Hi everyone, it's Wild Bill I have been in Country Radio for the past 12 years. I've worked up and down the dial all over the country from South Dakota, Vermont, Michigan, Indiana to Minnesota. I've worked mornings on Z-94 back in 2004 and then took a morning show job in Columbus GA in 2005. I worked for Country station WKCN and stayed there for 2 years. I married my lovely wife Marilyn just over the Georgia border. Marilyn is from a little town called Smith Station, Alabama. I also became good friends with Alan Dupriest in Columbus GA while working with him in radio. I did the unthinkable, I left the south and moved to Mankato Minnesota and worked for country station KYSM for 4 years. My daughter Emma Elizabeth was born in Minnesota in 2008 and she is the love of our lives. It sure is nice to be back home in Georgia being close to Family and friends. I look forward to meeting and reconnecting with all of you!
Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Robertson family whose Duck Commander business is the backdrop for A&E's hit program "Duck Dynasty" will release a new book on May 7 titled, Happy, Happy, Happy, in which he shares his faith in Jesus Christ, his knowledge about the founding fathers, and how he's grown Duck Commander into a multimillion dollar business.
The hour-long season finale of Duck Dynasty was the most-watched program on television Wednesday night, beating out American Idol with 9.6 million viewers, which is a record for A&E.
Robertson credits all of his family's success to their faith in Jesus Christ and their devotion to living a Christian lifestyle. He told CP on Thursday that his family has managed to stay humble, amid all of the fame, because they know that all blessings come from God; and in the end, everyone's going to the same place: a six-foot hole.
"Fame is rather fleeting, as you know, or should know," Robertson said. "Money can come and go, and fame comes and goes. Peace of mind and a relationship with God is far more important, so this is the precedent that we've set in our lives. The bottom line is, we all die, so Jesus is the answer. Many have told me through the years: 'I think I'll take my chances without Jesus.' And I always come back and say, 'so what chance is that?'"
Phil Robertson, the patriarch behind reality series "Duck Dynasty," which ...
Robertson wasn't always a follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, for the first 28 years of his life, he said he lived a "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle," and rejected his sister's efforts to bring him to the Lord, until he read a sign in the Atlanta airport that stopped him in his tracks.
"I'm walking through the airport in Atlanta, and there was a large sign on one of the terminal walls and the question on it said: 'Were you born between the years of 1945 and 1965?' And as I was walking through, I stopped and said, 'oh, well that would be me.' I read on and the sign said: 'Report to the Centers for Disease Control immediately, because you're in the highest risk group on planet earth for hepatitis C.' The point is that for the first 28 years, I was in that group of individuals," Robertson said.
"Fortunately, no debilitating disease fell upon me," said Robertson who attributes his walk with Jesus Christ for all of the success he's achieved in the last 38 years.
Robertson told CP that his book, Happy, Happy, Happy, is an extended version of the speeches he's been giving across the country for the past 25 years.
"Basically, the book is about my life story," he said. "I've been speaking all over the United States about duck calling, the founders of the country, and the Gospel. Once I started doing that, people started asking me: 'How can I get a copy of what I just heard, why don't you write a book?' The book is just about that: ducks, founding fathers, and my faith in God. And the rest of the story is about how it all turned out – went from rags to riches, as they say."
Robertson also attributes his wife, Miss Kay, for the success of Duck Commander, and for being a Christian example to their four sons who are married and raising families of their own.
"I told Miss Kay we need to make sure our children don't turn out like I turned out," he said. "So they were raised up around biblical instruction. That mixed with discipline – the discipline code, I call it. They just had a lifestyle of seeing their parents do good things. I think maybe me loving their mother and me loving my neighbors around me had a profound impact on them. And what came out of that was four sons who are all married to their original wives. And they're acting godly and I think Miss Kay and I had a hand in that."
"So basically, I would recommend that to all parents. You have to discipline your children, or they won't respect you, law enforcement or God, or anyone else. But I would say, overarching, I made sure they knew that we loved them, their mother and myself. … They were loved, they were given biblical instruction, they were seeing their dad and mom reach out to their neighbors around them, helping them, whether it be financial or marriage problems."
Robertson quoted 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and cited it as being one of the scriptures he likes to share with people. "So basically, I don't ever move too far past the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, because it's of first importance. And I make sure it's of first importance with anyone I'm talking to. It all comes down to that, really, when you get right down to it. So it's not complex. Jesus removed our sins and guarantees we can be raised from the dead. I'm still waiting on someone to enlighten me on what story beats that one."
Part of the Christian lifestyle is the Christian work ethic, and Robertson achieved his dream of getting his duck call on the market by setting goals, maintaining his focus, and holding fast to his unwavering faith in God.
