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White Christmas

Tis the season, Dan O’Donnell at 1130 WISN in Milwaukee has stories on the history of Christmas songs. For a song that took a couple minutes to sing and became one of the most popular Christmas songs ever, who cannot like,

White Christmas 

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the best-selling single of all time with more than 50 million copies sold.

But in the spring of 1942, Crosby recorded it in just 18 minutes and said shortly afterward that he didn’t really think the song was anything special.

Read the entire story via The Forgotten History of ‘White Christmas’ | News/Talk 1130 WISN.

To you and Yours, Merry Christmas.


Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Tis the season, Dan O’Donnell at 1130 WISN in Milwaukee has stories on the history of Christmas songs. Who would of thought, a favorite song about  a reindeer is not that old and every child’s favorite. 

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was originally a coloring book character for Montgomery Ward.

In 1939, the retailer tasked Robert L. May with creating a new Christmas character to market to children in its coloring book series.

May came up with a reindeer who had a bright red nose.  After contemplating naming his character “Reginald” or “Rollo,” May settled on “Rudolph.”But there was a problem.

In the late 1930s, having a bright red nose was synonymous with being drunk, and Montgomery Ward didn’t want its customers thinking that its new reindeer was an alcoholic.

Read the entire story via The Forgotten History of ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’ | News/Talk 1130 WISN.

To you and yours, have a very Merry Christmas.

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Here Comes Santa Claus

Tis the season, Dan O’Donnell at 1130 WISN in Milwaukee has stories on the history of Christmas songs.

It may be hard to play second fiddle to Santa Claus but as it turned out, Gene Autry was in the right place at the right time.

Here Comes Santa Claus

In 1946, singing cowboy Gene Autry was riding his horse in what was then known as the Santa Claus Lane Parade in Los Angeles.

Autry was a huge star back then, but on that day, he was merely the warm-up act for the big guy in red behind him and as he rode past, the crowd started chanting “Here comes Santa Claus! Here Comes Santa Claus!”

And there he came, right down Santa Claus Lane.  And as soon as he did, the children in the audience forgot all about Gene Autry and his horse.

Read the entire story via The Forgotten History of ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ | News/Talk 1130 WISN.

To you and yours, Merry Christmas.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

Tis the season, Dan O’Donnell at 1130 WISN in Milwaukee has stories on the history of Christmas songs. Though there are many versions of this Christmas favorite, We like the one with Dean Martin.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

If the lyrics to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” sound like the back-and-forth flirtation between two people who were madly in love, well, that’s because they are.In 1944, songwriter Frank Loesser had just returned from serving in the Air Force during World War II and, for his first Christmas back home, his wife, aspiring singer Lynn Garland, decided to host a big party for their families and all of their friends.

Read the entire story via The Forgotten History of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ | News/Talk 1130 WISN.

To you and yours, Merry Christmas.

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Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

Tis the season, Dan O’Donnell at 1130 WISN in Milwaukee has stories on the history of Christmas songs. Here he tells the story of one of the most famous songs in the history of Rock n Roll.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

It has been a holiday favorite for more than 50 years…and it was sung by a girl who was barely a teenager.

Brenda Lee was just 13 years old when she recorded the song on October 19th, 1958.

Decca Records released it that Christmas season, but it only sold 5,000 copies.  The single was re-released the following year and tanked again.

via The Forgotten History of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ | News/Talk 1130 WISN.

To you and yours, Merry Christmas.

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Good King Wenceslas

In this Reason for the Season, Dan O’Donnell at 1130 WISN in Milwaukee has stories on the history of Christmas songs. Here he tells you about Good King Wenceslas.

King Wenceslas wasn’t just good, he was also real.

Wenceslaus I became the Duke of Bohemia in 921 A.D. and was by all accounts a very generous ruler, regularly giving alms to the poor, the widowed, and orphans.

When he was assassinated in 935 (possibly by his brother, the appropriately named Boleslav the Cruel), the Catholic Church almost immediately made him a saint.

Read the rest of the story here via The Forgotten History of ‘Good King Wenceslas’ | News/Talk 1130 WISN.

To all of you from us, Merry Christmas.

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NASCAR Gives Fans You Tube Race Replay Opportunity

Have you ever missed NASCAR’S Sprint Cup race because of the great weather outside? Had to go see mom, dad, grandma or grandpa? Your relatives made you watch an NFL game or for Gods sake, golf, instead of your favorite sport. NASCAR is giving you the opportunity to watch the complete race replay on You Tube. 

