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Permalink 10:00:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 80 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Sports

Contest: Win tickets to LeBron's homecoming celebration

I have three pairs of tickets to LeBron's homecoming celebration Aug. 8 at Infocision Stadium in Akron that I can't use.

So I would love to give them away through my news site. 

Amazon has been a big supporter of my site, so the first three people to buy anything on Amazon through my site gets the tickets.

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Permalink 08:43:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 221 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Crystal Lewis releases new single

Crystal Lewis - 25 - CD Cover

A highly-anticipated remix of “People Get Ready…Jesus Is Coming,” the No. 1 song from CCM pioneer Crystal Lewis is being released as the debut single from the multi-Dove Award winner’s upcoming CD. The song, which was the No. 1 song at Christian radio in 1996, is being serviced to Christian CHR and Urban Gospel radio stations by A-Sides Radio Promotion.

“This has long been one of my favorite songs to perform live, as the message remains relevant to each and every generation,” Lewis said. “I’ve been a hip-hop/r+b/gospel fan from the get-go, so adding some of that flavor to this, one of my favorite songs, seems like the perfect next step…yes, even as a veteran artist there are next steps!”

You can buy her music here.

Lewis offers a new arrangement of the “People Get Ready,” which was written by Brian Ray, with additional bridge lyrics by Propaganda and music by Peace 586. The song will be included on 25, the singer’s upcoming CD, which celebrates Lewis’ 25 years in ministry with 25 of her top songs.

Lewis has enjoyed a career that spans across more than two and a half decades, with more than 20 English-speaking albums, seven Spanish albums, Dove Awards, Grammy nominations, multiple No. 1 singles and millions of fans throughout the world.

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Permalink 12:00:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 269 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Eva Kroon Pike releases "Born To Run"

"Born To Run," the new single from singer/songwriter Eva Kroon Pike's current CD, Love Is All About You, is being released to Christian radio. The song, written by Pike and veteran Christian hit songwriter Don Koch, is being serviced to Christian AC and Soft AC/INSPO-formatted stations.
The new single was inspired, in part, by Pike's husband, Jonny.

"Running took on a new meaning when my husband of almost 10 years decided to 'get healthier' and started running for weight loss," Pike says. "A year later and almost 90 pounds lighter, Jonny reached his physical goal of getting fit. I immediately thought of how we need to spiritually run the race for Christ, with endurance, towards the ultimate goal, heaven. My hope for 'Born To Run' is that it will encourage others to get physically and spiritually 'fit' for God." 

Pike co-wrote the song with her producer, Koch, who has written more than 35 No. 1 songs during his career. He is a multiple Dove Award winner, including winning a Dove Award for Song of the Year in 1994 for "In Christ Alone." Koch's songs have been recorded by the likes of Avalon, Donny Osmond, Michael Crawford, Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys), and Phillips, Craig and Dean.
The single, the second from the CD, is being serviced to Christian radio by A-Sides Radio Promotion.
"I have been a fan of Eva Kroon Pike since her Grace That Chose Me album release back in 2010 and I'm ecstatic about working with her on her new radio single, 'Born To Run,'" says Jeff McLaughlin, president of A-Sides Radio Promotion.
For more information about Love Is All About You and Pike, visit To contact McLaughlin and A-Sides Radio Promotion, email 


Permalink 09:23:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 45 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Uncle Kracker gets thrill out of Dragster

Music artist Uncle Kracker took a break from the Under The Sun tour recently to ride the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster at Cedar Point. He spent the day with his family riding the park’s record-breaking collection of 72 rides and roller coasters.

Photo Courtesy: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio


Permalink 12:02:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 636 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

Study: Teen alcohol use affected by expected enjoyment and understanding of health messages

Teens with the best understanding of health messaging may also be the most susceptible to messages that make alcohol use look appealing and fun — like television ads for beer or liquor — according to a study published this week in the journal Patient Education and Counseling . This is a key finding for educators to be able to better prevent alcohol use among teens, which can predict problem drinking in adulthood. Study researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and their collaborators also determined that teens with a good understanding of health-related information and messaging may be persuaded to either use or avoid alcohol based on their expected outcomes from drinking.

