Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Intern's Blog

Hi, my name is Reese Ribbitspoon and I am the newest addition to the Froggy Gang as their intern! It really has been fun so far! The whole radio programming thing is rather confusing and you’d be surprised at how much work goes in to it! Before I got here I thought they just played music and read the news…how hard could that really be? BOY WAS I WRONG!! :)

I come in MWF mornings at about 7, and I am not the best morning for me another huge eye opener was how many people are actually up at that time in the a.m. I don’t think I even knew it was light out at that time :) ha! But now I am used to it and I think I could stick with becoming a morning person…we’ll see!

Everyone is so nice; I felt welcome right when I got there so that was big for me! The Froggy Gang Morning Show’s Pete, Anne and Gilmore are just as fun off the air as they are on! I have gotten to work with Lilly Pad a lot. She is very nice and has got me doing a lot of things for not only Froggy but for some of the other stations, which is fun because it keeps me busy! So yes, overall it has been a great experience thus far, I am looking forward to this summer…Ribfest, the Fair and of course WE Fest!!! :)

I don’t know for sure if I will ever be on the air or not, I am a little nervous which I don’t really know why because before I got this internship I used to ALWAYS call in to radio stations and always get on the air and just LOVE to listen to myself…ha! Now I just wouldn’t want to screw anything up so there is a little pressure there! Who knows…maybe someday…just keep listening! :)

Friday, April 14, 2006

Hoppy Gilmore Reveals the Thought Behind the Clues

Thanks to everyone who played in our Froggy Fugitive game. Hope you're working hard on the second one so Froggy 99.9 can give you $2,500 cash! Here's the list of clues for the first Froggy Fugitive. Maybe reading these will help in finding the second Fugitive. And a special thanks and congrats to Froggy 99.9's first winner, Steve Strasheim!


Froggy Fugitive Clues for Monday, April 3rd

Clue #1
The Froggy Fugitive did not grow up in the town they were born in.
Travis was born in Bismarck but lived in Menoken, ND – 7 miles east of Bismarck.

Clue #2
The Froggy Fugitive has quite a nose.
Travis played noseguard in football.

Clue #3
The Froggy Fugitive works in a vital part of town.
Travis works in downtown Fargo.

Clue #4
Once stood up the Froggy Gang Morning Show.
When Travis was working with the FM Beez and early on with the FM Jets he stood up the FGMS many times because the guy couldn’t wake up in the morning!

Froggy Fugitive Clues for Tuesday, April 4th

Clue #1
The Froggy Fugitive once hung out with truckers.
Travis’ first paid job was a bus boy at the Oasis Truckstop in Bismarck.

Clue #2
The Froggy Fugitive can be seen working on its 11 handicap this summer.
Could it be Tom Szymanski, the avid golfer who does weather for Channel 11? Nope. Travis loves playing golf and has an 11 handicap.

Clue #3
The Froggy Fugitive was popular and had a buddy growing up.
Buddy was the name of one of Travis’ horses.

Clue #4
The Froggy Fugitive sings like daddy.
Travis sings bass in his church choir.

Froggy Fugitive Clues for Wednesday, April 5th

Clue #1
The Froggy Fugitive once picked up a hitchhiker near Lincoln, NE.
The hitchhiker was an ornate box turtle he found on the road. Michelangelo (the turtle’s name) just passed away last year at the ripe old age of 20.

Clue #2
The Froggy Fugitive has spent time around aircraft.
Not the jets that fly in the air. Travis is the PA announcer for the FM Jets.

Clue #3
The Froggy Fugitive tears up when one particular show airs on PBS.
Travis’ first car was a ’72 Chevy Supernova.

Clue #4
The Froggy Fugitive warns you to resist all clues that send you in the wrong direction.
Travis was on his high school rodeo team…and wore Resistol hats (“resist all”).

Froggy Fugitive Clues for Thursday, April 6th

Clue #1
Some say the Froggy Fugitive was quite the heel in High School.
Travis was the team-roping heeler on his High School rodeo team.

