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What will Kitty play at her college radio reunion?
How's that saying go, "you can't go back again?"

This weekend I'm going back to my old stomping grounds of Stevens Point for an on-air reunion at my college radio station, WWSP, at UW-Stevens Point.

I worked in the news department there back in the early '80s and was News Director for a year. I hate to admit it, but I really was a lot like Les Nessman from the TV show WKRP in Cinncinnatti. I took news VERY SERIOUSLY. I wanted no shenanigans. No reading the farm reports on the air, no matter how much fun it was to say "sow bellies are up."  I insisted that all the news personnel pre-read wire copy before reading it on the air. I even made a big sign and posted it in the newsroom saying so.

I've mellowed over the years. And when I go back to 90FM this weekend, I'm going to be doing a music shift, not news. Now this is something I only tried a couple times back in the day, to diasastrous results. I'm hoping things go better this time.

I've got a two-hours timeslot to fill with music, and that's presented a challenge. What should I play?  Should everything somehow relate back to Stevens Point?

Perhaps I should stick to only playing music that was in my personal album collection prior to 1983.
 
I'm not sure that's such a great idea. I had quite a few Beatles albums, which of course are timeless, but does any one want to listen to songs by Pablo Cruise, Toto, Loverboy, R.E.O.Speedwagon, Meat Loaf and Journey?

No, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure the Beatles will make the cut, but I'm confident some of my newer favorite songs will be played as well.

And maybe, just maybe, I'll throw in one R.E.O. song. But how do I choose just one?


You can listen to me on 90FM Sunday, August 4 from 11am-1pm via the "Tune-in Radio App" here.

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Remembering JJ Cale
Talented musician and songwriter JJ Cale passed away on Friday, leaving a legacy of remarkable tunes.

Cale, aged 72, died of a heart attack, and on his facebook page, his family posted this: JJ Cale’s family is very grateful and deeply touched by your sharing of what his music meant to each of you. It helps carry us through this very difficult time to hear from you. Thank you so much.

Eric Clapton was a huge fan of Cale, and the two were good friends as well. Cale wrote two of Clapton's biggest hits, "Cocaine," and "After Midnight," as well as hits for other bands including "Call Me The Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

In 2006, Clapton and Cale did an album together, called "The Road to Escondido." Because Cale didn't like to travel, Clapton went to him--in Escondido, California to record the album.

This video is from the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival.



"Call me the breeze, I keep blowin' down the road." JJ Cale 1938-2013
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Like Pearl Jam? There's an app for that!
If you're a Pearl Jam fan and have an iPhone or iPad, you might want to head over  to the iTunes store and grab the Pearl Jam app, which has just been officially released.

It seems like a pretty sweet deal....as it includes stuff like song lyrics, a Pearl Jam timeline going back 20 years, and access to Pearl Jam concert tickets before they all sell out.

And if that weren't enough, you also get a digital version of the official Pearl Jam lighter, which I'm assuming only lights digital things. Along the same lines, there's also a digital concert candle! 

The best part--the app is free!

I'd love to have it for my mobile device, but I'm thinking it won't work on my Tracfone.

Get all the specifics about what devices it works with and other info here.
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Restaurant Week: Bonfyre American Grill

This is the week that foodies in southern Wisconsin wait for...with their mouths watering.

Madison Restaurant Week is here, with participating restaurants offering fixed price three course meals, starting at $25 for dinner and $15 for lunch.

I met my friend Karen at Bonfyre American Grill to try their Restaurant Week special for lunch. We both started off with the house salad with vinaigrette, and it was as tasty as it was gorgeous to look at!

















There were two main courses to choose from. I went with the pan-fried walleye, which was served with roasted rosemary potatoes and a seasonal vegetable, which was roasted zucchini and yellow squash. It often seems that when you eat out at a fancy place, the portions are small, but that was not the case here. I was stuffed..and dessert was on the way!


















My friend Karen ordered the woodfyred chicken...which was cooked super-slow on Bonfyre's rotisserie. I tried a bite and it was tender, succulent, and flavorful. Karen said everything was delicious.



The meal was topped off with Bonfyre's mini-desserts. Our server brought out a choice of small desserts in oversized shot glasses, ranging from key lime pie to peanut butter cup. I went with the peanut butter chocolate choice, while Karen had a raspberry cheese cake style dessert which she raved about.

Find out more about Restaurant Week here.


 

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Perfect gifts for the royal baby!!
What do you get a baby that's third in line for the British crown?

Kate and William are NOT registered at Target, so if you're going to get them something for their soon-to-be little one, you have to do a little creative thinking.

Or you could take my recommendations.

