It's Thanksgiving morning so I'm twitching to drive down to the old studio and play some vinyl like on a lot of holidays. A little Clapton to cook by, a little Zep by which to decorate the dinning room.
But not today. I've promised neighbor Pete that we'd honor tradition and walk to longtime sponsor Commander Restaurant for breakfast. Eggs for me, no vinyl for you.
Yesterday, Thanksgiving's Eve, WJOBcaller Walt shed light on a long-baffling mystery - what does "you can't have your cake and eat it too" mean? Walt's translation - "You can't eat your cake and expect to still have it." Now that makes sense.
6:15am - Judy Wahl promoted her Haven House Toy Drive at White Castles on Friday, Dec. 5, 7am to 1pm. Bring a toy or cash if you're lazy.
6:30am - WJOB intern Cristina Cortez came in on her way to Munster High. She was just named Kiwanis Student of the Month for her work in radio and video and because she's so cool. Please do not hold it against her that she is the niece of Michael Puente of public radio station WBEZ. Cristina said she wants to be a film director. Don't bet against her.
6:50am - Andrean football coach Phil Mason called in.
His 59ers have won 29 in a row and are playing for the state championship on Saturday. Ryan Walsh and Kirk "the Minnow" Smith are on the call. Mason's world has been turned upside down this week since a couple of students were diagnosed with H1N1 flu and officials closed the school. Notre Dame-bound Josh Barajas won't play, broken finger. "Losing Josh is a big deal for us. It will be time for other kids to step up."
7:15am - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller called in from Indy, talked about phone scams and robocalls, says the federal government isn't doing enough to curb them. AttyGen also addressed Pres Obama's executive order on immigration, saying a prez can't just unilaterally suspend statutes.
7:30am - Times sportswriter Al Hamnik and I tried to think of true football superstars from the Region. We could think of a bunch of basketball ones - Glenn Robinson, Luke Harangody, Etwaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, etc. - but not a lotta gridiron heroes. Rusty Seltzer, Gelen Robinson (Glenn's son), Jeff Samardzija, Rudy Kuchenberg. Okay, but not to the level of our hoops stars. Jamie brought up that perhaps the two biggest football guys from around here actually came from right across the state line - Mike Tomczak of TF North and Pierre Thomas of TF South. Hmm.
7-10pm - Hung around waiting for a thumb drive from the Jefferson Tech at South Suburban game announced by Tommy Thiel. Purdue played on WJOB at 4:30 in a tourney in Maui. Ryan announced the Bishop Noll at Munster boys game at 7:30... and then it was left to me to pick up a tape of the 5pm South Sub game and play it at 9:30 tape delayed.
No problem... except that it's Juco ball so what can go wrong.... On the way up from Kentucky, Jeff Tech got stuck for an hour in Indy and the game started almost two hours late. I finally got the tape at 9pm and darted over from South Holland, Ill., to the Hammond, Ind., studio in time to play the game at 9:32. All radio is good, just some is better than others. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.