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Jim and Julie's Music News

Jul 28, 2015 -- 2:44pm

Did Taylor Swift take a jab at Katy Perry during her concert? When it comes to Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry, we'll be the first to admit that we're Team Taylor. We're also the first to admit that we really wish these two would just try and make amends and stop with the back and forth, regardless of whatever transpired between them. Both parties probably did something wrong so y'all should just apologize, let it go and remember you don't have to like each other, but there is no need to cut each other down. And that's the end of our Katy Perry-Taylor Swift rant! Now, on with the show! During her 1989 tour stop in Foxborough, Mass. over the weekend, Taylor may have taken a jab at Katy while performing "Bad Blood" onstage. After last week's Taylor-Nicki Minaj-Katy Twitter brouhaha, it's clear that there is still mad beef between the two pop stars. Was this concert stunt just another clapback, courtesy of Taylor? Yes. Or no, depending on who you believe. During the song, which is allegedly about Katy backstabbing Taylor, a backup dancer held up a stuffed shark puppet, which made Taylor let out a little laugh. And since most people now associate sharks with Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show (remember that the Right Shark was the real winner that night, not the Left Shark), social media is buzzing that the moment was a mini diss. However, Taylor fans were quick to shoot down that theory because apparently during that moment in every show, that dancer does something weird to surprise Taylor. She even expects it now, which is why she was already turning toward the glass when the shark popped up. It's a wee little prank, if you will. If you watch videos of "Bad Blood" from other shows, you do see the dancer doing something silly at that part of the song, like pressing his face against the glass and making a funny face. Of course, you can speculate that the dancer picked a shark on purpose to shade Katy; the timing does seem very suspicious given that the Twitter feud just happened a couple days before the show. Or maybe Taylor just really likes puppet sharks and her dancer is the only who knows about her secret obsession. And he was trying to give her the confidence to let the world know about her love of puppet sharks. Yeah, we're going to go with the "Taylor's obsessed with puppet sharks" theory. (Eonline)

Katy Perry performed for the first time After Her split with John Mayer and Meets George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Katy Perry's first performance since her split with on-and-off boyfriend John Mayer was anything but somber. In fact, when the "Firework" singer took the stage during the Starkey Hearing Foundation's So the World May Hear Gala at the St. Paul River Centre in Minnesota Sunday, she smiled from ear to ear. E! News exclusively reported last week that Perry and Mayer had called it quits once more. No reason was given for their latest split, but the two are known to break up only to make up and break up again. For Sunday's event, Perry wore a strapless, floor-length ball gown. Perry dedicated "Roar" to the foundation's co-founders, William F. Austin and Tani Austin. "If @StarkeyHearCEO & @TaniAustin can do it, we all can do it!" she said, per @StarkeyCares' Twitter account. The 30-year-old singer also posed for a picture with two former U.S. presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and joked about own plans to run for office. "42, 43, 46?!" she wrote in an Instagram caption. All jokes aside, Perry is supporting Bill's wife, Hillary Clinton, who has her eye on the 2016 presidency. Perry also posed for a selfie with Kiss' Gene Simmons. Other famous attendees included Quinton Aaron, Frankie Muniz, Dascha Polanco and Verne Troyer. The hearing loss prevention gala raised $9 million. (Eonline)

Avril Lavigne's back and looking healthier than ever! The "Complicated" singer returned to the stage for the first time in over a year at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25,, marking her first major public appearance after her battle with Lyme disease. Lavigne, 30, performed "Fly," the empowerment anthem she wrote especially for the Special Olympics, as the Olympic torch was passed from athlete to athlete before it lit up the main cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "This was a very beautiful night for me," the singer Instagrammed after her performance. "It has been a difficult year fighting through Lyme disease, and I am so happy to have made it on stage tonight for the first performance in a year. Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song 'Fly'. I wrote this song to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower." Though Lavigne is feeling well enough to return to the stage, she continues her Lyme disease battle, and revealed in June that she is halfway through treatment. "I'm doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of the progress," Lavigne said on Good Morning America, adding that she was largely bedridden in the months since her diagnosis. In addition to lots of rest, Lavigne's treatment includes multiple antibiotics. "There is hope. Lyme disease does exist. And you can get better," Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger's wife explained. (US Weekly)

"I go off on these rants that don't make any sense," Kanye West admitted when he showed off a new nine-minute music video at the LA County Museum of Art. "But," the rapper reckoned during a Q&A, "I don't give a [bleep]." Fair enough. Kim Kardashian was front-row at the VIP event, where 120 tastemakers got a sneak preview of the arty video by "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen. Cellphones were banned .?.?. except Kim's, of course. NeueHouse and UTA Fine Arts organized the event. (Page Six)

