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KQ Morning Show – Jason Manning

KQ Morning Show – Scott Savage

Afternoon Trainwreck – Kevin Key

Afternoon Trainwreck – Chris Zooch

Jody Hopponen October 10, 2012

Dear Jason and Scott,

As a Duluth native and living here in Vienna, Austria for many years, it is always a pleasure to listen to the Morning Show over here during the afternoons at work. A small way to stay in touch with the roots.

Below is a link to an English news paper here in Vienna, which may provide some talking material on your show. In particular, the “Around the World” link provides some interesting and strange stories/news.

Keep up the great work and news on the Vikes!


Jody Hopponen October 10, 2012
    jason October 15, 2012

    Thanks Jody! Sorry for the delay in responding. For whatever reason, we are not getting these emails forwarded to us. Appreciate you listening and thanks for the link!!


jason October 15, 2012



Neil Siegle October 29, 2012

I attended the fight this weekend and introduced myself between fights. I just want to reiterate and also let the KQ faithful know how great of a job you did and how amazing the fights were! My friends at Miller Mall Auto Value and I are faithful listeners and please keep up the fantastic work that you, Bruce, and Scotty due!


    jason November 5, 2012

    Thank you Neil! We/I appreciate the kind words and your support! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself!


daryl November 3, 2012

thank you morning show and train wreck, i drive truck for a local company i leve out early part of my route on wed& fri is to bemidji i listen most of the way on105.5 you make my ride smooth.dont change thing keep on rocking in the northland, this radio station rocks the world,thank you daryl

    jason November 5, 2012

    Hi Daryl,

    Thank you for the kind words sir!!! We appreciate the fact you make us a part of your morning! Be safe!

    Jason Manning

Honey Badger November 4, 2012

Dear Jason & Scott: Your morning show rocks, and always gets my ass out of bed – even when I don’t want to. I often hear your references to “the walk of shame”, which I think is hilarious. It always reminds me of a friend of mine & my girlfriend’s who had the ultimate “walk of shame” experience. I have a photo (tame) that could easily generate 1000 words. This photo is of her shoes… which we discovered a few days after the…occassion, in the corner of her garage, as if the shoes were trying to hide.
I want to send this photo to you guys for review and enjoy the humor – we sure did. And there is a story that goes along with it, which I can share with you. Tell me how I can do that.
Contact me. Who knows, this could be a segment of your webpage that others could send/share photos of “shoes of the walk of shame”.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.
- Honey Badger

    jason November 5, 2012

    Honey Badger,

    Please fire off the picture and story to my email! Thanks for listening and for your support!


Jim February 14, 2013


Your falsetto, wanna be girl voice is funny as hell, I busted a gut when I first heard it. Use it more please, so I can keep laughing. Nice job!!!

    jason February 21, 2013

    Thanks Jim! I used to annoy my co workers with it back in the day when I was stocking shelves at the grocery store. Thanks for the kind words and please keep listening!


Rod March 24, 2013

Good day all at 95 KQ!
We are frequent visitors to Minnesota so we tune in on the car radio and at home on-line. Appreciate the great selection of tunes on your station. Just wondering…the last secret sound that advanced to a very high total in the cash prize…lots of guesses. I searched your website to try to find out what that sound was and was unable to find it here. Would you be able to tell me what that sound was?

Rod, Thunder Bay.

    jason March 26, 2013

    Hi Rod,

    The previous Secret Sound got up to almost $4000 before someone guessed “Nunchucks” and won the pot!

    Thanks for listening!


    P.S. The Secret Sound is coming back April 8th…

YO DAUGHTA June 5, 2013

Dear Jason,
I love getting up and listening to you on the radio. Kinda. But anyways, Im in school just getting done with my final and decided to stalk you . My teacher says hi! GTG! love you… byeeeeeeee

    jason June 5, 2013

    Dear Emily,

    Do your homework.


