Tuscarawas County Bridal Expo Coming Soon

The 2018 Tuscarawas County Bridal Expo will be held on Saturday, January 27th from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas. Brides-to-be can meet with more than 40 wedding specialists during this FREE event, including representatives from Baker Florist, Rainbow Party Rentals, Historic Zoar Village, McDonald Niklaus Custom Framing, Dunkin's Diamonds, and more! The bridal consultants, caterers, DJs, florists, photographers, cake experts, hair stylists, and others can help you plan a reception to remember. Don't miss your chance to win great door prizes at 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30!

WJER will broadcast live from the event from 1:00 to 3:00pm, so stop by and say "hi" as you take in all the wonderful wedding displays!

For more information, contact Baker Florist at 330-364-5521, or click the ad below to visit the Tuscarawas County Bridal Expo Facebook page.

WJER Radio Live Broadcast Schedule

Check out our live broadcast schedule below to see if our rolling radio will be rolling your way sometime soon!

Saturday, January 27th, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Tuscarawas County Bridal Expo at the Kent State PAC

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Review: Rick Springfield Turned up the Heat on a Cold Night at the PAC
My first memory of Rick Springfield is the dog. I was only 3-years-old when Working Class Dog was released, but my sister Dawn was 14 and in love with the man behind the music. I was just obsessed with the dog on the album cover. A DOG in a SHIRT and a TIE? I couldn't get enough!

Well I finally got to see the dog...the working class dog, that is...Friday night at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas. On Friday, WJER's Anita asked if Dawn was going to the show. "She was the biggest Springfield fan in high school. She had his picture in her locker." Of course Dawn was going, who else would I dream of taking?

So I got a great laugh when Rick asked, "How many of you had my picture in your locker? It was lonely in there on the weekends!" That was one of many lighthearted moments throughout his acoustic "Stripped Down Tour" concert. A nearly-sold-out audience went through every emotion as Rick sat center-stage on a stool with only a selection of guitars and a laptop. From his MacBook he ran a video show, and he had backing tracks for a handful of songs.

Now, I can't say I was a huge Rick Springfield fan growing up. I didn't dislike his music, but I wasn't a devotee. I knew Jessie's Girl, because I live on planet Earth. But I didn't go into Friday night with any expectations. My excitement was more about getting my sister within 200 feet of her teen idol. But Rick won me over in short order, and I walked out of there a huge fan. 

Being a musician doesn't necessarily make a person an entertainer, but Springfield excels at both. I can't put into words how entertaining his one-man show is. He's funny, and quick-witted. He interacted with various audience members off-the-cuff, and sprinkled in bits of self-deprecating humor along the way. His video show was auto-biographical, giving the audience a look into his childhood in Australia and England, his first bands, his rise to fame in music and on TV's General Hospital, and his family life. He brought the audience to tears with his "Orphan Suite," two songs about and dedicated to his parents who have passed away. He set down his guitar and stepped to the front of the stage to project the final verse un-mic'd and a cappella, the most moving and vulnerable moment of the evening.

But the serious moments were far outnumbered by the lighthearted, as Springfield left the stage and ran the circumference of the theater, stopping for hugs, photos, and high-fives. He melded his biggest hit, Jessie's Girl with two other songs, Stacy's Mom and 867-5309 (Jenny). The graphic on the screen read "What if Jessie's girl was actually Stacy's mom, and her number was 867-5309?" It was a clever way to pay homage to the hit without it being a cliche.

In addition to being ridiculously engaging, Springfield plays a killer guitar, has an unbelievable voice, and let's just say he is very easy on the eyes...all at the age of 68. The rock star life doesn't appear to have taken a toll on Mr. Springfield in any way. Several times he referenced his children, his dog, and his wife of 33 years. He's a family man who still has the voice, the looks, and the personality to take his show on the road, all without a backing band.

As for my sister, I think it's safe to say she loved the show. If the t-shirt, cd, and DVD she bought weren't enough evidence, her text the next morning sealed the deal: "Rick Springfield is playing in New Albany next. We should go!"

