From, Entry from Thursday, May 14, 2008 92.3 WCOL | Continuous Country Favorites | Columbu
Woody Johnson

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Personality Bio
DOB: 5-19-61
High School: Osceola HS (Class of '79)
College: BS in Communication Arts ('84) Wayne State College (NE)

Man, I can't believe you've dug this far into the 'Woody' page! Either you're incredibly bored or ... you've gotta be bored. Anyway, thanks for listening and showing this much interest in me and the Show!!

Okay, a little about me and my family. I'm 46, happily married to my wife of 16 years, Ressa, have three great kids, Luke, (25); Leah (21); and Zach, (20); and two terrific canine companions, Jill, the Golden Retriever (6); and Burt, the Corgi, (5). Ressa and I are empty-nesters, except when Zach comes home from Ohio U. to work during the summer. I'm a sports junkie, and am also a sportscaster, actually (although not here in Columbus -- at this time, at least). I've done the NBA (San Antonio Spurs); and NCAA Division I basketball; (Creighton University) and I-AA football (Texas State); as well as Pro Beach volleyball. To quench my sports 'fix' I play Fantasy everything ... baseball, football and basketball ... and watch everything I can in my bunker --- errr, basement via DirecTV.

I love to cook out, eat out, cook in and eat in (picking up on a 'theme' here?). Grilling is my specialty, ribeyes my favorite. I also love Chinese food, pizza, and enjoy an occassional adult beverage on the weekend.

Ressa & I love to laugh, and can frequently be found at the Funny Bone. We also see a lot of movies - with comedies and thrillers our favorites.
I'm crazy about our two dogs (above), and spend a great deal of time with them. I love to travel -- Arizona and Hawaii, where my favorite brother-in-law lives, are our favorites ... although I travel back to see my mom and brother in Nebraska at least twice a year, and still love to go "home." Oh, and yes, I'm a a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge Huskers fan!! I like the 'Bucks, but LOVE my Huskers.

I also love to ride! I bought a new '07 Honda VTX 1800-T in August, and ride whenever I can.  Finally made that "Big Ride" this summer - riding out to Sturgis, S.D.  Made it 932 miles from my hometown back to Dublin - in one day (15 1/2 hrs straight; five stops, all for gas). Ressa is starting to like it a little more, too, and I can see us spending more and more time on the road as the kids grow older.

And YES, I really do sleep on a "Sleep Number" bed; own ApplianceSmart appliances; and feed Purina One Natural Blends! You'd be amazed how often people ask me that stuff...

Anyway, from the bottom of of my heart - THANKS FOR LISTENING, and visiting the 'Woody' page here at
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Thursday, May 14, 2008
Wednesday 05-14-2008 8:13pm ET
Like you, I've been absolutely blown away by what has happened to the price of a gallon of gas.  More like just plain MAD!  But it's time (way past time, obviously) for all of us to put up, or shut up.  And by that I mean quit belly-aching to one another (trust me - I do it as well - so I'm talking to myself, too, here!) ... and DO SOMETHING.  And trust me ... not buying gas from one or two of the 'Big Boys' for a month, or electing to not buy gas on a given day is not the answer.  The answer is one I know you know, and have heard many times before from people a lot more well-versed in this than me:  LESSENING our dependence on foreign oil. 

Just poking around the Internet recently, I simply "Googled" the search "Untapped U.S. Oil Reserves," and the result (like the current price of a gallon of gas - BLEW ME AWAY!  Go ahead, take a minute and see for youself!  Never mind, I'll share some of the highlights I found.

1.  Ever heard of the Bakken Formation?  GOOGLE it.  I did, and again, BLEW my mind.  The U.S. Geological Service issued a report in April ('08) that only scientists and oilmen/women knew was coming, but man was it big.  It was a revised report (hadn't been updated since '95) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota; western South Dakota; and extreme eastern Montana ... check THIS out:

The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil.  The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable... at $107 a barrel, we're looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.
  • "When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea." says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature's financial analyst.
  • "This sizeable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found in the past 56 years," reports The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

It's a formation known as the Williston Basin, but is more commonly referred to as the "Bakken." And it stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada.


