Win a Christmas Stocking for Your Parents

Tuesday morning at 7:10, John and David are giving kids a chance to win a Christmas stocking for their parents. It's filled with music, DVD's, a calendar and an 88.3 WAFJ coffee mug. The way to win is to have your kid call us with their best impersonation of Cleve's trademark laugh.

Christmas Decoration Hotspots

We're looking for the best places to view Christmas lights. This morning, we had a few spots added to the list:

-Orchard Hill subdivision, Columbia Road at Shepherd Way in Martinez
-Flintrock Way in Augusta, only a few houses decorated this year
-Candlewood Crossing subdivision in Martinez, Candlewood Drive at Timberidge Drive
-New Ellenton Golf Course area, Fairway Drive, New Ellenton, SC
-Columbia Road near North Belair Road in Martinez, several homes lit up in the woods
-Rocky Ford (Screven County), off Old Savannah Road, look for the house with the fire truck at front
-Lights of the South in Grovetown
-Hopelands Gardens in Aiken
-Bartram Trail in Evans
-House at top of hill on Forest Court in Martinez

If you know of other decoration hotspots, leave a comment below and tell us about it.

Cheapie of the Week - 12/21

Herb Harden of Aiken correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Nestle Toll House Morsels. They are on sale at Kroger (through Saturday 12/26) for $1.99 a bag. There is a printable $1 off coupon that will snag this deal for $.99 plus tax.

More Zhu Zhu Pets Coming to Walmart

Walmart has a big three day event on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd to release a new shipment of Zhu Zhu pets. Read more

The Sing-Off

Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig and Dean has a daughter named Garland who is on an NBC reality show. The Sing-Off features various groups singing acapella and her group is the Voices of Lee from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. They have made it to the final three and you can vote for them online at The winner gets a cash prize and recording contract and will be announced on Monday night's show.

Today is Free Shipping Day

Get free shipping today on orders from over 700 merchants at If you're looking to save even more money while doing some Christmas shopping online, check out

Youth Leader Screening for "To Save a Life"

Cleve and I recently saw an incredible movie made by a church in California. It is called To Save a Life, and it opens nationwide on January 22nd. This movie deals with teen issues like no other, in a very realistic way. The Warren Baptist Church Student Ministry Team is making an effort to bring it to Augusta, but they need your support. If you are a pastor or youth ministry leader, they have another screening of the movie you can attend on Thursday, December 17th. To reserve a spot, call the church at (706) 860-1586 or e-mail This screening is for adults only and not for teenagers. Find out more about the movie at

The Ped Egg

My wife told me that I needed to do something about my crusty, calloused feet. I refuse to go for a pedicure, but I did find the Ped Egg! It is an As Seen on TV product, and I'm happy to say it works. This could be a good stocking stuffer for the crusty-footed guy in your life. Check it out at You can buy it locally at just about any store that sells the As Seen on TV products.

Charity Gift Catalogs

If you're looking for a unique gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life, you might consider a charitable donation in their honor to one of many organizations that have gift catalogs:

Samaritan's Purse
World Vision
Golden Harvest Food Bank
Food For the Poor

If you know of other similar opportunities, please leave a comment and tell us about it.

Cheapie of the Week - 12/14

Jenny Browder correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Select Harvest Campbell's Soup. It is on sale at Publix through Tuesday (12/15) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. Buy just one for $1.20 and use the printable $1 off coupon to get a can of this soup for $.20 plus tax.

Wacky Christmas Party Gifts

We had our staff Christmas party over the weekend and there were several wacky gifts in our White Elephant/Dirty Santa exchange. Cleve ended up with a gift that he originally gave three years ago and has been regifted every year. Find out about our wacky gifts and tell us about yours on Tuesday morning at 7:10.

A Visit with Matthew West

Tuesday morning at 6:10 and 7:40, we'll chat with Matthew West. He has developed a campaign that encourages us to "Give This Christmas Away," so we'll chat about that and other stuff tomorrow morning.

Cheapie of the Week - 12/7

Darryl Hopperton of Aiken correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate. Target has a printable $1 off store coupon that you can use on this deal (look for the coupons link at the bottom of their site). The Milk Chocolate variety was marked $1.02 on the shelf at the Evans Target, but when I got to the register it rang up $.97 and the coupon adjusted to $.97, so the hot chocolate ended up being free. I don't know if the price is the same at the Augusta and Aiken Target locations, but with the $1 off coupon from their website, you should be able to get a great deal either way.

To Save A Life Movie

Cleve and I attended a screening yesterday for a movie that has been put together by New Song Community Church in California. To Save a Life is a film that deals with the heavy issues facing our teens: suicide, drinking, broken homes and abortion, just to name a few. The student ministry team at Warren Baptist Church is spearheading an effort to bring this film to Augusta when it debuts nationwide in January. You can watch the trailer at If your church would be interested in helping to bring this movie to Augusta, call Grant Janik at (706) 860-1586.

Operation Christmas Child Update

The numbers are in and the Augusta area collected a total of 15,670 shoeboxes this year for Operation Christmas Child. This is an increase over last year. The Aiken area collected 7,943 which means a grand total of 23,613 children are being impacted by the Augusta-Aiken area.

