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  • Please Keep The Family of Sgt. Garrick Eppinger in Your Thoughts And Prayers. A Fox Valley Hero.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     An Appleton soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. 

    Army Sgt. Garrick Louis Eppinger, Jr.'s parents say he was killed Saturday in the line of duty. 

    His mother says family members are flying to Dover Air Force Base for Eppinger's return to the U.S. 

    The 25-year-old Eppinger was on his third tour of duty.

    Eppinger was one of more than 100 Army reservists from the Appleton-based 395th Ordnance Co. who headed to Fort Hood, Texas in July before being deployed to Afghanistan.

    Eppinger's previous two tours of duty were in Iraq.

    "He was a young man who fully grasped the ideals of this country and chose to serve on the ultimate sacrifice to defend those ideals," Garrick Eppinger Sr. told FOX 11.

    Eppinger is a 2005 graduate of Appleton North High School. He also had been taking classes at UW-Fox Valley.

    I hope, the fact that this young man gave the ultimate sacrifice for his counrty, his family can take some solice in his heroism. My thoughts and prayers are with you Eppinger family.


  • Thee Perfect Burger For This Weekend's Packer Game!

    Posted by Mike DuBord



    Mike's Perfect Patty

    Shape 6 ounces of 80 percent lean ground beef chuck into a uniform patty, no more than 3/4 inch thick (don't overwork the meat). Make a depression in the center with your thumb so the burger won't bulge; the indent will rise as the patty cooks. Preheat a grill or cast-iron grill pan to high. Brush the burger with canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown and slightly charred, turning once (7 minutes for medium-rare). Avoid pressing with a spatula! Add cheese for the last minute of cooking.


    Oozy cheese makes this burger: Two slices of aged provolone are added during the last minute of grilling.

    Roasted Peppers

    I like Philly cheesesteaks with lots of Red & Yellow Bell Peppers, so I load them on here, too.



    I saute thin rings of Spanish onion in canola oil until soft and golden to top off the burger.

    If you'd like a little sauce, try A-1 or Heinz 57. Now...DIG IN & ENJOY! GO PACK!

  • Minnesota Forest Fire Smoke Invades Packer Land.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Wind has been carrying smoke over Wisconsin from a forest fire that has been raging since Aug. 18 in northeastern Minnesota. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ real-time air-quality monitoring system, however, is showing good quality air this morning over most of Wisconsin — a fact that Green Bay area residents have plenty of reason to disagree with. And it’s not because the DNR is in a state of denial about the stench of smoke. There are two reasons, according to Joe Hoch, regional pollutant section chief with the DNR. For one, the agency has only three monitors in the state that detect particulate matter in the air, and one of those monitors — the one in Brown County — is down for repairs. The other two monitors, in Outagamie and Forest counties, are detecting particulate matter — basically smoke — but the levels are shooting up and down radically. The DNR’s alert system is based on a 24-hour average and doesn’t account for hourly spikes, Hoch said. For example, the Appleton-based monitor at 8 a.m. today showed a particulate level of 71, which is about twice the federal standard, Hoch said. An hour later, the level dropped to 20. The DNR website accounts for those hourly changes, but it requires some digging. Clearly, the smoke can be a problem for people with respiratory problems, and they need to curtail physical activity and stay inside, Hoch said. The fire, started by a lightning strike on Aug. 18, has been burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, near Ely, Minn. About 11,000 acres are involved. The DNR is looking for a way to move an advisory onto the front page of its website and elsewhere, Hoch said. A wind shift this morning was diminishing the haze problem over Green Bay, but it’s expected to be only a short-term respite. Jeff Last of the National Weather Service in Ashwaubenon said winds that have been bringing the smoke to our area came on the heels of a cold front moving into Northeastern Wisconsin. The winds have shifted, but a second cold front scheduled to arrive by Wednesday should mean a repeat of the northwesterly winds. “We’ll be back in that potential for smoke and haze throughout the week,” Last said.