Clue #2
The Froggy Fugitive broke both collarbones acting out a scene from Napoleon Dynamite.
Travis broke both collarbones jumping a car on his BMX bike.

Clue #3
If you find the Froggy Fugitive you’ll be able to “claim” the reward.
Travis works for an insurance company.

Clue #4
The Froggy Fugitive has a well-known voice in the F/M area.
A lot of people started focusing on TV personalities around the area (Sorry TV peeps). Again, Travis is the PA announcer for the FM Jets and was the PA announcer for the FM Beez.

Froggy Fugitive Clues for Friday, April 7th

Clue #1
The Froggy Fugitive once lived in Neumaier Hall.
Travis went to school at MSUM.

Clue #2
When you see the Froggy Fugitive try pin them in a corner.
Travis attended MSUM on a wrestling scholarship (although he says he was the worst wrestler on the team).

Clue #3
The Froggy Fugitive knows what it’s like to be broke.
Travis grew up with horses and often broke horses for neighbors.

Clue #4
The Froggy Fugitive is very familiar with TV.
Sorry! This clue sent a lot of people to TV stations, but Travis’ initials are T.V.

Froggy Fugitive Clues for Monday, April 10th

Clue #1

The Froggy Fugitive is happy that they still have their second job after this weekend.
The FM Jets beat the Bismarck Bobcats over the weekend to stay in the NAHL playoffs.

Clue #2

The Froggy Fugitive has lived the life of a Garth Brooks song.

Clue #3

If you see someone buying a turtle at the pet store you better ask them if they’re the Froggy Fugitive because the Froggy Fugitive once had a turtle for a pet.
Go back to Clue #1 on Wednesday, April 5th.

Clue #4

Discover the significance of the letters J-E-C to find the Froggy Fugitive.
The FM Jets play at the John E. Carlson Coliseum.

Froggy Fugitive Clues for Tuesday, April 11th

Clue #1

If you’re in a traffic accident in the road construction you may end up speaking to the Froggy Fugitive.
People started checking into law enforcement officers…EMTs…highway workers. What about your insurance agent?

Clue #2
You may have spotted the Froggy Fugitive at the Shrine Circus Sunday and not even known it.
No lie there!

Clue #3
The Froggy Fugitive drives a black Accord.
Pretty basic clue. I was trying to get people to pull over everybody driving black Accords.

Clue #4

The Froggy Fugitive once worked for the FM Beez basketball team.
PA announcer. I sat by him when I ran the music during the games!

Froggy Fugitive Clues for Wednesday, April 12th

Clue #1
The Froggy Fugitive’s main job is in the same profession as the gecko’s.

Clue #2

The Froggy Fugitive works in 51-A.
On Broadway.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Kids, DVDs and the Lessons Involved

By Nell Minow, The Movie Mom, Special to the Tribune
Published April 13, 2006

My husband, daughter and I had just settled in for lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants when another family was escorted to the next table. The mother helped the little girl, who looked to be about 4 years old, off with her coat and lifted her into the booster seat.

Then, before removing her own coat, the mother placed a personal DVD player on the table in front of her daughter and hit the "play" button. Disney's "Cinderella" started up, and the little girl began to watch. Without headphones.

Even after we moved to a table on the other side of the restaurant, we could hear the strains of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" as we ate our tandoori chicken and talked about how many things were wrong with that picture.

Here's what we concluded:

First, the little girl's parents were teaching her to completely disregard the feelings, the rights and the preferences of anyone else.

The DVD made it harder for us to hear one another and the waiter and impossible to enjoy the quiet music that is normally a part of the restaurant's pleasant atmosphere.

Instead of teaching their daughter good manners and consideration for others, these parents demonstrated through their own thoughtlessness that they did not believe it was necessary to devote time or energy to thinking about how their actions might affect others.

