Rob Lucas In The Morning



Happy Thanksgiving! Rob Lucas Is Thankful For...


Tuesday I had lunch with someone I hadn't seen since I lost my voice. He was pretty amazed at how close to myself I sounded, while still not being 100%. He asked how bad it was when I started, so I took out my phone and played him a recording made during my first speech therapy session. At that point, I noticed it was exactly one month to the day of that first session. Wow, much has changed in one month…and for the good. And I owe it all to Karen Bunce, my Speech Therapist at Buffalo Therapy Group. I can't imagine where I would be without her. I'm so happy and thankful to have her in my life as a vocal mentor and friend.

I'm also thankful for my co-workers, for all their mental and physical support. Especially the people you hear on-air every day, many of whom have had to add work hours onto their day, and in some cases turn their personal and business life upside down to fill in the places where I would normally be.

I am thankful for RLITM Producers Brandi, Jimmy, and Alex. They take random e-mail and texts I send them at all hours of the day, add in their personal magic, and use the result to make our morning show page and social media sites engaging and interesting. Though I do wish they would use spell check before posting! (I couldn't resist…)

I am thankful to all of you reading this and who have kept up with me via facebook and twitter posts. Your thoughts and wishes mean more than you know. I hope I can repay you.

I am thankful for having the chance to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to those in Kenmore-Tonawanda who can't get out or cook for themselves on Turkey day. Thank you Dan Wiles and Ken-Ton Meals On Wheels for showing me a new path.

And above all, I am thankful for my wife, Linda. The smartest, most thoughtful, least selfish person I have ever met. I have no idea how she puts up with me. And it doesn't hurt that she is a hottie! I adore her. Always will.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Better Half Of The Bills - Kaela Carpenter

Kaela Carpenter wife of Bills Kicker Dan joined Roger this morning on The Better Half Of The Bills. Click below to listen to the interview.

Check out 26shirts for the new limited edition Dan "Money Man" Carpenter shirt. For every shirt purchased $8 will be donated directly to families in need!

Kaela also LOVES cooking and baking, you can see many of her recipes on her website



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15 Emotional Stages Of A Black Friday Shopping Trip



Still in a turkey coma, but you MUST get those fantastic deals! Your eagerness is bursting at the seams...(literally) but it won't be complete until you go through at least a few of
Huffington Post's 15 Stages of Black Friday Shopping!

Bad things can happen, so just embrace it...



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The Sports Travel Life Fans Don't See...


Our weekly Better Half Of The Bills feature will be tomorrow (Wednesday) morning this week because of the late game in Detroit. While this is an odd situation, it is a good example of the unseen travel in professional sports.

For example, if the Bills g
ame ends about 10, the team should be out of locker room by 11:30.
About a 30 min bus ride to DTW. 45 min personnel and equipment load onto plane...20 min runway taxi (Big airport), wheels up at 1 or 1:15.
Land in Buffalo about 2:30. Get off plane, and bus to stadium stadium by 3:15.
Since few players have cars are at stadium, wives/friends may pick them up, or Bills may have transportation home arranged. Home in bed for players about 4. Coaches will probably stay at stadium to begin Browns preparation.

So that's why we won't be calling Kaela Carpenter (wife of Bills kicker Dan), early Tuesday. But do listen for her comparisons of Snowvember with her memories of snows in Montana where she and Dan are from.

The same travel schedules happen in hockey as well. I was once able to see the itinerary for a Sabres Western swing. For a 4 game trip I counted 5 plane rides, about 14 bus rides (including to and from game day skates), and lots of late night/early moring hotel check ins.

Just like in being a musician, being on stage or on the field is glamorous and an adrenaline rush. Everything in between, lots of hard work.


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On Demand Video: "Let It Go" Becomes "Let It Snow"


Besides shoveling and keeping warm this past week, some Buffalonians (mainly in the Northtowns) had some time on their hands. With all the snow, local theatre veteran
Michele Marie Benzin, working for the Visit Buffalo Niagara tourism bureau, just rocked a parody of Frozen's "Let It Go," appropriately naming it "Let It Snow"! Looks like Buffalo has a new anthem!






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2014 AMA's Wrap Up!

2014 American Music Awards - Show

If you missed last night's American Music Awards, Rob Lucas' Twitter feed will get you caught up on all the highlights and the not-so-good moments of last night's show! Performances from Sam Smith and Ariana Grande were some of the best of the night. And could Taylor Swift be any cuter accepting the Dick Clark Award for Excellence! Check out the full winner's list below along with links to get caught up!

