Karen West

Monday – Friday 10am-3pm


With almost 40 years in radio, Karen West lives and breathes the Country Radio lifestyle! As 97.3 The Eagle’s Assistant Brand Manager, Music Director and on-air midday personality, Karen’s love and passion for the format is unparalleled.

Obsessed with the new country artists Jackson Dean, Nate Smith, Bailey Zimmerman, Lainey Wilson, Chapel Hart, Priscilla Block, Jelly Roll…as well as those artists that blew the doors open for them…Waylon, Loretta, Garth, Strait.

Outside of radio Karen’s is extremely passionate about the many charitable causes that she gives her time to. The American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign in memory of her sister Ginni, who passed away peacefully of breast cancer in 2005, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital’s endeavors to end childhood cancer are two charities that hold a very special place in her heart.

Karen is an author who has written two books to benefit various charities. Amazing Trace, A Sister’s Journal follows the story of her sister’s battle with breast cancer. Karen’s works are available at most online book retailers.

Her favorite quote of all time is from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Karen is a Hampton Roads native, born and raised in Newport News and now lives in Norfolk. She has four daughters who are her best friends.

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Carrie Underwood Shares Hilarious Video of Her “Ridiculous” Mom Voice [WATCH]

Carrie Underwood may have one of the best singing voices in country music (or all music, period) but that doesn’t mean she’s not exempt from using some “ridiculous” voices while talking to her kids. Carrie shared a hilarious video of herself giving her son a pep talk after he “went pee pee in the potty.” …

Luke Bryan Apologizes for His “Absurd” Dustin Lynch Intro at Crash My Playa

Luke Bryan Apologizes for His “Absurd” Dustin Lynch Intro at Crash My Playa

Luke Bryan‘s humor got him in a little bit of trouble at Crash My Playa on Saturday when he introduced Dustin Lynch to the crowd. The “Country On” singer took the stage saying, “The longest-standing representative of Crash My Playa.  No one has drank more liquor, no one has vomited more, no one has taken…

Reba McEntire Is Performing at Her New Restaurant Today, and You Can Watch It Online

Reba McEntire Is Performing at Her New Restaurant Today, and You Can Watch It Online

Reba McEntire is doing a live show TODAY (Thursday, January 26th) to celebrate the opening of her new restaurant, bar, and live music venue, “Reba’s Place.” The event is closed to the public, but it’s being streamed live on Facebook.com/Reba.  It starts at 6:45 p.m. Central. Reba’s Place is a combination restaurant, bar, live music venue and…

HRT to Offer Free Fare on February 3rd to Celebrate Transit Equity Day

HRT to Offer Free Fare on February 3rd to Celebrate Transit Equity Day

On Friday, February 3, Hampton Roads Transit will offer free fare on its bus, light rail, ferry, paratransit and microtransit services in honor of Transit Equity Day. No purchase or pass is needed for free fair on February 3rd, 2023. On this day, please join us as we honor Rosa Parks for her courageous act…

Interview with local food influencer Matt from The Southern Snack!

Interview with local food influencer Matt from The Southern Snack!

We were so excited to welcome Matt from The Southern Snack to The Eagle Morning Show! Matt is a local food influencer who reviews both new menu items at local eateries, as well as new packaged snacks at the grocery store. He posts new content daily on his TikTok, Instagram and Youtube pages. We chatted…

Willie Nelson Is Celebrating His 90th B-Day with an Epic, Two-Day Concert

Willie Nelson Is Celebrating His 90th B-Day with an Epic, Two-Day Concert

Willie Nelson is turning 90 this year and he’s celebrating with an epic two-day concert at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., beginning on April 29th. The line-up includes Beck, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Lyle Lovett, Miranda Lambert, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, the Avett Brothers, The Chicks, The Lumineers, Tom Jones, and Ziggy Marley, with more performers to be announced. “I can’t think of a better way to…

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Carly Pearce and Cole Swindell Sing “Never Say Never” at Crash My Playa

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa took place over the weekend with performances from Ashley McBryde, Dylan Scott, Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell, and more. Carly took the stage to sing with Cole Swindell during the three-day festival.  The pair teamed up on his hit with Lainey Wilson, “Never Say Never.” @carlypearce Had so much fun singing…

