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.

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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There are 108 delegates and alternates from the Virginia Democratic party attending the National Convention in Philly this week. Along with the delegates there are committee members, pages, and volunteers.

95 of the Virginia delegation are committed to the results of the primary election. As a result, 62 are committed to Clinton and 33 to Sanders in the first round of voting. The remaining 13 are uncommitted.

We will have reports from the convention throughout the week.

It has been a year since leadership changed at Sweet Briar College in Amherst County. In a dramatic reversal of the previous leadership, the current team has brought the school back from the brink of closure to another year of growth and security.

Teresa Tomlinson, Sweet Briar class of 1987, is chair of the Sweet Briar College Board of Directors and mayor of Columbus, GA. That's where she joined us from by phone.


Virginia has three venomous snakes: the Northern Copperhead, the Eastern Cottonmouth and Timber Rattlesnake. They share the distinctive characteristics of producing venom, having heat-sensing facial pits, and hinged fangs. Tab O'Neal reports.

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