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  • Joe's Viewpoint: United Blood Services

    Joe's Viewpoint: United Blood Services

    Thursday, June 26 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-06-26 22:09:37 GMT
    Just last week our marketing team met with the United Blood Services here at the station to work on our joint promotion, the Blood Bowl Bash. While the event is not scheduled until late July, Katie MartinMore >>
    Just last week our marketing team met with the United Blood Services here at the station to work on our joint promotion, the Blood Bowl Bash.More >>
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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Student Loan Debt

    Joe's Viewpoint: Student Loan Debt

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-07-18 14:44:08 GMT
    A new school year is about to begin, many of the more than a million and a half students that graduated from college earlier this year are still looking for work. Student loan debt now totals more thanMore >>
    A new school year is about to begin, many of the more than a million and a half students that graduated from college earlier this year are still looking for work.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp

    Joe's Viewpoint: Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:55:09 GMT
    Sunday was move in day for session one at Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp. For over 50 years the camp has hosted a two-week summer camp for people with cognitive disabilities. Founded in 1961 by the late AbbieMore >>
    Sunday was move in day for session one at Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp. For over 50 years the camp has hosted a two-week summer camp for people with cognitive disabilities.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

  • Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

    Monday, July 14 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-14 14:11:45 GMT
    The 2014 Miss Mississippi Pageant concludes tomorrow night at the Vicksburg Convention Center. WDAM will air the pageant on our NBC station starting at 8pm on Saturday. I would like to wish all of theMore >>
    The 2014 Miss Mississippi Pageant concludes tomorrow night at the Vicksburg Convention Center.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Local University Accomplishments

    Joe's Viewpoint: Local University Accomplishments

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-07-09 21:15:39 GMT
    Congratulations to the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University and Hattiesburg for their recent rankings in national studies. Southern Miss and the City of Hattiesburg was rankedMore >>
    Congratulations to the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University...More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Independence Day

    Joe's Viewpoint: Independence Day

    Friday, July 4 2014 10:57 AM EDT2014-07-04 14:57:19 GMT
    This week many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the 4th of July. Let's not forget that we are also celebrating America's Independence Day.  When the Second Continental CongressMore >>
    This week many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate the 4th of July.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Hattiesburg City Council citizens forum

    Joe's Viewpoint: Hattiesburg City Council citizens forum

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-07-02 20:32:02 GMT
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is the citizen forum at the Hattiesburg City Council meetings, or should I say the lack of a citizen forum. It has been over eight months since the forum which allows theMore >>
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is the citizen forum at the Hattiesburg City Council meetings, or should I say the lack of a citizen forum.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: No Debates for Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: No Debates for Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: No Debates for Mississippi

  • WDAM Viewpoint- Prom and graduation safety

    WDAM Viewpoint- Prom and graduation safety

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:36:32 GMT
    It is that time of year again, a time for fun and excitement surrounding school proms and graduations. And while this is always a very festive time, it can also be a tragic one. Many of our teens willMore >>
    It is that time of year again, a time for fun and excitement surrounding school proms and graduations. And while this is always a very festive time, it can also be a tragic one. Many of our teens willMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Animal Abuse & Neglect

    WDAM Viewpoint- Animal Abuse & Neglect

    Friday, March 28 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-03-28 22:59:09 GMT
    From time to time we hear from you, our viewers, concerning reports of animal abuse and neglect. What has surprised me is how often we have heard these reports from our area. Just this week we reportedMore >>
    From time to time we hear from you, our viewers, concerning reports of animal abuse and neglect.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- JCJC National Championship

    WDAM Viewpoint- JCJC National Championship

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:45:35 GMT
    Today we honor our JCJC Men's Basketball team who returned from Huchinson, Kansas as national champions on Sunday afternoon.  Congratulations to the Bobcats, their coach Jay Ladner and the entire JonesMore >>
    Today we honor our JCJC Men's Basketball team who returned from Huchinson, Kansas as national champions on Sunday afternoon.  Congratulations to the Bobcats, their coach Jay Ladner and the entire JonesMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Accountability

    WDAM Viewpoint- Accountability

    Friday, March 21 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-03-21 23:22:20 GMT
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is accountability. Our thought is that before you can hold others accountable, you need to hold yourself accountable. We talk about this often here at the station and regularlyMore >>
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is accountability. Our thought is that before you can hold others accountable, you need to hold yourself accountable. We talk about this often here at the station and regularlyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Sewage Issue

    WDAM Viewpoint- Sewage Issue

    Monday, March 3 2014 10:52 PM EST2014-03-04 03:52:25 GMT
    Today's Viewpoint is about the Hattiesburg sewage treatment issue. The foul odor that stinks up Hattiesburg on a recurring basis and the discussion of what to do about it has been around for what manyMore >>
    Today's Viewpoint is about the Hattiesburg sewage treatment issue.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Saluting first responders

    WDAM Viewpoint- Saluting first responders

    Monday, March 3 2014 3:51 PM EST2014-03-03 20:51:21 GMT
    On the night of the severe weather last Thursday one of the more intense cells passed right over our building here at WDAM. When the wind and rain was at its most intense our team noticed a car had runMore >>
    On the night of the severe weather last Thursday one of the more intense cells passed right over our building here at WDAM.More >>
  • WDAM Guest Editorial- Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee

    WDAM Guest Editorial- Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee

    Monday, February 24 2014 10:36 PM EST2014-02-25 03:36:19 GMT
    During this Black History Month I am reminded of what Dr. Benjamin Mays, late President of Morehouse College said: It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. TheMore >>
    During this Black History Month I am reminded of what Dr. Benjamin Mays, late President of Morehouse College said:More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- True American Hero

