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Posts from November 2012


Holiday Shopping Tips w the Super Coupon Queen Jill Cataldo

The holiday shopping season is HERE and I'm sure you could use some tips & tricks to help you save some money and frustration, right?

That why I'm chatting it up with the Super Coupon Queen Jill Cataldo!

Jill became a serious coupon user in September 2006 when she and her husband found out they were going to have another baby. Jill started using the internet to track store sales and learned the best time to use coupons from the newspaper and internet in conjunction with those sales.

In this interview Van talks with Jill about...


Doing your shopping "homework" AND "cash back" credit cards.

Online shopping and comparing prices.

Saving $$$ with your phone?


www.SuperCouponing.com

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An interview w President and CEO of the American Red Cross Gail McGovern
Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving! Now that we are on the other side of the "Turkey", we move into the craziness of the holiday season but let us not forget about those less fortunate than we!

In all reality if your reading this, YOU have it made!

Electricity for a computer, a roof over your head, money for groceries, etc... but what about those people on the East Coast?

Hurricane Sandy relief efforts continue and the President / CEO of the American Red Cross joins me to talk about it PLUS how you can help!

In this interview Van chats w Gail Mcgovern about...

How Hurricane Sandy relief effort are going.

Are Americans donating to the Red Cross?

How did Gail get involved with the American Red Cross?

How can YOU help? + the Time Magazine Article.
 

www.RedCross.org
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The Irish Tenors Interview
Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan have been touring together as The Irish Tenors since 1998, with sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and major concert halls throughout the world.

This SUNDAY The Irish Tenors make a stop at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Mr. Ronan Tynan called in to talk about the show.




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SpongeBob SquarePants Interview
CBS will present a new stop-motion animated special, IT’S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS!, based on the hit Nickelodeon animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants,” on Friday, Nov. 23 (9:30 PM ET / 8:30 PM CT). John Goodman lends his voice to Santa Claus as well.

In this new special, Mr. Krabs’ nemesis, Plankton, vows to get his Christmas wish – obtaining the Krusty Krab’s secret Krabby Patty formula – by turning everyone bad in Bikini Bottom with the help of his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake.

In this interview Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants) and I talk about...

How he (Tom) got started in the business, the Stop-Motion Animation Process, how the cast records the show.

Another SpongeBob Square Pants Movie?, a message for iCarly, and Tom's favorite episode.

MOBILE USERS: WATCH! It's A SpongeBob Christmas! SNEAK PEEK... click here.


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One-Man Star Wars Trilogy Charles Ross Interview
Writer/performer Charles Ross spent too much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away and his adulthood has been no different. One-Man Star Wars Trilogy is Ross’s high-energy solo performance of the Star Wars Trilogy, and he will be landing his space ship in Vogel Hall on November 16th and 17th, 2012.

In One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, Ross plays all characters, recreates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships and fights both sides of the battles from the original Star Wars Trilogy.

In this interview Charles and I talk about...

Coming off a month long run in Ireland and how the show came to be.

Almost being sued by Lucasfilms and performing at Comic-Con.

Disney and the upcoming 7th Star Wars film.

What can people expect at One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.
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Deborah Norville Inside Edition Interview 11-13-12
Deborah Norville has served as Anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top-rated and most honored syndicated newsmagazine, for the past 17 years.  Throughout her tenure as Anchor, the show has consistently ranked in the top 10 television shows in first-run syndication.  Her journalistic reputation and her ability to get to the heart of the story have been important factors in the broadcast’s success.

As Anchor of Inside Edition, Norville has covered and broadcasted from the scene of some of the biggest news stories including Washington D.C. on 9/11, the funerals of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.

In this interview Van and Deborah chat about...

The C.I.A. Scandal.

Life after the election for the Romney's and Mitt's "secret" sister.

Recovery efforts on the East Coast.

