Arts, Leisure and Sports
If you are a local high school sports fan and tune in to games on radio or TV, you know who Dave Ross is. Now he’s been honored by the Virginia High School League as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
Two Virginia schools have already been bounced from the NCAA Division 1 basketball men’s postseason tournament – after trading leads for most of the game Alabama pulled ahead of Virginia Tech with about 8 minutes to go last night and held on for the 86-83 win.
The 50th annual Festival In the Park invites you to take a “Slow Ride” this May – announcing the venerable band “Foghat” as the headliner music event on May 26. Festival president Skip Brown made that announcement this morning. Brown says Foghat appeals to several generations – the younger crowd has made the band’s Slow Ride a popular choice on the game Guitar Hero 3. He also says Festival in the Park will expand beyond Elmwood Park this year to some of the surrounding streets.
“Floydfest 18 Wild” this year is from July 25th through the 29th, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 170. Its been a year of personal and professional changes for co-founder Kris Hodges. He is also the CEO of “Across the Way Productions.” Kris Hodges spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano recently about those changes – and about the music, arts and outdoor festival. Here is a “Longer Listen:
The Virginia Tech and UVA men’s basketball teams get ready to dance.
Major changes announced for minor league baseball today. In Single-A visits to the pitcher’s mound by coaches and other players will be limited to ten per game; at the Double-A and Triple-A levels there are even fewer mound visits and a 15-second pitch timer will be employed. Its all an effort to reduce the length of games. At all levels including Class A that includes the Salem Red Sox, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. Ben Gellman is a spokesman for the Salem Sox:
The Radford Highlanders won their first-ever NCAA postseason game ever in the men’s basketball tourney on Radford’s third trip to the Big Dance – beating LIU-Brooklyn 71 to 61:
St. Patrick’s Day actually falls on a Saturday this year for the first time since 2012 – and Roanokers will take full advantage of that as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
The deadline for a “call for artists” that was supposed to end last week continues through this Friday. More on the 60th annual Sidewalk Art Show from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: