Karen West

Monday – Friday 6am-10am


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 morning personality, Karen’s love and passion for the format are 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.

2024 Memorial Day Ceremonies and Events in Hampton Roads

2024 Memorial Day Ceremonies and Events in Hampton Roads

Memorial Day is a solemn occasion to honor and remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military. It’s a time for reflection, gratitude, and paying tribute to those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom. As we gather with family and friends, let us take…

Here’s What Lainey Wilson Needs Backstage at Every Show

Here’s What Lainey Wilson Needs Backstage at Every Show

Some rock stars and musicians are known for being ridiculous about what goes on their backstage rider but Lainey Wilson, who’s our reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, is a lot more chill with her demands. Lainey says she doesn’t want anything crazy backstage, just some, “Throat coat tea.” “I normally ask for a…

Luke Combs Falls On Stage and Has the Smoothest Recovery [WATCH]

Luke Combs Falls On Stage and Has the Smoothest Recovery [WATCH]

Luke Combs performed at Levi’s Stadium over the weekend and brought out a few surprise guests: San Francisco 49ers’ own George Kittle and Brock Purdy. Kittle and Combs pounded beers in front of the crowd. Just three songs later, during the last song of the night, Luke slipped and fell onstage. He played it off…

Morgan Wallen Hand Draws a Tattoo for a Fan Mid-Performance

Morgan Wallen Hand Draws a Tattoo for a Fan Mid-Performance

During Morgan Wallen’s massive performance this past weekend at MetLife Stadium, he somehow found time to design a fan’s tattoo. A fan held up a sign in the audience that read, “Morgan, can you draw my first tattoo?” with an empty box next to it. While onstage, the sign caught Morgan’s eye, so he grabbed…

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Is Opening a Luke Combs Exhibit

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Is Opening a Luke Combs Exhibit

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening a Luke Combs exhibit on July 11th.  It’s called “Luke Combs: The Man I Am” and it’s on display until June 2025. It’s all about Luke’s life and career, so some of the stuff on display includes childhood and tour memorabilia, set lists, instruments, photographs, and concert…

New Music Monday: George Strait, Luke Combs, Hardy and More Release New Songs

New Music Monday: George Strait, Luke Combs, Hardy and More Release New Songs

Some great new music just got released that you should check out. Luke Combs put out his summer smash that is on the “Twisters” soundtrack . . . Plus, there are new tunes by George Strait . . . Hardy, and more. George Strait announced last week that his 31st album called “Cowboys and Dreamers” is on the…

Kenny Chesney Surprises Megan Maroney with ACM Award Celebration [WATCH]

Kenny Chesney Surprises Megan Maroney with ACM Award Celebration [WATCH]

Megan Moroney is opening for Kenny Chesney on his Sun Goes Down tour, and because of that, she missed the ACMs on Thursday. That also meant she wasn’t at the show to accept her very first ACM award, for New Female Artist of the Year. But Kenny and his crew made sure to celebrate her big win by bringing out a very sparkly pink…

Lainey Wilson Wins Big at 2024 ACM Awards

Lainey Wilson Wins Big at 2024 ACM Awards

The 2024 ACM Awards took place on Thursday, May 16th.  Lainey Wilson kicked off the ACM Awards with a nod to the host state covering the Little Texas hit, “God Blessed Texas.” She then rolled into her own song, “Hang Tight Honey,” which could have been her mantra for the evening. Lainey took three trips to the podium claiming the coveted Entertainer of…

2024 ACM Awards: Parker McCollum and Chris Stapleton Among Early Winners

2024 ACM Awards: Parker McCollum and Chris Stapleton Among Early Winners

The big day is here and we have three more winners at tonight’s ACM Awards. Parker McCollum was surprised by Old Dominion during his set at the ACM Lifting Lives concert with his first ACM trophy. He took home the win in the Visual Media category for his video for “Burn It Down.” Meanwhile, Chris Stapleton claims the Artist-Songwriter trophy and Jessie Jo Dillon (“Back Then Right Now,” “Halfway to…

Megan Moroney, Nate Smith, Tigerlily Gold Among Early ACM Winners

Megan Moroney, Nate Smith, Tigerlily Gold Among Early ACM Winners

The ACM Awards are set to take place on Thursday, May 16th and a few early winners were announced ahead of the broadcast. Megan Maroney won for New Female Artist of the Year! 👋 Say hello to the ACM New Female Artist of the Year… @_megmoroney! 👋 #ACMawards pic.twitter.com/qFcMQJpqiL — ACM Awards (@ACMawards) May 15,…

