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SUNDAY LINEUP

Midnight-5 a.m. Coast to Coast AM
Take part in a nationwide call-in show that offers a perfect balance of topical issues, information and humor.
Related website: Coast to Coast A.M.


5:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.  Info-Track
This weekly public affairs program features noteworthy news and commentary on a variety of topics including health care, drug abuse prevention, politics, public safety and a variety of other issues that affect our every day lives   

5:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.  This week in America
Talented veteran broadcaster RIC BRATTON hosts THIS WEEK IN AMERICA. Each week, Ric talks with nationally-known guests about issues that affect all Americans.

6 a.m. - 7 a.m.   For Your Ears Only
Each week, host David Alpern and guests recap the major news stories of the week. 
This entertaining, news and issue-oriented program is a production of gatewave.org, an organization providing alternatives to reading for those who are visually or physically disabled.    

7:05 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.  Music and the Spoken Word
Inspirational music and message from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   What 'cha Got?  with Harry Rinker  
Whatcha Got? Is a nationally syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show designed to answer the questions: (1) What do I own? and (2) How much is it worth? In addition to answering the questions of the many loyal listeners, the show features the latest news from the world of antiques and collectibles, collecting tips, guest interviews, and letters from the mailbag.
Harry Rinker (the host) is a very well known collectable/antique appraiser who has been on Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Good Morning America and more! He even had his own TV show on the Home and Garden Network called "Collector Inspector".
The show airs LIVE on WCLO, so check out your garage and attic and see if you've got any hidden treasure by talking with Harry and seeing "whatcha got"!
This show is broadcast LIVE and your calls are welcome at 1-800-259-5791.

9:06 a.m. - 11:00a.m.  Rudy Maxa's World
America's #1 Travel Radio Show. Rudy Maxa brings listeners breaking travel news, topical talk, high-profile guests, honest commentary, tips/trends, straight-forward advice, inside scoop, fun and entertainment, and so much more! .

11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.   The Money Pit Home ImprovementShow / Wisconsin Sports
WCLO brings you more Wisconsin team sports coverage than any other Rock County Station including the Brewers, Bucks, Badgers, Packers and local high school teams.   When there's a break in the action, hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete will answer your home improvement questions and provide helpful tips and insights into "Doing it Yourself".   WCLO will break in to programming with local news updates as conditions warrant. 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Jill on Money
Money guru Jill Schlesinger helps listeners take control of their financial lives and better understand all-things-money.
Jill On Money is entertaining, humorous, and above all, approachable. The show appeals to anyone who wants to know more about money, regardless of asset level.
Jill Schlesinger is the Editor-at-large for CBS Moneywatch.com. She owned and operated an investment management firm for 14 years and is a certified financial planner. Jill specialized in managing money in a way that was consistent with the risk tolerance of her former clients and presents financial concepts that are fun, entertaining, and easy-to-understand.
This show is tape-delayed, but you can call the show line anytime at 855-411-JILL; email: askjill@moneywatch.com; or follow Jill on Twitter.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  The Best of Michael Smerconishor sports play-by-play.
Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. Talkers Magazine has consistently named him one of America's most important talk show hosts, and Radio and Records named him the nation's Local Personality of the Year. On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House.
Michael's approach to talk radio is a broader variety of topics and a more civil discussion style.
The program features some of the week's best segments.

6 p.m.-7 p.m.    CBS Weekend News RoundUp.
Get caught up on the important news from the week just passed before you begin the next work week. CBS Correspondents bring you a review of the top stories and newsmakers.


7 p.m. - 9 p.m..    Your Next Job with Steve Greenberg.
Steven Greenberg is talk radio’s employment guru, with strategies and tactics to find and secure fulfilling employment in a difficult job market. With cataclysmic shifts in the job market, the same old rules simply do not apply. Steve will guide you through all the obstacles and help get your head together, get back in the game, and win – more energized than ever before.
Steven Greenberg is a Jobs & Economy Consultant for CBS Radio News and creator and host of CBS Radio’s "Your Next Job!” daily job feature. An attorney, former HR manager, general counsel of a major toy company, and founder of a staffing firm, Steve has appeared as a jobs expert on CNN, PBS Frontline, NBC News, NPR's All Things Considered, ABCnews.com, and dozens of other TV and radio programs. He is based in New York City.