I'm as guilty as anyone of hearing that a show is coming to town, and thinking "I should go," then putting it on the back burner and missing it. If that's what you did with Rick Springfield, I feel awful for you, because you missed one of the absolute best shows to ever grace the PAC stage. If he comes back, don't make the same mistake again. Even the most casual of fans, like myself, will walk out of there hopelessly devoted.

-Amy Smith

Warm up with Thoughts of Great Escape 36!

Plans are underway for the 36th edition of the WJER Great Escape Contest! Once again this year, we will award a lucky local winner with a trip for two to Walt Disney World in Orlando, complete with airfare, transportation to the resort, Disney resort accommodations and park tickets! Registration doesn't begin until February...but we thought it might help you get through these frigid days by imagining yourself as our 36th Great Escape winner! Stay tuned to WJER for details coming in a few weeks!

WJER Launches New Mobile App

It's a new year, and there's no better time to introduce you to the all-new WJER app! You can delete the old version, and then head to iTunes App Store or Google Play to download the new and improved version! Just search for "WJER" and click to download. Now it's easier than ever to take us with you wherever you go. We've updated the design and added access to a lot more on-the-go info including sports scores, news, weather, opportunities to win, and of course a live stream of WJER 24/7! Tune in for your favorite music or high school sports from anywhere you go!

Tickets on Sale Now for 2018 Tuscarawas County Fair Entertainment with Rodney Atkins

Tuscarawas County Agricultural Society announces Rodney Atkins as the feature entertainer at the 2018 Tuscarawas County Fair.  Rodney Atkins is an award-winning country music singer/songwriter whose six chart- topping hits include “Take A Back Road,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).”  Purchase tickets at tusccountyfairgrounds.com or at the fair office.  The office is located just inside the Tuscarawas Avenue gate entrance.

Track seats are only $20 and are expected to sell out quickly.  Reserved grandstand seating is $10. 

Rodney Atkins is a top notch entertainer who recently surpassed 10 million units sold during his notable career, Atkins also landed six songs on Country Aircheck’s “Top 100 Songs of Our Decade,” including the No. 1 most-played song with his Platinum-certified hit, “Watching You.” He is currently recording for his forthcoming fifth studio album via Curb Records, with new music expected in 2018. For more information and the latest updates, visit www.RodneyAtkins.com or follow online @RodneyAtkins.

Listen to High School Basketball on WJER Radio

Tune in to WJER Radio all season long for live play-by-play coverage of Dover and New Philadelphia high school basketball! Hear the games on 100.9 FM, AM 1450, right here at WJER.com, or on the WJER app. Click here for our local sports broadcast schedule. We are your sports voice of the valley!

Pocket Schedules Now Available

The 2017-2018 area basketball pocket schedules are in! This year's schedules feature:

Conotton Valley
* Fairless
Indian Valley
* Malvern
New Philadelphia

Sandy Valley
Tuscarawas Central Catholic
Tusky Valley
Ohio State

Click on the schools above to see their winter sports 

Pick up a FREE pocket schedule at any of the following local businesses to f
ollow your favorite local teams this season:

* Little Caesar's Pizza in New Philadelphia
* First Stop Signs & Apparel
* Dover Public Library
* Contini Financial Service
* Next Level Sports & Spine
* The Tuscarawas Insurance Agency
* Frontier Tool & Equipment Rental
* Papa John's Pizza in New Philadelphia
* Commercial & Savings Bank
* Murphy & Company Insurance Professionals
* Athletic Department at Kent State University at Tuscarawas
* Signs To Go
* Benchmark Construction
* WJER Radio

New this year, we also have pocket schedules featuring the 2017-2018 winter sports schedules for Dover and New Philadelphia. The schedules include:
* Boys varsity/JV basketball
* Boys freshman basketball
* Boys middle school basketball
* Girls varsity/JV basketball
* Girls freshman basketball
* Girls middle school basketball
* Varsity wrestling
* JV wrestling
* Middle school wrestling
* Varsity swimming
* Varsity bowling

The Dover and New Philadelphia schedules are available for FREE at Lightning Signs & Decals in New Philadelphia, right here at WJER Radio, or at Dover or New Philadelphia High School.


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