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The River Wake Up with Mike and Jessica

The Wake Up with Mike and Jessica – May 20, 2014

Here’s the “official” release…

MAY 15, 2014
The River Wake Up 8.0

PRINCE GEORGE: This morning, at a widely attended press conference, 101.3 The River programming phenom Ron Polillo announced the return of Jessica Rankin to The River’s flagship morning franchise. As usual Polillo kicked off the press conference by joking with reporters. “Knock knock” he said, “Who’s there?”, “Co-host”, “Co-host who?”, “Jessica Rankin!”

Knock, knock…

“Jessica is so well known in this community, there’s not much more I can say except, we are super excited and slightly nervous about this whole thing”, Polillo said.

Jessica has been honing her skills in the Far East, writing songs about The Great Lakes and trains and is excited to be back in the North Chair (since she didn’t get much of a send-off the last time she left and is still quite bitter about that).

Jessica hosted The River morning show with Mike Benny for nearly four years and currently holds the record for longest serving co-host. Jessica will hold two titles as “#4” and “#8”.

Jennifer Lee will now hold the record for shortest serving co-host, but retains the official title of “#7.1”.

For his part, Mike Benny has apparently used up all the co-hosts and is starting over again in reverse alphabetical order using a proximity bias. Fitting that criteria to a T, is Jessica Rankin.

“The River Wake Up with Mike & Jessica” will officially kick-off after the May Long Weekend on Tuesday May 20, 2014.

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Ron Polillo
Program Director
101.3 The River

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New co-host for The River Wake Up

MAY 24, 2011 – PRINCE GEORGE: In the words of 101.3 The River’s program director Ron Polillo, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a number seven!”

At a special ‘media event’ draped in all the suspense of an American Idol final, Ron Polillo announced that Ashley Hinton has been selected to fill the North Chair position on Prince George’s favourite morning show. Ashley, a long-time daytime host on a cross-town rival radio station will join Mike Benny on The River Wake Up, starting Tuesday May 31, 2011.

A spokesperson for Mike Benny said, “Mr Benny is thrilled with the selection committee’s choice and particularly happy to pluck Number Seven from one of our competitors. Mr. Benny is also appreciative of the efforts of Weekend Jen who has been doing extra duty filling in since the departure of Number Six over a month ago.”

For her part, Weekend Jen said, “I’ll just be damn glad to get a friggen day off!”

Mike Benny has had a long string of co-host since 1999, Ashley will make it seven.

Ashley is a Leo, she is friends with most people, fairly balanced and has killer hair. “I like Party Mix or Chinese Crackers – toss up. They both give you REALLY bad breath though, so don’t sit next to me on the bus.”

She could not be reached for comment, however on her Facebook page she commented, “I am happy to be joining the River and glad to working with Mark Benny. I’ve heard so much about him. Mostly from him..”

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Wow, that was fun. I can't wait til 2036

Mike Benny
Mike Benny’s cake!

My 25th anniversary! What an awesome day. It was fun to have all the former co-hosts on the show. Thank you to Melissa, Jodi, Amy, Jessica and Lindsay (however Jessica was the only one that actually brought beer). It’s so cool to think we’re all still connected, despite the fact you’ve all moved on (ran away). I really appreciate your calls and kind words (and unkind words and well prepared bits).

It was great to hear from Heather, Afton, Tamara and many other via FB and I really appreciate the calls from Dan Rogers and some long-time listeners.

Thank you to Weekend-Jen for the baked goods (wow). Thank you to Faydra for the treats and words of wisdom. Thank you to Shawna for the call and the top five list. Thanks to my long time BFAW – Doug Jones and the whole Jones family for the pop up card, the drinks and the song. Lisa D, thank you for the Timmies, your kind words and your work on the chorus. Thanks Boss-Ron for arranging everything. It was a surprise and it was awesome! I can’t wait to see what you guys put together for my next 25th!

