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  • Bubbles needs your help

    Posted by Dan Stone
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    Adopt Bubbles the Chimp for $150 a Year

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    (June 28) -- When Michael Jackson died last year, his will made provisions for his kids, his mom and pet charities, but what about his pet chimp, Bubbles?

    It has never been revealed whether Jackson left Bubbles a few bucks for bananas, but it doesn't look good because the animal sanctuary where he has spent the past five years is asking people to adopt the 26-year-old chimp for $150.

    Jackson's furry friend lives at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Fla., where he is second in command of a group of seven chimps, according to sanctuary founder Patti Ragan.

    Bubbles the Chimp
    Patti Ragan
    Once used to the high life as Michael Jackson's best friend, Bubbles the Chimp now lives a quiet life at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Fla.
    "He's very well adjusted," Ragan said. "The group spends their time climbing, playing, tickling each other as well as grooming each other and sharing food."

    Bubbles' main pal is a 19-year-old male chimp, but his life is a long way from the 1980s when he was the top banana of celebrity animals.

    Still, since chimps live more than half a century, Ragan says it's an appropriate place for him.

    But anyone who has had to put a loved one -- human or animal -- in a home of some kind, knows assisted living ain't cheap. In fact, it costs $15,000 a year to keep Bubbles, well, bubbly.

    "Bubbles and the other chimps need food, veterinary care, heat in the winter, as well as enrichment materials, such as structures, toys and puzzles," Ragan says.

    So she hopes Jacko's fans will peel off a few simoleons and send them Bubbles' way.

    For $150 a year, Bubbles' buddies can adopt him and, in return, will get an 8-by-10 photo of the famous ape, and a chance to see him up close and personal one day a year at the sanctuary's annual open house.

    "We're not open to the public," Ragan said. "We're not a zoo."

    The Center for Great Apes is something more -- it's like a combination of a primate playground and a retirement facility for celebrities famous for monkeying around. Besides Bubbles, the sanctuary is home to Bella, one of the chimps from the 2004 commercial that Career Builder ran during the Super Bowl, as well as Sam, the star of the 1996 Jason Alexander classic, "Dunston Checks In."

    Ragan, who founded the sanctuary in 2004, says chimps only work in animal entertainment until the age of 6. After that, they get too big and strong.

    "Chimps live to be 60 years of age, so that's a long time to be taken care of," Ragan said. "Zoos can't take animals like Bubbles because they were raised by humans and don't know chimpanzee rules."

    Sources say Bubbles was born in the early 1980s at a Texas research facility that bred primates for animal testing.

    Jackson reportedly bought Bubbles with the help of Bob Dunn, who supplies animals and trainers for Hollywood films.

    In the 1980s, Bubbles experienced things that few humans and chimps experience: He went to parties at Elizabeth Taylor's house; he had tea with the mayor of Osaka, Japan; and Kenny Rogers took a portrait of him and Jackson.

    After Bubbles got too big to keep as a pet, he went back to Dunn's ranch, where Jackson and his kids would visit him.
  • Otto Show

    Posted by Dan Stone

    Welcome back to reality after Country USA. Here's story for ya, I  picked up James Otto at his bus to take him to the Y100 Beach House where he talked on air with Chance and sgned ottographs. On the way back to his bus our golf cart got stopped at the backstage gate by security, "is that beer or root beer?" James says....."it's the good stuff man!" Just in case the boss reads this blog, I was NOT drinking beer.  (you can check out his fav brand in Wisconsin & the video)

     

  • CUSA 2011 Lineup!

    Posted by Dan Stone

     

    We made it through Day 1 of Country USA and the best is yet to come. If you like to plan ahead for next year, get ready for Rascal Flatts already signed for 2011!

  • Summer Thing

    Posted by Dan Stone

    New Summer music from a new artist...check out cool stuff from Troy Olsen

  • New dates for Garth in Vegas

    Posted by Dan Stone

    Tickets are on-sale this Saturday at Noon through Ticketmaster.com and 1-877-65-Garth for a new batch of Garth Brooks shows in Las Vegas. The shows will be taking place September 10th through the 12th, as well as October 1st through the 3rd, 22nd to the 24th, AND November 5th through the 7th AND 19th through the 21st. Showtimes are Friday night’s at 8pm, Saturday nights at 8pm and 10:30pm, and Sunday night’s at 8pm. Ticket prices are $125 plus tax and fees.

  • Judds - Breaking News

    Posted by Dan Stone

    WYNONNA AND NAOMI JUDD ANNOUNCE
    THE JUDDS: THE LAST ENCORE TOUR

    AT THE 2010 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL

     

    18-City Final Reunion Tour kicks off in Green Bay Nov. 26

     

    Green Bay (June 10, 2010) - Country Music’s legendary duo, The Judds, delivered a riveting performance for over 10,000 fans in downtown Nashville as they launched this year’s 2010 CMA Music Festival.  Wynonna and Naomi Judd helped kick off what USA Today calls “the crown jewel Country Music festivals,” setting the stage for their highly anticipated final tour, The Judds: The Last Encore.  It has been over 10 years since their 2000 “Power To Change” tour, and this final reunion promises to be nothing short of spectacular. 

     

    The Judds will be at the Resch Center on Friday, November 26, 7:30pm.  Tickets are $45 and $65 and go on sale Saturday, July 17 at 11am at all Oneida Casino Ticket Star outlets including the Resch Center box office, by phone 494.3401 or toll free 800.895.0071 and on-line at www.ticketstaronline.com.

     

    According to Naomi, The Last Encore tour is an opportunity to celebrate the relationship with their fans one last time.  “There is nothing like music and laughter to connect people,” she says.  “How I’ve missed that encounter with the very ones who’ve allowed us that awesome privilege!  I’m counting the days till I can be back on my bus, visiting their towns.”

     

    In addition to their enduring 26-year relationship with the fans, Wynonna shares her sentiment on reuniting with her mother, Naomi, again.  This tour gives me a chance to enjoy where Mom and I are in our relationship. I look forward to celebrating our personal and professional journey...together.”

     

    The tour will kick off on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, in Green Bay.  The Judds: The Last Encore tour will feature new Judds and Wynonna music from the upcoming album while also shining a bright light on all of the fan’s Judds and Wynonna favorites. And for the first time ever, they will also celebrate the holiday season during their final tour by weaving several classic Christmas songs in their immensely diverse set list. 

     

    And, it wasn’t just concert promoters who jumped at the chance to offer an up close and personal evening with The Judds.  The Judds’ friends at St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalÒ also wanted to share in the excitement by partnering with the darlings of Country Music.  For more than two decades, the country music industry has generously supported the organization through fundraising and personal relationships.  St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, so no child is ever denied treatment because of their family’s inability to pay.  The ongoing relationship between St. Jude and The Judds prompted the girls to include and honor the work of St. Jude on their final tour.