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Oscars! Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are this weekend hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.

 

Looking Ahead

February 28th: President’s State of the Union.

College Hoops: Indiana vs. Purdue.

Mardi Gras.

 

March 2nd: Dr. Seuss Day.

 

March 3rd: Debut of Nintendo’s Switch!

 

 

NASA Blockbuster

NASA has found seven Earth-sized planets WITH water….LIFE?

Here’s the story.

 

Money Monkey Muggings

I’d like to bring you Jersey Mike’s Subs and FUN 101.7 Money Monkey mugs like I did for Sonia at Superior Auto.

I do this three times a week, hitting various workplaces. Spread the word and sign up here.

 

 

Stephen King & J.J. Abrams Castle Rock Lands On Hulu

 

Hollywood Hits 

With the Oscars…. the Academy Awards happening this weekend hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, we’re playing movie music throughout the weekend.

Our Hollywood Hits Weekend begins Friday at 3!!

 

Tom Hanks Loves Stories… and Typewriters 

Tom Hanks is releasing a book of stories and he used different typewriters for the book.

It’s due in October.

 

Happy Birthday, Kelsey Grammer


Here’s some Frasier bloopers!

 

A Few Of My Firsts

I’ll give you my age, which will put some of these in perspective better. I’m 45! 🙂

First Music: The first music I remember hearing was Wings and then I went back and listened to all of The Beatles material. I grew to love a lot of music that was before my time. I have an appreciation for it all and many genres. I’ll go in depth on my thoughts on it all in a post some time. I went back and listened to The Doors, The Rolling Stones and so much more. I was in elementary school when I began buying music. The first music I bought…Single: Joan Jett/I Love Rock & Roll. Albums: Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger, Human League’s Dare, Quiet Riot’s Metal Health and Def Leppard’s Pyromania. By the time I got to high school…hard rock, metal, hair bands were the thing in the late 80’s and although I liked much of it, I also liked The Pixies and Sonic Youth. The Replacements are still one of my favorite bands ever!

First Movies: Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw in theatres. What a first one to see! The first movies I ever bought…all of the Star Wars flicks, The Godfather trilogy and The Dark Crystal.

First Concert: The first official concert I ever went to was with my parents with I was real young, Dolly Parton. My first rock concert was Stray Cats at the Indiana State Fair. It was incredible. I met Brian Setzer many years later in the 90’s. First festival type concert…Monsters of Rock in 1985 with Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken and Kingdom Come.

First Car: Monte Carlo. It was like a boat. I loved the car though. The next cars were Thunderbird, Cavalier, Mustang. There was a time when I even owned a Storm. Remember THOSE?!? What the heck.

First Radio Job: WCER in Huntington and I did pretty much whatever I wanted there…followed by jobs in Marion and Wabash. My first Fort Wayne radio job was WOWO when WOWO still played music and was downtown. I did weekends there. My first full-time Fort Wayne radio gig was when I was still a teenager at WDJB, B-106. I did middays there and had a great time. Then it was WMEE the first stint (through ’95), then WLDE (through 2000), went to Orlando to work for MIX 105.1 for many years and then Minneapolis to work for KS95. WMEE (stint number two through 2012) and here I am again at FUN 101.7. I did some television a few years ago and although it was enjoyable, I feel that radio gives you more freedom. Through the good and the bad, I’ve enjoyed it everywhere I’ve been.

 

Stevie Nicks

I’ve been a fan of Stevie Nicks since before Fleetwood Mac. I loved Buckingham Nicks, Stevie and Lindsay’s project pre-Fleetwood Mac. I like all of her solo albums. If you get a chance to see Stevie in concert, you should do that. She does return to Indiana in March at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy. You can get our whole Concert Calendar here.

 

Patriot starring Terry O’Quinn

Amazon debuts Patriot this week starring Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith and Michael Chernus.

 

Fort Wayne Happenings

February 25th & 26th: Fort Wayne Women’s Expo.

March 2nd-5th: Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show at Memorial Coliseum.

