By Freddie Kiger
  • Freddie Kiger: “They Are My Heroes”

    March 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Freddie Kiger’s speech on heroes and heroism, delivered February 23, 2014 at WCHL’s Hometown Heroes recognition lunch.

  • 85 And Counting

    November 23, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I love it when history plays a trump card.  One’s been played Saturday when the Heels host the ACC-departing Maryland Terrapins.  It’s November 24th and that makes this date the 85th to-the-day anniversary of the Dedication Game played in Kenan Stadium back in 1927.   Then, the Heels faced their arch-rival Virginia and the game, […]

  • Franklin Street Of Sighs

    November 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    This week a topic for Homecoming.  I started thinking about it last Sunday morning.  It was quiet downtown—a good time for reflection.  Alone, I shuffled past storefronts and took a perch on the wall that separates town and gown.  My thoughts were interrupted by a father and his three kids.  From head to foot they […]

  • Heel, Ram, Gym, Java

    October 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      OK, for our game against football arch-rival NC State, stories about a Heel, a ram, a gym and java.  First, the timeless question, “What’s a Tar Heel?” Well, there are several versions but, for the one I’ve heard most, let’s return to NC’s colonial history. We have a lot of pine trees and, along […]

  • More Than An Old Well Walk

    October 5, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Today, we’re going to accessorize the Old Well Walk.  Many of you may gather Saturday morning to watch UNC players and coaches lumber from the Old Well to Kenan Stadium.  Well, as they go to perhaps make history, they’re wading through waves of it.    First off, the Old Well itself.  It’s perhaps our most […]

  • Story Of Manning Drive

    September 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

      For this home game against Idaho, no arboretum and no water tower tale but something like it.  We’re going to spin the story of something I bet a bunch of you make use of Saturday.  Some of you may use it on the way in.  Some on the way out.  Some both ways.  You […]

  • A 'Towering' Story!

    September 21, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Well, for this home game, I’ve got a story about a landmark that many of you use to tell people how to find your tailgate.  It’s on the South Side of the stadium and it’s not Memorial Hospital, the UNC Infirmary or Morrison Dormitory.  It’s one of those “it’s-in-plain-sight-but-you-don’t-really-think-about-it-until-you-use-it-for-telling-people-how-to-find-you” landmarks.   It’s the water tower […]

  • Swinging Through The Arb'

    August 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    For this season of Carolina Football, my route has changed.  For 26 years, I strolled down Pritchard Avenue, cut across Rosemary, Franklin, Columbia and Cameron Streets then coursed my way past Memorial Hall, through Polk Place, skirted past Wilson Library and the Bell Tower then made the climb up the hill to Kenan Stadium.    […]