When the researchers set out to measure the connection between alcohol use and health literacy (a person’s ability to find, understand and apply health information), they expected to find that teens with a high level of understanding would be less likely to use alcohol. Instead, they found that these teens between the ages of 14 and 19 were probably more likely to understand — and be influenced by — both positive and negative messages about alcohol use.

Whether those messages gave them good expectations about alcohol use (e.g., increased sociability, increased bravery, stress reduction) or negative expectations (e.g., cognitive impairment, taking foolish risks) predicted whether or not those teens were likely to have had at least one drink within the six months prior to the survey. Nearly half of the study’s 293 teens reported at least some alcohol use in that time period.

Researchers must continue searching for the best ways to prevent alcohol use among teens of all levels understanding. However, there is still something every parent can do to help their teenage children refrain from alcohol, according to Deena J. Chisolm, PhD, director of the Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program at Nationwide Children’s and first author on the recently published paper.

“Parents should monitor and, whenever possible, limit teen exposure to information designed to create positive beliefs about alcohol use,” said Dr. Chisolm, who also is a principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute. “At the same time, parents should try to maximize exposure to negative messages about alcohol use.”

This is one case in which parents of kids with an advanced understanding of health and risk aren’t off the hook, so to speak. “A young person’s high health literacy does not necessarily protect them from high risk behaviors. It may even put them at increased risk of alcohol use,” Dr. Chisolm said. “Parents should be aware that no matter how intelligent their teen may be and how well they understand the pros and cons of alcohol use and misuse, they’re still just as likely to engage in the risky behavior of underage drinking.”

This is because higher literacy teens are just as likely to understand and act on positive alcohol messages (‘I’ll have more fun,’ ‘I’ll be more relaxed,’) as they are negative messages (‘I’ll get in trouble,’ ‘Something bad will happen’), Dr. Chisolm explained.

“But high literacy teens may also be able to more easily understand positive alcohol messages that are aimed at adults,” said Dr. Chisolm, who also is an associate professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University. “Their beliefs that alcohol use would have good outcomes led to higher alcohol use, and their beliefs that alcohol would have bad outcomes led to lower alcohol use. In lower literacy teens, however, the link between beliefs and actual alcohol use was much weaker.”

The fact that expectations affect teens differently depending on how well they understand and process health-related information suggests that no one-size-fits-all approach for alcohol prevention is going to work with teens, Dr. Chisolm suggested. “More research is needed to understand what messages are most effective for each level of teens’ understanding, so that we can tailor interventions to the populations that we serve.”


Permalink 04:39:00 pm, by viewfromthepugh Email , 354 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Yancy offers bilingual praise app, signs publishing deal for 2015 VBS

Yancy’s popular Little Praise Party app is getting a bilingual upgrade with the addition of songs from her new Spanish-language children’s album, Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza! The free app, available for iOS and Android, is a wonderful resource for praise sing-along fun on the go.

For the very first time this month, Yancy’s Little Praise Party app is featuring a song in Spanish, with plans to feature songs in both English and Spanish every month going forward. 

“This is not just for the Spanish-speaking world,” says Yancy. “I believe that this will be a great tool for kids to learn Spanish by hearing and singing along in both languages. We have so many app users that are homeschoolers or involved in secondary education, and this will be a great fit!”

Expanding beyond her English fan base, Yancy’s Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza! takes some of the most popular songs from her Little Praise Party series and translates them into Spanish. The result is a fun collection of 15 songs that will warm the hearts of kids and their parents too – thanks in part to appearances by hit makers Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales (Salvador). 

The CD/DVD set, which also features animated music videos (one for each song!) that are sure to capture the imagination of children, is available now online and in Christian bookstores everywhere via Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

In addition to her new album release, and heavy touring, Yancy is continuing her partnership with Standard Publishing. As in previous years, Yancy has created eight brand-new songs and music videos for Standard Publishing’s 2015 Vacation Bible School program, Bible Blast to the Past - discovering God’s everlasting love – featuring Yancy’s jam-worthy worship music and kid-relevant missions moments from Beth Guckenberger and Back2Back Ministries. To get a first glimpse of the 2015 VBS theme and hear a few song clips,

For more than a decade, Yancy has released radio-friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults, all while sharing the stage with such artists as Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Mute Math and Nichole Nordeman. As a writer, Yancy has teamed up with Third Day's Mac Powell, wrote Avalon’s #1 hit “I Don’t Want To Go” and Jaci Velasquez’s “Something Beautiful,” among others. 


