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Shakira golfing...

It already has well over 300,000 views on YouTube! It must be exciting!!!
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Get ready for hoverboards!

All thanks to quantum levitation and Israelian scientists. In this video, they show off how a frozen disc of special material can float and tilt in mid air using super magnets. They can even make it float around a circular track. It's only a matter of time before hoverboards start appearing at Target!
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The Funnel Bacakonator...

If you're wondering how to pronounce bacakonator, it's "bay cake un ay tur". If you're wondering what it is, it's a funnel cake covered in chocolate sauce and lots of crumbled up BACON!!! It debuted at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and my new lifelong dream is for the Funnel Bacakonator to make it's way to Buffalo. It's super healthy at only 1,300 calories and 77 grams of fat. See this awesomeness and learn more about it on the Time Newsfeed website. Yes, Time Magazine (the serious news magazine) did an article about it. So this must be bigtime excitement worthy of worldwide attention.
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Lady Gaga, a sheep & a talk show...

Nothing else needs to be said...
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2011 Haunted Houses...

I put things in three sections this year. Visit each page for the list. And if you think I've left something off, just e-mail me the info and I'll add it. 2011 Haunted Houses & Hayrides 2011 Corn Mazes 2011 Real Hauntings In addition, check out the Star 102.5 Fright Site for a Halloween countdown clock, kid friendly scares, and a list of area craft shows.
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Will You Live To 100?

Find out with this new chart, thanks to The Telegraph (out of the UK). Once at the page, just slide the bar over to your current age and the percentage will be revealed. I hope your percentage is better than mine lol!
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The new Man Of Steel...

I just talked on-air about the upcoming Superman movie. It'll be in theatres in June of 2013. A long ways off. The new Man Of Steel will be played by Henry Cavill (who recently starred as Charles Brandon in The Tudors and will be Thesues in the upcoming movie Immortals). See what the new Superman will look like here.
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Planking, fighting kids & gummy bear bratwurst...

For the following, visit my Blogger page where I'll be embedding the videos after I talk about them on-air... - Retirement Community Lip-Syncs To Michael Buble's Feeling Good - Super Intense Fight BetweenA 3 & 4 Year Old - Gummy Bear Bratwurst! - Planking videos
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The X Factor preview...

The best moments of American Idol were when Simon and Paula were at each other's throats. The singing just wasn't enough to keep my interest. So when Paula left, I thought the show became unwatchable. But Simon and Paula will be reunited this fall on The X Factor. And it looks like they still can't agree on who's talented and who isn't. A 2-1/2 minute preview for the show aired earlier this week on FOX during a baseball game. Had I been watching that, I would have been asleep before the first pitch and would have missed this anyways. It's clever and it definitely sets the tone for the series...
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The Phoenix, AZ sandstorm!

When I lived in California (and at one point in the Mojave Desert), the sand did a number on my poor car engine. Sand made a mess of everything whenever I'd venture through the desert. So I can't imagine what a nightmare this was for cars, eyes, computer equipment, etc. It's video from the massive sandstorm that hit Phoenix a few days ago. The third video with a POV shot of driving into the sandstorm is insane!
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Coldplay's new music video...

The video for Coldplay's latest song "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" features tons of special effects, lots of glow-in-the-dark paint, and non-stop stop-motion visuals. It's the next best thing to a new video from OK Go (which I'm hoping happens soon)...
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Jelly Belly smartphone cases!

The only thing better than an iPhone would be an iPhone smelling like Jelly Bellys! You can have your phone smelling like Strawberry Cheesecake, Very Cherry, Blueberry, Licorice, and Berry Blue Jelly Bellys. Find out more here. And look for them in stores & online soon!
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Hanson!

So the way my day was going, I wasn't going to get to Starry Night this year. After my shift ended on Star, I had to do some computer work so three of our stations would continue airing things right at midnight. When I finally left and managed to get to the Botanical Gardens, all I heard was the final note of the final Hanson song when I opened my car door. But I did at least get to meet Hanson after that. They're all nice. We talked briefly about previous trips they've made to Buffalo. Apparently, Zac has never seen Niagara Falls because he wouldn't get out of the bus when they went there. He was too engrossed in video games. And Isaac says it's just very wet. Taylor is down-to-earth and a really cool guy. Had they not been getting ready to go in the limo, I would have loved to talk to him more about their music and also Tinted Windows, a supergroup he's a part of (Kind Of A Girl is an incredible song that was wrongly overlooked by radio). If I ever do a radio interview with them, he's the one I'll request to talk to. Rob did get to talk to all of them shortly before I got backstage. See that here. There's also video of Taylor driving around the Gardens in a golf cart after the show. Isaac decided to stay back when he found out Taylor would be driving (he stayed with Michelle Branch by the limo. See that here. And get this, the group helped pack some of the stuff in the limo! They didn't have someone do it all for them. That's the kind of artist you want to support. So go buy their recent CD "Shout It Out". For the record, from the first time I heard MMMBop, I've always thought Hanson was a great pop group. My favorites are Where's The Love, Penny & Me, and now Give A Little. And in case you're wondering, the version of MMMBop I usually play on Star is the Dust Brothers Mix from the 1997 CD single (it's got a slightly different sound than the album version). Either that or the album version is preferable to the radio version, which fades out before the end.
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The James Blunt controversy...

A post on his Facebook page last week has some of his fans seething. Here's an article about it. And here's the picture from its natural habitat. While I didn't get to make it out to his Hard Rock concert last year, I did hear he's a really fun person and has a very weird sense of humor. I have no doubt in my mind this was not meant as a slam in any way.
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I'll be online a lot tonight...

I've got a lot of fun things I'll be posting about tonight. I just have to wait to play the right song before I talk about them all. First up is my current obsession: deep fried cherry Kool-Aid. See that along with everything else I talk about tonight on my main Blogger page.
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Pink's family picture...

People Magazine won the rights to the first picture of Pink & Carey Hart's baby Willow. It's a family picture and you can see it here.
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A few videos & links for you today...

After I talk about them on-air today, I'll be posting videos & links of FreeStyle Canoeing, Keanu Reeves' book "Ode To Happiness", and The Green Lantern movie trailer on my Blogger page.
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Psychic dogs & more...

The videos where Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas forgets the song lyrics & a guy hanging from a hot air balloon by his skin are both on my Blogger page (I'm waiting to post them until after I talk about it on-air tonight). Here's some other things I'll be talking about... Google's instructions on how to seach by image Toronto Star article on how dogs can read people's minds (kind of)
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A Magic 8-Ball Watch & more...

Remember the Magic 8-Ball with it's awesome genie-like powers? Thanks to a company called Nixon, it's now in watch form! It's quite a bit more expensive than the original Magic 8-Ball and doesn't look anywhere near as exciting, but if you're trying to find a gift for a person who has everything, this is probably something they don't have. See it and buy it (for only $120) here. The other videos I talk about on-air this weekend (including the Hula-Hoop POV and Frank and Rita's birthday picture / video) can be found here.
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What I talked about on-air...

Here's the full article on the guy who recently spent 100 hours and $2100 to rescue his dog from under a boulder. All the other videos and links I talk about on-air (including the Bigfoot video) can be found here.
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Wikipedia: A National Treasure...

The group that runs Wikipedia feels it's "nothing less than the greatest collection of human knowledge". With this in mind, they want Wikipedia to become the first digital World Cultural Heritage Site. As crazy as it sounds, I have to agree with them. This would insure that Wikipedia stays the way it is now, which I think is pretty close to perfect. I talked on-air about Penny Wolfgang's Wikipedia page. If you've gone looking for it, sorry - I was just joking about that (I always have to mess with Penny a bit each week before I leave). Despite being mentioned on a few Wikipedia pages, Penny doesn't have a page of her own. She's in good company - neither do I. And I'm more than okay with that. What I'm not okay with is the Flying Saucer Restaurant on Lundy's Lane not having a page of its own! That's just not right. And I hope something is done to change that.
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Lego Mini Figures secret...

The Lego Mini Figures: kids love them, but they're a nightmare for parents or anyone who gives them to a kid as a gift. Nothing's worse than spending $4 or so on one of these only to have the kid open it and learn it's one of the figures they already have. I talked to someone today who had this problem. Her son wanted a very specific mini-figure for his birthday, but trying to figure out exactly what was in that package without buying it and opening it up was next to impossible. Until now. Here's a way to know what's in the package before opening it! For series 1 & 2, it's a barcode tracker. For series 3 & 4, it's a dot decoder. Here's the links you'll need to insure you never end up shelling out $4 for a duplicate again... Series 1 barcode tracker Series 2 barcode tracker Series 3 dot decoder Series 4 dot decoder
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A sandwich in a can - mmmmmm...

Find out more about this nightmare here.
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How annoying are you?

There's a new survey online that lets you know how picky, arrogant, and irritating you are. It's a short 20-question survey, took me about a minute or so to do, and is completely free. Give it a try here. On a scale from 1 to 5, I'm a 2.83. That's about average. I'm kind of picky, not very arrogant, but I guess I am a little irritating. The survey was created by personality psychologist Robert Hogan for the book Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman.
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Rapture & the world ending today...

At 6pm tonight (9pm Eastern time as this comes from California), the world will supposedly end. Although technically, what's actually going to happen is the rapture. This according to Harold Camping of the Family Radio Network in Oakland, California. The original date of his prediction was September 6, 1994. But that came and went and nothing happened other than Michael Jackson & Aerosmith winning awards at the 11th MTV Awards. See a picture of this crazy person and read more about how he came up with his theory in an online article from The Independent. I'll put my take on this on my main blog page, safely off the Star website lol. I was going to put up a video of Harold here, but I like this far better instead (because I know it will be appropriate at 9:01pm Eastern time tonight)...
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Angry Birds & Pomplamoose!

