Good Day Alabama: Feb. 3, 2016

Good Day Alabama: Feb. 3, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - February is Black History Month. In celebration, Jeh Jeh catches up with some choirs this month for special music. Today he joined us from Talladega College. The renowned Talladega College Choir was formed in 1877 – ten years after the College was founded. The Choir, under the direction of Mr. William S. Mitchell, has traveled to various states and area churches during the past three years.  Their performances have earned outstanding accolades for the College, the Director, and the students who make up the diverse 100-member ensemble. Choir members from various countries in Africa, Europe, and the Dominican Republic, give currency to the idea that music is a universal language and that every choir member is a global ambassador for the institution and the Department of Music.  

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Rachel Gulley from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Great Horned Owl and Woo at the Zoo. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.

RETIREMENT #1 - Janice talked with Chris Hogan, Financial Expert and #1 Best-Selling Author with Ramsey Solution, about how to determine and reach your financial number. He says

Retirement isn't an age, it's a financial number

  • Financial number = how much money you need to retire.
  • Don't get stuck on 65 as the end all, be all retirement age.

Determine what retirement looks like for you

  • Do you want to travel, spend time with family or volunteer?
  • Talk with your spouse about their retirement dreams.
  • Whether you're 25 or 55, you have an idea of what retirement looks like.

Assess where you are vs. where you want to be

  • Consider: current debt load, amount of retirement savings and years until you retire
  • Use the R: IQ assessment at www.chrishogan360.com
  • R: IQ is a free tool that helps you assess the amount of money you'll need in retirement and the steps you need to take to get there.

Make a realistic plan to close the gap

  • Determine how much you need to save each month.
  • Make sacrifices to reach the goal.
  • Start now – it's never too early or too late.

Join us next week as we talk with Chris about the reasons people retire broke and advice to change this trend

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Byron Jones, a Cardiologist with Alabama Cardiovascular Group, took viewer questions about heart health.

GARDENING - Jon Culver with Sweet Peas Garden Center joined us to discuss Valentine's flowers. He showed us tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, primrose and orchids. He also showed us a few ideas on how to mix a variety of these plants in arrangements mixed with a variety of fern, air plants and succulents. For more information or gardening advice from Jon Culver, visit Sweet Peas Garden Shop at 2829 Linden Ave, Homewood. The phone number is 205-879-3839. Or you can email him at jonculver6@gmail.com.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we offer pointers for Valentine's Day... are those ideas you have really he right approach? Nicholas Sparks joins us with a sneak peek at his latest film - The Choice. We enjoy some laughs as we learn about Comedy for a Cause! The Bargainomics Lady joins us with some great deals! Need to fix a spot around your house? In Our House, we show you how to make drywall repairs all by yourself! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!