Todd Hobin

Posted by Big Mike on September 16, 2011

Todd Hobin gave a solo performance at LeMoyne College on Wednesday night. It was the
gala opening of The Music at LeMoyne Concert Series. I LOVED the show, even
dreamt about it that night. I’ve seen Bruce Sprinsteen, Elton John, Billy Joel,
Dan Fogelberg and Styx in concert (some of my favorites). I’ve also seen the
Stones, the Police, the Who, Dylan (three times), and many more. Todd’s concert
was up there as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. He sounded perfect,
in great voice, playing guitar and grand piano. It was a pleasure to be able to
listen to Todd sing some wonderful songs.

In particular, there was one he wrote about his sister. Todd said he rarely
performs it. Apparently, his sister was blind and is only a memory to him now.
The tune was stunning … when it was over the entire audience was mesmerized,
waiting a few beats to applaud as we felt those beautiful words needed a moment
to reflect. There were a few moments like that during the night.

It was a moving experience yet a very FUN show … even some of the comments were like
Todd doing stand-up.

I’ve know Todd for many years. He’s been on my radio show many times, we’ve worked on
recording Christmas albums and more, we’ve appeared on the same stage at a
number of community events, shared cigars and laughs too many times to remember…

But at that LeMoyne show I wasn’t watching a great friend; I was enjoying
the creative efforts of a great artist.

Yes, a wonderful night and Todd: thank you very much!

An Important Message

Posted by Big Mike on September 08, 2011


“You’ve no doubt heard about people who have been abducted and had their kidneys removed by black-market organ thieves.

My thighs were stolen from me during the night a few years ago. I went to sleep and woke up with someone else’s thighs. It was just that quick. The replacements had the texture of cooked oatmeal. Whose thighs were these and what happened to mine?

I spent the entire summer looking for my thighs. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living out my life in jeans.

And then the thieves struck again……

My butt was next. I knew it was the same gang, because they took pains to match my new rear-end to the thighs they had stuck me with earlier. But my new butt was attached at least three inches lower than my original! I realized I’d have to give up my jeans in favor of long skirts.

Two years ago I realized my arms had been switched. One morning I was fixing my hair and was horrified to see the flesh of my upper arm swing to and fro with the motion of the hairbrush. This was really getting scary – my body was being replaced one section at a time. What could they do to me next?

When my poor neck suddenly disappeared and was replaced with a turkey neck, I decided to tell my story.

Women of the world wake up and smell the coffee! Those ‘plastic’ surgeons are using REAL replacement body parts – stolen from you and Me!

THIS IS NOT A HOAX – This is happening to women everywhere every night.


I thought this was too ‘important’ not to pass on.

P.S. Those same thieves just came into my closet and shrank my clothes!

How do they do that????”


Time To Go To School

Posted by Big Mike on September 05, 2011

I have to admit I wasn’t the easiest kid to wake up when I had to go to school.  My mom would start with a little poke, a push, sing a “good morning” song, clap her hands, sing a little louder, play a harmonica, blast a bugle and finally shake me and shout: “MICHAEL!! YOU GOTTA GO TO SCHOOL AND GET SMART. GET UP!!!”

I grew up in a housing project in the Bronx and the walls were thin so I got to hear what was happening next door.  My neighbor Jay Feldman had his bed right on the other side of the wall (sometimes we would tap at night to communicate).  He always got up without any commotion or crazy yelling.  He loved school, was a terrific student and eventually became a doctor.  Today Feldman probably sleeps as late as he wants and I get up at 3:00AM to get ready for my morning show, the wake-up show.  Kind of ironic. Well, as we begin another school year I wish all kids, teachers and workers the best!

It’s That Time Of Year…

Posted by Melissa Midgley on August 25, 2011

Each year, I would always look forward to the Great New York State Fair. My all time must see and do was to go through the train that is parked on the tracks as part of the family fun zone (although when I was a kid it was not called that). I knew it meant back to school and the fall season, but those two things excited me. I have such amazing memories of attending concerts at the Grandstand and Chevy Court (although it was Miller Court when I was a kid).  The summer I entered high school I was thrilled to be hired to work at the Cheese Booth in the Dairy Building (and just to clear the air now, I DID NOT cut the cheese, I just sold it! ). Many life long memories and friendships were made on those grounds during those 12 days. This year I am super excited to be a part of 3 events. If you are out and about I would love to see and meet you. Stop on by, say hello and cheer on Team Sunny 102. Enjoy everyone, see you at the fair!

Friday, August 26th 3:00PM~ Dairy Products Building ~ I will be the celebrity chef at the Beef Cooking Demo booth.

Monday, August 29th 10:00AM~Pavilion towards the back of Chevy Court~ I will be “Team Sunny” in the annual Dairy Day Milkshake Competition. Last year we won best presentation!

Tuesday, August 30th~ 10:00AM~ Pavilion towards the back of Chevy Court~ I will be “Sizzling Sunny 102” in the Burger Bonanza Competition.  We have been working hard to create an award winning burger; I will post the recipe after the contest is over for anyone who is interested!

Steve Needs A Better Photo

Posted by Big Mike on August 23, 2011

Have you seen the photo of my good friend Steve Kelley?  It’s his “official” picture on this website. I think it is a self-portrait, taken with his cell phone.


What’s up with this?? Steve is one of the nicest guys I have ever known.  He is warm and friendly, and would never say anything nasty, but in this photo he looks like a thug trying to decide if he will break your legs, your arms or both. He looks like a ruffian here and I know he is not.  He deserves a better photo.