Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

One final post of 2009. This blog will be back better than ever in 2010. Expect a few small changes.

2009...I hope it was good to you.

Where did ten years go? What would the person you were in 1999 think of the person you are today? Who would you like to be in 2019?

If there is one lesson I learned in the last ten years it is "Never get too high after a win or too low after a loss". True words in sports...and in life.

Happy New Year.

R$

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Monday, December 28, 2009



5:45am at Tim Horton's December 24th, myself (right) "The Gentle Giant" Ken Audette left and Mailyn, in a pic Mailyn sent to her friends and family in the Philippines.


An Update

I'm off work for the most part this week. Someones NEEDS to be on location at Fine Furniture Oasis on Magic 97 tomorrow morning, so I will break from my holidays to tell you of great deals on furniture, matresses, appliances and electronics.

The MOST you will ever pay for a cab ride within Swift Current city limits is just under $22. Last night, my good friend Shane (owner of the Lowenblog, link on the right) and I hit BP's Lounge for some drinks. BP's is on the North East corner of Swift Current. My place, on the South West side of town, is at opposite ends of the city. There you go. One end of Swift, to the other is $21.80.

New Years resolution...to be nicer to everyone, to not to any shots at anyone on the air, on the blog, behind their back or to their face and to keep my words soft and sweet..because someday I may have to eat them.

Happy New Year...if I don't see you before then.

See you at the rink tonight! Broncos and Brandon. 7:30

R$

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009



God Bless Latvia!

Last night the Credit Union i-Plex hosted a IIHF pre-tournament game between Russia and Latvia.

That was a fun night at the rink!

About 2400 fans SOLIDLY behind the underdog Latvians where treated to some good back and forth action between the two eastern countries.

The teams played physical. The play was not as disciplined as the western style we watch every game. Lots of exciting scoring chances happened at both ends. Good goaltending.

NHL first round draft pick Nikita Filitov of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored off a sweet one timer in the 2nd period. He wasn't going at 100% by any means, but he started to play late in the 3rd period.

The Russians mailed it in...and they lost. They got 48 shots on goal, but weren't going hard after rebounds, crashing the crease and paying with much fire. Latvian goaltending was really good. Arturs Irbe good. The home crowd was brought to their feet when Roberts Bukarts scored the OT winner :14 seconds into the extra frame.

Latvia had some key penalty kills late in the game. Swift Current referee "favorites" Chris Savage and Devon Klein once again did their best to send Bronco fans home unhappy.

..and the music at the rink was awesome! Fans heard Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" and Tupac's "California Love" all in the same game.

Was it in poor taste to play "Rasputin" though? Prolly not.

Did you know the world's first Christmas tree came from Latvia?

R$

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Monday, December 21, 2009

It Sure Is Monday

-As this post is being written Tiger Woods mistress count is up to 14.




The actual number has to be much higher than that. Seriously, that's 14 women who have hired attorney's to handle this situation or used their affair for publicity. Most women wouldn't want their 15 minutes of fame to include the word "mistress"...regardless of who the guy is. It's safe to say that Tiger couldn't leave the house without having some sort of encounter with an adult entertainer or "escort".

If you hooked up with a married guy, would you tell the world? Would you tell anyone? I would guess 99% of the female population wouldn't.

So if 14 have come forward...and 99% of his conquests haven't...

-If you are a Swift Current ex-patriot who visits this blog for memories of our "Sense Making" city, check out some videos of the locally known Riverdene and Elmwood Golf Course toboggan runs in posts below.

-Have you seen the 'Lights for Life' display in Swift Current?



It is a large collection of lights that is set to Christmas Music. It's also conveniently located across the street from Wal-Mart behind Canadian Tire. The light show runs every half hour and is clearly visible from the #1 highway on the east side of town. The whole production is very well done.



-I did brave Wal-Mart last night around 8pm. Pretty tame actually.

-Yesterday was a unique day for me. I spent the afternoon watching some NFL football with Swift Current Indians coach Joe Carnahan. Then just after supper I have the priveledge of judging Christmas lights with Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. His Excellance and I had to take a couple laps around the city and give some houses and extra look before finalizing our top three picks. While I won't give away any results here, 6th Avenue South East was easily the best decorated street in town.

I didn't write that last paragraph as a shameless excuse to name drop. When people ask me why I'm still doing radio in small market Swift Current, that's why. The friendships I've made and unique things that happen in my day to day life couldn't happen anywhere else.



(photo from tsn.ca)

Team Canada beat Sweden 6-2 in Regina last night. The team looked well. People are still ticked about the green jerseys. I enjoy reading comments from people who say "every kid dreams of putting on a red and white jersey to represent Canada, not a green one."

Spoken like a true armchair coach.

I'm sure a player like Cody Eakin would glady wear a purple jersey with yellow dots if it meant playing for Team Canada. Let's chill out and realize it's a jersey that they'll maybe wear once more. We're not altering the national flag here.



If you need a website built, I recommend Wide Mouth Media. They have been working on the website for my voice over business. I'm hoping to launch everything in the next few weeks. Joanne and WMM did an excellent job of taking the site from my brain and putting it on the internet.

In 2010, I would like nothing more than to be the voice of your on hold messages, store announcements...or ANYTHING that requires a voice.

Time to get back to work on the radio.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Swift Current Sled Runs...Part TWO!

Yesterday's video of Riverdene was fun. Today I shot some footage of the famed 4th tee box at Elmwood.


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R$

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Beauty of a Winter Day!

December 19th may go down as one of the best winter days in Swift Current's history. Snow on the ground, about -5 degrees (celcius).

