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Laura Jane Grace Offers Advice for Those Struggling with Suicidal Thoughts

In case you didn’t know, September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Recently, Grace spoke with Alternative Press about her own struggles with suicidal thoughts in a plea to offer help to those who are struggling as well.

The Against Me! singer’s main point of emphasis was to “Stay alive. Just stay alive!”

Obviously the issue of suicide is far more complicated and not that easy for those struggling with mental health issues, so Grace explained her own situation.

“I’m, in many ways, really thankful to have hit rock bottom, emotionally, in that sense — to have had like a suicidal nervous breakdown and to have completely lost it,” she says. “It was a place of understanding that took me a long time of working with trained professionals, with psychotherapists, to get to a place of acceptance where you can have empowerment from that; where, once you find the edge and you can see over the other side, why not fuckin’ stick around and see what happens?”

“When I had that realization, it was really freeing because then it was like all my inhibitions dropped in a lot of ways because it was like realizing where the door was and that I could leave at any time; it was almost then like, ‘I wanna stay and see what happens, and fuck it.’”

She acknowledge that she quelled her suicidal thoughts with the help of a professional. Finding the right mental health professional is not always easy and not everybody has access to one. Many healthcare plans don’t cover many mental health issues, but if you do have affordable access to a mental health professional and need the help, don’t look past it. The difference between Laura Jane Grace being with us today or succumbing to suicide could be attributed to her seeking out professional help.

Want to help Puerto Rico? Here’s where you can donate in Tampa Bay

The devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria is overwhelming and it’s time for us to step up and help!! If you have extra hurricane supplies that you didn’t use this is a great way for you to help others who are struggling. The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has started their own relief effort called “Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief.”

Fox 13 reported their locations you can donate along with what necessities are needed:

baby and adult pain relief medicine, baby formula, baby wipes, blankets, bottled water, canned and dry pet food, canned goods, canned milk, chainsaws, cots, crowbars, diapers, dish soap, dry foods, electric cables, electric generators, extension cords, first-aid kits, garbage bags, ground fault protectors, hammers, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, mosquito repellant, pillows, pop-up canopies, rope, safety glasses, shovels, stomach pain relief medicine, tarps, towels, utility knives, wheelbarrows, wood panels, and work gloves.


3820 Gunn Highway Tampa, FL 33618 813-513-2814 Drop-Off Hours: September 25 to 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Club Pilates Carrollwood 13254 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618 Drop Off Hours: Monday – Friday (Sept. 25-29) 8am-6pm

BOZZ REALTY GROUP with Keller Williams Realty – New Tampa  23834 State Road 54 Lutz, Fl 33559 *Office building is to the left when you enter 54 U-store parking lot* Drop Off Hours: Monday – Friday (Sept. 25-29) 9:30am – 1:30pm

Brandon Porter Paint  1041 West Brandon Blvd. Brandon, Fl 33511 Drop Off Hours: Monday – Friday (Sept. 25-29) 7am-4pm Saturday (Sept. 30) 8am-12pm

Wesley Chapel Nissan  28519 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Drop Off Hours: Monday – Saturday (Sept. 25-30) 9am -9pm Sunday (Oct. 1) 11am-6pm

If you want more info on this charitable initiative you can check out the website. 

A few local businesses have also come together to form “Puerto rice nos necesita,” or ‘Puerto Rico needs us’. Below are those donation locations (through 10/31):

The Prestige Barbershop of Tampa Bay – Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 105 US-301 #109, Tampa

Los Gorditos Bar & Grill – Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 6110 Causeway Blvd., Tampa

La Fondita de Leo – Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 528 Cleveland St., Clearwater

Los Gorditos Food Truck – Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 3125 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa

El Rico Frappé Latino – Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 122 Pierce Christie Dr., Valrico

Items needed: cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, water, canned food items, first aid supplies, baby products, flashlights, generators, blankets, batteries, pet food, mosquito repellent, wireless fans

See The Sweet Birthday Card Andrew McMahon’s Gave Him

Andrew McMahon and his wife Kelly have a 3-year-old daughter named Cecilia (get it now, Cecilia and the Satellite?!) and the sweet card she gave to her Dad on his 35th birthday is just THE BEST. With help from Mom, she listed all the things she loves about him. From ‘taking her to the coffee shop for a chocolate muffin’ to ‘spinning, running, and dancing with me’ they are pretty much all the reasons we would imagine for a cool dad like that!

