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Hometown:
Neenah. Reared: Menasha. Currently resides: Appleton.

Birthday:
September 12th in the year before the earth cooled and dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Why I got into radio:
Only job I could find that required no skills, talents or heavy lifting.

Other jobs I've had:
Teacher’s assistant, writing commercials and mowing the lawn in a cemetery.

Hobbies:
I collect Hard Rock Café pins, floaty pens and dust.

Obsessions:
I may be beyond the point of caring enough about anything to be truly obsessed.

Strange Phobias:
Being licked by an insurance salesman (I believe it’s called Geico-lingualphobia). Don’t ask!

Favorite Movies:
Pulp Fiction, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, This is Spinal Tap, Stop Making Sense, Children of Men, Garden State, Richard the III (1994 version), Love and Death, National Lampoon’s Animal House, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Sin City, Broadcast News, 40 Year Old Virgin.

Favorite TV Shows:
Lost, Mad Men, Skins, The Daily Show, The Amazing Race, Californication, Pushing Daisies, 30 Rock, Late Show With David Letterman, Jeopardy and any Travel Channel show hosted by Samantha Brown.

Best concerts I've attended:
Springsteen, August 9th, 1985 at Soldier Field. Bruce and the E-Streeters played for nearly 4 hours with temps in the mid 90’s. On the field, where I was, it was it had to be at least 10 degrees warmer. About every 15 minutes the crowd would surge forward another 10 to 15 feet until we were about 20 yards from the stage and packed together closer than a car trunk full of clowns. I will never forget the excitement and passion of the show, the electricity in the air and most vividly; the smell of the crowd! Dear God almighty! But what a phenomenal show!!!

Death row meal:
In a perfect world, for an appetizer, we’d start with Prosciutto con Melon from Weinstein and Gavinos Italian Restaurant in Montreal. It’s simply cured Italian ham wrapped around cantaloupe but it’s the best prosciutto and best cantaloupe I’ve ever tasted! Or perhaps we’d start with Boxty Quesadillas from Fado in Chicago. They’re sort of like quesadillas made with potato pancakes. You’d have to be crazy to think of combining Irish and Mexican cuisines but it really works.

For my entrée, depending on my mood (which since I’m about to die, probably wouldn’t be good), I’d choose one of 5 things. Either 1.) a pulled pork sandwich from Angel’s Barbecue in Savanna, Georgia. 2.) a sausage and pepperoni deep dish pizza from Zimorino’s Red Pies Over Montana in Missoula, Montana. 3.) shepherd’s pie from Porter’s Traditional English Restaurant in London, 4.) Confit du Canard (duck cooked in it’s own grease) from any of the many reasonably priced little cafés that line the streets around Saint Severin Church in Paris. Bonus: if they serve it with raspberry sauce. 5.) a chicken and black bean burrito with corn salsa, queso sauce and sour cream from Pancheros. I know this last one sounds like a transparent attempt to get free burritos from chicken and black bean burritos with corn salsa, queso sauce and sour cream from Pancheros. And it is, but I really do like the chicken and black bean burritos with corn salsa, queso sauce and sour cream from Pancheros and recently decided that if I had to eat just one thing for the rest of my life, that would it. So, obviously I would have to consider it for my last meal.

For dessert: It would have to be either the chocolate cheesecake from Stage Deli in New York or a sundae. Either the Dysfunctional Family Sundae, made with vanilla ice cream, and amaretto-soaked chocolate brownie, hot fudge, cinnamon coated pecans & whipped cream topped with raspberry puree from Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café in Washington D.C. or The Chocolate Decadence Sundae made with Ghrardelli chocolate ice cream, Ghrardelli dark chocolate hot fudge, a Ghrardelli chocolate chip brownie, and raspberry puree from (obviously) the Ghrardelli Ice Cream Shop in San Francisco. I’ve eaten many things that have given me “ice cream headaches” over the years, however, these are the only concoctions I’ve ever consumed that gave me an “ice cream woody”.