With aspiring NHLers on the Riverdene outdoor rink in the background, here is footage of a tube run down Swift Current's Riverdene Hill.


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R$

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Top Swift Current Newsmakers of 2009

Here is the list in one place...to make it easy for you to read.



10. Bryan Tallon/Barbara Walter...Swift Current Host Committee co-chairpersons for the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships. While Tallon and Walter are not household names in our city, the event they're helping bring to town put them into the spotlight. The 2010 World Women's Curling Championships is a big event that will pump millions of dollars into the local economy, but the announcement of the event triggered hostility from the Swift Current Broncos...who will be forced out of the Credit Union i-Plex for round one of the WHL playoffs. Tensions have since evaporated. This blogger can only hope this event means the return of Canadian curler Jennifer Jones to Swift Current.



This Blogger with a sweet mustache...and World Curling Champion Jennifer Jones




9. Ryan Plewis Swift Current went to the polls in late October to vote in an election of change. Plewis, the young lawyer, collected the second most votes of any candidate running for city council in Swift Current. It was his first time on the ballot. First timers normally don't get elected...or they just squeak in finishing 5th or 6th.







8. Cody Eakin The Swift Current Broncos are a HUGE part of Southwest Saskatchewan, and will have a presence on this list. The Winnipeg born Swift Current Bronco forward currently is leading all the CHL in goals after signing a six figure deal with a Washington Capitals in the off season...something that doesn't happen often for an 18 year old. Eakin is about the try out for Team Canada's World Junior Hockey team. Should he make the squad, he would be the first Bronco since Ian White in 2003 to represent the Swift Current Broncos at the tournament.


7. Lionel Tootoosis General Manager of The Living Sky Casino. Like Bryan Tallon and Barbara Walter, Tootoosis may not be a household name, but he is the man in charge of a news making facility. The Living Sky Casino is about to end it's first year of operation in Swift Current. After years of debate, a plebiscite and construction of the 30+ million dollar entertainment facility, Lionel Tootoosis and his crew can boast large cash payouts, expensive vehicle giveaways, and a string of popular acts coming to Swift Current. Wayne Newton, Nazareth, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive and other acts that would not include Swift Current on their tours in the pre-casino days made stops 'Where Life Makes Sense. '




6. Sandy Larson. The now ex-mayor of Swift Current quietly ended her tenure after the 2009 election. Larson chose not to run in 2009. Under Sandy Larson's watch the city saw a new hospital, renovated the Credit Union i-Plex and witnessed the teepee of lights at the Living Sky Casino among dozens of other projects. In the six years Swift Current had Sandy Larson in the Mayor chair, Swift Current saw it's most significant growth since the 70's. Just before leaving the chain of office at City Hall, Larson endorsed current mayor Jerrod Schafer as "the only choice" in the 2009 Civic Election.


5. Mark Lamb. The job of head coach and general manager of the Swift Current Broncos is as high profile a position as one could get in Swift Current. After 6 seasons in Dallas as an assistant coach with the Stars, the Swift Current/Cadillac/Ponteix (all three places lay claim as his hometown) returned to Southwest Saskatchewan from Texas to run the Swift Current Broncos. With the season almost half finished, Lamb has made a splash with some significant trades and an "old school" coaching style. Lamb took over the head coach GM job from...





4. Dean Chynoweth. After five seasons behind the Swift Current Broncos bench, Dean Chynoweth went to "the show" accepting a job with the NHL's New York Islanders as an assistant coach. In his five seasons, Chynoweth was in charge when the Broncos missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, played their first game in a renovated Civic Centre (later to be christened The Credit Union i-Plex), had several "town hall" type forums in the Canadian room to be accountable for a struggling team and helped bring the ADT Canada/Russia challenge came to Canada's smallest CHL market. He helped his staff move on to bigger and better things in their careers, including Dave Hunchak securing his first WHL head coaching job. Many of his former players moved on to play pro. In the 07-08 season he celebrated a first round upset over the Regina Pats. He was loved...and at times vilified by the Bronco Internet fan base. With controversy surrounding the status of his contract for the 2009-10 season, he accepted a job with the NHL's New York Islanders...ironically, a week after local product Marc Habscheid took a job with the WHL's Chilliwack Bruins to take himself out of the running for the local position...but that's another story.



3. Jerrod Schafer. After gathering the most votes of any candidate running for City Council in 2006, Alderman Jerrod Schafer took a run at the Mayor chair in 2009. With Outgoing Mayor Sandy Larson endorsing Schafer in 09, Schafer cruised to victory with more than 60% of the popular vote. The 32 year old financial planner became the youngest mayor in Swift Current's history. Schafer was front and center representing the city during a time of crisis this year...more on that shortly...







2. The Saskatchewan Roughriders. While they are not a local team per se, no other team dominated coffee talk like the green and white did in 2009. Controversy surrounding the General Manager, an up and down season punctuated with a Grey Cup appearance in Calgary...green was the color of choice in Swift Current in 2009 despite the unconventional end of the season. Swift Current had two official Rider visits in 2009. Chris Szarka was a guest speaker at the Swift Current Indians Field of Dreams Dinner, and Jason Clermont spoke at the Special Olympics Power Breakfast. Many fans would say that Clermont and Szarka were both under utilized in the Rider offence in 2009. The Swift Current Curse?




Rider fullback Chris Szarka's Grey Cup ring on my girlish hand.



Me and Rider slotback Jason Clermont. Clermont gives me rabbit ears in this fuzzy pic taken by Bronco Media Guy Keegan Goodrich.


...and the number one Swift Current news maker of 2009 was....

