Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hollywood 360

Since Meg is on Holidays, here's my contribution to Meg Tucker's Hollywood 360!

Brook Burke the big winner last night on Dancing with the Stars… she even made the Judges cry a little. She beat a football player on a dancing show… are we really that surprised. Rather amazing what these people do though…

Amy Winehouse is back in the hospital again with another “prescription” conflict… doesn’t Amy Winehouse know it’s not technically a prescription if you do the transaction in BEHIND the pharmacy?

Mariah Carey bought her Great Aunt a house, after she fell behind on her mortgage payments. Who knew Mariah benevolent? Bet she can’t spell it though..

Britney Spears turns 27 next Tuesday, and she wants out. Free Britney! Now that she’s medicated, she’s feeling a little strangled by her dad’s control of her career. David Archuletta, pay close attention

Catch Meg Tucker's Hollywood 360 weekday mornings on the Freeway and Meg Morning Show, Today's Best Music Energy 101.5!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas

Ok, you're considering Christmas Ideas... and giving a blender is a bad idea. In fact, as I learned last year, giving a GYM membership is a BAD idea too. But, there is a good way to go about it.

Personal training... it's better than the gym membership, because that has a huge hole in it. Motivation. Your spouse has talked about going to the gym, we all wish we were a little less squishy.

Here's what has worked for my bride and me. A Trainer. So happens I have a friend named Rod that does that. So does his wife Brenda. But find someone you trust. Spirit Fitness is my suggestion. I'll explain.

It's about $75 for an hour with a trainer. Typically, that gets you the complete hour plus into the gym. Now, it seems steep, and most people cannot afford to do that 3 days a week... but I go to Rod once a week. My Bride, being a mom, goes about twice a month. SO, it's really not that bad. In fact, I will cut back in the new year to about twice a month. But it's about nutrition, and motivation. Direction. that's the key.

Otherwise, you go to the gym... you start to plateau/get bored/lose motivation. that's what happens. then you gain back your weight and waste the gym membership. Going to a trainer is the best thing we ever did. And it just gets you started on the days that you need help. But, if you're rich and can afford a trainer 5 days a week, well.. enjoy it. We all wish that would be the case for us!

I came to Rod for our ABS BY MAUI idea. The main thought was to see if in 100 days I could go from 210lbs down to about 190 and lose my belly fat. I'm rather slim, but it hasn't been easy. I was a 36" pant waist when i started.. with 5 weeks to go I'm a 33, and getting close to 32" and about 195 most days.

You spend $70 on a massage that makes you feel good for a few days... why not spend $75 on a trainer that will move you through many days of feeling good?

Rod and I talked about some recipes and posting them up here... now I'm going to see if I can make that happen.

Lunges today.. still legs :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Country Hills Toyota

Here we are at Country Hills Toyota with Monday and Manday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Junk Email from my Dad

OK, this is a crappy email forward from my Dad. Since this applies to women for the "insight into man" (like there is any insight needed.. MAN is about as deep as the Alabama Gene pool), but fellas.. you will relate too, as you know this is true.

Because I'm a man
Because I'm a man, when I lock my keys in the car, I willfiddle with a coat hanger long after hypothermia has set in.
Calling AAA is not an option. I will win.

Because I'm a man , when the car isn't running very well,
I will pop the hood and stare at the engine as if I know what
I'm looking at. If another man shows up, one of us will say
to the other, 'I used to be able to fix these things, but now
with all these computers and everything, I wouldn't know
where to start.' We will then drink a couple of beers and
break wind, as a form of holy communion.

Because I'm a man, when I catch a cold, I need someone
to bring me soup and take care of me while I lie in bed and
moan. You're a woman. You never get as sick as I do, so
for you, this is no problem.

Because I'm a man, I can be relied upon to purchase basic
groceries at the store, like beer, milk or bread. I cannot be
expected to find exotic items like 'cumin' or 'tofu.' For all I
know, these are the same thing.

Because I'm a man, when one of our appliances stops
working, I will insist on taking it apart, despite evidence that
this will just cost me twice as much once the repair person
gets here and has to put it back together.

Because I'm a man, I must hold the television remote
control in my hand while I watch TV. If the thing has been
misplaced, I may miss a whole show looking for it.....though
one time I was able to survive by holding a calculator.....

Because I'm a man, there is no need to ask me what I'm
thinking about. The true answer is always either sex, cars,
sex, sports or sex. I have to make up something else when
you ask, so don't ask.

Because I'm a man, I do not want to visit your mother, or
have your mother come visit us, or talk to her when she
calls, or think about her any more than I have to. Whatever
you got her for Mother's Day is okay; I don't need to see it.
And don't forget to pick up something for my mother, too.

Because I'm a man, you don't have to ask me if I liked the
movie. Chances are, if you're crying at the end of it, I didn't
...and if you are feeling amorous afterwards....then I will
certainly at least remember the name and recommend it to

Because I'm a man, I think what you're wearing is fine. I
thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine,
too. Either pair of shoes is fine. With the belt or without it,
looks fine. Your hair is fine. You look fine. Can we just go

This has been a public service message for women to
better understand men.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rock'n any Style

Ok, so I Totally piched this article online, and in no way am I fashion-savvy. BUT, Rihanna is one of the most stylish and naturally beautiful people in music today. I thought you would enjoy the info.
Known for her hit records, sexy music videos and stunning good looks, Bajan beauty Rihanna is not only at the top of the celebrity A-List, she’s also one of the hottest faces and most stylish stars in Hollywood. Blessed with incredible hazel/green eyes, luscious lips and a killer fashion sense, Rihanna has the ability to pull of any look from sophisticated glamour to rebellious punk rock with ease.

Here's the link, it's a great article and will be a series! CLICK HERE

Monday, October 27, 2008

2 Strangers Questions

So many have asked the question "Do you know what the bride really looks like?" The honest answer is NO... and the staff here at Energy have worked REALLY hard keeping her away from us "on air folk". Have I met her? Maybe? I really don't know what she looks like. IN fact, I may have been riding the elevator with her all week for all I know.

Saturday night, MONDAY BRIDE slipped into the Whiskey this past Saturday Night... found her friends and then asked 1 friend to bring a note to Tripp West and me in the DJ booth.

We strained to see MONDAY BRIDE... and follow her friend back to the gaggle of gurls that accompanied MONDAY at the Whiskey. Alas, we lost her. So, nothing to report on what MONDAY LOOKS like. YET!

Friday, October 17, 2008


It's been about an entire month now of my ABS BY MAUI venture I'm doing with my friends ROD at If you've even begun a workout routine, you are well aware that you hit many plateaus that can be VERY discouraging. That is why I've invited you to make some of the diet and life changes along with me.

In reality, the biggest things I've done is eating organic yogurt for breakfast with mixed nuts, and one protein shake. Other than that, it's been eating fresh foot, and spreading out my meals every 3 hours, as I was clumping food and meals together in a bad way. Try that, and you'll see changes right away!

It's been busy,it's very hard stay motivated when we're all so busy. 2 days ago, I was reserved myself to the fact that I wasn't going to make it. Then, my bride paid me a compliment last night saying that there is a BIG difference in the squishy middle I had developed. It was nice, and I jokingly flexed in the mirror. And, sure enough... wait.. is that.. no. can't be.