Luke Combs to Perform at 2023 Grammy Awards

Luke Combs to Perform at 2023 Grammy Awards

The first round of performers for the 2023 Grammy Awards was announced on Wednesday, January 25th. Luke Combs and Brandi Carlile will represent country music at the ceremony set to take place on February 5th. Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, and Sam Smith will also take the stage on Music’s Biggest Night. Live from…

Rescuers Form Human Chain to Save Stranded Dolphin [WATCH]

Rescuers Form Human Chain to Save Stranded Dolphin [WATCH]

Marine rescuers in Florida linked together to save a stranded dolphin. The dolphin, which was spotted in Clearwater creek, was first spotted on January 1st and seemed unable to find its way out. Rescuers were also concerned that too much human contact would impact its ability to live in the wild. A team of 28…

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Chris Stapleton to Perform National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII

Chris Stapleton has been tapped to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII on FOX! Watch Chris Stapleton perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII on FOX. 2.12.23 • #SBLVII @NFL @NFLonFOX @RocNation pic.twitter.com/BNuZzBIwR9 — Chris Stapleton (@ChrisStapleton) January 24, 2023 The pregame lineup also includes Babyface singing “America the Beautiful,” and Sheryl Lee…

Brooks & Dunn Announce 2023 “Reboot Tour” with Scotty McCreery

Brooks & Dunn Announce 2023 “Reboot Tour” with Scotty McCreery

“Bucket List” tour.  That’s what Scotty McCreery is calling his outing this year with Brooks and Dunn on their 2023 “Reboot Tour.” The country music duo announced the news on Instagram today saying, “The Brooks and Dunn posse rides again. More excited to hit the big stage as we ever have been ! -RD & KB…

WATCH: Rivers Casino Portsmouth Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WATCH: Rivers Casino Portsmouth Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Hampton Roads residents lined up this morning to be one of the first to roll the dice at Portsmouth’s Rivers Casino. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Monday, January 23rd with a performance from Norfolk State University’s “Spartan Legion” Marching Band. The @Norfolkstate Spartan Legion is kicking things off! @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/7v90X7Jc1p — Marielena Balouris…

WATCH: Toby Keith Helps Fans in a Bar Sing “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”

WATCH: Toby Keith Helps Fans in a Bar Sing “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”

Toby Keith is a die-hard University of Oklahoma fan.  He’s also a good sport. His Sooners lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Wednesday, but instead of sulking, he was at an OSU bar helping fans sing “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” At one point in the video, Keith scolds someone for not singing along which prompted one user…

Playful, Belly-Rub Loving 2-Year-Old Cocker Spaniel Needs a Home

Playful, Belly-Rub Loving 2-Year-Old Cocker Spaniel Needs a Home

Dee Dee is up for adoption at Norfolk Animal Care Center.  She is two years old and very energetic.  She loves to run and play! She was brought to the shelter because she does need to be the only dog in the home.  She is great with people and will immediately lie down and politely…

Chase Stokes Address Kelsea Ballerini Romance Rumors: “Having a Good Time”

Chase Stokes Address Kelsea Ballerini Romance Rumors: “Having a Good Time”

Outer Banks star Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini sparked romance rumors this week when the actor shared a photo of the pair looking cozy at a football game. Kelsea addressed the rumors in a TikTok video but while she didn’t confirm or deny the romance, Stokes appeared to.  During an interview with TMZ on Wednesday,…

Dolly Parton Announces New Line of Baking Mixes, Including Biscuits, Cornbread, and Brownies

Dolly Parton Announces New Line of Baking Mixes, Including Biscuits, Cornbread, and Brownies

Dolly Parton’s partnership with Duncan Hines just got bigger. The country music icon released a line of cake mixes last year, including Southern Coconut and Banana Cream Pie.  Now, she’s expanding it to include cornbread, biscuits, and brownies! I’m so excited to launch my new @realduncanhines’ cornbread, biscuits, and brownie mixes. 🧁 Sign-up for a…

