Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for September 12, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE - Brian Staples, zoologist, is a third-generation animal trainer and advocate and has established Staples Safari Zoo to connect America's youth with the natural world. Brian brings his Staples Safari Zoo to town as part of Northwest Alabama Fair this week. The zoo often targets performing in rural areas where children may have limited access to public zoos. Staples Safari Zoo cares for more than 120 animals, many with special needs, including a white tiger, lioness with epilepsy, camel with a drooping hump, lemurs, kangaroos and several species of monkeys. Many of these animals were once pets of people who later realized they were in over their heads. The Northwest Alabama Fair runs through Saturday at the Jasper Jaycee fairgrounds (1901 Airport Road N, Jasper). For more information on the Staples Safari Zoo, visit www.facebook.com/StaplesSafariZoo.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Kelly Wall from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Sand Boa. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
JERSEY BOYS - Jersey Boys is on tour for the second time and hits the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham this week! Jersey Boys is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! This new musical features their beloved hit songs 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Rag Doll', 'Oh What a Night' and 'Can't Take My Eyes Off of You' just to name a few. Meet Broadway's Jersey Boys this Winter! Tickets for JERSEY BOYS begin at $35.00 and are available at Ticketmaster.com, the BJCC Central Ticket Office. To charge by phone call 1-800-982-2787. VIP Ticket Packages are also available for all performances. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.JerseyBoysTour.com or BroadwayInBirmingham.com
TASTE OF THE TOWN - What would Nick Saban eat? What's the best rib place in Tuscaloosa? Where's the best ice cream near Penn State? The answers to these appetizing questions have been revealed over the years on ESPN's popular segment, "Taste of the Town" by Todd Blackledge. Now, in Taste of the Town: A Guided Tour of College Football's Best Places to East (Center Street/Hachette Book Group, Sept. 3, 2013), Blackledge recounts his favorite twenty college towns, their eateries (all hole-in-the wall local joints), their local characters, and the college traditions in what can only be described as a guidebook and cookbook rolled into one. Your favorite coach's favorite recipe might just be included. Want to find the best local ribs/waffles/diner when you roll in for game day? It's all in the book. Blackledge aimed to be a serious sports analyst, but unexpectedly found more renown through the quick ESPN food segments he reported for five years. Even coaches loved the segment. Once, Nick Saban started a game preview conference call by asking Blackledge "Where are you eating this week?"
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Jose Osorio is a Cardiologist at St. Vincent's Birmingham. He took questions today from viewers about heart health and focused on atrial fibrillation.
GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear discussed the dark-winged fungus gnats. There has been a recent outbreak of dark-winged fungus gnats - attributed to all of the wet weather experienced earlier this summer. It is a very large gnat with an orange or yellow body with dark gray wings. These gnats develop in moist, shaded areas in decaying organic matter such as leaf litter. They can be a pest indoors as well as outside. This year, they have been most noticeable outside, swarming in and around homes and landscapes. The problem spots are heavily mulched areas or low-lying areas that stay wet following a rain, overwatering, or a leaking outdoor spigot. You can use a chemical control option - use a pyrethroid insecticide labeled for use against gnats or flying insects . Always read the label. But chemical control is not the best approach. These chemicals are contact insecticides, so it will only kill the gnats that it touches. Once the chemical dissipates, more gnats are likely to appear. Considering all of the dry weather that we are experiencing, the fungus gnat problem should remedy itself fairly soon. Patience is the best recommendation. You can reach Bethany at the Extension office with your questions!
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we have a packed show! Spike Lee's wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, joins us in the studio! Rachael Ray's new season is off and running this week and she joins us live with the scoop on what to expect! We kick off the new season of signing up to donate to United Way and explain how you can get involved! Want to pair the proper beer with your football tailgating? The experts show us the best options! Want a man cave to enjoy those games? In Our House, we show you how to get it started! NBA legends Otis Birdsong & Felipe Lopez come to town for Empowerment Week and join us in the studio! Issues with anger management? The doctor joins us with some advice! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!