"I worked hard," Robertson said about his job as a commercial fisherman, catching catfish and buffalo while he worked to get his small business off the ground. "The first year, my gross sales totaled $8,000 in the duck call business. The second year was like $13,000, and the third year was $22,000. Simply put, I set a goal, stayed the course, and trusted in the Almighty. I did what was right, and the result is for everyone to see now."
Speaking about his book, Robertson said: "All I would tell people is the first 28 years of my life I wasn't going anywhere very fast. The last 38 went beyond anything I could've asked for or imaged. So it was either luck – I was just lucky, as the atheists probably would say – or I was blessed by the Almighty. I'm leaning toward blessings came once I was converted."
"I would tell anybody who was listening, 'Hey this is my story, a lot of good came out of it.' The second half has been far better than the first half, I can tell you that."
Si Robertson and Miss Kay will also release new books this fall, along with a Duck Commander Devotional.
Explosions inside home as Boston police hunt second
marathon bomb suspect
BREAKING NEWS: Multiple explosions echoed from inside a house as police in Boston
massed inside a perimeter set up to contain the remaining suspect in the Boston
The situation was fluid, and the latest development came in the city's Watertown section
after a chaotic night of mayhem that included the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of
Technology police officer and a shootout with police, authorities said early Friday.
Police believe the two suspects from Monday's terror attack are brothers, possibly from
Chechnya, according to sources who spoke to Fox News. The man on the loose was
identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. They are believed to have
been here for 'several years,' sources said.
Schools are closed, train and bus service is suspended and police were telling
residents of neighborhoods including Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown, Newton,
Arlington and Belmont to stay indoors. Police have formed a wide perimeter and
believe the suspect is on foot, armed and dangerous, inside.
"Suspect No. One is dead, Suspect Two is on the run," Massachusetts
Gov. Deval Patrick said at a Friday morning press conference. "There is a
massive manhunt underway."
The dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot multiple times in a
gunfight with police Thursday night and pronounced dead at a hospital.
The suspects apparently surfaced just hours after the FBI released their
imaged late Thursday afternoon, shooting the police officer, robbing a
convenience store, carjacking a man who later escaped and engaging
in a wild shootout with Boston police, in which they hurled explosives
from their stolen car.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said on Twitter that one of the
two suspects was killed and that the at-large suspect, labeled by the
FBI as "suspect two" in the marathon bombing, was "armed and
Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham,
Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods
of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down.
"We believe this to be a terrorist," Davis said in a press conference.
"We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people.
We need to get him in custody."
The Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected
of killing the MIT police officer on campus late Thursday, then
stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed.
Hours earlier, police had released photos of the marathon
bombing suspects and asked for the public's help finding them.
The suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed
it into Watertown, according to the district attorney's news release.
The suspects and police exchanged gunfire, and one of the
suspects was critically injured and later died while the other escaped.
During the pursuit, a MBTA transit police officer was seriously
injured and transported to the hospital, the news release states.
He was identified as Richard H. Donahue Jr., 33, and was
being treated at Mt. Auburn Hospital..
Hours earlier, police had released photos of the marathon
bombing suspects and asked for the public's help finding
them. A new photo of the suspect on the loose was released
later showing him in a grey hoodie sweatshirt. It was taken
at a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, just across the Charles River
A federal law enforcement official told Fox News they are
looking into whether the bombing suspects may have been
from overseas and had overseas military training.
Dozens of officers and National Guard members descended
on Watertown shortly after the shooting outside a building
on MIT's campus in Cambridge, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities were calling for somebody to get on the ground
and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after
someone shouted "fire in the hole," the news agency reported.
Witnesses told The Associated Press they heard multiple
gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens
of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood
and a helicopter circled overhead.
State police spokesman David Procopio told news agency,
"The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to
be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used
against the police officers."
Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in
Boston where a suspect in the marathon bombings
was taken and later died said they treated a man with
a possible blast injury and multiple gunshot wounds.
They wouldn't say if the patient they treated, who came
in with police, was the suspect in the black hat from
marathon surveillance footage.
Earlier Friday, Cambridge police and the Middlesex
District Attorney's office said the MIT officer was
responding to a report of a disturbance when he
was shot multiple times late Thursday. He later
died at a hospital. His name was not immediately
Procopio said the shooting took place about
10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building. The area was
cordoned off and surrounded by responding law
enforcement agencies, according to a posting on
the university's website.
The shooting came little more than three days after
the twin bombings on the Boston Marathon that killed
three people, wounded more than 180 others and
led to an increase in security across the city.
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