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Best of the Morning Mix - May 30, 2014

2014-05-30 15:42:01

One man is clearly the best fit to own the Bills. Also, James Gloria and Eric Duick spoke with the Star-Ledger’s Conor Orr to discuss Ryan Nassib’s increased role at OTAs.

Check it out and be sure to tune in weekdays from 10a.m. to 12p.m. for more of the Morning Mix.

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Best of the Morning Mix - May 29, 2014

2014-05-29 15:22:27

Did the Pacers’ win in Game 5 do enough for Frank Vogel to keep his job, and what was so frustrating about Paul George’s 37-point performance? Also, Brent Axe joins the conversation to discuss the NBA and NFL.

Check it out and be sure to tune in weekdays from 10a.m. to 12p.m. for more of the Morning Mix.

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Best of the Morning Mix - May 28, 2014

2014-05-28 18:50:03

Is Frank Vogel coaching for his job tonight? Also, Dan D’Uva joins James and Eric to explain the status of a potential Syracuse Crunch game in the Carrier Dome.

Check it out and be sure to tune in weekdays from 10a.m. to 12p.m. for more of the Morning Mix.

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New Girl's Schmidt Returns to His Alma Mater

2014-04-02 15:20:48

IMG_2675By Eva Zymaris (Z89 Radio) He has this smile that’s contagious.

His presence has this ability to light up a room. While he’s only a character, Schmidt was very much alive at last night’s “Schmidt at S.U.” event.

Actor Max Greenfield, from the hit Fox sitcom “New Girl,” visited Syracuse University to deliver a premature – err, commencement – speech to the class of 2014. “You can try and plan, but it never works out the way you think it will,” Greenfield joked. “Aren’t you guys good at that broadcast thing?”

Greenfield kept up this dysfunctional commencement-style of speech for about twenty minutes, trying to impart as much wisdom upon the students as possible. “I don’t think there’s an answer to any of it.” While his remarks garnered laughter from the student body, his words actually carried some weight. “It all works out.”

Not bad advice for seniors entering the real world in a matter of weeks, right?

In all seriousness, the character of Schmidt is particularly important to the Syracuse University community. Why, you might ask? Because Schmidt attended S.U. as a Television, Radio, & Film major and often makes Central New York references throughout the show.

So, naturally, it was exciting to host “one of our own” back at their alma mater – despite being completely rooted in fiction. After hilarious, breath-grasping banter, Greenfield wanted to hear from the students. For forty minutes, he answered questions about the show’s plot line (trying to not reveal too much, of course); his own personal life, which eventually led to him singing parts of “Let It Go” from “Frozen”; and even took a selfie with one lucky fan. “Now all of you can’t ask for selfies too, okay?” Greenfield remarked.

With every question, came a very familiar, Schmidt-like answer. One fan, who openly admitted to how nervous she was, meekly asked: “What’s it like being so devilishly handsome?” This was quickly followed by a smile and a subtle laugh behind the podium in Goldstein Auditorium. “It’s the burden I have to bear,” Greenfield said. “I wake up every morning and say, how am I going to live like this?”

But one of the most interesting answers came from the most ordinary question. “What drew you to the character of Schmidt?” In an unaffected tone, Greenfield replied: “It was a job.” That’s it, nothing more.

Greenfield went on to explain that he “didn’t work much” leading up to “New Girl,” so just landing a role, was more than enough. “But now, this has been my life for the past three years.”

Through the way he spoke, the audience could sense his unyielding gratitude towards the opportunities “New Girl” has afforded him. In a very humble tone, he stated: “[Speaking at S.U.] has to be one of the coolest things I have ever done.” And this, was possibly one of the coolest things Greenfield (and Schmidt) could have done for Syracuse University.

It felt as though, even just for one night, that he was part of the campus family. And to us, it was so good to welcome him home.

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