For years, U.S. oil exploration has been considered a dead end. Even the "Big Oil" companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago. However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken's massive reserves... and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels.  And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!


That's enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 41 years straight.

2.  [And if THAT didn't throw you on the floor, then this next one should - because it's from TWO YEARS AGO, people!]

U.S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World!
Stansberry Report Online - 4/20/2006

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains
lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world is more
than 2 TRILLION barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush 
mandated its extraction. 

[(???)  What the!??] 

They reported this stunning news:  We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth.  Here are the official estimates: 

-8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia
-18-times as much oil as Iraq
-21-times as much oil as Kuwait
-22-times as much oil as Iran
-500-times as much oil as Yemen
- and it's all right here in the Western United States.

[HOW can this BE!?  HOW can we NOT BE extracting this!?  Because we've not D E M A N D E D Legislation to come out of Washington allowing its extraction, that's why!]

James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we've got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East -more than 2 TRILLION barrels.  Untapped.  That's more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil
in the world today, reports The Denver Post.

Don't think "Big Oil" will drop its price - even with this find?  Think again!  It's all about the competitive marketplace, and if they can extract it (here) for less, they can afford to sell it for less - and if they DON'T, others will.  It will come down - it has to. 

[Got your attention/ire up yet?  Hope so!  Now, while you're thinking about it ... and hopefully P.O'd, do this:

3.  Take 5-10 minutes and compose an e-mail; fax or good old-fashioned letter to our elected officials in Washington ... and their respected leaders.  We'll start with them, and here's how you can send them your e-mail/fax, DEMANDING the immediate Legislation/an Energy PLAN that calls for tapping into these (OUR OWN!) Reserves, as well as allowing for the offshore drilling for OUR oil, in OUR offshore waters and Inter-continental shelf ... not to mention Alaska.  Technology ain't what it used to be people (ever had arthroscopic surgery?).  They can surgically extract OUR oil, and get us on the way to at least some measure of Energy independence. 

You don't take a little time to do this, then you should stifle yourself the next time you want to complain about gas prices ... because by doing NOTHING, you've forfeited your right to complain. 

Current Congressional Leadership

Senate Leadership
TitleMember NameDC PhoneDC FAXElectronic Correspondence
President Pro TemporeRobert C. Byrd (D-WV)202-224-3954202-228-0002
Majority LeaderHarry Reid (D-NV)202-224-3542202-224-7327
Minority LeaderMitch McConnell (R-KY)202-224-2541202-224-2499
Minority WhipJon Kyl (R-AZ)202-224-4521202-224-2207
House Leadership
TitleMember NameDC PhoneDC FAXElectronic Correspondence
SpeakerNancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Majority LeaderSteny H. Hoyer (D-MD)202-225-4131202-225-4300
Majority WhipJames E. Clyburn (D-SC)202-225-3315202-225-2313
Minority LeaderJohn A. Boehner (R-OH)202-225-6205202-225-0704
Minority WhipRoy Blunt (R-MO)202-225-6536202-225-5604
And, our Ohio elected officials:

Residents of Ohio are represented in Congress by 2 Senators and 18 Representatives.
Member NameDC PhoneDC FAXElectronic Correspondence
Senator George Voinovich (R- OH) 202-224-3353202-228-1382
Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH) 202-224-2315202-228-6321
Representative Steve Chabot (R - 01) 202-225-2216202-225-3012
Representative Jean Schmidt (R - 02) 202-225-3164202-225-1992
Representative Mike Turner (R - 03) 202-225-6465202-225-6754
Representative Jim Jordan (R - 04) 202-225-2676202-226-0577
Representative Robert E. Latta (R - 05) 202-225-6405202-225-1985
Representative Charles Wilson (D - 06) 202-225-5705202-225-5907
Representative David L. Hobson (R - 07) 202-225-4324202-225-1984
Representative John A. Boehner (R - 08) 202-225-6205202-225-0704
Representative Marcy Kaptur (D - 09) 202-225-4146202-225-7711
Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D - 10) 202-225-5871202-225-5745
Representative Stephanie T. Jones (D - 11) 202-225-7032202-225-1339
Representative Patrick J. Tiberi (R - 12) 202-225-5355202-226-4523
Representative Betty Sutton (D - 13) 202-225-3401202-225-2266
Representative Steve C. LaTourette (R - 14) 202-225-5731202-225-3307
Representative Deborah Pryce (R - 15) 202-225-2015202-225-3529
Representative Ralph Regula (R - 16) 202-225-3876202-225-3059
Representative Tim Ryan (D - 17)202-225-5261202-225-3719
Representative Zack T. Space (D - 18) 202-225-6265202-225-3394§iontree=2661

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Wednesday 05-07-2008 6:45am ET

Looks like Tim's not coming through Columbus this year either!?

After touring withFaith on their Soul 2 Soul 2 Tour for the last couple of years, Tim McGraw is hitting the road with the guys on his Live Your Voice Tour. He kicks things off Friday in Tampa, Florida with special guests Jason Aldean, Halfway to Hazard and The Warren Brothers, who pull double duty as part of Tim's band, The Dancehall Doctors.

5/9 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheater

6/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center

5/10 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater

6/14 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

5/11 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena

6/15 - Washington, DC - Nissan Pavilion

5/15 - Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center

6/17 - Kansas City, MO - Spring Center

5/16 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Music Center

6/19 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion

5/17 - Raleigh - NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater

6/20 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion

5/21 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Amphitheater

6/21 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay

5/22 - Detroit, MI - D-T-E Energy Music Theater

6/24 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater

5/23 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center

6/25 - Portland, OR - Amphitheater at Clark County

5/24 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

6/27 - Salt Lake City, UT - U-S-A-N-A Amphitheater

5/30 - Oklahoma City, OK - FordCenter

6/28 - Grand Junction, CO - Country Jam U-S-A

5/31 - Waxahachie, TX - Country Thunder

6/29 - Greeley, Co - Greeley Stampede

6/1 - The Woodlands, TX - C-W Mitchell Pavilion

7/2 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center

6/5 - Holmdel, NJ - P-N-C Bank Arts Center

7/3 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest

6/6 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake P-A-C

7/4 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

6/7 - Boston, MA - Tweeter Center

7/6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post-Gazette Pavilion

6/8 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center


6/11 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater

All subject to change

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tuesday 05-06-2008 6:34am ET

Rascal Flatts kickoff their Bob That Head Tour June 13th in St. Louis with opening acts Taylor Swift and songwriters Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley. The tour extends into September and includes a two-day stop at the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

6/13 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8/16 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheater

6/13 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8/17 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater

6/21 - Dallas, TX - Center

8/22 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center

6/22 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8/23 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion at MontageMountain

6/28 - Manhattan, KS - Country Stampede

8/24 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center

6/30 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest

8/29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion

7/12 - Sarnia, ON (Can) - Rogers Bayfest

8/30 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center

7/17 - Eau Clair, WI - Country Jam USA

8/31 - Syracuse, NY - New York State Fair

7/19, 20 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days

9/11 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

7/25 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center

9/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center

7/26 - Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion

9/13 - Mansfield, MA - TweeterCenter

7/27 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

9/19 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center

8/1 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater

9/20 - Detroit, MI - The Palace

8/2 - Raleigh, NC - TWC Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

9/25 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center

8/3 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

9/26 - Bossier City, LA - CenturyTel Center

8/7 - Detroit Lakes, MN - WE Fest


8/9 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

All subject to change