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The Ultimatum

This text from a listener caused a lot of talk on the show this morning.

Hey Rocky & Lissa!
Thinking of moving in w/ my BF. But he keeps promising to marry me & it's been 5 yrs. I wanna say "no ring, no moving forward." Is that ultimatum TOO RISKY?


Remember the scene in "The Dark Knight" where The Joker gets interrogated? That's what I think of when I hear the word ULTIMATUM. It's the good cop/bad cop routine...but in this case it seems like there's only a bad cop! If you have to shine a light in your guy's eyes to get him to commit, maybe it wasn't meant to be.

Here's what our listeners had to say about issuing an ultimatum.

--I was with my husband for 7 years before we got married. I kind of gave up on waiting for him to pop the question and then it happened when I didn't expect it. If you love him don't give up on him. -Jess

--I think she should not give the ultimatum but she should stick it out for the three next holidays: Christmas New Years and Valentines Day. If no ring after that say goodbye and move on. You don't want to think did he do this himself or did i make him. -Crystal

--Agree w/the last caller that this relationship will never work but more because of their lack of ability to communicate w/each other. Does he know how important this is to her? Has she even expressed this to him? She needs to talk to the man she wants to marry instead of asking strangers for advice.

--I do not understand the lax attitude toward marriage by the woman that called in who had FIVE kids with the guy she finally married. Forget the "it's just a piece of paper" argument for a minute and think about it legally for a minute. God forbid she is inquired, in the hospital and unable to make a medical decision...he has no say. He's her baby daddy, that's it. Do the kids have his last name? If it's good enough for them why not her?

--If it was going to happen it would have happened? U can't force marriage or a man to marry you. But they should have been living together already? He's just stringing her along because no man likes to be alone but yet he's not being man enough to marry her? Get rid of him and move on. They're on two different pages.

--Ultimatums are ridiculous ! Just live your life. It's too short. Stop worrying about the small stuff. My god there's so many other things to worry about in life. Marriage should be the last.

--I just think they need to talk. If they don't both want the same thing then it may be time to reevaluate the relationship.

--She doesn't want to give him an ultimatum because even if he listens and proposes it will only be because he feels backed into a corner. In that case he would most likely just keep pushing off the wedding at that point.

--I've been withy husband 9 years and I'm tired of telling him how to make me happy if he can't do it on his own.

--I have been with my man 24 years. He promised to marry me years ago and still nothing. It's just a piece of paper.

--I told my boyfriend of 2 years that I wasn't happy with never getting married and he broke up with me.. because it wasn't what he wanted.. I would be careful with ultimatum.

--If she needs to give this man an ultimatum of we get married or we break up then that's the end of the relationship if you have to tell somebody to do something then you don't need to be with them isn't the point of dating to end in marriage I don't understand what the big problem is if you have to tell him you need something then just walk away

--Some men are scared and need that push.

--If he doesn't he want to lose her then he would make a commitment if he doesn't care then you just let her go.

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We LOVE Boobies!


Thanks for making our 6th Annual BRAS ACROSS THE BRIDGE a big success! You helped to raise thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society & Breast Cancer research.


And even more than the donations, it was great to see our listeners come out to show support for breast cancer survivors and those that lost the fight.


Misercordia U in the house!


Our Pied Piper, Russ Keeler from the American Cancer Society. Russ walked better in those heels than most women!


Save the Boobies!


I Fight Like a Girl!



Take it to the bridge.


$5 a bra to help save the boobies!


For Kristin and all the other amazing lives lost...we do this for you!

Thanks again for your support.

-Rock


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Fall Fun with Big Brothers/Big Sisters


I hosted a Big Brother day out at Maylath's Farm in Sugarloaf on Saturday.  What a fun day!  Maylath's is a family run farm nestled in the beautiful Conyngham Valley just 30 minutes from Wilkes-Barre.  And the farm has everything you'd want for you & the kids to celebrate Fall: 

*Corn Maze

*Hay Ride
*Cow Train Ride
*Corn Cannon
*Pumpkin/Apple Slingshot
*Bounce House
*Delicious Farm Fresh Cider
*The BEST Sweet Corn I ever tasted!


This is my cool little, Keeshaun from Pittston.


Can you guess which one of us has never been on a hayride?


The search is on for the Great Pumpkin.


We found it!


Pumpkin slingshot = awesome!!!


Big thanks to Chris Maylath and the rest of the staff at Maylath's Farm for a fun day.

CLICK HERE to go to their website.

And as always, if you really want to have an impact on a young kid like Keeshaun, volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today.  There is a WAY TOO LONG list of kids waiting to be matched.  In fact, 270 kids are still in need of a Big.  That Big could be YOU!!! 

CLICK HERE for info on Big Brothers/Big Sisters. 



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Powerful new video from ONE REPUBLIC

Wow!  Have you seen the new OneRepublic video yet?

If you still need a reason to LOVE this band, this is it!

"I Lived" tells the story of Bryan Warnecke, who was born with cystic fibrosis.  He's also a huge fan of the group.

And wait til you see the video's dramatic conclusion!

Powerful stuff.



 

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Proud Dad!



So proud of my son Dylan.  I just got back from a fun weekend visiting him in Ohio.  And on the way out, he gave me a copy of one of his band's new CDs. 

I've seen these guys a bunch of times.  They've got a killer sound that's a mix of blues & rock.



And in case you're wondering, that's my son guzzling the liquor bottle.  Just a prop, right Dylan? :)

Check out Scarlot & the Harlots and their music here--> www.scarlotandtheharlots.com

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Rocky, Lissa & Freddie's DWTS Picks

"Every year someone comes out of this looking like a donkey!"
--Kevin Costner (Draft Day)

Today was DANCING WITH THE STARS DRAFT DAY on the morning show.  We each got to pick 3 dancers.  The first one to have all 3 of their dancers eliminated is the big loser and will feel the wrath of the other 2.

Who will be this year's donkey?

Our picks:

1ST ROUND
Freddie:  Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air")
Lissa:  Bethany Mota (YouTube Beauty Guru)
Rock:  Antonio Sabato Jr. ("General Hospital" hearthrob)

2ND ROUND
Freddie:  Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong, "Up In Smoke")
Lissa:  Lolo Jones (Olympic Track & Field Star)
Rock:  Janel Parrish (Mona on "Pretty Little Liars")

3RD ROUND
Freddie:  Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly in "Back to the Future")
Lissa:  Sadie Robertson (Willie Robertson's 17 yr old daughter on "Duck Dynasty")
Rock:  (Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels from "Mean Girls")

Those are the picks.  How do you think it will all shake out?  Which one of us will be this season's BIG LOSER?

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Can We Talk? Joan Rivers remembered.



Another comedy voice was silenced today.  But now, the more I think of it, Joan Rivers roared so loud, her words will live on forever.  She was constantly pushing the envelope and was never afraid to say what was on her mind.  Yeah, sometimes she pushed too hard.  But that's what made Joan, Joan.

And without Joan Rivers, there would be no Roseanne...no Kathy Griffin...no Chelsea Handler...no Sarah Silverman...or any of the other great female comics that followed in her footsteps and tried roaring just as loud.

Here's a few of my fave lines that Joan leaves with us.

We're still laughing.

1--Why should a woman cook? So her husband can say 'My wife makes a delicious cake' to some hooker?

2--My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on.

3--Half of all marriages end in divorce—and then there are the really unhappy ones.

4--I wish I had a twin so I could know what I look like without plastic surgery.

5--I don't exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over he would have put diamonds on the floor.

6--I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.

7--Looking fifty is great—if you’re sixty.

8--The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.

9--I must admit I am nervous about getting Alzheimer’s. Once it hits, I might tell my best joke and never know it.

10--I've learned to have absolutely no regrets about any jokes I've ever done.


 
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What Did You Learn from your 20's?

This week on GIRL TALK with Melissa from The Weekender we reflected on our 20's.  What was the biggest thing you took with you from your 20's?

I learned how to be independent.  After college, I moved to Ohio and lived in a small apartment on the first floor of a house.  I thought this was the coolest thing ever.  My own place!  But I didn't know the first thing about cooking, cleaning, or keeping the place up and running. It was on the job training.  And for me, the ultimate learning experience.

And I also learned how to drive a stick! :)

How about YOU?

Here's a few comments from listeners...

--I wish I had the knowledge in my 20's that I have now...but what I have learned is what is meant to be will ALWAYS find it's way & does not need to be forced.
--I didn't think that I had a look at price tags so in my 20s I had that same attitude so I was robbing Peter to pay Paul until one day they took my car so I went to my parents for help and for once my parents did not help me. They said "figure it out" and I did. I learned a really good lesson from that!
--In my 20s I learned that it's ok to be single. Worry about your goal because there is always time for a relationship.
--I'm only 24, and realizing just how real those college loans are at a few hundred $$$ a month on top of rent, gas, groceries, cell phone, etc. I have an elementary teaching degree and of course I'm still trying to get a permanent position.
--Don't loan money to friends!
--I learned to not compare my accomplishments to anyone else's.  We all do things in our time. Who cares if all your friends are married, that doesn't mean they are all happy.
--I learned to talk things out instead of getting angry and letting things ruin my day. This has made every day happier!
--I learned that student loans are real, and not "so off in the future".
--I learned it's all downhill after 25 (I turn 47 next month)
--I learned not to base life decisions on a guy. I have 2 daughters and my hope is they learn from my experience.
--I had triple digits partners, thought it was cool then, but now not so much. Alot of women don't take me serious or won't give me the time of day because of how many women I've been with....they think I'm after one thing. So my lesson learned is, don't sleep around.  Even though I was safe, its not cool. They remember.
--I learned the value of patience and taking my time with pretty much everything.

 
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What a First Impression!!!

You never get a SECOND chance to make a FIRST impression. How about the way this teacher showed up for work on her first day on the job!  Stay classy, Tulsa.


 
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It's a twister with teeth!

Good news SHARKNADO fans.  They'll be more sharks in the air next summer!  SHARKNADO 3 has already been given the green light.  Keep your eyes to the skies.  Maybe sharks will hit PA!

As we recover from Thursday night's shark attack on NYC, here's my favorite lines from SHARKNADO 2.


Tara Reid:  The shark kept chasing me, like he knew who I was.
Ian Ziering:  He didn't know who you were.  If he did, he would've run the other way.

Ian:  Anyone plays me in a movie, it's gonna be me!

Matt Lauer:  I don't want to alarm anyone, but there is a concern that New York could be facing a Shark storm.

Al Roker:  Think of it this way, this is a twister...with teeth.

Ian:  Even the Sharknados are tougher in New York.

Mark McGrath:  You know what it just did, don't you?  It jumped the shark!

Robert Klein:  This is the big apple.  When something bites us, we bite back.

Ian:  They're sharks.  They're scary.  And no one wants to be eaten.
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You Can't Take a Bad Photo in Maine



Sue and I just got back from an amazing week in her home state, Maine.  What a great road trip!
And yes, YOU CAN'T TAKE A BAD PHOTO IN MAINE!!!



Look closely.  Those are seals or sea dogs as they call them in Maine.  Our captain pointed them out as we took a day trip to Monhegan Island.



This incredible view is on Monhegan Island, an island accessible only by boat.  And as you can imagine, this point has been a favorite of painters for years.



The majestic Island Inn on Monhegan.  This classic Maine hotel has been on this spot since 1907.



The view from the porch at the Island Inn.



It wouldn't be Maine without lobster.  This is one of many little fishing villages you can find along the coast.



By far, the best lobster roll we ever had, came out of this little food truck in Cape Elizabeth.



One of 7 lighthouses spotted on our river boat cruise along the Kennebec.



A little roadside Americana in Midcoast Maine.



And our kids, Frankie & Sammi had just as much fun as we did!



If you are ever planning a trip to Maine, feel free to give me a shout at rocky@985krz.com

And check out some of these links:

http://www.visitmaine.com/
http://www.islandinnmonhegan.com/
http://www.capeelizabeth.com/
http://owlshead.maine.gov/

 
 




 

Don't Phunk with my Heart




(Day 2 after heart surgery. Nice puffy hands from all the fluid in my system. That heart pillow wasn't for show. It made it less painful to cough or sneeze!)

It was 5 years ago today that I had heart surgery. I am forever grateful to Dr. Casale, Dr. Stella, my PA Doug Long and all the nurses & staff at the Geisinger Heart Hospital that got me through a difficult time in my life.

Before I left work, I sent out the following email.

From: Rocky
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:19 PM
To: WILKES-BARRE USERS
Subject: ROCK'S SUMMER SABBATICAL
Hello everyone!

I thought I'd get everyone caught up on my "Summer Sabbatical" in case you haven't heard. I will be off the radio for the entire month of July.

Last October I went in for a physical, and my doc found a heart murmur. Pretty crazy because just a month earlier I ran a 1/2 marathon and had no symptoms at all. More tests determined I had a leaky valve.

Hold off on the pig valve jokes as I won't need it replaced. Thankfully. Tuesday I am having valve repair surgery @ Geisinger, WB. My surgeon, Dr. Casale, says I should be in the hospital 3-5 days and home 4-6 weeks. After that, I should be good as new and able to run & workout like before.

Have a good day,
Rock

It’s still hard to believe.  One minute you are feeling perfectly fine, and the next, doctors are telling you that there are serious problems.

What did I learn from all this?

Be proactive! Take care of your body. And don’t write off those annual checkups. One exam could save your life. It saved mine!
--Rock

Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.  ~Norman Cousins
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No Slippers Before 70!

I love it when one of our off-air conversations make it on air.

This morning, while a song was playing, Freddie was telling us about walking out to the garage in his slippers to check on his cats.

Slippers???  Freddie wears slippers?  Who knew?

He turned to Lissa for validation.

“You wear slippers, right?”

I hear the word “slippers” and I immediately think of my Dad.  Not that that’s a bad thing, but it brings back memories of my Dad.  Sunday morning.  Robe.  Slippers.  V8 Juice.  Later, he’d sit on the couch and light a pipe.

Slippers to me, are something Dads and Grandpas wear.

Are guys in their 20’s and 30’s that listen to our show REALLY wearing slippers???

Apparently I’m kind of standing alone on this!  :)
#NoSlippersBefore70

Here’s what some of you said in the Text Club--

I absolutely hate feet so I'd rather have them covered by socks, slippers, or something. Everyone I know wears slippers.

My son is 19 and he is very particular about his footwear and he rocks his slippers!

I agree with Rocky. I'm 34 and don't plan on getting a pair of "slippers" for at least 30 years from now.

I'm a guy 23 and I wear Spongebob slippers...my girlfriends loves them too.

Rocky we can slap some skull and cross bones on them and whatever else you want on there to help you feel better about them

My boyfriend is 28 and wears his slippers (moccasins) all the time. I had to buy a new pair for Christmas last year bc his old ones were too smelly and ratty, I couldn't stand them.

Rocky join the dark side you get a Cookie with your slippers

I'm 53. Slippers? No way. Ever.

Yes! My 35 year old boyfriend wears slippers. Usually to step outside to smokeI am 39 and wear tweety slippers

Rocky that if you have a pet and have ever stepped in something warm and squishy at 2 o'clock in the morning you would wear slippers too

I am 33 and I have been wearing slippers since I'm like 16.

I agree with Rocky.  Slippers remind me of my Dad.

I love it when a guy will wear slippers and be cozy with me. I wouldn't want him cuddling with me, with sneakers on xD LOL

Slippers are INSIDE SHOES that are clean! Why would u wear disgusting outside shoes that u step in spit, pee or whatever else on ur rugs!!!!!

I'm 35 and I wear slippers around the house and outside to water the flowers and my girlfriend 26 she also wears them

My husband is from Eastern Europe and as soon as he walks through the door at home, on go the slippers! - Allison

 
 
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Heritage Valley Bike Tour



Thanks to everyone that rode in the 5th Annual Heritage Valley Bike Tour on Saturday.  Despite a limited amount of sunshine, it still turned out to be another great day on a bike.  In fact, any day on a bike is a great one!



My team, the 4 Stooges, rode the 22 miler to Carbondale & back.



The start of any bike ride is always the most challenging part of the day.  One screwup, and it's Dominos!
 



Hello Carbondale!  We're halfway to the finish line.




I took a second to take a selfie in Archbald.  Not sure why my piehole is open.  Things with wings soon discovered it.




My ride, thanks to my friends at Cedar Bike & Paddle in Scranton.
I love Trek bikes!!!




The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail is a 70+ mile long recreation trail along the Lackawanna River.  It runs from the NY border south to Pittston.  It's a simply amazing trail system with new sections opening all the time.

Check it out for yourself at www.lvha.org

I hope to see you at next year's ride!

--Rock

 

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame


Dads got an early Fathers Day gift Sunday...the chance to play catch with their kids before the Railriders game at PNC Field.


Seconds after this pic was snapped Champ kissed me on the mouth!


Imagine being 11 years old and playing catch with your Dad on a real baseball field.


A photo op with Railriders mascot Champ.



This lucky Dad, Nick from Hanover Township, won a $500 backyard makeover from Corky's Garden Path Greenhouse.

Happy Fathers Day to all our Dads.

Special thanks to Rob, Katie, Jeremy and the rest of the crew with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders for making this a memorable day for the Dads & their kids.

 
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Living with Your Parents

Welcome home!  This morning we talked about this growing trend…living with your parents.  In fact, one third of American adults ages 18-34 now live at home.

When I graduated from college I was forced to move back home until I found a full-time radio job.  It was the longest 6 months of my life!

If my Mom & Dad were reading this, they would understand.  We had a great relationship.  I loved them very much.  But it was a tough adjustment going from living on my own for 4+ years in school and then returning to “the nest.”

Even though I was lucky enough to find full-time work, it wasn’t in my field.  In fact, it wasn’t even close.  I was working the overnight shift as an orderly at a nursing home!  And I was reminded of that fact EVERY DAY by Mom and Dad.

Dad:  “How’s the job search coming? Any prospects?”
Mom:  “How was your day? Hear from any radio stations today?”
Me: “No. But the guy in room 217 peed his bed twice last night.  And Fred in 206 was screaming out Elvis lyrics til 2am.”

I understand times are tough.  A lot of you are socked with college loans, or are having a tough time finding work.  But if you CAN swing it, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!

Nothing burns me more than a kid that still lives at home with Mom & Dad just so they can drive a hot car with sweet rims.  I’d much rather live paycheck-to-paycheck and drive a beater knowing that I’m trying to make a go of it on my own.

It might be a struggle but at least you're trying to be independent.

Cut the cord!
 
Comments from todays show--
 
--My 34 year old son moved back home and I want him to leave. I constantly have to tell him to clean up after himself
--I totally agree with Lissa that living alone is awesome. I'm a single mom of two and I'm in no rush to have a man live with me again. They're like another child. Love you guys!
--I'm 32 an still live at home. Reason being I work so much that it makes no sense to take on a mortgage or rent for a place to just eat and sleep. Don't get me wrong I pay more than my fair share at home. Least I could do.
--I just moved back home. I moved out at 18 and was gone for 10 plus years. I moved back home after getting out of an abusive relationship. It's been tough to be back under their roof but it is great to have a safe place to get my feet under me. Hopefully I'll only be there short term.
--I'm currently 20 and living at home with two more years of college left and I lived on campus the first two years and now I'm moving home to save some money. The good things are it's cost effective and you're with your family. However the bad things may be that you might not have that freedom like you would at school and it might hold you back! It's always great to get the experience of living on your own. –Rachel
--My parents are as busy as me so it's pretty much like I'm living alone. However my dad still picks on me when I get home late
--I'm 27, female and have been living with my dad for about 4 years now. I’m totally not planning on moving out until I’m ready to settle down! Been there...done that..not making the same mistake of moving in with someone who’s not compatible.
--I'm 24, moved out at 17 moved back at 23, moving out in a month. I'm a full time student, hold down a pretty good job and take care of a little boy. Kids need to be OUT at 18 haha!
--No privacy.....someone always giving their 2 cents when you don't really want it......much better paying rent and being on your own!!!!! I'd rather live in a cardboard box than live home again!!!! LOL
--Generation of entitlement. Most don't take jobs because they think they are worth more where the older generation worked 2 low paying jobs to make ends meet. In the 80s my first mortgage was 14%. Our parents told us you make your bed you lie in it moving home was not an option.
--I would never be able to live at home with my parents or my Hubby's, can u say no privacy?

 
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Getting Caught Up



Say hello to #TeamPeyton!

A few of Peyton Rusyn's  family members, including her twin brother Preston, joined us in studio this morning to give us an update on the 7 yr old’s condition.  Peyton was involved in a serious car accident last week and is recovering at Geisinger in Danville.

The family has a few fundraisers planned to help offset the medical bills.  And brother Preston even designed a Team Peyton t-shirt with his sister in mind.



Get the latest on fundraising efforts at the Team Peyton Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/teampeytonrusyn
 
 


How about those Penguins!  Last night they held off Providence in game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs.  After playing twice on the road vs. St. John’s, the Pens return home for games 3, 4 & possibly 5, next Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday night. 

Grab your tickets in advance by calling 570.208.PENS or win them on KRZ next week!

LET’S GO PENS!


 
And our new summer intern started today.  Alexis admitted off air that she has no idea how to celebrate her 21st birthday next month.  Guess who’s going to be a major topic of discussion on the show next week? 

Share the road!
-Rock

 
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Godzilla is Back!



Godzilla is back...and he's pissed!

Sue and I went to the premiere of the rehashed Sci-fi flick tonight at WB Movies 14.  If you go, go all the way...get your butt in the 3D theatre with the D-Box Motion seats.  It totally added to the whole experience.

And if you think Brian Cranston is the star of the show, think again.  Godzilla, just like in the original from 1954, steals the show.

And as a bonus in the flick, the spiny backed ocean lizard with a bad case of beer breath gets to do battle with not one, but 2 bug-like creatures called MUTOS (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms).

At times the flick is laugh-out-loud funny when it doesn't mean to be, but overall, Godzilla is a pretty decent thrill ride.  Think Monday Night Raw with a few nukes thrown in for good measure.

I still prefer the badly dubbed Japanese original, but this new take on a classic holds it own.

Paying homage to the orginal, I'll give the new Godzilla 3 out of 5 rubber suits. :)




 
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What Little Thing Makes YOUR Hometown Famous?

Every town, big OR small is famous for something.  The quirky, the better!

And that's what we asked on the show this morning:

What is the LITTLE THING that makes your town FAMOUS?

I was born in the small town of Paramus, NJ.  It's claim to fame?  The Glam-Rock band Trixter was formed there AND it was the setting for the movie "Coneheads".

Lissa's hometown in Michigan is where the Edmund Fitzgerald went down - Whitefish Point on Lake Superior.

Here's a few more from you guys...

--Hollidaysburg, PA - Home of the Slinky!
--Berwick - we were on Hitlers top "town to bomb" list because we were one of the top makers of tanks and we currently have a bunker under the town to fit the entire population of Berwick
--Jessup, Saint Ubaldo Day.

--Scranton, PA had electric street cars before it was cool.
--Downingtown, PA, a scene from the original Blob was filmed at a diner there.
--Dushore, pa- only one traffic light- in all of Sullivan county!
--Lake Ronkonkoma, NY - The lake itself is plagued by a supposed curse from a Native American girl ("Princess Ronkonkoma") who lures young men to the center of the lake & drowns them.
--Carbondale, PA. The movie “Blue Valentine” was shot on the street I live on. Got to see Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams everyday.