Second, her parents showed the child she had nothing of interest to tell them and they had nothing they felt was worth discussing with her.

Family meals and car rides are the best time to share the stories of our days, to coordinate upcoming plans, to discuss the news in our communities and to make clear our values and priorities. This family communicated to its youngest member that she was neither valued nor a priority.

Third, the parents failed to take advantage of the opportunity to teach their daughter an indispensable life skill -- the ability to participate in a thoughtful and courteous conversation. If her parents keep it up, this girl will become a young woman who has nothing to say to anyone and no way to respond to comments and question at school, with friends, on dates, at job interviews.

Children need to learn the structure of a conversation, namely how to listen, when to nod, how to look the person who is speaking in the eye and how to know whether the other person understands and is interested in what you are saying. The art of conversation also involves knowing how to include everyone in the discussion, how to select the appropriate details to evoke a scene or convey an opinion, and how to disagree without being disagreeable.

Like music, these skills come naturally to some people and are harder for others, but everyone can benefit from practice and example.

Fourth, the girl's parents lost the opportunity to show their daughter how to pay attention to what is going on around her. The more we allow children to numb their brains and cut themselves off from their environment, the less we are able to encourage their powers of observation and inspire their imaginations.

By using "Cinderella" as a distraction instead of a fully engaging experience, the parents turned it into what Fred Allen called television, "chewing gum for the mind." The children who will grow up to create the next generation's "Cinderella" are the ones who are looking at the world around them and exercising their imaginations.

Parents should stretch their children's attention spans, a challenge in this media-saturated world. One way to do that is to set an example by turning off television, iPods, BlackBerrys, cell phones and PDAs when the family is together.

When our children were growing up, we had a "no headphones" rule on car trips. I preferred having my children argue about which radio station to listen to (that disagreeing without being disagreeable skill takes a while to get right) than having each of them off in separate zones of solitude.

Children need to learn to be engaged observers. Parents should both set an example and explicitly teach their families to be junior Sherlock Holmeses, seeing what they can deduce from what they see, and junior Scheherazades, telling stories to develop their senses of narrative, drama and humor. Is that couple at the next table on a first date or do they know each other well? What language are those people speaking? What can you tell about a person's profession, hobbies, education, political views and favorite sports team? How do you know?

As we looked across the room at this family -- the girl watching the movie, the father talking on his cell phone, the mother looking down at her plate -- we wished there was a "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" spell to turn their devices into pumpkins and get them to talk to each other.

Nell Minow reviews movies for Froggy 99.9 every Friday at 8:10am and on

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Yeah It's Easter!

This is my FAVORITE holiday hands down, always has been, even when it's early and winter is still hanging on! But am I the only one who thinks this is another holiday observation that has gotten TOTALLY COMMERCIAL?? Since when did you have to start buying gifts for kids for EASTER?! The push is on to buy dvd's, 9 foot stuffed bunnys, Barbies, bicycles etc...

When I was a kid, my mom usually sewed me a new dress to wear to church, of course we colored hard boiled eggs and used them as a centerpiece on our table (and continued to eat them 2 weeks later un-refridgerated, but that's another story..) and we always were excited to get up in the morning and hunt for the basket of candy (with jelly beans and ONE chocolate bunny). We went to sunrise service, had breakfast there, then Grandpa and Grandma came over and we had ham, lemon pie and later, a "bunny" cake my mom baked from scratch, with coconut for fur. It was a great ritual and one I looked forward to every year.

Now that I'm older and my mom has passed on and there are no new dresses or bunny cakes, I still like the entire ritual of Holy week, the meditation, and the joy on Sunday morning. I like getting together with family and NOT feeling the pressure of having to "buy" things because it's a "holiday", or at least I try to resist! I guess there is no real harm in it, but I like the way it used to be. Simple, and more about WHY we have the rituals, and thinking about how Easter is a greater gift than anyone could ever buy.

So, may you have a blessed Easter!

Lilly Pad