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A]
Available:  Am I single? Yes. Many women in my past have apparently made good decisions.

[B] Best concert: I love small venue shows. Seeing Brantley Gilbert play a small bar years ago is definitely up there!

[C] Current clothing: Same as every other day Pinkie, T-shirt, Jeans, Sneakers and of course a Hat.

[D] Dirty little secret: My bathroom at home always needs to be cleaned. ALWAYS.

[E] Eat at the most: Whatever is closest. I hate driving out of my way for food that will taste the same as the burger joint across the street.

[F] Favorite band: Zac Brown Band is my favorite national act. Artists primarily playing in Texas? William Clark Green has been speaking to my soul for the past year, so I’m going to go with him!

[G] Gummy bears or worms: Neither. I like real bears, and real worms. I don’t play around with imitations.

[H] Hometown: Born in Emporia, Kansas. I claim two other towns as hometowns as well. Topeka, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

[I] If I weren't in radio: I’d probably be homeless. Or on the road doing stand-up comedy.

[J] Junk food: Yes. I’m horrible to myself. I love junk food. I don’t drink soda but if it’s greasy there is a very good chance I’m going to be on board with it.

[K] Killer radio moment: I once stayed on air for 10 hours straight to broadcast the wild fires that were happening. I got a lot of calls from very thankful folks.

[L] Listen to me: My mom wanted me to be a lawyer. She still wants to know when I’m going to get a “real job.”

[M] Music to chill to: Wow, random list. You are really asking some good questions. When I just want to relax, I will listen to stuff I don’t normally listen to. Like Ingrid Michaalson and Bret Dennen.

[N] Number of siblings: SIX. But there is math involved. Here we go: 2 brothers from my dad’s previous marriage. 1 Sister from my Mom’s previous marriage. 2 kids from my parents (me and my little brother) and a step brother who joined the family about 10 years ago who is older than all of us!

[O] One wish: I’d wish for one more wish. And then the next wish, wish for one more wish. And so on. I’m pretty sure I’m not doing that right.

[P] Person you'd love to meet:  In my line of work I’ve gotten to meet a lot of country stars. So I think I would like to meet my favorite comedians. Louie C.K. tops that list.

[Q] Quantum Physics: String Theory. I’m all over that….Unfortunately I’ve just been informed that it’s not at all what I thought it was. I was really hoping this was a cheese question.

[R] Reason to smile: I’m doing what a nine year old version of me dreamed of doing.

[S] Start in radio: I lied. It’s true. I wasn’t going to college at the time, but I went to the employment office, grabbed some internship papers and went to my favorite local radio station. They were under the impression I was a legit intern. I worked 80 hours a week for free. They hired me. (note: this approach is not advisable.)

[T] Time you wake up: It really depends on what happened the night before. But if it was a quiet night, About 8:30. Followed by three GIANT cups of coffee.

[U] Underrated band: Wow. I just blew my own mind. Awesome question Letter U! There are so many great bands working their hardest to be seen and known that I love. I’m going to go with Granger Smith. I really think that guy needs to be heard by more people. His story from working with Jason Aldean is a pretty great one too.

[V] Vacation: I either go home to see the family, go to San Angelo to see some friends. Or I DO NOTHING. Seriously. NOTHING. I have been known to not open the front door of my house for days of vacation.

[W] Website you rely on: I love Fark.com I’m also always on twitter and facebook.

[X] X-rays you've had: Most recently would be my teeth. Oh man, I just realized I have another dentist appointment on Monday. Thanks X. I thought we were cool.

[Y] Your favorite country artists:  In no particular order: Zac Brown Band, William Clark Green, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood’s legs, Cory Morrow, Roger Creager, Blake Shelton, and a shout out to my buddy Dan Patterson.

[Z] Zodiac sign: I’m a Sagittarius. And yes, Those hooves are real, and they’re spectacular.

Growing up in tornado alley and how you can help

by JR KLLL posted May 22 2013 4:11PM
I was born and raised in Tornado Alley. A small town called Emporia, Kansas. I saw my first tornado when I was five years old. The tornado I remember the most happened in June of 1990. My mom, sister, little brother and I lived in a small two bedroom apartment on the third floor of a pretty crappy apartment building.

My brother and I would run around on that carport. I'm sure the neighbors loved us.


The sirens sounded, and my mom made us go down to the first floor and get under the stairs in the hallway. We were the only people in the building taking shelter. The kids, not mom. She stayed upstairs and was watching t.v. and talking on the phone.

After about 20 minutes my little brother and I got bored so we went back upstairs. We watched as a dark mass moved across the west side of town. It destroyed a lot of homes. I remember hearing about a dad who drove him and his infant child to a house with a basement, and as he was running into the house with his child in a car seat, he was thrown up against a wall. The car seat was found in a nearby field with a safe baby inside. A story about how a whole house was leveled, and yet, a table with a rose in a vase on it in the basement was left undisturbed in the same house, now with a lot less house.

A story about a dog left outside while the family took shelter. When the family came upstairs they found their dog, house included sitting in their living room. Word has it the dog didn’t move for 3 days.
 
Those are the happy stories.

There are a lot less of those. There are even less of those going on right now in Moore, OK. I’m heading up to Moore with Dan Patterson Friday night with truckloads of donations. We are taking them to a local church who is ready to help. The Red Cross is busy with relief efforts and FEMA is still helping go through all the damage. It will be ten years before everything is back to normal with everything. But you can’t get back to normal after losing so many loved ones. Kids have died. Brothers have died. Sisters, parents, aunts, uncles, and beloved pets.

The church we are going to is expecting us. They gave us a list of what they needed. This isn’t something that is going to interrupt Red Cross or FEMA efforts. Your donations to the Red Cross are needed as well as your donations to the Salvation Army. Pick an organization you’ve heard of and if you can help, please help. If you would like to help with physical donations, fantastic. We will take whatever you can donate. These are the items they are in need of most.
 
Sports Drinks
Diapers
Baby Formula
Toiletries/Hygiene items
Granola Bars/Protein Bars
Canned Goods
Pop-tarts
Coloring Books
Crayons
Shovels/rakes/gloves

 
Other items needed will be sunscreen, pop up tents or tarps, as they don’t have roofs in a lot of these situations.

These are our neighbors. I HAVE to help. I hope you’ll donate what you can and make a difference. The drop off is at the Office Grill and Sports Bar at 50th and Frankford until Friday afternoon.

J.R.


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Location : EmporiaKansasMoore
05/22/2013 4:11PM
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