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  • To Shovel or Not to Shovel

    I am a snow lover, mainly because it is just so pretty. However, each snowfall means a safety debate as to whether it is better to clear sidewalks or leave a "protective snow covering" in place. When there is snow on the sidewalk, at least any underlying ice is covered. I landed square on my derriere last winter, due to black ice on the sidewalk. Sure, you can put down ice melt, but it's just not 100% effective. I'd rather tromp through a few inches of snow than have an icy sidewalk exposed. I often wear Yak Traks on my snow boots, but they are a pain to take on and off and they sometimes make inside floors slippery if you forget to take them off...I've made some interesting entrances in foyers with marble tile.

  • Is your Pet Psychic?

    A national survey revealed that 43% of people thought their pets could sense when bad news was about to arrive. Not bad weather, bad news. Really? I wish my dogs could predict they would be scolded for pottying in the house. Have you had a psychic message from your pet? If so, how did he or she warn you?

  • It's hard to look cool when you're sliding on the ice.

    So there I was, I had just left work here at the mighty 104.5 The Fox on Monday. I'm driving down N. Broadway which had been covered in a fresh blanket of snow earlier in the day. Next thing I know I'm spinning in slow motion, a complete 360 degree spin, right in the middle of the street! Luckily there were no other cars near me but it suddenly occured to me as I came to a stop semi sideways in the road: "It's hard to look cool when you're sliding on the ice". I consider myself a pretty cool guy. I have a cool job, cool friends, cool dogs, cool....okay not so cool car but still, pretty cool guy. So there I am in the middle of the street sideways looking oh so uncool.

  • The Name Game

    I hate it when I cannot remember someone's name. Often times it is someone I really like, but whose name I simply cannot remember. My husband has the same affliction. We have a pact. If we are together and run into someone whom our spouse does not immediately introduce us to, that means we should jump in and introduce ourselves, causing the nameless person to give-up their identity immediately. Anyone else have a "pact"?

  • Cowboy costumes make me laugh.

    First things first, I have nothing against Cowboys. Having a farm in southeast Kansas for the last 9 years I've come to know alot of Cowboys, real live Cowboys. These guys have jobs that require them to herd, rope, and brand's their job to be a Cowboy, that's what they do for a living and like other professions it has a uniform. The boots, tight Wrangler jeans, crisp western shirt, huge belt buckle (usually won at a rodeo), vest, bandana and of course the signature hat. There are other professions that require uniforms: Police Officers and Firefighters come to mind. This is where the issue of costumes comes into play. People don't walk around in the uniform of a Firefighter or Police Officer unless they are one and it's their uniform...or it's Halloween and it's their costume. Do you see what I'm getting at? Maybe it's just me but when someone is dressed up as a Cowboy when they aren't really a Cowboy, it makes me laugh. Not out loud of course because most of these guys in Cowboy costumes could lay an ass whoopin' on me so I keep it to myself. If I saw someone who wasn't a Firefighter walking down the street or hanging out at a nightclub dressed up in a flame retardant coat with the reflective tape on it and the big helmet...I would laugh at that as well. (again to myself...the ass whoopin' ya know). And you'd likely be arrested if you wore a Police Officers uniform out and about if you weren't a Police Officer. I think it's called "impersonating a Police Officer". I think the only adults other than the ones that are real Cowboys that can get away with wearing a Cowboy costume are Country Singers but that falls under the category of "costume" I think...and again, Cowboy costumes make me laugh.

  • What Not to Give Your Sweetheart for Valentine's Day

  • Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" Has Best Guitar Riff Ever

  • Live like a Rock Star!

    I think I've discovered the secret to living like a Rock Star...get divorced. Okay, it's not quite that simple. There is actually another key element: procrastination. Here's how it works, at least for me and ultimately it will lead to me living like a Rock Star.

  • I Love the New Judges

    I watched American Idol this week not knowing how I would feel about the judges. Sure I love Steven Tyler in Aerosmith, but how would he do as an Idol judge? Jennifer Lopez, would she be just too sweet? As the senior member of the panel, would Randy become a leader? Well, I think the three of them are doing a great job thus far, their chemistry is good, all are endearing and Randy has developed a bit more edge...just what they must have in the absence of Simon Cowell. I think it will be a great season!

  • How do you know?

    Round round get around I get around...when the Beach Boys sang those words I wonder if they were talking about, know...getting around! And I wonder if they had the dilemma of trying to remember everyone they "got around" with?

