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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dart League 2009 Photos

Hey! We found a way to make Vato USEFUL!!!
By clicking him, you can see the complete set of pics taken at Dart League this past season...or, at least, the non-blurry ones.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Meijer Wednesday Weather Kid - Megan

Megan did a great job this morning, on her way to that wonderful I-STEP testing.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

3rd Birthday Road Trip Pics

Click for some shots of all five stops...including the burger Roc tried to kill us with...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

March For Babies

I didn't snap a whole lot of pictures...but you can find what I did snap in the WAOR 2009 folder right now at our flickr page.
The rain started shortly after the last person finished (and I oughta know, because that person was knee quit on me and I had another delay along the way as well...). A lot of people came out on a very busy weekend with a tone of other great community events going on at the same time, and as always we appreciate it!

Jones' Good Ass BBQ And Foot Massage

Friday, April 24, 2009


We'll be busy little gophers for our Third Birthaversary on Monday:
0600 - 1000: Morning Show live broadcast at The Side Door Deli, Martins at 23 & Ironwood. Starbucks sampling, our Birthday Cake, and Craig praying they have chicken going that early.
1100 - 1200: Lunch at Wings Etc on 11th Street in Niles. Tommie will NOT be repeating his near-fatal Wing Wall performance from 2007...
1500 - 1600 A visit with our friends at Goodwill over on Western Avenue.
1700 - 1800: grab some dinner on the way home at Papa Murphy's Pizza, Cleveland between Grape & Main...we'll be grilling the Tommie & The Bartender Every Meatza Pizza...
1900 - 2000ish: Roc's Sports Cafe, across the street from the radio station on Edison, between Grape & Main. Great food, nice cold beer, and tons of HDTVs with the playoffs on! Why wouldn't ya?

schedule subject to changes

Vinyl Monday for our Birthday show on the road: The Beatles, White Album, Side 3

We're out and about all day Monday for our 3rd Birthaversary, and during the morning show itself, from 6 to 10 Monday Morning, we'll be live at the Side Door Deli at the Martins in South Bend at 23 and Ironwood. We'll have Starbucks sampling, various prizes, some breakfast ideas, and more. Especially: Cake.
But we'll also have business to attend to, including Vinyl Monday. And as we observe our 3rd Birthaversary as a morning show together (the actual date is Sunday), I thought it might be nice to hammer out a bit of The Beatles' White Album. Namely, Side 3, which of course has the appropriate song at the beginning...
Yer Blues
Mother Nature's Son
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter
Long, Long, Long

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Never Date Within The Division

LaPhanzo Ellis in the studio this morning

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Don't forget to vote now at WAOR.COM and help out the Center For The Homeless!

Papa Murphy's Studio Visit

The debut of the Tommie & The Bartender Every Meatza Pizza!
They brought their own oven, to cook it right in the studio.
...and after. It's a 5 1/2 pound monster with every meat Papa Murphy's offers.
Mark getting ready to attack it with the cutter
HUGE toppings
Me, Jennifer, Mark, Craig
Jennifer serving it up
...aaaaaand Cinnamon Ring for dessert!
Papa Murphy's will be on-hand for the March For Babies event at the Hall Of Fame on Saturday, and we'll be live when you get off work Monday at their location (Cleveland between Grape & Main) during our 3rd Birthaversary Broadcast, from 5-6p.
Mark will be grilling the TATB Every Meatza Pizza, and you can take one home for less than $20 for dinner. It's like having Tommie & Craig at the dinner table, without the horror of having to watch us eat!
Our thanks to Mark and Jennifer for coming in this morning, to John for setting it up and his for everyday Blasko-ness...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rock Band: Nirvana

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Meijer Wednesday Weather Kid for this week: Katherine

Craig, little sis, and Katherine (a Sophmore from Elkhart)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Pink Floyd has filed a lawsuit against EMI over unpaid royalties. The band claims that the royalties paid to them for their back catalog were miscalculated and that they are owed more.