ACM Awards 2024: How and When to Watch Amazon Prime Live Stream for Free

ACM Awards 2024: How and When to Watch Amazon Prime Live Stream for Free

The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live on May 16 at 8 p.m. ET from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Hosted by Reba McEntire, the event will stream live for free on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch’s Amazon Music channel. The full rebroadcast will also be available on Prime…

Dolly Parton and Krispy Kreme Team Up on New Line of Donuts

Dolly Parton and Krispy Kreme Team Up on New Line of Donuts

Dolly Parton is the gift that keeps on giving.  The country music legend has teamed up with Krispy Kreme for a new line of “Dolly Parton Southern Sweets” donuts. The four flavors include a ‘Dolly Dazzler’, Peach Cobbler, Banna Pudding, and Chocolate Creme Pie! The Dolly Dazzler is described as “an Original Glazed® Doughnut dipped…

Michael Bublé and Snoop Dogg to Join ‘The Voice’ as Coaches This Fall

Michael Bublé and Snoop Dogg to Join ‘The Voice’ as Coaches This Fall

Michael Bublé and Snoop Dogg will join Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani as coaches on The Voice this fall. The news was announced at NBC’s upfront presentation on May 13. “Folks, we’ve got a rookie taking the chair. I can’t wait for him to join us — so I can beat him,” McEntire said onstage during the event.…

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins Share Hilarious Throwback Photos of Each Other in Instagram War

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins Share Hilarious Throwback Photos of Each Other in Instagram War

In honor of Thomas Rhett‘s new song, “Beautiful As You,” he jokingly shared some of his wife’s less “beautiful moments.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Thomas Rhett Akins (@thomasrhettakins) Don’t worry. Lauren’s retaliation was swift and embarrassing.  She shared a compilation of Thomas that included some questionable hair and outfit choices dating back to their…

New Music Monday: Post Malone and Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, Reba McEntire, and More Release New Music

New Music Monday: Post Malone and Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, Reba McEntire, and More Release New Music

Happy Monday!  Two words usually don’t go together…unless you’re talking about New Music Monday!  Here’s a round-up of some of the best new music released last week. 1.  “I Had Some Help” by Post Malone and Morgan Wallen. (PROFANITY WARNING:  There’s an F-word at 0:13 and an S-word at 1:47 in the video.) 2.  “Hang Tight Honey“ by Lainey Wilson. 2.  “I Can’t“ by Reba McEntire. 3.  “Fault Line“ by Carly Pearce. 5.  “Fireside” by Chase…

Brantley Gilbert and Wife Amber Announce Baby #3 on Mother’s Day

Brantley Gilbert and Wife Amber Announce Baby #3 on Mother’s Day

Brantley Gilbert and his wife, Amber, know how to celebrate Mother’s Day. They did it up right by announcing that Amber would become a mom for the third time. The couple co-posted their ultrasound image on Instagram taken during a trip to the beach, but didn’t share any other details yet.  Brantley and Amber already are parents…

Going Viral: The Perfect Way to Cut a Sandwich Has Been Discovered

Going Viral: The Perfect Way to Cut a Sandwich Has Been Discovered

Do you cut sandwiches down the middle, or diagonally?  What if BOTH of those options are wrong? A man in Florida named Ryan Duff posted a photo the other day of a grilled cheese sandwich, and said he “perfected” it by trying a different cut he came up with. It’s Y-shaped, so you end up…

Hardy’s Gives Inspiring Commencement Speech at His Alma Mater [WATCH]

Hardy’s Gives Inspiring Commencement Speech at His Alma Mater [WATCH]

written by Stephanie Taylor Hardy gave the commencement address at his (and my) alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University. Colleges should have songwriters talk at every graduation, because wow. Hardy left that graduating class with some very moving words that should stick with them. He talked about the importance of working hard in your career…

Lainey Wilson To Open Nashville Bar in Former FGL House

Lainey Wilson To Open Nashville Bar in Former FGL House

Nashville’s downtown bar scene is about to welcome a new addition. According to The Nashville Business Journal, Lainey Wilson is partnering with TC Restaurant Group to open a bar in the former FGL House space at 120 Third Ave. S. FGL House, a partnership between the now-dissolved band Florida Georgia Line and TC Restaurant Group,…

George Strait Announces New Album: “I Broke Down and Did Another Record”

George Strait Announces New Album: “I Broke Down and Did Another Record”

George Strait performed with Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night (May 4th) “It’s so good to be back…man, it’s been six months, and that’s too long,” Strait told the sold-out crowd of 51,132 attendees. During his set, The King of Country casually dropped the news that he has…

Randy Travis Released First New Song in Over a Decade With Help of A.I.

Randy Travis Released First New Song in Over a Decade With Help of A.I.

