Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #15 - 4/30/08

Good Morning. It's the Wednesday, April 30th edition of The Breakfast Club on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. For all of your local news, weather, and sports, head to

6:18am: Karl Klopitic's Weather Forecast:

6:25am: Entertainment News: Country singer Mindy McCready is not denying reports that she had a relationship with Major League Pitcher Roger Clemens. The New York Daily News reports that the relationship may have started when McCready was 15...Actress Shannon Elizabeth was booted off of ABC's Dancing With The Stars last night while actor Cristian de la Fuente will remain on the show, despit reputuring a tendon in his right arm that will require surgery....The Daytime Emmys nominations will be announced today.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as the first United States President...In 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory for $15 million dolllars from France...In 1939 Lou Gehrig played his final game with the New York Yankees...In 1975 the Vietnam War ended when the city of Saigon fell to communist North Vietnam.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz: Margaret Wiesse correctly knew that the fishing season opens up later this week and won a Chex-Mix Prize Pack.

7:18am: A new survey finds that gas prices are the biggest worries of Americans these days. The survey by Kaiser Family Foundation found that 44% of those surveyed said that paying for gas is becomnig a "Serious problem." Other major concerns are paying for health care and health insurance. Paying rent and for their mortgage is another big worry.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Kirsten Dunst is 26...Former NBA star Isiah Thomas is 47...Willie Nelson is 75.

7:50am: If you love rats, Paris may be the vacation destination for you. Officials estimate that the ir is over 8 million rats living below the city. City fathers may start to fine people up to $200 for having dirty property or holes in buildings.

8:03am: Maxine Luckow of Fond du Lac won a pair of tickets to An Evening With Jeff Daniels on Saturday night at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh.

8:20am: Cole from Stark Automotive stopped by to highlight some great deals they have on the lot. Visit them on the web at You can also stop by and see them on North Rolling Meadows Drive in Fond du Lac across from Wal-Mart or give them a call at 923-7900.

8:50am: A recent suvery found out that Philadelphia is the best city for young college graduates to start their career. 2nd on the list is Boston, followed by New York, Phoenix, and Chicago.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #14 - 4/29/08

Good Tuesday Mornings! It's another day and another action packed edition of The Breakfast Club on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. As always find all the latest local news, weather, and sports at

Here are other highlights from the show.

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's Forecast: Mostly cloudy this morning, turning partly sunny this afternoon with a high of 48. Wednesday party sunny with a high of 57. Scattered rain on Thursday with more rain on Friday.

6:25am: Entertainment News: NFL star Jason Taylor had the night's best score of 29 on ABC's Dancing with the Stars while Cristian de la Fuente ended up in the hospital after hurting his arm during his dance...Changes may be coming to American Idol as ratings are starting to slide a bit...Brittany Spears will make a return to the CBS Sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" on May 12th.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1913 the zipper was patented...In 1961 ABC's Wide World of Sports made its debut...In 1968 Hair opened on Broadway...In 1988 Burt Reynolds married Loni Anderson, they split in 1993...In 1992 riots erupted in Los Angeles when a jury failed to convict four police officers with the video-taped beating of Rodney King. More than $735 million dollars in damage was done.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz: Lou Ann Biddick of Fond du Lac won a BBQ Tool Set for correctly knowing that Eric Everson was named the new Fond du Lac School Board President at Monday's Meeting.

Also if you're looking for the National BBQ Association Website here it is:

7:05am: Dennis Badtke of Rosendale won a pair of tickets to Escanaba in da Moonlight at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh.

7:18am: A New York Post survey says the following TV programs are the best ever.


1. The Sopranos
2. All in the Family
3. The Oprah Winfrey Show
4. American Idol
5. The West Wing
6. Mary Tyler Moore
7. Dallas
8. 24
9. Twin Peaks
10. Seasame Steet

Despite the sluggish economy, many Americans are still planning getaways this summer. A survey by has found that although 79% of vacationers will alter their trips do to economic downturns. 41% say that cost-conscious factors most influenced their vacation planning. 18% will base their travel destination on affordable airfare. 16% will look for a place where they can get free lodging from family or friends rather than a hotel. 7% will vacation this summer at a destination they can drive to.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Jerry Seinfeld is 54...Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) is 50...Rapper Master P is 41...Singer Carnie Wilson is 40...Actress Uma Thurman is 38...Tennis great Andre Agassi is 38.
7:50am: A couple's wedding vows took a nasty turn in Pittsburgh. Just after saying their vows, The man and his wife were checking into their hotel suite when they began fighting. Witnesses report that the man gave his new bride a "karate style-kick" whick knocked her to the ground. When a couple came to break up the fight, the brawling bride and groom stopped fighting one another and turned on the helping couple, assaulting them by tossing plants at them.

8:05am: Delta Airlines says that they will raise fares $10 to $40 round trip as a fuel surcharge. United, Delta, and Northwest all posted first quarter losses in the billions of dollars in part because of the spiraling fuel costs.

8:20am: Jerry from the Fond du Lac Area Job and Career Center stopped by and shed some light on employment opportunities in our area. For more information head to their website by clicking HERE or calling them at 920-929-3900 or stopping by their office at 349 North Peters Avenue in North Fond du Lac. You can also find out about next week's Fond du Lac Area Job Fair by clicking on

8:50am: If your checking your bank account online or watching the mail for that government rebate check of $600 for a single person or $1200 for a's when the government says you may see your cash...

If you got your tax rebate via direct deposit....

Last two digits of SS#/Date your rebate should be deposited...
00-20 May 2
21-75 May 9
76-99 May 16

If you received a paper check rebate Last two digits of SS#/date the rebate should be mailed by
00-09 May 16
10-18 May 23
19-25 May 30
26-38 June 6
39-51 June 13
52-63 June 20
64-75 June 27
76-87 July 4
88-99 July 11

Affer Breakfast 9am-9:30am

Richard May from the Paint Store at 173 South Main Street in Fond du Lac stopped by for his monthly chat. Today we talked about staining and powerwashing your deck as you get ready for the summer. You can stop down to The Paint Store in downtown Fond du Lac and they will help you out.

Richard also said you can find some great coupons at the Pratt & Lambert website below.

Richard will also be giving "Wood Care and spreak-rock seminar at the Paint Store 6pm. on May 8th.

You are also asked to come down to the Paint Store and submit a name for The Paint Stores monthly radio program on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. The winning entry will win a prize from The Paint Store.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #13 - 4/28/08

It's another week of The Breakfast Club on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. It was a busy weekend for the NFL and the Green Bay Packers with the NFL Draft. Scroll down this blog to read about the Packers picks. You can find all the local news, weather, and sports at

Here are other highlights from today's show.

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's Forecast: Rain and snow today with a high of 41. Lows tonight down to 26. Partly sunny on Tuesday with a high of 49.

6:25am: Entertainment News: Tom Cruise will be on Oprah again next month and there is not word if he'll be jumping on the couch to profess his love for Katie Holmes...Phil Collins announced that he'll go into semi-retirement. The rocker told a London newspaper that he has no plans to tour or record anymore...Baby Mama was #1 at the box office this weekend. It was followed by Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Forbidden King, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Nim's Island.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1788 Maryland became our 7th state...In 1945 Italian leader Benito Mussolini was executed...In 1967 boxer Muhammad Ali refused to enlist in the U.S. Army...In 1973 "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" by Tony Orlando and Dawn was #1 on the music charts.

6:55am: KFIZ News Quiz: Alice Rickert correctly knew that the Packers had three 2nd round draft picks this weekend and won a BBQ Prize Pack from Ziploc.

7:18am: New Fond du Lac High School Football Coach Nate Lehman checked into to tell us about a meet and greet that is happening tonight from 4:30pm to 9:30pm at The Pizza Ranch, right in front of Menards in Fond du Lac. The public is invited to come out and meet the new coach and some of the players.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Actress Jessica Alba is 27...Actress Kari Wuhrer is 41..Jay Leno is 58...Actress Ann Margeret is 67.

7:50am: NFL Draft talk here. I think Ted Thompson did a great job this weekend at the draft. Granted I was surprised with a wide receiver with their first pick of the draft, but Jordy Nelson is a big tough guy that Green Bay might not have in their "fab five" group of receivers last year. I love Thompson taking Brian Brohm in the 2nd and Matt Flynn at QB in the 7th. These guys should nice additions behind Aaron Rodgers. If the team does sign a veteran, Flynn could get stashed on the practice squad. I like the DB Lee, and the tight end out of Texas should be a nice compliment to Donald Lee and the two linemen will add depth up front.