The following from NASCAR Digital Media communications. 

NASCAR Digital Media And YouTube

Team Up To Provide Full-Length Race Replays

Complete Replays Of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races Now Available

On NASCAR’s YouTube Channel For The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 23, 2014) — Do you ever wish you could re-watch the bold passes and precise pit stops that secured your favorite driver a win during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™?

For the first time ever, YouTube® and NASCAR Digital Media have collaborated to give race fans the chance to relive every moment of NASCAR®’s completely revamped playoffs. For the remainder of NASCAR’s postseason, fans will be able to view full-length replays of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ races on NASCAR’s official YouTube channel, free of charge.

Complete race replays of each Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race broadcast will be available at each week following the event. Fans may visit the playlist entitled, “Full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Replays – 2014” on the channel’s landing page to access the videos.

“Enhancing the fan experience through NASCAR’s digital properties is at the core of everything we do, and providing free, full-length race replays on YouTube gives our fans another easy way to interact with the sport,” said Colin Smith, managing director of NASCAR Digital Media.

NASCAR Digital Media launched a completely redesigned digital platform in January 2013, which included a brand new YouTube channel. Since then, NASCAR Digital Media, in collaboration with the league’s Entertainment Marketing team, has provided NASCAR fans with fresh content through integrations with YouTube stars, such as the creators of the Canadian cooking show Epic Meal Time, thefamily-friendly EvanTube and Ultimate Frisbee player Brodie Smith. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race replays are a part of the league’s overall strategy to make NASCAR’s digital properties the premier destination for NASCAR content – before, during and post-race day.

“Having full NASCAR races on YouTube for the first time will be a big win for fans around the world, letting them watch anywhere on any device,” said Claude Ruibal, YouTube’s Global Head of Sports Partnerships.  “On YouTube, NASCAR Digital Media is now able to connect even more of their fans with the sport they love.”

The next Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. ET. The race will broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on


Michigan DNR Early Experimental Teal Season Video

The following from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

September 1-7 marks the first early teal hunting season that Michigan has seen in nearly 50 years.

Barbara Avers, waterfowl and wetlands specialist for the Department of Natural Resources, talks about this great opportunity for waterfowl hunters.


Earnhardt Jr. Sweeps Pocono

Dale Earnhardt Jr sweeps the Pocono Raceway. Jr Nation is feeling pretty good today.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. got a new crew chief this week for the 2015 season, but he’s not ready to get rid of his old one quite yet. Steve Letarte employed the perfect fuel strategy Sunday and Earnhardt held off Kevin Harvick on a late restart for his second win this season at Pocono Raceway. The win was Earnhardt’s third of the season and his first sweep of a track since 2002 at Talladega. It was the fifth straight win at Pocono for Hendrick Motorsports.

via Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins again, sweeps Cup races at Pocono – NASCAR – Sporting News.

Will Jr. win the championship?


John Wayne Bourbon

Do you know John Wayne? Do you know why he loves America? Here is something to for sure test your taste buds.

Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon, named after John Wayne is hitting store shelves near you. Since the duke was known for sipping bourbon as his drink of choice, his youngest son Ethan has decided to sell the spirits with his dads name.

The story and link to some sampling from Yahoo. 

The bottle: Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon, $34.99The back story: John Wayne was the ultimate western film star, an Oscar-winning actor whose pictures, from “How the West Was Won” to “True Grit,” grossed $350-plus million and set a standard that arguably has never been surpassed. But how do you take all that gun-slinging bravado and bottle it in the form of a small-batch whiskey?That’s the challenge the Wayne family — specifically, Wayne’s youngest, surviving son, Ethan — gave themselves when they decided to launch Duke bourbon.

via A bourbon worthy of John Wayne – Yahoo Finance.


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We know from reading and stories from the set, Mr Wayne enjoyed his bourbon. One story we remember was filming would start early in the morning and end around noon so the Duke would cap the day off with his stash of libations. 

Yes, Mr Wayne was truly a film and Conservative hero of the time. 

Will you buy a bottle and try it? 

Close Quarters Tree Cutting, You Tube

A chainsaw, with protective scabbard over the ...
A chainsaw, with protective scabbard over the bar and chain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have been cutting some trees around the homestead and seen this at Google +. Forgot about it till we finally found it on You tube.

If you work with chain saws, you have to envy this guy. 

We also recommend Stihl chain saws.

What do you think?

Video from Ben Plunkett