Stanton Lanier - The Pianist of Peace

Stanton Lanier will perform on the piano on Tuesday evening at the Morris Museum of Art as part of an evening of peace. This concert is also a benefit for Child Enrichment. Find out more about Stanton and the concert when he joins John and Cleve on Thursday at 6:10 and 7:40 AM.

Trees For Troops

About 500 Christmas trees will be given to Fort Gordon military families on Wednesday, December 2nd, courtesy of the Christmas Spirit Foundation, representing tree growers, and FedEx. The trees will be available to military ID card holders in the parking lot next to the Fort Gordon Dinner Theater. Start time is 8 am to 10 am, depending on the arrival of the FedEx trucks. For more information, contact Lynn Harshman at (706) 791-3880.

Mark Harris on Tuesday's Show

Mark Harris will be back in Augusta for a special Christmas concert this Friday evening at Warren Baptist Church. He'll join John and Cleve tomorrow morning at 7:10 and 8:40. Don't miss the conversation and your chance to win tickets to the show.

Cleve's 55th Birthday

Cleve's 55th birthday was on Sunday, and I had a present waiting for him this morning. It was a gift bag with some carefully chosen items just for Cleve. The "Don't Forget My Senior Discount" visor will be perfect for his trips to McDonald's after table tennis matches. The Loud N Clear (as seen on TV) personal sound amplifier will help Cleve hear because his ears just aren't workin' like they used to. That's what 32 years of radio headphones will do to ya! Last but not least, I gave Cleve some Just for Men Touch of Gray for obvious reasons. Some friends gave him the "Cat Lover" coffee mug after his yearlong attempt to rid his house of a beloved cat. The Elmo was one of those "extras" since Cleve despises the furry creature. Not to worry, Evan will love playing with the Elmo balloon!

Cheapie of the Week - 11/30

James Long of Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Healthy Choice Frozen Dinners. They are on sale at Kroger through Saturday (12/5) as a 5/$11 special. You can buy just one for $2.20. Use the printable $2 off coupon to get it for $.20 plus tax.

Operation Christmas Child Update

Way to go Aiken! The Aiken area collected 7,943 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, which is a considerable increase over last year's total of 6,700. We're still waiting to hear the total from the Augusta area.

Major Crib Recall

Over two million infant cribs are being recalled under the brands of Stork Craft and Fisher Price. See Recall Information

Black Friday Ads

Many of the major retailers' Black Friday ads have been leaked and posted on the internet. If you want a sneak peek, check out and

Also, Walmart has promised to be very competitive this year. They have their ad already available at, along with a customized map for your local store to show you exactly where you can find this year's doorbusters.

Butterball Turkey Talk Line

Jan Allen of the Butterball Turkey Talk Line will join us Tuesday morning at 7:10 and 8:40. She will chat with us about turkey tips for first-timers, preferred cooking methods, interesting phone calls and ideas for leftovers.

Fall Family Fun Series - Chitlin Strut

In the last segment of our Fall Family Fun Series, we'll find out about the Chitlin Strut happening this Saturday in Salley, SC. Mayor Bob Salley will join us at 8:10 on Tuesday morning. Read more about the festival at

Cheapie of the Week - 11/23

Mike Selitto of Grovetown correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese. It is on sale at Publix through Wednesday (11/25) for $1.29. Use the printable $1 off coupon to get it for $.29 plus tax. **UPDATE: Apparently, the coupon is no longer available at the given link. If you want another great cheapie deal, print the Cool Whip coupon and use it at Publix to get an 8 oz tub for $.44 plus tax through Wednesday (11/25).

At Home with Two Kids

It has been fun introducing Emma to Evan. He doesn't quite understand what "gentle" means, but we're working on it. These are some sweet moments.

Emma Has Arrived!

John's daughter, Emma Kate Bryant, was born on Monday, November 16th at 4:03 PM. She weighs 9 lbs, 7 oz and is 21 inches long. She is perfect in every way and everyone is terrific!

Cheapie of the Week - 11/16

The Cheapie of the Week is Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles. Bi-Lo has them on sale through Tuesday (11/17) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. So, you get two boxes for $2.00. Use the printable $1 off coupon to get both boxes for $1 plus tax.

Coming Up Monday Morning

John will be away all next week as Amy gives birth to baby Emma Kate. Cleve will keep you company and have chances for you to win Mark Harris Christmas Concert tickets with the Monday Morning Mindbender at 6:10 and the Cheapie of the Week at 7:40.

Operation Christmas Child - Lejla's Story

This morning, we heard the story of Lejla Allison. She grew up in the war torn country of Bosnia in some pretty awful conditions, but an Operation Christmas Child shoebox changed her life. You'll be moved as you hear her tell the story in her own words below. Find out more about Operation Christmas Child by clicking here.

Lejla - Part 1

Lejla - Part 2

Lejla - Part 3

Lejla - Part 4

If the flash player does not load for you, use the direct links: , ,

The Next Sherwood Movie

From their first movie, Sherwood Pictures has been focused on more than entertaining moviegoers. Theirs is a true ministry endeavor. And each step along the way, they have seen the audiences grow and the impact enlarged with Flywheel, Facing the Giants and Fireproof.

After much prayer, creative brainstorming, more prayer, wise counsel, and still more prayer, Sherwood Pictures is ready to move ahead with their fourth motion picture.

