Sun Country Blog

Good Times on Ice

Yes folks Old DJ's can skate!  The First Responders

were honored Saturday with a hockey game of fun

as a part of The Foothills Minor Hockey Day in

High River.  This is your mid-day host trying

to keep up with the rest of the pack!

The First Responders beat the High River

Hoodlums 6-5 in a shoot out and all had a good

time!  PS  Yes, Charlie is sore!


Happy Tuesday!

Today on the Drive Home Show...



It's Tuesday again, so I've got more new tracks for you this afternoon as well as double-shots from your favourite artists!  New music this week from Aaron Pritchett, Kacey Musgraves, Quentin Reddy and more!  If you want two hear a couple of tracks from one of your favourites, let me know!  Call the studio at 403-652-4997 or tweet me @suncountry997!



Since Monday was a holiday, I've got this week's Web Musing for you this afternoon!  Following up on our theme from last week, this week I bring you another "parenting" video!  "Who are you?"  "I'm Bat-Dad."


A Royal Weekend

It was an incredible weekend in the Foothills.  From Alberta Culture Days to the 2013 Heritage Inn Hot Air Balloon Championships to the 11th Annual River City Classics Car Club Show and Shine.  We had thousands of visitors to our community and over 1500 cars!  Thank you to all who came out for the fun.

I still cannot believe that I faced a huge fear in my life and got into a hot air balloon.  It was one of the most amazing things I have ever done!  And it was so cool to take you along with me.  Thank you for all the support you gave me before, during and after! 

Jody balloon 1 on air

This is me almost taking off...on the air with Sean in-studio trying to smile and be cool.

Jody balloon 2 behind


As the balloon starts to inflate...

Jody balloon 3 assemble

My pilot and crew assembling the basket and burner.

And here is a bit of the video of my balloon morning shot by High River Online's Russ Skeet.

No screaming at launch cause I seriously could hardly talk.  But it was the most incredible experience ever!

Friday night was a super-cool event for spectators and balloonists.  The Night Glow.  Charlie Brown played the tunes and we loved what we saw!  Thanks to the Town of High River for sponsoring this event.

night glow 1

night glow 2

It was also the weekend where the new Stampede Royal Trio got crowned.  We were cheering loudly for High River's Jaden Holle.  Although she didn't take a crown home with her yesterday we are very proud of how well she did!  Great job Jaden!

We are also pleased to Welcome the new trio.  Your 2014 Stampede Queen is Danica Heath from Calgary. Your 2014 Stampede Princesses are Shannon Black from Calgary and Stephanie Patterson from Calgary. Can't wait to meet the ladies and see them at their over 400 appearances in their year of royalty. 

2014 Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses

100 Days Later...

This afternoon on the Drive Home Show...




It has been 100 days since the flood brought the town to it's knees, but rather than look back, I prefer to use this opportunity to look ahead!  Today, the temporary business park opened in High River, marking the return to town for many local stores and businesses.  More importantly than just the reopening of these businesses (which are people's livelihoods) are the jobs for others that have returned with the businesses.  It's a good thing all round!

HR Hospital 1

Yesterday, the High River Hospital announced that they have returned to full services!  One day shy of the 100 day anniversary this essential piece of the community has been returned to it's full capacity to deal with the needs of the town.

These are just a couple of the things that are significant, to see more and to read more make sure you click on the link or click on the News tab above!




Tomorrow the circus will be in Vulcan and I've got a family 4 pack of tickets (2 adult, 2 child) for the show!  There's a hitch though, you have to be able to come into the station before 6pm tonight to pick up the tickets!  We'll do the cue-to-call early in the show around 3:20ish to give you some time to get down here!


A Very Fall Thursday

Today on the Drive Home Show...




(Photo Courtesy Vince d'Eon)

This morning was crisp and cool, and clear enough to get the balloons in the sky!  It was a nice sight to see!  Reminded me of being a kid and walking to school at this time of year and seeing the balloons going overhead!  The weather was a reminder that we've got the cold and snow on it's way, tho!  Look for the Heritage Inn Hotels 2013 Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships again tonight and tomorrow morning!  Tonight they launch the siesta balloons and the shape balloons from the Little Bow Campground, and the competitors go from the SW corner of the traffic circle in High River!

For more info and the schedule of events, click on the link!

balloon 2

Balloon 3




Dean Brody press image

At 4:20ish this afternoon, I'll be playing the Dean Brody cue-to-call for the last time on the Drive Home Show!  Jody Seeley will have one more chance for you tomorrow morning before she does the draw before 9am to beat the box office!  Someone is getting some Dean Brody tix tomorrow!

For ticket info click on the link!



Nashville News Logo

Your Nashville News for this week!  Billy Currington, Little Big Town, and how to get your "mug shot" into the new Boom Chucka Boys video for their latest single, Caffeine!



Yesterday afternoon, Sean Emmett and I had the pleasure of chatting with legendary children's entertainer, Fred Penner!  We've now got the video all put together and ready to go!  Check out the video of the entire interview, uncut, below.





(Photo Courtesy Jason Aldean's Twitter Feed)

Here's the trailer for the new movie "Sweetwater"!  Starring Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega, and JASON ALDEAN!  The country star makes his acting debut in a supporting role in this western directed by Logan Miller!  The movie will hit screens on October 11th!