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Posts from November 2013
by Bob posted Nov 27 2013 10:39AM
10-10:45am - Jerry and Nora of the Memphis Revue (formerly Dante's Bop)
10:45-11am - Nora Collins
11-11:40am - Big Cedar Bluegrass Band
11:40-noon - Gary Cross
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by Bob posted Nov 27 2013 4:08AM
"The American Music Awards" drew 13.1 million viewers.  That's a four-year ratings high, made even more impressive since it was up against football.



"Sunday Night Football" was the top show of the week again, with 26.5 million fans tuning in to watch the Brady-Manning QB match-up.  Here are the top 10 shows:



1.  "Sunday Night Football", NBC, 26.5 million viewers.  The New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos, 34-31, in overtime.


2.  "NCIS", CBS, 19.7 million viewers.


3.  "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 19 million viewers.


4.  "The OT", Fox, 16 million viewers.


5.  "Monday Night Football", ESPN, 15.8 million viewers.  The Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots, 24-20.


6.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 15 million viewers.


7.  "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.8 million viewers.


8.  "Football Night in America", NBC, 13.7 million viewers.


9.  "The American Music Awards", ABC, 13.1 million viewers.


10.  "Criminal Minds", CBS, 12.4 million viewers.



And here are some additional ratings you may or may not be interested in:


•  7.8 million people watched DAVID BLAINE trick celebrities in his "Real or Magic" TV special.  (Check out some GIFs showing reactions from Aaron Paul, Kanye West, and Harrison Ford here.)


•  "Marvel's Agents of Shield" stopped their ratings freefall with their tie-in to "Thor: The Dark World".  That episode had 6.9 million viewers, which is a slight improvement over the previous week, but still way down from its 12 million series premiere.


•  "Where Were You? The Day JFK Died" drew 5.8 million viewers for the NBC special commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death.


•  The 4th season finale of "Boardwalk Empire" attracted 2.2 million viewers.


•  The 4th season finale of "Covert Affairs" got 2.3 million viewers. 


(Here are your source links for the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast.)

by Bob posted Nov 27 2013 4:00AM

When your pet runs away, you can always hold out hope that he's alive . . . but the longer it goes, the less likely it is that you'll ever see him again.  That being said . . . let this story help you eternally maintain blind faith.



Two years ago, a man named Cree Cantrell in Biloxi, Mississippi lost his cat, Jacque.  Cree waited for the call that someone had found Jacque, but it never came.



Then, after TWO YEARS, he got a phone call that Jacque had turned up . . . in DENVER, COLORADO.  Biloxi and Denver are about 1,300 miles apart.  No one has ANY IDEA how Jacque made that trip.



But a vet in Colorado had Jacque, scanned the microchip Cree had implanted under his skin, and Cree's information came up.  Now they've been reunited.



Cree says he'd never planned on getting Jacque microchipped, but when he took Jacque in to the Humane Society to get him neutered, they recommended it. 



According to the Humane Society of South Mississippi, your chances of being reunited with a lost pet jump to over 50% if you have the pet microchipped.


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by Bob posted Nov 26 2013 12:48PM
Congratulations to Rosemary Guth, Sherry Cullen, Candice Brace and Sue Jazak, winners of Patch Products of Beloit's BUZZWORD board games. Cheryl Dickman won a $10 Chocolate Factory gift card.Tammy Schinker won $10 worth of Mineshaft certificates.

Winners for the week of Nov. 11th are : Bev May and Arlene Kuehl won $10 certificates for Links Hideaway, Morgan Brace won a copy of "What It Means To Be A Badger", Karen Demmon won a $25 certificate toward a tree at PMF Landscape Supply and Irene Kuhaupt and Rita Sumter won BUZZWORD board games from Patch Products.

Winners for the week of Nov. 18th, receiving gift certificates from West Bend Tap & Tavern are Nell Zuelsdorf, Judy Malnory, Sherry Eckert and Karen Kandel.
by Bob posted Nov 25 2013 4:09AM
There's a six-year-old in Bridgewater, Massachusetts named Danny Keefe, who had a brain hemorrhage when he was born.  And as a result he has a serious speech impediment.



But he's overcome that to become a successful student and the water boy for the fifth grade football team.  He's also got the BEST STYLE of any first grader in the country . . . he wears a SUIT and TIE to school every day.



Unfortunately, because of his speech impediment and because kids just don't get his fashion sense, Danny has been bullied and picked on.



So when the guys on the football team found out about it, they all wore their OWN coats and ties to school to support Danny.  They called it Danny Appreciation Day . . . and Danny called it the, quote, "best day ever."