U2's epic eight-night stand at the Madison Square Garden has become something of a celebrity parade with stars filling the stage and the seats. Sunday night was no different with Lady Gaga joining the Irish rock legends for a surprise collaboration. Gaga joined U2 on Sunday (July 26) for a performance of "Ordinary Love," the band's contribution to the soundtrack for the 2013 Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. The pop singer dueted with Bono and played piano. U2's residency thus far has been attended by the likes of musicians Sir Paul McCartney, Nile Rodgers, Alicia Keys and Jon Bon Jovi, producer Steve Lillywhite and model Christy Turlington and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, while Jimmy Fallon and The Roots have shared the spotlight with the veteran act. (Billboard)

Bad Habits You Want to Keep

Jul 28, 2015 -- 2:35pm

Hi everyone...Jim and Julie checking in.  We found this and thought we'd share...watching television can make you smarter. Gossiping can make you less critical of yourself. And coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Yes, some bad habits--in moderation--may actually be good for you. Obviously, chewing your nails to the quick or being tardy most of the time are still bad habits, but Ladies Home Journal reports that some bad habits can have surprisingly good effects.

Here are five that get a bad rap, but can be good for you.

1. Television
The good: When you watch shows that exercise your mind, it can actually make you smarter. Some shows can give you a cognitive workout, while others will encourage you to reflect on your marriage and family life. Still others will almost always teach you something new. The bad: If you turn into a couch potato and watch TV excessively while your family does other things, it's a problem. Sitting in front of the TV for too long can drain your energy. If you watch more than two hours a day, it's time to dial down the habit.

2. Facebook
The good: Facebook can help you deepen relationships and connect with people from your past with whom you long ago lost touch. It can be a valuable resource for information, too. Posting a message that you need the name of a good plumber or tips for planting a vegetable garden can result in information you would not have otherwise received. The bad: When you spend so much time on Facebook that you neglect your work, family or household chores, you may need to restrict your use by building it into your schedule. Be disciplined and only check in at those times.

3. Gossiping
The good: When we gossip about other people, it can make us less critical of our own lives. A celebrity's third trip to rehab or the neighbor's failed marriage can make you realize you're doing just fine. Gossip, which is human nature, also relieves stress and can create a culture of closeness.The bad: If you purposely spread vicious stories about someone else that could be potentially damaging, it's time to stop. Too much gossiping can make you seem insecure or egocentric.

4. Coffee
The good: Regular coffee consumption is actually good for you! Numerous studies have shown multiple health benefits, including a lower risk for stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, liver cancer and gallstones. The bad: If you indulge in fancy, high-calorie java drinks, they can make you fat since they're not only packed with caffeine, but also calories. And pregnant women shouldn't drink coffee at all because it can increase the risk of miscarriage.

5. Being Messy
The good: So what if your desk is a pile of papers and the junk drawer is so crammed with stuff it won't open? Moderately disorganized people also tend to be more creative and efficient than those who are obsessively neat. The bad: When the boss looks at you like your desk is a fire hazard or you can't find your favorite jeans in your closet, it's time to clean up. Being messy is fine--to a point. Complete disorder is a problem. Schedule weekly tidy-up sessions to keep things under control. 5 Bad Habits You Want to Keep

Hot Dog Etiquette - Who Knew!

Jul 05, 2015 -- 9:44pm

Do's and Don'ts: Everyday guidance for eating America's sacred food.

  • Don't -- put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always "dress the dog," not the bun.
  • Do -- condiments should be applied in the following order: wet condiments like mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper.
  • Do -- serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns with hot dogs. Sun-dried tomato buns or basil buns are considered gauche with franks.
  • Don't -- use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper is always preferable.
  • Do -- eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns.
  • Do -- use paper plates to serve hot dogs. Every day dishes are acceptable; china is a no-no.
  • Don't -- take more than five bites to finish a hot dog. For foot-long wiener, seven bites are acceptable.
  • Don't -- leave bits of bun on your plate. Eat it all.
  • Don't -- use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18.
  • Do -- Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog should be licked away, not washed.
  • Do -- use multi-colored toothpicks to serve cocktail wieners. Cocktail forks are in poor taste.
  • Don't -- bring wine to a hot dog barbecue. Beer, soda, lemonade and iced tea are preferable.

At What Age Will You Die?

Jun 13, 2015 -- 9:47pm

Click below and take the quiz.  Jim's scheduled to live til he's 83 and Julie is living until she's 86.  Have fun!

