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Mary Chapin Carpenter Brings Music and Laughter to PAC Season Opener

Sometimes even an artist who has sold over 14-million records can be underwhelming when they perform live.  But nothing could've been further from the truth when Mary Chapin Carpenter hit the stage Monday evening at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center in New Philadelphia.

Carpenter, a 5-time Grammy winner, wasted no time diving into her extensive playlist, rolling into crowd favorite “Shut Up and Kiss Me” for the third song.  Her spirited performance was backed by a polished 4-piece band, including bassist Don Dixon, a Canton native.

After “Shut Up,” Carpenter quickly segued into “Passionate Kisses” - arguably her most well-known hit. Then, as she did several times, Carpenter engaged the audience with a question-and-answer session. That led to her drawing a loud laugh from the crowd as she shared a story about how she "had to lay down" earlier this year after she was informed that it had been 25-years since “Passionate Kisses” was a major success on the country, Top 40, and Adult Contemporary music charts.  Carpenter's self-deprecating sense of humor, including some not-so-subtle shots at her age, was refreshing in an age when entertainers often go to great lengths to hide that kind of information.

And you know PAC general manager David Mitchell has put together a good show when even the opening act is entertaining. Australian singer Emily Barker warmed up the crowd with her soaring, soulful voice.  Her performance was highlighted by “Blackbird,” a song that featured not only Barker's vocals, but also her instrumental talents, as she played both the acoustic guitar and harmonica simultaneously.

Carpenter's 95-minute, 16-song set was an eclectic mix of both well-known hits (I Feel Lucky, The Bug, I Take My Chances), as well as some of her more introspective works (Livingston and This Shirt).

The energy-filled encore featured 2 more smashes (He Thinks He'll Keep Her and Down At The Twist and Shout) as she was joined on stage by opening act Barker to close out the first high-profile show of the PAC's 2017-2018 season.

-Bill Morgan

Area Trick-or-Treat Schedules

It's almost Trick-or-Treat time in the valley! Check out our list of area Trick-or-Treat dates and times as well as Halloween events taking place this year:

Saturday, October 21st
*New Towne Mall Boo Bash—1:30 to 5:30pm (Trick-or-Treat from 3:30 to 5:30pm)

Sunday, October 22nd
*Dover Public Library Trick-or-Treat—2:00 to 3:00pm at the StoryWalk located at Dover City Park

Tuesday, October 24th
*Tuscarawas County Public Library (New Phila branch) Trick-or-Treat—5:30, 6:30, or 7:00pm
*Tuscarawas County Public Library Fall Festival— 5:30pm

Wednesday, October 25th
*Dover Lion’s Club Halloween Parade—lineup at 5:30pm, parade starts at 6:45pm

Thursday, October 26th
*Navarre—6:00 to 7:00pm

Friday, October 27th
*Newcomerstown (businesses only)—3:30 to 5:00pm

Saturday, October 28th

*Baltic—6:00 to 8:00pm (with refreshments at Baltic Fire & Rescue)
*Carrollton—4:00 to 6:00pm
*Dover—6:00 to 8:00pm
*Newcomerstown—4:00 to 6:00pm
*Mineral City—5:00 to 7:00pm
*Sugarcreek—2:00 to 4:00pm, community party from 4:00 to 5:00pm at the police station
Twin Cities (Dennison/Uhrichsville)—Community party from 5:00 to 7:30pm starts at McClusky Park and continues at Uhrichsville Park

October 31st
*Beach City—6:00 to 7:30pm
*Bolivar—5:30 to 7:00pm
*Dennison—6:00 to 7:30pm
*Gnadenhutten—5:30 to 7:00pm
*Goshen—6:00 to 8:00pm
*New Philadelphia—6:00 to 8:00pm
*Strasburg—6:00 to 7:30pm
*Tuscarawas—5:30 to 7:00pm
*Uhrichsville—6:00 to 7:30pm

Hot Job of the Week

Tune in to WJER every Monday during the afternoon show as we chat with a representative of OhioMeansJobs about the “Hot Job of the Week.” Not only will we give you details about a specific job each week, but we'll also discuss tips, strategies, and helpful hints for job seekers.