On Sunday, November 15th, we will find out the movie’s title and its story line at

Living Well Series - Smoking

Thursday morning at 7:10 and 8:40, Dr. Mark Newton will talk about the benefits of quitting the smoking habit. This is in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout that takes place on November 19th. Living Well is a partnership of 88.3 WAFJ, The Augusta Chronicle, WJBF Newschannel 6 and Doctors Hospital. Find out more about the Great American Smokeout from the American Cancer Society.

"I Believe" Tag Defeated in Federal Court

US District Judge Cameron Currie ruled on Tuesday that the state of South Carolina cannot proceed with a planned "I Believe" car tag because it violates the First Amendment ban on government establishing a religion. Thursday morning at 8:10, we'll chat with Dr. Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, a group that has a plan for making the tag happen in spite of the court ruling.

Help for Single Moms

Jodie posted a note on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook Fan page wanting to know about resources that are available to help single moms who are struggling financially. Your calls this morning helped us find out about several resources:
-First Baptist Church of North Augusta does a Single Mom's Oil Change for free. Call them at (803) 279-6370.
-Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans has health clinics and assistance with transportation. Call them at (706) 869-0888.
-United We Care in Grovetown can provide items from their thrift store for those who have a need. Call them at (706) 854-8852.
-Freecycle at is an e-mail group where you can get things that people no longer need for free.
-The Salvation Army provides Christmas assistance. Call them at (706) 826-7933.
-New Life Christian Center in Augusta participates in Angel Food Ministries, which provides discounted grocery items. Call them at (706) 738-2526.

Mike Huckabee Interview

Former presidential candidate and current Fox News personality Mike Huckabee joined us this morning to talk about his new book, A Simple Christmas. He will be signing copies of it on Saturday, November 14th from 8 to 9 am at Barnes & Noble at the Augusta Mall. Listen to the interview below:

Mike Huckabee with John and Cleve - Part 1

Mike Huckabee with John and Cleve - Part 2

If the flash players don't load for you, use these links: and

Christ Community Health Services

Over the weekend, the US House passed a health care reform bill. Did you know that health care for those who can't afford it is already available in the Augusta area? Find out more about Christ Community Health Services at or call them at (706) 922-0600 for an appointment.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Next Monday begins Collection Week for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Do you have some helpful tips for those who are packing shoeboxes this year? Share them with John and Cleve tomorrow morning at 6:10 and 7:40.

Casting Crowns Ticket Madness This Week!

Listen to John and Cleve from 6 to 9 each morning this week for your chance to win Casting Crowns concert tickets and their new Until the Whole World Hears CD. Each time you hear a Casting Crowns song during the morning show, we'll be looking for the 15th caller at (803) 819-3125. Also, join the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook Fan Page for additional chances to win!

Cheapie of the Week - 11/9

Charlene Gardner of Edgefield correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Nestle Coffeemate Creamer. The 32 ounce liquid bottle is on special at Publix (through Tuesday, 11/10) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. Look for it in the dairy area. One bottle rings up $1.20. Use the printable $1 off coupon to get one bottle for $.20 plus tax.

Walmart's $20 Thanksgiving

Walmart has announced that you can feed a family of 8 for $20 with their Thanksgiving meal deal. Some listeners heard us talking about this on the morning show, went to Walmart and discovered that the store knew nothing about it. Here is the press release: You might want to print and take it with you to the store.

Put Your Old Prom Dress to Good Use

Brianna Murphy, a Lakeside High School student, talked to us about her senior project, Formally Yours. She is collecting used prom dresses for girls who can't otherwise afford them. You can donate through the end of the year at one of the three Tudor's Cleaners locations in the Augusta area or Coach Dave's Barber and Beauty Shop in Harlem. Distribution of the dresses will happen on February 6th, 10 AM to 4 PM, at Crossbridge Baptist Church in Augusta. For more information, contact Brianna at

A Special Song for Cleve

Cleve's wife, Barbara, wrote him a special song for their 35th anniversary on Sunday. By request, we've made the entire song available for you to enjoy. If the flash player does not load for you, use the direct link to the song.

Fall Family Fun Series - Gaston Collard Fest

Lacy Barber will chat with us Tuesday morning at 8:10 in our Fall Family Fun series. She will tell us about the Collard Fest happening this Friday and Saturday in Gaston, SC. Find out more about it at

Hillsong United Movie Event

Joel Houston of Hillsong United will join us at 6:10 on Tuesday morning to talk about the band's concert/documentary live event happening Wednesday evening at the Regal 20 Cinemas in Augusta. Listen for your chance to win tickets!

Cheapie of the Week - 11/2

Lori Robinson of Aiken correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Kashi Go Lean Crunch! cereal. It is on sale at Rite Aid through Saturday (11/7) for $2.49 a box. Use the $.50 coupon inside the Rite Aid circular (at front of store) for your first discount. Then use the $1.50 printable coupon to get a box of this cereal for $.49 plus tax.

Swine Flu Vaccine Availability

The Swine Flu (H1N1) vaccine is now available in the Augusta/Aiken area. Click the link to find out how to get it:

Join John and Cleve at the Health and Wellness Expo

John and Cleve will broadcast from 10 AM to 12 Noon this Saturday from the WJBF Newschannel 6 Health and Wellness Expo at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Read more

Fall Family Fun Series - Mistletoe Fall Family Fest

Tuesday morning at 8:10, we'll chat with Brenda Bettross of Mistletoe State Park. They're having a Fall Family Fest this Saturday evening from 5:00 til 9:45. Find out more at

Monday Morning Mindbender - 10/19

In case you missed the Monday Morning Mindbender...

