The Kallaway Blog

  • Dial position is everything...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Dial position is everything...


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    A little inside, behind the scenes term we use in radio a lot is "P-1." That's a person who loves our radio station and listens all the time..(see where it says P-1 to the right of 95.5?). Then there's P-2's. They're the people who listen to us and maybe somebody else as well. Then, I suppose you have P-3's. Would those be the ones who go "Kallaway Who?" LOL

  • Surfing on Lake Superior????

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Surfing on Lake Superior????

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    Couldn't believe it. My wife and I were driving up the coast along Lake Superior in Minnesota. We were looking for "blue ice." It forms every year...looks like shards of glass built up in HUGE piles on the shoreline. But this year...no blue ice. Only these guys! Surfers wearing scuba suits catchin' a wave!! I took this photo between Duluth and Two Harbors. Would you EVER do this?? ((Bonus Keyword: "Surf"))

  • Hey Bud...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Hey Bud...

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    Simple stuff but man..just open your ears, eyes, and get ready..spring is coming! It's clear..we've had callers calling with cardinals in the background of the phone call. Small birds looking for new tree condos up on Rib Mountain. And today...BUDS! The trees are just getting their buds baby!! I keep thinking it's February. There's the Polar Plunge this weekend. A huge global ice fishing tournament next month. Plenty of winter THINGS to do, but will it get to keep going or will spring bring on the cage match and say "I'm the boss around here..get outta here winter!" ((Bonus Keyword: "bud"))

  • Can't Do It...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Can't Do It...

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    After seeing all the skating on the Winter Olympics..I'm getting a headache. I can't do it. There's no way. I've tried skating. I'm not afraid of it. twirled a few times to do a half sow cow or whatever you call it and boom...on my butt! Is it mind over blade? Just can't wrap my head around the whole thing. THAT'S why it's amazing and gives me a headache to watch the speed skaters, the figure skaters on the Olympics. They guys and gals that train forever and get it down to a science. And then for the one guy to lose out of the gold medal because his coach told him to go into the wrong lane...felt bad. That skater had trained..he was ready and a mistake from his coach made it so the skater didn't win gold. So I guess I marvel at these athletes. They doing at a very high level something I can't do at all..SKATE! ((BONUS keyword: "cannot")) Photo taken by Dave Kallaway

  • High School to fire all their teachers...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    High School to fire all their teachers...

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    (CBS/ AP)  Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has approved a school district's plan to fire all its teachers.

    All 88 teachers at Central Falls High School are expected to receive their pink slips on Tuesday, reports CBS affiliate WPRI in Providence.

    Central Falls, Rhode Island has long been among the state's most troubled school districts - 90 percent of the students live in poverty, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod. Many struggle with English in this immigrant community - and that's just for starters.

    "We lose 52 percent of our students between 9th grade and the 12th grade," Gallo told Axelrod. "They don't graduate."

    Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo has proposed laying off all teachers at the school as part of a "turnaround" model for the school. That high school and five other schools in Providence have been identified by the state as chronically low-performing and must make major changes to avoid being closed.

    The turnaround model requires a new principal and governance structure and allows no more than half the teachers to be rehired.

    Gist on Tuesday said she had accepted Gallo's proposal. The superintendent has 120 business days to submit to Gist her proposal for overhauling the school.

    The teachers' union says it wants more pay for the additional work, WPRI reports. Teachers, along with their supporters, held a rally on Tuesday to protest the decision.

    "I support doing whatever it takes to get the results we need and to do what’s best for the students in Central Falls High School," Commissioner Gist said. "I know that there are many great teachers in Central Falls High School. Our goal is to ensure that we have highly effective teachers in every classroom in the school." ((Bonus Keyword: "teacher"))

  • Coming Soon the W.I.F.C...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Coming Soon..the W.I.F.C...