This week’s topic:
Things to never say in a job interview

Hot Job of the Week:
Employer seeking: Design Engineer

Job Code #
: T-163-2

: Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field; 2+ years of experience in mechanical design; in-depth knowledge of SolidWorks 3D CAD Inventor software; extensive knowledge of metal fabrication processes; understanding of current cutting tool technology; impeccable attention to detail; ability to plan, schedule, coordinate, and problem solve effectively; valid driver’s license with a positive driving record; good attendance record; pre-employment testing will include a reference check

Job Description
: Friendly work environment with a team that is dedicated and passionate about craftsmanship and innovation; design, research, prototyping, engineering documentation, estimating, and process improvement; will report directly to the lead designer; collaborate with design/purchasing and shop/assembly teams on design projects; use specialized software to create models and drawings of product; research new materials and methods of development; organize and maintain existing engineering records; construct prototypes and confirm designs with design/purchasing team; perform physical testing on engineering prototypes; ensure components and assemblies adhere to applicable industry and business standards

Worksite Location
: Dover, OH

Rate of Pay
: $45,000 to $65,000 per year (based on education, experience, skills, and abilities)

Available Benefits
: Medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation

How to apply
: *Submit a résumé and completed referral form to the Customer Service Desk at either location of OhioMeansJobs – OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas County (1260 Monroe Street, New Philadelphia, OH 44622) or OhioMeansJobs Stark County (822 30th Street, Canton, OH 44709). *Out-of-area applicants can email their résumé (attachment preferred) to Please include the job order title and number in the subject line.

For more information, visit OhioMeansJobs online at

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, October 28th, noon to 2:00pm:
North Dover Fall Fest

Saturday, November 4th, 10:00am to noon
ESC Reading Festival

North Dover Fall Fest

Make plans to attend the North Dover Fall Fest on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 to 3:00pm! The event is being hosted by multiple businesses on the north end of Dover and will include a variety of family-friendly activities and free food. Pick up a map and get it stamped at each host site for your chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Kalahari Resorts! Host sites include:
The Inn at Northwood Village: Pumpkin giveaway, hayrides, caricatures, goodies from Dough Co.
Geib Funeral Home & Crematory: Hot dog stand, carnival, city trucks
Dover Fire & Police and Union Physicians' Office: Jeepers Creepers Trunk-or-Treat, law enforcement K-9 demonstrations
: Community Trick-or-Treat, cheerleaders and majorettes

WJER's Amy Smith and Hannah Hubbard will broadcast live from the event from noon to 2:00pm. Thanks to our broadcast sponsors: the Inn at Northwood Village and Unified Bank
formerly The Citizens Bank—in Dover

Proceeds from the event will benefit the City of Dover K-9 Unit Rex and Officer Nedrow.

Paint Tusc Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness This October

It’s time once again to Paint Tusc Pink! WJER has partnered with Union Hospital, the Regional Cancer Center of Union Hospital, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, and Trinity Hospital Twin City to “Paint Tusc Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. To participate in this event to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer, simply prepare a pink-themed display at your business, school, organization, or other spot in Tuscarawas County, then call the Union Hospital Community Relations Office at 330-364-0806 to request a "Paint Tusc Pink" yard sign for your display. Look for your photos on WJER’s Facebook page and here at our website. You might even be featured in a story on WJER Radio!

High School Football on WJER Radio

High school football is underway! Tune in to WJER Radio for live play-by-play coverage of Dover and New Philadelphia football all season long. Hear complete game coverage on 100.9 FM, AM 1450, right here at, or on the WJER app. Click here for a schedule of our upcoming local game broadcasts.

Best of luck to all local teams this season!

Send a Special Message with the WJER Birthday Box


Send out a special message to your loved one in the WJER Radiogram with the Birthday Box!

The WJER Radiogram is printed every weekday (Monday—Friday) and features local and national news, weather, and sports. We print about 900 Radiograms each day and deliver them to more than 50 area restaurants in Dover, New Philadelphia, and Strasburg just in time for lunch.

Reserve the Birthday Box to send out a special birthday, anniversary, or other congratulatory message to a friend, family member, or loved one on their special day.


• Message appears for one day in the news section of the Radiogram
• Cost = $25.00
• Must be paid in advance with cash or check
• Days are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis
Due to space limitations, your message cannot exceed 70 characters (including spaces). We will do our best to include your entire message, but we may need to edit it to fit in the allotted space.

Call us at 330-343-7755, email us at, or stop by WJER during business hours to place your special message today!

Bill Morgan in the Morning

10/20/17 5:20p Dover @ Marietta
10/20/17 5:20p New Philadelphia vs. Cambridge

10/18/17 Dover Library fall Story Times
10/18/17 Harcatus looking for PIPP Customers
10/18/17 Tusc County Library - Binge Boxes
10/18/17 1:30p Home School Library Program
10/18/17 6:30p Dover Public Library featuring Agatha Christie