  • My Hero, Guy Fieri And His Top 10 Tailgating Rules.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Guy's 10 Tailgating Rules


    guy fieri lists 10 tailgating rules for game day


    If anyone can pull off a party in a parking lot, it's Guy Fieri. The Diners, Drive-ins and Dives star is a die-hard football fan and, as the host of Tailgate Warriors, he travels the country scoping out hard-core tailgating setups. Check out these tips he's learned along the way.

    kobe sliders created by guy fieri for tailgating

    Rule #1 Excite the crowd! One-up typical tailgating grub like burgers and hot dogs. Guy uses kobe beef to give these sliders an unexpected highbrow twist.

    creole chicken wraps ultimate tailgate food

    Rule #2 Make handheld food. Guy's goal at a tailgate party: Avoid utensils. He serves food you can hold in one hand, like these Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups.

    asian chicken lettuce cups created for tailgating

    Rule #3 Wrap it up! Wraps are the ultimate tailgating food: They're easy to eat and transport, and kids love them. You can do all the work at home for these Creole Chicken Wraps, then pack them up on game day.

    dirty p garlic ginger chicken thighs for tailgates

    Rule #4 Make it a team sport. Don't be shy about putting friends to work: Ask pals to pitch in and bring a signature dish or drink. Guy's buddy Dirty P's chicken thighs are always a hit.

    Rule #5Watch the clock! Coaches don't wait until game time to plan their strategy, and you shouldn't either. One week before: Pick your menu. Decide what you want to cook -- and what you want your guests to bring (see Rule No. 4). Two days before: Shop for ingredients and for supplies like disposable plates and utensils. The night before: "Chop, slice, marinate, brine, freeze and blend at home -- do anything you can to prep ahead!" Guy says.

    Rule #6Pack like a pro. Guy keeps a box of knives, tongs, cutting boards, plastic bags and aluminum foil ready to go for his next tailgate.

    Rule #7Stay cool. To save room in your cooler, freeze water bottles before the game and use them as ice packs. They'll thaw by the time you're ready to eat, so you'll have ice-cold water for everyone to drink.

    Rule #8Take a timeout. The cook should have fun too, so don't worry about making every single thing from scratch. Guy gave us the go-ahead to put out top-notch corn chips, pita chips and cocktail mixers from the store. And he isn't a big fan of dessert, so he usually picks up cookies from a local bakery on his way to a game.

    Rule #9Fire it up. Skip the lighter fluid (and its funky taste) and use a chimney starter, an aluminum canister sold at hardware stores. Guy fills his with lump charcoal, which ignites faster and burns more cleanly than briquettes.

    Rule #10 Clean up your act. Cooking without a sink is messy, so bring disinfecting wipes or, if your spread is huge, make table sanitizer by mixing one tablespoon of bleach into a one-gallon jug of water. Guy also packs collapsible trash cans and a box of trash bags. And plastic containers are great for leftovers -- in the rare event that you have any.

  • Astronaut's Unique View As 9/11 Unfolded

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Whenever he sees a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Frank Culberston is reminded of where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. An encounter earlier this year is a good example. On a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia to watch the re-enactment of British occupation, he met a young veteran who had lost both legs while serving as an explosive ordinance device technician in Afghanistan. As he helped the soldier, who had two artificial legs, navigate the unpaved grounds, Culbertson mentioned he had witnessed the invasion of Afghanistan from above."From where, a C-130?" the soldier asked. A C-130 is a low-flying military aircraft used mainly to deliver troops and supplies to ground forces. "No, higher," Culbertson replied. "Oh, a U-2?" the soldier guessed, referring to the high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. "Higher than that." From Aug. 12 to Dec. 15, 2001, astronaut Frank Culbertson was aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Two hundred fifty miles above the Earth's surface, Culbertson was the only American not on the planet at the time of the terrorist attacks. He -- along with two Russian cosmonauts -- witnessed the horrific events of Sept. 11, as well as the invasion of Afghanistan a month later, from space. View of New York from space. Photo courtesy of NASA. "I could always spot Afghanistan at night because it's basically dark," said Culbertson, who explained that surrounding countries, with their oil money, were pretty well lit at night. Some were even "grossly lit up," he said. "One night, I looked down on Afghanistan and I saw these big, bright explosions ... I was witnessing the invasion of Afghanistan in pursuit of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban," he said. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former test pilot for the Navy, Culbertson was able to identify what he saw as explosions from cruise missiles and bombs being dropped from B-52s. "After the attacks on 9/11, I knew the world had changed." A month earlier, on the morning of Sept. 11, Culbertson, who had been in space for 30 days, had called down to mission control for a routine medical check-in. "I asked the doctor how things were going. He responded: 'We're not having a very good day on Earth,'" Culbertson recalled. Amid the chaos on the ground, mission control briefed Culbertson on what limited information they had: Two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center towers, and one plane had crashed into the Pentagon; all three were deliberate attacks by terrorists. "My immediate reaction was very visceral: My country was wounded, and it was hurting," Culbertson said. As he listened to mission control, struggling to make sense of the tragedy unfolding hundreds of miles below, he looked up at the map of the world flashing on the computer screen in front of him. In a few minutes, he would be directly over New York. He quickly left the radio, grabbed a video camera and raced to the cabin window that would have the best view of the city. [Tell your story: How has September 11 changed you?] "It was a very good weather day, and I could look down and see the entire northeastern U.S. very clearly. I saw a big column of black smoke rising over New York City, over Long Island, and out over the Atlantic. I zoomed the camera in, and as I did, I saw this big gray glob start to envelop the southern half of the city." He found out two days later that he was witnessing the collapse of the South Tower. Because the International Space Station travels at a speed of about 5 miles per second (it completes its orbit of Earth in only 90 minutes), the views of New York came and went very quickly. Because of the planet's rotation, the next time Culbertson and his crewmates passed over the U.S., they had a view of the Midwest and the Southwest, which was important to Culbertson. A married father of five, he wanted to make sure his family was out of harm's way. "I had a daughter studying at Purdue University at the time, so as we crossed over the Midwest, I'm looking throughout that area to make sure everything's all right over there. Most of the family was in Houston, and I could see all the way down to Texas," he said.