SUNDAY EVENING "OLD TIME RADIO" DRAMA/MYSTERY THEATRE PRESENTATIONS:
Each Sunday, WCLO is one of the only radio stations to bring listeners three hours of different radio mystery/drama programs. We hope you'll sit back, turn down the lights and let your imagination run!!

9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.   Imagination Theatre
Brand New radio theatre productions in the spirit of old time radio.  Regular features include the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Louis L 'Amour theatre.   
The program often features TV Stars of the past and have included Dawn Wells, Rusell Johnson and Richard Sanders among others.
Fans can order these broadcasts and many others for their own enjoyment from the producer's website: Jim French Productions.

10:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.    Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, hosted by Stacy Keach
The Twilight Zone™ radio dramas are heard on nearly 100 radio stations from coast-to-coast.  WCLO offers listeners two seperate dramas each evening -- all newly produced with some of today's top stars.  WCLO is proud to bring you two unique hours each week.
Some of the stars that you'll hear in The Twilight Zone™ include: Jim Caviezel, Jason Alexander, Jane Seymour, Bruno Kirby, Lou Diamond Phillips, Blair Underwood, Ed Begley, Jr., Chris McDonald, John Ratzenberger, Chelcie Ross, Mike Starr, Kim Fields, Tim Kazurinsky, Adam Baldwin, Michael Rooker, Daniel J. Travanti, Frank John Hughes, James Keach, Richard Grieco, Stan Freberg, Andrea Evans, Morgan Brittany, Shelley Berman, Beverly Garland, Orson Bean, H.M. Wynant, Peter Mark Richman, and of course, Stacy Keach.
Fans can get more information and order full programs on the official program website.
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WCLO's Weekend Program Lineup

NOTE:   WCLO is the major Rock County outlet for Badgers, Bucks, Brewers, Packers and local High School football.   These sports broadcasts will pre-empt the schedule when game broadcasts are scheduled.   To check our planned sports broadcasts, visit our sports broadcast schedule page.

SATURDAY LINEUP

Midnight-5 a.m. Coast to Coast AM

Take part in a nationwide call-in show that offers a perfect balance of topical issues, information and humor.
Related website: Coast to Coast A.M.

5:10 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.  Info Track
This weekly public affairs program features noteworthy news and commentary on a variety of topics including health care, drug abuse prevention, politics, public safety and a variety of other issues that affect our every day lives   

5:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.  Ag Matters
Listen to the latest podcast now.
Show archives are available on our audio page.
Locally produced each week by WCLO, Ag Matters is presented in cooperation with the Rock Coungy Ag Business Council. The program addresses a wide variety of topics and stives to foster a better understanding of how important agriculture is to the economy and the community.

6 a.m.-7:30 a.m. WCLO Saturday Morning News
Wake up to Rock County's only all news and information radio station. CBS National news on the hour. Local news twice hourly plus weather, sports and entertaining feature segments.  

7:10 a.m. - 7:25 a.m.   This Week in Southern Wisconsin
A review of the week's top stories from the WCLO newsroom.

7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.    Van Galder Tour and Travel Show  OR
                           "Senior Solutions" with Terry Burrington.

These two programs run in alternate weeks.  

Van Galder Tour and Travel Show provides listeners on great travel opportunities through Van Galder as well as discussion of other travel-related topics from licensed travel professional, Kim Dooley and other travel experts from the Van Galder Staff.

Senior Solutions with Terry Burrington takes a look at the many topics and issues facing today's senior population. With important information for both seniors and their children, Terry and his guests will tackle topics including financial planning, estates, wills, long term care, insurance and many others.
Listen podcasts from Van Galder Tour and Travel
Listen podcasts from Senior Solutions with Terry Burrington.



