2011 in Review
2011 is almost over, so we thought we’d look back at what made headlines in Utica, Nashville and around the world. Do you remember these stories? What stuck out in your mind this year? Take a trip down memory lane with our top stories of 2011.
Man With the Golden Voice
–Ted Williams was the homeless man in Ohio with the golden voice. He went from living on the streets to Hollywood, getting TV appearances, job offers and a new look. He even was the voice of the new Mac & Cheese commercials. Last we heard, Williams checked himself into rehab. Whether or not he’s still there is another story.
-Scotty McCreery first appeared on American Idol and grabbed everyone’s attention with Josh Turner’s ‘Your Man.’ Who knew he’d be your 2011 Idol winner in January?
Keith Urban Surrogate
–Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman’s family grows as they have another daughter through a surrogate. Faith joined 2 year old Sunday Rose. Keith released a picture of his new baby girl a few days later. How they kept the pregnancy and surrogate details a secret is a mystery, but good for them!
Harlem Globetrotter Bucket Blakes
–Buckets was in studio for the morning show before heading to Willard Elementary School in Oneida to entertain the kids. A great time was had by all, including me, who got to spin a basketball on my finger.
St Pat’s Parade
-Everyone went green for the Utica St Patrick’s Day parade.
-As they do every year, hundreds came out to take part in the Heart Run/Walk to benefit the American Heart Association. They even all made it up Heartbreak Hill.
-A tsunami and earthquake hit Japan killing several people and injuring even more. Homes and roads were washed away in the devastation.
-The world celebrated as Osama bin Laden was killed.
-A tornado ripped through Missouri killing more than 100 people, making it the deadliest in history
Sheriff Deputy Killed
-Oneida County Sheriff’s deputy Kurt Wyman is killed in the line of duty. He was shot after responding to a domestic dispute call.
Boilermaker Road Race
-Thousands line the streets of downtown Utica to cheer on thousands more taking part in the Boilermaker road race.
Casey Anthony Not Guilty
–Casey Anthony is found not guilty in the death of her daughter Caylee.
Betty Ford Dies
-Former First Lady Betty Ford dies. She was 93
Dog Wants Pool
-A dog who wanted a pool inside the house was our most viewed post of the month of July
Sugarland Stage Collapse
-The stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair, killing several people and injuring even more before Sugarland was set to perform
Polly Goes Over The Edge
-Polly Wogg raises over $1500 for Special Olympics and rappels off the Adirondack Bank Building in Utica for ‘Over The Edge‘
Dog Won’t Leave Soldier
-A tearjerker of a video went viral when a loyal dog refused to leave the side of his master, a fallen soldier.
Manny’s Cheesecake Fire
-A Utica landmark for over 40 years goes up in smoke. A fire destroys Manny’s Cheesecake
–Tropical storm Lee dumped more water on Central New York than we could handle. Roads were closed, schools were delayed and crews worked overtime cleaning up
Luke Bryan Comes To Town
-Luke Bryan set a record when his ‘Tailgates & Tanlines’ tour came to the Utica Aud. He sold more tickets for a Utica College concert series than any other act.
Sept 11th Anniversary
-It’s hard to believe it was 10 years ago terrorist flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon changing our world forever. We took a look back at that fateful day and honored those lives lost
Nancy Grace Wardrobe Malfunction
-Nancy Grace showed a little more than her fancy footwork on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ when her nipple slipped out of her dress. She still denies it happened, but the tape doesn’t lie.
-Local Fire Departments competed for the best chili in the area. ConFROGulation to Frankfort for winning. Local bands also entertained the crowd throughout the day at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds for Chilipalooza
Hank Jr Hitler Comment
–Hank Williams Jr got himself into hot water after comparing President Obama to Hitler on ‘Fox & Friends.’ He and his theme song were then pulled from ESPN and Monday night football hasn’t been the same since.
Phoenix Football Player Dies
-Area students grieved after Phoenix football player Ridge Barden died during a Friday night game. He was tackled in the 3rd quarter of a game and passed away from blunt force trauma.
Steve Jobs Dies
-Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs lost his battle with cancer. He passed away at the age of 56 but left behind a legacy that has changed the way we communicate.
Mindy McCready Mess
–Mindy McCready not only takes her son out of state without custody but is pregnant with twins. Her son was later found by police in a closet.
Vinny Now Skinny on Biggest Loser
–Vinny Hickerson of Trailer Choir has lost over 180 pounds since starting on NBC’s ‘Biggest Loser.’ He may not have won the at home prize but he’s won his life back and he’s engaged. Plus he made the hottest men list.