It seems everyone is obsessed with that Angry Birds game. I just haven't been able to get into it though. My favorite right now is Frisbee Forever, easily the best game I've found on my iPhone. And amazingly, it's completely free! In Frisbee Forever, you throw a frisbee and then have to maneuver it through rings to get through the course. There's tons of levels and I just can't get myself to stop playing this. Eventually, I'll conquer all the levels and then maybe I'll give Angry Birds another try. One thing I do love about Angry Birds is the theme music - especially when Pomplamoose does it! They're the group that did all the clever Christmas song remakes this past year for the Hyundai car commercials. The Angry Birds theme is done in their trademark style and the short video is pretty funny (and fits right in with the game)...
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Steven Tyler's new book...

Steven Tyler is definitely making the most of his American Idol judging experience. It seems like he's been in the news constantly since the announcement that he would be one of the American Idol judges. And now the ultimate - a memoir titled "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You". It's been flying off the shelves at bookstores. Here's a quote he had about the book: "I've been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I've been Cole-Porter'd and farmer's-daughter'd, I've been Led Zepp'd and 12-stepped. I'm a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am." Based on that, maybe the book won't be the easiest read. I'm not the biggest fan of autobiographies, so I'll probably pass on this one. But if you want to check it out, get it here.
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Videos I talk about today...

Click on the link to see the videos after I talk about them on-air... Miley Cyrus' Smells Like Teen Spirit A disgusting new online invention A Florida alligator vs. a cop car
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On-air links for today...

I've got a bunch of things I'll be talking about on-air today that need a visual to go along with them. So just click on the links here as I talk about them on-air and it'll lead you to my main page with all the videos... - Pushing Daisies might return to TV! - The Water For Elephants movie trailer - Weird Al's Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way" - Lady Antebellum's Need You Now vs. Alan Parsons Project's Eye In The Sky - The interactive video for Andy Grammer's Keep Your Head Up
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Burger King's Meat Monster!

This is so exciting, I just drooled on the keyboard. Burger King's brand new sandwich has two burgers, cheese, bacon AND a full chicken breast all on one bun. If that's not enough, there's an option to add an egg or a fish patty too! The calorie count is a nice healthy 1,160 (without the add-ons). After seeing it, I'm thinking I could easily eat two. I only have one problem with this. I'm kind of fussy about mixing different foods before they're in my stomach and I'm not so sure that burgers and chicken really go well together. But that's a dilemma that can wait - the Burger King Meat Monster is only available in Japan for now and there's no word on when or if it will make it's way to North America.
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Sara Bareilles interview...

She was in town for two different concerts today - one at Shea's and another at Canisius College. And she'll be back July 8th with Sugarland at Darien Lake! A few years ago, I got to hang out with her on her tour bus before one of her Darien Lake concerts. Here's the interview from that day.
Sara's website / Sara's Facebook page
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The Deep Fried Cadbury Egg Recipe!

I think everything is on YouTube now. I can't believe I found this recipe for deep frying Cadbury Eggs on there. It's actually a very healthy Easter treat since it's only 350 calories. And when I say healthy, I mean it's more healthy than eating an entire package of Peeps & six peanut butter eggs (which I've done on many Easters). Enjoy...
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Bon Jovi guitar auction...

You can own the guitar Jon Bon Jovi played "Wanted Dead Or Alive" at Bon Jovi's 2011 concerts. The auction ends Tuesday. Hope you have over $7000 to spend on it as that's what the bid is up to now...
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Lots of videos for today...

Throughout the rest of the night, I'll be posting a bunch of videos and links to things I'm talking about on-air. You can see them all on my main Blogger page. Here's some of the stuff I'll be posting... - The country version of Lady Gaga's Born This Way. - Darien Lake's Facebook ride battles (and my roller coaster ride announcements the park used throughout the 2010 season). - The insane Air New Zealand flight safety video. - The killer tire movie trailer.
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A sneak peak at Wonder Woman!

I'm getting more and more psyched about the Wonder Woman remake every day. It's between this and Fox's upcoming Terra Nova for what will be the best TV show of 2011. Here's a scene that was filmed the other day on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles with Wonder Woman in full costume! This is especially cool to me as I used to live right around the corner from where this was filmed (my apartment was right behind the Mann's Chinese Theater). I would walk right by this area when heading to the subway or going to get cheeseburgers from McDonald's.
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On-air links for today...

Maroon 5's song that was completed with fan help has been finished! The final song will be available as a free download on Coca Cola's website starting Friday (Coca Cola was the sponsor for this experiment). Here's the link for that.
I'll also be talking about one of Five For Fighting's songs being used in a NASA video! John Ondrasik has got to be psyched about this...
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Captain America movie trailer...

Some movies are meant to be seen in theaters. After seeing the trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger, I think this is definitely one of those movies. A regular TV just wouldn't do this justice. Check it out...
Captain America: The First Avenger will be in theaters July 22nd!
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Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan...

He's a cool guy and does a ton of stuff for the show besides hosting it. So he's the perfect person to talk to about certain aspects of the game and why some things make it to the show and others don't. To make my life easier (always a priority for me lol), I posted the link to the full interview and all the links that go along with it on my main Blogger page (just click on that link to get to it). CBS is the best with making people available for radio interviews. But for some reason, they don't set too many things up for the Amazing Race contestants. I can always put in a request though, so if you're interested in hearing from any of them, let me know and I'll work on getting them on Star as well. And I'm always up for having you help me out with the interview as well (including asking the questions). Just e-mail me at janthony@entercom.com with any suggestions.
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Red Riding Hood & more...

Red Riding Hood is now in theaters. I'm a huge fan of dark fairy tales, so this is one I think I want to see. But I originally thought it was only going to be a dark retelling of the story. Then I heard it might be more like a "Twilight" version of the story focusing on a love interest between Red Riding Hood and a werewolf - that I wouldn't be interested in. Aside from this short 15-second trailer, I haven't seen anything else about the movie as I'm trying to avoid having it completely spoiled. But I'd hate to bother with it if it's too much of a love story. If you've seen it, let me know what you think. If it sounds scary enough, I'll probably go see it sometime this week.
Here's some other links to things I'm talking about on-air today... Bad news from the Department Of Transportation if you hit a pothole and it damages your car this winter. Maroon 5 / Pepsi FaceBook page where you can help the group write their new song. And here's the website where it will happen. Miley Cyrus going after a paparazzi this past week. Sugarland video: Behind the scenes on their tour.
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Elizabeth Hurley in Wonder Woman remake...

Pilot season has begun for the networks and the fates of those shows will be decided in May. This is one that I hope makes it to the fall schedule for NBC. Especially now that Elizabeth Hurley will be one of the villains in it (according to her at least). I've been a fan of hers ever since she was The Devil in the 2000 movie Bedazzled. And that's huge for me, since there's very few movies I've actually liked and watched more than once...
So fingers crossed that this show happens. We'll know in a few months...
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My nephew & niece talk about ABC's Wipeout...

Mason is 3, Makenna is 5, and Wipeout is one of their favorite TV shows. Here they are talking about why they like Wipeout. And just so you know, Mason has been saying the Wipeout sign-off phrase every night before bed. My brother can't stop laughing at this.
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On-air links for this week...

Borders in Buffalo is NOT closing - Ultimate Electronics unfortunately is. Click for more on this. On my FaceBook page... The Zubaz I'm wearing today!!!
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I guess I like FaceBook now...

Up until a few weeks ago, I pretty much avoided FaceBook. I signed up awhile back, but never did anything much with it. But then I went completely off the deep end and started posted weird banana Twinkie pictures, videos for songs that will probably never be popular in North America, 80's snowpants pictures, and exciting world-stopping news about TV shows that few people remember. This of course probably means that the final days are near for FaceBook, because if I like something, it tends to get cancelled or goes away. One thing I won't do - no games for me. I prefer board games - in person, not online. But I do like keeping in touch with people there as no one seems to bother with e-mail anymore. Although stangely enough, two of my closest friends are not on FaceBook. Today I posted a thought provoking question which I'd love to know the answer to. I'd ask it here, but then what's the point of posting it on FaceBook? So that's where it is along with all the other deeply disturbing things I mentioned above.
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On-air links for today (1-31-11)...

The Snow Day Calculator for schools. It was created by 16-year-old David Sukhina of New Jersey. He says he actually created it when he was in the 6th grade. And he says this has never failed him! Interview with Alex Band from last year's Starry Night In The Gardens Flavor Flav's new restaurant in Clinton, Iowa has opened. See the commercial for Flav's Fried Chicken here.
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Things I talked about on-air today...

Pat Benatar's Between A Heart And A Rock Place autobiography 1983 video by Neon Trees Friend me on FaceBook
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Mike McQueen's EAS test...

The first day on a new computer system is always confusing. Mike McQueen got the honor of getting an EAS test on day one of the new system. See the video on my FaceBook page.
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I do not have bad handwriting...

Cursive is gone, over, and probably never returning. I only print, and usually only in capital letters (and that's even very, very rare). Earlier today, one of my co-workers said my handwriting was impossible to read. I disagree. It may look like a 10-year old wrote it, but that's because I don't like to waste time writing stuff and rush write things. Visit my FaceBook page to judge for yourself.
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My FaceBook page...

I just posted the viral video of a girl walking while texting in a mall, who ends up falling in the mall fountain. Too funny! See it on my FaceBook page. I'll also be posting the picture of the banana twinkies there (if I find them tonight)!
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Mama's Family & Jeopardy...