Q: Men with this physical feature earn 4% more than the average man but spend 11% more. What is the feature?

A: Moustache

Cheapie of the Week - 10/19

Tracy Proctor of Williston correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Glade Sense and Spray air freshener. It is on sale as a 2/$10 special at CVS until 10/24. When you buy just one, it rings up $5. Use the printable $4 off coupon to get this for $1 plus tax.

Find the H1N1 Vaccine

You can find an H1N1 vaccine provider in Georgia by going to

Fundraiser for the Rockefeller Family

10 year-old Summer Rockefeller of Harlem died recently of complications from the H1N1 flu. Her family is left with mounting medical expenses after an extended stay in the hospital. Harlem Baptist Church is doing some fundraising for the family. Find out how to help

Breast Cancer Lunch N Learn Event

October 16th at 11:30 AM at Doctors Hospital H2U Building
Call (706) 651-6716 to RSVP (today is the deadline).
The event is free.

Pumpkin Patches

If you're looking for a pumpkin and a backdrop for that fall picture with your child, here's a list of area pumpkin patches:

Wesley United Methodist Church
825 North Belair Road in Evans

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
471 West Martintown Road in North Augusta

Marvin United Methodist Church
4400 Wheeler Road in Augusta

Harlem Baptist Church
105 West Milledgeville Road in Harlem

Harmon Tree Farm and Christmas House
3152 Augusta Highway in Gilbert, SC

The Old Frontier
1965 Old Milledgeville Road in Thomson

Fall Family Fun Series - Model T's to Olar Festival

Tuesday morning at 8:10, we'll talk to Brenna Hancock from the Model T's to Olar Festival happening this Friday and Saturday. Find out more about it at

The Concert of the Decade

Tonight at 7:30 PM ET, you can watch a HUGE concert online with Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Kirk Franklin, Natalie Grant, Point of Grace and others. It's called the Concert of the Decade and you have to register for a free pass to watch it at

Cheapie of the Week - 10/12

Tina Tucker of Aiken correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is All Laundry Detergent. It is on sale at Bi-Lo through Tuesday (10/13) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. When you buy just one, it rings up $2.84 . Use the printable $1 off coupon to get it for $1.84 plus tax.

Swine Flu Vaccine

Swine flu vaccine clinics for children ages 2 to 4 begin Monday in Richmond and Columbia counties. Find out how to get it

Baby Girl Bryant Update

These are AMAZING 4D images of our little girl. As of October 6th, she was 34 weeks old and already around 7 pounds!

Job Fair Today at Fort Gordon

Over 45 employers are looking for you today at a job fair happening at Fort Gordon. Read more

Fall Family Fun Series - Kaolin Festival

Tuesday morning at 8:10, we'll highlight another area festival in our Fall Family Fun series. Jennifer Farrin of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce will join us to talk about the Kaolin Festival happening this Saturday in Sandersville.

Fort Discovery to Close

Downtown Augusta is losing a major tourist attraction...Fort Discovery. The National Science Center is closing the museum as it looks at other ways to provide science education to students. The museum is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the building has a buyer. Read more

Cheapie of the Week - 10/5

Kenda Miller of Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Solo Plastic Cups. They are on sale at Publix (until Tuesday 10/6) as a "Buy 1, Get 1" special. When you buy just one, it rings up 50% off at $1.50. Use the printable $.75 coupon to get a package of these cups for $.75 plus tax.

Hottest Toy of 2009

The Zhu Zhu Hamster is hard to find these days and predicted to be this year's big Christmas toy. See what it's all about

Weekend Festivals

It's a big Saturday for festivals in our area -
The Chocolate Festival is at St. Mary's School in Downtown Aiken
The Sassafras Festival is in Burnettown
The Oliver Hardy Festival is in Downtown Harlem

Georgia's Energy Sales Tax Holiday

Certain things that you may be needing around the house can be bought tax-free through Sunday in Georgia. See the List

Giant Honeybee Hive in Downtown Augusta

We've never seen anything like it! See for yourself

The Katinas Provide Relief to American Samoa

American Samoa is the homeland for the Katinas, one of 88.3 WAFJ artists. It has recently been rocked by an earthquake and a tsunami and there is a lot of devastation. The Katinas have setup a relief fund to help the folks there rebuild and if you'd like to help, visit

Free Antivirus Software from Microsoft

Tired of paying for your antivirus software? Yesterday, Microsoft launched a free one for PC users called "Microsoft Essentials." Get it

Visit Disney for Free in 2010

You can get a free ticket to a Disney park in 2010 just by volunteering in your community. Find out how

Major Recall from Toyota

3.8 million cars affected - read more

9 Surprising Germ Havens

Woman's Day magazine has identified 9 areas around your house that are full of germs, and some of them may surprise you. Read the article

Fall Family Fun Series - Oliver Hardy Festival

Tuesday morning at 8:10, our Fall Family Fun series continues with the inside scoop on another festival happening in our area. This Saturday, around 30,000 people will be in Harlem, GA for the Oliver Hardy Festival, paying tribute to one half of the famous Laurel and Hardy acting duo. Linda Caldwell will tell us all about the festival tomorrow morning.

