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Awesome New Video From Reba McEntire!
July 23, 2014 5:57 am

You've got to take a look a this new video from Reba McEntire, "Pray For Peace"

Sadness In Ireland
July 15, 2014 5:46 am

There are lots of broken hearts in Ireland today. Garth Brooks has officially cancelled his concert stint set for Dublin. After the final decision was made by the Irish government that Garth Brooks' five sold out shows in Dublin scheduled for the end of this month could not go on, Garth released this statement through his Los Angeles based publicist:

"I have always been advised to NEVER send a message in "the moment." It is said it is best to take a walk, wait awhile, and think about it. With that said, I just received the news the Dublin City Council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows. To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother?s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one. So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster.

I want to thank the Irish authorities for going the distance for all of us who wanted to share songs and dance together. I really want to thank all the people around the world that continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen. Most of all, to Peter Aiken and those 400,000 people who believed enough to go through what they have been through to get to this point?I love you, always have, always will. I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you? Garth."

The good news is that he wil be touring the United States. Although we don't know when, we do know the first stop will be Chicago. More details will reportedly be released today on the date and venue, and KICKS 106.3 will have the info as soon as it's released!

Before and After
July 9, 2014 6:44 am

John here-- Thought I'd share the before and after photos of the trees we had removed form our yard yesterday. Both of the twin maples in front of our house had started to split and lose limbs in the storms that have been rolling through the area the last few weeks, and they were just not safe anymore. We had to do it, but it just made us sick to see these beautiful trees come down. They were especially awesome in the fall when they would turn bright red. Now the planning begins for what we should replace them with! Any ideas? Drop me an email:



July 3, 2014 6:13 am

End of the Road

Usually, news of celebrity divorces doesn't register much of a blip on my radar.  It's become commonplace, to be perfectly honest, however this latest news of a split seemingly came out of nowhere.  Singer,  Jewel and her championship cowboy, Ty Murray are calling it quits.

According to a post on the singer's website, the couple has been quietly trying to find reconciliation, but have decided to go ahead with a divorce.  It's really quite interesting reading.  There are some undertones that are reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow's referencing of an "uncoupling" with her marriage to Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin.  I found the term to be a bit ridiculous.  The way that Jewel wrote about her and Ty coming to the conclusion is in that similar vein, but not as cheesy to me for some reason; probably because she actually wrote more to explain why things are going down the way they are.

Either way, divorce sucks--particularly when there are children involved.  (Jewel and Ty have a little boy, Kase.)  I often wondered how hard it is to hold a family together when both parents have careers that thrust them into the spotlight and eat so much of their time.  It can't be easy.  You almost always have to be "on," because there are fans who expect you to be that bubbly person all of the time, and you really don't have much for privacy to work "normal" challenges out with each other.  It takes a special understanding to work through problems in the public eye.  Not every celebrity couple can climb that mountain and come down the other side intact.

It does make one stop and appreciate the love and understanding that celebrity couples who HAVE successfully weathered the storms of life and kept their ship righted and moving ahead in life.  Couples like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill come to mind.  There have been rumors swirling for years that they were on the outs.  And perhaps they were having challenges, as ANY married couple does, but they are seemingly holding it together.  It makes me have an even greater appreciation for them both.  And it certainly allows each of them to bring real emotion to their craft.  Marriage and family provides plenty of material for music.  Not that we'd want to be hearing any songs about dirty diapers on the airwaves, but without a doubt, relationships--the good, the bad, and the ugly provide a plethora of material for music.

Sometimes Random Stupid Stuff Is Just fun!
June 11, 2014 8:25 am

I ran across this tidbit of info this morning and thought I'd share it with you: A group of hyenas is called a "cackle". You'd have thought a group of hens would be called a cackle, right? I'd call a group of hyenas a "laugh" of hyenas, since that's what they sound like. Or maybe a "guffaw" of hyenas? Ok, random info, I know. That's all I got today!

