Saturday, September 29, 2007

Blogging Around

Then a light bulb goes off in my head: I was going around the list of blogs on my side bar and got this idea while reading Pilgrim's Scrawl. Pilgrim came back this week after taking some time to retool.

I don't know how often I will be doing this, but I want to direct my readers to some of the posts I have seen in other blogs.

First, Pilgrim's Scrawl has a story about this friend of Pilgrim's who decided to get a meaningful gift while they were away from the kids for awhile. Also check out the comments, which are quite funny. It also inspired several humorous emails between myself and Liquid.

My newest friend, Frasypoo is up next. Her blog, This and That had a post on Thursday, called Wierd News from Georgia. Once again, the comments are priceless.

Liquid Illuzion had a story touching story yesterday about a man who had helped a baby bull elephant. You may have to fight back the tears.

And I want to continue shilling for my friend Tim Lones and his Classic Cleveland Media blog. Tim does a lot of hard work going to the area libraries looking for information of broadcast days gone by. Tim takes the bus to places like Cleveland and Youngstown from his home in Canton, since, for physical reasons, he can't drive.
Tim provides one heck of a service for those of us who like to read about what we grew up with, as he goes back into his personal time machine to get us the information we desire. He has many neat links there too.

From the Pressbox- at Home vs. Waynedale

This past Friday, the Rittman Fighting Indians played the Waynedale Golden Bears at Rittman Stadium.

The halftime show featured very talented bands from each school. The Wayne Marching Band of Gold took the field first. The Waynedale band had a high energy musical program. They kicked it off with Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" continuing with the Isley Brothers' "Shout". Next up was from the movie "Drumline", "Shout it out."

Waynedale wrapped up their show with a moving version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with a display of the American flag.

Next your Rittman Indians Marching band took the field with a different opener, "Gimme Some Lovin." After "Old Time Rock and Roll"-the drumline is featured in photo, and "Rock and Roll All Nite." It was time for another 2007 debut. From the Disney Channel's "High School Musical" come the song "We're all in This Together," featuring a dance routine.

I noticed from the pressbox that the band was having fun last night and put a real good effort into the performance.

The Game: The results were as usual, with the young Indians falling 61-0, but this night Coach Al Teague's crew suited up 16 players. Hopefully these trying moments will help to build character and maybe in a couple of seasons these young athletes will reap the rewards of their labor.

Friday, September 28, 2007

How sweet it is

Click here for a memory from my childhood. Much thanks go to WZZP for sending this to me.

New Friend Alert

Lately I've been doing less message boards and more blogs. I've met a new friend outside of Northeast Ohio. Her blogging name is Frasypoo and she has a blog called This and That. Frasypoo currently resides in Georgia. What we have in common is our political views and our faith. She also has a pretty good sense of humor. Since Frasypoo now checks out this space on a regular basis, I suggest you follow this Georgia Peach back and give her blog a read. As always, if you like what you see, leave her a message in the comments section.

Oh, and thank you for reading WIXY's Gone Bananas!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Having some fun with a previous thought

Earlier this month I posted about the way I treat most cashiers. I say things like thank you for working at ----. Almost all of the time they love it. I thought about this tonight as I was buying some milk and cheddar cheese at the Rittman IGA.

I was paying for my two items and said after I got my change and receipt, "thank you for working at IGA". As usual I shocked both the cashier and the bagger. Last time I checked, the evil big box store did not have baggers. Anyway the cashier then stepped up and said, and thank you for shopping at IGA. The bagger said I like that! All three of us got what we wanted, they got customer appreciation and I got a smile and a chuckle from both.

Back to the IGA: The Fouttys have done a tremendous job serving the town since the store opened in June. The store is clean and orderly, and if they don't have it, they will order it. I went there Sunday to get some macaroni salad, about two pounds, and one of the employees looked at me and said, "we really appreciate your business." That has never happened at the evil big box store.

This business really serves the community and I feel that there are about 6300 most important folks in this town as far as they are concerned.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

From the Pressbox-Vermillion Show

First, I'm back after a nice quiet evening with Mrs74WIXYgrad. Now on with the show.

As usual, click on images to see larger picture.

This past Saturday, September 23, I rode with the band to the 36th annual Vermillion Sailor Marching Band Show. Our Rittman Indians Marching Band was one of 7 bands participating that evening. The emcee for the night, Dick Goddard did not sing the national anthem, as previously reported by me, as told to me by Rittman Band Director Ed Sims. However all bands took the field and played together the Star Spangled Banner.

