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Posts from June 2014

Summer Guide to Camping with Kids
Fourth of July weekend is the perfect time to take the family out camping!  But, it can be overwhelming to pack up the kids and all of their stuff just for a weekend in the woods.  Real Simple has your 9 Step Guide to Camping with Kids which offers tips on making camping food prep easy to packing glow sticks for your family to light up the night with!

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Feel Good Friday Video: New Christina Perri - Burning Gold

Pure Girl Power!  Awesome!  RLITM says this will be a HUGE hit...reminds us, in a good way, of Sara Bareilles' Brave..

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On Demand Video: Startling "Don't Text And Drive" Campaign

This is not a bloody, gory car crash video.  It is a well done, STARTLING anti texting and driving video from Volkswagen.

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Shocker! AGBW's Chad Shares Story Of Having Multiple Sclerosis
Wow, when Chad and Ian introed a few of their songs at Starry Night In The Garden, they mentioned some major challenges they had dealt with over the last 5 or so years.  It certainly sounds like one of them was Chad's bout with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Paramore's Best Gig Ever: A Cruise Ship? Yep...

Paramore's Hayley Williams recently told British newspaper The Guardian that the band played a cruise ship. ''I really wanted to walk out to Come Sail Away. I really wanted to ham it up with the whole theme. But no, we didn't do any show-tunes, much as I would have loved that. Taylor (York, guitarist) wore Hawaiian button-up T-shirts the whole time. But I think we did a really good job of not making it cheesy, while also making fun of how ridiculous the whole thing was. And those two shows that we played were two of my favourite shows of the last four, five years – especially the second one, where we played more deep cuts."

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On Demand Video: Pearl Jam Covers "Let It Go"

Who knew Eddie Vedder was the next Idina Menzel?

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"Physical" Still The Sexiest Song Of All Time?

Just saw a quick blurb of something we've mentioned in Summer's was on this date in 2012 that named Olivia Newton-John's 1982 hit 'Physical' as The Sexiest Song Of All Time.  Have there been any songs in the past two years that would make the Top 10 Sexiest list?  Blurred Lines? John Legend's All of Me?
Billboard's Top Ten Sexiest Songs of All Time are:

1. Olivia Newton-John - 'Physical'
2. Rod Stewart - 'Tonight's The Night'
3. Boyz II Men - 'I'll Make Love To You'
4. Next – 'Too Close'
5. Marvin Gaye – 'Let's Get It On'
6. Donna Summer – 'Hot Stuff'
7. Captain and Tennille – 'Do That To Me One More Time'
8. Madonna – 'Like A Virgin'
9. Exile – 'Kiss You All Over'
10. Rod Stewart – 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy'

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Maroon 5 NYC Warm Up Gig Gets Harsh Review
When it comes to reviews, RLITM reminds you that so many things can influence the writer: were they in a bad mood that day, were they forced to review an act they plain just don't like, or do they have a grudge against the performer for something thats happened in the past?  Wondering if one of those things was present in the NY Daily News review of a Maroon 5 warm up show.  Brutal...

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Starbucks Raising Prices. Will it stop you from getting the Grande?
Starbucks will raise prices on coffee by 10 to 20 cents tomorrow. Food and iced-coffee frappuccino drink prices will not be raised. The price jump is due to arabica bean prices rising. Are you obsessed with a grande double mocha latte?  Check out Buzzfeeds 26 warning signs.  It's Buzzfeed funny!

26 Signs You're Hopelessly Obsessed With Starbucks

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Feel Good Friday Video: Finn The Cat Welcomes Soldier Home

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2014 Critics Choice Television Award Winners

Best Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Best Actor In A Drama Series: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Best Actress In A Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Best Comedy Series: Orange Is The New Black

Best Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Movie: The Normal Heart

Best Mini-Series: Fargo

Best Reality Host: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Best Talk Show: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Best Actress In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Best Actor In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Animated Series: Archer

Best Reality Series: Competition: Shark Tank

Best Reality Series: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award: Ryan Murphy

Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Tie—Allison Janney, Mom & Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is The New Black

Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine Nine

Best Supporting Actress In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Allison Tolman, Fargo

Best Supporting Actor In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Best Guest Performer In A Drama Series: Allison Janney, Masters Of Sex

Best Guest Performer In A Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Bellamy Young, Scandal

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Thank You Buffalo For An Incredible Starry Night In The Garden!