  • Vic Ketchman's Top 10 List of What The Packers Must Do to Win Today.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 39 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars before coming to Green Bay.

     They’re mirror images of each other. The teams that will meet at Lambeau Field on Thursday in the NFL’s 2011 “Kickoff Game” are, in effect, the same team. Last season, the Packers offense was ninth overall, 24th in rushing and fifth in passing; the Saints offense was sixth overall, 28th in rushing and third in passing. In other words, both teams threw the ball real well, but didn’t run it well at all. Defensively, the Packers were fifth in the league, 18th against the run and fifth against the pass; the Saints were fourth overall, 16th against the run and fourth against the pass. In other words, both teams are best against the pass; if you’re gonna beat ’em, you do it with the run. Oh, by the way, both teams’ defensive coordinators, Dom Capers (pictured) and Gregg Williams, are pass-rush gurus. This is a matchup of teams of contemporary style. These teams are built to play the way the NFL wants its teams to play, which is to say in open space and with the spotlight trained on the quarterback. Which team will win the game? That’s an easy question to answer: the team whose quarterback plays the best. The effectiveness of each team’s pass-rush will go a long way toward deciding whether it’s Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees that will emerge victorious on Thursday. Rodgers is going to see blitz schemes from Williams the Packers won’t find on any of the Saints tapes they’ve watched, and Capers will no doubt have a surprise package for Brees. “Since it’s the first game of the season, I’m sure we’ll see some things that are different. We’re preparing for pressure. We could get a pressure game, we could get a coverage game,” Packers Quarterbacks Coach Tom Clements said. If you care to guess which it will be, it is this reporter’s opinion that you should favor a pressure game. Pressure is Williams’ game and he no doubt spent a lot of time studying the tape of the Packers’ preseason win over the Colts. Now, here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Saints. 1. Protect Rodgers—He’s the Packers’ star and the star must be protected. That’ll be a constant for every game, but it’ll be especially true for this game. 2. Stick like glue—That’s what Packers defensive backs do to opposing wide receivers, and it’ll never be more important than it will be on Thursday, against a quarterback that likes to throw short. You don’t beat Brees by giving big cushions. 3. Block Shaun Rogers—He’s a big addition to the Saints defense. When his size has been too much for opponents to handle, he has been as disruptive as any interior defensive lineman in the game. 4. Run at the ends—It’s better than running at Rogers and Sedrick Ellis in the middle. 5. Get in Brees’ face—He’s on the short side. Pressure up the middle forces him to throw outside the numbers. 6. Make big plays on defense—Brees threw 22 interceptions last season; it was the second-most in the league. 7. Use the no-huddle—To up the tempo and create energy. 8. Feed off the crowd—Lambeau Field will be on fire on Thursday. 9. Look at the schedule—It says 2011; this is a new season. 10. Play like champions—The world will be watching. They wanna see the Super Bowl-champion Packers. Show ’em who you are.

  • Let's see, watch the President's speech to Congress...Or The Packer Pre-game Festivities? Hmm.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    NBC details plans for Packers-Saints pregame coverage  Sept. 7, 2011 11:56 a.m. |(96) Comments Four different NBC Universal cable channels - Versus, USA, Syfy, and G4 - as well as the NFL Network will provide coverage of the Green Bay Packers-New Orleans Saints pregame show at 6 p.m. Thursday. The pregame coverage was scheduled to be on NBC but is now being pre-empted due to President Barack Obama's speech to Congress. Obama's speech is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. NBC will join NFL Kickoff 2011 at Lambeau Field in progress once its coverage of Obama's speech is over. At that point, Versus, USA, Syfy and G4 will resume their coverage. The NFL Network will carry the pregame coverage in its entirety. Obama's speech is not expected to conflict in any way with the game, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. from Lambeau Field. Locally, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) will carry NBC's pregame coverage of the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints at 6 p.m. instead of airing Obama's speech. The station will air NBC's coverage of the speech on its digital Channel 4.2, and on Channel 999 on Time Warner Cable. Earlier Thursday, "Today" show personalities Matt Lauer and Al Roker will be in Green Bay to report on the festivities.