Ok, no abs yet. BUT, if I pull my tummy fat out of the way, I can see ABS! How, I just need to keep trimming the love handles! LOL! Ok, there are muscles below my fat.. I know that.

It's OK to try it, get in front of the mirror.. and squish the belly fat out of the way. I'm sure you'll find muscles! Now, go do some crunches!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Whiskey Saturday Night Live to Air

Every Saturday Night we broadcast the music from the Whiskey... we being Tripp and I along with Energy 101.5. It's a blast, tons of people... but mostly just a great place to DANCE!

Join us on the radio after 9p on Saturday Night, or even better just come down and join the fun.

This week, I think I've talked MONDAY BRIDE into coming down to the Whiskey. You see, last weekend, MONDAY was at home listening to Energy 101.5, and said she really wanted to go out dancing. So, THIS SATURDAY, the MONDAY bride is planning on heading out on the town for a little dancing. Here's the catch... I don't know what she looks like. She could come a request a song from me, and I wouldn't even have known it was MONDAY. So, come down to the Whiskey on Saturday Night. I guess you could always ask EVERY girl if she's the MONDAY Bride... not that she would admit it.

You never know, you could be the one last dance of MONDAY's single life before she gets married!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A friendly reminder...

Don't you love friendly reminders? I got one of those this week from my boss. Don't forget to keep your blog up to date! OK, things have been crazy!

So, I thought I would blog about my boss. He's crazy! But, he's fun crazy... and he's not really a nag at all. Although, he is a bit of a media ho, everytime you see Energy 101.5 on the TV, watch for the guy in the funny glasses (they're really cool) walking back and forth through the camera shot talking on his cell phone. That's him. And no, he's not ACTUALLY talking to anybody. In fact, I figured I needed to take some time to thank some of the people that AREN'T on the radio each day, but really do make this place tick.

With 2 Strangers and a Wedding going on, we really don't have to worry about it. Our teamates do. In fact, they tell us "Personalities" that "you don't need to worry, concentrate on your show and I'll get this". Great people.

In NO particular order...

Rob Kealy is our imaging producer, and has been here 7 days a week for weeks now, and LOOOOONG hours too. He puts together ALL those clips you hear on the radio of the Brides, etc. And the lie detectors.. and everyhing. And I mean EVERYTHING! He's the guy to ask what the Brides look like. He interviews them. And yes, I've offered him cash for info. No go. Although he does firmly believe that that hardboiled eggs are too much work for how much food you get to eat. He has a point there...
Rick Volpatti is our steady-eddy.. or steady-ricky. He makes my Boogie show and commercial recording so easy, it's absolutely no stress. Not to mention, he's the most forgiving guy in the building.
SUZE in traffic makes sure everything gets on the air each day... and puts up with us on the air. And I can't speak for others, but I screw up ALL the time... and she's the "OOPS POLICE". SUZEE is the best.
Khazma in promotions has been here from 6am until Midnight since we launched the station, it seems. But her dedication is something to look up to.
Shalini in promotions is all over the city for Energy. She's always running around EVERYWHERE making "stuff happen" for Energy!
Matt the Engineer will hit me no matter what I write here about him...
Doug the writer is ALWAYS there when you need him, both personally or professionally. thanks Doug
Rob the boss, as mentioned above has a crush on Sarah Palin (American Politics, the Alaskan Governor). Rob has already packed his parka and is ready to move to Alaska
James Something... I forget his last name. He's the GM. But he puts up with me, so I guess he's cool.

Our sales staff (Gavin, Conan, Leyland, Pietra, Monica, Claudia) are sales people with personalities. How many companies can say they have "FUN" sales people? Except Gavin, he's weird sometimes... but he looks like Superman.

We do have a new on-air lineup by the way.

Freeway and Meg in the Morning (with Ian MacKinnon and Heath Brown) - The BEST morning show in Calgary! I still think Freeway and Meg are Ex's from another life :)
Erin Wilde 10a-3p - Calgary's most popular mid day show, and that's because Erin is genuine with her listeners. She cares and it shows.
ZACK! (ME!) from 2-6p Weekdays
Tripp West Evenings from 6p-11p. Calgary's newest and FINALLY a fun radio show on in the evenings!
JOJO on the Radio - Weekends. JOJO has been on the radio in Calgary before, and is a total PRO, bringing fun and a Woman's perspective to Energy weekends.
Carlos the Goodwill Embassador. Hey.. he's Carlos, everyone loves that guy.

Don't forget, this Saturday @ the Whiskey! Saturday Night Live to Air starts at 9, and you can get VIP access on the ENERGY FM Facebook group.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Your happy place

My Bride really is the best thing that has ever happened to me. But where did my happy place go? I had lost it. I think it was the periodic careless days of watching "whatever" on the TV... or going out for dinner with friends. Now that family life really does dictate My Bride's and my EVERY move... the happy place has vanished. I think I found it though.

We bought a hot tub, and last night, Cheryl and I sat and bubbled away while it rained (really heavy rain too!!) I think we found the place again.

You see, the place doesn't have to be anything at all. It can be Yoga.. driving.. a walk with your pooch. But, it really needs to be there. 5 minutes of ME.

How's your belly? Ok.. that sounds absolutely disconnected from the Me place, doesn't it? But it's not. Stress is a huge part of our lives, but do you manage it? Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? My #1 is my family... that's stressful, then my radio station and show. Then there is my business, websites, DJing, and other stuff. So stress is real for me, as it probably is for you too.

In my quest for Abs by Maui, Rod from Spiritfitness and I talked about stress, and it's direct correlation with your mid section. We've begun the 100 day challenge, to train from a distance with Rod and look fit for Maui. It is about life changes, more than anything. You need to make time to work out, you need to ACTUALLY show up to work out. You need to drop the fast food from your diet, and eat RIGHT... and at the RIGHT TIME. But just as much as all that, you need your ME time. Drop the stress, and the workouts will move so much better. Maybe your workout can be your ME time... there, 2 bird solution. You've wanted to "clean things up", make small changes each day. Each decision you make gets you a step closer to a better balanced life. Including stress management. And Rod has helped me get there. Except for the changes he's requested to his website, Which I haven't done yet Rod.. sorry. I was in my hot tub. :) Hey, you told me to do it!

FYI - Rod, I hate lunges. You and I are fighting now. :) At least until I can walk up a flight of stairs again.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Leftovers are killing me...

Abs by Maui is not easy! I though for sure all I need to do was stop eating fast food, and watch a few Billy Blanks (??) infomercials and I'd get skinny!

Rod from Spirit Fitness has been helping every facet of changing my body... and I have conceded breakfast to him. My breakfast is now yogurt with hemp hearts, nuts and berries. But, I can't waste money.

I'm a Dad, I work through Dinner 5 days a week. My Bride is at home with the kids and makes the evening grub. So, I can only imagine, how at the end of a long day with the kids that baking chicken breasts and a high maintenance dinner is just not in the cards. Now, we eat well most days... but, sometimes it needs to be larger dinners that have leftovers. IE - roast beef, lasagna, meatloaf, etc...

I can't NOT eat leftovers and spend MORE money. We are a family on a budget. So, how can I still manage to eat leftovers and have a "LIFE" but still get fit.

