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Life Without ‘My Old Man’ a Father’s Day Tribute

By: Roxanne Steele

Ok, I’m already crying…..  I lost my daddy a long long time ago.  Over 20 years now, June 8th, 1996 so right before Father’s Day.  As Father’s Day approaches every year, I have to prepare myself for that lump in my throat I get thinking about my dad.  Zac Brown Band’s song, My Old Man, kills me in a beautiful way.

My dad, Michael Anthony, was a simple man, a religious man, a quiet man who was born and raised in Boston, MA   He was a star athlete who played baseball and hockey.  My dad lived for watching sports.  He would have one game on the tv and his ear to the radio listening to another game.   I get my love of sports from my dad.  He was in the Army and loved telling stories of his days when he served.    He also loved drinking beer, eating Cheez- It crackers and building puzzles.  That was my dad in a nut shell.   He later moved from the East coast to California where he became an aircraft mechanic working on 747 airplanes.  My dad loved to smoke his cherry tobacco in his pipe and once again he LOVED baseball.  My dad died of a heart attack at Dodger Stadium after the game.  The meaning, “he was a die hard baseball fan”  really rings true with my daddy!  I’ve yet to go back to Dodger Stadium because I still don’t think I can.

Shortly after my dad died I landed my dream job in radio in Chicago and moved.  At the time I was living and working in radio out in Arizona.  I didn’t know a soul in Chicago and nobody knew that I had just lost my dad.  I mourned his death privately.  The radio DJ is suppose to be happy on air especially when starting a new job in a major market like Chicago!  I waited a long time for this so I had to keep it together.   Lucky for me I’ve always been good at wearing my poker face.   That’s the Gemini in me.  My new boss was the only one who knew because the day after my dad died I was scheduled to call him back, but I didn’t.   Instead my future boss called me and when I answered and sounded horrible he asked me who died.   I told him my dad.  He was joking on his end but quickly realized I was serious.  Naturally he felt terrible for his bad timing and apologized.  What are the odds right.   A few months after I moved to Chicago I went to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field with a few of my new friends.   What a cool ass stadium in the middle of the city!  I was sitting there watching the game looking at the beautiful field when I lost it and I mean hysterically lost it.  I couldn’t stop crying thinking about my dad.  Needless to say my meltdown opened up that conversation with my new friends about losing my dad….   I’m not sure if it made it any easier or harder for me, but at least my new workplace friends were aware of my mental state.   Fragile and broken.

I was in my early 20’s just starting my “adult” life when this happened and it rocked my world.  Losing my dad wasn’t  something I was prepared for nor did I imagine would happen.    It’s a long complicated story about my dad and my life, which is why I’m writing a book.  It’s a puzzle piece I’m still building.

Another Father’s Day weekend is here and I’m heading out to Nashville to surprise my Uncle Jerry ( my dads brother) for his 80th birthday!  I have a lot of family flying in from all over.   Family I haven’t seen in over 20 years.  Family my kids and husband have never met.   My dad was the oldest of 9 kids, the amazing big brother!   I’ve learned so much more about my dad and the man he was after he died from my Uncles.  My dad was a star baseball player who was once scouted by the Boston Red Sox but because he helped take care of the family he turned down that opportunity.  I never knew that about my dad growing up.   It breaks my heart that I didn’t know a lot about him when he was alive.  Over the years I have come to really understand and respect the man my dad was and all the things he taught me.  It was more than I realized as I grow older.

This Father’s Day weekend enjoy your dad if you still have him.  It is truly a blessing to be able to celebrate this special day with the man who made you. Take the time to get to know your dad before it’s too late.   Dads mean everything to a child, big or small, here or gone.  I’m so thankful for the silent love I still feel in my heart from my dad, my angel above.   Happy Father’s Day to ‘My Old Man.’

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19:  Singer Brantley Gilbert (L) and Amber Cochran attend the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

Brantley Gilbert Announces BIG News!

By: Rebekah Heatherly

You can add another country couple to the new parent list! Country’s bad boy, Brantley Gilbert,32, and his wife Amber, just announced that they’re expecting their first child together due sometime in November. This baby comes as a miracle for the couple. Gilbert and his wife have been married since June 2015 and started trying for children right away, but the couple struggled for many years with fertility problems.

The couple sat down with People and shared the details of how they went to two different fertility specialist, and both said “it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF.” Gilbert and his wife both were hesitate on trying IVF, and so they held their hopes out for a little bit more. Then in February while Gilbert was on the road, Amber surprised him before his show, with a box of three positive pregnancy test!!

The country couple go way back. Amber, a former school teacher, and the inspiration for songs like “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and “More Than the Miles,” and several others, dated on and off during their teen years. They reconnected after Gilbert broke up from fellow country singer Jana Kramer. Gilbert, who will be five years sober on December 18, credits his wife and future baby to helping him stay sober. Gilbert tells People, “I’ve never been more in love with her!”

The couple said they will find out the sex of the baby at a gender reveal party soon and plan to raise their son or daughter where they currently live right outside of Jefferson, Georgia. All of us at WYCD couldn’t be happier for the couple and can’t wait to find out what couple is having!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Singer-songwriter Katy Perry attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Katy Perry Channels Miley Cyrus and CHOPS Her Hair Off! [Picture]

Katy Perry went extreme with this break-up hair cut! Damn Orlando what did you do to her?! Maybe Miley Cyrus was her inspiration.

I WASNT READY TILL NOW

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Pretty shocking right?! Short, long, black or platinum blonde I love her!! She’s a gorgeous girl period. So what do you think?

Katy wears wigs all the time anyway so her natural hair doesn’t really matter. No need to be chained to one hair style or boy for that matter!

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he watches the Inaugural Parade from the main reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump was sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Luke Bryan Superbowl Bound, Justin Moore Gets #DDP & More in My Weekend Wrap-Up!

It was a heated weekend on social media with President Trump being sworn in as the 45th President.

I was happy to see Hillary Clinton tweet this out and hopefully the Democrats who did not show up on Friday will learn by her example. No matter what side your on, we are all Americans and we must learn to move forward together.

My girl Maren Morris had an uncomfortable moment on stage.

Protesters showed up in record numbers for the Women’s March all across our country on Saturday. The Brothers Osborne made me laugh with this one!

https://twitter.com/brothersosborne/status/822915041112584192

Our new outspoken President Trump has some thoughts on the Women’s March.

LOCASH made it known this weekend that they’re on Snapchat! Let the silliness begin!

While performing in Atlanta this weekend Justin Moore got DDP! This had to hurt!

Just as I sat down to watch the NFL playoffs on Sunday, this BIG news from Luke Bryan hit the internet!

See more of my weekend wrap up on www.wycd.com