March 5th: Gabriel Iglesias at the Embassy.

March 9th-March 12th: Disney on Ice: Dare To Dream at Memorial Coliseum.

March 12th: Auto Swap Meet at Memorial Coliseum.

March 26th: Shipshewana On The Road at Memorial Coliseum.

March 31st: Journey and Asia at Memorial Coliseum.

March 31st-April 2nd: Maumee Mary & Joseph Comedy Festival at various locations throughout downtown Fort Wayne. VisitFortWayne.com

April 6th: Jerry Seinfeld returns to Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre.

April 7th: Harry Potter in Concert: The Sorcerer’s Stone with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

April 8th: Tin Caps opening day at Parkview Field.

April 19th-April 23rd: Vera Bradley Outlet Sale at Memorial Coliseum.

April 22nd: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo opens for the season.

Record Store Day.

(FW Participating stores: Wooden Nickel and Neat Neat Neat)

April 28th: Tapestry with Ann Curry at Memorial Coliseum.

May 6th: Free Comic Book Day.

(FW Participating stores: Books, Comics & Things)

May 10th-May 14th: Fort Wayne Music Festival.

June 1st: The first Lunch On The Plaza of the season.

June 15th-June 18th: Hobnobben Film Festival at various FW locations and Ribfest at Headwaters Park.

June 24th: Buskerfest in Downtown Fort Wayne.

July 7th-July 15th: Three Rivers Festival.

July 25th-30th: Allen County FUN Fair at the fairgrounds.

September 10th: Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown.

September 15th & 16th: Middle Waves Music Festival.

September 16th & 17th: Johnny Appleseed Festival at Johnny Appleseed Park.

 

Billy Joel in Indy


Billy Joel is coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy on November 3rd!

One of my favorite Billy Joel songs is You’re Only Human.

 

What My Day Is Like

I love doing my show weekdays, 12-4, on FUN 101.7, but that’s just a part of my day here at work. I’m Programming Assistant for all three of our Fort Wayne stations: FUN 101.7, Alt 99.5 and Majic 95.1. I mainly deal with FUN and Alt. I arrive around 8am and am here until 6, 7, sometimes later, depending on the workload. What I do in that time varies between various things in programming, promotions, production and the main thing I do is the music for FUN and do a lot of day-to-day things for our alternative station, Alt 99.5…adding new music, fresh elements on the station and whatever else is needed. There’s a lot of meetings. My brain never stops, I’m always thinking of ideas for something. Most of all, I love what I do…all of it.

 

 

One Hit Wonders Weekend

It begins Friday at 3! Sly Fox, Nena, Level 42, Londonbeat and all the rest.

 

Quote Of The Day

Assumptions Are Dangerous Things.

 

Congrats, Kate Upton

Kate Upton is the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s February 14th… Have a nice VDay! I’ll be hanging out with the other single people. 🙂

Happy Anniversary, YouTube

YouTube began on this day (2/14) in 2005!

Here’s my picks for some of the greatest things you can find on YouTube:

Tom Snyder interviewing Kiss with a hilarious Ace. You can sense some tension back then.

Billy Idol with Generation X in 1979.

Rare video of Madonna & Prince’s Love Song.

Arnold Schwarzenegger one-liner mashup.

Full Fleetwood Mac concert from 1975.

Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry doing Johnny B. Goode in 1995.

Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the making of Thriller.

 

My Favorite TV Shows At The Moment

I may make my favorites a regular thing for tv, music and movies… and it could be a mix of not only new, but some older thinsg too.

FX has a couple of great ones: Taboo and Legion.

Be sure to check them out!

FX’s Taboo

FX’s Legion

 

My Favorite Music At The Moment

I’ve been on a Talking Heads kick lately. When they first hit, nobody sounded like them. I call it art rock. Very different. Unique.

I’ve been a forever fan of The Replacements and now Tommy Stinson’s brought back his post-Replacements band, Bash & Pop! Their latest material is excellent.

I’m a vinyl nut and quite a few 80’s classic hit artists have been doing reissues on vinyl: Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen with more on the way.

