May 11 2013
Happy Mother's Day!

I've known my mom for 30-some-odd years. Our relationship has been one long series of lessons.

I forget exactly what the first lesson she taught me was; at least the first that I remember and still try to live by. It may have been something about standing up for outsiders - those who didn't have anyone else to stand up for them.

Actually, it could've been how to slice a bell pepper the right way (top first). No, I got it! It was how to be a gentleman and always walk between a woman and oncoming traffic. I'm not sure that was it either, actually. At some point, I guess it becomes less about all these individual lessons and more about the collective sum.

But you know the thing about my mom and her lessons, is that class is still in session. She doesn't stop me from eating dessert before dinner anymore, or call me and ask if I've brushed my teeth before I go to bed. But she's still teaching me something all the time, whether she knows it or not.

Take this last year, for example. One year ago, my mom reluctantly retired after 40-plus years of teaching pre-school (yes, she was literally a teacher). Shortly thereafter, her mother passed away. Weeks later, her mother-in-law's health also turned south.  More recently, she watched her house of almost three decades come crashing down for reconstruction. Did I mention my mom doesn't care much for change?

Yet true to form, my mom kept silently instructing all throughout. She served instead of hiding. She spoke calm instead of pitying herself. She prayed instead of withering. I've never loved my mom more, or appreciated the example of strength when it would've been so much more natural to fall weak.

I'm not sure what next year's lesson will be, but my notebook is wide open and pencil sharpened. Keep teaching, Mom. Because I'm still learning.


-Dan Dillard

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Feb 15 2013
Deep in the Heart of This Texan

I would imagine you can think back, regardless of how old you are, to those few moments in life where you felt like you'd made it: I¹m a real grown-up, with a real driver's license, a real diploma, real job, marriage, house, kids, etc. These are milestones and they can be the defining moments of our human existence. This week, when the switch flipped on for Air1 Dallas/Ft. Worth on 101.7, I felt like a real grown-up.

Before I explain why, let me back up and apologize if this story sounds pretty me-centric and selfish. The irony is, it¹s actually a story about selflessness. We say it all the time, but it¹s true - if people like you had never gotten behind Air1 to support it, forget DFW, there would be no Air1 anywhere. Air1 has been and always will be a community of people coming together to say yes to something right, something positive, and something counter-cultural. But yeah, I¹m selfish. The first morning we went live in Dallas, was the first time that my own family and friends could turn on their radio and hear my voice coming out of the speakers. Initially, I had the reaction of a 4-year-old conquering the monkey bars on a playground, "Mom, Dad, look at me! I¹m a big boy!! I'm really doing it!!!" But the next reaction (and probably more humble one), was emotion. It boggles my mind that through the radio I get to spend time with you every morning. You go to work, I get to go with you. You¹re running errands, me too. Dropping the kids off at school? I¹m in. It¹s like we¹re great friends who've never actually met.

Now all of a sudden, I get to do all that stuff with my own Dad as he makes his way to the office in the West End. I¹m in the car with my Mom as she heads to Tom Thumb to pick up some groceries. Driving around in Plano, it¹s the first time my little nephew and nieces get to hear Uncle Dan¹s voice on the radio (assuming they can do without Wheels on the Bus for a few minutes). Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, all so much nearer with the flip of a switch. All that being said, I¹m going to try and get out of the way now and let my family meet the Air1 family, and vice-versa.  If you need me I¹ll be the guy over on the monkey bars, trying to contain himself a little bit.

-Dan Dillard

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Jan 17 2013
Dads and Hair

Dad's and their daughter's hair - most times it's not a great combo. This dad figured it out...kinda. He uses a vacuum to put his daughter's hair in a ponytail, and it works...kinda :) Some dad should open a salon using this method...this is gonna be huge!

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Jan 16 2013
Picture of True Love

"I guess there's no such thing as a 'perfect' marriage, but if there was...I'm pretty sure this is the picture you'd find in the dictionary. It's a guy named John teaching his wife Linda - whose memory has been fading - how to read again with alphabet flashcards right in the middle of Starbucks. Such patience, such joy, such pure love." -Dan

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Dec 14 2012
Awkward Family Christmas Photo Day 1

It's Eric and Mandy's Awkward Family Christmas Photo Day 1. Today we celebrate the Edwards Family! Apparently there is never a dull moment with this bunch! ;) If you have an awkward family Christmas photo - send it to us at ericandmandy@air1.com!!

 

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Dec 13 2012
Kid Doctors

Mandy decided that it was about time that she made her kids become doctors. 

 

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Dec 13 2012
Awkward Family Christmas Photos

Welcome to Eric and Mandy's Awkward Family Christmas Photos.

We've got them...and we know you do too! Send your awkward pics to ericandmandy@air1.com and we will post the awkward Christmas photo of the day.

Here's one to get you started. It's Mandy's family circa 1985. (she's the one that looks like Colonel Sanders) The best part is the Santa who looks like he wants those 5 kids off of him asap.

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Dec 12 2012
Eric's Italian Christmas and 12/12/12

Eric will for sure not live another 100 years...

If you missed Eric talking about his Italian Christmas or Mandy buying the wrong cologne for her husband, check it out below. 

[mp3:http://files.emfcdn.com/downloads/audio/podcasts/air1msmoments_podcast10509_20121212.mp3

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Dec 11 2012
Christmas Tree Decorating Formula

We are just here to help you out. Think you have too any lights on your tree? Too much tinsel (Eric)? Feeling unsure about your tree? Welllll...We have a formula for your tree decor! 

If you missed the show from this morning, check it out below!

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Dec 06 2012
Annoying Toys and Pizza Perfume

Did you miss the show this morning? Don't worry, you can listen below and hear all about the new Pizza Hut perfume, toys you shouldn't get kids, and Eric's lovely trip to the minute clinic! Yay! 

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