Wow, we had said it all along that this may be the last time you see A Great Big World this up close and personal, and last night you saw why!  They delivered one of the best Starry Night In The Garden performances EVER!  You knew it would be a special night when Ian opened by saying "You do know that most of our songs aren't slow and depressing, right?"  And then they tore the place up!  They are destined for huge certainly got the feeling they may be performing on the Grammy's next February, and maybe even accepting a writing award!

And Kodaline put on one of the tightest opening performances ever, showing why they are making waves from Dublin, Ireland to the U.S..
Being great musicians and having incredible energy kept many glued to the stage early on when most would be hitting the food and wine tents.  We have a feeling Kodaline have a ton of new fans in Buffalo this morning!

Thank you to all the Starry Night sponsors, volunteers, restaurants, wineries, and Botanical Garden workers who set up early, and stayed all night to make it magical for all.  And THANK YOU BUFFALO...some of your tickets dollars will go so far in helping the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens continue it's renaissance.

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Get 2 Know The Artists Of Starry Night In The Garden 2014

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There is nothing like the innocence of a band realizing they are becoming rockstars...having the breaks go their way...all while they scratch their heads saying "How did this happen to us?" That shines through so clearly as Ian and Chad from A Great Big World join Rob Lucas to talk up Starry Night In The Garden 2014.
  Ticket sales close at noon today (6.18) at


Kodaline’s Steve Garrigan was hilarious in our warm up chat for Starry Night In The Garden! Maybe it was the alluring Irish accent?

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On Demand Video: Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon Ride A Coaster

...and hit a bug along the way!  Hilarious!

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On Demand Video: This Dog Loves The World Cup, This Dog Doesn't!

The dog that doesn't is riiiiight at the end!

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On Demand Video: Fake Grey Poupon Commercial

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Casey Kasem Passes at 82. Did You Know He Worked In Buffalo?

Casey Kasem passed away yesterday from Parkinson's and dementia. He was 82. Did you know he worked in Buffalo?  In the early '60s he worked at what was then WBNY (1400 AM at the time) in the Statler Hotel.  He didn't last long though, as he personally told us how he was fired for telling the programming director how the radio station should be run.  The Star frequency (102.5 FM) was also one of the original American Top 40 affiliates.  Before we could get music information from the Internet, MTV, or anything we take for granted today, Casey Kasem's American Top 40 countdown was THE way you found out how big your favorite songs were, and what the artist's were up to!

Kerri Kasem Facebooked: "Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.”

Ryan Seacrest's Statement: “It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world. When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us.”

Rick Dees' Statement: "Friendly competition led to years of friendship and respect. We will all miss his style, his voice, and his ability to communicate. Casey was an original who can't be replaced."

Casey Kasem Fast Facts

born Kemal Amin Kasem

from Detroit, Michigan

drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.

worked as a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network

started American Top 40 in 1970

voiced Batman's sidekick Robin in the 1968 cartoon

voiced Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo cartoons from 1969 until 1995 and from 2002 to 2009

made cameos in Hawaii Five-O, Saved by the Bell, Charlie's Angels, Columbo and Ghostbusters

was a vegetarian

The Moody Blues were the only group to appear on both Kasem's first countdown on July 4, 1970 and his last on August 6, 1988.

fave saying: "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."

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Kelly Clarkson Has A Baby Girl, Kathy Griffin To Host Daytime Emmys
Quickie Monday Celeb News...

- Kelly Clarkson has given birth to a baby girl named River Rose. She Tweeted: "Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th! Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!! :)" Ellen Tweeted: ".@Kelly_Clarkson's baby is here- River Rose! I'm so happy she had a girl. I've been texting my vote all night."

- Matt Lauer has renewed his contract with NBC and will continue to host The Today Show

- Kathy Griffin is going to host the Daytime Emmys on June 22nd

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On Demand Video: Kevin James And Wife(s) Say "Hi" From Vegas

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Which TV Dad Is Actually Your Father?

