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  • Today's viewpoint: Holiday shopping safety

    Today's viewpoint: Holiday shopping safety

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  • Today's viewpoint: Digital addiction

    Today's viewpoint: Digital addiction

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 4:14 PM EST2015-11-25 21:14:23 GMT
    Wednesday, November 25 2015 4:15 PM EST2015-11-25 21:15:04 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    People are always saying, “The kids stay on their electronic devices all the time.”  More >>

    People are always saying, “The kids stay on their electronic devices all the time.”  

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  • VIEWPOINT: COMMON CORE

    VIEWPOINT: COMMON CORE

    VIEWPOINT: COMMON CORE

  • Joe's Viewpoint: American Eagle Airline

    Joe's Viewpoint: American Eagle Airline

    Monday, November 24 2014 5:48 PM EST2014-11-24 22:48:13 GMT
    Monday, November 24 2014 5:48 PM EST2014-11-24 22:48:14 GMT
    The subject of today's viewpoint is the new airline service from American Eagle now available from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport to Meridian and Dallas.More >>
    The subject of today's viewpoint is the new airline service from American Eagle now available from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport to Meridian and Dallas.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Vacation Security

    Joe's Viewpoint: Vacation Security

    Friday, June 12 2015 4:46 PM EDT2015-06-12 20:46:54 GMT
    Friday, June 12 2015 4:46 PM EDT2015-06-12 20:46:53 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Well now that school is out, many of us are thinking about summer vacations. More >>
    Well now that school is out, many of us are thinking about summer vacations. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Voting Rights

    Joe's Viewpoint: Voting Rights

    Monday, June 15 2015 6:35 PM EDT2015-06-15 22:35:40 GMT
    Monday, June 15 2015 6:35 PM EDT2015-06-15 22:35:40 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    I have spoken before about our voting rights and how important it is for each of us to exercise this right.More >>
    I have spoken before about our voting rights and how important it is for each of us to exercise this right.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Celebrating July 4th

    Joe's Viewpoint: Celebrating July 4th

    Thursday, July 2 2015 12:58 PM EDT2015-07-02 16:58:20 GMT
    Thursday, July 2 2015 12:58 PM EDT2015-07-02 16:58:20 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    In light of the past two weeks events, and the news and strong opinions that have followed and dominated many conversations especially on social media;I would like to suggest that as we celebrate July 4th we are reminded of what brings us together as a nation.More >>
    In light of the past two weeks events, and the news and strong opinions that have followed and dominated many conversations especially on social media;I would like to suggest that as we celebrate July 4th we are reminded of what brings us together as a nation.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Teens and prescription drugs

    Viewpoint: Teens and prescription drugs

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-08-05 21:00:37 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-08-05 21:00:37 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    As a follow up to last week’s viewpoint on the dangers of prescription drugs, I wanted to share a conversation I had with the narcotics division of the Forrest County Sheriff’s office. More >>
    As a follow up to last week’s viewpoint on the dangers of prescription drugs, I wanted to share a conversation I had with the narcotics division of the Forrest County Sheriff’s office. More >>
  • Today's viewpoint: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Today's viewpoint: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Friday, October 16 2015 5:26 PM EDT2015-10-16 21:26:53 GMT
    Friday, October 16 2015 5:26 PM EDT2015-10-16 21:26:53 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Many of us have become accustom to the display of pink in the month of October and it may seem routine to see WDAM go pink on the 7th of every month. More >>
    Many of us have become accustom to the display of pink in the month of October and it may seem routine to see WDAM go pink on the 7th of every month. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Execution secrecy

    Joe's Viewpoint: Execution secrecy

    Tuesday, March 1 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-03-01 21:22:05 GMT
    Tuesday, March 1 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-03-01 21:22:05 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Senate Bill 2237, titled the Execution Secrecy bill, has cleared the Judiciary committee and the Senate in Mississippi.  More >>

    Senate Bill 2237, titled the Execution Secrecy bill, has cleared the Judiciary committee and the Senate in Mississippi. 

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Mississippi Flood Relief

    Joe's Viewpoint: Mississippi Flood Relief

    Friday, March 18 2016 3:52 PM EDT2016-03-18 19:52:41 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 3:52 PM EDT2016-03-18 19:52:41 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    The Pine Belt, like many communities across the South, experienced a tremendous amount of rain over the past two weeks. 

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    The Pine Belt, like many communities across the South, experienced a tremendous amount of rain over the past two weeks. 