2014 AMA Best and Worst Moments from Hollywood Reporter

Watch All The Performances

Winner's List:


Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: One Direction

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Katy Perry

Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: One Direction, Midnight Memories

Favorite Country Male: Luke Bryan

Favorite Country Female: Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group: Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Country Album: Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Alternative Artist: Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop: Iggy Azalea

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Dick Clark Award for Excellence: Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year: One Direction

Favorite Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias

New Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer

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Do You Want A Tablet, TV, Or Smartphone Under Your Tree?


This
year's Top 5 Electronic Wish List, according to the Consumer Electronics Association:

  1. Tablets
  2. Notebook computers
  3. TVs
  4. Smartphones
  5. Video game consoles

2014 was the first time smartphones (2 billion worldwide) surpassed the number of computers in use (1.7B). Black Friday deals no longer wait until the day after Thanksgiving, and more retailers than ever will be open on turkey day.

  • 83% say they'll shop most in November or December,
  • 49% in November before Thanksgiving,
  • 16% ON Thanksgiving,
  • November-after-Thanksgiving 33%,
  • 34% will shop in December.
Where do you fit in?



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Feel Good Friday Video: "Put One Foot In Front Of The Other!"



A winter classic for your enjoyment!

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Buzzfeed Knocks It Out Of The Park! #Snowvember


Buzzfeed took the Snowvember Storm and did what they do best:

"24 Pictures That Perfectly Capture How Insane The Snow Is Near Buffalo, New York"
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Thanksgiving Travel




Planning on traveling this Thanksgiving? This holiday is the busiest time for traveling with notorious travel delays, transportation issues & WEATHER...
Travel Channel has created some travel tips for you to make this holiday season less of a headache & more enjoyable.



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Red Kettle Salvation Army



Help Star 102.5 fill our
Red Kettle for the Salvation Army! Your donations stay here in WNY. Donations will help provide nutritious food, shelter for the homeless, youth academic, athletic programs & sooo MUCH MORE! Tis the season for giving, thank you in advance.


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The Better Half Of The Bills - Stephanie Christensen

Sue O'Neil talked with Stephanie Christensen girlfriend of Bills LB Manny Lawson this morning! They talked all things snow and Buffalo Winter! Click below to listen!


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Rob Lucas No Voice Tour - Update!


I haven't checked in with a blog post about my vocal health recently because I've been able to pop on-the-air here and there and show you how the progress has been. As you've heard, my voice is better, I can now speak like a human being, sometimes with shades of my actual voice, but not nearly long enough to be on the radio. Gonna take time. We'll get there. Thanks for your thoughts. But don't feel bad for me.

Someone recently told me how sad it was to have this happen, and I thanked them for the thought. But this is not a sad situation. It's bad luck…unfortunate…but not sad.

Sad is a person learning how to walk again after a stroke. Someone regaining the use of an arm or leg after a bad fall, or car accident they had no control over. A person fighting a vicious disease that keeps them in pain, or on constant medication. That's sad. I see stories like that every day when I go into speech therapy, and it reminds me of how lucky I am. If you can get up, dress up, and show up...there's nothing to be sad over.

As For Joe at St. Benedict's in Eggertsville would say, "Think about it. It could change the way you view your life!"

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On Demand Video: Do They Know It's Christmas


This year's number one Christmas song could possibly be a reworked holiday classic! "Do They Know It's Christmas" has been revamped in aid for Ebola relief. The Band Aid 30 single features performances from Bono, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and more!
Watch the video here!

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It's Time! It's Time! Star 102.5 Is Buffalo's Christmas Station!


Ho Ho Ho! All Christmas music, all through Christmas week!


Star 102.5...Buffalo's First And Original Christmas Station!
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Is Black Friday Dead?

Many wait till Black Friday to find the best deals to start or complete their Holiday shopping. Before you shop, take a look at Savings.com's Best Times To Buy chart! You may find better deals on certain items before or after Black Friday and Cyber Monday!


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Nickelback's "No Fixed Address Tour" Ticket Info!

Nickelback's stopping at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Friday August 7 2015!

