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  • The Best FLO Chart EVER

    Posted by Corey Carter

    I wasn't good at math or geometry when I was in High School...but this makes PERFECT sense:  (as Murphy would say "Put Your Hands UP!!")

    Flo Chart

  • WIXX Threated NOT To Play New Lady Gaga Single

    Posted by Corey Carter

    Lady Gaga

     

    So as you may have heard over the weekend, the new Lady Gaga single "Judas" was released ahead of schedule.  With Gaga's take on a controversial religious character, it was bound to cause a stir.   Here is an email that we recieved...and my response.  I'd love to hear your feedback on the song, the email below, or anything else that is WIXX-related:

    (Scroll down to hear the song)

     

    On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 1:01 AM, _____ _____ <____.____@gmail.com> wrote:

    -I've been a pretty loyal listener, (20+years), but if you play Lady Gaga's new song, Judas. your station will disappear from my presets.    I'm not some crazy conservative, but am a Catholic, and there is a line that needs to be drawn.    Gaga is the epitome of crappy new pop that lacks talents but has an abundance of great marketers and shock value, keep playing her and you'll lost more listeners to stations that play actually good music.

     

    Hi ____,
    Thank you for being a loyal WIXX listener.  We truly appreciate it and we're glad you've stuck with us over the years.

    You are not alone in your disapproval of the new Lady Gaga single "Judas."   There have been multiple religious groups that have made statements that it is just an attempt to shock the public.  With Lady Gaga's history, I wouldn't disagree with that. 

    We realize that Lady Gaga's music and "style" is not for everybody.  This latest controversy reminds me a lot of Madonna's "Like A Prayer" video that generated quite a stir in the late 1980's on MTV. 

    With that said, Madonna is an artist that re-defined pop music in the 80's and 90's and has become one of the most-famous musical acts of all time.  Even in her height of popularity, there were many people who didn't think that she had talent and the only had a great marketing team that tried to "shock" people. 

    There are many similarities between Madonna and Lady Gaga.  Some people think too many.   Regardless, we feel that as WIXX has been an authority on pop culture and new pop music for our listening audience in Northeast Wisconsin for the past 34+ years, it is our obligation to play Lady Gaga's new single. 

    Just like parents of the young generation didn't approve of Elvis Presley's music and that he gyrated his hips on stage during his performances, there will be many people who think that Lady Gaga has crossed the line with her latest single. 

    There will also be many people who appreciate Lady Gaga's persona of being edgy and controversial and that LOVE her music.  With continual research done on the WIXX listening audience, we feel that a majority of our audience enjoys Lady Gaga as many of her songs test very high on our music research survey.     Over the coming weeks, we'll see specifically if a majority enjoys this particular song ("Judas").  If they do, we will continue to play it.  If we don't, we will drop it from our playlist. 

    If you're not already, we invite you to join the WIXX Listener Advisory Panel and let us know your opinions on the songs we play.  We truly do use this LOCAL research as a HUGE deciding factor when setting our playlist.  The final question of each survey is an "Open-Ended" question, which, thanks in-part to your email this week, will be "What are your thoughts on the new Lady Gaga single "Judas"?"    

    To get signed up, follow THIS link:  http://www.srvy.net/x/1.p?315322580138

    Thank you again for emailing and I hope that you can still be a listener of WIXX, even if you have to switch the station temporarily when Lady Gaga comes on :)

    Sincerely,
    Corey Carter
    WIXX Brand Manager

     

    Lady Gaga - Judas

  • Music Advisory Panel

    Posted by Corey Carter

    The WIXX Music Advisory Panel

    • Tell us which songs you like, which ones you don't
    • We use this info to determine which songs we play!
    • That's right YOU get to help choose the music on WIXX!!
    • (Weekly email invitations to fill out a quick survey sent to your inbox)
    • No Spam - truly the ONLY reason for the Music Advisory Panel is so we play the songs YOU want to hear!!
    • Click HERE to get signed up! 
  • Cheerleading to fight Cancer!

    Posted by Corey Carter

    Our friends at the Green Bay Elite Cheer Company wanted to pass along the word about a fun event this wknd to help raise money for the fight against cancer:

     

    • One of the most exciting, fun and physically demanding performances you'll see!!
    • All-Star Cheerleading Talent performing competition routines
    • Sunday, April 10th @ Green Bay Elite Cheer Company - 1194 O-Hare Boulevard (just off Packerland Drive) 5pm
    • Silent Auction Items
    • Admission is $3/person

     

    More details here: http://www.greenbayelitecheer.com/index.html

     

    Here is a video when they were featured on Fox 11:

     

     

  • Fun April Fools Pranks

    Posted by Corey Carter

    (Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press)

    Happy birthday!