People say that I look like:
Pauly Shore told me I look like Ron Howard. F*** Pauly Shore!

Cartoon character I'd most like to have sex with:
Velma from Scooby Doo (I know, she’s a lesbian. But I’m always attracted to unavailable women. Then again, to me, all women are unavailable!)

Favorite monkey:
Not-So-Curious George, the brain-addled chimp that has spent the last 8 years living in the big White House.

Random radio memory:
April 27th, 1984. In those days, WAPL was “too cool” to do weather forecasts. That was for AM radio stations. Well, a series of tornadoes swept across the southeastern and north central parts of the state and three funnel clouds were spotted in the area of Grand Chute, just West of Appleton. Sirens across the WAPL listening area were blaring their dread-filled alarm as high winds and rain ripped through much of the Fox Valley. In the midst of this, I remember hearing the music that the station used at the top of every hour kick in and announcer Mark Coulter say “It’s 3pm. Tornadoes are touching down in Appleton. Here’s Jefferson Starship”. I believe it may have been the first weather forecast ever on WAPL.

If I could have any super power:
As we all know, with great power, comes great responsibility. So, I don’t think I’m responsible enough to have a superpower. That said, I do think it would be pretty cool if I could shoot laser beams from my nipples.

Quote:
“When the lights came up at two,
I caught a glimpse of you.
And your face looked like something
Death brought with him in his suitcase”. The French Inhaler by Warren Zevon

What I'm listening to:
The Best of the Moth. The Moth is weekly open mike for storytellers in New York City. The 10 CD set features true stories of about 15 minutes each from the lives of both celebrities and average Joes alike. Many are funny. Some are heartbreaking. My favorite one, so far, is from Kimya Dawson of the band The Moldy Peaches. She tells a tale of working at a haunted maze one Halloween when she was a teenager. Mariah Carey and some friends toured the haunted maze and Dawson was instructed to give her a good scare. It culminates with Mariah screaming in freight and Dawson screaming in her face “I know you can do better than that. Hit the high note, BITCH!” Very funny stuff.

What I'm watching:
Whatever passes by the peep hole.

What I'm reading:
I just finished “Downtown Owl”, the first novel by Chuck Klosterman, the author of the wonderfully titled collection of essays “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs”. “Downtown Owl” paints a funny and insightful portrait of living in small upper mid-western town. I’ve just started “More Information Than You Require” by John Hodgman. It’s the follow-up to his book “The Areas of My Expertise”. Both Hodgman’s books are wonderfully eccentric and I can only describe them as almanacs written by a crazy person. And I’m in the middle of “Havana Nocturne” by T.J English. It’s the true story of the mob’s control of Cuba before the take over by Fidel Castro. How can you not love a book that reveals that while he was a U.S. Senator, JFK visited Havana where he had a three-way with two Cuban hookers while a group of mobsters watched it all through a two way mirror and joked about how it might one day be valuable if they had filmed it?

Where I'd rather be right now:
A pub on Ireland’s west coast.

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Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN

Birthday:
Long, long ago in galaxy far, far away...

Why I got into radio:
The money, the chicks, the drugs and the rock n' roll. At least I got the rock n' roll!

Other jobs I've had:
At 16 I worked the hardware department at the very first Target store (the same store I’d been banned for life from a few years earlier for stealing a lighter).

Hobbies:
I golf a lot. I love live music, especially in local clubs. I read lots of books. I like exploring the Upper Midwest and traveling to foreign lands (the WAPL winter trips are very cool). I like to sleep but rarely get enough of it. I also love to cook and I’m very willing to risk a kitchen disaster as long as someone else is willing to clean up afterward. My beautiful 13-year-old daughter (although that may be more of an adventure than a hobby).

Obsessions:
Golf. Politics. Peanut butter sandwiches. My oddly misshapen head.