Cheapie of the Week - 9/28

Debbie Chatfield of Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Yo Plus Digestive Yogurt. It is on sale at Publix through Tuesday (9/29) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. This means you can buy just one for $1.25. Then use the printable $1 off coupon to get the 4-pack of yogurt for $.25 plus tax.

Here's another deal that a listener called to tell us about this morning:

Win Tickets to Playhouse Disney Live!

Listen Monday morning for two chances to win a family pack of tickets to Playhouse Disney Live on October 3rd at the Bell. The first chance to win is with the Monday Morning Mindbender at 6:10 and then again with the Cheapie of the Week at 7:40.

Living Well Series - Cholesterol

Tomorrow morning at 6:10 and 7:40, we'll chat about cholesterol with Dr. Preeya Deshpandee. As one of the Living Well Augusta partners, we're sponsoring the Gentlemen Start Your Engines event this Saturday in Evans. At that event, men can get a free cholesterol check along with other free health screenings. Find out more at

Free Day at the Georgia State Parks

This Saturday, September 26th, families can play at Georgia's State Parks for free! Tomorrow morning at 8:10, Kim Hatcher will tell us about some nearby state parks that your family can enjoy on Saturday without travelling very far from home.

Another View of the Atlanta Flood

A listener forwarded this picture to me. It was taken Monday from the Georgia Power Headquarters building in Downtown Atlanta. You can click on the picture for a larger view.

New Stores at Augusta Exchange

Hobby Lobby and Ashley Furniture are going to fill up some of those vacant spots at Augusta Exchange. Read more

Ronda Rich on Wednesday's Show

Ronda Rich is a southern writer and speaker who will be at the Front Porch Faith women's event Thursday night at Rosemont Heights Baptist Church in Waynesboro. She'll be talking about how "If Life Were Fair, Pecan Pie Would Have No Calories." She'll chat with John and Cleve on Wednesday morning at 8:40.

See You At the Pole

Wednesday morning is See You At the Pole at schools around the CSRA. Please call us at (803) 819-3125 with a report from your flagpole event.

Fall Family Fun Series - Irmo Okra Strut

In our Fall Family Fun series this morning, we talked with Kirk Luther, chairman of the Irmo Okra Strut. The festival is happening this Friday and Saturday in Irmo, SC and attracts 50,000-70,000 people. Find out more at

Win a Weekend to Remember!

Come to our free concert with Fee tomorrow night at the Augusta Common and register to win 2 passes to the Weekend to Remember marriage conference, happening this weekend at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites.

Tuesday morning at 6:10 and 7:40, we'll be joined by Dick Hastings, one of the speakers at the Augusta Weekend to Remember. He'll give you a peek inside what it's like to attend one of these conferences.

Fall Family Fun Series - Irmo Okra Strut

Tuesday morning at 8:10, we'll continue our Fall Family Fun series when we chat with Kirk Luther, chairman of the Irmo Okra Strut. The festival is happening this Friday and Saturday in Irmo, SC and attracts 50,000-70,000 people. Listen and find out just how much Irmo loves okra!

Cheapie of the Week - 9/21

Karen Walden of Matthews, GA correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. They are on sale at Kroger through Saturday (9/26) for $1.77 a box. Use the printable $.75 coupon to get it for $1.02 plus tax.

Understanding Your Teenager's Lingo

Take the Test Your Teen Slang Quiz from Good Housekeeping to see how well you understand those colorful words your teenager uses.

The Snuggie Gets Fashionable

The wearable blanket called "Snuggie" has become a phenomenon. Camo, zebra and pink are just a few of the new styles shown at Fashion Week in New York City. See the new Snuggies

Fall Family Fun Series - Gold Rush Festival

Anne Barron talked to us about the Gold Rush Festival happening this weekend, September 18th-19th, in McCormick, SC. Find out more about the festival at Listen to the conversation: Part 1 and Part 2

Gavin MacLeod as Jonathan Sperry

This morning we shared a recent conversation with Gavin MacLeod, who you may remember as Captain Stubing from The Love Boat. He also starred in McHale's Navy and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Now he stars as an elderly gentleman who mentors three young boys and teaches them God's Word in The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. It opens Friday, September 18th, at the Regal Augusta Exchange 20 and Evans 14 Stadium Cinemas.
Listen to our chat with Gavin:
Part 1 - Gavin's previous TV roles
Part 2 - This movie is special
Part 3 - Importance of the old mentoring the young
Part 4 - Another familiar TV face in the movie

Cheapie of the Week - 9/14

Heather Driver correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste. It is on sale through Saturday (9/19) at CVS for $2.99 when you use your Extra Care Card. Use the $1 off printable coupon to get it for $1.99. Then CVS will give you $2 in Extra Bucks to use on your next purchase, so the toothpaste ends up being FREE - all you pay is the tax.

Hip2Save Can Save You Money

After the Cheapie of the Week this morning, a listener called and recommended as a great coupon/deal/freebie website.

Fall Family Fun Series - Aiken's Makin'

Every Tuesday at 8:10 throughout the fall season, we'll be highlighting a different festival that's happening in the listening area during the upcoming weekend. This morning we talked to David Jameson of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce about Aiken's Makin'.