    One of Facebook's most important functions is a reminder service for friends' birthdays.

    So, if allowed quick access to a friend's Facebook page, change his or her birthday and watch the unknowing but sincere good wishes flow in by the dozen.

    It's best here to pick a date that isn't April 1 -- people will be on the lookout for a prank -- but pick a date soon and wait patiently for the payoff.

    And beware of Facebook engagement or divorce announcements on Friday. Chances are they're a trick.

    Mistaken identity

    Find a Facebook friend -- preferably one that you have many mutual friends with -- who is willing to join in on the fun and swap profile photos and names with her or him.

    Doing so instantly creates the impression to your mutual friends that you are the other and he or she is you, causing confusion.

    See how long it takes your friends to realize they've been talking to the other.

    Lost in translation

    Many of the Internet's top Web sites have versions in hundreds of languages for use worldwide. Some of those sites have fun languages hidden in there, too.

    On your friend's Google.com home page, head to the settings and change the Interface Language to Elmer Fudd.

    Your friend will now be asked if he'd like to perform a Google seawch. Or he can tell the search engine he's feewing wucky.

    Facebook, too, includes support for a host of languages, including the ever-important pirate dialect.

    To change this setting, scroll down to the very bottom of any Facebook page and select where it says "English." Change the setting to English-Pirate and the whole Facebook experience reboots under the new language.

    Your friends -- hearties, actually -- are now listed as cap'n or matey, the news feed becomes your shiniest booty and the inbox is your bottle o' messages.

    Another option will turn all your friends' text upside down, causing a less-obvious but equally maddening experience.

  • Hi-Tech April Fools Pranks for your Co-Workers

    Posted by Corey Carter

    Friday is April Fools Day - so get a leg up and trick them with some of these things!

    (Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press)

    Happy birthday!

    One of Facebook's most important functions is a reminder service for friends' birthdays.

    So, if allowed quick access to a friend's Facebook page, change his or her birthday and watch the unknowing but sincere good wishes flow in by the dozen.

    It's best here to pick a date that isn't April 1 -- people will be on the lookout for a prank -- but pick a date soon and wait patiently for the payoff.

    And beware of Facebook engagement or divorce announcements on Friday. Chances are they're a trick.

    Mistaken identity

    Find a Facebook friend -- preferably one that you have many mutual friends with -- who is willing to join in on the fun and swap profile photos and names with her or him.

    Doing so instantly creates the impression to your mutual friends that you are the other and he or she is you, causing confusion.

    See how long it takes your friends to realize they've been talking to the other.

    Lost in translation

    Many of the Internet's top Web sites have versions in hundreds of languages for use worldwide. Some of those sites have fun languages hidden in there, too.

    On your friend's Google.com home page, head to the settings and change the Interface Language to Elmer Fudd.

    Your friend will now be asked if he'd like to perform a Google seawch. Or he can tell the search engine he's feewing wucky.

    Facebook, too, includes support for a host of languages, including the ever-important pirate dialect.

    To change this setting, scroll down to the very bottom of any Facebook page and select where it says "English." Change the setting to English-Pirate and the whole Facebook experience reboots under the new language.

    Your friends -- hearties, actually -- are now listed as cap'n or matey, the news feed becomes your shiniest booty and the inbox is your bottle o' messages.

    Another option will turn all your friends' text upside down, causing a less-obvious but equally maddening experience.

    Broken glass

    If given access to your friend's smartphone, swap out his or her wallpaper with an image of broken glass.

    Do a Google Image search for "broken screen phone wallpaper" for images that are made to look like a real phone screen.

    After you add it to the phone, watch your friend's expression drop when he or she sees the phone's screen has been shattered.

    This one will be a quick trick -- the prankee will figure it all out fast -- but the moment will be worth it.

    Click-happy

    This one is a classic.

    Take a screen grab of someone's computer desktop, with all the messy icons strewn about. On a PC, you can do this with Control-Print Screen. On a Mac, it's Apple-Shift-3.

    Then gather all the desktop icons, taking care not to lose any, and drop them in one folder on the desktop.

    Then change the computer's desktop wallpaper to the screen grab of the various folders and icons.

    This creates the illusion of the old desktop and when your friend returns, he or she will click endlessly on the folders to try to open them, but won't be able to.

    President calling

    The Fake-A-Call smartphone app for Android and the Apple iPhone lets you schedule an incoming call that behaves the same as a real call would.

    Leave your phone behind as you head out of the room and a phone call could come in from the White House, Oprah Winfrey or any other name you type in.

    If you're doing this to someone else, you can pre-record the voice on the incoming call or use one from the app that will interact with your friend just like a real call.

    This app is also good year-round for getting out of a meeting or an unfortunate date.