    WDAM Viewpoint- True American Hero

    Monday, February 17 2014 7:20 PM EST2014-02-18 00:20:24 GMT
    In today's Viewpoint I would like to honor the life of a great patriot and Pine Belt resident. Col. George Robert Hall's passing was certainly a topic around our building today. I learned of his greatMore >>
    In today's Viewpoint I would like to honor the life of a great patriot and Pine Belt resident.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Texting while driving bill

    WDAM Viewpoint- Texting while driving bill

    Friday, February 14 2014 6:28 PM EST2014-02-14 23:28:54 GMT
    This week the Mississippi House passed a bill which prohibits individuals eighteen or younger from operating a motor vehicle while texting and carries a fine of 250 dollars. The Senate passed a similarMore >>
    This week the Mississippi House passed a bill which prohibits individuals eighteen or younger from operating a motor vehicle while texting and carries a fine of 250 dollars.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Tornado one year later

    WDAM Viewpoint- Tornado one year later

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 7:24 PM EST2014-02-12 00:24:05 GMT
    I did not live here one year ago, so my knowledge of the February 10 tornado is limited to what I have heard from you and our staff here at WDAM. What I do know is everyone has a story which frequentlyMore >>
    I did not live here one year ago, so my knowledge of the February 10 tornado is limited to what I have heard from you and our staff here at WDAM.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Pine Belt working together

    WDAM Viewpoint- Pine Belt working together

    Monday, February 3 2014 9:56 PM EST2014-02-04 02:56:54 GMT
    We regularly hear from you, our customers, what you like and dislike about the information we share. And there is a recurring theme. You want to hear about what is working in our community. So often whatMore >>
    We regularly hear from you, our customers, what you like and dislike about the information we share. And there is a recurring theme. You want to hear about what is working in our community. So often whatMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Concussion Bill

    WDAM Viewpoint- Concussion Bill

    Friday, January 31 2014 6:42 PM EST2014-01-31 23:42:37 GMT
    We applaud the state House and Senate for passing Bill 48 which requires both public and private schools to properly evaluate a student athlete for a concussion before returning them to practice or toMore >>
    We applaud the state House and Senate for passing Bill 48 which requires both public and private schools to properly evaluate a student athlete for a concussion before returning them to practice or to competition.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- United Blood Services

    WDAM Viewpoint- United Blood Services

    Friday, January 31 2014 6:38 PM EST2014-01-31 23:38:56 GMT
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is the critical need for blood donations. United Blood Services contacted us today for help getting the word out that they are in critical need of blood donations of allMore >>
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is the critical need for blood donations.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Election Law Reforms

    WDAM Viewpoint- Election Law Reforms

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 7:52 PM EST2014-01-22 00:52:06 GMT
    Five legislators met last week on the Southern Miss campus to discuss some of the issues facing law makers in this legislative session. No surprise that funding education was on the agenda. We will continueMore >>
    Five legislators met last week on the Southern Miss campus to discuss some of the issues facing law makers in this legislative session.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Our Schools

    WDAM Viewpoint- Our Schools

    Monday, January 20 2014 11:27 PM EST2014-01-21 04:27:16 GMT
    A report card came out this week on schools across the country. The Student First organization released findings in their 2014 State Policy Report Card. Mississippi received an overall D+ only slightlyMore >>
    A report card came out this week on schools across the country. The Student First organization released findings in their 2014 State Policy Report Card. Mississippi received an overall D+ only slightlyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Sexting

    WDAM Viewpoint- Sexting

    Friday, January 10 2014 6:55 PM EST2014-01-10 23:55:36 GMT
    Earlier this week we reported that a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that 20% of at-risk seventh graders have been engaging in sexting. Sexting is when a person sends a sexuallyMore >>
    Earlier this week we reported that a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that 20% of at-risk seventh graders have been engaging in sexting. Sexting is when a person sends a sexuallyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Dangerously Cold Weather

    WDAM Viewpoint- Dangerously Cold Weather

    Monday, January 6 2014 7:46 PM EST2014-01-07 00:46:48 GMT
    Temperatures in the Pine Belt could reach record lows over the next couple days. In fact we could see the longest extended cold spell we have seen in many years. Here are some things to consider.  RememberMore >>
    Temperatures in the Pine Belt could reach record lows over the next couple days. In fact we could see the longest extended cold spell we have seen in many years. Here are some things to consider.  RememberMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Our Resolution

    WDAM Viewpoint- Our Resolution

    Wednesday, January 1 2014 6:52 PM EST2014-01-01 23:52:43 GMT
    Today's Viewpoint is about our resolution for the New Year. We recently developed a vision statement that defines who we want to be. It reads, "Dedicated to being the trustworthy source of informationMore >>
    Today's Viewpoint is about our resolution for the New Year. We recently developed a vision statement that defines who we want to be.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Have a safe New Year

    WDAM Viewpoint- Have a safe New Year

    Monday, December 30 2013 4:59 PM EST2013-12-30 21:59:40 GMT
    Today's viewpoint is a reminder to all who will celebrate the arrival of the New Year to do so responsibly. Please be safe and never get behind the wheel after drinking. It seems so elementary, but everyMore >>
    Today's viewpoint is a reminder to all who will celebrate the arrival of the New Year to do so responsibly. Please be safe and never get behind the wheel after drinking. It seems so elementary, but everyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Drunk Driving Teen

