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  • In Defense of the Chicken

    Okay, some people are disappointed there's a chicken on our festival buttons this year. I admit I was at first and then I realized maybe fictional chickens with clever expressions are funny or just plain fun to some people and that's a good tie in to the festival. Maybe people are too literal when trying to tie the River to the Riverfest button each year. Afterall, there is only so many ways to depict a river theme (and I am a lover of our two turbid but beautiful rivers) so let's branch out a little.

  • My best impersonation?...Vidal Sassoon.

    Hairdresser and trendsetter Vidal Sassoon has died at the age of 84. Why does that matter to me? Well it really doesn't but I did do an impersonation of him when I was in High School. I was pretty good at mimicing famous people but for some reason my finest impersonations were Vidal Sassoon and a local T.V. pitchman Kevin Craig, best know as "The Dillons Man." He too has passed away. I imagine the reason I was so good at those impersonations is because I watched a lot of t.v. and at the time Dillons commercials ran constantly plus there was a shampoo called Protein 21 and Vidal was the spokesperson for it and that commercial ran quite often too. In drama class I would regale my classmates with spot on impersonations of these two men. With the Dillons guy my quote would be (in my best baritone): "Take a look at Dillons, you've found your food store." My Vidal Sassoon was quite a bit longer because it was pretty much the first 15 seconds of the shampoo commercial. I can still remember it word for word to this day! It goes like this (in my best English accent): "The very action of teasing pulls and hurts hair now, you have to shampoo anyway so you might as well use a shampoo that not only cleans but puts back the protein that teasing takes out. Protein 21 maybe is not a miracle but it sure can help!"

  • I Wish I Loved Baseball

    I wish I loved baseball. For me, a non-lover of baseball, this is the slump period between the end of basketball and the start of football. I like college basketball and football and professional football. My sports calendar is therefore filled with fun from the end of August to the beginning of April. If only I could love baseball. I like the romance of going to the ballpark on a spring or summer evening, it's just that the game moves too slowly for me. I love the history of the sport, the crack of the bat for a homer! but I just haven't the patience to watch a game for long. I think to truly love baseball you have to love stats. I am not a fan of stats, still I wish I loved baseball!

  • Damn Early Morning Birds!!

    You know how certain sounds or smells trigger things from your past? You can smell a certain food or a certain perfume and it will instantly take you back to a particular period of your life. Maybe someone you knew wore that perfume or you were around that type of food a lot and smelling it again instantly triggers those memories. That happens to me when I hear early morning birds. Early morning birds should be a happy sound right? Don't get me wrong, it is a happy cheerful sound but do you know what it reminds me of? Being up all night after an alcohol and drug fueled party situation. Which used to happen to me a lot back in the mid 80's and early 90's. I had some great times!! Irresponsible yes and I grew out of it thank God! I would get into party mode and go non stop then try and go to bed...never could sleep for obvious reasons! I would lay in bed trying and trying to shake off the party and then suddenly...early morning birds! When I heard that sound I knew a new day was dawning. A day after a night that I didn't sleep, a day that was going to hurt. Because I did that so many times it was ingrained into my memory and now when I am walking in the parking lot of the radio station at 5 o'clock in the morning and I hear them I think to myself: "Damn early morning birds!"

  • Do You Have a Plan "B"?

    Phil says he does not have a plan "B" should he ever leave radio. He says he's good at changing air filters...so A-1 Saw and Mower called and said they'd hire him. If I have to pick a career at random for which I have no documented credentials..it would be as a concierge at a hotel. I like serving others, I think if the hotel was in Wichita, I could even get my direction giving straight. Any ideas from anyone else?

  • What Is the most popular thing to Spend your Tax Refund on?

    So, I have friends who get great tax refunds. They have kids and they don't own a (very small) business like my husband does. Seems a lot of people take trips or pay of bills with the money they get back from Uncle Sam. Lately I have heard a lot of people talking about the best thing to do with this $$$. What will you do with yours? Please tell us at facebook.com/1045thefox.

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    Found out Why I can't Remember why I came into the Living Room

    I found out why I can't remember why I came into the living room...Turns out your brain actually considers your passage through a doorway as "an event boundry". Psychologists at Notre Dame explain that the brain tends to re-set when it perceives an event boundary. That's why you can often remember if you re-trace your steps!

  • Lightning blew my shoe off!!

    I love a good lightning show. Last night when the storm passed through, my girlfriend Leslie and I decided to go sit in some chairs under the carport and enjoy it for awhile. It was a very mellow rain because there was no wind and then the occasional big flash of lightning followed by a slow rolling thunder. It was very relaxing. Until....BIG FLASH of lightning with a HUGE clap of thunder!!! This was one of those thunders that doesn't "follow" a lightning strike but happens at the same time! Meaning the lightning was REAL CLOSE!! It didn't so much "scare" me as it did startle me. So much so that my right leg jerked because of the way I was sitting and my shoe flew right the f*** off of my foot!!! I couldn't stop laughing!!

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    Moonlight Drive is Playing Wichita This Friday Night

    I am a fan of only a very few tribute bands, but here is one really worth checking out...Moonlight Drive, a Doors tribute band (obviously) is playing a benefit concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this Friday night at 9 at the Wichita Ballroom, 4150 W. Kellogg Drive. Moonlight Drive is amazing. If you loved The Doors, you will really enjoy this band, if you were lukewarm on The Doors you will STILL love this band. If you loved Jim Morrison, you wil love this band. Don't miss it!

