Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for March 29, 2013:
BBJ - Mike talked with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal about local business headlines. They discussed how Birmingham banks have been making progress with cleaning up bad loans on their balance sheets; why Forbes showed downtown Birmingham some love this week, naming it one of 15 "emerging downtowns;" and how Birmingham was recently lauded as one of the best cities in the U.S. for consumer banking. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from Avondale Park where he learned about Dance Walk! It will be tomorrow at Avondale Park at 2 PM (weather permitting) with an Easter egg hunt after! The event is free. RSVP at the bottom of the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/430122743731248. All ages are welcome! Be sure to bring a basket for collecting eggs after the Dance Walk!
AMERICAN IDOL - Mike talked with Devin Velez who got the boot last night on American Idol. The top 8 performed songs this week from Motown. America voted and Devin ended up with the fewest votes. While Devin's time is over, he will still go on tour this summer!
BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER - Brides Against Breast Cancer stop in Brimingham this weekend during their "Nationwide Tour of Gowns." The Wynfrey Hotel at 1000 Riverchase Galleria is where 1,000 wedding gowns will unveil during the Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gowns. 1,000 designer and brand name wedding gowns will be available for sale at discounts from 25% to 85% on Saturday, March 30 with proceeds from the sales going to support cancer patients and their families. Wedding gowns in all shapes, sizes (0 to 30) and colors will be available from designers, manufacturers, and bridal shops. Brides Against Breast Cancer, a national non-profit organization, makes it possible for future brides to purchase designer wedding gowns at dramatic savings ranging from $99 to $799 with some gowns valued up to $8,000.The proceeds from these events go directly to provide support, education and hope for those impacted by cancer. The show is tonight from 6-9pm with a VIP/SneakPeak (tickets required) and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm for the public -- ADMISSION IS FREE. Brides Against Breast Cancer™ is an organization serving a very "pink" purpose - their gown sales fund programs and services that are free to cancer patients and their families. Through its "Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns" bridal shows, Brides Against Breast Cancer plans to unveil more than 100 shows in 2013. In cities nationwide, with an average offering of nearly 1,000 new or gently worn bridal dresses, brides-to-be will find their dream gown at a greatly reduced cost. For more information, visit www.bridesabc.org. Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of designer and couture, new and upcycled wedding gowns and bridal accessories such as veils, tiaras and more. 71 cents of every dollar raised from our "Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns" goes to programs and services for those impacted by cancer. Brides Against Breast Cancer has distributed more than 10,000 breast "self-exam" cards. Gown prices start as low as $75 and range up to $3,000. Gowns are available in sizes from 0 to 28. The average gown price is $600. There are also accessories such as tiaras and long and short veils from $25.00 and up. There is a dress to fit just about any budget, and wedding theme. A convenient layaway plan is available. The most popular gown styles are mermaid, lace, and gowns with a "sweetheart" neckline. Halter styles are popular for larger women. It also offers reception dresses, bridesmaid dresses and mother of-the-bride gowns. To register for a show, or for more information visit www. bridesabc.org/upcomingevents or call 1.877.721.HOPE. If you have already said "I DO" and want to donate your gown, please visit www.bridesabc.org/donations to learn more. There is a tax deduction available.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Wall joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to Bantam Chickens. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
COMEDIAN - George Wilborn, co-host of WZAK's nationally syndicated afternoon radio show, "The Michael Baisden Show", has been making people laugh for two decades. But, unlike many other comedians, Wilborn was not the class clown. Right from the start, dubbed "The Stress Reliever," George was the winner of The Crown Royal Comedy Search Contest. His comedy is insightful, slightly political, and hysterically funny! For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at (205) 444-0008 or visit stardome.com.
TAYLOR HICKS - Mike and Sarah talked with Taylor Hicks. He is in town this week and dropped by to visit. He has a regular gig in Las Vegas these days. The former American Idol winner stays busy performing his music these days.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh's jumping to new heights at Air Walk! He starts off there on Monday but has a busy week as he takes us to the Cahaba for Red Rock Tuesday, on a Heart Walk Challenge, to Tuscaloosa's Babypalooza, and to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Plant Sale! April is Autism Awareness month and we plan to "Light it Up Blue" and explain how you can join us! It's also Earth Month and that brings one of Birmingham's best parties of the year with "Every Drop!" Find out how you can enjoy yourself while supporting the Cahaba River Society! How's your March Madness Bracket looking? We check out a competition between some top bar-b-q-ers in town and check out their final four! The Honda Indy Grand Prix returns to Birmingham next weekend! We take you to the track and talk with some top drivers! We have live music in the studio from Jazz Musician Stanley Jordan and American Idol runner-up turned professional singer Bo Bice! The experts join us to take your questions on gardening, heart health, and relationship issues! Mike gets a tennis lesson from a pro and we find out how your young tennis players can compete in a tournament! And comedian Steve O joins us with some laughs and an update on his career transitioning from a daredevil to full-time comedian! Join us for this and much more next week on Good Day Alabama!