Monday, August 11th, 2014
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***Today’s Topics***


- A lot of news to get into, including stuff going on in Iraq.

- There was a big motocross event over the weekend in New Berlin at Unadilla, and there was a tragedy in Canandaigua when Tony Stewart hit and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. You can find more details here:

- There was a point on Sunday in which Tony Stewart was going to race at Watkins Glen. Eventually, he decided against.


- A 9-year-old boy in Florida fought off a 400 lb. alligator while he was swimming.

- A man beat a cop in a donut eating contest.

- A man in Vancouver named Sam Sung used to work for Apple and he had put his old business card up for sale and the current bid is $80,000 and that money will go to a charity.

- Bruce Karam will be on to talk about the extension of the extended school day grant.


- Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship because of a back injury and Andrew believes that Woods was faking.

- Bill talks about his experience as the PA announcer for the charity softball game on Friday. There is a big difference between PA announcer and play by play.

- Ray Stagich gives us his weather forecast and he was indeed correct about this past weekend and the lack of rain.


- We review the story and case again of Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. We talk about the details leading up to the hit and we talk about the way these cars operate.


- Mike calls up to talk about the specifics about this style of racing and Tony's relationship with this side of racing.

- Mike is a local racing fan and crews on a car. He gives his insight and analysis into the accident leading up to Kevin getting out of his car.

- As a sprint car racing expert he breaks down what happened and what maybe was going through Kevin's head.

- He gives a few options as to what Tony Stewart was doing when he accelerated in the video, because they were under caution and should have been slowing down.

- Mike talks about the world of small town racing and how sometimes misinformation could occur.

Bruce Karam - Utica Schools Superintendent

Jeff Monaski, WIBX/TSM
Jeff Monaski, WIBX/TSM

- About a month and a half ago, Utica City School District Superintendent Bruce Karam asked for an extension for organization and preparation for the school day extension.

Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino, WIBX / Townsquare Media
Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino, WIBX / Townsquare Media

- The school district is going to schedule informational town-hall style meetings for the affected school buildings.

- They want to make sure if they do this, that it will have full support. Otherwise, it will not work the way that it's supposed to.

- Superintendent Karam also clears up some misinformation and rumors about this extension.

- The informational sessions will begin probably end of September/Beginning of October.


- The Crystal Chandelier in Middleville will be the next episode of Plate Night!

- A man brought an old 2008 Toshiba television on Antiques Roadshow and thought it would be worth something.

- Alex Trebek gives an answer on Jeopardy that most would think would be Hoe. A garden tool with a long handle and also an immoral pleasure seeker. What could it be?

Bill Morehouse - City Of Utica Comptroller

- Before we speak with Bill Morehouse, Tom tries to win dinner at Carmella's by telling us what the real answer for Jeopardy was. He says it is "rake."

- Bill comments on the Jeopardy answer. Bill wants to also comment on the council race and Frank Vescera and Jim Zecca. He explains that this is a special election to fulfill his position since he left mid-term.

- Bill talks about how Jim Zecca goes about getting signatures. He says they stand in front of Price Chopper and the 4th of July parade and get anyone to sign.

- He claims that Zecca is disingenuous despite the email that was sent saying they need 500 signatures, because he knows the rules. This conversation got him so fired up his head is spinning.

Continuing with Mr. Morehouse

- We talk about the roads and repairs that are going on and how it's being paid for.

- Infrastructure is getting old and it's a problem and they need funding.

- He talks about the positive communication and team work between the mayor, the budget director, and himself as well as Mike Cerminaro.

- He talks about how great his staff is including Mike Cerminaro. He thinks that this job should be an elected official at his desk.

Joe Hobika - Republican Party Chair (Utica)

Jeff Monaski, WIBX/TSM
Jeff Monaski, WIBX/TSM

- Joe Hobika gives his perspective on local politics and talks about the ridiculousness of the democratic party and the desire for a good candidate to run for a position on the republican line.

- Joe talks about the Jim Zecca/Frank Vescera race.

- He gets into city politics a little more and talks about the fact that the Republican party follows rules by the book and how they choose candidates to run for office.

Wrapping It Up

- We conclude today by talking a little more about the tragedy on the track, and Joe Hobika gives a little legal perspective into the accident.

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