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O'Neill Outdoors

Saturday 4AM-6AM

O'Neill Williams

O’Neill Outdoors

68 years old, born in Atlanta, Georgia under a falling barometer and wind out of the west. I’m 5’ 7” tall on a good dry day, shorter when it’s raining. Weigh in at 208 pounds... again, more when it’s wet. I know, I know, I’m fat but hide it well don’t you think? I’m also bald headed and have been since age 23. I’m used to it. Having hair on my head would seem like a lot of trouble to me.

Married to Gail Olivia Williams (yes, her name was Williams before we married). We went to high school together near Atlanta and were acquainted but not close friends. She sat across from me in home room for 4 years. I looked at her. She didn’t look at me. Believe me, Gail Williams was the prettiest girl in high school bar none, was designated and awarded as such by her peers and, if you’ve seen her on the webpage, you know she still is the prettiest woman wherever she goes. 

We met again when I was a freshman at Emory and a fraternity brother had asked me to ask her for a blind date. He had seen a photo in my yearbook. She said that she didn’t go out on blind dates but had wanted to date me for many years. Yea, sure, I just caught her in a weak moment. For our very first date, we went to a baseball game in which I played shortstop going 0 for 3, flied out to right three times on pitches low and outside. That guy had a great curve. After 45 years, since our first date that night, I’m still performing and being coached from the sidelines. I asked her to marry me a few weeks later, obviously another weak moment on her part. We did so three years later in June of 1965, the same week I graduated from Emory. We’ve been married for 47 years. Evidently I still have my act going strong. 

In high school, I wrestled and played football (until the typical knee injury and operation ended all that), and was an All-State baseball player as a senior setting a record in the Georgia High School Baseball Association with a batting average of .567. That average is the second highest ever recorded for a high school player in the history of the State and lasted for 23 years. I was proud. In mid season of that remarkable year, I was batting a cool .818. OK, a few bloop doubles fell in and some ‘seeing-eye’ singles got through. I graduated from Emory University with a BA degree in Economics. I am a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. At Emory I wrestled, played football (wasn’t supposed to), was a diver on the swim team, a sprinter in track (starting first and finishing last in the finals every meet) and the soccer goalie. In my senior season, I was unscored on. I was an average student at best but boy did I have a good time. WOW. Immediately after college, I worked in sales management in the food industry until finding that Television and Radio was more my style. Making up and telling stories about hunting and fishing is more interesting than those about hot dogs. 

In the Spring of 1987, at 43 years old, I finished 3rd in the Atlanta Body Building Championship. Don’t get excited, it was in the Masters’ Division and didn’t have much competition, more than 2 but not many. I’ll put the photos on the site one day when Gail will let me. I lost 43 pounds for that night on stage and never want to do that again. I damn near starved. I like to eat. It’s one of my remaining passions. 

Gail and I have two daughters that live nearby. Our oldest is married, helps me run the company and has two children; Travis is 19 and says he’s going to take over the TV and Radio show and Lorrie is 17 and will be an outstanding mother, the grandest and most rewarding profession on this earth. Our youngest daughter is married, is a beautician, and occasionally cuts the remaining hair I own. Gail and I spend part of our time at the “Lean-to Lodge”, a small cabin in the North Georgia Mountains often broadcasting “O’Neill Outside” radio from there. Maybe you’ve heard us doing that. I’m usually in my shorts. It’s a disgusting visual. Don’t try it. 

Gail and I work every day. You think all this is easy? Every week on average, 52 weeks a year, over 1.4 million outdoorsmen and women either watch the television show, listen to the radio show, read articles by O’Neill in magazines or visit www.oneilloutside.com. 

In 2013, the television show will witness its 32nd season. It began as “The Metro-Channel Sports Fishing Report”, a Thursday night 15-minute interview program on local Atlanta cable. The show expanded and changed from “Fishing in Georgia”, to “Southern Fishing”, “Reel Adventures”, “Adventures Afield” and finally “O’Neill Outside”. The program is on NBC Sports, Sport South, and Sun Sports Networks 52 weeks a year, reaches 80,000,000 households and has a weekly audience of more than 750,000 deeply disturbed outdoorsmen and women. 

“O’Neill Outside” radio airs on from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday mornings on Atlanta’s WSB Radio and can be heard over 38 Southern and East Coast States. I’m told the weekly audience for our 20 plus year old radio program is over 400,000. I don’t believe it! Anyway Gail and I arise on Saturday mornings at 2:30 a.m. and drive to WSB in downtown Atlanta finishing at 6 a.m. Hope you listen and appreciate it. 

So far it’s been quite a ride. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. After all, I’ve got a great partner. Gotta hold up my end of the deal.