  • Everything you need to know regarding Thursday's season opener festivities. GO PACK!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    We want to be sure you are in the know for Thursday Night's opening game! Below are some key facts to make sure your Game Day experience is fabulous once you arrive at Lambeau Field:
    PARKING: Allow additional time for traveling, to seek parking and for walking towards and around Lambeau Field.  There will be many additional visitors in the area compared to a normal Game Day.
    All game day parking is as normal for parking permit holders
    Parking Lot opens at 2:30p.m. CT - 1 hour earlier than normal
    LAMBEAU FIELD: The Atrium opens to ticketed guests at noon CT. All businesses are open: Packers Pro Shop, Hall of Fame, Curly's Pub and Tundra Tailgate Zone.
    ENTRY GATE: Be sure to enter at the gate noted on your ticket. This will alleviate expected overcrowding and long lines at the Oneida Nation gate.
    CONCERT: The Packers are broadcasting the concert live in the Stadium Bowl for ticketholders beginning at 5:30p.m. CT
    GAME ENTERTAINMENT: Special events are scheduled Pre-game. Be sure to arrive in your seats no later than 7:15p.m. CT to participate in all activities:
    NFL Alumni will be carrying in all 32 Team Flags with Bart Starr representing the Green Bay Packers
    Championship Banner displayed on the Field
    Unveiling of the Championship Year on the Stadium Wall with fireworks
    National Anthem with four Air force F-16 fighter jets
    Fan Card Stunt to turn the stadium bowl into a ring of stars and stripes during the National Anthem
    Kickoff 7:40p.m. CT
    Throughout the day Thursday there are various other activities at and around Lambeau Field.


    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Coming to Lambeau Field on Gameday? Please remember to bring your ticket as the Lambeau Field Atrium, including the Packers Pro Shop, will be open only to ticketed guests due to the game. The Miller Lite Gate is the ONLY accessible entrance/exit from 12 PM until 5:30 PM when all gates open.


    Parking Lot 2:30 PM due to NFL Kickoff game schedule
    Lambeau Field Atrium 12 PM to 12 AM
    Curly's Pub 12 PM to 12 AM
    Frozen In Time 12 PM to end of game
    Guest Relations Desk 12 PM until approximately 1 hour after game ends
    Packers Hall of Fame 12 PM until kickoff
    Packers Pro Shop 12 PM until approximately 1 hour after game ends
    Ticket Office 12 PM until halftime
    Tundra Tailgate Zone
    (east side of parking lot)
    12 PM until 1 hour after game ends; open to ticketed and non-ticketed fans

    Game Day Store
    (west side of stadium)

    3:30 PM – 5:15 to ALL guests, reopening at 5:30 PM to ticketed guests only until 1 hour after game ends.
    Atrium Eateries 5:30 PM to end of game
    Gates/All Seating Areas 5:30 PM  to end of game; please utilize gate entrance noted on your game ticket in order to get fans into the stadium in time for pregame ceremonies
    Stadium Tours Not offered on home game days

    Non-ticketed guests allowed in 45 minutes after the end of the game.