CMT Announces Their 2023 Next Women of Country Class

CMT Announces Their 2023 Next Women of Country Class

CMT has announced their 2023 Next Women of Country Class. This is the 10th anniversary, and it’s also the largest class yet! The 16 rising female country artists selected were revealed on Tuesday, January 17th. One of this year’s Next Women of Country Class members, MaRynn Taylor, performed earlier this month at The Eagle’s Nest…

Kelsea Ballerini Responds to Rumors She’s Dating Outer Banks Star Chase Stokes

Kelsea Ballerini Responds to Rumors She’s Dating Outer Banks Star Chase Stokes

Kelsea Ballerini and Outer Banks star Chase Stokes sparked romance rumors over the weekend.  The actor shared a photo of the two looking cozy at the Georgia vs. TCU game in California. (scroll through to the 3rd photo) View this post on Instagram A post shared by @hichasestokes Kelsea responded to the rumors on TikTok, but…

Grand Ole Opry to Celebrate Dolly Parton on 77th Birthday

Grand Ole Opry to Celebrate Dolly Parton on 77th Birthday

Dolly Parton is turning 77 next Thursday and the Grand Ole Opry is celebrating with a multi-day event, which will run all weekend.   The celebrations will include a larger-than-life 77th birthday card for fans to sign at the Ryman Jan. 19 – 21; 77 Hours of Dolly giveaways on Opry social media; birthday cupcakes baked…

Annaliese’s Wild Card Weekend Pig Skin Picks! {Listen}

Annaliese’s Wild Card Weekend Pig Skin Picks! {Listen}

Wild Card Weekend in the NFL kicks off with Annaliese’s Pig Skin Picks!!! Instead of picking on pure athletic ability or team momentum, Annaliese makes her picks based on which quarterback she finds more attractive. Today we’ll hit on both, Saturday and Sunday Wild Card NFL playoff games. Who needs the wise guys in Vegas…

Pet of the Week: King Tut is a Senior Dog, Good With Kids, Who Needs a Home

Pet of the Week: King Tut is a Senior Dog, Good With Kids, Who Needs a Home

Furry Friday brought to you by Line-X of Chesapeake King Tut is up for adoption at Chesapeake Animal Services.  He is about 7 years old and was brought to the shelter when his owners could no longer take care of him.  He required medical attention and CAS covered the cost of his surgery so he…

Kelsea Ballerini Announces New Heartfirst Tour Dates for Spring 2023

Kelsea Ballerini Announces New Heartfirst Tour Dates for Spring 2023

Kelsea Ballerini is heading Heartfirst into Spring with new tour dates. The country singer will balance her opening duty acts for Kenny Chesney with her own headlining “Heartfirst” tour. She shared the news on social media saying, “Let’s do this again.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) Kelsea Ballerini’s…

Jelly Roll Is Filled with Gratitude about His First Number One Song

Jelly Roll Is Filled with Gratitude about His First Number One Song

Jelly Roll is celebrating “Son of a Sinner” becoming his first Number One country hit. He shared on social media, “I’m so filled with gratitude as tears stream down my face while I type this.  I currently have the #1 song on country radio.” The singer shared that he never thought this would happen to “a guy…

Eric Church Announces 27 Date Outsiders Revival Tour

Eric Church Announces 27 Date Outsiders Revival Tour

Eric Church has some big summer plans.  The Chief just announced a massive tour of 27 amphitheaters, including Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. Parker McCollum and Morgan Wade are set to appear with Church in Virginia Beach on Saturday, July 1st. “When I approach touring, I’m always inspired by a new experience, a new way…

True Crime Report for Wednesday, January 11th. {Listen}

True Crime Report for Wednesday, January 11th. {Listen}

When people break the law, we laugh. As long as nobody gets hurt. With that in mind, we have a fresh batch of dumb guys and gals breaking the law. From a guy shooting up a Taco Bell, to a passenger involved in a police pursuit calling the cops on the cops chasing them, to…

Garth Brooks Performs  Surprise Set at a Café for Charity [WATCH]

Garth Brooks Performs Surprise Set at a Café for Charity [WATCH]