Well, Rod has shared that if we cannot always make the perfect dinner decisions, that timing is important and sometimes that will ease the pain for a "not as perfect" meal. Today we had PIZZA @ Energy for a staff meeting. I'm not going to walk away from free lunch, to go spend $15 somewhere else. That's crazy talk.

Rule 1 of Abs by Maui - Life Happens, deal with it.
Rule 2 of Abs by Maui - Stress and Life Management are as important as the diet.
Rule 3 of Abs by Maui - Rod's workouts are WAY harder than mine are! OUCH!

Feel free to ask your questions of Rod through our journey, because I know I'm not alone in trying to manage life, a job, a family and more while trying to regain control of my ever expanding mid-section.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Chad Horn - RIP

Sometimes you meet people you don't remember, and sometimes you don't remember people. Chad was a guy I met a couple times, but I remembered him. I didn't know him though, and details I quote here may be slightly off, but I'm trying to remember.

But I do remember him, somehow.

Here's what I recall. I was DJing at Outlaws in Calgary, and a guy named Chad came to work as a busboy. I didn't think anything of it, until he quit. I mean, he was a nice guy, but I've met a lot of bar staff that worked for 2 weeks then quit. It was about 2 weeks before he quit. As far as I knew he was friends with Candace, a friendly regular who I still get to see once in while.

Why do I remember this guy?

Chad quit because he signed up for the military. I remember, I thought he was crazy... but he was so excited. SO EXCITED. And, he was gone from the club. Then, some time later I recall him coming back with some army buddies to fire it up and celebrate completing their training. His hair was gone... but he was so happy. Then he was gone again. But for some reason, I remembered Chad even though I didn't know him. Each time there was a report of someone getting hurt in Afghanistan, I would wonder if it was "that crazy busboy... wonder what he's up to? Did he ever go there?", and then life went on.

Maybe I remember his enthusiasm?

Well, it happened last week... with 2 Calgary Soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Candace sent me a message and told me it was Chad. I even had to ask her, "was it that crazy busboy guy?"

Strange, but I remembered him.

YES. The answer was yes, Chad was killed.

My heart sank. For some strange reason, our random meeting stuck with me. Chad, I honestly didn't know your last name, but I remembered you. And I certainly will now. Thank you Chad for what you've done. That busboy is a bigger man that I will ever be. Thank you Chad for making me remember you. And for Chad's colleagues still fighting the fight, thank you.

I hope in your life, you can meet some random person that you don't even know, but sticks with you. I'm going to stop asking WHY now, and just accept it.

Maybe I remember him for the story. The story that I may tell my kids one day, about "CHAD the busboy" who eagerly chased bad guys half a world away so they could have their freedom. Maybe that has to be the only reason why.

I doesn't matter if I've remembered the details of our paths crossing. That's what I've learned. It's remembering why Chad has stuck with me. His enthusiam for being selfless.

"If you love your freedom, thank a soldier"

This presentation was put together by Candace for the funeral this week. I recommend you watch it, and realize how real life this is. And, I watched it too and remembered more of Chad.

Coming on Monday

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Is it possible for a Baker to go on a diet? I mean, it could be professional suicide.

Anyway, here's my effort to be transparent through that, as I'm not alone in trying to get fit... eat a little better and be a parent that is employed. That's where the hangup is. LIFE HAPPENS. And my friend Rod from Spirit Fitness and I are trying to come to a common ground. Rod gives me the idea scenario and plan, and I get as close as possible to it.

In my case, it's more about being committed (definite should be committed! Look out Ponoka!) and dedicated. And Rod is understanding that LIFE HAPPENS. The fact that I try to run a small business each day makes this tough enough.

OK, this isn't me complaining... just trying to relate to you. My schedule is different that yours, your job might start at different times of the day and your kids might be older and you're running to hockey and ball at night time. Regardless, we're busy. That is what I mean.

I challenge you to write down everything you eat in a day. It will shock you and make you aware how crappy our food can get. It's about making smarter decisions. And my weight is up... nuts.

Today - 200lbs on the nose.
Workout - Dug a hole for my new hot tub (comes Thursday!) About 3 hours of heavy lifting and breathing
Food (I'm trying to spread out my meals right now)
2 slices Multi grain toast with Peanut Butter. Coffee with milk @ 9a
turkey/spinach sandwich on multi grain @ 1p
1/2 liter of water
1 small slice of Freeway's Birthday Cake @ 3p
turkey/spinach sandwich on multi grain @ 4p
1/2 litre of water
Prime Rib with mashed potatoes @ 6p
And, I will have a glass of red wine watching Big Brother tonight.

Rod will post his thoughts and corrections to the day soon. Add your own comment/question for Rod too if you like!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dippity Do

OK.. I've toyed with getting a new haircut for some time. Tried new people, tried new things... and nothin'. I feel I can't find the hairdresser of my dreams. My most recent cut I got in Airdrie, I totally didn't like it at first, but it grew on me. LOL! literally... and I liked it. But I can't go 2 weeks hating it.

Short of going all 'Beckham (nay the looks and abs) and shaving it all off.. I don't know what to do. Who is the MOST KICKASS HAIRDRESSER in Calgary? Slightly progressive and out of the box, with an air of classic corporate conservatism? I don't want orange and red hair (did that too!)... I own a business and still need to not look like a punk some days. But... I am in a pair of cargo shorts and a t-shirt with corduroy sneaks on in the studio today. So, it's OK to a little "hip". Or maybe I'm too old?

I'm game for anything. And I don't want "my auntie cuts my hair in her kitchen" type of hairdressers. I'm sure your Auntie is very nice, but I want the shampoo, scalp massage... and a great cut.

Make your suggestions! Maybe you can get a friend on the radio! Who knows! or post your comments here on the blog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Listeriosis hits home

We've all heard about the meat recall by Maple Leaf Foods regarding deli meats, etc and the (as of today) 15 people who have been killed by lunch meat. Of all ways to die. What killed grandpa? Bologna.

Some info for you. If you're healthy and not a young baby, or old person you're probably fine. Listeria presents like a flu (headache, fever, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, etc) but is a bacteria infection. It is checked with a blood test, that takes about 3 days for the results to come back. It can take 3 to 70 days to start to show symptoms though.

Well, my Sweet Pea started saying her tummy hurt. She's got a fever an pooping like she ate a burrito from a street vendor in Mazatlan. We call health link. Sidebar: Those nurses on health link are INCREDIBLE! We had to wait 20 minutes to get through; apparently we aren't the only ones concerned. The nurse says to monitor her and go to the doctor tomorrow.

And we did. They gave her the blood test. Boy, 3 days seems like a long time. How come they can do this stuff so fast on CSI?

We had meat in our fridge that WAS from the recall. And WAS from the CLOSED PLANT (#97B). CHECK YOUR MEAT. We were feeding it to our kids, and it makes us sick to our stomach. Turns out that the recall isn't just MAPLE LEAF meat... it's all kinds of meat, even if it doesn't have the MAPLE LEAF FOODS logo - doesn't mean it's save. Ours didn't have the logo, it had a different name on it, but was on the recall list.

Some Links:
The Maple Leaf Website for recalled items
Listeria Info

UPDATE THURS AUG 28 - No results back yet, but Sweet Pea is behavior a little more normal now, and her symptoms have faded almost completely. She also hasn't been complaining about a sore tummy. Fingers crossed. Hope to chaulk this one up to coincidence. Tell your friends to check their meat!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


We've discussed this on the radio before, but I recently ran into a REALLY bad name. Some parents have no mercy on their kids... but some have no choice.