    WDAM Viewpoint- Drunk Driving Teen

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 6:45 PM EST2013-12-17 23:45:43 GMT
    Last week a juvenile court judge in Texas sentenced 16 year old Ethan Couch to just 10 years probation for killing 4 people in a collision he caused while under the influence of alcohol. Judge Jean BoydMore >>
    Last week a juvenile court judge in Texas sentenced 16 year old Ethan Couch to just 10 years probation for killing 4 people in a collision he caused while under the influence of alcohol. Judge Jean BoydMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Be safe this holiday season

    WDAM Viewpoint- Be safe this holiday season

    Thursday, December 12 2013 6:35 PM EST2013-12-12 23:35:28 GMT
    The holiday season makes us feel so trusting and giving. But unfortunately, there are others who want to take advantage of our holiday cheer and trust. Every year we report on car break ins and shoppingMore >>
    The holiday season makes us feel so trusting and giving. But unfortunately, there are others who want to take advantage of our holiday cheer and trust.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Angel Tree

    WDAM Viewpoint- Angel Tree

    Monday, December 9 2013 6:59 PM EST2013-12-09 23:59:41 GMT
    There are only a few days left to give to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. This worthy cause brings joy to area children whose families cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. They just putMore >>
    There are only a few days left to give to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. This worthy cause brings joy to area children whose families cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. They just putMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- HS State Championships

    WDAM Viewpoint- HS State Championships

    Friday, December 6 2013 10:55 PM EST2013-12-07 03:55:52 GMT
    As the high school football season winds to a close, the Pine Belt has three high school football teams competing in the State Championships. Those schools are Bassfield, Oak Grove and Forrest County AHS. WeMore >>
    As the high school football season winds to a close, the Pine Belt has three high school football teams competing in the State Championships. Those schools are Bassfield, Oak Grove and Forrest County AHS. WeMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Southern Miss beats UAB

    WDAM Viewpoint- Southern Miss beats UAB

    Monday, December 2 2013 9:08 PM EST2013-12-03 02:08:33 GMT
    Congratulations to the Southern Miss football team, coaches and staff for their 62 to 27 win against UAB on Saturday. We salute the team and especially those seniors who never gave up. In his post-game,More >>
    Congratulations to the Southern Miss football team, coaches and staff for their 62 to 27 win against UAB on Saturday. We salute the team and especially those seniors who never gave up. In his post-game,More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- South State Championships

    WDAM Viewpoint- South State Championships

    Monday, December 2 2013 8:56 PM EST2013-12-03 01:56:52 GMT
    The Pine Belt has five high school football teams competing in the South State Championships. That is five out of the six divisions, which speaks to the great young talent in our area. Those schools areMore >>
    The Pine Belt has five high school football teams competing in the South State Championships. That is five out of the six divisions, which speaks to the great young talent in our area. Those schools areMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Giving Thanks

    WDAM Viewpoint- Giving Thanks

    Monday, December 2 2013 8:55 PM EST2013-12-03 01:55:06 GMT
    Tomorrow families and friends all over our country will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many will join hands around a full table expressing gratitude for their blessings. I am thankful for my beautifulMore >>
    Tomorrow families and friends all over our country will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many will join hands around a full table expressing gratitude for their blessings. I am thankful for my beautifulMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Shopping Local

    WDAM Viewpoint- Shopping Local

    Monday, December 2 2013 8:51 PM EST2013-12-03 01:51:35 GMT
    As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, our shopping malls and so called "big box stores" will no doubt be swamped. And, we hope they are. Crowded stores are a good sign of a bustling economy. But,More >>
    As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, our shopping malls and so called "big box stores" will no doubt be swamped. And, we hope they are. Crowded stores are a good sign of a bustling economy. But,More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Drug task force funding

    WDAM Viewpoint- Drug task force funding

    Friday, November 22 2013 7:37 PM EST2013-11-23 00:37:54 GMT
    A deep cut in Drug Task Force funding is the subject of today's Viewpoint. As Mike McDaniel reported, the grant money that has funded drug task forces around the state is being cut from $5 million to onlyMore >>
    A deep cut in Drug Task Force funding is the subject of today's Viewpoint. As Mike McDaniel reported, the grant money that has funded drug task forces around the state is being cut from $5 million to onlyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Midwest tornadoes

    WDAM Viewpoint- Midwest tornadoes

    Monday, November 18 2013 7:25 PM EST2013-11-19 00:25:17 GMT
    The scale of the severe storm that produced 140 tornado warnings on Sunday became clearer Monday. Experts from the National Weather Service are saying that the outbreak in the Midwest may go down as oneMore >>
    The scale of the severe storm that produced 140 tornado warnings on Sunday became clearer Monday. Experts from the National Weather Service are saying that the outbreak in the Midwest may go down as oneMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Veterans Day

    WDAM Viewpoint- Veterans Day

    Thursday, November 7 2013 6:59 PM EST2013-11-07 23:59:00 GMT
    The United States was born with both a declaration and a battle for independence. Throughout our history the members of our military have defended our nation and fought for the freedom of other nations.More >>
    The United States was born with both a declaration and a battle for independence. Throughout our history the members of our military have defended our nation and fought for the freedom of other nations.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Halloween safety

    WDAM Viewpoint- Halloween safety

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 7:32 PM EDT2013-10-30 23:32:09 GMT
    Tonight in Laurel and tomorrow night across the rest of the Pine Belt children will hit the streets for trick-or-treating, and while this is a night for lots of fun and lots of good things to eat, we allMore >>
    Tonight in Laurel and tomorrow night across the rest of the Pine Belt children will hit the streets for trick-or-treating, and while this is a night for lots of fun and lots of good things to eat, we allMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Tornado preparedness week

