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  • Cars4Christmas to be on NBC Nightly News Tomorrow Night

    Be sure and watch KSN, channel 3 tomorrow night (Veterans Day) at 5:30. During the "Make a Difference" segment of the NBC Nightly News, they will profile the Cars 4 Christmas organization! We at 1045, The Fox are once again partnering with Cars 4 Christmas. Phil and I will be giving away the first car on Tuesday the 23rd of November and multiple cars on Monday December 20th. If you have a car to donate (in any condition) or if you know someone who cannot afford a car, but desperately needs one, click on Cars4Christmas on this website...you'll be linked to where you can click on the button to donate or the button to apply!

  • It's Veterans Day

    On this day, Veterans Day...we all just want to say "Thanks" to all the Veterans who have served honorably in war and peacetime. Having never served in the armed forces myself, I can't imagine what it takes to put yourself in harms way. That is some amazing selflessness and courage. I am stealing this quote from the side of a fire station here in town but this reminds me of what it must take to be a veteran: "Courage Comes From A Reserve Mind More Powerful Than Outside Circumstances"

  • Skipping School For The Good Of My Future Career

    This morning we have two "Job Shadows" from Newton High School hangin in the studio with us, learning about the business. Courtney and Amanda are interested in the radio business so they will check out all aspects of the station today, starting with being on the air with me this morning. We didn't have a "Job Shadow" program when I was in school but by the time I was in 6th grade at Kensler Elementary School in west Wichita, I already knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: either a hippie (it was 1969 after all) or a radio D.J. I swear that's true! At the time the big radio station was KLEO A.M. 1480. I was an avid radio listener, contest player and all around fan. One day me and a friend of mine decided that after our lunch hour (you were allowed to go home for lunch back then) we would not go back for afternoon class, instead we would hike over to the KLEO studios which were located in a little white building just east of Ridge Road on 13th, I think the building and radio tower are still there...anyway, we made the trek over to the radio station and walked into the lobby where we could see through a big glass window into the studio where the d.j. was on the air. He talked to us most of the afternoon while we watched him do his job, he asked us why we were out of school and we told him we went to Catholic School (which was a lie) and it was a holiday. It did not even occur to us that he would know that that wasn't true. It was an awesome experience! I don't remember if we ever got caught for skipping school, we must not have because I think I would have remembered that part as well. The point is, I created my own "Job Shadow" program before it even existed!

  • "It's Monday"

    The start of the week means being greeted in the hallway with an "it's Monday". You know...you pass a co-worker in the hall and ask them how they are, how's it going, something like that and they respond with "it's Monday"...which I guess means they're not doing so good.. I think Monday is getting a bad rap. I'm not the biggest fan of Mondays but I don't hate them. I need Mondays. It there was not a Monday, there would be complete anarchy. If there were no Monday, I would be out till all hours all the time drinking, partying, coming home and watching TV MA on Cinemax...you know, the stuff I do on weekends. Monday forces me to be good because I know I have to get my s*** together before then to function like the rest of the world for 5 days... I like Monday for that. Monday is stability, normalcy, calm...you need Monday to start re-charging for the upcoming weekend when it all starts to come apart again. You know...when you walk down the hall at work and you ask a co-worker how they are doing and they respond with a hearty: "it's Friday!"

  • Robert Plant to Play 15 North American Dates in January, February of 2011

    Led Zeppelin, one of my favorite bands...never got a chance to see them live. I have had the opportunity to not only see some of the greatest rockers of all time, but meet them as well. I got in to radio after Led Zeppelin had broken up due to John Bonhams death so a Led Zeppelin meeting wasn't in the cards for me...then came 1988 and Robert Plant released his fourth solo album "Now and Zen". Of course a tour was planned to support the album and as luck would have it, Kansas City was one of the tour stops. Several of us from the radio station were set to go see the show and there was even a pre concert VIP cocktail party with Robert Plant planned and we were invited. The people I was supposed to go with ended up going a day early to see family in K.C. so I was going to drive up alone the day of the event. To make a long story short my good old reliable P.O.S. van broke down about 10 miles this side of Matfield Green!!! No cell phones back then so, by the time I finally flagged down another motorist, got a ride to the rest stop and called a friend with a truck to tow me back to Wichita...it was too late to make it to the show much less the VIP event! I was devastated!! However, ROBERT PLANT has announced a 15-date tour of North America kicking off in January. The first show is on January 18th in Asheville, North Carolina, with the final date on February 9th in Nashville, Tennessee. The tour is in support of his new album, Band of Joy. The band touring with Plant is the same that backed him on the album.

  • Please Join Me For Lunch Today!

    I am delighted to be back from vacation and am excited to be welcoming our "audience of experts" to a new restaurant from 11 to 1 today! The restaurant is, "Hibachi Grill Sushi Buffet" at Kellogg and Taft...just North of Kellogg and West Street and all newly remodeled... not only do they offer great sushi (30 different kinds) they also have a grill offering NY strips and KC strips! American and Mexican food too! While 1045, The Fox is there today, the nice folks at "Hibachi Grill and Sushi buffet" will be donating the proceeds from there first days in business to the Wichita Childrens Home...very generous gesture...please come support from 11am-1pm today.