Randy Travis fans have reason to celebrate – his first song in over a decade, “Where That Came From,” debuted last Friday. In an exclusive segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” yesterday, Travis revealed how A.I. technology played a pivotal role in allowing him to release new music. Since his near-fatal stroke in 2013, Randy has…

New Music Monday: Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, Keith Urban with Lainey Wilson, and More

New Music Monday: Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, Keith Urban with Lainey Wilson, and More

Some great new music just got released that you should check out.  There are new tunes by Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, and Keith Urban with Lainey Wilson. 1.  “Wranglers“ by Miranda Lambert. 2.  “Miles on It“ by Marshmello and Kane Brown. 3.  “Go Home [With You]“ by Keith Urban with Lainey Wilson. 4.  “Indifferent“ by Megan Moroney. 5.  “Pretty Dang Good“ by Tracy Lawrence. 6.  “Tomorrow’s Good Ol’ Days“ by Jesse Daniel featuring Ben Haggard. 7.  “Mama, I Made It“ by Lauren Watkins. 8.  “On…

Poochella Is Back! Homeless Pups Steal the Spotlight at Multi-Shelter Adoption Fest

Poochella Is Back! Homeless Pups Steal the Spotlight at Multi-Shelter Adoption Fest

Forget the influencers—dazzling dogs were the stars at Poochella, a twist on Coachella this Saturday at Bea Arthur Dog Park. 10 local shelters came together with dozens of adoptable dogs for a tail-wagging good time at PETA’s riverfront park. Stephanie Taylor went to meet some of the pups hoping to find a loving home. View…

Ashley McBryde Adds Some Country Flair to “‘The Little Mermaid’ [WATCH]

Ashley McBryde Adds Some Country Flair to “‘The Little Mermaid’ [WATCH]

Ashley McBryde and her band added a country spin to a few Disney songs while in Orlando last month. Her bandmate, Chris Harris, performed “Beauty and the Beast,” and she sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.” Ashley says, “When in Orlando, you MUST sing a Disney song.” When in Orlando, you MUST…

Bailey Zimmerman Strips Down, Throws Clothes to Crowd at Concert

Bailey Zimmerman Strips Down, Throws Clothes to Crowd at Concert

If you’re going to see Bailey Zimmerman in concert and it rains, you may get treated to a whole different kind of show 🙂 According to a video shared on TikTok, Bailey rencently played a show in Texas and was forced to cut it short due to lightning in the area, so the singer decided…

New Music Monday: Darius Rucker and Jennifer Nettles Team Up on New Duet and More!

New Music Monday: Darius Rucker and Jennifer Nettles Team Up on New Duet and More!

Happy Monday! We’ve gathered some of the best new music released last week and it includes new music from Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and an incredible Tom Petty cover by Chris Stapleton. 1.  “Well Alright“ by Johnny Cash. 2.  “Made in Texas“ by Willie Nelson. 3.  “I Should Have Known It“ by Chris Stapleton.  This is a Tom Petty cover. 4.  “The Dark End of the Street“ by T.…

Reba McEntire To Host and Perform at 2024 ACM Awards

Reba McEntire To Host and Perform at 2024 ACM Awards

Reba McEntire will host the 59th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, set for May 16 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX. McEntire has a long history as the show’s host, with 2024 marking a record 17th time in the role. She will also perform during this year’s show. “What an honor to have been part of the…

Miranda Lambert Signs New Record Deal; Teases New Music

Miranda Lambert Signs New Record Deal; Teases New Music

Miranda Lambert is back!  After parting ways with her longtime record label last year, the country singer has signed with Republic Records, a deal which includes support from Big Loud including Country radio promotion and marketing. Lambert’s first new music since 2022’s Palomino, the single “Wranglers,” will be available May 3. “Music is and always will be the…

Help Shelter Pets in Need this Tuesday During #GiveLocal757!

Help Shelter Pets in Need this Tuesday During #GiveLocal757!

A message from Stephanie Taylor: Animal shelters across the country right now are struggling.  In 2021, shelters began filling back up as more animals were entering than leaving, and now many are packed to the brink.  I recently joined the Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center (FNACC) board to help our local city shelter in…

Kelsea Ballerini Is Trying to Stop a Former Fan from Leaking Her Unreleased Music

Kelsea Ballerini Is Trying to Stop a Former Fan from Leaking Her Unreleased Music

Kelsea Ballerini is seeking a restraining order against a former fan named Bo Ewing, who allegedly obtained unreleased masters and demos of music she’s still working on. Kelsea Ballerini is pursuing a restraining order against a former fan named Bo Ewing, who reportedly acquired unreleased masters and demos of her music that she is currently working…

New Music Monday: Corey Kent, Tyler Childers, Randy Houser, Anne Wilson and More Release New Tracks