    WDAM Viewpoint- Tornado preparedness week

    Monday, October 28 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-10-28 22:41:10 GMT
    This week is tornado preparedness week for the state of Mississippi as declared by Governor Phil Bryant.  The Governor, as well National Weather Service and the Mississippi Emergency Management AgencyMore >>
    This week is tornado preparedness week for the state of Mississippi as declared by Governor Phil Bryant.More >>
  • WDAM Guest Editorial- Remembering Coach Oliver Johnson

    WDAM Guest Editorial- Remembering Coach Oliver Johnson

    Tuesday, October 22 2013 7:30 PM EDT2013-10-22 23:30:02 GMT
    At the heart of the Fellowship of the Christian Athletes is the word..."influence."  It's the "influence" of a coach that can either change a life, or interrupt a life...for the good. That "influence"More >>
    At the heart of the Fellowship of the Christian Athletes is the word..."influence."  It's the "influence" of a coach that can either change a life, or interrupt a life...for the good.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Why USM's ROTC?

    WDAM Viewpoint- Why USM's ROTC?

    Tuesday, October 15 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-10-15 22:58:47 GMT
    I attended the news conference at Southern Miss last week concerning the Army's notification that the ROTC program would be discontinued after the 2014-2015 school year. Governor Phil Bryant joined SouthernMore >>
    I attended the news conference at Southern Miss last week concerning the Army's notification that the ROTC program would be discontinued after the 2014-2015 school year.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Social media conduct

    WDAM Viewpoint- Social media conduct

    Monday, October 7 2013 6:36 PM EDT2013-10-07 22:36:11 GMT
    If you have visited our Facebook page or followed us on Twitter you may have noticed that the conversations amongst our followers can get heated.  I have heard your concerns as the traffic on these socialMore >>
    If you have visited our Facebook page or followed us on Twitter you may have noticed that the conversations amongst our followers can get heated.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Voters deserve an untarnished election

    WDAM Viewpoint- Voters deserve an untarnished election

    Thursday, September 26 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-09-26 22:28:37 GMT
    It has been over 48 hours since the polls closed in the special mayoral election in Hattiesburg on Tuesday and no one has been declared a winner.  However, it is my opinion that there is a loser in thisMore >>
    It has been over 48 hours since the polls closed in the special mayoral election in Hattiesburg on Tuesday and no one has been declared a winner.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Exercise your right to vote Tuesday

    WDAM Viewpoint- Exercise your right to vote Tuesday

    Friday, September 20 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-09-20 23:23:31 GMT
    The special election for the next mayor of Hattiesburg will be held this coming Tuesday September the 24th. And while this election has garnered much attention over the past few months, the citizens ofMore >>
    The special election for the next mayor of Hattiesburg will be held this coming Tuesday September the 24th.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint - Heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles

    WDAM Viewpoint - Heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles

    Tuesday, September 17 2013 6:47 PM EDT2013-09-17 22:47:23 GMT
    So far this year 40 children have died in the U.S. as a result of being left alone in cars in the searing heat. With more of these tragic deaths making the news you would hope more people are aware ofMore >>
    So far this year 40 children have died in the U.S. as a result of being left alone in cars in the searing heat.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Fully fund MAEP

    WDAM Viewpoint- Fully fund MAEP

    Monday, September 9 2013 5:08 PM EDT2013-09-09 21:08:38 GMT
    School hallways in the Pine Belt are buzzing with foot traffic. Students, teachers, administrators and superintendents will have their work cut out for them.  We should all take the time to applaud them forMore >>
    School hallways in the Pine Belt are buzzing with foot traffic. Students, teachers, administrators and superintendents will have their work cut out for them.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Support our Golden Eagles this weekend

    WDAM Viewpoint- Support our Golden Eagles this weekend

    Friday, August 30 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-08-30 22:50:32 GMT
    Much has changed at Southern Miss since the start of football season this time last year. It is a season of firsts. Our first football season with a new athletic director, a new head coach and a new universityMore >>
    Much has changed at Southern Miss since the start of football season this time last year. It is a season of firsts.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Your vote matters

    WDAM Viewpoint- Your vote matters

    Friday, August 16 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-08-17 00:43:49 GMT
    On Thursday, Judge William Coleman declared a special election must be held to determine the true will of the people in regards to who will be the next Hattiesburg mayor. I would like to praise both incumbent JohnnyMore >>
    On Thursday, Judge William Coleman declared a special election must be held to determine the true will of the people in regards to who will be the next Hattiesburg mayor. I would like to praise both incumbent JohnnyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Jim Cameron says farewell

    WDAM Viewpoint- Jim Cameron says farewell

    Thursday, August 1 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-08-01 22:32:58 GMT
    It is with agonizingly mixed feelings that I leave my post as Vice President and General Manager of WDAM effective today.It has been my honor and privilege to live out my dream for close to 22 years inMore >>
    It is with agonizingly mixed feelings that I leave my post as Vice President and General Manager of WDAM effective today.It has been my honor and privilege to live out my dream for close to 22 years inMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Open Carry Law

    WDAM Viewpoint- Open Carry Law

    Friday, July 12 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-07-12 21:39:36 GMT
    Today a Hinds county circuit judge made permanent his injunction on Mississippi's recently passed open-carry weapons law that allows people to openly carry guns on their person without a permit.  FeelingsMore >>
    Today a Hinds county circuit judge made permanent his injunction on Mississippi's recently passed open-carry weapons law that allows people to openly carry guns on their person without a permit.  FeelingsMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Fireworks and Holiday Safety