8:20am: Kay from the Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County stopped by for her weekly chat. Today is the last day to buy tickets for The Cheers For Volunteers Awards Banquet which is on May 1st at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Cocktails are at 5:30pm/Dinner at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25. If you have any question you can call Kay at 926-1414.

8:50am: As part of a promotion with KFIZ, Charter Communications, and World Wrestling Entertainment, we awarded free Pay Per Views for last night's Backlash event. With that, we were given digital camera's to give away. The winner was Kris Wells.

Paul Levandowski also won a pair of tickets to the Green Bay Packers Basketball Game against the Fond du Lac All-Stars, featuring Travis Diener which will be on Monday, May 12th at Fond du Lac High School. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students in advance. They are $20 and $15 at the door. Buy them in advance at Hopper's on North Main Street or the KFIZ Studios on Winnebago Drive across from A&W in Fond du Lac. All proceeds benefit Fond du Lac High School FBLA and the Fond du Lac Athletic Department as they raise funds for a storage shed behind the high school.

After Breakfast: 9am-9:30am:

Dottie and Judy stopped by from the Fond du Lac Senior Center. The ladies had great news as they passed the 2000 mark for membership in 2008. They also had lots great information on various travel trips the FDL Senior Center is having. Give them a call a 322-3630 for more information.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Another WR in Round 7

With the 2nd of 3 seventh round draft picks...Green Bay selected wide receiver Brett Swain out of San Diego State.

He's 6'1 and weighs 200 pounds.

Another QB in Round 7

The Packers are now set at QB for 2008 after taking LSU's Matt Flynn in the 7th round. With two young guns behind Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay should be good to go into the year with two rooks behind the first year starter. If they would ink a veteran, Flynn could maybe be stashed on the practice squad, or have him come up with an "injury" in camp and hide him on IR..


CAREER NOTES: Flynn's 2,407 yards passing in 2007 rank seventh on the school's season-record list...His 202 pass completions in 2007 rank fifth on LSU's annual record chart...Only Rohan Davey (367 in 2001) attempted more passes in a season than Flynn's 2007 total of 359...His 21 TD passes in 2007 rank fourth on the Tigers' season-record list...His average of 200.6 yards per game passing as a senior ranks tenth on the school's annual record chart...Flynn came off the bench to throw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the 2005 North Texas game, becoming the first non-starter in school history to accomplish that feat in one quarter...He produced at least three touchdown passes in five of his final six games with the Tigers... Flynn's 353 yards passing vs. Alabama in 2007 rank tenth on the school's game-record list...His four TD passes vs. Ohio State in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game set a school bowl game record. 2007

SEASON: Named SEC Player of the Week vs. Auburn...Saw action in 12 games, earning eleven starts...Ranked fifth in the conference in total offense (218.5 ypg) and sixth in passing efficiency (125.76) while leading the Tigers to the national title...Connected on 202 of 359 passes (56.3 percent) for 2,407 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions...Carried 100 times for 215 yards (2.2 avg) and four scores...Caught a 35-yard pass vs. Alabama and amassed 2,622 yards in total offense on 459 plays.

Badgers in the 6th

Three Wisconsin Badgers were drafted in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff was taken by New Orleans while defensive tackly Nick Hayden was scooped up by the Carolina Panthers. Receiver Paul Hubbard was also taken by Cleveland.

With the 150th pick in the 5th Round..

...The Green Bay Packers select another tackle. He is Breno Giacomini. He's 6'7 and 300 pounds.


CAREER NOTES: Giacomini is a product of the Louisville training room, having grown from a 242-pound tight end in 2004 to a 303-pound offensive tackle in 2007. 2007

SEASON: All-Big East Conference second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report...Ranked second on the team with an 80.75% blocking consistency grade, recording 78 knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks while starting all twelve games at right tackle...Allowed four sacks and two pressures on 491 pass plays, helping the offense average 488.0 yards per game, including 341.9 yards passing.

Trade Down Again

Ted Thompson trades down from 137 with the Vikes for #150 in the 5th and 209 in the 7th as the team stockpiles late round picks. The Vikes take QB John David Booty out of USC. Pack trades and improves a team in the division.

Packers Grab A Tackle

With the 135th overall pick and the final pick of the 4th round, the Green Bay Packers selected tackle Josh Sitton out of Central Florida. He's 6'3 and weighs 320 pounds.
He was a three year starter at UCF.

First Badger Drafted

The Philadelphia Eagles took the first Wisconsin Badger today by scooping up CB Jack Ikegwuonu. Some thought Ike wouldn't get drafted because of the major knee injury that he suffered but he was taken in the 4th round with the 131st pick. Ikegwuonu will miss the 2008 season as he recovers.

In the 4th Round at #128....

...The Packers trade down again..sending a 4th round pick at #128 to St. Louis for Pick #137 in the 5th round and #217 in the 7th round.

Packers Trade Up....

Green Bay has made another they trade up to #102 and select defensive end Jeremy Thompson out of Wake Forest. Green Bay gave the Jets their 113th pick in the 4th round and their 5th round pick, which was at #162 to slide up and get Thompson. He's 6'4, and 264 pounds. Some scouts have him tabbed as a linebacker. We'll have to wait and see what the Packers have in store for him.
He is the brother of Packers offensive tackle Orrin Thompson.

CAREER NOTES: Thompson started 32 of 46 games that he played in at Wake Forest at right defensive end, recording 112 tackles (73 solos), including 8.5 sacks for minus 73 yards and 20.5 stops for losses of 92 yards...Added one quarterback pressure, two forced fumbles and eight pass deflections...Intercepted two passes for 86 yards in returns and a touchdown. 2007

SEASON: One of ten finalists for the National Sportsmanship Award, given to the college player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship...Started all thirteen games at right defensive end, ranking sixth on the team with 46 tackles (35 solos), as he led the squad with 6.5 sacks for minus 58 yards and finished second with eleven

Packers 3rd Round Pick Highlight Video

The Green Bay Packers have made their pick in the 3rd at #91 Ted Thompson fills a need by taking tight end Jermichael Finley out of Texas. The 6'4, 243 pounder should be a nice compliment to Donald Lee at tight end.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mike McCarthy on Day 1 of the Draft

...Aaron Rodgers is the teams starter and he knows that he is the team's starter and Brohm is coming in as a backup.

...He likes Brohm because he's consistant and will fit into the system well, and he's very polished and can run any set.

...Nelson's virsatility set him apart of the other receivers on the board when they took him at #36 and he'll contribute on special teams.

...He says time will tell if any of the three first day picks can contribute because of the talent ahead of them at their positions, but they fit and will have the opportunity to contribute.

...Patrick Lee will play corner and nickel and he likes his size and aggressiveness and he fits the Packers style of play.

...Nelson will give them a big body-type receiver, but his current crop of receivers are not small.

...He's not sure if the team will have a veteran QB in when Training Camp starts but time will tell.

...They always go by best available player first when they draft, but they do pay attention to both and its a chess match to get the guy in the right spot.

..He liked the new draft structure where the time is shorter between picks and just two rounds on day 1.

....Its good to find a guy like Patrick Lee that fits so well and knows the Packers basic system because he played it in college.

Ted Thompson Reviews Day 1 of the Draft

Ted Thompson met the media after the Packers made three selections on Friday. Here are some highlights of what he had to say.

...He didn't think Brohm would be there at pick #56.

...He felt that Brohm dropped because his senior year wasn't as good as his junior year, but that could be because of the coaching change.
...The Aaron Rodgers is a pro and it won't bother him that they took a QB in the 2nd round.

...He says there was no need to call Rodgers and explain the pick. 30 he says they traded back because the draft board was still strong and they were able to get another player at #36 and add a pick.

...he wasn't sure if the Jets called them or they called the Jets, but the got the deal done.

...he says that they were trying to trade up in the 2nd round to get Brohm, but couldn't find any takers, but got him anyway.

...CB Patrick Lee is a good player is a tough guy that likes to play bump and run and will fit in nice to the Packer defense and they didn't think he'd be there at 60.

...He says Jordy Nelson can come in and make an impact, even if the Packers have 5 good guys at receiver.
...He had his eye on Nelson and that he doesn't drop many passes.

...Nelson is similar to Koren Robinson body-style and receiving skills and the fans will like him.

....Ted says he got boo'd again when he addressed the fans in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

...He says that Lee wasn't a late bloomer and started just his senior year, but was a good nickel back before that earlier in his career in a good program.