My Bride and I were looking at getting a puppy, and doing some name research. On the list of baby names given to kids in 2007 (only had time to look at boy names) we found that some parents (in Alberta!) named their kids the following:

B.J. (that's it!)
Kees (Nuts, I can't find my Kees)
Kneaven (is this Kevin?)
Paul-Martins (political anyone?)
Rainbow (um.. it's a BOY!)
Tee (FORE!)
Teancum (come on!)
Tru (be best if his brother's name was Dat)

Well, some people just have no choice. Including a guy that I've been dealing with in an insurance claim, who's last name is "Sherstabetoff". Say it out loud... Yes, it is pronounced as you might think. PRON "Sure'stabeatoff". Poor Bastard.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ken is creepy

So, here's something I challenge you parents to do. Let your kids pick a toy, ANY toy are Toys R Us one day. Much like the old cliche of give your kid an expensive toy, and he will play with the box... taking your child to the toy store will surprise you.

That's what we did; Go and pick a toy. OH, and they do. They walk around from item to item, picking up one then dropping it for another. Then another, and another. Then, the toy that they hang on to through most of the walk around is theirs. And, it's usually not the expensive one.

My Sweet Pea picked "KEN". She recently got her first Barbie Doll... and dropped all other things for KEN. She's Two. Don't get me wrong, I will threaten Ken with "I'm not afraid to go back to jail" one day when "KEN" picks her up for a date. But, picking KEN was good, until we got home!

What happened to KEN? Ken used to be a hunk! Barbie always had such good taste! It seems the Barbie people have been spending much more time working on "Barbie's" DNA more than Ken's, who is starting to look a little creepy. What does Ken drive these days? A white panel van? Seriously... I didn't know Barbie liked wig wearing creeps.

Sweet Pea loves him though. Maybe she'll marry Donald Trump or something...

Friday, August 15, 2008

diet update

If you look below on the blogs, you will see my friend Rod's suggestions on the diet. So, if you're looking for some ideas or motivation, feel free to browse below! Here's the (soon to be) skinny on today.

9a Coffee with milk
11a protein shake
1p 2 chicken burgers, breaded and baked on whole wheat bun
230p apple, red :)
4p 1/2 of a banana ( the other half got crushed, and was icky. makes me gag)
6p my brides home made chili with beef veggies and beans. excellent.
2 vitamin water drinks - 1 litre ish total
tonight, I will have beer... lets be honest.

Rod? timing is better! Rod, please comment, and can you make some breakfast suggestions? I'm terrible at eating breakfast regularly.
Visit Rod's Website!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Web surfin - Cheerleading is Dangerous, but so is reporting

In our news on the afternoon program today, Darrel Janz from CTV Calgary was talking about how most female high school sporting injuries come from cheerleaders... and no surprise. Here is some great slacking vid from You Tube!

Now, cheerleading IS dangerous... but being a reporter in a war zone is a little worse. Check out this video from CNN today. It shows a reporter getting shot WHILE on the air, and she keeps reporting! Women ARE tougher than men. The war is the Russia/Georgia conflict, btw.

Wow! Back to my slurpee in my padded studio downtown. Don't tell Rod I was drinking a slurpee today, btw. (read below to find out why)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Blog dedicated to...

Camp folks. Not the camp folks that move their trailer and live on a campground.. no no. Camp leaders. Kids camps like. YMCA, Brothers and Sisters of Calgary, etc. I was at the Calgary Zoo last week... seeing the "littler is cuter" Elephant... (by the way, go to the Elephant yard and see the baby, but look for the super cute "littler" park bench. Awesome work Zoo-folks! FUNNEE!) the incredibly cute baby giraffe and totally scored a pic of the baby gorilla.

Anyway, kids all over. Kids whose parents probably needed to get them the hell outta the house. Don't think I'm judging, I TOTALLY get that. But, I speak the truth. Well, this little demon children go to camp. And Camp leaders deal with them all day.

At the end of the day, the leaders look tired, kids are toast... but the leaders keep their heads high. Visibly frustrated, their tone is still calm, patience is abundant. I salute you Camp Leaders! Keep up the good work, and I'm sorry about what my kids will probably do to you some day. But, what a great job you do! Thank you. Now try to not kill anyone tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Getting Fit? How about eating fit?

Thanks to the assistance of longtime friend ROD COULTER at Spirit Fitness, I'm trying to get fit. I've been going to the gym, etc. But fitness does go so far beyond the workout. It's about state of mind, lifestyle and DIET! For me, the goal is "Abs by Maui". At this point, seems SO not possible.

This is a fun project. Rod comes from a Martial Arts background... clarity of mind stuff. And they do have a gym on MacLeod Trail that is Gorgeous! But, I live in Carstairs... what to do?

Well... we attempt long distance training. I'll see Rod about once every 3 weeks/month.. but aside from that it's up to me to motivate. Rod helps with diet, and changes to my life and routine.

Here's the catch. I come from an athletic background, so working out isn't new or foreign. But, I have to send Rod what and when I eat. EMBARRASSING!!! Hello? You think you eat healthy, but you don't. IN an effort to share what I learn in the process with you, I'll share some of the diet/recipe tips. Cool? Anyone game?

Here's what I am doing/want you to do. Starting tomorrow... on your blackberry or a notepad, track EVERYTHING YOU EAT AND DRINK, and at what TIME. Today is Day 1... here's what I ate.

Banana and coffee @ 9am (with french vanilla "fat free" creamer)
Baked breaded chicken fingers and baked fries @ 12noon.
Coffee with skim milk and 1 sweetener @ 3p
left over of the above at 4p.
Left over beef meatballs and spaghetti sauce at 6p
Protein shake at 630, that I had intended on drinking at 2p on my way to work.

YOWZA! that sucks! AB REPORT - still only have 1 very large round AB.

Maybe Rod will get tomorrow's list as my first report instead.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dirty Restaurants Part Deux

I wanted to give you this link again, in light of an article in the Calgary Sun today about a local restaurant the received a record health fine this week. According to that article, the CHONG FAT NOODLE HOUSE in Chinatown, downtown Calgary received a fine for $20,930. Infractions were repeated cleanliness issues, infested with cockroaches, to not keeping perishables at the proper temperature. YOWZA!!

You can search your favorite restaurants, and see how clean they are! Happy eating? Better learn to cook...

earlier blog
Did you know the Calgary Health Region publishes the results from Food Inspections online? YIKES!

Thanks to Piet! She shared this with me


You have to search your favorite restaurants.. but YOWZA! There are some DIRTY restaurants and grocery stores in our city!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Heli Day!

Today we had an aerial photo shoot for my company Executive Media Inc for a development project of ours... and we decided to go to Drumheller! You need to understand that Mountain View Helicopters is one of my clients, so we are able to do business together, and they fly Heli-Tours over Horseshoe Canyon at Drumheller. So, Paul (the boss-man) suggested after we finished our intended flight over Carstairs, that we head East to Drumheller. And we went. Kudo's to my business 'pardner Scott for flying all the way to Drum with NO DOOR on his side of the heli.

If you've never gone on a heli ride, DO IT! It's a short drive to Drum for the Heli Tours, but Mountain View Helicopters is doing tours WEST OF CALGARY too, near the intersection of HWY 1 and HWY 22 (by the Petro Canada station). It's excellent!