Permalink 08:42:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 505 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Pop culture

Family Force 5 joins Newsboys on new tour

Known for electrifying crowds worldwide with its unique blend of dance and rock,Family Force 5 will be taking new music from its first studio album in three years,Time Stands Still, along with fan favorites on the road with Newsboys and 7eventh Time Down.  The 28-city “We Believe Fall Tour” begins Sept. 18 in Memphis (Germantown, TN) and traverses the country before wrapping up Nov. 16 in Youngstown, OH.

Hitting cities like Houston (Cypress, TX), Fort Worth, Tulsa, Washington DC (Woodstock, VA), Nashville (Madison, TN), St. Louis (Steelville, MO) and more with Newsboys, Family Force 5 continues its current summer tour at numerous festivals, theaters and arenas around the country, including Sonshine Festival (7/17, Willmar, MN), Water For Africa (7/26 Atlanta, Blood:Water Mission benefit), Creation Northwest (8/2, Kennewick, WA), Rock The Desert (8/8-9, Midland, TX) and many more.  For the latest tour itinerary, go to (See below for a list of Family Force 5 tour dates.)

As momentum continues to build for the Aug. 5 release of the 15-song Time Stands StillFamily Force 5 fans can already download three Instant Grat Tracks through the pre-order campaign at iTunes, including “Sweep The Leg,” which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Christian & Gospel Songs Chart, hit radio single “Let It Be Love” and hit video and single, “BZRK (feat. KB).”

Family Force 5, which has been at the forefront of driving video content throughout its career, released “BZRK (feat. KB)” May 23 as the first video from the new album.  Already gathering over 385,000 views and 3,500 likes on YouTube, the video also went berserk on, becoming the No. 1 most viewed music video on the site. The song is also the lead Rock single from the album at Christian radio.  Hitting No. 14 on the chart this week, the song continues to gain spins at stations around the country, including being added to rotation recently at KRNG (Reno, NV) and WVOF (Bridgeport, CT).

Family Force 5’s first Christian AC/CHR radio single from Time Stands Still, “Let It Be Love,” continues its ascent on the charts as it emphasizes the incredible, life-giving power of grace. Hitting No. 12 and climbing with the biggest chart position increase this week at CHR, the single picks up new adds and increased spins on numerous outlets during the last couple weeks, including at Air 1, Sirius XM, Reach Network, WAWZ (New York), WBSN (New Orleans), WBVM (Tampa), WDJC (Birmingham), WBHY (Mobile), WJLZ (Norfolk) and WORQ (Green Bay).

Produced by Riley Friesen (Vota, Staggerford) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, for KING & COUNTRY), Time Stands Still also features “Glow In The Dark” and more songs that Family Force 5 member Jacob Olds (“Crouton” / vocals, drums) says “step outside of the box from the way faith-based artists have traditionally sounded and worked.” 

Family Force 5 tour dates follow:  




Willmar, MN


Atlanta, GA


Kennewick, WA


Midland, TX


Midland, TX


Paintsville, KY


Quincy, CA


Orlando, FL


Eureka, MO


Germantown, TN


Madison, TN


Shippensburg, PA


Sewell, NJ


Joplin, MO


Fort Worth, TX


Omaha, NE


Tulsa, OK


Fayetteville, NC


Shreveport, LA


Steelville, MO


Sedalia, MO


Longview, TX


Cypress, TX


Lucedale, MS


Alexandria, LA


Lima, OH


Woodstock, VA


Abilene, TX


Corpus Christi, TX


Carlsbad, NM


Andrews, TX


Duluth, MN


Rockford, IL


Muskegon, MI


Birch Run, MI


Bethlehem, PA


Wise, VA


Youngstown, OH

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