....He says they liked both Brohm and Michigan's Chad Henne but they liked Brohm just a bit better.

....Brohm has a shot at being the Packers #2 QB in 2008 because he's a good football player that has grown up in the game.

Packers 2nd Round Pick Brian Brohm

Here's some highlights of Packer 2nd round pick Brian Brohm.

Jordy Nelson Highlight Video

Here are some highlights of Packers 2nd round Pick Jordy Nelson

Pack Grabs Corner at #60

Ted Thompson took a corner with pick #60 in the 2nd round in cornerback Patrick Lee out of Auburn. The, 6'0, 200 pounder didn't become a fulltime starter until his senior year at Auburn. He was a 2nd team All-SEC pick last season. He can also play special teams as he returned kicks this past season.

Overall, my initial gut, likes the first three picks for the Packers today.

Notes from

CAREER NOTES: Lee averaged 25.82 yards on kickoff returns in 2007, the sixth-best season average in school history, topped by David Langner (28.28 avg in 1972), Rick Neel (28.12 avg in 1975), James Brooks (27.48 avg in 1979), Tristan Davis (27.0 avg in 2006) and Mike Fuller (26.25 avg in 1973). 2007

SEASON: Named the team's Most Improved Linebacker/Defensive Back by the coaching staff, adding second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from sixth in the SEC with four interceptions for 34 yards in returns, adding ten pass deflections while starting all thirteen games at right cornerback...Ranked sixth on the squad with a career-high 55 tackles (40 solos), adding one stop for a 4-yard loss...Also caused one fumble...Returned eleven kickoffs for 284 yards (25.8 avg).

Packers Take A QB

The Green Bay Packers selected Louisville QB Brian Brohm with their 2nd round pick (56th) overall. Some may scratch there head at this one since they have said Aaron Rodgers is the man in 2008. The bottom line is that Green Bay needed a backup and at #56, Brohm was a great selection.

Brohm could have been a top 10 pick in the 2007 draft but went back to school and now he's a Packer.

It's good to know that Brohm has love for the state media already. In the middle of his initial conference call with about 100 members of the Wisconsin media, Brohm said after about two questions, "I gotta go and do and ESPN interview, I'll call you back" and he was gone. It was one of the greatest moments in my 14 years covering the draft in GB.


CAREER NOTES: Brohm set Big East Conference career-record with 10,775 yards passing, topping the old mark of 9,565 yards by Ken Dorsey of Miami (1999-2002)...His 10,775 yards rank second in school annals behind Chris Redman's 12,541 yards (1996-99)...His pass completion percentage of .6582 rank behind Stefan LeFors (66.0 percent, 2001-04) on the school's all-time record chart...His interception percentage (2.03 percent) is also a Louisville all-time mark, breaking the previous record of 2.1 percent by LeFors...Ranks second in school history with 21 300-yard passing performances (set the Big East Conference record), surpassed by Chris Redman's 23 (1996-99)...Brohm's 71 TD passes are topped by Redman (84) and Dave Ragone (74, 1999-2002) in school annals and rank third in Big East history behind Ken Dorsey of Miami (86, 1999-2002) and Donovan McNabb of Syracuse (77, 1995-98)...His 10,819 yards in total offense are topped only by Redman (12,129) in UL history and established a Big East career-record, breaking the previous mark of 9,950 yards by Donovan McNabb of Syracuse (1995-98)...His 780 pass completions rank second in UL annals to Redman's 1,031 and only Redman (1,679) had more pass attempts for the Cardinals than Brohm's 1,185...His 30 TD passes in 2007 broke the school career-record of 29 that Redman set in 1998 and matched again in 1999...Only Rod Rutherford of Pittsburgh (37 in 2003) had more TD passes in a season in the Big East ...With 308 pass completions in 2007, Brohm joined Redman (309 in 1998, 317 in 1999) as the only players in Louisville history to complete more than 300 in a season...His 308 completions also topped the Big East season-record of 295 by Ryan Hart of Rutgers in 2004...His 473 pass attempts in 2007 tied Redman (1998) for second on the school's season-record list...He joined Redman (4,042 in 1998) as the only players in Louisville annals to throw for over 4,000 yards (4,024 in 2007), en route to topping the previous Big East season-record of 3,679 yards by Rod Rutherford of Pittsburgh in 2003...Brohm's 3,978 yards in total offense for 2007 was the second-best season total in school history behind Redman's 4,009 yards in 1998...It also topped the old conference record of 3,829 by Rutherford in 2003...His pass completion percentage of .688 in 2005 is topped only by Stefan LeFor's 73.5 percent in 2004 and established a new Big East mark, topping the old record of 65.1 percent by Ryan Hart of Rutgers in 2004...His five TD passes vs. Oregon State in 2005 and vs. Middle Tennessee State in 2007 rank second on the school's game-record list...Only Pete Gonzalez of Pittsburgh (seven vs. Rutgers in 1997), Devin Scott of Temple (six vs. Rutgers in 1999) and Marc Bulger of West Virginia (six vs. Pittsburgh in 1998) threw for more TDs in a game in Big East annals...His pass completion percentage of 81.8 in that 2005 Oregon State game was the second-best game total in school history...His passing efficiency rating of 288.24 vs. Oregon State in 2005 topped the old school game-record, and he later broke that mark with a 289.05 rating vs. Murray State in 2007...His passing efficiency rating of 157.92 is surpassed only by Chris Redman's 188.45 (1996-99) on the Cardinals' career-record list...Brohm's 45 pass completions vs. Syracuse in 2007 broke the old school game-record of 44 by Chris Redman vs. East Carolina in 1998 and the conference mark of 39 successful passes by Dan Orlovsky of Connecticut vs. Syracuse in 2004)...His 65 pass attempts vs. Syracuse also set a school game-record...Brohm's 555 yards passing in the Syracuse contest rank second on UL's game-record chart, topped only by Redman's 592 vs. East Carolina in 1998 and broke the old league record of 504 yards by Bryan Randall of Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse in 2002...The QB's 549 yards in total offense vs. Syracuse in 2007 broke the Big East Conference game-record...His 67 offensive plays in the 2007 Syracuse clash rank third on the Big East game-record chart behind Walter Washington of Temple (69 vs. West Virginia in 2003) and Tyler Palko of Pittsburgh (68 vs. Rutgers in 2005)...Brohm threw for four or more TDs eight times and threw two or more TDs in a game 18 times. 2007

SEASON: All-American Dream Team (third team) choice by The NFL Draft Report...Added second-team All-Big East Conference accolades for the second-straight season...Member of the Maxwell Award and Manning Award watch lists...Led the Big East and ranked eighth in the nation in pass efficiency (152.43 rating), as he also paced the league and ranked sixth nationally with an average of 331.5 yards per game in total offense...Ranked fourth in the country with an average of 335.33 yards passing per game, as his 4,024 yards passing was the sixth-best season total in the NCAA ranks...Placed tenth in the nation with an average of 25.67 pass completions per game and was second in the league with an average of 16.5 points responsible for per game...Completed 308 of 473 attempts (65.1 percent) for 4,024 yards, setting a school season-record with 30 touchdowns while also coming up with twelve interceptions...Lost 44 yards on 57 carries (-0.8 avg), but did score three times on the ground...Caught one pass for a 7-yard loss...On 530 offensive snaps, Brohm piled up 3,978 yards in total offense, the second-best season total in school annals...178 of his 308 pass completions produced first downs, as he helped convert 72-of-164 third-down snaps...54 of his completions went for 20 yards or longer.

Packers Make A Pick....

With the 36th Pick in the NFL Draft, the Packers make their first selection of the day. It's Jordy Nelson a wide receiver out of Kansas State....He's a tough kid who caught 122 balls for 1606 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Kansas State. He stands 6'2, and weighs 217 pounds. He catches everything thrown to him and he plays special teams and returned a pair of punts for scores in 2008. Ted Thompson sticks to his guns of taking the best available player. They had the "Fab Five" at WR but now we'll see how that shakes out when we hear from the Packer GM. Driver, Jennings, Robinson, Jones, Nelson.....Martin or Robinson may be looking for work.


