Thursday, July 24, 2014

MEET SLATER

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Greetings and Salutations,

Slater’s the name! I'm a sagittarius who enjoys karaoke, pro wrestling, game shows, junk food, and long walks on the beach. I was born and raised in the Quad Cities, but my radio travels have taken me to Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina before landing in Cedar Rapids.

A little more about me: First off, I’m a HUGE sports fan. Seriously…it’s probably a little unhealthy. I played baseball, soccer and tennis as a kid and quickly realized that I was awful, so I decided to talk about sports instead! I did play-by-play announcing during high school and college and sent a demo to ESPN and Big Ten Network with hopes of becoming a famous sportscaster (you can see how well THAT turned out).

Secondly, I've been obsessed with performing ever since I was a mini-Slater...trust me, my mom has videos to prove it! While attending college, I majored in theatre with hopes of becoming a famous actor. I've been in more than 30 plays, and someone even decided to cast me in a few movies; I've actually been a PAID extra...twice! I’ve also auditioned for "American Idol" THREE times with hopes of becoming a famous singer (again, you can see how well that turned out).

Thirdly, I love to travel and explore new places. Some of my favorite places include Italy, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. One of my "bucket list" items is to visit all 50 states before turning 50.

I’m VERY excited to be a part of the amazing crew here at Z102.9! I love being out and about and meeting new people. So, if you happen to see me stylin' and profilin' along the streets of Cedar Rapids, feel free to say hello...just don't try to beat me up and take my lunch money...

I bring 100,000 watts of happiness through your radio every weeknight from 7 'til Midnight! Thanks for listening!

  

Rate It @ 8!

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Every weeknight at 8pm, I debut a new song for your listening pleasure. Maybe you've heard it, maybe you haven't...either way, I want to know how you feel about it! You can always vote on Twitter and Facebook, as well by texting 423-9201. Here's what you've had to say so far!

Pharrell Williams - "Come Get It Bae" ~ YOUR RATING: 6.5/10 

Demi Lovato - "Really Don't Care (ft. Cher Lloyd)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Avicii - "Addicted To You" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Coldplay - "A Sky Full Of Stars" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Nicki Minaj - "Pills N Potions" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

Caleb Johnson - "As Long As You Love Me" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Bingo Players - "Knock You Out" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

Becky G - "Shower" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Doc Hollywood - "Summer Time Beach House" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

American Authors - "Believer" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Mariah Carey - "Thirsty" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

Jesse McCartney - "Superbad" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Tegan And Sara - "I Was A Fool" ~ YOUR RATING: 5.5/10

Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

A Great Big World - "Already Home" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Bleachers - "I Wanna Get Better" ~ YOUR RATING: 8.5/10 

Kiesza - "Hideaway" ~ YOUR RATING: 5/10 

Will Champlin - "Eye Of The Pyramid" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Lupe Fiasco - "Mission" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

SoMo - "Show Off" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10

Maroon 5 - "Maps ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Betty Who - "Somebody Loves You" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Daughtry - "Battleships" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Dirty Heads - "My Sweet Summer" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Oh Honey - "Be Okay" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

The Madden Brothers - "We Are Done" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Shakira - "Dare (La La La)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Michael Jackson - "Love Never Felt So Good" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

T. Mills - "All I Wanna Do" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Michelle Williams - "Say Yes (ft. Beyonce & Kelly Rowland)" ~ YOUR RATING: 5/10

Matt Nathanson - "Headphones (ft. Lolo)" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Cash Cash - "Lightning (ft. John Rzeznik)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

5 Seconds Of Summer - "Amnesia" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Iggy Azalea - "Black Widow (ft. Rita Ora)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7.5/10 

G.R.L. - "Ugly Heart" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Ariana Grande - "Break Free (ft. Zedd)" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Panama Wedding - "All Of The People" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

MKTO - "American Dream" ~ YOUR RATING: 6.5/10 

Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Tove Lo - "Habits (Stay High)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

The 1975 - "Girls" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Nabiha - "Mind The Gap"~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Usher - "She Came To Give It To You (ft. Nicki Minaj)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Fifth Harmony - "Boss" ~ YOUR RATING: 4/10   

The Fray - "Break Your Plans" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Jake Miller - "First Flight Home" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Charming Liars - "The Desperation" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

9 O'Clock Most Requested

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LISTEN THIS WEEK TO WIN CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS TICKETS!