No, Mama is not going to be making an appearance on Jeopardy - again (that actually happened in a season 4 episode of Mama's Family). These are two separate videos I had to share with you today. The first is Vicki Lawrence as Mama (from the Carol Burnett Show & Mama's Family). She put together a video making fun of the media craziness surrounding Ted Williams (the homeless guy turned media sensation). It's funny (I always liked her show), but the language is far from G-rated. And naturally, the video has already angered some people. But people whine and complain about everything, so let's not bother with that and just laugh at Mama. The embed code won't work, so here's the link to the 2-1/2 minute video. The other video is a practice run for an upcoming series of Jeopardy episodes. IBM has spent years putting together a supercomputer that's specifically programmed to be good at this game show. I have to wonder about the money thrown away on such a ridiculous project, but maybe they'll be putting this to good use for something else eventually. The computer's name is Watson and in the practice run, he competes against two of Jeopardy's most successful contestants: Ken Jennings (who holds the record for the most consecutive wins with 74) and Brad Rutter (who holds the record for most total winnings). The full episodes featuring Watson will air sometime this February. For now, here's the test...
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Returning Survivors & Who Is Guster?

Find out who the two returning Survivors are here Find out a little about Guster and hear one of my favorite songs from them here
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New Survivor & A Local Short Suspense Film...

Here's the links to things I talked about on-air... In The Mail - a short suspense film written & filmed in Buffalo New details on the upcoming Survivor season
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Paula Abdul & Snooki videos...

Here's the links to the stuff I mentioned during the Star Report tonight... Paula Abdul's Live To Dance promo shoot video Video of the MTV / Snooki New Year's Eve Ball Drop The new version of Right Back Where We Started From that's in The Bachelor promos
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Links to things I talked about on-air this week...

The bad drivers website! The full interview with The Apprentice's Mahsa as she talks about The Apprentice finale Christina Custode from Niagara Falls talks about her first release "The Mistletoe Song" The Let It Be viral video New music from retro artists (Alphaville, Take That, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, etc.)
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On-air links from this week...

The full 8-1/2 minute interview with The Apprentice's Steuart Survivor Nicaragua - episode 12 review Amazing Race 17 - episode 10 review A great winter book I talked about on The Lake yesterday (Sting named his 2009 winter album after this book)
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Tyana's Interview with Anand from The Apprentice...

Anand talked about Donald Trump “cheating” and using loopholes in the boardroom last week, but that was cut from the show. I guess they needed more time to hype up Kim Kardashian’s perfume. I only played a small part of the interview on Star 102.5 tonight. Hear the full podcast from Tyana’s RealiTyana Talk here.
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The Apprentice & How The Producers Caught Anand...

I tried posting the full story and the links here, but the formatting for Wordpress blogs is a mystery to me - I can't make the paragraphs & pictures show up right lol. So I moved the post to this page.
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On-Air Links...

Here's the links to things I talked about on-air... Black Friday 2010 ads The Apprentice's Mahsa talks about cheating on the show A review of Sarah Palin's Alaska reality show
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Mahsa talks about cheating on The Apprentice...

The audio from my talk with Mahsa earlier today is here. If there's anyone left on The Apprentice that you'd like to hear from on Star 102.5, just e-mail me and let me know. I can't promise anything, but at least I'll know who to try to bring on-air here.
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Amazing Race & Maybe An Amazing Mistake...

Nick & Vicki came in last place last week, but were spared elimination. Normally when that happens, the last place team needs to complete a Speed Bump along with all the regular tasks and not come in last in the next leg to stay in the game. But there was no mention of a Speed Bump last night. And looking back at the previous episode, there was no mention of that penalty when they came in last but were spared elimination. So what's up? There's online murmerings that there might have been a judge's mistake in the previous episode. See more details on that here.
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The Apprentice spoilers...

I'm not going to post the spoilers here just in case you don't want to know. But I think the cheater has been revealed! Find out who that is and one of the people that makes it to the final two here. And here's the preview for next week's episode...
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Annoyed with overpriced concert tickets?

If crazy high ticket prices annoy you, you're not alone. The people that created this video are mad about that too. And on top of that annoyance, there's also the fact that the best seats are usually only available presale to select fan groups. So you better research online bigtime long before the concert goes on sale if you want any shot at a really good seat. The video goes on and on, but the end is worth the wait. And while they picked on Bon Jovi here, this definitely applies to a lot of acts...
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Survivor Nicaragua's Yve Rojas...

Yve was voted off last Wednesday on Survivor. I was sad to see that as I was rooting for her to win - she was such a nice player. But nice doesn't always help win Survivor. I talked with her this morning about why she was voted off and who she blamed right after watching it on TV (you'll be surprised by that if you haven't heard about it already). She also talked about some of her tribemates, including NaOnka's vicious confessionals and Dan's laziness. Here's the full 6-1/2 minute interview (portions aired on Star 102.5).
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Iron Island Museum Ghost Sounds!

I always love talking to Linda Hastreiter from Buffalo's Iron Island Museum. Every year I invite her on Star 102.5 and she always brings along the coolest EVP's from the museum.
EVP's are the sounds ghosts make on tape. You usually don't hear them when you're recording. But when you play it back, they're there. Strange. I record tons of stuff at the station and that never happens to me there, so why at the museum does this occur? Maybe electronic equipment is a way ghosts can communicate with us. She's got a whole new batch from the past year and some of them are kind of spooky - perfect for the week leading up to Halloween.
Hear the EVP's in the full 11-minute interview with Linda (portions aired on Star 102.5). This online version includes three extra EVPs that didn't air (along with the two that did). If you have trouble with the clip pausing too much, right click to download it to your computer and it'll run smoothly. See the Iron Island Museum featured on Discover Channel's Ghost Lab Thursday, November 11th at 10pm (or possibly the week after). And don't forget to visit the Iron Island Museum and try to get your own EVP's. Overnight hunts are available by reservation year-round. Or check out some of these upcoming events (visit the museum website for more info and to make reservations)...
  • 10/28/10 (Thursday) - Candlelight Ghost Tour at 7pm
  • 10/29/10 (Friday) - Candlelight Ghost Tour at 7pm
  • 10/30/10 (Saturday) - Buffalo Paranormal Investigators event from 7pm - 2am
Also see more on the Iron Island Museum Facebook group.
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Great Pumpkin Farm video...

Yesterday, I did a live broadcast from the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. This was the first year I've gone to this giant event. I was stunned at how much there is to do in addition to the 5-acre corn maze! There's a bunch of amusement park rides (which everyone knows I love), pig races, tractor & horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, magic show, singing chickens, giant pumpkins, tons of food, a massive pumpkin cannon, and more. The event continues today and then ends after next weekend. If you've got kids, this is the perfect place to take them - they'll have a blast. Yesterday was especially fun because while I was there, they gave away a West Herr Toyota Corolla! It's always cool when my workday involves someone winning a car. Here's a short video of some the Great Pumpkin Farm activities...
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The Apprentice's Tyana / Haunted Houses / Survivor

Some links to things I've done on-air this week... Tyana from The Apprentice interview Buffalo / Rochester / Southern Ontario Haunted Houses & Hayrides Buffalo / Rochester / Southern Ontario Corn Mazes Survivor's Immunity Challenge last night reminded me of what 80's music video?
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The Apprentice's Mahsa...

She's loud, obnoxious, and even unprofessional according to Ivanka Trump. But she's one of the reasons this season is so much fun. I talked with Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy from The Apprentice earlier today. I had to ask her thoughts on Ivanka's opinion now that she's seen that. I was also wondering if there was anyone on the women's team that she does like. And of course I played the "jealous cow" clip back to her and got the story behind that. Plus, Mahsa has been in the entertainment news for recently quitting her job at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. I found out more about that too. It's very rare when a network wants a reality show contestant interviewed before they're actually off the show, so I'm wondering what's up. The previews make it look like Mahsa is going to cause trouble in the boardroom on tonight's episode. After talking with Mahsa, I have to admit I'm a fan. Not only is she adding excitement to the TV show, but she was also a lot of fun to talk to. And not once did she scream or yell. Here's the full 8-1/2 minute interview with Mahsa. And see more of Mahsa tonight at 10pm on The Apprentice on NBC.
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Eddie Munster on The Munsters remake...

The news of The Munsters remake for NBC just came out last week and already TMZ has hunted down Butch Patrick (who played Eddie Munster on the original series) to find out what he thinks about this. Read his thoughts & his casting suggestion for Herman Munster on the TMZ website. In addition to being in The Munsters, did you know that Butch Patrick was also in another strange 1/2-hour show a few years later? He played Mark in a Saturday morning live action series called Lidsville from 1971 - 1973. It was one of the early Sid & Marty Krofft shows (which I'm a big fan of) - the main characters were mostly hats. Here's the intro to it...
The complete series of Lidsville and The Munsters are both available on DVD.
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Haunted Houses / 80's Songs in Commercials / Reality Shows

Here's the links for a bunch of the things I talked about on-air this week... Buffalo / Rochester / Southern Ontario Haunted Houses & Hayrides Buffalo / Rochester / Southern Ontario Corn Mazes Real Haunted Houses Macy's Magic / Verizon & Samsung's Fascinate ad songs Wrong winner announced on Australian reality show Amazing Race 17 - episode 1 thoughts Survivor Nicaragua - episode 3 thoughts The Apprentice 10 - episode 3 thoughts
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80's music in commercials...

