PURE MICHIGAN! I'm so glad to be back in my home state! I started out of CK105 in Flint and, man, was I AWFUL. From there I worked at 92.1 The Edge in East Lansing and Wings 103.1 in Lapeer. My first Detroit gig was Z-Rock followed by 102.7 The Bear with Ted Nugent: talk about fun! Ted was hilarious and so great to fight with in the studio. When Ted took his show to his house and out of Detroit, things got a little less lively, so I took a job at WMMR in Philadelphia.
In Philly, I met my husband and we had our daughter, Mackenzie. I left WMMR and went to work part-time for WYSP while being home with our daughter. When Mackenzie turned four, we moved to Washington DC and I worked for DC101... also a riot. Washington DC is beautiful! There is nothing like the Cherry Blossom festival: simply amazing. We checked out museums and took ghost tours: the city is incredible.
A few years later, I started working for WRNR in Annapolis. I love the Annapolis vibe and the amazing people that populate Maryland's capitol. While with WRNR, my husband and I had our son, Jake, and I worked from home as WRNR's Digital Content Manager.
If I may tell you what you already know, Jay Towers is good people. When I found out I was going to be Jay's co-host, I literally screamed like I'd won the lottery. This is the funnest "job" I have ever had. Jay is a BLAST and he's also genuine, decent, a hard worker and also family oriented.... all values I hold in the highest respect... just please, don't tell him I said that... I like to keep him guessing.
We arrived at DTW and had a hard time finding a parking spot. I finally noticed one, but we soon saw why it was open, the vehicle was CLEARLY parked poorly. The red truck next to the open spot was all kinds of over-the-line.
Jay decided to take the spot anyway. lol. Here's a picture of Jay getting out of his car. Jay managed to park his car in the lines, but we were CLOSE.
I asked Jay if he was worried about the person hitting JAY'S car when they pulled out. Jay told me he took pictures of the person's license plate. lol. That Jay is always thinking! (BTW, upon our return, Jay's car was unscathed)
We took a tour of the Clear Channel Studios with Cubby from WKTU. Cubby was awesome! I think it's fun to check out other work environments.
One of the coolest things about NYC is that the city often dictates your next move. We had a hard time getting a cab, so we stopped and had lunch at a nearby restraurant, Da Mikele. (picture left)
We headed back to the hotel to rest up (lol) and get ready for the big show: "SPIDERMAN TURN OFF THE DARK."
Here are some more pictures from our site seeing in NYC... anything look familiar?
The flight in was pretty high pressure... on my ears. I spent most of the evening saying, "What?"
Our hotel, The Night, is right around the corner from Time Square (see blurry picture left).
Jay met up with the leads of "Spiderman Turn Off the Dark" and interviewed Peter Parker and Mary Jane AKA Justin M. Sargent and Rebecca Faulkenberry. Check out the interview this weekend on Fox2!
We went to dinner at an amazing restraurant, BOND 45. It's one of Jay's favorites. Jay ordered the menu item that our waitor, JD, referred to as "The Tennis Racket." They pound their meat at BOND 45 til it's paper thin... Our meal was delicious.
The first night we spent at Night Hotel, some super loud sound went off about 5 times between 12:30 and 5:30am. At 5:30, I woke to this ridiculous loud sound of the plumbing about to come through the wall of my hotel room. I sprang to my phone, determined to get audio of this... PROOF of how loud it was (I sleep like a rock). As I fumbled for my phone, I realized I was snapping pictures, not taking video. The sound stopped before I could get it! ARG. Here's a pic of my black and white hotel room:
BTW, Jay thought his room was haunted because the shades moved while he was in the shower. Chelsea thought maybe a service person from the hotel did it. I think the weight of the shade gradually pulled the shade down while Jay was in the shower, but what do I know?
We had breakfast at Tom's Diner... the diner shown from the outside on a ton of episodes of Seinfeld... on the show it was called "Monks."
We took in the sights down by Rockefeller Plaza... stopping by the Today Show plus I did a little family shopping which leads me to my next point:
FACE TIME MAKES YOU UGLY: I face-timed my family from NYC. Using Face Time, I was able to take my daughter, Mackenzie, shopping at the Nintendo World Store (she was SUPER excited). Jake carried me around the house and I spoke with husband. Mackenzie and I decided that everyone looks bad and fat on face-time. The natural angle is horrendous.
