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Friday, May 29, 2009

Mr. T's "Mother" song

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Get To Know Our Mayors: Mishawaka-style!

Big thanks to friend of the show Mayor Jeff Rea of The Princess City for getting up early and joining us in the studio for a little chat this morning.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Today's book on the show: "Retaliation" by Yasmin Shiraz

A novel that offers an incredible look at the violent side of being an inner-city teenage girl.

Meijer Wednesday Weather Kid: Tanner

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

If you're looking for Paul McCartney's London home on Google Street View, you're out of luck. His security detail complained to Google and it has been removed. London's Sun quotes a source who says, "He was unsettled when he heard Google users could get a 360-degree view of the property." A spokesman for Google says anyone can remove his or her house from the site by clicking a button, but adds, "Since the launch of Street View, millions have used it and the vast majority are very happy to have their house included." The house, in the St. John's Wood section of London near Abbey Road Studio, is where Macca wrote such songs as "Penny Lane," "Getting Better" and "Hey Jude." He bought the property in 1965.

Ringo Starr has been trashed by Piers Morgan, the UK journalist-turned-reality show participant. While at the Chelsea Flower Show in London last week, Morgan reportedly observed Ringo refusing to sign an autograph for an elderly woman. This didn't sit well with Morgan, who says, "Ringo was always the least talented, ugliest, jammiest member of The Beatles. We can now add the words disgusting, selfish, greedy and thoughtless to the list, too." Last year Ringo announced that he would no longer be signing things sent to him. A spokeswoman for the drummer was unavailable for comment.

Billy Joel's former drummer Liberty DeVitto has filed suit against the Piano Man seeking overdue royalties on such songs as "Uptown Girl" and "Movin' Out." DeVitto, who hasn't worked with Joel since 2005, claims he was responsible for helping to craft some of Joel's albums. His lawyer says he doesn't know how much DeVitto is owed, adding that Joel's sales are subject to an audit. Since parting ways with Joel, reportedly over money, DeVitto has worked as a studio musician and instructor. In a recent BBC Radio Two documentary celebrating his 60th birthday, Joel said that the end of his relationship with DeVitto was strictly professional. "I don't think I'll ever work with Liberty again. There are some personal issues there." Joel is on another Face-to-Face tour with Elton John right now, with a stop in Toronto tonight.

The Styx/REO/38 Special show Saturday night in Kelseyville, California was canceled after part of the Konocti Harbor Amphitheater's roof collapsed. Kevin Cronin writes on REO's website, "Tommy Shaw and I were having a relaxed, pre-show dinner when all hell broke loose... 38 Special had played a few measures into their first song when the sound of twisting metal drowned them out. Right before our eyes, the roof of the outdoor stage buckled, and the down stage right corner dropped about 10-feet above a band members' head. Quickly the band was herded off stage and the audience was cleared from the floor and into the bleachers." The show was immediately canceled and a new date will be announced. The Can't Stop Rockin' tour is in Seattle tomorrow night. Maybe they should change the name to Can't Stop Rockin' Unless It Might Kill Us tour...

Looks like that guy who named Bruce Springsteen as the other man in his divorce case may have just been going for the publicity. New Jersey man Arthur Kelly alleges that his wife Ann and Springsteen, who trained at the same gym, had an affair. But her attorney argues that Kelly made it all up for money, telling her, "True or not, the celebrity would want this to 'go away.'" Her attorney, Noel Tonneman, writes in the papers filed, "The allegations of adultery were filed for no purpose other than to harass, annoy and harm the defendant. The only purpose of filing such a pleading was to either obtain the media attention he did receive or to embarrass and/or harass the defendant."

Are Brian May and Roger Taylor already looking for someone to replace singer Paul Rodgers in Queen? May and Queen performed last week with singer Adam Lambert on American Idol, and in an interview with Rolling Stone, May says, "Roger and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him at some point. It's not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn't that easy. But I'd certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there." After four years, a few tours, a studio album and live releases, Rodgers decided to leave Queen to concentrate on his solo career and a brief Bad Company reunion tour this summer.

Chickenfoot -- the new group with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith -- will perform on The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien on June 5th. That's the day their self-titled album is released exclusively at Best Buy stores. Chickenfoot performs in Cambridge, Massachusetts tonight.


The Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog re-issue project continues today with the release of a newly re-mastered version The Concert, their 1970 live album, and a new compilation called Creedence Covers the Classics. The latter includes songs from most of the band's studio albums, as well as versions of Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q," Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" and Ray Charles' "The Night Time Is the Right Time."
The Johnny Winter Anthology by Johnny Winter (Audio CD - 2009)

Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 by The Moody Blues (DVD - 2009) - Best of
Procol Harum: In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra & Choir by Procol Harum (DVD - 2009) and CD
Much of Prool Harum's back catalog is being rereleased today, as is Dr. Feelgood from Motley Crue, which has five live tracks added to it.
The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season ~ Kyra Sedgwick DVD
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Ninth Year DVD
Killshot ~ Mickey Rourke DVD
Powder Blue ~ Ray Liotta DVD
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 ~ Top Cat, Atom Ant, The Peter Potamus Show, and Quick Draw McGraw DVD
No big surprise: Land of the Lost: The Complete Series ~ Spencer Milligan DVD
Zabriskie Point DVD - a bizarre, previously hard-to-find movie from the 60s that includes original music from Pink Floyd in it.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus ~ Deborah Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas DVD

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Pictures from Saturday

Click above for pictures from the Rockin' Rollercoaster and the Car Wash on Saturday.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Enjoy the holiday weekend...and Happy Memorial Day from Tommie & Craig!

More pictures of Blu-Ray winners!

Jeff Smith
Paula Marshall
Tasha Dehring
Rosemarie Apple

Debbie Bothwell

List of the best Classic Rock Tours This Summer...

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, the summer concert season has officially begun. Here's a rundown of this year's big tours and festivals.


  • Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood start a 14-city tour on June 10th in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
  • Aerosmith and Z-Z Top hook up for a tour starting June 10th in suburban St. Louis. ZZ joins them on June 21st in Virginia.
  • Crue Fest Two features tour namesake Motley Crue joined by Godsmack, Theory of a Dead Man and Drowning Pool.
  • Def Leppard, Cheap Trick and Poison hit the road June 23rd in Camden, New Jersey.
  • Styx, REO Speedwagon and 38 Special are currently making their way across the country.
  • Crosby, Stills and Nash are out on their 40th anniversary tour.
  • Elton John and Billy Joel are once again out on their Face-to-Face tour.
  • Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson are teaming up for a tour of minor league ballparks that starts July 2nd in Sauget, Illinois and runs through mid-August. Of course, that tour hits Coveleski on July 4th.
  • The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic are teaming up for some late-summer amphitheater shows this year. The two Southern jam bands will hook up starting August 21st in Camden, New Jersey.


  • Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music Festival runs June 11th through the 14th and features big names Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, David Byrne and Elvis Costello.
  • And organizers are still trying to secure a spot for a 40th anniversary Woodstock concert.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Joan Denizot of Super Sized Cycles

Inventor of Bicycles for Big People, and proponent of "better sex life from bike riding."

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Phone: 1-877-690-1879

Tommie & The Bartender Team Car Wash Details...

It's happening THIS WEEKEND:

Saturday May 23rd, 2pm- 4pm at Schillings Auto Wash, on South 11th Street in Niles.

Now, remember: we're giving free car washes to all the Tommie and The Bartender March For Babies team members ONLY.

The wash is only good while Craig and I are there, 2-4pm, and we'll be drying the walker's cars.

Schillings Auto Wash is a completely automatic tunnel car wash, gentle enough for any vehicle with a foam and soft cloth system. See you this weekend!

Tuesday Rock Roundup

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd is 55. ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill is 60. Pete Townsend is 64.

In the summer of 2007, former Blind Faith bandmates Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood got together for a charity show in England, followed by Clapton's Crossroads benefit in Chicago. Both shows went so well that they booked three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York in February 2008 and the results are Live From Madison Square Garden, a double CD and double DVD, both in stores today. The DVD includes a documentary called The Road to Madison Square Garden, and on it Clapton says he suggested they pick each other's songs, which is how they came up with the set list.

AC/DC started their outdoor European tour last Thursday in Germany, and it didn't take long for people outside the show to complain about the noise. That happened on Friday in Munich, when more than 100 people as far as 12 miles away called police to say the show was too loud.

Finally, Craig, I've discovered the dark side of Twitter: Yoko Ono is one of the judges of the world's first interactive poetry competition, which started in London yesterday. People are asked to submit haiku-style poems on the subject of the British summer from their mobile phones, using Twitter, the free social blogging site. Haikus are a form of Japanese poetry.

Pearl Jam will be the first musical guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, which debuts on June 1st.


Paul Blart: Mall Cop is new to DVD and Blu-Ray today. Kevin James (from T-V's King of Queens) stars as mall cop who has a hostage situation when Santa's helpers turn savage. It comes with outtakes, deleted scenes, commentary, making-of specials and a digital copy of the film.

Valkyrie stars Tom Cruise in the based-in-fact attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard and Terence Stamp co-star. Extras include commentary, a making-of featurette and a documentary.

