Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Broadcasting 1,500 Feet in the Air!

I've done a lot of remote broadcasts, meaning the business has us come out to talk about their product or event, and they are usually a good time because it gets you out of the studio, you're usually outside, and you get to hang out with listeners one-on-one. Well this past Sunday, I probably had the most fun ever doing one of those broadcasts!

The Tri-State Pilot's Association had us out for their annual Community Day and Fly In at the Lawrence County Airport in South Point. It was supposed to happen on Saturday, but Mother Nature had a different plan (she dumped about a foot of rain on the tri-state, which isn't good flying weather!).
It's a really cool deal -- they let people take plane rides, offer flying lessons, serve breakfast and lunch, and tell people about the Angel Flight (transports people who need medical attention to hospitals in cities like Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland for free - free flight, fuel, everything!).

The broadcast started at 10 a.m., and I was already having a good day -- it was good to be up early, nice to be outside, and it was just a beautiful morning! It was also cool to talk about airplanes, pilots, and hang out at an airport!

Then, one of the members of the association, Nelson, asked if I wanted to go for a ride, and I was like "sure! Do you think I can get cell phone service, and I'll call-in to do one of the breaks from the air?" He said it shouldn't be a problem if we stay low.



So we took off in a Cessna 182 and were circling the tri-state in no time.



I even got to wear a cool headset with a microphone. It was neat hearing the pilot talk to people back at the airport and at air traffic control at the Huntington Tri-State Airport.


I made several phone calls to the Planet studio to make sure they could hear me, and to make sure I could hear them, and I was good to go! I had surprisingly great cell phone service -- full bars at 3G.

The flight was great. We stayed relatively low, between 1,500 and 1,800 feet just to stay close to a cell phone tower. Nelson thought it would be bumpy because we were low and it was windy on the ground, but it was fine.


We flew back in forth along the Ohio River up to Ironton and down to the 31st Street Bridge in Huntington. It was cool being up high, but still low enough to see your town! We were able to see the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, our station's building -- the Coal Exchange Building, the Pullman Plaza Hotel, and Pullman Square.


We even got a great view of the Marshall Football Stadium, Marshall's campus, and Cabell Huntington Hospital, and on down to Ashland, we saw the refineries at Ashland Oil.
Like I said, we were just doing big circles, and for the most part, I have a pretty strong stomach, but every now and then, when we would make a turn, my stomach would get a little queasy! I kept it together (I didn't want Nelson to think I was going to puke in his plane!).

Then, it was time to check in one final time to do the broadcast -- I had Josh, who was running things back in the studio, record the break so I could hear it and share it with my friends!

It was a simple break, just as if we were on the ground, but we were at 1,500 feet in the air! I just talked about everything that I could see just by turning my head, and told the listeners that they could do the same if they came down the Lawrence County Airport!

Then, it was time to head back to the ground. Nelson said the landing might be a little bumpy because of the wind on the ground. I think he was trying to make himself look cool because it was as smooth as it could be! He's a pro! No, really, he is a pro -- he gives advanced flight lessons, and has been flying for like 30 or 40 years!

As soon as we got back on the ground, which was about 11:20 a.m., there were a bunch of people at the airport ready to go for a ride just like me! Even a few people who had never been in a plane before! It really was awesome...



Thanks again to the Tri-State Pilot's Association for having us for their Community Day and Fly In-- we hope we can do it again next year!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's Not a Hairy Ass

Right now, we are hosting of one my favorite contests of all-time: The Best Tattoo on the Planet Contest. Listeners send us pictures of their favorite tattoo and we put it on our website, and then you can vote for your favorite picture, person with the most votes wins a new tattoo.

Well, all of the pictures come to my mailbox, and then I send them to our web guys. Usually, I'll take just a quick glance at the picture and then send it, and that's the case for this story.

So, yesterday, I was looking at all of the pictures, which you can also see, here:

http://www.planet927.com/best-tattoo-on-the-planet-2009.html

And, I stopped at this one...



...wait a minute...is that a...?

I looked at it over and over.

That's some dude's hairy ass! That's nasty -- we can't have that on our website...

I was trying to figure what else it could be, and I just kept seeing a hairy butt...

The picture was from Eric Lewis of Ironton -- I actually called him and left a message, asking what his picture was of...

Before he got back to me, I reached out to my facebook friends, and asked, is this a hairy butt?

Here are their responses:

Ryan
Yes it is
Yesterday at 6:43pm · Delete

Matthew
Yuck!
Yesterday at 6:53pm · Delete

Adam
You know what they say...burns coming in burns going out
Yesterday at 7:14pm · Delete

Heather
it's a chest .....but it looks alot like a butt! haha
6 hours ago · Delete

Thank you, Heather -- I was never able to see it until I got that comment! It's a chest -- I thought it could have been, wasn't able to tell...But, yeah, it's a chest.

Just before I posted this, Eric returned my call to confirm it -- he was laughing though -- someone else had him and said that it looked like an ass! He defended himself by saying, "I don't have two tailbones."

Now, the picture below Eric's...it's definetely a badonkadonk...




Hahaha! Thank you so much Jami Hackworth of Ironton! I love Planet listeners!

If you want to get in on this contest, send a picture of your favorite tattoo to tattoo@planet927.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Megan Fox: Hot Rolling Stone Cover

I'm a longtime Rolling Stone Magazine subscriber, and I am very much so looking forward to this issue -- one of their hottest issues in a long time!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cameras & Alcohol Don't Always Mix

Hey boys and girls, A couple of Friday's ago me and my friends got drunk. Shock, I know, but one of the friends had the camera going, and here are the results. They aren't pretty, but it's good to know what all exactly happened that night. Enjoy laughing at me:



OK, so this is the first picture on the camera. It's me and my buddy Woda. He says it looks he wrote a book about being gay, and I'm at his booksigning!





All of these pictures are from the Paddock in the West End, and we go there for one reason, and one reason only, and that is to karaoke. I do a freaking mean Mr. Brownstone from Guns N' Roses.



Now my wife is singing, and here's me being a douche getting in the picture.



We ran into a dude I went to middle and high school with. He's a good guy, it was good to see him, but he was drunk and just kept talking. Here's me saying "you're drunk and you just keep talking." He had no idea we even took this picture. He just kept going! Even as my friends pose, too!




I tried to sneak into the women's bathroom with my wife for a little something something, but she wasn't having anything to do with it! Dammit. Don't worry, she never reads my blogs (and I ask her all the time if she reads them)...



This is one of my favorite pictures from the night. I'm starting to wind down, starting to hit the wall. We had been drinking for a while, and so I've decided to belly up to the video lottery machines, and play me a little Keno. I didn't even remember doing this until I saw this picture! But now, I remember putting $1 and winning $2! Being the high roller that I am, I took the $2 and bought another beer! Look at the freaking determination on my face to double up.


This is my favorite picture from the night. Pimpin' ain't easy at the Paddock. These people were into it! I actually took the picture, and look behind them, someone else is taking the same picture! Haha! They didn't even care!

So there you go! Drunk pictures is fun!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kurt Cobain: Lead Singer for Bon Jovi & Bush???

According to Rolling Stone:



Warning: Unlocking the Kurt Cobain character on Guitar Hero 5 generates some horrifying results. If you dare, click above to watch Cobain front Bon Jovi and Bush.





I love Nirvana...I also like Bon Jovi, Bush, Billy Idol, David Bowie and the other bands in this video...but watching Kurt Cobain as a "front man" makes me sick to my stomach!

This is so weird to watch for me!