--Carbondale, PA - the UFO
--Astoria, NY. Christopher Walken
--Harrison, NJ. The street I lived on was the opening scene for the Karate Kid.
--Hanover, PA.. The SNACK Capitol of the world!!!!!!! Woo hoo!!!!
--Hackettstown, NJ. M&Ms. There is a factory there and on the day they roast the peanuts you can smell them.
--Gettysburg PA, ummm yeah.  Some famous battle.  And Lincoln. Didn't he have an address there?

 
 




 

Mom's Night Out



I got to host the MOMS NIGHT OUT at Rustic Kitchen with 30 of the coolest Moms anywhere.  Lots of wine...great food...and the always entertaining Chef Kate made for a fun evening. 



The menu:
Porketta with grilled peaches & roasted Tuscan potatoes.



And our awesome meal was topped off by a decadent Carrot Cake Cupcake...



Happy Mother's Day to all our Moms!!!









And special thanks to:
--Gilbride Limousine
--Hollywood Tan
--Salon You

Want to be at the next Rustic Kitchen cooking show?

CLICK HERE for more info.

 

 




 

Weekend in Pics



Hope you had as much fun as I did this weekend!  The in-laws from Maine were visiting so I took Sue's Dad to Friday night's Penguins game.  After a slow start, the Pens played with intensity the rest of the night and closed out the series with a big 5-1 over Binghamton.



We were sitting 3 rows from the glass.  Awesome seats!!!

Next up for the Pens is Providence.  It'll be another #GoldRush at the Arena Friday & Saturday night for the first 2 games of the series.

Get your tickets by calling 570.208.7367 or online at www.wbspenguins.com  I hope to see you there!



Sunday I jumped on my bike for the annual Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride.  It's a 33 mile trek through the rolling hills of the Back Mountain to benefit Habitat for Humanity.



I even saw WNEP's Joe Snedeker for a few minutes before he left us in the dust.  Want info on next year's ride?  Go to www.bikeforhabitat.org

 
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A Great Weekend for a Bike Ride


(Joe Snedeker & I at last year's Tour De Scranton)

It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day Sunday to get out your bike and ride in the 11th Annual Tour de Scranton.

This will be my second year doing the tour.  The cool thing about this ride is it's so well organized.  And there are different courses for all levels of riders from novice to expert. It's a great way to get your biking legs back after a long Winter!

And this year they've added a 5K run and an off-road route using the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

Your entrance fee benefits the Eric Jessica Morekin Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund.  Erin's life was cut short by a drug overdose in 2002.  The ride is held every year in her memory.

Want more info?  CLICK HERE

11th Annual Tour de Scranton
Sunday April 27
Scranton High School
Registration at 9a
Ride starts at 10a

See you Sunday!
-Rock

 
 




 

You Too Can Be a Marvel Super Hero



Captain America cleaned up at the box office again this weekend.  That's 3 straight weeks as the #1 movie in the country.

I took 12 year old Jared to the movie on Saturday.  No surprise...he LOVED IT!

Jared is another awesome kid in the Big Brother/Big Sister program waiting on a match.  If you can give up a few hours a month, YOU can be a Big Brother or Big Sister.  And you can REALLY make a difference in a young kid's life, just like Jared's.


Captain America has his shield.  You can be just as powerful by volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Want more info on the program?

CLICK HERE.
 

 
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Put Your Records On


The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl.
--Dave Barry

Last night I decided to reach into the bowels of a spare closet in our guest room where I store my LAST CRATE of albums.  At one point in my life I had 6 oversized crates jam packed with albums from all my years in radio.  Rock.  Punk.  New wave.  Jazz.  Blues.

Yeah I’m one of those DJ’s.  I played albums at my first radio job.  Vinyl. Records. Black plastic with a hole in the middle.

And for my money, there’s no comparison.

Don’t get me wrong.  I absolutely LOVE digital music.  It’s portable.  I take it with me on my bike, in my car, or when hanging out in the backyard.

But there’s nothing like the look and feel of an album.

When I was a DJ at a little rock station in Parkersburg, WV, I used to do something my boss frowned upon:  I raided the mail on the weekend to see what new albums came to the radio station.  It was like Christmas every Saturday.  The Police.  U2. The B 52’s.  REM.

And I used to preview them on my Saturday show.  Yeah, radio was a lot different in the early 80’s.

Let my reminiscing be a reminder about what’s on the calendar this Saturday:  Record Store Day.

Our friends at THE WEEKENDER have done an awesome job previewing Record Store Day, and letting you know what local stores like The Gallery of Sound are offering AND what bands are appearing where.

Support your local record store.  And pick up a piece of vinyl for your collection!

-Rock


Vinyl is the real deal. I've always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don't really own the album. And it's not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.
--
Jack White

 

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Is It Just Me?


I like to use the self-checkout at the grocery story whenever I shop.  That way, complete strangers aren't handling my food (it's a germ thing) or judging what I put in my belly.  And I like bagging my own stuff.  It's an organization thing.  I'm really not OCD, but I do have some of the traits!

But am I the only one that can't figure out how those dumb plastic grocery bag dispensers work?  It happened again yesterday.  I needed ONE MORE BAG to finish.  ONE MORE BAG.  I could sense the person next in line getting frustrated with my grocery bag incompetence.  Their eyes were like lazer beams piercing holes in the back of my head. 

I was clawing and ripping, pawing and scratching until finally I was able to set a bag free from its metal prison.

There's got to be a better way!
 


 

Attention Bikers!



Finally!  I finally kicked off the Spring season and went for a bike ride today...a very muddy bike ride.  But if you mountain biking like I do, you know how much FUN mud can be.

One of my fave places to bike is the Back Mountain Trail in Dallas.  It's well maintained.  And if you time it right, you'll have the trail pretty much to yourself.

I'm always looking for new places to bike.  If you're aware of any fun and challenging trails, please shoot me an email.

rocky@985krz.com

Get muddy!
-Rock

 
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Welcome to Jurassic Park!



Greetings from beautiful Costa Rica!  What an amazing place.  It's a must if you are planning a tropical vacation.



Sue and I just got back from 6 days in the Papagayo region of Costa Rica.  Here's the view from the lobby of our hotel.  Not too shabby.


Our iguana friend in a tree just outside our room.


Ocean view from our room at the Occidental.


Sorry Dunkin, but Costa Rican coffee rocks!  We brought back pounds.


These guys were also outside our room looking for food.  They are a member of the raccoon family called Cioti (pronounced Quah-tee).


And yes, they are super friendly and super cute.


The Costa Rican countryside.  It was the dry season while we were there.


Hunting for crocs.


We found one!


If you think the roads in PA are bad, wait til you drive in Costa Rica.



Crossing one of the hanging bridges in a rain forest.  Check out our guide behind me...on his cellphone.  Think about that the next time you drop a call.  He's on his phone, IN A RAIN FOREST!


Natural beauty.  The Bird of Paradise flower.


Sunset at Monkey Rock.


This is a Jesus Lizard.  Why the name?  He's got skills.  When attacked he flees by running on water.


More wildlife.  Monkeys are EVERYWHERE.


A 3-toed Sloth taking a lunch break.



Our Iguana friend again looking for a handout.


Beach time.


My favorite part of the trip...Arenal Volcano National Park.  All it needed was a few Raptors.


So prehistoric.  There are hundreds of volcanos in Costa Rica but this is one of the 6 that is active.  It last erupted in 2002, killing 80 people.  Real Estate is cheap! :)


Take only pictures.  Leave only footprints.  Costa Ricans, Ticos as they are called, take great pride in their country.  Tourism is the #1 industry, and they aim to keep it that way.  That's why the rain forests and wildlife is protected by very strict laws.

It was an awesome, WAY TOO SHORT trip.  We're already planning our another visit!

-Rock


 

 


 

Scranton Parade Pics '14


Say hello to over 100,000 of my closest friends!  The 53rd Annual Scranton St. Pat's Parade is in the books.

Here's a few of my pics from yesterday's craziness.



Chris Wallace at the Backyard Ale House for a bit of pre-gaming with Fishboy and I.


Remember this guy?  Former intern Snuggy


Fish is actually crossing his legs here.


This was the only part of the parade I got to see...the Bagpipers warming up.


Chris Wallace "Remember When"



"Keep Me Crazy"





What up, Boscov's?


She gets my vote for Best Dressed.


Big thanks to KRZ float sponsors The McCann School of Business & Technology.


Always insane rounding the corner near Kildare's and the Radisson.


Mark Hiller & Candice Kelly from WBRE grabbing a few pics.

 
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Globies Rock Scranton



Big thanks to Principal Leonard at McNichols Plaza Elementary School in Scranton for being GREAT hosts yesterday.

Lissa & I brought Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard to the school to teach the kids the ABC's of bully prevention--        ACT, BRAVERY, COMPASSION.


Bull had the 3rd, 4th & 5th graders total attention while he was holding court.



It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to have personal contact with one of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters.



Thanks again to teacher Sharon Volpe for entering the contest and especially Bull for doing such an awesome job with the kids.  It was a day they won't soon forget!



 

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Tap Water Isn't Good Enough



Jennifer Aniston feels that tap water isn’t good enough for her dogs, she only gives them $2/bottle designer water.

Crazy?  I deal with a similar situation in our house.  Sue doesn’t think dog food is good enough for our guys.  She insists on mixing in people food like ground turkey, hamburger or even rotisserie chicken.  She’ll even bring home a kiddie ice cream cone for them to share.

I’m not totally innocent.  When I leave the house I’ll keep music or Animal Planet on for them.  But that’s about it.

What kind of EXTREME THINGS do you do for your pets?

Here’s a few texts from today’s show--
 
--I bake my dogs cookies! They love the applesauce/cinnamon ones!
--I have to agree with Jennifer Aniston. A few years ago both of our dogs contracted giardiasis from the tapwater. I'm very reluctant anymore to give them tapwater that is not filtered
--My friend had a chihuahua that she won't let walk. She carries it in a little purse.
--My grandmother cooked her shih tzu steak and eggs for breakfast every morning. We got cereal or oatmeal.
--My chow-pom is 6yrs old--never even tasted dog food strictly what we eat she eats and once a week she gets a bath, blowdry & pedicure and litterly jumps in the tub and stays stil thru the whole procedure all the way til the french manicure drys!!!
--My aunt only feeds her dog oven roasted rotisserie chicken and it can only be Perdue, no other brands or kind plus only filtered water. She says the dog won't eat anything else. She's been going it for 8 years now
--My dad's girlfriend will choose her menu item specifically so she can bring leftovers for her dog when they go out.
--My uncle’s dog eats at the table and has whatever theyre having. Steaks, burgers, ice cream, he has it all. I dont think hes had dog food since he was adopted. 
--My dog does not eat any dog food. If we go to McDonald's, he gets a hamburger. If we make pork chops, he gets his own pork chop. He has a full wardrobe as well! Including a stroller!
--My friend buys frozen marrow bones from the grocery store- it's like a Popsicle but once it starts to thaw it looks like a murder scene
--I have a golden and on days i wear a head band or a tshirt his bandana matches me. We have to match.
 




 

Beads of Courage



Usually you see these guy skating, body checking and taking slap shots.  Today, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins showed a different side:  bead making.



The Pens and their wives/girlfriends have teamed up with the Palermo Heart-to-Heart Foundation to host a fashion show fundraiser benefitting the Beads of Courage Program.

What a cool idea! 

Beads of Courage is a nationally recognized program that provides strings of beads to kids with serious illnesses.  Each bead tells a story of honor, strength and hope and represents a different stage in their treatment.



Pens players will wear beads on their jerseys during warm-ups of the March 14 games.  After warm-up, the players will put one bead in a baggie with a personal note of encouragement to a child fighting cancer. 

And the wives & girlfriends will sell special Penguins logo beads on the concourse to help support the program.  For a $5 donation, fans can get at bead for themselves, and a bead will also be donated to local program participants.



The wives/girlfriends are also hosting a fashion show April 2nd at Canteen 900 in Forty Fort to raise additional money for the program.  Keep listening to KRZ for info on this special night out.



Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond's wife Nicole




Tom Kostopoulos' wife Lisa.

Additional info:

http://www.wbspenguins.com

http://www.beadsofcourage.org


http://www.palermo-foundation.org
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Big Brother Day Out



Meet 12 yr old Kaleb, a 7th grader from Plymouth.  Kaleb is one of many cool kids on the waiting list to be matched with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Saturday we checked out The Lego Movie at Cinemark.  We BOTH loved it!!!


Here we are getting ready for a head-to-head battle with the Giant Pacman game.

Air Hockey = good times.

Heated competition.


Who turned on the lights?

Kaleb is one of many awesome kids in the program.  He's kicking butt in 7th grade and is super polite.  And he's very competitive in games like air hockey & basketball.

Think you can spare a few hours a month to make a difference in a young kid's life?  Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

CLICK HERE for more info on how to be a Big Brother or Big Sister.

 

 
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Happy Birthday Facebook? Not Really.



Happy 10 birthday Facebook…I guess.

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  It’s a necessary evil for my job, but the clutter & negative nonsense kills me.

And Lissa & I both revealed today that we each joined Facebook for pretty much the same reason…to spy!  I signed on to keep tabs on my son in college.

This morning we asked:  Who or what convinced you to join Facebook?
 
 
It was the cool thing to do in 8th grade.


I still have never set up a facebook account till this day and am surviving just fine. Someday I may decide to join but for now just on twitter.

This is so funny. A friend of mine kept bugging me to join Facebook. We kept up with each other she lives in Philly I live in the Poconos. I didn't vote for Barack Obama. So she yelled at me and told me she could never be my friend. She deleted me from Facebook. And I haven't heard from her again. We were life long friends at that point.

I joined because my mom made an account for my 13 b day

I joined when my children were teenagers, so I could keep an eye on them :) now I'm hooked!

I joined Facebook in 2008 My friend signed me up when we were in a foreign country and I couldn't afford the international calls

I joined in 2009 to show off my daughter when she was born.

My daughter left for college at syracuse and my son entered high school so i wanted to follow them on facebook

I remember people leaving myspace because it took to long for the pages to load because of all the stuff we used to personalize it. I loved my MySpace

I joined to keep in touch with my brother when he moved to Iowa with my sister in law and nephew. I recently deleted my account because people on there can be sooo dramatic! I would read their posts and literally think to myself "oh shut the hell up" ha ha ha. I dont miss Facebook at all.

I joined in 2006 because my older brother had it & I had a HUGE crush on his friend. Haha. Crazy right?!

I joined because nobody was on myspace anymore.

I'm still not on facebook and neither is any of my famil! Including my teenage daughter! Too much trouble and drama!

 

 




 

Super Bowl Sunday and My Dad



As I get ready to watch the Super Bowl today, I was reminded of a blog I wrote a few years ago.  I lost my Dad on Super Bowl Sunday in 2006.  That was the year Pittsburgh & Seattle met.  Super Bowl Sunday is always a time for reflection. 

Here's the blog I wrote about my Dad in 2011.

Enjoy your day!
-Rock


MY DAD & VINCE LOMBARDI

My Dad & Vince Lombardi are linked for life.  They never met & I bet the only thing they had in common was a love for football.

Vince Lombardi of course was the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.  He won the first 2 Super Bowls as their coach.  The trophy awarded to the winning team is named after him.  It has been since 1970.
 
I read this week that 78% of all Americans will be watching.  I’ll be one of them.

Once again this year I'll be watching the game with mixed emotions.  It was Super Bowl Sunday 8 years ago that I lost my Dad.  It seems like yesterday yet it seems like 100 years ago.  If you've ever lost someone close, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

My Dad of course got me into football when I was young.  I still remember watching the 1964 NFL Championship as a 7 year old.  It was the last time my team, the Cleveland Browns, were NFL champs.  If you’re a Chicago Cubs fan you know what I’ve been through—a lifetime of “wait til next year!”

 As a kid growing up in North Jersey, the local high school (which I would later attend), would play their cross town rival on Thanksgiving.  Even in the snow my Dad would take me.  This is where my love of football first took shape.  I’ve been a fan ever since…thanks to my Dad.

I’ll be thinking of you a lot this weekend, Dad.  And here’s hoping someday soon you’ll be smiling down on me as OUR team finally plays in the big game.



 
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Spotlight Lounge with The Fray


I had so much fun hosting the KRZ Spotlight Lounge with THE FRAY yesterday at the Woodlands.  First off...the guys were great.  I see why their fans are so passionate.

Isaac, Joe, Dave & Ben are all down to earth guys.  They love what they do, but don't forget their roots.


And the guys sounded amazing doing acoustic versions of "Heartbeat", "You Found Me" and their latest single "Love Don't Die"
.


What else did we learn about the band?

--What you read on the web is true.  They came up with the name THE FRAY, by asking friends to write band names on pieces of paper, and they picked one out of a hat.
--They will be touring some time in 2014, but not until 2 of the guys become fathers for the first time.
--Isaac writes songs by singing and playing into his Iphone.
--They'll play a pre-party before Sunday's Super Bowl, then watch the game at MetLife Stadium thanks to the NFL.
--No surprise, since they're from Denver, they are all huge Bronco fans!


"What you talkin' about Willis?"



Be sure and check out THE FRAY's latest release "Helios", which hits the streets Feb25.

Find them at www.thefray.com

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Ice Ice Baby



My friends at BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS invaded opening night of DISNEY ON ICE at the Arena Wednesday night.  Look at the smiles on the kid's faces as they got to hang with Mickey & Minnie before the show.


Here's the little I was matched up with this month, 10 year old Josh.  What an awesome kid!  And another example of a little that's on the waiting list for a permanent match.



This was one of Josh's favorite moments of the show...The Little Mermaid.


Heads up:  If you're going to Disney on Ice, dress warm.  Remember, the show is ON ICE!  Josh and I forgot how cold it was going to be in there.


You don't know what you're missing by not being in the BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER program.  There are SO MANY young kids in NEPA in need of a mentor.  And many of these kids have been on the waiting list for a year or more.

Can you spare a few hours every month to make a difference in someone's life?  Then do it!  Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister.  It's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

CLICK HERE for more information on BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS.

--Rock

 
 
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My 5 Second Rule

If you were listening early this morning you heard about my proposal for a 5 SECOND RULE.

Here’s how it works:

After you finish your transaction at a Drive-thru ATM or fast food restaurant, you’ve got 5 seconds to start moving if there’s someone behind you. 5 SECONDS. 

If no one is around, take your time.  Read a book.  Change your oil.  I don’t care.

But if there’s another car in line, you’ve got 5 seconds, than you have to AT LEAST pull forward a few feet.

Is that asking too much? 

 
 
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Who Wore it Better?



These are our COLD WEATHER SELFIES from Tuesday's show. Real good times dressing for sub-zero temps. But Lissa & I are lucky. We get to work in the toasty KRZ studios.

What about our local friends in TV? How did they dress this week?

Take a look at the photos. And tell us...

WHO WORE IT BETTER???



Amanda Kelley / WNEP


Andy Mehalshick / WBRE


Lara Greenberg / WNEP


Ryan Leckey / WNEP


Josh Hodell / WBRE


Tom Clark / WNEP

 
 




 

It was a GREAT year!


I can't THANK YOU enough for another AMAZING year on the radio.  You have a ton of listening choices every morning (other stations, Ipod, satellite, Pandora, your toaster) and Lissa, Freddie and I are certainly glad you choose us!  And if your toaster is anything like mine, I know how tempting it can be.

Here's a look back at 2013 in pics.  And here's hoping 2014 brings you all you strive for and more!

--Rock



JANUARY


What a way to start the year...we got "Wham Cammed" by Joe Snedeker.  I can't even remember what trivial scientific question Joe asked, but you can tell by the look on my face, I gave a BS answer!

FEBRUARY


Another season of THE WALKING DEAD on AMC and Liss & I got zombified.  Careful.  We bite.

MARCH


It wouldn't be March in NEPA without 100,000+ crazies, including us at the Scranton St. Pat's parade.

APRIL


New team name and a newly remodeled stadium.  I was there for the first pitch as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders christened the new look PNC Field.

MAY


We said goodbye to THE OFFICE.  And if you look closely, they said goodbye to us with the KRZ logo directly behind Kevin.

JUNE


Good times with my buds from Cedar Bike & Paddle at this year's Heritage Explorer Bike Tour in Carbondale.  Make plans now to join us this year on June 14.

JULY


I was always a fan of Raegen Medgie from WNEP, but now I'm a superfan after she appeared on our show.  She's the real deal, and even more beautiful in person than she is on TV!

AUGUST


Here's my new bud Nicholas, one of the many littles I was matched up with this year in the Big Brother Big Sister program.  Volunteer today at www.bbbsnepa.org.

SEPTEMBER


Zombies invaded downtown Scranton and the Mall at Steamtown, and they looked at me as the other white meat!

OCTOBER


The Scranton Santa parade committee made me this year's Grand Marshal.  I got to lead the parade aboard an antique fire truck and learned that "Marshal" is spelled with 1 "L"!

DECEMBER


Berwick's Jayson Terdiman, who just found out he made the US Olympic Luge Team, joined us on air, and in our parking lot to take a practice run.  You can follow Jayson in Sochi here:  www.usaluge.org

 
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The Biggest Luger






Say hello to NEPA's Super Athlete, JAYSON TERDIMAN from Berwick.



Jayson joined us in studio Friday to tell us all about his amazing experience making the Team USA Olympic Luge team which is competing in Russia in February.  It's been Jayson's dream since he was 13.



He even took a training run down KRZ Mountain in our parking lot.



Jayson is super stoked to represent NEPA and the US in Sochi.  Keep listening.  We'll be talking to Jayson live from the Olympic Village when the Winter Games kick off February 7th.



If you want to follow Jayson's journey in Sochi with the rest of the US Olympic Luge Team CLICK HERE!


Good Luck in Sochi Jayson!!!  We are all super proud of you.

-Rock

 
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Let it Show in Pics




Backstage with The Sunset Villians (@sunsetvillians) minutes before showtime.  Great guys!


The view backstage isn't the best...but The Sunset Villians killed!!!  And their set was WAY too short.


From Season 4 of The Voice, Christian Porter (@porterchristian) from Stroudsburg.  Real tight set.


Midnight Red (@ItsMidnightRed) = teen scream-a-thon.


One for the gadget freaks.


Avril Lavigne's gear.


Jason DeRulo tore it up.  Might have to get me some orange pants.


"Marry Me"


Avril Lavigne closed out the night.


I'm over here, Avril.

THANK YOU for support KRZ and LET IT SHOW.  It was an awesome night of live music.  Don't miss the next one.

~Rock

 
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This Year's HOT TOYS

I read a story online last weekend where a toy industry expert stated that there wasn't a HOT TOY this Christmas season.

The days of the Furby frenzy and panic over Tickle Me Elmo are long gone.  Or are they?

We asked parents & kids to help us come up with a list of the HOT TOYS this season.  Have your kids asked for any of the following hard-to-find toys?  Is there anything else to add to the list?

--Furby Boom

--Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lair Play Set

--Skylanders

--Monster High Dolls

--Doc McStuffin Get Better Checkup Center

--Disney Infinity

--Rainbow Loom

--Nerf Rebelle Bow & Arrow

--Hot Wheels Wall Tracks or Car Maker

--Flutterbye Fairy

 
 


 

Scranton Santa Parade


It was a great honor being asked to be the Grand Marshal in the downtown Scranton Santa Parade on Saturday. 


