Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I stole this picture right off of Jons blog,(you have to read this really quick to get the full effect) Is it just me, or does this picture make Craig look like Grandpa Mactavish ... killer sweater vest.

I'm not going to lie and say I grew up watching Craig Mactavish play for the oilers ... but I did grow up watching my brothers idolize the former Oiler captain! I was to young to really appreciate the pedigree of the Oilers franchise in the late 80's early 90's ... but because my brothers cheered for the blue and orange ... I cheered for the blue and orange.

There's lots of coaches out there that scare me. I was just watching OTR yesterday and they had Mike Keenan on reminiscing about all his past coaching gigs ... that's a guy I'm not fond of, John Tortorella is another one. I feel like they throw temper tantrums for the cameras, not the players. That's why I respect Craig Mactavish, if he was throwing a temper tantrum, it was to benefit his players by either sticking up for his guys, or trying to spark a fire under their *%$#!! He never did stuff like that for the spotlight and I enjoyed his calm demeaner as the Oilers head coach. Plus, he had some fun interviews over his years in Edmonton!

When you've played with all the greats and are considered one yourself ... you gotta have some great stories for the Special Olympics/Bronco Charity Breakfast that's happening tomorrow morning at the Living Sky Casino. Call the Broncos Stable for tickets 773-1509, tickets are $25 bucks or $190 for a table and don't worry, you won't be late for work!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mr. Cochrane

I always go into an interview pumped about how many cool questions I'm going to ask! I think to myself, "I'll ask this question which should lead to this and then I'll hit him with this and we'll have a good laugh about it and the artist will think I'm awesome at interviews!" Unfortunately, I'm not very smooth and I end up in the dressing room ... extremely nervous sounding like a 14 year old hitting puberty ... "Hello Mr. Cochrane."

The good news is .. Tom Cochrane is a super friendly guy and was very gracious to let The Eagle interview him backstage in his dressing room at the Living Sky Casino. It was just before he went on Sunday night so we talked about the power outage Saturday and what he thought of Swift Current.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Scattered Thoughts

Earthquake Relief Day was a huge success. Thank you so much for donating to Haiti Relief! Here were the final numbers:

The days total: $6488.37
From the Bronco game: $3351

Total: $ 9839.37

GWR total across 17 communities: around $165, 000 !!


Here's some pictures of our Eagle winners from the Kootenay Ice game ... Murray, Leanne, and Dalton Chalk! They won some tickets from us for the Eagle Family Fun Zone!


Now some random pics from the game .... (I don't remember my camera very often so that's where this bombardment of random pics come from)

Before Warm Ups (from the Music booth)

Carol and Brenda

Another shot before Warm Ups

Monday, January 18, 2010

Earthquake Relief Day

This is Blandine and Jerry. My fiances Auntie and Uncle adopted them about 3 years ago from a Haitian Orphanage. I don't know much about Haiti, but from what I've heard ... it's a pretty rough place. But that doesn't mean there's not a lot of great people who live there.

These two are the most adorable loving kids I have ever met and their Mom and Dad went through a terrible amount of work just to get them here so they could live a normal life. There's still a ton of children just like Blandine and Jerry over there right now dealing with the magnitude 7 earthquake that happened last week. Not only is this a chance to help out the Haitian people suffering from the Earthquake, it's also an opportunity to bring awareness worldwide to the terrible living conditions people deal with there.

We'll be pushing for donations Wednesday for "Earthquake Relief Day" but if you feel like donating now ... please go to any Innovation Credit Union Branch or the Shaunavon Credit Union and give some money to the Golden West Radios Haiti Relief Fund. All of the money will be donated to the MCC. You can also go to Swift Current Online and click the "Help Haiti" link to donate with paypal or by credit card.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Olympic Torch Relay

This was very cool to see for those of us who were at the Olympic Torch Party at Kinetic Park and didn't see the tour through town. What an awesome moment for the Torch Bearers! I'm jealous of Katie Durant, the final torch bearer who got to light the cauldron on the big stage.

But something tells me Coke, one of two MAJOR sponsors, wouldn't be very happy with the people who started a Pepsi created chant at 1:24 of the video.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Messin Around

The background story to this is we have a dress code at work. I know ... we're radio guys ... we should be able to wear sweat pants ! I agree 100%. Anyway, people are pretty owly when others don't follow the rules.

Here's how the conversation went:

Trent (CKSW mornings): Shandra (newsgirl) is wearing jeans and I'm not .. you guys should go in there and lose it on her?

Chance/Chris: Why don't you lose it on her Trent?

Trent: I'll only do it if you video tape me ....

And that's how this video came about ...

It was fun to fool around even if it only took a minute ... we need to start doing that more often like the good ol days!! (good ol days to me means 2 years ago)


This morning we were talking about Robbie Burns Night. Haggis got into the conversation and this was the picture we were looking at while discussing the party on the 23rd.

Monday, January 4, 2010


The 50/50 at the World Jr's have been ridiuclous! They've gotten well over 100 grand at times and I can't wait to see what the Gold Medal game gets to. If you've been lucky enough to get up to Saskatoon to see a game, you'll probably agree that the electronic way they're doing it is impressive. Real time updates, fast ticket purchasing, random numbers instead of an arms length ... its very cool.

This is also very awesome ... they can't actually make the draw electronically. It has to be done manually so they have this system set up that actually prints out every ticket sold. Crazy.

The Start

It's an e-mail I got from my mom. Which is cute, because a year ago she didn't know how to turn on a computer.

It was a refreshing thing to read ... especially to start a New Year. I don't believe in New Years resolutions ... but if I had to make one ... it would be to live 2010 like it was 1963!! (minus the mind altering drugs ... don't lie Lucy ... there was mind altering drugs)



1930's, 40's, 50's,
60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered
with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes,
we had baseball caps
not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight.. WHY?

Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on..

No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then ride them down the hill,
only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's,
no surround-sound or CD's,
no cell phones,
no personal computers,
no Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies
made from dirt, and
the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes..

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn
to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all..

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?