Summer holiday TIP! - GO take a heli flight.

Here are a few pics from our journey, I'll post more on my facebook when we get them dumped from Scott's camera.

So, there it is. I get asked at the station quite often what "else" do I do... you know, other that slack-off at a radio station? So that is my day... so far! By the way, we also flew over Calgary and took pics, including the Cirque de Soleil Tent that is up in the SW! Those are on the facebook link.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Daddy Got a Pedicure

So, my Dad got a Pedicure. There, I said it! My Dad got a Pedicure. Big Jim... Papa.. and his feet. I think I'm only bothered because it makes me realize that I've never had one! Not that there is anything WRONG with that?! Are they really that great? I think I'm jealous.

Sure enough, there is a story from my friend Jocelyn Laidlaw on CTV Calgary tonight about a spa that lets fish eat the dead skin off your feet. Thanks Joc for sharing your story! Here's how it goes.



OK - time for ZeeMAN to get a Pedicure, anyone have any suggestions of where I should go? Well Dad, you always wanted me to follow in your footsteps and make you proud. Here it is, your dream come true... only it's not your footsteps. It's your bubbly foot bath.

Monday, July 21, 2008


It's 29 degrees today, and Carlos was driving me to the Zoo (I lost my wallet and was freaking out, so we went to check my car) and CARLOS WAS COMPLAINING that it was too hot! Carlos? My Mexican friend, what has happened to you? Wuss. Irony: Carlos thinks it's too hot, and I'm wearing a hoodie.

Keep them Katy Perry Entries Rolling In! Not Sure Why I'm Capitalizing Every Word?!!!

here's the link to the facebook photo gallery

Please make friends on Facebook, they're the only friends I have!

The End.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


OK you free-stuff junkies! Katy Perry is playing the Van's Warped Tour AUG 6 and I have tickets to give to you for the show!

Starting on Monday, I'll draw from entries to win tickets! How do you enter you ask? You need to EMAIL a picture of you kissing a girl. You need to email me your pic, they'll go up on Facebook and we'll draw each day from the best kisses.


Ok, go smooch someone and start snappin' picks! I have 10 PAIRS of tickets!


Stop reading and start kissin'. The blog is over! Oh ya, I ask that you be of "legal" (18+!!) age, so I don't end up on the front page of the newspaper getting arrested.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stampede is Wrong

Can you believe I ran across this picture on Shalini's (from Energy 101.5 Promotions)Facebook!? I didn't even come with a disclaimer! I'm sure it was cold...

Wish I had more than one AB.

Monday, July 14, 2008

How Clean is your food?

Did you know the Calgary Health Region publishes the results from Food Inspections online? YIKES!

Thanks to Piet! She shared this with me


You have to search your favorite restaurants.. but YOWZA! There are some DIRTY restaurants and grocery stores in our city!!

Stampede HyJinx - Day 8 and 9

The final weekend! Gotta be honest... I've showed A LOT of people the picks of me and Natasha Bedingfield. She's my new BFF! Saturday was DJ day... and a little snapshot of my day (after a late Friday with Stampede and the Energy 101.5 Natasha Bedingfield... I managed to get a little sleep Saturday Morning! Got up around 10, had some family time then off for a Voice Over session for the TV show I voice - The RIDEGUIDE. This was a 15 second TV commercial for Kokanee Crankworx in Whistler in a few weeks.

Then, it was off to Tequila for what was a CRAZY Saturday! I started DJing at 4 and ran non-stop until 215a! I even ordered pizza to be delivered to the DJ booth! LOL!

LOOK how crammed it was!!

And the Line-Up to get in started at about 9 PM and was as long as the block. It's tough to tell in the pic (from the iPhone, so it isn't great) but you can kinda see what I mean.

Sunday, I slept. Then we ate over a Rich and Lisa's place for dinner. A "Good English Lunch". Roast Beef, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and gravy over EVERYTHING! Including the veggies... OH, so awesome! I recommend you get your own friends from England! Just don't steal mine...

Friday, July 11, 2008

Stampede HyJinx Day.. what day is it? - Friday!!!

Today is my last day on the air in the Round Up Centre... I'm gonna miss the smell of candy apples, nuts, chocolate dipped cheesecake and mini donuts (except for on seniors day when is smelled like BenGay and GoldBond Medicated Powder). Tonight Energy 101.5 presents Natasha Bedingfield on the CocaCola stage around 8ish... should be fantastic! Natasha came and spent the better part of an hour on the show today, and she really is great. In the pic is Marta from the Energy Entourage, Natasha, Moi, and Ian MacKinnon from the freeway and meg morning show!

Also, Miss Canada International Alicia Fieldberg stopped in today!

Saturday Night is Tequila DJ Night! See you there!

Stampede HyJinx day 6 Thursday

Rainy wet and cold... blech! It was 7 Degrees at Stampede today with Burrito Size Hail! (Thanks Carlos) Um... it was warmer in JANUARY! Geez.

Today, completely excited about Natasha Bedingfield at the Energy Booth tomorrow @ 5. Should be fantastic! Jully Black will also be chatting with Erin Wilde earlier in the day too, so listen for that after 3p.

Here are some pics from the CRAZY FOAM PARTY @ Tequila. It was jammed and lined up down the block! Sorry the pics aren't so good on my iPhone, it has no flash...

I'm back at Tequila on Sat night at 5p for the night! Pub Crawls will fill the place early! So don't miss your chance to get in!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Stampede HyJinx Day 6 - Wednesday

Today is Kids Day! If I may quote my school friend Jackie in saying "if spending kids day at Stampede isn't birth control, I don't know what is!" So true.

This blog is about my family. My peanut is awesome, and it's funny that he loves big slides, but got upset on a car going in circles. Kids are weird... and as soon as you figure you've got them figured out, you're wrong! Sheesh. Sweet Pea sat in the stroller all day. I think she was just happy staying away from all those scary strangers!! And my bride is the best Mom ever. If it wasn't for her, I'd be in jail for throttling my kids :) Here is my narration of the day "Can I have the catepillar, I want a duck, I need to pee, can I go again?, I'm hungry, Daddy why do you drink so much, can we go home, I don't want to go home, I'm not hungry, I want mommy, I don't like ducks, Catepillars scare me..." ugh.

Here's Us on the Ferris Wheel scrambling for a pic!

Tonight on Coca Cola stage is Puddle of Mudd (good music, not so good live from what I've seen in the past). On Stage Thursday at the Coca Cola stage is BCDC (they're fun!) and Mercury (who?) so I'll be going home :)

Thursday Night I DJ the foam party @ Tequila! I'll try to take some pics and post on Friday!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Stampede HyJinx Day 5 Tuesday

Today is Finger day! Whoo! Finger 11 is an incredible group of people. The first time I met Scott and the gang was back when I was on a local rock station and they were touring with OZZY OSBOURNE. Aside from the fact that OZZY tripped and almost fell about 4 feet away from me in the bowels of the Saddledome that night (OZZY reads his lyrics from a TV monitor while onstage, BTW - who knew? that OZZY could read, I mean) I'm not sure why I wrote that little tangent in brackets... probably bad grammar on my part.

