Catching up with Jamie Dukes

Of all the regular daytime hosts on the new sports station 92.9/The Game, only one has worked for both rival stations 680/The Fan and 790/The Zone: former NFL player Jamie nike outlet Dukes.

Since the Game launched Oct. weekdays with Jerome Jurenovich, a Fox Sports South host and reporter.

Dukes, an Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman from 1986 to 1993, began his radio hosting career on the Zone with a late night show called After Dark in the late 1990s, then worked mid days. Later, the Fan general manager David Dickey approached Dukes in 2002 to co host a new morning show with former 96rock jock Christopher Rude. was great working with Chris, a radio professional, Dukes said in a recent interview. taught me a lot of things about the business. 2006, Dukes joined the NFL Network and continues to work with them. The network recently wanted him to move to Los Angeles to do a morning show. But he wanted to stay put for family reasons. NFL Network instead allows him to work from home in Braselton so he can still do the morning show remotely. From there, he goes to the Game, which is based at Colony Square.

opened up a window for me to be able to do sports talk again, Dukes said. always had a love for it. I love directly communicating with fans. touted the strong points of the Game: its vastly superior signal and more diverse lineup compared to the Fan and the Zone.

have a powerful signal, a tremendous crew, he said. the nature of our signal, I think that going to cause problems in the landscape when all is said and done. its first two weeks in the ratings, the Game came out of the gate without almost no listeners. nike outlet That was not unexpected. The station has chosen a soft opening since this launch lineup is not necessarily the lineup we see in six months or a year. With little promotion of the new station, the format change simply washed out almost all the rock station Dave FM listeners but didn replace them. Ratings, as a result, tumbled about 90 percent between the final week of Dave Oct. 18 and the first week of the Game.)

And while the station is about sports, he opted for what PD Terry Foxx has been pushing: is the prism we are using. It really about life. Listening to Rachel talk about her dog passing away. We are real people with the same issues as everybody else. loves immersing himself in football. don perceive it as work. The challenge is managing the schedule, Dukes said.

So far, he said he enjoying his time working with Jurenovich. a very seasoned guy who loves sports. We two good natured guys who like to have fun. We pick at each other. We needle each other. At teh same time, we respect each other. When I was here as a Falcon, he worked at CNN doing Headline News. He worked with a couple friends of mine: [former Braves] Ronnie Gant and Brian Jordan. We kind of fit nike outlet in as brothers right away. takes pride in not just cheerleading for teams he played on. the NFL Network, I going to say it even if you don like to hear it. I can talk about [Packers quarterback] Aaron Rodgers being a whiner. It doesn matter I used to play for the Packers. the Game has yet to create a big marketing campaign to get the word out, Dukes expects the roll out will be big once they ready. CBS Radio also owns Atlanta No. 1 station V 103.

company like this doesn make moves like nike outlet this lightly, Dukes said. have infrastructure. They have assets like billboards to get the word out. That going to have a direct tie to ratings. And having that relationship with V 103 is a good thing. (Ryan Cameron has come in and guested on the Game, for instance.)

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yes it will be awhile before the rating tide rises for game. PM drive is a train wreck and tough listen even for those that freak out about signal strength OTP. AM drive when I can listen is scattered and Jason and Mac is like going to church. How much fun is that for 4 hours?

The Stews can a make difference if they are prepared and are ready daily to bring it hard. Can mail it in and jive out on HBO Vegas trips; the truth will set you free. and make you better. The Game has some work ahead of it.

bright spot Hola rating are better than WGST!!I giving them a shot for one reason: they actually encourage callers to call in; they actually entertain callers and their opinions. 790 has confused the concept of talk radio it means we are to hear them talk for entire hours without any interaction with fans at all.

I have stopped listening to 680 altogether; I believe they will be the ones in deep trouble when it over.

I like 92.9 because I can actually get a signal at night it live/local programming wants to know my opinion. Just wait until the lineups start being tweaked will get better.

Catching up with Bagsnob’s Tina Craig at New York Fashion Week

A messy and unnecessarily dramatic procedure better left untested.

This reporter planned to talk to the McKinney resident at Sunday night’s Age nike outlet nt Provocateur party, where it would seem the Tex nike outlet an of the duo co snob Kelly Cook works from Los Angeles would be knocking back champagne while celebrating $170 bras named “Fenella,” the company’s new store and probably the only stripper pole on Madison Avenue. But suddenly the 41 year old tweeted: “Skipping Agent Provacateur other parties tonight. Need to 1. Work, 2. The former MTV Asia host’s trail warmed up again early Monday morning. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter and even Mad nike outlet Men’s Christina Hendricks made it. Alas, she tweeted she would instead enjoy a private walk through of Derek Lam’s fall bag line.

Designers like to give her that access. Reviewing the latest purses, clutches and satchels, Cook’s and Craig’s Bag Snob blog attracts 300,000 unique visitors per month. It’s now the flagship of Snob Global Media which includes Beauty, Couture, Tot, Jewel and Shoe Snob categories. The blog pire garners more than one million page views per month.