8 a.m. - 9 a.m.    The Flower Hour with Phyliss Williams of K&W Greenery.
Listen to the podcast now.
Archives are available in podcast form from our audio page.
The Flower Hour continues to delight listeners of all ages and all gardening abilities.   Phyliss Williams brings her expertise on everything that grows and provides answers to listener questions throughout the 8am hour of news and information every Saturday.  
The show is LIVE and your calls are welcome at 608-752-4000


9 a.m. - 10 a.m.    "More for your Money: An Uncommon Sense Approach to Investing"

John Berkley's "More for your Money: An Uncommon Sense Approach to Investing" Program offers insight and advice on topics related to investing and building a strong financial plan. 
The show is LIVE and your calls are welcome at 608-752-4000

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Jill on Money
Money guru Jill Schlesinger helps listeners take control of their financial lives and better understand all-things-money.
Jill On Money is entertaining, humorous, and above all, approachable. The show appeals to anyone who wants to know more about money, regardless of asset level.
Jill Schlesinger is the Editor-at-large for CBS Moneywatch.com. She owned and operated an investment management firm for 14 years and is a certified financial planner. Jill specialized in managing money in a way that was consistent with the risk tolerance of her former clients and presents financial concepts that are fun, entertaining, and easy-to-understand.
This show is tape-delayed, but you can call the show line anytime at 855-411-JILL; email: askjill@moneywatch.com; or follow Jill on Twitter.

12:06 p.m. - 2 p.m.  The Best of Clark Howard or Wisconsin Sports
WCLO brings you more Wisconsin team sports coverage than any other Rock County Station including the Brewers, Bucks, Badgers, Packers and local high school teams.  
When there's a break in the action on Saturdays, you'll enjoy an encore presentation of America's Consumer Champion, Clark Howard.    Clark Howard provides listeners with information to make decisions on topics from first time mortgages to buying appliances.  

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  America's Car Show.
AMERICA’S CAR SHOW is for anyone who owns a car, truck, motorcycle, etc. - not just the backyard mechanic as automotive consumers spend more money on vehicles and vehicle-related items in their lifetimes than any other products. From struts to swaybars, leases to lugnuts, recalls to repairs, engines to exhaust systems, transmissions to timing chains, car care to car safety, polishes to paint, window glass to wheels, buying or selling….AMERICA’S CAR SHOW WITH TOM TORBJORNSEN has their answers! With over 30 years in the automotive industry and over fifteen years on radio, host Tom Torbjornsen offers listeners a unique and entertaining style, expert advice, topical guests and enthusiasm for cars.

4 p.m.-6 p.m.    The Blue LifeStyle with Anthony Dias Blue or Wisconsin Sports play-by-play.
BLUE LIFESTYLE with Anthony Dias Blue will delight listeners who are lovers of good food, great wine, superb restaurants, exotic travel and the luxuries of life. A lively broadcast that focuses on all the components of the “Good Life.” Host Anthony Dias Blue is recognized as one of the most influential wine, food and lifestyle experts in the world. The show combines an array of industry/lifestyle news, topical talk, listener interactions, high-profile guests, tips/trends, honest commentary, unfiltered advice, behind the scenes chatter, fun and entertainment, and more! Anthony Dias Blue is the author of nine books, a seasoned columnist, a successful TV and radio personality, and Executive Director of the two largest beverage competitions in the United States.
Follow Anthony on Twitter; or Follow Anthony on Facebook.
ALTERNATIVELY - WCLO brings you more Wisconsin team sports coverage than any other Rock County Station including the Brewers, Bucks, Badgers, Packers and local high school teams. Sports coverage may pre-empt our regular broadcast of this program.

6 p.m.-9 p.m.    Free Talk Live -OR- Wisconsin Sports
What's on your mind? Unlike those right-wing or left-liberal extremist shows, Free Talk Live is talk radio that ANYONE can take control of. Yes, even you. Free Talk Live is the next generation of issues oriented talk. What is the meaning of freedom? This show is about Liberty with a capital L.
The show is broadast LIVE on WCLO. Call-in line: 1-800-259-9231
Free Talk Live airs whenever there's a break in the Wisconsin Sports Action as, alternatively, WCLO brings you more Wisconsin team sports coverage than any other Rock County Station including the Brewers, Bucks, Badgers, Packers and local high school teams. WCLO will break in to programming with local news updates as conditions warrant.  

