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Fox Valley=Lots of taverns

Wednesday, May, 29 2013

So they've done a study on the states with the most taverns per capita and not surprisingly, Wisconsin shows up high on the list.

But how about the Fox Valley kids?!

Turns out that when they broke it down to cities and the ratio of population to bars that we have several in the top five alone!

Cheers.

More during the Wednesday PhilCast show.


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Meet Wisconsin's spelling bee contestant

Tuesday, May, 28 2013

It's one of the things I cover on the PhilCast each and every year and it's one of those annual rituals of spring. It's the Script's National Spelling Bee, as wholesome as apple pie and as all-American as baseball.

The contest starts today with preliminaries and concludes on ESPN live on Thursday evening this week.

This is Wisconsin's lone speller in the contest, Aisha Kahn from Madison, a 7th-grader who enjoys baking, not just spelling.

I always root for the kid from Wisconsin to least make it to prime time on ESPN in the finals. We'll see!

Now I guess I better use spell check before posting this blog piece. I wonder if spell check in this electronic age is making for poorer spellers? I bet it is.

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The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Friday, May, 24 2013

I can't wait for Sunday morning.

10:00 a.m. and I'll have the TV on to watch every moment, every feature they play about what they call the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", the Indy 500.


It's more than race to me.

For my entire life it has marked the official start of the summer season I so love.

And from Jim Nabors singing to the drinking of the milk in Victory Lane I'll be parked in front of the TV to watch it.

The sound of those machines flying through the turns gives me goose bumps.

I love the anticipation and ritual of it all as well.

33 drivers, this year four of them women, all chasing a big trophy that will have their face on it and a drink of cold milk from a glass bottle in Victory Lane if they win a battle of man and machine lasting over three hours from the drop of the green flag.

These are the traditions that make it all great.
Today we talk '500' with Dave Kallmann who is at the track this afternoon covering it all for the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel. Listen in at 3:30-ish.


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"F" Cancer

Thursday, May, 23 2013

So there it is, the hat in question.

If you saw three women walking around in the Fox River Mall wearing these hats would you be offended? Would it bother you?

Would you think it fair/unfair of the mall security to ask them to remove the hats?

They did.
The women didn't.

They were kicked out.
What do you think?
It's one of the stories I'll be talking about on the PhilCast Thursday afternoon.

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WKY

Wednesday, May, 22 2013

I mentioned on the PhilCast yesterday that I had also found a couple of additional photos from circa 1985 at WKY Radio in Oklahoma City. Here they are.

There I am in the WKY helicopter with the "Traffic Dr." at the stick chasing a tornado near Edmond, Oklahoma.

This really was the golden age of news radio I guess.

Yes, a radio station with a helicopter.

We also had a half dozen news cars and a news van that I used to broadcast live overnight newscasts from when I first started there in 1984.




That's the smaller van with a
complete studio in the back.

I saw my first murder victim from this van, a body laying in the street at 3:00 a.m.

I covered murders, fires, any sort of breaking news live from the van, as we did local newscasts 24-hours a day.

The guy running the board back at the station would have to give me directions to the action over the two-way radio since I was new in town and had no clue where anything was!


And for big remote broadcasts WKY went big with the rig too, utilizing this bad boy!

Yes sir, this was radio news done right!
I cut my news teeth there.




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