    WDAM Viewpoint- Fireworks and Holiday Safety

    Wednesday, June 26 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-06-26 23:01:34 GMT
    Independence day will be here Thursday of next week on July 4th, but you can bet the fireworks will start well before then.  That's why we are starting now to urge you to exercise caution and safety whenMore >>
    Independence day will be here Thursday of next week on July 4th, but you can bet the fireworks will start well before then.  That's why we are starting now to urge you to exercise caution and safety whenMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Southern Miss A.D. contract not renewed

    WDAM Viewpoint- Southern Miss A.D. contract not renewed

    Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:36 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:36:17 GMT
    Newly installed Southern Miss President Dr. Rodney Bennett announced this morning that Athletic Director Jeff Hammond's contract would not be renewed at the end of this month. Hammond is a retired two-starMore >>
    Newly installed Southern Miss President Dr. Rodney Bennett announced this morning that Athletic Director Jeff Hammond's contract would not be renewed at the end of this month. Hammond is a retired two-starMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Effects of Sequestration

    WDAM Viewpoint- Effects of Sequestration

    Thursday, June 13 2013 11:31 PM EDT2013-06-14 03:31:48 GMT
    This sequestration business our government has us in is beginning to hit close to home.  After 9/11 security was tightened all around the nation at military installations.  However, as we reported this week—dueMore >>
    This sequestration business our government has us in is beginning to hit close to home.  After 9/11 security was tightened all around the nation at military installations.  However, as we reported this week—dueMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- D-Day

    WDAM Viewpoint- D-Day

    Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:51 PM EDT2013-06-06 02:51:25 GMT
    On this day in history 69 years ago, one of the most significant military operations in the history of mankind began. June 6th, 1944 would see 156,000 British, Canadian and American fighting men alongMore >>
    On this day in history 69 years ago, one of the most significant military operations in the history of mankind began. June 6th, 1944 would see 156,000 British, Canadian and American fighting men along with over 5,000 ships cross the English Channel and land on the beaches of Normandy to establish a foothold against the Nazi menace.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Vote Tuesday

    WDAM Viewpoint- Vote Tuesday

    Monday, June 3 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-03 22:28:11 GMT
    Just a last minute reminder.  If you live within the city limits of a municipality in Mississippi most likely you need to vote in tomorrow's general election for mayor, council members, and other cityMore >>
    Just a last minute reminder.  If you live within the city limits of a municipality in Mississippi most likely you need to vote in tomorrow's general election for mayor, council members, and other cityMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Hurricane tax break

    WDAM Viewpoint- Hurricane tax break

    Friday, May 24 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:02:22 GMT
    With all the attention turned to tornadoes lately—both at home and in other states including the monster in Oklahoma this week—let's be mindful also that hurricane season officially starts June 1st.  WeMore >>
    With all the attention turned to tornadoes lately—both at home and in other states including the monster in Oklahoma this week—let's be mindful also that hurricane season officially starts June 1st.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- How to help OK tornado victims

    WDAM Viewpoint- How to help OK tornado victims

    Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:36:29 GMT
    The residents of the Pine Belt, having recently had our own encounter with tornados want to know how they can help those in Oklahoma who have suffered through two rounds of what some are calling the mostMore >>
    The residents of the Pine Belt, having recently had our own encounter with tornados want to know how they can help those in Oklahoma who have suffered through two rounds of what some are calling the mostMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- K-9 officers death

    WDAM Viewpoint- K-9 officers death

    Friday, May 17 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:23:25 GMT
    The Perry County Sheriff's Department needs to get out front and transparent concerning the details surrounding the death of their only K-9 officer who died in the backseat of the car of the deputy assignedMore >>
    The Perry County Sheriff's Department needs to get out front and transparent concerning the details surrounding the death of their only K-9 officer who died in the backseat of the car of the deputy assigned to handling him.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Boil water notices outdated

    WDAM Viewpoint- Boil water notices outdated

    Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-05-15 22:49:00 GMT
    Last Thursday evening when we learned that a strain of E Coli bacteria had been detected in the City of Laurel's water supply our news team took steps to notify the public immediately.  We sent email &More >>
    Last Thursday evening when we learned that a strain of E Coli bacteria had been detected in the City of Laurel's water supply our news team took steps to notify the public immediately.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Voting Day

    WDAM Viewpoint- Voting Day

    Wednesday, May 8 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-08 23:31:35 GMT
    Tomorrow begins the election process for over 30 municipalities in our viewing area.  Tomorrow will be the first primary for both parties to decide who will be in the 2nd primary runoff for those who haveMore >>
    Tomorrow begins the election process for over 30 municipalities in our viewing area.  Tomorrow will be the first primary for both parties to decide who will be in the 2nd primary runoff for those who haveMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Two Commendable Meals

    WDAM Viewpoint- Two Commendable Meals

    Friday, May 3 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-03 23:36:12 GMT
    We would like to commend two events in the Hub City that took place this week. Mayor DuPree's Annual Prayer Breakfast featuring pastor and musician Andre Crouch was held despite protests by an AtheistMore >>
    We would like to commend two events in the Hub City that took place this week. Mayor DuPree's Annual Prayer Breakfast featuring pastor and musician Andre Crouch was held despite protests by an AtheistMore >>
  • WDAM Guest Editorial- United Way