The Macy's and Verizon / Samsung commercials seem to be on constantly the past couple weeks. And because of the awesome music they're using, I actually listen or watch every time instead of just skipping over them. The Macy's commercial contains a remake of Olivia Newton-John's Magic. The Verizon / Samsung commercial has a remake of The Human League's (Keep Feeling) Fascination. Find out more about the remakes here...
Macy's commercial (Magic) Verizon / Samsung commercial (Fascinate)
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Darien Lake's FrightFest / Buffalo Haunted Houses / Katy Perry & Elmo v

Here's the links for a bunch of the things I talked about on-air this week... Darien Lake's FrightFest 2010 video The controversial Katy Perry Sesame Street video The full 7-minute interview with Nicole from The Apprentice The Amazing Race watermelon smash extended video Buffalo / Rochester / Southern Ontario Haunted Houses & Hayrides Buffalo / Rochester / Southern Ontario Corn Mazes Real Haunted Houses
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Survivor Nicaragua - episode 2...

The reason I love reality shows is because I like crazy. And there was a whole herd of crazy on last night's Survivor! As I expected, the second episode of Survivor picked up. The first episode is always bogged down by getting to know the new castaways. The second episode is where the drama begins. And drama there was. Sunken shoes & stolen socks (in two totally separate instances) caused the drama. And neither situation made much sense and didn't further the players (Holly & NaOnka) in any way. But it sure was funny. And if you're thinking it was familiar - yes, it definitely is something similar to what Russell did during his two seasons on the show. And this season of Survivor was filmed after those two seasons aired, so these Survivors did have a chance to see them. But they also had a chance to see that even though Russell made it to the end both times, he also lost both times. Anyways, things that make no sense started off the episode and it continued on right through the Tribal Council. That was insane. And it was mostly personal. The goal this early in the game should be to unite the tribe and get rid of the negativity so they can win every immunity challenge. I knew there would be negativity - I just didn't expect it to come from where it did! And based on the previews for next week, there's still a lot of negative & a whole bunch of crazy left on that tribe. NaOnka should have been the target last night. As miserable as the booted contestant was, I think they're all going to regret keeping her around. Survivor is back and better than ever! And on Wednesdays (don't forget that). If you missed last night's episode, check it out here.
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Paper Tongues - Ride To California acoustic...

The group Paper Tongues (four of the seven members) stopped by the station today. If you're heard the song "Ride To California", you know that's a killer song to perform live. Acoustically, even more difficult. And with the lead singer (Aswan North) just getting over a cold - probably impossible. But they did it and it sounded unbelievable! Here's the acoustic performance and an explanation of how the song came to be...
Permission to post this video was given by the band's representative.
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Big Brother - The Winner Is...

Three reality shows collided last night. Survivor began it's new season while Big Brother and America's Got Talent finished theirs. I watched Survivor and Big Brother, then called my friend Mary who told me the winner of America's Got Talent. I'm happy I didn't watch the two hours of America's Got Talent. A singer won?! Pathetic. Fighting Gravity was easily the best in my mind as they're completely unique and the best fit for a Vegas show. So naturally when America voted, they came in 3rd. I'm sure they'll end up with a Vegas show, just as I'm sure the two singers who came in 1st & 2nd will be forgotten by America within days.
On CBS, Survivor began it's old versus young experiment and it wasn't all that exciting. There are some fun / crazy people this season (it's a miracle Jud / Fabio survived the hour and I'm sure the Survivor medical staff will get to know him well as the season progresses), but one of the crazies has already been voted off. I thought she wasn't much of a people person throughout the episode. Then the end came and she interrupted Jeff at the Tribal Council with a loony speech that helped get her voted out. Have these people ever seen the show before? I'm sure Survivor will pick up as the season progresses - the first episode of the season is usually one of the weak ones. After that it was the two-hour finale for Big Brother 12. Two hours is usually way too much for Big Brother, but last night it worked. That was the best finale of the show ever. The Zingbot was there in the beginning, which was promising. Sadly, that was the only appearance it made in the episode. That's okay though, as the rest of the episode provided plenty of entertainment. One of the highlights was when the Brigade made it to the end of the game, wearing T-shirts they made for their alliance. Unfortunately, the final two didn't know how to spell the name of their alliance. Maybe it was an intentional misspelling, but I kind of doubt that. Enzo provided a lot of comic relief throughout his appearance. Especially during his post-eviction interview where he proclaimed his love for CBS, thanked himself, thanked his parents for making him, thanked the audience, etc. Another highlight - Britney being completely disgusted by Brendon & Rachel. Julie Chen called her on it when Britney mouthed "I am so disgusted" to the camera while they were talking. Julie Chen was at her absolute best last night calling people on a lot of things throughout the finale. The live aspect of the show was evident when Julie was reading the votes for the winner and was putting the wrong names in the slots. Oops. She had fun with this though - and that's one of the things that makes live shows fun to watch. As for the ultimate winner, I was happy that Hayden won. Lane already has a lot of money outside the house and recent things that he revealed on the live feeds made me not want him to win (let alone remain in the game). And Hayden did seem to be one of the nicer houseguests. At the end, I was rooting for either him or Enzo to win. And Britney, who I originally wanted to win, at least got something out of this. She took home the America's Favorite Houseguest $25,000 prize. And the show ended with Rachel's complete disgust over this. Her eye-rolling was kind of funny over the end credits, although completely understandable from her point of view. Overall, it was a good season of Big Brother, but not great. To be great, it needed a lot more drama. But to have that, they needed more annoying people and there really wasn't many of those this season. Nice people and big drama don't mix. But I'm happy to see another nice person win. And Julie Chen was incredible constantly calling people out for things and making them give better answers than they were giving. As for the future of Big Brother, get ready for season 13 next summer! CBS announced the renewal of the show earlier this week.
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Mrs. Frederic from Warehouse 13...

CCH Pounder portrays Mrs. Frederic on the popular SyFy Channel series Warehouse 13. You never know when or where Mrs. Frederic will pop up next. Until tonight. I know she'll be a big part of the two-part 2nd season finale. I talked with her earlier today and found out her thoughts on the mysterious Mrs. Frederic. I also asked about Leena and if there's a possible family connection there, Mr. Frederic (who so far we know nothing about), and I brought up the possibility of Mrs. Frederic being killed off the show. Here's the full 6-1/2-minute interview. And here's some links and a video that go along with the interview... WAREHOUSE 13 SYFY CHANNEL WEBSITE CCH POUNDER'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE ANSA WEBSITE The video below is a promo from an early FOX network sitcom CCH Pounder starred in. She appears at the 7-second mark... Finally, something that might even scare Mrs. Frederic - it's mascots that eat humans!!! (This has nothing to do with Warehouse 13 - it's just something else I mentioned on-air tonight.)
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This past weekend...

I went to Darien Lake and Conneaut Lake Park this past weekend. Here's some videos I took...
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Darien Lake ride announcements...

The Basil car giveaway is this weekend at Darien Lake. That's always one of my favorite days of the year - I love the excitement of someone winning a car. I almost always hang out at the back of the line rooting for them to get a shot at picking out the ice cream sandwich with the gold star (the car star I guess). Of course, I'll also be rooting for anyone who qualified with me on Star this summer. :) On the way to the giveaway, I always have to make a quick stop at my favorite ride - the Silver Bullet / Enterprise. This weekend will be no exception. The Viper is also one of my favorites - especially this year. This season, I've been the voice on the ride announcements for three of Darien Lake's roller coasters. The Viper is one of them - the Mind Eraser and Boomerang are the others. So if you go on them - listen for me! Here's the ride announcements I did for the Viper... Departing / Returning / Delay / Inclement Weather
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Conneaut Lake Park - Summer 2010...

Today is a great day for the park. The Blue Streak roller coaster reopened today after being closed the past four years. The Pennsylvania state inspectors approved the ride yesterday after an extensive summer of ride rehab. The main reason the Blue Streak was closed was money - the park itself was closed for two years, then when reopened the money to restore the ride was slow in coming. Conneaut Lake Park is just south of Erie, PA (a little over two hours from Buffalo). It's one of my favorite parks as it reminds me of what amusement parks must have been like back in the early 1900's. It's a small park, but there's quite a few great rides - The Flying Scooters, Devil's Den, Witch's Stew, Tumble Bug, and Skydiver being my favorites. This is one of those small parks where you feel like they're open just for you and your group when you go. This is kind of like Crystal Beach Park in a way. But unlike that park, Conneaut Lake Park has managed to survive (although barely). Here's video I took at the park this summer. It shows all the fun rides and some of the devastation brought about by a park fire over two years ago. Me and Mike, Heather, and Mikel Lynn even walked along the outside of the Blue Streak and took video of the first drop and the new track with permission from the park...
Visit the Conneaut Lake Park website for park hours & rates.
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Amazing Race 17 cast announced...

I got the press release from CBS earlier this morning. The upcoming season will feature home shopping channel hosts, Ivy League acapella singers, beach volleyball partners, and a birth mother / daughter who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago. And of course there will be the usual pairings of newly dating, best friends, etc. Amazing Race 17 will debut Sunday, September 26th with a 90-minute episode starting at 8:30pm. This season's cast of racers will travel over 32,000 miles, covering four continents and 30 cities, with first-time visits to Bangladesh, Ghana and the Arctic Circle. Additionally, for the first time in the history of the Race, the team to finish in first place during the premiere episode will be awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.
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The X Factor Auto-Tune Scandal...