News

  • For the fourth time in the past six days, President Donald Trump has used his platform on Twitter to take a swing at a group of more conservative Republicans in the House, this time raising the specter of using the bully pulpit against them in the 2018 elections, if they don’t get on board with his legislative agenda. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast,” Trump said on Twitter. “We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” he added. The Twitter jabs against the Freedom Caucus are becoming somewhat routine for Mr. Trump, who was frustrated that he was unable to convince those lawmakers to back a GOP health care bill last week. Even before today, those type of tweets by the President have drawn frowns from some members of the Freedom Caucus, who say they’re not budging on their conservative principles, just to give Mr. Trump a legislative victory. “I disagree with him,” Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said earlier this week, after Mr. Trump signaled his displeasure with the Freedom Caucus opposition to the GOP health bill. “My conscience was to get rid of Obamacare; this doesn’t do it,” Yoho said of the GOP plan that had the blessing of the White House. “Some of the constant tweeting is at minimum distracting, and at maximum, counterproductive to a legislative agenda,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who also knocked the President for using Twitter to keep grousing as well about Hillary Clinton. “You’re fighting yesterday’s story if you are fighting against a candidate you were once running against that is no longer the candidate you might be running against,” Sanford said.
  • UVALDE, Texas (AP) - Federal investigators are getting their first look Thursday at the scene of a head-on collision involving a small church bus and a pickup truck that killed 13 senior adult church members onboard the bus.The Texas Department of Public Safety reported the lone bus survivor remains hospitalized in critical condition, and the pickup truck driver is in stable condition.The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to the scene to begin seeking the cause of the crash, NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said Wednesday.Twelve bus occupants, including the driver, were dead at the scene of Wednesday's crash, DPS Lt. Johnny Hernandez said. One bus passenger died later at a San Antonio hospital.The wreck happened about 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 83, a two-lane highway, outside Garner State Park in northern Uvalde County. The area is about 75 miles (120.7 km) west of San Antonio.It was not immediately clear what caused the collision about 120 miles (193.1 km) from the church, where the members were headed.Photos and video of the crash's aftermath showed heavy damage to the front drivers' sides of both vehicles where it appeared the two had collided. The back of the bus was up on a guardrail, with glass and debris scattered onto the grass below.Hein said the small bus was a 2004 Turtle Top, though he did not know the specific model. Turtle Top's website features shuttle buses with capacities ranging from 17 to 51 passengers, which they bill as 'a great alternative to the standard 15-passenger van.' Safety concerns have long surrounded the 15-passenger vans, also frequently used by churches and other groups, with advocates saying they can be difficult to control in an emergency.Church officials said in a statement on the First Baptist website that the members were returning from a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment in Leakey, about 9 miles (14.5 km) north of where the crash happened.The church officials were 'ministering to family members to help them deal with this tragedy,' according to the statement. Counselors also were scheduled to be available Thursday at the church.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, offered their condolences in the hours after the crash.'We are saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all those affected,' their statement said. 'We thank the first responders working on the scene in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, and ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers.
  • The Transportation Security Administration fired a woman responsible for screening passengers’ bags after she missed a loaded handgun Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Channel 2 Action News reported. Katrina Jackson of Alabama noticed her .38-caliber handgun when she later looked for her passport and immediately informed officials, according to a police report obtained by Channel 2.  MORE: Fake service animals: Why airline passengers are upset Rock star accused of bringing loaded gun to Atlanta airport CNN producer detained in Atlanta files lawsuit against immigration order TSA issued a statement to the news station. “This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer who was still a probationary employee was immediately and permanently separated from federal service.' Jackson was charged with illegal possession of a handgun when she said she didn’t have her permit on her.  Screeners at the airport have prevented 48 guns from going through security so far this year, Channel 2 reported. Last year, 198 guns were found at checkpoints, which is more than any other airport in the United States. Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016
  • A principal at a Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is facing child porn charges. Jeff Goss is the principal at the Christian Education Alliance in west Tulsa. Goss was arrested Tuesday morning by federal officials after they reportedly caught Goss using an online application to view child pornography. >> Watch the news report here Authorities said the application lets people enter chat rooms and share videos, pictures and more. Agents from Phoenix said Goss showed his face in the chat room, and they were able to track his IP address. Goss reportedly confessed to using the app at least five times. >> Read more trending news Agents said he preferred children ages 10 to 12 and did not care if they were girls or boys. Goss allegedly told officers that he primarily teaches children ages 12 and 13. School officials said they did not find out about the allegations against Goss until FOX23.com called them. They said he did not show up to work Wednesday. The station confirmed that he is in the Tulsa County Jail. The school's website says that it has served home-school families for more than 20 years.