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2.
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The Gift Insider Lindsay Roberts Interview
Tis' the season to go shopping! :)

It’s the one time of year when everyone is busy researching the latest trends in gifts and gadgets. 

From the fun and functional to the fabulous, gifting expert and editor of TheGiftInsider.com, Lindsay Roberts is here with the latest.

In this interview Lindsay and I chat about...

Some of the hottest gadets of the year PLUS why you should buy gadget insurance.

Do-It-Yourself Gifts PLUS what to buy for the mail person / salon worker in YOUR life.


www.TheGiftInsider.com
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Milwaukee Wave Head Coach Keith Tozer Interview.
Another season of Milwaukee Wave Professional Indoor Soccer is upon us and as always Head Coach Keith Tozer, the "Winningest Coach in North American Indoor Soccer History" and U.S. National Futsal Head Coach joins me for a chat about the upcoming season!
 
In this interview Keith talks about...

the Milwaukee Wave Home Opener this Sunday at U.S. Cellular Arena.

the Milwaukee Wave Futsal Tournament and Grades for Games.

being in the community AND how difficult it will be to "Three-peat"



www.MilwaukeeWave.com

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE...
Let's Go Milwaukee Wave AND UWM Panthers...click here.

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How ARE relief efforts going on the East Coast? Interview w American Red Cross
It's been about w week since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast and now a pending Noreaster could make things even worse.
The American Red Cross contiues to provide relief and services to those in need and COULDN'T do it without YOUR help!

Van checks in with the American Red Cross' National Spokesperson Craig Cooper from Long Island, New York as relief efforts continue.

In this interview Van and Craig talk about...

What are conditions like on the East Coast right now.


What is the volunteer process is like?


How can YOU help? How long til things are back to normal?


Perpare yourself for an Emergency Situation.


MAKE A DONATION:
VISIT: www.RedCross.org
TEXT: REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 Donation.
CALL: 1.800.RED.CROSS
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Deborah Norville Inside Edition Interview 11-5-12
Inside Edition's Deborah Norville joins me from New York City to talk about...

How people on the East Coast are recovering from Superstorm Sandy and how was Deborah was affected?


Election Day.


What's on Inside Edition this week?
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The Simpsons Season 24 Interview
I don't know about YOU but I have been watching, "The Simpsons" since their "shorts" were on, "The Tracey Ullman Show". For those keeping score that was 1987! I was 11 years old back then... CRAZY!

Since 1998, I've had the honor of chatting w Executive Producer Al Jean just about every season to get the latest and greatest news in "The Simpsons" world and this season is NO different...

In this interview Al Jean & I chat about...

Season 24 guest stars.


Season 25 secrets and former "The Simpsons" colleague Rich Moore who directs Wreck-It-Ralph.


Another The Simpsons Movie? What about Season 26 and beyond?
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I have a dream... 2013 MLK Jr. B-Day Celebration.

The famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his, "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28th, 1963.

If you haven't read the entire speech, you should and can by clicking here.

Did you know that our great city of Milwaukee, WI is one of two cities in the United States that has been celebrating his birthday the longest?!
The other city? Atlanta, GA.

So, when I was asked to co-host the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday, January 20th, 2013, I was honored and without any hesitation said, "YES!"

After the amazing show I saw last year, like I said, I'm honored and excited to be a part of the festivites.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: 29th MLK Jr. B-Day Celebration...click here.

Students in the city of Milwaukee have also been invited to compete in essay, speech and art contests.

This years theme is, "Good Will, Fair Play and Justice".

You can find out more about these contests by clicking here.

Hope to see you on Sunday, Janurary 20th, 2013 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts!

