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.
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
Approximately 4 million tons of junk mail is sent each year in the U.S. - and approximately half of it is never opened. Tired of getting junkmail?
Here are some fairly easy ways to cut it down:
Eco Future (ecofuture.org)
Direct Marketing Association (the-dma.org)
I was singing along with Fresh the other day while drving around with my son, Jake. He started yelling at me. When we got to the driveway and parked, I took this video. Please enjoy this as much as Jake did:
While Jay was gone in L.A., I totally threw Halloween up all over the Fresh 100.3 studios. lol. I don't know how happy he is about my decor change, being a dude and all, but Kam, Theresa, Chelsea, Bri and I love it! We love you too, Jay! hahaha! Enjoy the next 6 weeks till Halloween arrives.
First off, please allow my to introduce my real life neighbor, Wilson. Wilson lives on the other side of my privacy fence and usual greets us by saying, "Howdy neighbor" or "Hey neighbor!" Wilson is also a jack of all trades and has some nugget of advice to give on pretty much any topic. just ask him.
BACK YARD BS
I bought a house near the lake... which is awesome. It backs up to woods... which is awesome. The wild life is my backyard is WILD... not so awesome.
The people who owned the house before us bred German Shepherds. The backyard has been destroyed. When I moved in, weeks were spent cleaning, painting, and removing the smell of dogs. Something had to give and what gave was any kind of yard work. Now that we are somewhat settled, my husband, Frank, and I have started clean up on the backyard that has gone untethered for the majority of the summer.
There's a small garden in the back corner that was completely overgrown with weeds taller than us. We were out pulling weeds when suddenly, Frank said, "Ow!" Followed by, "Ow... OW!" At this point Frank started running for the house. I just stood there for what seemed like way too long before I realized that I had better start running before I said, "OW!" I reached the back sliding doors and as I came through the doors, it hit me. "OWWW!" I fell through the doors like a wounded soldier in Band of Brothers. Screaming, I pulled my shirt off in front of my 13 year old daughter, Mackenzie, and started swatting over my entire body, especially my armpit which is where I had received my "battle wound." My 3 year old, Jake, came running and both kids wondered what the heck had just happened. My armpit was on fire from the sting of whatever just got me.
My husband, Frank, told me to get in the shower and I agreed. I wanted whatever just happened to be washed off ASAP. I went upstairs, took off my shorts and then I saw it. The yellow jacket that had just stung me was hanging out on my shorts as they lay in a pile on the floor. I freaked out and tried to kill the yellow jacket, but I had no shoes on so I tried to squash him with nearby towels. I looked; he wasn't moving. I picked up my shorts and tried to shake him into the toilet for a burial at sea.... that yellow jacket did not fall in the toilet. Instead, he started flying around. Screaming again, I ran from the bathroom yelling for Frank. Frank didn't come so after a few minutes of listening to the shower run and standing there, naked, outside my bathroom, I decided to make a run for it, figuring that bees don't like water (btw, this was a stupid theory since it was not a bee, it was a yellow jacket and yellow jackets make their nests in the ground). I whipped open the bathroom door, ran to the shower, jumped in and shut the shower door. I quickly showered then ran back across the bathroom, out the door, closing it behind me and dried off in our bedroom. Frank came in later and killed the yellow jacket. I love my man.
Frank went to the store to get some bee spray. At this point, we did not know the type of insect we were dealing with. I went next door to alert our neighbor, Wilson, to avoid the area. I didn't want anyone else getting stung. A few minutes later, Wilson rang our bell and asked, "Can I help get rid of your bees?" It was the funniest thing. He looked like a kid asking if Jake could come out to play. Wilson was excited about this challenge. I looked at Wilson and said, "Why yes... yes, you can help. You can have my spot." HA! Please. Take it.
It turns out that Wilson is quite the insect expert. He and Frank went into the backyard and surveyed the area for about 10 minutes to assess where the nest was. Wilson told us that the "bees" were actually yellow jackets and that their nest had to be in the dirt. I didn't know what they were doing at the time, but my husband filled me in later. "If they come at us, just take the hits," said Wilson. Frank replied, "Uh... I can run pretty fast." Finally having decided on their attack plan, the A Team went into action. Wilson was on direct assault. Frank was in charge of cover fire. I stayed back on perimeter and took pictures. It's a tough job, but somebody had to do it. Check out this pic. Wilson has his own bee netting! Frank had his good looks and charm.