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    This Means War!

    My husband loves animals but does not share my passionate love of squirrels. Neither do our dogs. I have to admit the squirrels are asking for it when they taunt the dogs from the safety of a tree branch or the other side of a window. To make matters worse, squirrels chewed through our soffit and made their own cozy little house inside ours. My husband had placed steel wool in the hole, but the squirrels simply removed it and scoffed at his meager attempts to thwart them. So last night my husband decides to add even more steel wool. He asked for my help...so there we were... on a slope leading to our neighbors drive...my husband, fearing a scene from Christmas vacation, asked me to hold the ladder..on an incline...while he looked ot see if our guests were out for the evening. It was dusk..and we were...anticpating a little squirrel's head popping out or perhaps a squirrel jumping into my husband's hair...but I kept thinking..."poor squirrels...this is a great place to nest for them...they don't know about home ownership". Do they make squirrel houses?

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    Freaking Awesome!!!!

    Occasionally we have meetings to keep us updated on things like ethics and FCC regulations. We all get together and conference call other stations and our legal team and go over the things we can and can't say, the things that will get us in trouble or even fined heavily if we say them. It's funny because we all know what you can and can't say. It's common sense right?? What I find even funnier is the fact that we can't say F###, but I think everyone knows what we mean when we say Freak. As in: "that was freaking awesome!!!" Words are words are words....

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    Did I finish everything I needed to do?...Yep!

    Wow! Looky here...I haven't blogged in a while. Why? Because my short term memory sucks. I will leave for the day thinking to myself: "ok I've done this and this and this....hmmm did I forget anything??? Nope!" Of course I've forgotten lots of things but at the time my short term memory loss comes to my rescue and tells me everythings alright. Everythings done. I go home happy. Short term memory loss can sometimes be my friend.

  • Boobage! Seriously?

    So last night my husband and I are standing out our our porch waiting for friends to pick us up for dinner. We are having what I think is a serious discussion about some classes I am wanting to take. I am thinking I have his undivided attention. Well, it's a bit nippy outside and I am standing with my arms folded. Just as we are talking about where I might take these classes, my husband yells, "boobage" seems my arms had the same effect as a push-up bra. "Boobage! " Really sweetheart? What about educational opportunities? Oh well.

  • So What If I had a Crush on Bobby Sherman?

    A friend asked me the other day who my teen idol was as a kid. I said "Bobby Sherman" and my husband immediately started in on what a terrible musician he was. Musician? He had blue eyes and a sweet smile. Sure I had one album of his, but I was in "love"... I was 12 for goodness sake! Cut me a break! My musical tastes improved later!

  • Too Old to Insure?

    Wow! One family whose mobile home was destroyed by a tornado had tried to get insurance for just such an occurence. Unfortunately they were told their home was too old to insure. That's so sad. I get that it might not have much value, but hey, it was "home" to them. Seems like there should be some feasible way to insure old mobile homes.

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    I used to love tax time...what happened???

    I used to love this time of year...tax time! When I would take my papers to a smart accounting-type person and they would gleefully click away at their computer keyboard, entering all my information and then informing me that I would be getting a check in the mail! I started planning ahead this year. I was going to put my tax refund into a vacation fund for later on this year!

  • Answers to the Jan and Phil's Quirky Question

    We are thrilled that listeners are loving our "Quirky Question of The Day". We had some calls asking about two of the "Quirky Questions" this week that took along to time to answer. The answer to Wednesday's question on what 18% of people have in their bedroom is: an electric blanket.

  • I Love Hockey Players

    Phil and I are lucky enough to get to interview Thunder players on the Jan and Phil show. I have done a considerable number of interviews over the past three decades and I must say that, consistently, the hockey players have always been fun, polite, and intelligent. I find it ironic that in a sport where arguments and fighting are all part of what is expected, the players are so brilliant and likeable, and well-mannered.

  • A cure for the hiccups

    I learned something from my 8th grade english teacher Mr. Smith. Of course you expect to learn something from a teacher after all they are...teachers. But in this case it wasn't proper grammar or how to creatively construct a short story. This was a cure for the hiccups. In the middle of a particularly boring session one day, I walked up to Mr. Smith's desk and asked him if I could leave the classroom for a moment to get a drink of water as I had the hiccups. He stood up and announced to the class: "May I have your attention! It seems Mr. Thompson here has the hiccups and wants to get a drink of water. I am going to allow this once he proves to us all that he indeed has the hiccups....Mr. Thompson, it's all yours." I stood there, all eyes on me. I was stunned. I had no problem being up in front of the class because I was kind of a class clown anyway but I was not expecting to be thrust into the spotlight this way. All I wanted was to get out of class for a couple minutes and I truly did have the hiccups. I did...but not anymore. Being caught off guard like that in front of a room full of people cured me off my hiccups!!! I have tried this throughout the years on other people and 99% of the time it works! So try it some time. When a friend has the hiccups tell them you have a cure. Then march them out in front of whoever happens to be around and put them on the spot and see if it works for you. It usually does!

  • I just Love to Give-away Stuff

    Most of you who listen probably already know how much I love to make people happy. That's why I am so excited about the announcement Phil and I will have on Friday morning! I cannot wait! In fact I think I have "let the cat out of the bag" a couple of times already!

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