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And so it begins...

Thursday, Aug, 9 2012

It's Packer time on the "Woobie" baby!

I don't get very excited about pre-season games, but I AM excited about the fact that this is a signal of better things to come...the NFL season will be upon us soon, with the opening game set for the weekend after Labor Day.

Packers' pre-game starts today at 5:00 so the PhilCast will be cut a bit short today.

While I am talking Packers here, I should tell you that the plan is to begin the third year of "Pak Yak" on Tuesday, Sept. 4th to preview the season and that opener on Sunday.

The Yak will once again be the featured segment on the PhilCast on Monday's in the 3:00 hour. I guess I better check to make sure co-host Rich Ratay isn't holding out this season. Matter of fact, he hasn't been in broadcast training camp yet. No wait. Never mind. We don't have that.

GO PACK!

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My kind of concert

Wednesday, Aug, 8 2012

What a wonderful night at the Wisconsin State Fair Tuesday night, where we lingered until closing time after catching Herman's Hermits live.

And yes, this is the REAL HH with Peter Noone touring.

He was funny, engaging and can still sing too. I was impressed. He played to the crowd with his great sense of humor, giving away shirts and CDs from the stage at times.

They played some great British Invasion stuff.

CLICK HERE to listen to the montage I edited together from the concert last night.

The weather was fantastic and we stood toward the back of the large crowd for the entire set.

Then almost magically afterward "Mr. State Fair" was there standing next to me just as the concert ended. I hadn't seen him until then.


"Bill of Fair" then directed us to the perfect night cap, a cream puff ale to sip over good conversation.

I hit my favorites to eat as planned, staying away from the gimmick stuff on a stick.

--Walleye sandwich
--Brat with kraut
--Cream puff
(oh, and one apple-cinnamon doughnut once we got home)

Needless to say, a good time was had by all. And if you like Herman and his Hermits they are playing again Wednesday night at 8:00 at the Cousins Subs Amphitheater.

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Tidbit of the day

Tuesday, Aug, 7 2012

A Scottish bra maker said its research indicates women's lingerie fashions follow a 40-year cycle of vintage styles coming back into vogue.

Now we can all sleep tonight.



Coming up on the show Tuesday...


Sheep texting.

Not making this up either!

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Modern-day reporting

Monday, Aug, 6 2012

How did you first hear about the Temple shooting on Sunday?

Once again the first I heard of it was on Twitter, which is becoming my source for breaking news more often than ever.

But this time my access to media was limited because I was out at our lake home where there is no cable TV and even internet access can be sketchy at times, meaning the smart phone isn't a lock either.

You don't spend a few decades as a radio journalist and not have some of that instinct in your blood. When I first saw the tweets about the incident I felt like I should have been grabbing a recorder and driving to the scene to start phoning in radio reports.

So what did I do instead?
For a few hours I sat and tweeted my reports from various spots I could find information. It just felt like the right thing to do.

Twitter creates this feeling of community with those who are doing the same thing as you at the time. It was almost like a team Twitter effort to help get out the information.

This can also have negative effects. Bad info can spread like wildfire. People were being asked and reminded not to tweet anything from the scene that might compromise the efforts of authorities.
And then there's what I learned about Twitter on Sunday while this terrible tragedy unfolded.

There are people out there that are so twisted that they'll use an event like this to try to make a buck. Like I said, sick.
I'll talk all about it on the show today...as part of "Howz Yer Weekend?" because like it or not, this shooting was a part of our weekend...a very sad part.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 24 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Modern-day reporting

Monday, Aug, 6 2012

How did you first hear about the Temple shooting on Sunday?

Once again the first I heard of it was on Twitter, which is becoming my source for breaking news more often than ever.

But this time my access to media was limited because I was out at our lake home where there is no cable TV and even internet access can be sketchy at times, meaning the smart phone isn't a lock either.

You don't spend a few decades as a radio journalist and not have some of that instinct in your blood. When I first saw the tweets about the incident I felt like I should have been grabbing a recorder and driving to the scene to start phoning in radio reports.

So what did I do instead?
For a few hours I sat and tweeted my reports from various spots I could find information. It just felt like the right thing to do.

Twitter creates this feeling of community with those who are doing the same thing as you at the time. It was almost like a team Twitter effort to help get out the information.

This can also have negative effects. Bad info can spread like wildfire. People were being asked and reminded not to tweet anything from the scene that might compromise the efforts of authorities.
And then there's what I learned about Twitter on Sunday while this terrible tragedy unfolded.

There are people out there that are so twisted that they'll use an event like this to try to make a buck. Like I said, sick.
I'll talk all about it on the show today...as part of "Howz Yer Weekend?" because like it or not, this shooting was a part of our weekend...a very sad part.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 24 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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