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by Bob posted Nov 25 2013 4:04AM
We think of Thanksgiving as a fattening, once-a-year indulgence. But actually, there are a bunch of Thanksgiving foods that are GOOD for you.  Here are the four best . . .



1.  Turkey.  Turkey is one of the healthiest meats, and it's almost totally fat free.  It's also a great source of protein.  You can prepare it in a low sodium chicken broth if you want to avoid a lot of salt.



2.  Cranberries.  People usually only eat them once a year, but cranberries are one of those healthy super-foods.  They have a bunch of antioxidants and nutrients, so they help prevent ulcers and infections.  They're also loaded with vitamins. (But be careful...thy're high in carbs.)


Consider preparing them with applesauce as a sweetener, instead of sugar.



3.  Sweet potatoes.   Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and minerals, so they're better for you than regular mashed potatoes. 



4.  Apple pie.  Apples are full of vitamins and fiber, so that's a score.  But apple pies usually contain a bunch of spices that are filled with health benefits.  And if you make it with a wheat crust, it's even better for you. Just don't add whipped cream or ice cream.


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by Bob posted Nov 22 2013 9:14AM
Bowling Alley in Florida
    What a way to vent frustration!
    After losing money for years, the guy was ready to close up and shut it down, but, he tried one last thing, and now business is booming, wonder why?

    Clever! What a money-maker!

    Clearwater , FL . . . .

    Want to knock his teeth out?
    is doing record business despite a bad economy.
    The alley also reported a record number of 300 games.
    Since opening in November 2010,
    963 patrons have bowled a perfect game,
    including strikes in the warm-up frames.
    This alley also has the highest bowling league average in the country with a 237.
    And that's the senior league.
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by Bob posted Nov 22 2013 4:11AM
An animal shelter in Philadelphia recently took in two eight-month-old pit bull brothers named Jeffrey and Jermaine, and quickly realized Jeffrey was BLIND.  But he got around okay, because Jermaine has learned to act as his SEEING-EYE dog.



Basically, Jeffrey walks behind Jermaine with his head resting on his back, and Jermaine just goes about his business.  But when they're separated, they freak out.



So the shelter realized they had to find someone willing to adopt BOTH dogs, which is normally pretty tough, especially when one has special needs.  So last week, they posted a photo of the two dogs sleeping together, with their ARMS around each other.



And the photo was so touching, that in two days, Jeffrey and Jermaine's adoption page got over THREE MILLION hits . . . with people from all over the WORLD trying to adopt them.



The shelter stopped accepting applications on Tuesday, because so many people had applied.  Now they're sifting through candidates to find the best match.  But they want to remind people that there are a lot of OTHER dogs out there who still need a home.

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by Bob posted Nov 21 2013 4:14AM
A 10-year-old north Texas girl named Jordyn Self accidentally found her Christmas present recently . . . which is a collectable American Girl doll called "Saige."  And what she decided to do with it is pretty incredible for a young kid.



Jordyn's elementary school had been sending care-packages to troops overseas.  But donations were running low, and Jordyn knew the doll was expensive.



So she asked her mom to RETURN it and donate the money.  But instead, they decided to start a RAFFLE on Facebook.  The tickets cost $1 each, and they're choosing a winner at random later this week. 



The doll retails for $110.  But as of yesterday morning, they'd raised over $1,500.  And someone posted on their Facebook page that their company will MATCH the donations.



Also, Jordyn is being REWARDED for her generosity.  She and her mom were on the "Today" show yesterday, and the producers are sending her a replacement doll, plus one for her little sister.



If you want to buy tickets, the Facebook page is called "Saige for Soldiers."  The raffle runs through this Saturday.


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by Bob posted Nov 20 2013 4:07AM

"Almost Human" Had a Solid Series Premiere and "Sunday Night Football" Scored Huge Ratings


The series premiere of the new sci-fi drama "Almost Human" debuted on Fox with a solid 9.2 million viewers.  But it dropped to just 6.8 million viewers on the second night of its two-part premiere.



Meanwhile, "Sunday Night Football" got its biggest November audience in 17 years.  27 million people watched Peyton Manning and his Broncos beat the undefeated Chiefs.  Here are the top 10 shows:



1.  "Sunday Night Football", NBC, 27 million viewers.  The Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17.


2.  "NCIS", CBS, 19.4 million viewers.


3.  "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 18.3 million viewers.


4.  "The OT", Fox, 15 million viewers.


5.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 14.9 million viewers.


