This week, we've all been thinking about all the years with Mike & Dana... so here's my story with them. Almost 20 years ago, I was hired by Mike to do evenings. After a few months, I moved to the midday slot. About that same time I found out that I was pregnant with my second child. After my little man-cub was born, I brought him to work with me for several weeks until I could get him into a daycare program. I'll always remember having my little baby there on the counter in the studio in his baby-bucket. Mike has a way with babies and loved to hold him. That sweet baby is now a senior in high school. Wow.
Fast forward to 2001, I had moved to Wichita Falls for a job opportunity when I got a call that things were moving along in West Texas to bring a new station on the air... that station being KICKS. What you may not know is that Mike & Dana did a whole bunch of work behind the scenes to get KICKS on the air. Everything from the colors of the paint on the walls, to the sound-proofing on the wall, to the beautiful cabinetry in the studio. Mike & Dana helped build this station from an empty store front.
Through all of the years they have shared their lives with all of us, and I'd like to think that we are all better for it. Radiothon's, toy drives, food drives... we've done it all. It won't be the same without them.
I personally wish them well. Thanks for all of the years waking up West Texas. I hope you enjoy spoiling those grandbabies & sleeping in.
God Speed Mike & Dana, may your lives be filled with the laughter & love that you've shared with all of us.
Eric Church is country's top selling artist of 2014. His album, The Outsiders, had the highest debut and sales of any record this year, it sold over a million copies and was certified Platinum.
Little BigTown will play Taste of the NFL Jan 31; a Super Bowl Eve party and tickets are $700.
Carrie Underwood says her Christmas tree is fake and her decorations include big, wooden reindeer and lots of pillows that say stuff. Carrie also puts up stockings for her two dogs.
The only thing on Garth's Christmas list this year is time with family. He says, "trying to get 3 girls and Miss Yearwood at a table for 20 minutes is all I want but the older they get, the harder that is."
Trace Adkins has been cast in 'Roadrunner,' a big screen action comedy about racing starring Clint Eastwood's son Scott.
Finally – happy 39th birthday to Randy Houser today.
I don't know if you noticed this or not but over the next year there are an amazing amount of amazing movies coming out. I obviously haven't seen any of them yet but I am going to call them amazing based on their trailers. Since just Thanksgiving we seem to going through a Movie Trailer Renaissance... a Trailerssance if you will. At least a half dozen upcoming mega movie blockbusters have released Trailers recently and every single one of them set new standards for what a Trailer should be. If you haven't watched them yet you're in luck because I've embedded the best ones below.
Let's start with arguably the biggest teaser trailer ever... it's been viewed over 60 million times since it was released on Black Friday... Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
New Lightsaber! Scary Storm Troopers! X-Wings flying over water! Was there a plot? No. Was there any character information? No. Am I more excited to see this movie next Christmas than I am about breathing oxygen? Yes.
Next up, a reboot/sequel/Paleontologist dreamscape... Jurassic World aka "If Disney World had Dinosaurs"
This next trailer was technically released before Thanksgiving but only because an unfinished copy was leaked online so Disney decided to release the full HD version early. It also wins the award for greatest franchise synergy because the song that is in the background is from Pinocchio but this particular cover will give you nightmares about robotic puppets.. It's the Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
My 4th and final favorite recent trailer broke the mold of what a trailer should be. It's not a series of clips, it doesn't contain any graphics... it doesn't even have a voiceover. It's just one really intense uncut scene from the movie that gets you completely captivated in less than two minutes. American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood.
Do you have a favorite trailer I left out? Let me know!
Blake Shelton had his 4th win as a coach on The Voice last night when his guy, Craig Wayne Boyd won the season finale. Craig's single, 'My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face,' will be released to country radio.
Luke Bryan's main holiday tradition is chili dogs on Christmas Eve.
Yesterday Tim McGraw was in the kitchen prepping his red sauce that he serves over pasta every Christmas Eve.
The Band Perry is working on their third album right now and I'm not sure if they'll have any collaborations but their short list includes Eminem, Jay-Z, Keith Richards and Ringo Starr.
Florida Georgia Line join WWE superstars for tonight's Tribute to the Troops on the USA Network. It was taped a few weeks ago for military personnel and their families stationed at Fort Benning.
