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7:00AM - Arizona Staycation Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 11:44)

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We share a few different facts on The White House and their current and former residents:

  • Rosie's take on the transfer of power.
  • What was happening on the broadcast during the prior inauguration weekends.
  • Inauguration was not always in January.
  • The shortest and longest speeches. William Henry Harrison's didn't end well.......

Segment 2 (running time 8:04)

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  • More interesting facts about Inauguration weekend and Vice Presidents.
  • Where Presidents come from.

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  • A cool story about Steven Tyler from Aerosmith auctioning his car at the Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale.

Segment 3 (running time 13:29)

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Jennifer talks history of the Grand Canyon with musician and author Meagan Gipson & her mother Debbie. You can learn more about her story, here.

  • They share the story of William Wallace Bass and his background.
  • How gold and Native Americans drew him to the Grand Canyon. 
  • He owned several mines in the canyon.
  • He created roads and other transportation routes that are still there today.
  • The family pride they share in these stories and their lives.
  • Famous people throughout history that stayed and visited their family.
  • A heartbreaking family story from their past.
  • Poetry in the book from multiple family members. Find more about the book here!

Segment 4 (running time 7:44)

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  • We play a selection from Meagan's album.
  • Unique and wild ways to introduce the Grand Canyon to new visitors.
  • A funny story about a "Rescue" that ended in a town meeting.
  • The wide spectrum of reactions to the canyon.
  • A few more facts about the Inauguration festivities over the weekend.

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Notes from the Nursery with Jeff Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 11:45)

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Jeff Harper with Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company is here to talk landscaping and to take your questions!

  • Talking rain again. Turn off those sprinklers and it's time for pre-emergent herbicides.
  • Fighing spurge in your yard. We talk about application. "A little goes a long ways"

Text From a Listener:

  • How can you fight spurge without using a poison?

Recommendation - Corn glutten will work. It's expensive and takes a lot, but it will work.

Emails From Listeners:

  • Peter - Do we have a preference on dwarf lemon tree variety?

Recommendation - Yes, Jeff pefers meyer lemons and he describes why.

  • Dee - How does she keep bermuda grass out of her container garden?

Recommendation - There are several ways this can get into the container and Jeff talks through the ways the roots could be getting in and how to prevent it from getting in.

Segment 2 (running time 7:05)

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Texts From a Listeners:

  • Is "Dimension" the product name or the ingredient I am looking for when I go to pick up pre-emegent?

Recommendation - It is the product name & Jeff explains it and a few other examples of what they offer.

  • Is it safe for chickens?

Recommendation - Jeff says "yes" but make sure it's watered in first.  The product needs to bet below the soil so the chickens can't reach it.


  • Sandra - She has grass in and around her dwarf grapefruit tree and her landscaper won't treat it because he's concerned it will kill the tree. What can she do?

Recommendation - She can treat it with a herbicide around the tree without killing it. She can spray the ground and not effect it. Just don't get it on the tree or leaves.

  • We move to the garden and talk through what you can be putting in the ground now and what you can be gettin ready too soon.
  • Seed types and Jeff's preferences.

Segment 3 (running time 13:27)

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  • More on seeds and storage. (Keeping it in the crisper in your fridge is great)
  • What does "heirloom" mean in regards to seeds.

Text From Listeners:

  • Can you use pre-emergent on gravel? We've been talking about lawn applicatons.

Recommendation - Yes! There are different types and Jeff talks through the right applications.

  • Carol - They just moved in from Indiana and brought black rasberry plants. Will they be able to plant them locally?

Recommendation - Yes! She can and just needs to find a good spot with lots of sun and some afternoon shade. Just don't expect them to grow like they did back in Indiana. We also discuss watering and the dormant time of year.


  • Roger - He's north of Williams and has no need to worry about pre-emergent! He's on his bobcat shoveling snow.......He was rubbing it in!
  • Rosie sends a message to Jeff's dad....He forgives him for selling a hula hoe to his dad!
  • Using pre-emergent and fertilizing through the winter lawns life.
  • Discussing the infamous sissoo tree.

Text From a Listener:

  • William - He has sissoo and was considering taking it out, but after hearing the nightmare stories they are going to just keep it. When should they trim it. 

Recommendation - Spring and summer is the best. They are pretty dormant right now, so hold off until later in the year.