Strange Phobias:
I’m afraid of meeting WAPL listeners. Just kidding.

Best concerts I've attended:
- The Grateful Dead...a dozen or so shows about which I am a little fuzzy...hmmm
-The Allman Brothers, Little Feat and The Radiators at Trout Air in Forest Lake, MN, 1989
- Stevie Ray Vaughan (seven times, starting with Summerfest in 1984 through the night before he died at Alpine Valley in 1990)
- The Guess Who, Average White Band and Styx, Met Center in Minneapolis, 1974 (my first big arena show)
- Black Sabbath (original lineup with Ozzy), Parade Stadium in Minneapolis, 1976
- Bruce Springsteen, St. Paul Civic Centre, 1978 and again at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1985
- Van Morrison at St. Paul Riverfest, 1982
- Chicago at the St. Paul Civic Centre, 1977 (Terry Kath was still alive)
- Jethro Tull at the St. Paul Civic Centre, 1977
- Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff at the Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis, 1981
- The Who at the St. Paul Civic Center, 1982 (their first farewell tour)
- The Who at Alpine Valley, 1989 (another farewell tour)
- The Rolling Stones at Alpine Valley ,1989
- U2 at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, 1990
- Paul McCartney at Soldier Field in Chicago, 1990 (goosebumps!)
- Amnesty International Concert at Rosemont Horizon , 1986 (The Police, U2, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams, Neville Brothers, Joan Baez, Robin Williams)
- Paul Simon at the Rosemont Horizon, 1994
- Simon and Garfunkel at the United Center in Chicago, 2003
- Phil Lesh and Friends (once at the Marcus Amphitheatre and twice at the 10,000 Lakes Music Festival)
- The Radiators (at least 14 times at various locations in a couple of states)
- The Chris Aaron Band at The Roadhouse in Door County, 2000
- The Cool Waters Band final show at Waverly Beach, Menasha, 2007

Death row meal:
Crow. Lots and lots of crow.

People say that I look like:
Walter Becker from Steely Dan. And that dorky guy you used to pick on in middle school.

Cartoon character I'd most like to have sex with:
Are you sick, or what? Then again, those Disney chicks like Jasmine are pretty hot. And Jane or Judy Jetson, maybe even at the same time. I’d do Betty from the Archies, Betty Rubble from the Flintstones, or Betty Boop. Pretty much any Betty, I guess. Come to think of it, even though Underdog’s gal Polly Purebread was an actual dog, I’d spend a night in her doghouse. But you really are sick to even ask, man.

Favorite monkey:
Does this have anything to do with the previous question about Having sex with a cartoon?

Quote:
Any line from John Hiatt’s Icy Blue Heart, especially “Girl, you’re a beauty like I’ve never witnessed And I’ve seen the Northern Lights dancing on air” or “These days we all play calm, cool and collected. Why, our lips could turn blue just shooting the breeze.”

What I'm listening to:
Rick McNeal babbling about something inconsequential.

What I'm watching:
Rick McNeal wiping the dribble from his chin.

What I'm reading:
Another restraining order.

Where I'd rather be right now:
Anywhere but in a tiny room with Rick McNeal.

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July 31st City of Waupun
A police officer met with a 33-year-old woman who said she wanted to report rude behavior that happened at the Waupun County Pool. The woman talked to the officer about the rude behavior as well as her family stressing her out, possibly moving to Chicago or Green Bay, her junior prom, 50 Shades of Grey, and her Zumba class.

July 30th Town of Menasha
A 60-year-old woman was cited for indecent conduct after several neighbors reported that she was taking the trash out while wearing only a T-shirt.

August 20th City of Sheboygan
Nobody answered the door when police arrived at the residence of a man who had called police and reported the theft of some talking fish.

August 6th City of Marshfield
A man whose probation terms required him to refrain from consuming alcohol was arrested after admitting to police he consumed "two sips of warm Pabst".