Finally - Brett Eldredge tweets, "to chefs that wear beard nets...thanks! Not only am I pumped not to have to eat whatever fell out of your beard, they also look glorious!"
The American Country Countdown Awards were last night. The Artist of the Year was Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan & Miranda Lambert won Male and Female Vocalist. FGL won two – Duo and Collaboration of the Year with Luke. The highlight for me was Miranda and Kelly Clarkson paying tribute toReba; their voices sounded amazing together. Not sure if she was tired but every time they panned to Carrie Underwood she wasn't smiling & looked totally bored.
Miranda Lambert's on the cover of Marie Claire's January issue out today. Among the things she talks about is her marriage to Blake Shelton.
Keith Urban's calendar for St. Jude's is on sale for $15 at keithurbanfans.com
Tim McGraw's daughter Gracie graduates from high school next year, so he'll take some time off in 2015 to be more available for her as she wants to visit several colleges. Tim says he should get back to touring sometime in June.
Finally – Garth stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.
Forbes's Highest Earning Musicians of 2014 list is out and Toby Keith was the country leader at #10 making $65 million, Kenny Chesney's $44 million put him at #20. Also in the Top 25; Jason Aldean at #22 and Luke Bryan #24.
When Jake Owen isn't touring, he practically lives on the water. His boating essentials include wakeboarding shorts, a boat flag, sunscreen and good music. Jake says, "there's nothing better than floating down the water, drinking a cold beverage and hanging with your friends."
Carrie Underwood's on the Rachael Ray show today.
Tim and Faith will be given the Harmony Award by the Nashville Symphony tomorrow night.
Tomorrow, Shania's run at Caesars in Vegas ends. Reba and Brooks & Dunnstart there next June.
Finally - Sunday, Keith Urban's on HSN for the debut of his Deluxe Player 50 piece Guitar collection, a $1,400 value for just under $300.
The time has come for Mike and I to say goodbye to our friends and listeners in West Texas. We are retiring this Friday and moving to our beloved cabin. It is a very bitter-sweet time for us. We have loved being a part of this amazing community for so many years.
When our grandchildren (Gabriel and Gwendolyn) were born this summer, it truly changed our world. We want to be able to spend as much time as possible with them. But we will miss you all.
We have been privileged to be a part of your lives for the last 25 years. We have watched your children grow and have children of their own. You have been a part of our biggest, most treasured moments.
We love this radio station, Kicks 991. We started with one listener on July 15th, 2001 and you helped make it grow into what it is today. Kelley, Derrick and Dre will continue to do an amazing job and we hope you welcome whoever takes our place in the mornings with open arms. Give them a chance to make the show their own.
The staff and management of Kicks 991 really believe in live and local radio and they have a heart for community service. You couldn't have a better community partner than Kicks 991. Keep listening, there are great things happening here!
Please stay in touch with us on facebook.com/mikedana.schuff we will love hearing from you. Be well friends and THANK YOU for 25 great years!
Odessa-Midland, Texas—"Mike and Dana," KICKS 99-1 Morning Show Personalities and John Moesch, Vice President/General Manager of Brazos Communications West, LLC, today announce the planned retirement of "Mike and Dana" at the end of this year. Their last on-air show is December 19, 2014.
"Mike and Dana" are long-time Morning Show Personalities at Genuine Country Kicks 99-1. The couple have more than twenty-five years on radio stations serving Odessa-Midland and surrounding communities, fifteen of them with KICKS 99-1.
Mr. Moesch said, "We're thankful for the many years of entertainment and service Mike and Dana have given KICKS 99-1 listeners and the West Texas communities we serve. Mike and Dana have been contributors and volunteers to our radio stations and to the many non-profit and community organizations that make West Texas a place we are proud to call home. Mike and Dana are talented entertainers and gifted communicators. We're excited for them as they explore a new phase of life. They'll be missed greatly, but will always be welcome at KICKS 99-1."
Mike and Dana were honored as "Broadcast Personalities of the Year" by the Country Music Association in 1996, The Country Radio Broadcasters in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music in 2007 – the only broadcast team to have won all three awards!