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Looking for answers

    Joe's Viewpoint: Looking for answers

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 4:27 PM EST2016-02-09 21:27:51 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-02-09 21:30:21 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    Back in December, it was uncovered that the Hattiesburg School District’s funds had been mismanaged and now they are currently working to keep from falling short of funds for this fiscal school year.

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    Back in December, it was uncovered that the Hattiesburg School District’s funds had been mismanaged and now they are currently working to keep from falling short of funds for this fiscal school year.

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Martin Luther King Jr.

    Joe's Viewpoint: Martin Luther King Jr.

    Friday, January 15 2016 4:44 PM EST2016-01-15 21:44:51 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 4:44 PM EST2016-01-15 21:44:51 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    On Jan. 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia. And while Monday is the official holiday in observance of his birth and life, today is his actual birthday. As we start the holiday weekend, you may have the good fortune of being off on Monday, and I encourage you to not look at it as just another day off. Let’s consider how each of us can make our community a better place for one another. Dr. King dedicated himself to achieving equality through non-vio...More >>
    On Jan. 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia. And while Monday is the official holiday in observance of his birth and life, today is his actual birthday. As we start the holiday weekend, you may have the good fortune of being off on Monday, and I encourage you to not look at it as just another day off. Let’s consider how each of us can make our community a better place for one another. Dr. King dedicated himself to achieving equality through non-vio...More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Lottery Mania

    Wednesday, January 13 2016 5:07 PM EST2016-01-13 22:07:44 GMT
    Wednesday, January 13 2016 5:09 PM EST2016-01-13 22:09:07 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Lots in the news over the past week or so concerning your chances of winning the Powerball lottery jackpot and you have probably heard that the odds are not very good – in fact they are quite poor.  More >>

    Lots in the news over the past week or so concerning your chances of winning the Powerball lottery jackpot and you have probably heard that the odds are not very good – in fact they are quite poor. 

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Mississippi primaries

    Joe's Viewpoint: Mississippi primaries

    Friday, January 8 2016 4:05 PM EST2016-01-08 21:05:58 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 4:05 PM EST2016-01-08 21:05:57 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    Mississippi’s presidential primary is just two month away from Friday and will be held on March 8.

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    Mississippi’s presidential primary is just two month away from Friday and will be held on March 8.

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: A New Year and new beginning

    Joe's Viewpoint: A New Year and new beginning

    Thursday, January 7 2016 4:08 PM EST2016-01-07 21:08:54 GMT
    Thursday, January 7 2016 5:04 PM EST2016-01-07 22:04:42 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    This week marks the first full week of the New Year. Many of us probably started with new resolutions, some of which have already been broken.

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    This week marks the first full week of the New Year. Many of us probably started with new resolutions, some of which have already been broken.

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  • Today's Viewpoint: WDAM is committed to you

    Today's Viewpoint: WDAM is committed to you

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 5:13 PM EST2015-12-30 22:13:18 GMT
    Thursday, December 31 2015 4:40 PM EST2015-12-31 21:40:32 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    As our news team works to summarize the big stories from 2015, I would like to remind you that our station is committed to delivering our best to the great people of the Pine Belt. 

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    As our news team works to summarize the big stories from 2015, I would like to remind you that our station is committed to delivering our best to the great people of the Pine Belt. 

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  • Today's viewpoint: The story of the other wise man

    Today's viewpoint: The story of the other wise man

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 4:22 PM EST2015-12-22 21:22:05 GMT
    Friday, December 25 2015 9:00 AM EST2015-12-25 14:00:16 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    In 1895, Henry van Dyke published a short novel titled The Other Wise Man. 

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    In 1895, Henry van Dyke published a short novel titled The Other Wise Man. 

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  • Today's viewpoint: Southern Miss To The Top

    Today's viewpoint: Southern Miss To The Top

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 4:19 PM EST2015-12-22 21:19:09 GMT
    Tuesday, December 22 2015 4:19 PM EST2015-12-22 21:19:10 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    It is bowl week for Southern Miss as they meet Washington this Saturday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. 

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    It is bowl week for Southern Miss as they meet Washington this Saturday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. 

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Don't drink and drive drunk, buzzed

    Joe's Viewpoint: Don't drink and drive drunk, buzzed

    Friday, December 18 2015 5:14 PM EST2015-12-18 22:14:51 GMT
    Friday, December 18 2015 6:20 PM EST2015-12-18 23:20:25 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino

    My message is very simple this week: Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive buzzed. 

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    My message is very simple this week: Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive buzzed. 