My Bloody Valentine 3D is also available. The remake of the 1981 cult classic about a killer who slashes sweethearts features Jensen Ackles (from T-V's Supernatural) and Jaime King (SinCity). It comes with a 2D version of the film, commentary, deleted and extended scenes, an alternate ending, a gag reel and two making-of featurettes.

TV that's gone digital includes the first season of the HBO vampire series True Blood, the third season of Friday Night Lights and the just-ended seventh season of 24...which I wish I had followed, because everybody raved about it last night online.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Info on two pretty cool books we had on the show this morning...

Find out more at Tommie & Craig's Bookmobile.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Mickey's Girls in the studio this morning

Further evidence that Craig and I have a difficult job

The Next Vinyl Monday: Elton John, Madman Across The Water

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Message From WAOR Blu-Ray Winner Paula Marshall

More "A Blu-Ray A Day In The Month Of May" Winners...

David Appleton, at work on the campus

Dave Wieczorek, at work at Lee Supply

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Meijer Wednesday Weather Kid: Carson!

Our five year-old winner (and her cat Toby) rocked the weather today on WAOR!
Visit to get your kid registered for their turn!

Adoption Expert Becky Fawcett on the show this morning

There's so much about the process that people don't understand. Becky spells it all out at their website,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser on the show this morning!

How cool was that?
Learn more about her new book, and check out her website, via Tommie & Craig's Bookmobile Page.
Tonight's the finale of The Biggest Loser, so we feel fortunate that we were able to have her on the show. I hate to admit it, but I'm hoping Laura wins...

Hello Gorgeous

Visit to learn more about this amazing organization that pampers cancer survivors!

Van Halen Asteroids

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Allman Brothers Band start their 40th anniversary tour tonight with the first of two shows in Oakland, California. In addition to An Evening With... shows, they are doing six nights with the Doobies Brothers, one with The Dead, and the August through October dates will feature Widespread Panic. The tour hits Chicago in September at the Charter One Pavilion on the 2nd & 3rd.

Alice Cooper will perform at the commencement exercises for Arizona State University tomorrow in Phoenix. He'll perform his start-of-summer anthem "School's Out" backed by Runaway Phoenix. That band features his son, Dash Cooper, who will graduate from Arizona State next year. President Obama will deliver the commencement address. Cooper says, "Of all the people I've ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest rock star... I'd like to thank him, in advance, for changing the national anthem to 'Schools Out.'" The 1972 song will also be featured in the film I Love You Beth Cooper, which comes out in July.

A discarded lyric written by George Harrison in 1967 went on display Friday at the British Library in London. Author and Beatles biographer Hunter Davies found it while doing research for the new edition of the biography, which has just been re-published more than 40 years after its original publication. In the book's introduction, Davies writes about how he used to collect lyrics that the band tossed to the floor as garbage while recording at Abbey Road. The lyric is as follows:

I'm happy to say that it's only a dream,
When I come across people like you,
It's only a dream and you make it obscene,
With the things that you think and you do.
You're so unaware of the pain that I bear,
And jealous for what you can't do.
There's times when I feel that you haven't a hope,
But I also know that isn't true.

Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares Musicians Assistance Program (MAP) Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process. In his speech, he compared giving an award to a drug addict for getting sober to "giving a man an award for running out of a burning building." He and bandmate Chad Smith, also there, as was bassist Flea, said that the Chili Peppers expect to start working together again sometime this fall for the first time since '07.

Jimmy Buffett's empire now includes Miami's pro football team. On Friday, Florida's most famous musical personality debuted a re-worded version of "Fins" as the Dolphins' fight song, and their stadium was renamed for Buffett's Landshark beer. The deal, running through year's end, doesn't involve a specific fee paid by Buffett or Anheuser-Busch. Instead, he'll make appearances on behalf of the team, possibly perform at the stadium and provide unspecified "marketing opportunities."

21st Century Breakdown by Green Day CD
Townes by Steve Earle (Audio CD - 2009) CD and LP
Angels & Demons by Hans Zimmer (Audio CD - 2009) - Soundtrack CD
Devil You Know-Limited (CD + DVD) by Heaven & Hell
Wheatfield Soul by The Guess Who 40th Anniversary CD
Taken (Single-Disc Extended Edition) DVD (Liam Neeson) and on Blu-Ray, also a 2-Disc edition
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans DVD
Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] and DVD
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Fifth Season DVD
Taking Chance ~ Kevin Bacon DVD
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Blu-ray]

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Friday, May 08, 2009

The Next Vinyl Monday: Poison "Open Up & Say Ahh"

21 years ago, the cover was "too controversial" and they had to censor it. Whatever. My copy looks like this one, damnit.