CAREER NOTES: Nelson ranks second in school history with 206 receptions...His 206 catches are good for ninth on the Big Twelve Conference career-record chart...His 2,822 yards receiving are surpassed only by Kevin Lockett's 3,032 on KSU's career-record list and rank eighth in conference annals...Ranks third in Wildcats history with 20 touchdown catches...Nelson's 122 receptions in 2007 shattered the old school season-record of 75 by Darnell McDonald in 1998 and the previous Big Twelve mark of 107 grabs by Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State in 2002...Gained 1,606 yards receiving in 2007, breaking the old school record...His 1,606 yards rank second in Big Twelve history behind Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State's 1,695 yards in 2002... His eleven touchdown catches in 2007 rank fourth on the KSU season-record list...His 140 points scored in 2007 broke the previous school season-record of 135 by Martin Gramatica in 1998...His fifteen receptions vs. Missouri State, fourteen catches vs. Iowa State and fifteen grabs vs. Fresno State, all in 2007, topped the school's previous game-record of thirteen catches by Michael Smith vs. Missouri in 1989...Gained 209 yards receiving vs. Missouri State and 214 yards vs. Iowa State in 2007, breaking the previous KSU game-record of 206 yards by Darnell McDonald vs. Syracuse in 1997...His three touchdown receptions in the 2007 Oklahoma State clash tied the school game-record...His 92-yard punt return vs. Baylor in 2007 was the fourth-longest punt return in school history. 2007

SEASON: Consensus All-American and unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice as a receiver, adding All-Big Twelve honorable mention on special teams...Finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver...Selected Big Twelve Conference Offensive Player of the Year by The NFL Draft Report...Started all twelve games at split end, shattering school and conference season-records with 122 receptions for 1,606 yards (13.2 avg) and eleven touchdowns...Sixteen of his catches were for 20 yards or longer...Lost 7 yards on three carries, but made the most of his limited opportunities as a punt returner, as he amassed 264 yards with two touchdowns on five attempts (52.8 avg) and also recorded four tackles (3 solos)...Completed 2-of-4 passes for 45 yards, as both of his completions were good for touchdowns...Set a school season-record with 140 points scored...Gained 1,863 all-purpose yards...Ranked second in the nation with an average of 133.83 yards receiving per game, also ranking second nationally in receptions per game (10.17) and 20th in all-purpose yardage (155.25 ypg).

Ted Trades Down...

Packers GM Ted Thompson traded the Packers out of the First Round of the NFL Draft. Trader Ted sends the Packers 30th pick to the New York Jets in exchange for the 36th overall selection in the 2nd round and also the 113th pick in the 4th the wait continues for Packer fans...Isn't the draft fun!

Hurry Up & Wait....

That's is the theme of covering an NFL Draft..especially when the Packers pick late as they do this year at #30 in the draft. Ted Thompson has never traded up...and will most likely trade down, but you still need to be in Green Bay at Draft Headquarters in case something would happen.

That means you show up about 1:30pm, for the start of the draft and then sit and watch the festivities on a big screen in the Packers media auditorium, much like you do at your home. They have both the ESPN and the NFL Network feed up in the room we are in. The NFL Network feed is about 10 seconds behind ESPNs.

What do members of the media do while we wait for the Packers...oh..we also eat! The Packers supply lunch and supper for the media so that's an added bonus! Today's lunch menu was top notch...They had grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, and a really good turkey wrap! Good stuff.....I can't wait for dinner at is always on my mind.

They changed the format a bit for the draft this year so we don't have the marathon first round. Teams only get 10 minutes between picks rather than 15 this year, which is moving things along. We site about 1 hr and 2o minutes in and 11 picks have already been made...that is way better than the old days where sometimes it seemed to take two hours to get throught the top 10.

So, I sit and wait at the draft. The Packers pick 3oth, so that pick should come between 5pm and 6pm...and that is barring a trade....CB, OT, or TE are positions GB could take.

For now, that's it from the Packers Draft.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #12 - 4/25/08

It's Friday! I hope you've got great plans for the weekend. I'll be spending my weekend at the Packers draft as Green Bay loads up on their latest crop of talent. As always you can find your news, weather, and sports at Here are other highlights from today's Breakfast Club on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.

6:18am: Marv's Forecast....Rain and Thunderstorms moving in today with a high of 71...Saturday, falling temps with a high of 50...Sunday, Rain, maybe snow with a high of 49.

6:25am: Brett Favre was on David Letterman last night, Dave grilled Brett on why he hasn't filed retirement papers, and asked him if he'd consider a comeback. Dave said he'd try and arrange it so #4 wouldn't have to practice. Favre also said Randy Moss didn't have anything to do with his decision.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1792 French robber Nicolas Pelletier was the first person to meet the guillotine...In 1901 New York became the first state to issue license plates...In 1970 ABC by The Jackson 5 was #1 on the music charts...In 1982 Jane Fonda released here first workout video.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz Facts: Dorothy Zima was today's winner for knowing that the St. Agnes Foundation sponsors the Samaritan House Home Raffle.

7:18am: Jess Morgan from Westbrook Rental and Repair checked in to give us a preview of their open house on Saturday. The open house will be from 10am to 3pm at the business. Their will be specials on everything in stock. Westbrook Rental and Repair is located off of Highway 23, right behind Wrightway.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Actor Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) is 38...Actress Renee Zellweger is 39...Actor Al Pacino is 68...Former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon is 76.

Today's local winner of a Culver's Frozen Custard Cake is Pat Friedel of Fond du Lac. He's also now in the drawing for a $500 gift certificate to CW Smith Jewelers in North Fond du Lac. That will be drawn on December 26th.

7:50am: A new study from Oxford has found that women who eat a big breakfast have give birth to more boys than women who skip out on the first meal of the day. The study says that nearly 60% of women surveyed who at a big breakfast gave birth to a son, while 43% of women who skip breakfast had sons. The study examined 740 pregnant women. KFIZ Newsman Bob Nelson thinks that all the dieting trends with women is just part a master plan for females to take over the world.

Also pawn shops across the country are seeing more and more people come in and sell their gold teeth. The rise in the price of gold as seen people put more value on the quick cash than that gold crown they have been sporting.

8:20am: Valerie from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism stopped by to give us an update on what's going on across the state this weekend. For a complete list head to their website by clicking HERE. You can also call them at 1-800-432-TRIP (8747)

8:50am: Have you ever dreamed of packing up and moving to a far off land? Well according to real estate consultant Knight Frank, LLP, London is the world's most expensive place to buy a home. The average home price in London increased 29% last year. The average price of property was nearly $6,200 per square foot. In Monoaco property runs $5,800 per square foot. Singapore saw their home prices skyrocket by 31% in 2007 while New York City saw a 25% increase.

If you're looking for a "Sinful" City to move to a study may help you out. The study found that Denver and Salt Lake City are the place for "lust." San Jose was the greediest city while Memphis is the place to be a sloth, glutton and to envy. Detroit tops the wrath catagory. Click HERE for a link to the story.

After Breakfast: 9am-9:30am: Behind The Badge

Officer Steve Olson from the Fond du Lac Police Department was joined by Lt. Steve Klein to discuss Autism and some special training local officers are getting on the condition. April is Autism Awareness Month. The Fond du Lac PD will also be putting on a special public session called "In Case of Emergency: Autism Risk Safety Management" on Tuesday, May 20th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Marian College Stayer Center. The event is free and the speaker will be Dennis Debbaudt, an interntionally renowned presenter and trainer on autism recognition and response and risk management for law enforcement agencies and emergency first responders.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #11 - 4/24/08

Here's some highlights from today's Breakfast Club Program on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. As always check out for the latest local news, weather, and sports.

6:03am: You can tell the weather is changing as I saw the first person in my neighborhood mowing the lawn on Wednesday afternoon. KFIZ Newsman Bob Nelson said he saw someone in his neighborhood doing that a few weeks ago. I would love to mow my lawn...I just moved into a new home last summer and still do not have my lawn seeded. That should come next week!

6:18am: Karl Klopitic's Weather: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance for rain. Look for a high of 71 today.

6:25am: Entertainment News: The final totals are in and the special "American Idol Gives Back" raised $65 million dollars for underprivlieged children...Last night on IdolCarly Smithson was voted off...Actress Megan Fox from The Transformers movie was voted the #1 sexiets woman by FHM Magazine. Jessica Biel was #2 on the list while Jessica Alba was #3...There are new episodes of Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, and Lost on ABC tonight...Actor Wesley Snipes will be sentenced today for failing to file income tax documents. He could get 3 years in prison.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1800 the Library of Congress was established...In 1965 The Game of Love by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders hit #1 on the music charts...In 1969 Paul McCartney appeared in public for the first time after rumors swirled that he was dead...In 1981 IBM introduced the first PC.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz: Irene Petrie correctly knew that the Fond du Lac Police vs. Fond du Lac Fire Department Basketball Game is being held at the Riverside Elementary School Gym tonight. She won a pet prize pack.