The parkways along Park Avenue will be marked and ready for the nearly 30,000 visitors who flock to the festival every year. The choices will be many as they shop for jewelry, stained glass, pottery, clothing, woodcrafts, yard art, wrought iron, soaps, lotions, needlecrafts, candles, and many other unique handcrafted items from around the Southeast. The choices of food items will be just as diverse – hamburgers, stir-fry, Greek specialties, BBQ, popcorn, funnel cakes, ice cream, and a variety of cold beverages. Find out more at

Friday, September 11th - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 12th - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Look for John Bryant at the 88.3 WAFJ booth from 10 am to Noon on Saturday.

Cheapie of the Week - 9/8

Angel Yannuzzi of Grovetown figured out that the Cheapie of the Week is Kroger Salad Dressing. It is on sale through Saturday (9/12) for $1 per bottle. If you go to, you can load a $.60 coupon onto your Kroger Card and get it for $.40 per bottle.

Caught By the Guy Wire

If you have a teenage driver, this picture is a good illustration of what happens when you drive too fast: Thankfully, the driver walked away without any injuries, and the guy wire kept him from flipping into the Kroger gas station. Talk about the hand of God!

Powerful Tools for the Caregiver Class

Fridays, September 4-October 23
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Doctors Hospital Classroom 2, Suite 110, MOB1
Cost: $25 for book and materials

This six-week program is for family and friends who are caring for others suffering from stroke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease or similar conditions.

It provides you with the skills and confidence needed to better care for yourself while caring for others. Many participants report fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression as well as increased confidence in coping with the demands of caregiving. They're also more likely to use community services that can help ease their burden.

Free Adult Day Care will be provided by AutumnCare, 3654 J. Dewey Gray Circle for each session. Pre-registration and a current PPD test is required for day care participants.

Please Call to Register: AutumnCare Adult Day Center at (706) 863-9888.

Cheapie of the Week - 8/31

Darlene Kalbach of Hephzibah correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is The Fragrance Collection Candle by Glade. CVS has these for $6.99 with your ExtraCare Card through Saturday (9/5). You'll get $6.99 back in Extra Bucks when you buy it, making it free. But there's a $3 off printable coupon you can use on this, so you actually end up getting paid $3 to buy it! Make sure you enter your zip code on the Red Plum site so that the coupon will appear.

Thursday's Morning Show

Dr. Mark Newton, who is the chief of ER at Doctors Hospital, will be with us at 6:10 and 7:40 to talk about swine flu. We're seeing more cases of it locally in McDuffie and Aiken counties, so Dr. Newton will address some of the concerns and questions about it.

Thursday is the official end (the 88th day) of 88.3 WAFJ's 88 Days of Summer. We're giving away a GIANT stack of CD's, so listen at 7:10 to find out how to win.

Swine Flu Information

We wanted to talk to someone from the Centers for Disease Control concerning the new wave of swine flu. Apparently, they're overwhelmed with interview requests and passed along a website instead. So, this may answer your questions about swine flu:

Discover Downtown Augusta

This Saturday, August 29th, you can get free stuff from Downtown Augusta businesses when you buy a $5 coupon book from the Downtown Augusta Alliance. Read more at

Cheapie of the Week - 8/24

Renee Clark of North Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Uncle Ben's Country Inn Rice (6 ounce box). It is on sale as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special at Publix (through Tuesday 8/25), so you get 2 boxes for $1.49. Use the printable $1 off 2 products coupon to get two boxes of rice for $.49 plus tax.

Win Mystery Concert Tickets!

Listen Friday at 7:40 AM to find out how to win the LAST family-four pack of Mystery Concert tickets.

Job Fair Today in Augusta

Unemployment has reached historic highs, and the Augusta area is getting hit especially hard. Congressman John Barrow wants to do what he can to help folks locate work. That’s why he’s bringing together local businesses and employers to host a job fair in Augusta on Thursday, August 20, 2009. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Henry H. Brigham Community Center, located at 2463 Golden Camp Road in Augusta. This event is free and open to the public.

Get Free Chocolate

Mars Candy Company is giving away free chocolate every Friday, while supplies last, at

Cheapie of the Week - 8/17

Pam Bean of Aiken correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Trident Gum. It is on sale at Walgreens through Saturday (8/22) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. You get 2 packs for $1.29 and then there's a $1 off 2 packs printable coupon that gets you both packs for $.29 plus tax.

Don't Throw It Away, Freecycle It

I was talking about the great deal on a double stroller we got on eBay this week, when Ashley called to tell us how to get stuff you need for FREE! Freecycle is a Yahoo group where you can find stuff no one wants anymore or give your stuff away and it's all free. Join the group at

A Conversation with Britt Nicole

Britt Nicole joined us this morning on the same day that her new The Lost Get Found album is in stores. She was a fun guest. Listen:
Part 1 - The Alabama Connection
Part 2 - Story Behind "The Lost Get Found"
Part 3 - Songs Britt Writes for Fun
Part 4 - Obeying God's Call

Say Thanks for Good Service

Carla Cloud of the Downtown Aiken Development Association told us about a new program to reward good service that customers may receive at local merchants. We're often quick to complain about bad service, but how often do acknowledge good service? Find out more about the program at

Cheapie of the Week - Monday, August 10th

Kenda Miller of Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Ziploc Sandwich Bags (100 count). They are on sale at Bi-Lo until Tuesday 8/11 as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. You need to buy two to use the printable $1.50 off 2 coupon. Two boxes ring up $3.76 and when you apply the coupon, you get them for $1.13 per box plus tax.

