MOUNT VERNON — A familiar voice is returning to his roots to serve as the grand marshal for the 2012 Christmas Parade. Joel Riley, host of the morning show on 610 WTVN, will come out from behind the microphone to greet the guests who will pack downtown Mount Vernon for the annual event.
“It was kind of cool,” Riley told the News about being asked to lead the parade. “The parade is hometown but it really has that great small town feel.”
A 1982 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Riley makes weekly trips from his home in Licking County to see his family and friends, so regardless of his address, Riley continues to be a hometown boy.
“They say it’s hard to go back home. But for me, it’s never hard to go back home,” he said.
Riley has an authentic sense of loyalty, not only to his family, but the town and the people who helped mold him into the man, and radio personality, he is today.
“I have good small-town sensibility,” Riley said. “I’ll be able to genuinely smile and wave to people and a community I have a great affinity for.”
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