  • George Harrison Song Takes the Lead as Beatles Tracks Flood iTunes Charts

  • John Lennon Documentary, LennoNYC, Premieres Today on PBS

    The JOHN LENNON documentary LennoNYC, which focuses on Lennon's life in New York City after THE BEATLES, premieres tonight at 8:00 on PBS. The film features never before seen footage of Lennon and his wife YOKO ONO, as well as Lennon's time in recording studios working on music, and the couple strolling through New York. It also features footage of Lennon taking care of his son, SEAN.

  • Giving is so Much Fun!

    This morning wll be life changing for one Wichita family do not miss the 8:00 hour of the Jan and Phil show today! more in two hours.

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    Don Barnes and Phil Thompson..."The Trilogy"

  • We Pulled it Off!

    Be sure and watch KSN, Channel 3 tonight to see a local family receive a car through the Cars4Christmas program with help from 1045, The Fox. We brought Vicki and Russ and two of their children to the studio on the pretext of just interviewing them as part of the selection process. In fact, the Cars4Christmas committee had already decided to award them a car and we got to tell them this morning and watch as they drove away in their "new" car! Lots of happy tears in the studio! Look for the video on this site soon!

  • Black Friday CAN be fun

    I ventured out for a Black Friday shopping excursion this morning. I really had nothing in particular to get, just wanted to have the experience. There were literally hundreds of people in line outside the big box electronic stores, I noticed this as I travelled from Kohl's to Towne East. At Kohl's there were hundreds of people in line to pay. Everything was very orderly and no one seemed to mind the wait. In Towne East it was also quite busy. I was impressed with the fact that everyone seemed to be kind and courteous. Christmas season seems to be off to a good start. If you missed out check out Buylocal.com through the Fox website, 1045thefox.com. There, you'll always find a bargain!

  • Again, I Never Smoked Pot

    Okay, one more time...I have never smoke pot. Maybe I should have, but for numerous reasons I never did. Well, We received a rather unusual phone call at our house on Saturday. A police officer from a smaller town in the Wichita area informed me that a check I had written 19 months ago , on which I left the payee designation blank, had been turned in by an honest citizen (thank you unknown, honest citizen) and he wanted to know the circumstances surrounding the check. It took me a minute to recall what had happened. There was a name on the memo that was nearly illegible. Turns out it was a check I had written to help out a listener who had health problems, was unemployed and needed a new couch. I did not name a payee because I was not sure if the man in need had a guardian or conservator. The very nice officer wanted to know my driver's license number...I was having trouble reading it, due to the fact I could not locate a simple pair of reading glasses anywhere in the house (sigh). I told him he was welcome to run a background check using my name and date of birth (like he needed my permission). He joked, "you know what they say about DJs". I assured him I had never even smoked pot....I think he did believe me. He was very nice and I am happy the citizen who found the check turned it in. So, on last time...I am the wierdo who never smoked pot in the 70s! Anyone else like me?

  • Our Biggest New Year's Eve Party, Ever!

    Please consider yourself invited to the 1045, The Fox New Year's Eve party at the Best Western Wichita North Hotel and Suites at 53rd street North and I-135. We will have two musical guests..Vinnie from Sleepy Truckers and Ten Day Wish! It will be the" Rockinist" party in town! The price is just $169 per couple and that includes a delicious buffet for two, admission to the dance/party, games and prizes, champagne toast at midnight , overnight stay in a very nice room, breakfast for two the next morning and late check-out the following day! Call 832-9387 to make your reservation asap.

  • Cars 4 Christmas gets some love from KSN Channel 3

    Our first car giveaway in this season's Cars 4 Christmas campaign was on Tuesday, November 23rd. Check out the video that aired on KSN!

  • Safe Riders

    There is no reason to get a DUI, or worse yet, cause harm to yourself or others while partying this holiday season. Just call Safe Riders at 461-RIDE and they will get you and your car back home safely (anywhere within a 10 mile radius) for just $15. They take reservations, too! In fact, reservations are required on New Year's Eve. Thank you, Standard Beverage Corporation for Safe Riders!

  • Bruce Springsteen archive video...I love archives!

  • Love is the Best Gift

    The best Christmas gift is the love we give and receive from friends and family. I want to express my thanks to all the listeners of 1045, the Fox for their continued support of the Jan and Phil show and the station in general.

  • Today Marks the 30th Anniversary of John Lennon's Death

    Wednesday, December 8th marks the 30th anniversary of the day JOHN LENNON died. The former BEATLE was shot and killed by MARK DAVID CHAPMAN outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City, where Lennon and wife YOKO ONO lived. Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. Chapman was taken into custody and ultimately sentenced to life in prison for the crime. Earlier this year, he was denied parole for the sixth time.

  • Christmas spirit isn't all about decorations

    So here I am at my house looking around at the lack of Christmas decorations. Years ago we really used to do it up. We have a silver Christmas Tree that's packed up in a box in our garage. We used to put it up in front of our big picture window and put on all the ornaments and set up two color wheels on both sides of the tree so it was awash in festive color. But that was back in the day when we only had 2 dogs and they stayed mosty outside. Well...years have passed and we have collected multiple dogs. Our inside dogs quickly decided that they had their own ideas on how the Christmas decorations should be distributed...all over the floor. The ornaments became dog toys. We finally decided that the tree must come down and the dogs ruled the house. I must say that even though we don't put up that tree, it still seems like Christmas around here...our puppies remind us of that. I don't know what I would do without multiple dogs in my life...everyday is like Christmas!!!

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