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March 18, 2014

Our Neighbors: ‘On air’ aspirations from a young age

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The one that stands out the most for Jervis is his visit with Garth Brooks.

“Garth Brooks was at the height of his success when he played Rupp Arena in the late 90s. He did a press conference and I was invited. So we’re backstage and he strolls into the conference room with Trisha Yearwood, who at the time was only opening his shows, not his mail. But you could just tell there was something ... I mean she hung on his every word, and the fact that she was even there said something too. At any rate, James Taylor had just filmed an A&E ‘Live by Request’ special, and Garth, who’s a huge J.T. fan, called in and requested an obscure song called ‘Frozen Man.’ So I asked him about that, and he got this big old smile and said, ‘hey so you know that song too!’, which I did, and it broke the ice, no pun intended. From there, it was on. I think I might have taken some time away from some of the bigger stations because he just kept talking to me.”

Jervis said sharing the celebrities’ interviews with his audience has been some of the highlights of his career. But there has also been times he had to share bad news with them.

“I’ve handled natural disasters like tornadoes, thunder storms, things like that. But in 2012, I had something happen that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. My dear friend of 30 plus years, Cathy Hall, lost a battle with cancer at a young age. We’d been morning show partners for several years, and besides being a great comic foil for my show, she was an excellent news director and a dear friend who truly was like a sister to me. After the grim news was broken to our staff, we moved on together each morning and did our show. But those were really rough months, watching her suffer while trying to be strong. Then together, through tears behind our microphones, we planned how to break the news to our listeners, and I watched her day by day fight the most valiant fight I’ve ever witnessed. When you work side by side with someone like that each and every day, an unavoidable bond forms.”

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