Star 102.5 presale
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Start: Friday, Nov 14 10 AM
End: Friday, Nov 14 10 PM
Password: ADDRESS (Not case sensitive)

Link:
http://bit.ly/1tM6lu0
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Turn That Frown Upside Down



It's ONLY Wednesday, so cheer up with 42 Pictures That Will Make You Almost Too Happy! You can't tell me that you didn't smile while scrolling through these. They are almost toooo cute!




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Better Half Of The Bills - Meghan Robinson



Bills Defensive End/Linebacker Jerry Hughes' fiance Meghan Robinson let's us all in on how Jerry sweated through his proposal to her (but pleeeeease don't tell Jerry!), how she's been babysitting Mario Williams' dog since training camp, her Sunday pre-game routine with the pooches, and how she LOVES watching game film with Jerry.








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Veterans Day Freebies



As a token of appreciation to all who are currently serving and who served our country,
here is a list of Veterans Day Freebies that popular restaurants are having along with discounts.

Thank you! We appreciate your services!




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On Demand Video: Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"



Whoa...Taylor pulls an Elin & Tiger...takes a golf club to her man's fancy car!







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10 Most Dangerous Selfies Ever Taken


It's always a good time to take a "selfie," unless you're standing by a raging hot volcano! Surprisingly that didn't stop some people! Here are the 10 Most Dangerous Selfies Ever Taken, they must have a water-proof phone case to take these pics or better yet a fire-proof one!


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Feel Good Friday Video - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nikki Minaj "Bang Bang"



These ladies know exactly how to collaborate! LOVE this video.





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29 Wonderful Things You Can NOW Do That It's Cold



Wooly socks & a heater please! This list is SPOT ON with all of the super neat things you can do now that it's really cold out. I definitely need to invest in whatever number 11 is!!



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Buffalo Girl Featured In New Ingrid Michaelson Video!


Wednesday, Star listeners were treated to a fab, intimate lounge performance from Ingrid Michaelson. Check out the pics and vids on our Facebook page.

As the day went on, we noticed there was one very special listener who had a close relationship with Ingrid, because SHE IS FEATURED IN INGRID's NEW VIDEO!! Check out the incredibly cool vid for AFTERLIFE. It's all about facing your fears...so empowering! And who is the Buffalo Girl? Watch at about the 2:45 mark, for the girl who just wants to look like herself. That's South Buffalo's Maeve Higgins...and we are so proud to have her as a listener, and a new friend! You Go Girl...




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2014 CMA Wrap Up!


The CMA Awards were last night, MIRANDA LAMBERT was the big winner picking up 4 awards!
Click for the full winners list

WATCH: Miranda Lambert & Meghan Trainor performing "All About That Bass"




And LITTLE BIG TOWN performing " Bang Bang" with ARIANA GRANDE:


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Did The Candidate You Voted For Win? Click and Find Out!


The Erie County Board of Elections page has all the results, from your local village to the State races. Take the time to click and really look through the county and district breakdowns. Always interesting to see where candidates have strongholds, and weaknesses!

More results from WGRZ Channel 2
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The Better Half Of The Bills - Leslie Wood


Leslie Wood, wife of Bills Center Eric chatted with Rob this morning on The Better Half Of The Bills. We found out Eric is a typical guy...not big on housework chores but LOVES playing his FIFA video games! Leslie shares about hanging wi Garth Brooks on their bye Week, Eric's hair (you won't believe how long it really is!) and pooch Daisy Mae!







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So You Wanna Be On Stage On Broadway, Or Shea's? The Reality of Actor's Debt


The lights go down, the curtain goes up, and you are...paying off your acting tuition debt! The financial road to becoming an actor can put you in debt as much as being a doctor...with less of a guaranteed salary. Magnify Money posts a GREAT read on The Reality Of Six-Figure Debt For An Actor. Keep this in mind the next time you see a show at Shea's, on Broadway, or even Disney.





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Morning People Rule!


Figured this blog would be PERFECT for our early morning listeners! Buzzfeed has put together a list of all the reasons why AM people rock! (but we already knew this)
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Weatherman Of Doom Just Couldn't Hold It!


OMG...The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel is called the Weatherman Of Doom because where he goes, the bad weather follows. But apparently on this live shot, timing got crossed up, and he thought he had enough time to do his business. NOT. BTW, Rob Lucas worked with Mike for a short time in Ocean City, MD in the 80's when Mike was just breaking into weather reporting. We will certainly connect with him on this one...after we see how
badly he is disciplined, if at all, by his superiors. Don't wanna rub yellow snow in his face...




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