WBFJ News Friday, AUG 19, 2016


Tourism spending in Forsyth County reached another record, for a fifth consecutive year.  Forsyth County typically attracts about 1 million visitors a year, according to Visit Winston-Salem.      http://goo.gl/dxk1Hp


(Meet + Greet) Winston-Salem native Kathleen Baker will be back in the Triad this Saturday morning (Aug 20). You can meet her between 9:30am til 11am…

Location: ‘Swim Gear of North Carolina’ on South Stratford Road

*Saturday will be Baker’s only public appearance before returning back to college. Kathleen’s a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley…


‘Back-to-School’ Bash-   Mount Zion Baptist Church in partnership with the Greensboro Police Department will be giving away +5,000 Book Bags this Saturday (August 20) at the Greensboro Coliseum beginning at 9am,  all part of the Community Back 2 School Bash.  The event is free and open to public. 558-3344


Triad Minority Business Expo will be held from 10 to 3pm this Saturday (Aug 20) at Biotech Place / in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on Patterson Ave. in downtown Winston-Salem.  More than 70 minority and female-owned businesses and vendors will be on hand.   *The expo will also offer workshops and sessions designed with the entrepreneur in mind.     Free and open to the public…    


JC Penney is now selling kitchen + laundry appliances?

J.C. Penney stores in the Triad are some of the retailer’s first stores to get the major appliances — refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, washers and dryers.

Penney’s offers NO interest financing, a price match guarantee and free delivery.

BTW: J.C. Penney last sold major appliances in 1983.  www.jcp.com   http://goo.gl/2MWIul


Tourism spending in Forsyth County reached another record, for a fifth consecutive year.  Forsyth County typically attracts about 1 million visitors a year, according to Visit Winston-Salem.      http://goo.gl/dxk1Hp



The new “Ben Hur” movie out in theaters this weekend…

This is the re-make of the 1959 Charlton Heston Oscar-winning classic. Check out the review from Focus on the Family / Plugged In on the News Blog at wbfj.fm



It’s a bird, it’s a plane??  No it’s the ‘Met Life Blimp’ floating over the Triad getting aerial shots for the Wyndham Golf Championship this weekend at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.




The Winston-Salem Open Tennis event happens August 20-27, 2016

at the Wake Forest Tennis Center off Deacon Blvd.  www.winstonsalemopen.com/






Great return on investment: Actress-painter Eve Plumb (she played Jan on “The Brady Bunch”) has sold her child-hood home in Malibu for $3.9 million after decades of ownership. Though she played the part of awkward middle child to a T on the sitcom, it appears the actress was quite savvy away from the set. An 11-years-old, Eve Plumb, with the help of her parents, bought the oceanfront property in 1969 for just $55,300.  http://goo.gl/Pbb45D


Truly Scrumptious! Legendary performer Dick Van Dyke doesn’t let his 90 years slow him down. Van Dyke and his quartet, The Van-tastix, were enjoying a meal together at a Denny’s in Santa Monica recently when they burst into song – a rendition of the theme to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”.

A tweet from Van Dyke’s Twitter account highlighted the video and said,

“Breakfast at Denny’s with a side of grits makes me want to sing!”

BTW: ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel about a wacky inventor and a magical car…  https://goo.gl/Kd4dri



Election 2016: The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has announced the dates for the three presidential and one vice presidential debates this fall.

FYI: The first presidential debate will be September 26 at Hofstra University in NY.

*What about Third Party invitations? The Commission on Presidential Debates has revealed exactly how it will determine who gets to be on the ‘Presidential debate’ stage this fall.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the only two definite participants.  *This year Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, and Jill Stein, the Green Party contender, are both hoping to make the cut.  *Five national polls will be averaged together to determine who is receiving 15% support nationwide.



After two weeks of athletic performances, the 2016 Summer Olympics will wrap up with the closing ceremony at 8pm Eastern this Sunday (Aug 21)

– NOT real time though.  How to catch the Closing Ceremonies: http://goo.gl/bCAzeI



RIO RECAP from Thursday…

The U.S. track and field team is on a roll…

Yesterday, Americans took gold in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles. Ashton Eaton won gold in the decathlon.

The US women’s basketball team beat France 86-67. They’re back in the Olympic final once again…


Friday at the Olympics…

The American women’s 4×100 relay team will run for the gold medal.

The U.S. men’s basketball team meets Spain in a semifinal match.

In Men’s volleyball, the US plays in the semifinals against Italy.

The U.S. tries to become the first country to win two straight gold medals in women’s water polo, also against Italy.

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