I have not always enjoyed Halloween.  I grew up when idiots were messing with candy and spiking apples with needles. That ruined what can be a fun little holiday.

So today have fun and bundle up it is going to be cold!

 It’s time for the annual list of the 13 top-earning DEAD celebrities.  Here’s this year’s spooky Top 13 . . . along with their estimated earnings over the past 12 months:

  1. Michael Jackson, $60 million.  Dead since 2009.  His total is down  from $400 million last year, because 2018 included the $287 million his estate made from the sale of his stake in EMI Music Publishing to Sony.
  2. Elvis Presley, $39 million.  Dead since 1977 . . . or so some people would have you believe.  (???)
  3. “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, $38 million.  Dead since 2000.
  4. Arnold Palmer, $30 million.  Dead since 2016.
  5. Bob Marley, $20 million.  Dead since 1981.
  6. Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, $19 million.  Dead since 1991.
  7. John Lennon, $14 million.  Dead since 1980.
  8. Marilyn Monroe, $13 million.  Dead since 1962.
  9. Prince, $12 million.  Dead since 2016.
  10. Nipsey Hussle, $11 million.  He died just this past March.
  11. XXXTentacion, $10 million.  He died in June of last year.
  12. Whitney Houston, $9.5 million.  Dead since 2012.
  13. George Harrison, $9 million.  Dead since 2001.


There are so many surveys, studies, random facts, and stories floating around out there for Halloween,  here are some things I found

According to a new survey, 18% of people say their plan if they get trick-or-treaters tonight is . . . pretend not to be home.  65% will give the kids candy . . . 6% will give out something other than candy . . . and 3% will answer the door but give the kids NOTHING.  BOO HUMBUG!

Only around one-third of adults are actually going to wear a costume today or tonight.

The best and worst things to give out on Halloween.  The best:  Any full-sized candy bar and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  The worst:  Broken glow sticks or candy from a restaurant’s free candy dish.

The candy company Mars has the term “fun size” trademarked.  And they’ve even sued other companies for using it to describe their smaller-sized Halloween candies.

Do you like haunted houses?  48% of people say yes . . . 28% say no . . . and the rest aren’t sure or have never been to one.

Finally, good news if you’re scrambling to get out of work early today and/or worried about how you’re going to feel going into work tomorrow morning:  Next year, Halloween is on a SATURDAY.


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I think I am pretty KOOL, I mean I am the morning host on KOOL 103.9 but that alone doesn’t make me KOOL.

I had two other influences one was JOE!


The other THE FONZ!


Henry Winkler celebrates his 74th Birthday today and to say I wanted the be Fonzie is an understatement, He could just snap his fingers and a beautiful woman would be there for a kiss.  TAKE THAT SUPERMAN.

Despite some typecasting Henry Winkler’s life’s work as an actor and producer goes on.

Two of his early movie roles are two of my favorite hidden treasures.

“Heroes” Henry Winkler played a Vietnam Vet with PTSD his co- star was Sally Field in a cross country adventure were both were dealing with serious issues in their lives.  The movie was funny and very funny at time and provided me with two memories.

Memory 1.  Just a comic line when Winkler looked at a bus driver in a café who took the last piece of pie “YOU DON’T WANT THAT IT WILL MAKE YOU FAT…………ER “!

Memory #2 was the closing scene as he two main characters were coming to terms with their lives and the song “carry on my wayward son, by Kansas was playing.  Every time I play that song I think of the movie Hero’s

The 2nd film is one that enjoyed because of the subject matter “Pro Wrestling”

“The one and only” had two legendary wrestlers in it. Chaco Guerro Sr and Roddy Piper.

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Cats are strange creatures!  Who doesn’t love having a cat siting on your lap asleep with the tail that wags about every 4 seconds all the while that magical purring noise.

Today is National Cat Day, we celebrate cats most people love cats… I said most because there is 15 to 30 percent of us who are allergic to cats.   Then there are people who get tired of cats using their flower gardens as a litter box and leaving paw prints as they walk on their cars.

But today we celebrate National cat day.

I enjoy cats most of the time but sometimes cats don’t like me.    Years ago I went to visit a friend in Provo, she had THE CAT FROM HELL!

As we visited that cat would not leave me alone, it jumped on me, clawed me, bite me hard enough to draw a little blood.  As my friend left the room with me trying to fend off another cat attack I decided my skin had had enough!  Let’s just say we found out a little know cat fact ‘CATS CAN FLY!!!  AND FOR QUITE A DISTANCE TOO”  Now before you judge me know  this I would never and have never intentionally hurt an animal but this cat was like Snoopy’s cat next door.

I even had a cat when I was a kid.  Benny the cat, a great male cat that we found out was not a male cat!  No it was not a transgender cat either and the liter proved it.

