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

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)

Duck Calls, Garter Belts, and Bouquets

by Ashton Taylor on 08/20/13

How would you like for a celebrity to crash your wedding or event? It seems like more and more news stories like these are happening... Just last month the grease lightening hottie (I think he is hot for an old guy okay. LOL) John Travolta himself crashed a wedding.

I am thinking that most Americans would rather see Willie Robertson crash or show up at their wedding. Simply for the fact that the ratings for Duck Dynasty are insane and also... come on. They are relatable to the average American and not to mention AMAZING. I think I would rather Uncle Si show up at my wedding though... Just Saying.  This superfan couple was speechless when their hero showed up at their big day.

 

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA (CNN) -- A Pennsylvania couple, sharing both their love for each other and their love for the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" tied the knot at a field and stream store Saturday. But just as the couple finished their vows, a special and unexpected guest arrived.

It was her dream to walk down the aisle to duck calls. Surrounded by friends, family, and a couple hundred strangers, 26-year-old Mehgan Cook married Charlie Miller right in the middle of the new field and stream store.

The bride in a camo sash, the groom in his boots under an arbor of wild animals, the couple wasn't prepared for what would happen after the 'I do's'.

Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson surprised his super-fans with congratulations. Mehgan says, "It was like Christmas morning when you were a little kid. I was like, 'Ohhhh my goodness.'"

Charlie says, "That's a first for me and it's good to be a part of that. They look like my kind of folks."

Willie was at the store opening to sign autographs. It was the bride's mom's idea to have the wedding at the store. Charlie says, "Ever since I was a little kid, that's all we did, was hunt and fish so, I didn't want to be in no church in a tuxedo. I wanted to feel comfortable and just have fun!"

The folks at field and stream played along, and convinced Willie to surprise the couple and their families; a dream for Meghan who never thought she'd get married.

In October 2009, her fiancé Louis Young was killed in a car crash the week before their wedding. Two years later to the day, Meghan met Charlie at a memorial for Young. She says, "We've been together ever since. So my life ended at the accident site and it started there again."

And as the happy couple starts their life together, Willie has some advice, "Just love each other and forgive each other."

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.
(4/16/14) : What has been going on with the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce? I visited with Cody Hill about the upcoming Member Appreciation Lunch that will take place in May. Hear what he had to say:
(4/21/14) : The "Leader In Me" Program at Morrilton Intermediate School is having an exciting event this Thursday at the school. I had the opportunity to visit with Davin and Shelby from MIS about this great program that instills leadership skills at an early level. Hear about the program and the event right here: 
(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: 
(7/17/14) : Eddie Beck stopped by the studios to visit with me today about the bazaar at St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Vincent. Kiddie Land, Games galore, and of course their all you can eat beef BBQ dinner will be served!