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Cream Puff Craziness!

Most of you know of my LOVE for the Wisconsin State Fair and with it comes a little bit of heckling! Because after 14 years of competing in the Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest, I continue to be the loveable loser that can't handle THE ONE POUND COMPETITION CREAM PUFF!

Honestly, and this is NOT an excuse, BUT that is ALOT of whipped cream! It really "throws the day off" as well with the sour milk smell up you nose and the sugar crash. You could try this yourself by taking that 6-Pack of Cream Puff that you purchased and scarfing them down as quickly as possible, WITHOUT USING YOUR HANDS! Let me know how that goes for you! :)

Congratulations to Heather from the Milwaukee Admirals on the win this year and who knows, maybe next year, the 15th attempt, I'LL be holding that trophy!
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...and the WIENER is?

In 2008, I decided to take a leap of faith and intergrate video into my radio work. That led to some of my first videos at Miller Park, Summerfest, Wisconsin State Fair AND the Wiener Dog Races at GermanFest.

In 2009, GermanFest official asked if I would take over as as Emcee of the event and I of course said, YES!

5 years later, I'm still honored to be a part of the craziness and with the help of my good buddy Phil Brylow, who followed me around for 3 months while getting ready for the Professional Bowlers Tour, we bring you 2013 Dachshund Derby Highlights from GermanFest!

If you've never been in person, plan on joining us NEXT YEAR and get ready for an afternoon of laughs and smiles, thanks to the Wien... the Dachshund! :)
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FINALLY Answering Your Tweets...

Honestly, I haven’t checked my Twitter account in a good minute and I apologize!

You know, life gets busy and Facebook alone is tough to keep up on BUT I should be able to balance BOTH! And by the way, not the set it and forget it Facebook to Twitter link or vise versa. Both social sites require their own kind of attention!

I only bring this up because those Twitter hackers are good! They got me AGAIN and the few followers that I DO have, sure let me know about it!

THANK YOU both for the heads up! Good looking out! :)

Here are some other “tweets” that fell by the wayside...

Ok Amanda, let me explain! I love the guys of One Direction, not as much as my daughter, who would say, THEY, in particular Harry, is freaking HOT! So nothing but good will and great things for "the dreamy" bunch that is One Direction! I was just having some fun On-Air! 
ALSO, I personally am looking forward to thier Docu-Movie that comes out August 30th, "1D | One Direction - This Is Us". You can check out the extended trailer here... You're welcome! :)
I'ma geek for a good documentary and if music is involved even better! I liked the Justin Bieber, Katy Perry docs and looking forward to an inside peek of that craziness!

Had a taste of Milwaukee Wave Soccer on July 17th and our very own Elizabeth Kay joined me / will be joining me as the roaming Public Address Annoucner! Looking forward to celebrating 30 YEARS of the Milwaukee Wave this season at U.S. Cellular Arena as I head into my 16th year as Public Address Announcer. We have a couple new teams this season and early indications say we may get the season started in November or December. Stay tuned and LET'S GO WAVE!

Finally, for those that DIDN'T know, earlier this Summer, I took two weeks of vacation to bowl against, "The BEST bowlers in the world!" on the Professional Bowlers Tour when they were here in Milwaukee. It was QUITE the experience, which you can follow along! WATCH / READ / LISTEN all about it here.

I even did an interview with, "The Bowling News", you can read that article about my PBA experience here.

Thank you for listening, sorry about the Twitter laziness and feel free to reach out anytime! We'll see you at the Wisconsin State Fair!


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Partying in Chicago w Justin Timberlake and JAY Z!

VIDEO: Justin Timberlake performs, "Mirrors" during the Legends of the Summer Tour at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. July 22, 2013.

I stumbled into some extra Justin Timberlake / Jay Z “Legends of the Summer Tour” tickets at the close of business yesterday after a couple of winners DIDN’T SHOW TO CLAIM THEIR TICKETS?!? Wow! Ok...

Well, they missed an AMAZINGLY AWESOME SHOW!!

First you’ve got arguably the most celebrated pop star of our time in Justin Timberlake.
For those that disagree, think about it! Mickey Mouse Club, NSync, a successful solo career and now movies? Not to shabby!