Talk About A Tummy Tuck!
June 10, 2014 6:55 am

Cops in Greenville, North Carolina, say a 315-pound drug suspect hid a cache of narcotics in his....belly button! A month-long investigation into a heroin-selling operation culminated in a May 29 traffic stop for Randall Streeter and his passenger Marshall Wayne Wilson. Streeter, from whom undercover officers had allegedly bought heroin in the past, was found to have secreted 40 bags of heroin, crack, and Percocet pills in his navel, according to the cops. Additionally, agents allegedly found 150 bags of heroin and $1,200 in Streeter's vehicle. Both Streeter and his passenger Wilson were slapped with numerous heroin trafficking charges. Obviously, he had an "inny" and not an "outie"!

So What Do You See?
June 5, 2014 7:22 am

A while back we told you about a waitress who saw the face of Jesus in a pancake. Today it's apiece of machinery!A man from Jackson County, Mississippi made a miraculous discovery at his local junkyard: an old air conditioner that bears what he says is the face of Jesus. Christopher Goldsberry purchased the unit for just $10. He admits that not everybody can see what he says looks like the face of Christ, including his junk seller pal. "The gentleman I purchased it from didn't see any of it. Think about it. They don't recognize what it is. Some people see it, some people don't. Think about that." OK, take a look and tell me what you think? Does it look like Jesus to you?

We Men Knew It All Along!
June 4, 2014 8:08 am

Yes, we did! Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University say death tolls with hurricanes that have been given female names have been greater than those that have been given male names. The researchers looked at death tolls from hurricanes going back to 1950 through 2012 and discovered that in the case of the 47 most severe storms, far more people on average died from hurricanes named after women (45) than from those with male names (23). The difference in fatalities also widens when strongly masculine names are compared to those regarded as strongly female. So what accounts for this disparity? The simple answer is that since people aren't as intimidated by female-named hurricanes, they don't take the same precautions. As co-author Sharon Shavitt of the University of Illinois explains, the findings suggest "implicit sexism." In other words, we don't even realize we're less fearful of a Mary than a Mark. While the study is pretty astounding, there's been no serious talk yet of changing the hurricane-naming system. You know, I had about a half-dozen smart remarks about this, but every one of them would get me in trouble! ~John

Where Are You Headed This Summer?
June 3, 2014 6:55 am

About nine out of ten Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, according to a TripAdvisor survey of more than 2,500 travelers, about two-thirds of whom plan to travel domestically. We all know the Wisconsin Dells is one of the most popular summertime destinations in the Midwest, if not the whole country. But there's a lot to choose from! Here's what people will be doing and where they'll be going:

Most Popular Types of Summer Vacations

1. Beach / Ocean escape - 45 percent

2. City vacation - 42 percent

3. National park visit - 21 percent

Top Summer Activities

1. Shopping - 54 percent

2. Swimming/Water sports - 49 percent

3. Visiting a historical site or event - 49 percent

Top U.S. Destinations

1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

3. New York City, New York

4. Destin, Florida

5. Ocean City, Maryland

Everything's Just Ducky At Shopko
June 2, 2014 6:18 am

Here's your "awww" story and photos for the day! Deb and I stopped at Shopko in Bridgeview Plaza late yesterday to do some shopping in the outdoor gardening area. There we found the store's staff caring for a mother duck who had made a nest in one of their plant displays.

Her ducklings had just hatched Saturday, and the staff was concerned because one of the little darlings had fallen off the stand, so they were devising a plan to move the whole thing to ground level. Deb and I were only too happy to help, so we all lifted the boards, plant containers and ducks to the ground.

Mama seemed a little disconcerted, so she decided to take her flock for a walk.

The Shopko folks said they would care for Mama duck and her brood until they were ready to head for the Black River, at which time they would help escort them safely across Rose Street. Well done, Shopko!

