Things We Talked About Today

-October is Clergy Appreciation Month. You still have some time to do something special for your pastor. It's nice to have a month dedicated to honoring our pastors, but we hope you'll make it a year-round habit. A gift is a nice gesture, but even if you just send them a card with a special note, that be just the encouragement that they need! Don't forget the support pastors on staff too.

-Bob Waliszewski, our movie guy from Focus on the Family, gave us his take on the documentary, I Want Your Money. He says it is a conservative-leaning look at the vision of Ronald Reagan versus the vision of Barack Obama. Bob says it is full of some interesting stuff to chew on and gives it a 4 out 5 rating. You can get reviews of all movies in theaters at

-John had some very positive comments for a movie called The Grace Card that he screened this week. It opens nationwide on February 25th. You can see the trailer at

-Casting Crowns, MercyMe and tobyMac have been nominated for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the American Music Awards. You can vote for your favorite at

-The Augusta Riverhawks open their very first season of ice hockey tonight at 7:30 at the James Brown Arena.

-John recently chatted with Livia Satterfield, the recipient of an Operation Christmas Child shoebox in Romania. Watch the video and hear how this shoebox changed her life. You'll find it at

-Coming up Monday...Cleve returns from vacation. You'll have a chance to win a day with your family at Kackleberry Farm in Louisville. Listen to win during the Monday Morning Mindbender at 6:10 and the Cheapie of the Week at 7:40. Also, we have the inside scoop on the Winter Jam 2011 lineup. You'll hear it here, first, at 7:10.

Things We Talked About Today

-October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this morning we had a survivor with us to tell her story. Listen to Angie Sanders talk about her "adventure" with breast cancer:
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

-The Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference is not returning to Augusta this fall. The nearest one is December 3rd-5th in Charleston. You can find out more about it at Use our group code radio883wafj for a discount.

-The David Crowder Band has put together a music video for their new song, "Shine," that uses over 700,000 Lite Brite Pegs. Check it out on the Video tab at

-Sharathon begins on Wednesday. We'll be raising the station's operating budget for the coming year. Please pray for God's provision and how He might use you to accomplish the goal.

-The Western Carolina State Fair opens in Aiken today. One of this year's highlights is the country's only traveling sea lion show. Find out more at

-Two more recalls are in the news this week:
Toyota Recall
Graco Stroller Recall

-Friday is the deadline to get your 4, 5 or 6 year-old in the drawing for the World's Smallest Christmas Carolers. The entry form is at

-Coming up Friday...We're celebrating pastors, since this is Clergy Appreciation Month. Call us and recognize your pastor between 6 and 8 AM at (803) 819-3125. Also, our movie guy, Bob from Focus on the Family, tells us about I Want Your Money at 7:10. Plus, John will tell us about a movie that he screened this week called The Grace Card.

Things We Talked About Today

-Bowen Hammitt, son of Matt from Sanctus Real, is still having issues with his blood sugar level. Doctors can't seem to get it under control right now, and there is concern that it could delay his development. Please keep praying for this miracle baby! Updates are at

-World's Smallest Christmas Carolers entry deadline is this Friday. Entry form is at

-Voter guides are available for the upcoming November 2nd elections.
Click here for Georgia
Click here for South Carolina
For sample ballots, visit and

-If you want to take the kids to Fort Discovery in Downtown Augusta, you'd better do it soon. They're closing at the end of the year. Read more

-The sun doesn't come up until after 7:30 AM these days, so please be very careful around school zones and bus stops. An 8 year-old boy in Thomson was struck by a car at his bus stop around 7:00 yesterday morning and is in the hospital fighting for his life. Please pray for him, the family, the driver of the car who hit him and the students who witnessed it.

-Do celebrities really seem to die in sets of 3? We're wondering if that's the case this time with the deaths of Tony Curtis, Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley all within the last two weeks. Obviously, death is inevitable, but it's just a strange phenomenon that seems to happen often.

-Anna Stamper shared her Crockpot Mexican Chicken in our Simple Cooking feature this week. Get the recipe
If you have a quick and easy recipe to share, send it to If we use yours, you'll get a thank you gift.

