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Greetings from The Booth!

I want to start this week’s blog by sending thoughts and prayers to the people of Florida, who endured incredible devastation from Hurricane Ian last week. Many of us have some connection to the Sunshine State, whether it’s a family trip to Disneyworld, having relatives who live there, or just living vicariously in Florida through Jimmy Buffett’s songs. I’ve been to Key West three times, and once you’ve been there, it becomes a part of you. The rain we experienced this past weekend in the Shenandoah Valley was merely an annoyance, as compared to those who have lost everything. In some cases, entire barrier islands have been wiped away. The recovery effort will take years. Here’s to better Floridays ahead…

Changing gears, I came across one of the great movies of all time the other night, 1954’s “On The Waterfront,” starring Marlon Brando. The film won eight Oscars, including a Best Actor Academy Award for Brando. His character, a washed-up prizefighter, utters the line late in the movie, “what did I  get? A one way ticket to Palookaville.” I looked up Palookaville in the dictionary, and it’s defined as a state or situation of obscurity or failure. I immediately thought of Washington, DC, as it relates to sports.

How did Washington become Palookaville? In 2019 the Washington Nationals won the World Series. Just a few short years later they are finishing a 107-loss season. Let that sink in. It’s said that in a 162-game season a major league baseball team will win 54, lose 54, and how good they are will depend on the other  54 games. Using that equation, the Nats are 1-53 in those games. Ouch. In two short seasons, GM Mike Rizzo gutted the team of it’s championship core and committed to a rebuild. How patient the fans are remains to be seen, but it’s easy to get to a Nationals game now–just park at the Vienna Metro stop and take the Orange line to Palookaville station.

Then, there are the Commanders, formerly the Washington Football Team, formerly the Redskins. Their ineptitude under owner Dan Snyder is well documented. There have been brief periods of success like the NFC East titles in 2012 and 2020, only to be followed by immediate returns to failure. The 20-plus years of the Snyder era have been filled with bad draft choices, free agents past their prime, numerous coaches and quarterbacks, terrible on and off-the-field decisions, one of the worst game day experiences in the NFL, Fed-Ex Field filled with opposing-team fans, and a toxic workplace culture. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

The Washington Wizards are just perennially mediocre. Their last NBA title was 1977-78. Enough said.

And we come to the Washington Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup in 2018. Since then, they’ve been ousted in the first round of the playoffs every year, despite having one of the best players to ever lace up the skates in Alex Ovechkin. The Caps tease us each year with lots of regular season wins, only to make their tee times in early April.

And there you have it. But take heart, Washington sports fans. There’s always next year in Palookaville.

Until the next visit from the Booth…GO FLORIDA!






VDOT ready for Hurricane Ian

Traffic Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation has made statewide preparations for Hurricane Ian.

They anticipate the storm to bring high winds and heavy rain that could down trees and powerlines or result in debris or flooding that would make roadways hazardous.

In preparation for the storm, crews inspected and cleaned drainage structures.

During the storm, they will monitor wind speeds in critical areas like bridges and address inoperable or downed traffic signals.

Travelers should obey road closure signs, be alert for debris, watch for high winds effects on tall vehicles like tractor trailers or box trucks, and remember “turn around, don’t drown” if you see flooded roadways.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Warren County and Emergency Officials monitor Ian

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Warren County Fire and Rescue and Town of Front Royal have announced that they and Emergency Officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Ian.

Ian has once again intensified with landfall expected in the Carolinas today.

Keep track of the latest from the National Weather Service here.

Once Ian strikes land it is expected to weaken considerably over the southeast portion of the United States into tomorrow.

However Virginia remains under a state of emergency as high winds and rains are expected into the early part of the week.

The winds and rains could cause flash flooding, flooding and damaging winds.

Power providers have had crews standing by for recovery ready to go where needed.

All available Virginia State Police Officials are ready to be deployed into the hardest hit areas as well.

Kemp Miller will also have the latest weather available throughout the weekend and beyond as always.

Stay tuned to the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 to stay up to the minute.

Additional helpful information is provide at and

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Gov. Youngkin declares a state of emergency ahead of Ian

Governor Youngkin has declared a state emergency by email in advance of Hurricane Ian which has re-intensified and is approaching the Carolinas.

The storm is still expected to bring steady and in some cases heavy rains to parts of Virginia according to the National Weather Service.

The Governor encourages all Virginians and visitors to make a plan, have supplies on hand and follow sources for up to the minute information on Ian’s impact.

A state of emergency declaration allows the state to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts.

Virginians are advised to prepare for the potential of heavy rainfall, flooding, wind damage and possibly even tornadoes.

Virginia’s emergency support team is constantly monitoring the situation and coordinating resources with local, state and federal officials.

Kemp Miller’s weather forecast will provide up to the minute weather information as the storm progresses stay tuned to the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 to stay informed.

More information on preparation is available at and

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

River Report: 9-30-22

In our final Shenandoah River Report of the season, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf has some safety tips in anticipation of Hurricane Ian’s remnants for the Shenandoah Valley this weekend. Brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Let Don Roberts help you make some memories on the South Fork this Fall. Visit