 

My Favorite Movies At The Moment

I just had a Die Hard marathon recently. Those flicks are still great, especially the first one.

 

Book Club: Peter Guralnick’s Sam Phillips, The Man Who Invented Rock n Roll…SUN Records story.

If I had a Book Club, this would be my first pick. I love this one! It’s my latest read and I’m almost done with it. It’s such a great story about Sam Phillips and the story of SUN Records, the label he started which launched Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many others.

 

TV Superstar Tidbits

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) has another tv project ahead for Amazon called Electric Dreams, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel.

 

Edward James Olmos is going to star in the Sons of Anarchy spinoff called Mayans along with Emilio Rivera.

 

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

James Corden’s hit bit, Carpool Karaoke, is about to become an actual series for Apple…soon!

 

Happy Birthday, Peter Gabriel

Shock The Monkey is one of my favorite Peter Gabriel songs.

 

I love the album, So, and all of those tunes are great and Sledgehammer is one of the best videos ever.

 

Grammy Awards

Here’s your Grammy Award recap.

 

Superstars Of The 80’s Weekend

FUN 101.7’s Weekend Special this weekend is a Superstars Of The 80’s Weekend! All of the greatest classic hits of the Superstars of the 80’s: Pat Benatar, Van Halen, Duran Duran, U2, INXS, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, The Police, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis & The News, R.E.M., Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Journey, REO Speedwagon, John Mellencamp, David Bowie and many others. There will be some surprise tunes in the mix. 🙂

 

Pre-Huey Lewis & The News

Before they were Huey Lewis & The News, the band was Huey Lewis & The American Express.

 

FX’s Legion

FX’s Legion starring Dan Stevens debuts tonight (2/8)!

 

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards air this weekend hosted by James Corden.

Here’s all of the performers, nominees and more.

 

Wayne’s World 

It’s the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Wayne’s World today and tomorrow  (2/7 and 2/8) and there are some showings in Fort Wayne!

Get the showings listing here.

 

Black History Month

February is Black History Month and I’ve always liked any kind of r&b, soul, funk…you name it. Rock & Roll itself was born from the early days of r&b. Treat yourself to some great talent from over the years. Among my favorites: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, any of the Motown material, Philly soul, Parliament Funkadelic, the rock & roll of Chuck Berry, the showmanship of Little Richard, the piano playing of Fats Domino, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire and there’s so much excellent talent NOW like Andra Day and Leon Bridges (who’s got a total Sam Cooke vibe).

 

Happy Birthday (2/6), Axl Rose of GNR

 

Stranger Things


I really liked season one. Netflix’s Stranger Things returns on Halloween!

 

IPFW Homecoming

IPFW‘s Homecoming celebration begins today!

Go Dons!!

 

Super Bowl

Although I was hoping for a Falcons victory and I’m NOT a Patriots fan at all, you’ve gotta give it to the Pats. That was one heck of a comeback!

Lady Gaga was incredible! She’ll be in Indy on November 5th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The commercials were pretty weak, although a couple of decent ones. The trailers were fun! Looking forward  most to Guardians of the Galaxy 2. See some of the trailers on our FUN 101 Facebook page.

Stranger Things returns to Netflix on Halloween!

 

Bits and Chunks

50 States, 50 Most Romantic Restaurants.

Meditation = Stress Buster.

 

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

Today (2/4/17) marks the 40th Anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. It’s still one of the greatest albums ever and I listen to it often.

Here’s an interesting piece on the iconic album.

 

FUN 
Be sure to check out the FUN Section on FUN1017.com. Our TV, Music/Movie sections are all updated with pics, audio/video, links, trailers and more.

 

Weekends

I love them and want them more often. Can somebody please make this happen? Thanks!  🙂

Hit Makers

I’m looking forward to this book, Hit Makers from Derek Thompson. This will dig into the details as to why things become hits, whether it’s a tv show or music or a movie etc. It’s not always what we think. There’s a lot of moving parts that make things happen. We always hope things are some organic greatness, but that’s not usually the case.