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    Get this..coming in March they're having the W.I.F.C. up north! That would be the "World Ice Fishing Championships!" It's real. Several countries are coming to compete..did I mention this is real?? And they will fight and fish for the trophy for World's greatest ice fisherman/woman. What's so very cool for me is that all the flyers and info going out all over the world to these "competitors" is the logo "W.I.F.C." And get this..we didn't ask for this, we didn't suggest this, we did hand anybody $20 and say "ya know..it would be great if you called your global ice fishing get together the W.I.F.C."...Seriously..we didn't do that. It just happened! Stay tuned for much more. I plan to cover this event, take pictures at it, interview these guys..Let's get all over this because we are WIFC...and it's the World Ice Fishing Championships! ((Bonus Keyword: "shack")) Photo taken by Dave Kallaway

  • The DO NOT CARE factor...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    The DO NOT CARE factor...

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    Tiger Woods came out and made his statement..you heard it or heard about it. He apologized for his actions..cheating on his wife. Said that he'd return to golf but it wasn't clear when. So I opened it up to Facebookers/Twitter Peeps.."What are your thoughts??" And immediately I got quite a few that say "who cares...I don't care." Cool..I get that, but maybe we need to break it down who follows Tiger and who doesn't. IF you do follow Tiger and were a fan of Tiger "will you still root for him when he returns to golf? Will you care as much that he's even in a tournament? That he wins another Masters? If you DON'T follow Tiger then I get it..You do not and should not care. To me it's sad..when this whole story broke..I lost a hero. ((Bonus Keyword: "statement"))

  • Important Broadcast Thursday...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Important Broadcast Thursday...

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    Well here we go..why is Thursday so important on-the-air? Because this week is when broadcasters lay on the steam towards defeating the Performance Tax Bill. Congressmen who literally hold the future of radio in their hands will be on break. Dave Obey will be in Rib Mountain for an unrelated visit BUT HE WILL BE here! So..Stac' and I are simulcasting WIFC along with our sister stations and dedicating an hour of our show to explaining the Performance Tax Bill and how it'll effect you and our community. What that means is we'll be broadcasting on all of our stations in Central Wisconsin from 8-9am Thursday morning. We'll cover 1)...What is the Bill 2)...the effect of passing the bill will have 3)...what we can do to defeat it. Remember that if this bill passes..money goes to foreign-based record companies and radio jobs..tons of them will be lost. This is very important...I hope you tune in. ((Bonus Keyword: "spotlight"))

  • Scary days for Radio...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Scary Days For Radio...

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    Had a meeting with all of our jocks and management today for the Midwest Communications stations..including WIFC's whole staff. It was to discuss the impact of the "Performance Tax Bill." To really drive it home what that bill would mean to us IF PASSED..only 4 people who are managers were asked to stand for a moment. IF THIS BILL PASSES those seated would lose their jobs, be fired, be gone..and everything you hear on radio would change. Radio staffs woudl be gone, satellite radio NOT LOCAL AT ALL would be piped in. Some of our stations would be shut down completely. So I'm not sure if I can state this with anymore impact than this. If you want to see 95-5 WIFC and our sister stations survive..contact our state's Congressional leaders, Representative Dave Obey, Senator Feingold and Senator Kohl and let them know that you oppose performance royalties for Wisconsin.". ((Bonus Keyword: "Now")) Photo by Dave Kallaway

  • Pick One To Follow...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    Pick One To Follow...

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    For events, football, hockey games or reality TV shows like IDOL..why not pick one to follow? Ya know..pick a team, pick a player to follow. I'm doing this right now on several fronts and it makes it WAY more fun to watch. First up..I'm following a photographer whose at the Winter Olympics. His name is Jeff Cable. As we would say in the photog world "an excellent shooter." Follow him at www.jeffcable.blogspot.com. Also..I'm following American Idol contestant Andrew Garcia. He's the guy I went "DUDE...YOU'RE MY GUY" when he auditioned. So you get the idea...follow those that inspire you and cheer them on! And let me know who you decide to follow..at dave.kallaway@wifc.com  ((Bonus Keyword: "Pick"))

  • New Bowling Idea...

    Posted by Dave Kallaway

    New Bowling Style...

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    WIFC sponsored Bowl for Kids Sake Friday and Saturday..and it was a blast! While Stacy Cole and I were rockin' the mic with announcements Friday night..I think we invented something that could catch on. It's the "Double Bootie Bowling" technique. Simply ask a buddy to come up to the line with you and TOSS THAT BALL TOGETHER! ((Bonus Keyword: "Bootie")) Photo by Dave Kallaway