A Conversation with Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz chatted with us this morning. His new Come Alive CD will be out on August 25th. It's been a long time since we've heard a new project from him, so he told us about what's been going on in his life. You can listen with Windows Media Player.
Part 1 - Cycling Adventures
Part 2 - New Songs
Part 3 - The Song For His Wife That She Never Heard
Part 4 - The Garage Cleaning Project

Mark Schultz on Friday's Show

Mark Schultz will join us at 6:10 and 7:40 on Friday. He has a new CD coming out August 25th and we're playing the first song from it called "He Is."

New Cars Eligible Under Cash for Clunkers

I was not able to find list of new cars that you can buy with "Cash for Clunkers" on the official site at However, you can find it at I was surprised to see anything with the word "Hummer" on the list, since they are gas-guzzlers, but the Hummer truck does qualify (barely).

Augusta Traffic Changes for Week of August 10th

Lane closure, Bobby Jones Expressway east/west, between Scott Nixon Memorial Boulevard and Wheeler Road, 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., August 10 through August 15

Lane closure, Interstate 20 east/west, between Davis Road and Wheeler Road, 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., August 10 through August 15

Lane closure, Wheeler Road east/west between Augusta West Parkway and Agerton Lane, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., August 10 through August 15

Road closure, Marks Church Road west at Jamaica Road, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., August 10 through August 15. Traffic will be detoured using Walton Way west and Wheeler Road west. This closure will not affect traffic exiting Bobby Jones Expressway west or Wheeler Road.

Flagging, Perimeter Parkway between Wheeler Road and Interstate Parkway, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., August 10 through August 15.

Ramp opening, The loop ramp to I-20 West from northbound Washington Road will reopen Saturday, August 15, 2009, weather permitting. The Clausen Road detour for this ramp will be removed after the ramp is opened to traffic.

Free Adult Self-Defense Class

Jennifer Waters came by this morning to tell us about a free adult self-defense class they are offering on Saturday at Seigler's Karate Center in Martinez. Register for the class

Is Organic Food Really Healthier?

According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, organic food is no healthier than conventionally produced food. Read more

Cheapie of the Week - Monday, August 3rd

Georgia Gerard-Reed of Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Blueberry Muffin Pop Tarts. They are on sale at Publix (through Tuesday 8/4) as a "Buy 1, Get 1 Free" special. You can buy one box for 50% off which makes it $1.20. Then use the printable $.55 coupon to get the Pop Tarts for $.65 plus tax. Please note that the coupon is only good for the blueberry flavor.

iPhone Users Beware

A security flaw has been discovered in the iPhone that could make it vulnerable to hackers through a simple text message. Read more

Texting and Driving Don't Mix

This morning we talked about a study from Virginia Tech that confirms what we pretty much already knew - texting while driving is dangerous. But what's eye-opening is they say that you're 23 times more likely to crash while texting and driving. Read more

Tuesday - Building 429 In Studio

Building 429 is scheduled to be in studio with us on Tuesday morning between 7:30 and 8:00. They'll be in concert that evening for Summerfest at First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

Changes on Walton Way

The Augusta Chronicle has a great map to help you navigate the detours around Walton Way that begin today.

Cheapie of the Week - Monday, July 27th

Billy Adams of Martinez correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Listerine Total Care. It is on sale at Walgreens through Saturday (8/1) as a 2/$8 special. Use 2 of the printable $2 off coupons to get 2 bottles for $4. When you buy 2, Walgreens will give you a coupon for $3 off your next purchase with them. That means you end up getting the 2 bottles of mouthwash for $1 plus tax.

Cheapie of the Week - Monday, July 20th

The Cheapie of the Week is Bic Mechanical Pencils - 10 pk. They are on sale through tomorrow (7/21) at Publix as a 3 for $3 sale. So, they're a dollar a pack. Use the printable $.50 coupon and get one pack for $.50 plus tax. The coupon says it is not subject to doubling, so don't expect it when you checkout. Still, a GREAT deal as they're regularly $3.69 a pack.

Evan is Bonkers for Barney

As soon I got Evan home from daycare yesterday, he grabbed his new Barney book that a friend gave us and starts saying "Ba! Ba!" He wanted me to read the book to him. I was cool with that, but after reading it one time, he started a sad little whine. In other words, read it again daddy! It's hard to say no to that, but after reading it for the third time I couldn't take anymore! Amy read the book to him 14 times in one morning! She is much more tolerant of Barney.

Bo called this morning to tell us that his son was obsessed with Barney when he was younger. They decided it might come in handy when it came time to potty train. So the deal was that if his son learned how to use the potty, they would visit Barneyworld at Universal Studios. Turns out his son mastered potty training in two weeks because he was ready to go visit Barney! So, I am encouraged that something positive might come out of Evan's Barney phase, that is if I don't go crazy first.