7:18am: Brian Carter checked in from Fond du Lac Seafood. Fond du Lac Seafood is located at 63 North Main Street in Fond du Lac. Give Brian a call at 517-TUNA (8862). He recommends you call in an order if there is something special you might want. Brian said he has some info on eating fish and being pregnant. If you'd like more information, give him a call.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Singer Kelly Clarkson is 26...Actor Michael O'Keefe (Danny Noonan on Caddyshack) is 53...Singer Barbara Streisand is 66...Actress Shirley MacLaine is 74.

7:45am: Ticket Window Thursday: Bill Schaefer of Oakfield won a pair of tickets to see the Brewers and Dodgers on May 13th for correctly knowing that Tommy Lasorda managed Ben Sheets in the 2000 Summer Olympics

7:50am: Eleven Illinois high school students may miss their graduation over a Senior Prank. The Lake County News reports that 10 boys dressed up as bananas while the other member donned a gorilla suit and chased them through the school. The've been slapped with a seven day suspension and may have to miss the prom and graduation. The group's leader says they were looking to do a "harmless prank" Supporters think the school's punishment was way to harsh.

8:20AM: Paula Price from the Ripon Chamber of Commerce paid her weekly visit to The Breakfast Club. Click on the link to find out more on what's going on in Ripon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #10 - 4/23/08

It's Wednesday....For all of your locan news, weather and sports, head to our station's main website

Here's other tidbits from today's editon of the Breakfast Club on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's Forecast: Sunshine today with a high of 68. Some rain may come our way on Thursday and Friday.

6:25am: Entertainment News: Myley Cyrus is just 15 but she's already going to publish her memoirs...FOX was the most watched TV Network last week thanks to American Idol. CBS was 2nd with seven shows in the top 20...Marlee matlin was voted off of Dancing With the Stars last night with R&B star Mario being the 2nd lowest vote getter.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1950 the Minneapolis Lakers won the first NBA title...In 1954 Milwaukee Braves outfielder Hank Aaron hit his first career home run...In 1956 Elvis Presley played Las Vegas for the first time...In 1985 Coca-Cola announced they were changing the formula of their classic softdrink in what some call the worst marketing move in history.

New Coke Facts: The initial reformulated Coke was called "Project Kansas"...Despite perceptions that New Coke was an immediated failure, some areas saw their sales rise...Less than 3 months after the introduction of "New" Coke, the Coca-Cola Company announced that the "old" Coke would return..."New" Coke stuck around and had it's name changed to "Coke 2" in 1992, but was released in very limited amounts and in 2002 was officially discontinued.

KFIZ News Quiz: Ken Keuschel correctly knew that Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary and takes home a Chex-Mix Prize Pack!

7:10am: The Fond du Lac Fire Department is holding their annual Brat Fry at the South Main Street Station. Stop down for lunch and suppor the Fire Department and also the Fond du Lac County Red Cross. I'll be down their from 10am to about 11:15am

7:18am: Kids and Money. High School Seniors in 2007 scored just 48% on the annual JumpStart Coalistion's survey on fianance. That's compared to 52% in 2006. The survey asked questions regarding stocks, credit cards, hom mortgages, and health insurance. College students scored 62% on this year's quiz.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Shirley Temple-Black is 80...Actress Joyce DeWitt (Janet on Three's Company) is 59....The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors is 69...Actress Valerie Bertinelli si 48.

7:50am: People are still talking about Johnny Depp and his appearance in our area to film the movie Public Enemies. KFIZ Newsman Bob Nelson said that they were getting news about the movie shoot up in his hometown in upper Michigan. I mentioned that one of my friends actually was at a martini bar in Appleton last week, when Mr. Depp walked in with his bodyguards. He said he was very nice to them and later when word got out, the bar started to fill up.

A bank robber in Texas is accussed of robbing two banks and authorities didn't have very much trouble finding her. It seems she scribbled the note demanding money from the teller on the back of her food stamp application which she had filled out with her correct name and address.

8:20am: The Stark Automotive Show: Cole from Stark stopped by and said they have some great values on the lot right now. If you're looking for a vehicle, give Stark a visit. Stark's website by clicking HERE. 390 North Rolling Meadows Drive....920-923-7900

8:50am: This is the one year anniversary of Russian leader Boris Yeltsin passing away. One liquor distributor in Texas in encouraging everyone to do a shot of vodka in honor of Yeltsin today. He says you should do it straight...Boris' favorite way, but if you have a weak stomach, stop at just one or two as you don't want to ruin your day.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #9 - 4/22/08

Happy Tuesday......Head over to for all of the latest local news, weather and sports. Here are other highlights from today's show on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's Forecast: Scattered T-Storms should move into the area by noon today. Look for a high this afternoon at about 68. Rain should be done by early evening with overnight lows at about 44.

6:25am: ABC is casting for its new reality show "High School Musical: Summer Session" which is a spinoff of the Disney movies..CLICK HERE FOR CASTING INFO...First Lady Laura Bush will co-host NBC's Today Show this morning in the 8am hour, central time...At the Box Office, Jackie Chan's "The Forbidden Kingdom" was #1 followed by "forgetting Sarah Marshall"...ABC's Dancing With The Stars saw Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi score a perfect score of 30 while actress Marlee Matline was the low scorer.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1509 Henry VIII became King of England...In 1823 roller skates were patented by RJ Tyers...In 1864 the U.S. Congress approved the use of "In God We Trust" on coins...In 1964 the New York World's Fair opened...In 1970 the first "Earth Day" was held...In 1978 Barbara Walters became the first female network news anchor when she signed on with ABC.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz: John August correctly knew that new Bucks coach Scott Skiles was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1982. He wins a hand crank, radio, flashlight, and cell phone charger.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: The Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell is 72...Actress Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garett on The Facts of Life) is 82...Actor Jack Nicholson is 71...Musician Peter Frampton is 58...Actor Ryan Stiles (Drew Carey Show, and Who's Line Is It) is 49.

7:50am: Did you see the clip of the presidential candidates last night on World Wrestling Entertainment's Raw program on USA. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain all made speeches using wrestler lingo. It was pretty interesting. You can see a clip of the candidates on RAW by just scolling down on this blog to the previous entry! Enjoy!

8:20am: Jerry from the Fond du Lac Area Job & Career Center checked in with an update on the job market in Fond du Lac. Visit their website by clicking HERE. Jerry also reminded you about the upcoming job fair in Fond du Lac. on May 6th. You can find out more information by clicking on the job fair's website HERE.

8:50am: A couple in New Mexico is having trouble selling their $250,000 home. They've come up with an idea to have an essay contest. For $100 people can write an essay with hopes of being picked as the winner. That winner will get the house. The couple wants 2,500 entries so they would get the full value of their home. The only problem...The New Mexico Gaming Commission is investigating to make sure they are not running an illegal "raffle."

Monday, April 21, 2008

WWE Clinton/Obama/McCain Preview

If you're a fan of the World Wrestling Entertainment, you will enjoy the candidates going all-out to stump for the young vote and they deliver a message to voters in wrestler lingo.

Breakfast Club - Show #8 - 4/21/08

Happy Monday! Here are some highlights from this mornings' Breakfast Club on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. Check out all of your local news, weather and sports at

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's Weather: Sunshine and a high of 78 for your Monday!

6:25am: Entertainment News: CBS News Anchor Katie Couric insists she's staying in the anchor chair despite rumors of her exit...Businessman Stephen Palettas was the big winner on Oprah's "Big Give" finale last night on ABC. Paletta was given $500,000 and another $500,000 to give to charity...Super Bowl champ Eli Manning got married over the weekend to longtime girlfriend Abby McGrew in Mexico.

6:40am: This History Vault: In 1789 John Adams was sworn in a the first Vice President of the United States...In 1878 the first fire pole was installed into a New York City fire station...In 1918 the famous WWI piolot, the "Red Baron" was shot down...In 1956 Elvis had his first #1 hit with Heartbreak Hotel...In 1986 a national TV audience saw Geraldo Rivera open Al Capone's Vault at a Chicago hotel to find nothing but dust and a few empty bottles.

Red Baron Facts: His real name was Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richtenhofen...He was born in Germany and his military training at the age of 11...He shot down over 80 enemy planes, but was killed by a single bullet during a dogfight over northern France. His plane was dismantled bys ouvenior hunters after it was discovered on the ground.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz Winner: John Schneider of Fond du Lac correctly knew that KFIZ's won the Associated Press Division Three Award for Best Sports Story in 2007 for "Fruth Field Rededicated."