Man Tries To Sell The Word "The" On Ebay
May 27, 2014 7:33 am

You gotta love Ebay. Anything you want you can find there. Including the word "the". Yep, an Australian man was selling the word 'the' written on a piece of paper on eBay. The bidding reached over $10,000 before eBay pulled the listing. The enterprising seller, who goes by the username 'sweatyman' has listed the item's condition as "very good" adding that the word is "ideal for any situation". No, there's nothing special about it. It's not an ancient piece of text, or written by someone famous. Just a piece of paper with the word "the" written on it. In the item's description, 'sweatyman' writes that the item is: "Handwritten with blue ballpoint pen, on a torn piece of Reflex A4 paper, this versatile word can be used in literally thousands of sentences. For example: 'The dogs have escaped again'; 'I will buy some meat from the local deli.'; What's the time?" I imagine he did it to see if anyone would actually bid on it, which many did. More power to him, I say!

Wanted: Panda Nannies!
May 23, 2014 7:07 am

As the old saying goes, choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life. And this could be the greatest job in the world: Panda Nannie! China's Giant Panda Protection and Research Center is now recruiting caretakers whose main duties will be to hang out with panda cubs and love them and cuddle them. These so-called panda nannies will earn $32,000 a year and will receive free meals and accommodations. Find out more here.

Isn't This Going A Bit Too Far?
May 22, 2014 6:50 am

It's graduation time again, and one of the traditional events surrounding the end of the school year is the Honors ceremonies. These ceremonies celebrate the achievements of students throughout the school year, but check this out: A Connecticut middle school is receiving criticism for its decision to cancel "Honors Night" so as not to offend those who haven't achieved them. According to the East Greenwich Patch, officials at Archie R. Cole Middle School pulled the plug on the event because, "Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature" of highlighting the hard work of the school's best and brightest. Instead, the good students will be highlighted in "team-based ceremonies" that will, "celebrate the individual and collective success of all students and their effort, progress and excellence.? The nature of the change didn't sit well with many, judging by the reactions the story has gathered online. "And all sporting competitions should end in a tie," griped one. "Life ain't fair either. What're you going to do about that?" vented another. Isn't this going too far in the politically correct department? These kids deserve the accolades of doing well in their studies, don't they? Or should we more sensitive to kids who don't "win"?

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?
May 20, 2014 8:16 am

So how would you interpret this? OWN (Oprah's network) said Friday that it has postponed its docu-series on Michael Sam, the first openly-gay football player to be selected in the NFL draft. In a statement obtained by ESPN, OWN president Erik Logan said that after discussion with the team that drafted Sam, the St. Louis Rams, the project was postponed in order to allow Sam the "best opportunity to achieve his dreams of making the team". Does that translate as, "We'll see if he makes the cut, cause if he doesn't nobody's gonna care about him anymore"? Hmmm.

So How Old Do You Think This Woman Is?
May 19, 2014 6:43 am


She's actually 34 years old! This Texas woman was arrested last week after it was revealed she successfully pretended to be a high school sophomore for an entire year. It's not clear why Charity Anne Johnson allegedly enrolled at the New Life Christian School in October as 15-year-old Charity Stevens. Tamica Lincoln, 30, told ABC News she had taken Johnson in after she claimed to have been an orphaned teen. "She acted like a kid. She did her homework. She got good report cards," said Lincoln, who met Johnson at their place of employ, McDonald's. "I allowed her to come into my house. I was just trying to be nice and kindhearted and get her out of the situation she was in." Principal Stuart Newlin was apparently fooled in part because Johnson claimed she'd been homeschooled and didn't have any school records. "Everyone we talked to assumed she was a teenager like she said she was, because she looked like one. She had friends," he said. "Everybody liked her." Johnson's story began to unravel when Lincoln got a phone call from a woman who ran a group for needy children that the suspect tried to join. Suspicious, Lincoln had their manager run a background check that revealed -- incorrectly -- that Johnson was 31. Johnson was charged with failure to show identification, and still is behind bars at Gregg County Jail on a $500 bond. What do you think, Would she have fooled you?

