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Al Levine has been in radio now for 30 years with all of that experience in CHR and Hot AC formats across southern New England and Long Island. He is a self-proclaimed "total radio geek" loving every aspect of it from programming to engineering! Al considers himself above all else to be a decent adult communicator having achieved a lot of ratings success with his shows on Long Island.

He's been at 106.1 BLI on Long Island for 20 years having been Music Director and currently APD. He loves pop music most of all but also enjoy oldies, classic rock and jazz. After being in New York for many years he still thinks his accent is unaffected although his attitude may be more like that of a north-easterner. That may have something to do with his need for space and cold weather up there!

Al enjoys all pro sports but baseball most of all. His favorite dinner would probably have something to do with steak and lobster and an amazing cigar to finish the night with a fine beverage!

He's done a good deal of charity work over the years and has hosted many promotional events from clubs to car dealerships.

One of his biggest thrills has been to walk out on stage at 106.1 BLI’s Summer Jams at Long Island’s Nikon-Jones Beach Theater. That’s an outdoor venue that was filled with 14,000 screaming fans who were more interested in who was on after Al but it still felt great for him to hear the roar of the crowd.

You can hear Al every weekday on Magic 94.9 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

 

Danielle is turning your favorite children’s books into raps with Bedtime Beats! Come back every week for a new episode! And, if you have a suggestion for a story you would like Danielle to rap, email her at Danielle@Mymagic949.com!

New study says country music mentions drugs more than any other genre

According to a recent study by Addictions.com, country music mentions drugs more than any other musical genre, with the most-referenced drug being marijuana.

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Those results may come as a shock to some listeners who assumed that rap or hip-hop music might reference drugs more, but 1.6 percent of all country music surveyed by Addictions.com’s Song Meanings Application Programming Interface (API) references drugs on average, compared to less than 1.3 percent on average in hip-hop music.

Jazz music came in second place, although the study does not disclose the average percentage.

But what constitutes a drug reference? And what counts as “country” music for Addictions.com? For starters, alcoholic beverages are not classified as drugs in the study (or else, country music would win this by a landslide). According to the methodology of the study, Addictions.com “scraped song lyrics from Song Meanings API and analyzed drug mentions, what drugs were involved, and how it changed over time, and grouped drug slang words together in their respected drug categories.”

After going over the data from songs from country, rock, jazz, rap/hip-hop, pop, folk and electronic genres from 1933 until now, the drug references were grouped into seven categories: 

Pills (which includes all Opiates except Heroin, Benzodiazepines, Sleep medication, and ADHD medication), Heroin, Marijuana, LSD, Cocaine (which includes both crack cocaine and cocaine), Ecstasy (This includes MDMA and molly), and Meth.

After all that, country music came out on top, with 1.6 percent of all songs studied since 1933 referencing some sort of drug. According to the study, the top three drugs referenced in country music were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

It should be noted that most country songs decry drug consumption (with the exception of alcohol, and, very recently, marijuana). No country artists were mentioned in the study, but artists like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, John Prine and many others have referenced marijuana, pills, cocaine or heroin in their songs as hazardous and not recreational.

However, once the study results are broken down into the musicians that reference drugs the most, country artists don’t even crack the Top 10. That honor goes to all hip-hop artists, most notably Kottonmouth Kings, Eminem, The Game, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z.

If you want to see just how many country music songs reference drugs, take a listen to the playlist below (though we would never condone the use of recreational drugs).

Glenn Jacobs, WWE star 'Kane,' officially announces his bid for mayor

When Glenn Jacobs' treasurer filed the necessary paperwork for a potential political campaign last month, it became national news that the World Wrestling Entertainment star known as “Kane” might run for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

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On Tuesday, Jacobs made it official. Speaking to a crowd at Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House, the pro wrestler announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for mayor.

