Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 18, 2013:
CARSON TINKER - Mike talks with Carson Tinker - University of Alabama Long Snapper. He is live in Montgomery where he's preparing for the Raycom All-Star Classic tomorrow. Several of his teammates are with him for this game but the rest of the team along with Coach Nick Saban will be honored tomorrow in Tuscaloosa. There will be a celebration beginning with a parade at 1:30pm. It begins at 2nd Avenue and moves along University Boulevard to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Then there will be a celebration party at the stadium, as well. Catch Carson and the rest of the Raycom All-Stars at tomorrow's game in Montgomery at 2pm.
BBJ - Sarah talked with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal about local business headliens. They discussed how Birmingham public companies' average stock price rose only 2 percent in 2012 due to significant losses by the bottom performers; why the Affordable Care Act will prompt record Medicaid fee increases this year, but Alabama health officials are still determining how the state will be impacted; and how the construction of a Target Corp. store at Colonial Brookwood Village in Homewood has several big-name retailers aiming to open new stores on Lakeshore Parkway. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - The LEGO Fan Convention returns to Birmingham! Brickfair is a LEGO Fan Convention with LEGO hobbyists from 26 states and 3 countries converging on Birmingham for an amazing show! Anyone with kids or who used to be a kid should enjoy this event. There will be hundreds of models, sculptures and displays made out of those tiny amazing LEGO bricks. It is coming to the BJCC January 19-20. Details can be found at http://www.brickfair.com/Admission is just $8 and families can have a great time seeing all sorts of creations made from LEGO bricks! Adult LEGO Clubs and LEGO fans from around the region will join together with fantastic LEGO displays. Vendors will be selling LEGO related merchandise. Kids and adults will have a Stay and Play area full of LEGO bricks to build their own creations.
ARMSTRONG CONNECTION - Lance Armstrong now says he will spend the rest of his life apologizing - even if it may come too late. In the first part of the cyclists' highly-anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview - he makes some big admissions about his once-celebrated career. For years - only staunch denials from Lance Armstrong, against accusations he used performance enhancing drugs to compete. Then Thursday, in the first televised portion of an interview with Oprah Winfrey - Armstrong admitted he was doping while winning his record string of seven Tour de France titles. The 41 year-old Armstrong was once an athlete that could do no wrong...fighting off cancer to win his string of Tour de France titles. But last October the US Anti Doping Agency released a scathing report - saying Armstrong was at the center of a sophisticated doping operation. His Tour de France titles have now been stripped...and his 2000 olympic bronze medal has been revoked as well. The world doping agency says a TV interview will not reverse the lifetime ban on Armstrong. The group says it wants a sworn confession - and full cooperation on what he knows about performance enhancing drugs. Jerry and Angie Kelly work with Livestrong and got to know Lance over the years. They joined us with their reaction to this story.
BARON'S TOUR - The Birmingham Barons will hold a special Open House for fans at the Regions Field construction site on Saturday, January 19 from 10 AM - 2 PM. This event will provide the first opportunity for fans to see construction progress on the new home of the Birmingham Barons. Fans will have the opportunity to tour Regions Field while getting a first-hand look at many of the unique features of the ballpark. Fans interested in buying tickets for the 2013 season will have the opportunity to look at various seating areas and can pick their seat in person. Fans are encouraged to explore Railroad Park while touring the outside of the facility. Parking will be available in the Children's Hospital lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue South and 17th Street from 10 AM - 2 PM. Fans are asked to sign in at our registration table in Railroad Park across from the ballpark. From there, tours will be guided across the street and into the ballpark. For more information call the Barons offices at 205-988-3200 or visit barons.com.
BEST IN BUZZ - Jaime Sullivan, our Gossip Mom, joined us with a look at some of Hollywood's best gossip! She discussed Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's pregnancy and Britney Spears split from her fiance. She also revealed her latest project.... She's working with Birmingham's own Ruben Studdard!
COMEDIAN - De'Ray Davis, developed and honed a hip, sardonic, streetwise mentality at an early age and parlayed it smoothly and efficiently into the comedy-club circuit. Davis achieved his career breakthrough at the Laffapalooza Festival in Atlanta, GA, then scored a triple whammy by winning the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and landing covetable spots in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Cedric the Entertainer Festival. Throughout, the comic wove vulgar and droll, yet also telling and deeply personal, routines around the subjects of race, poverty, and his challenging experiences growing up in the Windy City projects with a dysfunctional African-American family. For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at (205) 444-0008 or visit stardome.com
Next week on Good Day Alabama, is there a link between diet drinks and depression? We talk it over with our nutritionist! In Money Tuesday we talk retirement and where you should put your money! Lots of talk about pets.... From the Jazz Cat Ball and how you can dance the night away to help the Greater Birmingham Humane Society to a Cat Show where you can take your cat or just go look at the fun! The gardener and the pet doctor join us to take your questions! Jimmy Rockett joins us with some gardening advice! The Bargain Mom has some deals for us! Comedian Marc Ryan joins us with some laughs! And on Monday we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we have all the scoop on the Inauguration! Join us for all of this that and much more next week on Good Day Alabama!