Thursday, January 29, 2009

I still like winter, but...power outages, off the air, leaks? Com'on!

This past week of winter has sucked! Thousands went and are without power! Trees were down everywhere. The roads were crap. And it has REALLY screwed with things here at the Planet.

It started Tuesday when I got a call from Nate saying he wasn't going to be able to make it in. He lives in Crown City, Ohio. He said he was snowed in. So we had to fill his shift -- the Dirtman took care of that.

I was able to get to the station just fine. I live about two miles away, so not many problems, it was a little slick, but that was it. And for the most part, the rest of the day went really well. It's fun working in radio when the weather is acting up. You feel like you are providing a public service -- letting people know what roads are in bad shape, where accidents have happened, announcing school and business closings -- it's different from your normal days.

Then, as the night went on, we know what happened next -- the ice came, and it came, and it came! My parents lost their power, and all of our radio stations went off the air during the middle of the night. It came back on for a few hours that morning at like 10 a.m.

So I'm driving in Wednesday morning, again Nate couldn't make it in, and one of my coworkers calls me and wants to give me a heads up that the Planet studio is leaking. What does that mean? I walk in, go straight to our studio, and see that it is a train wreck!

There are like five trash cans collecting water that is more than just leaking from the studio -- it was raining from the studio! I put in one more trash can -- it still didn't do any good. Water was everywhere. Our I.T. bought a few tarps to cover up the equipment.

So around noon, we go completely off the air. You could only hear us online. That's the worse thing in radio. I still did my shift for the people that may have been listening online! I did a few breaks holding an umbrella just to prove a point! The station came back on the air around 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Today, things are kind of back to normal. When you first walk in, it smells like ass in here! You know that musty smell of water. The ceiling in the studio is brown from the water. The floor is pretty dirty looking (even though it was always kind of dirty).

I like snow and winter, but this has been a little much!

Check out the video below to see what we were dealing with yesterday...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The 2nd Shot 'Herd' Round The World: And I Was There!

Bruce Morris meet Markel Humphry.

Holy Cow! In case you missed it -- Marshall won Wednesday night (Jan. 21) 53-50 over SMU. Sounds like a close, exciting game doesn't it? Actually it was kind of a boring, low scoring game up until the final seconds!

The game is tied at 50-50 with about :20 seconds left and SMU has the ball and tries to score with just a few seconds left on the clock but misses. Marshall's Markel Humphry (who actually has worked here at the station for the past couple of summers) rebounds the ball with about three seconds left on the clock, dribbles the ball twice and launches a 75-foot prayer. Well, his prayer was answered and he banked it in!

How far is 75 feet? Basically, he shot it from their three-point line and made it into our basket.

Before he shot the ball, Marshall head coach Donnie Jones was trying to call a time out. Good thing the ref's didn't see him! After the buzzer went off, the crowd was going nuts! The team was running around the court like they had just won the World Cup in soccer. The ref's checked the review footage to make sure he fired it off in time, and there was no doubt about that!

If you're not a big Marshall fan, the reason I titled this blog "The 2nd Shot 'Herd' Round the World" is about 20 years ago, Bruce Morris fired in an 80-foot buzzer beater to end the half. That was "The First Shot 'Herd' Round the World." If you ever go to the Henderson Center, he's the guy that has his footprints on the court. But, this one might have been sweeter, we won the game because of it!

One more cool thing about the game winning shot was that fact that it was all over the national media. Check it out below:

Monday, January 12, 2009

What'd You Do This Weekend? I Saw AC/DC!!

If your weekend included going to see AC/DC in concert, chances are you had a pretty good weekend. This past Sunday (January 11), I saw AC/DC in Cincinnati at the US Bank Arena, and yes, I had a good weekend!

It was my first time seeing one of the heavy weights of Real Rock, and they did not disappoint. From the opening video bringing the band on stage and straight into "Rock N Roll Train" to the final cannon's during "For Those About To Rock," it was a bad ass show all the way through!

I thought that Brian Johnson's vocals might be a little weak -- he's 61 years old, he's pretty much screamed lyrics for the past 30 years, and maybe he has smoked a few too many cigarettes in his day. With that, I figured the music would be much louder than his vocals to make up for it. Man, was I wrong! Brian can still tear it up! He's a great lead singer, and a great front man. He's one of those lead singers that is going to make sure everyone in the crowd is going to have a great time! One thing that really impressed me about him was, when Angus would be doing playing a long solo, or having fun with the crowd, Brian will still be out on the side, jamming next to guitarist Malcolm Young. A lot of times, lead singers will leave the stage when the spotlight isn't on them. That's not the case at all with Brian. I loved that -- he watched Angus do his thing as if it was the first time he had even seen him!

Speaking of Angus...WOW! What a freak! He has more energy than anyone I have ever seen! Watching him in his trademark schoolboy uniform was worth the price of admission! From the moment he led the band on stage and to the very end - he doesn't stop! He runs all over the stage, does his classic duck walk, falls down a few times, and, of course, shows off his devil horns, but one thing he doesn't do is miss a note! He plays so freaking perfectly with out ever looking at the fretboard!

The other guys in the band don't get as much credit, but Malcolm Young, Angus' brother, and bass player Cliff Williams, and drummer Phil Rudd are a great rhythm section. Cliff and Malcolm stand so tight right next to Phil, and only walk out to the front of the stage for backing vocals.

AC/DC could do a show with just their instruments and microphones and nothing else, and it would be a great show! However, they do pull out some great stunts and props! For starters, the show began with a derailed train exploding on the stage for "Rock N Roll Train;" you had the bell for "Hells Bell" of which Brian Johnson hung off'; Angus did a little strip tease during "The Jack" that ended with him mooning the crowd, showing off his AC/DC Boxers; the gigantic blowup doll for "Whole Lotta Rosie;" and of course the six enormous cannons for "For Those About To Rock." I still had all of my hearing up until the cannons went off!
If you have ever seen AC/DC then you already know this -- if you tell a friend or a co-worker that you saw AC/DC, they are all going to say the same thing back to you -- "you suck!" AC/DC is one of those bands that every one likes. Even my parents like 'em. No one doesn't not like AC/DC!

To be honest, the only negative thing I can say is ticket prices, but they are what they are, and compared to some other shows, AC/DC charged pretty much what everyone else charges. Tickets were a little more than $90 (plus the Ticket Master charges and stuff). But looking back on the prices, they played for an hour and 45 minutes, and it amounted to a little less than one dollar for every minute, and one minute of AC/DC is definitely work one dollar!

Here's the set list:

Rock n Roll Train
Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be
Back In Black
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot to Thrill
War Machine
Anything Goes
You Shook Me All Night Long
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock

Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I Love Winter

Guys & Girls,

I know most people hate winter and are already looking forward to the coming of spring and summer, but I just have to say it, "I love winter." I love it when it snows, and I love it when its like 15 degrees at night, I love the way people freak out when there is the chance of an inch of snow (however, I hate days like today -- mid-40s and rain. That sucks -- rain always sucks).

I just really like winter, but what's my main reason for liking winter so much? I love to ski! It's one of my favorite things to do, and me and a couple of friends of mine hit the slopes this past weekend for our first trip of the year. We went to Winterplace, which is a great place to go to because you can be there in less than two hours. It's just past Beckley and right off of the Interstate. I hadn't been there in several years, and forgot that it is THE redneck ski resort! The people watching was just as fun as the skiing!

I took a little video camera along too, check it out the day.