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Slamdog Nation | 1104 South Beeline Highway Payson AZ, 85541 | 602-488-6438

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Slamdog Nation’s New Home: 1100 KFNX-AM   
Payson, AZ – Popular Internet Radio Show Slamdog Nation announced today it is returning to the airwaves, to commercial station 1100 KFNX-AM in Payson Arizona.
Slamdog Founders Patrick Schumacher and Derik Lattig says 1100 KFNX-AM provides a much better ‘fit’ for their brand of comedy and news topics.
Schumacher says He is excited to be on board with 1100 KFNX-AM.
“KFNX is a professional operation, day in day out meat and potatoes station, not an internet wannabe like where we were before.”    
Slamdog Nation severed ties with Fishbowl Radio Network this past spring due to quality control issues.
Schumacher says it was a…
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Derik Lattig says Sit Back, Relax, and Listen to a Previously-Unreleased Led Zeppelin TrackBy  43Shares Share40Tweet0Share3
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Federal Officials Propose Ban On Swimming With Spinner Dolphins In Hawaii Scientists say tour groups that approach Hawaii’s spinner dolphins are disturbing the daytime sleeping habits of the nocturnal hunters. HONOLULU, Hawaii — Federal regulators are proposing a ban on the popular Hawaii tourist activity of swimming with spinner dolphins out fear that the practice is disrupting the daytime sleeping patterns of the nocturnal hunters. The dolphins swim into bays along the coast of the Hawaiian Islands to sleep for most of the day, and then move into the deep-ocean small fish and other prey that rise from the depths at night. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration saysboats that take tourists to swim with the dolphins are actually inhibiting their sleep, although it may be hard for people to tell since the animals continue to swim and keep their eyes open. NOAA’s proposal, released on Tuesday, would ban being within 50 yards of spinner dolphins, with some exceptions if the…

Derik Lattig 1962 NASCAR Galaxie 500 Starlift

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Power by Ford (Ford, Mercury, Edsel, Lincoln): 1962 NASCAR Galaxie 500 Starlift: A Replica Revives the Memory of an Unusual Race Text by David W. Temple Photos by #DerikLattig except as credited



 (Model year changes for the 1962 full-size Fords went beyond fresh sheet metal, dimensional differences, and mechanical tweaks. One of the several notable changes was the elimination of the Starliner, and with its departure, the sleek roofline. All closed non-wagon models had the T-Bird inspired “box top” roof which soon created a problem for those who were racing Fords on the super-speedways. An unusual solution to the drag-inducing boxy roofline was developed for the racecar drivers, but it lasted for only a very brief time during the model year and resulted in what is said to be the only officially “illegal car” to win a Grand National event.

The Starlift top was a detachable fiberglass roof for the Sunliner, the name for the convertible model. The roof was shaped basically the same a…
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Wednesday Muse August 17, 2016
'A devastating symbol of a cross engulfed in flames from California's epic '
#deriklattig @Newzproducer

There are times in our life that we see a photo like this that sparks (no pun intended) the fight between Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil. The cartoon Sheepdog vs Wile E. Coyote.

I think no matter which branch you cling to on the religious tree, we can agree there is good and bad in the world. Bad appears to be fire approaching a picturesque cross on a cliff in this case.

I use the word 'appear' because if you talk to anyone at the National Forest Service they will tell you that when contained, Fire in itself is a good thing. It burns out undergrowth and allows room for new saplings to grow into the forests of tomorrow.

This picture though is not just a contained wildfire that got out of hand, its costing lives, destroying property and changing life forever for many families. I would hope rather that focus on the flames we …
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Historic Route 66 landmark Summit Inn in Hesperia CA burns

Tuesday Muse Goodbye to an Old Friend
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The Headline above about says it all for this famous #Route66 Cafe in California. Flame from the #BluecutFire destroyed it earlier tonight.

I was familiar with the Summit Inn from various books on the Mother Road but here are its details.

From Wikipedia:
"The original Summit Inn was in operation in 1928 and takes its name from its original location at the summit of the Cajon Pass between the westbound and eastbound lanes of US 66. The present location in unincorporated Oak Hills, California has been in operation since 1952 when 66 was rerouted along a somewhat lower elevation. 1953-era postcards depict a Horseless Carriage Rally at the Summit Inn which included vintage Ford Model T's. Cecil “C.A.” Stevens bought the station and restaurant from original builder Burt Riley in 1966; he'd wanted just the Texacofilling station o…
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Saturdays Muse Road Runner-Why Not?
August 13, 2016
Derik Lattig
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I saw this photograph show up in my Facebook feed. I wish I had been lucky enough to take this great shot but alas I will have to settle for this. Which, isn't all that bad, since I'm from New Mexico and this is the State Bird.

You see Road Runners in Texas, sure but for some reason they don't seem to carry the clout that their cousins in the Land of Enchantment do. These birds were made famous by the Warner Brothers Cartoons where one of these birds zipped across the desert while an inventor crazy Coyote did everything he could to get a simple dinner.

I didn't see a lot of Road Runners in New Mexico when I lived there, but there was a family which lived by a Tennis Court where I taught lessons. Every day we would see them come out of the 'arroyo' that's NM speak for 'ditch' and begin their days looking for food.

These birds are meat eaters, like berries and…
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Saturdays Muse Road Runner-Why Not?
August 13, 2016
Derik Lattig
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@Newzproducer

I saw this photograph show up in my Facebook feed. I wish I had been lucky enough to take this great shot but alas I will have to settle for this. Which, isn't all that bad, since I'm from New Mexico and this is the State Bird.

You see Road Runners in Texas, sure but for some reason they don't seem to carry the clout that their cousins in the Land of Enchantment do. These birds were made famous by the Warner Brothers Cartoons where one of these birds zipped across the desert while an inventor crazy Coyote did everything he could to get a simple dinner.

I didn't see a lot of Road Runners in New Mexico when I lived there, but there was a family which lived by a Tennis Court where I taught lessons. Every day we would see them come out of the 'arroyo' that's NM speak for 'ditch' and begin their days looking for food.

These birds are meat eaters, like berries and…
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Wednesday Muse August 10, 2016
The Neighborhood Gang

When I came across this photo it made me remember our Neighborhood Gang. 

If you were a kid in the late 60's, 70's and 80's you'd recognized this photo immediately, different aged kids, male and female just hanging out in the summer time.

There were no computers, no video games, just endless sunshine, warmth and fun that lasted a little over two months before returning to school. 

Growing up in NM there were a lot of kids whose Dads were in the Military but also other professions, one Dad owned a Kinney's Shoes. Another was a Preacher, yet somehow all these kids from different walks of life got along and played together for hours at a time and had to be called in with veiled threats at nightfall by our parents.

If our parents weren't so insistent we probably would have slept outside too, after Dinner of course.

A typical Summer day in my NM neighborhood consisted of either a swimming lesson or a tennis lesson early…
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Derik Lattig-Muse-August 9, 2016 Don't Pay the Ferryman MTV turned 35 last week. For a kid like me growing up in the 70's and early 80's imagine the shock of turning on one of the defunct cable channels normally filled with static to find music videos streaming back to back 24 hours a day. 
Back then the only videos up to that point were seen on Saturday Nights either local shows or TBS' Night Tracks in which you never saw the guy and gal announcer but they always intro'd the music video.
Which, by the way, consisted mainly of bands on stage playing their hits, not the elaborate animation, 'mini movies' we were soon to see. 
One of those 'mini dramas' I always found interesting was the song ' Don't Pay the Ferryman' by Chris De Burgh. What a mix of mysticism along with Rock and his Irish accent made this song all the better.
I remember many a discussion around the Basketball Court or Tennis Courts as a teen as to what this was about, rem…
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Logo Staying Power August 6, 2016 

I posted the above logo on my Facebook page, 'Albuquerque Memories' this week and was surprised that out of all the photos posted showing my home town over the years, how many shares and likes and comments this one brought.

As a kid we saw this on the backs of milk cartons, mom's cookbooks and on the 'tuit' handed out at the State Fair. That was one of those rubber things you used to get the lid off a stubborn jar. What great marketing back then that nearly 50 years later has stuck with many.

Turns out Reddy Kilowatt is a branding character that acted as corporate spokesman for electricity generation in the United States and other countries for over seven decades. The above logo was slightly changed for regions. In Texas he wore a Cowboy hat, back East and out West a Hardhat. 

I wonder what logo or branding kids today will remember 50 years from now? Whomever came up with Reddy Kilowatt must be looking down from Heaven with a prou…
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Nice mention in the Magazine of Sigma Chi about @FamilyPrideBook on store shelves now. Check out a little known story about the famous MGM Lion written by #DerikLattig and Emily Bannon. Buy it today on Amazon.com or direct from Mascot Books. E version coming soon! #DerikLattig is a Sigma Chi from Texas Tech University (Epsilon Nu '87)
#DerikLattig @Newzproducer  says check out these KILLER Whales caught on tape in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this spring near New Orleans LA.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 3 2016
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Dateline: Hollywood CA, 1928. A Hollywood ICON Missing; Nation goes into Mourning!
DALLAS, Texas - In a story made for the movies; author’s Derik Lattig and Emily Regan spotlight a true life drama about a pilot’s adventure with the MGM lion and his trainer.
‘Family Pride’tells the story of hot-shot pilot, Martin Jensen, and MGM’s lion trainer Melvin Koontz, in the latter part of the roaring 1920’s.
When MGM studio head L.B. Mayer recruits Jensen to fly Koontz and “Jackie”the lion across the country to promote the studio, little did the trio know that they’d soon be depending on each other to survive.