    WDAM Guest Editorial- United Way

    Friday, May 3 2013 6:47 PM EDT2013-05-03 22:47:48 GMT
    I'm Dan Kibodeaux, director of United Way of Southeast Mississippi.  We've just wrapped up our 2013 fundraising campaign which supports all 21 of our community investment partners and programs that serveMore >>
    I'm Dan Kibodeaux, director of United Way of Southeast Mississippi.  We've just wrapped up our 2013 fundraising campaign which supports all 21 of our community investment partners and programs that serve people in need here in our community.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Prom Safety

    WDAM Viewpoint- Prom Safety

    Monday, April 29 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-04-29 23:05:34 GMT
    Even though the Prom Season is drawing to a close…there are still quite a few to be had.  On a recent weekend, my wife and I were leaving an upscale restaurant here in town where a group of formally dressedMore >>
    Even though the Prom Season is drawing to a close…there are still quite a few to be had.  On a recent weekend, my wife and I were leaving an upscale restaurant here in town where a group of formally dressedMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Dangerous World

    WDAM Viewpoint- Dangerous World

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 5:05 PM EDT2013-04-17 21:05:29 GMT
    The bombing at this weeks Boston Marathon, followed by mail containing ricin—a deadly chemical to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker and the President… is but yet another reminder that we live in a dangerousMore >>
    The bombing at this weeks Boston Marathon, followed by mail containing ricin—a deadly chemical to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker and the President… is but yet another reminder that we live in a dangerousMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- I want my ammo

    WDAM Viewpoint- I want my ammo

    Friday, April 12 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-04-12 23:09:21 GMT
    This whole gun control frenzy has gotten out of hand.  I've been a gun owner and shooter most of my life and love to get out and plink or target practice for the sport of it.  But I can't even by .22 ammunitionMore >>
    This whole gun control frenzy has gotten out of hand.  I've been a gun owner and shooter most of my life and love to get out and plink or target practice for the sport of it.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Cruelty on the Internet

    WDAM Viewpoint- Cruelty on the Internet

    Wednesday, April 10 2013 4:51 PM EDT2013-04-10 20:51:36 GMT
    Most of you have probably heard about the recent death by suicide of 27 year old Matthew Warren, son of well know pastor and author, Rick Warren.  Reverend Warren pastured Saddleback Church…a SouthernMore >>
    Most of you have probably heard about the recent death by suicide of 27 year old Matthew Warren, son of well know pastor and author, Rick Warren.  Reverend Warren pastured Saddleback Church…a SouthernMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Welcome Dr. Bennett

    WDAM Viewpoint- Welcome Dr. Bennett

    Monday, April 1 2013 6:36 PM EDT2013-04-01 22:36:31 GMT
    We'd like to congratulate and wish the very best to Dr. Rodney Bennett as he takes over today as the 10th president of the University of Southern Mississippi.  Thanks as well to Interim President Dr. AubreyMore >>
    We'd like to congratulate and wish the very best to Dr. Rodney Bennett as he takes over today as the 10th president of the University of Southern Mississippi.  Thanks as well to Interim President Dr. AubreyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- USM climbs another rung in the NIT

    WDAM Viewpoint- USM climbs another rung in the NIT

    Tuesday, March 26 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-03-26 22:21:33 GMT
    The Southern Miss. Golden Eagles made it another rung up the NIT ladder last night by beating Louisiana Tech.  Tomorrow night at 7 they take on BYU and the winner will go to New York to play in the semi-finalsMore >>
    The Southern Miss. Golden Eagles made it another rung up the NIT ladder last night by beating Louisiana Tech.  Tomorrow night at 7 they take on BYU and the winner will go to New York to play in the semi-finalsMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Secularizing Easter

    WDAM Viewpoint- Secularizing Easter

    Friday, March 22 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-03-22 20:58:41 GMT
    The secularists have been trying to make Christmas go away…or at least lose all vestiges of its spiritual meaning for years.  Now I see they have their sights set on Easter as well.  One school or school districtMore >>
    The secularists have been trying to make Christmas go away…or at least lose all vestiges of its spiritual meaning for years.  Now I see they have their sights set on Easter as well.  One school or school districtMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- A class act

    WDAM Viewpoint- A class act

    Tuesday, March 19 2013 7:32 PM EDT2013-03-19 23:32:30 GMT
    Not only do we congratulate the USM Men's Basketball team for a great season and a great seed in the NIT…we also applaud Head Coach Donnie Tyndall who personally paid for one-thousand student tickets.More >>
    Not only do we congratulate the USM Men's Basketball team for a great season and a great seed in the NIT…we also applaud Head Coach Donnie Tyndall who personally paid for one-thousand student tickets.More >>
  • Guest Editorial- Executive Director of the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation

    Guest Editorial- Executive Director of the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation

    Wednesday, March 13 2013 8:23 PM EDT2013-03-14 00:23:38 GMT
    Hello, I'm Theresa Erickson, Executive Director of the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation.  I am here today to tell you how your LOCAL Community Foundation is a driving charitable force in the PineMore >>
    I am here today to tell you how your LOCAL Community Foundation is a driving charitable force in the Pine Belt region.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Prejudice against Mississippi

    WDAM Viewpoint- Prejudice against Mississippi

    Tuesday, March 12 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-03-12 22:54:21 GMT
    I was born and raised in Mississippi and have lived here all my life.  I've had to opportunity to do a fair amount of travel and am often offended at the reactions I get when I state with pride that I'mMore >>
    I was born and raised in Mississippi and have lived here all my life.  I've had to opportunity to do a fair amount of travel and am often offended at the reactions I get when I state with pride that I'mMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- What is our government doing?