Then you’ve got Jay Z... I’ve had the honor of spinning his music on-air and in the clubs since the beginning! 103.7 Kiss Fm hit the airwaves in June of 1998, shortly thereafter he released his first single that broke through, “Hard Knocked Life” and like Justin, his track record has been pretty good since!

As for last night, after the $49.00 parking and $10.00 beers, the party was ON!
I’m pretty sure I was the only one in my section that knew all the songs from BOTH, “Legends”. While some said the show, "fell short" or was, "boring", I ask what show were you at? Because the show I saw was indeed LEGENDARY!

Here is what I got for the setlist...

1. Justin / JAY Z - Holy Grail 
2. Justin - Rock Your Body 
3. JAY Z - I Just Wanna Love U 
4. Justin - I Want You Back 
5. JAY Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A.) 
6. JAY Z - Excuse Me Miss 
7. Justin - Senorita 
8. JAY Z - On to the Next One 
9. Justin - Like I Love You 
10. Justin - My Love 
11. JAY Z - Big Pimpin' 
12. Justin - Tunnel Vision 
13. JAY Z - Jigga What, Jigga Who 
14. JAY Z - U Don't Know 
15. JAY Z - 99 Problems 
16. JAY Z - F***withmeyouknowigotit 
17. JAY Z - Clique 
18. JAY Z - Public Service Announcement 
19. JAY Z - Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) 
20. JAY Z - Heart of the City 
21. Justin - Pusher Love Girl 
22. Justin - Summer Love 
23. Justin - LoveStoned 
24. Justin - Until the End of Time 
25. Justin - Cry Me a River 
26. Justin - Take Back the Night 
27. Justin - FutureSex/LoveSound 
28. JAY Z - N***** in Paris 
29. Justin - What Goes Around... Comes Around
30. JAY Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder 
31. JAY Z - Tom Ford 
32. Justin / JAY Z - New York New York / Empire State of Mind 
33. Justin - Mirrors 
34. JAY Z - Run This Town 
35. JAY Z - Encore 
36. Justin - SexyBack 
37. Justin / JAY Z - Suit & Tie 
38. Justin / JAY Z - Young Forever
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Festa fun w Plain White T's!

I had a TON of fun at Festa Italiana over the weekend with our good friends, Plain White T’s!

It feels like I’ve known them FOREVER!

The first time I discovered Plain White T’s was 2001, at a Tower Records in Schaumburg, IL, where this CD with a “STOP” sign on it was in the bargain bin. Took a look at it, said Plain White T’s atop of it and was on sale for $3.99. Why not, right?

Little did I know that years later, I would be working with the guys for one of our EXCLUSIVE After 5 Live Events and the rest is history!

Every time Plain White T’s are in town, I’m there working in some sort of capacity.

This time was Festa Italiana, where I was recognized by some fans before going on stage to introduce the band.

The girls introduced themselves, with their parents just a stones throw away, and had revealed that the entire family had been listening to me for years! Very flattering! They also REALLY wanted to meet Tom and the band because they were HUGE FANS of their music!

SO, what’s a DJ to do? I told the girls, if the opportunity arose, I would come get them so they could meet the guys and sure enough at the last minute, I got the green light!

Ran over to get the girls, tell their family and it was nothing but screams, squeals and thank you’s all the way backstage! :)

So a very big THANK YOU to Tom, Tim, Mike, Dave and De'Mar from Plain White T’s for taking the time to meet our winners, even the last minute ones!

Check out my interview with Tom backstage and a performance of their new single, “Should’ve Gone To Bed.”  click here.

For our collection of LIVE! Plain White T’s performances throughout the years...click here.

For more Plain White T's MEET & GREET pictures...click here

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My love for the Wisconsin State Fair.

I grew up just over the border in Mundelein, IL. I know what you're thinking. Illinois?! Yup. About 20 minutes west of Six Flags Great America. GO Mustangs!!

Nonetheless, my parents liked to do things in Wisconsin rather than Illinois. Fishing, Camping, Seven Mile Fair, the Dells and of course the GREAT Wisconsin State Fair!