6.  "Football Night in America", NBC, 14 million viewers.


7.  "Person of Interest", CBS, 12.6 million viewers.


8.  "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 12.6 million viewers.


9.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 12 million viewers.


10.  Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 12 million viewers.  And Tuesday's episode had 11.6 million viewers.



Lady Gaga was the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live", and she got the highest-ratings of the season so far with 8.4 million viewers.



(Here are your source links for the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast.)

by Bob posted Nov 20 2013 4:04AM
  Black Friday isn't for another week and a half, but on the Internet it's been Black Friday all month long.  If you're going online to get your shopping done early, watch out for these four scams.



1.  Gift cards and coupon deals.  You'll get a lot of emails offering you free gift cards, or gift cards with ridiculous discounts.  The scam is to get you to enter your personal information online, so they can hack into your accounts or buy stuff in your name.



2.  E-cards and video greetings.  Some scammers will send you e-cards or videos that download malware to your computer when you click on them.  They might even come from a familiar email or Twitter account, if one of your friends gets hacked. 



3.  Secret shopper jobs.  You might get a job offer to be a secret shopper at stores in your area, and you'll even get real checks in the mail.  They'll tell you to cash the checks, go shopping, and then wire the rest of the money back to the company.



These ones are rough because your bank will tell you the check has cleared, and the money is available.  But later they'll take the money back, when they find out the check was forged.  And meanwhile you already wired money from your own account.



4.  Incredible discounts from unfamiliar sites.  You make a purchase and give them your credit card info, and they use it to buy stuff on the REAL site where you should have gone in the first place.


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by Bob posted Nov 18 2013 4:13AM
The great thing about being REALLY rich and REALLY spiteful is, you can pull off great revenge schemes.



There's a guy in the Detroit area named Alan Markovitz who owns several strip clubs, and apparently is regarded as some kind of strip club genius.



But he recently got divorced after being married for two years, when he caught his wife CHEATING on him.  Then she moved in with the other guy in an expensive suburb of Detroit.



So Alan got his REVENGE . . . by buying the house NEXT DOOR, and putting up a huge statue of a hand with the MIDDLE FINGER up, pointed RIGHT at his ex-wife's house.



He even installed a spotlight to shine on it, to make sure it was visible 24 hours a day.  And if you're wondering, yeah, it's legal under the First Amendment.

by Bob posted Nov 14 2013 2:55PM

The latest, season-best hour highlights central qualities that go well beyond flesh-munching

TV Columnist @blowryontv

While “The Walking Dead’s” spectacular ratings success could hardly have been predicted, the latest episode of the AMC series — the best of its fourth season — niftily highlights some of the key ingredients. In fact, almost every beat of this splendid hour reinforced why this is more than just your run-of-the-mill splatter-fest, although there was certainly some of that as well. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)

Beyond the most obvious qualities — action, suspense, cool weapons (crossbows and samurai swords and knives, oh my) and mastering new and creative ways to crush and explode zombie heads — here are five attributes, in no particular order, that have distinguished the show and were particularly well represented in the Nov. 3 episode:

1. Moral ambiguity. The entire exchange between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carol (Melissa McBride, simply terrific in these last few episodes) highlights the fundamental question that echoes throughout the series — namely, how people can hang on to their humanity and sense of values amid an apocalyptic landscape where survival is constantly threatened and, in terms of civility, all bets appear to be off.

Carol’s willingness to commit murder for the collective good, revealed the previous week, forced Rick — who has also broken his initial vow about not killing the living — to contemplate what amounts to crossing the line, wherever the line might be.

When does pragmatism become ruthlessness? It’s not a simple answer, especially given the personal losses both characters have suffered over the course of the series, and their exchange beautifully zeroed in on that tension.

2. Effortless diversity. The second plot in Sunday’s episode featured four characters in search of medical supplies. As it happened, three of them (played by Danai Gurira and “The Wire” alums Chad L. Coleman and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) happen to be black.

A lot of shows play at diversity, but “Walking Dead” has managed to present a broad spectrum of players in a way that feels completely organic — perhaps in part because once the zombie apocalypse hits, the only distinctions that matter are “living” and “flesh-munching.”

3. Shedding characters — and reloading. It’s unclear whether we’ve seen the last of Carol, but assuming she’s been driven off for good, it’s only the latest departure from a cast that has turned over almost entirely except for Rick, his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Glenn (Steve Yeun). And before someone yells “Daryl!,” Norman Reedus’ cross-bow-wielding hillbilly didn’t show up until partway through season one.

