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20 Life Lessons From How I Met Your Mother

There can be more than one "The One", the Crazy Hot Scale, and Never Make A Slap Bet.  Here are 20 Life Lessons From HIMYM.  From Buzzfeed, of course!

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A Working Mom's Open Letter To Gwyneth Paltrow

I usually defend Gwyneth Paltrow, but after some things she said in a few different interviews about how "rough" acting mom's have it, I just can't any more.  She certainly pulled a a Princess Gwyneth.  MacKenzie Dawson of the NY POST penned this Working Mom's Open Letter To Gwyneth...and it sooo good. It got a lot of favs when I tweeted it, so I thought I'd share it for non-twitterheads here. 

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Feel Good Friday Video: Love Gun...Way Back When

We've given away tons of tix for KISS and DEF LEPPARD at Darien Lake August 13th, and during one of the giveaways we got into the lyrics of the iconic LOVE GUN.  Made us wanna reach back for a classic performance from 1977, when the album and song were brand new.  Dig the cool "This is our new single..." intro from Paul Stanley...

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On Demand Video: Cell Phone Crashing... At Disneyland!

What's more annoying that someone carrying on a very loud conversation on their cell phone? Someone carrying on that conversation at Disneyland. Luckily, there's this guy to show people the error of their ways. 

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Time To Stretch Your Face With These Happy Facts

Wanna read something that get your cheeks stretching with glee?

Did you know that there's a basketball court on the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court Building and it’s known as the highest court in the land?

Or that Jim Cummings (the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger) calls children's hospitals to cheer up children and that blind people smile when they're happy even if they'll never been able to witness it because smiling is a basic human instinct? 

If you're already grinning (admit it, you are) and you wanna grow that smile, check out the full list that will
plaster a smile across your face over at Buzzfeed.

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Touching Ralph Wilson Shout Tribute
The Voice contestant and Buffalo Native Keith Shuskie shared this very touching Ralph Wilson Shout tribute with us this morning. 

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What's In Rob's Head?

Haven’t done this in a while.  Random Thoughts From Rob...

Like many, I like a lot of music you would NEVER think I would be into.  I’ve been heavy into Jethro Tull lately.  The Whistler and Locomotive Breathe have been on repeat on my car CD player.

Will Smith, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell.  3 of the most likeable actors…people we root for and love as guests on talk shows cuz they always come with material.  But at the same time, for the past 5 years, they have pretty much been box office poison.  Honestly, name one movie by any of them that didn’t tank, or was even mildly close to fulfilling its promise in the past half-decade.  Maybe JUST GO WITH IT from Sandler (and Jennifer Aniston). MAYBE.  But off the top of my head, I can’t think of anything else.


The last year of the Bud Selig Commissioner era can’t end fast enough.  Never has a sport lost so much ground to other sports as baseball has under his leadership.  Or lack of.  The next commish has to get World Series games starting no later than 7:30, eliminate :30 sec of commercials between every half inning, and find ways to speed up the game without changing rules and integrity.  Oh, two franchises and the DH have to go as well.  Do all that and we’re back to 2:20 games. 


My wife and I could make the exact same sandwich, and hers will look and taste better.  She says it’s because she does it with love and care, and I do it like a bricklayer.  She’s right.

So far the NCAA Tourney has left me empty, much like the NHL has for the past 3 years.  It’s just a big tourney of very good teams, no one great. And the team that gets hot at the right time can win it all.  The lesser quality of play is really beginning to show.  College teams now have starters than should be on the bench learning, and end of bench players  who may have been in Division 2 15 years ago.  The NBA needs to adopt the rule they are looking into, that would pretty much force players to stay in school till they were sophomores.
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People: Adam SandlerJennifer AnistonWill FerrellWill Smith

