Mulberry Elementary shout-out and the Monster Mile

Tony Tone
Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

Last Thursday, I was invited to speak to fourth-grade students in Maddison Nietfeldt and Vickie Meerdink’s class about my nearly 12 years spent working in radio. Students had been learning about the history of radio, and I was honored to have been invited!

I put together a brief slideshow presentation that chronicled my experience with radio, including growing up in the Chicago suburbs and listening to various radio stations with my family. I also shared with them how the internship I had at a Chicago radio station during the summer of 2004 had a profound impact on me.

What impressed me the most was the number of questions that students had for me. Not only the amount but the quality; these were well thought out, and I did my best to answer every single one of them.

It’s always nice when you have an opportunity to share your story with a group of young people. For some students, it was the first time they realized that the Muscatine radio stations (93.1 & 860 AM) are located directly across the street from their school (Mulberry Elementary is on Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, as are the radio stations). Thank you again to Maddison and Vickie for inviting me to speak with your students, and keep up the great work, Mulberry Muskies!

Switching gears for a moment to a really cool event that is coming up this Saturday, Oct. 15, that I want you to know about! Make plans to attend the Monster Mile presented by Rock Valley Physical Therapy from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 (held at their location in Muscatine, 2109 Cedarwood Drive). My friends, Ashley Ravenscraft and Ashley Frush, reached me with the flyer for this fantastic event.

Here are a few more details: the Monster Mile includes; Monster Mile, Monster Maze Obstacle Course, Zombie Dash, and Haunted Hill, and costumes are encouraged with trick or treating throughout! This event is free for kids under two-years-old and $15 per person for people two years and older. Proceeds benefit early childhood programming at Trinity Muscatine Public Health in partnership with the First Five Program. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Rock Valley Physical Therapy at 563-288-6787 or email [email protected].

Speaking of Halloween costumes, while I haven’t made up my mind 100%, I did have a thought the other day; if I shave my beard and find a Chicago Bears jacket, I could totally go as Dan from “Roseanne.” Not saying that would be the best costume that I’ve come up with, nor do I really want to ditch the beard, but it would work.

Have a great week, stay warm, and enjoy all the fall-themed events that will be happening over the next few weeks!

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