Queen + Adam Lambert Announce Live Virtual Reality Experience

Queen and Adam Lambert have joined the VR craze.

The group has announced that they have teamed up with Universal Music Group to release a live concert virtual reality experience.

The band and Lambert announced the news via a 30-second trailer. The reveal was set to coincide with their upcoming shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

The VR experience is titled VR The Champions, and puts you right into the concert experience, through a performance filmed in Barcelona last May. It is presented in full 360° through VRTGO – Universal Music Group’s virtual reality platform.

A statement reads: “The immersive video offers front row access to the ultimate on-stage experience with the band. With ‘flying’ 3D and 360° video, the viewer virtually hovers above the audience and even flies among the band members themselves, as they perform on the grand stage of Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi.”

The VR project is the brainchild of Queen guitarist Brian May. “This is the fulfillment of a dream. Through this unique virtual reality creation, fans around the world will for the first time be able to experience the excitement and energy of a Queen show in their own homes.”

May added, “Many of you have seen VR – but not VR like this!”


VR The Champions will be available for $9.99/€10.99/£9.99 on VRTGO – a VR platform available for iPhone, Android and all major VR platforms and accessible through most web browsers.

It can also be watched through May’s very own OWL VR kit which is available to purchase through The London Stereoscopic Company.

Blattner Energy Breaking Ground for Wind Turbines

Blattner Energy out of Avon, MN is setting up camp in farm fields north of Oskaloosa. Just off the west side of Highway-63 headed to New Sharon, residents can see the breaking of ground for approximately three wind turbines. Blattner Energy specializes in various forms of renewable energy such as solar power and wind energy. The date upon completion of the small wind farm has not been released yet. More details to follow.

Offbeat News for 06-29-17

People Wait Outside For 10 Days To Try “World’s Best” Ramen
What’s the longest you’ve ever waited for a table at a restaurant? In Taipei, Taiwan there were some people willing to wait outside for 10 days in order to try Ichiran Ramen. That’s 240-hours. Outside.
What’s more, the long line probably didn’t surprise the restaurant staff. Back in 2013, the wait outside the new Hong Kong location reached 192 hours, or eight days.
So what’s all the fuss about this particular ramen restaurant? According to Forbes, it’s the best ramen in the entire world.
Denmark Creates Beer Out Of Urine
It turns out you could be flushing perfectly good beer ingredients down the toilet. The Danish Agriculture and Food Council collectedmore than 14-thousand gallons of urine from the Roskilde Festival back in 2015 and now, they’ve brewed beer with it.
Last year, the wee was used as fertilizer, yielding 11-tons of malting barley, which was then used to produce the beer.
In all, about 60-thousand bottles of the beer were brewed, but it’s unclear if any will make it’s way to the US.
Deep Fried Bubble Gum Is A Thing Now
What’s more American than a State Fair? Fried foods. At the 2017 State Fair in East Rutherford, New Jersey, vendors are getting creative with their fried fair. One option for attendees? Deep fried bubble gum.
Aside from gum, Crazy Fried Things also offers deep fried oatmeal creme pies, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pickles and Twinkies.
The 2017 State Fair is open now through July 9th outside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Suspect crashes street sweeper after taking it for a joyride:
Police in Patterson, New Jersey are on the hunt for the man who decided to steal a street sweeper and take it for a joyride. Probably not surprisingly, the unidentified man decided to take the vehicle for a drive at 2 am and made it about a half mile before crashing into into several cars and running away. No one was injured, but several parked cars were damaged.
Woman Is Busted For Shoplifting 18 Fidget Spinners From Walmart:
I don’t think anyone needs to stock up on fidget spinners . . . especially since they’re ALL going to be collecting dust pretty soon.  But no one told this woman.
A 23-year-old woman in Bellevue, Nebraska was busted last week for shoplifting 18 FIDGET SPINNERS from a Walmart.  The employees saw her shoving them in her purse, and they stopped her as she was trying to leave.
According to a police spokeswoman, the woman’s plan was to resell them for more than they were worth.  Is there a fidget spinner black market?  Apparently she thought so, even though they’re super cheap to buy legally and there’s NO shortage.

Ottumwa’s Independence Day Fireworks Display

June 28, 2017 – Ottumwa, Iowa – The City of Ottumwa’s Independence Day public fireworks display is held after dark, on Tuesday, July 4that Ottumwa Park. The show will begin shortly after 9:30 PM. The annual professional fireworks show is a local tradition and draws many onlookers from around the area. 

On the evening of the display, traffic on the Wapello Street Extension will be restricted to right turns only coming in and out of Ottumwa Park. Left turns crossing the median will not be allowed. The rain date for the public fireworks display is Wednesday, July 5th. 