  • The Oscar Nominations

    The nominations are as Follows:

  • I owe it all to "Queen for a Day"

    Whenever we help someone via the radio station I am always delighted that the power of media can being used for such a good purpose. That is always our mission at 1045, The Fox. I get some teasing once in awhile, because I cry right along with whom ever is being helped. I thought about why that is, and all I can tell you is that such behavior started very early in my life. I used to watch "Queen for A Day" as a very young child. I watched housewives win washers and dryers that would "change their lives" or that's how it seemed. The emcee of the show would wrap them a woman in an ermine cape and put a crown on her head and she would cry and so would I. I cried because she had told them she desperately needed something and they provided it. I was just so darned happy for her. I was all of about 5 years old.

  • A Car For Caressa

    Caressa Jones was run over by her own car last November. Watch the video as Caressa describes what happened to her and then recieves a vehicle from Cars4Christmas.

  • What Gets Into Some Drivers?

    It never ceases to amaze me the way a few idiotic area drivers act when it turns snowy or icy. They apparently do not prepare, despite the advanced notice we usually get. Allowing extra time for your commute, braking early at intersections, driving more slowly, and clearing not only windshields but tail lights and license plates all seems like pretty basic stuff and a small price to pay for staying alive. if you agree, feel free to rat out anyone you see being an idiot tomorrow morning. It will give everyone a heads up the crazies are out there!

  • Home Invasion Finale Event!

    Last Saturday was a beautiful day for a Home Invasion Giveaway!!!

  • Being "Phil" on Groundhog Day

    It's not easy being Phil on Groundhog Day. Okay, I suppose I do get some mileage out of it but I've had my share of humiliation, being a radio personality and having to come up with "wacky stunts" to promote events, holidays, whatever. So one year I broadcast from a hole in the ground, another year I was "asked" to don a "groundhog" costume for a promotional video. We couldn't find a groundhog costume so we improvised with....I think it was a squirrel costume. Thank God that video has been filed away somewhere, lost...never to be viewed again.

  • Americans Love the Superbowl

    I was amazed to find out that Americans, on average, spend between $100 and $150 on parties in their homes this Sunday. There is no doubt that watching the game with friends and family has long been an American tradition. I did not become a football fan until about 15 years ago, but before I was a fan of the game I was a fan of all the parties, the hype and the commercials. Always a very good time, even if "your team" is not in the championship game. Phil and I are planning to watch the big game at Heroes. Hope you can join us and leave the expense and clean-up to someone else!

  • Super Bowl XLV

    Good times at Heroes in Old Town! Jan and I hung out at Heroes in Old Town for the big game. Apparently it was the most watched TV show of all time! Jan was rooting for the Steelers, I went with Green Bay...guess who won? Although to give Jan her due, she did kick my ass in the Wichita Eagle "Pick The Pro's" contest. By the way, I placed last in that competition!!! WoooHooooo!

  • The Drug War Invades My Medicine Cabinet

    At my house, decongestant medicines containing pseudoephedrine are a necessity. My husband and I both suffer with alleriges and his are severe. It is difficult , now, to get these over-the-counter drugs, as you must wait in line at the pharmacy and present ID. Since I have never committed any crime more serious than a minor traffic offense, I have resented having to do this. Why should law-abiding citizens be inconvenienced and viewed as suspected drug manufacturers? I also suspected that no one was keeping track of how many pharmacies were being visited and so it would be ineffectual. The idea of course is to keep pseudoephedrine out of the hands of people wanting to make meth (laudable but unteneable). It may have sounded like the inconvenience was reasonable, but, sure enough, after some initial success when the law was passed in 2005, the law is now relatively ineffective. The number of meth labs has gone back up. People wanting to make meth just send numerous people to numerous pharmacies to get what they need. So now, HB 2098 has been introduced by two Republicans and one Democrat. If passed and signed into law, Kansans will not be able to get these meds without a script from the doctor. That is an unnecessary expense and waste of both the patient and doctor's time. Remember the old adage, if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns? I think this line of reasoning is applicable here, too. Meth makers will find away. Please let me and your legislators know how you feel about this, either way.

  • Is bad mojo following me?

    Okay, so last week a meth lab was busted on Oakland Street. The meth lab was set up in a fourplex I used to live in! This week, someone was fatally stabbed on Nantucket. The stabbing took place at a duplex I used to live in!!! WTF?

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