Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Sound ...

It's a very fun time to be in radio on a rock station. The biggest bands in the world are putting out new albums and I'm an extremely happy little guy!! Metallica is getting ready to put out their new album "Death Magnetic" September 12th, AC/DC will put out their new album "Black Ice" October 20th and both of their singles are being played on the radio ... well thats a lie. Metallica's single is now on the radio, AC/DC will release theirs later on, but I had a a listen to it this morning and it is good!!

All of this brings me to a rant about two guys I know ... those two guys?

Ryan Switzer (the boss) ... and Jon Keen, the other half of the Breakfast Boys!!

Every time a new album comes out ... I get very excited, ask these two guys to come share my excitement, and what do they do? They stomp on it!!!!

"How do they do that Chance?" you might ask. Well, I load up the new song, crank it in eagle control, ask them to listen and eagerly wait their opinion of what I obviously already think is an awesome piece of work. They usually have this line for me after the song ends ... "It sounds like every other (insert band name here) song." It's at that moment that I just want to punch them in the face! I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE EVERY OTHER SONG!! THAT'S WHY ITS AWESOME!!

I don't want my favorite bands to sound different! I want them to sound the way they did when I fell in love with their music!! The point is, when the Foo Fighters put out a new album, I expect it to sound like the Foo Fighters. When Metallica puts out a new album, I expect them to sound like Metallica!! When AC/DC puts out a new album, I expect it to sound like AC/DC, and they never dissapoint!! There is a reason kids, teenagers, adults, grandpas, grandmas, and moms and dads all like the same band ... their sound is timeless! Its not about sounding different, its about staying true to your sound, and that's why those bands are larger than life!!

Next time I hear that line .... "It sounds like every other (insert band name here) song," ...

straight shot ... right to the baby maker.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


The other day, me and the boss (Ryan Switzer) were writing some Eagle splitters. Those are the things you hear between songs, ex: "Classic hits the eagle 94 one!!" Anyway, it got me thinking. Whenever we write these new splitters we always try to make them relevant to whats happening in Swift Current and the South West ... and right now its the housing market. I've heard a lot of things about Swift Currents housing market, and I've come to a decision ... no one knows what they're talking about.

One of the things I keep hearing is the market has peaked and the crazy prices on houses have already begun to drop. Then why do I see a house that's worth $400,000 at best, being put on the market for $600,000 and selling!! There's not a house for sale right now in Swift Current for under $100,000 dollars ... unless you want to live in a shanty!

I sometimes hear people say, "well Regina and Saskatoon's markets have slowed right down." WHO CARES! We live in Swift Current, things around here are just getting started! Have you looked around the city!? There's major construction going on everywhere! A new Casino that will bring in 355 employees is about to open in December ... across from that is a brand new hotel ... just down the street is another hotel thats planning on going up ... there's condos being built as fast as possible to meet the demand and all we can say is "If Saskatoon and Regina are slowing down, we must be!" As far as I've seen, we're just getting started.

Lastly, one of the popular lines I've heard from young people in Swift Current ... "I'm going to wait till housing prices come down to buy a house." Housing prices are not coming down ... not in the next 10 years anyway. Yeah sure, they may not go much higher, but they're never going down as low as they were 5 years ago .... ever.

A Realtor friend of mine was telling me last night there are 107 houses for sale in Swift Current right now. 107. Think about it, the casino alone needs to house 355. I realize not everyone can afford a house or want to take that route, but what else are they going to do ... there sure aren't enough rental properties in town to keep up.

Anyway, our end product of the splitters was kind of funny ... you have to read this in a deep voice if you want to get the true effect .... "2005 ... The Eagle starts playing rock ... the economy booms ... your welcome Saskatchewan ...The Eagle 94 one!! "

Ha Ha Ha ... ohhhhhh .... I thought it was funny.

Just to wrap up these thoughts on the housing market ... how good is HGTV? If you owned a house you would know!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

HNIC Anthems

This whole Hockey Night In Canada Anthem Challenge was a good idea for CBC ... kind of. It could have gone a couple ways ... they could have started this contest and got 5 entries or they could have got thousands which is the way it seems to be going. The downside of this contest ... What if the thousands of entries really suck!!? What are they going to do ... not give away 100,000 dollars? I don't think that's possible, they've promoted it to much not to give the money away ... which makes me think the next Hockey Night In Canada Theme song is going to blow!

Still, even if it does, it's been great publicity for CBC. It's showing that their trying to be hip and cool, moving away from tradition so to speak. So does that mean Bob Cole will retire ... I doubt it, he'll probably die while mis pronouncing some Czech players name.

I've been trying to link some of the worst entries but it doesn't want to work for me .... just go to the CBC website and check out the Acapella area of the Anthem Challenge!! All I can say is ... horrific.

We've been trying to get our Facebook Group "The Breakfast Boys" to 1000 before the end of summer ... and after 2 months ... we're at 507! Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to come up a little short, which is bad news for us because the deal was, we had to get 1000 friends by the end of summer to keep our jobs! No, we weren't telling the truth. I think the only way we could get fired is by dropping an F bomb on the radio ... which seems to happen every now and then ... not so much on our show ... but on random occasions.

Its suppose to be 35 degrees today ... which means the air conditioner will be running at full capacity ... 21 degrees ... that's what makes my heart sing. I know, David Suzuki will be hurling invective at me from his green household ... all I have to say to him ... Shut up Dave ... its plus 35!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Next Show

The last year has been great for shows in Saskatchewan. The Foo Fighters, Ozzy, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kid Rock, Crewfest, Rush, Judas Priest and of course Swift Currents first real rock show in some time ... Default.

Now that Crewfest is done with .. I can't help but get the feeling that summer is coming to a close and there aren't really that many concerts to be excited for.

Alice Cooper will play in Saskatoon and Regina ... but is that really a concert that a lot of people will be excited about? Lenny Kravitz will be in Regina come October ... but are a lot of people going to rush to buy tickets? Airbourne will be in Saskatoon at the end of this month but have they really become big enough for anyone to care?

With that said ... I think its safe to say the concert that people are going to get the most excited for over the next couple months is METALLICA!! Yes I know ... the April Wine fans are booing right now but come on ... you have to agree they're probably one of the largest bands in the world right now ... they've sold over 100 million albums worldwide which is unbeatable as far as heavy metal acts go! The only bad part about it is they are not making a stop in Saskatchewan. They will be in Calgary December 4th playing the Pengrowth Saddledome. Its a Thursday which means you should save a holiday day to make the trek west!!

As of right now they haven't set a date for when tickets go on sale, but you can be guaranteed they will sell out the Pengrowth in a matter of minutes. That can really suck when a band knows they will sell out Venues all over the world, cause then they really don't care how expensive tickets are ... they just know someone will stop eating for a week so they can afford a ticket to their show!!!

Anyway ... the new album Death Magnetic will be out September 12th .. its a Friday instead of a typical Tuesday ... it just shows you how big they are ... they can release an album whenever they want!! I've heard a few songs from the album and it sounds good ... unlike St Anger ... which wasn't really that awesome despite landing at the number one spot on the billboard 200 in its first week!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

At Crewfest!!

So, Friday night was the big concert ... CREWFEST in Saskatoon. You've seen pictures of our winners over the last while ... you've heard them on the radio over the last week ... now listen to this story!!! This is the same e-mail Vanessa (one of the winners) sent us:

Hello! this is Vanessa Gauvin, one of the winners from the Motley Crue concert. I'm sending this e-mail on behalf of everyone who won the tickets to say thanks. We had an unbelievable time! Not only was the concert insanely awesome, but we happenend to be at the right place at the right time and met Nikki Sixx from the Crue and his other band Sixx Am. They were staying at the same hotel as us and they're tour buses were right out front. We ran into them and got some pictures taken, and we thought we wound send them to the eagle, the people who made this dream come true! Thank you so much!!!

PS: the one photo with the goofy looking guy is their bus driver, his name is Darrel, and the band was eating some hot dogs at the time and had an extra one that they gave to us that showed up in the pictures a lot. It looked pretty good, it had like Cheddar cheese on it and everything. Really should have kept it and sold it on eBay.

The Hot Dog

Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba, Lara, Vanessa, Kayla

Bus Driver ... the ladies

Lara, James Micheal, Kayla

Kayla, Lara, DJ Ashba, Vanessa

Thursday, August 14, 2008


After a couple weeks of getting pictures for Show Us Your Motley Crue ... we've found the winners!! Congratulations to the "Girls, Girls, Girls" group, Vanessa Gauvin, Lara Heard, Keegan Story, Kalon Sommerfeld, Kody Rayner and Kayla Weston .... they'll be going to Crewfest Friday night in Saskatoon.

Thanks to everyone who sent their pictures in!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


I don't write about news for a couple reasons. The first, I hate news. It just reminds me how horrific this world is ... due to the fact that they only show the most gruesome, horrible stories ... I mean, where is the Squirrel water skiing!!? The Second ... I could care less about what is happening in the rest of the world. Give me my Swift Current News ... my Saskatchewan news ... and every once in a while ... my important Canadian news .... I don't care that Lindsay Lohan was drunk again, or George Bush said something stupid ... again.

Anyway, I digress ... this was taken from the CBC website.

Sask. premier gives green light to change after firefighter gets ticket

After hearing that a volunteer firefighter was ticketed on his way to an emergency call, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he wants to find a way to help volunteers get to emergencies quicker.

Wall made the comment Tuesday after CBC News reported that a volunteer firefighter in Estevan was fined for going through a red light while on his way to a fire call.

Travis Olver fought the ticket in court but lost, and was fined $70.

Under provincial law, volunteer firefighters must obey all traffic laws when driving their personal vehicles.

The premier said he was surprised by the outcome of Olver's case.

"Can we not have a common-sense solution to this so that we have an encouragement to people to be volunteer firefighters?" Wall told reporters. "I think the answer's yes."

As soon as Wall heard about the case, he called provincial officials and asked them to find out what other jurisdictions are doing, he said.

"I think we'll have a plan here to fix this very soon," he said.

One option is to copy Manitoba and Ontario, where firefighters can use emergency flashing lights in their personal vehicles, he said.

A plan may be in place as early as the end of the month, he said.

I thought that was cool. Volunteer Fire Fighters are really important to communities like Estevan ... they are your only hope at putting out fires ... I honestly can't believe a cop would issue that ticket in the first place.

In Swift Current ... the Fire Department has something like 12 full time Firefighters ... and about the same amount of Auxiliary Fire Fighters. The reason in Swift Current to have volunteers ... is to assist the Full Time Firefighters. For example ... when there are huge fires like Fine Furniture Oasis ... the Auxiliary Firefighters play a huge roll so there can always be Full time Firefighters back at the hall ready if there's another fire.

Bottom line, it's nice to see Our Premier recognize how important things like that are to rural communities.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


It was never my thing ... I didn't mind it in Grade 4 but that slowly died away with the insurgence of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!! Probably the best thing ever!! I digress ... Wrestling did take a hold of my life for about a 3 month period when I was 17. My younger brother was into it big time which forced me to watch it now and again. Then it got to the point where he wouldn't be around and I would be watching wrestling ... its pretty addicting!! Shortly after that I decided I didn't have time for wrestling and thus my wrestling career ended.

Now .... ITS BACK!! BSE Pro Wrestling comes to the Stockade on Sunday !! Not only is there going to be live wrestling ... but Randy and Mr Lahey are going to be there from the Trailer Park Boys !!! They're also hosting an after party at the Big I ... how perfect is that ... Randy and Mr Lahey hosting a party at the Big I?!!! Did I mention Traci Brooks is going to be there too... she's alright looking to say the least.

Tickets are at the HoJo .... and are pretty cheap!! The best part is all the money raised will go to the United Way!!

Win some tickets by Beaking the Breakfast Boys all this week!! Kind of like this ....

Monday, August 11, 2008

More Crue

Back after the street dance weekend, I hope everyone made it home without getting arrested. Its our last week of the "Show us Your Motley Crue" contest mainly because the show is Friday night in Saskatoon!! We've gotten a few e-mails from people as you can see below, and since the weekend we've gotten a few more .... enjoy !!

If your interested in sending us some pictures ... send them to!! Good Luck!

Thursday, August 7, 2008


This is how you "Show Us Your Motley Crue" !!!!!!

Well done guys ... well done!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Its another countdown ...

I think you would agree with me that count downs are probably worse than seeing someone in spandex that shouldn't be wearing spandex ... you know what I'm talking about. Everyone seems to have a countdown now a days .... 39 days left ... 38 days left ... 37 days till day 0 .... SHUT UP!! Count downs are terrible!! How old are you anyway, 12? Only 12 year olds do count downs!!

Now that I got that off my chest ... it's time for a count down!! Only 3 more sleeps till one of the biggest events of the summer hits Swifty. Our reputation is hinged on two events ... one of them is Frontier Days, and the other is The Street Dance! Those are the only two things my friends will come to town for ... well that and the Big I!!

Beverages, Bands, and Burgers ... and in that order!! Have fun at the Street Dance ... its the one time of year you literally run into everyone from Swift Current on the same street!!

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Just a quick rant about Flag Football. The season started last night. Its a new season .... there are many rule changes ... there are new gadgets ... and for the first time in my flag football career ... we are playing without the River Boat Gambler .. Jimmy McGee!!! ( I know I probably spelt it wrong )

After last nights game, I realize that the new rule changes suck!! Spinning, jumping, laterals, sweeps ... it just wasn't meant to be that way!! Regardless, all the teams have to play with the same rules. Good Luck to all ... and as for the Riverboat Gambler, he will be missed!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Alright!! Back from the long weekend, that didn't really feel like the long weekend!! They always seem to go to fast.

So, the last post was about Velvet Revolver which only makes sense that I write about The Stone Temple Pilots. We all know the story ... Scott Weiland, lead singer of STP, joined Velvet Revolver after STP broke up. They made a few albums, then a couple months ago, Weiland left Velvet Revolver for a reunion with STP!!

Through all of this, Scott Weiland has been in rehab a couple times, been charged with a few DUI's .... and has been a part of some pretty bad press!! But ever since he's been with STP on their huge summer tour, there has been no crazy stories! No drunk driving, no rehab, no crazy rockstar blow ups ... until last weekend.

Check out this video. The band is performing "big empty" ... Weiland does this weird rant at the start ... then falls into the drums, then changes the words throughout!! At first, you think that maybe he meant to fall into the drums like that, but then you see how long the roadies take to fix what he obviously broke!! Check it out.