7:18am: A new survey shows that only 19% of women say that they met their most recent boyfriends at a bar. Nearly 25% say that they would be embarassed to say that they met their recent beau's at the bar. More than 50% of those asked said the best place to meet a boyfriend was at a coffee shop. A bookstore and gym were 2nd and 3rd on the list of where they would shop for a boy-toy. 69% of women asked said they like to let a guy know they are intersted in them by smiling at them or making eye contact. 23% said they will ask for the time to strike up a conversation.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Queen Elizabeth II is 82...Singer Iggy Pop is 61...Actor Tony Danza is 57...Former Pro Wrestler Brutus Beefcake is 50...Actor Andie MacDowell is 50.

7:50am: It took Angeline Prince more than 60 years but she finally got to go to the prom! The grandmother in Clarksville, Tennessee was the guest of her teen grandson Cody McGraw. Now Cody has a girlfriend but wanted to take his grandmother when he found out she couldn't afford to go to her prom when she was in high school. Cody took his grandmother and girlfriend out to dinner, but then escorted his grandma to the big event. Despite recent knee surgeries, Angeline says that she was still planing on getting out on the dance floor to boogie!

8:20am: Kay from the Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County stopped by to chat about last week's Youth Service Day in Fond du Lac. Jordan Fatke, a senior at Fond du Lac High School also was in studio to talk about the day's events. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities you can contact the volunteer center at 926-1414 or vist them online by visiting their website at

After Breakfast - 9am to 9:30am

Dottie from the Fond du Lac Senior Center stopped by with a full slate of events going on sponsored by the center. For more info the Senior Center at 322-3630.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #7 - 4/18/08

It's TGIF! As you gear up for the weekend, here's the highlights from today's Breakfast Club on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ....heard weekdays from 6am to 9am. As always find all the lastest local news, weather, and sports at

6:18am: Marv Halowinski's Weather: Cloudy with rain today with a high of 49 Maybe a Thunderstorm tonight . Light rain on Saturday with a high of 55. Sunday: Partly sunny with a high of 63.

6:25am: Enterainment News...Bea Arthur and Merv Griffin headline a group going into the Academy of Television Arts & Science Hall of Fame...Rapper Snoop Dogg is calling on Prince William and Prince Harry to help lift his ban from the United Kingdom. He got banned for a fight at Heathrow Airport...Actor Gary Busey could soon be homeless as reports say he'll be kicked out of his house in Malibu if he doesn't pay his landlord $50,000 for outstanding rent.

6:40am: The History Vault...In 1775 Paul Revere made his famous Midnight Ride...In 1906 an 8.3 earthquake hit San Francisco, leaving over 700 dead and over 225,000 homeless...In 1923 Yankee Stadium opened for the first time...IN 1949 Ireland became and independent republic after 780 years of British rule.

Facts on Paul Revere and his ride....Revere himself says he never actually shouted "The British Are Coming" instead he quietly warned people...He never actually made it to concord as he was detained by British Troops in Lincoln, Massachusetts...following the war, he opened North America's first copper mill in 1801.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz: Norbert Brenner was today's winner of the KFIZ News Quiz for correctly knowing that Brett Favre will be the 6th Packer to have his jersey number retired.

7:18: Dick Weinberger from the Fond du Lac Acoustic Music Alliance stopped by to talk about tonight's show at the Windhover. The Fox Valley Showcase features Northern Trail & Josh Calhoun and the Eclictics. The event starts at 7:30pm at the Windhover Center tonight. You can buy tickets are the door or in advance before 5pm. Visit FAMA's website by clicking HERE! Anita Vissers of Fond du Lac won a pair of tickets to tonight's event.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays....Actor James Woods is 61...Actor Rick Moranis is 55...Late Night host Conan O'Brien is 45...Actress Melissa Joan Hart is 32.

7:50am: The older you get the happier you are. That's the findings of a more than 3 decade survey published in the American Sociological Review. The study found that more than half of those people in their 80s said they were happy. About 33% of 18 year old say they are happy. Overall the survey found that women were happier than men. The survey also found that people are happier in better economic times. "Baby Boomers" were said to be the least happy people.

8:20am: Valerie from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism stopped by to chat about some great events going on around Wisconsin. For more information check out their website at or you can call 1-800-432-TRIP (8747).

8:50am: The cost of a wedding...I can relate to this one as I just got married last August....American couples are spending a ton of money on their big day. A recent survey by and has found that that average wedding coast over $27,000, not including the honeymoon. 45% of that amount was spent on the reception. 15% went to reception band/entertainment. 9% to the photographer. 44% of weddings are being paid for by the brides parents while 43% are being funded by the bride and groom. The survey also found that the average cost of a wedding gown is $1,317. The typical wedding guest list includes 153 people.

After Breakfast - Behind The Badge w/ Officer Steve Olson

Officer Ragan Pecore and Pastor Paul Pfeffer stopped by to talk about the 3rd annual Basketball Game between Fond du Lac Police and Fond du Lac Fire Deparment employees. The game on April 24th at the Riverside Elementary Gym (old Goodrich Gym) will be a 7pm. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Police Chaplain's Program. For more information go to There will also be bake sale items, and a free throw shooting contest at halftime.

To hear a podcast of today's program click HERE.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #6 - 4/17/08

Here we go for a Thursday! As always look for your local news, weather and sports at

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's Weather: The rain should be scattered today but tonight we could see some..and more heading into Friday and the weekend. Hi's today about 57.

6:25am: Entertainment News: Kristy Lee Cook was booted off of American Idol last night...The new X-Files movie will be titled; "I Want To Believe"...Jenny Garth may come back to play her character Kelly Taylor in the CW's Beverly Hills 90210 spinoff that will star production soon...Barbara Streisand gave $5 million dollars to a LA hospital for education on women's heart disease.

6:40am: The History Vault...In 1970 the Apollo 13 astronauts safely splashed down in the Pacific after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their mission...In 1964 Ford debuted the Mustang...In 1953 Mickey Mantle hit a 565 foot home run which is the longest recorded shot in history. In 1790 Ben Franklin died at the age of 84.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz Winner: Dale Smith of Fond du Lac was today's big winner! He correctly answered that the wolf is the animal that some think need to be hunted in Wisconsin.

7:18am: Brian Carter from Fond du Lac Seafood checked in. Visit Fond du Lac Seafood on the web at You can also stop by the store on North Main Street or give Brian a call at 517-TUNA (8862)

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays..."Posh Spice" Victoria Adams is 34...Actress Jennifer Garner is 36...Former NFL QB Boomer Esiason is 47...Pro Wrestler Roddy Pipper is 57.

7:48am: It's a Ticket Window Thursday...Tim Good of Fond du Lac won a pair of tickets to see the Brewers play the Dodgers at Miller Park on May 13th, but correctly knowing that the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers in seven games in the 1982 World Series.

8:20am: Paula Price from the Ripon Chamber of Commerce checked in with events going on in Ripon. If you'd like more information on great events going on in the Ripon area you can call 748-6764 or check out their website by clicking HERE

8:50am: Do you use all of your vacation time? A recent study by found that it's estimated that 47.5 million U.S. employees or 31% of adults that work in the United States do not use all of their vacation time. The study found that the average American leaves 3 vacation days on the table each year. That means 460 million vacation days will be left over at the end of the year. The survey also found that 18% of Americans actually cancel a day off each year because of work. American's get an average of 14 vacation days per year. In France the average is 37. In Spain they get 31 days off on average each year. The average is 26 days in Great Britain.

After Breakfast 9am-9:30am

It's an Outdoors Thursday Presented by Dutch's Trading Post. Today Jake LaPine talked about the early Walleye season and also turkey season. You can listen to a podcast of today's show by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #5 - 4/16/08

It's Hump Day! It's all downhill to the weekend after today. As always, find your news, weather, and sports at Here are other highlights from today's show on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. As always catch the Breakfast Club from 6am to 9am and After Breakfast from 9am to 9:30am on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's Weather: Windy with gusts to 30+ mph...mostly sunny with a high of 69.
6:25am: Entertainment News: Priscilla Presley was booted off of Dancing with the Stars...Sylvestor Stallone has been called to jury duty in Los Angeles but was dismissed...ABC has added one more episode to this year's season of Lost and Grey's Antatomy.

