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What would you do with a helicopter??

29th October 2013

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Simon was very impressed with my riveting yet somewhat random headline story this morning. The Chinese Helicopter Tournament came to an end yesterday. What exactly is the Chinese Helicopter Tournament I hear you say.......Well it’s a yearly event held over 3 days which sees over 20 domestic helicopter pilots compete in six events to test their skills. The highlight of the event is the opening of beer bottles. Now this seems like a very simple task, however, in this instance, the bottle opener is attached to the side of the helicopter!!! The pilots have to open 5 bottles in eight minutes and the one who opens the most without damaging the bottle wins! I managed to find a brilliant video which Simon uploaded on Twitter. Simon was so intrigued about this tournament that we tried to figure out what on earth the other 5 events involved.......We’d be impressed if we saw a helicopter shearing a sheep or even milking a cow?

Onto a more serious topic....baking!!! Simon, Stephen and I brought in cakes yesterday that we’d baked as part of Rainbow Trust’s ‘Big Hour’ and we were selling them in reception. Well I’m pleased to say that my banoffee pie reigned supreme!! This isn’t official, however it looks like mine did the best considering that Simon was eating his own rock cakes that had been untouched, and Stephen was buying his own cornflake cakes.

And finally, you may have seen a very large seagull roaming around The Bridges on Friday. Well he was back out again yesterday and decided to go skiing at Silksworth Ski centre, and also try his hand at a bit of bowling at MFA Bowling in town. Go to our Name the Seagull page and check out his shenanigans.....

He’ll be out in South Shields today so keep an eye out for one very large seagull playing Quasar.....



Posted by Danielle Moore at 12:04pm

Land of Pope and Glory

28th October 2013

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WE DID IT!!! Thank you to Father Marc Lyden-Smith for handing a Sunderland shirt to the Pope!!! He definitely brought us good luck.

I wonder how many people on Wearside are waking up with a hangover today? I must admit, I woke up this morning feeling a little fragile. I, along with quite possibly everyone in Sunderland was celebrating our derby victory over Newcastle yesterday. I was prepared for feeling a little rough. I managed to type a text to Simon last night suggesting we have a Mcdonalds breakfast!! It’s been the only thing that’s kept me going today but to be honest it’s all been worth it.

The Sunderland victory basically took over all conversation this morning. We were even asking on Facebook and Twitter how peoples hangovers were. Surprisingly many people weren’t hungover, but the vast majority had sore throats!

We had a call off Kev, one of the winners of the derby day tickets we gave away last week. He wanted to thank us and said the match was brilliant. He said the only downside of the game was that when Sunderland’s second goal went in, his partner had loads of strangers hugging and kissing her! Celebrations were rife in my local with grown men hugging each other. I’ve said it before, I’m not much of a football fan, but I love getting involved on derby day. Especially when Sunderland win, I love seeing how everyone comes together.

We also reviewed our #FollowFriday victim. We asked you to follow @JonesSAFC on Friday. It was quite fitting that we picked Chris, considering he is an avid Sunderland supporter. He didn’t disappoint when it came to showing his support for Sunderland leading up to kick off. His very last tweet was a picture of himself at the game with his fingers showing the score.

Around all the talk of football we also managed to let listeners know that as part of Rainbow Trust’s campaign ‘The Big Hour’, Simon, Stephen and I have all baked cakes. They’re in our reception and we’d love it if you came down and donated to Rainbow Trust, our chosen charity of the year, by buying a cake. I’m not being bias, but my banoffe pie looks amazing!!





Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:24am

Ha'way the lads

25th October 2013

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It’s nearly the weekend, who cares if it’s raining, we get 2 whole days off work.....and it starts in only a few hours (for me anyway). Although even if you work 9-5 there’s research out today that suggests people start winding down for the weekend by 2.30pm on a Friday afternoon anyway. The research was carried out by British Airways who surveyed over 2000 people. The majority felt they deserved an easy Friday because they work more than their contracted hours. Almost half of those surveyed also said that they had noticed their boss is actually more lenient on a Friday. The research also included a list of the top 10 ways we actually take it easy on a Friday. From browsing news sites to looking at holidays, we always tend to procrastinate in some way. The most obvious ways were Facebook and Twitter.

