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Chad here! After 9 years of being one half of The WBKR Waking Crew, I am now one half of the all-new CB Radio Show here on WBKR! Our show runs 6a-9am CST Monday through Friday and I also co-host The BKR's Dozen Countdown with Dave Spencer each Saturday morning at 8am. In addition to flapping my lips on the air, I emcee a variety of events all over the state of Kentucky. I emcee charity functions, beauty pageants and dance competitions. I love country music. In fact, I love all kids of music. I listen to everything from Justin Moore to Katy Perry to Sam Smith to David Nail to Kings of Leon to Garth Brooks to Kelly Clarkson to J Hud and Pitbull. I love tennis, running, and reality television. When I am not working I am likely on the sectional watching The Blacklist, Project Runway, The Biggest Loser, American Horror Story, and pretty much anything on The Tennis Channel or ESPN. I vacation . . . a lot! I love Mexico and any place I can get to on a cruise ship.
Special Olympics Kentucky
Special Olympics Kentucky
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Owensboro Special Olympian Chris Willis Grabs Two 4th Place Finishes at World Games

It's been a busy week for Owensboro's Chris Willis.  The Special Olympian is in Los Angeles competing for Team USA at the 2015 World Games!  So far, Chris has competed in two events and has been right on the edge of breaking onto the podium. 

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Photo by Staci Scott
Photo by Staci Scott
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Chad Faces Off with Bearded Dragons [Video]

My friend Staci Scott bought some Bearded Dragons last Saturday and spent the weekend setting up their terrarium and lining the bottom of it with newspapers.  And she didn't realize, until early this week, that her dragons were popping a squat on the face of one of her dear friends.  Mine!!  Yes.  She lined their living quarters with a photo of ME!  These little Jurassic twerps are now dropping deuces on my head!

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The Heath Bar and Marshmallow Blizzard from Dairy Queen [Video]

Miracle Treat Day is TODAY at Dairy Queen!  And we are celebrating by sending Jaclyn and Dave Spencer to broadcast live from the Dairy Queen location on New Hartford Road in Owensboro!  A couple of years ago, I was broadcasting live during Miracle Treat Day at the Dairy Queen and took some time to introduce the Dairy Queen staff to my favorite Blizzard flavor and combination.  And I talked a couple of the gals into showing you how it's made.  Ladies and Gents, I proudly present (in case you missed it here at WBKR.com) The Heath Bar and Marshmallow Blizzard from Dairy Queen!

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Special Olympics Kentucky
Special Olympics Kentucky
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Kentucky Gymnast Danielle Blakeney Wins Gold at Special Olympics World Games

This is absolutely awesome and we are so proud of her!  Rhythmic Gymnast Danielle Blakeney, of Kentucky, has completed her events at the Special Olympics World Games and the results are in.  And she has won multiple gold medals!  LOOK!

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The Lay’s Potato Chips “Do Us A Flavor” Contest Taste Test [Video]

The 2015 Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest is underway and there are four brand new potato chip flavors vying for the $1 million dollar grand prize: West Coast Truffle Fries, Biscuits and Gravy, New York Reuben and Greektown Gyro.  Here at WBKR, we decided to round up some local youngsters and have them try out the new flavors.  Here's what happened!

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Photo by Mary Higginbotham
Photo by Mary Higginbotham
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What’s Cookin’?: Summer Corn and Couscous Salad [Recipe]

Have you ever had couscous?  Well, if not.  Here's the perfect recipe for you to try it.  Mary Higginbotham, from the UK Cooperative Extension Office, has discovered this delicious Kentucky Proud recipe from Summer Corn and Couscous Salad. And here's how you make it.

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When Chad Met Little Ava: A Horror Story [Video]

Apparently, certain children are terrified of me.  Most kids like me because, let's face it, I am basically a 10-year-old trapped inside the body of a 43-year-old man who looks a little bit like Curious George. However, there are few children out there who react to me like I react to clowns.  Case in point, Ava.  Ava is the daughter of Ashley Sollars, the Digital Managing Editor for WBKR.com.  Ava visited the office the other day and literally hit the deck in the hallway as soon as she saw me.  Not kidding.  Picture it.  I smiled and said, "Hi, Ava!"  Ava hit the floor, assumed a tornado-safe position and cowered against the wall until I was gone.  Naturally, I continued to torment the child and she wasn't having it.  WATCH!

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Category: Humor, Newsletter, Videos
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Kaleb Cecil & Jaron Mudd: Champions of the 2015 Battle for the Big O [Video]

Last night was an incredible night at Diamond Lake's Good Time Theatre.  12 acts from the region took the stage to fight for $1000 and the right to open the 2015 Big O Music Festival.  Here's the big reveal.  All twelve acts were on the stage for the announcement of 3rd, 2nd and 1st place.  The audience was going CRAZY!!  Some of them even rushed the stage.  It was so much fun and so exciting.  Take a look!

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Special Olympics via YouTube
Special Olympics via YouTube
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Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics World Games [Video]

I am a sobbing mess.  The Special Olympics World Games officially get underway this evening in Los Angeles with the Opening Ceremonies and, here in Western Kentucky, we are rooting for Chris Willis of Owensboro!  Chris is representing Team USA in swimming and hopes to bring home gold.  Chris is one of over 7,000 athletes from 177 different countries who are on hand to compete this summer.  And these athletes are the definition of "courage" and "perseverance."  Check out this promotional video for the Games.  I literally sat at my computer and cried.  As you all know, I am a sucker for the Olympics and the Special Olympics World Games make the "thrill of victory" even sweeter and more triumphant.  Let the Games begin!

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