Mary Beth's BIO
Although Mary Beth grew up in Detroit, it is Toledo that feels like home, especially since she and her husband, Terry, are raising their family here. Their children, Tara, Derek and Cullin were all born here and are all in school now. With grade school, high school and college tuitions all looming, it's no wonder Mary Beth looks forward to many more years working on 101.5 the River. "Miles to go before I sleep!"
Rick Woodell was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, attended the community college there and eventually the University of Georgia before embarking on a 38 year broadcasting career. Rick has worked in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas and been a part of the programming of radio stations in Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado and California.
Before moving to Toledo, Rick was a highly rated morning show host in Greenville, South Carolina for 15 years and was co-host of "Talk of the Town," a 30 minute television travel show for Charter Communications that covered Georgia, North and South Carolina. Rick and his wife Carla moved to Toledo so he could rekindle his love for morning radio.
Rick and Carla have 4 "kids." One is Siamese...Cyan, 6 pounds of furry fury, Grayson, a loveable Gray stray from the Humane society, Frank a mini Dachshund rescue and the latest addition, Bill Blitzen, a rescued Greyhound.. Rick's son, Alex, graduated college in South Carolina and is continuing his education at the Medical College of South Carolina-Charleston.
Rick's continued love for charity work and civic pride keeps him active in the community.
"We've been here for over 7 years now. As Carla and I continue to travel the area, we're amazed at the eagerness of people to welcome us Southerners. We feel like actual Mid- westerners now! We really feel at home."
Are you getting into the maddening crowds for Black Friday this year, or waiting until Cyber Monday? Hmmmm, perhaps the decision has already been made for you!
Cyber Monday: Is E-commerce's Big Holiday Sales Day Obsolete?
In 2005, someone at Shop.org, the e-commerce wing of the National Retail Federation, had an idea: Why not give online retail its own version of Black Friday? Online shopping was getting more popular every year, so it made sense to promote it with a holiday season day of its own. E-commerce sales were already showing a spike on the Monday following Black Friday, so Cyber Monday was born.
The extent to which the decision to promote Cyber Monday as a big shopping and deals day has fed e-commerce's subsequent growth is unclear, but grow it has: Online sales have risen by double-digit percentages every holiday season, and this year, for the first time, more than half of shoppers are expected to do at least some of their holiday shopping online.
Retailers are responding by making more and more of their Black Friday deals available online on Thursday and Friday.
"We're seeing almost unanimously across the board that stores are going to have online Black Friday sales," says Michael Brin, founder of BFAds, which compiles Black Friday circulars as they're released or leaked. "If I was going to shop online on one day in November, it would be Thanksgiving."
And it's not just the traditional retailers' online operations going this route -- big online retailers like NewEgg and Amazon are likewise running big sales on Thursday and Friday, not to mention in the days and weeks leading up to it.
But it also raises an existential question for Cyber Monday: If Thanksgiving and Black Friday are getting more "cyber" every year, do we still need a special day just for online retail?
The Power of the Promotion
NRF spokesperson Kathy Grannis says that even as online deals become more common on Black Friday, Cyber Monday will still have tremendous promotional value for online retailers.
"Much like Black Friday is the one day that [bricks-and-mortar] retail has to pull out all the stops, Cyber Monday is that day for online retailers," she says. "They get to offer some of the tricks they've been holding onto all season."
And they seem to pull out more tricks every year. Bryant Quan, CEO of deal-tracking site SlickDeals, says that in 2009, roughly 900 Cyber Monday deals were posted to the site's forums. By 2011, that number had risen to 1,300. Online-only operations in particular continue to embrace Cyber Monday as their time to shine, free of the distraction of Thanksgiving football and in-store doorbusters.
"There are so many online-only stores, and they rely heavily on Cyber Monday," says Howard Schaffer, vice president at Offers.com. "In talking to our partners, we're hearing that their best deals are going to be on Cyber Monday. They'll certainly have deals planned for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but on Cyber Monday they know have a lot larger audience."
The sales figures certainly back that up. According to digital analytics firm ComScore, it's been the biggest day for online sales for the last two years, with spending on the day growing from just over $1 billion in 2010 to $1.25 billion in 2011. A spokesperson for ComScore estimates that spending on Cyber Monday 2012 will grow to roughly $1.5 billion.