Starry Night In The Garden 2014 Artist Reveal: A Great Big World

A Great Big World are sooooo excited to join the lineup for Starry Night In The Garden 2014.  With songs like "Say Something" and "Already Home" the lawn of the Buffalo And Erie County Botanical Gardens will be magical on June 18th!  Tickets for SNITG 2014, presented By West Herr Toyota Of Williamsville And Orchard Park, will go on sale soon!  Keep your radio, PC, and phone on Star 102.5 and for more artist reveals and ticket on sale date.
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On Demand Video: Taylor Swift Visits Kids At Sloan Kettering
56th GRAMMY Awards - Show
Taylor Swift quietly does this in just about every city she performs and visits.  Spending time with kids in hospitals.  It's very rare there is a report or video of her visits.  When she last came to Buffalo, there was a strict no video or pic policy in effect for media.  She simply doesn't want kids and fans thinking she's doing it for publicity.  And she's not.  Another reason why I can't figure out the Taylor Haters. If you don't like her music, that's one thing.  But not liking the person, is another.  Hollywood has more about Taylor's 5 HOUR hospital visit.  It's a great read!

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On Demand Video: Bacon "Footloose" Fallon Intro

Even if ratings aren't what they thought they would be, you gotta hand it to Jimmy Fallon's production team.  They lead the league in pre-produced segments!

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Is Talking To Your Teen Like Hitting A Brick Wall?

Feel like you hit a brick wall everytime you talk to your kids about anything serious...or maybe not-so-serious?
The website
She Know Parenting has come up with 4 ways to talk better with your teen.
So what do you this waaaaayyy too simplistic and unreal, or right on?

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Feel Good Weekend Video: Katy Perry's Dark Horse in 20 Styles

Anthony Vincent put this together as a promo for his new YouTube Channel Ten Second Songs, and it is GREAT!  Love how heput SINATRA between PANTERA and PAVAROTTI!

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Amazing On Demand Video: How A Dog Really Drinks!
This is simply incredible!  A dog's tongue picks up water by curling in reverse direction of what you think it would...almost like an elephants trunk going back toward the body!  The footage of this beautiful Alsatian drinking is from a longer documentary called The Secret Life of Dogs. Seems like a dog lover's MUST WATCH!

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Kinky Boots To Hit Shea's in 2015

Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Albert Nocciolino Presents
The 2014-15 M&T Bank Broadway Series

TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT                                                     October 7 - 12, 2014

This new production features American Idol's
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA                                  December 2 – 7, 2014
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL                                                            January 20 – 25, 2015
CHICAGO                                                                                     February 17 – 22, 2015
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA                                                 March 18 – 29, 2015
KINKY BOOTS                                                                             April 21 - 26, 2015

Special 2014-15 return engagements at Shea’s:
MAMMA MIA                                                                                November 7 – 9, 2014
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET                                                       February 6 - 7, 2015
THE BOOK OF MORMON                                                           June 2 - 14, 2015

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Locations: Chicago
People: Ace YoungDiana DeGarmo

On Demand Video: Christopher Walken Dancing Through Film

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On Demand Video: Doggies Get "Happy"

There are sooooo many video take-offs of Pharrell WIlliams "Happy". This latest, may be the greatest...a doggy version!

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10 Famous Bodies Without Photoshop
So you look in the mirror, and you HATE your cellulite, or your tummy, or knees.  After seeing Real Pics of 10 Famous Bodies Without Photoshop, celebs pictured just as they are in everyday life, you’ll feel much better about your now "little imperfections".   From Cameron Diaz to Misha Barton to Alicia Keys...they’ve got the same body challenges you do, and probably more!

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Quake Hits L.A. And Celebs Run To Tweet...

L.A. got rocked yesterday by an earthquake that measured 4.4 on the Richter scale.  And of course, the celebs had to tweet (check out the final tweet from Kimmel...)

Lindsay Lohan: Earthquake #own #wheresOprahwhenyouneedher #?