The big entertainment scandal this week has been that the UK version of The X Factor (a show similar to American Idol) used Auto-Tune to manipulate the audio of one of the contestants on a performance show. It's kind of obvious Auto-Tune was used when watching Gamu's aired performance... The producers of The X Factor UK have admitted they did use sound filters to remove excess background noise, but stopped short of saying it was Auto-Tune. And it wasn't just for this one contestant - others were manipulated as well. They also went on to say that the process was done in editing after the show was taped to give the aired version of the show a better sound. Even knowing there's something extra being used there, it's still obvious that Gamu is talented. Unfortunately, the producers must have decided her natural talent wasn't good enough. That's not fair to her or the other contestants, especially when people watching from home call in to vote for their favorites later in the season. Gamu will continue on with the show. Her next performance will show off her real talent without anything extra being used. The Hollywood Reporter has an article about Simon Cowell's banning of Auto-Tune. He's taking this very seriously and is making sure the US media knows it as his X Factor show (minus the manipulation) will be coming to Fox next fall. Wondering about the US American Idol now? Well producers of that show responded to all this by telling the Associated Press they've never used Auto-Tune and never will. In other reality show news, there was confusion last night on Big Brother when an evicted houseguest said a word that at first sounded inappropriate for network TV. Much like live radio, this is why live TV is so much fun - when disaster strikes (or in this case almost strikes). See the video of this and find out the definition of what turned out to be an okay word here.
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RIP Jack Horkheimer - The Star Gazer...

You know the show - the short green-screen weird-looking series with a guy sitting on one of Saturn's rings explaining the night sky. I remember watching it growing up. It used to air just before the PBS station in Rochester would sign off for the night. And it's continued to air all these years. This Labor Day Weekend's episode will be the last though. The show's host, Jack Horkheimer, was the executive director of a Miami, FL planetarium. He passed away Friday of a respiratory ailment at the age of 72. Star Gazer was geared to the general public and amateur astronomers and focused on things in the night sky you could see with your naked eye. You might remember it as Star Hustler, but the name was changed to Star Gazer when the show went online (done to avoid confusion with a magazine that has a very different theme). Here's the final episode of his series (which was produced for this coming Labor Day weekend)... Visit Jack's Horkheimer's website for more video from the series (including a few from the 70's & 80's), the show scripts, Mars images, and more. And as Jack always said, keep looking up...
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Piranha 3D Oscar consideration...

Prehistoric piranhas and Spring Break - all in 3D!!!! This movie totally deserves an Oscar. The begging for an Oscar is also brilliant... Piranha 3D is in theaters now!
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Lost & The Squirrel Baby...

One of the best things about season 6 of Lost? Apparently, the squirrel baby according to the cast of crew of the series. The squirrel baby part starts at 1:21 (after a bonus feature about Lost in other languages)... Season 6 of Lost (along with the 12-minute epilogue "New Man In Charge" will be in stores Tuesday (August 24th).
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Diana will return to "V"!

The original evil Visitor boss from the 80's version of "V" will be featured as a recurring guest star in the upcoming season two of the revival. Jane Badler played Diana in the original series. In the new series, she'll be the mother of Anna (who's now the Queen of the Visitors). Her character's name will be Diana, although that's just a nod to the original series. It wouldn't make sense for her to play her original character since this series is a reboot and not a continuation of the 80's version. Season two of "V" begins in November on ABC. For now, here's some awesome clips of Diana being super evil in the original series (Diana shows up 15 seconds into the first clip)...
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The View's So-Called "Assault"...

Reality shows get slammed sometimes because of the worthless dredges of life they dig up and feature. "The Real Housewives..." series on Bravo is one of those shows that spotlights some of the worst the human race has to offer. And the worst of the worst would have to be Michaele Salahi, featured in The Real Housewives Of D.C. - you might also remember her from when she and her husband made worldwide headlines when they supposedly crashed a White House dinner last fall. Now she's made headlines again. This time she's accusing Whoopi Goldberg of assaulting her on yesterday's episode of The View. Unfortunately for her, it's partially on tape. You can see the "assault" in the video below... Obviously, Michaele is an attention-hungry loser for trying to play that up as assault. Her motives become a lot clearer when you learn that her season of "The Real Housewives..." debuts tonight. Read more about this on People Magazine's website.
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It's Shark Week!

Discovery Channel is going berserk with their advertising of Shark Week this year. It's worked on me though. And I'm sure they'll be happy to know that in addition to watching the shark-themed programs, I've also been watching season two of The Colony on Discovery. Once again, a worldwide disaster is simulated and volunteers must attempt to exist despite all the odds against them. It's not a typical reality show like Big Brother or Survivor as there's no cash prize for lasting - it's more of an educational experiment that's surprisingly entertaining to watch too. That's on Tuesdays at 10pm. But back to the sharks - here's an amazing video of a guy putting a shark in a trance! Not something I'd ever even consider trying...
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The "Titanic 2" Preview!

Finally, a sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time. This one won't be breaking any box office records though - it's going straight to DVD on August 24th. The preview doesn't look bad. It kind of looks like one of those SyFy Channel movies.. I also talked on-air about the Survivor twist for season 21. Learn all about the twist here (I'm trying to avoid spoiling it for people who don't want to know). You'll also find details there on the upcoming season of Undercover Boss.
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Pigeon Forge, TN trip video...

Last week, I went down to Pigeon Forge, TN with family and friends. I'm not the best at taking video as I'm not a fan of carrying things around with me. So the camera never made it into Dollywood during any of the three days I was there. But I did get video of the Seven Springs, PA alpine slide on the way down, the New River Gorge Bridge, a little from the Smoky Mountains National Park, and an apparently popular Pigeon Forge activity. Here's my vacation in 90 seconds... As for Dollywood, I love that park. The rides are always fun (especially Thunderhead & Mystery Mine). And the shows are incredible (coming from me who usually only wants to be on the rides or eating, this is a very big compliment). As usual, Dreamland Drive-In was my favorite. The acting & singing in it is Hollywood-quality. If some of these actors tried out for American Idol, they would definitely win. I'm not really a fan of 50's & 60's music, but this show makes me like the songs. There's two in particular I absolutely love and they're both back to back in part four of the video - Pony Time followed by Mashed Potatoes at the 0:53 mark. Here's the first few minutes of Dreamland Drive-In... Sha-Kon-O-Hey was also excellent. The acrobatics, acting, and the set in this one was also impressive. Again, here's the first few minutes... In addition to Dollywood, there's all the Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg attractions. Go-kart tracks, random amusement park rides, awesome diners, indoor skydiving, the Zorb, lots of outlet stores, and tons more. And that's not even mentioning the surrounding areas including the Smoky Mountains National Park. I'll probably head back in November for the annual Christmas festival. The entire town (along with all of Dollywood) will be covered with Christmas lights - it looks amazing. So now I'm already looking forward to summer ending. Well, kind of - it's more like I'm already set for my next vacation.
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Road Trips!

The destination isn't always the highlight of a road trip. Sometimes it's getting there that's the best part. There's the unexpected places you stop at along the way and the roads themselves. Favorite Road is a website for people who love road trips. And it's completely free. If you've got a favorite road, contribute here. Here's some recent entries... I talked on-air with Nancy Griffin & Brian Clark from favoriteroad.com today. Here's the full interview (including portions that didn't air on Star 102.5). And here's one of my favorite roads. Click on the picture for more details about it...
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Big Brother: The Saboteur...

Here's a screencap from Thursday's episode. Could this be the saboteur? That's either Andrew or Brendon I think. But I'm not sure. I really can't tell a lot of the guys apart yet - they're all like clones of each other (the casting for the show tends to rely on a certain look I guess). But I'm leaning towards thinking it's Brendon if this clip can be believed. As we all know though, the producers of reality shows have led us off course before. It's possible the lock was put on the door shortly before the blackout and the cast just didn't notice. We'll find out who the saboteur is for sure on Thursday's episode.
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Big Brother 12 debuts tonight...

It's been almost 10 years to the day that Big Brother first started on CBS. And it's a very different show than it was in the beginning. Season one was the one with Chicken George and the potential revolution against the producers of the show. Here's the first episode... First episode: Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 And here's the "Meet The Cast" video for the current season...
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Starry Night 2010 Interviews...

As usual, Starry Night In The Garden was an amazing night of concerts. And despite the look of the sky, the night ended up being perfect just as Kevin O'Connell said it would be. This year, I got to interview Alex Band and Collective Soul's Ed Roland and Joel Kosche. Here's the links to the interviews I did (along with links to buy their latest CDs)... Alex Band interview Alex Band's new CD "We've All Been There" Ed Roland and Joel Kosche (Collective Soul) interview Collective Soul's "Collective Soul / Rabbit" CD
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The Ottawa Earthquake That Shook Buffalo...

I was at my desk working on some music stuff when I felt the floor shake - and continue to shake for about 10 seconds. I figured it was a minor tremor, so I left the office and sure enough, everyone was out in the hall wondering the same thing. Here's some of the links for the 5.5 earthquake which happened about 30 miles from Ottawa, Ontario... The US Geological Survey website Fox News report on the earthquake A website devoted to Ottawa earthquakes (apparently Ottawa gets quite a few, but they're usually too small to notice) WBEN.com (constantly updated with new details) Video of an Ottawa press conference that was interrupted by the earthquake and any additional updates will be on my main page here.
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Downfall game show review...

The game itself isn't bad, but even before the hour was up I'd already grown bored with the concept. The funniest part - the audience's reactions. They were not happy to be there. I'm guessing this episode took forever to tape which would cause that reaction. Plus they were probably wondering what would happen if an earthquake hit while they were up there. As for all the falling stuff, I think that was actually a distraction from the game. Which is too bad since that's what the whole show is based on. I do like that the contestants get to keep shouting out answers until they get the right one - that was different. The host and the first two contestants were good too. And one other good thing about Downfall - they didn't use the horrible ABC voiceover guy that was in the promos leading up to it. I don't know where ABC found that guy, but he's the worst. Maybe they realize that too, since this is the only show I've heard him do a promo for so far. Overall, an okay show but it's already getting old. ABC never should have cancelled I Survived A Japanese Game Show - in the long run, that was a far better companion to Wipeout than this.
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The Smurfs movie trailer...

Here's the first look at next year's Smurf movie. It sounded like a great idea for a movie - until I saw the trailer. The Smurfs in New York City?! This looks awful. Which of course means it will be a giant hit...
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Your Face In Space - FREE!

