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Wednesday, Mar, 6 2013

When I was in the 8th grade we received a writing assignment that asked us to write our own autobiography. Heck, at the time I wasn't even sure what autobiography meant! But in the end I wrote up the story of my rather short life at the time, ending with a required chapter about what we wanted to be when we grew up and entered the workforce of the real world.

Believe it or not, I wrote about becoming a broadcaster. I wanted to be the next Bob Uecker. Ironically that's a position that hasn't turned over since I wrote the assignment and I'm 54 now!

I still have the green folder with my hand-written 8th-grade project in it. I received an "A" too!

I was one of those kids that went to college with a purpose-not to party and figure out my major in my senior year, but rather to learn about radio by being on the radio at UWM, where I started my on-air career in the fall of 1978.

Why do I tell you all this now?
Background as to why I am so passionate about radio, specifically local talk radio.

Today on the PhilCast I've got a story that comes from a trade at a convention where some GM exec was talking about how auto manufacturers will be making cars without radios in them.

The spin is that they feel car radios are going the route of the telephone booth...that people more and more care less and less about what's on the radio.

Ouch.

I'm not only hoping that is not the case, but I've also got some pretty solid reasons why I believe there should always be a radio in a car.

I understand the music portion of this equation and believe there is a stronger case for just listening to the music you like from the device you use rather than listening to FM radio.

Good old-fashioned local talk radio on the AM band is a different animal, a unique one that will continue to thrive because it has something no high-tech device can replace. We'll talk (there's a hint) this afternoon on my LOCAL, AM radio station, WHBY.

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Ain't technology great?

Tuesday, Mar, 5 2013

I've got a couple of interesting tech stories to talk about on today's PhilCast.

One of them is this new car unveiled by VW, a machine that gets 261 miles to the gallon.

Also, it seems like it has been a long time coming, but smartphones and tablets that can keep working even if you drop them into the sink, toilet, bathtub...you name it.

Water-proof, or at least 'resistant' phones could be the next big thing.

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B.B. King coming to Appleton

Monday, Mar, 4 2013

Back when I was a young boy....
Hang on, let me re-phrase that....WAY back when I was a young boy I was drawn to the guitar, fascinated with the way the best could almost make that instrument sing. Men like Jimmy Hendrix and Ernie Isley were electric heavy-metal gold. I loved the way they played. I loved their music. And then there was B.B. King, who played a different kind of music but was no less memorizing to me.

These talented musicians are just a few of the reasons why I took up guitar lessons, and why at some point I pretty much stopped playing, frustrated by the cold, hard fact that I would never be able to play like them.

B.B. King is a legend, and it is not often you get a chance to see a legend work his craft for you.

B.B. still plays with passion and remains on the road for his love of the game. We're lucky he feels that way because we get that chance to watch a legend in action.

B.B. comes to the Fox Cities PAC on Saturday night, June 1st.

It's my chance to see a legend and his passion in person.

I'll be giving away a pair of tickets Monday thru Friday this week on the PhilCast so be sure to be listening for my B.B. King Quiz to win the tickets. Keep in mind this is ME doing a quiz, so as per usual, you don't need a wealth of knowledge to win....just a will and want to go see and hear some great blues.

And if you don't win the tickets this week, just CLICK HERE to order on line.

B.B. King at the PAC June 1st...the thrill is certainly not gone.


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Big foot of a different kind

Monday, Mar, 4 2013

Maybe she has been pregnant a lot....

The things I learn getting each and every PhilCast ready day in and day out.

Like today...

A story about how there is now proof that women's feet get bigger after pregnancy.
Did you know that? I didn't.

Also today, "HowzYer Weekend?" and an update on the effort to get Michelle Obama on the show on a "Weigh-In Wednesday".



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Are you game?

Friday, Mar, 1 2013

Other states are doing it, so why not us too?

That's the thinking from the state department of revenue when it comes to starting up a $30.00 scratch-off lottery ticket. It's something that could be added later this summer.

30 bucks for one lottery ticket?
I've gotta wonder how many people would walk into a gas station and plop down 30 bucks for a scratch-off ticket.

And they haven't even said how much the payout would be yet.

Would you be in on this? We'll discuss on the PhilCast today.

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