9 p.m.-11:59 p.m.    The Best of Laura Ingraham -OR- Wisconsin Sports
Always articulate and entertaining, "The Laura Ingraham Show" has been addicting legions of listeners since her launch into national syndication in 2001. Smart, funny, and ahead of the curve in politics and the culture, Laura's busting down the door of the "boys only" radio club. Now on 340 radio stations, Laura takes listeners on a wild ride through the colliding worlds of politics, the news media, and Hollywood.
Laura Ingraham airs whenever there's a break in the Wisconsin Sports Action as, alternatively, WCLO brings you more Wisconsin team sports coverage than any other Rock County Station including the Brewers, Bucks, Badgers, Packers and local high school teams. WCLO will break in to programming with local news updates as conditions warrant.
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WCLO's Weekday Program Lineup

Midnight-4 a.m. Coast to Coast AM
Take part in a nationwide call-in show that offers a perfect balance of topical issues, information and humor.
Related website:     Coast to Coast AM

4 a.m.-5 a.m. First Light
Start your day with NBC's Radio's Morning news magazine program hosted by Dirk Van.

5 a.m.-9 a.m. Southern Wisconsin's Morning News
Wake up to Rock County's only all news and information radio station. Turn on Newsradio 12-3-0 and leave it on for continuing coverage of world, national and local news from the WCLO Newsroom.  Staffed with a team of local reporters, WCLO news is Southern Wisconsin's leader in local coverage.  Also joining our coverage team each morning are sports director, Al Fagerli;  Meteorologists from the News 3 weather center in Madison; timely stock market indexes and news from Marketwatch and Charles Osgood with "The Osgood Files". 

9:10 a.m. - 11:30am   Your Talk Show.  
Southern Wisconsin's locally produced talk show.

Join in the conversation and interviews each weekday and hear from experts on topical issues. 
The Show is available to listen to on demand on our site or via podcasting.  Just visit our audio page for the latest shows and archives.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Mid day news, weather and market updates

12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.  The Clark Howard Show
As long as there is fraud, deceit and bad service, there will always be room for America's Consumer Champion, Clark Howard.    Clark Howard provides listeners with information to make decisions on topics from first time mortgages to buying appliances.  
The show is LIVE on WCLO weekdays. Call in line: 1-877-87-CLARK. (1-877-873-5275).


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Michael Smerconish
Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. Talkers Magazine has consistently named him one of America's most important talk show hosts, and Radio and Records named him the nation's Local Personality of the Year. On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House.
Michael's approach to talk radio is a broader variety of topics and a more civil discussion style.
Two additional unique hours of this program are tape-delayed from 6pm-8pm each weekday evening.

3 p.m.-6 p.m.      All News, All Afternoon
Tune in to Rock County's only full-time afternoon news source featuring local news twice each hour, plus sports, CBS national headlines, weather from WISC-TV, and more.

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Michael Smerconish or sports play-by-play.
Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. Talkers Magazine has consistently named him one of America's most important talk show hosts, and Radio and Records named him the nation's Local Personality of the Year. On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House.
Michael's approach to talk radio is a broader variety of topics and a more civil discussion style.
The 8-9pm hour is also broadcast from 2-3pm weekday afternoons so that listeners can enjoy Michael's program regardless of sports coverage.

9 p.m.-12 a.m.    The Jim Bohannon Show
Topical discussions and news interviews with one of America's top talk show hosts, with CBS News at the top of each hour to keep you informed.

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Something to talk about

There was a reason we selected "Your Talk Show" for the name of the reincarnated local talk show on WCLO last July. We want it to be a sounding board of the communities WCLO serves; not just the sound of the host.

Its true that the program has a host. Its true that the host will offer opinions and points of view that not everyone agrees with. But after all, isn't that the point of dialog?
As the host, I often will revert to topic areas that I am more familiar with, but I am always willing to widen my knowledge base and pursue other topics.

So my question here is: What topics would you like to see on "Your Talk Show"?. Leave a comment, or Email the Show's Assistant Producer. and, while I can't promise all suggestions will make it onto the show, I can promise we'll give each one serious consideration.

I'm looking forward to an engaging community discussion on a variety of topics in 2012 and I'm thankful to have you as a part of "Your Talk Show".
 
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Christmas Program LineUp 2012

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you will enjoy time with family and friends this Christmastime. As our annual holiday gift to you, we're pleased to provide a variety of programming that we hope will enhance your holiday celebrations. Here's the rundown on what we have planned:
 


12/24/2012 – Christmas Eve
 

9 a.m - 12noon.....THE GIFT
Your Talk Show is proud to present a holiday special that salutes the most important gift we have this season - the gift of freedom provided by our troops around the world. This three hour special will give listeners a glimpse of military life with interviews and compelling stories from soldiers and family members. The special benefits The Fisher House, which provides a home away from home for military families of hospitalized servicemen and women.
 