We were treated to performances by several North Central Ohio bands, including Ada, Edison, Tiffin University, Vermillion Alumni Band, host Vermillion Sailor Marching Band, and of course, your Rittman Indians Marching Band(and for the life of me, I don't remember the 7th band).

The Vermillion and Edison bands have marched with Rittman many times in the past. Both bands marched tonight with first year band directors. Both bands gave tremendous performances. Edison, known for their show routines, did not disappoint the audience this night. they featured their SuperTuba section, and ended with their supertuba players fogging the field with fire extinguishers.

The Rittman Band gave their usual flawless performance, and I made an unusual very few mistakes.
Dick Goddard told me that I have to learn how to increase my volume. As we had two other very loud announcers, I felt under pressure to give it my best. I did make sure that I didn't keep the mike open since the last time we performed at this show people got to hear my chatter. I usually try to keep loose between performances, so I don't concentrate too much on what's happening, and so that others in the pressbox have no need to feel that they have to be quiet.

Next performance by the Marching Indians will be at halftime of this Friday's football game, where it will be Rittman vs. Waynedale.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Busy Weekend Update

This weekend has been very busy, and at least one of my readers knows how late I was up till on Saturday night.

I spent yesterday doing family type stuff, and celebrating a Central Division Championship for my beloved Cleveland Indians. And to top it off, my computer was very busy yesterday, and for most of the day my fingers couldn't get anywhere near the keyboard. And I couldn't even upload the memory card from the WIXYcam.

Not only all that, all this activity has caused me to neglect Mrs74WIXYgrad. For those of you who are wondering her maiden name was Miss77MHSgrad. She has given me a directive. Tonight is her night. So I will not be posting the next edition of From the Pressbox at least until tomorrow.

I may have some short tidbits before then, but I have to tend to what's important in the meantime......

Saturday, September 22, 2007

From the Pressbox-Northwestern

After three weeks on the road, our Rittman Fighting Indians are back at the comfy confines of Rittman Stadium. The night started out with with the area youth football program, the Eagles and their cheerleaders being recognized before game time. Of course I had the WIXYcam with me and I took some pictures from my perch in the press box.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

Ball game: Rittman, 0-4 going into the nights contest were banged up from previous action. Northwestern, playoff team in the past two seasons started a very experienced team. The game ended up 57-13 in Nortewestern's favor but it probably wasn't that close. One thing that has impressed me over the years about Northwestern is the fact that they show a lot class and sportsmanship. The fact that Rittman showed up for the game speaks volumes. They made mistakes but the mistakes were a major result of inexperience. The fact that they haven't quit at this point shows a lot of class on the Fighting Indians part. Halftime Show: Northwestern band marches about 55, and put on a very good musical show last night. Once again these students from West Salem are a very respectful group of young people.

Rittman portion: The Rittman Indians Marching Band took the field last night, their first performance in the past four weeks on natural grass. New to the show this week was our version of Gloria Estafan and the Miami Sound Machine's "Conga." It was also the first time the home audience saw the band perform "Wipe Out" and they loved it.

The "hole" story: New to the WGBB concession stand this week was Lerch's Donuts, those of Wayne County Fair fame. I was asked to announce about the abvailability of them and people went to the stand after halftime and were buying them by the dozen.

Next up: We travel to Vermillion for the 36th annual Vermillion Sailor Band Show. Dick Goddard, Fox8 weatherman and living legend will be MC tonight and will also sing the national anthem. The fun starts at 7:30.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Happy Birthday-Mike Trivisonno??

Yes, here at WIXY's Gone Bananas, we have a fairness policy. And today's the birthday on one of our frequent targets, Mr. Know It All, Mike Trivisonno, he of WTAM/1100 fame. Remember as Marty says "It's all about the chicken."

One of My All Time Favorite Magazine Covers

I think about that when I get my paper every morning going to work. Every once in awhile, I get someone new behind the counter who wouldn't know how to scan a UPC symbol if their life depended on it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Found on the Internet

I was surfing around today during my morning break and found a video of the Rittman Marching Band from last year on Youtube. I tried to get it on my sidebar, but I was notified that the owner only allows the clip to be viewed on Youtube. So, click here and enjoy. You also hear some of their announcer, one of the loudest.

Next, I want to introduce you to one of my new friends, Curmudgeon. He is from Chicago and is a White Sox fan, but I forgive him for that. The Indian's magic number, by the way is now 3. Hopefully we won't need it but the White Sox may need to help out , as they play Detroit next weekend to wrap up the season. Anyway, as I was saying before I was rudely interrupted by myself, Curmudgeon's blog is called Second Effort. I visited a few times and enjoy what I see.