1. Don Robinson/RATS!



Regardless of what your Chinese calendar says, 2009 was the Year of the Rat in Swift Current. Don Robinson positioned himself front and center of the controversy...holding City Hall accountable by organizing a town hall meeting. Robinson also lit up the phone lines inviting out of town media to Swift Current for pieces like the one above. He was front and center...in every paper, and the radio and on TV newscasts telling Canada of the problem and the City of Swift Current doing "precious little" to stop it. The City has since put aside several hundred thousand dollars to battle the rodents. Robinson would take the media momentum from the rat issue and run for mayor in October...finishing second place to Jerrod Schafer. While Robinson finished second to Schafer in October, he is tops here for South West Saskatchewan's biggest news maker in 2009.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Friday, December 18, 2009

All I Want for Christmas...

Is to have a certain someone re-enact this music video with me. I'll be Jon Bon Jovi...you be Cindy Crawford. I have a Santa hat already, or you can bring your own.

This is all I want. Forget about a new tie, a new dress shirt, a sweater, a bottle of Bailey's or The Hangover on DVD. I live in an 800 square foot apartment. Materialistic stuff will only clutter it.

Now you know...



R$

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Top Southwest Saskatchewan News makers...THE FINALE!!!

Here is numbers 5 through til number one! Who did this blogger think was the top headline grabber of 2009 in Swift Current? Read on!

a recap of 10 to 6:

10. Bryan Tallon/Barbara Walter...Swift Current Host Committee co-chairpersons for the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships.

9. Ryan Plewis, Lawyer and now Alderman in Swift Current.

8. Lionel Tootoosis, GM of the Living Sky Casino.

7. Cody Eakin, Swift Current Bronco forward, Washington Capital Draft Pick and Team Canada hopeful.

6. Outgoing Swift Current Mayor Sandy Larson


and now the conclusion...



5. Mark Lamb. The job of head coach and general manager of the Swift Current Broncos is as high profile a position as one could get in Swift Current. After 6 seasons in Dallas as an assistant coach with the Stars, the Swift Current/Cadillac/Ponteix (all three places lay claim as his hometown) returned to Southwest Saskatchewan from Texas to run the Swift Current Broncos. With the season almost half finished, Lamb has made a splash with some significant trades and an "old school" coaching style. Lamb took over the head coach GM job from...





4. Dean Chynoweth. After five seasons behind the Swift Current Broncos bench, Dean Chynoweth went to "the show" accepting a job with the NHL's New York Islanders as an assistant coach. In his five seasons, Chynoweth was in charge when the Broncos missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, played their first game in a renovated Civic Centre (later to be christened The Credit Union i-Plex), had several "town hall" type forums in the Canadian room to be accountable for a struggling team and helped bring the ADT Canada/Russia challenge came to Canada's smallest CHL market. He helped his staff move on to bigger and better things in their careers, including Dave Hunchak securing his first WHL head coaching job. Many of his former players moved on to play pro. In the 07-08 season he celebrated a first round upset over the Regina Pats. He was loved...and at times vilified by the Bronco Internet fan base. With controversy surrounding the status of his contract for the 2009-10 season, he accepted a job with the NHL's New York Islanders...ironically, a week after local product Marc Habscheid took a job with the WHL's Chilliwack Bruins to take himself out of the running for the local position...but that's another story.



3. Jerrod Schafer. After gathering the most votes of any candidate running for City Council in 2006, Alderman Jerrod Schafer took a run at the Mayor chair in 2009. With Outgoing Mayor Sandy Larson endorsing Schafer in 09, Schafer cruised to victory with more than 60% of the popular vote. The 32 year old financial planner became the youngest mayor in Swift Current's history. Schafer was front and center representing the city during a time of crisis this year...more on that shortly...







2. The Saskatchewan Roughriders. While they are not a local team per se, no other team dominated coffee talk like the green and white did in 2009. Controversy surrounding the General Manager, an up and down season punctuated with a Grey Cup appearance in Calgary...green was the color of choice in Swift Current in 2009 despite the unconventional end of the season. Swift Current had two official Rider visits in 2009. Chris Szarka was a guest speaker at the Swift Current Indians Field of Dreams Dinner, and Jason Clermont spoke at the Special Olympics Power Breakfast. Many fans would say that Clermont and Szarka were both under utilized in the Rider offence in 2009. The Swift Current Curse?




Rider fullback Chris Szarka's Grey Cup ring on my girlish hand.



Me and Rider slotback Jason Clermont. Clermont gives me rabbit ears in this fuzzy pic taken by Bronco Media Guy Keegan Goodrich.


...and the number one Swift Current news maker of 2009 was....

1. Don Robinson/RATS!



Regardless of what your Chinese calendar says, 2009 was the Year of the Rat in Swift Current. Don Robinson positioned himself front and center of the controversy...holding City Hall accountable by organizing a town hall meeting. Robinson also lit up the phone lines inviting out of town media to Swift Current for pieces like the one above. He was front and center...in every paper, and the radio and on TV newscasts telling Canada of the problem and the City of Swift Current doing "precious little" to stop it. The City has since put aside several hundred thousand dollars to battle the rodents. Robinson would take the media momentum from the rat issue and run for mayor in October...finishing second place to Jerrod Schafer. While Robinson finished second to Schafer in October, he is tops here for South West Saskatchewan's biggest news maker in 2009.

That's the way I saw it. Please feel free to comment. Honorable mention to 24 million dollar woman Jean Canning of Beechy, Swift Current Indians home run record breaker Nik Gumeson and Mayor Candidate Stacy Ellertson.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Help Wanted

I'll have the remainder of the Top 10 Swift Current newsmaker early next week.

BE PREPARED!