 

I Love Fort Wayne

There’s many reasons why I love Fort Wayne and here’s a few: Great people, our award winning zoo, thriving and growing downtown, our sports teams…Komets, Tin Caps, Mad Ants, Mastodons, Derby Girls and the others, our excellent museums, fantastic restaurants, the beautiful Embassy Theatre, the Brass Rail, Skeletunes, CS3 and the Tiger Room, C2G, our incredible festivals: Three Rivers Festival, Middle Waves Music Festival, Hobnobben Film Festival and the rest, Cinema Center and I could go on and on. I really like our very talented local musicians like: Secret Mezzanine, James & The Drifters, The B-45’s, Metavari, The Meat Flowers, Jess Thrower, The Orange Opera and all the others.

 

BNQT

I’m such a fan of many things…movies and especially music…all genres. I’m always seeking things that I’ll enjoy.

So here comes a Supergroup called BNQT, which features members of Band of Horses, Midlake, Travis, Franz Ferdinand and Grandaddy!

This is such a catchy tune, Restart.

 

Forthcoming TV Debuts This Week

NBC debuts Powerless starring Vanessa Hudgens.

CBS debuts Superior Donuts starring Judd Hirsch.

CBS Training Day starring Bill Paxton.

FOX debuts 24: Legacy starring Corey Hawkins.

 

Forthcoming Music and Movie Release Dates

Get ’em here.

 

Family Guy

Today (1/31) marks the anniversary of FOX’s Family Guy, which debuted in 1999.

Here’s a look at the original tv pilot for Family Guy. It’s quite different.

Forthcoming!

2/5: Super Bowl (Falcons v. Patriots)…Lady Gaga Halftime Show…The President will be interviewed prior to game.

2/9: College Hoops: Indiana v. Purdue.

2/12: Grammy Awards hosted by James Corden.

2/26: Oscars… Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

2/28: The President’s State Of The Union.

3/3: Nintendo Switch debuts!3/14: NCAA March Madness begins.

 

Concert Tickets

You can snag concert tickets for several shows ahead.

Listen to Win!

Here’s a look at our Concert Calendar.

 

Happy Birthday (1/30), Phil Collins

The Americans

Today (1/30) is the anniversary of FX’s The Americans, which began on this day in 2013.

It has its season premiere, March 7th!

 

Instagram

Join me on Instagram! RadioZack

 

Fort Wayne FYI

Tonight (1/26): Celebrate Downtown at Fort Wayne Cinema Center.

Now through 1/29: Shrine Circus at Memorial Coliseum.

1/27: Winter Cozy at the Wells Street Bridge. Entertainment, food, beverages, bonfires and more!

1/27: Fort Wayne Philharmonic with a free concert at Citizens Square.

1/27-1/29: Outdoor Sports Lake and Cabin Show at Memorial Coliseum.

My favorite tv series of all time, HBO’s The Sopranos, began in January of 1999. I still go back and watch episodes once in a while.

I miss it a lot!

Notable Forthcoming TV Dates

Television Dates.

 

Music and Movie Release Dates

Music and Movie Dates.

 

Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show

It happens this weekend at the Memorial Coliseum. I’m there Friday night from 6-9. If you’re there, say hey!

 

Mary Tyler Moore

RIP Mary Tyler Moore. TV Legend. Funny and so damn cute. SMART lady. She made an impact on showbiz.

Here’s a quick funny bloopers clip of MTM.

 

Weekend Specials

We do a lot of Weekend Specials on FUN 101.7: Ultimate 80’s, Ladies of the 80’s, Very Hairy Weekends and several others coming soon!

80’s New Wave Weekend is ahead this weekend. It’s packed with some of your favorite classic hits with a new wave vibe.

If you ever have any ideas for weekend specials you’d like to hear…any themes? Let me know. Thanks! Zack@FUN1017.com

 

Bits and Chunks

Details on the X-Men tv series for FOX.

