC Miami reported.

However, the friend never returned.

After a while (crocodile), Lewis decided to keep the animal in a bathtub in a home he shared with his mother.

She wasn't pleased, especially after he converted the bathtub into a makeshift aquarium, with a cinder block inside meant to simulate dry land and an overhead heat lamp to simulate sunlight.

The woman called 911, and authorities came over to get the gator.

Although the tub provided a reasonable amount of room for the gator to move, Bonnie Breilbeil of the Central Florida Zoo said it was only a matter of time before it would have become more aggressive.

"I would assume within just a few months that would become very, very difficult for that individual and it's just not, just like I said, a proper environment for the animal, so we have to think of them, too," Breitbeil told WFTV.com.

Alligators are a protected species in Florida and can be legally collected only by individuals with proper licenses and permits, according to the Daytona News-Journal.

Lewis is now in custody at Volusia County Jail, while the gator has been released into the St. John's River, according to WFTV.

This is not Lewis' first run-in with the law. Records show that he has been arrested at least six times, including two assault charges, one on a person over the age of 65, the Daily Mail reported.

The Mouth's Moron of the Moment

by Ashton Taylor on 08/21/13

Now I have done some silly diets and crash eating plans as I have tried to loose weight in a last minute effort for an event. I have also ate right and exercised and saw great results too.  Today, my "Moron of the Moment" maybe bit off more than she could chew.. or maybe she just swallowed rather... YUCK.

An Iowa woman recently told her doctor that she bought a tapeworm on the Internet and ingested it in an attempt to lose weight. The doctor was apparently so stumped by the patient's bad decision that he had to call the state health department for guidance.

The agency told the doctor to have his patient de-wormed by way of some special medication that kills the parasite. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director at the Iowa Department of Public Health, recounted the incident in an e-mail to public-health workers Thursday.

“Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths,” Quinlisk wrote, according to the Des Moines Register. “Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods; consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity.”

Tapeworms are parasites that can afflict humans who eat undercooked meat. "One tapeworm can't absorb enough food and nutrients to make a big difference in weight... the parasite can cause anemia and malnutrition," USA Today noted.

According to i09, other symptoms of tapeworm infestation include having pieces of them stick out of your mouth after a cesarean section, followed by a "burning sensation" after you pull the four-foot long sucker out.

Someone pass the lemon juice.

(From the Huffington Post)

SPECIAL GUESTS:
(10/2/13) Josh Abbott is playing at the REV ROOM FRIDAY night. DON'T MISS IT! I had the opportunity to visit with him today about what has been going on, the new music video for "She Will Be Free", government, music buzz, etc. Hear whats been going on:
(10/24/13) I visited with PAM TILLIS on the phone today about her show TONIGHT with Lorrie Morgan at The Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA in Conway. Its going to be a great show filled with some of their classic hits mixed with new stuff from their new album.. Dos Divas! Don't miss the Grits and Glamor tonight at 7:30.
(6/11/14) : Are you looking for some fun stuff to do this summer with the kiddos? Get involved with the Conway County Library! They have a TON of fun stuff planned for the whole family. Hear what Jay Carter (Director of the CC Library) had to say about this exciting summer: (ALSO HEAR HIS ANGELIC VOICE SING "PETER COTTONTAIL."
(6/12/14) : It is hard to believe it is finally here, the 2014 Conway County Relay for Life. It starts tomorrow really at 5 with the survivor dinner and other festivities beginning at 7. Make sure you check it out at the Conway County Fairgrounds. Ms. Kacey McCurry from the American Cancer Society stopped by the KVOM Studios to give us an update about all of the fun that will take place tomorrow:
(6/18/14) : A Morrilton Jr. High Student saved the life of an 8 year old student on a school bus during the end of the school year. Z Wright, stopped by the KVOM Studios to talk about her heroic thinking and swift skills as she stepped into action on the bus. Hear her story here:
(7/2/14) : With Independence Day on Friday, fireworks are on everyone's mind!  I had the chance to visit with Morrilton Fire Chief Earle Eichenberger about safety tips for your celebration and about a new program the Morrilton Fire Department has implemented for businesses within the city. Hear what he had to say here:
(7/8/14) : I was very excited to interview Dr. Craig York today on my closeup segment during Newswatch... we discussed "Eating Clean" -a lifestyle choice that I have made recently (that has helped me lose 16 lbs!) If you want to know more about "eating clean" tune in here:
(7/16/14) : You are running out of time if you want to purchase that Luck of the Draw Ticket! Get it today! Matthew and Danyel (clients at the Center for Exceptional Children) stopped by the KVOM Studios for a quick bit to remind listeners to buy a ticket. Hear what they had to say here:
(7/28/14) : The Conway County Center for Exceptional Children's Luck of the Draw was amazing!!! Over 1,300 tickets were sold and over $30,000 was raised for the center! Here are some fun pictures and "selfies" the clients wanted to take with me! They truly are a blessing and I personally want to say THANK you to the donors, sponsors, folks who bought tickets who made Luck of the Draw possible!
(8/4/14) : Congratulations to April Bess for winning a family 4-pack of tickets to Magic Springs and Crystal Falls from the brand new -Heartspeak Dance Studio by Emma Manning! Dance classes began today and I visited with her about what her studio will offer, why she chose to open a business in Morrilton and to draw live on air for our lucky winner. Hear about the exciting things happening at Heartspeak Dance here:
(8/12/14) : Dan Yarborough and John Rankin from the Conway County Soccer Club stopped by to visit with me about sign ups for the fall season. You can get your forms at C4. Stop by and get yours today! Hear what they had to say:
(9/24/14) : Morgan Zimmerman from UACCM stopped by the KVOM Studios to visit with me about the great event, "Just Desserts" that will take place Friday, October 17th from 6-9 PM. The event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, wine bar, gourmet coffee bar, dessert auction, raffle and super raffle.  Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and may be purchased online at www.uaccm.edu, from any Foundation Board member or at the door.  Sponsorship and donation information is also online.