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Greg McShea

I've got a long connection to the Mohawk Valley, having attended Utica schools and graduating from Utica College with a B.S. Degree in Public Relations. I've hosted a number of radio programs, and my voice has been heard on the local airwaves through the years. When I'm not broadcasting, I enjoy reading science publications and sci-fi novels, traveling to some favorite vacation spots, and anything "Star Trek". I am a native of the Utica area and have many friends and family members in the area.
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Today Is Christopher Columbus Day Observance

Today is the observance of Columbus Day, meaning that schools, banks, financial institutions, post offices and many governmental offices are closed. In addition, our neighbors to the north are celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Canada today. Need a review on Christopher Columbus?

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My Favorite Movie Monsters – ‘Dracula’ [VIDEO]

With Halloween this month, monster movies are starting to show up on TV. We all have a favorite monster (from the movies, not someone you work with). As a kid growing up in Utica, every Saturday my friends and I would head down to the Avon, Olympic or Rialto Theater to watch a monster movie double feature. Rumor has it that some of us had to sleep with the night light on that night. So, who is my favorite monster?

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Watch Ithaca Beer Company Featured On The Travel Channel [VIDEO]

Just a "stones's throw" away from the Utica-Rome area is Ithaca, New York, home to the Ithaca Beer Company. We've featured a number of their brews on 96.1 WODZ during our beer break at work, and now the "Travel Channel" has featured their brewery on TV.

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Celebrate ‘National Pasta’ Month [VIDEO]

October is "National Pasta Month", and you don't need to coax me to eat a plate full. When I was a kid growing up in Utica, my Itlalian-American friends called it "macaroni". Now when runners eat a bowlful the night before "The Boilermaker", it's more fashionable to cal it "pasta".

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Watch The Only Perfect Game In World Series History [VIDEO]

Most of us aren't old enough to remember October 8, 1956, but if you're a New York Yankees fan, you just might remember that date. On that day, Yankee Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, beating the then Brooklyn Dodgers 2 -0.

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‘Star Trek’ Plea For William Shatner With ‘Greg On The Go’ [VIDEO]

If you're a "Trekker" like me, you probably can't wait until the next Star Trek movie, which I read was debuting in 2016. That would make it's arrival in theaters coincide with Star Trek's 50th Anniversary, as the TV show began in 1966 on NBC. So, wouldn't you think that Paramount Pictures would make sure that William Shatner, the original Captain James T. Kirk would be asked to be in the film?

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Just For Laughs – Weird Al ‘Eats It’ [VIDEO]

Nobody does better song parodies than "Weird Al" Yankovic. In fact, when I play some songs on 96.1 WODZ like "My Sharona", I think of "Weird Al's" "My Bologna", or  "Jeopardy", I think of his parody, "I Lost On Jeopardy". "Just For Laughs", let's see what he can do with a Michael Jackson tune.

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It’s ‘National Fire Prevention Week’, Time To Check Your Smoke Detectors

This is "National Fire Prevention Week", a time when we should take note of things we can do in our homes to keep us safe from fire and it's effects. I remember when I was a kid at Miller School in Utica, it was always exciting when that big red fire engine, the Utica Firemen and of course "Sparky The Fire Dog" came to our school during this week (and we got to go outside and get out of class).

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