In the meantime, please help.

Anyone know anybody in Swift who can fix an XBox 360? Got no picture...and have replaced the cables...still nadda. I have sound. The interent suggests "the towel trick"...which looks like a creative way to destroy the thing.

Or you could just get me a new one for Christmas. :)

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

2009's 'Most Talked About People' in Swift Current

The end of the year is a time of lists. Top stories, top people, most fascinating people and such. For better or worse, here is this blog's list of 2009's "Most Talked About People" in Swift Current. This is purely my opinion. If you disagree...that's what the comments section is for...





10. Bryan Tallon/Barbara Walter...Swift Current Host Committee co-chairpersons for the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships. While Tallon and Walter are not household names in our city, the event they're helping bring to town put them into the spotlight. The 2010 World Women's Curling Championships is a big event that will pump millions of dollars into the local economy, but the announcement of the event triggered hostility from the Swift Current Broncos...who will be forced out of the Credit Union i-Plex for round one of the WHL playoffs. Tensions have since evaporated. This blogger can only hope this event means the return of Canadian curler Jennifer Jones to Swift Current.



This Blogger with a sweet mustache...and World Curling Champion Jennifer Jones




9. Ryan Plewis Swift Current went to the polls in late October to vote in an election of change. Plewis, the young lawyer, collected the second most votes of any candidate running for city council in Swift Current. It was his first time on the ballot. First timers normally don't get elected...or they just squeak in finishing 5th or 6th.







8. Cody Eakin The Swift Current Broncos are a HUGE part of Southwest Saskatchewan, and will have a presence on this list. The Winnipeg born Swift Current Bronco forward currently is leading all the CHL in goals after signing a six figure deal with a Washington Capitals in the off season...something that doesn't happen often for an 18 year old. Eakin is about the try out for Team Canada's World Junior Hockey team. Should he make the squad, he would be the first Bronco since Ian White in 2003 to represent the Swift Current Broncos at the tournament.


7. Lionel Tootoosis General Manager of The Living Sky Casino. Like Bryan Tallon and Barbara Walter, Tootoosis may not be a household name, but he is the man in charge of a news making facility. The Living Sky Casino is about to end it's first year of operation in Swift Current. After years of debate, a plebiscite and construction of the 30+ million dollar entertainment facility, Lionel Tootoosis and his crew can boast large cash payouts, expensive vehicle giveaways, and a string of popular acts coming to Swift Current. Wayne Newton, Nazareth, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive and other acts that would not include Swift Current on their tours in the pre-casino days made stops 'Where Life Makes Sense. '




6. Sandy Larson. The now ex-mayor of Swift Current quietly ended her tenure after the 2009 election. Larson chose not to run in 2009. Under Sandy Larson's watch the city saw a new hospital, renovated the Credit Union i-Plex and witnessed the teepee of lights at the Living Sky Casino among dozens of other projects. In the six years Swift Current had Sandy Larson in the Mayor chair, Swift Current saw it's most significant growth since the 70's. Just before leaving the chain of office at City Hall, Larson endorsed current mayor Jerrod Schafer as "the only choice" in the 2009 Civic Election.


There you have the first half of the list. Numbers 1 through 5 coming up soon. Who should be on there? Who shouldn't be? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

R$

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Garbage Day Tuesday Brain Dump

If you choose to leave a comment, you will have to go through word verification. I'm getting spammed like loco! Not a big deal. You can still comment anonymously and take shots at me if you like...now you just have to type an extra word to do so.

Today I will visit Waldeck school. I have been asked to chat with the Grade 1, 2 and 3 class about being a radio guy. I get the same couple questions from kids every time I do a class room tour. "Who is the most famous person you ever met?"

Garth Brooks.

"Who is the most famous person you ever interviewed?"

Howie Mandel...and the exchange was AWFUL. It was last minute, I didn't have my A-game that day...and Howie didn't make it any easier for me.

Yesterday I blogged about Melville Millionaires coach and governor Garnet Keller and his stiff penalty from the WMBL. He had his wrists slapped HARD by the league for using an ineligable player towards the end of the 2009 season. I made an educated guess as to who the player was, and within an hour I was asked to remove the player's name from the blog. I guess I was right.

I did so out of good faith. Anyone with a semi developed sense of logic who is capable of deciphering baseball stats can figure out who it was. Issues I won't get into prevent me from saying more. Anyone with a sports blog knows what I'm talking about.

I would love to be a part of the 2010 season and go on the road with the Swift Current Indians as a play by play voice/media guy in some way shape or form. Even if the radio station doesn't pick up the broadcasts for Indians baseball, I'd be open to webcasting. I hope I'm still welcome in some parks. This blog...It's only my opinion guys. Nothing personal. I love the league, I love WMBL baseball, I love all the people in Seaman stadium in Okotoks, all the way to Pirie Field in Melville. I only hope someone capable of managing this great league and it's issues is in the commish's chair for next season.

Someone named Harv Martinez.

It's Christmas time at the station. That means it's time to read LOTS of commercials.

R$

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Monday, December 07, 2009



Pictured above, Garnet Keller.

Wow!

Just got my hands on this press release from the WMBL league meeting.

