• 102.9 DRC Hartford 150

    Listen starting Friday at noon, and all Labor Day Weekend, as we countdown the 150 best songs of all time. All your favorite gems all weekend long. The perfect soundtrack to your BBQs, your parties and final weekend of summer. Read More
  • Today's Classic: AC/DC "You Shook Me All Night Long"

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    "You Shook Me All Night Long" is one of AC/DC's signature songs from their most successful album, Back in Black. It's also the first single to feature Brian Johnson as the band's lead singer. The song became one of the band's Top 40 singles in the US, reaching #35 on the Hot 100 pop singles chart in 1980. Read More
  • Beer Mug: Rampage

    Name: Rampage
    Brewery: Black Diamond Brewing Co.
    Location: Concord, California
    Taste: We didn’t want this to be Jagged Edge on steroids. Thus rather than using the same hop combination, we chose more fruit forward hops to balance out the alcohol in the beer. The medium crystal malt adds a very subtle color and sweetness.  Nugget and Millenium hops are used to bitter. Citra is a new variety to the market that has some similar properties to Simcoe but a more pleasant fruitiness; pineapple/mango aromas mixed in with pine and cat's pee. Centennial brings candied orange and Amarillo adds big grapefruit.  The liquid in the fermenter is dry-hopped three times- each dry hop equal in weight to the dry hop of Jagged Edge. This multi-stage dry hopping is meant to layer the different hop aromas.
    What makes it special?  The beer is fermented cool to suppress fusel alcohol development, and dextrose is added to allow it to attenuate out highly, leaving very little residual sugar. The idea was to avoid that syrupy "gumsmacker" effect that’s sometimes found in Imperial IPAs. Other than barrel aged beers, this is by far our most labor intensive and expensive beer to make. Rampage fans are legion and we believe they deserve nothing less than the very best we can give them. Read More
  • Gear Up: Polaroid Cube

    Name: Polaroid Cube
    What Does It Do: HD, waterproof, shockproof, mountable – and about a quarter the size of GoPro
    How Much: $TBD
    Fun Fact: Who knew Polaroid was still around? Read More
  • Pet Pals: Simon

    Courtesy of Companions & Homemakers

    Name: Simon
    Breed: Domestic Short Hair Cat
    Age: 2 year old altered male
    BioSimon is the type of cat that prefers older kids in the home. While he is a very people oriented cat, he does not have the patience for young children and toddlers. He is very social with other cats and would be delighted to share with another feline. He would prefer a dog free home as he’s not a fan of canine antics. If you’re looking for a handsome, quiet cat then Simon is the one for you. Read More
  • This Day in Music History: August 22nd

    1992: One day shy of a year after its release, Pearl Jam's Ten peaks at number-two in Billboard.

     

    1987: Bruce Springsteen hops onstage at a Levon Helm show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. They do The Band's "Up on Cripple Creek" and Little Richard's "Lucille."

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  • Today's Classic: Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"

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    Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" was released on their platinum Fire of Unknown Origin album, released in 1981. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, and the single spent three weeks in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    It was aided by a popular early MTV music video. The song, like Blue Oyster Cult's other hit songs "Godzilla" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", was sung by guitarist Buck Dharma, who also co-wrote the song.

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  • Beer Mug: Streetcar Kolsch

    Name: Streetcar Kolsch
    Brewery: Avondale Brewing Company
    Location: Birmingham, Alabama
    Taste: The Streetcar Kolsch is a German style ale that has flavor and aroma profiles much like a lager or a pilsner. This beer is our lightest and most sessionable brew in our line up. The Streetcar’s engine is going full steam and packed with flavor. Our Kolsch is nicely balanced with low hop bitterness and a light malt backbone. This beer has a medium body, a fizzy head and a slightly cloudy straw yellow hue. The Streetcar Kolsch is low in alcohol, bursting with flavor and extremely refreshing which makes this brew perfect for any occasion.
    What makes it special? Between the age of the horse drawn buggy and the modern three-car garage, there was a time when the streetcar was the greatest invention of the day. Every day businessmen and school children alike would grace the No. 41 streetcar to and from Avondale, making stops at Avondale Park, Lakeview, and Forest Park.  Read More
  • Gear Up: Jar Pies

    Name: Jar Pies
    What Does It Do: Apple, Pecan, Lemon Lust, and more pies in a jar
    How Much: $6
    Fun Fact: I’ve waited my entire life for a way to get pie faster Read More
  • Pet Pals: Sam

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    Name: Sam
    Breed: Persian Cat
    Age: 5 year old spayed female
    BioI am a quiet and reserved kitty. I would prefer a peaceful home. I want to live with kids over 12 years of age. My behavior is very typical for my breed. I would prefer to live with someone who has general cat experience. I have not had much experience with other pets but am willing to consider sharing my home with another cat or a dog. I can live in any size home, including apartments. Read More
  • This Day in Music History: August 21st

    2010: Billy Joel's The Last Play at Sheaconcert film and documentary — filmed at New York's Shea Stadium on July 16th and 18th, 2008 — has its outdoor premiere at the new home of the New York Mets, Citi Field.

