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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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3 & 1/2 months and counting since my family and I packed up our stuff in NJ and made the trek to Milwaukee! Anytime you leave what you've "known" for years and years, you always worry that: It won't work It's not a great fit It'll take a LONG time to FIT IN Well, I'm here to say that all of those answers couldn't be farther from the truth! From DAY 1, my radio family here at The Mix has welcomed my family and I with OPEN ARMS (My favorite JOURNEY song btw) and it's like we've known each other forever! At the same time, my new family of radio listeners (ALL OF YOU reading this right now) have also made me so incredibly comfortable and happy and as stated above, it's like I've known you well, longer than the 3.5 months I've been here! You've helped my family and I find a place to live, great restaurants (my family and I love to eat), great places to visit to entertain my kids, a travel baseball team for my oldest son Anthony and of course, great karaoke so I can get my sing on! I will continue to ask for your advice on different things along the way and I know WITHOUT A DOUBT, you'll be there to answer whatever questions my family and I have! For that, I'm very grateful! Just wanted to take a few minutes to say THANK YOU for welcoming Me, my wife Sarah, and children Anthony and Benjamin with such warmth and kindness! We look forward to being a part of the community for a long time to come! Thank you for listening to 99.1 The Mix! I'm havin' a BLAST! Hope YOU are too! Sincerely, Mark Summers
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Brown Needles and Leaves on Evergreens
A walk through your garden this spring may reveal browning on both needled and broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs. Winter winds and sun, exposure to deicing salt and record low temperatures are likely the cause. Evergreens continue to lose moisture through their leaves and needles throughout the winter. The winter sun and wind increase moisture loss. Those gardening in areas with frozen soil are likely to see the most damage. But even those in warmer regions may see winter scorch on newly planted or exposed evergreen plants. We can't turn the needles and leaves green, but we can provide proper care to speed recovery. If the branches are pliable and buds plump you should see new growth this spring. Broadleaf evergreens will replace the brown leaves with fresh new growth. Brown needles will eventually drop and the new growth this spring may mask the damage. Wait for warmer weather to see what if any new growth appears. A bit more information: Once plants have started to show signs of new growth, you have a decision to make. Is the plant healthy and attractive enough to nurture and keep? Or, would you be better off starting with a new plant and one better suited to the growing conditions. A difficult decision, but one that can save you time, money and frustration in the long run. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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A Multi-Season Beauty – The Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
Add seasonal interest and bird appeal to your landscape with the white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus). This slow growing small-scale tree can grow up to 20 feet tall and wide. The slightly fragrant white flowers cover the plant in spring. The male plants produce slightly larger and showier flowers, but the female plants produce an abundance of blue fruit in late summer. Though the fruit is somewhat hidden by the leaves, the birds seem to have no problem finding and devouring it. But don't worry however as they won't leave behind a mess. The fall color can vary from a good yellow to a yellowish green. And the smooth gray bark become ridged and furrowed with age. Fringetree is hardy in zones 4 to 9, grows well in full sun to part shade and though it prefers moist fertile soil, it is adaptable to a much wider range of conditions. It can be found in nature growing along stream banks and the woodland edge. A bit more information: Use fringetree as a small tree or large shrub, as a specimen plant, near buildings, or in mixed borders as an understory. And be patient in spring as it is late to leaf out. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Daisy – the April Birth Flower
Celebrate April birthdays with a bouquet of daisies. This April birth flower symbolizes childhood innocence or according to the Farmer's Almanac they were given between friends to keep a secret. Many flowers share the common name daisy. It comes from the English name "days eye" referring to the fact many daisy flowers open during the day and close as the sun sets. Bellis perennis, known as English daisy, is most often designated as the April birth flower. It is hardy in zones 4 to 8, grows about 6 inches tall and flowers from spring through mid summer. You will find this plant listed as an attractive perennial or nasty weed. In the south the plants often burn out after flowering during the heat of summer. In cooler climates they are often dug after flowering to maximize enjoyment and minimize spread. The young leaves can be eaten in salads or cooked. A bit more information: Sweet peas are also considered the April birth flower. This is especially true in April. This flower represents modesty and simplicity. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Garden Longer with Less Aches and Pains – It’s National Garden Week