On Monday, Curmudgeon posted about a blown chance to see history. He had a chance to see Jim Thome hit his 500th home run, but missed out. He then goes on to say that even though he is booed in Cleveland, he will go into the hall of fame wearing an Indians cap, as well he should. I then left a comment that Chicago can go ahead and take credit for Albert Belle. I think we both agree that Baltimore can have all the credit for him.

Visit his blog. It's listed on my sidebar. If you like what you see, leave a comment. That goes for any of the blogs you visit. We like the attention.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Quickies for a Tuesday

My creative well is dry today so I am going to just touch on some news items.

First-Next performance of the Rittman Marching Band will be this Friday at the Rittman-Northwestern football game. To be fair, the young men who comprise the Rittman football team, while putting together their best effort, most of them belong on a junior varsity squad. This is a largely freshman team and it's feared that too many injuries may bring a premature end of the season. Give them an "A" for effort, but also pray that no one gets hurt too badly. End of editorial.

The Rittman Indians Marching Band will also be participating in the 36th Sailor Marching Band Festival this Saturday in Vermillion. As this is the evening before the annual Woolybear Festival, the master of ceremonies for the show will be Dick Goddard of Fox-8 in Cleveland.

Mrs74WIXYgrad update-My wife Kathy has had a setback in her recovery from knee surgery, and her specialist has grounded her. He has also said that she can't return to the work she has been doing as a home health aide. that's a shame, as she really likes what she was doing.

One last thing for now: I had referenced Ray Glasser's excellent website, the WIXY/1260 Tribute site last week. I have this for all radio junkies. Ray has put together a real good links page at his site, which includes other tribute sites and message boards. Click here to check it out. Have a great week.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

From the Pressbox-Medina Band Show

Let me start by saying that I made a couple of mistakes in the preview post for this show. First, the name of the stadium is Ken Dukes(not Duke) Stadium. Next Barberton and Midview weren't there. But then I got the part about about Barberton and Midview from the Medina Schools website, from which I have stolen the following:

"The Medina Band Boosters are hosting a Band Show on Saturday, September 15 at Ken Dukes Stadium, performance begins at 7 p.m. Along with the Medina Musical Marching Bees the following schools will be participating: Rittman, Columbia Raiders, Field, Brookside Cardinals, Midview, Barberton, Highland, and Riverside. This is the 11th annual show sponsored by the Boosters."

Anyway on with my review. For the second Saturday in a row, the Rittman Indians Marching Band performed on artificial turf, but this time we didn't have to contend with heat and humidity. Ahh, September in Northeast Ohio, gotta love it. Anyway I was running late on my way to the show and scared a few people, as they were concerned that for only the second time in eight years a substitute announcer would be needed. For the record, I got there with two songs to spare in the Columbia performance. At that time there was some overall tension in the press box. I hate it when that occurs. And I do whatever I can to cut tension, and cut it I did.

Our Marching Indians performed the same show as last week(why mess with perfection?), but the sound quality was improved over the last time. The capacity crowd at Ken Dukes Stadium, was a very receptive and appreciative audience. They were really into the show most particularly "Rock N Roll All Nite" and "Wipe Out."

The folks in the press box were also a pretty good audience, for both the show the student musicians were putting on and the one put on by a certain very loud announcer. If I had that reaction too often, I would get the big head, but I loved it.

One band that got my interest was the Pride of Highland Marching Band. As I mentioned before, I am a 1974 graduate of Highland, so I will give them some attention when we perform together. Regardless of my past history there, I am impressed with the fact that Highland, who march 175 student musicians, are more of a show band than a corps band, and that anymore is a dying breed.

All bands gave great performances from the Medina 7th and 8th grade festival band all through the host band, the Medina Musical Marching Bees. It was an enjoyable evening.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A big thank you and a recommendation

First off, I will say that this is post 300. Hooray.

Now on to business. I want to thank all those who responded to my desperation post, where I was looking for a bumper for the former WIXYmobile.

I followed David5258's advice and called ABE Auto Parts, in Wooster. Tony had the parts I needed, and at a lower price than what others farther away had.

So...Thanks you David5258. And...If you're looking for a good used auto part at a fair price here's my recommendation:
ABE Auto Parts
1080 S. Honeytown Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 264-7793

Run by some real good people.

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Home of the Buzzard-W-M-M-S-Cleveland

Okay, so I'm a sentimental old fool. But the voice of Len "Boom" Goldberg and that legal ID still resonates within me. I was a faithful listener in my late teens and early twenties after I kicked the WIXY habit. I don't care to discuss what I was doing in those days, however, since I try to maintain a family friendly blog, but I still, to this day remember what their long time lineup sounded like to this day. To your right is a picture of me from 1976. Draw your own conclusion.

