The Week That Was 

Guv awakens

Guv awakens

After nearly two weeks of holing up in the Executive Residence following the Legislature’s passage of a budget he considered to be fiscally irresponsible, Gov. Don Sundquist has finally broken his silence. He’s planned several public appearances this week, not the least important of which is a Thursday press conference where he will announce whether he’s going to veto the budget, in which case lawmakers would have to come back to Nashville and start over.

Unholy alliances

Things have gotten pretty nasty between state government and conservative talk-show host Steve Gill, who has repeatedly accused the Sundquist administration of lying about the need for an income tax and government workers of incompetence. But despite it all, the state Department of Correction is running advertisements on Gill’s station, WWTN-FM. “We’re trying radio out, because we need workers in several areas,” says department spokesman Steve Hayes.


For former talk-radio host Darrell Ankarlo, hearing how his one-time competitors helped defeat a state income tax was somewhat akin to watching your team win the World Series—after you left. Two years ago, Ankarlo, then on WWTN-FM, was one of the first talk jocks to broadcast from Legislative Plaza railing against a state income tax. About a year ago, the St. Louis native bolted back to his hometown to host a morning show. But the new job didn’t take, and now the former Franklin resident is working on a book and plotting his next career move. “I’ve had a few radio stations in Nashville call to see if I would come back,” says Ankarlo, who is decidedly self-assured. “The decision is a little complicated, so I’m taking my time.”


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