Happy National Cat Day

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Am I becoming a Halloweenie?

Over the past few years my thoughts on Halloween have been changing some.   When I was a kid I was a fan of the Halloween candy but somewhere along the line I just didn’t enjoy Halloween.   I was a Halloween Scrooge   BOO HUMBUG !

But now I kind of enjoy Halloween time.  Why?  Ghoul 103.9   Several years ago we at KOOL thought it would be fun to supply the soundtrack for Halloween.   At 3 pm the transformation begins and KOOL becomes Ghoul with 6  hours of music, comedy and sounds about Halloween  .  As I started to put the show together I started to see the fun side of Halloween.   The costumes are amazing especially the kids when they come by trick or treating.

Here is a list of Halloween movies you might consider.  1st Scary movies.   I am not a fan of slasher movies and scary movies so I think I have only seen one on this list from

Movies they recommend.  A quite place… Truth or dare…  Before I wake…. The 1st purge …Predator.

Now I have seen the original Predator with Arnold and Jesse the Body Ventura. I really liked it.  (I ain’t got time to bleed)

But there are also a lot of movies that are fun and scary , I call them Halloween lite.  Some movies you might consider.   Fright night…. The Adams family… The monster squad… Shaun of the dead… this movie has a cult following and I tried to watch it, notice the word tried…. Ghostbusters…. Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein and the one I have to watch every year is Young Frankenstein.   I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

One other movie that you might consider is not really a scary or a funny Halloween movie but it is a Bio movie called ED WOOD.   Johnny Deep as a real life movie writer and director who was more than a little out there.  He was the king of the old B movies and directed what a lot of movie critics say is the ‘Worst movie ever made” Plan 9 from outer space.   As bad as Plan 9 was Ed Wood was the opposite.   This is one quirky movie that to me is a must see.   I would probably put it on a personal Top 10 list.

So as we get closer and closer to Halloween maybe I will try a few scary movies… Nah, but I will watch the fun ones.   Maybe I will become more of a Halloweenie







I think we all have them, things that just freak us out. Phobias.

I am slightly claustaphobic, so imagine my joy when I was told twice in a 9 month span that I needed a M.R.I.   The test where they put you on a table the width of a traffic stripe on the highway then slide you in to a tube! 

I must have looked like a tube of toothpaste! 

Then if you are a big guy you …. Well let’s just say


Somehow through sheer will power, determination and a super-human effort and a **** of a lot of screaming in my head I made it through!  After both test my wife rewarded me by taking me to a restaurant for some celebratory BACON!

Phobia’s are real and some are so bad person’s lifestyle is altered.

 “Ultimate Classic Rock” put together a list of PHOBIAS that various rock stars have been known to have . . .

Here they are, starting with the more common fears:

  1. David Bowie, Gene Simmons, David Lee Roth, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, and Chris Cornell . . . all have a fear of FLYING

Sheryl Crow . . . fear of HEIGHTS ,     Ozzy Osbourne . . . afraid of RATS    Freddie Mercury . . . afraid of SPIDERS    Nikki Sixx and Johnny Cash . . . afraid of SNAKES.    Alice Cooper and Joe Perry of Aerosmith . . . afraid of NEEDLES.    Dave Davies of The Kinks and Johnny Depp . . . fear of CLOWNS.   Ringo Starr . . . fear of GERMS.

So you aren’t alone with your phobia.  Just ask Dr. Lucy Van Pelt.

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Today in 1915 Bob Kane was born.  His mind gave us THE BATMAN!

From his debut in Detective comics #27 until today Bat fans have followed the crime fighting efforts of The Caped Crusader in books ,TV shows , movie shorts and feature link films both live action and animated.  (I recommend the animated films).

Like many in my generation I became a Batman man with a POW- ZAPP- KABOOM of the old Batman TV classic.  I love them all.

I guess the morality play of The Batman has been the magnet for me.  Knowing here was a man who lost his parents who wanted to do the right thing was in part my story.  I lost my Dad when I was four and despite some missteps along the way I wanted to be like Batman.  And if I got to knock out a couple bullies along the — even better.

Yes, I was bullied a lot as a kid and only wanted to fight as a last resort.  I had a lot of last resorts until puberty set in and my bullies didn’t grow as much as I did.   I PUT BATMAN WHOOPING ON THEM!

Now as an older man I still am a Batman Man, reading comics and colleting Comic books I look forward to the time I retire sit in my recliner with a Batman comic and fall asleep so I can dream of fighting The Joker, The Riddle and other villains.  But really look forward to dreams about THE CATWOMAN


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Some people enjoy getting scared!   NOT ME … I LIKE HAVING CONTROL OF MY BODILY FUNCTIONS.

