Photo Credit: Dianna Augustine, via Flickr Tis the season, for the Goo Goos to perform live! Our own Robby Takac and band members sang "live" for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting last night. If you were out Christmas shopping last night. A must watch!
Today's the day! The 10th annual SPCA Radiothon is underway and their are miracles to be made. Since the Radiothon began 10 years ago, more than $1.7 million has been raised by you! Help us make the 10th annual Radiothon the biggest and best yet! Become an Angel for the Animals or make a one-time donation of any amount. Stop on down to 205 Ensminger Road in Tonawanda to see these animals in person! Donations can also be made to the Grosso Door and Hardware phone bank at 873-SPCA (7722) or make a donation online at yourspca.org.
Have 873-SPCA (7722) in your contacts and become and Angel For The Animals this Thursday and Friday during our 10th Annual SPCA Radiothon! You can also donate online at yourspca.org.
Here's a note we recently found on Petplace.com to put you in the mood to give till it feels good!
Dear Dogs and Cats,
The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required.
The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!
Thanks for your consideration and love,
Your mommy and daddy!
Bills LB Jerry Hughes' girlfriend Meghan Robinson joined us this morning with an incredible story about losing her dog (pic on the left) the day after Thanksgiving, and having him return home 25 hours later! You can just feel the emotion she went through as they searched downtown for her. Meghan also has some great stories about their first year in Buffalo, and how they would love to be here a long time.
What does this mean to your YouTube viewing? Nothing, really! Your favorite videos will still be there, but clickthis very cool article from the London Daily Mail Onlinefor a glimpse into the music industry, and how record lables got caught doing some very shady things to boost YouTube view numbers. It wasn't illegal...but it wasn't totally right, either.
Steve Morgan, one of the original members of Straight No Chaser joined RLITM with a preview of tomorrow's show at Shea's. They started the band to get girls! Who'd have thought? Steve also mentions how cool it was recording with Colbie Caillat in the studio where Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was recorded! The video link for the session is below.
Rob Lucas In The Morning loves the Andy Williams version of Winter Wonderland because...it's so different! When you think of this song, probably 5 or 6 other versions first come to mind, or could be considered more popular versions. But there's some very cool things about the "Andy" version:
The unexpected changes in key or octave throughout the song. Listen to the way he says "listenin'" and "Bluebird" in the first two lyrics. Not your traditional sing. Same for when the line "we can build a snowman" continues to climb, instead of dropping down on the "man."
The jazzy scat riff that Andy takes off on for about the last 15 sec of the song
The final "Sleigh Bells Ringggggggggg" over the last 5 seconds, that almost reek of the recording tape getting wobbly on the reel back when it was recorded (1965!) and them not wanting to do it over again upon listen-back.
Whether that wobble is pure happenstance, or totally intended, it's pure joy, and something that might have gone unnoticed in the myriad of Winter Wonderland's you hear of the holidays! GIve it a 2 minute and 9 sec listen
I'm spending part of Thanksgiving day delivering meals in the Town of Tonawanda to the aged, needy, and some who are not physically able to go out for Thanksgiving dinner. My role is no big deal, I just show up at St. Andrews (Sheridan Drive) gym on Thursday morning, load up, and take a couple of hours, at most, to deliver. But I do want to take a few paragraphs to give thanks and salute the people who are doing the real work to make Thanksgiving day better for others, and have taught me some things along the way.
The first is Dan Wiles, the former Director of the Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation, and now the head of Ken-Ton Meals On Wheels. Dan is not just a community leader by title, but very simply is the type of person we should aspire to be like. The formal Thanksgiving dinner in the gym and meal delivery I'm helping out was started 30 years ago as a Tonawanda Eagle Scout project, and was then adopted by the Sertoma Club. Four years ago Sertoma disbanded, but asked Dan if he would take over the dinner. He agreed, and the last three years Dan has had Kiwanis, Lions, and Zonta clubs sponsor the effort through funding and manpower. Dan also gets different people to donate three dozen turkeys and forty to fifty pies each year, for the huge meal in the gym for the needy, and deliveries for those who can't leave the house.
Last year, after I explained that I've been wanting to donate some private holiday time away from my radio work, which is kind of tough to do since we work with so many charitable organizations over the year, Dan recruited me. 2012 was my first year delivering, and with the help of my nephew Noah, we had a great time putting smiles on faces on Thanksgiving Day. This year, I wanted to do a little more. So when Dan said they were running a little low on dessert pies (they need about 50), my wife Linda and I decided to make up the difference.
Now, you just don't walk into Tops, buy 20 pies, and clear the shelves leaving other shoppers without...you wanna give them a little heads up. So I called the other special person I want to give thanks for, Kathleen Graim, Community and Communications Specialist for Tops Friendly Markets. In asking her how to go about placing such a big order, can I pay w/ credit card, etc, she said very simply..."This is a great thing you guys are doing...this one is on Tops. If you wanna make a donation to your favorite charity with the money you would have spent, please do so, but we have this covered."