New Music Monday: Corey Kent, Tyler Childers, Randy Houser, Anne Wilson and More Release New Tracks

Happy Monday!  Ok, those two words don’t usually go together but Mondays are a little easier to get though when you have new music! Here’s some of the best new music released recently: 1.  “A Better Place“ by Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton. 2.  “Ghost on the Canvas“ by Glen Campbell and Sting. 3.  “Hold on Hope” by Glen Campbell and Eric Church.  This song was released two…

Jelly Roll Steps Away from the Internet Due to Weight Bullying

Jelly Roll Steps Away from the Internet Due to Weight Bullying

Bunnie XO, wife of the musician Jelly Roll, recently shared a heartfelt message on her podcast about the impact of online negativity. She revealed that Jelly Roll has stepped away from the internet due to the hurtful comments he received about his weight. “My husband is off the internet because he is so tired of…

Carrie Underwood Honored Toby Keith at the Grand Ole Opry [WATCH]

Carrie Underwood Honored Toby Keith at the Grand Ole Opry [WATCH]

Carrie Underwood honored Toby Keith during her Saturday night performance at the Grand Ole Opry.  The fellow Oklahoma native covered his 1993 debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”. . @carrieunderwood honored the late @tobykeith at the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” 🤠 pic.twitter.com/D2db1iQBcP — CMU Fan ♡ (@TeamCarrie1212) April 14, 2024 Always a wonderful…

Hardy Takes on Mean DMs: Country Star Reads Harsh Messages in Candid Video

Hardy Takes on Mean DMs: Country Star Reads Harsh Messages in Candid Video

You’ve heard of Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets segment, well Hardy recently shared his mean DMs in a video on social media. In the video, Hardy opens up one DM and reads it aloud. The message is particularly harsh: “You’re fat and you’re ugly, and not to mention ‘Truck Bed’ might be the worst song I’ve…

Chris Stapleton Shows Off Comedy Chops in SNL Skit with Ryan Gosling

Chris Stapleton Shows Off Comedy Chops in SNL Skit with Ryan Gosling

Chris Stapleton was a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.  The country singer performed “White Horse“ and “Mountains of My Mind.“ The best surprise though, was seeing him join Ryan Gosling for a funny country-themed skit.  It’s called “Get That Boy Back”, and has three girls singing in a country bar about how they’re getting revenge on their exes.  Chris plays the…

Norfolk Animal Care’s Pet Pantry is Empty; Donate Today to Help Pets in Need

Norfolk Animal Care’s Pet Pantry is Empty; Donate Today to Help Pets in Need

Urgent need! @norfolkanimals has 1 bag of adult dog food in the community pet pantry The shelter shared a plea with followers on Thursday saying, “We’re in need of a miracle in order to be able to attend our mobile pet pantry stop THIS Saturday (2 days away)” More pets are finding themselves in shelters…

Strawberry Picking Guide: Get a List of Strawberry Farms in Hampton Roads

Strawberry Picking Guide: Get a List of Strawberry Farms in Hampton Roads

Strawberry season is in full swing! Get your baskets ready and pick some for your family and friends this summer. In Pungo, there are 16 pick-your-own farms where you can pick a bushel of berries, wildflowers, and more. Click here for a full list. In Chesapeake, you can visit Brookdale Farms, Hickory Ridge Farms, Historic…

Kelsea Ballerini Defends Her No-Pants Moment at the CMT Awards

Kelsea Ballerini Defends Her No-Pants Moment at the CMT Awards

During one of her performances at the CMT Awards, Kelsea Ballerini wore a gold bodysuit over tights with NO PANTS.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) Not surprisingly, there were haters on social media, saying things like,…

Luke Combs, Megan Moroney Lead 2024 ACM Nominations

Luke Combs, Megan Moroney Lead 2024 ACM Nominations

The Academy of Country Music announced this year’s nominees for the ACM Awards. Luke Combs leads the nominations with eight, including nods in the major categories of Entertainer, Male Artist, Album, Song and Single, along with Music Event for his collaboration with Riley Green on “Different ‘Round Here.” Megan Moroney leads the way for women with six nominations, including both Female Artist and New Female Artist. Morgan Wallen also receives six nominations,…

The Funniest Nashville Takes on Morgan Wallen’s Recent Arrest {WATCH}

The Funniest Nashville Takes on Morgan Wallen’s Recent Arrest {WATCH}

The news heard around Nashville yesterday was that Morgan Wallen was arrested late Sunday night on three counts of felony reckless endangerment. He threw a chair over the balcony and down to the street below from the sixth floor of Eric Church’s Nashville bar on Broadway and was arrested soon after by local officers. What…

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