The public is reminded that while fireworks are now legal in the state of Iowa, any discharging of fireworks in City Parks or on city grounds is illegal and is punishable by a fine up to $500. Fireworks may be discharged on private property in the city limits June 24 through July 3 only from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Federal Search Warrants Executed

On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, federal search warrants were executed at the following locations in Iowa:

• 5600 block of Douglas Avenue, Des Moines

• 1800 block of Frazier Avenue, Des Moines

• 1000 block of East Walnut Street, Des Moines

• 3900 block of Southeast 25th Street, Des Moines

• 600 block of 22nd Street, West Des Moines

• 2000 block of 7th Street, Des Moines

• 1000 block of East 7th Street, Des Moines

• 2300 block of Morton Avenue, Des Moines

• 2200 block of East Grand Avenue, Des Moines

• 1900 block of East 22nd Street, Des Moines

• 500 block of Northeast Jacob Street, Grimes

• 3700 block of East Sheridan Avenue, Des Moines

• 4300 block of Parkridge Avenue, Pleasant Hill

• 800 block of East 6th Street North, Newton

• 2900 block of Indianapolis Avenue, Des Moines

• 1200 block of East Emma Avenue, Des Moines

• 3600 block of Southeast 11th Street, Des Moines

• 1800 block of East Army Post Road, Des Moines

• 3300 block of 1st Street, Des Moines

• 2900 block of East 22nd Court, Des Moines

• 11000 block of Northeast 166th Avenue, Maxwell

The searches at these locations were an official law enforcement action involving officers, agents, and investigators from the Des Moines Police Department (DMPD); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE); Iowa State Patrol (ISP); Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force – East (MINE – East); and Central Iowa Drug Task Force (CIDTF).

The following individuals were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine:

• Shannon Lee Paxton, 46, of Des Moines

• Kerry Drew Haegele, 47, of Des Moines

• Fidel Rios, Jr., 34, of Pasco, Washington

• Kira Fallis, 26, of Elkhart

• John Archer, 52, of Des Moines

• Charles Astley, 63, of Des Moines

The public is reminded that a charge is merely an accusation, and individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. No other information or comments will be released until documents have been filed with the court as part of the public record.

Brackets Released For Class 1A and 2A Postseason Baseball

The brackets have finally been released for Class 1A and 2A baseball and there are some interesting developments involving teams in our listening area.

In Class 1A District 8, Keota will be the host school throughout the bracket. The Eagles (9-8) will face BGM (9-12) in a tough first round matchup at 7 PM on July 11th. Before that game, Iowa Mennonite School (10-8) will play Tri-County (1-17) at 5 PM. The two winners will play in the semis in Keota at 7 PM on July 13th.

In the other half of that bracket, HLV will host. The Warriors (12-9) will be a favorite against English Valleys (3-11) in their first game on July 11th at 7 PM. Before that game will be Sigourney (11-7) and Iowa Valley (7-9) playing at 5 PM. Winners of those games will play in Keota at 5 PM on July 13th. The District 8 Final will be in Keota at 7 PM on July 15th.

District 10 is a busy district for the Southeast Iowa Superconference, as all eight teams are from the same league. Highland will host throughout the bracket in Riverside. The Huskies (16-4) will play winless Danville (0-20) in the first round at 7 PM at home. Before that game will be Pekin (13-7) taking on Cardinal (11-10) at 5 PM. Those games are on July 11th. The winners will play at 7 PM in Riverside on July 13th.

In the bottom half of the bracket, Notre Dame of Burlington will host. The Nikes (12-4) play Winfield-Mount Union (2-17) at 7 PM on the 11th, while New London (16-4) will play Holy Trinity Catholic of Fort Madison (3-14) at 5 PM. Winners will play in Riverside in the semifinals at 5 PM on July 13th. The District 10 Final is at 7 PM on July 15th in Riverside.

District 11 is loaded with area teams from the Bluegrass Conference and South Iowa Cedar League. Twin Cedars will host the bracket throughout in Bussey. The Sabers (14-7) will play North Mahaska (7-12) at 7 PM on July 11th. Before that game, Moravia (18-6) will play winless Moulton-Udell (0-14) at 5 PM. The winners advance to the semis in Bussey on July 13th.

Colfax-Mingo (15-3) will host the other first round games, as they’ll play Montezuma (2-17) at 7 PM. That follows a matchup between Lynnville-Sully (15-5) and Melcher-Dallas (11-11). The winners will play in the semifinals in Bussey on July 13th. Bussey will also host the District 11 Final at 7 PM on July 15th.

In Class 2A, District 11 has an interesting draw. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (13-15) will face Pleasantville (16-10) at Pella Christian High School at 5 PM on July 8th. Following that game, host Pella Christian (12-15) will play Albia (8-18) at 7 PM. The EBF/Pleasantville winner will play Centerville (16-10) on the road on July 11th at 7 PM, while the PC/Albia winner will play Davis County (16-11) in Centerville at 5 PM. Centerville will host the District 11 Final at 7 PM on July 15th.

