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Amory Gritta

Amory is the Digital Programming Director and Web Monkey for Townsquare Media Victoria. If it's geeky, he probably knows about it.

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Listen to JACK FM Online – Check Out Our New Streaming Player and Playlist Pages

We've got a great new way for you to listen to JACK FM online and check out what songs we're playing on the radio right now.

Hit the Listen Live button on the right side of this page to open our new streaming player - where you can listen to us online, read more about the songs and artists you're hearing, and look back at what we've played. You can also buy songs on Amazon or iTunes.

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The 40-year-old Freshman – Amory Goes Back to School – The Backlog

You may have noticed a distinct lack of updates on my schoolin'. Or maybe you didn't. Fine. See if I get you a Christmas present this year.

The major reason for that lack of updates has been a lack of time to write those updates. And that lack of time is a story in and of itself.

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This is what $60 of Art Supplies looks like.
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The 40-year-old Freshman – Amory Goes Back to School – Day 3

On Saturday, I had to go shopping for school supplies. I won't lie, I hated every minute of it.

The list my art appreciation teacher provided listed several items. Unfortunately for me, everything after "11x17 Sketchbook" might as well have been written in Chinese. And been stereo instructions. Translated from the original Latin.

What I'm getting at here is that I was confused.

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Armadillo Fest will begin at noon on Saturday, September 3rd
Armadillo Fest, September 3rd

The Return of Armadillo Fest, September 3rd 2011

This September 3rd will see the triumphant return of the Armadillo Fest to Riverside Park!

It's been a long time in the making and this Festival definitely aims to please. Featuring live performances by Roger Creager, Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders, the Scott Taylor Band, and Dunville, the Armadillo Fest is sure to please a lot of local music fans.

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Amory goes back to school - Day 2
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The 40-year-old Freshman – Amory Goes Back to School – Day 2

Fresh from my conceptual victory on Day One of my Back to School journey, I can fully admit I was feeling much more relaxed about the whole ordeal. After all, I'd been back in a classroom and had managed not to run out of it or start bawling like a little girl. And really, that was all I could have asked for in my first day back.

I was confident as I strode into my next class, perhaps too confident. Okay, I'll admit it, I was downright smug.

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Back to School means Tax Free weekend for many shoppers.
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The 40-year-old Freshman – Amory Goes Back to School

If anybody would have stopped and asked, I would have swore up and down that I was just waiting for my class to start.

The honest truth is, however, that I was sitting out in the hallway doing everything I could to resist the urge to run out of the college in a panic.

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Virginia Earthquake Felt as Far Away as New York, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

An earthquake epicentered in Virginia occurred Tuesday afternoon, with people in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Toronto reporting they felt the tremors, as well.

Reports thus far indicate the quake registered a 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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Danny Garber - Winner of the Planking For JACK Photo Contest
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The People Have Spoken, Danny Garber Wins the “Planking For JACK” Photo Contest

With 145 submissions, there was a lot of competition to see who could be the favorite in the "Planking for JACK" photo contest.

The audience did the planking, the photo taking, and the voting and the masses of JACK's fans have spoken... Congratulations to Danny Garber who took first place with his "ninja skills" by balancing himself on 16 cans of beer for his planking photo!

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Power Warning - Conservation Critical
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ERCOT News Release: Power Warning – Conservation Critical

Austin, Aug.4, 2011 - Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today to avert the need for rotating outages.


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 at 2:26 p.m. today due to responsive reserves below 1,750 megawatts (MW).

"Interruptible loads – large customers paid to be dropped in a level 2 emergency have been deployed," said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations.

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Planking For JACK Photo Contest

Planking For Jack: The Photo Gallery

With the submissions continuing to roll in, we thought we'd share some of the photos we've received in the "Planking For JACK" contest. If you see one you like, make sure you head over to JACK's Facebook page and vote for the one you like the best in the Planking For Jack photo gallery by clicking the "Like" button for your favorite planker...

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