6:40am: The History Vault: In 1929 The NY Yankees became the first baseball team to put #s on their jerseys...In 1940 Cleve;and's Bob Feller no-hit the White Sox on Opening Day...In 1962 Walter Cronkite debuted as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz Winner: Karen Holzmann won a pair of Magnacraft binoculars for correctly knowing that the Pope was visiting the White House today.

7:18am: The Packers schedule is out. Green Bay has four prime time games this year. Mon. Sept. 8th against Minnesota at Lambeau. Sunday night, September 21st against Dallas in Green Bay. Mon. November 24th at New Orleans and Monday, Dec. 22nd at Chicago. The Gold Package games for Milwaukee season ticket holders are the Dallas game and the Bear game on November 16th. Take a look at the entire Packer schedule at

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays: Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from A Christmas Story) is 36...Comedian Martin Lawrence is 43...Kareem Abdule-Jabbar is 61...Bobby Vinton is 73.

7:50am: A Florida woman is suing a restaurant over the fact that a 275 pound man fell on her as he danced on the bar. The women says she hurt her shoulder and needs surgery. The woman's lawyers says that this is more common than you think and people shouldn't be allowed to dance on the bar if people are eating. KFIZ News man Bob Nelson says that he has danced on a bar before, but never on a restaurant in he's off the hook.

8:20am: Stark Automotive Show. Cole and Jerry stopped by this morning. If you're looking for a vehicle no matter what you're budget, stop by Stark right across from Wal-Mart on Nortrh Rolling Meadows Drive in Fond du Lac. Visit Stark online

8:50am: Did you know that more than 7 million Americans are vegetarians. A study by Vegetarian Times says thats about 3.2% of Americans. About 1 million of those people are vegans, which means they consume no animal products at all. 42% of vegetarians are between the ages of 18 and 34.

After Breakfast - 9am-9:30am

Jim Cleveland stopped by from the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce to preview the upcoming Job Fair coming up on May 6th at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac.

To find out more click

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #4 - 4/15/08

It's Tax Day! I hope your returns are in and you already have your refund back. As always, you can find all of your news, weather, and sports at Here are other highlights from today's program on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.

6:20am: Karl Klopotic's weather forecast...Mostly sunny, windy and a high of 65. Karl also gave me his best Turkey Call on the radio...classic stuff.

6:25am: Entertainment News...Kristi Yamaguchi continues to dominate ABC's Dancing with the Stars with a score of 29 out of 30. Prescilla Presley struggled with her rumba last night....the CMT Country Music Awards were last night. Taylor Swift won Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year. Former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler won three awards. Trace Adkins also took home 3 trophies. Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus were the shows hosts.

6:40am: The History Vault...In 1865 President Lincoln died at 7:22am after being shot by John Wilkes Booth the night before at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC...In 1912 the Titanic sank...In 1947 the first McDonald's Restaurant was opened by founder Ray Kroc in Illinois...In 1947 Jackie Robinson played in his first regular season game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz: Shirly Rasmussen was the winner today by correctly answering that the measles is currently popping up in our area.

7:18am: It's Tax Day....You were treated to Paris Hilton's take on how to save money on your tax forms. Did you know....The IRS was born out of a need to pay war expenses from the Civil War. It was first known as the Bureau of Internal Revenue, but changed to its current name in 1953. The top 5 percent of earners pay 60% of the nation's taxes. Last year, the IRS estimated that it was owed over $300 million dollars more than it collected.

7:25am: Celeb Birthdays...Singer Samantha Fox is 42...Heloise from Hints from Heloise is 57...Actress Emma Thompson is 49...Roy Clark of Hee Haw fame is 75.

7:50am: Wednesday, April 16th is "Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day." It suppose to relieve some stress the day after taxes are due. Bob Nelson wanted to know what he's suppose to do since he sleeps in the nude!?!?!?!?!?

8:20am: Don't forget that tomorrow is another Windhover Wednesday at the Windhover Center For The Arts in Fond du Lac. The event runs every Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm. This week's event features Marian College Theater as they bring you scenes from THE GOOD DOCTOR. For more information head to

8:50am: Here's an interesting story I found from our friends at the Associated Press....Lucky for me, I have a wonderful father-in-law who did my taxes this my stress was limited...

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's been a taxing year for Americans. A report based on IRS data says that the average taxpayer spent more than a day and over $200 to collect, calculate and compile the numbers for their returns this year. It's even worse for businesses. The report says the corporate cost of filing taxes is about 170 billion dollars. General Electric is one example. In 2006 the company filed returns equal to 24,000 printed pages. The group that compiled the report, the National Taxpayers Union, says Congress, not the IRS, is to blame for the amount of money and time people spend on their taxes. The group says lawmakers are making tax laws more complex, and quicker than the IRS can simplify its forms.

9am-9:30am: After Breakfast

It was "History Tuesday" on the show today. Sally Albertz and Jim Glassel stopped by and we chatted about the Titanic, which sank on this day in 1912. There was a Fond du Lac connection to the sinking of the ship. Dr. William Minahan was on the ship and was one of those that died. He wasn't suppose to be on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, but his ship was stuck in port because of an coal strike. He and his wife were on the ship. She got off in one of the life boats. Minahan lived at 156 4th Street in Fond du Lac and had an office where Becker Shoes used to be downtown.

Listen to this segment on the Titantic by clicking HERE!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Christian the Lion- Reunion!

OK...these two guys raised the lion as a cub, but still, I'm not sure if I saw one coming at me, I'd trust that it would remember me as a long lost friend and not lunch!

Breakfast Club - Show #3 - 4/14/08

Hey it's Monday....I bet your happy to get another work week going. As always, look for the latest news, weather, and sports at Here are other highlights from today's show on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.

6:18am: Karl Klopotic's weather forecast says Sunny today with a high of 51. Look for 64 on Tuesday and 70 on Wednesday!

6:25am: Entertainment News....Prom Night was #1 at the box office this weekend pulling in $22 million dollars...More than 300 people attended the funeral of Charlton Heston on Saturday in Los Angeles...Bryant Gumbel is out as the play by play guy at the NFL Network for their game telecasts.

6:40am: Opening up the History Vault...In 1828 the first Webster's Dicitionary was published...In 1865 President Abe Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while he sat at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC...In 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink.

Here are some Titanic facts....the boat was 882 feet long and weighed over 52,000 tons...There were more than 2200 people on board when it sank...The Titanic passenger list included some of the world's most prominent people including Macy's owner Isidor Straus, and millionaire JOhn Jacob Astor, the Fourth...Over 1,500 people died in the accident, most from hypothermia from the 28-degree waters.

6:45am: One sports note...The Fox Valley Association Boys Basketball All-Star Game was held at Kaukauna on Sunday night. The South beat the North 112-109 in overtime. Oshkosh West's John Benkoske led all scorers with 23 points. Fondy's Eddie Gilgenbach added 22 while Sam Munso added 11 for the South. Munson also won the slam dunk contest.

6:50am: KFIZ News Quiz Winner: Bonnie Engel of Mt. Calvary correctly knew that a conservation meeting was being held at Theisen Middle School in Fond du Lac.

7:20am: Taxes are due on Tuesday, but April 23rd is "Tax Freedom Day" for Americans. That's the day that the average person in the United States has worked enough days to pay their federal, state, and local taxes. That day comes three days earlier in 2008 than in 2007. Americans work 113 days to pay their taxes for the year, compared to 35 days for a years worth of food, 13 days for clothes, and 60 days for housing.

7:25am: Birthday Time...Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 31...Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 40....Baseball Hit King Pete Rose is 67 and the great Loretta Lynn is 73.

7:55am: The Spokane, Washington police department has been getting weird calls to their crime tip line. Some recent calls have included someone wondering how to thaw a 12 pound turkey, how to remove a big claw foot bathtub from a home and if businesses are open on certain holidays. KFIZ Newsman Bob Nelson will check in with our local law enforcement to see if they've had any calls from people looking for odd things on our local tip line.

8:20am: Kay from the Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County stopped by for her weekly chat. April is Youth Services Month and youth from the Fond du Lac are getting out and helping the community on April 18th. Laconia and Ripon also will have events later in the month. Adult volunteers are still in need from some of these events so you are asked to contact the Volunteer Center if you can pitch in.

The 3rd annual Human Race is set for Saturday, May 31st. Its a way for any local organization to race funds without having to actually organize the event yourself. For more informaton on the Human Race, which takes place in Downtown Fond du Lac you are asked to contact the Volunteer Center. The phone number is 926-1414. Visit them on the web at

8:50am: If you are a does it make you feel that 85-year old Robert Dunham got one in Arizona recently. Robert is blind! Good for him. I can't hit the green with two good eyes. Robert has someone line him up by the ball and aim him in the right direction and he swings away.