Happy Father's Day! This weekend is all about Dad. Curious to find out which TV Dad your OWN Father is like? Take this fun quiz from to find out!

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Fathers Day On Demand Video: Fallon & Christie Dad Dancing!

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Some Kind Thoughts On Justin Bieber...From Ricky Gervais!

Like most, RLITM is sooooo tired of Justin Bieber, we just don't talk about him anymore...why waste the time.  But Ricky Gervais has some very pithy thoughts about the Biebs, as told to the NY Post:

“Honestly, if I am grounded, it’s because I became famous when I was 40. I feel sorry for kids like Bieber, really I do, because he doesn’t have a chance to not be like that. I think we forget he’s a kid, not so much now, but he was a kid and he’s going to make all his mistakes in public. It’s like, I feel sorry for teenagers on Facebook. We all do stupid things when we’re teenagers and they’re gone now . . . but for this generation, they’re not gone, they’re there forever.”

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On Demand Video: "Dumb And Dumber To" Trailer
We say "watch at your own risk", because at first glance, it looks about as funny as Anchorman 2, and a little raunchy at the end.  But it certainly is dumb...

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17 Worst Things To Say In A Wedding Speech
With wedding season officially underway, odds are you might be planning a wedding toast/speech. will help you give the greatest wedding speech ever ever ever!
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J Lo and Jimmy Dance "Tight Pants"
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Tweet For The Best Seats For Starry Night In The Garden!
Wake up with Rob Lucas all week and tweet for the best seats to Starry Night in the Garden 2014! The best seats in the house are stage-side, right up front, in the back of a West Herr Toyota Tundra.  You won't have to move an inch to get a great view of the show! Watch the show from comfy chairs while you enjoy personalized beverage service!  Not to mention the winners of the best seats usually get a shout out from the stage because YOU stand out!

Follow Star 102.5 on Twitter @mystar1025.  Rob Lucas will let you know what to tweet each morning between 6:00a-9:00a.  And we'll do it at a different time everyday, so everyone gets a chance whether can you listen earlier in the morning or later on
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10 Embarrassing Things That Happen To You In Yoga

Yoga is super relaxing until your stomach starts gurgling in downward dog or when you start to sweat in places you never knew were possible! Next time you are in savasana, make sure you don't start snoring, or worse, drooling! This yogi relatable list from covers the 10 Embarrassing Things that Happen to You in Yoga!

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Feel Good Friday Video: ZZ Ward "Last Love Song"
It's always nice to discover new artists and new songs.  ZZ Ward has been around for a bit, had a pretty good song and album in 2012 with "Put The Gun Down", and "Til The Casket Drops".  She's performed all over including a ton of festivals like Coachella.  But she's still looking for that breakthrough mainstream hit.  Her new singe "Last Love Song", just might be it!  Watch, Listen and tweet me what you think...@roblucas2.

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John Legends U Penn Commencement Address

John Legend recently gave the U Penn Commencement Address to grads. His message: Find what you love and give it your all to be successful!  And don't forget Star 102.5 is putting you on stage with John! Keep listening for his personal invite to join him on stage next Friday at Seneca Allegany Casino!

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My father often talked to us about his definition of success. He told us that it wasn’t measured in money and material things, but it was measured in love and joy and the lives you’re able to touch—the lives you’re able to help. And my parents walked the walk. They gave of themselves to our church. They took in foster kids and helped the homeless, even though we didn’t have much money ourselves.

[When I was young] the only thing I allowed myself to really love without reservation was music. I put all of my passion into it. I spent so much of my spare time working on it, that I barely got any sleep. At night, I was doing community choir, show choir and musicals in high school; a cappella and a church choir in college. I wrote my own songs. Played in talent shows. I put a lot of energy into becoming a better artist, a better writer and a better performer. And in some ways, it made me a better student and a better leader. Because when you actually care about something, you want to lead. Apathy’s not so cool any more.