We stopped by the Night Hotel's restaurant and had some sushi before the show. Jay ordered his own recipe of sushi. It was delicious!
Stacy, our winner, and her mom, Julie met us at the restaurant. Stacy and Julie were super fun and easy to speak with. Stacy is a teacher in the Livonia school system and really out going! We walked over to the theatre for "Spiderman Turn Off the Dark."
The merchandise at "Spiderman Turn Off the Dark" was not like anything I have ever seen in previous Broadway shows. T-shirts and all kinds of concert-like souvenir gear.
I another gem that I discovered that I had NEVER seen at a Broadway play before...
WINE IN A SOUVENIR CUP ON BROADWAY: It's genius and horrific all at once. Did you know that for $20, you can purchase the better half of a bottle of wine in a souvenir cup at the Broadway show, "Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark?" It's true. Warning: do not drink a vodka drink beforehand or you may end up struggling to keep your buzz under control.
We got to the theatre and settled in to our seats. I grabbed a picture of our winner, Stacy and her mom, Julie, Chelsea and Jay... I grabbed another of the back drop before I got told to put my camera away. :) My bad.
The show was action packed and there were people flying all over the place. Talk about a physical show. It was interesting seeing how the music of Bono and Edge fit into the show.
I carried my heels in my purse to and from the show and wore flats for the walk there... lol. More than one person told me that's how true New Yorkers do it. ha! In your face, Carrie Bradshaw.
I was pretty tired by the time I finished my collector cup of wine, so we headed back to the hotel for the evening. It was a fairly early flight out the next day. A girl needs her beauty sleep.
It's coming! The new "Hunger Games" movie, "Catching Fire," is due to hit theaters November 22nd and they are taking it to the IMAX.
Beside Jennifer Lawrence who stars as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson who’s on board as Peeta Mellark, the rest of the cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright and more.
click here: CATCHING FIRE for a bunch more info via moviepronews.com
Have you seen this Michigan Poem video? It's a little cheezy, but the optimistic, "thumbs up" from the mitten side of me just LOVES it.
For better or worse, I'm very proud to be a Michigander.
AMAZINGLY COMPREHENSIVE LIST
OF HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
OAKLAND COUNTY MOMS is the resource... well, done ladies! I can't believe how many events you have for Halloween in SO MANY different communities around the Metro area.
HAUNTED HOUSES & HAYRIDES: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
LOW SCARE HAUNTER HOUSES & HAYRIDES (for the little ones): CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
DETROIT'S BEST CIDER MILLS: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
THIS SUNDAY (October 14th) THE DETROIT ZOMBIE WALK!
The 6th annual event will unite zombie lovers while collecting money and food for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. The festivities kick off at 3 p.m. Sunday, when the undead will begin gathering at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. The walk starts at 4 p.m.
Zombie attire is strongly encouraged. People who donate five nonperishable food items or at least $5 will receive a ticket to be entered in a prize drawing at the end of the walk.
CLICK HERE for more info
ZOO BOO @ The Detroit Zoo: held on the evenings of October 11-13, October 18-20 and October 25-27, 2013 rain or shine. Zoo Boo is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
HALLOWE’EN IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE: October 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, 2013 (Time slots are every 1/2 hour 6:30pm-9pm Fridays & Saturdays. Sundays 6:30pm - 8pm). Step back in time to a turn-of-the-20th century Hallowe’en. Follow an endless path of hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns, and meet colorful characters along the way. Feel the whoosh as the Headless Horseman rides by, banter with a clever witch and make stops at several treat stations spread throughout Greenfield Village. It’s frightfully fun for the whole family! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
JAY TOWER’S MONSTER MASH IV! October 25th @ The Vintage House! Party starts at 8pm. THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE for best costume! CLICK HERE for complete details and to find out how to win your way in!
IT’S A MYSTERY! - A DSO Halloween Mystery Party @ Orchestra Hall in Detroit Saturday, October 26 11:00 AM Breaking news! The composer is dead and the culprit is lurking within the orchestra! Grab your favorite Halloween costume and get ready to solve a mystery, meet the instruments of the orchestra, and enjoy some spooky tunes that will keep the whole family on the edge of their seats! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO