Morning Show Notes - Thursday, January 6th

-Our News 12 meteorlogists are talking about a chance for wintry precipitation on Monday and Tuesday. It all depends on the timing of some rain expected to move through our area on Sunday. Keep an eye on this!

-Mandisa joined us this morning to talk about her weight-loss journey and her resolution to memorize Scripture in 2011.
Listen: Part 1 Part 2 (MP3 files)
Join Mandisa and Anita Renfroe for Girls Night Out on March 12th at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken.

-We talked about 180 God Stories this morning. Ted Williams, the formerly homeless radio announcer gone viral on You Tube, is a great example. He credits God for the turnaround that has brought him off the street and into many job offers. If you haven't seen the video that made him famous, click here. If God has brought you from a place of despair into hope, share your story on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Coming up Friday: Bob, our movie guy, from Focus on the Family will have a family-friendly look at Country Strong and Change of Plans at 7:10 AM. Also, listeners like you get to be a part of the morning show in-studio during the 8 AM hour on Backstage Pass Friday.

Morning Show Notes - Wednesday, January 5th

-John received a scam e-mail that looked like something official from Facebook. It turns out to be a phishing scam that sends an e-mail saying you haven't visited Facebook in a while and have some messages waiting for you. If you click on the link, it takes you to what looks like a Facebook login but is actually a trap for scammers to get your login information and hack your account.

-Cleve had some computer troubles of his own this week. His daughter was using some software that allowed malware on his computer and caused it freeze on a certain website without letting you navigate away form it. Thankfully, he was able to clean it up. John also mentioned a free malware removal tool that has helped him at

-Millie Schumaker from the Family Y joined us to talk about the area-wide weight loss competition called Team Lean. John and Cleve both participated last year and it lead to 35 pounds lost for John. In fact, watch for John in a TV commercial for Team Lean that is running on WJBF Newschannel 6. Cleve lost a few pounds, but probably would have lost more were it not for those chicken biscuits he ate every morning. :) This is a fun way to lose weight with friends and co-workers and you can find out more at The kickoff is Monday from 3 to 8 PM at ASU's Christenberry Fieldhouse.

-Walmart and Procter & Gamble continue their mission of bringing family movies back to television with Change of Plans that airs Saturday at 8 PM on Fox. See the trailer

-Rebecca Legg of Hephzibah shared her quick and easy recipe for Mixed Bean Soup on Simple Cooking with John and Cleve this morning. See the recipe in the post below this one.

-Coming up Thursday: Mandisa joins us at 7:40 to talk about her weight-loss success and her new year's resolution. She will be at Girls Night Out with Anita Renfroe on March 12th in Aiken. Listen for your chance to win tickets. Also, the viral video about the homeless radio guy with the golden voice is touching hearts everywhere. Ted Williams gives God the credit for bringing him out of drugs, alcohol and homelessness and into a job and a home. How has God brought you from despair into hope? We'll be looking for 180-degree God Stories from you tomorrow morning.

Simple Cooking - Mixed Bean Soup

Combine in a 3 quart pan:

5 cans assorted beans
I never use two cans of the same type.
I like to use some red, some dark beans, and some white beans.

Sample mix: 1 can of each kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, black-eyed beans, and hot chili beans.

1 can whole corn
1 can diced tomatoes (Again, lots of different flavor varieties available)

OPTIONAL: several dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

OPTIONAL #2: If you really must eat meat, add 1 pound browned hamburger or sausage.

Bring this to a simmer, then turn down heat until ready to serve. I like to let it simmer for at least 15 to 20 minutes, to give the flavors a chance to blend.

Serve with bread and salad, or over rice. Sometimes we will put shredded cheese or parmesan on top. Very filling and satisfying meal, with (other than opening cans) almost no preparation.

Submitted by Rebecca Legg of Hephzibah

If you have a quick and easy recipe to share, send it to If we use yours, you'll get a thank-you gift.

Morning Show Notes - Tuesday, January 4th

-Cleve hasn't yet taken down his Christmas tree, and we found out on Facebook that many in the 88.3 WAFJ family are trying to enjoy their trees as long as possible. Some listeners say they keep them up year round and even decorate them for Valentine's and Easter. Join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Linda Justus of Grovetown is the inaugural member of Cleve's Coffee Club.
Click here to listen to her tell her love for dessert coffee. (MP3 file)

Sign up to be considered for the coffee club at

-John found himself in the Christmas clearance aisle at Rite Aid yesterday looking at the 75% off toys. Although he's usually shopping for toys for his kids, this time the large remote-controlled race car was calling his name. This morning we talked about adults who like to buy toys for themselves. One listener told us she loves Mr. Potato Head and gets a different one from her family every Christmas. Another listener said she is playing with her daughter's Nintendo Wii more than her daughter and even convinced her daughter to buy a game that mom wanted. Join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Rebecca St. James has announced her engagement to the man she's been waiting for...Jacob Fink. She has long been an advocate of abstinence until marriage and has a strong ministry to young girls. Now, her dream comes true with a Christmas Day engagement. Read more

-Coming up Wednesday: Millie Schumaker from the Family Y joins us at 7:10 to talk about Team Lean, an area-wide weight loss competition. Dave Clark, who lost over 130 pounds from participating in Team Lean, will tell his story too. Plus, we get a quick and easy soup recipe at 8:10 in Simple Cooking with John and Cleve.

Morning Show Notes - Monday, January 3rd

-Monday Morning Mindbender
Q: Half of all parents say doing this makes them feel younger? What is it?
A: Texting their kids

-Cheapie of the Week: Sandy Windsor of Augusta figured out that it is Advil (24 ct bottle). Walgreens has it on sale through Saturday for $3. Use the printable $2 off coupon to get it for $1 plus tax.

-They call it a "smartphone" but it still has glitches. The iPhone didn't wake up some people over the weekend. Read more

-Cleve's Coffee Club starts tomorrow morning at 6:50. If you'd like to be considered for membership to this very special fellowship of coffee lovers, sign up at under "contests."

-While Cleve's brewing coffee, John has been busy making soda, with a special machine that Amy gave him for Christmas. In 30 seconds you can make your own soda in one liter bottles. As a diet soda lover, John says the homemade diet sodas taste like bathwater, but the imitations of Dr. Pepper, Crush and Root Beer are pretty good.

-We shared our goals (some call them resolutions) for 2011. Cleve wants to become more organized, with the help of his iPad. John wants to read more books. He's currently reading Radical by David Platt.

-If your resolution is to lose weight this year, check out these small changes that can yield big weight loss.