     

    2007: Bassist Michael Anthony takes the high road regarding his dismissal from Van Halen. On his website he writes, "It's not that I'm not touring with Van Halen because I'm going out with Sammy Hagar. I'm going out with Sammy because I was not invited to do the V-H tour. Sammy told me that if I was asked to be part of the VH tour and decided to do it, it would be totally cool, and it would not tarnish our friendship in the least. Well, it's not to be, and life goes on."

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  • Today's Classic: Bryan Adams "Summer of '69"

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    "Summer of '69" was released on Bryan Adams' fourth album, Reckless in 1984. Although now it's one of his biggest songs, Adams and writing partner Jim Vallance put the song through a number of changes because they weren't convinced it was strong enough to be featured on the album. Read More
  • Beer Mug: Jagged Edge

    Name: Jagged Edge
    Brewery: Black Diamond Brewing Co.
    Location: Concord, California
    Taste: Our take on a "west coast style" IPA, Jagged Edge is big and hoppy, yet it's also extremely well balanced, and surprisingly easy to reach for another.
    We "first wort hop" with Columbus, and use Simcoe for flavor additions. The finishing hop additions include Columbus, Centennial, and Simcoe. Columbus is pungent with sweet orange aromas and flavor. Centennial adds floral notes along with additional citrus. Simcoe add a nice pine like flavor and aroma. These hops were chosen for their flavors and their moderate cohumulone content, which means they are bitter but not overwhelmingly bitter in large quantities. Pale malts are complemented by caramalt and light munich malts, which both enhance the malty sweetness and color and work to balance the substantial hop bill.
    What makes it special:  Jagged Edge IPA has a earned a devoted following amongst hop-heads; super flavorful, it's intense yet deceptively smooth for a 7+% beer.  Read More
  • Gear Up: Strike Cam Underwater Fishing Camera

    Name: Strike Cam Underwater Fishing Camera
    What Does It Do: Attaches to your line, with a 30 foot depth, so you can record every nibble Read More
  • Pet Pals: October

    Courtesy of Companions & Homemakers

    Name: October
    Breed: Shepherd Mix
    Age: 2 month old altered male
    Bio: October can live with kids of any age as well as other pets. He is a social kind of puppy who really enjoys snuggling. As a young dog, he’ll need plenty of exercise and training to help him grow into the perfect family pet. He is likely to be a good sized dog when he becomes an adult due his shepherd size. He’s a great choice for a family who likes energetic dogs. Read More
  • Stuff You Should Know - 8/20/14

    The Vice President is in Connecticut today, the NFL has changed their policy on Super Bowl halftime shows, what the R.E.M. guys are up to now, the Foo Fighters ice bucket challenge video, plus Pierce Brosnan plays an iconic James Bond video game with Jimmy Fallon. All that and much more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! Read More
  • This Day in Music History: August 20th

    1996: Carlos Santana receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

     

    1992: Sting finally marries actress and movie producer Trudie Styler, who had already lived with him for a decade and bore him three children.

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  • Today's Classic: ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man"

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    "Sharp Dressed Man" was released on ZZ Top's 1983 album Eliminator. The song has gone on to be one of their signature hits and has been covered by everyone from Nickelback to Debby Harry to Alvin and the Chipmunks.

    The music video is part of ZZ Top's trilogy of music videos that continues the "male fantasy come to life". Each one has an attractive man who is experiencing frustration in his menial job who is then assisted in gaining social stature and prowess by a triad of very attractive and somewhat mysterious women traveling in ZZ Top's signature red car. ZZ Top themselves play a role in the narrative, both by playing themselves as performing band members and as rather ethereal spirits who encourage and assist the young man by providing him with the car keys that enable him to go for a very long drive with the women.

