We love ’em around here at WNST.
I start every show with a great tune that reminds me of my youth in Glen Burnie, “Raised on the Radio”, by Baltimore’s very own band headed up by our friend Rob Fahey, “The Ravyns”. We also recite the Pledge of Allegiance around 6:10 am every morning and, unlike those rat finks at NBC, we don’t arbitrarily edit our version, insisting on leaving the words “under God” in our recitation because…well…because that’s how my mom and dad recited it and that’s how I’m going to recite it.
Speaking of Rob Fahey…he, in fact, has become part of the show’s tradition, as he makes an appearance around New Year’s Eve and plays some music live in-studio for us, always leaving the listeners with a great acoustic version of “Raised on the Radio”.
There are lots of other traditions we’ve tried to initiate as part of “The Morning Reaction”, including a charity golf tournament, the Friday Featured Artist and more.
This Friday we continue a new tradition, now in its 2nd year: Glenn Clark eats an enormous amount of food.
It has quickly become one of my favorites, as Glenn stuffs his face with food, gets very uncomfortable, and does it all in the name of good fun and charity.
What’s my role, you ask?
I’m his manager.
Anyway, this Friday, Glenn will attempt to eat 40 Chick Fil-A “Chicken Mini’s” in 15 minutes. It’s all a takeoff on the Great American Hot Dog Eating Contest, which takes place on New York’s Coney Island on July 4. You know…that’s the day those complete nut jobs eat upwards of 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Yeah, and you thought your Aunt Clara was a pig at the family picnic sneaking that extra cheeseburger while everyone played horseshoes.
It’s also a take-off on the outstanding movie “Cool Hand Luke”, where Paul Newman’s character eats 50 eggs in one hour.
This Friday at 7:30 am, Glenn will try and put away 40 of those Chicken Mini’s from Chick Fil-A.
We’re trying to arrange for some music here at the station. And we’re urging folks to stop by and say “hey” since, after all, no one but Glenn and I actually works on the Friday before the July 4 weekend.
Oh, but there’s one other thing.
It’s the real reason we’re doing it.
We’re trying to raise some money for “Helping Up Mission” in downtown Baltimore. If you recall, our listener-driven coat drive last December provided over 400 coats, jackets, etc. to the Helping Up Mission. It’s an outstanding facility for men who are trying to rebound from a personal crisis and both Glenn and I developed an immediate fondness for the place when we met everyone down there last year.
For more information on Helping Up Mission, just CLICK HERE and you’ll see what we mean.
So here’s the deal for this Friday. Glenn Clark will attempt to eat 40 Chicken Mini’s, supplied by our friend Steve Pavlovski from the Chick Fil-A store in Nottingham Square. He has to do it in 15 minutes.
How can you help?
Easy. Just pledge $1.00 for each one he eats in 15 minutes and if you want to cap it at $40.00, we understand.
Last year, he ate 12 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
This year, we’re upping the ante just a bit.
40 Chick Fil-A Chicken Mini’s in 15 minutes.
It’s a new tradition on “The Morning Reaction”.
Glenn Clark makes a fool of himself.
And I get to manage the whole thing.
What a way to start the weekend!
Seriously, if you can donate to our cause, simply make a check out to “Helping Up Mission” and drop it off at the station or put it in the mail (WNST, 1550 Hart Rd., Towson, MD 21286). Whatever you can donate, we’ll pass along to the Helping Up Mission.
This is the kind of stuff we do at WNST that truly excites me. Putting together fun events and incorporating our listeners to help Baltimore is really our calling. That’s what I think, anyway. It sure beats talking about Felix Pie having as many home runs as you and I do this season – on June 29.
Helping Baltimore is what we should ALL do.
Please…help out with a donation if you can and by all means, if you get a chance to stop by on Friday and say “hey”, we’d love to see you.