Pete Townshend is working on a stage production of The Who's 1973 album, Quadrophenia. In the UK's Times Online, Townshend says, "I am involved in the production of the show, the casting, the way the band works and will do some work during rehearsals... 'Austin Powers' has done a lot of damage to the image of swinging London, parodying what had already been parodied by lazy American newsreels over the years. So in a sense my mission is to bring back some of the grayness, the bleakness of those years, and demonstrate to the cast that what happened simply had to happen, otherwise we would all have gone nuts. It wasn't an optional outing of boys playing on scooters -- it was a vital rebellion." Quadrophenia will open in Plymouth, England on May 9th and will tour the U-K until October.

More details have emerged regarding the Malibu, California land that The Edge wants to develop, much to the chagrin of town executives and some of his celebrity neighbors. The U2 guitarist plans to build five mountaintop mansions in Malibu with ocean views above properties owned by Dick Van Dyke, Kelsey Grammer and James Cameron. Malibu councilman Jefferson Wagner tells the LA Times, "For somebody so revered even to be orchestrating this type of development in such a sensitive area is hypocritical."

The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle, out on September 9th, will include a replica of Paul McCartney's Hofner bass and Ringo Starr's Ludwig drums, complete with a pearl finish and Beatles kick drum head. It will also include a microphone, mic stand and "additional special content." It will retail for 250-dollars.


Great White is putting out a CD today called Rising.

Mickey Rourke got a Golden Globe for playing a down-and-out wrestler in the drama The Wrestler with Marisa Tomei. It comes with a making-of featurette, the Bruce Springsteen title video and a special with real pro wrestlers, including Diamond Dallas Page and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Frost/Nixon is also available. Ron Howard directs the re-telling of the post-Watergate interview sessions between Richard Nixon and David Frost, played by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) and Sam Rockwell co-star. Extras include commentary with Howard, 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a making-of special and a seven-minute segment on the actual Frost/Nixon interviews.

Notorious stars acting newcomer Jamal Woolard as Notorious BIG in the tale of the murdered rapper's rise from Brooklyn crack dealer to hip-hop sensation. Angela Bassett and Derek Luke co-star. It comes with a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, casting sessions and Notorious BIG concert footage.

TV specials new to DVD this week include the feature-length kickoff to the Battlestar Galactica spin-off Caprica, and the stand-up special Ron White: Behavior Problems. Classic TV that's gone digital includes the first season of Rhoda, the sixth season of Hawaii Five-O and the 11th season of Dallas.

Grandmother Book

Great stuff this morning from Barbara Graham, editor of "Eye Of My Heart", on the changing role of Grandparents in our society. Learn more at Tommie & Craig's Bookmobile.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Heatherless Headlines

Sunday, April 19, 2009

VInyl Monday 4/20: Queen "A Night At The Opera" Side 1

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Job-Hunt dot org - Susan Joyce joining us this morning on the show

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Meijer Wednesday Weather Kid: Autumn

Your kid can give Gordy a Wednesday off, too!
Find out how at WAOR.COM

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pics & Video from BK XT Remote

Click above for more...they sold 475 XT Burgers in 90 minutes...

Heatherless Headlines

A few pics from Dyngus Day at the West Side Democratic & Civic Club early this morning (pre-crowd)

Just click on the Congressman's new shirt...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The biggest news in rock yesterday was the result of Phil Spector's murder trial, in which he was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Lana Clarkson. In a verdict that followed nine days of deliberations, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled the producer was responsible for the death of the struggling actress. Clarkson was shot dead at Spector's Alhambra, California mansion on February 3rd, 2003, just hours after they'd met at a Sunset Strip club. Prosecutors, as they had in his first trial, painted Spector as a man with a violent temper and a history of brandishing weapons...especially when he consumed alcohol. His defense team argued that Clarkson was depressed over her unsuccessful film career and had grounds for suicide. The legendary record producer faces a sentence of between 15 years and life. Spector was also convicted of a separate weapons charge. After being free on bail for six years, he was immediately taken into custody. Sentencing is set for May 29th.