    The following activities are part of the NFL Kickoff celebration and game activities:
    NFL Kickoff Concert: A special free pregame concert is part of the kickoff celebration of the NFL’s 2011 season and to honor the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. KID ROCK, LADY ANTEBELLUM and MAROON 5 are scheduled to perform. The concert area opens at 3:15 p.m. east of Lambeau Field where Oneida Street meets Armed Forces Drive. A screening of “America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers” will be on the stage video boards beginning at 3:15 with the musical acts taking the stage from 4:30-6:45 p.m. Once the concert ends, fans with game tickets are encouraged to enter the Lambeau Field gate noted on their ticket in order to get all fans into the stadium expeditiously for pregame ceremonies at 7:15 p.m.
    Team Alumni/Flags: Beginning at approximately 7:20 p.m., 32 legendary NFL alumni, one representing each team, will be on the field holding their team’s flag.
    Championship Moment: Following the team flags, the World Champion Green Bay Packers take the field as a banner on the side of the stadium reveals the 2010 Championship year as well as a large championship banner unfurls on the field.
    PenskePatriotic and Packers Card Stunts presented by Penske:
    Fans,get ready to be a part of the action during Kickoff and the 1st Quarter! We need everyone’s teamwork to put this together. The goal is to turn the stadium into a ring of stars and stripes for the National Anthem and into a “Go Pack Go” chant between the 1st and 2nd Quarter. Ticketed fans in the stadium bowl will find a card for the card stunt taped to their seat. Please do not discard or remove the card from the plastic until the stunt. The card has directions printed directly on the piece in order for fans to know which side to hold up during each stunt and whether to stand (National Anthem) or sit (GO PACK GO). Fans will be prompted by a group from the field holding up cue cards reading “Get Ready for Stunt #1” then “Go Stunt #1.”  The same will occur during the second stunt.



  • The All American LOADED Burger! Come Game Day, You'll Love This One.

    Posted by Mike DuBord



    • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2 pounds ground beef
    • 6 kaiser rolls, split
    • Leaf lettuce, Colby cheese slices, tomato slices, ketchup, prepared mustard and Fried Onion Rings (recipe also found in Recipe finder) or french-fried onions, optional


    • In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, onion, salad dressing and eggs. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
    • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Serve on rolls with lettuce, cheese, tomato, ketchup, mustard and Fried Onion Rings if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

  • Y100 Listeners Are AMAZING!!!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Well, it's been 2 weeks since I took over for Bryan Scott and I have to tell you...This is the greatest radio station I've EVER worked for in my 25 years in the business and I have YOU to thank!

    You have made my wife & I feel so welcome here and I can't tell you how much we both appreciate that. Yesterday, my Y100 Facebook page went up and in less than 24 hours I'd confirmed over 300 hundred friends. Granted, that doesn't even come close to Charli's almost 2000 friends but compared to my personal page of 180, which took months to get, over 300 IN ONE DAY??? INCREDIBLE!

    The emails, the Blog responses, the well wishes...Thank You! I'm lovin this job like no other & Tammy & I can't wait to personally meet each & every one of you. Again, thanks for welcoming us into the "Y100 Family".

  • A Traditional U.P. Pasty

    Posted by Mike DuBord




    There are many so-called "Traditional" U.P. Pasty recipes. Here's just one of many favorites. Remember, Yoopers also love Venison Pasties.

    Finlandia Pasties

    • 4 cups flour
    • A dash of salt
    • 1 1/2 cups of solid vegetable shortening
    • 1 cup of cold water
    • 1/2 pound of ground beef
    • 1/2 pound of ground pork
    • 1/4 cup of beef suet, finely chopped
    • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 3/8-inch cubes
    • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 3/8-inch cubes
    • 1 small red onion, finely diced
    • 1/2 rutabaga or turnip, peeled and cut into 3/8-inch cubes
    • 1/8 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

    Combine flour and a dash of salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Slowly add water until mixture forms a sticky ball. With floured hands, shape into a ball, wrap with wax paper, and put in the refrigerator for an hour before preparing the filling.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl, using hands to mix until thoroughly combined, like meat loaf.

    Divide dough into four equal parts. Using a rolling pin on a floured board, roll each into an 8-10 inch circle. Place a cup of filling in the center of each circle. Fold both sides up and crimp firmly, forming a half-moon shape. Use a large spatula to lift each pasty from the floured board, and set it on a greased cookie sheet.

    Bake 75 minutes, until brown. Cool for at least 15 minutes. Serve with gravy on the side or Ketchup of course.  Yields 4 meal-sized pasties.

  • Final Survivor of South Tower Still Struggles With Scars From 9/11.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Ron DiFrancesco, his wife Mary and their children Julia and Toby.

    Ron DiFrancesco's voice softens and trails off. He barely finishes his sentences as he recalls his experience on Sept. 11, 2001. He speaks as if it happened yesterday.


    "It was a living hell," he says. "I was mere seconds from death. ... I didn't know I was going to get out."

    DiFrancesco is believed to be the last person out of the South Tower of the World Trade Center before it collapsed. According to some reports, he was one of only four people to escape from above the 81st floor.

    A decade later, survivor's guilt still weighs heavily on him.

    "I will carry with me to my grave whether I should have taken somebody with me," he says, "I still harbor a lot of guilt.

    "Time does heal a bit, but it doesn't make you forget what happened. And I think, for our generation, it's our marking point in history. It changed the world that day," he says.