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If Only I Had Known!
Sept. 18, 2014 6:00 am

Ahh the Stock Market! Most common folk like you and I understand very little of it, and probably don't have any extra pennies at the end of the month to drop into a "portfolio". That being said, we've all lamented (or been told!), "If I had only invested in this company or that company when they first came out I'd have made a fortune!" Now, while most people say that about companies like Microsoft and Apple, did you know you could have made a killing investing in some of your favorite restaurants? For instance, if you'd have invested $1000.00 in Starbucks when it first went "public", that $1000.00 would now be worth over $3900.00! That's a lota lattes! How about everybody's favorite, McDonalds: If you had invested that same $1000.00 in 2004, it would be worth, get this--$4659.00! How many Chicken Nuggets would that buy you!?! Anyway, we're all jealous of the savvy few who know a good thing when they see it and have the cash to do something about it. So here's the article about your favorite restaurants so you can cry over spilled investment opportunities!

Will You Please Stop Saying That!
Sept. 11, 2014 5:55 am

It's so annoying: Someone at work just keeps saying the same "buzzwords" over and over! Don't you wish they would just stop? There's a list of certain buzzwords that a new survey says you should stop using immediately. Accountemps interviewed 600 Human Resource managers to find what office catchphrases and clichés drive people up the wall, and have listed the Top 20. For instance, if you?ve ever used ?pick your brain,? your boss may be ready to pick you up and drop you out a window. The recommendation of HR people is to use simple language during conversations, not the worn-out office jargon that does little to impress anyone.

Here are the 20 most annoying and over used phrases and buzzwords in alphabetical order:

"At the end of the day", "Circle back", "Crunch time", "Deep dive", "Dynamic", "Employee engagement", "Forward-thinking", "I am overwhelmed.", It's above my pay grade.", "It's not my job."
"Let me get back to you.", "Leverage", "LOL", Out of pocket", "Pick your brain", "Synergy", "Think outside the box.", "Value-added", "When am I going to get a raise?", Win-win"

Have you ever used any of these buzzwords? How often do you use these words? Does it annoy you when people use these words at the office? What are some other buzzwords that should be added to the list? Drop me an email: john@kicks1063.com, and join the discussion on our Facebook page.

Boy, They Really Need To Work On This Road!
Sept. 10, 2014 5:54 am

First off, we can probably agree that even though all the road construction in our area this year can be a real pain, it's a necessary evil. And I do think those in charge really do try to minimize it's impact on our driving habits by detouring only when necessary and keeping traffic flowing as smooth as possible. That all being said, I thought it would be fun to share the roads and streets in our area that still really need to be fixed!


We all probably have a stretch of road that we drive every day and say, "When the heck are they gonna fix this road!" And I'll be happy to start! The one that really gets me going is the area around the intersection of 3rd, 4th, LaCrosse Street and The Causeway downtown. Talk about rough! I'll admit that I probably need new shocks on my pickup anyway, but WOW that intersection is a rough one! OK, your turn: What road or street really drives you crazy. Drop me an email, john@kicks1063.com, or head over to the discussion on our Facebook page.



The Perfect Beer For Every NFL Team!
Sept. 9, 2014 6:08 am

Packer fans, it's New Glarus Brewing's "Serendipity". Vikings fans, it's "Grain Belt Premium" from the August Schell Brewing Company. And Bears fans? It's Revolution Brewing Co.'s "Straight Jacket". These are supposedly the "perfect" beers for these teams, according to a fun article I found. Of course a favorite beer is pretty subjective, and it's always open for discussion. But it's kind of fun to see what they think the perfect beers are for all the NFL teams. Click here to read the full list and why they think each beer is the winner.



So what do you think? What's the "perfect beer" for your favorite team? Drop me a line at john@kicks1063.com


Poll Says More Americans Support Changing The Pledge Of Allegiance
Sept. 8, 2014 5:45 am

Does this picture look like something you remember from your childhood?