I remember bugging my parents for ride tickets or money for food AND I had to get one of those Souvenir Cups with the State Fair pig on them. What happened to those by the way?

I guess I’m still a kid because I still LOVE the fair and STILL HAVE the privilege of being apart of the celebration thanks to my profession. Blessed to do what I do!

Kidd, Elizabeth, Jojo and myself, will have your tickets to go AND will be down there for the ENTIRE RUN! Main Entrance, next to all the rides at Spin City. See that picture up there? That's the Main Entrance! We'll be on the other side of it, waiting to say hello to you! You'd better stop by! 

I may also be doing some Real Milwaukee work... we’ll see! :)

Here are just SOME of the things I’m excited about... Trust me, I could go on... Here we go!

Hosting / Competing in the Baked Potato Eating Contest in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion. (opening day. 5p.) You can compete too! click here.

Competing in the Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater. (Wed. Aug 7. 11:45a) You can compete too! click here.

Racing Pigs... and DUCKS this year? Quack here, I mean click here...

and MONKEYS? Yup! Bring your bananas! Not really... click here for Monkey info.

I love history, and a Wisconsin State Fair History Museum? I’m there! You should be too! Maybe there is one of those Souvenir Cups I was talking about there? We’ll see. click here.

Either way, I can’t wait!

Listen to win tickets and be sure to stop by and say hello! :)

Speaking of history, I leave you with some of my favorite PAST Wisconsin State Fair Moments. Click to enjoy and see you at the fair!!

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Carly Rae Jepsen Redemption?

I've been known to “hook it up” if you will, for the BIG STARS when they come to our great city.

I found out about Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik's obsession with The Famous Klements Racing Sausages during an interview, made some calls and surprised him during their show at The Pabst Theater.

Well, I’d like to do the same kinda thing for singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

I had the chance to hang out with her last October when she was in town with “The Biebs” at BMO Harris Bradley Center and she was nothing but a nice, true, genuine, down to earth person, we had a good time and a great talk!

If you haven’t read the story or seen the video of what is being called “the worst first pitch EVER”, here is what happened. She was atop the pitchers mound at Tropicana Field and had some “problems” throwing out the first pitch before the Tampa Bay Rays game.

The lovely Carly Rae Jepsen is scheduled to return to Milwaukee on August 20th for a show at The Riverside Theater along with The Wanted and has a day off on August 19th.

The Brewers take on St. Louis August 19th and 20th at Miller Park...

Do you see where I’m going here?

Perhaps, some Carly Rae Jepsen Redemption?!?

Lemme get on the horn with Bernie and my posse at Miller Park... :)

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Happy Summer! When was the last time...

...you loaded up the family in the car and went to a Drive In Theater?

Of course most of us remember the Twin 41 Drive In just off of 27th Street in Franklin, WI which has been closed for a while. I was lucky enough to do some radio appearances there back in the day, that sparked the thought, "I wonder if there are anymore Drive In's around..."

It’s had been at least a decade since my last visit until I did some digging online and found that there are about 6 or 7 Drive In Theaters left in the state. TWO are in our immediate area and if you’ve never experienced a movie under the stars, perhaps you should take the family and check them out before they are gone for good!
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Holy Plinko!

I remember as a kid, staying home sick from school and looking forward to The Price Is Right! Heck, I still do it as an adult! Though there was something about Bob Barker. Drew Carey is alright and all but nobody beats Bob Barker!!

Anyway, I’m reading about an upcoming ALL PLINKO Episode of The Price Is Right, which is awesome! I’ve always liked Plinko, especially when Rapper Snoop Dogg played on celebrity TPIR, very amusing!

BUT my favorite “pricing game” is Cliff Hangers! You know the game I’m talking about. Mountain Climber dude climbs the mountain depending upon how close you are to the price of the item up for bid. Great game and even better music!

How about an ALL CLIFF HANGERS Episode of The Price Is Right?

Come on Drew! Cough, cough...

What’s YOUR favorite TPIR “pricing game”?

Excuse me, cough, cough, there is a little tickle in my throat, I think I’m coming down with something... :)
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