Over next nine hours Monday, there were 27 tweets, including a Valentine’s Day greeting to the city of New York that included a photograph from her 46{+t}{+h} floor W Times Square hotel room and this: “Avoid hat hair by keeping hair blown out naturally product free. Also make sure hat is not too fitted. Tip.” (Craig wore a black felt hat Monday and tweeted a photo of herself from Derek Lam’s bathr nike outlet oom.)

Catching My Breath After Years of Running on Smoke

After smoking my lungs out at a lake house party last weekend, I was rarin’ to quit. So after traveling some 11 hours by car, bus, subway, and foot, I stood at the entrance to my apartment eager to kill this monster. Sweaty and a bit breathless, I set my bags down on the sidewalk and lit my final cigarette (Id safely tossed the rest of the pack in the trash can down the street).

The cigarette felt harsh on my lungs, the final puffs choked me. With my last drag, I shot the thing a quick dirty look, cursed it, and stomped it out, hard. I awoke in a surreal, Technicolor mood. Everything would be slightly altered today schedule, my experiences, my emotions. Id try and make it as breezy as possible.

I enjoyed a hearty, healthful breakfast, whistled through a couple hours of work at my computer, and gathered my belongings for a relaxing day at a pool. Then, just as I was about to leave, came Freak out No. 1: My keys?! I searched for them everywhere, tearing through every possible hiding spot thoroughly and at least twice. Nearly an hour passed and the noon heat in my apartment grew suffocating. I called my husband (who had wisely taken my advice and extended his vacation at the lake house a day longer so as to protect himself from me). I told him I was feeling panicky, lost, and trapped without my keys that my body was begging for a cigarette. Then I got frustrated that he couldnt quite make out what I was saying and asked him, “You want me to repeat myself? Cant deal. Gotta go.” I huffed a good bye. Then I cried.

Suddenly I remembered where my keys were and forgot my meltdown. I decided to skip the pool (too crowded on this hot day) and dive into thre nike outlet e other types of therapy instead:

Massage therapy: After a commute that had me growling at two pestering catcallers, and another brief out of nowhere cry session, I ducked into a spa. The massage was a beautiful half hour escape.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): I got lost looking for the office of the NYU social worker/smoking cessation therapist, which made little ol fragile me feel nutty again. I did not feel like communicating with words, and I was particularly afraid of being evaluated. Besides, the last topic I wanted to focus on while in the throes of my withdrawal was my addiction. I went in anyway. The kind woman gave me a little space as she went through a very basic checklist of reasons why quitting is good and asked general questions about my smoking triggers, my reasons for quitting, and so forth. She wanted to see where I was coming from, and I just wanted to leave. I pooh poohed the hypnotherapy she offered (I was afraid to go too deep). I wasnt ready to face anyone, especially myself.

Dance nike outlet therapy: My next stop was a Dancehall Fusion class, a chance to just let go and release my anxiety in a physical way. I shook off all inhibitions and tension, sweated out some toxins, got my endorphins going, and left completely relaxed. But damn if the relaxation didnt make me want a cigarette. I remembered a breathing exercise the therapist had shown me earlier in the day, and it helped get me through my little post dance nicotine fit. (Had that intro CBT session been more useful than I realized?)

Then I got a special visitor! My period came. I started doing a little Web searching to see if this would make me even crazier. Quite the contrary! Apparently, women who are premenstrual (or in the luteal phase of their menstrual cycle) when they quit smoking experience far worse symptoms and greater depression than those who are in the follicular phase (days 1 to 15) of their cycles. It has also been found that premenstrual women are less likely to succeed in their attempts to quit. I figured that my periods arrival might change all that by making withdrawals easier to cope with for the remainder of the week.

By Tuesday (the beginning of my follicular phase) I felt a bit better. I was able to carry on conversations without crying (except with my husband, who is getting to see everything I bottle up poor thing).

I felt more relaxed overall, but I was still wanting. After chewing on everything in sight straws, gum, junk food, water bottles decided to try some nicotine gum that Ive been holding on to for a couple years. Id planned to go cold turkey and flush the nicotine out all at once, but I felt I needed this. Hey, its better than a death stick.

On Day 3, Wednesday, I felt my first true reward of quitting. My Afro Haitian dance troupe was practicing a long, energetic carnival dance called Rara, which had left me gasping for breath after every performance in the past. For years, I’d learned to tone it down at shows to accommodate my weak lungs holding my jumps lower, for instance, and generally cutting corners. But at this rehearsal, for the first time, I couldn’t dance hard enough. My supply of breath felt end nike outlet less, deep. It was as if I’d been suffocating myself all my lif nike outlet e and had been offered a chance to breathe. With this new clean breathing thing I have going, next year’s lake house trip will be far more refreshing.