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  • Today's viewpoint: Holiday shopping safety

    Today's viewpoint: Holiday shopping safety

    Monday, December 14 2015 11:26 AM EST2015-12-14 16:26:13 GMT
    Monday, December 14 2015 11:45 AM EST2015-12-14 16:45:57 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    The decorations are up everywhere and the traffic is getting heavier around the mall and other retail areas. More >>

    The decorations are up everywhere and the traffic is getting heavier around the mall and other retail areas. 

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  • Today's viewpoint: International Day of Giving

    Today's viewpoint: International Day of Giving

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 5:28 PM EST2015-12-01 22:28:37 GMT
    Tuesday, December 1 2015 5:28 PM EST2015-12-01 22:28:36 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Friday was Black Friday, yesterday was Cyber Monday and today is the International Day of Giving. As I have stated before and it is documented by the Secretary of State’s office, the people of Mississippi are some of the most giving in our nation.With over 1300 charities in Mississippi, hundreds of millions of dollars are raised each year, which is truly amazing and generous.And with all of this charitable giving, we want to be sure your donations are going to a good cause. This ...More >>
    Friday was Black Friday, yesterday was Cyber Monday and today is the International Day of Giving. As I have stated before and it is documented by the Secretary of State’s office, the people of Mississippi are some of the most giving in our nation.With over 1300 charities in Mississippi, hundreds of millions of dollars are raised each year, which is truly amazing and generous.And with all of this charitable giving, we want to be sure your donations are going to a good cause. This ...More >>
  • Today's Viewpoint: Positive change

    Today's Viewpoint: Positive change

    Thursday, November 26 2015 10:22 AM EST2015-11-26 15:22:40 GMT
    Thursday, November 26 2015 12:00 PM EST2015-11-26 17:00:08 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Amanda LaBrot shared a story this week about a group of Hattiesburg High School students who have started a service project to help children of single-parent families.More >>

    Amanda LaBrot shared a story this week about a group of Hattiesburg High School students who have started a service project to help children of single-parent families.

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  • Today's viewpoint: Our veterans

    Today's viewpoint: Our veterans

    Wednesday, November 11 2015 5:00 PM EST2015-11-11 22:00:18 GMT
    Wednesday, November 11 2015 5:00 PM EST2015-11-11 22:00:17 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Happy Veterans Day to all of you who have served our great country with your military service.More >>
    Happy Veterans Day to all of you who have served our great country with your military service.More >>
  • Today's Viewpoint: Get out and vote

    Today's Viewpoint: Get out and vote

    Monday, November 2 2015 4:59 PM EST2015-11-02 21:59:29 GMT
    Monday, November 2 2015 4:59 PM EST2015-11-02 21:59:29 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    The presidential election is a year away but there are still important races and initiatives on the ballot in South Mississippi this week.More >>
    The presidential election is a year away but there are still important races and initiatives on the ballot in South Mississippi this week.More >>
  • Today's Viewpoint: HPD policy hinders transparency

    Today's Viewpoint: HPD policy hinders transparency

    Friday, October 23 2015 5:02 PM EDT2015-10-23 21:02:16 GMT
    Friday, October 23 2015 5:53 PM EDT2015-10-23 21:53:31 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Our news team has shared information with you in a story concerning the recently released policy by the Hattiesburg Police Department requiring all media to submit questions in writing before all interviews.More >>
    Our news team has shared information with you in a story concerning the recently released policy by the Hattiesburg Police Department requiring all media to submit questions in writing before all interviews.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: On Your Side

    Joe's Viewpoint: On Your Side

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 5:16 PM EDT2015-09-29 21:16:10 GMT
    Tuesday, September 29 2015 5:17 PM EDT2015-09-29 21:17:39 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Just about six months ago I shared in a viewpoint our vision statement, which reads “advocating for the Pine Belt and accountable to our neighbors."More >>
    Just about six months ago I shared in a viewpoint our vision statement, which reads “advocating for the Pine Belt and accountable to our neighbors."More >>
  • Joe's viewpoint: Jailing of Kentucky clerk

    Joe's viewpoint: Jailing of Kentucky clerk

    Monday, September 7 2015 5:26 PM EDT2015-09-07 21:26:56 GMT
    Monday, September 7 2015 5:26 PM EDT2015-09-07 21:26:55 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    The jailing of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has been in the news this week. More >>
    The jailing of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has been in the news this week. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: On the side of officers

    Joe's Viewpoint: On the side of officers

    Friday, September 4 2015 12:07 PM EDT2015-09-04 16:07:49 GMT
    Friday, September 4 2015 12:07 PM EDT2015-09-04 16:07:49 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    This week I attended a press conference at Hattiesburg City Hall with Mayor Dupree to recognize the families of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate. More >>
    This week I attended a press conference at Hattiesburg City Hall with Mayor Dupree to recognize the families of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate. More >>
  • Today's viewpoint: Respect officers

