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1,397,817 Reasons To Thank You...

The 28th Annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon was a huge success thanks to the amazing generosity of Metro Detroiters like you. $1,397,817 raised over 16 Hours! And it all goes right to the street to feed 5000 men, women and children in our area every day! I can't tell you how appreciative I am and how much I enjoyed hosting the final 3 hours of the event broadcast on 760 WJR! Below are some pics from Friday night...courtesy of my daughter's Jill and Jessica. 

Back behind the mic...

Back behind the mic...

Jackie calculating how we're doing on a $15,000 match from Tim Allen.

Jackie calculating how we're doing on a $15,000 match from Tim Allen.

Jim "White Fang" Ochs, Rebekka Rhodes & her daughter Jordan, and James "The Walking Man" Robertson. 

Jim "White Fang" Ochs, Rebekka Rhodes & her daughter Jordan, and James "The Walking Man" Robertson. 

"Bowling for Dollars"...

"Bowling for Dollars"...

Big Al giving that phone number once again while Dave "Rodney Dangerfield" Zoran and James look on. 

Big Al giving that phone number once again while Dave "Rodney Dangerfield" Zoran and James look on. 

Joe "Coleman Young" Noune, Colonel Turner and my right hand Radiothon man Dale Johnson. 

Joe "Coleman Young" Noune, Colonel Turner and my right hand Radiothon man Dale Johnson. 

My family came out to support the Radiothon... In this pic, my son-in-law Mark, my daughter Jill, and my granddaughter, Julia. 

My family came out to support the Radiothon... In this pic, my son-in-law Mark, my daughter Jill, and my granddaughter, Julia. 

That Total deserves a standing ovation!

That Total deserves a standing ovation!

The whole gang...

The whole gang...

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And now on with the news...

A Texas man says he got a tattoo of the Internet Dress on his legs because he though it would be funny. 

- The procedure left him black and blue...or gold and white depending who's looking at it. 

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Rosie O'Donnell's second wife has officially filed for divorce. 

- If a nice, sweet, easy going girl like Rosie can't keep a wife...who can???

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Star Trek fans everywhere are grieving the death of Leonard Nimoy who went "Where no man has gone before". 

- I'm not sure if they're talking about outer space or Rosie O'Donnell.

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In related news, President Obama released a statement mourning the loss of his "good friend" Leonard Nimoy. 

- He blamed Nimoy's death on the Bush administration. 

- White House insiders say Obama was a HUGE fan of Nimoy's and expressed "Spock & Awe" when he heard of his passing.  

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A shocking new video claims to have captured a naked man climbing out a window of Buckingham Palace. 

- Sounds like Prince Harry decided to pay his Grandma a visit. 

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Have a great day and I'll see you back here Tuesday... And thanks again for your generosity! 

-Dick 

Purtan Podcast #151: "One Week and Counting 'Til The Radiothon..."

Welcome to the weekend and Podcast #151... We cover a lot of topics this week... but first and foremost, next Friday, February 27,  we are going to have a "Purtan's People" reunion at the 28th Annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon - broadcast on 760 WJR. And for the first time the 16-Hour event will be held at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak - on Eleven Mile one block East of Main Street.  It runs from 6am to 10pm...with Yours Truly, along with Jackie, Big Al, Rebecca Rhodes, Joe Noune, Jim Ochs and other members of my radio show taking the evening shift... 7pm to 10pm.

In this week's podcast we'll reveal the full line-up of hosts and guests...from Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckman & Mitch Albom to Ronald Reagan, Coleman Young, and Vladimir Putin! 

It's especially fitting that as we face a winter of record breaking low temperatures and wind chills, we come together to raise money for this incredibly vital program that feeds more than 5000 men, women and children EVERY DAY, 365 days a year, and shelters more than 600 people every night. 

A donation of just $10 dollars a month ($120/yr) feeds ONE person for an ENTIRE YEAR And $20 a month ($240/yr) feeds TWO people for 365 days. Only the Salvation Army Bed & Bread Trucks can do that. 

You can even donate NOW by calling 248-528-0760 or by going to WJR.com. 

On a less serious note... This week's Podcast also includes a personal story about the closing of the Detroit Playboy Club...and what each "Bunny" received as a "Retirement" gift. And some stories about Detroit's own Thom Sharpe...the man who wrote and sang the classic "They Don't Make Nun Names Like That No More".

So step out of the cold and get fired up for Podcast #151!   (41:18) 

Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here Monday with my regular blog!

-Dick 


A Picture Perfect Day...

Jackie was on hand at Suburban Ford in Sterling Heights at noon today when James Robertson, the Detroit man who has made International news and gained worldwide admiration for his tireless work ethic, was surprised with a brand new 2015 Ford Taurus. After ten plus years of walking 21 miles to get to and from his job, as of today, James has his own car. 

The first pic is courtesy of the Detroit Free Press photographer Ryan Garza. The other three were taken by Jackie...with the last one showing the great amount of media that was on hand. 

It's Super Bowl Weekend...Why Not An Instant Replay?

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Welcome to the weekend and an Encore Presentation of Podcast #148!

I'm putting last week's Podcast up again because I've got a surprise coming up for you at the beginning of next week. I'm recording it on Monday with a very special guest - unlike any I've had on in the past. 

You'll be reading this man's incredible story in the Freep this Sunday - and he - James - will be joining me, along with Jackie and her friend Blake, with more on this exceptional man, and how a random act of kindness by Blake brought the three of them together.  

So for now...It's #148: The Sequel (or actually...The Repeat) 

Topics include: 

- The upcoming 28th Annual Salvation Army Radiothon, Friday Feb. 27, on WJR 760.

-  "No Pudge Brownies"... the great way to enjoy my favorite dessert with all the fudginess and none of the pudginess.  

- National DJ Day - surprisingly, a day honoring Club DJ's for "bringing energy to the dance floor", NOT Radio DJ's. But it doesn't matter because Radio guys like being called "Air Personalities" instead. 

- The current controversy over the New England Patriots and who deflated their footballs...and my personal experience with deflated footballs on the street where I grew up. 

- The 6 NFL teams I always root for... and why. 

- And a little known story about a former Buffalo Bills QB who was framed by the mafia... involving a drugged drink, a hotel bed, a hooker and a photograph. 

I look forward to sharing James amazing journey with you next week...but for now, tune in again (or for the first time!) to Podcast #148.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here Monday!

-Dick