Thousands braved the cold to check out the balloons & floats.


Big thanks to Al & Karen from Olyphant for letting me ride on the back of their vintage firetruck.


Cutting the ribbon to kickoff the parade at 9a.


We got flash mobbed by dancers from Lynne Mariani Productions.


The star of the show!

 
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Attention Penguins Fans!!!



Yesterday I heard from my buddy Brian Coe at the WBS Penguins.  He wants to give Pens fans a chance to help give back to the community.

Here's how it works:

Want tickets for the Friday November 29th game at the Arena?  Call the Pens at 570-970-3607 and mention 98.5 KRZ, Rocky & Lissa, Thanks 4 Giving or the Soup Kitchen.  $4 from every ticket purchased will go directly to help feeding the hungry at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre.

It's an easy way to help during this holiday season.

Again, call 570-970-3607 and ask for the Soup Kitchen deal.

Or, CLICK HERE to order your tickets online from The Penguins.

Do your part...and...

LET'S GO PENS!!!

 
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One Week to Go



I wanted to send out a quick reminder to all our KITCHEN CREW volunteers.  Next Tuesday, November 26 is the day.  We'll provide aprons & gloves.  Please bring any kitchen utensil you might have to do the slicing & dicing.  And don't forget to set your alarm!!!

If you missed the deadline to volunteer, here's how you can still help:

This year the ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOUP KITCHEN in Wilkes-Barre will be serving Thanksgiving to over 250.  And nearly 1000 meals will be delivered to the homebound.

We would LOVE to have you stop by while we broadcast live next Tuesday 5:30-10a with a non-perishable food or cash donation.  Pies are also needed for the Thanksgiving meal.

And if you'd like to volunteer Thanksgiving day to deliver meals, call the kitchen at 570.829.7796.

As always...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

~Rock

St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen
39 East Jackson Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701
Phone – (570) 829-7796

 

Website – www.cssdioceseofscranton.org

Facebook – www.facebook.com/stvincentkitchen



 
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Santa's Little Helper



Check out the winner's of our SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER contest at the Mall at Steamtown Friday night!  These 3 lucky kids get to help Santa in the Downtown Scranton Santa Parade this Saturday, November 23rd.



All was going well until I decided to get into the picture.



The Mall at Steamtown was all ready for Santa's arrival.  This year's tree looks amazing!!!  And we had an awesome crowd too!

Volunteers are also needed for the day of the parade.  You can actually walk with one of the giant balloons in the parade.  Contact the parade committee at 570.483.8757 or email them at info@parade.net.



You'll find more info on this year's parade here:  www.santaparade.net



Oh yeah.  Since I am the Grand Marshall in the parade this year, I've got special access to the Jolly Fatman.  Let me know if you want me to put in a good word for you.  Fishboy is still working Santa for a Red Ryder BB gun.

~Rock

 
 




 

THANK a Vet Today!



(My Dad--WW2--far left)

I wanted to take some time out in my blog today to recognize two important Veterans in my life:  my Dad and my sister’s boyfriend Cecil.

One’s a Vet of WW2, the other Vietnam.

Thanks to the both of you for your service and the unselfish act of serving your country
 
Take a moment today to thank a Vet.  And think about the men & women that have served.



“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” —Maya Angelou


(My favorite photo ever.  This is my Grandparents reading the telegram that my Dad was returning from WW2)
 
 
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Soup Kitchen Help for Thanksgiving



Unbelievable!

Tuesday morning we went on the air soliciting for volunteers to help do the prep work at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre for Thanksgiving.  And now 2 days later, we're already at 60+ volunteers.

This is the fastest EVER we filled up our spots at the kitchen.

If you still want to help, here's what you can do:

Lissa & I will be doing the entire show from the Soup Kitchen, Tuesday morning, November 26 starting at 5:30.  The kitchen can ALWAYS use non-perishable food donations OR monetary donations.  Why not stop by with a few canned goods or some cash while we're there?  We'd love to meet each and every one of you!

Volunteers are also needed to help serve meals on Thanksgiving to the homebound.  For some, it's the only human contact they'll get on that day.  Contact the kitchen for details.

And thanks so much for your help!!!

~Rock

St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen
39 East Jackson St, Wilkes-Barre
570.829.7796

 

Website – www.cssdioceseofscranton.org

Facebook – www.facebook.com/stvincentkitchen

 

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My Scary Ex!

Wow!  No shortage of reaction to this morning's MY SCARY EX topic.  You break off a relationship...are you prepared for what may happen next?

Here's a few listener comments.  Feel free to add to the list.



Two years ago I broke up with my boyfriend. We were going out for about 2 years and that day that I broke up with him he went out and got a tattoo of my name on his wrist.

My one ex came to my house at like 4am, and blew up a whole bunch of balloons and wrote something he liked about me on every one of them and put them in my car. My other ex would drop things off at my house that reminded him of me. Like my favorite candy. Ninja turtles, etc.

My x put an ad with my phone number in the newspaper saying I was selling chickens so my phone wouldn't stop ringing for 2 weeks.

My ex was super creepy. He would stand over me while I was sleeping and just watch me. The worst was one night he actually checked my pulse to see if I was sleeping

My ex used to break into my apartment almost every night for a month and would just sit there and cry for hours when i came home

I broke up with my bf on Friday. Yesterday he sent over 115 messages pleading for a fourth chance! No way in Hell!!!!

Hours after I broke up with him, I found a bag at my front door with every item I had either given to him or something that may have reminded him of me inside the bag. He must have went through his house immediately after me hanging up the phone, packed everything up and immediately left for the almost 3 hour drive!

My scary ex broke into my house and planted condoms in my dryer so my wife would try to leave me.
 
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And the Cow goes Moo!



Every month I get to act like a kid again (even more than I do on the radio!) by volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Saturday we took a road trip to Roba's Family Farm in North Abbington Twsp.




Meet worker bee, aka, Jay, an awesome 8 yr old from Wilkes-Barre.



We had a blast feeding the animals, getting lost in the corn maze for an hour and watching the pig races.




Check out this hand carved Sponge Bob pumpkin.  I almost lost it when Jay screamed out to the pumpkin carver:  "Wow, you're really talented!"




But Jay's favorite part of the day was shooting the pumpkin cannon.




Jay's pretty intent on hitting the target.



Nice shot!


Think you can give up a few hours a month to make a difference in a young kid's life like Jay?
Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

Want to learn more about the program?

CLICK HERE!



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Look Who I Met Yesterday!




Remember these little guys? These are the puppies that were found by a jogger after being left to die on the side of the road in Sweet Valley earlier this month.  I finally got to see them up close yesterday.

Th
ey are now full of life and doing quite well at BLUE CHIP ANIMAL REFUGE in Dallas.  Marge & the volunteers at this no-kill shelter bottle feed the pups every 3 hours.

Soon they will be available for adoption.  And I'm sure they will have no problem finding a forever home.

Here's a few more of the AMAZING animals looking for homes at Blue Chip.










How can you say no to these little faces???

Volunteers & donations are ALWAYS welcome.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks,
Rock


BLUE CHIP FARMS ANIMAL REFUGE
934 Lockville Rd.
Dallas, PA 18612

 

 
VISITING HOURS:
Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun: Noon-5:00PM
Other Hours by Appointment
(570) 333-5265

 


 

Team Kayla Benefit



 
Help us celebrate NATIONAL PIEROGIE DAY and raise money for a very special young lady from NEPA.
 
Join us tomorrow at Carbondale High School with Pieroguys Pierogies and What the Fork food truck for the Team Kayla benefit.
 
Kayla Nakonechni is a Cardondale grad and Penn State senior who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
 
Our friend Frank from Pieroguys Pierogies will debut a new pierogie in Kayla’s honor.
 
Tasty food and a GREAT cause…how can you go wrong?
 
 
What:  Team Kayla Benefit
When:  Tuesday Oct08  11-2p & 5-8p
Where:  Carbondale High School
 
Special thanks to Pieroguys Pierogies, What the Fork, Burnt Carbon, Graces Downfall and NEPA & McGraw.









 
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Help These Pups




I’m totally sick over the story tonight on WNEP.  5 newborn puppies were left to die on Callender Road near Sweet Valley.  They were found in a trash bag by a jogger Monday night.

I can’t even imagine what kind of person is responsible for such a horrific act.  The pups were abandoned, taken from their mother with their umbilical cords still attached.

Right now they are being cared for at Blue Chip Farms, a no-kill shelter in the Back Mountain.

The shelter says that their best chance of survival is being reunited with their mother.

If you know where the pups mother can be found, please contact Blue Chip at (570) 333-5265.

I can’t think of a better time than NOW to donate to Blue Chip.  Any size contribution would be greatly appreciated AND is tax deductible.

As you probably know, Sue & I adopted our dogs from Blue Chip.  We can't say enough good things about Marge & the other volunteers at Blue Chip and what they do to save animals lives.  These are truly special people.

~Rock

CLICK HERE for more info on Blue Chip and how you can help.
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Fun at the Farm



If you ever wondered why I became a Big Brother...well...it's for moments like these!  You can't go wrong.



Little Brother Nicholas and I hit up Hillside Dairy on a beautiful Fall afternoon today.  Alpacas, peacocks, sheep, goats, ponies...oh my!



I donate my free time for smiles like this!  And you can too!!!



Frog hunting.



You can be a Big Brother or Big Sister too.  All it takes is just a few hours a month and you can really make a difference in a young kid's life...just like my pal Nicholas.

Need info on Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge?  CLICK HERE.

There are SO MANY cool kids just like Nicholas that are in the program waiting for a match.

Be a real hero and volunteer today.

~Rock


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If you're a fan of BREAKING BAD, check this out!


Say it ain't so!  There's only ONE MORE EPISODE of BREAKING BAD.

How do you think it will end?  Will Walt walk?  Will he get revenge on the Ayrian gang?  Or will he do himself in with the ricin?

In the meantime, check out this vid of the actual
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Freaky Germ Warfare




Kelly Ripa revealed this week that she brings her own bicycle seat to the gym for spinning class.  Wiping down the seat isn't enough for her.  She's obviously a freak about germs.

We all have our freaky ways of keeping the germs away.  I avoid buffets like the plague.  Lissa performs some sort of advanced ballet maneuver in public restrooms to keep from touching the door knob with her hands.

What extreme thing do you to keep the germs away?

Here's what a few of you had to say...

I flush the toilet with my foot.

I work with customers and I refuse to let them use my own personal pen nor will I use a public pen at a bank or anywhere else.

I push elevator buttons with a car key.

Will not eat out of any community bowls (chips, nuts, etc.) whether it’s at a bar, work, parties. Not everyone washes their hands, not worth taking a risk.

I hate touching a gas pump with bare hands.

I put the remote control in hotels in a baggy. I also wear shower shoes at hotels.

Do you eat birthday cake?? Think about it that person has just blown there germs all over that birthday cake.

People make fun of me because I only use spray deodorant...solids hold your germs & bacteria that you put back on yourself daily.

I use a FUD lol.  It’s a women's device to pee kinda like a fake penis called a “she wee”. I think every woman should own one.

I am so with Rocky on the buffet thing. We left a Chinese restaurant once after seeing some guy with rock star long hair being careless at the buffet....ick!  I don't even like to touch doorknobs and will use my elbows to push a door open if I can or use my sleeve.

My boyfriend won't touch door handles so I always have to open the door.

I think I passed my Germ phobia onto my son. I must change clothes three or four times a day especially if I am outside. My son won't even share his fork or cop with his dad or I.

I put the hand sanitizer on my husband after he touches anything outside the house.

What about cash? Think about all the people who handle money on a daily basis. People keep it in their socks, pockets, little internal pockets in swim trunks, in bras, etc. And most money is contaminated with illegal drugs. How do you deal with those germs?

Whether it’s a loaf of bread, bottle of Peanut Butter or a box of crackers, you have to realize the warehouses are full of mice and feces . How bout the stock person and the consumers who pick the product up and put it back if not interested. X contamination.

Rock I won't eat at buffets either. I used to work at a local restaurant. People would reuse their dirty plate and tap the spoon on their plate & then put the spoon back. And, at the end of the night, everything was saved and sometimes people would throw coins in the dressing. We'd find them at the end of the night. It was gross!!!!!
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Check out THIS "Dancing Queen"!

A British woman who was secretly videotaped dancing at a bus stop now has one of the hottest viral vids on the web.

Ellie Cole was jamming to music on her Ipod while waiting for a bus.  A woman across the street recorded it and added Abba's disco hit "Dancing Queen", and now Ellie has a gig with a local music theatre group!

Ever get caught dancing in public?






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Big Stink Over Ink



(Not Miss Kansas.  If you'd like to see her tattoos, CLICK HERE)


Wow!  I created quite the firestorm in the text club today!

If case you didn’t hear, Miss Kansas, Sgt Theresa Vail, will be the first Miss America pageant contestant in history to expose her tattoos during the bikini portion of the contest this weekend.

As Theresa told People magazine:  “My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers.  What a hypocrite I would be if I covered up my ink.  How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can’t do the same?”

AdmittingIy I’m not a fan of tattoos.   But I did go out of my way this morning to give props to Miss Kansas.  Good for her in making a statement and embracing her decision to get inked.  Why not own it…which she does.

Never once did I say I judge people because of their tats.  I simply stated that I find it hard to fathom that someone like Miss Kansas, that seems to spend hours at the gym working hard to look the way she does, feels a need to mark up her body with printed words.

Sure, it’s her choice.  Just as it’s my choice to say NOT MY THING!
 
Here’s a few of the comments from the Text Club:

--It's taboo to have the tattoo show. It's not considered classy and tacky on the Miss America stage.
--I competed in the Miss America mobile and state pageants. I have it in a place where you cannot see the tattoo.
--I think tattoos on a woman are sexy.
--Rock you’re being prejudiced. Having ink doesn't make you a bad person. The difference between tattooed people and non-tattooed people is that we don't judge you for not having any!
--Tattoos are ok if they are tasteful. She's an inspirational woman.
--A lot of people look up to women in the Miss America contest.  Hopefully this gives young girls confidence to stand up for themselves and show who they really are : ) you go girl!
--Good for her!!!! Guys show theirs off so why can't girls?
--Lissa, it's due to the era Rock grew up in.  His parents probably felt only bikers and criminals had tattoos. Show your ink and be proud girl.
--She represents real women in America. We aren't all beauty queens.
--So disappointed in Rocky's views on tattoos. It doesn’t sound like an opinion to me it sounds incredibly judgmental.
--I don't have any tattoos but I give Miss Kansas all the respect for being proud of every part of who she is and what she represents. If part of that pride includes displaying it with ink....great. Like lissa said, everyone can have an opinion but wow Rocky, you have a very strong one!  No doubt where you stand!
--I am a female who proudly served four years in the USMC. I have the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fidelis" tattooed down my right side with black roses representing the fallen. I say ROCK ON to Miss Kansas!!!
--Why get a tattoo if you’re going to cover it up?
--I understand respect for the organization, but I have tattoos and I'm a classy lady. Are they implying that you can't be classy if you have tattoos?
--Please understand,  I adore rocky!!! But having 7 tattoo's it is frustrating to know if he met me he would immediately think "ill this girl has stupid tattoo's"....thats just sad. I wouldn’t do that to someone. Even the people that wore pajama pants outside the house. Whatever makes a person happy.
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It Is Way On!!!

Tuesday we held our "Dancing with the Stars" Fantasy Draft.  Talk about a pressured filled segment on the show!  Freddie actually broke out in a sweat.

We each got to pick 3 celebs from the upcoming cast of DWTS.  Whoever has their 3 dancers eliminated first pays off by submitting to some form of public embarrassment & humiliation.

Remember the Fast Freddie “Boudior” photos from last season?  If you're like Lissa & I, you're still trying to forget.

Here’s the way it all went down—

 

 
Fast Freddie


Round 1:  Elizabeth Berkley
Round 2:  Corbin Bleu
Round 3:  Bill Engvall

 

 
Rock

Round 1:  Amber Riler
Round 2:  Keyshawn Johnson
Round 3:  Bill Nye the Science Guy
 

Liss

Round 1:  Christina Milian
Round 2:  Valerie Harper
Round 3:  Snooki
 
Who do you think will be the BIG LOSER this season?  What do you think of our picks?

And don’t forget to catch the premiere of Season 17 of DANCING WITH THE STARS, Monday Sept 16.

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Bark Bark, Woof Woof!



Big thanks to everyone that turned out for my celebrity bartending gig last Friday night at the Green Frog in Scranton.  Your generosity made it possible for me to drop a big fat check in the mail today to the Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge in Dallas.

Blue Chip is a NO KILL animal shelter in the Back Mountain.

Blue Chip is home to dogs, cats, horses and other animals of all shapes & sizes.

Blue Chip is the former home of our 2 dogs Frankie & Sammy.
 
 
 
There are many ways you can help.

Donate.
Adopt.
Volunteer.
 
 
 
Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge
Margaret Bart
974 Lockville Road
Dallas, PA 18612-9465
questions@bcfanimalrefuge.org

www.bcanimalrefuge.org

 
VISITING HOURS:
Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun: Noon-5:00PM
Other Hours by Appointment
(570) 333-5265
 
Blue Chip…a safe haven from what can be a cruel world.
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Big News if you're a PENS fan!!!



As the Penguins get ready to launch their 15th season here in NEPA, you, as a SUPER FAN can help decide who first gets inducted into their new Hall of Fame.
 
Who do you think deserves the honor?  Bonvie? Kelleher? Slaney?
 
Go to www.wbspenguins.com or the Pens Official Facebook page to vote.
 
Here’s the list of eligible players:
 
 

Adam Berkhoel Josef Melichar
Dennis Bonvie Eric Meloche
Jesse Boulerice Alain Nasreddine
Brendan Buckley Steve Parsons
Greg Crozier Peter Ratchuk
Robert Dome John Slaney
Shane Endicott Michael Sivek
Jon Filewich Martin Sonnenberg
Dave Gove Robbie Tallas
Chris Kelleher Mike Wilson
Jason MacDonald Alexander Zevakhin
Alexander Mathieu  
 
Where’s Tux??? :)
 
Selections will be determined by combining fans votes along with input from local media members and Penguins front office representatives.  The inaugural Penguins Hall of Fame class will be announced during the month of October 2013.

So go nuts on this.  Vote like you're a resident of Florida.  Vote more than once. 
 
 

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Am I OCD?

I’m starting to think I have some serious OCD issues. 
 
This week I was talking about my latest issue…parking at work.  I like to park in the same general area every morning.  Again, not in the exact same spot, I’m not that OCD!  Definitely not Jack Nicholson-As Good As it Gets OCD.  But yeah…I do like some order and routine in my life.
 
Lately Lissa has been disturbing that order! :)  She’s the first one to park in the morning and has the pick of the entire lot.  I cruise in half asleep right after her and use her car as a guide as to where to park…2nd spot over to her left.
 
This week she kept switching her spot.  Wednesday she parked so far to the left in our lot that when I lined up with her I was almost in our driveway.
 
Hey Liss:  Pick a spot and stay with it!
 
As I read this back, I’m starting to realize that I may have some OCD issues.
 
If you are a regular listener of the morning show you’ve heard a “few” of them:
 
--Can’t eat at buffets.
--Won’t start eating popcorn at movie theatre until credits finish.
--Never use the shower or toilet during a thunderstorm.
 
So are these silly little quirks or serious OCD concerns?
 
Thoughts?

~Rock
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Save Money on Textbooks



If you're starting college, plan on spending on average $1500/year on textbooks.  Yikes.  And there's always that one required book that's going to set you back $100-$200.  Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I think the book publishers are in cahoots with all schools.  Why do they keep changing one small thing in a required text?  So you have to buy the newest version!

Our listeners came up with a great list of websites offering discounted textbooks or books that you can rent.

If you know any other places to get cheap text books, add them to the comment section below.

And good luck in school this semester.

~Rock

www.chegg.com
www.neebo.com
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www.collegebookrenter.com
www.half.com
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Endure Bike Ride Pics



If you were driving down Wyoming Avenue on Sunday, you not only saw 200+ cyclists but an "E-5" stencil on the roadway.  The E-5 commemorated the 5th year of the Endure Run & Ride.

This year nearly 1.5 million people will hear the words "you have cancer."  And every year, we get on our bikes and ride to try and prevent that from happening.




No surprise, my Trek bike is powered by Dunkin!



Some great people...Melanie and Mike from the American Cancer Society.



Endure registration at Wilkes University...7:30am.



My riding buddy Brian Coe from the Penguins and I doing our best to look comfortable wearing the way-too-tight jerseys!



Endure 5 is underway.



2 great rides...36 or 62 miles.



Here's the coolest part of the ride...cruising down Wyoming Avenue.  Special thanks to all the police officers and volunteers that helped block traffic.


If you participated or donated to any of the riders, THANK YOU!!!

We along with the American Cancer Society are trying to create a world with LESS cancer and MORE birthdays.

~Rock

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A Smurf-tastic Weekend!



I got all Smurfy this weekend on my monthly Big Brother outing.  Meet Nicholas, a way cool 8 year old, looking for a match.  We didn't plan it, but we both wore blue to go see Smurfs 2 at Wilkes-Barre Movies 14.



Little Brother, big soda!  Think Nick finished it?



Good call on the Starburst Nicholas!



We hit the game room after the movie.



Does anyone win at these games?  Nick was going for the Ipod.

Special thanks to Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 and BBBS advisor Melissa for a great day!

You can really make a difference in a young person's life...volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister TODAY.

CLICK HERE for more info on becoming a Big.

And don't forget about the 7th Annual WALK AROUND WILKES-BARRE Thursday August 15, 5:30-10pm.  We always have a blast eating & drinking in downtown Wilkes-Barre as we move from place to place for the different courses.  Our friend Candice Kelly from WBRE-TV will be joining us too!

Call Alan Stout at 824.8756 to secure your ticket.


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Cody Simpson at Camelbeach



If I was a 12 year old girl, I would've had trouble sleeping last night...but I'm not...and I slept just fine!  But I'm sure all the CODY SIMPSON fans at Camelbeach yesterday won't soon forget CODY SIMPSON DAY.




Hardcore fans started showing up at 9am for Cody's 4pm performance!



Cody hung out on air before hitting the stage.







Fans singing along with Cody.



Cody backstage getting ready to meet his fans.



Grand Prize winner Dominique Bekanich of Plymouth.  She and her best friend got to hit the water slide with Cody!





Special thanks to Cody Simpson for making it a memorable day for all his fans.

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Maine Vacation Pics



Sue and & I just got back from a week touring the Maine coastline visiting her family & friends and I couldn't resist sharing with you some of the state's beauty.  You'd have to try REALLY had to take a bad photo in Maine.  All of these pics were taken with my Iphone and some help from Instagram.



The Camden Harbor



Sailboat on the Damariscotta River.  This was our view while kayaking.



Lillies in Sue's parents backyard.



"Fish rock" at the Marshall Point Lighthouse



Lighthouse keeper's house at Marshall Point.



Marshall Point Lighthouse was built in 1858.



Beach at Cape Elizabeth near Portland.



Decommissioned lighthouse near Rockland.  The lighthouse and island is now a private residence.



Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.



One of our dogs, Frankie, hitting the beach at Cape Elizabeth.

If you'd like to see the rest of my pics, follow me on Instagram. (@rocky985)

And if you ever plan on visiting Maine and want a few ideas hit me up via email.

Rock
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Feeling Ducky?