    WDAM Viewpoint- What is our government doing?

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 7:23 PM EST2013-03-07 00:23:04 GMT
    I always thought sequester was when you locked a jury down so they couldn't be influenced by other people.  Well it seems now that it means having the government act—or not—with little regard for the people.More >>
    I always thought sequester was when you locked a jury down so they couldn't be influenced by other people.  Well it seems now that it means having the government act—or not—with little regard for the people.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Thank you for giving

    WDAM Viewpoint- Thank you for giving

    Wednesday, February 27 2013 7:52 PM EST2013-02-28 00:52:04 GMT
    It is an humbling thing to have the privilege of living among such a generous and giving people who care so very much for their neighbors.  As you know, yesterday WDAM hosted "Build This City:  Red Cross TornadoMore >>
    It is an humbling thing to have the privilege of living among such a generous and giving people who care so very much for their neighbors.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Tuesday's Telethon

    WDAM Viewpoint- Tuesday's Telethon

    Wednesday, February 27 2013 7:01 PM EST2013-02-28 00:01:08 GMT
    We want to give you another friendly reminder about tomorrow's:  "Build This City: Red Cross Tornado Relief Telethon" starting at 5 a.m.  If you've wondered what you can do to rebuild that which was destroyedMore >>
    We want to give you another friendly reminder about tomorrow's:  "Build This City: Red Cross Tornado Relief Telethon" starting at 5 a.m.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Red Cross Tornado recovery Telethon

    WDAM Viewpoint- Red Cross Tornado recovery Telethon

    Thursday, February 21 2013 8:28 PM EST2013-02-22 01:28:28 GMT
    Hopefully, you've already heard that WDAM and the Red Cross have partnered to host a telethon benefiting the four counties affected by the February 10th tornado.  Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Wayne countiesMore >>
    Hopefully, you've already heard that WDAM and the Red Cross have partnered to host a telethon benefiting the four counties affected by the February 10th tornado.  Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Wayne countiesMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Lesson's to be learned from tornado

    WDAM Viewpoint- Lesson's to be learned from tornado

    Tuesday, February 19 2013 11:02 PM EST2013-02-20 04:02:56 GMT
    So what are some of the lessons learned from the massive tornado that swept through the Pine Belt just over a week ago.  Miraculously no lives were lost…but the damage was extensive.  One thing we took awayMore >>
    So what are some of the lessons learned from the massive tornado that swept through the Pine Belt just over a week ago.  Miraculously no lives were lost…but the damage was extensive.  One thing we took awayMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Tornado Teamwork

    WDAM Viewpoint- Tornado Teamwork

    Thursday, February 14 2013 7:24 PM EST2013-02-15 00:24:13 GMT
    What a week it has been!  Beginning late Sunday afternoon a tornado with winds in places of up to 170 miles per hour hit the Pinebelt touching down in various areas and wreaking havoc wherever it did.More >>
    What a week it has been!  Beginning late Sunday afternoon a tornado with winds in places of up to 170 miles per hour hit the Pinebelt touching down in various areas and wreaking havoc wherever it did.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- P.W. Underwood

    WDAM Viewpoint- P.W. Underwood

    Wednesday, February 6 2013 11:29 PM EST2013-02-07 04:29:38 GMT
    "We took it to their butt and we kicked their butts".  That's what Sou. Miss. Coach P.W. "Bear" Underwood proclaimed to those of us who met the team bus back in October 1970 upon their return to campusMore >>
    "We took it to their butt and we kicked their butts".  That's what Sou. Miss. Coach P.W. "Bear" Underwood proclaimed to those of us who met the team bus back in October 1970 upon their return to campus after beating Ole Miss and Archie Manning.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Chris Kyle

    WDAM Viewpoint- Chris Kyle

    Tuesday, February 5 2013 3:55 PM EST2013-02-05 20:55:22 GMT
    I recently read the book "American Sniper" by and about Chris Kyle…dubbed the U.S. Military's most lethal sniper.  He earned that designation during four tours in Iraq as a member of Seal Team Three withMore >>
    I recently read the book "American Sniper" by and about Chris Kyle…dubbed the U.S. Military's most lethal sniper.  He earned that designation during four tours in Iraq as a member of Seal Team Three withMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Right to keep and bear arms

    WDAM Viewpoint- Right to keep and bear arms

    Thursday, January 24 2013 5:17 PM EST2013-01-24 22:17:51 GMT
    After the Colorado theater shooting and shifting into high gear after Newtown, liberal politicians have been pontificating over the Second Amendment, and the role of guns in society.  We have heard a lotMore >>
    After the Colorado theater shooting and shifting into high gear after Newtown, liberal politicians have been pontificating over the Second Amendment, and the role of guns in society.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Beyonce lip-sync controversy

    WDAM Viewpoint- Beyonce lip-sync controversy

    Thursday, January 24 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-01-24 21:42:20 GMT
    There has been a lot of debate and discussion over whether or not popular singing star Beyonce was lip syncing the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration this week.  Of course, if she was, sheMore >>
    There has been a lot of debate and discussion over whether or not popular singing star Beyonce was lip syncing the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration this week.  Of course, if she was, sheMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Assault on Bill of Rights

    WDAM Viewpoint- Assault on Bill of Rights

    Friday, January 18 2013 6:54 PM EST2013-01-18 23:54:34 GMT
    As we learned in school, the first ten amendments to our constitution are known as the Bill of Rights.   While the constitution deals primarily with setting up the mechanisms of our government and howMore >>
    As we learned in school, the first ten amendments to our constitution are known as the Bill of Rights.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Confession is good for...publicity?

