Gary Michaels is a valley fixture for morning radio…now the longest running morning show in the central valley. For more than 18 years, Gary has been waking up central valley families with great light rock, fun contests and interesting guests and interviews.
Gary Michaels has been a broadcast veteran for more than 30 years getting up at 3:30am each weekday in markets like Phoenix, Des Moines, New Orleans, Dayton, Minneapolis and now his home in Modesto. Gary is married to his lovely wife Teri. They have two children. Active in his church and community organizations over the years…he is very civic minded and wants a quality of life for his community.
Such longevity is rare in this business, but the audience and Gary’s show connect to bring a fun, upbeat and family-friendly listening experience to the listeners every weekday from 5:30-10am.
HISTORY BEHIND JACK-O'-LANTERNS
(National Examiner) With Halloween on the way, it is time to retell the spooky story behind the origin of the jack-o'-lantern. The first jack-o'-lantern was carved out of a turnip, according to the Irish folk tale of Stingy Jake and The Devil. Inspired by that story, the Irish carved hideous faces in hollowed-out rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. Then they stuck candles or flaming coals inside the vegetables to light the grotesque faces and ward off evil spirits. Eventually, the Irish brought the tradition to America. Now here is the story:
Once upon a time, there was a man named Stingy Jack, a miserly , mean fellow, who loved to play practical jokes on everyone. One day, he dared to trick the Devil into climbing an apple tree and then he trapped the Devil by sticking crosses around the trunk. Before he let the Devil go, Jack made the Devil promise to never take his soul. When Jack finally died, he knocked on the Pearly Gates, only to have St. Peter send him away because he had been a nasty man. So, Jack went to Hell, only to have the Devil honor his deal and send him packing. Doomed to spend Eternity in the darkness between Heaven and Hell, Jack begged the Devil for a flaming coal of hellfire. To carry the coal, he pulled a turnip from his pocket and hollowed it out into the first "Jack-o'-lantern."