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Good Morning.

I should get stock in White Out for all the corrections I had to make this morning.
Not sure how this reflects on my long term credibility but I messed up the Bears NFL schedule and I also messed up the number of games the Cubs are ahead of the Cardinals in our sports news. Wishful thinking I suppose.
Good thing I have an excellent team to correct me. We also heard it from a lady who reminded us of all the Beatles songs that describe the weather…September in the Rain is the one Jeriann picked for today’s forecast. I haven’t heard that one.
To the news:
Fred’s In
Fred Thomson is on the race for the president officially. No Headline there. The former Tennessee Senator and Actor made his announcement on The Tonight show last night. He’ll come to Iowa today where the work really starts. Now Republicans get to find out if Thomson can meet some of the expectations of a more conservative, but less flip floppy candidate.
The one caught my attention the most on the radio newscast on my way to work this morning. The 71 year-old tenor made opera popular. We were debating where to put this on the newscast. Obviously his name is known worldwide, but I really don’t usually have a handle on just how important stuff like this is to our viewers. I think it’s a big deal but I sang and actually took classical voice lessons in High School. That probably doesn’t make me the average viewer on this topic. What about you…interested to know about this?
While I was taking a little break this morning I read some of the comments about not knowing Pavarotti’s music. No sweat, I wouldn’t call myself a fan of opera either but listening to this guy sing is like watching Michael Jordan Play basketball or watching Tiger woods sink a 60 foot putt. If it doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, I’d check your pulse. Put your headphones on and listen to this. I’m sure you’ve heard it in a movie or something. I’m not saying it has to be your favorite or anything but it’s some good stuff.
Republican Debate-
It got a little heated there last night in New Hampshire. The news articles on this focused largely on the fact that Fred Thomson wasn’t in attendance…Bad news for all the guys who are already running that the focus is on a guy who isn’t even there. The debate moved on to other topics…the war, where candidate Ron Paul got booed by the audience for wanting to bring the troops home. Analysts say Rudy Giuliani had the best debate, and looked like the front runner. No surprise, according to one analyst I read who said Mike Huckabee also had a good debate. All of this is, of course, bad news for Mitt Romney. He’s looked at as one of the front runner in the race, but I have to tell you that’s not a position I’d want. It seems in any race the one who’s ahead always gets more scrutiny and more press. There’s nowhere to go but down. It’s a lot harder sustaining that kind of momentum for the four months we still have (maybe) until the caucuses.

Did anyone miss the fact that the NFL starts on NBC tonight? We pointed it out a few times this morning and in this case, the hype might actually be warranted. This should be a pretty good game. Colts vs Saints. 7:00pm starts the hoopla, 7:30 is actually kickoff.
Have a good day and feel free to throw out the questions comments or concerns you have about the show.


  • Heather R.

    The game tonight will be an awesome one. Go Colts :) WHOOT WHOOT!!!! I have been counting down to today since the super bowl in February. This is my first year in a fantasy football league and I’m loving it. I have almost all Colts players with the exception of a few add in’s like Eli and what not :) The pregame show will be awesome. Heard theres some great concerts planned like Faith Hill, Hinder, John Melancamp (spelling?!), and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to appear!! Heard that from a friend…. watch it.

  • IAgal

    Pat–I think the Pavarotti story was important enough to be put in the news this morning, just not sure where. I personally do not listen to much classical music, but have heard of him and knew he was a great tenor. I think he deserves the attention, unfortunately being his death. I saw the ad for Brooke’s returning for the first time this morning! You’ve been doing great solo and Liz has been wonderful as well. But I’m excited to get another permanant morning anchor again! Welcome back Brooke!!

  • Steve

    Great blog as usual. The blog and a can of Dr. Pepper start my day off quite well.Pavarotti: as a non-singing (thank me later) person, I may not have a ton of interest in the story, but it is noteworthy. Opera isn’t my cup of tea, but you have to respect the man’s talent.Fred Thompson: good luck to him, he will need it, as will any Republican at this point. I couldn’t be more disenchanted with the partisanship on both sides of the aisle.The NFL: Go Huskers! :-)

  • C

    I think Pavarotti’s death is just like any other celebrity’s death: cover it minimally and move on. Don’t AnnaNicole-ize it and drag it on for a month.

  • Anonymous

    Oops. Went to post this on today’s blog and accidently put it on yesterday’s. I’ll try again.I read in a blog comment a couple days ago that Brad took ballroom dance lessons. It got me thinking, what are some of all of your hobbies? It may be too personal, I’m not sure, but I thought it was kind of a cool thing to get to know you all a little better.Just a thought.James

  • Claire

    I think learning about your hobbies would not be a violation of privacy. PLease, bring it on!I promise I’ll share my hobbies if you do!

  • Anonymous

    I agree! Who knew Brad was a ballroom dancer? It would be fun to hear that kind of thing about you guys more often. Wait, Brad IS a ballroom dancer, right? I guess I’m just going off of what an anonymous Maggie said.Anyway, great idea James!Jessie

  • Patrick Dix

    Hobbies…ok lets see. Some of them have come out on this blog over time. If you don’t know that I am an avid golfer by now, you haven’t been listening. It’s my favorite thing to do. I can find just as much enjoyment playing a round of golf on my own than I can playing with people I meet on the first tee. It’s where I’ve made some of my best memories with my Dad, my best friends, and even my wife. Other that, I guess you’d have to call reading a hobby. While we were on vacation I got through three books of about 400 pages each. Reading is something Sally and I have decided we’re pretty passionate about. Last year I was involved in a program called Everybody wins. We went once a week and read with third graders at Capitol View school. That was rewarding. I used to sing but haven’t done it in a long time. I still enjoy music. iTunes is becoming a place I spend a lot of time. I wouldn’t say I enjoy working out but I do enjoy a good run. It something I got away from after college but I’m back into it. There’s nothing like the feeling of all those endorphins(sp?) running through your blood. If you’d call barbeque a hobby, I enjoy doing it, and I make a mean rack of ribs. As much as I say all fo these things are hobbies, i think anyone who does what I do would also have to say that the job isn’t just something you do 8 hours a day. When I’m reading, talking to people, when I’m involved in the community…even when I’m golfing I’m aware of the fact that there are stories around me if I look. Someone once told me this job is a lifestyle, and I’d agree with that. My job isn’t my life, but I am really lucky to have a job that I enjoy so much…i’d talk aout it, and I’d do some parts of it all the time.

  • Lisa

    Alright channel 13 people.If you don’t want to reveal too much (I understand)… you should reveal a little known fact that we wouldn’t know.For example, Pat, I know you are an avid golfer… but I never knew _______Jerianne, I know you love food and your Fiancee, but I never knew _______Brad, I know (or we guess) you are a balroom dancer, but I never knew _________This might be fun!

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