So I don’t do horror movies, haunted houses or corn mazes.  It has only been the past few years that have started enjoying Halloween.  That has happened with producing our GHOUL 1039 show.


That doesn’t mean I haven’t had hunted house experience.  As a teenager a family friend needed help at a haunted house and asked me to help.  I get to the event and was told my help would be lying in a real coffin with a stake through my heart for 5 hours.  WITHOUT A BATROOM BREAK!  Now that is scary!

Make up was applied a fake wooden stake place on my chest and ketchup applied (this in the days before Mayo Chup).   I was placed in the coffin and waited for people to stare at me as I watched them through squinted eyes.  I must admit to sitting up and scaring a few.

But the best game when two teenage girls peered into the coffin wondering if this was who they thought it was.  They tried everything they could to make me break but I held on. (After a few hours without a bathroom break I knew all about holding on!)

As the girls walked away I sprung up out of my coffin trying to get to them.  The whole place erupted in laughter as these two girls started screaming and running away.  Let’s just say I got a good scolding at school the next day.

A few years ago I was with two girls at Lake O the Ozarks in MO.  When the younger talked her cousin and I to go to a haunted house.  OK, yes I had to pay for it too. As the scare fest began the 2 girls said “Dave, you big strong handsome man led the way!” (I added the handsome part because this is my story)  We made our way through being screamed, jumped and visually assaulted I had to stop in my tracks, why I felt spider webs!  I told my friends to be prepared but it didn’t help.   I had 2 girls jumping on me a digging there finger nails into my shoulders and arms.  Yes marks were made which took days to heal.  As we exited I could hear one of the girls say.  Why did he take us in that place?

Still makeS me laugh

Here is a story I found about a really scary haunted house

There’s a haunted house in Summertown, Tennessee called McKamy Manor.  And it may be the world’s SCARIEST haunted house.

 If you make it through, you get a $20,000 prize.  But . . . NO ONE’S ever made it through.

 Why is it so scary?  It uses hypnotism to play MIND GAMES with people.  Or, more accurately, to psychologically TORTURE them.  And it messes with them so much that they ALL wind up saying the phrase to get out:  “You really don’t want to do this.” 

If you’re interested in trying, you need to sign a 40-page waiver, complete a physical, pass a drug test, prove you have medical insurance, and pass a background check.  You also have to watch a two-hour video montage of people quitting.


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Today I say we all embrace our knuckle heads!  Why?

It’s Curly Howards Birthday.

Curly is a comic legend as are all of the stooges.  But in my opinion Curly took slap stick comedy to another level.

Every year on this date October 22 we should pause for a few laughs call each other Knuckleheads and do the curly shuffle

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Whenever you are “Live on the air” things happen.

When the earthquake hit Nevada a few years ago we felt it here in Logan!  I was on the air about 7:15 am when the microphone stated moving and hit me in the nose!  Well to be honest it was more of a small bop on the nose.

I was on the air in Montgomery city MO. when lighting hit our radio tower and came traveled into the studio and gave me a shock. (Once again not bad)

I have had coworkers MOON me, throw things at me. Sneak up on me to scare me all on the air. Doing a sports broadcast a parent of one of the players was upset at a Ref, he turned around got about 2 inches from my face to express his displeasure.  Face it the man was more than displeased and loudly expressed it with a string of profanities that would make a sailor blush.  I think the entire seventh fleet proud!

Then you have the times when your body takes over sneezing burping and other loud explosive body functions happen.  But this morning was a first listen to this

Well at least it was better than some explosive body sounds….

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I can remember the 1st time I ever heard the song “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skyrynd… I was in the 11th grade ate beginning of a school day in “homeroom” It was in the schools band room and the teacher would let one person to bring in an album for us to listen too as we prepared for the rest of the day.

This particular day my friend Kendrick brought in the Album “Pounced” and my musical life changed forever.  What can you say about “”FREEBIRD” except it touched me in such a way that I have requested the song to be played at my funeral.

The anniversary of the plane crash in Mississippi in 1977 is this Sunday October 20th.  It was a Thursday and I was working the night shift at a radio station in Rexburg when the news broke of the crash that took the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant; guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines; Skyrynd manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as the plane’s two pilots Walter McCreary and William Gray. All the other members of the band suffered horrific injuries, from which they eventually recovered.

The band eventually reformed with Johnny Van Zant on lead vocals.

For several years the band would only do an instrumental version of the song.  This is from The Volunteer Jam with Charlie Daniels joining the band.

In 1991 I finally got to see the band in concert and that tour was the first that Jonny Van Zant would sing the vocals.

Over the years the band has seen band members die away and in 2019 Lynyrd Skyrynd calling it quits.

I will always be part of the SKynyrd  nation

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