Avoid sore and strained muscles that often arise after a long day in the garden. A few simple changes in your gardening habits can keep you gardening longer and with fewer aches, pains and strains. Use long-handled tools to extend your reach and minimize bending and stooping. And if you need to get a bit closer to the ground, try placing only one knee on the ground or using a stool and keep your back straight. Keep your tools handy by wearing a carpenter's apron with lots of pockets or using a tool caddy. An old wagon, wheeled golf bag or trash can make moving long-handled tools a breeze. Use foam or wrap your tool handles with tape to enlarge the grip and reduce hand fatigue. Or better yet, invest in ergonomically designed tools with larger cushioned grips. They are designed to position your body in a less stressful position, allowing you to work longer. A bit more information: Further extend your energy by taking frequent breaks. Use sunscreen, wear a hat and drink lots of water. For more ideas, check out my 10 Pain-free Gardening tips. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Celebrate National Dandelion Day – It’s not just a weed
Stop, don't pull those pesky yellow flowered dandelions popping up in the lawn and garden. These beautiful flowers have not only been used as bouquets for mom and crowns for children, but have a long medicinal and edible history. On April 5th, Dandelion Day, celebrate the benefits and beauty of this perennial plant many consider a weed. You'll find this adaptable plant growing in a wide variety of locations. The name dandelion comes from the French "dent de lion" meaning lion's tooth. This refers to the leaves with their jagged tooth-like edges. Dandelions are high in Vitamins A, B, C and D and were used by Native Americans for kidney disease, swelling and skin problems. Harvest the young leaves in spring and add them to a salad or sauté with onions. Brighten up a salad with just the yellow portion of the flowers or ferment them into wine. A bit more information: Dandelions are also known as 'wet-the-bed'. This refers to the old belief that just touching a dandelion can cause bed-wetting. This may be tied to the fact that dandelions have been used as a diuretic. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Celebrate National Celery Month - Grow Your Own Celery Indoors or Out
Celery, an unassuming vegetable has long been used as a flavorful ingredient in soups, stews and casseroles. You'll also find it fresh on a relish tray or as a crunchy low calorie snack. Its value is being recognized and celebrated during April, National Celery Month. This long season vegetable is difficult to grow in many areas. The plants are slow to germinate and the young transplants will bolt if subject to cool periods. Grow celery in full sun with moist organic soil. Provide ample moisture and mulch to keep the soil moist throughout the season. Wrap or cover the stalks two weeks before harvest to blanch the stems for a milder flavor. Or have a bit of fun and grow some celery from kitchen discards. Next time you chop up a bunch of celery for soup or stew, save the base and grow a new plant. A bit more information: It's easy to grow your own celery from kitchen discards. Save the base of the celery in a shallow dish of water or bury the bottom half in a well-drained potting mix to root. Set in a bright location. Keep water in the saucer or the soil mix moist until new growth appears. Pot up and move to a sunny location. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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It's that time...
It's that time of year...ALLERGIES! This morning I walked my dog only to experience ichy watery eyes... So off to Walgreens I went to pick up Visine A eye drops...We are teaming up with Visine A eye drops to help me get some relief! Just a drop in each eye and aaaahhhh relief. So, if YOU experience allergies and want to get back to feeling normal...I recommend Visine A eye drops and get back outside and enjoy the things you like to do without looking like you're sick! NICE!
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Definitely Gonna Miss This Guy!
It's definitley time for David Letterman to retire, especially with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel doing so well! But after I heard his announcement, I have to admit, I was a little sad, I'm a HUGE fan! Below is a picture of me in New York visiting my friend Shelby who was one of his writing interns this past year!
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Definitely Gonna Miss This Guy!
It's definitley time for David Letterman to retire, especially with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel doing so well! But after I heard his announcement, I have to admit, I was a little sad, I'm a HUGE fan! Below is a picture of me in New York visiting my friend Shelby who was one of his writing interns this past year!
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