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Fun Facts - Our Eating Habits

Jan 27, 2015 -- 9:05pm

In a single day, Americans typically eat and drink 14 different kinds of foods and beverages, including sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, carbonated soft drinks, milk, coffee, potatoes, salty snacks, juices and ready-to-eat cereal. Food Technology magazine compiled research done by a dozen organizations and universities to profile our eating habits and mealtime food choices.

  • The largest-grossing restaurant chains in America are (in order) McDonald's, Subway, Starbucks, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut, KFC and Chik-fil-A.
  • 45 percent of millennials and 24 percent of baby boomers have adopted a special diet, such as gluten-free or vegan. One-third of all millennials prefer international cuisine, while 56 percent in this age group want something healthy for their next snack.
  • Snacking now accounts for just over half of all eating occasions. Twenty percent eat one snack per day, 41 percent have two, 24 percent have three, 13 percent have four and 4 percent have five or more.
  • Consumers most enjoy savory flavors, including spicy, smoky and tangy; however, sour and bitter flavors are also gaining in popularity.
  • For the first time, a majority of consumers say they prefer hot or spicy sauces, dips and condiments and bolder flavors. Chili sauce, cayenne, Sriracha, habanero peppers and ancho peppers are delivering the "new" heat.
  • Specialty cheeses account for more than two-thirds of deli cheese sales. Gouda, brie, bleu and goat cheese are increasingly strong sellers, as are Mediterranean and Hispanic cheeses.
  • More than half of U.S. adults buy specialty chocolates, oils and cheeses.
  • The percentage of all meals eaten and prepared in the home is 73 percent, up from 70 percent in 2008.
  • Half of adults have bought prepared foods at a convenience store in the past year. Hot dogs, followed by deli sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, pizza and other breakfast foods were the most popular items.
  • About one-third adults eat breakfast every day.

Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Dec 31, 2014 -- 9:23am

Happy New Year everyone it's Jim and Julie checking in.  Iron Man is no match for Luke Skywalker. That's according to Fandango's survey of the most anticipated films of 2015. The online ticketing company found that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the film that moviegoers are most jazzed to see next year, while "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has to settle for runner-up status. Next year is also expected to be a record-breaker for the movie business with sequels to such Tiffany franchises as James Bond, "Jurassic Park" and "Mission: Impossible." Here's a breakdown from Fandango:

Most Anticipated 2015 Movie:

  1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
  2. "Avengers: Age of Ultron"
  3. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2?
  4. "Fifty Shades of Grey"
  5. "Jurassic World"

Fan Favorite Actress in 2015 Movies:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2," "Joy" )
  2. Scarlett Johansson ("Avengers: Age of Ultron")
  3. Angelina Jolie ("By the Sea")
  4. Melissa McCarthy ("Spy")
  5. Halle Berry ("Kidnap")

Fan Favorite Actor in 2015 Movies:

  1. Robert Downey, Jr. ("Avengers: Age of Ultron")
  2. Chris Hemsworth ("Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Blackhat," and "In the Heart of the Sea")
  3. Daniel Craig ("Spectre")
  4. Chris Pratt ("Jurassic World")
  5. Tom Cruise ("Mission Impossible 5?)

Biggest Male Breakout Movie Star, 2015:

  1. Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades of Grey")
  2. John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens")
  3. Levi Miller ("Pan")
  4. Neel Sethi ("The Jungle Book")
  5. Tony Jaa ("Furious 7?)

Biggest Female Breakout Movie Star, 2015:

  1. Daisy Ridley ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens")
  2. Lily James ("Cinderella," "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies")
  3. Dakota Johnson ("Fifty Shades of Grey," "A Bigger Splash")
  4. Kate Mara ("The Fantastic Four," "The Martian")
  5. Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service")

Most Anticipated Family Film of 2015:

  1. "Minions"
  2. "Cinderella"
  3. "Pixar's Inside Out"
  4. "Peanuts"

A Reflection from Intern Suzannah

Dec 11, 2014 -- 10:48am

Now that my final week of interning at Q102.3’s Early Morning Crew has come to a close, it is easy to look back and appreciate all this opportunity has done for me. I have learned new skills that will help me in any industry, I learned the behind-the-scenes aspects of radio broadcasting, I made valuable relationships, and above all, I have a better understanding of my career goals.

Jim and Julie, the Early Morning Crew hosts, allowed me to go on the air with them for my intern responsibilities. In the studio, I observed and asked many questions, but speaking on the air was a great way to learn. Some of the skills I gained include the ability to communicate knowledgably on topics, how to show my personality through my voice, and the importance of enthusiasm. I could tell that Jim and Julie truly enjoyed what they do. Their enthusiasm radiated to those around them and I think the listeners caught on to this as well.   

Overall, this experience gave me a lot of perspective on my career goal to one day educate the public about wildlife through broadcasting. This internship taught me relevant skills such as speaking with articulation and communicating in an appealing and creative manner. The Q102.3 crew was a great experience for my future plans for many reasons. Being knowledgeable is very important, but working with Jim and Julie taught me that having a good attitude towards others will take you the extra mile. I certainly appreciate the opportunity that Q102.3 has provided and I have no doubt that it will serve me well in the future.


Thanks Q102!

Christmas Most Watched

Dec 10, 2014 -- 1:45pm


For most Americans, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without Rudolph, Frosty, and the rest of the Christmas movie and television-special gang. A Maritz AmeriPoll asked which movies and TV programs they would watch this holiday season and whether or not they own the video. Here's what they said:


  1. "It's a Wonderful Life," 49%
  2. "Miracle on 34th Street," 48%
  3. "A Christmas Carol," 47%
  4. "The Santa Clause," movies 37%
  5. "A Christmas Story," 36%


TV Specials

  1. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 54%
  2. "Frosty the Snowman," 52%
  3. "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," 48%
  4. "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 44%
  5. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," 40%

A Letter From Intern Ivy

Nov 23, 2014 -- 9:07pm

Great Morning Habits

Nov 22, 2014 -- 11:59pm

If you want to be successful, get up early. When it comes to successful people -- from top CEOs to top politicians -- many share a common trait: Their alarms go off early. Very early. We're talking 4:30am, maybe as late as 5am. And then they get busy. Forbes magazine has identified things successful people accomplish before 8am when most of us are still swigging that second cup of coffee and looking for our car keys.

1. Exercise
People who successfully work out every day do it in the morning--before the phone calls, text messages and emails interrupt them and make them too tired to hit the treadmill later. Morning exercise not only gives you a health benefit of stronger bones and muscles and lower blood pressure, but also a sense of accomplishment.

2. Plan your day
Making both a to-do list of the minutiae and a goal list for the big picture is essential for the most productivity. Doing this in the morning allows not only time for quiet reflection, but also the concentration to work the magic of time management and fit it all into the coming day's schedule.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast
It's long been known that people who eat breakfast are healthier than people who skip out the door with a cup of coffee and a doughnut. Take the time to eat a bowl of hot oatmeal or cold cereal to fuel your body for the demands of the day ahead. Bonus: It's a great time to socialize with your family.

4. Meditate or pray -- and then visualize
Take a few minutes to calm your mind and improve your mood. Think of it as quiet time for your head. Mediate or pray and then visualize your day ahead, focusing positive thoughts on the successes you will enjoy.

5. Make your day top heavy
Choose the most difficult (or dreaded) item on your to-do list and do it first. You'll bring your best energy to the task and get a great feeling of accomplishment when it's completed. Best of all, with the task done, you won't have it hanging over you.

6. Listen to Jim and Julie from 6-9 each morning on Q102!  
(okay...we added this ourselves!)

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