(Photo courtesy of THE CITIZENS VOICE)


Once again I've been asked to host the American Cancer Society's annual DUCK DERBY.  This is a fun event and an EASY way to raise money for the ACS.

The DUCK DERBY is this Saturday, July 20 from Noon to 2pm at the Coal Street Complex in Wilkes-Barre.

We have a TON OF PRIZES to give away this year.  And you can join us for free burgers & dogs and other refreshments.  I'll also be handing out free Subway gift cards.

Tux from the Penguins will be there.  And we'll have fun games for your kids.

Ducks can be purchased at the event for just $5 or 6 for $25.

We start fishing out the winning ducks at 1:15.

Hope to see you there!!!

Rock

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Cancer Sucks!!!



Cancer sucks!  Agreed?

Why not put your legs where you mouth is, and sign up for the American Cancer Society's 5th Annual Endure Run & Ride, August 10-11?

We'll be celebrating 5 years of survivorship.

Choose your event.

Saturday August 10...5 mile run/walk
Sunday August 11...10, 36 or 62 mile bike ride

Need more info?  Go to www.ACSEndure.org or send me an email.

rocky@985krz.com

I'll be riding in the 36 miler on Sunday.  It's a beautiful tour of the Back Mountain with only a minimal amount of climbing.  If you'd like to join my team, give me a shout.

See you there!!!

Rock

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Brush with a Celeb



Kid Rock & Derek Jeter were spotted all over NEPA this weekend.  Kid Rock & Uncle Kracker played a round of golf at the Country Club of Scranton and Jeter left a trail of bread crumbs all over the place...dining at Osaka & Carl Von Luger's in Scranton, Ruth's Chris at the Casino and the State Street Grille in Clarks Summit.

And isn't it odd when you run into someone famous unexpectedly?  Sometimes, by the time you recognize them, it's too late to grab a photo or an autograph.

What celeb have you run into lately?  Bonus points it it happened in NEPA!

I was standing right next to Snookie at the Cell Block in Williamsport. I had no clue because I only ever saw her on magazine covers. By the time I realized it, it was too late to get a picture.

Met Bam Margera at first Montage Crüe fest ever! Spotted his Lamborghini pulling in for the show and went and said hello!

When Blue Valentine was being filmed on The University of Scranton campus, no one knew about it and all of a sudden you would see Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling walking down the halls or on the commons. Also a bunch of my friends are in the background in the scene when she's in a wheelchair

Met Kenny Rogers back in 96 at Hazleton Airport when he was playing at Bloomsburg Fair. He used the Men’s room and we made a sign for stall: “Kenny Rogers was here.”

When I was a kid, (early 90's, or maybe even late 80's). I was visiting my aunt in NYC. I was sleeping on the floor in the living room and it was very late. Anthony Michael Hall came in to visit. Very intoxicated, with his guitar trying to "woo" my aunt with his love ballads he wrote for her. He nearly trampled on me, and I remember getting up and saying a few angry words at him (how harsh I must of sounded being no more than 10) as I moved to a different part of the room.

I run into celebs in New Orleans all the time. Had a conversation with Jessica Simpson walking down the street, sat next to Michael Keaton at a bar all night. Also met Jim Belushi, Harry Connick jr., the cast of Reno 911, coach Sean Payton, Steven Seagal, Brett Michaels, and we see John Goodman down there all the time.

Met Donald Trump at a Phillies game back in 93. Very nice. Smiled and gave autograph.

I worked at Blockbuster in high school in Florida and the wrestler the Big Show came in to rent movies and he returned them and had a late fee and I called my manager over while he was getting his movies and I said I'm not telling him he has a late fee. But I did and he just paid and left.

When I was in college, I was in NC playing in a basketball tournament. We ran into Wayne Gretzky in the airport. Funny enough, I had gotten a black eye a few games before due to a hard elbow to the bone above my eye. He asked what sport I played. When I told him, he said “Wow rough sport!” He was really nice and I still have the picture.

I was out in California about a month ago having a drink in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and sitting across from me was Cal Ripken Jr!

I worked in Disney World in 1998. College Program. And I met Adam Sandler in the back lots.
I said hello, he grabbed me and gave me a noogie on my head. And he asked me if I had a pen. I didnt. So I just got a noogie.

Enjoyed an elevator ride with Barbara Walters Let me tell you, makeup and camera angles do wonders!

I shook Arnold Schwartzegger’s hand in Ohio at a ballroom dancing competition while in college. Also, I went to middle school with Taylor swift for a year.

I met the Undertaker at the Atlanta airport. He is soo tall and cleans up real nice!!

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Top 10 Lame Injuries



Yesterday I admitted on air to hurting my neck...pumping gas.  My sad attempt to feel better was to find someone with a lamer injury. 

We can ALWAYS count on Rocky & Lissa listeners to win in a game of CAN YOU TOP THIS?

The following our actual lame injuries from real-life KRZ listeners.

I now present (drum roll please)...


The TOP 10 LAME INJURIES


10--I did a risky business type slide across a hardwood floor. I broke my elbow, had to get surgery with pins, plates, & screws & had six months of physical therapy.

9--My hubby threw his back out putting his pants on.

8--I sneezed in the shower and pulled a muscle in my neck.

7--My son broke his leg doing a victory dance while playing beer pong

6--I was sitting at a table putting on mascara and sent my back into a major spasm.  I couldn't walk for the rest of the day and it took about a week for it to clear up.

5--I pulled muscle in back bending over the sink to spit while brushing my teeth.

4--I coughed and got a hernia

3—I gave myself a black eye trying to untangle the dog leash.

2—We still have a co-worker out on workers comp.  She threw out her back clicking the computer mouse…6 months ago!

1--I sneezed and farted simultaneously and pulled a groin muscle in the middle of a staff meeting.

(We're still trying to verify #1.  If it's you, please call our show immediately!!!)


 

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Obama Sings Daft Punk

Here's the vid we've been talking about of Barack Obama singing Daft Punk's big summer hit "Get Lucky".



 

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Toast with the Most



Hopefully you learned an important lesson on today's show:  when giving a toast to the Bride & Groom at their wedding, it's best to go conservative.  If you're not a funny person, don't try to be with a live mic and a few drinks under your belt.

Here's a few examples from KRZ listeners of toasts that went horribly wrong.

Lesson learned?

~Rock




I was at a college friend’s wedding where the best man not only called the bride the groom’s ex gf's name during the best man speech, but he was also later escorted from the reception by the groom’s father for trying to drink the water from the centerpieces.

My sister was my maid of honor. She was trying to be funny but wasn’t successful and by the end of her speech, people were asking why she was in our wedding if she hated us so much.

My best (male) friend had gotten married. I was the Bride's Maid (since I introduced them) and my buddy's obnoxious older brother was

Best man. He started out his toast ok, but then pulled a Cybil and mentioned when they both went to Tijuana and thought they got clap from 2 girls they picked up, only to find out they had bites from bed mites. The room got quiet and I had to jump in to stop him.

I was maid of honor in my sister’s wedding. I didn't make an embarrassing speech because I promised my sister but I proceeded to get really drunk and gave everyone lap dances!

My bro best man, said "not sure what that pastor was smoking".  My wife's family is very religious. Ummm did not go over well.

I went 2 a wedding earlier this year & the best man (which was the groom’s brother) got up 2 make a speech & was drunk & in his speech told everyone that he slept w/ the bride the day before the wedding!

Just went to a wedding where the best man talked about the bride being a reformed whore.  He talked about the time he and the groom took home these girls that turned out to be men and that he wanted to sleep with the bride’s sister.

I was at a wedding and the best man said in front of everyone that he and the bride were sleeping together for quite some time and then starts laughing and says oh I'm only kidding.  And then he says no really I honestly I would really like to have sex with the bride she's hot so if this marriage doesn't last I would really like to have sex with her.  She looks like she would be fun in bed!


As part of the best man speech he let it slip that the bride was pregnant.
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Biking for a Cause



Saturday I was one of 500+ bike riders in this year's Heritage Explorer Bike Tour.  It's an annual benefit to help support the 70+ mile rail-trail system that runs from the NY border to Pittston.

Check out www.LHVA.org if you want more info on this awesome trail system.

Have a GREAT ride!

~Rock



The start of this year's Tour



My pals from Cedar Bike & Paddle in Scranton were there in full force.



My view.



Part of the trail that follows the Lackawanna River.



The halfway point in Carbondale.



The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and D&H Rail-Trail is open to walking, running, cycling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  For more trail info and maps go to www.LHVA.org

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Pedal to the Metal



I hit the Back Mountain Trail in Dallas yesterday to prepare for this weekend's HERITAGE EXPLORER BIKE TOUR.  A nice muddy day in the woods is just what I needed!

This will be my first time doing the Heritage.  It looks like an awesome event.

Here's the deal if you want in:

Heritage Explorer Bike Tour & Festival
Saturday June 15

8a-3p
Blakely Borough Rec Complex--Peckville

This is a non-competitive family-friendly event featuring 4 routes depending on your ability.  Proceeds from the ride benefit the continuing development of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a 70+ mile rail-trail system from the NY state border to the Susquehanna River in Pittston.

Join me and my buds from Cedar Bike & Paddle in Scranton for a great day of riding!



Need info?  Go to www.HeritageExplorer.org

I hope to see you there!

~Rock





 

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Weekend in Pics



It was a big time KIDS WEEKEND for yours truly.  Saturday I hosted my monthly Big Brother event.  This month we raced go-carts at Pike's Creek in Lehman which is always a good time.  The newest little in the BBBS program, Chase, has some serious skills behind the wheel!



But, you didn't think I was gonna let him win, did you?



We wrapped up a fun day with a trip to Hillside Dairy to feed the animals and feed ourselves with the best ice cream around.

Think you would like to make a difference in a young kid's life?  Why don't you volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

CLICK HERE for info.




Sunday I hosted out Ultimate Dad's Day contest at PNC Field with the WBS Railriders.



Dads were able to play catch on the field before the game.







Dads enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share some quality time on the all-new PNC Field.  It was an early Fathers Day gift and the Dads loved it!!!

~Rock

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A Rare Showing of Common Sense

It was a story that seemed to hit the news with little fanfare:  The TSA dropped its effort to allow small planes on knives.

Back in March suddenly small knives, banned since Sept 11, 2001 were once again allowed on planes.  The head of the Transportation Security Administration claimed at the time that TSA agents would have more time to focus on more important things then measuring the length of knives.

So let me get this straight.  My bottled water would be confiscated, but if I had a Swiss Army knife in my pocket it was perfectly ok for me to board the plane.

Wasn’t it a sharp object (box cutter) that enabled the September 11th terrorists to hijack 4 planes?  And why would any passenger need to have a knife of any kind at 30,000 feet other than to slice peanuts in half to make their in-flight snack last longer?

So, thank you TSA, for not only showing common sense, but responding to the requests of pilots and flight attendants.


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Freddie's Sexy Photo Shoot



It's the SEXY PHOTO SHOOT we hope you've been waiting for!  Yesterday Fast Freddie paid off his "Dancing with the Stars" bet and posed with the crew from YOUR PIXEL PERFECT of Scranton.



This one was inspired by a classic "Seinfeld" episode.

Kramer: George, it's the timeless art of seduction. You gotta join in the dance. She sends you an enticing photo, you send her one right back.
George: Well, I don't know.
Kramer: Well, as you know, I've always been something of a photog.
Jerry: Oh, yeah, I like this idea.




Nice sign placement here, Freddie!



We hear the crew at YOUR PIXEL PERFECT was caught off guard when Freddie walked out of the dressing room with nothing but a guitar covering his naughty bits.

BIG THANKS to Sandy & Ed at YOUR PIXEL PERFECT for doing an amazing job.

Remember, for the month of June, if you mention you heard about them on 98.5 KRZ, they will take $50 off Senior pictures or photo booth rentals.

We highly recommend YOUR PIXEL PERFECT for your wedding photos, family or Senior portraits and Boudoir sessions.

Call them at 877.2829 or visit www.yourpixelperfect.com



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Vacation...all I ever wanted!



Sue and I were planning our next vacation over the weekend.  We did a random survey among friends:  What’s the #1 vacation spot you’d recommend?

The place that kept popping up was Costa Rica. It has some of the world’s most amazing beaches in both the Pacific and Caribbean, active volcanos, rain forests and mountains.  We are definitely looking into a trip there possibly late summer or early fall.

What is your GO TO vacation spot?  Where would you recommend if you were our travel guide?

Here’s some of the suggestions from today’s show--
 
Aruba is beautiful

Tahiti!!! The huts are right in the water! Completely exotic!

New Orleans

Kiawah Island SC or Ireland, the west coast

Cruise Alaska

Maui!!!! You'll love it!!

Chincoteague

You should try Atlantis in the Bahamas. Just got back so much to do. U would love it

Outer Banks NC

I love going to Puerto Rico and going to Banos de Caomos and it means the baths of Caomo which has a hot spring that help to relax you

Assateague island! Tent camping on the beach with the wild horses

Bar Harbor Maine

I truly recommend you vacation in Kuaii. It is the most luxurious island in Hawii islands. It has beautiful scenery and great food and drinks with awesome entertainment and everyone was extremely nice.

Bora Bora. Most beautiful place on earth

Gatlinburg TN!! Breathtaking views, hiking, white water rafting, many attractions and sights. Locals there are pleasant and so refreshing. Rent a cabin and relax in the evenings in your hot tub :-​) I'm going in July and can't wait.

Most definitely Australia and New Zealand

Massanutten Resort in Virginia. Condos built on the side of a mountain in the Shenandoah mountains. Beautiful. Indoor waterpark. Skiing. Snow tubing. Wineries.

Emerald Isle, NC!!! Beautiful lazy beach town! We love it there!

St. John...US Virgin Islands....omg...the water is breathtaking and the atmosphere is just so laid back.

Island of Mykonos,Greece

Santa Teresa Costa Rica!

Vegas baby

Finger Lakes, New York

St Martin, in the Caribbean. Amazing beaches great food. Half French, Dutch and Caribbean style.

Dreams resort, Punta Cana

I love South Carolina especially around Hilton head

Key West! And Milwaukee
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F Cancer???


(Photo courtesy of: 
DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer The Inquirer)

Did you hear about the sisters that were asked to leave the King of Prussia Mall because they were wearing hats that said "F*&% Cancer"?  The full word was spelled out, but the C was replaced with a pink ribbon.

They were wearing the hats to honor their Mom who recently passed away from cancer.  And here's the ironic part:  they were shopping at the mall to buy dresses to wear to their Mom's funeral.

Obviously the mall was insensitive here especially when the timing is taken into account.  But this is where Lissa and I disagreed.

Lissa thinks that if you can buy it at the mall you should be able to wear it at the mall.

We all have our own ways of dealing with personal tragedies, whether its cancer or the loss of a loved one.  But I still think the mall has every right to ask them to remove the hats since it is a public place.

Here's what some of you had to say this morning--

Saying f*** cancer is probably a way for those girls to grieve, however it is not appropriate in a public place where there are children.

This is absurd!!!! My mom has had cancer for 13 years and if you have ever personally dealt with a loved one battling cancer, it is a disgusting & ugly disease. There is no other way to describe it other than f*ck cancer. and if the mall has no posted rules concerning offensive language, they shouldn’t be allowed to make them leave. I know for sure I will NEVER shop at that mall.

I agree with Lissa. I lost both parents to cancer. So yea... F cancer!!!! I'm happy the girls did what they did & that they felt strong enough to do that. I lived in that area & wore ALOT worse to that mall & wasn’t asked to leave. My F-word was full & had the C-word on the back.. This was approx 15 yrs ago

Look around the mall. Do you know how many stores have stuff like that right in the windows. Hot Topics, Spencers,and more.

I have cancer and I don't agree with using the f word I have 2 daughters 17 and 14 and I tell them I am fighting this but I won't let them use that word unfortunately we are dealt things we don't like and don't understand.

People don't get kicked out of malls for having tattoos that have the f word.. But a hat isn't okay? At least this was for a good cause.

I work at a mall and I have seen more offensive things than that hat. Female body parts and young "men" walking around with their pants way below their butt cheeks. I feel anyone offended by this has never experienced cancer first hand. I have had 2 very close and wonderful people die from this ruthless disease. It is an awful way to die. Kudos to those women.

I agree w/ both of u usually I pick a side but this has 1 Hell of a gray area due to timing however, the hat still spells it out clearly

Would much prefer they begin approaching the young men who walk around with their ASSES hanging out of their jeans!!!! Extremely embarrasing.

There are better ways to show your support against cancer. That slogan isn't proving anything.

That is absolutely ridiculous wearing that was perfectly fine You can go to store inside the mall and buy worse than that If they're going to criticize people on the words they can wear on the clothing. Maybe they should make people wear more clothing because I'd rather read that than see parts of people that we’re not supposed to see.

I say F that. Have you seen what they sell in Spencer's? Also I'm offended by Red Sox jerseys but they let those people in!

Interesting question. If the ladies were wearing the curse word item they purchased in a store at that mall, would they have to kick them out?



What do YOU think?  Post your comments below.

And THANKS for listening.

Rock

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You Can Help!!!




Here's an EASY way you can help the victims of Monday's horrific tornado in Oklahoma.

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

OR

CLICK HERE an donate via the American Red Cross site.

Your donation helps the American Red Cross be there for families in need.

AND...

Here's another way you can help.



The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are auctioning off a game-worn, red third jersey from the 2012-13 season worn by former defenseman Joe Morrow.  All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross tornado relief effort in Oklahoma.

Fans can place their bids via the Penguins Ebay page until noon on Tuesday May 28.

CLICK HERE to bid.


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Always a GREAT Day to Make a Kid Smile



Greetings from Francis Slocum, the site of my Big Bro' event Saturday.



Meet Jacob, the newest little brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.  Jacob is one cool (and energetic) kid!



Paddle boats + kickball + playground + ice cream = a fun day out.



Jacob is one of many kids in the Big Brother/Big Sister program waiting on a match.  Can you spare a few hours a month?  Think you have what it takes to put a smile on a young kid's face?   Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

CLICK HERE for info.




The end of an awesome day:  making ice cream faces at Hillside Dairy.




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Favorite NEPA Jingles

I went through all the calls & texts from this morning's show and created a top 10 list of your favorite jingles exclusive to NEPA.  Great stuff!

Did we miss any?  Add it to the comment section.

~Rock


NEPA'S FAVORITE JINGLES

1--Van Scoy Diamond Mine
2--Shorten Homes
3--Wyoming Valley Motors
4--Januzzi's
5--Jim Dandy's
6--Gerrity's
7--Camelbeach
8--Victoria's Candies
9--My Brother's Place
10--Mt. Airy Lodge


I'm a lucky girl,
hoo-ray, oh boy!
Look at my diamond,
it came from Van Scoy.
My boyfriend bought it,
saved lots of money too.
Van Scoy's the diamond king,
yes, he's the man for you!

 

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Today's Viral Videos

Here's the VIRAL VIDEOS we talked about on today's show--

BRITISH DJ HAS A FEW BEFORE LAST SHOW..THEN THE FUN BEGINS!






WOMAN GETS KICKED OFF PLANE FOR SINGING WHITNEY HOUSTON


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The BIGGEST LOSER is coming!



It's your chance to be a contestant on NBC's THE BIGGEST LOSER.

If you have AT LEAST 80 lbs. to lose, you can be on the new season.  Casting directors are looking for charismatic individuals  who have the desire to change their lives forever and vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight and compete for the grand prize of $250,000!!!

If you are at least 18 yrs. old and want to change your life, click these links--

www.nbc.com/casting
www.thebiggestlosercasting.com

Then show up for the casting call THIS SATURDAY, May 11 in Philadelphia.

Where:  The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
(Entrance for the casting call is at Market Street Courtyard by Au Bon Pain)

When:  Saturday May 11  10a-6p

People will not be allowed to line up prior to 3 hours before the start of the open casting call.


Candidates should bring a non-returnable photo of themselves.

AND...

Listen tomorrow morning (Friday) at 7:20 for your chance to score a JUMP THE LINE pass for Saturday's Season 15 auditions.

~Rock

 

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Hell's Kitchen Rocks NEPA!


(Chef Michael Langdon, 279 GM Jim Guasto, Sue & I)


Wow!  What a night.  Sue and I were among the small group of people Monday night that dined on some amazing dishes from Hell's Kitchen chef Michael Langdon at the new 287 Bar & Grill in Plains.



First course:  Steak Tartar.
I normally stay away from red meat, but this dish was outstanding.




2nd Course:  Sea Bass.

We could've taken a bath in this.  Un-bee-leev-a-bull!!!



Chef Michael describing the next course.



Dessert:  Some kinda funky banana thing with that crazy powdery chocolate molecular masterpiece  that Chef made us in studio.  You need to ask Chef Michael about this over-the-top dessert.

Rumor has it, 279 Bar & Grill on River St in Plains will be doing more of these chef inspired dinners.  Don't miss out.

279 Bar & Grill
279 S. River St, Plains
570.235.1037

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If You Love Kids...



If you listen to KRZ, you know by now that I am a BIG FAN of BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS of the Bridge.  I've been a volunteer in the program for the past few years.

Here's an EASY way you can help make a difference in a kid's life right here in NEPA.

Why don't you WALK FOR KID'S SAKE?

When:  Saturday, May 11
Where:  Martz Pavilion, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre
How:  Onsite registration begins at 1:30pm

To register in advance call 824.8756, ext398 or go to www.walkforkidssake.com.

Your $20 donation will really make an impact on a young kid's life right here in NEPA.

I am proud to support BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS.

Why don't you join me?


~Rock
 

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What a Ride!!!



You couldn't ask for a more picture perfect day for yesterday's TOUR DE SCRANTON bike ride.  And what a great turnout.

My bib was #462, so we had at least that many riders.  All of us were riding on behalf of the Erin Jessica Moreken Drug and Treatment Fund.



My buds at Cedar Bike & Paddle were one of the major sponsors of the event.  And how cool is this?  They were cooking omelettes at the start of the ride!!!



"Ride Globally, Shop Locally!"


 

 Pre-ride with Chas one of the owners of Cedar Bike & Paddle.



I actually got WNEP's Joe Snedeker to sit still long enough so we could snap this pic!

And a BIG TIME THANK YOU to the rider organizers.  What a well run benefit.

We did 31.9 miles through Scranton, Dunmore, Throop, Olyphant, Peckville, Archbald, Jermyn & Carbondale.

I'll definitely be back next year.

~Rock

 
 
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A Message to the Victims in Boston

Good luck not tearing up while watching this video!

Should 2 Shoulder, a Virginia based Service Owned Small Business produced "We Stand with You" with the Wounded Warrior Community.

Their message:  HOPE!


They urge that you make a donation to One Fund Boston.
www.onefundboston.org




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Wedding Song Help



Lisa called the show this morning asking for help picking out a wedding song.  She’ll be walking down the aisle in a few months but doesn’t want to use the traditional wedding march.

We got some GREAT ideas from you guys.

What was YOUR wedding song?  How did the crowd react?

Add to the list.  Lisa will be checking my Blog for more ideas.



I had “Trumpeter's Voluntary” and was able to get trumpeters & violinists thru Singers Guild that were associated with King’s College.

“Grow Old with You” from the Wedding Singer.

We walked into the reception to Hulk Hogan’s original theme.

My husband and I got married at Disney world and we have 2 children that love Indiana Jones so we walked down the aisle to the theme song of Indiana Jones.

