- WELL EVEN THOUGH WE’VE HAD SNOW FOR ABOUT A MONTH NOW, TODAY MARKS THE OFFICIAL 1ST DAY OF WINTER….AND ONLY 4 MORE SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS; BETTER GET IT DONE BY WEDNESDAY, SO YOU HAVE TIME THURSDAY TO WRAP THE GIFTS
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.
Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.
Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide Christmas Eve updates on Santa’s journey.
KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103 BEGINNING 4AM E.T. DECEMBER 24TH THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM
Carrie Underwood was born March 10, 1983. Her family already owned the farm in Checotah, Okla., though Underwood was born in the next town over, the one made famous in Merle Haggard‘s song, “Okie From Muskogee.” Her father, Stephen, worked at a paper mill, and her mother, Carole, was an elementary school teacher. Underwood is the youngest of three sisters. Shanna is 13 years older and Stephanie is 10 years older. Underwood was just 4 years old when Shanna moved out on her own but says her siblings have always been there for her. She released the single “Jesus, Take the Wheel” to country radio later that year; her debut album Some Hearts followed in November, less than six months following her Idol win.
Some Hearts proved to be a huge hit, leading to the No. 1 hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and “Before He Cheats.” She toured with Kenny Chesney as well as Brad Paisley in 2006. She also won her first CMA Awards in 2006, in the Horizon and female vocalist categories.
HERE’S JEFFREY THE GIRAFFE WITH TOYS FOR COUNTY GIRLS AND BOYS
PROOF THAT SANTA IS OVER 21
Julianne Hough (pronounced “Huff”) came to national prominence as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but the 19 year-old says her ultimate goal is a career in country music. Growing up one of five Utah-born siblings, Hough says her family was sometimes referred to as the “blonde Osmonds.” At age 10, she immersed herself in dancing after her parents separated. After spending five years studying performing arts in London, she moved to Los Angeles to earn a living as a dancer while pursuing her musical dreams. She started making regular trips to Nashville while working on Dancing With the Stars and performing on the show’s tour. Her connections in Los Angeles and Nashville resulted in Hough being introduced to producer David Malloy, a Nashville producer who has worked with Eddie Rabbitt and Reba McEntire, among others. Hough’s self-titled debut album is scheduled to be released in May 2008. It contains the single, “That Song in My Head.”
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