I'm originally from the Northeastern tip of Ohio in the small town of Conneaut. See that red dot? Yepp, that's Conneaut, that's where I grew up.
Here's a pic of my family, that's my mom and dad and I'm in the upper left and that's my little brother on the upper right. That's my grandpa that you can half see on the left.
Anyways ... I was there for 16 years when I moved to Italy for a year as an exchange student when I was in the 11th grade. See the green below, that's where I lived for a whole year!
After that, I moved back home, finished up high school and went to college at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. While I was there I got my Bachelor's in Psychology and worked for the college radio station WJCU where I was trained by none other than DJ Frankage and DJ Mike ... I'll never forget my first time ever on the air, in true "Paul" fashion, I pressed the first button to play my first ever song and ..... silence .... nothing .... thank God for Frankage!! Yea so basically they taught me everything I know, which is how I found out that I love this radio stuff.
Also, shout out to Dan Marangoni, my college roomate who dealt with my constant late night returns to the dorm after having spent a few hours in the studio learning more about audio and editing and radio stuff.
After college I went to Ashtabula, Ohio where I worked 2 years in a small market with some great guys, I definitely have to give a shot out to Roger McCoy who was the first guy to ever hire me for a paying job in radio, albeit 7 dollars an hour, but hey you have to start somewhere! About 2 years later I heard that 106.7 KISS-FM was looking for a music director/afternoon DJ and I said that's gotta be me! I applied, called, e-mailed, called, snail mailed, called, snail mailed again, e-mailed, and called again and finally, I got the job (persistence).
After 3 great years as the afternoon guy on KISS, I landed the job as producer of The Wease Show. I still do afternoons on KISS, but am also up bright and early every morning for 95.1 The Fox. I'm one of those annoying people who claim they love their job so much, they've never felt like they've gone to work a day in their lives.
This Life Hack is specific to Rochester. Ya know how everyone always says to go to The Rochester Public Market early? Ever since I moved here I've been told that. They say "get there early if you wanna have a good selection".
I never challenged that advice. I've always gone early Saturday mornings (8 or 9am) and always had a great selection so I've had no reason to think differently.
This weekend was different. I had a gig Saturday morning at The Source in Greece until noon so by the time I grabbed a bite to eat and got down to the Public Market it was almost 1pm. It's true that the selection wasn't as good as it is in the morning.. but it was only down about 25%. Still, at least 75% of what you can find at 9am was there at 1pm and if you're familiat with The Public Market you know that's still PLENTY. Anything I wanted was there.
But here's the twist.. here's the life hack. Everything had been marked down!! Because it was almost closing time the vendors were looking to get rid of everything and I got some AMAZING deals. Yesterday, I canned about 7 jars of sauce for 13 dollars with the tomatoes and spices I bought.
So here's my Rochester Life Hack.. go to the public market late!! Not too late.. it closes at 2pm. But don't be afraid to go at 1pm.
The tomatoes, basil, & parsley I picked up:
Courtesy of @lifehacks on Twitter and SplashSpot.com:
Saturday Night Live was AWESOME this weekend.. with guest appearances from Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, and David Koechner (and that doesn't even include host Paul Rudd and musical guest One Direction) all before the end of the monologue!!
Watch Kristen Wiig's suprise appearance during the cold open:
Watch Paul Rudd joined by surprise guests Will Ferrell and David Koechner (Steve Carrell also did a surprise guest spot during the monologue):