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Jim & Julie's Weird News

Jan 08, 2015 -- 5:54pm


Another Florida Dude Goes Nuts!
A Florida man is facing multiple charges after allegedly slapping the employees of his reptile shop with a bearded dragon lizard. Benjamin Siegel, the owner of Ben Siegel Reptiles Inc., was arrested after being caught on surveillance footage placing the live lizard in his mouth, then hitting employees with it multiple times. He's also allegedly seen on tape throwing the lizard in the air, swinging the reptile around, and throwing Gatorade on the employees. He was charged with battery and cruelty to animals. This is the second time Siegel's store has made headlines. The first was in 2012 after 62-year-old Edward Archbold died shortly after winning a live cockroach-eating contest held by the shop. An autopsy found he choked to death after his airway became obstructed by cockroach parts. (Huffington Post)

When Pastors Lose Their Way
In Houston, Texas, Pastor Walter Houston of the Fourth Missionary Church repeatedly refused to conduct a funeral for longtime church member Olivia Blair, who died recently at age 93. Blair had come upon hard times in the last 10 years and had not paid her tithe and even though her family had supported the church for 50 years, Pastor Houston was defiant, explaining, "Membership has its privileges." The family ultimately had to find another church for her funeral. (Houston Chronicle)

Cheaters Never Prosper
In Minnesota, 63-year-old Colin Chisholm III will be spending the next 21 months in prison for fraudulently collecting food stamps and other public assistance while living with his wife on a yacht valued at $1.2 million! Chisholm pleaded guilty to two felonies, theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance. He and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, 54, could have expected a sentence of probation under state sentencing guidelines. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman sought prison terms because of the severity of the economic crimes. The Chisholms obtained nearly $168,000 in food, cash and medical care while living on the yacht in Florida and later in a lakeside home in an upscale suburb of Minneapolis, prosecutors said. Amazingly, the Chisholms plan to challenge the judge's order to pay more than $167,000 in restitution. (Reuters)

Gamers College Dream Come True!
A private liberal arts college in Kentucky says it will make video games an official sport and start offering scholarships to gamers in the fall. This makes the University of Pikeville one of only a handful of schools in the nation to provide scholarships to those who play "League of Legends," a multiplayer online battle arena game. Pikeville's new media director Bruce Parsons says, "It's actually becoming a worldwide trend. This game is five-on-five competitive play. It takes skill, practice and a lot of teamwork." He also thinks it will mean a lot of students, both nationally and internationally, will now look at the university who wouldn't have before. Graduate Eric VanHoose said he is ready to coach the game, which he described as players competing "to try and get to the other person's base." Pikeville plans will offer 20 scholarships when it begins "League of Legends" competition play in the fall. (WYMT News)

How To Make Your Kid Hate the Police
While spanking children has been outlawed in dozens of countries, it's still legal in all 50 states -- and in Florida, you can apparently request a police presence. Police in Okeechobee County say father Dale Garcia asked a deputy to stand by and make sure he was obeying the law as he spanked his 12-year-old daughter with a paddle. So the deputy watched as the father spanked the girl "four times on her buttocks" for fighting with her sister. A police spokesman said that after the girl told her father it was illegal for him to spank her, he called the sheriff's office to make sure he was within his rights. Such requests are rare but not unheard of. The officer who witnessed the spanking said, "I'm starting my 28th year here, and that's been the 12th time I've heard of it during my career." Spanking would be considered too severe if the punishment left visible bruises. (WPTV News)

What the What?
In Long Island, New York, 50-year-old Jennifer Feuerman apparently exited her Mercedes-Benz while it was still running -- a move that proved fatal. She was found dead and investigators believe the 2012 car -- which was still in gear -- backed over Feuerman and pinned her under the driver's side door. The investigation continues and the car is undergoing a safety check. (NBC New York)

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!  
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