When I graduated from Penn, I had many of the traditional opportunities in front of you now, and I took a job at the Boston Consulting Group. But I couldn’t shake my passion for music. I had followed the path that the Penn graduate was supposed to take, but I didn’t fall in love. I immediately started thinking about how I could leave BCG and become a full-time musician. I spent hours during the day preparing powerpoint presentations and financial models. And I spent almost as many hours at night writing songs and performing at small gigs around New York and Philadelphia.

I always believed that my big break would come sooner rather than later. In fact, from 1998, while I was still at Penn, to early 2004, I spent each of those years always thinking that I would get that big record deal within the next few months. I always thought my moment was just around the corner. But I was rejected by all the major labels; some of them rejected me multiple times. I played for all the giants of the business—Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Jimmy Iovine, you name it. And all of them turned me down. But I did find a young producer from Chicago named Kanye West who believed in me. Now, Kanye and I have very different personalities, as you might have guessed. But what unites us is our true love for music and art. We love to create … And it turns out that love requires that level of commitment from you. Half-doing it is not doing it right. You have to go all in. And yes, your personal relationships require that too.

Now, I’ve already talked about the power of love in your work and your personal lives. But I also want to talk about how love changes the world. There are 7 billion other people out there. Seven billion strangers. I want you to consider what it means to love them too. What does it mean to love people we don’t know, to see the value in every single person’s life? It means we don’t see Trayvon Martin as a walking stereotype, a weaponized human. We see him as a boy who deserves the chance to grow into a man, even if he makes boyish mistakes along the way. It means American lives don’t count more than Iraqi lives. It means we see a young Palestinian kid not as a future security threat or demographic challenge, but as a future father, mother and lover. It means that the nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria aren’t just their problem. They’re “our” girls too. It’s actually quite a challenge to love humankind in this way.

So love your self, love your work, love the people around you. Dare to love those who are different from you, no matter where they’re from, what they look like, and who they love. Pursue this life of love with focus and passion and ambition and courage. Give it your all. And that will be your path to true success.

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20 Ways You Know You're A Mom

Have you ever looked in your purse for lipstick and grabbed a lollipop from the bank, or a stinky used soccer sock instead?  You know you are a mother when your kids stuff is overflowing from your bag or when you have to empty the bath toys before you can even get into the tub! 

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20 Ways You Know You're a Mother. How many of these have happened to you?

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On Demand Video: Wedding Party Lands In Lake

How come, after sooooo many videos like this have been seen over the past decade, people still don't think about this before they do it?
  Dan and Jackie Anderson's wedding started 10 minutes late (only 10 minutes? This was like the Modern Family Wedding Episodes)  because they and their wedding party plunged into a lake in Crosslake, Minnesota last weekend.

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Greatest "Don't Wanna Wake Up" Video Ever Ever Ever

And it's from a dog!  Thor belongs to a family that owns a bagel shop in Birmingham Michigan.  So they get up at 3:30 to go to work.  Thor doesn't like too.  The doggie version of what humans go through!

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On Demand: A Great Big World Previews Starry Night!

There is nothing like the innocence of a band realizing they are becoming rockstars...having the breaks go their way...all while they scratch their heads saying "How did this happen to us?"  That shines through so clearly as Ian and Chad from A Great Big World join Rob Lucas to talk up Starry Night In The Garden 2014.
  The answer to question one says it all, describing (which they truly can't) what the past 18 months have been like for them.  From Kickstarter, to Christina Aguilera reaching out to them, to ESPN using "Already Home" to salute military mom/s, it's been one incredible ride for AGBW.  And it's just starting.  See them at SNITG2104 by getting tickets at  We're betting this is the last time you'll see them in an intimate venue like this.  They are destined to be playing arenas a few years from now, if not sooner!

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On Demand Video: Ouch! Luke Bryan Falls Off The Stage!

Luke Bryan recently had a Spinal Tap moment while performing in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He fell off the stage!  Man, this looks scary...he could have severly banged his head if it hit one of the protective fences.   He's at Darien Lake August 16th.  Hope this doesn't happen there, as the stage is about 4 ft higher than in other outdoor sheds. (Artists have complained about that for awhile.)  RLITM has always wondered why Darien doesn't lower it to make the pit area more intimate and close to the performer?  Bet it's due to giving the lawn people a better view..

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