Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - The Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary hosts the fifth annual Jazz Cat Ball will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Guests will enjoy a seated dinner, live music from the Party Crashers, ritzy casino games and both live and silent auctions. As the largest annual fundraiser for the GBHS, proceeds from the Jazz Cat Ball are vital to providing services such as health care, shelter, food and socialization for the thousands of homeless, abused and neglected animals, as well as assistance to continue the GBHS' externship program for fourth year students from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Donations to the GBHS are 100% tax-deductible and go to support programs like the Pet Pantry, adoption program, disaster preparation and animal control, among others. It also supports services such as health care, shelter, food and socialization for the thousands of homeless, abused and neglected animals who find hope and help through the GBHS every year. GBHS recently had a three-year contract renewal for the Animal Control services for Jefferson County, which as increased our need for donations to continue doing what we do. GBHS is offering the chance to win two ground floor concert tickets to see Adele at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Oct. 16 in exchange for a $10 donation! Those who wish to enter also get more entries with additional donations: $25 earns 4 entries, $50 earns 10 entries and $100 earns 25 chances to win. The lucky winner will also have the option to either: 1- Travel to Nashville by private jet with limo service to whisk them to and from the concert OR 2- If they wish to drive, they will receive a gas card provided by McPherson Oil and an overnight stay at the Downtown Nashville Homewood Suites along with a fantastic dinner. For more information on GBHS and its mission, visit www.gbhs.org or call 205-942-1211.
SUPER BOWL ADS -Janice talked with David Davis and Dan Monroe about this year's Super Bowl Ads. They both work in ad agencies and know the marketing and thoughts behind ads. They preview a few of the ads expected this year and discuss what else to expect during Sunday night's big game. They specifically discuss the ad from Mountain Dew that features a monkey-baby and how they've combined all the cute factors into one being. Heinz uses a similar tactic using Dachshunds in a unique way for its add. They discuss Budweiser's ad featuring Helen Mirren discussing the dangers of drunk driving. Hyundai uses Ryan Reynolds for it's big ad this year. And they look at the NFL ad which features Super Bowl babies... babies born 9 months after the Super Bowl in the winning cities each year.
BBJ - Mike talked with Brent Godwin from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed local commercial real estate– job growth, downtown living, and the impact of technology. They also discussed how Alabama universities are targeting out of state students and the impact it has if we can retain them. For more on these and other business stories, visit birminghambusinessjournal.com.
NICHOLAS SPARKS ON "THE CHOICE" - Janice talked with author Nicholas Sparks about his book turned film - The Choice. It opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow and is rated PG-13. In "The Choice" - when feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies' man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life's most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’ beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? For more on the movie, visit www.thechoice.movie/#/. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million copies in the United States alone. In 2012, Sparks and his publishing agent and creative partner Theresa Park, launched Nicholas Sparks Productions, with Park as President of Production. A film adaptation of "The Choice", is the first independent feature from NSP. For more on Nicholas, visit nicholassparks.com.
GREASE STAR FROM ALABAMA - Did you get a chance to see "Grease Live" on Sunday night? If you did, you saw an Alabama face on the screen - Jordan Fisher! He put on his T-Bird leather jacket for the role of 'Doody' in the musical. The 21-year-old has been acting since 2009 in movies and t-v shows. If you didn't catch Sunday's performance, you can watch it anytime on FOX.com.
ZOO CREW -The Birmingham Zoo is excited to host Brian Badger with the Cheetah Conservation Fund this Friday, February fifth from 6-8pm in the Zoo Auditorium. Brian Badger's visit to the Birmingham Zoo is part of his United States Tour. While at the Zoo, Badger will present, "The Diversity of Frontline Conservation…It's Not All About Cheetahs!" His presentation will cover the incredibly varied work that the Cheetah Conservation Fund does in Namibia and around the world in the endeavor to save the species. This event is FREE and open to the public. Approximately 950 animals of 230 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, zebras, rhinos and endangered species from six continents. The Birmingham Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $16 plus tax for adults and $14 plus tax for senior citizens and military and $11 plus tax for children ages 2-12. All Birmingham Zoo Members and children under two-years-old receive free admission. For more information about the Birmingham Zoo, please visit the Zoo on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, or at birminghamzoo.com.
COMEDIAN - Luenell had an amazing 2012 with appearances in three #1 feature films– "Think Like A Man" with Arielle Kebell and Meagan Good, 3D animated hit "Hotel Transylvania" with Adam Sandler, and "Taken 2”? with Liam Neeson. She also starred in the hilarious comedy "That's My Boy" with Adam Sandler and Leighton Meester. Luenell hasn't been short on television appearances either with recent episodes of "The Middle" and "Always Sunny In Philadelphia," as well as stand-up appearances on "Snoop Dog's Bad Girls of Comedy" on SHOWTIME and "Stand-up In Stilettos" on the TV Guide Network. For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at 205-444-0008 or visit stardome.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, be wary when buying your sweetheart flowers for Valentine's Day! We show you how to make sure you get what you want and no trouble to go along with it! Planning a trip to Disney World? We talk with a mom who can help you plan your trip so you can stick to your budget! We also get advice on planning your Spring Break trip! Tony Nathan's story comes out on DVD! We talk with Tony and Caleb Castille, the Alabama native who played Tony in the film Woodlawn, about the film's success! Rachael Ray has some exciting shows coming soon and she joins us with some her favorite moments! We get more advice to get you ready for retirement from Chris Hogan from Ramsey Solutions. Plus we check in with our experts for advice on health and gardening, plus we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!