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Great visit from Mom-Mom!
My Mother-In-Law's been in town for the last 10 days, visiting from Phoenix. There are 2 reasons that Mom-Mom came to visit: to see her Grandchildren and …to see her grandchildren! Seriously! That's perfectly fine, we KNOW she loves us too! Wait, make that 3 reasons…our house is spotless now too…THANKS MOM! I think we've shown Mom a great time during her visit. Sarah and the kids took her to the Milwaukee County Zoo, then a pool day at Cool Waters and the last thing we did was Festa Italiana! THAT was her favorite! Festa Italiana was AMAZING! We went on Friday night and HOLY RICEBALLS! And lasagna sticks! And zucchini sticks! And eggplant sticks! And calamari! And CHOCOLATE CANNOLIS! SOOOO many great foods to eat, music to hear, things and people to see…was a great experience! Can't wait for next year! As always, THANK YOU for reading and for listening to 99.1 The Mix! Hope you have a GREAT week! -Mark Summers
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4th Of July Weekend 2014...AWESOME!
4th Of July Weekend 2014 was one for the ages! LOVED having my daughter and our adopted son Cameron (not really, but kinda) here for the fun! Here's how it went down: Friday: First Summerfest experience for the family and I and it didn't disappoint! Food, FUN, laughs, music and just a great time enjoying a MILWAUKEE SUMMER DAY…it FINALLY showed up! Saturday: Used bumpers and STILL got beat by a 3-year old, two 14-year olds, a 15-year old and my wife Sarah. I'm NOT GOOD at bowling! Sunday: Spent the day in Lake Geneva and ya' know…NO BIG DEAL… just drove a speedboat for the FIRST TIME EVER! WHAT A RUSH! Can't wait to do it again! Kids jumped off the boat and swam around for a bit and we just relaxed for a couple of hours…was PEACEFUL & AMAZING! I hope you and yours had a GREAT holiday weekend as well! As always, thanks so much for reading and THANK YOU for listening to 99.1 The Mix! Have a great week! -Mark Summers
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4th Of July Weekend 2014...AWESOME!
4th Of July Weekend 2014 was one for the ages! LOVED having my daughter Alyssa and our adopted son Cameron (not really, but kinda) here for the fun! Here's how it went down: Friday: First Summerfest experience for the family and I and it didn't disappoint! Food, FUN, laughs, music and just a great time enjoying a MILWAUKEE SUMMER DAY…it FINALLY showed up! Saturday: Used bumpers and STILL got beat by a 3-year old, two 14-year olds, a 15-year old and my wife Sarah. I'm NOT GOOD at bowling! Sunday: Spent the day in Lake Geneva and ya' know…NO BIG DEAL… just drove a speedboat for the FIRST TIME EVER! WHAT A RUSH! Can't wait to do it again! Kids jumped off the boat and swam around for a bit and we just relaxed for a couple of hours…was PEACEFUL & AMAZING! I hope you and yours had a GREAT holiday weekend as well! As always, thanks so much for reading and THANK YOU for listening to 99.1 The Mix! Have a great week! -Mark Summers
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Smart Irrigation Month – Planning a Watersense Irrigation System
Watering our landscapes properly can save water and improve our plants' health. And if you decide to invest in an irrigation system make sure to get the best value and water savings by doing your homework first. Look for systems that include EPA approved WaterSense irrigation controllers. These are like thermostats only they're for your irrigation system, adjusting watering schedules based on weather and soil moisture instead of the calendar. Select a system zoned to water plants at different rates. Established trees require less frequent watering than annuals. Use drip irrigation or low volume sprinklers in gardens to apply water slowly and right where it is needed. And consult a certified Irrigation specialist that understands how irrigation works, the local environment and will help you comply with any building codes. A bit more information: Your time invested in research before investing in an irrigation system can reduce water use, repair costs and plant replacement. Experts estimate we could reduce water use by 50% just by eliminating improper watering. If you already have a system, inspect it regularly. Check for and repair any leaks, clear clogs, adjust direction and repair damaged sprinkler heads. For more information visit these web sites: http://www.irrigation.org/Certification/Certification_Splash.aspx http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/products/controltech.html For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Grow Star and Heart Shaped Veggies