A while back, NASA gathered up names and sent them on a microchip in their Lunar Reconnaissance spacecraft. Now they want to send your picture on a trip into space! Your face will go up to space on either the Discovery space shuttle in September or the Endeavour space shuttle in November. Once it returns, you can print up your Flight Certificate - all of this FREE. So find that perfect picture, upload it to NASA, and get ready to (kind of) visit space. Sign up and upload your picture at NASA's Face In Space website. You must be 13 or older to participate, but parents can send in a picture for anyone under 13. And I couldn't find the date this will end, but I would imagine it's soon so rush that picture into them.
WARNING: After your face goes into space, be wary of mysterious lights in the sky at night. Something out there might fall in love and then come here to visit you.
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Aliens!

There might be aliens living in our solar system! And they'd be nothing even remotely like human beings, so don't be surprised if something strange comes up to you and says hi when visiting Saturn's largest moon Titan. This according to a recent article which is based on findings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Some scientists are extremely excited by all this. But NASA scientists are being more cautious. And with good reason - the new life form is methane-based, something that's only hypothetical right now. But it's a step closer to aliens in my book! Here's the full article from AOL News. To celebrate this, here's a recent alien video from Hannah that makes me smile. And it appears it might even be based on Titan...
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Wipeout on ABC...

I love this show. The big balls obstacle never gets old! And I especially love the spinning challenges. After watching the show, you'd think the set was massive. But it's not. Check out this aeriel view - the picture proves that the camerawork on that show is amazing. See new episodes of Wipeout Tuesday nights at 8pm starting June 22nd on ABC.
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Sea Lion Splash at Darien Lake...

First, here's the link to the details on the extra 13 minutes of the Lost finale scenes. Now the new stuff for Darien Lake... The park has made a bunch of cool changes for the 2010 season. In addition to the giant waterpark expansion which opens this weekend (Splashtown at Darien Lake), they've also added a new show to the Galaxy Theater. It's called Sea Lion Splash and starts this weekend. It even includes a pool in front of the theater where you can photograph the sea lions after the show. Find out more on the Darien Lake website. There will also be the Kris Allen free in-park concert this Sunday. And there's been a few awesome changes to some classic rides...
  • VIPER: It's back to it's original color! Plus another little on-ride surprise.
  • CORN POPPER: The original name returns (previously the Rodeo Roundup). Corn Popper describes this ride so much better, so I'm happy the name is back.
  • SLEIGHRIDE: A new light package and another fun surprise.
  • ALL ROLLER COASTERS: New rider announcements (which me and Kiss' Shannon Steele are VERY psyched about). :)
If you're going on a road trip and looking for an amusement park to visit, don't forget to check out my giant list of amusement parks with park links, what's new for 2010, and distances from Buffalo... Buffalo Area Amusement Parks Eastern New York Amusement Parks Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Other Recommended Amusement Parks
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So much for my Lost theory...

We've all been talking about the Lost finale in the building this week. My theory that they all died when the plane originally crashed (right at the start of the very first episode) made sense thanks to that final scene with the crash footage minus the people (which was shown over the final credits Sunday night). Brian Demay insisted that wasn't actually a part of the story. And then this morning, I got this e-mail from him... Hmmm. Well up until I read this article from Entertainment Weekly my theory made sense (at least to me). Turns out that final scene was added to the end of Lost by the network to make the transition to the evening news easier. Because apparently plane crash footage is far more comforting than someone closing their eyes (in the network's mind at least). So knowing now that the producers had nothing to do with that final plane crash scene, I guess what Christian Shephard said really is the explanation. Which kind of saddens me - I liked the idea that they were all dead right from the beginning. It all seemed to flow together better that way.
I'm sure it'll make total sense when I rewatch it all someday. So for all those that responded to my original post, here you go... I was wrong. You were right.
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The main Lost theories...

There's a bunch of Lost theories floating around trying to explain what happened on the finale. These seems to be the ones that make the most sense...

  • 1 - They all came together in the church after their death (whenever that might have been) to pass over together. This is easily the most popular theory and yes, this is what Christian Shephard was talking about.
  • 2 - They all died when Oceanic flight 815 crashed. The island and everything that followed was just a test to determine where they would end up in the afterlife. This seems to be the second most popular theory (Whoopi even talked about it on-air today, so there must be something to it).
  • 3 - They all (or at least most of them) died when the atomic blast occurred at the end of season five. This was from a listener that called in on the request line today. It does make sense - except for the people that were in the future at the time.

Click on the Lost logo above for the Dark UFO site which has even more theories for the final episode. There's some crazy ones and not so crazy ones there. The way I see it, it's all in how you put it together in your own mind. Everyone's theory is right then.

Whether you're happy or not that the Lost writers didn't just definitively answer everything for us, you've got to give them credit. Ending the show the way they did has kept people talking about it even when it's no longer on-air. And as for that second theory, I've found someone else who agrees with me. Sadly, they didn't attach their name to the article. One thing I'm pretty sure of - I'll definitely be rewatching the entire series again someday. And knowing how it ends while watching it might result in a completely different theory on what happened. Finally, to see a video of all the unanswered Lost questions AND to find out why Mr. Eko was not on the finale, visit my other page here (I attached it to the end of the post).
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The Lost finale (SPOILERS)...




*** If you haven't seen the finale and don't want the ending to be completely spoiled, read no further! ***
It's rare that a TV show actually gets to do a true final episode. And it's even more rare when the producers actually use that chance to wrap up the entire series. But luckily, both of those things happened with Lost. Not every mystery was solved and that's okay with me. I'd rather still have some things left to the imagination. But I was very happy with the biggest mystery of all being answered and I think the explanation they gave was the only one that made sense. So I loved the finale. My favorite scene in the finale: the final one (after his eye closing) where they showed the plane crash with no survivors. That was a cool way to end the series. Now the confusing stuff. The final revelation made the flash forwards from seasons 4 & 5 pretty much useless. They were still a part of the overall story, but I would have rather seen more island stories than those. One thing that did annoy me with the resolution is the fact that all the characters who died in the plane crash were interacting with people who were still alive in the flash-sideways. There's no way all the people they dealt with in the hospital, police department, etc. were also dead. So that doesn't make any sense. In the flash forwards, that was okay because that was apparently just all in their minds anyways (like their lives on the island). But that couldn't be the case with the flash-sideways. And I'm guessing characters like Frank Lapidus and Miles (who were on the plane that left the island but weren't from the original plane crash) managed to return home safely with no memories of the others from the island since no one survived that initial plane crash. Maybe they were never even there and were just imagined characters.


This is now officially getting too confusing for me for a Monday. Luckily, one mystery I was wondering about after the finale was answered during the Jimmy Kimmel show last night. Michael wasn't in the church because he was still one of the lost souls / voices on the island (that's what the actor who played Michael thought and I agree with that). Maybe that's where Walt was too.


A two-hour edited version of the final episode is scheduled to air Saturday night at 8pm with the Jimmy Kimmel "Aloha To Lost" special right after it at 10pm on ABC. The online Q&A with Jimmy Kimmel and the Lost cast can be seen on the ABC website. Then get ready for the final season DVD on August 24th!
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A relaxing weekend in Lake Placid...

I barely even took the camera around. Most of the weekend was spent eating, walking around Main Street, and eating some more with friends and family. But here's a few pictures I did take...

I had a S'mores crepe here - mmmmmm. The bobsled in front of the place definitely caught my attention. A cool building on Main Street. Three Olympic venues in one here. Up close is the outdoor speed skating rink. Off to the far right is the ski jumping complex. And way out is the Mount Van Hoevenberg area with the luge / bobsled / skeleton track (that's where I'll be spending quite a few weekends this coming winter).
Some fun things to do when visiting Lake Placid... GOLD MEDAL ADVENTURE: A three-hour family summer program where you learn about the sports of luge & bobsled by actually trying them (on wheeled sleds) along with tours of the ski jump tower and the Olympic training complex. BOBSLED EXPERIENCE: Go down the bobsled track with a professional driver and brakeman (in a sled with wheels during the summer - in the winter, the real thing with the sled on blades). SKELETON EXPERIENCE: This is a winter only thing. You go down the track from Start 5. You're on the sled going down the track head-first, on your stomach, and on your own! GOLD MEDAL GAMES - FAMILY EDITION: Another winter only thing. A friendly family Olympic competition including curling, hockey, skiing, bobsled, speed skating, and more. The 2011 dates aren't up yet, but keep checking. Make sure to check the websites for height and age restrictions for some of these programs.
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a-ha Reissues & An Awesome Concert!

The a-ha concert in Toronto last night was amazing! It's like the group has managed to find some way to stop time, as they sounded just like their singles from the 80's! This was their only stop in Canada on their Ending On A High Note Tour. It was my first time seeing them perform and I sure picked a great concert to see. And a perfect venue too - I love Massey Hall. a-ha performed for almost two hours and focused a lot on their 80's songs, ending of course with The Sun Always Shines On TV and Take On Me. I embedded some videos I found on YouTube on my main blog page. I ended up getting back from Toronto at about 3am to some great news: a-ha's first two albums are being re-released by Rhino with tons of extra content! They'll both be out June 28th, 2010 with lots of extended versions, live tracks, and demos - including both the original version of Take On Me (called Lesson One) AND the original released version of Take On Me (very different than what's always been played on the radio). Here's the links... Hunting High and Low (2-CD Deluxe Edition) Scoundrel Days (2-CD Deluxe Edition) And here's three music videos that have been released from a-ha's recent album Foot Of The Mountain. I think the title track is equally as incredible as Take On Me - a feel-good song that you'll be happy to have stuck in your head... Finally, Liz called in during the Request Hour and knew that another popular a-ha song was Summer Moved On. She won an American Idol Season 9 CD for knowing that. That's one of the songs they performed flawlessly last night. Here's the music video for that...
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2010 Amusement Park Links...