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Mike's top five signs Lisa wasn't here yesterday

Shawna Prince was filling in for Lisa yesterday. Mike’s top five signs Lisa wasn’t here yesterday.
#5. Nobody used the word “bummer” for an entire morning show.
#4. There was one less vuvuzela in our metaphoric World Cup morning show.
#3. The parking attendant didn’t notice any speeding black sports cars doing 90 in the staff parking lot at 2 minutes to six yesterday morning.
#2. Ron was less fidgety than usual.
#1. Nobody called me “Mark” for a whole day!

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Top five signs you've been working at CKPG for 25 years

Today Doug Jones is celebrating (marking) his 25th anniversary of employment with Radio Station CKPG Limited. Mike’s top five signs you’ve been working at CKPG for 25 years now.
#5. You go to book your holidays and HR seems confused about whether you even still work here.
#4. Your total salary and bonus’s are almost at the four digit mark now.
#3. You still miss the days when there was a liquor store right next-door to the station.
#2. When you look at Dan Rogers, you don’t see the Mayor, you see “the sports guy”.
#2a. Wayne Dobson refers to you as “the new guy”.
#1. Jim Pattison just offered 300,000 dollars for your jersey.

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Fun things about having a new co-host from out of town

This morning, the River announced that Lisa Daigneault (Dan-yo) has been selected to fill the north chair position on Prince George most listened to morning show starting Monday February 1st. Lisa has been hosting the morning show at The Mix in Prince Rupert for the last year. So she’ll be new to PG. Mike’s top five fun things about having a new co-host from out of town.
#5. Explaining how to pronounce Ques-nelle.
#4. They usually think I’m the boss, at least for the first little while.
#3. A chance to re-use all those “Top 5 signs you’re not from here” Top 5 Lists.
#2. Nice to have someone gullible enough and new enough to PG that you can tell them the Cougars are re-building this year.
#1. Nice to have someone around who hasn’t heard all 4 of my jokes already!

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Things I'll have to remember with a new co-host here

Lisa starts Monday. Top five things I’ll have to remember with a new co-host here.
#5. Don’t refer to her as Melissa, Jody, Amy, Jessica or Lindsay or Shawna or Ken.
#4. Don’t talk too much about space travel, conspiracy theories and war movies for the first few weeks.
#3. Never ention-may the ood-fay ash-stay in the upboard-kay.
#2. Seal up that clause in the contract about ‘you may leave after the completion of one year of your sentence – err job”.
#1. Don’t refer to her as Number Six.

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Tips for traveling to Vegas with Lindsay Rae

Top five tips for traveling to Vegas with Lindsay Rae.
#5. When the plane banks right, she can’t help but lean left (and go ‘weeeeee’).
#4. Never get between Lindsay and drink cart.
#3. When going thru security she sometimes calls herself Maria, loves to recount her days at the Abbey in Salzburg and refers to the border guard as ‘Herr Zeller’.
#2. If she starts a group sing along of 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, you’re best just to let her finish.
#1. If you see her walking thru the casino muttering something like ‘I wanna hold em like they do in Texas please..’, step away from the DJ.

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Things I have learned from Lindsay Rae over the last year

Aside from, realizing that a person really can spend too much time on Facebook, you really can send mounted snow tires through the mail and What Would Tyler Durdin Do is much more reliable than Perez Hilton, here are Mike’s top five other things I have learned from Lindsay Rae over the last year.
#5. The difference between pie sweats and poutine sweats.
#4. Frankie can be a girls name.
#3. You don’t have to be a cat hording, recluse to do a morning show with Me.
#2. Never make fun of Brad Paisley unless you’re prepared for a whuppin’.
#1. I guess anyone really CAN play Dodgeball.

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The top five signs your co-host is half your age

Lindsay’s birthday is coming up on Saturday. Mike’s top five signs your co-host is half your age.
#5. Your parking spot has been there longer than she has.
#4. She keeps referring to pre 2004 music as “our oldies component”.
#3. She keeps asking for help with her history homework between the songs.
#2. Her and her little friends affectionately refer to you as “Papa co-host”.
#1. She really hates The Famous Birthday Challenge whenever it gets over thirty!

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