Get yourselves on Twitter now in fact (just make sure the boss isn’t watching) because #FollowFriday is upon us once again. This week we want you to follow @JonesSAFC. Chris Jones was the last person to follow us and has therefore become our chosen victim this weekend. It’s quite fitting considering he is an avid Sunderland supporter and seeing as the derby kicks off on Sunday, no doubt he’ll keep us up to date providing us with his own personal commentary from the game.

Also, if the boss still isn’t keeping tabs on you, check out our Facebook page. If you hadn’t heard, a Chaplain from Sunderland has travelled to Rome and handed the Pope a Sunderland shirt! Fingers crossed it brings us luck.

Despite the weather I hope you all have a fab weekend. Don’t forget to tune in on Monday to hear how @JonesSAFC spent his weekend. Hopefully he will have been celebrating a Sunderland win, just like the rest of us.

Ha’way the lads!!!



Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:48am

And they say romance is dead

24th October 2013

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Britain’s Got Talent finalists 'Luminites' joined us in the studio this morning for a quick chat about their debut single ‘Do Something’, out 17th November. It was lovely meeting them; they’re very humble and couldn’t stop thanking the fans for all their support. Simon slightly embarrassed himself showing his lack of knowledge regarding street slang. Don’t worry if you missed it though, you can catch it on our Listen Again page.

Also on today’s show we were asking about proposals. Considering the lavish and extravagant way in which Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian we thought we all needed a little reality check and wanted to know how normal people propose. I found out that years ago when Mr Grundy was a fresh faced 22 year old, he proposed to his now ex wife via the art of radio! I also found out that Sam in the travel centre was proposed to by her now ex boyfriend in his parents spare room when he was drunk........she sharply declined the offer. Seeing as I’ve never been proposed to I couldn’t participate in the conversation. The comments of those on Facebook and Twitter who did participate however, proved that sometime romance isn’t always the answer. On one hand we had Lauren who was proposed to at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and then on the other we had Caroline whose partner asked her in front of everyone in an Irish bar on holiday. He was absolutely mortal and after he asked, he passed out! Either way, both women accepted!

Ending on a high....................Which radio station is the most listened to on Wearside?

SUN FM!!! It’s official people, yet again we have the most listeners than any other station in Sunderland, and it’s all thanks to you! So, I would personally like to say a huge thank you for tuning in every morning to hear Simon Grundy and little me have a good old laugh and a bit of banter.

To our trusty fans, I know you won’t forget to tune in again tomorrow, and to new listeners.......Welcome Aboard!



Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:53am


23rd October 2013

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SPOILER ALERT 1.......Turn away now if you DON’T want to know who won The Great British Bake Off last night.

The glass cake stand trophy was handed to........Frances Quinn. A very worthy winner who baked a fantastic looking showstopper wedding cake! You might think that The Great British Bake Off is mainly for women, but I think you'll be surprised with this little bit of useless information I have for you today; More men watched episode 2 of this series than the Arsenal Champions League qualifier on ITV, which was aired at the same time......

Simon found it funny that Mary Berry had tweeted last night that the loser has to dismantle the marquee. However I was unaware that Mary Berry had a twitter account. Upon further inspection it was in fact not the real Mary Berry, seeing as a later tweet stated “Now that’s finished I can head off to Magaluf and get smashed with Delia #GBBO”

SPOILER ALERT 2........this time for festival fans. It’s rumoured that the one and only legend that is Dolly Parton will be performing at Glastonbury next year! If you didn’t know already, Dolly Parton is my greatest most favourite singer of all time! The 67 year old musical genius posted her European tour dates for next year and she ironically has the weekend of Glastonbury free (28th/29th June). Rumours are rife that she’ll be there and I’m gutted!!! Even though I’m planning on seeing her anyway on the 14th June it would still be amazing to see her at Glastonbury. I even registered for Glastonbury tickets for the first time but thought, "no I won’t bother getting one, there’s not going to be anyone of importance performing".........oh.

Looking forward to tomorrows show already, we’ll be joined in the studio by Britain’s Got Talent finalists the Luminites!

We’ve also got tickets to the derby to give away and another chance to guess at our celebrity sneezer.

Enjoy the rest of your miserable wet Wednesday. I’m planning on spending the rest of the day wrapped up in my duvet watching Star Wars.



Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:33am

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