A couple of my favorite sites, AllMusic.com and AllMovie.com.

 

TV Pilots

See what the tv networks have in store for this year and beyond. Here’s the latest tv pilot roundup.

 

Radio FUN

The Classic Hits Countdown at noon is the 80’s all week!  🙂

Stream: FUN1017.com or get our app through Google Play or the App Store.

 

Award Season

It was announced this week that the highly annoying Stephen Colbert is hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17th.

FYI…The Grammy Awards air February 12th hosted by James Corden and The Oscars…Academy Awards air February 26th hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

 

Fort Wayne FYI

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry’s State of the City address is February 15th.

Fort Wayne Derby Girls home opener is February 11th.

 

Let’s talk The Kinks

I’m a major British Invasion fan and dig The Beatles and the Stones, but my favorite of the bunch is The Kinks! I really enjoy those Kinks songs, especially from the 60’s. Just your gritty, raw, garage rock. That’s the way rock & roll should be…always. I’m happy that Ray Davies has a fresh project with the band, The Jayhawks called Americana.

 

Bit and Chunks

Gabriel Iglesias with his own ABC tv sitcom in the works. The Fluffy Guy will be in Fort Wayne at the Embassy on March 5th.

Paris Jackson talks about Michael Jackson and believes he was murdered!

 

Do What You Love

Do What You Love is a statement I’ve made many times to my kids. If you find something that you enjoy and can make money doing it, then it never really feels like work. That’s how I’ve always felt about radio. Although, like anything, there’s up’s and down’s, it’s something that I have a passion for and love. I feel so lucky and grateful for the various opportunities I’ve had over time. I just hope it all comes through just how much I enjoy playing around on the radio. Find your passion and sometimes it can be one thing or many and it can change too. Never give up!

 

The President

I thought Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration went well. I liked the speech. Oh and I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. I don’t play the political game. It’s two sides of the same coin, typically. Remember, an eagle has TWO wings and so does politics. We may not like it, but that’s the way it is. I’m more of a issue oriented person, not party. America all the way and leave me alone. That’s pretty much my stance. The President’s first weekly address is this weekend and he’ll have a major interview just prior to the Super Bowl on February 5th.

 

Super Bowl

Super Bowl is set. Falcons and the Patriots. I’m so over the Patriots! So, go Falcons!! Maybe next year the Colts will get there again. Super Bowl is February 5th and Lady Gaga is the halftime show. I’ll have my beer ready for the game. The other bowl game nobody really cares about is the Pro Bowl, which is this weekend.

 

LIFE 101

I’ve made appointments for the doctor, the dentist and car maintenance all this week. It’s January and I always think it’s a nice time to do the regular checkups on everything. I do it all a few times a year. So far, everything is smooth. I’m just glad to get it all done for a while.   🙂

 

Bits and Chunks

Cyndi Lauper and Rod Stewart tour dates.

Latest Star Wars poster.

 

Hey there and welcome to my first post on the blog. First of all, thank you for listening to FUN 101.7. I enjoy what I do and love meeting and talking with people everywhere. Every one you is a friend. If you ever see me somewhere, make sure you say hello. You can hear me 12-4 every weekday on FUN 101.7. I love doing the Classic Hits Countdown at noon!

I’ll post my random thoughts on various subjects, topics and whatever is on my mind. Several people, places and things I may discuss here: Life in general, all things Fort Wayne, my kids (my world), my dating life trying to find my lady (which can be very entertaining), various news and sports items, a peek into the radio (and sometimes television) world and my years involved, music (music geek), movies (movie buff), books (avid reader), favorite websites, interesting apps and anything else that is interesting to me and hopefully you.

Friend me on Facebook, let’s follow each other on Twitter (which is my favorite social media platform) and Instagram.

Many of my posts may include something I call Bits and Chunks, which is links to various items for you.

Have a great one!

 

Bits and Chunks

2017 TV Preview

2017 Music Preview

2017 Movie Preview

George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) talks about his next book, The Winds of Winter.

Nintendo Switch is near.