I remember Jeff and Flash and the Morning Mind Exercise, Matt the Cat with the Coffee Break Concert, Kid Leo and his playing Bruce Springsteen at the end of his show Friday afternoons leading up to Murray Saul and the weekend salute-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta-gotta
GET DOWN! Denny Sanders, who was program director then had his turn. From 10pm to 2am it was one of my instructors at the WIXY School, and a fellow WIXY grad, Steve Lushbaugh. Overnights belonged to Betty Korvan.

The 'mms I listened to "back in the day" was album oriented rock, or AOR. While the top 40 stations would play "Young Americans" by David Bowie, we would hear all the cuts from the album on the Buzzard. In the seventies, you would see the buzzard on clothes more often than Chief Wahoo. And you could call the station any hour of the night and have an actual conversation with the jock, unless, of course if it was Kid Leo, who was a jerk. (Someone on the message boards referred to him as "Kid Ego"). And it seemed that most cars in Northeast Ohio had at least one WMMS bumper sticker.

I haven't listened to 'mms in years, so why am I writing this? The Buzzard has flown the coop and probably won't be coming back. But then again, it's been on life support for years. Another part of my life soundtrack becoming a distant memory. It's now time for some of the good folks that brought us the unique sound that was the buzzard to put together a tribute site. Then our youth is only a mouse click away.

Radio hasn't had a local flavor in quite awhile, and it won't come back as we knew it. Just a fact of life that I have to accept.

Other photos in this post are from top Ed "Flash" Ferenc, present photo, Kid Leo with Bruce Springsteen, 1976 and John Gorman with Murray Saul.

Next up: Medina Band Show

I stand corrected. I Had previously posted that the next "From the Pressbox" would be after tonight's game. Seeing that tonight's game is an away game, the band will not be performing tonight.

But the good news is that tomorrow night your Rittman Indians Marching Band will be performong at the 11th annual Medina Band show. Other bands performing will be Medina(of course), Columbia Raiders, Brookside Cardinals, Field, Midview, Barberton(bring an umbrella if you remember what has happened other times we have been scheduled to appear with them. If not, click here) Highland(my alma mater), and Riverside.

The entertainment starts at 7:00pm at Ken Duke Stadium in tropical Medina.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

WIXY/1260- Super Radio

Cliff Note: In honor of my recent visit to the WIXY 1260 online studios, I'm reposting this. I originally posted it September 17, 2007.

I know, I know. Tim Lones is the classic media expert, but I've had the 74WIX

Ygrad moniker long enough to be able to post about one of the all time classic top 40 radio stations.

Next, a shout out goes to Ray Glasser, webmaster of the unofficial WIXY/1260 tribute site, where I got the header for this post. Ray was kind enough to leave a message for me in my comment section last weekend.

I think all of us baby boomers had our own personal stations when we were growing up. Me, I had several. First station I can remember listening to was KYW/1100, then WKYC or KY11, Power Radio.

When I was about 12 years old, I discovered the station which would provide the soundtrack for most of my teenage years-WIXY/1260.

It was 1967, and I had gotten a transistor radio for Christmas, which was a big deal for me. that meant I could tune wherever I wanted. I would go from KY11 to the Big 8-CKLW, which was in Windsor, Ontario. Most of the time however, I would tune in to WIXY since that's what all the "groovy" people did.

I first listened to Joe Finan doing the morning show and remembered when he was walking for some charity and would walk while the pledges were coming in. I remember one time that day that the pledges momentarily stopped and the disc jockey on the air told Joe to stop walking.

I remember Larry Morrow, with his "What's Cooking" contest, where he would give ingredients then ask listeners to guess what he was making. His show was catered to young housewives and it aired from 10am to 2pm.

Other WIXY dj's I remember listening to was Chuck Dunaway, Chuck Knapp,and Dick Kemp-the wild child.

Mike Reineri soon replaced Joe Finan in the morning and was morning man for most of the 10-1/2 year history of WIXY. One of the producers, Ira Rubins, was the education director at the WIXY School of Broadcast Technique when I attended. One of his newsmen was Bill Clark, who became general manager at the WIXY School.

While I was attending classes, I was able to hear some humorous stories about the station. One of these was during the Mike Reineri show. Ira said that Reineri was taking a call from a lady who said she had a problem, but couldn't disclose it for fear of embarrassment. he than told her that she could tell her problem, but was easing away from the "dump" button. After enough convincing, she told Mike she had a bad problem with gas. At this point everybody in the studio has a world class case of the giggles. Mike Reineri then did the only thing he could do- he hit the news sounder. Bill Clark then gave the fastest news report he would ever give and taped the rest of his reports that morning.