Jamie July 25, 2013

I live up here in kabetogama used to listen everyday using my wife’s iPad and tuneinradio app due to being unable to get a signal through any radio unless conditions were just perfect but it no longer works through any of the radio apps what’s the deal? As I can’t do it through your website because apple won’t work with Microsoft programs what can I do please help! Canadian radio is horrible and I’m losing my mind

    jason July 30, 2013

    Hi Jamie,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We have a new app! Right now it’s only for Apple. (the Android version is being developed). Search Red Rock Radio Corporation and you should be able to download it.

    Please let me know if you were able to make it work!


    Jason Manning

Mark October 2, 2013

I moved here ten years ago from Long Beach Ca. You guys have a great show. You kick ass on Mark and Brian!

    jason October 2, 2013

    Thanks Mark! Mighty nice of you to say! We appreciate you listening and the kind words!

    Take care!


Paul Nelson November 13, 2013

Hey guys,
Just want to let you know that we (myself and co-workers) enjoy the music you play through out the day, just a couple of things we would like to have changed if possible (or reduced), first thing is the way you announce that the person is incorrect about their guess for the secret sound, it is repulsive and quite abit annoying! Why do you feel that it has to carry on for a minute or so just to let the individual know they were wrong? Secondly is the amount of and the same kind of ads from kia of duluth, we understand that they are the ones (along with other contributors) that support the station financially, but can you ask them to atleast come up with different styles of commercials! The Arnold voice and others of the same nature are the ones we are refering too. This station’s music is geared towards the age group that grew up in the 70′s,80′s and 90′s so try and relate to us more. There’s not that many station’s that play the genre that you do, but the more the we hear the annoying things on your station the more the station gets turned. Please help us help you! Have a great day and keep up the good music.

Bridgit Maruska November 14, 2013

Jason & Scott just said they should donate to a good cause for Give To The Max Day! How about the oldest Y Camp in MN?!?! Camp Miller teaches kids core values and new skills while growing confidence and independence! Funds today help scholarship campers so all kids can afford to go!!

Thank you!!

Mike Pharris January 28, 2014

Guys, my wife and I really enjoy your station.
Good balance between music and talk.
Information is right on time for us 2.
That guy “The Green Fist of Rock” he’s real cool.
That dude that does the Train Wreck in the PM’s he plays some great jams.
Sidenote: I’m in a local band ( STEP OFF ) and every time I promote the band, when asked, I tell folks….we play all the kind of music you hear on KQ! That helps me land the gig every time man, thanks brothers.

I guess I owe U guys some health food huh? aka: a big ass Box of Donuts!

    jason January 31, 2014

    Thanks Mike!!!! We love donuts….

Roberta Thronson February 20, 2014

Just gotta say that you guys help me find the humor in my morning bus route. We all know that this winter hasn’t been “funny” at all but being able to listen to you guys before the first kid gets on sure keeps thing in perspective and reminds me that we’re all in this together. Thanks for the “Snow Rage” story today and for mentioning the long hours the plow drivers put in – they rock!

    jason March 5, 2014

    Thanks Roberta! Stay safe out there!!!


Emily Manning February 27, 2014

Hi Jason! I’m a huge fan of the show, thank you for making me laugh on a daily basis! I would sooooo love to meet you in person sometime! You’re my idol.

    jason March 5, 2014

    Thank you Emily. You’re a wise, talented and beautiful young woman. An asset to the human race. Now go do your homework.

