Things We Talked About Today

-Teen drivers are the group with the highest number of car accidents, and it may not totally be their fault. The AAA Traffic Safety Foundation found that parents only spend 2 hours per week, on average, teaching their teens how to drive. The AAA recommends parents spend 100 hours supervising their teenage drivers during the permit stage, although most states require only 50. Read more. You can join the conversation about teaching your teen to drive on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook Fan Page.

-UGA VIII makes his debut tomorrow as the new Georgia Bulldog. Read all about Big Bad Bruce.

-Our movie guy, Bob, from Focus on the Family gave the new movie Red a 2.5 out of 5 for family friendliness. You can read reviews on all the movies currently in theaters at

-There's another church-led movie coming to theaters on February 25th. Cordova Church in Memphis has produced The Grace Card starring Lou Gossett, Jr. You can see the trailer at John will be seeing it at a pre-screening next week and will tell you more about it.

-Chris Tomlin will be in Aiken tomorrow night with Kristian Stanfill. Tickets will be available at the door at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Concert begins at 7:00 PM. Parking is $3 per car.

-The Covenant Players visited with us this morning. They are a group of young actors and actresses who spend 10 months of the year on the road traveling through the Southeast. Their plays deliver a God-focused message to a variety of audiences. You can see them on Sunday at First Pres in Downtown Augusta at 5 PM. They will be back in February and are looking for churches, prisons, schools, childrens homes and other groups that would like to host them. Their website is

-Coming up Monday...We're giving your family a chance to visit Kackleberry Farm in Louisville. You could win a four-pack of tickets with the Monday Morning Mindbender at 6:10 and the Cheapie of the Week at 7:40.

Things We Talked About Today

-After saying John was crazy for falling into the McDonald's Monopoly trap, Cleve shows up this morning with a McDonald's orange juice that has two game pieces. He said he did it for John, but is he changing his tune and hoping to get a share of the prize money? Maybe. No cash was won this morning, just a free medium order of fries. :)

-The funeral of a local hero is today in Aiken. Staff Sergeant Willie Harley Jr. died on October 1st in Afghanistan. The service will be at Cedar Creek Church at 1 PM. Police are urging those who want to show their support for the family during the funeral procession to do so along Rudy Mason Parkway and York Street.

-Jennie Montgomery of WJBF Newschannel 6 joined us to talk about their Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday. It is 10 AM to 3 PM at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Columbia County. John and Cleve will be there broadcasting from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Click here for more information.

-You've seen the pictures from the rescue of the Chilean miners, but you may not have heard the faith stories. Miner Mario Sepulveda said "I was with God and I was with the Devil. They fought me, but God won. He took me by my best hand, the hand of God and I held on to him. I never thought for one minute that God wouldn't get me out of there." Mario, not losing his sense of humor, brought up rocks from the mine as souvenirs. The Jesus Film Project had sent each of the miners, using a supply line, an MP3 player loaded with the audio from the famous Jesus film. Baptist Press reports that two of the miners gave their lives to God while trapped underground.

-We're looking for 4, 5 and 6 year-olds to sing their favorite Christmas carols on the radio. Enter your child in the drawing for the World's Smallest Christmas Carolers at Deadline is October 22nd.

-Today is National Dessert Day (where's The Cheesecake Factory when you need one?) It is recommended that the best way to celebrate this day is to eat dessert after every meal. So, now you have an excuse!

-Dr. Joe Wilson joined us for our monthly Living Well series to talk about the importance of having a mammogram. Living Well Augusta is our partnership with Doctor's Hospital, WJBF Newschannel 6 and The Augusta Chronicle. Listen to the conversation: Part 1 Part 2

-Coming up Friday...We'll be talking about why teen drivers need more practice. At 7:10, our movie guy, Bob Waliszewski, gives us the scoop on the movie Red, plus we'll tell you about another church movie effort starring a big-name actor. At 8:10, you'll meet The Covenant Players, a group of actors and actresses who spend life on the road ministering through drama. They're performing at First Presbyterian in Augusta on Sunday.

Simple Cooking - Pesto Pasta Salad

1 lb. bowtie pasta
1 pt. cherry or grape tomatoes
1 can whole black olives
1/2 lb. chunk mozzarella cheese
1 jar pesto sauce (I use Classico, because it goes BOGO at Publix often)
1/2 pack turkey pepperoni (optional)

Boil pasta. While pasta is cooking, rinse the tomatoes, and cut them lengthwise into a large bowl. Cut the black olives lengthwise and add them also. Cube the mozzarella cheese, and add. Cut pepperoni in halves. Drain and rinse pasta when done. Add to bowl. Dump pesto in, and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

This recipe easily doubles for a crowd, and is delicious cold or at room temperature.

Thanks to Diane Day of Aiken for submitting this recipe. If you have a dish that is quick and easy, send it to If we feature your recipe, you'll get a thank-you gift from us.

Things We Talked About Today

-The extraction of the 33 trapped miners in Chile began last night and continues throughout today. The rescue chamber fits in a hole the size of a manhole, so it's a very tight fit for these miners. They are so far underground that it equals twice the height of the Empire State Building! The problem is that if one rock gets in the way, the rescue could have a major problems. Please pray for continued success during this rescue.

-We're looking for 4, 5 and 6 year olds to be the World's Smallest Christmas Carolers. The deadline to enter is October 22nd at

-Voter guides are available for the upcoming November 2nd elections. For Georgia, visit For South Carolina, visit

-John wasn't going to play McDonald's Monopoly this year, but after someone gave him two game pieces, the urge hit. Cleve can't believe such a frugal guy is wasting his money on a lost cause. John is off to a great start with two of the three yellow properties. If you have Ventnor Avenue, he's willing to split the $25,000 with you!