WESTERN MAJOR BASEBALL LEAGUE
NEWS RELEASE
Weyburn, SK – December 6, 2009

The Western Major Baseball League announced today that as a result of actions related to the use of an ineligible player, the league has issued the following suspensions:
Garnet Keller, 2009 Melville Millionaires Governor and Coach has received a life suspension as a Governor of any WMBL franchise as well as a three year suspension as a coach in the WMBL.
Mike Green, 2009 Assistant Coach of the Melville Millionaires, has received a one year suspension as a coach in the WMBL.
The WMBL has given the Melville Millionaires the opportunity to reorganize with the full support of the Board of Governors. It is hoped that this long standing and valuable franchise in the WMBL will be able to restructure for the 2010 season.
The WMBL had its most successful season in 2009 as attendance increased overall and the competitive balance in the league is at its highest point in league history. The entire Board of Governors of the WMBL are excited about the 2010 season which will open in under seven months.
Due to Melville’s use of an ineligible player, the Okotoks Dawgs are declared the 2009 League Champion.
For further information on this matter please contact Merv Ozirny, League President.

ozirnym@hotmail.com


R$

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It Sure is Monday

This blog has been de-railed like a train near Spy Hill! HIYO!

A busy weekend has kept me away from the lap top and crackberry. I haven't even tweeted or updated my facebook status in a couple days. Blasphemy! A short roadie to Regina for a Christmas Party and time with the kids severed me from technology.

I only bought a few Christmas presents while in Regina. Fear not local merchants, I will keep it real for our LOCAL economy.

I FINALLY found a good use for Twitter.



I snapped this photo from my 24th story room at the Delta Regina on Saurday morning at 9:30am. Why are people lined up in -25 degree weather first thing on a Saturday morning? What is this place? I posed those questions to my followers on Twitter. Thanks to Scott Nicholls from Jack FM Regina for promptly tweeting the info. People were lined up at Bushwakker's Brew Pub to get a taste of a new beverage called Blackberry Mead.

What is Blackberry Mead? Is it the New Bud Lite Lime?

16 shopping days 'til Christmas. 7 days 'til our next paycheque. 24 days til New Years. What are you doing for New Years Eve? As of right now, I'm a man without a plan for Dec. 31st.

There is a new business in Swift Current called Renaissance Body Contour. This Thursday, I'll be getting a Universal Body Wrap on the radio. It'll toxify me, shed inches and drop me a few dress sizes. Thanks to Lori and Janice for the invite.

Alright, time to focus on the radio show...

R$

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Lowdown

Trying to make sense of the Tiger Woods accident? What happened? How did a fight with his wife cause him to hit a pole and injure him? A Chinese news agency has a animated breakdown of the events below. You don't have to speak Chinese to get educated and entertained. Thanks to Mitchell Blair for sniffing this out on youtube.



R$

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Stuck in the Middle Wednesday

Greetings from the frozen tundra of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Winter has arrived. -9 with blowing snow as I type this...and not getting any warmer in the near future.

I'm a dollar short and a day late blogging about the Riders and their Grey Cup loss. The too many men blunder will live on forever in TSN Top 10 list immortality. Nothing more I could say. You could blame the head coach, the special teams coach, the extra guy on the field, the guy in the end zone who didn't count the players...You could point the finger at anyone...and no one. Given the temperature in Southwest Saskatchewan, I'm just looking forward to snow melting, longer days and the start of next football season. Opening day I'll still buy a new Rider jersey and over the next twenty weeks it will get punished by beer, July sweat, chili, green face paint and pregame action on the practice field.

I managed to configure my Facebook news feed to only show my friend's status updates. I am not notified every time a sheep wanders onto some one's Facebook farm. A little thing that makes each day better. I wish I could remember how I did it. The things one can accomplish after a cab ride home from the Akropol at midnight.

Do you use Facebook more or less than you did a year ago? Are you on Twitter? How often do you tweet? Business consultants and people who get paid to come up with ideas are unanimous in saying social networking sites are taking over EVERY ONE'S life. Companies are being encouraged to market accordingly. Don't be surprised if you find yourself being friend requested and "poked" by Ronald McDonald in 2010.

Have voice...will travel. The Novice Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Classic will be held in Prince Albert at the Carlton Comprehensive High School on April 10th, 2010. This event was in Swift Current in 2008. I MC'd it when it was in Swift. The plan now is to hit the road and do the show in Prince Albert. There are a few people from Swift Current training for this event. Our Sense Making City will be very well represented up north. Chameleon Productions is putting the event on. An April weekend in PA...what kind of fun things are there to do?

Back to the radio show...Have lots to get done around the radio station before I broadcast from Nutter's later this morning. It's Power Wednesday, you know. 20% off everything.

R$

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009



Rider Pride on the Radio!

Thursday morning (tomorrow) Saskatchewan's Golden West Radio Stations are doing an auction for three tickets to the Grey Cup Game. All Golden West Stations in the 306 will coordinate their efforts with proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation. The trifecta of tickets is at Section F, Row 52..which I'm told is around the 55 yard line.

Bids start at 6am and stop at 8:45am sharp.

Highest bid at 8:45 gets the 3 tickets. In the event of identical bids they'll be given away using a random draw of the highest bidders.

Winning bid at broadcast at 9am.

This will be broadcast on Magic 97 in Swift Current, as well as
800 CHAB, Country 100 and Mix 103 in Moose Jaw, CJ1280 and Sun 102.3 FM in Estevan, AM1190 and Magic 103.5 in Weyburn, CJYM 1330, CFYM 1210, and Mix 104.9 FM in Rosetown/Kindersley as well as The Mighty Eagle 94.1 in Swift Current. CKSW/CJSN will also be in on things too in Southwest Saskatchewan.

Call (306) 773-0971 tomorrow morning starting at six to get your bids in on Magic 97.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Garbage Day

Back in the blogosphere. Some random thoughts.

-Be cautious when updating your Facebook Status or Twitter with 'workout updates'. If you're constantly telling your friends and followers how much time you spend in the gym or on the treadmill..anything short of looking like 1980's Arnold Schwarzenegger or 1990's Linda Hamilton will be a disappointment to people when they see you in person. If you're busting your backside in the gym, let your new look speak for itself. Save your status updates for 'Go Riders' and 'Twilight was awesome!'