Wilson and Frank sprayed it down then checked back... yellow jackets were still there. Wilson came over two more times and sprayed the nest... the next morning and evening. We didn't ask him to... he just did. In the meantime, I said, "Forget this." I called an exterminator and the exterminator came out in full suit.
Turns out the queen was still alive and we would have gotten hammered again if we had tried going in there on our own. The exterminator dug a softball sized nest out and I finally feel brave enough to finish weeding the garden boxes.
Long story short:
I have been stung by a yellow jacket, had a snake slide over my foot, seen 5 different types of frogs, a dozen chipmunks and squirrels, plus I've been overtaken by those little "no-see-em" bugs. Additionally I have fed thousands of mosquitoes with a sweet dose of B Positive, and seen a variety of unidentified flying bugs with a wingspan of two inches or more.
I am all for keeping things "green" but at this point, if I could have a tent dropped over my house to fog everything out, I'd be ok with that.... except the frogs. I like the frogs. Having said that, I'm researching "frog" environments on the Internet to foster their habitat for next year. Everything else is getting hit with whatever works. If I wanted this much wild life, I'd apply for Bear Gryll's show... "Get Out Alive" indeed.
I think I might be the mean mom. My daughter, Mackenzie and I were at the grocery store earlier today when this conversation occured:
Then I laughed for the next 2 aisles.
Me: By the way, I may talk about this conversation on the show.
Mackenzie: Don't! It makes me sound like a jerk.
Me: No, that makes you sound like a 13 year old.
10:00pm: Jimmy Fallon is introducing Justin Timberlake!! Justin Timberlake is so hot, so cool, so smooth... He's singing on an escalator and making his way to the stage. OH! He's bringing the MJ moves to "Sexy Back." Love it! He's doing a whole montage... he is seriously one of the greatest performers of our time. I could watch him all night... no NSYNC: yet. He's winding up into a huge moment with "Cry Me a River," Ummmm... NSYNC? Nope... ok, he's taking it back down with "Senorita."
They just cut to Taylor Swift totally dancing and singing along... I am jealous of every person in this audience.
He's now into "Rock Your Body" and now he's doing some funk dance moves... just went to big lights, Justin said, "Last one." and BOOM! NSYNC IS ON STAGE! They're hitting into "Bye Bye Bye." Crowd is going nuts!
Ladies and gentlemen, the reunited NSYNC. pic.twitter.com/vsH4DT5Yb2— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) August 26, 2013
And then Justin is off the NSYNC stage and back to his solo material with "Suit and Tie." That was crazy.... NSYNC performed for about 45 seconds.
MTV has cut to Taylor Swift three times now. She looks like she is REALLY DIGGING Justin's performance. If I'm Jessica Biel, I am waiting two inches off stage to throw blocks like I'm running offensive line.
Justin is now onto "Mirrors." Rhianna is grooving out to Justin and Gaga is shaking her clam shells... yes, she's still wearing her bikini from her opening performance. "Mirrors" wrapped an AMAZING montage spanning Justin's career. the crowd is literally going WILD!
Justin keeps saying, "Thank you." He KNOWS he just killed it. Jimmy Fallon says, "How do you top that?" You don't. Jimmy is giving Justin the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award... I love Jimmy Fallon, but shut up and give Justin his award. HOLY! the crowd is chanting Justin's name: I have never seen that happen before.
Best acceptance speech EVER: "I know deserve this award but I'm not giving it back." Justin also gave NSYNC props, saying, "Half of what I've accomplished, I accomplished with those guys to my left." (nodding to NSYNC).
9:24 Little Kim is wasted.... in my opinion. That's gonna get edited down... maybe out, but nice speech about Hip Hop, Lil Kim. Best Hip Hop Video goes to Macklemore... the speech is going a little long. I can't believe that MTV hasn't hit Macklemore with the "wrap-it-up" music... in fact, it was an awkward moment and exit was slow.
My husband, Frank, just walked through and said, "Miley Cyrus embarressed herself. That was ridiculous." hahahaha! I'm going to get my popcorn. brb.