-Music artist and author Tammy Trent joined us this morning. She will be speaking at the Women's Community Event on Saturday, October 23rd at Warren Baptist Church. She lost her husband the day before America was attacked on September 11th and has a story to tell about God's faithfulness and goodness. Listen to our conversation: Part 1 Part 2
Get tickets for the event at

-Diane Day of Aiken provided our Simple Cooking recipe this week with her Pesto Pasta Salad. Click here to get it. If you have a quick and easy recipe, send it to

Coming up Thursday...Jennie Montgomery, WJBF Newschannel 6 anchor, joins us at 7:10 AM to talk about the Health and Wellness Expo they're hosting on Saturday. There will be hundreds of dollars worth of free health screenings offered. At 8:40, we'll talk more in-depth about one very important screening for women...the mammogram. Dr. Joe Wilson joins us for that in our monthly Living Well series.

Things We Talked About Today

-Although the weather doesn't feel like the fair today, it's that time again. The South Carolina State Fair starts Wednesday in Columbia, and the Georgia-Carolina Fair starts on Friday in Augusta. The Western Carolina State Fair in Aiken starts on October 21st.

-Chris Tomlin joined us this morning. We got the scoop on how he proposed to his soon-to-be wife, Lauren. He's in concert on Saturday in Aiken and tickets are still available at Listen to our conversation with Chris: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

-Jonny Diaz got his wish of being able to attend a Braves playoff game and see his brother, Matt, in action. Unfortunately, the Braves' season ended last night with their loss to San Francisco.

-Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig and Dean is a big Texas Rangers fan. The Rangers are fighting for a spot in the World Series. Randy wrote a hip-hop song called "Do the Claw" inspired by an extended handshake maneuver that the players do to each other on the field. Although Randy wrote the song, he's not the one singing it. He enlisted the help of Canton Jones. You can hear it by clicking here.

-Lisa shared some good news with us this morning. Her son found a job thanks to us mentioning a recent job fair. There's another one today, sponsored by MAU, at the Jameson Suites on Claussen Road in Augusta. They are filling 56 industrial positions at Kimberly-Clark, Hubbell, E-Z-Go and Newman Technology. There is another job fair happening this Friday at the Thomson campus of Augusta Tech. That one runs from 10 AM to 2 PM. Also, Teleperformance is hiring for 300 positions at it's Augusta call center. You can apply here.

-Cleve was on his soapbox about people forwarding chain e-mails and e-mails reporting things as "news items" that aren't true. He's received a couple of those lately. A couple of good websites for fact checking e-mails are and

-Thanks to everyone who voted for us in Augusta Magazine's "Best of Augusta 2010." 88.3 WAFJ came in third place for best radio station and John and Cleve came in second place for best morning show. We're honored that people took the time to cast a vote for us.

Coming up Wednesday...Artist and author Tammy Trent joins us at 7:40 AM. She is speaking at the Women's Community Event on October 23rd at Warren Baptist Church. You'll have a chance to win tickets after we talk to her. Also, Diane Day tells us about her Pesto Pasta Salad at 8:10 AM in our Simple Cooking feature.

Things We Talked About Today

-Monday Morning Mindbender
Q: When it comes to this item, people will almost always pick blue over red. What is it?
A: Toothbrush
Will Northington of Aiken had the correct answer and said that, yes, for whatever reason it is true - he prefers blue to red.

-This was a tough weekend for Alabama football fans (John). South Carolina did a number on the Crimson Tide. In fact, this is the first time the Gamecocks have ever beaten a #1 ranked team. A female listener called to commiserate with John over Alabama's loss. She believes Alabama will get revenge on the Gamecocks in the SEC Championship Game!

-The Cheapie of the Week is Colgate Total toothpaste. This goes great in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Find out how to get it for free and make a dollar on it in the post below this one.

-John and Cleve will be at the WJBF Newschannel 6 Health and Wellness Expo this Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The event is free and runs from 10 AM to 3 PM. John and cleve will be there from 10 AM til Noon. You can get hundreds of dollars in free health screenings, and there are fun activities for your kids too.

-John spent his vacation last week in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The highlight of visiting there is always a trip to The Apple Barn in Sevierville. They have everything "apple" that you could imagine. If you want to see what John was talking about this morning, visit

-Cleve is nervous about the Atlanta Braves against the Giants in the playoff game tonight. If the Braves lose, their season will end. Everyone wants a storybook ending for the sake of retiring manager, Bobby Cox. You can watch the game at 7:30 tonight on TBS. If Cleve doesn't come to work tomorrow, you'll know that the Braves lost!

-The Chris Tomlin concert is Saturday at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. Tickets are still available at

Coming up Tuesday...Chris Tomlin will join us at 7:10 and 8:40. He got engaged a couple of months ago, and we'll ask him all about it!

Cheapie of the Week - October 11th

Tracey Dohn of Jackson correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Colgate Total Toothpaste. CVS has it on sale for $2.99 with your ExtraCare card through Saturday (10/16). You'll get $2.99 back in Extra Bucks for your next purchase. So, that makes the toothpaste essentially free. But, if you have the coupons from Sunday's newspaper, you can clip the $1 off Colgate coupon and you end up making $1 on this deal! This is a great one to put in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.