Jon Cryer: That was a big one. Everyone okay out there? #earthquake

Ross Mathews: In terms of exciting ways to wake up, this morning takes the quake/wins in a quake walk/was a piece of quake. You pick. #LAearthquake

Nicki Minaj: That was the scariest earthquake this lil New York girl ever experienced in Cali. Unbelievable this time.

Kendal Jenner: “Earthquakes with Kris Jenner: she makes you run outside at 6am in your running shoes to wait for the after shock. I'm sorry but how do you run from an earthquake mom?” s

Paris Hilton: OMG! Did anyone just feel that Earthquake? So scary, woke me up out of an already scary nightmare. I hate earthquakes. :(

Ryan Seacrest: earthquake felt while playing happy by pharrell on radio

Jack Osbourne: How's about that wake up call in the form of a 4.9 earthquake?

Terrell Owens: "I'm scared!! Can I get someone to come cuddle with me?! I'm from Alabama, we don't get stuff like this! #earthquake."

Derek Hough: Wow !!! Just felt a huge earth Quake . Shook me almost off the bed . No joke

David Spade: Brace yourself LA Its not over. All day you get to hear everyones "earthquake story". #soboring #literallyallday

Susan Sarandon: An earthquake woke me up this morning and I loved it. Now, just have to straighten these pictures.

Rico Rodriguez: I would come up with a witty tweet about the earthquake, but if I'm being honest I was asleep through the whole thing. Futons = comfiness

Jimmy Kimmel: here's how it goes now..."oh my God, earthquake...where's my phone? I have to tweet!"

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Even If The Public Likes You, The Voice Can Blow You Out!

The NY Daily News has published what it claims are details from the contract contestants must sign before competing on The Voice.

NBC may:

Change the rules at any time.

Eliminate contestants at any time, even if they are “winning” with the public.

Ignore the show’s voting system, which includes sales figures for contestants’ songs on iTunes, in the event of problems.

Force contestants to undergo medical or psychological testing and, under certain circumstances, release the results on TV.

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DWTS Dancers Have Already Earned $125,000

The Hollywood Reporter claims the contestants on Dancing With the Stars have already earned $125,000 for three weeks of rehearsals and the first two shows.

Future Pay Breakdown

Weeks 3 and 4 ... $10,000 an episode

Weeks 5 and 6 .... $20,000 an episode

Weeks 7 and 8 ... $30,000 an episode

final two weeks ... $50,000 an episode

The Dancing With the Stars season 18 cast includes

Wonder Years star Danica McKellar dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy

pop star Cody Simpson dancing with Witney Carson

Billy Dee Williams dancing with Emma Slater

swimmer Diana Nyad dancing with Henry Byalikov

NeNe Leakes dancing with Tony Dovolani

boy bander James Maslow dancing with Peta Murgatroyd

hockey player Sean Avery dancing with Karina Smirnoff

Drew Carey dancing with Cheryl Burke

Full House star Candace Cameron Bure dancing with Mark Ballas

Olympic ice dancer Charlie White dancing with Sharna Burgess

Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

US Paralympic Team Snowboarder Amy Purdy dancing with Derek Hough

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6 Types of People to Avoid on St. Patrick's Day

VERY FUNNY pictorial from E! Entertainment's Fabulist.  Worth clicking on St. Pats Day...

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David Brenner Passes. Was He Supposed To be The Next Carson?

Iconic comedian David Brenner died from cancer at age 78. He was on The Tonight Show 158 times in the 70's and 80's. He also guest-hosted the show for Johnny Carson 75 times.  His last national appearance was on Modern Family where he made fun of Jay Pritchett as part of his act!  The NY Post reports that if not for a divorce and custody battle which kept him off the road for a decade, he may have been Johnny Carson's replacement.
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Happy St. Patricks Weekend! On Demand Video: Bing, Chieftains, & U2

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Keith Urban Rolls Into Darien Lake July 25th!





TICKETS: $59.75, $39.75, $29.50. LAWN $29.50.
LAWN FOUR PACKS: $90.00*  *While supplies last, plus fees.