As always, if you think I missed something or you find a broken link, please e-mail me. This is not a complete list of all parks - it's just a list of the best ones to visit within driving distance (for the most part). Always check the park’s calendar before visiting, as each one starts and ends their daily schedules in a different way. All distances listed are from Buffalo... DARIEN LAKE Location: Darien Center, NY Distance: 45 minutes Opening date: May 8th (Splashtown opens May 21st) New for 2010: Splashtown at Darien Lake - a major expansion to the water park! Includes a lazy river, a second wave pool, and four new waterslides. Full details here. FANTASY ISLAND Location: Grand Island, NY Distance: 15 minutes Opening date: May 15th MARINELAND Location: Niagara Falls, ON Distance: 30 minutes Opening date: May 22nd CANADA’S WONDERLAND Location: Just north of Toronto, ON Distance: 2 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Planet Snoopy - a retheming of the kiddie area and Boo Blasters On Boo Hill (formerly Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion). OLCOTT BEACH CAROUSEL PARK Location: Olcott, NY Distance: 1 hour Opening date: May 29th Similar to: A smaller Midway Park. Features a carousel and five kiddie rides, each costing 25-cents to ride. MIDWAY PARK Location: Bemus Point, NY Distance: 90 minutes Opening date: May 29th Similar to: A smaller Fantasy Island with all kiddie rides. ONTARIO PLACE Location: Toronto, ON Distance: 2 hours Opening date: May 22nd Similar to: A smaller Fantasy Island with mainly kiddie rides. SEABREEZE Location: Rochester, NY Distance: 90 minutes Opening date: May 22nd New for 2010: Revolution 360 - a Mega Disk'o ride just like the one Fantasy Island got last year. This one gives you a great view of Lake Ontario while riding! Similar to: Fantasy Island KNOEBELS Location: Elysburg, PA Distance: 4.5 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: Unique and highly recommended for all ages! Free parking, free admission, very reasonable prices, some of the best wooden roller coasters in the country, and a gigantic variety of rides for kiddies & adults. They're still working on opening the Flying Turns roller coaster. Maybe this will be the year! Video: The vicious Knoebels' Bumper Cars
WALDAMEER PARK Location: Erie, PA Distance: 2 hours Opening date: May 8th Similar to: A smaller Fantasy Island
CONNEAUT LAKE PARK Location: Conneaut Lake, PA Distance: 2.5 hours Opening date: May 29th. New for 2010: Two new kiddie rides for the Kiddieland section. Returning for 2010: Blue Streak wooden roller coaster (they're trying to have it open by late summer). There's a good chance the Round Up will also return to the park, but in a new location. Similar to: A smaller version of what Crystal Beach used to be. KENNYWOOD Location: West Mifflin, PA Distance: 4 hours Opening date: May 8th New for 2010: Sky Rocket, a launch coaster with a 90-degree drop! Similar to: Canada’s Wonderland Note: King Kahuna (a Top Spin ride) was removed from the park. Video: Sky Rocket promotional video DELGROSSO’S PARK Location: Tipton, PA Distance: 4 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: A small Fantasy Island. LAKEMONT PARK Location: Altoona, PA Distance: 4.5 hours Opening date: May 26th Similar to: Fantasy Island. Remember Roseland in Canandaigua? This is where the Roseland Skyliner wooden roller coaster now is. This is also the home of the world's oldest roller coaster, Leap-The-Dips.
IDLEWILD PARK Location: Ligonier, PA Distance: 4.5 hours Opening date: May 27th Similar to: Fantasy Island. A unique feature of this park - it features Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make Believe, a life-size trolley ride through Mr. Rogers' world. HERSHEYPARK Location: Hershey, PA Distance: 5.5 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: A "Create Your Own Candy Bar" experience at Chocolate World (which is actually outside the amusement park). Similar to: Canada’s Wonderland Video: A virtual tour of the "Create Your Own Candy Bar" experience. DORNEY PARK Location: Allentown, PA Distance: 5.5 hours Opening date: May 2nd Similar to: Darien Lake DUTCH WONDERLAND Location: Lancaster, PA Distance: 6 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: Fantasy Island, but geared more to younger kids. SESAME PLACE Location: Langhorne, PA Distance: 6.5 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: Unique. It’s an entire amusement park for kids based on Sesame Street! SYLVAN BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK Location: Sylvan Beach, NY Distance: 3 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Himalaya (spin ride) & The Screamer (a 40-passenger speed boat on Oneida Lake). Similar to: A smaller version of what Crystal Beach was. THE GREAT ESCAPE Location: Lake George, NY Distance: 5 hours Opening date: May 8th Similar to: Fantasy Island. This is where the Crystal Beach Comet now is. It’s been modified a little, but it’s still a good ride.
MAGIC FOREST Location: Lake George, NY Distance: 5 hours Opening date: May 29th Similar to: Fantasy Island with all kiddie rides. NORTH POLE / SANTA’S WORKSHOP Location: North Pole, NY (near Lake Placid) Distance: 6.5 hours Opening date: June 26th Similar to: Unique. An amusement park for young kids themed to Santa Claus & his reindeer. CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE Location: Coney Island, NY Distance: 7 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: Unique. The Astroland Park this was part of is now gone. But there's still two amusement parks within walking distance. LUNA PARK: Location: Coney Island, NY Distance: 7 hours Opening date: May 29th New for 2010: The entire park! Similar to: Crystal Beach possibly.
DENO’S WONDER WHEEL AMUSEMENT PARK Location: Coney Island, NY Distance: 7 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: A smaller Crystal Beach. It’s within walking distance of the Cyclone roller coaster and has the world famous Wonder Wheel, a giant ferris wheel with some cars that travel on tracks and swing into and out of the wheel structure! LONG ISLAND’S ADVENTURELAND Location: East Farmingdale, NY Distance: 7.5 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: The Ghost House - a ride-through haunted house Similar to: Fantasy Island CANOBIE LAKE PARK Location: Salem, NH Distance: 7.5 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2009: MystiQue, The Magical World Of Illusion will be their big show this year. Similar to: Fantasy Island. They've got a Frisbee, one of my absolute favorite rides right now. And they're still running it great! In addition to that, there's a bunch of other great rides and three arcades, one which features about 30 pinball machines. I highly recommend this park! Video: 2010 TV commercial LAKE COMPOUNCE Location: Bristol, CT Distance: 6.5 hours Opening date: May 15th Similar to: Darien Lake. SIX FLAGS NEW ENGLAND Location: Agawam, MA Distance: 6 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Mr. Six's Splash Island, a waterpark area for young kids. Similar to: Darien Lake.
MOREY’S PIERS Location: Wildwood, NJ Distance: 8 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Ignis Fatuus - a mystery attraction that will be revealed Memorial Day weekend. Similar to: The park itself reminds me of a gigantic Crystal Beach, except it’s all on three large piers overlooking the ocean. The boardwalk is super long and has all sorts of crazy shops. KING’S DOMINION Location: Doswell, VA Distance: 9 hours Opening Date: Now open New for 2010: Intimidator 305, the tallest and fastest gravity driven roller coaster on the east coast! Similar to: Canada’s Wonderland
BUSCH GARDENS: EUROPE Location: Williamsburg, VA Distance: 10 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: It's Canada’s Wonderland with more extreme roller coasters, fewer rides, and a lot more shops & restaurants. CEDAR POINT Location: Sandusky, OH Distance: 4 hours Opening date: May 15th New for 2010: Shoot The Rapids - a log flume Similar to: Unique with 17 roller coasters. Video: Virtual ride on the new Shoot The Rapids KING’S ISLAND Location: King's Island, OH Distance: 6.5 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Planet Snoopy - a retheming of their kiddie section and Boo Blasters On Boo Hill (formerly Scooby-Doo & The Haunted Castle). Similar to: Canada’s Wonderland with bigger roller coasters. Note: The Son Of Beast wooden roller coaster is no longer listed on the park's website or maps even though it does still exist. Chances are it won't be open this season.
STRICKER'S GROVE Location: Hamilton, OH Distance: 7.5 hours Open: July 4, August 8, September 6, October 10 Similar to: A smaller Fantasy Island Note: Only open to the public four days a year. BEECH BEND Location: Bowling Green, KY Distance: 10.5 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Tea Cups, Quad Runner (kiddie ride), and a major waterpark expansion (wave pool, lazy river, and a water play area) Similar to: Fantasy Island. HOLIDAY WORLD Location: Santa Claus, IN Distance: 10 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Wildebeest - the world's longest water coaster. Similar to: Darien Lake, but geared more to young kids.
DOLLYWOOD Location: Pigeon Forge, TN Distance: 11 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Adventure Mountain - four different challenge courses up to 26-feet in the air that features swinging beams, suspension bridges, flying islands, a tire traverse, and more! Similar to: Unique. Stores and restaurants outnumber rides here, but the rides are all good. INDIANA BEACH Location: Monticello, IN Distance: 8.5 hours Opening date: Now open Similar to: What Crystal Beach used to be. MT. OLYMPUS Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI Distance: 12 hours Opening date: Now open New for 2010: Catapult (their website says it's an extreme ride but says nothing else about it). Similar to: Unique. It’s an amusement park made up of nine long wooden go-cart tracks, seven roller coasters, and a gigantic indoor and outdoor waterpark. The entire town of Wisconsin Dells is a giant version of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls. Nearby, the Timber Falls Adventure Park has an amazing wooden roller coaster called Hellcat (previously called Avalanche). There’s also a puzzle-like adventure down the road called Wizard’s Quest which is definitely worth checking out.
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All 4 Owl City videos...