Obviously, there’s a blueprint for that in Robert Kirkman’s comics, but the notion of shedding key players as promiscuously as “Walking Dead” runs counter to virtually every notion of franchise maintenance in TV and has helped keep the program fresh and the audience off guard.

Former showrunner Glen Mazzara penned an interesting first-person column about this, concluding, “I tell stories. Not all of them have happy endings. Not everyone makes it home.” Simply put, no network suit needs to give “The Walking Dead” a note saying, “Raise the stakes.”

4. Terrific casting. Genre shows seldom get the credit they deserve in this regard, but “Walking Dead” has been especially adept at adding compelling players, including Scott Wilson as the grandfatherly Hershel. There’s also an element of good fortune in that one suspects even the producers didn’t realize what they had in Riggs, a child actor who has literally grown up in an especially resonant way.

5. An underlying humanity. Frankly, this is one area where “Walking Dead” occasionally stumbles, or at least neglects, when caught up in the process of feeding gore to the constituency that tends to gripe when an episode doesn’t feature enough zombie guts.

The latest hour, however, actually reminded viewers that those slavering corpses were in fact once people, sending Rick and Carol into a suburban neighborhood, where the camera drifted over family photos. Sure, they’re mindless monsters now, but they weren’t before the world went to hell — providing a mere taste of the sobering losses experienced before Rick ever woke from that coma.

Any show garnering the kind of ratings “Walking Dead” delivers is being watched for a whole lot of different reasons — including by folks with stocked bunkers waiting for some version of Armageddon to actually happen. Moreover, teams of network executives and sociologists will no doubt be analyzing such factors for years to come.

But for now, these five are as good as any — just as the fourth episode of season four was about as good as this show gets.

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by Bob posted Nov 14 2013 5:56AM
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by Bob posted Nov 14 2013 4:29AM has put together a couple charts showing which shows have the RICHEST audience, and which shows have the POOREST.



Of the shows they looked at, "Modern Family" viewers make the MOST money.  The show's average viewer in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic makes roughly $81,000 a year.



"Bob's Burgers" was on the other end of the spectrum, with its viewers in that demographic earning just under $49,000 a year.



Since those numbers are AVERAGES . . . they skew a little more to the middle, without either total being particularly rich or poor.



The report looked at primetime shows on the four major broadcast networks . . . ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox . . . with the exception of "sports, specials and award ceremonies."  So, no cable shows were included.



Here are the 10 shows with the RICHEST audiences, and their annual income:



1.  "Modern Family",  $81,100  (ABC)


2.  "Parks and Recreation",  $81,000  (NBC)


3.  "The Amazing Race",  $75,700  (CBS)


4.  "Nashville",  $74,400  (ABC)


5.  "The Goldbergs",  $73,900  (ABC)


6.  "60 Minutes",  $73,900  (CBS)


7.  "The Mindy Project",  $73,800  (Fox)


8.  "The Good Wife",  $72,900  (CBS)


9.  "How I Met Your Mother",  $72,900  (CBS)


10.  "New Girl",  $72,700  (Fox)



And here are the 10 shows with the POOREST audiences, and their income:



1.  "Bob's Burgers",  $48,800  (Fox)


2.  "American Dad",  $49,100  (Fox)


3.  "Family Guy",  $53,400  (Fox)


4.  "48 Hours",  $54,000  (CBS)


5.  "The Simpsons",  $54,100  (Fox)


6.  "America's Funniest Home Videos",  $54,700  (ABC)


7.  "Ironside",  $55,400  (NBC) . . . This show has since been canceled.


8.  "Undercover Boss",  $55,800  (CBS)


9.  "CSI",  $56,300  (CBS)


10.  "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland",  $56,300  (ABC)



(You can check out the full charts, here.)  (Image Source)

 (The reason this report only used data on 18- to 49-year-olds is because:  that's the demographic that advertisers care about . . .)

by Bob posted Nov 11 2013 9:27AM
The fifth annual United Way of Washington County Radio-thon will be Saturday, November 16th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. During this time slot, over 60 items will be offered to bid on. Do your Holiday Shopping or pick up a few fun things for your family. All proceeds go to a worthy cause supporting over 33 programs and 20 non-profit agencies. These programs address critical issues such as domestic abuse, hunger, homelessness, services for people with disabilities and services for seniors.

Listen right here on WBKV AM1470 on Saturday, November 16th. Then call 262-335-5275 to make your bid during the appropriate time slot.

As of November 8th, you can view all the auction items at the United Way of Washington County website, You can support people in need by bidding on the Radio-thon auction items.
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