Tab O'Neal

In addition to serving as local host during Morning Edition, Tab O'Neal also anchors the state and regional newscasts .

Tab began his broadcasting career in 1974 as an announcer and newscaster for a Las Vegas, NV radio station. From there he worked in both radio news and music in Salt Lake City, Southern California, Washington DC and Norfolk, VA. From February of 1990 to February 2011, Tab held a variety of on-air positions at Lynchburg/Roanoke's WSET-TV. At Channel 13, Tab was host of Good Morning Virginia and The Heart of Virginia; reported on area news; and was an NWA Certified Operational Meteorologist forecaster for the 6:00 & 11:00 PM newscasts.

Tab is also an artist, writer, poet and video producer.  As an avid NPR and WVTF/RADIO IQ listener, he enjoys putting his skills and talents to work on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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The success of physical healing is dependent on a patient’s emotions and mood, and art impacts those in wonderful ways. Carilion Clinic in Roanoke is one of many health care facilities in the country that is integrating art into healing.

Both in and out patients at Carilion Clinic are encouraged to explore, among other things, painting, crafts, music and literary arts.

Marie Webb, a consultant with the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program at the clinic, says the outcomes are remarkable. 

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is seeking the public's voice in improving the bay's water quality for the Atlantic Sturgeon. On Thursday's Morning Edition, Tab O'Neal spoke with Doug Myers, the Maryland Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, about an upcoming critical habitat designation from NOAA Fisheries for the sturgeon.

The deadline for taking action is September 1st, 2016. Learn more. 

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When a business cannot find a person or other business that is owed money -- a refund, an insurance benefit, or a final paycheck, for example, -- they must turn it over to the state's treasury department. The Virginia State Treasury's Unclaimed Property program will then hold it until the owner can be found. 

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The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has graduated just three classes yet has become so respected that a record number of hopefuls--4600-- applied for just 42 student openings to start this year.

 

 Dr. Aubrey Knight is associate dean for student affairs,

"We are one of the smallest schools in the country. We're small by design based on our curriculum and what we call our distinctives. There continues to be a greater interest in applicants applying to our school."

  The use of tobacco among high school age youth continues to fall in Virginia. The rate has fallen from 28% in 2001 to 8% in 2015. The drop has been equally significant for middle school age youth.  Peer pressure is one reason for the drop. Tab O'Neal reports another reason is a message young people can relate to.

Like any effective marketer, the tobacco industry used placements and messages to target a specific audience. This this from around 1950:

(Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Chesterfield Cigarette Ad)

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