Where was I.. ah, first time meeting F11. Scott and Rich welcomed me into their dressing room and I've enjoyed seeing them every time since. Probably the group that I've interview the most over the years, it's always fun. At the Energy 101.5 booth at the Stampede, the gang stopped in and Rich came in on the radio show while Scott when shopping. Apparently, when you live life on a bus, it's very exciting to shop for stuff in a big hall.

Rich shared a couple of tips about Scott. When they're not on tour, they're just like you. They don't spend much time with their coworkers (band mates), but being family members they try to have family dinners on Sundays. Sounds like normalcy to me. Oh ya, and Rich fessed up that Scott's guilty pleasure song right now is Rhianna - Umbrella. Finger Eleven... even... even... even... LOL!

Here is the pic of the bunch of you that I took from the Coca Cola Stage at the Finger Eleven concert at Stampede! You Look good Calgary. Next time, lets hope some people show up for the concert! LOL!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Stampede HyJinx - Day 4 Monday

Holy Thunderstorms batman! This makes the Energy Booth in the Roundup Center uber-busy (only because it's not WET!) Big storms today.

Anyway, we're giving away a $1015 Shopping spree today, taht's fun! And I actually had a chance to walk around the Stampede today... I know what you're thinking, tough gig... working at the Stampede Grounds, must be nice! Ok, it is. But, it's been tough to actually get around and see what's going on down here.

You know how every year, we say "I wish the Stampede would get new rides... it's been the same forever..."... we're all guilty of saying it at least once. This year, they've moved where stuff is...and it was tough to find my favorite rides! Why can't they just leave well enough alone? LOL!!

I did find a fun new (new to me at least!) ride that I'd like to take a turn on on Wednesday when I come down with the Fam-Damily!

Lifehouse is on Coca Cola Stage tonight... I missed soundcheck! NUTS! Oh ya, Samantha Ronson is @ Tequila tonight, and her girlfriend Lindsay Lohan was on the rider for a plane ticket, no word if she'll show yet.

Stampede HyJinx - Day 3 Sunday.

Hedley at Stampede Tonight. Zack @ his bed.


Stampede HyJinx - Day 2 Saturday

Today was quite possibly the longest day of my life. It started at 530a waking up and heading to Chinook Centre for the Stampede Breakfast! Jaydee Bixby was there too, that was fun. Nice guy!

At 11a Freeway, Meg, Ian, Erin and Myself headed to the Cactus Club for some grub! Great grub, by the way!

12noon it's DJ time at Tequila for the Stampede Club Crawl! Started spinning at noon, and ran until close... (thanks Ryan J for helping a tired brother out!). Tequila was crazy Saturday Night... if you know the area, the lineups to get in ran down the block to the Vet Clinic!

Stampede HyJinx - Day 1

First Full day of Stampede Celebrations... and I figure the BEST thing they could give away down here are Mirrors. Forget RV's and homes and cash... give away mirrors. Then people can see what they look like BEFORE they come down here. Just because you HAVEN'T worn it SINCE last Stampede... doesn't mean you NEED to wear it this year!

Oh ya, and have a shower... you have bed head. People watching is fun.

On another note, Erin Wilde had a great end to her Friday at Stampede! She bought her lucky lotto tickets and won a turn in the Free Money Booth! She won $85! Pics are on my facebook page.

Stampede HyJinx - Sneak a Peek!

Day 0 of Stampede! Sneek a peek night was crazy!! Yet, it was quiet. The gates opened at 5, but the show started at 3... so, it was kinda quiet in the Roundup centre! Leave it up to Faber Drive to lighten the mood.

I was walking into the stampede at about 230 to get ready for the program, and there was a soundcheck on the Coca Cola stage. I hear.. test 1 2, test 1 2 Russ Giroux. Well, Russ is a friend who is the road manager for Default and Theory of a Deadman.. so I walk over to say hey. We chat, it's Faber Drive's sound check so we invited them back to our Broadcast Booth.

If you didn't hear our chat on the air, there are pics on my facebook page

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Stampede Ready!

I met my bride at the Stampede, did you know that? Two Budweisers's and she was mine forever. No Joke! She hates that story though. It's our 5th wedding anniversary this year... maybe I'll get her a 6-pack. Oh the romance!!

The City says 6th Avenue WILL be open in time for the Parade which goes next Friday, by the way on JULY 4th. I can save you some trouble as Stampede Parade Info isn't easy to find on the Stampede Website this year. CLICK HERE to get there.

Energy 101.5 will have some seats for you AND some breakfast on Stampede Parade Day. I'll save those secret details for now, cuz I don't think I'm allowed to share them just yet. Know this though, you can watch the parade with Freeway and Meg in the best seats on the route!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Firefighters Vs Cowboys

I was shocked this weekend to learn new things about some of my coworkers. Saturday afternoon we were hanging out at Marlborough Ford in Calgary's NE, and a normal conversation SOMEHOW turned into talking about Firefighters. Let me introduce Maria and Monica, who both work in the Energy 101.5 Sales Department.

Maria from Energy 101.5
Monica from Energy 101.5
Wow... that REALLY got the attention of Maria and Monica! The reason for my surprise is that I ALWAYS thought (for the ladies) that COWBOYS were the shiz. You know, the hottest thing to walk the planet. I was shocked to hear comments like "Firefighters can carry people out of burning buildings, that's HOT!" and "They carry such big hoses!". Pardon?

Yesterday, while planning todays Morning Show, I asked M&M if I could call them so they could share their "Firefighter" opinions on the show. Turns out, not only did they offer to get up early to share, they provided pictures. This morning, I arrived in the studio to Firefighter Calendar Pictures and this caption "STOP! DROP! And show my your Hose!". Wow.. are all ladies CRAZY for firefighters? With Stampede coming up, I SO thought cowboys owned the "ladies fantasy" market.

I could only copy 1 image from the Firefighter Calendar Website, so here it is.
Please visit the website for the Calendar, as the proceeds go to the Calgary Burn Unit. Click here to go there
I've also changed my POLL (sorry, it's not a Firefighter Firehall type POLE) to reflect this little quesion to, please participate.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Semi Naked Men, as promised

Ok.. so Naked Men really isn't MY thing.. but, for ladies I stumbled accross some magazine shots of your favorite famous men wearing a whole lot of nothin'. Gotta be honest, I wish I had a bod like this!

Here are links to the blog I stole this from

Mario Lopez

David Beckham

Monday, June 16, 2008

Some Secrets about my co workers

OK, so we had the Energy 101.5 Staff Spring Shindig out at my place in Carstairs over the weekend. As I watched my friends and collegues through the evening, I noticed a few little quirks that many of you probably don't know about!

So, let's Share!

Freeway Frank - is SHOCKINGLY good at roasting marshmallows on an open fire. You know how we all try to not catch them on fire? This guy can roast like 6 at a time to gooey brown goodness! Who knew?

Ian MacKinnon - Not a burger guy at all, in fact is "more of a weiner man" if I may quote him directly. The truth is he likes his weiners 2 at a time! Double doggin' it!

Erin Wilde - Endless croaking of frogs drive her CRAZY! And, she's crazy about taking pictures! Quite the hobby-photographer, that girl - and good at it!

Shalini from promotions - strangely compact, as she can fit into my kids playhouse! Not quite sure how.

Khazma from promotions - ENDLESS energy and tolerance for children! Hello? How do you not go crazy!?