Aerosmith have announced their summer tour with Z-Z Top. It starts June 10th in St. Louis, with Z-Z joining on June 16th in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The tour is sponsored by Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for two of those rare bands that still feature the original lineups. The tour hits Alpine Valley June 13th, Tinley Park August 28th, and a venue to be named later in Indianapolis on August 30th. Detroit gets the show September 16th: again the venue is TBA.

Also hitting the road is Sammy Hagar's new supergroup Chickenfoot, which also features Michael Anthony on bass, Joe Satriani on guitar, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. They're hitting Chicago's Park West on May 22nd.

The woman accused of having an affair with Bruce Springsteen is speaking out. 44-year old Ann Kelly, through her attorney Noel Tonneman, denies allegations made by her estranged husband Arthur Kelly that she's been involved with Springsteen. Her father, a divorce attorney, says his son-in-law is dragging Springsteen and his daughter "into the gutter," adding that his daughter and Springsteen were just friends. "My son-in-law and his attorney are just seeking sensationalism. They are dredging up mud that doesn't exist... My daughter is guilty only of working out in the same gym as Bruce Springsteen and of talking to him."

Birthdays today: Dave Edmunds is 65, Richie Blackmore is 64


Dennis DeYoung One Hundred Years From Now CD
Genesis: 1970-1975 vinyl box set
Metallica The Complete Metallica box set, I-Tunes only
The Who Maximum R&B Live DVD
The Reader (Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes) DVD
The Spirit (Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson) DVD
Beverly Hillbillies Collection DVD
Knots Landing: The Complete Second Season DVD
Wings: Final Season DVD

TV PREMIERES TONIGHT: Deadliest Catch (Discovery), The Alaska Experiment (Discovery)

Vinyl Monday today: John Cougar, American Fool

Side One of a Hoosier Classic today as Craig & I broadcast live from Dyngus Day at the West Side Democratic Club...
Hurts So Good/Jack & Diane/Hand To Hold On To/Danger List/Can You Take It

Friday, April 10, 2009


Interesting: go right to someone's voicemail without ringing their phone.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

This morning's author, Yasmin Shiraz

VERY interesting stuff if you are the parent of a teenager.

Learn more and check out her website over at Tommie & Craig's Bookmobile...

Fillmore: The Last Days being re-released

The long out-of-print documentary Fillmore - The Last Days...featuring Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Elvin Bishop Group and The Grateful finally headed to DVD. Drawn from five nights of shows at Bill Graham's famed San Francisco hall, it will be in stores June 2nd. The lineup also includes such San Francisco Sound mainstays as Quicksilver Messenger Service, Hot Tuna, Lamb, Cold Blood, New Riders of the Purple Sage, It's a Beautiful Day and The Rowan Brothers. Along with the DVD release, an edited version of the program will air on select PBS stations during the late May and June pledge drives.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Whoa: pic of me, on stage, twenty-some years ago...

Found on a friend's Facebook page..thanks, Shilo!
That's me on the left. Yeesh.
Click the pic for the details...

Love/Sex Expert Naura Hayden on the show this morning...

Learn more about Naura's book at

Monday, April 06, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Beatles will make a major announcement this morning. They'll announce the re-release of their catalog in September to tie in with the release of Rock Band: The Beatles.

KISS plan to hit the road in North America this fall -- and they're asking fans to pick where they play. By partnering with Eventful, the leading social media company for events, fans will "Demand" where KISS will perform -- from stadiums to cornfields. And if there are enough votes, KISS will be there. In order to keep the competition fair for smaller cities, final site selection will weigh population size versus total votes. Fans can cast their votes at, and they can check which cities are in the lead at, as well as KISS's MySpace and Facebook pages, Ticketmaster's KISS page,, and many other sites. KISS are currently on tour in South America with a show in Sao Paulo, Brazil tonight.