August 6th City of Oshkosh
A 20-year-old female came to the Police Department wanting to see an officer. The female stated she believed there was a warrant out for her arrest. When informed that there was no warrant, the woman lunged at an officer and attempted to grab his gun. The officer was able to push the female away and she was placed under arrest and taken to jail.

August 21st City of Green Bay
A man called 911. He told the dispatcher he just wanted to just to find out if his phone works.

August 8th City of Wisconsin Rapids
A caller told police that he was being called names by a man who was whistling down the street. According to the police report, the two men had argued before the alleged whistling incident.

July 30th City of Waukesha
A resident called police and reported finding a blood covered t-shirt in a tree. Police determined the blood in question was actually chocolate stains and not a sign of a crime but rather just sloppy eating.

August 9th City of Oak Creek
Police arrested a woman for domestic violence after she allegedly threw a screwdriver at her boyfriend because he was snoring.

August 4th City of Phillips
The police department received a complaint from a male adult who reported working at a residence when another male entered the garage and urinated on his tool belt.

July 31st City of Beaver Dam
A Weyland Street resident told police that a naked intoxicated man was running around and hissing at people.

July 27th City of Whitefish Bay
Police responded to a report of people yelling in a car. Responding officers found the man was delivering sushi and his friends were just trying to give him directions.

August 9th Dane County
Police arrested a 25-year-old man on charges of trespassing after he climbed to the top of a 10 story crane to take a selfie.

August 9th City of Rice Lake
A resident called police to report there was a man hiding in their bushes. When police arrived they found the man who told them he was hiding in the bushes to avoid an argument with his girlfriend.

August 3rd City of Sheboygan
Police were called to a home where a boy was spraying his parents with a garden hose because they were trying to take away his cell phone.

August 4th City of Waukesha
A woman in an apartment called police and reported that children in another unit were harassing her. The woman told officers the children were looking at her and said "wonder whose car that is" when her friends picked her up. Police informed the woman this is not harassment.

July 27th City of Brown Deer
Police arrested a 25-year-old man with pork chops in his pants.

August 9th City of Marshfield
An officer arrested a woman after a caller reported she was pounding on the caller’s front door, scaring the caller and waking the caller’s husband. The woman told officers she was pounding on the door because she just wanted to meet her neighbors. Why she felt like meeting her neighbors at 1:54 AM remains unclear.

August 21st City of Sheboygan
A 911 dispatcher did a call back following a hang-up. The man who answered the phone told them he called because his mother pushed him. He then changed his story saying he just fell over a bucket.

August 6th City of Shawano
Police were called to the beach near North Riverside Drive on a report of a creepy man asking females what kind of underwear they were wearing.

August 13th City of Waupun
A resident called police to report finding a cell phone and wallet on his lawn. He told police they were apparently left behind by a couple of drunken strangers he saw having sex in his yard the night before. Police contacted the owners of the wallet and phone to determine if the drunken sex was consensual.

August 15th Dane County
A man was arrested for allegedly slapping the buttocks of a police horse. According to police, the man struck the horse's "left rump area." The police horse's human partner described the slap, on a scale of one to 10, as sounding like a seven. When police apprehended the culprit, he pleaded his innocence saying "I didn't know it was illegal to slap a horse."

August 6th City of Waukesha
Police responded to an apartment after a man's medical alarm was activated several times. On one of the activations, a male could be heard saying, "I'm going to kill you." When responding officers arrived at the man's home, he told them he only activated the medical alarm because he was upset no one would push him in his wheelchair to a convenience store.

August 9th Village of Jackson (Washington County)
Police were called to a tavern that was the scene of a fight involving about nine people and included bottles being thrown. The fight allegedly started when a man attempted to put money in the jukebox. A woman objected, thinking it would disrupt her jukebox selections, and took a swing at the man. The woman missed and struck the man's fiancé instead who responds by pouring her drink on the angry jukebox lady because she said she thought "it would defuse the situation".
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