Finally, PCM did enough to earn the bye in Class 2A District 14. The Mustangs (16-7) will await the winner of Roland-Story (18-12) and Woodward Academy (0-16). PCM will play their first district game in Van Meter on Tuesday, July 11th, at 5 PM. Following that game will be Van Meter (22-2) taking on either Ogden (13-13) or CMB (3-17) at 7 PM. Van Meter will also host the District 14 Final at 7 PM on July 15th.

The winners of all districts in Class 1A and 2A will play in Substate Finals at various locations on Tuesday, July 18th. The winners of the eight substates in each class will advance to the State Baseball Tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines.

The Class 3A and 4A brackets should be released next week by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. You can check out more information at kboeradio.com or radiokmzn.com.

June 28th: On This Day

On this day in 1975, the Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with One of These Nights. The project was the band’s fourth studio album and is the group’s breakthrough album.

The album produced three  Top 10 singles, “One of These Nights”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, and “Take It to the Limit”. The title track was the band’s second number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The album sold four million copies, making it 4x Certified Platinum by the RIAA. One of These Nights was nominated for Grammy Album of the Year but ultimately lost. However, “Lyin’ Eyes”, was nominated for Record of the Year, and won the Eagles’ first Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Team Up on New Songs

Let the KISS reunion rumors begin!

KISS bassist Gene Simmons recently revealed that he worked with Ace Frehley on his new studio album, co-writing two tracks.

Simmons was interviewed last week on Facebook Live on 92KQRS in Minnesota and revealed the news. “Literally two days ago I was with Ace”. “He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert someplace and we wrote two things.”

This collaboration marks the first time since 1998 that the duo has worked together in the studio, their last venture being the KISS album Psycho Circus.

Currently, there is no release date for Frehley’s untitled project.



Offbeat News 06-28-17

Mom Delivers A 14-Pound Baby
South Carolina couple Cindy Richmond and Arthur Keisler welcomed a new baby, but it was anything but a little bundle of joy. Colin Austin Keisler came in to the world weighing a whopping 14.4-pounds.
As the proud dad puts it, “he’s a toddler at 3 days old.” That isn’t too far off. The average baby weighs 7.5-pounds at birth, with the size of a four-or-five-month-old coming in closer to 14.4-pounds.
An unexpected hiccup for Cindy? The clothes she had with her at the hospital were too small for Colin. The new mom adds, “we actually had to send my mom to our house and pick up different sizes because I bought zero-to-three months and barely anything three-to-six, which is what he’s wearing right now.”
Argument Over Dead Raccoon Leads To Shooting
A man in Allyn, Washington found out the hard way that dog lovers can also be very trigger happy. The unidentified man discovered a dead raccoon and wanted to use it as bait for his crab pot. Naturally, he tied the roadkill to a rope and dragged it about 15-feet behind him along the highway to avoid the smell.
A pair of cars driving past him thought he was dragging a dead dog and pulled over to angrily confront him. A person in the second car that stopped pulled out a gun and shot the man twice in the leg. To make matters worse, one of the cars ran the unidentified man over while fleeing the scene.
So far, authorities have been able to track down one of the cars, but not the one carrying the shooter. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.
Woman Tosses Coins In Plane Engine For Good Luck
Flying makes people nervous. An 80-year-old woman in China took her superstitions too far when she chucked coins into a plane’s engine for “blessings.”
Instead of good luck, however, the senior citizen’s move caused a five hour delay. Officials had to collect all the coins, nine in total, before the flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou could take off.
While it definitely led to a few headaches, passengers should be thankful for the delay. If the coins had been sucked up into the engine there could have been serious problems, including full on failure.
Man spends three months in jail over drywall:
Back in March, Karlos Cashe was pulled over in Florida for what he thought was going to be a minor traffic violation. Instead, the arresting officer spotted white powder on his seat and floorboard. Initially, the powder came back positive for cocaine and a drug dog found what tested positively for marijuana. Cashe was already on probation at the time on marijuana and cocaine charges from back in 2015 so he was arrested and denied bond. Cashe maintained his innocence and a full three months later, lab tests on the substances collected in Cashe’s vehicle came back with results showing there were no drugs in the car at the time of his arrest. In other words – Cashe had been sitting in jail over nothing. And the substance? Powdered drywall. He’s now a free man and is working to make sure this insanely stupid mistake doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Wanted man hands cop a “get out of jail free” card:
It turns out even criminals have a sense of humor. A cop in Dakota County, Minnesota nabbed an unidentified man on an outstanding warrant. That’s when the creative crook handed the officer a “get out of jail free” card from Monopoly, explaining he carried the card “just in case.” As the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office says, “A for effort!”
Man gets arrested after setting up a shooting range on his balcony:
Believe it or not, you can’t set up an impromptu shooting range on your balcony. At least not in Greece. Athens police have arrested a 72-year-old man who turned his home in a densely populated area into a place for target practice. What’s more, he owned his guns illegally. A sweep of the unidentified man’s apartment turned up 21 shotguns, most of them licensed legally, a sword, a silencer, an axe, a Taser, knives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The man has been arrested and charged with firearms law violations and attempted grievous bodily harm.


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