Dana said, "It's been a good ride, 34 years of my life. Being on the radio is not about being famous, rich or seeing the beautiful sunrise every morning. Being on the radio is talking to friends every day. It's about introducing great new Country Artists like Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown to listeners. It's about talking to listeners who were kids in 1989 when they started and who now have kids of their own. We've shared our lives together."
Mike said, "Radio and KICKS 99-1 have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of listeners and the communities we serve. It has given us a unique platform to help people. We don't do all the hard work like many other dedicated volunteers in West Texas, but we make sure listeners know who's doing the heavy lifting, and how to get involved and be able to help. "
Dana began her radio career at KBAT-FM in 1980 before moving to KNFM-FM, KGEE-FM, and then to KHKX-FM, "KICKS 99-1" from 2001-2014.
Mike Schuff started on air at WTRX-FM Flint, Michigan in 1973. He was a talent at KGEE-FM Odessa-Midland, Texas until he joined KHKX-FM "KICKS 99-1" in 2001.
The couple has served as volunteers and board members in a number of organizations. Their most high profile participation has been with the Children's Miracle Network Radiothon, which they've hosted annually for 22 years. The KICKS 99-1 CMN Radiothon has raised over One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) for Odessa's' Medical Center Hospital.
Dana has been active as a board member with Children's Miracle Network, The Crisis Center, and the Recording Library for the Blind. Mike has worked with Habitat for Humanity, The American Cancer Society's Roundup, and The Children's Miracle Network.
Mike and Dana plan to make their home in New Mexico where they will enjoy their grandkids, feeding the deer and sleeping late.
For more information contact:
John Moesch VP/GM
West Texas Radio Group
Texas Thunder Rolls Into Gardendale, TX August 21-23, 2015, with Country Superstars Florida Georgia Line, Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols, Tracy Lawrence, Frankie Ballard, Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Clare Dunn & Many More
Three-Day, General Admission Tickets are Available for Early-Bird Price of $120
Camping is Available Starting at $110 for a Limited Time
Proving yet again that everything IS bigger in the Lone Star State, organizers are rolling out the best line-up to date for the third annual Texas Thunder Music Festival. The premier camping and lifestyles festival of West Texas, set for Aug. 21-23, 2015, inGardendale, Texas, will feature some of the biggest names and brightest stars in country music, including superstar duo Florida Georgia Line, multi-platinum-selling pair Big & Rich, one of the fastest rising star in Country music Thomas Rhett, "Sunny And 75" and "Yeah" chart-topper Joe Nichols, "Sunshine & Whiskey" hot newcomerFrankie Ballard, CMA and ACM award-winner Tracy Lawrence, "Tippin Point" Country rocker Dallas Smith, crowd favorite Jon Pardi and singer/songwriter/guitarist Clare Dunn. Fans can expect even more exciting artist announcements in the coming months and one HUGE reveal in March 2015!
Three-day, general admission tickets are available for a limited time for the early-bird price of $120. And grab your campsite while they last starting at just $110! For more information or to purchase tickets and camping, please visitwww.texasthunderfest.com or call (855) 362-0535.
Set on beautiful farmland with the huge Texas sky and picture perfect pump-jacks as a backdrop, Texas Thunder brings fans a mixture of Texas and Nashville country music. In addition to top-notch entertainment at the main stage and the Texas Troubadour Saloon stage, Texas Thunder offers its patrons an amazing Texas experience including specialty and food vendors and much more. Join thousands of the friendliest people in the country and enjoy cold beer, homegrown talent and the most fun you can pack into a big ole Texas weekend.
Luke Bryan's been declared the most played artist on jukeboxes acrossNorth America. Also in the Top 5; Eric Church and Jason Aldean.
For the Luke Bryan fan on your Christmas list, he's selling a FatHead wall decal of his life-size image holding a guitar for just under $100. It stays up with adhesive that won't damage your walls, so you can easily remove it.
Tonight Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe perform 'Lonely Tonight' on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
I hear Jake Owen tests out every new song he's considering on the water in his boat before he ever records it.
Finally - the last thing Eric Church does before he gets onstage is put his sunglasses on. He says, "then you're not the normal guy anymore and you're not the daddy; you're the guy that's there to play the show."