    Today's viewpoint: Respect officers

    Friday, August 21 2015 5:07 PM EDT2015-08-21 21:07:12 GMT
    Friday, August 21 2015 5:14 PM EDT2015-08-21 21:14:43 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Across this great country there has been a lot of attention on the actions of law enforcement that I think we forget the thousands of public servants who risk their lives daily doing the right thing. More >>
    Across this great country there has been a lot of attention on the actions of law enforcement that I think we forget the thousands of public servants who risk their lives daily doing the right thing. More >>
  • Today's viewpoint: Support Habitat for Humanity

    Today's viewpoint: Support Habitat for Humanity

    Monday, August 17 2015 3:35 PM EDT2015-08-17 19:35:19 GMT
    Monday, August 17 2015 3:35 PM EDT2015-08-17 19:35:19 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    There is an organization in our community that helps out those in need a great deal.More >>
    There is an organization in our community that helps out those in need a great deal.More >>
  • Guest Viewpoint: Steve Jent

    Guest Viewpoint: Steve Jent

    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:34 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:34:17 GMT
    Wednesday, August 12 2015 4:22 PM EDT2015-08-12 20:22:52 GMT
    In today's guest viewpoint, Tournament Director for the Sanderson Farms Championship PGA TOUR tournament Steve Jent explains the mission of the tournament and how local businesses can get involved.More >>
    In today's guest viewpoint, Tournament Director for the Sanderson Farms Championship PGA TOUR tournament Steve Jent explains the mission of the tournament and how local businesses can get involved.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: The dangers of prescription drugs

    Joe's Viewpoint: The dangers of prescription drugs

    Friday, July 31 2015 5:35 PM EDT2015-07-31 21:35:40 GMT
    Friday, July 31 2015 5:35 PM EDT2015-07-31 21:35:40 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    The danger of prescription drugs is the subject of today’s editorial. More >>
    The danger of prescription drugs is the subject of today’s editorial. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: New school year begins

    Joe's Viewpoint: New school year begins

    Wednesday, July 29 2015 4:07 PM EDT2015-07-29 20:07:26 GMT
    Wednesday, July 29 2015 4:07 PM EDT2015-07-29 20:07:26 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Classes start for schools in our area next week.More >>
    Classes start for schools in our area next week.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Kate Steinle

    Joe's Viewpoint: Kate Steinle

    Thursday, July 16 2015 1:44 PM EDT2015-07-16 17:44:06 GMT
    Thursday, July 16 2015 1:44 PM EDT2015-07-16 17:44:06 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    On July 1st, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was killed while walking on a San Francisco pier. More >>
    On July 1st, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was killed while walking on a San Francisco pier. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Distracted Driving

    Joe's Viewpoint: Distracted Driving

    Friday, July 10 2015 5:10 PM EDT2015-07-10 21:10:54 GMT
    Friday, July 10 2015 5:36 PM EDT2015-07-10 21:36:40 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    On Wednesday July 1, just over a week ago, the Mississippi law banning texting or posting to social media while driving went into effect.More >>
    On Wednesday July 1, just over a week ago, the Mississippi law banning texting or posting to social media while driving went into effect.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Heat Safety

    Joe's Viewpoint: Heat Safety

    Friday, June 26 2015 4:43 PM EDT2015-06-26 20:43:39 GMT
    Friday, June 26 2015 4:43 PM EDT2015-06-26 20:43:39 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    With all of the hot weather we have been experiencing lately, it is probably a good time to remind everyone about heat-related illnesses like heat stroke. More >>
    With all of the hot weather we have been experiencing lately, it is probably a good time to remind everyone about heat-related illnesses like heat stroke. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Register to vote

    Joe's Viewpoint: Register to vote

    Thursday, June 25 2015 5:42 PM EDT2015-06-25 21:42:43 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 5:42 PM EDT2015-06-25 21:42:44 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    We are getting closer each day to the deadline for unregistered voters to get registered for the August 4 primary election. More >>
    We are getting closer each day to the deadline for unregistered voters to get registered for the August 4 primary election. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Common Ground

    Joe's Viewpoint: Common Ground

    Monday, May 25 2015 1:54 PM EDT2015-05-25 17:54:34 GMT
    Monday, May 25 2015 1:54 PM EDT2015-05-25 17:54:34 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Over the past two weeks we have watched as two brave men were laid to rest and as two families were honored. More >>
    Over the past two weeks we have watched as two brave men were laid to rest and as two families were honored. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Honoring our officers

