Wicked and Weird


In a survey of parents, here are the weirdest Halloween handouts:

Animal Food — Doggie bones and cat treats?

Inappropriate Literature — Age-appropriate comic books are acceptable, but Playboy magazines and religious pamphlets  spoil the fun of Halloween.

Random Foodstuff — Besides apples, parents in the survey noted that their kids had received canned vegetables, potatoes, bulbs of garlic and frozen dinners.

Toiletries — Dentists commonly give out toothbrushes, but other personal hygiene frequent finds included sample-sized soaps, shampoo, conditioner and even band-aids.

Odds ‘n Ends — Free trial software CDs, golf balls, batteries, and packs of pushpins, bobby pins, staples and paper clips.

Out of Season Candy — Halloween candy is supposed to be gross — fake ear wax, boogers, scabs, and even gooey eyeballs are all fair game. But what’s really gross is the obviously leftover candy from a way-past holiday, like old chocolate Easter eggs and Christmas candy canes.

Marketing Material — Cards and coupons for everything from babysitting and bowling to roof repair and real estate have been discovered among the sweeter scores.

Simple Rules for Eating Smarter


Want to eat smarter and healthier? Here are a few simple, common-sense rules that make it easy to make healthy food choices. (These come from MSNBC.)

• If you can’t grow it, don’t eat it. Carrots obviously come from the ground, and milk comes from cows. Where do blueberry muffins come from? If your best guess is “aisle 6,” pass ’em up! When foods are heavily-processed, they have fewer nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Even when a chemist adds them back after processing, it’s still not as healthy as whole foods you can actually identify.

• Also: Read the back of the box first. According to registered dieticians, the front is all advertising. If you want the facts, look at the back. She also points out that the more ingredients there are, the more artificial ingredients were mixed in during processing.

• The crunchier the better. Snacks that offer a big, satisfying crunch keep your mouth busy longer. The more you chew, the slower you eat, which means your body has more time to register fullness. We’re talking crunchy apples, celery, carrots, and nuts, not potato chips.

• If it’s not around, you can’t eat it. Say you’re on the sofa, watching Dancing with the Stars and you get an urge for Cheetos. If you just have to walk to the kitchen, you’re more likely to grab a bag and attack it. However, if you have to put on your shoes, find your keys and drive to 7-11 — and miss part of your show — laziness will win out over the Cheetos.

• You don’t have to finish every bite. We’re conditioned to think that if we don’t eat everything on our plate, we’re being wasteful. However, if you keep munching after you’re already full, you’re just packing on the pounds. Bottom line: If there’s enough left over for lunch tomorrow, put it in the fridge.  Otherwise, toss it in the trash.

It’s Thursday Morning!

Good Morning Mother Lode!

Ah, another beautiful day here in the foothills!  We’ve been live with our new website now for 2 weeks and we want to say thanks to everyone that’s stopped by!  Please log in and leave comments, it’s free!  Don’t forget the mystery word of the day website only contest! Be caller 3 at 532-9350 and win a great KKBN prize when you hear me or Bridgette say the word  in the 7am hour!  This mornings word is SQUASH!

Also on this mornings show, we’ll salute National Nut Day:

When : Always October 22nd

National Nut Day is today. It’s a little kooky and crazy if you ask me.

One can go a little bit batty contemplating the meaning of this day. Our research came up empty on information about this day. So, we can’t be certain as to the meaning of this very nutty day. There are two very obvious possibilities:

1. This day honors (???) all of the nutty people in the world. It gives recognition to all the kooks, loony birds and daffy people in your life. Show them you care today.

2. This day celebrates nutritious and healthy nuts (food) of all kinds. Celebrate today by eating lots of nuts, either as a snack, or in baked goods.  May we suggest Chocolate Almond Ice Cream?

Of course it is always possible that this day celebrates the “Nut” that screws onto a bolt for fastening things.

A couple of nutty facts:

  • Peanuts are not really nuts. They are Legumes, a member of the “Pea” family.
  • The center of seeds, like pumpkins and squash, is called a “nut”.

We’ll also get you ready for a Mother Lode Weekend, make sure you have the traffic you need and play lot’s of great country music!

Have a great Mother Lode Day!

Welcome to our website!

Hi I’m Big Joe from the Big Joe and Bridgette Morning show! I’m pretty excited right now!   We’d like to welcome you to our new website!  This will be a fantastic way for us to share more of our morning show fun with you online!  Plus you’ll  get to know Mark ” Mid Day” Corona and the one and only John Bell!  We’ll have the coolest contest that only you will know about, we’ll be posting fun videos, pictures and we’ll be blogging about the show, hot topics, issues you want to know about and entertainment!

So, let’s look around.  Over on the right you’ll find the latest local news from MyMotherLode.com, below, the latest country news from CMT, Great American Country and Country Weekly Magazine.  Here’s something I love!  The new polls!  Your input is really important, so please log in and be a part of your new website.

We still have the best photo gallery in the mother lode, you’ll even be able to comment on our daily ramblings!   We now have the songs that are playing on the air,  listed on the site as they play, so you’ll always know when your favorite KKBN song is on!  So be sure to sign up and let’s get ready to have some online fun with our new sites!  Welcome to the all new KKBN.com

So please bookmark us now and join us everyday for something new from Today’s Country 93.5 KKBN!

Plus for giggles, check out the video we shot this morning from the studio!

Big Joe Marshall

Mystery word for the day is…MYSTICAL. Listen for Big Joe and Bridgette to use that word in the 7am hour.  When you hear either one of them use the word, be caller number 3 to win a trip to the KKBN Prize Den!  This is a website only contest!



» “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toe nails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8

» “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4

» “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5

» “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

» “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4

» “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7

» “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7

» “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine-age 5

» “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7

» “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

» “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4

» “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8