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"DeLuca & Kathy In The Morning"
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It's that time of the year again in Northeast Ohio - winter. Not the cool, pre-Christmas winter where we all look forward to the cold temperatures and snow because it makes the holiday decorations look more awesome. We're in the part of winter that just plain sucks. Snow everywhere, bitter cold, kids stuck at home because of the weather, and cabin fever.
So here's a list of just 10 things you can do to help shrug off the cabin fever. More suggestions are welcomed, just comment below the blog!
1) Go cross country skiing!
If you're looking for some outside fun and an amazing workout then cross country skiing is a great winter activity. Quail Hollow State Park in Hartville boasts 12 miles of skiiable trails and you can even rent equipment on the cheap at the main house.
As a kid my mom would take me to Quail Hollow regularly in the winter and I always had a blast. If you want more info on activities available, hit up their website here.
2) Go ice fishing!
I'm a pretty avid fisherman (usually for bass), and this time of the year can be pretty depressing for people like me that enjoy casting lines into the water.
Luckily cold snaps usually bring frozen water and if you're a hardcore fisherman you can get the most out of your seasonal license and still catch something!
Remember no ice is safe ice, and the thickness of ice needs to be at least four inches to support roughly 200 pounds of person. The state of Ohio has a whole list of tips and regulations here.
3) Visit a show at the IX Center!
If you're looking to escape this crappy weather this is the time of the year for all of the big events at the IX Center up in Berea.
This weekend (Jan 31 - Feb 2) is the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. From February 8 - 16 you can check out the Great Big Home & Garden Show and get ideas for your home and landscaping before the season begins. The Cleveland Golf Show runs February 21 - 23rd. The Cleveland National Auto Show runs March 1 - 9, and the famous IX Indoor Amusement Park rounds out the season from March 21 - April 20th.
For a full schedule of events and directions, visit them here.
4) Get on a snowmobile!
Whether you've got one tucked away in a garage or know someone who has one, a snowmobile can be a blast this time of year. In the state of Ohio there is over 146 miles of groomed trails, and trail permits aren't required. Every rider must wear a helmet and your sled must be registered with the state ($34.75 for three years). A full list of laws can be found here.
The Portage Lakes are always a great snowmobile/quad destination once frozen over. West Branch State Park in Ravenna offers several miles of snowmobile trails by the West Boat Ramp. Check that out here.
5) Build an igloo!
You may think I'm crazy but there are comprehensive instructions online for building your very own igloo! If anyone actually does this I want pictures!
6) Visit a fishing swap meet!
Did I mention I liked to fish? From now until early April, many communities have fishing and hunting swap meets. These are great events, usually hosted in VFW halls, National Guard armories, or fire stations that feature tons of stuff at great prices. Usually you can pick up some AWESOME homemade food at cheap prices too! For a list of these events, check out Ohiogamefishing.com's Outdoor Events page here.
7) Go sled riding!
Growing up in the Portage Lakes area, I remember spending quite a bit of time at Firestone Metro Park in the winter going down the big hill. Sled riding is a great time, decently inexpensive, and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. If you're looking for a great place to slide down a hill, this website has a list of the best sledriding hills in Northeast Ohio listed by county.
8) Visit a museum!
Whether you want to see the dinosaurs or classic cars, Ohio has a ton of different museums to go check out. Check out this link for an A to Z list of Ohio museums!
9) Go to a ski resort!
As a teenager I worked at Boston Mills Ski Resort and noticed that winter didn't suck as much when you had some great groomed slopes to hit. Luckily for us we've got quite a few resorts in relative close proximity. Boston Mills/Brandywine, Alpine Valley, Snow Trails, Peek 'n Peek, and even Holiday Valley aren't too horribly far.
No equipment? No problem! For around $100 a person (less for kids) you can get setup with skis and poles, boots, and a lift ticket for 4 or 8 hours on the slopes.
What's better than slots, table games, awesome food, and live entertainment when it's crappy outside? With the Horseshoe, Thistledown's Racino, Hard Rock's Rocksino, and Mountaineer all within an hour drive of Canton, some time in a casino can really help take your mind off of the terrible weather.
The "Polar Blast" is all the news - a system of frigid air moving from the North Pole and descending down upon North America. Temperatures in Northeast Ohio are expected to hover around 0 degrees for the high on Tuesday before the temps rebound. With some simple YouTube searching, I've found a few interesting things you can do when it's friggin' frigid outside.
1.) Evaporate Hot Water
This is about as simple as an experiment can get. You just have to make sure it is very, very cold and you use very, very hot water. Simply boil some water, place it in a mug, head outside when the temperature is at -10 or lower, throw the water up into the air and watch what happens!