My daughter had the regular bridal march on the way down the aisle but on the way up the aisle my son in law had “Highway to Hell” played.  We thought it was funny, but I don’t think the minister did!

Tom Petty “Here Comes My Girl.”

I tried to get my wife to walk down to the theme song from Jaws but she wouldn’t do it.

We played the instrumental to “Make You Feel My Love.” But we also played the instrumental to Metallica's “Nothing Else Matters.”

"Here and Now" Luther Vandross as I walked down the aisle. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" when we were pronounced husband and wife!

The Penn State fight song with the Nittany Lion walking us in.

I walked down to a portion of the Romanian national anthem. I was born in Romania so it was very special.

“Highway to Hell.” Oh that's what should have been playing, it was really “Pachelbel Cannon.”

I walked down to “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera...just the instrumental.

“Cannon in D”

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I Got Schooled in Pool



Yeah, I got schooled in pool this weekend...by a 4th Grader!



Meet Isaac, this month's little in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.  Isaac goes to Kistler Elementary in Wilkes-Barre and is a whiz in science and math.  And he's a darn good pool player too!



We spent Saturday at Rich's Golf & Fun Center in Wyoming playing mini-golf, pool, hoops, & of course video games.



Isaac is one the many awesome kids in the Big Brother/Big Sister program waiting on a match.  If you can give up a few extra hours every month, you can really make a difference in a young kid's life.

Why not volunteer today to be a Big Brother or Big Sister?

CLICK HERE for more info.

~Rock
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Get On Your Bike and Ride




Here's the deal on the bike ride were were talking about this morning with the guys from Cedar Bike & Paddle of Scranton.

This will be my first time in this ride.  And I hear it's one of the best in the area.

Choose a ride that fits your ability.

I'll see you out on the road!

~Rock



TOUR DE SCRANTON / Sunday April 28

The Ride benefits The Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund.


Erin’s Fund was established in 2002 for the purpose of helping young people find and obtain treatment for their drug and alcohol addictions. Erin Jessica Moreken was a resident of our area, graduate of Scranton High School, and student at Temple University, when she met a premature death at the age of twenty eight due to a drug overdose. The Tour de Scranton is being held in her memory.


You can choose 1 of 5 rides, ranging from a 4 mile closed course ride to a very challenging 65 mile trek.


Registration starts at 9:00 AM at Scranton High School or at www.tourdescranton.com.

Start Time for all bike routes is 10AM.


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New Trailer for Man of Steel

It's been all over the internet the last few days, but in case you missed it, here's the latest trailer for the new Superman movie "Man of Steel".

The latest installment has a huge cast including British actor Henry Cavill as the man with the S on his chest, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane and that creepy guy from "Boardwalk Empire", Michael Shannon.

Is this going to be the swift kick that the Superman saga needs?  Time will tell.  "Enertainment Weekly" says the flick pretty much keeps the Superman story intact but adds a few twists.


"Man of Steel" opens June 14.




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How to Spot a CRAIGSLIST Scam



Ever been scammed on Craigslist?  I was hoping we weren’t going to get a lot of calls on this today.  Wrong!!!

Sue told her rental scam story.  Someone pirated one of her real estate listings and posted it on Craigslist as a dirt cheap rental.  A few that responded to the scam ad lost money or personal information.

Use your head if you are buying or selling on Craigslist.

Here’s a few ways to spot a Craigslist scam--

WIRING MONEY
If the seller requests payment abroad through Western Union or MoneyGram, it should appear fishy.  Craigslist clearly states, “Anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.”

ESCROW
Using an online escrow service might sound like a good idea, but chances are it’s a scam.  Scammers can set up fake sites that look legit.

CRAIGSLIST “GUARANTEES”
Anyone that claims Craigslist will guarantee a transaction or offer any kind of protection is lying.  Craigslist clearly states it “is not involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer buyer protection or seller certification.”

CASHIER’S CHECKS
Never dispatch goods or carry out services on the basis of seeing a photo of a check or money order.  Always wait for a check to arrive—and more crucially, clear—before completing a deal.  Craigslist warns that fake cashier’s checks are common.

PARTIAL PAYMENT
Do not pay any amount “up front,” even it’s a small sum.  Anyone asking you to send money first, or to secure something with a deposit, is almost certainly a scammer.

It’s always best to meet people face-to-face to exchange money, goods or services.

(reprinted from www.mashable.com)

And the main way to spot a Craigslist scam…
IF IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!!!

~Rock

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Separate Bedrooms




We heard from a couple in their late 20's that were visiting her parents for the first time.  They have been living together for over 2 years, but the parents insisted separate bedrooms during the visit.  Are the parents being unreasonable?

My take?  Definitely yes.  These aren't kids.  They are almost 30 years old and have been in a steady relationship for almost 3 years.  Lighten up parents.  Think back when you were their age.

Lissa disagreed.

Your thoughts?

I'm 20 and live at home, and my boyfriend sleeps at my house all of time, in the same bed, and he practically lives with me. So I think they're overreacting

I think it also depends on the length of the relationship. My older sister would bring home a different guy like every couple months and I hated that my Mom allowed them all to sleep together and she was over 25.
 
Respect the parent’s wishes.

I actually experienced this. I am an adult female. I brought a guy home to my parents' house. My dad flipped his lid when my mom told him it was a guy "friend". My brother used to bring his little girlfriends home after the bar and nothin was ever said. It is def looked at differently.

I would allow them under one condition. The way I see it if you think you are old enough to lay in bed then you should be ready of the responsibility that comes with it.

I think it’s the parent’s house, the parent’s rules.

I am a father of three daughters and I do not have a problem with them sleeping with their boyfriends in our house as long as they are of age and do not disturb me.

I agree with Rocky, if they are in their 20’s they are adults and should be able to sleep in same room. When they are not at home they most likely are spending night with their significant other anyway. They should not be "doing it" though.

I think it matters whose parents it is. If it’s the girl's, I understand. Because parents are more protective of their daughters because they did teach the guy right from wrong or respect…but if it was the guy's parent’s I think it’s unreasonable. The parents should trust them.

It was my parent’s rules and will be mine too.

I agree with you Rock totally unreasonable I tell my son when he and his gf stay over no funny business.

I am with my high school sweetheart we were together for 5 yrs before getting engaged the engaged for 3 and we always stayed in diff bedrooms when we visited family and we still do now.

Totally agree with Rocky. If they've been living together for quite a while and are in their late 20’s come on-​ what do they think they do at home? I get respecting their parents, but how about the parents respecting their relationship?

I agree with rocky and I am former teen mom who's boyfriend was allowed to sleep with me. You have to let them be adults sooner or later and what better time than almost 30!

My bf family invited us on family vacation on one condition--separate bedrooms. I was 36 and he was 30!!! We did as we were told LOL

My husband and i had to live with my parents for a month after we got married and we had to sleep in separate rooms. I would say that for my daughter unless she is married to the man they aren't sleeping in the same room

I would abide by their rules, but I would make them do the same for when they came over my house.

I have an 18 yr old daughter so def side w the parents on this one...tell them to get married.

It's the parent’s home, respect their request! We went to my parents for a long weekend, told them I was pregnant and we were engaged. My dad still told him to stay in a separate bedroom.

I got remarried at 48 and had lived with my girlfriend for 7 years prior. When visiting her parents prior to wedding I had to sleep on the couch!!!

Their house…their rules. If they don't let any unmarried people sleep together . . . they shouldn't make an exception just because it’s their child.

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Get On Your Bike & Ride!


What an amazing weekend!  I spent most of it on my new Trek Mountain Bike from Cedar Bike & Paddle in Scranton.

Andy & Chas hooked me up with an over-the-top Superfly bike.



This bike is not only fast, but shifts easily and has a remote lock-out so you can change the suspension on the fly as your terrain changes.  It made my first-ever off-road experience a blast!



Other specs:
--29” wheels
--A Carbon hardtail
--Hydraulic disc breaks



And if you're ever looking for someone to ride with, the crew from Cedar Bike are always hitting the road & trails.

CLICK HERE for info on their weeknight or weekend morning rides.



And maybe I'll see you out on the trails sometime soon.

Derailleur up.

~Rock


 
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If You're in High School Read This!

Big topic on today's show:  What advice do you wish someone gave you before you graduated High School.

Lissa said "don't have a good friend as a first roommate" & "never enroll in a college just to be near your boyfriend".  I added "take some time off before you jump into college".

Our listeners brought their A game this morning.  Here's a few of the jewel pieces of advice from the KRZ Text Club.  GREAT STUFF and a MUST READ for any High School student.

~Rock



I graduated high school in June started college that July. Thought I knew what I wanted to do but life had other plans for me. IT IS OK TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR!

I wish someone told me that high heels cause bunions and metabolism dies at 23.

Listen to your parents. They do know best. Most people figure that out when it's too late.


Discover what it is u luv then persue it if u r doing what u luv u will never work a day in ur life.

Check the job availability before college to know your chances of getting a job.

Don't take a year off, but don't declare a major right away. Spend the first 2 years taking the general required classes while deciding your major.

Go away to school no matter what! When else can u live in Florida for 4 years? And study abroad in college:)

Volunteer before college.  Traveling for a good cause = lifetime skills within different cultures that college will never give you.

Go away for school. Commuters really miss out on the college experience.

Don't take 18.5 credits your first semester as a chemistry major!!!!!!

Follow your dream and go after it. Even if your parents don't approve or support it. If I did that earlier maybe I wouldn't be trapped in healthcare Hell.

Don’t base your lfie around some High School crush.  There are other fish in the sea.

This is real life now.  Your actions have consequences.

Always keep Tylenol on the nightstand for the morning after.

Join the service for 2 years.  You'll have more money for school.


 Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what you want to do with your life.  You’re only 17/18 years old!
 

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Vote for Tux!



Our friend TUX from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins needs your help.  He made it to the Championship Round of the AHL's MASCOT MADNESS.

TUX is awesome not only on the ice, but off the ice as well.



TUX has been involved in a ton of charity events, including our annual Kitchen Crew broadcast at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen.


VOTE for Tux HERE.

Voting ends today (Wednesday April 4) at 4pm.

Let's all show TUX some love!

~Rock

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Biggest Pothole Ever!



Our potholes in NEPA are nothing compared to this!  Last week Sue and I visited the biggest pothole ever...the GRAND CANYON!  It's a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide.



Check out these people exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.



Wow!!!  That's a big hole.



The view from the South Rim overlooking the Bright Angel Trail, a 3 hour hike to the base of the Canyon.



Morning breaking at the Grand Canyon.  Our cabin was 50 yards from this site!



The Powell Lodge...our digs for the night...steps from the Canyon rim.  And the price?  $83/night!!!



Overall the Grand Canyon was picture perfect, except for a few isolated spots like this.



One of the San Francisco peaks taken just outside of Flagstaff.



Go Tribe!  While Sue was at the spa, I took in a few Indians Spring Training baseball games in Goodyear.



Another side trip to the Saguaro National Park home of the famous Saguaro cactus.



Some of these cactus grow as high as 3 stories.



Old Town Scottsdale at night...a cool area with restaurants, bars, galleries and shops.



Another beautiful part of Arizona...Sedona.



The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in Red Rock.  This guy almost ate 3 of my fingers and my Iphone.



We're already talking about coming back next March.






 
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Prove Us Wrong!

This week's big celeb breakup is Katy Perry/John Mayer.  Think they will try again?  I bet if they do they will get the same results. 

The physical attraction may bring them together, but there is something that is not clicking on an emotional level.  It's a given that John is a jack-hole, but there might be something more to it.

Isn't that the case with most couples?  If you bust up once, you are destined to bust up again.

We don't think it's possible to get back together with an ex.  There's a reason they are an ex!


So go ahead...Prove Us WRONG!!!

~Rock

My husband and I started dating when I was 19 and he was 21. We broke up twice over many years, and got married 9 years later. We have been married almost 5 years now and he is a wonderful father to our 2 beautiful children. I can't imagine being married to anyone else!

We were in a relationship for 8 months, we broke up 5 times but we broke up last night so 6, and I think we might get back together haha

My husband and I broke up 3 times. After both coming out of long term relationships we were both jaded. But the last time we stuck and have been married for 7 years.

My husband and I dated as teenagers. We broke up when he moved away & both got into long term relationships and after 10 years he sent me a Christmas card and here we are now happily married for 15 years. We love each other every day.

I am a firm believer of once it's done it won't work again UNTIL my current husband. We met - Teaching in the SAME classroom - and as you could imagine we broke it off about 3-4 times. We were both in our early 20's and it's hard to be with own another 24/7. But after 4 years of back and forth I conquered my immaturity and commitment fear and we have now been happily married with 2 beautiful kids for 6 years (7 in November)

We broke up for 2 months after a year of dating and have been together since March 2011 without any re occurrences :)

I've been together with my boyfriend for two years after a terrible breakup. We used to just not click, but we fixed it.

Usually it doesn’t work but when I got dumped by my boyfriend a few weeks later he asked me to take him back & after a few months now we are engaged & hopelessly in love.

Sometimes you just make a mistake & instead of regretting it for however long, you fix it

We were together for 8 months...split up then both got married and 3yrs later started talking again and left our spouses. We’re going strong on 9 yrs!

My husband and I had broken up 5 different times and now are married. We have been together 11 yrs but married 5.

 
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You're Invited...



When the crew at Leadership Wilkes-Barre calls, we always try to help.

Their latest project is called Video Kinections.  They’re trying to raise enough money to provide 4 area nursing homes with mobile carts and touch-screen computers.  That way, family members that live out of the area will be able to communicate with their loved ones.

Tonight I will be one of the “celebrity” bartenders at their fund raising event at Brews Bros West. (75 Main St, Luzerne)

C’mon out and have a few drinks and help a great cause.  And you could win luxury box tickets to a Penguins hockey game at the Arena.

I’ll see you at Brews Bros tonight from 5-8pm!

~Rock

 
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Our DWTS Picks


 
We held our DANCING WITH THE STARS draft on today's show.  Each of us got to pick 3 dancers.  Whoever get their 3 dancers eliminated first is the loser.

What happens to the loser?  They pose for a Sexy Photo Shoot thanks to our friends at YOUR PIXEL PERFECT in Scranton. 


THE PICKS

Rock

1. Zendaya (Disney Channel star)
2. Dorothy Hammil (former Olympic Skater)
3. Ingo Rademacher (General Hospital)

Lissa

1. Kellie Pickler (American Idol)
2. Jacoby Jones (NFL player)
3. Andy Dick (Comic/Trainwreck)

Freddie

1. Aly Raisman (Olympic Gymnast)
2. DL Hughley (Comic)
3. Wynonna Judd (Country Star)

Watch the season premiere of DWTS Monday March 18 on ABC-TV.

And let us know what you think of our picks.


 

~Rock

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Scranton Knows How to Party

Parade Day Scranton March 09 2013.  What an amazing day!


Fake Uncle Jack kicking off Parade Day at The Backyard Alehouse.


My buddy Guy from Fake Uncle Jack was apparently pretty happy to see me!


Big Brother is watching!


Lissa & Freddie acting like they never saw a hairy leg before.


Best dressed sisters on Parade Day.


Jordan from The Ready Set on the KRZ float.


The Ready Set at the Mall at Steamtown.



The crew from McCann School of Business.


Former intern Danielle comes face-to-face with weird tripod camera guy.


Huge crowd at Kildare's.


The Radisson.  Are you in that crowd?


Courthouse Square.  The Ready Set fans are still following the KRZ float.



Thanks again to Jordan from The Ready Set!!!


WYOU gave us a little love!

 

 

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Are You a Juicer?


        (My Fresh Orange & Kale creation)

To JUICE or not to JUICE…that is the question.

I started juicing last night…and we’re not talking Barry Bonds give me a shot in the A kind of juicing.

WebMD says we should aim to eat 2 whole fruits and 3 to 4 veggies a day.  Are you doing that? Don’t worry, I’m not either.

Here’s more from WebMD—

As with any food, it’s important to consider calories and sugar content.  A medium piece of fruit has about 60 calories. A cup of vegetables has about 25 calories, and 3 cups of leafy greens have about 25 calories. Each 60-calorie serving of fruit equals about 4 ounces of juice. A typical juice is usually 12 to 16 ounces.

Those calories add up.


Something to keep in mind if you considering joining the juicing revolution.

Last night I whipped up a delicious Fresh orange & Kale drink with milk/water and ice.  I threw in some protein powder since I was drinking it after a workout.

Are you a juicer?

What works? 

What doesn’t?

I’d love to hear your thoughts as I am totally new to this juice thing.


~Rock
 
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Road Rage: It's Whats for Dinner




Last weekend while I was in Ohio visiting my son I was involved in a freaky road rage incident.  This was the FIRST TIME EVER someone followed me in traffic. 

Here’s what happened:

Not knowing the area, I made a left turn from the right lane and cut right in front of another car.  The vehicle beeped and I didn’t think anything of it.  As I slowed down looking for my son’s place the car caught up to me and started riding my bumper.  Distracted, I missed his apartment complex.  I turned down the next random street and the car behind me followed.  When I turned around in a driveway, the vehicle was waiting for me.

The driver, a young girl in her 20’s, rolled down her window to apparently give me a Driver’s Ed lesson.  My first thought was to stop and laugh at her for being so over-the-top ridiculous.  But I decided to ignore her.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw her lips flapping a mile a minute.  Did I piss her off even more by ignoring her?  Probably.  But she gave up.

Whatever happens in traffic, confrontation is just not worth it.  There are way too many wackos on the roads.  And some of them are armed.  We even talked to a few on the radio yesterday morning.


If you are ever followed after a road rage incident, your best bet is to go to a police station.  Don’t stop.  Don’t go home.  Don’t pull into a parking lot.  And don’t throw fuel on the fire.

Your thoughts?

~Rock

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Cleveland Rocks!!!


Cleveland really does rock...especially when my son Dylan is on stage! :)  Friday I saw him play drums with the R&B band he's in called Scarlet & the Harlots.  My un-biased review?  GREAT SHOW!!!



Want to hear what they sound like?

CLICK HERE!



Angry face.  A Dylan trademark.



Saturday morning breakfast in Kent, OH.


 
 
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Monkey Doing Pushups Video!

Why are monkeys doing human stuff so funny?
 

Who cares!  This is ridic.

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Weekend in Photos



A fun weekend started out with my monthly Big Brother event.  Joseph and I spent 2 hours racking up tickets at Chuck E. Cheese in Wilkes-Barre Township.



Joseph is schooling me in Air Hockey.




Tickets!!!

And as I say every month, Big Brothers/Big Sisters can ALWAYS use more Bigs.  There are WAY TOO MANY great kids like Joseph in NEPA that could use a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Can you give up a few short hours every month to make a difference in a young kid's life?  If the answer is YES, volunteer!!!

Want to find out about the program?  CLICK HERE!!!





Friday night Lissa, Freddie and I hosted the Incred-I-Bowl at Chacko's Family Bowling in Wilkes-Barre.  We all forgot how much fun bowling can be!  Good times.



My team of winners:  The Lebowski's, Hillary, Suzanne & Kathleen.




Here we are showing our winning form.
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Zach's Farewell Song

Zach Sobiech is the high school senior from Minnesota we were talking about this morning.

When Zach was 13, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  Recently the prognosis got worse--doctors told Zach he only has until this May to live.

"The day I found out, it was a nightmare kind of thing," said Zach.  "You just didn't really want to accept it.  You are in complete denial."

Zach decided to take a positive approach.  He wrote and recorded a song called "Clouds" as a thank you to everyone that has stood by him during his battle.

We played a bit of "Clouds" on KRZ this morning, but I thought you needed to hear the entire thing.

Wow!  It's amazing song from a one-of-a-kind kid.  Quite the inspiration.


And good luck listening without shedding a tear.

~Rock




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Don't Watch These Movies...



...with your PARENTS!!!

We’ve all been in this situation before.  You’re watching a movie with your parents and suddenly there’s a scene that makes you squirm.  Maybe you sit there an act like nothing is happening.  Or maybe you get up to get a drink or make popcorn.

A few years ago Sue’s parents insisted they wanted to see the Borat movie.

“We hear it’s supposed to be really funny,” they said.

Yeah, it’s funny alright!

Thanks to Borat’s accent, they didn’t pick up on most of the dialogue but they did SEE the nude wrestling scene with Borat and his obese friend/movie producer.

We still laugh about it.

How about you?



When I was 15 I begged my Dad to take me to see “A History of Violence” because I was a big fan of the lead actor. I had no idea that there would be oral sex scenes. Can you say awkward?
Porky's the first one I was 13 watching it with my mom.... Ugh!

Ted!!! My 14 year old tricked me into it and said it was about a magical teddy bear.

Flight w my dad.... The opening scene was of an alarm clock going off & it zooms out 2 show half of a naked lady & u can see her boob. Then it pans out again so u can see her back & i was "well that was interesting" to fill the gap & my dad was like yeah. & then she gets up off the bed & walks to the camera! She was totally naked & u could see EVERYTHING! I was like oh my gosh

I saw Unfaithful in the theaters with my parents... I guess we didn't know what it was about.... bad idea

My great aunt and uncle took me to see There's Something about Mary when it was in theatres.

OMG took my 17-year-old niece to see Black Swan. I was mortified

With my mother--The girl with the dragon tattoo.

The sex scene in 300.. I watched it with both my parents and I'm 15. Ridiculously awkward.

I watched the girl with the dragon tattoo with my dad. The rape scenes... Can you say awkward?

Eddie Murphy delirious!! I was pretending I didn't know what the bad words meant!!

Love and other Drugs was an intense movie to watch with my 50 Year old parents!

My mom, my sister and me went to see Sex and the City 2. The shower scene with Gilles Marini, I think my Mom said something like, "Hmmmm, okay, that's interesting." lol!

As far as violent films go, the best had to be Robocop. My grandfather & uncle took me to the Casino Theater in Mt. Pocono when it came it in '88 ... I was 12 ... I don't think they knew how bloody & violent it was before going to see it lol

Zack and Miri make a porno came on tv when we were watching as a family. My parents kept it on. Awkward.

9 1/2 Weeks, I'll never live down the all the sexual content that was continuous haha!!!

Definitely "American Pie" when I was about 14 years old.. you could actually feel the awkward in the room at the time.

The Adam Sandler movie "That's my boy " with my 91 year old grandma. She had her hands over her eyes.

Die Hard with a vengeance when I was like 10. Too much cursing!

The Color of Night with Bruce Willis. I was 13 and watched it with not only my mom, but our PRIEST as well.


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What the Kale???!!!



I got into a big debate last night on my Facebook page over the above pic of Kale.

So called veggie "experts" were claiming what I sauteed WAS NOT Kale. :)

Kale is one of the healthiest veggies on the planet.  It's very high in beta carotene, vitamins K & C and rich in calcium.  Some think eating Kale on a regular basic could provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

I'm trying to eat more of this so-called SUPER FOOD.

And yes, veg heads, what I cooked last night WAS indeed Kale...organic BABY Kale.

That being said, anyone have any killer Kale recipes to make this stuff easier to eat?  My Kale, red pepper, jalapeno, carrot & white wine sautee was ok, but it needed something to jazz it up.

What the Kale do you do with this stuff?

~Rock

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Russian Meteor Video!!!


Wow!!!  It's like something out of "Independence Day"!

Check out this vid of the Russian meteor.


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V Day is Complicated Enough!!!