Aiken on Top Three List for Police Car Plant

Aiken is still in the running for a plant that makes futuristic police cars. This could mean thousands of jobs for our area. Read more

More Jobs for Augustans

Augusta beat other locations around the country for the site of a new Knology call center. We can expect 120 new jobs for the area. Read more

NASA Erases Apollo 11 Tapes

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of man landing on the moon, NASA reveals that it must have taped over the original video transmissions of that historic moment. Thankfully, Hollywood has a copy. Read more

Harry Potter Discussion

In one midnight showing alone, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince brought in $22 million. Somebody's watching it, including many Christians. This morning we wanted your thoughts on the Harry Potter phenomenon. There were some good opinions including "it's full of witchcraft and the Bible speaks against that" to "it's fantasy and you have to decide if your child is grounded enough to know the difference" to "if you tell a teenager they can't see it, they're going to find a way to see it, because, well...that's teenagers for ya." There has also been some good discussion on my Facebook page today.

I was surprised by one listener's comment that "most Christian families don't know how to be Christlike" in reference to Christian families who don't have problems with Harry Potter. Learning to be Christlike is a daily process that goes on until the day we die, and I think statements like that come across as "holier than thou." Who are we to point the finger when none of us has achieved perfection? I think the bigger picture should be focusing on being grounded in God's word and understanding why we believe what we believe.

Bob from Focus on the Family's Plugged In Movie Reviews will be with us tomorrow morning at 7:10 to give us his perspective on the new Harry Potter film. Knowing Bob, he'll have some interesting thoughts to share.

VBS Express at Windsor Spring Baptist

Thursday morning at 6:10 and 7:40, we'll be sharing some highlights from our recent VBS Express stop at Windsor Spring Baptist Church in Augusta. They have a neat ministry going on there that is multicultural and also reaching out to soldiers at Fort Gordon.

Harry Potter

On Thursday's show around 7:10, we're going to talk about Harry Potter. The latest movie in that series is out this week, and we want to talk about how a Christian should react to it. Cleve and I have heard perspectives on both sides of the issue and think this could be a great conversation piece.

Christmas in July

Christmas in July was interesting this morning. Cleve was the big cheerleader for playing Christmas music in July, and I was not too crazy about it. God had a bigger plan. A listener donated an artificial Christmas tree for us to give away. We opened the phones to listeners telling us what they would do with the tree if we gave it to them. Jessica's call touched our hearts enough that we gave her the tree. Her family is having a rough time financially, has other family living with them, has a husband who was disabled in Iraq while serving our country and the only Christmas tree they have is a small table topper. Her kids desparately wanted a nice Christmas tree like everyone else. Now, they have one. Plus, three different ministries called wanting to provide Christmas gifts for the family. That's God's people in action!

Chris Lockwood from 33Miles

Chris Lockwood from 33Miles joined us on the show this morning. His band, along with Building 429, will be at Summerfest on July 28th at FBC North Augusta. You can listen to the conversation with Windows Media Player.
Part 1 - John and Chris reminisce about the Music Boat
Part 2 - Chris talks about Barney and Elmo
Part 3 - Story behind "Jesus Calling"
Part 4 - Upcoming Christmas CD

Augusta Road Construction

I missed my exit yesterday on I-20 West at Riverwatch because of a lane shift. As the road construction winds down on that route, we'll probably see more of these shifts. One of the new flyovers is open and Susan called to tell us that her 3 year-old granddaughter thinks it is a roller coaster. Everytime they drive on the flyover, she says "Mimi, put your hands in the air!"

2 Year Old Boy Attacked By Dogs

Two year-old Damien Chavous of Augusta was attacked by four dogs in his neighbors backyard after he climbed the fence. He remains in critical condition but is showing some encouraging signs. Please pray for him and his family. This situation is an opportunity for us as parents to talk to our kids about safety with dogs. Read more about it in the Augusta Chronicle

Cats In Control

Cleve has been trying for the longest time to get rid of the cat that his daughter adopted. A new study from England explains why Cleve and the cat don't get along - it's a control issue. Read more Does your cat do the same thing? Leave a comment and tell us your story.

Chris from 33Miles on Tuesday's Show

Chris Lockwood from 33Miles will join us on Tuesday morning at 7:10 and 8:40. They're coming to First Baptist Church of North Augusta for Summerfest on Tuesday, July 28th.

Christmas in July on Wednesday

Because Cleve wants to celebrate Christmas all year long, we're having Christmas in July this Wednesday during the morning show. We'll mix in some Christmas songs with the regular music. You'll have a chance to win a Summerfest prize pack that includes music from Building 429 and 33Miles, free admission to the concert and a backstage meet and greet pass. We're also giving away an artificial Christmas tree.

Evan Gets His Own Water

This morning we talked about stuff your kids have done when you weren't looking. I was home with Evan on Sunday while Amy was working. He kept coming from the kitchen to the living room saying what I thought was "Laura." That's his aunt's name and he's always saying it. Actually, he was saying "water," but I didn't realize it until I went into the kitchen and saw what he had done. He had tried to fill up two cups with water from the water dispenser on the front of the fridge. However, very little made it into the cups. Most of the water was all over him and on the floor. I learned that you can't keep your eyes off an 18 month old for one second! Have your kids done something funny when you weren't looking? Share your story by leaving a comment.

Cheapie of the Week

Jacqueline Kohlenberg of Augusta guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Sobe Lifewater. It is on sale for $.99 per bottle at Kroger until Saturday (7/18). Use the printable Buy 1, Get 1 Free coupon to get two bottles for the price of one. Also, if you buy 10 of these or other items on a special list, you get $5 off your grocery bill.