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The following bio comes from an interview I did with a broadcast journalism student at West Texas A&M: When and where were you born? I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas…home of the Texas Tech RED RAIDERS! What is your earliest memory of music? My dad got me the Beatles ‘Help!’ record when I was about 4-years-old and I went absolutely crazy for them. I remember listening to that record over and over and over again with these huge old Sony headphones that my parents got me for Christmas…probably because they were sick of having to hear ‘Ticket to Ride’ blaring through the walls of my bedroom at all hours of the day and night. Who was the most influential person to you as a child? My dad. He’s a good dude. Did you have any nicknames? A bunch that I can’t say here. I’m constantly called ‘Lando’ and my close friends call me ‘Lando Calrissian’…because I’m a raging nerd. Although, Boba Fett is my favorite Star Wars character. Not that you asked. Where did you attend high school? Monterey High School Did you play on any sports teams? I played baseball for the legendary Bobby Moegle for about a week my sophomore year until he asked me to stop showing up for practice. That’s actually true. Were you involved in any school clubs? I joined theater after my illustrious baseball career was squashed. Theater quickly became something I enjoyed immensely. And I was actually pretty good at it! How would you describe yourself as a student, both socially and academically? Terrible student academically. I did well socially because I was pretty much friends with everybody. Plus, I was in a band! The Porcelain Gods. We were awful, but remember kids, even being in an awful band gets you more attention from the ladies than no band at all. Did you earn any honors or were you recognized for any achievements? I got ‘Best Personality’ my senior year. Take that, Prom King! Did you attend college? I went to Texas Tech for a brief period. I got a full-time slot on KOOL FM and quickly decided that I would rather play music all day and talk on the radio. What was your first job in radio? In high school, we had what was called a ‘work-study’ program where you got credit for having a job AND you didn’t have to be at school until 10:30am. You got to skip your first class of the day so you could go to your job. The legendary Jack Dale…’The voice of the Red Raiders’…hired me to produce his show every weekday from 7am-10am and I did that for high school credit. It was awesome. In addition to being paid money, how else has your radio career created value in your life? It’s really everything to me. That’s the best way I can put it. I live and breathe radio. More specifically, classic hits radio. It’s far and away the most enjoyable and rewarding format in the business. Trust me. You don’t get into radio for the money. There really is none. You do it because you really enjoy the listeners and you have a passion for the music you play for them every day. You have to have both of those things. If you don’t, you’ll never connect with your audience. Finally, what would be your ideal radio job? Well, for starters, I would stay on the station where I’ve been for years. I would just do my show from a beach in the Bahamas…and the KOOL Morning Show wouldn’t start until noon.
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An “It Gets Better” Ad for Popular Kids Called “It Gets Worse”

You know those PSA's for bullied kids where someone always promises that "it gets better" after high school? Well, someone made a parody where people who WERE popular in high school explain that...for popular kids, it DOESN'T get better.

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A Race at Daytona Opened With a Terrible Hard Rock Version of the National Anthem

A band called Madison Rising did a hard rock version of the National Anthem before the Nationwide race in Daytona on Saturday. And not everyone loved it. In fact...most people HATED it!

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Violent Movie Scenes Set to “The Pina Colada Song” Are Somehow Even Better

"Rick Rolling" is old news. The NEW thing is Pina Colliding'. What's Pina Colliding, you ask? It's taking "Escape (The Pina Colada" Song)" and playing it over movie clips where it CLEARLY doesn't belong...

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‘Off the Air With Landon & Wes’ – Episode 5: Landon Needs Advice

My buddy Wes Nessman and I have some really great conversations when we're both off the air. In case you didn't know, Wes does the morning show over at FMX. He also happens to be my boss. Not that it matters...

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A Fake Movie Trailer About the South Getting Hit by “One Inch of Snow”

A lot of people made fun of Atlanta for basically being brought to its knees by ONE INCH of snow last month. And now someone's taken news footage about it...and turned it into a fake ACTION MOVIE TRAILER.

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Chris Farley’s Motivational Speaker Sketch, Three Years Before He Did It on “SNL”

"Rolling Stone" recently named Chris Farley's "Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker" sketch the best "Saturday Night Live" sketch of ALL TIME. That's the one where he "lives in a van down by the river." But it wasn't even written for "SNL".

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A Kid in Michigan Didn’t Want a Birthday Party Because He Had No Friends…So His Mom Posted on Facebook and Tons of Cards Are Showing Up

A woman in Kalamazoo, Michigan named Jennifer recently asked her son Colin if he wanted a party for his 11th birthday next month. And he told her no...because he said he didn't have any friends. So to cheer him up, Jennifer created a Facebook page on February 2nd called "Happy Birthday Colin," hoping he'd get a few birthday wishes.

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Olympic Skiers Get Taken Out by Lasers [VIDEO]

A Danish TV show took footage of skiers crashing on the moguls course, but combined it with footage of those huge "At-At" vehicles from the "Star Wars" movies, so it looks like the skiers fall down because they're being shot by lasers!

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A Montage of Crashes From the Men’s Halfpipe Competition at the Olympics

Shaun White did NOT win his third straight gold medal in the men's halfpipe at the Olympics yesterday, finishing FOURTH. And some of the athletes say it's because the company that built the halfpipe messed it up.

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