>> RELATED: Libertarian Republican Eric Brakey, “Maine’s 28-year-old political wunderkind” announces U.S. Senate run

“As Knox County mayor I promise to keep taxes low and make Knox County a place everyone can be proud of,” Jacobs promised. “I see my role as that of a facilitator among the different communities in our area. And also I think that Mayor (Tim) Burchett has done a very good job with transparency in government and I would continue along those lines.”

The 2018 election for Knox County mayor will be for an open seat to replace Burchett.

Jacobs focused on the themes of jobs, education and smaller government, repeating a version of Ronald Reagan’s conservative mantra that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Glenn Jacobs announcing his bid for mayor

The WWE star told Rare on Tuesday that his belief in free markets and individual liberty were part of what interested him in becoming involved in politics, and he saw his Republican brand as being similar to that of libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul, Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, and also his own congressman, Rep. Jimmy Duncan.

Jacobs has lived in Knox County for over two decades, roughly the same amount of time his “Kane” character has endured as one of the top stars in the pro wrestling industry.

“For the past 22 years I’ve had the pleasure of living here in East Tennessee,” Jacobs said Tuesday. “Because my career with the WWE has taken me all around the world on a weekly basis, me family and I could live pretty much anywhere in the U.S.”

“We live here because we want to,” Jacobs said to applause. “We live here because we love it here.”

Jacobs and his wife Crystal own an insurance agency in the Knoxville area.

>> RELATED: WWE superstar puts libertarian charity first in dancing appearance back home

At least two other challengers for mayor are expected to run, including County Commissioner Bob Thomas, who has already announced, and Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones.

Though Jacobs wrestled under other monikers prior for a number of years, his “Kane” character was introduced to WWE fans in 1997.

Disclosure: Glenn Jacobs is a Rare contributor.

 Danielle, Weekdays 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

It always feels weird to me to write a bunch of stuff about myself thinking that anyone cares. You don’t, and it’s cool. I wouldn’t either.

Sooooo, instead of scribbling some long drawn out bio about where I went to school, what I do in my spare time, blah blah blah…let’s make it a little more fun with a couple of rounds of Two Truths and a Lie (answers at the bottom – don’t cheat!)…

Growing Up:

-      I was born and raised, attended high school, and now do radio, all in the same city.

-      I was a total tomboy as a kid. My favorite thing to do was collect bugs from under rocks.

-      My parents still live in the house that I grew up in.

Secret Talents:

-      I’m fluent in Spanish, German, and French.

-      I’ve been known to write my own raps from time to time.

-      I can pop both of my hips out of the socket.

Favorite Foods:

-      I’m a self-proclaimed ‘Sauce Boss.’ If there’s a sauce or condiment around...I want it. And extra on the side.

-      I drink a kale smoothie every day.

-      My most famous home-cooked meal is eggplant parmesan.

Words that Describe Me:

-      #BoyMom

-      Unorganized

-      People-pleaser

Random:

-      I’m terrified of clowns.

-      izzie and abbey are our rescue pups…and I don’t capitalize their names on purpose.

-      I married my husband on 10-10-10 (so he'll never be able to forget our anniversary).

List of LIES:

Growing Up:

My parents still live in the house that I grew up in. I moved a LOT as a kid. As in, could pack the entire kitchen by myself at age 11 kind of a LOT.

Secret Talents:

I’m fluent in Spanish, German, and French. I wish. I barely speak English properly.

Favorite Foods:

I drink a kale smoothie every day. Nasty. Gross. And also, yuck. I don’t care if it’s a ‘superfood’ – I ‘super don’t like to be nauseous’ while I’m eating.

Words that Describe Me:

Unorganized – Quite the opposite. I organize my dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

Random:

I’m terrified of clowns. No wayyyyy. Clowns are so friendly. Frogs on the other hand? TERRIFYING.

Thanks for taking your valuable time to play a game based on my painfully average life. You’re cool.

You can listen to me during Magic Mornings with Danielle every weekday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. If you want to talk, email me at Danielle@Mymagic949.com!

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