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I've been in Twin Ports radio close to twenty years. I started in November of 1995 on talk radio WEBC AM 560. I joined the Kool 101.7 staff in 1998 and became the Afternoon Drive personality in 2001. In 2005 I was honored to receive a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the MINNESOTA ROCK AND COUNTRY HALL OF FAME, now the MID AMERICA MUSIC HALL OF FAME. I was born in Cleveland ohio and raised in Duluth. Although I've traveled to all but two of the fifty states, and lived in ten of them, I'm proud to call the Northland my home. Thank you for sharing part of your afternoon with me on Kool 101.7 over the years.
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Nobody is Buying Amazons Fire Phone, Big Surprise Huh?

According to an estimate by Charles Arthur, technology editor at The Guardian, the world's largest online retailer sold fewer than 35,000 of it's new smartphones in the first 20 days it was on the market. Compare that to Apple who sold 9 million iPhones within three days of the phones' release last September, according to an article in the Huffington Post.

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Category: Featured, Tech
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(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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Phone Scam Hits the Northland From Your Own Phone Number

Phones across the Northland have fallen victim to a new form of  scamming, according to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB). Consumers around the area have reported illegal marketing calls that display their own phone number on caller ID, according to an article in the Pine Journal.

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Credit Medioimages/Photodisc
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Smoke From a Distant Fire by Sanford Townsend Band [VIDEO]

This song was recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. Jerry Masters talks about the session: "I had the pleasure of recording this band and this song. It was without a doubt the best band I have ever worked with in my entire 50 year career as a recording engineer.

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Category: Featured, Music History
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TSM Duluth
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Green Bay Packers Have the Best Fans in the NFL Says Forbes Magazine

Although I live in Wisconsin, I don't really have a "favorite team," although Mrs. Rayman might disagree with me. I'm a football fan, not a team fan.  According to research by Nielsen Scarborough, only 16 percent of adults living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, are NOT fans of the team, that according to an ESPN article. That means everybody else in the metro area has either watched, attended and/or listened to the Packers' games in the past year.

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-I Need a Lover by John Mellancamp [VIDEO]

This song is about finding a low-maintenance lover who knows when to go away and won't require a commitment. The song is tinged with loneliness, however, as Mellencamp seems to going crazy sitting at home all alone, watching TV to see what's happening out in the world

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Category: Featured, Music History
Jimi Hendrix (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Jimi Hendrix (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Rockers You Hear on Kool 101.7 Who All Died at Age 27 [GALLERY]

A couple weeks ago, I was talking to Fito de la Parra of Canned Heat, and one of the things we discussed the number of musicians who died at age 27 (Alan Wilson of Canned Heat being one of them.) While neither Fito nor myself are believers in the occult, I must admit it is a strange coincidence isn't it?  I've put together a list of rockers you hear on Kool 101.7 who died at 27, and their cause of death.

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Get Ready For Port Wing’s 56th Annual Fish Boil

Saturday, August 30th is the date for the "Areas Largest Traditional Fish Boil" in Port Wing Wisconsin. People come from miles around for this event, and have been for the past 55 years. The event goes on rain or shine from 2 to 7 p.m., and is sponsored by the Port Wing Baseball Club to support the community of Port Wing.

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By: Scott Olson Getty Images
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What’s Your Guess on Weather This Winter?

It looks like an early fall, at least around my home, and that led me to wonder about the approaching winter season. I spoke with  a meterologist, and asked. The response was basically it's a fight between El Nino and El Nina. Whoever wins, determines the winter weather.

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