Little Cecilia on the first day of preschool!

And of course he displayed the EPITOME of cool dadness when he wrote a song for her!!

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness is also one of your Next Big Thing artists this year. If you don’t have tickets be sure you grab some now! You can also enter to score pit passes plus meet every #97XNBT band on our free 97x app!

Pumpkin Truck Catches Fire, Closes Florida Highway

It’s the first official day of fall and Florida sure knows how to kick it off with a bang. Fox 13 reports that a semi carrying pumpkins caught fire this morning in Pasco County. The crash and cleanup closed portions of south bound I-75 near state road 52 for hours causing huge backups. FHP reports that the semi was heading SB when it traveled into the gore. It continued for a few hundred feet before fire began taking over the truck. The driver, Lortatia Marshall, 44, miraculously escaped without injuries! FHP also says the damage to the road is ‘extensive’ and closures could remain for awhile. Read more here. 

PICS: Pumpkin truck catches fire, closes southbound I-75: — FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) September 22, 2017 A look from the semi fire scene. Bad damage. — FOX 13 Traffic (@Fox13Traffic) September 22, 2017

WALK THE MOON Drop New Single ‘One Foot’, Video Filmed During Solar Eclipse

New music!! Today WALK THE MOON released a new single “One Foot” along with a music video. What’s amazing is that the video was planned to precisely coincide with the recent total solar eclipse. Shot in Joshua Tree National Park, the video had to be filmed with specialized lenses similar to the solar eclipse glasses we all had to wear!

“We’ve never felt more true to ourselves than we do right now, releasing this song and this upcoming record.  ‘One Foot’ is the soundtrack of our journey this past year, moving forward even when the path is uncertain.” – Nicholas Petricca of WALK THE MOON on the new single. Did he say new record coming soon?! YEEESSS.

Robert Hales (Nine Inch Nails, Death Cab For Cutie, Imagine Dragons, Stone Temple Pilots, and more) directed the video, and visual effects were done by artist and creative director, Felipe Posada – The Invisible Realm.

WALK THE MOON will be performing on Sunday of #97XNBT so be sure you grab those tickets!


Signing up for St. Pete Run Fest in the month of September supports Irma recovery efforts

Have you heard about St. Pete Run Fest yet? It’s an awesome event that happens for many great causes! The two day festival includes running events, a Health & Wellness Market, local food, music and local craft beer. You can run a half marathon, sunshine city 5k or a kids race!

What’s really cool is if you register for the St. Pete Half Marathon or Relay in the month of September, they will donate $5 of your entry fee between our partner charities helping those in need after Irma – St Petersburg Free Clinic and Goodwill-Suncoast (this is in addition to the amount they are already donating per entry). Let’s “Run For Recovery” and help our neighbors!

The giving doesn’t stop when you sign up,  St Pete Run Fest partners with the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to raise funds for their Food Bank, which feeds an average of 60,000 hungry community members a month.  When you participate in the Sunshine City 5K, they will donate $1 for each mile you run (up to $3 per participant) to the  St Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank.  You can also make an additional donation online when you register for any St Pete Run Fest event, or  create your own fundraising page!!

There is also support for St. Joseph’s Children Hospital and Goodwill, but you can read about everything and register to run here!

Fall Out Boy perform new song ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Fall Out Boy performed their newest song from M A N I A ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past Tuesday and we got even more excited for November. This is the third track we’ve received from the album which was originally going to be released this month but now will not be complete until January 19th.

Lucky for us, even though the album was  pushed back the tour remained in place. Fall Out Boy will be at Amalie Arena November 5th.

The DadBag has arrived with the dad bod you’ve been striving for

So we know that ‘Dad bods’ have become trendy but this is on another level. Someone has actually created a fanny pack that looks like a hairy beer belly. You can find one at

Ya know, ~casual~

“Excuse me officer, my ID is in my belly button”

Music festival ESSENTIAL!

Pure. Genius.

Not creepy at all.

*Belly rubs welcome*

WATCH: Official trailer for Tomb Raider released

Lara Croft makes her return! The official trailer for the next reboot of Tomb Raider premiered last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Back in 2001 Angelina Jolie took on the role and this time around Alicia Vikander has the job. The film hits theaters March 16th of 2018.

What do you think? Do you miss Angelina already?

