4-20-2009, John O'Hurley stopped in for an interview on one of our stations and graciously posed for pictures. He was in Anchorage playing King Arthur in the musical Monty Python's Spamalot. And we will always remember him as J. Peterman from Seinfeld and those GCI commercials.
Thanks for scrolling down this far. That mouse must feel heavy. Let's take a moment to relax with this musical interlude: BRIAN'S AWESOME 80'S VID PICK.
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BRIAN POLAR PLUNGES...AGAIN!
The 2010 Polar Plunge for
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Every now and then, I have a brush with greatness.
Hopefully some of that greatness stays with me.
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And here is ANOTHER cover of a Queen song. Let's see if you can name all of the artists.
Now this ABC News video really impressed me. Kids at a White House science expo get to show off in front of the President.
Robots and air cannons and fusion reactor's, OH MY!
Man, when I was that age, I felt proud about making mold grow in bread and orange juice. Now I can do that without even trying at home. These kids are waaaay beyond me.
I just found out that one of the greatest voices in pop music is now silent. Whitney Houston has passed away today. As I write this blog, details are still unknown as to how the 48 year old singing sensation's life ended.
But while she lived, she gave us hit after hit, and earned an impressive number of music awards, including six Grammy's, two Emmy's, and dozens of Billboard Music Awards and AMA's. Her voice became an inseparable part of the 80's and 90's, starting in the year I graduated, 1985. Dance hits, ballads, inspirational songs, she could do them all.
I won't bother to go into the details about her tumultuous married life or controversy that surrounded her in later years. Frankly, I avoided those aspects because they often seemed to be fuelled by the media.
I would like to remember her for the music she made which touched the lives of many, including my own. Click on the picture above to see Music on Demand for Whitney Houston. Most of her greatest hits are on that list.
As for me, I'll say goodbye to her with this song below. It's one that kept me going in my earlier years when I really had nothing to go one but a crazy hope that tomorrow things would be better.
Goodbye, Whitney Houston, and thanks for the songs that will be forever in the soundtrack of our memories.
TUNE IN TO WIN!!
Mornings and afternoons this week on Magic 98.9, listen to win tickets to THE BLUE BEAR, courtesy of Preservrance Theatre and the Anchorage Concert Association.
It's a unique and powerful tale of friendship set in Alaska around the search for the rare glacier bear.
Don't miss The Blue Bear, Feb 10-12. For tickets and more info, click the picture above, and keep listening to me in the afternoon, and Mark & April in the morning to win on Magic 98.9!
Once again, I was honored to emcee the Alaska Ski For Women. It was my third time helping out, and the event just keeps growing while the costumes become more and more eleborate.
It was pretty fast-paced, so I snapped photos where I could. If you have photos from the event you'd like to show off, send them to me at email@example.com.
This women-only cross country ski event is the largest of its kind in North America, and there to help out with the costume competition and party wave were meteorologist Jackie Purcell from KTUU Channel 2, and Senator Mark Begich. Click on the photo above to see the full album.
And thank you to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers for your support. The Alaska Ski For Women is helping to stop violence against women and children, and the money raised today goes to local organizations such as AWAIC and the YWCA. Find out more at this link.
2011 is quickly coming to a close, and as always, it can end on a very positive note thanks to THE POLAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS.
This year, I have volunteered to help emcee the event for Special Olympics Alaska AND jump in the frigid waters of Goose Lake...because there's nothing quite as relaxing after work as taking a nice swim (my 3rd polar plunge). So, I hope you can come out on December 17th and show your support for all of the plungers, many who will be in outrageous costumes. Last year, I was joined by my fellow Total Traffic reporters and we were the Blues Brothers.
And as always, the most important thing about the event is raising money to support those inspiring Special Olympics Athletes. There are two ways you can help:
So come on in! The water's fine! Join us and start Freezin' For A Reason. Get your goose bumps at Goose Lake and wrap up your year helping a great cause--Special Olympics Alaska! ~Brian
Wow! What a busy month September has been so far. I've been to the State Fair for Walgreen's Wellness Day, and I've been out on the road for Bike MS, raising money to help cure multiple sclerosis.
UPDATE 9/17: I also just finished emceeing at WALK FOR LUPUS NOW.
AND I TOOK PICTURES! Check out my new photo albums.
Here is the album for Walk For Lupus Now. Family fun for a great cause. Lupus affects approximately 3000 Alaskans.
And here's the album for the 135 mile journey of BIKE MS which I completed with Team I.T.Y. on September 10th and 11th.
Thanks for all of your support! Donations will still be accepted for awhile at www.BrianBikes.com. Click on the Blue Biker next to Bike MS!
I'm getting ready for BIKE MS, the last and longest charity bike ride of the season. This year, it's on the weekend of September 11th, and it's going to be extra challenging because day one alone has a 110 mile course! 110 miles in one day?? I've never done that before, but I will do my best.
Earlier this week, I did almost 50 miles after work. So says my trusty odometer.
I went from Dimond Center to Kincaid Park, Point Woronzof, and down the Coastal Trail to Downtown. Then I took the Ship Creek Trail (and got POUNDED by heavy rain!) to Mountain View and rode all the way out to the Fort Richardson gates before turning around and heading back to the DC.
A complete circle back to Dimond Center was about 44.5 miles on my meter, then I went home. But while out in Kincaid Park, I did stop to see some of the local residents...
6 MOOSE!! In one ride. Look at those antlers--their YUUUGE!! And believe it or not, that's NOT the most I've seen in a day biking through Kincaid. I love this city!
Please help to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Make a donation to sponsor me and my biking team, Team I.T.Y. at www.BrianBikes.com (click on the Blue Biker). You can also find out why we call it Team I.T.Y..
I RODE FOR LIFE!!
I successfully biked a windy, rainy, and hilly Seward Highway from Anchorage to Seward...and with the help of several generous sponsors, raised $735 for RIDE FOR LIFE ALASKA by the start of ride day on Saturday (7/23).
And I took along photos of my Mom and Dad. Mom passed away in November of 2001 from lung and bone cancer. Dad is a prostate cancer survivor. On the left in the white placard you can see a lock of my Mom's hair. These were with me every mile, just as the memory of my Mom is with me always.
If cancer has affected your life and you want to help prevent it from affecting others, there is still time to give to Ride For Life Alaska. The donation link will be active for several more days.
Now I must get trained up for BIKE MS in September, which I ride to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis...specifically to cure my friend MISTY, who was diagnosed only a couple of years ago.
To donate to my biking team, to learn more about multiple sclerosis, and to discover WHY WE ARE CALLED "TEAM I.T.Y.," please click the link, or the BLUE BIKER in the corner of this page to go to BrianBikes.com.
Thanks for loggin' where I'm bloggin'.
Donations have been rolling in! Dave Morris, a friend on Facebook who shares a similar background to mine when it comes to cancer, has even donated $250 to sponsor me in Ride for Life Alaska! Also, my friend and co-worker Misty has recieved a $200 donation sponsoring me in Bike MS!
THANK YOU for your generous support. It makes the sore legs worth it.
week is bib pick-up/donation turn-in time, and then on July 23/24 is Ride For Life. Please click the BLUE BIKER on the left and you will find my BrianBikes.com page. There you can choose which of these rides you want to support with an online gift.
Nothing raises my spirits more than when people come together for a good cause because they just want to help. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.