-Sharathon starts one week from today. We'll be asking for your help in raising our operating budget for the coming year. Please pray that the goal of 1,071 More Than Music Mission Partners will be met.

-The Texas Rangers need a win today to advance to the World Series. Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig and Dean has done his part to help them get there. He wrote a song called "Do the Claw" and it talks about the thing the players do with their hands when they're congratulating another player. Randy wrote the song, but Canton Jones sings it. You can listen to it here.

-Coming up Thursday...Breast cancer survivor Angie Sanders of Graniteville joins us. She'll tell her story of finding purpose through cancer at 6:10 and 7:40 AM.

Simple Cooking - Crockpot Mexican Chicken

• 1 pkg. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 1 packet taco seasoning
• 1 jar salsa
• 1 can black beans
• 1 can corn, drained
• 1 (8oz.) pkg cream cheese OR 1 cup sour cream

1. Put chicken breasts on bottom of crockpot and sprinkle with taco
seasoning. Add salsa, corn and beans.

2. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours (low 6-7 hours) or until chicken
is cooked.

3. Add 1 package cream cheese (just throw it on top!) and let cook
another 1/2 hour until cheese is melted (or mix in sour cream).

4. Stir and enjoy! The chicken should be so tender that it can be
easily shredded with a fork. Sometimes I serve this as a casserole
with Spanish or brown rice, OR use it as a filling for burritos and
serve it with tortillas and shredded cheese and lettuce. It's also
delicious on top of salad and topped with guacamole, so as you can see it is very versatile!

Things We Talked About Today

-Casting Crowns, MercyMe and tobyMac have been nominated for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the American Music Awards. You can vote for your favorite at

-Two recalls are in the news:
Tylenol 8 Hour Caplets
Kroger and Walmart Frozen Vegetables

-How did the Chilean miners keep alive hope for a rescue? One miner named Jose with his nightly group Bible studies seems to have played a big role. Read more
This morning we asked "When has your faith helped you through what seems to be an impossible situation?" You can join on the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook Fan Page.

On Wednesday....Simple Cooking with John and Cleve at 8:10 AM. Anna Stamper will tell us about her Crockpot Mexican Chicken.

Things We Talked About Today

-Monday Morning Mindbender
Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver) of "Leave it to Beaver" fame died Saturday at the age of 94.
Q: What was the name of the town where the Cleavers lived?
A: Mayfield
Carmen Spletzer of Aiken figured it out and won tickets to Kackleberry Farm. She told us that her employer, AAA Sign, is the company replacing the letters on the Wachovia Building this week. The 20-story building in Downtown Augusta will have six foot tall letters that spell out "Wells Fargo." These guys have quite a job ahead of them!

-Deer have been very active before sunrise for the last couple of weeks and are causing traffic accidents, like the ones we had this morning. Keep your eyes out for them, and if you're about to hit one, don't swerve, just hit the brakes. Swerving could put you head on with other vehicles.

-David is in for Cleve this week and was telling us about going to Chuck-E-Cheese with his wife on Friday night. They don't have kids, so why were they there? Keller and her cousin were celebrating their birthdays. Their nana used to take them to Chuck-E-Cheese for their birthdays when they were kids and then bowling afterwards. Nana has passed away, so it was a chance to relive those good times. What tradition is still alive and well in your family? Share it on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook Fan Page.

-The Cheapie of the Week is Softsoap. You can get it for free! Details are in the blog post below this one.

-That free soap will come in hand for smartphone users. A new study says your smartphone is dirtier than a public toilet. Read more

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

-We didn't talk about it this morning, but there is a frozen vegetable recall that involves Kroger and Walmart. Read more

Cheapie of the Week

Brielle Smith of North Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Softsoap. Bi-Lo has this on sale through Tuesday (10/19) for $1 a bottle. Use the printable $.50 off coupon (which doubles at Bi-Lo), and all you pay is the tax! Note: The coupon is in the lower right corner of the website.