    Joe's Viewpoint: Honoring our officers

    Friday, May 15 2015 4:59 PM EDT2015-05-15 20:59:19 GMT
    Friday, May 15 2015 8:47 PM EDT2015-05-16 00:47:51 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Reflecting over the events of the past week, I am so proud of our local law enforcement and of our community.More >>
    Reflecting over the events of the past week, I am so proud of our local law enforcement and of our community.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: New Texting and Driving law

    Joe's Viewpoint: New Texting and Driving law

    Monday, May 4 2015 4:59 PM EDT2015-05-04 20:59:02 GMT
    Monday, May 4 2015 4:59 PM EDT2015-05-04 20:59:02 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    We ran a story last week concerning the new texting and driving law signed by the governor in March. More >>
    We ran a story last week concerning the new texting and driving law signed by the governor in March. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Tax Freedom Day

    Joe's Viewpoint: Tax Freedom Day

    Friday, April 24 2015 4:32 PM EDT2015-04-24 20:32:09 GMT
    Friday, April 24 2015 4:32 PM EDT2015-04-24 20:32:11 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    According to the Tax Foundation, today is Tax Freedom Day. More >>
    According to the Tax Foundation, today is Tax Freedom Day. More >>
  • Guest Viewpoint: Shepherds' Tent Food Pantry

    Guest Viewpoint: Shepherds' Tent Food Pantry

    Friday, April 10 2015 12:06 PM EDT2015-04-10 16:06:09 GMT
    Friday, April 10 2015 12:06 PM EDT2015-04-10 16:06:45 GMT
    I'm Haile Gaddy with Shepherds' Tent Food Pantry.Mississippi youth suffer worse odds than those anywhere else in the nation, ranking dead last in well-being of children and families; especially, in the area of child poverty, with more than one-third of all youth living below the federal poverty line.More >>
    I'm Haile Gaddy with Shepherds' Tent Food Pantry.Mississippi youth suffer worse odds than those anywhere else in the nation, ranking dead last in well-being of children and families; especially, in the area of child poverty, with more than one-third of all youth living below the federal poverty line.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: How are we doing?

    Joe's Viewpoint: How are we doing?

    Monday, April 6 2015 4:33 PM EDT2015-04-06 20:33:24 GMT
    Monday, April 6 2015 4:33 PM EDT2015-04-06 20:33:25 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    I know we have shared our vision statement with you in the past, but I think it bears repeating. More >>
    I know we have shared our vision statement with you in the past, but I think it bears repeating. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Get involved

    Joe's Viewpoint: Get involved

    Monday, March 23 2015 3:24 PM EDT2015-03-23 19:24:40 GMT
    Monday, March 23 2015 3:24 PM EDT2015-03-23 19:24:42 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    WDAM regularly reports on the Hattiesburg City Council meetings. I decided that if I was going to comment and offer an opinion in the future that I needed to start attending some meetings. More >>
    WDAM regularly reports on the Hattiesburg City Council meetings. I decided that if I was going to comment and offer an opinion in the future that I needed to start attending some meetings. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Disaster Relief update

    Joe's Viewpoint: Disaster Relief update

    Thursday, March 12 2015 4:44 PM EDT2015-03-12 20:44:08 GMT
    Wednesday, March 18 2015 9:45 AM EDT2015-03-18 13:45:19 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Back on January 8 of this year WDAM partnered with the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation to raise funds to help those affected by the tornadoes that struck our area two days before Christmas. More >>
    Back on January 8 of this year WDAM partnered with the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation to raise funds to help those affected by the tornadoes that struck our area two days before Christmas. More >>
  • Guest Viewpoint: The story of Julia Cobb

    Guest Viewpoint: The story of Julia Cobb

    Friday, March 6 2015 3:43 PM EST2015-03-06 20:43:35 GMT
    Friday, March 6 2015 3:43 PM EST2015-03-06 20:43:36 GMT
    Julia CobbJulia Cobb
    My name is Curtis Reed. I've lived in Petal for thirty years and I would like you all to meet 7 year old Julia Cobb.More >>
    My name is Curtis Reed. I've lived in Petal for thirty years and I would like you all to meet 7 year old Julia Cobb.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Common Core

    Joe's Viewpoint: Common Core

    Thursday, March 5 2015 4:15 PM EST2015-03-05 21:15:26 GMT
    Thursday, March 5 2015 4:15 PM EST2015-03-05 21:15:27 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    A few weeks ago I asked you to give me your opinion on Common Core. More >>
    A few weeks ago I asked you to give me your opinion on Common Core. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Selma