Rob the boss - he has a pink camera. Shocking.

That's really it... I need to go eat some of the leftover filet mignon from the party that I have in my work-lunch today :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


My friends Trish and Tanya from the Calgary ZOO have offered us some spots at this great Educational Program Event. It's a free program, with a ticket. So, I have tickets for you. Guarantee your spot, and have some fun... learn something new.

EMAIL ME if you'd like some tickets set aside for you!


Here's the info: Echidnas, Goannas and More!
Sustainable research and living on Kangaroo Island, South Australia
For 20 years Dr. Peggy Rismillers has been studying the unique environments on Kangaroo Island South Australia from the self-suffi cient Pelican Lagoon Research & Wildlife Centre (Earthwatch destination). Join us to discover more about Echidnas, the other egg-laying mammal, and a threatened species, Rosenberg’s goanna. Both these species are great at keeping biological secrets and can provide living models in nature that we can all learn from. This program is made possible with the generous support of Shell.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Self Confidence at it's best!

This is an email forward I received from my buddy Shalini here @ Energy. You might have had this emailed to you and seen it already, but JUST in case you haven't... take a peek. Goes like this:

This is a public toilet in Houston :
Now that you've seen the outside vie, take a look at the inside view..
It's made entirely of one-way glass! No one can see you from the outside,
but when you are inside it's like sitting in a clear glass box!

Now would you...
COULD YOU... Use it?!

Monday, June 2, 2008


So, what better that to followup our Elmo giveaways, than with PIX FROM ELMO! Thanks to Riley, who called me at home with the help of Energy 101.5's Meg Tucker Saturday morning! I couldn't go meet Elmo :( because I had some other plans with MY kids... but Meg and Riley kept me in the loop!

See the pics!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Breakfast with Elmo!

Congrats to Chloe, Rayna, and Faris for winning 4 packs of ticket for Breakfast with Elmo! The Telus World of Science has more winning for you through the end of this week, so get your drawings/pictures in! We draw 3 4-packs of tickets each day from all of our drawings we get? Today's winner from RAYNA is Oscar the Grouch! Thanks Rayna! Details on

Monday, May 26, 2008

Dogs Vs Cats

Congrats to more winners with Breakfast with Elmo! Calista Sutherland, Dori Sutherland, Devan Wright for winning today! Entries were PDF's and such, and I wasn't able to post them. Details on Sesame Street at the Telus Science Centre and Breakfast with Elmo @

This is a crappy email forward that's NOT SO CRAPPY! It's from my sister, and is perfect for those who fight over who is better, Dogs or Cats. See, Khazma (Promotions Director here @ Energy) and I fight about this all the time. Of course, I win, because Dogs are better..

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

This morning I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs. I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously stupid.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.
For now....

Friday, May 23, 2008

Breakfast with Elmo

RILEY is a sweetheart and was one of our 3 winners for Friday! Julie and Michael also win today! DROP OFF, MAIL, SCAN AND EMAIL or FAX your Sesame Street Drawing to Energy for your change at 4 tickets at the Telus Science Centre and Breakfast with Elmo. The Telus Science Centre has a Sesame Street Event on this summer!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Another Sesame Street Winner!

Congrats to our winners today (THURS MAY 22) including JORDYN (4yrs) and others for submitting their Sesame Street drawings to win breakfast with Elmo and 4 passes to the Telus Science Center. Email yours in to Each day we'll try to post one of the winners up here on ZACK!'s Randoms. Today you get to enjoy the brush strokes of Rohan (2 Years Old)

Get your entry in and win! We give away 3 4-packs of tickets each weekday!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Breakfast with Elmo!!

Super cool Breakfast with Elmo @ the Telus Science Centre! See, the Telus Science Centre has a Sesame Street Event running all summer, and you can go see it with a 4 pack of tickets and win Breakfast with Elmo!

But, we want your kids/neices/nephews/cousins involved! Draw or color your favorite Sesame Street Character and get it to us! Drop it off at Energy 1015 (5th St and 7th ave SW Calgary), mail it, fax it, scan it and email it to - whatever you need to do!

We're drawing names from the Coloring Submissions to win a 4 Pack of tickets to the Telus Science Centre and Breakfast with Elmo!

Congrats to Jaylin Anstett! She is 1 of our first 3 winners!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


I went to Spa Europa this week... what a great place!

I think my favorite part about being there wasn't even getting the massage I got, but learning that they have MEN MONDAY and SENIOR TUESDAY, which is nice to know that if you want to spoil your favorite dood, or grand-dood you can and get some specials too!

Now, I don't want this to sound like a commercial for Spa Europa, because it's no. So allow me to tell you a story... or something. I'm a clinic guy... I go see my massage therapist Cathie once a month as I have some aches from Hockey injuries. I know, how cliche! But it's true, I'm getting old.

But my opinions have changed. Spa Europa is a place you DESERVE to go to. They do mani's and pedi's, etc... but the massage is excellent! Even if you're like me and need a more clinical "fix up" Spa Europa is the kinda of place for your soul. The massage felt awesome, but you leave a little happier. Yes, I smell Pretty! LOL! It's nice to go to a place where you relax in a robe, do a little reading and get your treatment. You don't leave smelling like a clinic. And SPA massages are different if you've never been. It's about relaxing, and fixing. It's about getting spoiled a little and feeling good. And Spa Europa definitely does that! And their staff are so friendly. Not pretentious, not "I'm here to serve you" annoying... just friendly. It's so comfortable.

I recommend you go, and spoil someone you love by sending them too. It's only responsible for you to go to Spa Europa yourself and test their services before you send your favorite people. Call it, "looking out for them" ;)

Spa Europa website is HERE

Monday, May 5, 2008

What is TV's BEST SHOW

This is a rather BROAD question, now isn't it!? I really believe DEXTER is the best show on TV... quite possible the best written show ever. Add Michael C Hall to my list of people that I'd like to meet. To make room... remove Amy Winehouse... she's getting way too crack-ho.

Anyway, lets exclude the Indie-shows on this conversation. Talking mainstream, I'd say probably Desperate Housewives... I don't really like the show, but it always hooks me in. Really though, it's a nice balance of "fantasy tv" and real life...

24 fans? Lost? Anyone out there? ER... Scrubs even? Can't stand them... but, nows your chance to tell everyone how great your mainstream TV show is. Talk about them quickly before the season is over and all we have to watch on TV is Three's Company on DejaView

Friday, April 25, 2008

Buy My Bowl is auctioning off some bowls that were painted by some of my media brothers and sisters. Please make a bid! Even if you don't like mine, take a look at Jocelyn Laidlaw's (from CTV) bowl and bid on hers!

For every $1 the Calgary Food Bank gets, they can buy $4 worth of food! We spend about 4 hours painting the bowls, so I'm grateful of your bids!

By the way, mine is at the very bottom of Z in Zack always puts me at the bottom :)


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I've fallen in love with a serial killer...

but that doesn't bother nearly as much as the fact that my wife has too.

Dexter is quite possibly the best show I've ever watched. Better writing than Desperate Housewives, 24, Lost, and all others. And I've become emotionally attached to a serial killer. In fact, I've cheered him on!

The story is this: Dexter is a serial killer, who kills serial killers. Insert irony, he works for the Police as a blood analysis technician. Oh ya, and his sister is a COP too, and works with him.