    WDAM Viewpoint- Confession is good for...publicity?

    Wednesday, January 16 2013 7:06 PM EST2013-01-17 00:06:54 GMT
    Professional bicycling star Lance Armstrong was back on the front pages this week after confessing, sort of, to Oprah Winfrey that he did indeed use performance enhancing drugs to help him win cyclingMore >>
    Professional bicycling star Lance Armstrong was back on the front pages this week after confessing, sort of, to Oprah Winfrey that he did indeed use performance enhancing drugs to help him win cyclingMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Palazzo reacts...the people speak

    WDAM Viewpoint- Palazzo reacts...the people speak

    Wednesday, January 16 2013 7:02 PM EST2013-01-17 00:02:11 GMT
    Our "Viewpoint" on Tuesday was critical of Mississippi congressman, Steven Palazzo for voting against a bill that would have given aid to the people in New Jersey and New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy…especiallyMore >>
    Our "Viewpoint" on Tuesday was critical of Mississippi congressman, Steven Palazzo for voting against a bill that would have given aid to the people in New Jersey and New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy…especiallyMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Palazzo's a disappointment

    WDAM Viewpoint- Palazzo's a disappointment

    Tuesday, January 8 2013 4:27 PM EST2013-01-08 21:27:18 GMT
    We join with our sister station on the Coast, WLOX, and a lot of other South Mississippians in condemning our Congressman, Steven Palazzo for voting against the hurricane Sandy relief bill which passedMore >>
    We join with our sister station on the Coast, WLOX, and a lot of other South Mississippians in condemning our Congressman, Steven Palazzo for voting against the hurricane Sandy relief bill which passed the U.S. House.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Another fine mess

    WDAM Viewpoint- Another fine mess

    Thursday, January 3 2013 6:26 PM EST2013-01-03 23:26:56 GMT
    If you count all branches of the Federal Government there are 545 people making policy that vitally affects the lives of 311-million Americans.  How many of them and how many of us even know all the implicationsMore >>
    If you count all branches of the Federal Government there are 545 people making policy that vitally affects the lives of 311-million Americans.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- New Years Attitude

    WDAM Viewpoint- New Years Attitude

    Tuesday, January 1 2013 6:51 PM EST2013-01-01 23:51:24 GMT
    This is the time of year we all make New Year's resolutions…and we have a choice:  Faith or Fear.  Fear believes in a negative future.  Faith believes in a positive future.  So we have to make a choice…andMore >>
    This is the time of year we all make New Year's resolutions…and we have a choice:  Faith or Fear.  Fear believes in a negative future.  Faith believes in a positive future.  So we have to make a choice…andMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Safe, Sober, and Focused New Year

    WDAM Viewpoint- Safe, Sober, and Focused New Year

    Tuesday, January 1 2013 6:39 PM EST2013-01-01 23:39:13 GMT
    You have probably seen the Project Roadblock spots on WDAM, as well as other stations…urging you not to drink and drive.  This time of year is infamous for people having parties to welcome in the New Year.More >>
    You have probably seen the Project Roadblock spots on WDAM, as well as other stations…urging you not to drink and drive.  This time of year is infamous for people having parties to welcome in the New Year.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Be a Santa to a Senior

    WDAM Viewpoint- Be a Santa to a Senior

    Tuesday, December 11 2012 7:00 PM EST2012-12-12 00:00:46 GMT
    Various programs such as the Angel Tree Project, Christian Services and many others are successful in helping many disadvantaged children who otherwise wouldn't have anything to enjoy a Merry ChristmasMore >>
    Various programs such as the Angel Tree Project, Christian Services and many others are successful in helping many disadvantaged children who otherwise wouldn't have anything to enjoy a Merry ChristmasMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Pearl Harbor Anniversary

    WDAM Viewpoint- Pearl Harbor Anniversary

    Monday, December 10 2012 10:18 PM EST2012-12-11 03:18:18 GMT
    It was another perfect day in paradise back in 1941.  Some, mostly officers, were enjoying a leisurely game of golf.  Others, in their starched uniforms, were singing Christmas hymns at the base chapel.More >>
    It was another perfect day in paradise back in 1941.  Some, mostly officers, were enjoying a leisurely game of golf.  Others, in their starched uniforms, were singing Christmas hymns at the base chapel.More >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- 'Tis the season for giving

    WDAM Viewpoint- 'Tis the season for giving

    Tuesday, December 4 2012 10:42 PM EST2012-12-05 03:42:46 GMT
    One of my grandkids gave me this the other day.  It's filled with popcorn and after you've enjoyed the popcorn, you have a neat coin bank.  I got to thinking how neat it would be to put loose change inMore >>
    One of my grandkids gave me this the other day.  It's filled with popcorn and after you've enjoyed the popcorn, you have a neat coin bank.  I got to thinking how neat it would be to put loose change inMore >>
  • WDAM Viewpoint- Academics and Athletics

    WDAM Viewpoint- Academics and Athletics

    Thursday, November 29 2012 6:20 PM EST2012-11-29 23:20:44 GMT
    There's been a lot of hub bub concerning the firing of first year Southern Miss Head Football Coach Ellis Johnson.  All kind of speculation is in the air as to who will be his successor and what kind ofMore >>
    There's been a lot of hub bub concerning the firing of first year Southern Miss Head Football Coach Ellis Johnson.More >>

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