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James Gallo

He's our "Hometown Hero" on 800 CHAB today.  He is the Voice of the Warriors James Gallo.

We're saluting James after he reached a milestone on the weekend, calling his 800th Western Hockey League game on the radio.

It was almost 20 years ago when I first met James.  He was a young broadcasting student coming out of a trade school in Vancouver but he hailed from Strasbourg, Saskatchewan.  He wanted to work here.  We made it happen.  We're glad we did.

James Gallo has become a true Moose Javian.  He's a good husband, the father of two beautiful little girls and he contributes to our community in a number of worthwhile ways.

James, as most of you will know, is the Moose Jaw Warriors' communications manager and the now long-time voice of the Warriors.  He's really good at what he does.

Way to go, James Gallo, 800 CHAB's "Hometown Hero" today.  We're lucky to have you.

Ted Knight

His is a success story - a remarkable career in the automobile industry.  He succeeded, expanded and became a highly respected business leader in Regina, Moose Jaw and elsewhere.  Ted Knight passed away on Friday. 

I'll remember Ted for his 10 years with the Regina Pats.  He and Bill Hicke, Morley Gusway, Jack Nichol and Huddy Bell owned the Pats for 10 years through 1996.  Those were good times.  If Hicke wasn't cutting up the Warriors and Moose Jaw, Knight jumped in.  On one occasion he got Warriors fans all fired up when he called our city "a village".

I remembered that and many years later I happened to see Ted Knight in Moose Jaw.  He was at the Hillcrest Golf Club, putting on a golf day for his local employees.  He recognized me and said, "Hello". 

I said, "Hello, Mr. Knight.  Welcome to the Village Club!"  We had a good laugh.

Ted Knight, by the way, was a pretty good hockey player when he was a kid.  He played junior for the Winnipeg Braves when they won the Memorial Cup in 1958.   

Friends and family will say "so long" to Ted Knight at a memorial service tomorrow afternoon at the Conexus Arts Centre.

Facebook Update!

It's like a special service for those of you not engaged on social media.  It's time to share some of the most entertaining posts.

Here's one from a woman who says, "I love early mornings when I have to turn up the heat because it's chilly in the house...and you can jump back into bed for a few more minutes."  Really?  I like summer.

Here's a guy who says, "At what point in our lives is walking considered exercise?  I walk around...and people are always stopping and asking if I need a ride.  I always say "No, thank you", and they always say, "Wow, you like exercise?"  "Unless you're over 70", he says, "walking is not exercise."

Here's one of my Facebook friends posting an article about a new study that finds people over 40 years of age would be more productive if they moved to a 3 day work week.  I'm gonna read that one later.

Oh, and here's someone wishing a friend a happy "belated" birthday and I wonder, why bother?  Just wait 'til next year.

And this Facebook post from someone who says, "Yay, Vegas in April for the curling!"  I think that might be the only time anyone has ever written that line.  Vegas for curling?  What's the world coming to?

95 Years of CHAB

We're celebrating 95 years of radio at 800 CHAB this fall.  It was 1922 when we first went to air with the call letters 10 AB. 

We're asking you to share your special memories.  If you do, you could win an invitation to our exclusive 95th anniversary celebration featuring the UnCoolas!  

Maybe you won a special prize or you remember a special moment in time that you heard first on 800 CHAB.  Maybe it was a program or an announcer you loved to listen to.

I have some special memories.  I clearly recall listening to "The Electric Lunch" when I was in high school and tuning in every night at 8:00 to hear Gerry "O'Rock" O'Day tell me,  "It's 8 O'Rock....I'm Gerry "O'Rock" O'Day".  It was awesome.  Oh, and I'll certainly be sharing some stories about the great times I've had since I got my dream job back in 1986.

Join us and take part by sharing your CHAB memories.  Call and talk to us.  The number is 691 1445.  Thanks!

Fire Prevention

This is Fire Prevention Week.  It's so the kids can learn about fire prevention and what to do in the event of a fire.  Right?  Listen to this.

Cooking-related fires top the list of unintentional residential fires.  With that in mind, the Regina Fire Department teamed up with the University of Regina to find ways to reverse that trend.

The evidence-based research includes things like risk and behaviour stemming from 884 residential cooking fires over two years.  

Interesting to note, overseas-born newcomers had a "relative incidence risk 1.8 times that of the Canadian-born population."

They also found most cooking incidents "occurred because the cook was distracted while preparing the meal" and that "serious cooking incidents were considerably more likely to occur when the resident left home while cooking, fell asleep or was impaired by alcohol or drugs."

It's also interesting to note, almost half of those who tried to intervene to stop the fire from spreading "engaged in behaviours that were unsafe or inappropriate".

Fire Prevention Week.  It's for the kids, right?

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