We had a listener ask for some Valentine’s Day advice.  Her plan?  To wait until Valentine’s Day to break the news to her guy that she was preggers.  This is something they both wanted to happen, but he still doesn’t know.

And yesterday morning we debated…is this a good or bad idea?

My take?  DON’T WAIT!!!  Why withhold this information?  Put yourself in the guy’s shoes.  Wouldn’t you want to know IMMEDIATELY?

Sure, it sounds like a cutesy idea to surprise your guy on Valentine’s Day with some funny little Baby Daddy card, but what’s the first thing that he’s going to say?

“WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME SOONER???!!!”

Don’t do it.  Valentine’s Day is a special day for YOU ladies…don’t cloud it with the baby news.  Keep that special on a separate day.

Your thoughts?

~Rock


Depends if they discussed it and wanted a child. She should use her judgment--she knows him better than the listeners do.

U have all these guys now wondering if they’re that guy . And just for that I think she should wait for Valentine’s Day . LOL

Give him a Happy Valentine’s Day Daddy card.

Waiting isnt a bad idea but I think she should share the news at home now; more personal & intimate then celebrate on V-day.

I think it's an excellent idea. I don't think he'd be upset as long as she didn't tell a bunch of other people before him.

I don't understand why she even took a test without him knowing that it was a possibility.

Tell restaurant to bring a baby high chair to the table.

Finding out a week ago is no big deal if wants children then that news at dinner would be the icing on the cake what wonderful news on Valentine’s day she wasnt keeping anything from him that’s nonsense.

I being a guy don't think it’s a bad idea to tell him on Valentine's day but if he is that excited about having a baby I wouldn't have told anyone until he knows.

Tell him now and celebrate on Valentine’s day.

Bad idea to tell him on V day.

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Would You Eat This?



Tastes like chicken...because it is!  Chicken feet that is.

Saturday night Sue & I were invited to a Chinese New Year party.  It's Chinese tradition to celebrate the new year with a big family feast.  And we were lucky enough to be a part of an amazing night!



Chef/host Craig hard at work in the kitchen preparing bacon/quail egg appetizers.  Notice the red snake above Craig's head.  2013 is the year of the snake.




It was a non-stop food orgy consisting of dumplings, soup, spare ribs, shrimp & eggplant.



Shrimp in brown sauce.  So good!



Chef Craig still hard at work preparing an endless feast for 80!



We finally got Craig to take a break and pose for this pic.

Gong Hei Fard Choy, 恭喜发财  (Happy New Year!)
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My Grammy Picks



Sunday night is the BIGGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR in music…The Grammy Awards.  And as we learned yesterday, the women have been warned:  COVER UP.

“Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack.”

No worries.  We haven’t gone back to the Puritan 17th Century.  This “Cover Up” memo for the Grammy’s is nothing new.  The only new thing is that this year the memo was leaked.

And with live performances by Kelly Clarkson, Fun., Mumford & Sons, Elton John with Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Rihanna it promises to be a killer show.

Here’s your scorecard.  I've added my picks.  Don't bet the house.

While you watch the show, join me on Twitter (@985WKRZ) and Amanda on Facebook (www.facebook.com/krzfm).
 
 
RECORD OF THE YEAR

The Black Keys “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson “Stronger”
Fun. “We Are Young” ***
Gotye “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean “Thinkin’ Bout You”
Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting  Back Together”
 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Black Keys  El Camino
Fun.  Some Nights ***
Mumford & Sons  Babel
Frank Ocean  Channel Orange
Jack White  Blunderbuss
 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Ed Sheeran “The A Team”
Miguel “Adorn”
Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” ***
Kelly Clarkson “Stronger”
Fun. “We Are Young”
 

BEST NEW ARTIST

Alabama Shakes
Fun. ***
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

 
BEST POP VOCAL  ALBUM

Kelly Clarkson Stronger
Florence + the Machines Ceremonials
Fun. Some Nights ***
Maroon 5 Overexposed
Pink The Truth About Love




 
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Sexiest Berries Ever



So last week I received a mysterious box with these words in LARGE RED LETTERS on the front:  Once opened, contents may disappear immediately.

Truer words were never spoken.  Inside the box were the sexiest berries ever...Shari's Berries.  And yeah, they disappeared faster then a box of donuts in front of NJ Governor Chris Christie.

If you are looking for a unique AND affordable Valentine's gift for that special someone, consider ordering Shari's Berries.

They taste as amazing as they look.  Giant strawberries freshly dipped in white, milk & dark chocolaty goodness and topped with chocolate chips, swizzle or nuts.

Go to www.berries.com, click on the microphone in the top right corner, and enter my code:  "Rocky".

And TODAY ONLY (Feb07), you can get an order of Shari's Berries AND a dozen assorted roses for only $39.99!

It's a pretty sweet deal.

~Rock
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It's the WORLD WIDE web!!!

By now you’ve probably heard about the 18 year old Scranton Prep student and the alleged threat he made Monday on Twitter.
 

Torre Scrimalli of Scranton tweeted: "If there is a Facebook or twitter fight tonight over the HC MV game I will just blow up the schools and students involved. #goonsquad."

Thanks to this senseless message, 2 schools were evacuated and the basketball game rescheduled.

Let’s face it.  Any perceived threat, real or otherwise, must be taken seriously.

Personally, I think jail time is a bit extreme.  But Scrimalli should be forced to repay any costs involved in making sure the schools were safe.

And if you haven’t done so already, sit down with your kids and refresh their memory about the internet.  It’s also known as the WORLD WIDE web.  We all have it.  AND we all can see what is posted.  Think before you post!

Your thoughts are always welcome.

~Rock

Here’s listener reaction from today’s show--

This kid caused a basketball game to be evacuated and caused two schools to be searched at the taxpayer’s expense. Just because he said he's sorry, people thinks it is okay.

Bad parenting has its consequences.  His parents should have taught him better about those things.

Maybe wear a sign for a month explaining what he did.

You're doing a great job. No one is perfect. When it happens to them or their child, they'll feel differently. And happen it will.

There are legal, social and moral consequences to our actions. He apologized primarily because he was caught. As a police officer and former SRO, I realize that students are prone to rash decisions, however, it has been my experience that school policy and penal law are clear on communicating any type of threat.

It's a lesson for everyone--mostly in empathy. Torry made a mistake. We all do.

Is he 18? Community service for the whole summer to help the people who have to deal with these situations and at the homeless shelter so he learns and appreciates what he has.

Learning experience with a judge approved written report on what he learned.

He’s not a kid any more.  It’s time our young people take responsibility for their acts.  They sometimes think they can get away from everything.

Computer and phone would be thrown in the safe indefinitely, a written apology would be made and read in the presence of a teacher or school official.

In this day & age I’m sure he was well aware how wrong it is.  I don’t buy that it was a mistake.

Make him go to schools in this area and speak to other kids about how something so stupid could cost you so much.

He is only 18 and has his whole life ahead of him.  He had no intention of carrying out what he posted.  I believe public humiliation is enough for him and his family.

Kids have to be taught that words can’t be taken back, especially on the internet.  I think jail is a little extreme but he should definitely have to pay for the resources used (police, drug sniffing dogs) and perform community service.

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Things you should NEVER Google



Here's the list of THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER GOOGLE we were talking about this morning. 

Ok, I admit it.  It's just like a car wreck.  You have to look.  But when you do, don't blame me.

And let me know, which of the 10 was the most disturbing.

~Rock



DISCLAIMER:  Do NOT, under any circumstances Google the following.  You’ve been warned!
 

1.  CLOCK SPIDER.  What time is it?  Not time to Google this!

2.  TRYPOPHOBIA.  Don’t even think of doing a Google image search.  You’ll be sorry.

3.  ANY MEDICAL CONDITION.  Seek professional help.  Google will just scare the $%$ out of you and keep you from a good night’s sleep.

4. TETRIS FANFIC.  Really?  There is such a thing?

5. SNAPEWIVES.  Photos.  Blogs.  Videos.  Very disturbing.

6. COCONUT CRAB.  Sounds dilish, but it looks like something out of a 50’s Sci-fi.

7. MUCUS PLUG.  Those 2 words alone SHOULD keep you from Googling.  Go ahead.  I dare you!

8. BEDBUGS ON MATTRESS.  You will never stay in a hotel again.

9. SKIN CONDITION.  Especially while eating.

10. YOURSELF.  One time, in band camp…

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Cancer Sucks!!!



A painless little prick!  I didn't feel a thing.  And that, along with your answers to a few questions is all it takes to possibly find a cure for Cancer.

Thanks to everyone that joined me Saturday for the Cancer Prevention Study at the Coal Street Ice Rink.  All the volunteers with the American Cancer Society were over-the-top excited with the response.  Let's keep it going!!!

If you've ever had a friend or family member diagnosed with Cancer, you've probably felt helpless.  Now you can do something about it.

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with Cancer go to www.penguinsfightcancer.org and volunteer to participate.  It takes just a few minutes. And you can help create a world with less Cancer, and more birthdays.




The next enrollment is Tuesday January 29, 3-7:30pm at the Coal Street Ice Rink in Wilkes-Barre.

And if you can't make it, tell a friend!

Let's keep working together for a Cancer-free tomorrow!!!

And THANKS AGAIN for Saturday.

~Rock




Hangin' with my buds Brian Coe of the Pens and Jamie Kane from the American Cancer Society
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Be a Hero, Be a REAL Hero



I want to send out a big THANK YOU to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for a fun night of hockey this week.

My new little brother Michael and I had a blast watching the game.

Michael is a 13 year old GAR High School student.  He's been in the Big Brother/Big Sister program for a few years.  His former big brother moved away so he's waiting on a match.



This was our view of the game.  We nicknamed our seats the "puck" seats.  A couple of pucks landed just 3 rows in front of us!



There's your horn.  Pens win 3-0!!!



It's always great when Tux hits up your section.



Check out Michael riding the Pens bench after the game.  Where's your skates bud?



And we got a behind the scenes tour of the locker room.  Here's Michael hanging with Pens goalie extraordinaire Brad Thiessen.  Michael was grinning from ear to ear when Brad handed over his stick!

Thanks again to Brian Coe and the rest of the Penguins staff for making it a GREAT night.

Remember...Michael is one of hundreds of kids in NEPA in need of a mentor.  And that mentor could be YOU!!!

In as little as 2 hours a week, you could make a HUGE difference in a young kid's life.


Be a hero...be a REAL hero.  Volunteer today to be a big.

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Texting on The First Date




Lissa has a friend that was on a first date with a guy that texted DURING the date.  I was surprised when Lissa gave the guy some slack. 

Is this a deal breaker?  Does is mean he's not into you?

My take?  Unless the guy states up front that the reason he's on is phone is because he's got a sick family member, then I think the girl is getting played.  Who is he texting DURING THE DATE?  Bet the house.  It's another chick he's working.

And if it ever happens to you, call the guy out on it.  If he says "it's work", ask him what could be so important.

And guys...wouldn't the girl find you MORE ATTRACTIVE if your phone rang and you DIDN'T answer it?

What do you think?

Here's what a few of our listeners had to say.

~Rock



I think it depends on how much he was on his phone and if he was completely ignoring her. The world is all online social media through phones. Maybe he was updating his Facebook to tell everybody was on an awesome date.

 
I think I would have said "Is everything okay?" When he says why I'd say bc you've been on ur phone.

I'm a female and i answered my phone because there was nothing to talk about and he didn't care.

He isn't into you. If I was her I would ask who he is texting and if he said "a friend" I would either do 1 of 2 things: I will say put the phone away this is a date and if he doesn't put it away I'll just walk away.

I'm newly back into dating after 5 years and I recently dated this guy who was on his phone all the time...rude!! Then I just went out with someone who ignored his phone even if it rang. Not everybody does it, and those who do are rude. Once you know somebody well and are comfortable with them that's fine but it doesn't make a good first impression!

I think texty guy is just a tool.  Run fast.  Run far!

Maybe it was friends of his texting him asking if he needs to get bailed out or not and he was answering them saying no I don't need to get bailed out I'm good

I agree with Rocky. If it was very important he should tell her up front. I would do that anyway

I think thats terrible...but thats the new generation of technology...no one talks anymore..glad I grew up in the late sixties. Have a great day!

No, he was either not into her, playing her, or is just a jerk. Probably all three.

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Get Sexy for your Guy



We've teamed up with LIPSTICK PHOTOS to make it a VERY SEXY Valentine's Day for you and your guy.

Celebrate your sexiness with a Boudoir photo session from Lipstick Photos of Scranton.

Here's how Sandy & Ed from Lipstick explain Boudoir:

Boudoir is French and refers to the bedroom. So boudoir photography means bedroom photography to us. This does not mean obscene or raunchy! We do tastefully, sexy, classy, and respectful photography. Although we do not shoot nude photography we will shoot suggestive nudes.

Keep listening over the next 2 weeks for a chance to spice up your Valentines Day by winning a Boudoir Photo Session.

And if you would like to book a session, or want to learn more, call Lipstick @ 877.2829.



 
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New JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE!!!

It's been 6 years since we've had new music from JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.  Last night he released "Suit & Tie", a collaboration with Jay Z.
 
We played it a few times this morning and WE LOVE IT!!!  Some of you said it sounded like a mix of 70's porn music & elevator music.

What do YOU think???


 

 

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PJ's in Public


One of my followers on Twitter came up with a great question for today’s show.  @HollyKull wanted to know if dropping your kid off at school while wearing pajamas was common or just play ghetto fabulous.
 
I don’t have any problem with it…as long as you STAY IN THE CAR!!!

I’m always blown away by how many people (mostly young women) I see at the mall or grocery store walking around wearing pajama bottoms.  When did dressing like Honey Boo Boo’s family become OK?

Think about it.  You are leaving the house wearing something you SLEPT IN. 

And what kind of message does this send?  Hello world!  Here I am.  I am so lazy I COULDN'T EVEN GET DRESSED TODAY.  Take me as I am.

So put some pants on and let me know what you think!

~Rock   

(Comments from today's show)
 
--After working swing shifts, and having days off in the middle of the week, I wear them. I don't care. Don't like it?  Don't look

--I see that every day!!! What gets me is when they wear their slippers!!!! Drives me nuts!!!

--I do it all the time as long as I look good from the waist up.

--That's straight up gangsta!!! Definitely not cool

--Hey Rocky & Lissa I just dropped my son off for practice and yes I'm in my PJs

--I do it all the time it's fine I only get dressed if they are late and I have to bring them in

--Not acceptable!

--I remember seeing that in the Wal-Mart in Pittston a few times while living up there! To me I just see it as a way of life.

--Not Ghetto Fabulous. Actually Lazy Slobulous.

--Perfectly acceptable especially for us nurse moms that work night shift

--Definitely not!! Even my 7 year old daughter would be embarrassed as she says one morning you are changing right!! Ha ha!

--I work in a daycare and every one of my parents come into my classroom wearing their crusty PJs that they obviously slept in, daily. They then complain that our program's 9am start time is just too early for them!

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Talent that Make You Sexy


We found a survey online that said most women find “playing the piano” as the sexiest talent a guy can have.  True?  What about guys that talk into microphones?  Doesn’t that do anything for you?

Lissa called me out on it, but I find women that are athletic (throw like a guy) or use power tools, hot.

And you?

What talent do YOU find sexy in the oppositve sex?

Here’s what a few of you had to say this morning--

I had a chick dig me just because i would skate with her and her BF wouldnt... even though i sucked at it. Lol

A man that can make me laugh when I'm in the worst mood possible is sexy beyond belief

A man who irons his own clothes is sexy

I find it sexy when my man gets off the fire truck in bunker gear

A man who can sing!

A sexy voice like the man that does men's wear house commercials

My husband's a bowler I think it's so hot when he throws the ball down the lane, watching all his back and shoulder muscles at work, yummy!

My hubby plays the piano it’s hot but he is a construction worker :-) hot hot hot

Guy that is sweet sings & a jock- total high school musical- luckily my bf was a soccer player through High school & college and Prince Charming in his HS play

I think its attractive when girls can drive 5 speed cars and trucks

The talent I find sexiest in my boyfriend is his ability to cook

Chick who can handle a truck and women fire fighters :)

Girls who ride quads.

A great dancer.  It’s so sexy when a guy can dance!

A man that washes my dishes in silence.  Nothing sexier than that!

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Dirty Diaper = Loss of Appetite



Yesterday I told the story of how outraged I was last week while Sue and I were having lunch with some friends while we were in Maine.  A couple decided to change their baby’s dirty diaper in the booth right next to us.  Granted, the place wasn’t too crowded, but still…THERE’S PEOPLE TRYING TO EAT HERE.
 
And I was the unlucky one at our table with a full view of the poop-a-palooza.

First off, no one should be exposed to this at a restaurant of all places.  And secondly, what about the health issue? 

The couple did put down a changing blanket, but in my eyes, this is way over-the-top disgusting.

I mentioned this to the waitress as we were paying our check, and she just rolled her eyes and walked away.

Was I wrong?  Or should the waitress have said something to the couple?

Here’s what you had to say on Facebook and via text.

Enjoy your lunch today!
~Rock


--I would prefer to never change a baby at a booth however if there is no changing table in the bathroom u got to do what u got to do plus we put a changing pad down

--Very inconsiderate on their part. I used to work at old navy at the viewmont mall in the fitting room and a large lady walked in and started breast feeding right in front of me. I offered to open a room for her and she said " it doesn't bother me if it doesn't bother you". I told her it did and she left instead of taking the fitting room. Unbelievable the nerve of some people.

--In China, most children don't even wear diapers they wear Pants with a slit up the crotch and the parents just hold them out the street and let them poop and Pee in public. And just go about their business like nothing happened So I could see this being a cultural thing as well.

--I'm pretty sure poop and food don't mix in any country.

--EW! Imagine the next people to sit there..e coli much?

--I've done it. Baby changing station in rest room never gets cleaned. Dining room tables get cleaned about 30 times a day. Guess where my baby's ass is going

--I'm totally with you in thinking there was a better option, but in the case, the go to trunk was probably not an option. Dude, Maine, winter and naked baby? But there had to be a better option.

--Agree with rock and caller sheila. Would you believe stroud mall has no changing tables?

--It shouldn't have been the waitress. Should have been the manager to say something.

--I generally like to give people the benefit of the doubt but I think the health inspector might take issue with changing the baby in a restaurant.

--Touchy subject....as a parent, I understand why the couple may have done what they did....bathrooms were occupied, changing station dirty or broken. Improvising is a huge part of parenting. They probably should have gone to a car if they couldn't use the bathroom. But unfortunately saying something doesn't usually help.

--What if the kid started whizzing?

--Waitress could have told them it was against policy or that they were violating health code and then directed to bathroom.

--Not everybody has a strong stomach for things like that and a lot of people have a strong sense of smell. To smell a dirty diaper next to you while you are eating is disgusting and unsanitary. I took my daughter out to the car and changed her so no one had to see or smell anything

--Can't lie I have when they didn't have a changing station, but I did it like a ninja nobody noticed. I've seen ppl slap the kid on the table and change them. All I have to say to that is NO

--Emergencies happen I hope they used a changing pad and wiped throughly afterwards, you people spewing off about health violations your food you eat is most certainly dirtier than that child period HYPOCRITES !

--i would rather see a baby changed at a table/floor then in a NASTY bathroom because for all of you that don't know if the bathroom is NASTY so isn't the KITCHEN .... NOTHING and i MEAN NOTHING is worse then a ADULT man or woman BLOWING their NOSE while im eating... and YES i have said something to the people rather then the waitress don't forget putting her in the middle may cause HER to lose her TIP.... go direct or goto the MGR... babies are just babies but, their is NO excuse for a ADULT to be GROSS in PUBLIC.

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Year in Review

I wanted to jump on here real quick to THANK each and every one of you for making it another FANTASTIC YEAR waking you up at KRZ!!!  We have what I feel are the BEST listeners on the planet.  And you proved it again this year.

So again, THANKS for being there with us every morning.  We try our best every day to make waking up and getting stuck in traffic a little easier to deal with.

Here's a few of my favorite moments and pics from 2012.

To you and yours, all the best in the coming year.

~Rock



 

 
We started the year off right...Stripper Sister vs. Pregnant Sister on the Springer Show.  Nice road trip!


Former intern Snuggy and the guys from the Backyard Alehouse kicking off St. Pat's weekend on the Friday Morning Happy Hour.


James Durbin from American Idol on the KRZ St. Pat's float in Scranton.


Intern Challenge with Zack & Wonderbread


"Summer Smash" performer Neon Hitch and her special way of saying hi!


One of our Wheel of Bieber contestants getting a Nightcrawler Facial.


The Penguins gave Sue her own jersey on her last day @ KRZ.  We all miss you Sue!!!


Hosting Friday afternoon Happy Hour at Cooper's.  Bridal parties are always the best.


"kNOw Bullying" rally at Hazelton Elementary & Middle School.


Bras Across the Bridge @ Kirby Park.


KRZ gets a little love on The Office.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra check presentation.  Thanks NEPA!

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We Want You!!!





I've been asked by the American Cancer Society to spread the word about a very important project.


Last night we held a rally to kick off CPS-3, also known as CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 at the Coal Street Ice Rink in Wilkes-Barre.

Most of us know someone affected by cancer.  What if YOU could prevent even one family from hearing the words "you have cancer"?  What if YOU could help save lives from cancer and give people more of their most precious resource:  time?

Please join me in participating in this study.  You really can MAKE A DIFFERENCE and help create a world with LESS CANCER and MORE BIRTHDAYS.

Enrollment is taking place at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins training facility, the Coal Street Ice Rink in Wilkes-Barre at the following times:

Jan26  9a-1p
Jan29  3p-8p

OR, you can enroll RIGHT NOW at www.penguinsfightcancer.org



If you've ever had a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer, you've probably felt helpless.  Now, you can do something about it.

Tell a friend.  And help me spread the word about this very important study.

Let's work together for a CANCER-FREE tomorrow.

Thanks!

~Rock
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Mashup of the Year's BIGGEST songs

We got a bunch of calls after we played this on KRZ this morning.

Every year DJ Earworm does a mashup of the biggest songs of the year.  Check out this year's "United State of Pop".

Pretty cool.

~Rock





And here's your Mashup Cheat Sheet:

"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen "Diamonds" by Rihanna "Die Young" by Ke$ha "Gangnam Style" by PSY "Glad You Came" by The Wanted "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers "Home" by Phillip Phillips "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars "Lights" by Ellie Goulding "One More Night" by Maroon 5 "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele "Some Nights" by fun. "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra "Starships" by Nicki Minaj "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson "Too Close" by Alex Clare "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction "Whistle" by Flo Rida "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia
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My Backstage Pics from Let It Show

Thanks for making it a GREAT NIGHT at our #LetItShow concert at the Kirby.  We all had a blast with you and all the performers.

Here's a few personal highlights for me:

*Hearing Phillip Phillips perform Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight".  It was the first time he ever played the song live.

*The photo Phillip took with a cute little girl while she was holding a slice of bread.  Phil tried to bite it!

*Meeting @TheSunsetVillians who SO APPRECIATED the opportunity to open our concert.  Great guys!

*Working security at Cody Simpson photo session and watching all his fans hyper-ventilating after they met him.

My backstage pics.  Being backstage is fun, but you guys in the seats have a MUCH BETTER view of the show.

Thanks again.

We have the BEST LISTENERS on the planet.

~Rock




The Sunset Villians from Drums opening the show.