Segment 4 (running time 6:50)

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  • Talking about the last few hard freezes across Arizona.
  • Discussing "chill hours" and what it means to all the different varieties of fruit trees.

Email From a Listener:

  • His sissoo tree in the gravel sends up shoots everywhere in his yard. "Don't plant it unless you have a LOT of space."
  • Rosie's mission to save the kids of Arizona from using a hula hoe.

Thanks to Jeff for sharing his expertise! Remember, you can talk with him during the week at Harper's Nursery & Landscaping Company.

9:00AM - On The House Hour

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Segment 1 (running time 12:00)

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  • Buying American made products.
  • What you can find in our weekly newsletter and the new format we're excited about!
  • Welcome to a new partner in the valley, Bailey's Blind Repair.
  • What election years normally mean to the construction industry and the difference this year. 
  • The housing industry and Phoenix expectations for 2017.

Segment 2 (running time 6:34)

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  • Dan - One of the sprinkler heads in his yard is broken. What does he need to do to replace the head?

Recommendation - We investigate the type he has and it should be a pretty easy replacement. Rosie describes how to remove it and that he can take it to a local irrigation store like Sprinkler World or Ewing Irrigation.

  • Jennifer - She was told she had a leak in her air conditioning last June. It's 14 years old. Does that sound right?

Recommendation - It's no surprise to have a 14 year old unit leaking, so we're going to have a Rosie-Certified expert take a look for confirmation.

Segment 3 (running time 13:45)

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  • Gene - He's had a light that quit working in his bathroom. How can he know if it's the fixture or the switch?

Recommendation - After investigating the type of light, Rosie describes how to test the amps. Listen to make sure you do this safely. Electricity is DANGEROUS! BE SAFE! Don't work on this unless you're comfortable.

*We discuss the fear of sticking your hand in the garbage disposal! Haha!

  • Ed - The plywood on his cabin on Mt. Lemon has paint that keeps peeling off every couple years. He's tried "deck paint" and several other methods, but can't seem to get it to stick.

Recommendation - He needs to get a pressure washer to remove the loose paint, then head to the nearest PPG Paints store to pick up a good primer.  Use 100 percent acrylic exterior paint and he should be able to get 5-6 years out of it.  Rosie talks through some of the challenges with plywood too and how to caulk the home correctly to avoid moisture. 

  • Our topic in the homeowner newsletter covers Home Purchasing "Dealbreakers."


  • Pauline - She lives in 60's era home. They are considering extending the dining room into the garage and adding an arcadia door and if it needs to be permitted?

Recommendation - We answer it in the next segment......

Segment 4 (running time 6:27)

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  • Pauline's Recommendations - Get to the city department to get the records she needs. She can visit with them and find out what she needs to do with them. Read our "How To Choose a Contractor" Consumer Guide and she'll know she has the right person at their home.

10:00AM - Open Home Hour

Broadcasting on KTAR & KNST, KAFF & KGVY: Click the segment links below to listen to the archive or click the iTunes icon to the right to download this hour's Podcast.



Segment 1 (running time 12:09)

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  • Hilga - She is going to replace the flooring in her home and wants to know if she needs the flooring to go under the appliances? She's been told do it both ways.

Recommendation - After finding out it's vinyl, we would not put it up to the cabinets and to the front of the appliances, but not under either. It can be done both ways without a major issue, thought.

  • Rosie describes a "bathroom of the future" he recently saw and we discuss all the changes in technology.

Segment 2 (running time 6:26)

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  • David - He wants to remodel and expand his bathroom

Recommendation - Yes.  They do, but it is very critical to have an engineer do an analysis before anything is done. This would take a site visit, but it sounds like he's on the right track to getting it done correctly. It is doable, though. Be careful.

Segment 3 (running time 13:50)

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  • Pricing is the toughest conversation with homeowners.
  • Taking the lowest bid is almost always a bad idea!
  • Universal Design projects they are seeing.
  • All the different materials being used and you can install in your home. 

Segment 4 (running time 6:28)

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  • Dealing with the fear of the dangers in the bathroom and how to deal with that.
  • The "sit down" bathrooms. Dealing with the cool air when you drain the tub.
  • Red flags during the proposal phase of a remodeling project.

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