Other stories had to do with Larry Morrow. It was said that sometimes it was a challenge to break him up while reading commercials. One time someone set fire to the copy he was reading, another time he was reading a commercial for an acne treatment product when someone had put red spots over their face in anticipation of the commercial, put something in their mouth and popped their face like a pimple.

When I went to the school, I went past the WIXY studio, which was glass encased. The mid morning jock at that time was a man named Michael Collins. I went past there one day and he was interviewing a young Michael Jackson(insert joke here). Another time he was interviewing Ron Howard and Anson Williams. They had been on the Morning Exchange earlier, being in town to promote their fairly new show "Happy Days."

I would say that one of the big thrills this wet behind the ears, 18 year old recent high school graduate had was when I was asked to give up the studio that I was practicing in for this ad agency who wanted Mike Reineri to do this commercial. It was a 10 second spot for a sale on "Bomb Pops" at Convenient Food Mart.

All I have to do is tell people my forum name, and the first reaction is "I remember WIXY." The most recent response was Tim Daugherty last weekend at the St. V-St. M band show. The WONE morning show host told me that he was one of the last listeners of WIXY, as he was listening when the station changed their call letters tio WMGC, the first "Magic Radio" in Cleveland. He listened to WIXY when others were defecting to G98.

Once again this has been some of my personal reflections. To learn more about this all time classic station, click here to go to the WIXY Tribute site, and drop Ray Glasser a note, telling him how much you appreciate his efforts.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

WIXY/100.3 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

I may get a few cheap hits just by the title, but why not?

Tim Daugherty had asked me this past Saturday if there was a radio station using the WIXY call letters, so I told him a country music station from Illinois now uses the letters, and have since about 1992.

WIXY/100.3 is a radio station owned by Saga Communications. They serve the east central region of Illinois. From what I have seen of their web page the station has quite a bit of local programming, but I haven't done any research to find out how much voice tracking is used there.

The morning show on WIXY(also pronounced "wick see", as we are used to) is called Holstein and Company, hosted by Steve Holstein and Melissa Anfield. The only sound files I can get from the website is some bits done on the show, as they don't live stream. But I will post a link for you to hear one of the bits. Holstein sounds kind of like Len Howser of the Fish Morning Show(WFHM/95.5, the Fish) and their bits are not offensive, which is a refreshing change from what some are used to.

So if you like country music you see they are taking good care of the call letters.

Food for Thought

One of the best things about being a middle aged blogger is I can write about personal experience and be able to attract readers who can identify. Those who read these words share one of their best qualities with me-we're human and make no apologies about it.

I try to make some of my shortcomings known in a humorous way, but sometimes I realize things have to be told in a straightforeward way. I learned that the other day from a fellow blogger. If you would guess Liquid, you would be right.

Lquid posted the other day about the fact she would show appreciation to a total stranger being nice, but being too busy noticing something her daughter did for her. After hearing that still small voice, she had to make things right with her daughter who had found some flowers and picked them just for her mother. Click here to read the story.

We can all learn from that story. I can especially learn from that seeing I posted last week about going out of my way to be kind to cashiers, but I had failed time and again showing appreciation to my children when they were growing up.

Don't obsess over things you can't change while ignoring the things you can.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Can somebody help me?

As my faithful readers know, I am trying to get the former WIXYmobile back together. All parts have been obtained, except for the rear bumper and brackets. We have called scrap yards all around the Cleveland and Akron areas, without luck. The former WIXYmobile is a blue 1999 Chevy Metro. If anyone has an idea or lead contact me. My email address is Thank you.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

From the Pressbox-St. Vincent -St. Mary Fighting Irish Band Show

Saturday night was a humid night with showers in the forecast, but it was also show time for 10 area bands, including your Rittman Indians Marching Band, as the St. Vincent-St. Mary Marching Band presented the 2007 Fighting Irish Band Show.

This was the first occasion for the Rittman band to perform on artificial turf, so Ed Sims took the band out on the field to get a feel for it before the show started. As it still is summer, there was a great deal of humidity in the air which made it very sticky, to say the least. As I told other announcers, what we are complaining about in September, we will be wanting in late October.

After the host band played the Star Spangled Banner, the show began with St. Peter Chanel High School, from Bedford, performing a ghoulish mix of tunes, including Ghostbusters, Frankenstein, Evil Ways, and Thriller.

Canton Central Catholic was next with their Night of Terror. Their selections were Thriller, Time Warp, and Phantom of the Opera.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy came onto the field, and they performed hits from the sixties, Gimme Some Lovin', Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Soul Finger, and Think.