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Six Things Women Love

Jun 08, 2015 -- 6:18pm


What do women want? This question has puzzled men since the dawn of time -- or at least 8th grade. Soon after you discovered ladies, you discovered they are bizarre and irrational creatures whose vagaries cannot be easily explained. Women's magazines don't help -- they just cover what women think they want. But maybe science can. Around the world, Ph.D.s and M.D.s have been creating an empirical, quantitative and entirely different list of qualities and behaviors that make girls go ga-ga. No, this list doesn't include "sense of humor." More like...

1. Not Smiling
A University of British Columbia study found that women are least attracted to a guy with a grin. Scientists aren't really sure why smiles are such a turn-off among the double-X-chromosomal set, but they think it has something to do with our primate ancestry. Among non-human primates, the smile is a fear grimace and symbol of submission, or what researchers call "total deal breakers." What does get women's attention? Loud and proud alpha males or dark and brooding fellas. Which would be great news for men with depression... if their unhappiness weren't due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

2. Average Looks
Previously, researchers thought that predators were responsible because they targeted, say, the peacocks with the prettiest feathers. But a University of Texas study found that while predators do prefer male animals with the flashiest secondary sex characteristics, this did not play a significant role in eliminating them. Rather, female animals purposefully avoid male partners who are too good looking. Perhaps they don't want to mate with the males who are most likely to be eaten. Or perhaps, like human females, they want all eyes on them when they walk into the party.

3. Resembling Their Dads
A University of St. Andrews survey asked 400 women in relationships who had been raised by both parents about the hair and eye color of their partner and dear old dad. Women overwhelming had partners who matched their father. Meanwhile, researchers at the muscularly named University of Pecs in Hungary found that it was also more subtle features, like the shape of the face. Same goes for guys and their mothers, by the way. Apparently, characteristics of the opposite-gender parent are imprinted on the brain at an early age and never really leave you. This may partially explain why women are attracted to older guys.

4. Femininity
A study from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland might explain why ladies love Bieber. Researchers showed female subjects two photos of the same man, with subtle differences. One would have a narrower jaw and rounder eyes, traditionally more feminine features, while the other would be all man. The results? Sorry, square jaws of the world. Ladies prefer more ladylike dudes. Bonus twist? All other things being equal, in countries with poorer overall health, women prefer more masculine men, while in places with stronger health indicators, women favor girly men. Researchers believe women see a manly man as a better reproductive mate. But here in the first world, they have the luxury of caring about things like the fact that manly men are harder to get along with. Science!

5. Dancing Ability
Not pulling at the bar? You're probably relying way too much on your sterling personality. What you need to do is get out there and dance. At least that's what researchers at Northumbria's School of Life Sciences found. They believe women look at your dancing skills as a measure of your overall health and strength, as well as fitness for, ahem, mating. The best way to dance? Like the King, Elvis Presley. The study found that you've got to really gyrate your neck and trunk to win female attention. Researchers -- and we swear we're not making this up -- recommend that you learn to salsa and tango for best results.

6. Red Clothing
When shopping for something to wear to the club, you probably know to skip the Ed Hardy. But a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General found that even more than a sense of humor, women are attracted to guys in red. The concept was pretty simple: participants ranked photos of people based on their desire to kiss or date them, as well as overall likeability. When just looking at these sex and romance-related factors, researchers found that guys in red scored higher. (No similar effect was seen in men looking at photos of women.) The finding held true across disparate cultures from Japan to the States, and researchers attribute it to the perception of red as a marker of high status. Our theory? Deep down, all women love the Kool-Aid Man.

Intern with the Early Morning Crew

May 26, 2015 -- 12:35pm

Soooo, you want to get into broadcasting?  If you want to learn everything about a successful morning radio show, here’s your chance!  Apply for an internship with The Early Morning Crew and you’ll have the opportunity to learn everything about running one of the top morning shows in Northwest Georgia, including:

  • What goes into behind-the-scenes producing and daily operations
  • Help report on celebrity and entertainment news (Julie needs help with this)
  • Editing audio clips
  • Preparing the daily “Final Verdict” for airplay each day
  • Board Operations (Jim needs a lot of help…period)
  • Brainstorming and ideas to make the show better
  • Assist with remote broadcasts (if needed)

What’s it like being an intern?  2 - 3 days a week, the intern sits in the studio with the crew from 6AM til 9AM (hours may vary) and learn what it takes to be on-air talent.  Jim and Julie actually highlight the intern and have them participate in the show!

(Julie, producer Clarke, and Jim)

How to Apply: Just email your resume’ and cover letter telling us why you want to intern with the Early Morning Crew and the experience you want to gain from it. Please note, this is not a paid internship and you must be able to receive college credit in order to be eligible to apply.

Please email:

Internship dates: 9/14 – 12/18   Dates can be adjusted as needed
Deadline to apply: 7/31/15

After You Apply

If Q102 is interested in interviewing you for an internship, a staff member will contact you.

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