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Neenah Shooting

Sunday, Dec, 6 2015

While taking my dog Gabby out to, well, you know, on a foggy Sunday morning a neighbor on my block, also walking her dog, said to me, "Was that you we heard on the radio at the shooting yesterday?"

Oh yeah, it was me all right.

Four hours worth of live coverage from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. trying to piece together the madness of SWAT team members with automatic weapons drawn, running around buildings and armored vehicles that resembled tanks.

This stuff doesn't happen in little Neenah, Wisconsin.

Yet there I was because as we all know, it does happen...anywhere.

You can see me in this photo (with the yellow PhilCast hat) at work, interviewing the owner of the nearby bike shop "Cranked".

He heard multiple shots a few doors down as he was getting his store ready for what he hoped would be a busy Saturday.

It didn't work out that way.

The point of this blog is not to talk about the incident, or go into fascinating details about who ended up linking up with me about this story from around the world (I'll talk about that aspect on the Monday PhilCast) but rather to remind you that this story is an example of why it's important to have LOCAL radio in our community.

When you want to know what's happening, you should be able to turn to local journalists who live and breathe in the same community as you do. Voices you trust because you hear them everyday doing that very same thing.

WHBY provides that in an age when many radio stations simply take the cheaper and more convenient way out....just play syndicated shows with national newscasts. No need to have local news people on the street.

I disagree. And Saturday's events in Neenah are a clear example of why.

WHBY and the HBY news team provided coverage throughout the standoff and then well into the evening as authorities were finally able to release details in news conferences. You were able to tune in to get the latest information about what was happening as it was happening!

It was a trying day.
It was tough to see these things unfolding in our community.
It could have been much worse.

But my point is that local radio, radio like we do for you on WHBY, has you covered.



posted by: Phil Cianciola 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Friday "Pack Yak"

Friday, Dec, 4 2015

Rare full-metal Pack Yak with Rich Ratay for the first hour of the Friday PhilCast show.

I know, I know, it was a great finish to the game and an amazing play.
But that doesn't wipe away the stain of how poorly the Packers played Thursday night against the Lions.

I'm afraid I am going to have to play Scrooge on the Yak.

Then in hour #2 we'll have a guest-shot during the "Rascal of the Week" segment at 4:20-ish.....followed by our usual visit with Mary Rhode for "Chadoin' This Weekend?".

posted by: Phil Cianciola 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Fox Valley Holiday Spending

Thursday, Dec, 3 2015

How did some Wisconsin cities rank when it comes to the amount of cash the average person will spend on the holidays this year?

Wallet Hub put together a huge list of the top cities in America to find out.

I went through the entire list and will be talking about it on the Thursday PhilCast.

But here are the Wisconsin cities that showed up, in order of the biggest spenders;

#155, Waukesha, $997

#173, APPLETON, $944

#214, Kenosha, $889

#316, GREEN BAY, $781

#354, Eau Claire, $745

#359, OSHKOSH, $741

#374, Racine, $730

#474, Milwaukee, $537

posted by: Phil Cianciola 8 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


PhilCast Family announcement

Wednesday, Dec, 2 2015

I always feel a bit odd when I write something like "Make sure to be listening at such-and-such at time..." because the truth is I hope you're listening ALL the time!

But here goes anyway...

Make sure to be listening to the Wednesday showgrum in the three hour as we make an announcement about the PhilCast Family right after our daily chat with Erin Davisson....about 3:45ish.



posted by: Phil Cianciola 8 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Don't mess with dogs

Tuesday, Dec, 1 2015

What an idiot.
First, she does THIS to her own dog because it's barking too much.
Second, she posts a picture and jokes about it on her Facebook page.

Well, they've finally caught and charged her with animal cruelty now after an extensive and expensive search involving three states.

I'll discuss on the Tuesday show, which starts with me getting a massage live on the air.

I'll explain then.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 8 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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