Add a little star power to your meals with the help of cookie cutters and veggie molds. Cut cucumbers into ¼ inch thick round slices. Use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to remove the center of the rounds. Use these in salads, on sandwiches or relish plates. Save the outer ring. Slide two grape or cherry tomatoes onto a toothpick so they resemble a heart. Place them in the center of the outer ring of the cucumber and secure in place. Or grow heart and star shaped fruit. Cover immature fruit with vegetable molds. Use twisty ties to hold the fruit filled mold onto the vine or support. Check the fruit regularly as some may be ready to harvest in as few as 5 to 7 days. Once the fruit has filled the mold and is fully colored, it is ready to harvest. Creating heart and star shaped vegetables will dress up your meals and may encourage everyone to eat more veggies. A bit more information: For more information on vegetable molds visit http://www.veggiemold.com. And watch for postings on my Facebook page as I grow a few star powered vegetables of my own. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Less Mowing and Hand Trimming, Better for You and Your Landscape
Eliminate hand trimming around garden statues, playsets, narrow spaces and individual trees and shrubs. Invest a bit of time now to eliminate time spent on these tasks in the future. Create mowing strips around raised beds and stonewalls to eliminate hand trimming. You can purchase and lay pavers and other edging materials or just remove a narrow strip of grass and cover with mulch. Run one set of your mower wheels on the mowing strip and cut the grass right up to the structure. Connect individual trees and shrubs with mulch beds. The trees will benefit from the mulch and you will spend less time trimming around each plant. Plus the mulch bed protects the plants from weed whips and mowers that injure the plants as we try to cut the grass as close as possible. And if this is too much mulch, try filling the area with perennials and groundcovers for added beauty and seasonal interest. A bit more information: Mulching around trees also eliminates the frustration of surface roots. For more ideas watch Melinda's Garden Moment video Dealing with Surface Roots http://www.melindamyers.com/Pasquesi-Landscape-Care/landscape-care/dealing-with-surface-roots.html For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Taming Floppy, Leggy and Less-Than-Attractive Annuals
Break out the pruners and groom your unsightly annuals back to their original beauty. Some annuals tend to develop long leggy stems with few flowers. Regular deadheading and removing the top few inches of the stem encourages more compact growth and continual flowering. Don't worry if your busy schedule allowed your plants to get out of hand. Just cut back the stems halfway. Try staggering severe pruning to keep your garden looking good throughout the renewal process. Do this by pruning back only one third of the plants in a flowerbed or one third of the stems on individual plants at one time. Repeat each week. By the time you prune the last few stems the first group will be producing new flowers on more compact stems. Reduce your workload next season by selecting annuals bred for long bloom and compact growth. You'll have better-looking plants all season long with less work. A bit more information: Regular grooming can help keep foliage plants like coleus looking their best. Remove the coleus flowers as soon as they form to prevent leggy growth. Prune back leggy plants as described to keep these beauties looking their best. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Grow a Pickle in a Bottle
Add some mystery and fun to this season's harvest by growing a pickle in a bottle. Just like the ship in a bottle, finding a large cucumber in a clear bottle with a small opening will keep friends and relatives guessing. Start by selecting a small immature cucumber. Leave it attached to the plant and slide it into a bottle. Leave your bottled cucumber tucked under plant leaves or create a little shade with cloth or newspaper to prevent it from overheating and rotting in the sun. Check your cucumber regularly and watch it grow. Cut it off the vine just before it fills the bottle. Your cucumber in the bottle will only last a few days, but will provide lots of fun. Preserve it to extend the fun. Boil 2 cups of vinegar mixed with 2 cups of hot water and 3 tablespoons of pickling salt. Cool and pour the mixture over the cucumber and seal the jar shut. A bit more information: Add some more fun to the garden by scratching your name, design or a message into the rind of winter squash. Take a sharp object and lightly scratch your idea into, but not through the rind of an immature winter squash. As it grows, matures and hardens your message will become clearer. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Upcycle Pool Noodles into the Garden
