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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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aug 23rd


August 2nd City of Neenah
A North Park Avenue caller informed police that a large group of people were trespassing in her yard playing Pokémon Go. The caller told the dispatcher that she had turned her sprinkler on to get them off her property.

August 5th City of Brookfield
A resident reported that sometime before 4am on August 5th someone came into her yard and cut the cord on her Christmas lights.

August 9th City of Oak Creek
Police went to Kohl’s in response to a report of a white male in his 50s wearing sunglasses, white shorts, no shirt, and a blue baseball cap who was hiding in the bushes behind the store and clucking like a chicken.

August 7th Dane County
Police were called to a sports bar where witnesses say a man who was shooting pool had been loudly yelling Donald Trump's name as he voiced support for the candidate. Another man responded by also uttering Trump's name, but according to the police report, he used a word that "rhymes with truck" in front of the candidates name. This caused the first man to lift his Hawaiian shirt, exposing a handgun that was tucked in the waistband of his khaki shorts.

August 15th City of Sheboygan
Police were called to Fountain Park where a woman who had been sitting in the middle of the road in her pajamas was now bathing in the fountain.

August 4th City of Menasha
Officers responded to a report of a male and female physically fighting in a parking lot on Midway Road. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the parties who denied having a physical fight, but confirmed they were arguing over Papa Murphy's being closed.

August 12th City of Sheboygan
Police told a woman who was allegedly causing a disturbance at McDonald's to leave and she would be cited or arrested if she returned. The woman told police she doesn't think it works that way.

July 19th City of Greenfield
A man walked into an auto repair shop, stood very close to the register and wouldn’t speak to employees, then screamed “cigarettes!” and walked out. Police found the man sitting across the street waiting for a bus. The man did not speak English, and did not have an explanation for yelling "cigarettes!".

August 9th Village of Germantown
Police were called to the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot for a report that two males and two females were crawling around in front of patrons’ vehicles and harassing them about praying. Police located the praying suspects and they agreed to leave the parking lot and pray someplace else.

August 17th City of Madison
An officer on foot spotted an SUV being driven fast on State Street where regular traffic is not allowed. The officer jumped into her squad and pulled the driver over. According to police, when instructed to get out of the car, the 42-year-old female driver instead just cracked open a fresh can of beer and began drinking.

August 6th City of Chilton
Police were called to break up a disturbance involving two occupants at a nursing home physically fighting in wheelchairs. Police gave both occupants a lecture bout respecting each other as they live in such a confined space.

July 27th City of Greenfield
Police responded to a bar after an employee reported a woman struck another woman in the head with a martini glass. The women allegedly started arguing after one of them yelled at the other’s child for touching the shuffleboard table while they were using it.

August 5th City of Marshfield
Officers responding to the scene of a domestic disturbance determined a woman had become upset when her boyfriend accidentally called her by his ex-girlfriend's name. The man was trying to calm the woman down and, during the "conversation", the residence's door was broken. Police took the man to a different location to spend the night.

August 7th City of Sheboygan
Police were called to assist after a man on 20th Street who needed his colostomy bag changed became combative.

August 6th City of Sheboygan
Police were dispatched to the old Brat Days parade route to inform people waiting for the Brat Days parade that it would not be coming their way and if they wanted to see the Brat Days parade they should move to the new Brat Days parade route.

August 7th City of Neenah
A caller told police that for the last day a gas can has been sitting next to the stop sign at the intersection of Third Street and East Forest Avenue. An investigation by police revealed that the gas can was empty, and that the owner had put it out by the curb for free for whomever wanted it. The officer suggested attaching a sign that read "free gas can".

August 15th City of Wisconsin Rapids
A resident called police to report her 92-year-old mother's neighbor walks around her property with a baseball bat and asks people if they keep their money in a cookie jar.

August 8th City of Waukesha
Police were called to a city park where a man was upsetting other park goers by repeatedly screaming at them that he was "fishing for snapping turtles".
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