This fall, Dexter starts Season 3. Sundays on CTV Calgary you can see Dexter in Season 1. But it's edited... VERY edited. THere is the odd f-bomb on the real Showtime show. Get it on DVD, and get caught up. But if you do, I suggest you block off your weekend. Each Season is 12 1 hour Episodes, and you'll definately want to watch more than 1 back to back. We've obsessed (excuse the PUN) about the show, staying up WAY LATE to watch "just one more episode".

Now, I've talked my buddy James into taking Dexter on a blind date. I'll let you know if they hook up!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Here's why you should never drink and drive

Imagine this... you've made a terrible error, you've been drinking and chose to drive. Home is only a few blocks away. It's dark and rainy. You're sitting in your car, and you've crashed into someone. You seem to be OK; you're scared. The other car is crushed in front of you, and it's eerily quiet. Nobody is moving. You move, first out of your car and over the sober driver's car. Windows are smashed. You look inside. There is a woman inside, she is your wife. And now she is dead.

Now that I have your attention, here is the actual news story.

MONTREAL - The head-on crash that killed Renee Bourbeau was much like many other drunk-driving accidents on Canadian roads except for one horrible coincidence.
The alleged drunk driver who smashed into Bourbeau's minivan was her husband, Patrick Laflamme. Laflamme plowed his truck into the van the 41-year-old mother of two was driving Saturday evening in Drummondville, Quebec.
Laflamme, 36, was charged in his hospital bed yesterday with drunk driving causing death.
He is recovering from leg fractures and head lacerations.
Bourbeau died in hospital a few hours after the collision.
Quebec provincial police say Laflamme had left a local bar and was just minutes from home when the spectacular crash occurred. Bourbeau had been with Laflamme at the bar earlier in the evening and had left without him. Later, police allege, Laflamme was driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic and slammed into his wife's vehicle in the 90-kilometre-an-hour zone.
Police say darkness had settled in just after 8 p-m and a heavy rainfall made visibility poor and the roadway slick.
(Source - Canadian Press)

Monday, April 14, 2008

How Much Can You Doggie-Do?

Here's a dilemma... my old Dog. When we had babies, we had dogs. Big ones. With a new baby, and 2 Great Danes, we had to find 1 of them a new home. And so the Saga begins.

Ok, so we found a home. It was my dog's hairdresser! Perfect! Now, 3 years have gone by and it has come to light that perhaps my old pooch isn't living in the best of "cleanliness" conditions. Oh, the irony.

We don't know what to do. The hairdresser signed an agreement with me about the quality of life of the pooch... etc, but what do I do? Is a dog living in a home that there is poop all over the house bad? I mean, he's obviously eating, judging from the poo! Is that enough, or does it go deeper; Is he not getting medicine? Can you report someone for not walking their dog? Animal welfare rules in Alberta aren't the best... is this a welfare issue, or a taste issue?

Here's me in a pickle. Blog out your suggestions please. Maybe you know somebody who knows how to deal with something like this...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Weekend Warmup April 11!

The Weekend Warmup goes Fridays @ 4:55p with Zack on Energy 101.5!

Justin Timberlake
Sexy Back

If Everyone cared

Colbie Caillat

Feels Like Tonight

Kanye West

Natasha Bedingfield
Pocketful of Sunshine

N Sync
I Want You Back

Never Too Late

Bob Marley
You Could Be Loved


Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Life is all about Perspective. 2 words are heavy for me... Integrity and Respect. Although, it really ends at Integrity. In my opinion, if you have integrity, you have the rest.

Anyway, my coworker Maria sent this out to our staff... perhaps you will appreciate it as much as we did. This is a short entry... and you will understand why I have nothing to say after you watch the video clip. It's about 11mins long.

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Weekend Warmup for April 4 2008

George Michael

Will Smith
Getting Jiggy

4 Minutes

Finger 11

Earth Wind Fire

One Republic

My Humps

State of Shock
Money Honey

Soft Cell
Tainted Love


Miley Cirus
See You Again

Fallout Boy
Beat It

Friday, March 28, 2008


So many of you ask what the songs are on the weekend warmup, here's the list for MAR28.

The good news is you will be able to listen to past weekend warmups very soon when I launch my new zack site.

here is this weeks Weekend Warmup


Groove is in the Heart

Flawed Design

David Guetta
Love is Gone

Dead or Alive
Spin Me Around

Christina Aguilera
Ain't No Other Man

Bon Jovi
Living on a Prayer

Nelly Furtado
Promiscuous Girl

4 Minutes

Britney Spears
Slave 4 You

Steal My Sunshine

Jazzy/Fresh Prince

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Finger 11 is the nicest band ever...

Is it possible? I've met nice people... you can see some studio pics on facebook...

But it seems EVERYONE is awesome lately. I don't know if bands are taking a "be nice to DJ's" class or what, but Faber Drive is so grateful, Jully Black is so attentive, Roz Bell is just happy, and the list goes on. Now, this isn't name dropping at all, I'm serious. How are these people so nice? Last time I saw Nickelback, Chad asked me "ZMAN! Why don't you call me anymore?". The reason is he changes his phone # so often (it make it on the internet, and he starts to get calls from fans) so I gave up keeping track, btw...

Complacent disconnected include Gene Simmons, for example. He could care less. Maybe it's a Canadian thing? Joss Stone was awesome, she's not from Canada...

Finger 11 really is the nicest though. Over the years, in radio, you tend to interview bands again and again... and Finger 11 really is grateful and nice... the nicest ever. ALL OF THEM... I think it's a trend in music that I dig. People actually being people, not trying to be rock stars!

Anyway, listen to the Sound Lounge (Energy 101.5 weekdays @ 7p)for your chance to hangout with Finger 11 , and listen to my show on Energy 101.5 (Weekdays 3p-7p) to win a chance to meet them. I think you should... see it for yourself.. nice doods.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Take 6 of these and call me in the morning

You're getting old. That is what the doctor said!

I have a bad neck. It's probably no different than your bad back, or that other guy's bum leg. But please indulge my need for sleep.

I can't sleep... my neck is f'd up further than I've ever known, and the doctor said that I'm getting old. I realize doctors are over worked... but geez I COULD BE A DOCTOR! I have terrible penmanship, and I can say "you're getting old"! Sign my cheque.

Robax platinum is my solution for now. It seems "old" of me to ask where to go to get prescribed a good pillow. Here's the fun part though.. I'm messed up... dizzy, seeing Pterodactyls flying around the studio... so at least that is fun. Today's show could possibly be the best one ever, or the worst one I try to remember. Cross your fingers! Gotta go, a talking Bumble Bee just stole my pen.

Monday, March 24, 2008

You're a Block-Head

Garbage... mucha basura! So I asked my friend Carlos how to say garbage in Mexican, turns out it's Basura.

Language lesson of the day is complete. But sersiously! Garbage! Everywhere! There is a proposal to get the fines in Alberta raised. In BC, it can cost you up to $2000 for a littering ticket! Here's what I would like to do though. In an effort to not complain about it, I'd like to thank everyone who actually PICKS UP the garbage on their fence, their yard... on their streets. That's excellent. Perhaps you can talk your neighbors into caring as much you do. It's bad enought that it's brown 9 months/year in Calgary... let alone a brown/covered in garbage blend.

Construction companies... this means you too!