Garth Brooks did a surprise set at the Bluebird Café in Nashville over the weekend. Brooks participated in the charity concert to benefit a local hospice.  The famed Nashville cafe and concert venue shared a video from his performance saying, “We loved having the great @garthbrooks surprise our audience last night to help raise money for @alivehospice! It is…

Shay Mooney Delivers Incredible Cover of Adele’s “Somebody Like You”

Shay Mooney Delivers Incredible Cover of Adele’s “Somebody Like You”

Dan & Shay’s Shay Mooney shared a video of himself with an acoustic guitar singing a little bit of Adele’s “Somebody Like You” and WOW. Mooney captioned the post, “Little early to be attempting this. But @adele is worth it.” His bandmate Dan wrote in the comments, “You are the greatest singer of all time. Period.”…

Portsmouth Casino Opening Delayed a Week

Portsmouth Casino Opening Delayed a Week

The opening of the Rivers Casino in Portsmouth has been delayed by a week. Instead of the previously announced opening on Sunday, January 15, it has now been postponed to Monday, January 23, at 10 a.m. Rivers Casino Portsmouth officials say the delay will give them additional time to test and verify new gaming equipment.…

Dolly Parton Shares Touching Tribute to Leslie Jordan on “Call Me Kat”

Dolly Parton Shares Touching Tribute to Leslie Jordan on “Call Me Kat”

Dolly Parton paid tribute to Leslie Jordan on Thursday night’s episode of “Call Me Kat”. Jordan appeared on the CBS sitcom prior to his death on Oct. 24 in a car accident. Parton appeared toward the end of the show’s season premiere saying, “I know usually at a memorial, people talk about somebody. Well, I’m going to talk to you”…

Old Dominion Take a Trip Down “Memory Lane” on New Single

Old Dominion Take a Trip Down “Memory Lane” on New Single

Country music has a rich history of heartbreak songs from “He Stopped Loving Her Today” to “Whiskey Lullaby” and “I Drive Your Truck.” Old Dominion is following suit with their new single “Memory Lane.” Written by band members Matt Ramsey, Brad Tursi, and Trevor Rosen along with songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon, “Memory Lane” tells the…

Senior Pets Overlooked at Local Animal Shelter Need Your Help

Senior Pets Overlooked at Local Animal Shelter Need Your Help

It’s Furry Friday brought to you by Line-X of Chesapeake and I went to visit Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center where I met a sweet senior up for adoption named Alanis aka Lonnie.    Lonnie is about 12 years old, LOVES people, and is good with kids. She is a little hard of…

Dumb Criminal Report for Friday, January 6th. {Listen}

Dumb Criminal Report for Friday, January 6th. {Listen}

The Joker in “The Dark Knight” said, the world deserves a better kind of criminal…and I’m going to give it to them. And he did. Nowadays, you got a bunch of jokers who have no idea how to pull off a heist. Which is a good thing, by the way, yeah, a good thing. In…

Luke Combs Announces Massive New Album Due This Spring

Luke Combs Announces Massive New Album Due This Spring

Luke Combs has new music coming! Less than a year after Luke Combs delivered his latest album, Growin’ Up, the country singer announced a new album of 18 songs will hit stores on March 24th. Luke added in the comments, “It’s 18 new, unreleased songs for those wondering.” View this post on Instagram A post…

Norfolk Botanical Garden Extends Dominion Energy Garden of Lights Through January 7th

Norfolk Botanical Garden Extends Dominion Energy Garden of Lights Through January 7th

Following a very successful 2022 holiday season, Norfolk Botanical Garden has announced they are extending Dominion Energy’s Garden of Lights through January 7th. It’s running each night until January 7thfrom 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is also reduced pricing, adult tickets are just $15. Tickets can be purchased HERE. Here are a few photos…

Parker McCollum Shares Stage with a Nine-Year-Old Cancer Survivor [WATCH]

Parker McCollum Shares Stage with a Nine-Year-Old Cancer Survivor [WATCH]

Parker McCollum met a nine-year-old leukemia survivor named Will at a meet-and-greet before a show in Oklahoma City last week. During the show, McCollum invited the young fan onstage, where Will told the crowd, “Guess what, I’m kicking cancer’s [butt]!” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Will (@warriorwill91) In a follow-up post on…

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