Side Two of Poison's sophmore release, which pretty much follows the same formula of the debut (why not? it worked!) is up Monday morning at 9am with Tommie & The Bartender on WAOR.

Look But You Can't Touch
Fallen Angel
Every Rose Has It's Thorn
Your Mama Don't Dance
Bad To Be Good

Phriday Photo Phinish

More Blu-Ray Deliveries...

Mary Kovalenko of South Bend will be hooking her Blu-Ray up to the Flat Screen TV she won from WAOR last year!
Gary Roberts (here with daughter Rachel) of Mishawaka. And a really damn nice lawn.

And Jeff Smith of Elkhart was in the neighborhood and just decided to pick his up at the studio!

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

1st Winner of Blu-Ray A Day In The Month Of May on WAOR

Delivered the first one to Richard Scull of Buchanan yesterday!
Win yours on WAOR all this month!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Great video about "The Twittersphere"

Relay For Life Painting Niles...Purple

Our thanks to Diana & Andrea from the Relay For Life for joining us in the studio this morning.
Get involved with Paint The Town Purple, or the Relay itself, by calling Dawn at 269-683-3019 or Diane at 269-684-8581.
Visit them on the web right here.

The Chic Mom's Guide

Need advice on how to take care of Mom for Mother's Day on a budget...but make her happy and pampered? Nina Sutton has the answers:

Free KFC Grilled Chicken today!

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Meijer Wednesday Weather Kid: Justin from Elkhart

Justin rocked the forecast this morning, and you can hear it on our usPod.
Your kid could be the Wednesday Weather Kid and win a $25 Gift Card frm Meijer.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Bob Dylan has his first number-one album in the U-K in 39 years. His new one, Together Through Life, is his first chart-topper since New Morning in 1970, setting a record for the longest gap between solo number-one albums. The album is also expected to debut at number-one here when SoundScan figures are released tomorrow. If it does, it will be his fifth number-one album and his second in a row.

Slash will appear on American Idol this week as a mentor for the show's "Rock Week." Slash will also perform live on Wednesday night's show with a band that includes former Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.

Ozzy Osbourne tells B-B-C Radio Two that he was "stoned the whole time" he and his family filmed their Osbournes MTV reality show. He says, "When the filming ended, I'd go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day. I'd give myself some goodness and get up early in the morning and go jogging for six miles." His wife Sharon adds, "He wasn't sober for one day." The couple also revealed that one of their favorite songs is Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight," which Ozzy says contains the best drum fill ever.

Some of the artists who played at the original Woodstock festival have announced plans for a 40th anniversary show at the amphitheater on the field where history was made. Jefferson Starship (whose lineup still includes Paul Kantner) will be joined by Levon Helm (of The Band), Country Joe McDonald, Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin's band), Ten Years After, Canned Heat and Mountain for the August 15th show at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York. It was 40 years ago this summer that the dairy farm hosted 400-thousand fans rain-soaked fans at the rock era's most famous festival.

Def Leppard will celebrate a Two-For-Tuesday in June. The band will release deluxe editions of their Pyromania and Adrenalize albums on June 23rd. Both albums have been re-mastered with Pyromania containing a disc of a previously unreleased 15-track show from The Forum in Los Angeles in 1983. The bonus disc for Adrenalize contains live and acoustic tracks as well as demos.


Star Trek by Michael Giacchino (Audio CD - 2009) - Soundtrack
Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones (Audio CD - 2009) - Original recording remastered
'Cause I Sez So by New York Dolls (Audio CD - 2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine by Harry Gregson-Williams (Audio CD - 2009)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Two-Disc Special Edition) ~ Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, and Tilda Swinton (DVD - 2009)
Twilight [Blu-ray] ~ Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, and Ashley Greene (Blu-ray - 2009)
Lipstick Jungle: Season Two ~ Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and Andrew McCarthy (DVD - 2009)
Boston Legal: Season Five ~ James Spader, John Larroquette, Christian Clemenson, and Tara Summers (DVD - 2009)
Mythbusters: Collection 4 ~ Mythbusters (DVD - 2009)

Monday, May 04, 2009

Hello, Gorgeous!

"To bring the promise of beauty and vitality back into the hearts of women touched by cancer!"
These are great people you should know about. Click the shirt.
They're a big part of "Mom's Rock" right now at for Mother's Day...

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Friday, May 01, 2009

On the next Vinyl Monday...Kiss "Kiss", Side 1

Side One of their first roar, back in '74, coming up Monday morning at 9am on WAOR
Nothin' To Lose
Cold Gin
Let Me Know