Chris Wallace minutes after getting off a plane in Avoca.


Phillip Phillips & band.


I think my flash got the cello guy's attention!


"Home"


Cody Simpson hits the stage.


Check out the light-up sign one of Cody's fans made.


Insert deafening screams here.


Lissa & I on stage.  Thanks for the pic KRZ fan Nicci!


Amanda took this pic when we were on stage introducing Phillip Phillips.
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Tipping Is Not...



I remember as a kid seeing a white bucket at the car wash with a handwritten sign that read:  “Tipping is not a city in China.”  It was years before I got the joke!

As we wind down another year it’s time to THANK all the people that help you out on a regular basis. 

But what do you tip?  How much is enough?

In most cases, the cost of one visit (hairstylist, cleaning person, personal trainer) is cool.

The way I look at it is if they provide me with a service on a regular basis, like Art our snowplow guy or Dave the Mailman, AND do a good job, then they definitely deserve something extra at the end of the year.

This season is about GIVING not receiving. 

I can’t believe how many listeners this morning texted “I never get nothing, so I don’t tip.”  Wow!!!

Obviously, if you are on a tight budget, it can be difficult to tip during the holidays.

And if that’s the case, a card of appreciation or simple THANK YOU is enough.

I 'd love your take on holiday tipping.

~Rock



Here’s what the financial website www.kiplinger.com suggests:

Cleaning person:  the cost of one visit.

Dog Walker:  up to a week’s pay.

Hairstylist:  the normal cost of a visit.

Letter Carrier:  the U.S. Postal Service forbids carriers from accepting cash, and says gifts must be under $20 in value.

Newspaper Delivery Person:  $10 to $30 unless you tip regularly throughout the year.

Nursing Home Worker:  a personal gift like homemade cookies or fudge is a good way to thank someone.

Personal Trainer:  a tip of $50 or the cost of a session

Teacher:  consider giving a small gift, accompanied by a note or drawing by your child.

Trash Collectors:  $10-$30.

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50 Song Year-end Mashup

This is kinda cool:  it's a 50 song mashup of the biggest Pop songs of the year.

See how many of these songs you can identify, then check out the list below.





 





1. Adele - "Set Fire To The Rain" 2. Adele - "Skyfall" 3. Alex Clare - "Too Close" 4. Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo - "Let's Go" 5. Carly Rae Jepson - "Call Me Maybe" 6. Cher Lloyd - "Want U Back" 7. Chris Brown - "Don't Wake Me Up" 8. Chris Brown - "Turn Up The Music" 9. Christina Aguilera - "Your Body" 10. David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne - "I Can Only Imagine" 11. David Guetta feat. Nicky Minaj - "Turn Me On" 12. David Guetta feat. Sia - "Titanium" 13. Demi Lovato - "Give Your Heart A Break" 14. Ellie Goulding - "Lights" 15. Enrique Iglesias feat. Sammy Adams - "Finally Found You" 16. Far East Movement feat. Justin Bieber - "Live My Life" 17. Flo Rida - "Whistle" 18. Flo Rida feat. Sia - "Wild Ones" 19. fun. - "Some Nights" 20. fun. feat. Janelle Monáe - "We Are Young" 21. Gotye feat. Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used To Know" 22. Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch - "Ass Back Home" 23. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - "Dance Again" 24. Jessie J - "Domino" 25. Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean - "As Long As You Love Me" 26. Justin Bieber - "Boyfriend" 27. Karmin - "Brokenhearted" 28. Katy Perry - "Part Of Me" 29. Katy Perry - "Wide Awake" 30. Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger" 31. Ke$ha - "Die Young" 32. LMFAO - "Sorry For Party Rocking" 33. Madonna feat. M.I.A. & Nicky Minaj - "Give Me All Your Luvin'" 34. Maroon 5 - "One More Night" 35. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa - "Payphone" 36. Nelly Furtado - "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)" 37. Ne-Yo - "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" 38. Nicky Minaj - "Pound The Alarm" 39. Nicky Minaj - "Starships" 40. One Direction - "Live While We're Young" 41. One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful" 42. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepson - "Good Time" 43. P!nk - "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" 44. Pitbull feat. Chris Brown - "International Love" 45. PSY - "Gangnam Style" 46. Rihanna - "Diamonds" 47. Rihanna - "Where Have You Been" 48. Rita Ora - "How We Do (Party)" 49. Swedish House Mafia - "Don't You Worry Child" 50. Tyga - "Rack City" 51. Usher - "Climax" 52. Usher - "Scream" 53. The Wanted - "Glad You Came" 54. Will.I.Am feat. Eva Simons - "This is Love" 55. Zedd feat. Matthew Koma - "Spectrum"
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A Special Anniversary


Sue & I celebrated a special anniversary this week.  It has nothing to do with our time at KRZ or our relationship. 

It was one year ago that we adopted our 2 dogs, Franky & Sammy.

We always like to say our dogs found US instead us finding THEM.




A friend of mine who volunteers at Blue Chip Animal Rescue texted me photos of a few of the smaller dogs that were looking for homes.  The minute I showed the photos to Sue she wanted to drive to the shelter to meet them.

These 2 little terriers fit right in immediately.  And now, a year later, it seems like they’ve always been members of our family.

Blue Chip is a NO-KILL shelter dependent on donations from the community.

Sue and I both urge you to visit the farm for yourself.  You just might find a new family member OR one might find YOU!

Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge
974 Lockville Road
Dallas, PA 18612

VISITING HOURS:
Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun: Noon-5:00PM
Other Hours by Appointment
(570) 333-5265

Blue Chip is seeking volunteers for days or evenings for help in the kitty cottage as well as walking dogs, brushing them, cleaning up after them, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering and are at least 16 years of age, call them at (570) 333-5265

OR  

send an email to Theresa at theresa@bcfanimalrefuge.org




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What a Way to Sell Cars!



Nice photo, eh?

Especially considering it’s the car dealer’s daughter.

There’s a guy in Eugene, Oregon that uses his daughter to help him sell cars on Ebay.  I’m hoping you’re with me when I say it’s way over-the-top, creepshow creepy.
 
"If I felt bad about it, I wouldn't do it," says Dad.

He makes a habit of using his daughter Lexxa and her friends to model cars.

"Girls and dogs attract people's attention," he says, noting that he also involves his golden retriever Max in photoshoots.
 
In case you’re wondering, the guy’s daughter is 20.

I don’t care if she’s 40.  It’s still pretty pervy Dad.

And what’s with the 2 “X’s” in her name?  I'm sure she's not named after a Lex-us.

Your thoughts?


 
~Rock
 

 
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Support Local Business this Weekend




Last year more than 100 million people nationwide shopped local on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.

Why not keep your $$$ in NEPA and support local business?
 


A few reasons to shop local on Saturday:

*You’re supporting the local economy.  Duh.

*You won’t have to wear a football helmet like you do on Black Friday.  And you'll avoid trips to the ER.

*It’s the GREEN THING to do.  By shopping local you cut out any kind of long distance shipping if you shopped online.

*Think unique.  The local stores have the gifts you won’t find in the big box chains.

*Get cash back.  If you use American Express you can get $25 back if you shop local.



Here's a few of my favorite local businesses that I support--

Outrageous
Midtown Village, Wilkes-Barre

Gallery of Sound
Mundy St, Wilkes-Barre

Krugels Georgetown Deli & Beer
near the Big Cow on 309, Wilkes-Barre Twsp.

Dallas Hardware

44 Main St, Dallas

Styling Studio
605 Main Rd, Dallas



Do you have a favorite local business?  Leave it in the comment section.

And shop local on Saturday!

~Rock


 

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Remembering a Friend



We lost a long-time friend of the show on Friday.  Anne Marie McCawley, director of the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre passed away.

Sue and I met Anne Marie over 21 years ago when we first contacted her about getting listeners to volunteer at the kitchen.  And I still remember her reaction when we told her that we needed to have someone there early so our engineers could set up for the broadcast.
 
“5 in the MORNING?” she asked.

Later we learned that the reason she was so concerned about the time was because SHE would be the one opening the door.

Over the years Anne Marie grew to look forward to our annual Kitchen Crew broadcast…even when we suggested that we have bands perform to entertain our volunteers while they chopped vegetables.

"It's a great loss to the community, and it's a great loss to Catholic Social Services," Monsignor Joseph Kelly, secretary for human services in the Diocese of Scranton told the Citizen’s Voice.

"She was always more than willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of the poorest of the poor, “ he added.

Today was going to be our first year broadcasting at the kitchen without Anne Marie.  She retired this summer after 25 years.

But now with her passing, our annual event will take on a whole new meaning.

Anne Marie was a one-of-a-kind woman who gave all to people in need.

She’s gone but not forgotten.  We’re dedicating today’s show to you Anne Marie.

Sue remembers Ann Marie as SELFLESS…..it was always about other people, that was her mission. She was quiet, wanted no special attention but fought hard for the best she could get for others.

She never stopped, never complained, always believed  in the goodness  of other people and they never let her down.

She was so good, she inspired the same in everyone she came in contact with. She quietly shared her gift of giving and you wanted to be part of it.

When we first met Ann Marie her daughter was in elementary school, then college and now all grown up….Ann Marie beamed when she talked about her daughter. Ann Marie had one daughter, but she had a huge family of those who met her, knew her and loved her.  She was an exceptional humanitarian and a lovely woman.

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Weekend in Pictures



My weekend in pics...

We started a new tradition in our family ever since my parents passed away a few years ago:  Thanksgiving the weekend before.

It's a small gathering of 5:  Sue & I, my son, and my sister and her boyfriend.




Sue, my son Dylan and my sister Suzie.





Our dog Frankie was the first to go into a turkey coma Saturday night!




And a quick shoutout to @RyanLeckey and @WNEP for giving us some TV time during the Scranton Santa Parade Saturday morning.




Here's wishing you the best this Thanksgiving.  I always enjoy this time of year with the family.

Gotta go make another turkey sandwich...

~Rock 

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Help Wanted



I got a call yesterday from Mike the Kitchen Director at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in WB.  Mike was asking for help.

Mike asked if we could spread the word about a few pressing needs at the kitchen.  They could still use pie donations for their Thanksgiving meal. 

AND, if you would like to volunteer, here's how you can help.  Drivers are needed to deliver meals to the homebound on Thanksgiving day.  For some in need, this will be the only human contact they will receive this Thanksgiving.  It's a simple way you can really MAKE A DIFFERENCE in someone's life.

Interested?

Call the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen @ 829.7796.

And thank you in advance for thinking of others this Thanksgiving!!!

~Rock
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kNOw Bull in our School



Earlier today I was a part of the "kNOw Bull" anti-bullying rally at Wyoming Valley West Middle School in Kingston.

What a GREAT group of kids!!!





The 5th thru 8th Graders signed a pact to take a stand AGAINST bullying in their school.  These kids GET IT, that it's NOT COOL to bully another student.  And they kNOw that it's OK to say something if they see another kid getting bullied.



Aaron Fink & Mark James Klepaski of Breaking Benjamin were amoung the featured speakers.  They both told me they have no problem getting up in front of an arena filled with 50,000 rock fans, but were a little nervous talking to the Middle school kids.  Aaron & Mark both admitted that they were bullied as kids and reminded the students that it's OK to be different.  Great job guys!



Aaron & Mark from Breaking Ben

My message to the kids?  There are only a handful of teachers in your school, but hundreds of you.  Look out for one another.  Speak up if you see someone getting bullied.  All of us at KRZ are fans of what you are doing.  Keep up the good work.


~Rock
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Touring the Susquehanna Brewing Company



(Sampling the new Centennial brew with Fred Maier of SBC)

Cheers from the Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston.

I've been meaning to visit the new SBC ever since they started brewing beer earlier this year and Friday I finally got the chance.

Myself and a few friends got a personal tour of the facility from Fred Maier, the VP and co-founder of the brewery.



Not only does Fred understand every step of the brewing process, but he's an expert on local brewing history.  And it makes sense since his Great-great Grandfather was Charles Stegmaier, founder of the Stegmaier Brewery in Wilkes-Barre.



Part of the $10 million, 55,000 sq ft facility.



The SBC beer vats.  That's a lot of beer!



While we were there they were brewing the new Hop5 IPA, which will be available on tap before the end of the year.  Can't wait!



Here's what gives beer it's great flavor...the hops!  SBC buys only the best from the US and Europe.


 


This is where the beer is bottled.  Fred says when it's time to bottle, whoever is in the office jumps on the bottling line.  He says it's just like an episode of "I Love Lucy!"



A bit of history:  the original cart Charles Stegmaier used in 1857 to deliver beer in Wilkes-Barre.  It was pulled by a goat!

And now the best part of the tour...



...the sampling!!!

On tap:  Octoberfest, Centennial & Peach PumpkinBerry Ale.



The flagship brews:  Pils-Noir, Goldencold Lager & Stock Ale

If you're a fan of craft beer, a home brewer, or want to learn more about local beer history, you definitely need to take the SBC tour!

Tours are free and available Monday-Friday @ 3:00 & 5:00 and Saturday @ 2:00.  Private tours for larger groups are also available.


Susquehanna Brewing Company
635 South Main St.,
Pittston, PA 18640

570-654-3557
1-888-725-4902

http://www.sbcbeer.com/

 

 

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Hurricane Sandy Relief--THIS WEEKEND!


                Sea Bright, NJ (Monmouth County)


Most of us in NEPA have spent at least a weekend or 2 on the Jersey Shore and are looking for ways to help following last week’s devastation from Hurricane Sandy.

Today we received an email from a listener, Kathy Hernandez of Albrightsville.  She lives in PA but calls herself a Jersey girl.

Her group, Pocono Friends 2012 is hosting a Hurricane Sandy Relief Donation drive this weekend.

A truck has been donated and is headed for Monmouth County Saturday November 17th.

Here’s how you can help this weekend:


Saturday November 10th please bring donations to C. Winchell Plaza on Route 940 West, Pocono Summit, PA from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (located between Blue Ridge Communications and the Pet Pantry).

Sunday November 11th please bring donations to BSA Camp Minsi, Route 940 West, Pocono Summit, PA (located across the street from the Pocono Regional Police). We will be accepting donations until Friday November 16th.

LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED:
"Granny Carts" (for people to take home supplies)
5 Lb Bags of Charcoal
Baby Food
Baby Ointments
Baby Powder
Batteries (all sizes)
Bird Food
Blankets & Pillows
Bleach
Body Wash & Soap
Boots (work, rubber, rain, etc.)
Bottled Water
Boxes
Brooms
Candles
Canned Fruit (pop-top lids preferred)
Canned Meats (pop-top lids preferred)
Canned Tuna (pop-top lids)
Cat Food
Cleaning Supplies
Crackers
Deodorants
Disposable Diapers (all sizes)
Disposable Plates, Utensils, Napkins & Bowls
Dog Food
Duct Tape
Dust Pans
Ensure/Boost Dietary Supplements
First Aid Items/Kits (self-adhesive bandages, ointments, alcohol wipes)
Flashlights
Gatorade
Generator & Gasoline Pumps Tools
Shoes (new & gently worn)
Gloves (work, heavy duty waterproof, rubber & winter)
Granola Bars
Hamster Food
Hand Sanitizer
Hand Warmers/Hotties
Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Heavy Winter Coats & Jackets
Infant & Toddler Body Washes
Jelly
Lanterns
Markers
Masking Tape
Mops
N-95 Respirator Masks
New Socks
New Underwear
Non-Perishable Foods
Office Supplies
One Can Meals (ravioli, Spaghetti-O's, chili, stew with pop-top lids)
OTCs: Tylenol, Cough Medicine, Infant/Toddler Meds
Paper Towels
Peanut Butter
Pens
Rakes
Ready-to-Feed Baby Formula
Sanitary Items for Woman
School Supplies
Scrub Brushes
Shampoo & Conditioner
Shampoos
Shovels
Snack Packs
Sponges
Spray Bottles
Stuffed Animals/Stickers/ Coloring Books & Crayons
Tarps
Thick Socks
Toilet Paper
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Towels & Rags (previously used can be sent to animal shelters)
Warm Clothing
Wipes
Work Goggles
Zip-Loc Bags (all sizes)

*PLEASE NOTE – THERE IS DIRE NEED FOR CLEANING SUPPLIES AND ELECTRIC OIL FILLED HEATERS FOR THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS IN THOSE AREAS & WE WILL ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP LOAD UP THE TRUCKS

For more info call: Chuck (570) 872-6637 or Jen (570) 872-4239

POCONO FRIENDS 2012:  Together We Can

Thanks in advance for doing whatever you can.

~Rock
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I Hate to Say this But...



...we are at capacity for volunteers for this year's KITCHEN CREW show.  And that's a GOOD THING!!!

If you still would like to help, here's what you can do:

1.  Start a non-perishable food drive at work
2.  Donate a frozen turkey or pie
3.  Make a monetary donation

We would still love to have you drop by the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen with your donation while we broadcast live.

Kitchen Crew Broadcast
Tuesday Nov20 5:30-10:00am

St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen
39 East Jackson St, Wilkes-Barre
829.7796

If you have any questions, shoot me an email.
rocky@985krz.com

Thanks again for wanting to get involved!

Rocky

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I'll Do Anything if you Vote!

Here's Will Ferrell's hilarious video urging you to VOTE!

Tomorrow is the day.  Do it.

~Rock



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Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen



Wow!  I can't believe it's November already.  And it's almost time to be talking turkey.

It's been a tradition on KRZ for nearly 20 years to pitch in and help at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre.

We always put together a team of volunteers to do the prep work at the kitchen the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.



If you have never volunteered before, why not make it a point to join us this year.  It's an easy way to give back to the community.  And you'll have fun at the same time.

And if you can't give up the time, why not make a cash or food DONATION to the kitchen?



Here's how you can help-->

98.5 KRZ Kitchen Crew Broadcast with Rocky & Lissa:
Tuesday Nov 20  5:30-10am
(Stay for all or part of the morning)
 
Volunteers are also needed to deliver meals to the home bound on Thanksgiving day.

Non-perishables are ALWAYS accepted.

Donations for Thanksgiving:
Frozen turkeys and pies.

St Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen
39 East Jackson St.
Wilkes-Barre
829.7796




Want to volunteer?

 
Space is limited, so email us today.

We would LOVE to have you be a part of this very special broadcast.

And THANKS for giving back to NEPA!

Rock
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Sandy in Words & Pics

While we still had power I thought I'd share a few thoughts about our new favorite B*tch, Sandy!

Above was my view on the way home from work yesterday.  I bet you experienced the same kind of thing.  And the winds really hadn't kicked up yet.

 

One of the more powerful images of the day...the dangling crane in NYC, 90 stories in the air.  Hopefully, it is still there by the time you are reading this.



Another problem in NYC.  Trump's hair!  Give that man some product.



I love watching storm coverage.  TV stations insist on sending their reporters into the eye of the storm.  It's a test to see how close they can get to the storm surge without getting washed out to sea.



Here's another one.  She must be new.  Hasn't yet recieved her official CNN hat.



Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and Springsteen's old stomping grounds, The Stone Pony.  Kind of ironic that on his 2nd album you'll find a song named "Sandy."

 

 

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Pumpkin Pickin



I got to act like a kid again this weekend!  Saturday I hosted my monthly Big Brother event at Roba's Family Farm in North Abbington Township.

Here's my newest best bud Noah helping me pick out some pumpkins.



What a great place for kids!



The goats ate out of our hands and ate everything in site, including the lid to Noah's feed cup.



When was the last time you roasted marshmallows over an open fire and made S'mores?  smiley



Ronald McDonald was there to lead the kid's Halloween parade.



One of the coolest attractions:  High-powered slingshots that shoot apples hundreds of yards in the air.



Think you might have a few extra hours a month to be a Big Brother or Big Sister to a great kid like Noah?  Why not get involved and volunteer?  You get to act like a kid again AND have a positive influence on someone's life.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

~Rock
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VOTE NOW for Intern Revenge

                              (Former Interns Wonder Bread & Zack)


We LOVE our interns!  And we LOVE what they do for the radio show.  That's why we let them come back to take revenge on the new crop.

Friday former interns Wonder Bread & Zack rummaged through Lissa's makeup.  They had 10 minutes to "make up" the new interns Danielle & Britney.

Watch the video on KRZ-TV.

Check out the final results.

And vote for THE PRETTIEST!  Who has the BETTER makeup job?



CLICK HERE to vote for Intern Britney




CLICK HERE to vote for Intern Danielle

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Pickup Fail

Cheezy pickup lines.  They never work, do they?

What about cheezy lines from Taylor Swift songs?  This guy tried it, and a few girls almost bit.

Pretty funny stuff here.  But don't try this at the Woodlands.

~Rock







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Why I LOVE Fall


Today had to be one of the BEST Falll days ever!  And if you need a reason to love this amazing season, take a look at some of these pics I took while out walking with our dogs.




Great colors.



 
 
Huntsville Reservoir.



Crisp.  Sunny.  Blue.  Beautiful.




The kids Sammi & Franky LOVE the smell of Fall, or it might've been deer poop!




Birch tree.



Football.  Playoff baseball.  Octoberfest beer.  And views like this.  How can you not LOVE Fall?






The colors are peaking.  Don't miss out this weekend.

And if you take any great shots of the foliage, I'd love to see them.

rocky@985krz.com

Happy Fall!!!

~Rock


 
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QVC Host Faints

This is the video-of-day we were just talking about.  QVC host Cassie Slane passed out on live TV Sunday AND her co-host kept selling!  That's dedication.

What's that?  You're feeling faint & dizzy?  Hang on.  We've got to sell 20 more of these Flameless Candles in the next 5 minutes.



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A Big THANK YOU!!!



THANKS AGAIN for making the 4th Annual BRAS ACROSS THE BRIDGE a huge success.

Each of these bras represents a $5 (or more) donation to help fight breast Cancer.




A vision in pink, ACS volunteer Russ leads the parade of bras from Kirby Park to the Market Street bridge.



Bras, bras & more bras!




My Instagram pic.




Pre-game with Lissa & I.  We never know what to do with our hands in photos!




Thank you Spartanz for supporting Bras Across the Bridge.



While we were stretching bras across the Susquehanna in Wilkes-Barre, Penn State fans were showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month at Beaver Stadium.  Love this pic!!!


 
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Adele "Skyfall"

Just released...Adele's "Skyfall", the theme of the new BOND movie.

What do you think?



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Biggest Songs from the Last 20 Years



This week BILLBOARD MAGAZINE celebrated its 20th year tracking Pop songs on the radio.  Who were the BIGGEST Pop artists of the last 20 years?

Here's the TOP 10 we were talking about this morning:

10.  SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE--Kelly Clarkson (2005)

09.  SLIDE--Goo Goo Dolls (1999)

08.  HER WITHOUT YOU--3 Doors Down (2003)

07.  DON'T SPEAK--No Doubt (1996)

06.  TRULY MADLY DEEPLY--Savage Garden (1998)

05.  SMOOTH--Santana/Rob Thomas (1999)

04.  HANGING BY A MOMENT--Lifehouse (2001)

03.  APOLOGIZE--Timbaland featuring One Republic (2008)

02.  ANOTHER NIGHT--Real McCoy (1994)

AND the #1 song from the last 20 years (drum roll)...

IRIS--Goo Goo Dolls (1998)

FYI...
Iris spent 4 weeks at #1 in '98.  Remember where you were when that saw was all over KRZ?  Iris was on the Billboard chart a total of 39 weeks, tied for the 2nd longest run EVER!