    Joe's Viewpoint: Selma

    Friday, February 27 2015 11:44 AM EST2015-02-27 16:44:32 GMT
    Friday, February 27 2015 11:44 AM EST2015-02-27 16:44:32 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    This year we mark the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.More >>
    This year we mark the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Our responsibility

    Joe's Viewpoint: Our responsibility

    Monday, February 16 2015 4:54 PM EST2015-02-16 21:54:07 GMT
    Monday, February 16 2015 4:54 PM EST2015-02-16 21:54:08 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    In a meeting last week here at the station the subject of responsibility and credibility was discussed.Following a lively debate, our team decided that in fact credibility and responsibility go hand-in-hand. More >>
    In a meeting last week here at the station the subject of responsibility and credibility was discussed.Following a lively debate, our team decided that in fact credibility and responsibility go hand-in-hand. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Honoring Dr. Eddie Holloway

    Joe's Viewpoint: Honoring Dr. Eddie Holloway

    Wednesday, February 11 2015 5:42 PM EST2015-02-11 22:42:06 GMT
    Wednesday, February 11 2015 5:42 PM EST2015-02-11 22:42:07 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    The members of the Jesse L. Brown Lodge will hold their 16th annual banquet this Sunday in celebration of Black History Month. More >>
    The members of the Jesse L. Brown Lodge will hold their 16th annual banquet this Sunday in celebration of Black History Month. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Hattiesburg City Council

    Joe's Viewpoint: Hattiesburg City Council

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 5:50 PM EST2015-02-03 22:50:33 GMT
    Tuesday, February 3 2015 5:50 PM EST2015-02-03 22:50:34 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is yesterday's City Council meeting. The meeting did not get under way before it was interrupted by a group of Hattiesburg citizens concerned over the lack of a citizen forum at council meetings.More >>
    The subject of today's Viewpoint is yesterday's City Council meeting. The meeting did not get under way before it was interrupted by a group of Hattiesburg citizens concerned over the lack of a citizen forum at council meetings.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Staying positive

    Joe's Viewpoint: Staying positive

    Thursday, January 15 2015 4:59 PM EST2015-01-15 21:59:21 GMT
    Thursday, January 15 2015 4:59 PM EST2015-01-15 21:59:22 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    At the end of last year I told you about the health benefits of thinking positive. More >>
    At the end of last year I told you about the health benefits of thinking positive. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Thanks for supporting MS tornado relief

    Joe's Viewpoint: Thanks for supporting MS tornado relief

    Friday, January 9 2015 7:55 PM EST2015-01-10 00:55:49 GMT
    Friday, January 9 2015 7:55 PM EST2015-01-10 00:55:51 GMT
    Joe Sciortino, General ManagerJoe Sciortino, General Manager
    Yesterday we partnered with the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation to raise money for those affected by the December 23rd tornadoes.More >>
    Yesterday we partnered with the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation to raise money for those affected by the December 23rd tornadoes.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: The Other Wise Man

    Joe's Viewpoint: The Other Wise Man

    Thursday, December 25 2014 10:10 AM EST2014-12-25 15:10:21 GMT
    Thursday, December 25 2014 10:10 AM EST2014-12-25 15:10:22 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    In 1895, Henry van Dyke published a short novel titled The Other Wise Man. The story has its roots in the biblical account of the Magi from the gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. More >>
    In 1895, Henry van Dyke published a short novel titled The Other Wise Man. The story has its roots in the biblical account of the Magi from the gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Homelessness in the Pine Belt

    Joe's Viewpoint: Homelessness in the Pine Belt

    Monday, December 22 2014 5:21 PM EST2014-12-22 22:21:15 GMT
    Monday, December 22 2014 5:21 PM EST2014-12-22 22:21:16 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Two Saturdays ago a team from WDAM, along with help from Cotton Blues restaurant in Hattiesburg, fed a group of homeless people. More >>
    Two Saturdays ago a team from WDAM, along with help from Cotton Blues restaurant in Hattiesburg, fed a group of homeless people. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Animal Cruelty

    Joe's Viewpoint: Animal Cruelty

    Friday, December 19 2014 5:43 PM EST2014-12-19 22:43:20 GMT
    Friday, December 19 2014 5:43 PM EST2014-12-19 22:43:21 GMT
    Joe's ViewpointJoe's Viewpoint
    It seems that recently we have seen more news reports of animal cruelty. More >>
    It seems that recently we have seen more news reports of animal cruelty. More >>
  • Guest Viewpoint: Domestic Violence and the holidays