DeLuca's 6th Grade Yearbook Picture
Born in 1982 to a mechanical engineer of a mother, and a carpenter of a father, DeLuca has had an interest in broadcasting since before he could speak - his mother bought an old school tape recorder and gave her boy the mic when he was barely old enough to keep up his head by himself. From then onward, DeLuca's had a deep love for the radio business.
He attributes his career to having broadcast media in his blood via his grandfather, Anthony "Jack" DeLuca, who ran a weekly radio variety show from his restaurant in the North Hill area of Akron, Ohio back in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Jack always felt comfortable with a microphone in his hands, and so does Pat.
While attending high school, DeLuca worked full time at a ski resort in Northeast Ohio called Boston Mills. His first claim to fame was voicing the “snow report” phone message that was recorded daily.
Shortly before graduation, DeLuca and a group of friends began producing a weekly "show" that would broadcast on the internet. The Pat DeLuca Show aired via ShoutCast for around 6 months back in 1998-99, and was his first real experience behind a mic and controls. The tapes still exist, but DeLuca won't allow them to be heard... yet.
In June 2002, Patrick answered a classified ad in the local paper for part time work at an AM radio station in Canton. He scored an interview and was hired – without any experience – on the spot. The job came with weird hours, and Patrick spent much time in the production studio airing prerecorded high school football games until the overnight girl on the sister FM station had to return to college for the fall. He jumped at the opportunity, and held the overnight shift working 7 days a week for around three months.
A new program director named John Stewart was hired from Tampa and the station changed formats, from Hot AC to CHR.
The first day John was in the building was a late day. Around 2 AM - while DeLuca was on-air doing the overnights - Stewart walked in and asked, "What do you think about losing your first name?"
Pat responded, "I don't like it."
"I don't care. You're now just DeLuca." Stewart made his decision. In the next few weeks, Pat was offered his first full time position with the station. The offer was weeknights from 7 to midnight for $20,000 per year. He jumped at the opportunity.
|On the cover of "The Ticket", 2003|
Patrick’s brand was edgy and listener intensive. In an average shift, he’d take upwards of 300 phone calls. Early contests included "Cell Phone Rodeo" where listeners had to throw their phones in the dryer on the air, "Ceiling Fan Salad" where listeners had to throw stuff into ceiling fans, and "Drive Thru Hell" where listeners were encouraged to have fun with the fast food drive-thru speaker box.
That interaction and content quickly resulted in ratings, driving the station to number one at night in nearly every demographic imaginable.
When the opportunity became available to move into the morning drive position at WDJQ-FM, DeLuca lept at the chance. In February 2006, DeLuca In The Morning first signed on the air - with DeLuca barely able to speak because of severe laryngitis.
As with his night shift, listener interaction was key but mornings brought new opportunities for discussion with an older audience. No topic was off limits, and the show began to be notated as "the show of opinions".
The audience steadily grew and the final ratings book for DeLuca In The Morning showed numbers higher than anyone in the building - or the market - had seen since the 1970s.
On February 5, 2012, DeLuca began the next chapter of his life. Due to a well-publicized contract dispute, DeLuca was "released" from employment after 10 years of faithful service to the company.
DeLuca quickly regrouped and formed an online network of streaming radio stations to continue his broadcast to Canton and beyond. For 18 months, The DeLuca Show continued online.
After morning show host Rik Elliot tendered his resignation from Mix 94.1 in late July 2013, DeLuca was given the opportunity to return to the terrestrial radio dial. Paired with radio veteran and former co-worker Kathy Vogel, DeLuca & Kathy In The Morning launched on Monday, August 19th.
While the station and audience are slightly different than what he was used to, DeLuca is excited to bring his brand of interactive morning radio to Mix.
“Working with Kathy on a station such as Mix that penetrates from Cleveland to Parkersburg, WVA, presents an amazing opportunity to create a unique, listener intensive show unlike any other around,” says DeLuca of the move. “I’m so excited to work for such a historic station that has an incredible group of professionals that work within its walls.”
While unmarried, DeLuca is happily in a relationship and lives with his two cats in Alliance.
Kathy Vogel has worked for several radio stations throughout Northeast Ohio. Currently, she's the morning show co-host at Mix 94.1/WHBC-FM. In addition, Kathy is the host of the Emmy-nominated children's TV show "Ask Gilby."
In 2011, Kathy formed Haus of V (www.hausofv.com)-- a creative umbrella for her freelance work-- on and off camera. She writes video scripts, press releases, catalog and web descriptive, feature stories, feature film scripts, and has performed numerous voiceovers and narrations. Kathy's screenwriting has been recognized by the American Gems Screenwriting Competition and the Scriptapalooza Competition.
She recently acted in the films "A Silent Hope," and "Old Fashioned”. In 2012, she wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in the short film “Encryption”—which won “Best Short Fiction” at the Canton Film Festival, and was viewed at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival and its sister film festivals across the country.
