Radio Review

08.21.14

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Bradley Glaser, Emily Gubbels, Gale Jones, Jacqueline Kruse, Rick Lippman, Mick Moore, Ginger Powell 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, becoming partly cloudy, high 89.  Tonight, partly cloudy, chance for scattered thunderstorms, low 69.  Friday, increasing clouds, chance for scattered thunderstorms late, high 89 

Sports:

ESPN Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00.  Also the home of Kansas City Royals baseball! 

Kevin Durant’s representation Roc Nation Sports informed Nike yesterday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265-$285 million over ten years, sources told ESPN.com.  The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such as a community center built in his mother's name, whose exact worth will not be known for some time.  Nike, which saw its signature business related to the Oklahoma City Thunder forward grow to roughly $175 million at retail last season, will have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant's current contract with the brand.  

Ali Farokhmanesh, the player most famous for hitting a dagger three-pointer to defeat overall top seed Kansas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, is joining the Nebraska men's basketball coaching staff.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that coach Tim Miles announced yesterday he's hiring Farokhmanesh as a graduate assistant manager.  In a phone interview, Miles said Farokhmanesh came "highly recommended" from Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson.  Farokhmanesh spent the past four seasons playing in Holland, Austria and Switzerland, but around the Midwest is most famous for his role in helping nine seed Northern Iowa upset top seed Kansas 69-67 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010. 

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini isn't feeling sorry for himself after seeing as many as three players lost for the season because of injuries and a bunch of others ailing.  Pelini said after practice yesterday that "there's nothing you can do about it" and that other teams are in the same situation.  Defensive back Charles Jackson and linebacker Michael Rose are out with season-ending knee injuries and running back Adam Taylor broke his ankle and probably won't make it back this season.  Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is day to day with an ankle injury.  Starting right offensive tackle Zach Sterup and long snapper Gabe Miller are among other players who are hurt.  Pelini also announced defensive tackle Aaron Curry has quit the team. 

Local Schedule:  Lincoln SE at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at O’Neill Inv. (GG-10:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Tacoma (Bsbl-9:05). 

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee West.  Get the lowdown with the coaches. 

Local Scores:  Tacoma 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl). 

Kwifax:

Geared for astronomy enthusiasts, in Chiefland, FL only dim red flashlights may be used at night. 

News Briefs:

Republican Pete Ricketts won a narrow primary victory and he may face another tough race against Democrat Chuck Hassebrook as the two campaign to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman. A few polls have emerged on the Nebraska gubernatorial race. Ricketts, the former TD Ameritrade executive, leads, but not by much. He says he has a lot of work to do, both in getting his message out and listening to Nebraskans. Hassebrook, the former Director of the Center for Rural Affairs, says he expects the race to tighten as summer gives way to fall and voters begin taking politics seriously. Rasmussen Reports has Ricketts up 47 percent to 40 percent. 

The school year is just beginning, but Norfolk Police have noticed some unsafe trends at a pair of schools.  Currently city ordinance allows one to temporarily stop to load and unload passengers in “no parking” areas, but Norfolk Police Capt. Don Miller says that’s led to some dangerous conditions.  Miller says parents have been regularly seen at both the Norfolk Middle and Washington Elementary Schools, picking up and dropping off their children on 1st Street as well as Benjamin and Omaha Avenues.  At its meeting Monday night, the Norfolk City Council voted unanimously to amend the city code to prohibit the loading and unloading of passengers where signs are posted.  It then passed a resolution to place those signs near Washington Elementary School, as well as the Middle and Junior High Schools.

Starting this weekend, you may notice a few more Nebraska State Patrol troopers on the road.  A $27,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will help pay for troopers and dispatchers who will be putting in hundreds of overtime hours from Friday through Labor Day during the nationwide “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” campaign. State Patrol Troop B Lieutenant Dan Wilson says Labor Day Weekend and the days leading up to it are some of the most active days of the year for motor-vehicle traffic. Wilson notes that the time period also coincides with the Nebraska State Fair and the University of Nebraska’s first home football game. 

Northeast Community College students looking for a part-time job will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from 32 area firms looking to hire them. The school is hosting a part-time job fair Tuesday. Career Services Director Terri Heggemeyer says Northeast alumni are also welcome.  She says job seekers should have their resumes ready to quickly hand to potential employers, and that they should dress for success. She suggests business casual. The part-time job fair is set for Tuesday from 3 to 5 at the Lifelong Learning Center. 

Gov. Dave Heineman took an ice-cold shower outside his home to raise awareness about a devastating disease. Heineman completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday with help from his wife, first lady Sally Ganem. People who take the challenge douse themselves with a bucket of freezing water to raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease research. Heineman was challenged by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and several others.  The governor in turn challenged Omaha World-Herald Publisher Terry Kroeger and two other public figures.  Heineman also donated $100 to the cause through the ALS Association's Nebraska Chapter. 

Today's Tickler: 

It was so hot that I fed the chickens cracked ice so they wouldn’t lay hard-boiled eggs

 

Posted on Aug 21st, 2014 at 7:41 am

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