    Guest Viewpoint: Domestic Violence and the holidays

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 12:55 PM EST2014-12-17 17:55:05 GMT
    Friday, December 19 2014 1:17 PM EST2014-12-19 18:17:51 GMT
    Guest ViewpointGuest Viewpoint
    The Holiday season is a time for love, laughter, reflection and thanksgiving. However, for victims of domestic violence, the holidays can be a very emotional and difficult time. More >>
    The Holiday season is a time for love, laughter, reflection and thanksgiving. However, for victims of domestic violence, the holidays can be a very emotional and difficult time. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Pets as gifts

    Joe's Viewpoint: Pets as gifts

    Friday, December 12 2014 5:32 PM EST2014-12-12 22:32:40 GMT
    Friday, December 12 2014 5:34 PM EST2014-12-12 22:34:52 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Now that we are all getting into the holiday spirit and shopping around for the best gifts, we wanted to caution some enthusiastic gift givers. If you intend to purchase a pet for someone, be sure that the recipient is ready for the responsibility. More >>
    Now that we are all getting into the holiday spirit and shopping around for the best gifts, we wanted to caution some enthusiastic gift givers. If you intend to purchase a pet for someone, be sure that the recipient is ready for the responsibility. More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Guest Editorial: Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 5:18 PM EST2014-12-03 22:18:00 GMT
    Thursday, December 4 2014 5:16 PM EST2014-12-04 22:16:04 GMT
    Kenneth SmithKenneth Smith
    Lest we forget.Just words to some but not to veterans that have served their country - they are words to live by.More >>
    Lest we forget.Just words to some but not to veterans that have served their country - they are words to live by.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint- Responsible Giving

    Joe's Viewpoint- Responsible Giving

    Monday, December 1 2014 5:17 PM EST2014-12-01 22:17:12 GMT
    Monday, December 1 2014 5:17 PM EST2014-12-01 22:17:13 GMT
    According to Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, “Mississippians are some of the most generous givers in the nation” and “over 1300 Mississippi charities raised over 1 billion dollars in our state last year.”  That is amazing and very generous. More >>
    According to Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, “Mississippians are some of the most generous givers in the nation” and “over 1300 Mississippi charities raised over 1 billion dollars in our state last year.”  That is amazing and very generous. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Happy Thanksgiving

    Joe's Viewpoint: Happy Thanksgiving

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 4:54 PM EST2014-11-25 21:54:18 GMT
    Thursday, November 27 2014 3:00 PM EST2014-11-27 20:00:14 GMT
    Every year around Thanksgiving we are all appropriately reminded to be thankful. And I think most would agree that the emphasis on being thankful is completely valid and noble. More >>
    Every year around Thanksgiving we are all appropriately reminded to be thankful. And I think most would agree that the emphasis on being thankful is completely valid and noble. More >>
  • Guest Viewpoint: Cultural diversity triumphs in Hub City

    Guest Viewpoint: Cultural diversity triumphs in Hub City

    Thursday, February 25 2016 3:08 PM EST2016-02-25 20:08:07 GMT
    Thursday, February 25 2016 3:18 PM EST2016-02-25 20:18:30 GMT
    Flickr Creative CommonsFlickr Creative Commons

    After decades of civil and ethnic strife, cultural diversity finally triumphed in Hattiesburg due to positive change and continuity. 

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    After decades of civil and ethnic strife, cultural diversity finally triumphed in Hattiesburg due to positive change and continuity. 

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Responsible Gun Ownership

    Joe's Viewpoint: Responsible Gun Ownership

    Friday, October 2 2015 4:22 PM EDT2015-10-02 20:22:45 GMT
    Friday, October 2 2015 4:22 PM EDT2015-10-02 20:22:45 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Our news team has recently reported that auto burglaries are on the rise in Hattiesburg and in Lamar County.More >>
    Our news team has recently reported that auto burglaries are on the rise in Hattiesburg and in Lamar County.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Common Ground