-While driving to work this morning at around 5am it was -1 degree, frost on windshields, yet someone was driving around the Southside by himself with his stereo churning out thumping bass with the window down.

Wasn't even smoking a cigarette. No reason to have the window down other than to show off the woofers. The new Akon/David Guetta song.

-The other night, Indecent Proposal was on a Movie Channel. I think every couple should watch that movie together...and have the inevitable discussion that comes with it. I wonder how many relationships have ended because of that movie?

Yes...I still have a girlfriend...we didn't argue...enough said.

-This is some audio from the Tuesday contest on Magic 97. On Tuesday's we play 5 in 10. Have a listen to Sue the librarian from Ashley Park School...

video


R$

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday, November 23rd...in Pictures

Some randoms I snapped while enjoying a day off...



The Downtown Christmas Tree stands on the corner of Chaplin Street and Central Avenue North...waiting to be lit. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is this Thursday. People in attendance often include the Mayor, various choirs, radio station staff serving hot chocolate (I'll be there) and of course...SANTA!!!



There is snow on Elmwood Golf Course, Swift Current's primary tobaggan run, but sadly not enough for any crazy carpeting or GT snow racing.



Swift Current's Newest Business is open on the corner of Robert Street East and 6th NE. A & R stands next door to The Movie Gallery. Now you can rent the latest Johnny Depp movie and get all the fixings for a delicious Adobong Baboy in one stop!!!




City Crews work on the Memorial Park Christmas light display. In the next month, if you find yourself turning into a Grinch, a walk though this display will swell your heart three sizes at least.

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It Sure is Monday...

Sore throat...headache, sore arms and shoulders from cowbell ringing, stiff knees from making the trip in a Sunfire, possible frost bite on the ears. (why wear a toque when I could show off the playoff Mohawk?)

One of the best Sundays in my life.

A few years ago on this blog, I wrote that I was all in favor of wiping Taylor Field/Mosaic stadium off the face of the Earth to build the Saskadome. My reasoning was that that Taylor field went decades without a playoff game, was the host of the first Grey Cup won by a US based team, and was associated with losing in general.



Would days like yesterday be as fun in a comfy dome?


While I still would love to see a Rider game in Regina in a climate controlled dome without wool socks...I can say that I'd honestly miss Taylor Field if it got the bull dozer. What a day. What a team.

Ken Miller makes old people and old school values seem hip. I hope his Grandkids think he's cool.

I'm off today. Recovering from yesterday. Sitting at my apartment, just home from a visit to Fabutan, with an Urban Ground coffee infused with Carolan's and listening to the best of Meat Loaf. I'm back on the air tomorrow.

Anyone who wants it can now get the H1N1 shot. All the details are here. Saturday at the Wheatland Mall, it was a slow day with vaccinations. Myself and Mayor Jerrod Schafer were at the Mall for the grand opening of the Salvation Army Miracle Room. We were offered the chance to get our shot, but both declined the chance to "jump the cue". The Cypress Health District has LOTS of the vaccine.

Well....it's a beautiful day out there. Time for a Chinook Pathway stroll.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009




Off to Regina...

With a pre-game stop at the Belle Plain bar for a pregame pop. That's what I'm being told anyway.

Updates coming on the Twitter Feed on the right.

Go Riders!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Rider Trash Talk on Magic Morning Show

My facebook wall was soiled by a Calgary area Radio personality...a call was in order.


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Finally Friday!

Rider Playoff Mohawk...$20

Razor for "Movember Mustache"...$10

The look on my children's teacher's faces at Parent Teacher Interviews last night...Priceless.

Only parent with a mohawk. Nice impression. Probably bought my kids some sympathy points.

My kids both had great report cards. Tonight we'll celebrate with Chinese food. Their call. The novelty of the happy meal is wearing off I guess.

I'm not sure if I've even had Wong's Kitchen in 2009. Unacceptable for a Swift Current resident.

I will be in Regina for the game on Sunday. Text me, facebook me, tweet me if you'll be there. Hoping to get there in time for some pre-game practise field action.

The last time the Riders hosted the Western Final, I was four months away from being born. Once in a lifetime stuff!

Forecast for the game is Sunny and +5.

Off to the airwaves. More bloggery coming soon.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Downtown Survival Video

New to Swift Current? Visiting the place "Where Life Makes Sense" soon? Check out the video below for a key downtown Swift Current survival tip!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Olympic Torch Arrives January 10

Copy and Pasted from swiftcurrentonline.com

Just two months from now, Swift Current will welcome the Olympic Torch on its journey to Vancouver.
A celebration is planned for Kinetic Exhibition Park the night of January 10th, which is the 73rd day of the 106-day relay.

Nicole Peno with City Recreation and Parks says it will be a great event, which will start at 4:00pm inside the Stockade Building with games and entertainment. The event will then move outdoors for more entertainment, and the lighting of the cauldron when the torch arrives.

Peno encourages everyone in southwest Saskatchewan to come out and celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic torch.


Blogger's Note: This is an awesome thing for Swift Current, and will be a part of our city's history! Having said that...is it just me or does the Olympic Torch for this event look like something that should be passed around a Volkswagon van?



I know, I know, this is awesome for Swift Current to get the torch and our country to host this world wide event. Every time I see that torch, I have to wonder if it is someone's "Vangroovy" inside joke though?

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Fire Burnin'



The smoldering remains of an abandoned house at the foot of Swift Current's Cutbanks. The blaze started last night at around 7pm. Mantastic firemen battled it til around 2am.

