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The Caption Contest Bundles Up.

It's not just the premiere  of the latest season of Survivor, but it's also Caption Wednesday! I'm pretty excited about both!  We are expecting frost overnight, so in honor of cooler weather, I have selected the perfect photo! Please give me your best caption to this photo. The winner will receive CD's/ DVD's and other FABULOUS prizes! Your deadline is FRIDAY AT 2 PM because I'm still filling in for Vince in the afternoon. Have fun, be creative and play nice!
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Recycled Prizes!!!

This week, the caption contest recycles. We recycled the very first photo I had you caption. Now I have some recycled prizes, starting with some biodegradable golf tees made from corn.  To go along with the tees, I have 2 DVD's that were given to me by a friend and I am re-gifting; Caddyshack and Grandma's Boy.   If that were not enough, this week's winner gets to browse the prize closet and  select 2 unclaimed prizes to add to their fabulous recycled prize package. Good luck!!!
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The Caption Contest Loses it's Head

Hot enough for ya? How about a cool photograph and some fun captions. I know I sure could use the distraction. Please give me your best caption to this photo. Winner gets prizes...some good, some not so much, the usual routine. Your deadline is Friday at 4 PM. Have fun, be creative  and, as always, ( which you DO) play nice!
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So many great captions, one big winner.

Apparently you guys were just as happy to have the caption contest back as I was if your oh so creative captions are any indication. We start with the honorable mentions...first up is Justin:       First draft of the Wookie costume, before Lucas had a decent budget. next is Jan, who probably knows of what she speaks: This is what a lifetime of yodeling can do the human body. We can always count on James for a great caption: Little Timmy was thrilled to have gotten a part in the Wizard of OZ, until he learned that he'd be one of the "non-flying" monkeys. A very timely caption from Todd: The new addition to the Glee cast is not going to fit in. I loved this one from Tony: Despite his completely outlandish, (some might call it other-worldly) appearance, Alfonso could never quite hide the shame caused by his all-too-normal feet. Our first runner-up Geno reaches back to some of Wuisconsin's notorious history: Ed Gein was really quite a prolific taxidermist, as shown by one of his early attempts. But this week's BIG WINNER of some actual useful prizes is Chainsaw Curtis! Slide, step, twirl, stop..."Jazzhands!"                                                  Thanks again everyone. have a great weekend and stay hydrated!
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Gabby Hearts Trey in Studio M

I've been working full time at Triple M since Sept. 2002, and in that time have met and interviewed a lot of rock and rollers, some famous, many up and coming.  But one of my most anticipated (by me) was interviewing Trey Anastasio shortly after his first solo album was released. I had not done that many Studio M interviews at that time and was totally excited and nervous to meet and talk with him. I knew Trey was a big Frank Zappa fan, so when he met me, held out his hand and said, " Hi, I'm Trey. Thanks for having me". I responded with: " This is a thrill for me only second to the time I made Frank Zappa laugh." I knew that would get his attention and I was right. The start to the interview was delayed about 15 minutes, waiting for a client to show up for the Studio M, giving  Trey and me time to chat a bit. Of course he wanted to know all about my Zappa  encounter. When I told him that I had seen Zappa about 10 times, he was actually jealous and said so. It made me stop and think, that no matter how big a star you are and how many tens of thousands of people come to your shows, there is always someone who you admire who influences you. Check out these candid shots of us: See.. we're talking!!  ( am I a total dork or what? ) When the interview was over, he asks me to wait a second because he wanted to tell me something. ( Like I'd leave the room before he left).            So he comes to me with his CD " Rift" and tells me that he was excited that Frank Zappa had heard this album before he died. he was so cute in his admiration for Frank, and it  made me love Trey just a little  bit more .  If you'd like to hear the Studio M, click  here
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Studio M Memories