Jack Vig March 3, 2014


I was listening to your broadcast about frivolous lawsuits and agreed with you 100% until the comments about the lady that was burned by Macdonald’s hot coffee. Please read the following for the facts of what ocThere is a lot of hype about the McDonalds’ scalding coffee case. No one is in favor of frivolous cases of outlandish results; however, it is important to understand some points that were not reported in most of the stories about the case. McDonalds coffee was not only hot, it was scalding — capable of almost instantaneous destruction of skin, flesh and muscle. Here’s the whole story.
Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was in the passenger seat of her grandson’s car when she was severely burned by McDonalds’ coffee in February 1992. Liebeck, 79 at the time, ordered coffee that was served in a styrofoam cup at the drivethrough window of a local McDonalds.
After receiving the order, the grandson pulled his car forward and stopped momentarily so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee. (Critics of civil justice, who have pounced on this case, often charge that Liebeck was driving the car or that the vehicle was in motion when she spilled the coffee; neither is true.) Liebeck placed the cup between her knees and attempted to remove the plastic lid from the cup. As she removed the lid, the entire contents of the cup spilled into her lap.
The sweatpants Liebeck was wearing absorbed the coffee and held it next to her skin. A vascular surgeon determined that Liebeck suffered full thickness burns (or third-degree burns) over 6 percent of her body, including her inner thighs, perineum, buttocks, and genital and groin areas. She was hospitalized for eight days, during which time she underwent skin grafting. Liebeck, who also underwent debridement treatments, sought to settle her claim for $20,000, but McDonalds refused.
During discovery, McDonalds produced documents showing more than 700 claims by people burned by its coffee between 1982 and 1992. Some claims involved third-degree burns substantially similar to Liebecks. This history documented McDonalds’ knowledge about the extent and nature of this hazard.
McDonalds also said during discovery that, based on a consultants advice, it held its coffee at between 180 and 190 degrees fahrenheit to maintain optimum taste. He admitted that he had not evaluated the safety ramifications at this temperature. Other establishments sell coffee at substantially lower temperatures, and coffee served at home is generally 135 to 140 degrees.
Further, McDonalds’ quality assurance manager testified that the company actively enforces a requirement that coffee be held in the pot at 185 degrees, plus or minus five degrees. He also testified that a burn hazard exists with any food substance served at 140 degrees or above, and that McDonalds coffee, at the temperature at which it was poured into styrofoam cups, was not fit for consumption because it would burn the mouth and throat. The quality assurance manager admitted that burns would occur, but testified that McDonalds had no intention of reducing the “holding temperature” of its coffee.
Plaintiffs’ expert, a scholar in thermodynamics applied to human skin burns, testified that liquids, at 180 degrees, will cause a full thickness burn to human skin in two to seven seconds. Other testimony showed that as the temperature decreases toward 155 degrees, the extent of the burn relative to that temperature decreases exponentially. Thus, if Liebeck’s spill had involved coffee at 155 degrees, the liquid would have cooled and given her time to avoid a serious burn.
McDonalds asserted that customers buy coffee on their way to work or home, intending to consume it there. However, the companys own research showed that customers intend to consume the coffee immediately while driving.
McDonalds also argued that consumers know coffee is hot and that its customers want it that way. The company admitted its customers were unaware that they could suffer thirddegree burns from the coffee and that a statement on the side of the cup was not a “warning” but a “reminder” since the location of the writing would not warn customers of the hazard.
The jury awarded Liebeck $200,000 in compensatory damages. This amount was reduced to $160,000 because the jury found Liebeck 20 percent at fault in the spill. The jury also awarded Liebeck $2.7 million in punitive damages, which equals about two days of McDonalds’ coffee sales.
Post-verdict investigation found that the temperature of coffee at the local Albuquerque McDonalds had dropped to 158 degrees fahrenheit.
The trial court subsequently reduced the punitive award to $480,000 — or three times compensatory damages — even though the judge called McDonalds’ conduct reckless, callous and willful.
No one will ever know the final ending to this case.
The parties eventually entered into a secret settlement which has never been revealed to the public, despite the fact that this was a public case, litigated in public and subjected to extensive media reporting. Such secret settlements, after public trials, should not be condoned.
excerpted from ATLA fact sheet. © 1995, 1996 by Consumer Attorneys of California