Tickets available online at,, select Walmart locations
or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Concert Ticket with Theme Park Access for $14.99 in advance.
All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.  Tickets subject to applicable fees

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Look Who's Going to Napa...
Bob and Sue Thomczak of North Tonawanda are Napa bound! Out of the 40 Star Fans at our Winemaker's dinner last night at The Protocol, these lucky two get to leave this weather behind and hop a plane to party with Colbie Caillat, Sarah McLaughlan in Napa! If you weren't lucky enough to qualify on air, there's still another chance to go Live In The Vineyard. Click and enter to party with the stars for another chance to win a Napa Fly Away!
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Backstreet Boys and Avril Levigne Hit Darien Lake June 18th
- Tickets On Sale Starting Friday, March 21 Through Live Nation Mobile App and At -
LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2014) – Due to the overwhelming demand and in answer to the request of thousands of fans, the Backstreet Boys have extended their In A World Like This U.S. tour to reach additional cities and return to those markets that sold out so quickly in 2013. With last summer’s crowds as big as 16,000 per night, the In A World Like This U.S. tour became the group's biggest tour in over 10 years, proving that Backstreet is truly back.

Tickets for the Live Nation promoted tour go on sale starting  Friday, March 21.

Beginning today, Friday, March 14, fans can visit to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available at 10:00 a.m. local time on Thursday, March 20. Live Nation mobile app users will also have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Mobile users can text "LNAPP" to 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app (available for iOS and Android).
In A World Like This Tour Dates
All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.
* - with special guest Avril Lavigne
Saturday, May 3 Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum
Sunday, May 4 Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre
Tuesday, May 6 Kingston, ON Rogers K-Rock Centre
Wednesday, May 7 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, May 8 Hamilton, WP FirstOntario Centre
Sunday, May 11 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Tuesday, May 13 Moose Jaw, SK Mosaic Place
Wednesday, May 14 Lethbridge, AB ENMAX Centre
Friday, May 16 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Saturday, May 17 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Sunday, May 18 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre
Tuesday, May 20 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Thursday, May 22* Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
Saturday, May 24* Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 25* Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wednesday, May 28* San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Thursday, May 29* Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Friday, May 30* Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Saturday, May 31* Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Monday, June 2* Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Wednesday, June 4* Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center Arena
Thursday, June 5* Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Friday, June 6* Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Saturday, June 7* Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Monday, June 9* Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center Omaha
Tuesday, June 10* St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Wednesday, June 11* Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Friday, June 13* Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Saturday, June 14* Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sunday, June 15* Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Tuesday, June 17* Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wednesday, June 18* Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Friday, June 20* Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Saturday, June 21* Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
Sunday, June 22* Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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On Demand Video: Origin of "Alright, Alright, Alright"

Hey, I've got the album Matthew is talking's the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's Doors movie. It's a must own, so go buy it!   

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On Demand Video: "Happy" As Played On Wine Glasses And Pans

To prove that you don't need musical instruments to make music, music producer, photographer and filmmaker Dan Newbie covers Pharrell's popular hit "Happy" using only a slew of wine glasses and a couple of cooking pans.
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Hilarious On Demand Video: Les Mis According to Sesame Street

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27 Things Every Parent Secretly Does

From chowing down on junk food after the kids are asleep and checking e-mail when playing "hide n seek", to using your kids for more nepharious things, how many of Buzzfeed's 27 Things Every Parent Secretly Does have you tried?
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Goo Goo Dolls Hit Darien Lake Aug 22nd! Win Tix All Next Week!










TICKETS: $69.50, $49.50, $35.00, $25.00, LAWN $20.00.
LAWN FOUR PACKS: $60.00.*  *Plus fees, not available day of show.


Tickets available online at,, select Walmart locations
or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.


Concert Ticket with Theme Park Access for $14.99 in advance.
All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.  Tickets subject to applicable fees.

Star 102.5 has your tix all next week...
Win when you hear the Goo's Montage!


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