Yesterday afternoon, AC/DC announced a third leg of dates in the US for this summer for their Black Ice tour...including the Palace Of Auburn Hills on August 16th, and the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids two days later. No word yet when those seats are on sale.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its 24th annual induction ceremony Saturday night in Cleveland. The first induction ceremony where tickets were sold to the public saw Jeff Beck, a previous inductee in 1992 with The Yardbirds, inducted by his former Yardbirds bandmate Jimmy Page. And Metallica were inducted by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. One of the most talked about moments came from former bassist Jason Newstead, invited to perform again with the band, and what he had to say after years of strained relations with the rest of group:

Audio: Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted thanks his former bandmates during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. OC:...thank you for that. (Applause out) :23

There's several plans in the works regarding a 40th anniversary tribute to Woodstock. The latest comes from New York's Daily News, which reports on a proposal to stage the show in Brooklyn, New York. The paper says Michael Lang, organizer of the 1969 festival, is hoping to hold the show at that borough's Prospect Park -- if he can draw enough sponsorship money.

George Harrison will become the 2382nd to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one week from today...but only the second Beatle. The ceremony will be in front of Capitol Records, who will announce a long-overdue re-issue of Harrison's music. George's widow Olivia and son Dhani [pr: Danny] will be on hand for the 11:30 a-m event. The Beatles (collectively) have a star, and John Lennon was given one years ago, but so far neither Paul McCartney nor Ringo Starr has been so honored.

Don't look for Aerosmith's next album anytime soon. Guitarist Joe Perry tells us they've halted their sessions with producer Brendan O'Brien until after their tour with ZZ Top, which could run through the fall. The sessions were initially pushed back because Perry underwent knee surgery. But then Steven Tyler came down with pneumonia last month and Perry says Tyler "wasn't able to record for the next few weeks so we put it on hold. So I'm day-to-day working on my solo record." Aerosmith's last album of original material was 2001's Just Push Play.

John Mellencamp is hard at work on his next album. Tentatively titled No Better Than This, he has demoed 20 of the 30 songs he has written, with still more songs to come. Working again with producer T-Bone Burnett, Mellencamp plans to record the album in old buildings across America, such as the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, where blues legend Robert Johnson recorded such classics as "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Crossroad Blues." He hopes to have the album out in January or February. Mellencamp will tour minor league ballparks this summer with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.


Fork In The Road (CD/DVD) by Neil Young
To Terrapin: May 28, 1977 Hartford, CT by Grateful Dead CD
Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings by Grateful Dead CD Box Set
Life and Times by Bob Mould CD (former Husker Du)
Doubt ~ Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams (DVD - 2009)
Bedtime Stories ~ Adam Sandler, et al. (DVD - 2009)
Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) ~ Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, and Jaden Smith (DVD - 2009) and 3-Disc BluRay
Yes Man (Single-Disc Edition) ~ Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, and John Michael Higgins (DVD - 2009)
Tango & Cash [Blu-ray] ~ Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, and Jack Palance (Blu-ray - 2009)
Phil Mickelson: Secrets of the Short Game ~ Phil Mickelson (DVD - 2009)
Beverly Hills 90210: Seventh Season ~ Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, and Jennie Garth (DVD - 2009)

Heatherless Headlines

Friday, April 03, 2009

Next Vinyl Monday: ZZ Top, Tres Hombres, Side 1

Monday Morning, 9a, it's a little bit o' SE Texas from 1972
with Tommie & The Bartender on 95.3 WAOR and WAOR.COM

Hear Orlando Magic Senior VP Pat Williams on the show today

The hardcore Villanova fan talks a little NCAA with us at 9:30 this morning on WAOR.
Online, of course, at WAOR.COM
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Hear Brooks Boyer of the White Sox on the show this morning

Check out our chat with the White Sox promo guy on the usPod

Phriday Photo Phinish

Craig was a little excited when he texted me yesterday...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

California Jam Interview

Our thanks to archivist Scott Lifshine for sharing his stories of America's Forgotten Festival, The California Jam...which celebrates it's 35th Anniversary on Monday.

Hear our conversation and off-air outtakes on the usPod - - - >