The Pledge of Allegiance is a 31-word recitation that most Americans know by heart, but there's a two-word phrase included in the Pledge that remains as controversial now as when Congress added it 60 years ago. Because of ?under God,? some people refuse to say it, particularly atheists. The American Humanist Association decided to poll 1,000 adults to get their feelings about ?under God,? and just over a third said they?d support removing it from the Pledge, including 90 percent of those who consider themselves atheist. The findings differ from a 2013 poll by the evangelical LifeWay Research, which revealed that only eight percent would remove ?under God? from the Pledge. Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, contends that most people are comfortable with the Pledge the way it is while AHA executive director Roy Speckhardt believes that the more Americans who know the Pledge was changed to include ?under God,? the more they?d support restoring it back to the original 29 words. So what do you think? Should it be changed back to the original, without "under God"? Did you even know that the original did not have "under God" in it? How do you feel about the "under God" phrase? Drop me an email to johns@lacrosseradiogroup.net.

Hey, Race Fans! Look Who's Gonna Dance With The Stars!
Sept. 5, 2014 7:46 am

Dancing with the Stars Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews revealed he celebrity contestants on the new season of the hit show on ABC's Good Morning America yesterday. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champ and former pro Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes to join the show's judges' panel this season, along with returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. But NASCAR fans should take particular note: Michael Waltrip will be gracing the dance floor this year as a contestant! He's being paired with pro partner Emma Slater.


Season 19 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars returns on September 15.

Here's he rest of the cast for the show's 19th season:

Sadie Robertson, Duck Dynasty cast member -- partner Mark Ballas

Antonio Sabato Jr., actor, General Hospital -- partner Cheryl Burke

Alfonso Ribeiro, actor, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air -- partner Witney Carson

Lea Thompson, actress, Switched at Birth -- partner Artem Chigvintsev

Janel Parrish, singer, actress, Pretty Little Liars -- partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Betsey Johnson, fashion designer -- partner Tony Dovolani

Jonathan Bennett, actor, Mean Girls -- partner Allison Holker

Bethany Mota, video blogger -- partner Derek Hough

Lolo Jones, Olympic athlete -- partner Keoikantse Motsepe

Tommy Chong, actor and comedian -- partner Peta Murgatroyd

Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver -- partner Emma Slater

Randy Couture, actor, mixed martial artist -- partner Karina Smirnoff

Tavis Smiley, talk show host -- partner Sharna Burgess

The Top 10 Tailgating Foods!
Sept. 4, 2014 6:06 am

Big game tonight! Green Bay at Seattle and it's gonna be a good one! If you're having a Packer Party tonight, you'll want to check out this list of the Top 10 Tailgating Foods.


So what is the one thing you've just got to have at your Packer (Or Viking, or Bears or whoever) party? Drop me an email at johns@lacrosseradiogroup.net

Oh, Baby! Carrie Underwood Is Expecting!
Sept. 2, 2014 5:40 am

It's the news her fans have been waiting to hear: Carrie Underwood announced yesterday (Labor Day) that she and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child. Underwood shared her happy news posting a photo of herself with her two dogs, Ace and Penny, who had on "big brother" and "big sister" shirts.


Carrie tweeted, "In honor of "Labor" Day... Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!" Fisher retweeted Underwood's announcement, then followed with another post about baby names, writing, "We haven't picked names yet but it's looking like Fly is gonna fly. #boyorgirl #flyfisher." Several country stars took to twitter to congratulate the happy couple including Brad Paisley and Scotty McCreery. What do you think of the name, "Fly"? Is that short for something?

Why Aren't You Playing More Female Singers?
Aug. 28, 2014 5:50 pm

Why indeed! I got a phone call from a listener yesterday asking this very question. The answer: Because Nashville isn't putting out as many female artist's tunes as men. And they will tell you that it's because research shows the majority of country music listeners prefer male singers. As for me, I'd love to play more tunes by the Women Of Country, but the music biz has got to get their tunes on the charts!







So what do you think? Do you want to hear more female singers? Who would you like to hear? Drop me a line at johns@lacrosseradiogroup.net.

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