Rootstown performed Disney tunes, transforming the field into the happiest place on Earth.

After a quick intermission, the James A. Garfield Marching Band from Garretsville took the field. They performed the following hits from the sixties;I Can See for Miles, The Stroke, Rebel Yell, Holiday, The House of The Rising Sun, and Hold On |I'm Coming.

Next up is your Rittman Indians Marching Band. The selections performed last night were YMCA, Paint it Black, Old Time Rock n Roll, Rock n Roll All Night, and Wipe Out. Despite the fact the air was still very heavy due to the humidity, the band gave, as usual, a very good performance, even though I still would like to see some pyro during Rock n Roll All Night. And your announcer? I did my usual job of tripping over my tongue.

Our friends from Garaway High School in Sugarcreek were next. Garaway performed classic hits from the seventies, Free Ride, Rock n Roll All Nite, Shout it Out Loud, and Don't Stop. Before the Garaway performance,their announcer Jim Scherr pulled the winning ticket for the fifty-fifty drawing.

Manchester Marching Band, from Akron performed songs from West Side Story.

The host band, the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish Marching Band brought the night's events to a conclusion with their portion of the show. Their performance included themes from hit movies, 80's style. these included Back to the Future, Raiders March, Ghostbusters, and Flashdance-What a Feeling.

It was a very entertaining evening and all student musicians gave their all. Kudos to all directors, boosters, and anyone else who made the evening possible.

Cliff Notes: St.V-St.M had a very nice stadium. As I mentioned before this was the first time the Rittman students marched on field turf, and it made things a lot more humid at field level. All bands performed well regardless of conditions.

I was talking with Rittman Band Director Ed Sims toward the end of the show. He remarked to me about how quick the show was progressing. I had told him that the intermission was only 10 minutes and they held fast to that since someone with an iPhone saw a storm over Mansfield. After our part of the show, I took out the WIXY/at&t(formerly Cingular)phonecam and checked out the latest weather map. The storm was still over Mansfield. Mr. Sims told me that maybe the storm stuck over Mansfield and didn't ruin the show because we had four Christian schools at the show. Hmmm, maybe they had connections.

I had mentioned before that Garaway performed tonight. In years past we have performed with Garaway up to three times in a season, so I have gotten to know their announcer, Jim Scherr. He not only has announced longer than I, but does a better job. Only thing I have that he doesn't is a blog. Garaway is now off the schedule for the football team, so we will only get together in the occasional band show. Jim is one of the good guys in the pressbox.

Speaking of announcers, the St. V-St. M announcer is Tim Daugherty, morning show host at WONE/97.5. He got his job as band announcer the same way I originally got mine, as a band parent. To my surprise, Tim is also a radio geek, just like me so we got along fine. He had told me a story about Dick Goddard(who I will be with in two weeks)when Tim was weatherman over at WAKC-TV23. Dick had come through in a pinch when Tim was needing some information about a warning and couldn't get a hold of the weather bureau.

Tim had also told me about doing a remote at a furniture store, and Ron Sweed(The Ghoul)was also there. Tim said that he wasn't just a radio personality that day, but a fan also. I told Tim that it's always refreshing to see someone who makes a living on the radio that's not full of themselves. And while I'm typing this, I want to give a shout out to the folks at the locally owned and operated Rubber City Radio Group.

Next edition of From the Pressbox will be following the Rittman football game this following Friday. The Indians Marching Band will also be performing at the Medina Band Show on Saturday.

Friday, September 07, 2007

I remember what it was now

I have spent some time working retail. As a cashier I perfected a routine which I would time how long it would take the terminal, or cash register, to bring up the total. In the eighties it would take a couple of seconds, so I would draw up my index fingers, say your total is, and shoot the register as the total would come up. When there were kids with the parents, they would be most entertained. Make the kids happy and the parents are most likely to come back.

Something else I would do, which I view as a dying art nowadays, is I would coount the change back to the customer, say "Have a super day and thank you for shopping --------." I have worked for Montgomery Ward, Sears, Fretter, K-Mart, and Wal-Mart, not to mention a very short time at a car dealership. Okay, I won't mention it.

I say that it's a dying art because some retail establishments don't practice some basic rules of common courtesy now.

I plan on doing this in reverse. When I go to places like the evil big box store lately, when I get my receipt, I have started to say, "Have a super day and thank you for working at Wal-Mart." That makes their day and maybe we will start hearing this from the cashiers. It would do me some good if I thought they were glad to see both me and my money.