12p.m.-2 p.m...... Focus on the Family presents "A Christmas Carol".
A classic radio adaptation of the famous Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scooge.
 

2 pm -3:30pm....JPAC Players "Its a Wonderful Life" WCLO Exclusive.
We are proud to rebroadcast this holiday favorite originally performed in front of a live audience at the Janesville Performing Arts Center
 

3:30pm-5pm......Beloit-Janesville Symphony 2012 Holiday Spectacular
In cooperation with our friends at the Beloit/Janesville Symphony we are proud to share this year's Holiday Spectacular concert with our listeners. The original performance took place on December 2nd at the Eclipse Center in Beloit and was recorded live, featuring the Beloit Memorial High School chorus.

5pm-7pm....... A Joyful Christmas
"A Joyful Christmas" features a mix of the Christmas favorites everyone knows and loves and focuses on giving back throughout the year with interviews from charity organizations and the true message of the season.
 

7pm-8pm......Jerry Stewart - Looking for Christmas.
Attempting to capture the true meaning of Christmas, you'll hear several heartwarming stories of individuals finding Christmas, each in their own way.

8pm-12am .....Adventures in Odyssey Christmas Marathon.
A series of radio specials with a Christmas theme from Focus on the Family.
 

12/25/2012 - Christmas Day
 

12m-3am.....Music & Spoken Word Specials
Uplifting music and messages from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

4am-6am.....THE GIFT
Your Talk Show is proud to present a holiday special that salutes the most important gift we have this season - the gift of freedom provided by our troops around the world. This three hour special will give listeners a glimpse of military life with interviews and compelling stories from soldiers and family members. The special benefits The Fisher House, which provides a home away from home for military families of hospitalized servicemen and women.
 

6am-8am......... A Joyful Christmas
"A Joyful Christmas" features a mix of the Christmas favorites everyone knows and loves and focuses on giving back throughout the year with interviews from charity organizations and the true message of the season.

 

8am-6pm..... The Top 100 Christmas Hits of all Time hosted by Wink Martindale
Our Christmas Day Gift of Music to all our listeners! TV and Game Show Host, Wink Martindale counts down the 100 best Christmas songs of all time, plus seasonal stories and holiday greetings from celebrities you know and love. Keep the radio on all day on Christmas Day for the fun!
 

6-8pm...... Focus on the Family presents "A Christmas Carol".
A classic radio adaptation of the famous Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scooge.
 

8-9pm..... Focus on the Family Christmas Stories.
We close out our special programming with two original radio dramas from Focus on the Family Radio Theater.


It is our wish that you create many happy memories and share many fun and joyful experiences this Christmas. We thank you for being such a big part of our WCLO family and hope you enjoy this year's mix of holiday programs.
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Tim Bremel

 
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Here come the holidays

I can't help myself. I love Christmas. Always have. To be honest, I've made it more hectic than it probably should be, but its a rush of excitement that I look forward to every year.

Many of my friends proclaim me as the local "Clark Griswold" of holiday lights. Personally, I think I have a ways to go ... but I do have make a pretty bright spot on our block, though I like to think its still tasteful. And yes, with the passing of Halloween, the boxes came down from the rafters and the testing has begun.

One of my other favorite traditions are the holiday specials. The old ones. Yeah, maybe because I'm showing my age, but the Simpson's Christmas doesn't do it for me. Gimme Rudolph, Charlie Brown and the Year without a Santa Claus.

Does anyone remember "The Homecoming"? It was actually the movie on which the TV series, "The Waltons" was based? Or how about "The House without a Christmas Tree" with Jason Robards? And movies? Well, "Its a Wonderful Life", of course, along with "Miracle on 34th Street" and the musical version of "Scrooge" are among my personal favorites. And yes, I have to watch my Christmas Idol, Clark Griswold in "Christmas Vacation" at least once... as well as what my wife calls 'the shoot your eye out movie'-- "A Christmas Story".

Come on and join me -- tell me your favorite specials, shows and traditions. We'll share them on the show as we move ever closer to another Christmas holiday.

Let me be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas this year! Now, off to check some more lights!
 




 

Hangin' with Frank...enstein...

WCLO and the JPAC Players are offering local residents a rare chance to look inside their radios on Halloween night with the fifth live radio drama collaboration between the two entities.