Monday, 7/21/14

#5 Ariana Grande: "Break Free (ft. Zedd)"

#4 AJR: "I'm Ready"

#3 Demi Lovato: "Really Don't Care (ft. Cher Lloyd)"

#2 Charli XCX: "Boom Clap"

#1 5 Seconds Of Summer: "Amnesia"

Tuesday, 7/22/14

#5 Echosmith: "Cool Kids"

#4 AJR: "I'm Ready"

#3 Demi Lovato: "Really Don't Care (ft. Cher Lloyd)"

#2 Charli XCX: "Boom Clap"

#1 5 Seconds Of Summer: "Amnesia"

Wednesday, 7/23/14

#5 Tove Lo: "Habits"

#4 Ariana Grande: "Break Free (ft. Zedd)"

#3 Demi Lovato: "Really Don't Care (ft. Cher Lloyd)"

#2 5 Seconds Of Summer: "Amnesia"

#1 Charli XCX: "Boom Clap"

Thursday, 7/24/14

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Friday, 7/25/14

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VIDEOS

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Postmodern Jukebox always puts really cool vintage twists on current hits. This version of "Rude" is crazy good!

Check out Ariana Grande's Star Wars-themed lyric video for her new track "Break Free"! #MayTheForceBeWithYou

Check out the video for Maroon 5's new single "Maps" (WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT)

COOL STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Last year, Lay's had a contest to determine its newest potato chip flavor (Cheesy Garlic Bread won the vote, and they're pretty tasty). This year, the competition includes flavors that are...unexpected:

Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

Wasabi Ginger

Mango Salsa

Cappuccino

Seriously? Coffee-flavored potato chips? You aren't able to vote for your favorite yet, but my money is on Wasabi Ginger. Take a look at the bags here:

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The MTV Video Music Awards are back! Beyoncé leads the field with a whopping EIGHT nominations, with Iggy Azalea and Eminem nominated seven times each.

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Iggy Azalea - "Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)"

Beyoncé - "Drunk In Love (ft. Jay-Z)"

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

Sia - "Chandelier"

Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

BEST FEMALE VIDEO:

Iggy Azalea - "Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)"

Beyoncé - "Partition"

Lorde - "Royals"

Ariana Grande - "Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea)"

Katy Perry - "Dark Horse (ft. Juicy J)"

BEST MALE VIDEO:

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

John Legend - "All Of Me"

Ed Sheeran - "Sing"

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"

Eminem - "The Monster (ft. Rihanna)"

BEST POP VIDEO:

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

Jason Derulo - "Talk Dirty (ft. 2 Chainz)"

Iggy Azalea - "Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)"

Ariana Grande - "Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea)"

Avicii - "Wake Me Up"

BEST COLLABORATION:

Beyoncé - "Drunk In Love (ft. Jay-Z)"

Ariana Grande - "Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea)"

Pitbull - "Timber (ft. Ke$ha)"

Chris Brown - "Loyal (ft. Lil Wayne)"

Eminem - "The Monster (ft. Rihanna)"

Katy Perry - "Dark Horse (ft. Juicy J)"

 

The VMAs air Sunday, 8/24 on MTV. Get the full list of nominees HERE!

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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So, I'm kinda-sorta obsessed with social media. I may need a 12-step program to kick my habit. You can follow me here:

FACEBOOK: Slater on Z102.9 || TWITTER: @slatenite || INSTAGRAM: @slatenite

  

MY FAVORITE TEAMS

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Here's a list of the teams that have my undying devotion...and some that have cost me LOTS of rounds of drinks:

       

     

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