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  • YES announces summer tour. Holy Crap! I saw them in '72!!!

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    Keep On Shockin' Me Baaaaaby!! Watch our video!!!

    Thanks to Joe Stumpe and the "Jan and Phil Singers!" Thanks also to our videographer Shawn Rhodes! We had a great time making this video. Go Shocks!

  • Finally...A Great Time in St. Louis

    My husband and I both have the odd history of having had separate bad trips to St. Louis. I think it was whom we hung out with there that made the trip an unhappy one. Well, I am happy to say this past weekend's trip to St. Louis made up for any bad trips in the past. For the first time in 27 years our team won the tournament! The Shockers broke a record regarding the number of wins leading up to that crazy tournament later in March as well as a school record. They did it with style, too. Ron Baker even got the crowd to applaud Indiana State's best player, Odum...Five more wins please and then rest for a month, guys!

  • Where the F*** did you get that sweatshirt??

    In 1987 I was Music Director at T95. Pink Floyd had just hit the road for their "Momentary Lapse Of Reason" tour. Since they were not going to play Wichita, my record company representative offered to fly me to St. Louis to see them. "Hell yes!" I said! Before the show I got to go backstage to meet a couple of the guys. My record rep had, about a week before, given me a Pink Floyd "Momentary Lapse Of Reason" sweatshirt so of course I wore it backstage to the concert. Problem was, it hadn't yet been approved by the band! I was standing in the dressing room when David Gilmour and Nick Mason came out to meet everyone. When I was introduced to them David Gilmour said to me: "Nice to meet you Phil...where the fuck did you get that sweatshirt?" It was a classic moment for me and one I'll never forget. Below is the picture with the infamous "sweatshirt."

  • Strangest Outfit On an Audience Member NOT on Let's Make A Deal?

    So, you're in Vegas and you're going to go to a taping of "Wheel of Fortune". You look in your suitcase and think, "What should I wear?" AND THIS is the decision you make...note baseball caps wearers on the aisle. I find this look a bit bizarre, so I snapped a screen shot.~Jan

  • We Heard from the Publisher of SI

    We wrote the publisher of SI to inquire about regional covers...we wanted to now...Is there a standard cover each week in addition to regional covers? Tom Buerger emailed back and he tells us that about every 6 weeks they publish some regional covers, in part to keep things interesting, as people get tired of seeing the same teams featured all the time. They can publish up to 6 regional covers at a time. Tom says the content of the magazine is always the same everywhere and he adds they don't do it to sell magazines, as 99% of their revenue comes from subscriptions. We apppreciate Tom's response and seeing our Shockers on the cover of SI!

  • The Shockers Are Better Than the SI Jinx

    The Shockers look marvelous on the cover of Sports Illustrated...available in stores today. Fred is center stage his wry smile says it all, the Shockers are not going to be a victim of the Sports Illustrated Jinx. I cannot wait to get my hands on this magazine!~Jan

  • The Only Beatles Fan Who Could Make Men Watch Skating

    She may be only 26 years-old, but she skates to "A Day in the Life". Kiira Korpi is Finnish but lives in the U.S. to be near her new coach. You can see her in Sochi, guys. Check out her photo on our facebook page,

  • Happy Birthday Alice Cooper!

    When I was growing up, Alice Cooper was one of my Heroes. I loved his music and his rebellion. My parents always bought me and my brother the great rock albums of the day and Alice Cooper "Killer" was the one that got me hooked. A couple of my Alice Cooper memories include:

  • A Little Vid for Shocker Fans!

    This video is great, though outdated I am happy to report. Shockers defeated Loyola and are now 22-0. I am a sucker for a sentimental celebratory video like this. Let me know what you think of it . Shoot me an email.

  • Marijuana and The Big Game!

    If you would have told me at this time last year that weed would be one of the major story lines in the week leading up to the 2014 NFL Championship, I would have said: "Are you high!?"

  • Why We Should All Love Fred Van Vleet

    Loyalty, strength, perservence those words define Coach Marshall and our Shockers. The degree of loyalty exhibited by Fred Van Vleet makes me get a lump in my throat when I think about it. The article below is about how good the Shockers really are, but the most touching portion of this article is the story of Fred Van Vleet's loyalty and his understanding of what the word "committment" means. The whole article is great, a little long, but definitely worth the time....don't miss the Van Vleet story near the end.~Jan

  • So THAT'S Why I am watching so many Shocker Games on my Kindle!

    No amount of being told that the wave of the future for watching sports is portability rather than visibility will convince me. We did not invest in a big screen TV at our house in order to watch the number 4 team in the country, the WSU on a 12" screen. According to a great article in the Wichita Eagle, the MVC contract with ESPN mandates a certain number of games be available only on to help promote small screen watching on the go. What was even harder to swallow was the idea that Shocker fans should not expect to be on TV as much as the teams that are "regulars" on national TV...Oh, like the fabulous Canisius Griffins or Iona Gaels that I was able to watch play on a big screen the other night !??!!

  • A Caption on a picture of the Shockers is Worth a Thousand (more) Words

    Peter G. Aiken of USA TODAY Sports impressed me when he wrote the caption for this photo. Reminds me of dialog that might have been spoken by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

  • Something to Make You Smile, Unless You're a Southeast Fan

    No disrespect to Wichita Southeast High School, but I was pretty darn happy for Ealy Bell of Heights when his quick thinking, last minute lob of a basketball made all the difference...check it out:

  • Peyton Manning wins no matter what

  • Looking for Listeners Van Halen in Wichita or Great Bend in 1978

    Do you have ticket stubs or newspaper articles from Van Halen at Pogo's in 1978 or Van Halen at Monster Jam I in Great Bend on August 5, 1978? Author Dr. Gregory J. Renoff is looking for those items for a book he is writing. Be famous, be published...Email us at or post on our facebook page: and we will hook you up with the author!

  • Mile Marker 420 is no more!

    I must admit, I used to live in a party pad that had a garage full of signs. Stop signs, street signs, Railroad Crossing signs, yield signs, etc. I was not the one who procured these nor do I know which one of my roommates did, I just remember they were always there adorning the walls of the fourplex garage.

  • Wichitans on TV this Sunday and Monday

    Animal Planet will be airing the story they filmed here in Wichita on searching for "Bigfoot". They apparently searched the Cheney Lake area, the El Dorado Lake area, the Kingman area and My favorite place they searched was the Big many places to hide there. Then on Monday's Jeopardy program...Wichitan Matthew Linnabary competes! He's a Kapaun-Mt. Carmel grad and a Creighton (?!!?!) grad. We'll have to see how he does.

  • He's 11 years-old?

    Are guitar gods born rather than made? It's easy to believe this kid has inherent talent and could make music his career! Enjoy!

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