I'm sure the official cause will be 'kids with nothing better to do' but looking at this picture, it sure would make a nice place for a new house or condo...

Just saying. Creek side property is hot in Swift Current...no pun intended.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

It Sure is Monday...

-I heard Swift Current's Greek Night was awesome. Thanks to everyone who offered me tickets at the last minute, but parenthood called. We had our own Greek Night in my apartment. We had paper plates, so the traditional plate smashing was really only anti climactic fluttering to the ground. Next year the real thing!

-I talked to Craig Cuthbert and Adam Ward over the weekend. They are two Swift Current hockey products who are lacing them up for the U of R Cougars. They would like everyone to know they are going well. You got my number, call me for a pop or two over Christmas boys!

-In the new year, talking and texting on hand held phones while driving will be illegal and will result in a $280 fine. I like to think of myself as a recovering crackberry addict. NOTHING bad has ever come from putting the thing on 'silent' for an hour or two. I didn't lose out on any money or anger anyone. I think the movie was 'Get Shorty' when John Travolta said "if you're important enough, people will wait for you".

Trust me, if you DON'T return every text instantly or fire back a facebook poke within 30 seconds, it makes you look 'mysterious'. If you return every message right away, it makes you look like you have nothing better to do.

If you know someone who actually gets fined $280 for using a mobile device while driving, it is your duty to remove them from your address book, de-friend them on facebook, remove their pin from your blackberry, never text them again and cease following them in twitter. Don't contribute to the problem.

-I haven't played music for a wedding dance in 11 years, but every few weeks I still have people asking if I provide that service. No. I wouldn't even know who to recommend anymore.

-2012 is playing at the Cinema Twin. Amazing special effects, lots of loud noises and crashes too. Paranormal Activity was playing next door, and I guarantee people watching the low budget, and at times very quiet, horror movie could hear the world ending next door.

If you liked the movie Independance Day, you'll love 2012. If you didn't like Independance Day, pass on 2012. Director Roland Emmerich, who did both, loves to destroy the White House in movies. Just LOVES it!

Time to prepare a morning show. Guests on the show today include organizers of the Ford 2010 World Womens Curling Championship. The event is in Swif Current this March. I'll have audio on this blog later today.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Finally Friday!

Friday the 13th!!! Tonight I will celebrate by watching a movie about the end of the world. 2012 is playing at the Cinema Twin. Movie date night! Dinner at the Akropol, a few drinks and a trip to the movie.

The kids get a Saturday night with Dad, and Sunday night it's the Broncos and Oil Kings.

I didn't update sooner today for, what I think, is a good reason. In the radio industry, and in many industries, we are encouraged to utilize social networks. Blogging, twittering, facebooking uploading videos on youtube are all things that people in 2009 will be judged on based on how well the utilize it to make money for their companies.

Today, I ended up having a very human conversation. It was with a friend, it was face to face, it was a chance to put away the laptop and the crackberry and connect with a buddy in the old school way. Just shooting the breeze. On my radio show, I didn't plug the blog, but I tried to do what all the radio greats I referenced earlier this week did. Connect with the audience on an emotional level.

Fear not...I will update this blog with all sorts of multimedia goodies in the near future. Witty facebook status updates and tweets will come your way shortly...but for now, I'm going to unplug.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Almost Friday

I was so proud of my son yesterday. My boy Ethan, in his Wolf Cub uniform, was a part of Remembrance Day activities at the Comp School. A quick call to Great Grandma in Lemberg followed.

It was a day of Remembrance. In Swift Current, the service was very well done. It's amazing how all the old schoolers that put the event together could do so without e-mail, blackberries or facebook groups. I suppose they've had a few years of practise.

Thousands of people died in World Wars, so that some could have the freedom to answer their LOUD cell phones in Remembrance Day services. What call is THAT important?

Yesterday was a nice break to the week. I did what everyone else in Swift Current does on a stat holiday. Went to Wal Mart.

Greek Night is this Saturday in Swift Current. That is an event I've never been to. I'd love to MC the night, but until I change my name to 'Switzapopolous' I don't think I'll get the call.



(one of Swift Current's many George Tsougrianises plays the bazouki at last year's event. Photo courtesy of George Tsougrianis at Southwest TV News)

A plate smashing, uzo shooting good time is promised at the Legion this Saturday. Each year this event raises thousands of dollars for local charities. Much of the new equipment in our regional hospital is there because of the dollars that come from Greek night. Say 'hi' to George Tsougrianis for me.

I really enjoyed yesterday's Bronco game. a 2-1 win over PA. This one went right down to the wire. Local product Andy Blanke got the winning goal. A clip of his post game interview can be found below. Thanks to Jon Keen...Eagle Sports for that one. I love being the public address announcer or riding shotgun with Keen on the Eagle broadcast...but sitting in section B and eating fries with vinegar is just fine too.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday Garbage Day

It was good to get back to the Training Zone yesterday. A busy month of October kept me out of the gym. It was nice...and quite painful getting back into the routine.

Hello to members of the staff of Stark and Marsh...who apparently enjoy reading the blog each day.

If you like this blog, tell a friend. If you hate it, tell someone you don't like.

44 shopping days until Christmas. 51 days to plan your new years partying.

This dog is still missing in Swift Current's Trail/Highland subdivision.



741-9710 if you see "Kolby".

Living in an apartment building has it's fun moments. Between Cheech and Chong living below me...and a girl who really likes her new boyfriend living upstairs, I'm getting to experience the kind of lifestyle I missed out on when I could've been going to college. 10:30pm and 3:30am. You can set a watch to it each night.