I know Kathleen very well. She was not just doing this to get free publicity for her supermarket. She isn't aware I'm posting this blog. But as I said about Dan, Kathleen is someone who we also should aspire to be like. A leader not only in her business duties, but her in her devotion to community, and the people she touches.
Working in the media, it's not a normal life. It's easy to get cynical, jaded, accustomed to perks most will never enjoy, always being on the lookout for the next trend, being the center of attention, while forgetting about, for lack of a better term, what life is really about. Even though many media personalities won't admit it, they know those words are true. Just spending a few hours doing something for someone on a holiday, that isn't required by your job, or boss, is invigorating and energizing. Grounding.
So I give thanks for Dan Wiles of the Town Of Tonawanda, and Kathleen Graim of Tops Friendly Markets, for helping 300 + people have a Thanksgiving this year, and letting me have the tiniest of roles in the process. And there are probably so many more stories of their generosity than just the one I have highlighted.
And before I go to Tops at Delaware and Sheridan to load up on Apple, Cherry, and Lemon Meringue pies, I ask you to pay their work forward.
Who needs help around your neighborhood? Can you help out on something like this where you live...or maybe start your own? It doesn't have to be for a holiday...maybe just on some summer Saturday. Start asking around, and you'll be surprised what you find out. And someday, someone in need will be thanking you for helping...
Emily Urbik, wife of Bills lineman Kraig, is having Turkey Day at her house, and she'll have some massive bodies to feed, with lots of other Bills invited! But like you, she's got her Thanksgiving game plan, and with some help from the other Bills wives, sounds like their house is the place to be! She also lets us in on what its like to build a house while living in another city, and how the wives would definitely be in favor of having their husbands play for Bon Jovi! An awesome listen!
Photo by Marcus Quigmire from Florida, USA via Wikimedia Commons
Check out this list of Thanksgiving Must-Haves from FoxNews.com. All-Clad Poultry Lifters, and an $18 potato masher? Okay, maybe these aren't actual must haves, but it'd be cool to have them in your Turkey Dinner arsenal!
Ryan Miller woke up early, after five hours of sleep and a plane ride back from last night's game in Philadelphia to give us the heads up on this years Catwalk For Charity, December 15th at the Town Ballroom. Get tix at http://thesteadfastfoundation.com/
The Goo Goo Dolls will be hitting a ton of holiday parades and specials. For the parades Robby should make'em wear West Seneca East marching band uni's! From the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, you'll see the Goo Goo Dolls on your TV a lot this holiday season!
November 28th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 9am
December 11th the Hollywood Christmas Parade on the Hallmark Channel
Peter King is not just one of the best NFL writers going, he's one of the best writers in the world, period. He could tackle any subject, as he did in the middle of last week's Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback column. He recently lost his long time companion, Bailey. I'm only going to give you the opening and closing paragraphs below. If you'd like to read the entire piece, and I'm sure you will, click here, and scroll half way down. But grab a tissue first. And give your pet a big hug when you can!
On Friday morning, my wife Ann and I woke up in our Manhattan apartment. I put my feet on the floor and looked around. No Bailey. We’d put our 14-year-old golden retriever to sleep the day before. I started to do the math …I don’t have a dog. I’ve woken up every day for the last 23 years owning a dog. Until today.
And I had to catch myself before I broke apart again. You wouldn’t have wanted to see me Wednesday, the day we knew it was coming, or Thursday, the day it happened. I was not a pretty sight. Our second golden retriever (Woody, our first, died in January 2002, when Bailey was 2) was euthanized at 9:14 a.m. Thursday. So many thoughts...
In her final days, Bailey had been given some steroid pills to treat a bad limp. She had arthritis, and we had to lift her to stand, and she couldn’t put much weight on her right foreleg. So we’d take her out for her regular trip to the sidewalk four times a day, and by Wednesday, it was unbearable to watch her struggle to make it outside. First thing Thursday morning, when I approached her to tell her it was time to go outside, she wagged her tail so hard it hit the wooden floor like it was a drum. This dog was still into life. But the limp … just too painful to watch. We went to the vet a couple hours later. I had to carry her more than half of the three-and-a-half-block walk. We told the vet, Keith Manning, about her trouble, and he was nice and avoided our beseeching looks about the next treatment, and said her longstanding bulging disk was pushing on her spine and preventing her leg from working and, well, there wasn’t much he could do, and …
“Give us five minutes,’’ I asked him. He left the room, and Ann and I said our goodbyes.
Ann gave Bailey her last milk bone. “Good girl!’’ she said one last time, through her tears.
Then Dr. Manning came in, with his assistant, and we lifted Bailey up on the table. Ann and I held Bailey as Dr. Manning shaved her left forepaw. He took the long silver needle with the red poison, found the vein and pushed it in.
I whispered into Bailey’s ear: “Go play with Woody.”