On February 27, 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a 49-cent cup of coffee from the drive-through window of a local McDonald’s restaurant located at 5001 Gibson Boulevard S.E. Liebeck was in the passenger’s seat of her grandson’s Ford Probe, and her grandson Chris parked the car so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee. Liebeck placed the coffee cup between her knees and pulled the far side of the lid toward her to remove it. In the process, she spilled the entire cup of coffee on her lap.[11] Liebeck was wearing cotton sweatpants; they absorbed the coffee and held it against her skin, scalding her thighs, buttocks, and groin.[12] Liebeck was taken to the hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered third-degree burns on six percent of her skin and lesser burns over sixteen percent.[13] She remained in the hospital for eight days while she underwent skin grafting. During this period, Liebeck lost 20 pounds (9 kg, nearly 20% of her body weight), reducing her down to 83 pounds (38 kg).[14] Two years of medical treatment followed.
[edit]Settlement offers
Liebeck sought to settle with McDonald’s for $20,000 to cover her actual and anticipated expenses. Her past medical expenses were $10,500; her anticipated future medical expenses were approximately $2,500; and her loss of income was approximately $5,000 for a total of approximately $18,000.[15] Instead, the company offered only $800. When McDonald’s refused to raise its offer, Liebeck retained Texas attorney Reed Morgan. Morgan filed suit in New Mexico District Court accusing McDonald’s of “gross negligence” for selling coffee that was “unreasonably dangerous” and “defectively manufactured”. McDonald’s refused Morgan’s offer to settle for $90,000.[6] Morgan offered to settle for $300,000, and a mediator suggested $225,000 just before trial, but McDonald’s refused these final pre-trial attempts to settle.[6]
[edit]Trial and verdict
The trial took place from August 8–17, 1994, before Judge Robert H. Scott.[16] During the case, Liebeck’s attorneys discovered that McDonald’s required franchisees to serve coffee at 180–190 °F (82–88 °C). At that temperature, the coffee would cause a third-degree burn in two to seven seconds. Stella Liebeck’s attorney argued that coffee should never be served hotter than 140 °F (60 °C), and that a number of other establishments served coffee at a substantially lower temperature than McDonald’s. Liebeck’s lawyers presented the jury with evidence that 180 °F (82 °C) coffee like that McDonald’s served may produce third-degree burns (where skin grafting is necessary) in about 12 to 15 seconds. Lowering the temperature to 160 °F (71 °C) would increase the time for the coffee to produce such a burn to 20 seconds. (A British court later rejected this argument as scientifically false, finding that 149 °F (65 °C) liquid could cause deep tissue damage in only two seconds.[17]) Liebeck’s attorneys argued that these extra seconds could provide adequate time to remove the coffee from exposed skin, thereby preventing many burns. McDonald’s claimed that the reason for serving such hot coffee in its drive-through windows was that those who purchased the coffee typically were commuters who wanted to drive a distance with the coffee; the high initial temperature would keep the coffee hot during the trip.[6]However, the company’s own research showed that some customers intend to consume the coffee immediately while driving.[18]
Other documents obtained from McDonald’s showed that from 1982 to 1992 the company had received more than 700 reports of people burned by McDonald’s coffee to varying degrees of severity, and had settled claims arising from scalding injuries for more than $500,000.[6] McDonald’s quality control manager, Christopher Appleton, testified that this number of injuries was insufficient to cause the company to evaluate its practices. He argued that all foods hotter than 130 °F (54 °C) constituted a burn hazard, and that restaurants had more pressing dangers to warn about. The plaintiffs argued that Appleton conceded that McDonald’s coffee would burn the mouth and throat if consumed when served.[19]
A twelve-person jury reached its verdict on August 18, 1994.[16] Applying the principles of comparative negligence, the jury found that McDonald’s was 80% responsible for the incident and Liebeck was 20% at fault. Though there was a warning on the coffee cup, the jury decided that the warning was neither large enough nor sufficient. They awarded Liebeck US$200,000 in compensatory damages, which was then reduced by 20% to $160,000. In addition, they awarded her $2.7 million in punitive damages. The jurors apparently arrived at this figure from Morgan’s suggestion to penalize McDonald’s for one or two days’ worth of coffee revenues, which were about $1.35 million per day.[6] The judge reduced punitive damages to $480,000, three times the compensatory amount, for a total of $640,000. The decision was appealed by both McDonald’s and Liebeck in December 1994, but the parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount less than $600,000.[20]
curred and how it was handled by Macdonalds.

Dee Monson April 15, 2014

Morning Crew:

Hey, Duluth isn’t the only city with a bike trail to nowhere. The city of Aitkin also has wasted grant money to create a bike trail that ends at the city limits south of town. The trail goes off into the willow weeds (the tullies). I hope someone misses the end of bike trail sign one day and keeps going and ends up in the ditch. And I hope that I am there to take the picture of their face, priceless!