Road Tolls in Florida begin again on Thursday

As Fox 13 reported, cars and trucks traveling our roadways will begin to pay tolls again starting Thursday September 21st at 12:01am. It’s hard to believe but they were lifted back on September 5th to assist in Hurricane Irma evacuation and recovery efforts. The only stretch that will remain lifted is the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike south of the interchange with S.R. 874 (Mile Post 0-17) to assist the Florida Keys in Irma relief.

One more step towards normalcy for Floridians.

As of this Thursday AM, most Florida tolls will NO LONGER be suspended across the state. News release from @MyFDOT below. #Irma #FLwx @spann — Alex Cordero (@AlexCorderoWX) September 19, 2017 Tolls will be reinstated Thursday 9/21/17 at 12:01 a.m. — Florida's Turnpike (@FLTurnpikeSFL) September 19, 2017

X Ambassadors pay homage to NY roots with ‘Ahead of Myself’ video

X Ambassadors paid homage to their upstate NY roots with the new music video for ‘Ahead of Myself’. The band is shown walking around the streets of the small town of Monroe, near Rochester, as lead singer Sam Harris sings. The coolest part is that Harris told Billboard he did not lip sync in the video to “create something that felt intimate, that felt real and vulnerable and in the moment.”

He also explained the authentic concept for the video,”We’ve done the narrative film structure of the music video. We’ve done full-on big performance video with lights and stuff and we wanted to do something that felt really intimate and real, authentic, so we shot this video in upstate New York, in Rochester. We’re from Ithaca, New York, upstate. My grandfather used to work at the Kodak building in Rochester.”

Check it out for yourself! His voice is UNBELIEVABLE.

X Ambassadors will be performing on Saturday of #97XNBT so be sure you grab your tickets!!

WATCH: Bleachers perform on MTV Unplugged

MTV brought back their Unplugged performances and Bleachers was featured this past Friday. The performance was recorded at The Stone Pony theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey (Jack Antonoff’s home state). If you’ve seen them live you understand why we HAD to have them at 97x Next Big Thing but if you haven’t, just watch a few of these. Unbelievable performance and with help from Lorde and Carly Rae Jepsen!

Make sure you grab tickets to #97xNBT so you can see the awesomeness live!

You can go to a banana split party with Bleachers tomorrow at Jannus Live

Bleachers are coming to town this Saturday the 16th! Not only are we giving out tickets ALL DAY, but we’re giving you the chance to MEET Bleachers and join in on a banana split party with them before the show!         

How do you win? Just listen to 97x every hour from 11a-6p Friday the 15th and be caller 13!

What do you do with those sandbags?

Got a bunch of sandbags? Not sure what to do with them? Here’s some info!

Sandbags need to ALWAYS be recycled or disposed of properly. If your sandbags DID NOT come in contact with floodwaters (which can contaminate them):

  1. Safely store for use in a future storm (let’s hope not anytime soon)
  2. Spread the sand on your lawn or landscape beds then recycle the bag or store in cool dry place for future use

If you wish to dispose of the sandbags or believe they did come in contact with floodwaters, please call your county’s Solid Waste Department to see if it offers sandbag recycling. So far a few sites have opened:

Pinellas County is offering sandbag recycling at:

Pinellas County Solid Waste Disposal Facility located at 3095 114th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. You’ll need to have them separated from other waste.

Pasco County is offering sandbag reclining at:

Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 7223 Massachusetts Ave, New Port Richey

Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Rd, Wesley Chapel.

Why is proper disposal important?

Sandbags which touched floodwater can become contaminated with bacteria and produce toxins or odors. Also, if you dispose them in your regular trash and they are taken to the incinerator they DO NOT BURN, causing huge issues. You should also never mix them in with your yard debris because it can damage the equipment used to grind it into mulch.

If you know of another recycling point, please share!

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are helping Florida relax post-Irma

So Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Sea World Orlando understand that our nerves are SHOT post-Hurricane Irma. That’s they want to help us out. Beginning today through this Sunday September 17th, both parks are offering buy one get one single-day tickets! All you need to do is show your Florida ID (and the bags under your eyes) to get the offer.

Full price adult ticket at SeaWorld Orlando is $99.99 single-day ticket and the 2nd is free. For Busch Gardens Tampa Bay it’s $104.99  for  a single-day ticket and second one is free. For more info check out and

It’s been a hell of a week. I think we all deserve to scream our stresses out on some roller coasters.

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