Here's A Friday "Idiots On Parade"!
May 16, 2014 8:00 am

A Catskill, NY man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly driving a lawn tractor under the influence with his two young children on board. The man, Stephen W. Baran, 41, of Catskill, was arrested by the New York State Police at Catskill on Monday and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, according to police. Troopers report that Baran had allegedly consumed a quantity of alcohol and then drove his lawn tractor to a bar with his 6-year-old and 7-year-old children sitting on his lap. Baran was processed at the State Police at Catskill, and issued an appearance ticket returnable before the Town of Catskill Court at a later date. Being stupid by yourself is one thing, but being an idiot with your kids???

May 16, 2014 6:00 am

The Government Wants Your Baby's DNA

Did you know that the state of Minnesota can take and retain DNA samples of all newborn babies for genetic research without parent consent?  It's true.  Governor Mark Dayton has signed a bill to eliminate genetic privacy after newborn screening.  Selling is prohibited, but no provisions are made for giving it away, so Minnesota may now be the go-to state for free baby DNA.

Unless you break the law, the state cannot take your vehicle from you, without your consent, but in Minnesota, they can take and use your baby's DNA without consent.  Parents can opt out, but most people don't even know the DNA is being taken.  Seven other states keep Baby DNA forever.  How would you feel about the government taking your baby's DNA and using it?  Drop us an email. 

Holy Sneak Peek!
May 15, 2014 6:01 am

Zack Snyder, the director of the tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman movie has tweeted the first photo of Ben Affleck as the new Batman, standing next to the latest Batmobile. The new Batman suit is dark -- though unlike others seen in previous films appears to be grey with black accents -- and thanks to its musculature, Affleck looks huge in it. The Bat symbol on his chest is dark colored, and also large, while his "bat ears" are small -- a throwback to comic legend Frank Miller's take on the Caped Crusader in his classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. The Batmobile is also a mix of previous Batmobile models and the newer "Tumbler" vehicle Christian Bale used in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. The sneak peek of Affleck's Batman and his ride comes after Snyder teased fans Monday with a partial reveal of a mostly tarp-covered Batmobile via a Twitter post. "Could be time to pull the tarp?Tomorrow?" Snyder captioned the pic, which was shot in a warehouse. The sequel to Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne, among others. It hits theaters on May 6, 2016. Are you still a fan of the Batman series after all these years?

Today's "Idiots On Parade"!
May 14, 2014 8:09 am

Police in Kentucky returned a lost cellphone to its owner and placed him in cuffs after seeing the phone's wallpaper pic of the man with a massive stash of weed. Cops showed up to the residence of 23-year-old Tyler Sanderson on Friday, a day after the phone came into their possession. "The individual gave consent to search the residence there, and there was 18 pounds of marijuana we were able to seize because of that," Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton told ABC News. "The average guy you might see a quarter-pound, maybe a half-pound, maybe even a pound. You don't see a lot. To see 18 pounds of it, that's a good lick. That's neat." 

      Sanderson was arrested on the spot and charged with trafficking marijuana over five pounds as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. An anonymous individual found the phone with the incriminating pic and left it on the vehicle of School Resource Deputy Montey Chappell in Frankfort, Kentucky, last Thursday. The deputy then turned over the phone to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeff Farmer, who tracked down the phone's owner. The marijuana is worth approximately $50,000, Melton said. Sanderson remains behind bars at the Franklin County Regional Jail under $10,000 bond. Ya know, when you put an incriminating photo like that on your phone for all the world to see, it's like saying, "Hey, somebody call the cops and tell 'em what I'm up to!"

Beware This Facebook Scam!
May 13, 2014 6:48 am

Facebook users who receive messages from friends along the lines of, "OMG YOUR PHOTOS ARE BEING USED ON THIS SITE," beware: It's a scam. Clicking the links directs users to fake blogs, which, in turn, lead to fake Facebook login pages. Anybody filling in their details and hitting enter will of course have their user name and password sent to the attacker. If you're any kind of a regular Facebook user, you might want to check out this article on the some of the most popular Facebook scams. Click here!

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