Don't throw away those worn out or forgotten pool noodles. Put them to work in the garden. Make a lengthwise cut halfway into the noodle. Then use it to top a chicken wire or hardware cloth fence or plant cage. It prevents cuts from sharp wires and adds a bit of color and whimsy to the garden. Or bend and insert the noodle into a lawn bag to hold it open. Adding green debris for recycling will be much easier, especially when it's a one person job. Cover ½ inch PVC to create colorful structures in the garden. Stand on end and securely anchor in the ground for a trellis. Or create colorful arches for added interest or fun for the smaller gardeners in the family. Or cut the noodle to the desired length and cover with ribbon, flowers, pine cones or other materials to create a wreath for your front door, garden entrance or shed. A bit more information: Create a raised bed with the help of old window well sections and noodles. Bolt two window wells together. Top with a noodle to protect you from the sharp edges. Set in place, fill with soil and plant. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Plan and Plant Now for a Bountiful Fall Harvest
Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden that are left after harvesting lettuce, spinach and other early maturing crops. Expand your search to other plantable areas in flowerbeds and mixed borders. Sow seeds of beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets and other short season vegetables. Simply count the number of days from planting to the date of the average first fall frost in your area. Then check the back of the seed packet for the number of days needed from planting until harvest. As long as you have enough time for the seeds to sprout, grow and produce before frost, they can be added to the garden. Or extend the season with coldframes and floating row covers. Those in frost-free areas can plant longer season crops that benefit from maturing during the cooler months of fall. A bit more information: Wait for the soil to cool before planting lettuce and other vegetable seeds that require cooler temperatures to germinate. Or start the plants indoors and move them into the garden as transplants. Help keep the soil cool by mulching plantings with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic mulch. For more ideas and information on late plantings watch my Melinda's Garden Moment "Still Time to Plant" video or listen to the audio tip on this topic as well as the "Grow a Bountiful Harvest All Season Long" audio tip. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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WHAT A WEEKEND!
If I had to pick JUST ONE WORD to describe this past weekend, it'd be: AMAZACRAZYAWESOME! (I totally just made that word up) Spent the weekend with the family at Key Lime Cove and WE HAD A BLAST! Alyssa, Anthony, Ben and Cameron had the time of their lives on the water slides! Sarah and I LITERALLY DID NOTHING on the lazy river, which I think is the idea when you're on that LOL. Embarassing moment alert: I fell asleep on my tube and some random kid cruisin' down the river decided he'd flip me over (that's HARD to do)...that was a fun way to wake up! It really was a GREAT family getaway…FUN & RELAXING! Highly recommend! As always, thank you for reading and thank you for listening to The Mix! -Mark Summers
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LIFE.IS.GOOD.
WHEW!  Now that the U.S./Germany game is over and the U.S. backed into the KNOCKOUT ROUND of the World Cup, I can write about how AWESOME the last few days have been and HOW MUCH FUN the next 2 weeks are gonna be!   On Tuesday, my daughter Alyssa came to visit for 2 weeks from NJ!  Yesterday, Neon Trees came by before their SUMMERFEST performance…then Jonathan Jackson from the hit show “Nashville” came to the radio station and did his thing for us.  Last night, we sat around the dinner table and played Apples To Apples.  FUN GAME!   This weekend, my son Anthony has a baseball tourney in Crystal Lake, IL and his games are on Saturday & Sunday.  Soooo, what are we gonna do IN BETWEEN?  Glad you asked!   Key Lime Cove for the ENTIRE WEEKEND and just a GREAT TIME as a FAMILY, TOGETHER!  Sorry, CAPS LOCK is broken LOL (not really)   What MORE could I ask for?  That’s right, not much.  I already have what I need…including YOU!  Thanks as always for listening,  thanks for reading this and most importantly, thanks for allowing me to be a part of your daily life!  Means SO much to me!   Have a GREAT WEEKEND! -Mark Summers
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