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  • Beer Mug: Battlefield IPA

    Name: Battlefield IPA
    Brewery: Avondale Brewing Company
    Location: Birmingham, Alabama
    Taste: The Battlefield IPA is a new twist on an American India Pale Ale. Our master blend of west coast hops and the finest American and European malt distinguishes itself from many IPAs on the battlefield. A hoppy citrus and floral nose invites you to experience the perfectly balanced IPA. The natural bouquet of our hop blend and malt gives this IPA a victory all its own. You will agree the battle has been won when you reward yourself with our outstanding spin on the IPA.
    What make it special? The States were at war and one fateful day a troop of Union soldiers, occupying what is now Avondale Park, came across a posse of Confederate Home Guards. When shots were exchanged near the house of the town sheriff, a stray bullet struck his wife in the breast as she stood on the porch of her house. Luckily, she made a full recovery! Read More
  • Gear Up: Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueld Motorcycle

    Name: Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueld Motorcycle
    What Does It Do: Well…it’s a motorcycle that runs on 100% biodiesel aka bacon grease
    How Much: $TBD
    Fun Fact: It. Runs. On. BACON! Read More
  • Pet Pals: Junior & Martin

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    Name: Junior & Martin
    Breed: Ferret
    Age: Junior is a 6 year old altered male. Martin is a 2 year old altered male
    BioCome meet Junior and Martin the ferrets! These two handsome boys are bonded and the very best of friends. So…they must be adopted as a pair! They are both very friendly and love to be held. These boys will curl right up to sleep with you and they will give you lots of kisses! Come meet them today! You won’t be disappointed. Read More
  • Stuff You Should Know - 8/19/14

    A Connecticut man who faked his own death really poorly, Tom Hanks has the most popular app in the world, Nikki Sixx vs. Gene Simmons, UConn’s starting quarterback is named, Stevie Nicks, and you won’t believe who Paul McCartney is working on new music with. All that and much more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! Read More
  • This Day in Music History: August 19th

    2008: Dave Matthews Band saxophone player LeRoi Moore dies at a Los Angeles hospital from complications from his June ATV accident. He was 46. 

     

    2007: Come Together, a tribute concert for the late Boston singer Brad Delp, is held at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion.

     

    1997: Fleetwood Mac's live reunion album, The Dance, is released.

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  • Today's Classic: 38 Special "Caught Up In You"

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    "Caught Up In You" was the first single released from 38 Special's 1982 album, Special Forces and went on to become the band's first #1 single on the Billboard Top Tracks rock chart.

     

    It also became one of the band's two top ten pop hits, reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their other Top 10 single, "Second Chance", reached #6 in 1989.

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  • Gear Up: Garrison Bespoke Bulletproof Suit

    Name: Garrison Bespoke Bulletproof Suit
    What Does It Do: Using the same material as US troops, yes – this is a bulletproof suit
    How Much: $TBD
    Fun Fact: This is like a real-life Q product from James Bond come to life! Read More
  • Pet Pals: Tiger

    Courtesy of Companions & Homemakers

    Name: Tiger
    Breed: Domestic Short Hair Mix
    Age: 4 year old spayed female
    BioI want to live with kids over 14 years of age. I would prefer a cat free home. I have not had much experience with dogs but am willing to consider sharing my home with a canine. I am a quiet and reserved kitty. I would prefer a peaceful home. Read More
  • Stuff You Should Know - 8/18/14

    We’re getting closer to the medical marijuana being ready in Connecticut; plus, a look at the new foods coming to the Big E, a reunion of two of the biggest stars of the 80s and 90s, and the famous painting that has a word spelled incorrectly. All that and more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! Read More
  • This Day in Music History: August 18th

    2004: Kenny Wayne Shepherd' Ledbetter Heights is certified platinum.

     

    1999: Bono's wife, Ali, gives birth to a boy, Elijah, the couple's third child, in Ireland.

     

    1999: Santana's Supernatural goes platinum after nine weeks on the Billboard charts, and jumps into the Top 10 for the first time.

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  • Today's Classic: Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive"

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    The 1986 hit off Slippery When Wet, written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, was inspired by Bob Seger's "Turn the Page". The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making it the third single from the album to reach the Top 10 of the Hot 100. As a result, Slippery When Wet became the first hard rock album to have 3 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Read More
  • Gear Up: Floating Island Table

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    Name: Floating Island Table
    What Does It Do: Keep your party even more private by getting away from everyone else in the middle of your own pool
    How Much: $212.93
    Fun Fact: I’m curious as to the balance – like, if a couple were to sit at this, can they sit next to each other, or do they have to be on opposite sides? This is important. Read More