When I think back on my almost 10 years at Triple M, so many thoughts and memories rush in, particularly some of the artists  that I have met through Studio M. Getting up close and personal to people whose music I admire is a precious gift that I do not take for granted. One of the things I like the most is meeting artists on their way up. The John Butler Trio came in shortly after their first album, and left me slacked jawed at how great they were. I remember North Mississippi Allstars coming in during the time we were playing their song “Eyes”. They were so stoned out they didn't even remember the lyrics!  Paolo Nutini stopped by Studio M two times. The first time, he was about 19 years old. He is sweet, soft spoken and talks in a very strong Scottish brogue. Half the time I didn’t even understand what he was saying, but when he laughed I laughed. After we finished taping, we got to talking about his love of R & B and old school soul.  I gave him a copy of James Hunter’s CD “People Gonna Talk”, telling him that I thought he would like the album.  The next year he comes back for another Studio M, and before we even started setting up, he told me how much he loved that James Hunter album. I had even forgotten I had given it to him, and was very impressed that he remembered.  What a sweetie pie!       Compare that to Los Lonely Boys, whom I interviewed at least three times.  Each time, they totally didn't remember being here and meeting me. Warren Haynes made me choke up when he sang “Soulshine” at my request. Dan Hick (and the Hot Licks) gave me a hard time even before we started and I LOVED it. But my BIGGEST thrill was meeting Trey Anastasio. More on that tomorrow!
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Saying Good-bye to the East Side.

Come July 4th, I will do something I never thought I'd ever do. I am moving to the West Side.  Gas prices and the beltline have finally done me in. I have been in Madison for the majority of my 30 years in Wisconsin. I first moved to  Sun Prairie to work at  92 WMAD back when it was a rock station. At the time, there was nothing but green space between SP and East Towne. I have lived near Woodman's east, near Oscar Mayer and for a very long time, in the Monona area. In fact, I have lived in my apartment for 12 and 1/2 years, longer than I have lived in any one residence in my life. I loved the East Side, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I have a  LOT of stuff. I have things that were in my parents house that I inherited when my dad moved out here from NY. I have furniture that was his when he passed in 2005. Tim actually moved in HIS stuff ( how dare he! ) in 2006. Here are just SOME of the boxes:   

  

                                                        

We have 33 crates for the records and CD's, and probably 15 boxes of books. Thankfully, we are moving into a large townhouse. Wish us luck!
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This week' clever WINNERS!

Another week draws to an end, but we still have one bit of business to attend to: this week's winners! We start with 2 topical captions, starting with:  Nick Just when you thought the Anthony Weiner fiasco couldn't get any stranger, a new picture emerged on Twitter. and Tony Anthony Wiener's earlier photos weren't as explicit as his later work, but they were still disturbing none-the-less. I love the short but sweet ones: Art Paul I feel like there is something wrong with my outfit. Is my tie crooked ? Steve:  "Does this caption make me seem relevant?" and John Anime: Japan’s payback for the A-bomb. Our first runner-up is Anne: "Blue on blue, heartache on heartache...There's sadness in the air and I'm as blue as I can be," Bobby sang as he put the finishing touches on his costume for the Harper Valley karaoke contest. AND THE WINNER IS GARY: Be honest, is this the outfit for me to meet the new in-laws? Gary wins 2 games and an Elvis mug!
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Want some winners?

As we enter into the long brat-filled weekend, we always need a few laughs, so here are this week's caption contest winners, starting with the honorable mentions: We start with Tammy:          Bob was happy not to recieve another "Kiss the Cook" apron for Father's Day. The kids really went all out this year. Two of our " regulars" did not disappoint, starting with Kraig: A perennial reject as a participant in the Sausage Races at Brewers' home games, Miller Park Security generally sees to it that "Squirty Mustard ("S/M") Sausage" is relegated to the far reaches of the Uecker Section of the tailgating area. I had a lot from Brian to choose from, but this one I liked the best: After their Monty Python Holy Grail gig, this is what the Black Knights were reduced to. Hollywood can be sooo cruel. Derek went political:  "And they thought our PROTESTS were dangerous!Try our Parties!" Harvey was very clever:  Like many minor celebrities, The Humungus supplements his royalty income from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, as a guest chef for charity. Finally, our first runner-up ( and I literally had to flip a coin to decide)  is SUE:   Nun faints at local neighborhood cookout.  Some speculate that it was the heat, others are blaming it on the mustard.                                                           But the BIG WINNER of this multi-media prize is Amanda!! Alice Cooper and Gordon Ramsay have collaborated on a new reality show for The Food Network: "Welcome to My Nightmare Kitchen." Have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend! See ya next week.
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