The JPAC Players will present Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" as a radio play complete with live sound effects on the JPAC Stage at 6:30pm on October 31st. The play will be simultaneously broadcast over WCLO, AM-1230 as it happens. Following the performance, all in attendance (up to the first 300) at JPAC will receive a trick or treat bag with goodies from sponsors including Airheads candy, Bazooka Bubble Gum, Twix candy bars and more.

Watching the performers at JPAC gives you a chance to see what live radio productions were like in the earlier days of radio. Be sure to watch the sound effects table and Mike Casey who makes the story "Come alive"! Then, you can listen to the performance from the podcast here at wclo.com. I think you'll be surprised at how different the two experiences will be.

I hope you will be part of this unique opportunity and celebrate your Halloween with us. You won't even miss the sweets thanks to Spotlight on Kids and Local Vision TV who will be providing the treat bags to guests after the show.

Watch in person at JPAC or just tune-in starting at 6:30.
(And just a note - if you plan to attend the show at JPAC, there will be no seating after 6:25 so that the live program is uninterrupted, so be sure to arrive by about 6:15.)
 
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Skate Debate

I honestly don't know if I'm "for" or "against" a skate park in downtown Janesville. But I have noticed the heated debate over the issue on a recently posted story.

It seems, by the postings, that you either have to be "against kids" or "entitled to city funds like other projects". The posters so far, don't seem to find a lot of common ground in what is a much more emotionally charged issue than I expected.

Looking at the downsides, I expect that the $50,000 borrowing proposed in a time of looming city budget cuts and tax increases is not going over well. In that respect, I believe it to be a matter of principle. Posters who say the 50-grand isn't much are likely right. Outright, its just a dollar a citizen. But the borrowing seems irresponsible. If there is true community support for the project, one would suppose the money would be there. And a lot has been raised already by the dedicated volunteers. My question on this one is - couldn't the city loan the skate park the remainder of the funds needed to build the park with a planned payback as volunteers continue to fund raise?

Again, I don't have a strong feeling either way. I have seen the damage caused by skateboarders throughout the downtown. I'm not one to believe that this disrepect for other's property magically disappears when a park is built. And therefore, I believe that if a park is built, it cannot be left wide open 24/7 without supervision. I have not heard a staffing plan or costs involved there.

Overall, if there's a new activity that kids will participate in, getting off the couch and away from their computers and video games, it sounds like a good thing. I believe the issue is of the borrowing at this point in time and while I know the city can't get into the banking business, I have to wonder if maybe there is a local credit union, local bank or other entity that could underwrite the balance of the remainder needed to get the park going, and let the users continue their diligent work of fundraising and ultimately paying back such a loan.

Its just a thought I've had.
 
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Parenting in Public

Ok, I’m in the mall this weekend and I see the sight that never ceases to amaze me. Two kids yelling at mom and dad, and I mean yelling! It wasn’t the kids so much yelling at mom & dad, sadly I have gotten used to that. It was the parent’s reaction and stance that literally amazed me.

As the children screamed “You promised! You said we could!” the parents were on the heels of their feet with their hands held up & palms out as if they were frightened or trying to negotiate with their two blessings from God. That is the site that truly blew me away.

I know it’s unfair to compare my upbringing to any other persons on this planet, but it is the only bar line that I have to work with. Quite frankly, I would probably do things a lot differently than my parents did, but they cared and were concerned with their children’s future. Which begs the question, was it wrong that my siblings and I had a healthy fear of Mom & Dad?

I won’t go through the entire litany of “when I was a kid” anecdotes. That said. I can assure you we didn’t even point at our parents, never mind point and scream at them in public. I am also NOT judging mom & dad here. I literally felt bad for them. I could see to young parents who listened to all the advice, had the kids best interests at heart and wanted only good communication with their children. I was not even saying to myself that these parents should take physical action in the middle of the Janesville Mall. I was asking myself how do these parents solve what is a very obvious problem?

As Rosie said on the show today, this behavior does not happen over night and this attitude doesn’t develop in a short amount of time. I may question the “Be your kids friend” philosophy or not guiding kids with a firm and absolute authority, but one thing became very clear to me this weekend and I came to this conclusion.

I don’t envy parents today.

I hope you had a good Easter.

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