I hate when this happens

Mrs74WIXYgrad is now on the road to recovery. She has some pain, but her sleep pattern is messed up. As it is 3:30am as I write these words, I do notice she slept well so far this night, for some. For me it's morning.

I has an idea late yesterday afternoon, but figured since the missus is in some discomfort and feeling neglected, I would wait to post it. I thought I would be sitting at this time with a cup of coffee next to me,which I have, expounding upon the idea that popped in my mind yesterday which I no longer have.

Don't you hate it when this happens? Check the side of your milk cartons today. You may see the missing idea of mine.

If I remember it, and it's still a worthwhile idea, I will post it. I will write it down if I can't get to a computer with it fresh in my mind. If I think it was stupid, then oh well. At least I didn't start a draft of it.

Now, I am going to fix me some breakfast.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Week is half over

Surgery went fine today. Mrs74WIXYgrad come through fine, even though she started freaking in recovery and they had to get me. That's something they rarely do in recovery, but Kathy needed her security. We're back home now and she's on the mend.

I had to go get a prescription filled this afternoon. I went to the evil big box store and got some other items. On the way home, heading south on 57, there was a Frito Lay step van behind me. We were both doing the speed limit, maybe a couple of miles above. I take a look in my side view mirror and saw this Pontiac Aztec passing the step van. The Aztec also wanted to pass the MrsWIXYmobile. I also see this car coming in the opposite area. As the Aztec is approaching, I notice that a handicapped permit is hanging from the rearview mirror. Two questions then came to mind. The first one was, Is it mental or physical? The next one was, Is this dude on a recruiting drive? I pulled over just in case, but as far as I know everybody made it fine. Don't try that at home. The driver of the Aztec was obviously a moron.

While I was waiting at the hospital this morning, I was working on a new book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. It's amazing what you can find on the bookshelves at Goodwill. Judging by the condition of the book the previous owner tried to get the content by osmosis. I'm hoping I at least get my 50 cents worth out of the book.

Enjoy the weather.


Introducing the WIXY News Stand! Check it out on my sidebar. If you want to find out about what's happening in my neck of the woods, it's now just a click away. Get the latest news from the Medina County Gazette. the Wooster Daily Record, or any of the local editions of The Post Newspapers.

Going through my comments section, I read the nice comments made by Todd aka Collegedj86. He's back in Grove City College in Pennsylvania for his senior year. I thought I would make it easier on Todd and others from outside the area, who might be curious because something they saw on one of the national news outlets. Liquid had expressed some concern when we had gotten all that rain two weeks ago. Fortunately the majority of the rain that hit Rittman hadn't affected any of my family, and the damage in town was, in most cases, minimal. The parts of the state hit hardest were the north central and northwest parts.

Feel free to click on the links at the WIXY News Stand when you are curious about what's happening.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Short week short cuts

Labor Day has passed so please put away the white shoes and lower the gasoline prices. Price of gas jumped 20 cents a gallon last week. Went down .05 and then up another 10 cents. Give me a break. I drive 46 miles one way to work.

The blog, Media Matters is updated again. Two new and insightful posts have written in the past week. Feel free to comment, let the students know how you feel about the issues this dedicated instructor has brought to light. The students aspire to become the media of tomorrow. Help them out by telling them how you feel.

Remember my wife, Kathy tomorrow, as she goes in for arthoscopic knee surgery. If you are one of my several prayer warrior friends, this occurs at 9:00am(EDT). We're hoping that this will be the extent of what she needs for now. St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, where the procedure is being done, is an excellent facility.

This weekend, the Rittman Indians Marching Band will be performing at the St. Vincent-St. Mary band festival. Try as I may, I have no idea who else is going to be there. Besides St.V-St.M, of course. So downtown Akron will get a taste of the loudest announcer in Northeast Ohio(tm).

Remember, school is back in session. Drive carefully.

This is to chuckle and to think.

I got this in my email today, and passed it on. Got some good response, so I will share it with my other readers.

2007 STELLA Awards:
Time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards." The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in NM). That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States. Here are this year's winners:

5th Place (tie):
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.

5th Place (tie):
19- year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

5th Place (tie):<>
Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed, to the tune of $500,000. In my opinion this is so outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place!

4th Place:
Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next-door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the yard and was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd Place:
A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500. after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd Place:
Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms.Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

1st Place:
This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football game), having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back &make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000. plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around.

In the words of Johnny Cash-My name is SUE how do you do.


One thing that keeps me going at times is all the kind comments left by those who stop by. If it happens to be one who has their own blog, I may put the link over on my side bar, if their blog appeals to me. If it happens to be one of my NE Ohio friends, the blog gets a link and at least one mention. It's my goal to share with my friends some of the great blogging I've come across in the past year.