1. The silver spoon seems a bit cliche, but how about a silver baby rattle?There are many available online, but one I found has a great description: More meditative than abrasive, this rattle is unique in both its design and sound. The swooping curve of its handle and perfect roundness of its body are quietly mesmerizing, as is its liquid chiming sound.  (Note: for parental use only.)


2.  Privacy for the little progeny is very important. Here's the pefect gift: the mustachifier....pacifier and fake mustache in one!  It's only ten bucks.


3. You could always buy some music for the nannies to use to lull the little tot to sleep. However I don't recommend you choose this particular album. Or anything from the Sex Pistols.

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Summer afternoon TV, '70s style
Like most children of the 1970s, I spent a lot of time outside, doing all those cliche things you hear about. Riding bikes, running through the sprinkler, playing kick the can.

But I would be lying if I told you that I didn't also spend time indoors, watching crappy TV.  Now this was before we had so many cable channels, so there weren't a lot of options.  I didn't like soap operas until later, so much of what I watched was game shows.

One that came on 3:00 on CBS (why do I remember that?) was Tattletales. It was kind of like The Newlywed Game, but with celebrity couples who could have been married any number of years, and they had to match answers.

The adorable Bert Convey was host.  I thought this show was okay...not quite up to the level of $10,000 Pyramid (which was on in the morning), but we didn't have much else to choose from.

You can actually watch full episodes of this show on youtube, but here's an amusing segment for those of us who don't want to entrench ourselves so firmly in the Wayback Machine.

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It's hotter than blue blazes, whatever that means
Yes, it's hot out there kids. In fact, it's hotter than blue blazes!

This is a phrase that I've been known to use, despite the fact that I have no idea how hot a blue blaze, in fact, is. Where does this saying come from?

This is something my mom used to say, and even though she passed away many years ago, I'm keeping it alive, or at least trying to keep it going.

I looked it up at urbandictionary.com , and they define it thusly: an imaginary place somewhere on earth that is said to be excruciatingly hot. Invented by old people.

Since my mom would be 91 if she were around, I guess that qualifies. Maybe she invented it.

I did a quick internet search, and found a few more "hotter than" sayings that I don't think my mom would be comfortable saying. Among them "hotter than a whorehouse on nickel night" and "hotter than two rats rutting in a wool sock."

As for me, I'll stick to "hotter than blue blazes." Or "hotter than a tater bug."  That's kind of cute.
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Eric Clapton calls this guy his "hero."
I've had the good fortune of seeing Sonny Landreth play many times, most notably at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago in 2010. Sonny opened the festival, and Eric came out introduce him (and play with him). He called Sonny his "hero" and told the small but appreciative crowd at 11am that Sonny is always the first person he calls when he's putting on one of his festivals, and Sonny always says yes.

Sonny's getting ready to go out on tour with B.B. King and Peter Frampton next month, but we get a chance to see the slide guitar wizard Saturday night at 9:30 at La Fete De Marquette (located at Dickinson and East Washington Avenue on Madison' s east side.)

Sonny wasn't originally on the bill, but he became La Fete's hero by agreeing to headline after Irma Thomas canceled.

Jonathan Suttin and I will be broadcasting live at La Fete Saturday from 3-8 and Sunday from 9:30-12:30. Hope to see you there.

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Is this cereal commercial too violent?
We've been talking about breakfast cereals this week on our show, because we've been giving away tickets to Stephen Kellogg at the High Noon Saloon in October.

And that got me to thinking about some of my favorite cereals when I was a kid. It's probably not a surprise that one of my favorites was Sugar Smacks, the cereal with the highest sugar content of any cereal.

I recall eating as much as half a box, dry, in a single sitting. Sugar Smacks were more like candy than cereal.

I also remembered that before Dig 'em the Frog, there were two brothers that were used to hawk the sugary Kelloggs treat, and as I recall, they were a little violent.

While this one doesn't include the phrase "Give me a smack and I'll smack ya back," it does encourage siblings to pound on each other.




But don't think that Sugar Smacks was the only product encouraging violence in the '60s and '70s,  I present this:

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A different kind of Zombie attack
I only made it to Summerfest one time this year..but boy oh boy did I see a great show!

The Zombies were scheduled to play the BMO Harris Pavillion at 2 in the afternoon, with an opening act. They were from England also and were called Et Tu Bruce...and were competent with a British Invasion sound.

But the Zombies really were amazing! Rod Argent, the keyboard player, and Colin Blunstone, the lead singer were both there and sounded great. And the original bass player from Rod Argent's other group, Argent, was there as well.

It was the best show I've seen at 3:00 in the afternoon in a long time.

I tried taking a video at the concert, but this one that someone else put on youtube was much better.


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