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Bill Handel: Going to Drug Rehab Much Bigger Deal Now Than When I Went in 1983

“When I was going in, it was 30 days. I don’t know how long it is now.”

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Cocaine was a prominent drug in the professional and media fields in the 1980s. KFI-AM 640 host Bill Handel was under the drug’s grip in those days but says going to drug rehab now is a much bigger deal than it used to be.

On Tuesday, Handel joked that one of his colleagues would be out until March due to entering drug rehab. He then joked that when he went in 1983, it was only a 30-day program.

“When I was in Dry Island drug rehab, I had quite a dependence on drugs and cocaine for the most part. 1983. Can you imagine I’ve been cleaned for over 40 years?,” Handel marveled. “It was big then. It was it was huge. And I mean, it was enormous. When I was going in, it was 30 days. I don’t know how long it is now.”

Handel, who was a lawyer at the time, told an anecdote of just how prevalent the drug was in those days.

“Every lawyer in the world was doing cocaine at that time because no one knew how insidious it was. And it was sort of just people did it. Doctors did it. Lawyers did it. It was not considered a big deal. I’m there in the hallway, downtown at the county courthouse. And there’s about 15 of us talking and all of a sudden you hear a clink and a little vial of cocaine starts rolling down the hallway,” said Handel. “Every lawyer there starts patting their pockets, their shirt pockets, their pants pocket. We never did figure out who it was. Of course, I grabbed it and I used it myself.”

Handel concluded by doing the math to realize that the price of cocaine hasn’t risen since he got clean in 1983.

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WRVA Host Jeff Katz Gets Special Olympics Tattoo After Raising $15K

Katz made a bet with Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard that if he could raise $15,000 for Special Olympics of Virginia, the pair would get matching tattoos.

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WRVA host Jeff Katz has some new ink. Not on a contract, but on his left arm.

Katz made a bet with Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard that if he could raise $15,000 for Special Olympics of Virginia, the pair would get matching tattoos.

The duo actually raised more than the $15,000 goal, so yesterday became “Tattoosday” for the pair, with Katz showing off his new ink on his left arm alongside tattoo parlor owner Mike Ivey of Journey’s End Tattoo Studio, who donated his service to the radio host and sheriff.

Katz has been host of The Jeff Katz Show on the Richmond news/talk station for the past 10 years, and signed a contract extension to remain with the Audacy-owned station last June. In 2023, Katz finished second in the BNM Top 20 for Mid-Market Afternoon Shows.

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Glenn Beck: ‘Why is Journalism Now A Crime to Journalists?’

“Open and free dialogue is the foundation for free society. It is also the foundation that peace can be built upon.”

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The fallout from the interview by Tucker Carlson with Russian President Vladimir Putin continues, with Glenn Beck noting that he finds humor in the reaction.

Beck welcomed Carlson to his BlazeTV program to discuss the interview. Before Carlson joined the program, Beck questioned why the response to the former Fox News host’s interview was as swift as it was.

“The news was actually kind of hilarious and it still is. Take any war in history, I don’t care with whom or which leader. Any journalist worth their salt, they’d be chomping at the bit to interview the leaders on both sides, but not this one. Why?,” Beck questioned. “Why is journalism now a crime to journalists?

“There’s been something that the media has now forgotten. Maybe the governments have never known it. But it is that open and free dialogue is the foundation for free society. It is also the foundation that peace can be built upon. Talk with everyone. You don’t have to trust them, even like them, but talk to them, understand where they’re coming from. It’s all very basic. And if anyone currently is criticizing Tucker for interviewing a person who is the leader of the country, we’re currently involved with a shadow war, well, maybe you should just ask Tucker.”

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Former WBBM Anchor David Roe Dies

Roe anchored at the Chicago all-news station for 35 years before stepping away in 2018.

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David Roe, a longtime anchor at WBBM before his 2018 retirement, has died after a bout with esophageal cancer.

Roe anchored at the Chicago all-news station for 35 years before stepping away in 2018. In addition to his work at WBBM, Roe also spent time at stations in Wyoming, Colorado, and Denver before moving to the Windy City as an anchor and reporter in 1983.

“He was a wonderful anchor — nothing ever flustered him,” retired WBBM news anchor and reporter Regine Schlesinger told the Chicago Tribune. “He was unflappable as an anchor and in fact, he was so good at it that whenever anybody new was hired and went through a training process, (management) would always put that person with David because they knew that David knew how to teach them properly.”

“He was very committed to … very much wanting to do good work, accurate, honest work,” added WBBM political editor Craig Dellimore. “It was a matter of trying to be our best. And David was very funny and personable and got along with everybody. He had a very calm manner about him, and that was very helpful in times of breaking news.”

David Roe was 71 years old.

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