What's YOUR #1 song from the last 20 years?

CLICK HERE for BILLBOARD'S Top 100 from 1992-2012.

~Rock
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Speeding Ticket Excuses


 

So AJ from the Backstreet Boys got pulled over and tried pulling the old "Do you know who I am?" card.  And apparently the cop DIDN'T.  How funny is that?

Do you have an excuse that actually WORKED?

Some of you did.

There's no guarantee that ANY of these excuses REALLY work! :)

Good luck.

 
~Rock

My daughter is extremely small for her size and she sits in the backseat and if I ever get stopped she says
“Mommy I have to go potty now!”

I was pulled over after a few drinks for having only 1 headlight. Luckily I had the new bulb with me. I said "I have the new one right her officer. Do u have time to change it?" He didn't change it but I didn't get a ticket...and he friended me on fb the next day. ;-)

I got pulled over for speeding and the cop let me go because i told him i was on the verge of crapping my pants and that i was speeding to find a bathroom.

I got pulled over on Easter and the cop let me go cause he loved my daughter’s Easter dress.

My brother just tells them that he's a teacher. It worked every time he tried it. He is a teacher though.

I was on my way to try out for the Phillies, was pulled over, told the cop I was late for try outs. He said he was a big fan of the Phillies and when I made it, he wanted tickets. Gave me his card and everything and let me go. Just tell the truth.

Good morning guys I can say the government ID works! My husband and I were pulled over in Connecticut on our way back to PA my husband's license was expired because he was in the service which is okay as long as you have your military ID. The state trooper actually said to him “I don't give tickets to service members unless it's something terrible.” He said just slow down and get home safely. Have a great day guys

I can't call but 99.9 percent of the time if my husband is stopped once they see his badge he gets no ticket..he works for corrections.

My friend's brother-in-law is a state trooper. Her father keeps a picture of him in his uniform next to his license in his wallet. Any time he's gotten pulled over he made sure the officer saw the picture and he was let go

I'm a nurse and have gotten out of a speeding ticket.

i flashed my double d's

If the officer spells your name wrong on the ticket report you can get out of a ticket.

Having to pee doesn't always work, I said that once and ended up peeing myself because he took longer on purpose :(

Weaving and blamed it on a bee in the car.

This is what I say:  I just got off a 16 hour shift all I want to do is go to bed can't you cut me a break? And he did after asking me if I knew a half a dozen people that worked at the hospital.

My dad got out of ticket simply because my brother was dressed in his scout uniform.

 
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kNOw Bullying in West Hazleton





What a GREAT way to kick off the week.  Lissa & I were live from West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School to help spread the word about their "kNOw BULLYING" program.

 


That's not a squirrel, that's the W Hazleton Wildcat.



That's our new buddy Brandon, a 7th grader that makes sure some of the younger kids don't get bullied.



A few of the awesome signs saying "kNOw Bullying!"



Mugging for the camera with Principal Podlesney.  I wish my Principal was this cool when I was in middle school!




WNEP's Ryan Leckey with 5th Grade teacher Tracy Wisdo.



These 2 8th Graders belted out a little bit of "Mean Girls".



Some of the 1000+ students and teachers helping to spell out kNOw BULLYING on the baseball field.



And as a special surprise for all the kids:  Above the Poconos Skydivers!



Sweet!!!


 


Pretty impressive, huh?



If you want to play "Where's Waldo?", Lissa and I are part of the hyphen between W & H!



Thanks again to teachers Tracy Wisdo & Renee Careyva and Principal Podlesney for inviting us.  It was a memorable day!!!

~Rock

 
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Where Do Babies Come From?




Where do babies come from?

It’s a question kids have been asking for years.  And what do YOU say when they ask?  Or what were you told as a kid?

That’s what we asked on today’s show.

And we found out parents still do whatever they can to avoid giving up the real answer.

I still remember how my Mom dealt with the issue.

“If there’s ever anything you want to know, just ask.”

And I thought:  Thanks Mom!  I’ll be sure and get right on that!



Here’s what you had to say on the radio this morning--

I still think today my Mom still can’t explain where babies come from the right way.

Here’s what I was told:  Babies come from the doctor.  A mommy and daddy have to get married then they go see the doctor and he gives them a baby.  But if they aren’t ready for a baby than they get a dog.

I told my kids I washed Dad’s clothes with mine.  And my Mom told us if we kiss a boy we’d have a baby.

There’s a secret door at the hospital.  That’s where babies come from.

We were told that seeds were planted in the backyard.  Then Mom & Dad wrestle in the bedroom.  If Dad wins we have a boy. 

Dad must have won a lot because I have 3 brothers!

When I was about 5 yrs old my older brother told me I was hatched.

I was told pregnancy came from the tap water in my home town in Freeland.

When my husband was going to EMT class he had to take our one son.  It just so happened to be labor and delivery night.  My son now thinks you poop them out.

My brother and I were told very young that pregnant women had watermelons in their bellies from swallowing the seeds.

I was told babies come from sunflowers so when my mom use to grow them I would cut them all down.

My mom terrified me when I was little because her explanation was to get pregnant you get caught and the way she sounded it’s like you get pregnant like you get a cold. I was horrified as a child lol

My parents said a bird pooped on a rock and the sun hatched me.

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Bullies SUCK!!!



Let’s face it:  BULLIES SUCK.  I’ve been there.

When I was growing up I was always the smallest in my class.  I got picked on until my Freshman year of High School.  Sadly,  I didn’t do a thing about it, except take it.

That’s not right.

There’s no reason for ANYONE to be picked on.

And things are a lot worse now.

When I was a kid bullying was just physical & verba.  That was bad enough.  Cyber bullying has taken this abuse to a whole new level.

That’s why Lissa and I have decided to broadcast live this Monday, October 1 from West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School for their kNOw BULLYING kickoff.

Over 1000 students, teachers, administration and family members will be spelling out kNOw BULLYING on the baseball field at 10am to spread awareness about this serious issue.

What can YOU do?

Talk to your kids about bullying.  And check to see if they have a Bully-free program at their school.
 
And if you are a student that’s getting picked on, tell an adult.  Talk to one of your teachers, your principal or your Mom and Dad.  And don’t stop until something is done.

~Rock

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Movies & Mumford



My weekend started out with a trip to the Phlebotomy Department at Wilkes-Barre General.  Luckily I wasn't there to have the vampires take my blood!  Crystle and the crew won free lunch from Subway.

If you want to be our next winner, text SUBWAY to 72881.




I had a friend from California roll into town.  My bud "Slappy" used to be our neighbor in Wilkes-Barre.  Here he is meeting our dogs for the first time.

And it was a rarity on Saturday.  Sue actually took a few hours off from Real Estate so we hit the Fall Film Festival in Tunkhannock at the Dietrich Theatre. If you are tired of comic book movies or Rom-coms, check out one of these flicks.  We saw "Wild Horse, Wild Rid
e" a heart warming documentary about taming wild Mustang horses.  Great flick.

CLICK HERE for the schedule of movies at the festival.





Dinner at Mizu Sushi.  I have no idea what I'm trying to do with my hands here!  Our friends accused me of trying to grab Sue's boob.

And Saturday night was a rarity.  I actually stayed awake for the entire SNL.  What a mistake that was.  Outside of the "Undecided Voter" bit, SNL was disappointing.  The highlight?  The music guests Mumford & Sons.  Their new album hits the streets Tuesday.

CLICK HERE if you missed their performances.




 

 
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Dumbest Fashion Trends Ever





Matching outfits, Bandanas, the Deep-V t-shirt and Uggs were just a few of the 25 DUMBEST FASHION TRENDS we were talking about this morning.

The list was the result of a survey on CollegeHumor.com.


They obviously left off a few dumb trends.

Here's the KRZ Listener list of DUMB FASHION TRENDS:

Parting hair down the middle and popped collars
Overweight women that wear skin tight pants that say "Juicy" on their butt
Dickey’s
Pajama bottoms
NFL Zubaz pants
Bandana wrapped around their thigh
Socks with sandals
Guys in skinny jeans
Feathers
Ponchos
The Flashdance look
Parachute pants
Half shirts on guys
Overalls
Those pants with the loops on the bottom:  hooker pants
Winter boots with Summer skirts
Fanny packs
Leisure suits
Sweater vests
Crocs
Fingerless gloves
Socks with high heels
Tube socks
Neon shoelaces
Acid washed jeans
Shutter Shade Kanye glasses
Popped collar
Cell phone holders on belts

Did we miss anything?

~Rock

 
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Rough Water and Afro Chicken




Saturday I hosted another Big Brother event.  This time I took 6th grader Rory on a kayak trip to Francis Slocum.



The calendar said "Summer", but it seemed more like a Fall day.  The wind made the lake real choppy.



Rory paddled like a champ, but the wind and rough water cut our trip short.



Dork alert!



These are the kind of days that make being a Big Brother so special.



Later we went to Hillside Farms in Shavertown for ice cream and of course, a visit to the animals.  This is a MUST for kids.  Rory loved the alpacas, goats and sheep, but...



...his favorite was the chicken that we nicknamed Afro chicken.


Want to be a SUPERSTAR and make a difference in a young kid's life?  Why not volunteer for the Big Brother/Big Sister program?  In just a few hours each month, you can change what it means to grow up in America. And you will have loads of fun doing it!

~Rock

CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. 


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The Many Faces of Britney



It's the best part of the new season of X FACTOR...keeping track of the many faces of BRITNEY!



One minute she's laughing...the next she looks like she ate a 2 week old bean burrito.



This could be a new drinking game.  Every time Britney makes a new face, TAKE A DRINK!  But you better load up the cooler.  And don't even think of driving.



Hey look...it's the laughing librarian.



Uh oh...that burrito is acting up again!


Collect them all.  Trade them with your friends.



She looks like she's seen a ghost...or maybe Kevin Federline.

Til next time...

~Rock
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Why I Avoid Buffets



Have you heard about the new $17 million buffet that opens Monday at Caesars Palace in Vegas?  This behemoth is 25,000 square feet…almost half the size of a football field!

I cringe just thinking about it.

Lissa and I held a buffet debate this morning.

5 reasons why I avoid buffets:
  1. The food is left out.  Who knows how long it’s been sitting there?
  2. I hate serving myself from dishes that have already been picked over. 
  3. I don’t like touching the same serving utensils that 50 other people just used.
  4. I feel like a cow that is grazing in a field.
  5. All of the coughing and sneezing makes me ill.
 
And some of you actually agreed with me!

Here are some comments from the Text Club--
 
Pro-​buffet but I only like timbers at Mohegan Sun.

The difference between a buffet and a restaurant is, that the restaurant keeps the food away from the guest view. You can get food poisoning more in a restaurant than you can in a buffet because health regulations are more stringent with buffet for their temperatures.

I like the variety as well. I like to try several new items without having to pay 50.00 and i have 4yr old twins boys who love crab legs at the buffet. PRO BUFFET.

There are germs at any restaurant, but with buffets it's the kitchen staff, wait staff, AND customers. You don't have the added customer nastiness at sit down restaurants.

Normally I agree with Lissa. Sorry Lissa, I agree with Rocky today. Buffets are gross. The food sits out forever!

I find most buffets to be questionable... but I do like hamburgers at Mohegan Sun.

Anti buffet! I can't stomach the thought of large sweaty people belly bumping me in line and brushing their gross hairy arms against mine as they reach for the utensil I Just put down. I haven't been to one in years. My exception: cruise ships. Things are spaced well and monitored plus they have servers at most stations

ANTI! I agree with everything you said Rock, plus I hate the unattended children running around grabbing with their hands or pushing past you forcing you to nearly drop your plate.

Just went to Dreams Punta Cana. They squirt you with hand sanitizer on the way in to the buffet. Make this a law in the U.S!

Hate them. I hate to see people touch their faces, nose, sneeze and not sure they wash their hands then touch the utensils to get food. Yuck!!

Anti, it's too easy to overeat.

I'm all about buffets! Let's go!!

Buffets suck!  They are for obese people that can’t control their portions and especially the buffets around here have several violations. You can check out restaurant violations online

Rocky I'm with you. The people at the buffets make me sick

I was pro buffet but after hearing Rock's points....he might have swayed me to anti!

Pro buffet.  I'm a culinary arts student and if food safety guidelines are followed than buffets are beneficial to restaurant owners and the clientele they serve!

Anti buffet .... Helps aid in America's obesity... People eat a lot more at buffets bc they want to get their money's worth

Was pro til listening to your 5 reasons now you got me thinking!

Pro Buffet.  The food is ready, they give you plenty of choices and you can have as much as I want.

Hate them!  I went to one last year and the guy in front of me used his fingers to taste the food. Gross!

Going to Vegas in 2 weeks for vacation and to get married. I am def going to check out this buffet. Buffets are great!! Tons of choices for a great price!

I used to enjoy the buffet experience until you just talked about those spoons and now I'm grossed out

Pro!  Don’t be a pansey.

 
Are YOU pro- or anti- BUFFET?

I’d love to hear what you think.

~Rock

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It's the BEST Time of Year!!!



It's my FAVORITE time of the year...FOOTBALL SEASON!!!  And football season for me means road trip to Cleveland.



Yeah, I'm a Browns fans.  All th experts were predicting a blowout.  But the young Browns game Philly a great game and made their fans sweat it out til the very end. 



Check out the giant American flag they brought out for the Anthem.  In what turned out to be a sign of things to come, our rookie starting Quarterback got trapped under the flag while trying to leave the field.  He later tossed 4 interceptions, missed wide open recievers and looked overmatched.  Things can only get better, right?



I held off making a beer run at halftime to watch the Ohio University marching band.  When I went to school there it was always the highlight of Saturday football games.  And they didn't disappoint in Cleveland.



Even though the Browns lost in the last minute 17-16 it was still a great day.  And it always is on the lake in Cleveland.

~Rock
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Penn State + Garlic = Fun Weekend




Here's a few random pics from Labor Day weekend.  I was among the 97,000+ at Beaver Stadium Saturday.  Not a great day for Penn State, but I did like seeing the support and enthusiasm in the stands.



And I really liked the sentiment of this guy's shirt that I spotted while tailgating.  Damn right we are!!!







Ever go to the Garlic Festival at Shawnee Mountain?  Great time.  Note to self:  bring breath mints.



Everything but Garlic beer!

Hope you had a good weekend...

~Rock
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Let's Go Lions!!!



 
They’re calling it a return to normalcy at Penn State this weekend but I’m thinking it will be anything but that.

Emotion will be overflowing at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

And even though both Penn State and Ohio will be wearing decals on their helmets showing support for the Sandusky victims, let’s hope the focus is on football.

After some last minute scrambling this week I was finally able to score tickets for the home opener.  It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a Nittany Lions football game, but I made a promise to show support for the team this season.

I thought it was important to be there in the stands for the first game.

And even though I’m a grad of Penn State’s opponent, Ohio U, I’ll be rooting full force for the Lions.

LET’S GO LIONS!!!

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Get YOUR kid signed up for BULLYSHIELD



Jeff Reese, head instructor @ Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Scranton MMA joined us on the show this morning.  He's spreading the word on Scranton MMA's official anti-bullying, self-defense program BULLYSHIELD.

160,000 kids miss school every day because they live in fear of being bullied.  Physical and/or verbal abuse causes depression and lowers self-esteem.  At Scranton MMA they seek to Bullyshield your child by building their confidence through the teaching of self-defense.

Jeff was nice enough to offer 25 FREE 30 day programs to our listeners.  If you want to get your kid signed up for the FREE BullyShield starter program send me an email.

And if you need more info on the BullyShield program go here.

~Rocky
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Teachers Back in the Day



Teachers back in the day could get away with a lot more than they can today.  I had a 4th Grade teacher named Mrs. Pause.  She was 4' 11", but didn't act it.  If she caught you talking in class you could expect 1 of 2 things to happen:  either she would sneak up behind you and whack you in the back of your head with her hand OR fling an eraser right between your eyes.

And on my Senior class trip in High School we spent 2 nights at a camp ground with cabins.  A few teachers acted as chaperones.  The "cool" English teacher that all the girls had the hots for actually went on a beer run for us!  Times have changed.

What did your teacher do when you were in school, that there is no way they would get away with today?

Here's what some of you had to say--

Have a GREAT weekend!
~Rock

Hey guys when I was in high school (late 70's) we had a male teacher that had a stash of adult mags in his desk and he allowed us to browse the pics.  We also had another teacher that used smokeless tobacco and let us use it in his class.

A teacher from Central Columbia high school, Bloomsburg PA did pose for Playboy and I can’t remember for the life of me her name.....she was a centerfold and kids constantly posted the pics in hallways

A teacher @ Poc Mt high school around 94' was a Coors Light girl. Poster was in a beer distributor.

A teacher would place a metal garbage can over a student’s head and bang on it with a ruler.

My volley ball coach: "What's a matter with you? Do you have your period?" (when we didn't move fast enough!)

I had a teacher in high school that used to slap students on the wrist with a rubber spatula she called her “Lady Rubbermaid.”

Our electrical shop teacher gave me and a friend keys to his car countless times to go to Burger King for lunch as long as he got a vanilla milk shake.

When I was in 5th grade (early 80's), there was a kid that talked all the time (probably had ADHD looking back), and our teacher would make him wear a dog muzzle!

Joe S. sprayed me with a water fire extinguisher for asking to go to the bathroom.

Although it was only last year, a substitute came into our class and said he was drunk.

I graduated in 01 and I remember this was in junior high school I had a teacher if any females wore skirts in his class he would make them sit right in the front.

I had a teacher that would swear at kids and smack kids' heads together. He also would not let a girl go to the bathroom so she wet herself. This was 4th grade.

I graduated in 1990 and I had an English Lit teacher who was a stoner and often came to class stoned.

My 1st grade teacher took us on a "field trip." We went for a walk through the city to the bank so she could cash her check. We were told not to tell our parents, but in the 80s, apparently schools didn't keep track of us.

Our gym teacher.  If we were chewing gum in class we would have to put a piece of gum in a box and take an old one out and chew it for the rest of class.

I just graduated in 2008 and we had a teacher who would jump on kids' desks if they weren't paying attention.

My History teacher would bum smokes from students and go out for smoke breaks with students.

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The 5 Texts You Should NEVER Send




Here's the list we were talking about this morning.  Learn it.  Live it.  This WILL BE on the test Friday.

1-- I think we should see other people. (Don't breakup via text.  Be a man and do it over the phone. :)  I mean face-to-face.)

2-- Will You Marry Me?  (Really?  A proposal?  She'll never see that one coming.  Go back to #1 and don't collect $200!)

3--  Anything longer than 2 sentences.  (Remember what else your phone does?  It works just like A PHONE!!!  Call the person.)

4-- Any text that requires an answer other than YES or NO.  (Remember what you learned in Rule #3?)

5-- A photo of your junk.  (Obvious, but it needs to be said.  Has there ever been a woman turned on by this?  If so, there's a line of guys that want your number!  And ladies, if you're guilty, there's a bunch of guys willing to give you THEIR number.)

That's the list.  Anything else?

As always, thanks for listening and reading...

~Rock
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Weekend in NYC



Sue & I had a fun weekend in NYC visiting my sister.  We really lucked out at the free Reggae concert in Central Park Sunday by getting seats behind the woman with the biggest hair ever!  We asked if we could take our pic with her and she said "No!", so I had to sneak this one.  Erykah Badu is alive and well and hanging out in NYC.



Later we went to really cool Art Deco movie theatre in the East Village.  And before you say documentaries are boring, you've gotta go see "Searching for Sugar Man".  This amazing movie is about a little known singer/songwriter from Detroit named Rodriguez.  He released 2 obscure albums in the early 70's then disappeared.  Somehow he became a sensation in South Africa, but never knew it.  20 years later he played sold out concerts there.  I'm not doing the story justice.  It really is an amazing story!  GO SEE THIS FILM if it plays locally at the Dietrich or Kirby.  Or check out the music of Rodriguez.  His music is raw and full of emotion and his voice sounds like a mix Bob Dylan & James Taylor.


 





We capped off the weekend with a visit to the Guggenheim art museum.



One of the artists featured was Franz Kline.  I had never heard of him until this exhibit.  And the weird thing?  He was born in Wilkes-Barre in 1910.  Google him.




And speaking of art, what do you think of this fine example of street art?  Pretty sweet, huh?

~Rock
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Road Trip for a Food Run!




We were talking this morning about the guy from Mississippi that drove almost 3000 miles to bring back pizza from his hometown in Massachusetts!  He packed up his car with 10 cooler so he could haul back 250 pizza from his favorite place.

We all have that one local food or restaurant from home that we would drive hundreds of miles for. 

Whenever Sue and I visit her folks in Maine, we always have to stop in for a cup of chowder at Cappy’s Chowder House in Camden.  Anticipating the thick, creamy chowder makes that 8 hour road trip well worth it!

What food would you drive hundreds of miles for?

Here’s what you had to say this morning-- 

I miss my Wawa.

White Castle.

Nick Tahoe’s for a garbage place in Rochester, NY.

Blimpie’s Sandwiches and White Castle, both in New Jersey.

Pat’s Cheesesteaks in Philly.

Crabcakes at Banko’s.

Maroni’s Pizza, West Side.

Old Forge Pizza.

I would drive to NY to get a gyro from White Dolphin on the Boardwalk.

I’d go to NY for Steak ‘n Shake.

I would drive to NYC to get my fill of rice ‘n beans and roast pork.

Pizza Perfect.

A dirty water hotdog from Times Square, NYC!

Bottleneck’s in Hazelton.  Best wings in the world.

Kay’s Pizza in Daleville.

Whenever I visit my family in NEPA, I always grab a tray of pizza from Tommy’s in Kingston on the way out of town.

Potato Pancakes from Jones’.

My husband has made special trips to White Castle.

I live in Hazleton and go to NY just for pizza.

I have family that visits from Florida and they always take a case of Tastycakes back with them.

Sabatini’s pizza in Exeter.

Ruby’s Pizza in Nanticoke and everything at the Sanitary Bakery.

There’s nothing like Duff’s Hot Wings from Buffalo, NY.

Thank God I live across the street from the Yuengling Brewery in Tampa, Fl or I’d never have a lager!



What did we miss?

Comment here.

~Rock

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I Endured!




Yesterday Team KRZ hit the pavement for the Endure Bike Ride to benefit the American Cancer Society.   What an awesome day for this event!   And thanks to my teammate Brian Coe of the WB/Scranton Penguins, we raised $1235 for the ACS.

200+ bike riders left Wilkes U @ 8:15am.  Some did the 10 mile course, others chose the more challenging 36 or 62.



I did the 36 miler that snaked thru the Back Mountain.



What a GREAT start to the ride!  Public Square in Wilkes-Barre and Wyoming Ave. was totally blocked to let our fellow riders go thru.  I don't mind SHARING the road, but it's even better when you OWN it!!!



Here's our course...challenging for a novice rider like myself, but not brutal.  Think about signing up next year, or better yet, join Team KRZ.



My Dad would've been 90 yesterday, so I rode with his watch in my back pocket.  It was comforting having him with me all 36 miles.



Tutu girl.  Wonder if that's aerodynamic?



I'll probably be doing the radio show standing up all this week!  If you've ever been on a bike for any length of time, you know why!



Thanks to Endure Ride organizers Brian & Vince for putting together an incredible ride.
(that's Vince & I at the finish line at Wilkes U.)

See you next year!

~Rock
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