I've had comments left by good people who don't blog, but support those who do. Good folks, such as David5258, whom I just had email contact with in the past couple of weeks. Funny thing though, he lives maybe, 9 miles from me. We've posted on the national boards together. I told him over at radio-info that we may have spoken a couple of months ago over at the Mill Restaurant at Buehlers in Orrville. Small world.

CollegeDJ86, a young man who lives no more than 10 miles away, also frequently visits and will occasionally leave comments. I envision him as a young man who has a bright future.

Rich in Medina, his wife graduated from my alma mater, Highland High School. Rich does a good job at encouraging me and will sometime take me to task about something I wrote. Not a thing wrong with that. We can always disagree without being disagreeable.

The beauty of having a small readership is I can thank most of my readers by name. But then again, I do live in a small town.


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Enlarge our borders

This will be similblogged, as both my blogs-WIXY's Gone Bananas and Seek Him First, will have this message today.

Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.-1Chronicles 4:10 NASB

Since I've started posting on the media forums, which led to these blogs, I've heard from others who set out in life to do something and ended up in another direction. I have felt privileged and honored that these fine folks have shared their stories with me.

I've heard from those who set out to get more formal education, something most adults don't want, in order further their lot in life and in doing they help others, whether it be their family or others. I've been told of those who went into another field in order to be with their families. That, in my book, is a sign of someone who has their priorities in order.

There are times that we think we know what we want and we make these decisions out of youthful ignorance. We want to be the next big thing, or leave college and become company president. Most likely, ain't gonna happen.

The bible verse I used for this is called the Prayer of Jabez, also a title of a best selling book form a few years ago. It's listed in Pilgrim's profile as one of his favorite books. Jabez asks the Lord to give him a greater reach and protect him. We all need to pray that prayer. Even though I'm a Pentecostal, I don't believe in the name it and claim it types of prayers. I believe that God will give you the resources in order to expand your boundaries. You also are responsible for what you do with them.

You may need the tuition to go to college. God works in many ways. He may help you find assistance in the way of scholarships, or He may help you get extra work to help pay for it. God gives us intelligence, and he also gives us ability.

First thing we need is a plan. Plan your work and work your plan. Shoot at your goals. You never achieve goals if you never set goals.

Two of my readers are extending their education. One is going for a masters degree the other a Ph. D. My daughter who is right now student teaching has told me that her goal is a Ph. D. These three are looking to have their borders expanded and have a plan in how to do it.

In churches, a plan is always being worked on about how to expand the reach in the community. It might be knocking on doors, it may be feeding the poor, or things that appeal to youth. Some feel that they should be in constant fasting and prayer. I've learned over the years not to knock any method of outreach if it brings people in. Especially if these folks get something(a feeling of belonging) they can't get elsewhere.

I have never set goals and wonder where would I be if I had? Now well in my second half of life, I am looking to work on some goals. If you have goal problems, pray the prayer of Jabez and ask the Lord for guidance and ability to use your expanded territories.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING:Rittman Indians Marching Band

The year 2000-2001 was my daughter, Sylva's, junior year of high school. I knew that Larry Boggs'(former announcer) daughter was about to graduate from high school the year before, and I told Sylva that if Ed Sims needed a new announcer, I would gladly do it for them. He told her that he would try me out for a few weeks...

As I have begun my eighth season as the announcer for the Rittman Indians Marching Band, I realize that a few weeks can be a long time. I also realize that I am using what little broadcast training that I remember to do some good and hopefully positively impact the lives of some very important youth that reside in my town, Rittman, Ohio.

Having spent my high school years as a football player(actually, riding the pine), I didn't have much respect for the halftime entertainment at the games. I was of the opinion, as are many, that band members aren't athletes, and don't need to be in shape. I have found out differently by being associated with this band.

The band works out in the hot summer weather and is on the field in the cold rain of late October. They lug around heavy instruments-BizDecision was a tuba player, ask him. The Rittman band is a show band and they show some great coordination, which takes a ton of practice.

This year when all is said and done, the band will perform in 5 home halftimes and 7 shows.

Supporting this band is the parent group, which I have tagged as the World's Greatest Band Boosters(tm). I'm sure that band boosters from other districts may disagree with me, but what the heck, this is my blog. This group provides chaperoning for the shows, refreshments for the band and the visiting band after halftime shows and runs a concession stand during the home games. They also do an excellent job of raising funds to help alleviate the participation fees necessary because of budget cuts in the past few years.

They have also done a great job of taking care of their announcer, the loudest announcer in Northeast Ohio.