How are house prices in Swift Current these days? I'm no expert. Still a seller's market?


Yes...all I have is my grade 12. I was bit by the radio bug at age 17. My first on-air shift was December of 1994 at the old FM 94 building...which I believe is now a craft store???

I've learned a lot about broadcasting in that time. No one teaches people the art of broadcasting anymore. The only advice jocks get these days is "keep it tight". Thanks to Al Stevens, Grant Schutte, Jim Jackson, Maz, Tyler Glen and Barrie Vice who at some point in the last 15 years helped me to get better. Do any of those names ring a bell? I hope they do.

...and Merv Caven and Kelly Evjen on the Magic 94 morning show back in day... that's what got me interested in radio.

Where did 15 years go?



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Monday, November 09, 2009

It Sure is Monday

***UPDATE...Check out Swift Current's Tyler Bragg getting cannonballed by Rider's player Kitwana Jones in the sideline hot tub after this past Saturday's Rider win.


Every other blog is all over the Riders...so I'll leave it at Go Riders! This is the first time in many people's lives that the Riders have won the West. The last time the Riders accomplished this:

-Trudeau was Prime Minister. Blakeney was Premier, Wall was in grade 5.

-Grades 7, 8 and 9 in Swift Current went to O.M. Irwin and Beatty School.

-The Blue Jays were preparing for thier 1st season.

-The Wheatland Mall was under construction.

-The Broncos had moved to Lethbridge 2 years earlier. GO SWIFT CURRENT INDIANS OF THE SJ!!!

More pieces of 1976 history in the audio clip below...




I went to see Paranormal Activity last night at the Cinema Twin in Swift Current. If you go to this movie expecting a cheesy flick with a villian in a hockey mask or a sweater wearing psycho with a bladed glove, stay home. Its a 'mockumentary' filmed with one camera and a budget of $15,000. It's not for everyone...but I LOVED it. I have never been as frightened in a movie theatre, and I've never had the feel of a movie follow me home and stay with me. I'm actually getting shivers down my spine as I type this. This movie does to 'things that go bump in the night' what Jaws did to swimming in open water. It's amazing what the sound of footsteps, a door and some imagination can accomplish.

Hollywood is remaking, rebooting, churning out mindless sequels and using computer generated effects in place of creativity at every turn. This is a unique movie experience. Yes, the "camcorder" gimmick has been done in Blair Witch and Cloverfield, but not like this and not this well. Don't see it alone! If you don't have any friends, call me and I'll see it again. You're buying.

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Rider Photo from saskriders.com

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Lost Dog

Some friends of mine have had a family member go awol. A Yorkshire Terrier named Kolby has gone missing in Swift Current's Trail subdivision. That's the area behind the Wheatland Mall.



This is what a Yorkshire Terrier looks like...

741-9710 if you see him. A little boy is pretty sad.

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Friday, November 06, 2009

...And the Award for Best Personalized Licence Plate Goes to...




Now before any of you anonymous chuckleheads that surf from blog to blog besmirching comments sections says anything..."No, that is not my car."

But I may make that pic my new Facebook profile picture...

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Finally Friday


I'll update later today. I'm planning on launching my own business in early 2010 and there is some groundwork that needs to be looked after sooner than later.

...yes, I say I've been launching my own business for awhile now. It's like Brian Griffin's novel.




...and I NEED to get back in the gym and visit fabutan. I'm not totally vain and don't put too much stock into my appearance, but I still prefer to NOT look like a glass of milk with hair.

H1N1 Info and GUNS!


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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Need 2 Knows November 5th

Best Facebook status update this morning is from the Leader Post's Rob Vanstone.

Rob Vanstone is thrilled that the perennial underdogs, the New York Yankees, won the World Series. Justice prevails!


The Battle of the Southwest Volleyball action was fun last night. It was fun calling the action for Sask Tel Max. Local volleyball coach and legendary Swift Current Indians slugger Conrad Funk helped me out on color. Aside from calling the "libero" the "lebaron" once late in the game by accident it went very well. Surely I'm not the first v-ball commentator to confuse a defensive specialist with a Chrysler...

Solid action in both the men's and women's games. The Sun Dog women's team won in three straight sets, while the men's game went the full five games with Millar edging out the Dogs. Watch for the broadcast on Sask Tel Max's Local on Demand. Coaches were mic'd up and everything.

If you ever need a taxicab at 4:30am on a weekday morning in Swift Current...United Taxi is the way to go. There aren't a lot of friendly people in the world at 4:30...but the driver that chauffeured me to the station should be the one hosting a morning show.

No...I did not lose my driver's licence.

Here's your need 2 knows for today
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Trent Regier photo from southwesttvnews.com

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

FMK

The afternoon nap is not happening today. I have my volleyball commentary gig to prepare for, and I'll do that right after this.

From my comments:

Switz, some ideas for your next Fling, Marry Kill...

1. Various good looking Crime Scene Investigators on the three shows


Because I LIVE TO APPEASE anonymous commenters, your next FMK.

If you're new to this, the rules are simple. Pick one to have a sexy encounter with, one to marry and one to eliminate from the world forever...

Let's roll!



Marg Helgenberger, aka Catherine Willows, CSI




Melina Kanakaredes, aka Stella Bonasera, CSI New York (sure to be a hit with the SC Greek Community!)




Emily Procter, aka Calleigh Dusquene, CSI Miami.

...and what the heck, one for the ladies!



George Eads, aka Nick Stokes, CSI



Adam Rodriguez, aka Eric Delko, CSI Miami



Ed Cahill, aka Don Flack CSI New York

Have at 'er

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