Also Gary Ebertz and Janice Paar both won a WWE Backlash PPV from Charter Communications and also qualified to win a digital camera from Charter and the WWE.

After Breakfast 9am-9:30am

Dottie and Judy joined me from the Fond du Lac Senior Center. If you are interested in any of the trips, programs, or other events they talked about call the Senior Center at 322-3630. They are 33 members short of 2000 for the year. Also give them a call for more info on joining!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Breakfast Club - Show #2 - 4/11/08

It's Friday!!!! We made it...You can find all of your News, Weather, and Sports at Here are other show highlights from today on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ's Breakfast Club....


6:18am: KFIZ Meteorologist Marv Halowinski says northern Wisconsin has Winter Storm Warnings out and northern Illinois had temps in the 50s. Here in Fond du Lac we'll see a few inches of rain and some snow, but not much that will stick around. He says maybe a 70 degree day next week....YEAH!

6:25am: Celeb News: American Idol is releasing a stamp series featuring the shows winners...Access Hollywood Reports that TiVo has come up with a way to figure out who will be voted off of American Idol by measuring audience reaction second by second during the show...CBS has cancelled "Secret Talents of the Stars."

6:40am: Today in History: In 1890 The Elephant Man John Merrick died at the age of 29...Elvis got his first Gold Record for Heartbreak Hotel in 1956...In 1947 Jackie Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

6:55am: KFIZ News Quiz Winner: Alice Fields correctly knew that the winner of The Masters golf tournament wins a green jacket.


7:18am: Bridget Zenner and Carol McCarthy stopped by to talk about a fund raising benefit for Jeff and Janet Hopper on Saturday night at the Eagles Club in Fond du Lac from 4pm to 10pm. The husband and wife are both battling cancer and the event is there to help raise funds to pay medical bills. There will be a raffle, silent auction, music, food and a whole bunch of fun. The band Red Fish is playing from 4pm to 6pm. For more information you can call Bridget Zenner at 920-922-0461 or Carol McCarthy at 920-922-1644. Tickets are 1 for $6 or 6 for $30.

7:25am: CW Smith Birthday Time...This week's winner of a Culvers frozen custard cake was Cody Krupp. On December 26th, CW Smith Jewelers will award a $500 gift certificate to one lucky winner!

7:52am: A guy in Louisiana lost his bid to wear a skirt in public. His local town passed an law to stop having kids wearing saggy pants in public and his skirt didn't make the cut. He said he wore a skirt for heat rash, but was denied an exemption from the city council because they say it was just way too short. Bob Nelson also brought a story from his home state of Michigan about a burglar who broke into a house but fell asleep and was arrested.

7:55am: KFIZ meteorologits Marv Halowinski was not drinknig at 6:20am when he said we would see 70 degree next week. He said he holds by his prediction. We'll still see rain and sleet this weekend though.


8:20am: Valerie from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism made her weekly stop to talk about what's going on in the state this weekend. To find out more head to the Department of Tourism website at or call 1-800-432-TRIP (8747)

8:50am: Sabish's National Junior Honor Society will be having a brat fry at the Pick N Save on Pioneer Road today, Saturday, and Sunday. The kids are raising money for their trip to Washington, DC. Also did you know that President Bush has an Ipod. He says his is loaded up with Alan Jackson, the Beach Boys, and Aretha Franklin. Now, I had felt like technology had passed me by since I can't figure those things out....I guess if President Bush has one, then I'll have to learn too.

After Breakfast 9am-9:30am - Behind The Badger with Officer Steve Olson

Today Steve talked about the Fond du Lac Police Explorers Program. The next meeting is set for May 13th at 7pm at the Fond du Lac Police Department. The program is open to people aged 14 to 21. For more information contact Officer Olson at 322-3746.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Breakfast Club: Show #1 - 4/10/08

Hey Gang...

As much as I hope you can listen to the Breakfast Club and After Breakfast on KFIZ straight through from 6am to 9:30am every weekday, I know you may miss something here and there because you're taking the dog out, getting the kids ready for school, or going to work, so I'll try my best every day to give you a rundown of what when on during the shows, and include important information that our guests may offer. If you miss a phone # or website or a date on the show, check back here on my blog later in the day and I'll hopefully have it posted. I'll try and sort things by the hours they aired. If you're looking for the latest local news, weather and sports, head back to I'll give you the extra stuff here.


6:20am: KFIZ Meteorologist Karl Klopitik says we may see some snow on Friday night.....yuck!

6:25am: Entertainment News....Reports say Katie Couric may be leavng the CBS Evening news as early as next January. American Idol Gives back hopes to raise $100 million dollars from Wednesday night's program...There's a new episode of The Office on NBC Tonight!

6:40am: Today in history....In 1953 the first 3-D Movie...In 1942 The Bataan Death March Started...and Comedian Sam Kinison was killed in a car accident in 1992.

6:55am: Today's KFIZ News Quiz winner was Pat Tlout. She took home an Olive Oil set answering the correct question.


7:18 - Brian Carter from Fond du Lac Seafood checked in. He's got lots of new fish ready for you at the store on North Main Street and if you're looking to book a Summer Fish Boil, he's like to have you all signed up by May 15th. Give him a call at 517-TUNA or visit him online at

7:25am - CW Smith Birthday time.....celebrity birthdays today include Actor Haley Joel Osment, who turns 20, Singer/Actress Mandy Moore is 24...John Madden is 72.

7:50am - KFIZ Newsman Bob Nelson commented how his filled his car up with gas for the first time since late January and couldn't believe how much the price has jumped. He had his hip replaced in early February and couldn't drive his car very far since then.


8:10am --OOPS! It's a Ticket Window Thursday on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ. Every Thursday at 7:45am, I'll ask a Brewer trivia question. If your the first caller through, with the correct answer, you'll win a pair of tickets to an upcoming Brewers game. Hey, I forgot about it at 7:45am so we did it at 8:10am. Today's Question....Name the pitcher that left the Brewers to sign a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds.....ANSWER: Francisco Cordero. Al Cedarholm was the first caller with the correct answer and he will be going to see the Brewers play the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, May 12th at Miller Park.

8:25am - Paula Price checked in from the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce. There are a lot of great events going on in the Ripon area. For more info check out their website by clicking HERE

After Breakfast - 9am-9:30am

It was an Outdoors Thursday presented by Dutch's Trading Post. Bob Haase had Sherman Jacobson in as a guest as they talked about the Walleye's For Tomorrow FDL Chapter Banquet on April 19th and also Spring Hearings which are coming up on April 14th.

The Banquet is at the Knight of Columbus in Fond du Lac. If you want more information call Frank Beuk at 921-9259.

If you want more info on the Spring Conservation Hearings check out the DNR Website by clicking HERE

If you would like to hear a podcast of today's Outdoors Thursday program click HERE

That's it for Show #1 on Thursday. Again, I'll try and post important info on the Breakfast Club daily.

Have a great day.

A New Adventure....

Today was my first day as the "official host" of News-Talk 1450 KFIZ's Breakfast Club program which airs from 6am to 9am every weekday morning and also the extended "After Breakfast Program." The program has been the wake up call for many people in Fond du Lac for almost 86 years and many legends have sat in the chair. Legends such as Joe Goeser, Ron Harvey, Doug McGrath are just of few of those that have graced the airwaves at KFIZ over the years. When you talk about KFIZ and some of the great personalities, Jerry St. John, the man I'm replacing, will be right at the top of the list with those men. In a way it's a bitter sweet day because I'm replacing a man who has been hosting the show for 12 years and is a radio icon our community and he's a good friend. Jerry is leaving for various reasons, but they are not health related and he's not retiring so you'll still see him around town. I've hosted the show many times while Jerry was on vacation, but it was different today as I guess I no longer had to say "I'm Wade Bates, filling in for Jerry St. John on the Breakfast Club." Again, I appreciate everything Jerry has done for KFIZ, and I'll do my part to continue to put together a quality show that delivers local news, weather, sports and hopefully a little fun to your morning. Its a huge responsibility to be on in the morning at KFIZ. It's been a staple of Fond du Lac since 1922. I really take pride in the letter K-F-I-Z and what they mean to Fond du Lac and the history of radio. It should be a fun ride, and I would love to have you wake up with me for the next 50 years!