    Joe's Viewpoint: Common Ground

  • Guest Viewpoint: How to react if you are stopped by police

    Guest Viewpoint: How to react if you are stopped by police

    Friday, March 27 2015 3:51 PM EDT2015-03-27 19:51:22 GMT
    Friday, March 27 2015 3:51 PM EDT2015-03-27 19:51:23 GMT
    How to react if you are pulled over by policeHow to react if you are pulled over by police
    This is a guest viewpoint from Chief Tyrone StewartThere are many different reasons why you might be stopped by police. Whatever the reason, the officer needs your cooperation.The Laurel Police Department along with Mayor Johnny Magee have started a program to teach drivers the proper protocol to take when you are pulled over. We often see mistakes especially coming from our youth.If you are stopped by the police while driving, you may feel confused, anxious, or even angry. These are natural ...More >>
    This is a guest viewpoint from Chief Tyrone StewartThere are many different reasons why you might be stopped by police. Whatever the reason, the officer needs your cooperation.The Laurel Police Department along with Mayor Johnny Magee have started a program to teach drivers the proper protocol to take when you are pulled over. We often see mistakes especially coming from our youth.If you are stopped by the police while driving, you may feel confused, anxious, or even angry. These are natural ...More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Rise and Shine 5k

    Joe's Viewpoint: Rise and Shine 5k

  • Guest Editorial: Get grief right

    Guest Editorial: Get grief right

    Friday, March 20 2015 11:00 AM EDT2015-03-20 15:00:05 GMT
    Friday, March 20 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-03-20 16:00:58 GMT
    Guest EditorialGuest Editorial
    There is an unspoken rule about grief and loss.More >>
    There is an unspoken rule about grief and loss.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Rise and Shine 5k

    Joe's Viewpoint: Rise and Shine 5k

    Thursday, March 19 2015 5:05 PM EDT2015-03-19 21:05:58 GMT
    Thursday, March 19 2015 5:50 PM EDT2015-03-19 21:50:32 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Hattiesburg Clinic will host the 4th Annual Rise and Shine Half-Marathon and 5K set for Saturday April 4th. More >>
    Hattiesburg Clinic will host the 4th Annual Rise and Shine Half-Marathon and 5K set for Saturday April 4th. More >>
  • Guest Viewpoint: 3D School in Petal

    Guest Viewpoint: 3D School in Petal

  • Guest Viewpoint: 3D School in Petal

    Guest Viewpoint: 3D School in Petal

    Monday, March 16 2015 2:25 PM EDT2015-03-16 18:25:49 GMT
    Monday, March 16 2015 2:25 PM EDT2015-03-16 18:25:50 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Most people know me as Sell of Shelley but today I am speaking as Shelley Brown, mother of a Dyslexic child.More >>
    Most people know me as Sell of Shelley but today I am speaking as Shelley Brown, mother of a Dyslexic child.More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: Disaster Relief update

    Joe's Viewpoint: Disaster Relief update

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  • Joe's Viewpoint: Common Core

    Joe's Viewpoint: Common Core

  • Guest Editorial: Measles Outbreak

    Guest Editorial: Measles Outbreak

    Friday, February 6 2015 5:06 PM EST2015-02-06 22:06:47 GMT
    Friday, February 6 2015 5:06 PM EST2015-02-06 22:06:48 GMT
    The United States is experiencing a new outbreak of measles. There have already been more than 100 cases reported in at least 14 states and Mexico. Measles, though not common to the US due to immunization, is still common in other countries. More >>
    The United States is experiencing a new outbreak of measles. There have already been more than 100 cases reported in at least 14 states and Mexico. Measles, though not common to the US due to immunization, is still common in other countries. More >>
  • Guest Viewpoint: National Black HIV, AIDS Awareness Day

    Guest Viewpoint: National Black HIV, AIDS Awareness Day

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 6:05 PM EST2015-01-28 23:05:00 GMT
    Friday, January 30 2015 12:00 PM EST2015-01-30 17:00:32 GMT
    Joe Sciortino, General ManagerJoe Sciortino, General Manager
    Feb.7th is National Black HIV Awareness Day. More >>
    Feb.7th is National Black HIV Awareness Day. More >>
  • Joe's Viewpoint: A positive new year

    Joe's Viewpoint: A positive new year

    Monday, December 29 2014 5:24 PM EST2014-12-29 22:24:43 GMT
    Monday, December 29 2014 5:24 PM EST2014-12-29 22:24:44 GMT
    Joe SciortinoJoe Sciortino
    Are you a “glass-is-half-full” person or “glass-is-half-empty” person? The answer to this age-old question could be the answer to whether you are an optimistic or pessimistic person. More >>
    Are you a “glass-is-half-full” person or “glass-is-half-empty” person? The answer to this age-old question could be the answer to whether you are an optimistic or pessimistic person. More >>
  • Joe''s Viewpoint: Blood Bowl

    Joe''s Viewpoint: Blood Bowl

    Joe''s Viewpoint: Blood Bowl

  • Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: Miss Mississippi

  • Joe's Viewpoint: No Debates for Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: No Debates for Mississippi

    Joe's Viewpoint: No Debates for Mississippi

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