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Esnshrinement Festival is underway!
Come out and celebrate excellence! More than 20 events will be experienced by nearly 700,000 people! Join your festival-go-to-stations Mix 94.1 & WHBC out and about and in the middle of it all! Click through for a schedule of events ...
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic / Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks
Friday & Saturday, July 31 - August 1st
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Mix 94.1 & WHBC are proud sponsors! Great music! Great food! Awesome Hot air balloons! FREE event 4-11:30pm each night! Click through for the entertainment line-up!
IT'S THE BEST GAME EVER INVENTED!
And on Saturday, August 1st, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC host the inaugural FootGolf for Wishes Tournament. Click through for details!
News-Talk 1480 WHBC & Mix 94.1 Supports ...
It's a 4 man scramble! Lunch and dinner included! Register by July 24! Contact Ken Schley 330.612.3117 / email@example.com
Mix 94.1's John Stewart
Pawsitive Ohio presents Doggone North Canton Dog Adoption & Wellness Fair
11am-1pm, Saturday, August 8th Witwer Park
Come meet your new best friend! Regional rescues with dogs available for adoption, Mix 94.1 music, prizes, face painting, food trucks, spay/neuter resources, vendors and family fun. The event is 10am-2pm. 301 Harmon Street Sw, North Canton.
8th Annual AultCare Wish-A-Thon
Mix 94.1's John Stewart
Amison Dental Group
9am-11am, Saturday, August 22
3684 Dressler Road NW Ste A, Canton
Dentistry from the Heart! Free dental care for those in need! Find out more about it with John Stewart!
Mix 94.1 & News-Talk 1480 WHBC
Stark County Fair
September 1st through the 7th
Fairgrounds / 305 Wertz Ave NW, Canton
You know it! You love it! You look forward to it each year! WHBC's Ron Ponder, Pam Cook & Gary Rivers kick off opening day 10am-2pm Tuesday, September 1st. Then look out! It's the Celebrity Harness Race, High Noon Wednesday, September 2nd featuring WHBC's Gary Rivers and Kenny Roda and Mix 94.1's DeLuca.
Mix 94.1's Kayleigh Kriss
Ongoing Programs & Promotions
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Planning a wedding? Brides-to-be use every resource available to plan her special day. After 20 years of presenting our own annual bridal show, Mix 94.1 has created a complimentary Mix Wedding Planner. It’s our “Mix Top Picks”! A year-round showcase of the bridal and related businesses you’ll need to make your dream day a reality. Congrats to all Northeastern Ohio brides-to-be! You are on your way to planning the perfect wedding.
AultCare Throwback Thursday!
EVERY HOUR EVERY THURSDAY, Mix 94.1 will be highlighting an 80's anthem! Kick back with our throwbacks!
Friday mornings it's the best Meal Deal with Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC! Get gift cards at half price from some of the finest restaurants in the area!
Deluca & Kathy RePlay! If you missed DeLuca and Kathy in the morning, we’ve got great news! Saturdays from 3pm til 7pm, catch THE BEST OF DELUCA & KATHY. We’ll give you a chance to hear parts of the show you may have missed or a chance to re-live stuff you laughed out loud at the first time. Saturdays just got a lot funnier, crazier, louder ... !
Sunday mornings are made to sip your coffee, catch up on the week’s events, plan the oncoming week ... and just chill out a little bit. We get that. So we’re tailoring our Sunday playlist to be a bit lighter music. We’re calling it THE MIX 94.1 SUNDAY BRUNCH. Listen in Sunday’s from 10am-3pm! And discover emerging music with Mix 94.1. Brought to you by our good friends at ...
It's something new! MIX 94.1’s Kathy Vogel has found some awesome new tunes not being played in the Canton/Akron/Cleveland area and she’s exposing it. Tune in for OUT OF THE BOX with Kathy Vogel! New Music first, Sundays from 3pm til 5pm exclusively on Canton's Best Mix, Mix 94.1. Sponsored by:
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MIX 94.1 "Retro Bistro" with Kayleigh Kriss. Each weekday morning DeLuca & Kathy play the Retro Play of the Day! When you hear it during Kayleigh Kriss' Retro Bistro, be the 5th caller @ 330-450-9400 and win a $25 gift card from an area restaurant! It's a lunch hour (noon-1pm) filled with your favorite 80s & 90s tunes! Requests are welcomed! Click here for details.
Mix 94.1 5 O'Clock Jam with John Stewart! You drive, we jam! End your day with upbeat, fun requests (80s thru today) during the 5 O'Clock drive home! Plus get up-to-the-minute traffic reports and infotainment! What do you want to hear? Click through to find out how to make your requests!