Yes, there's now four. The first one is for Owl City's latest single Umbrella Beach (which is a perfect spring / summer song). The there's Vanilla Twilight (my favorite Owl City song) and Fireflies. Then the bottom video is Early Birdie from two years ago...
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V.V. Brown & Shark In The Water...

V.V. Brown is already a star overseas. Very soon, she'll be taking over the North American charts. I've had her songs on my iPod for a couple months now - ever since the first day I heard Shark In The Water. That'll be her debut single here. And I'm already hoping Game Over is her second single. She stopped by the Star and Kiss studios to perform for us yesterday. V.V. doesn't need a full back-up band to sound amazing as you'll soon see. All she brought with her yesterday was Janek on guitar and backup vocals. Here's the acoustic version of Shark In The Water from our studios yesterday. And here's a few other V.V. links... OFFICIAL WEBSITE SHARK IN THE WATER MUSIC VIDEO VIDEO FROM V.V.'S PERFORMANCE YESTERDAY
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The KFC Double Down Review...

The media hysteria about KFC’s new Double Down sandwich convinced me I had to try it. Just about every article / review I’ve read says it’s one of the most unhealthiest sandwiches of any fast food chain, so I had to see what this was all about. When I’m not on vacation, I almost never go out to eat. And when I do, I usually stick to my favorites: Little Caesar’s Pizza, the Flying Saucer Restaurant, Old Country Buffet, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dunkin Donuts, or Tim Hortons. My original plan was to get about three Double Downs for supper. Then I saw the price. It’s $4.99 for one or $6.99 for one with the value meal. So I just ended up getting one Double Down and a two-piece chicken dinner (with one of their awesome biscuits and mashed potatoes) - thank you to KFC for online coupons. The Double Down is cheese and bacon surrounded by - not bread - but two pieces of chicken (either original or grilled - I went with the original). It was excellent!!! I love bacon and was definitely able to taste it in this food masterpiece. And the KFC chicken is always good, so two pieces at once was like heaven for my taste buds. I don’t think I could have eaten more than two, so I’m happy I didn’t go through with my original plan. In fact, one was enough (especially since I had the extra food anyways, lol). Overall, mmmm-mmmm, yummy, yummy - and highly recommended! But this is definitely not an everyday type of food. Not even an every week thing. Once in a while is more than enough. It sure did make for a perfect meal while watching everyone starve on Survivor though (at least until some of them got to feast). The fact that I was able to write this proves I survived the meal. So most of the reviewers are all just big health-nut whiners. Every now and then it’s okay to be bad and eat something soooo good.
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Tiffany on Star 102.5!

Tiffany's back! Her new movie Mega Piranha debuts tomorrow night (April 10th) at 9pm on the SyFy Channel. In the movie, she teams up with Barry Williams (Greg Brady) to stop mega piranha from taking over Florida. She's also been working on a new CD - a country CD! Hear one of the new songs on Tiffany's website. In between battling piranha and rebooting her music career, she also took the time to talk to me today during the All Request Hour. She talked about being labelled a mall queen, the so-called 80's rivalry with Debbie Gibson, her upcoming country CD, and of course the mega piranha. Here's the full 10-minute interview including portions that didn't air on Star 102.5. And here's the Mega Piranha movie promo...
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Tiffany - Tomorrow on Star 102.5!

Can you tell I'm a little psyched about this? Tiffany's movie Mega Piranha debuts this weekend on the SyFy Channel. I'll talk with her tomorrow during the All Request Hour at 6pm about that, her upcoming CD, and more! For now, a short trailer for Mega Piranha...
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Baby Upset He's Not A Single Lady (LOL)...

I could not stop laughing when I watched this video earlier. A little kid is so happy to hear and dance around to Beyonce's Single Ladies song - until he learns he's not a single lady...
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Darien Lake - New For 2010 (& some 80's pictures)...

I went to the press conference this morning at Darien Lake and got all the details on what's new this year. If you're a fan of waterparks, you're going to love the new park! Yes, a whole new park! Splashtown at Darien Lake will open Memorial Day weekend. The waterpark and rides will now be two different parks. Pricing details are at the Darien Lake website. The season pass is the best bet for this, as it's still a great deal regardless. Here's video from the press conference announcing Splashtown with details on all the new slides and attractions. I'll also list what's new below... The new attractions include... FLOTATION STATION: A 1,024-foot lazy river! I've been waiting for Darien Lake to get one of these forever. LAZY DAYS LAGOON: A second wave pool, this one with gently rolling waves as opposed to the larger waves at their Crocodile Isle wave pool. It's actually part of Flotation Station. SWIRL CITY SLIDE COMPLEX: Four new waterslides... * Mister Twister - Features three funnels! * Cannon Ball Run - A high-speed slide with a giant 40-foot "Cannon Bowl". * Turbo Twins - Two twisted enclosed slides with some translucent sections thrown in.

In addition to Splashtown, Darien Lake has transformed ten rooms in their Lodge On The Lake Hotel into "Forts-O-Fun" family rooms. They offer kids their own room-in-a-room with a fort-themed play and sleep space that includes its own TV and Playstation 3 console. Darien Lake has also added 24 lakeside Brown Bear Cabins to the campsite area. More details on all the new additions are at Darien Lake's website. The best news of all - nothing is being removed from the park to make way for all these additions! Although Floodgate Falls (the cascading lazy river in the original waterpark) will remain out of operation again this year. Opening day is Saturday, May 8th (with Splashtown opening Memorial Day weekend)! Now for something from the early days of Darien Lake. I was looking through some of my parents' old pictures and ran across these. It was like me and my brother had our own personal paparazzi following us around. No wonder I'm not a fan of getting my picture taken now! But I have to admit, I am happy my parents took all these great 80's pictures of Darien Lake...

Me (right) and my friend Patrick riding the Viper during its first summer in 1982.

I'm patiently waiting here for my parents to take a picture before going back on one of Darien Lake's awesome Rainbow Mountain waterslides in June of 1980. The second slide was called Acapulco Falls and the third was Kamikaze. I can't remember the name of the first one or the kiddie slide.


My brother (along with some random girl) riding the kiddie boats in June of 1980.

Here I am putting up with my parents telling me to freeze as I get out of the Enterprise car (now called Silver Bullet) on what I think was its second day of operation in June of 1980. Me and my Dad watched as the German mechanics did the final tests on the ride the day before. My Dad went on the ride in the afternoon that first day, while I finally got the courage to go on later that night. I even remember what I was thinking here: I just wanted to get out of the car and get back in line so I could ride again - lol.
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Mr. Belvedere's Ilene Graff (Marsha Owens)...

Ilene Graff was Marsha Owens (the Mom) on the 80's sitcom Mr.Belvedere. The show lasted 6 seasons for a total of 117 episodes and she was one of only three of the cast to appear in every one of them (Christopher Hewitt & Brice Beckham as Mr. Belvedere & Wesley were the other two).
Shout! Factory recently released season 4 of the show on DVD. It's only available at the Shout! Factory website. I think this (along with season 5) was the high point for the series. This is the season where Heather & Wesley went to Atlantic City while Mr. Belvedere went wild back at the house, Marsha got her first job at a law firm, George got a job as a TV sports reporter, Kevin got his own apartment, Robert Goulet made his second appearance on the series, and Wesley had a jump-the-shark moment at summer camp. In addition to starring in this classic 80's sitcom, Ilene is also a singer. She had a chance to sing during part two of "The Trip" in season 4 of Mr. Belvedere. And she'll be singing this coming weekend on the Variety Kids Telethon here in Buffalo. The pre-telethon concert will be Saturday night at 7pm at the Bishop Timon / St. Jude Auditorium on McKinley Parkway, then the Telethon itself will be Sunday at the Adam's Mark Hotel and broadcast live on Channel 7. Earlier tonight, I had the chance to talk with Ilene. Here's the full interview and a list of all the links mentioned... Full Star 102.5 interview with Ilene Graff Mr. Belvedere Season 4 DVD Ilene Graff's official website Variety Kids Telethon website The Variety Kids Telethon Concert page Ilene Graff on The $25,000 Pyramid
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Mr. Belvedere & Darien Lake...

No, there's not going to be a Mr. Belvedere themed ride at Darien Lake. Even when the show was actually on the air in the 80's that would have been weird. The only connection between the two is I'm mentioning something about each today. First up, Mr. Belvedere and one of the stars from the show - Ilene Graff... VARIETY KIDS TELETHON: The telethon will be Sunday, March 28th on Channel 7. The true kickoff though is the night before at the Bishop Timon / St. Jude Auditorium on McKinley Parkway in Buffalo. That's when all the telethon celebrities will perform and officially kick off the Variety Kids Telethon weekend. Ilene Graff, who played Marsha Owens (the Mom) , will be one of the celebrities this year. She's a telethon favorite who keeps getting invited back. I'll talk with her Wednesday night on Star 102.5 about the upcoming telethon. And of course I can't wait to hear her behind-the-scenes Mr. Belvedere stories! In addition to that, I'll be giving away DVD's of seasons 3 & 4 of Mr. Belvedere (from shoutfactory.com) during the all request hour at 6pm. COASTERS FOR CARING: Kind of staying with the charity thing, it's fundraising now. That's such a boring word. I hope I never have to be on the organizational end of that nightmare. But add roller coasters and spin rides to it and suddenly fundraising becomes interesting. Darien Lake is helping non-profit organizations by offering discounted tickets to the park. Day tickets get sold for $19.99 and your organization keeps $5 for every one! Plus, you get two free tickets for every 50 sold. Visit the Darien Lake website for more details. But hurry, you must sign up by April 15th to participate.
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