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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.
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The Josh Merritt Band Wins Battle for the Big O [Video]

They came.  They sang.  And they conquered!  The Josh Merritt Band of Owensboro have been crowned the champions of the 2014 Battle for the Big O presented by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC!  And here's the big crowning moment caught on video!

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Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
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Lonestar & Joe Diffie Headline Beaver Dam Amphitheatre Grand Opening

Mark your calendars.  Saturday, October 4th, Ohio County, Kentucky.  The Beaver Dam Tourism Commission has a HUGE grand opening celebration planned for the brand new Beaver Dam Amphitheatre at Beaver Dam Park.  They have cooked up a great country music concert featuring Lonestar, Joe Diffie, Brasher Bogue and Insulated.  And tickets are on sale NOW.  Here's the scoop!

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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tickets On Sale Monday for UK Men’s Basketball Alumni Charity Game

We can't tell you who is going to being playing!  The NBA won't let us.  But we CAN tell you that Sunday, August 24th, a team of former UK Wildcats who have gone pro are are playing in the NBA will be taking on another team of professional basketball players who didn't go to school at the University of Kentucky.  It's the 2014 UK Men's Basketball Alumni Charity Game and we have all your ticket info here!

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Category: Sports
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WBKR
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WBKR Seeking a New Full-Time Morning Show Co-Host

Have you ever wanted to work in radio?  Now's your chance!  But, there's one slight catch!  You'll have to look at and put up with me three to four hours each weekday morning.  Here at WBKR, we are currently looking for a brand new full-time morning show co-host and multimedia personality.  If you think you have what it takes, here's what you need to do to apply.

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Category: Job Hub, Newsletter
Holiday World via YouTube
Holiday World via YouTube
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Virtual Ride of Holiday World’s Thunderbird: Right & Left Seat POV [Video]

You've heard the expression "Go big or go home?"  Well, guess what?  Holiday World is going BIG!  Last night, the park unveiled plans to build its first ever steel roller coaster, Thunderbird!  And Thunderbird will be the nation's first launched winged coaster. It's going to go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds!   And the park is giving you the chance to see what it's going to be like to ride.  CHECK THIS OUT!

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Video courtesy of Heath & Molly Eric
Video courtesy of Heath & Molly Eric
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The 2014 BPA Northern Zone World Series Opening Ceremonies [Video]

Last night, for the second year in a row, I got the chance to emcee the opening ceremonies of the BPA Northern Zone World Series here in Owensboro.  Teams from five states (Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan) are hand to compete in three age divisions: 8U, 9U, and 11U.  Check out this video from last night's big event.  The teams were going crazy when we announced each one competing.  These kids are ready to PLAY BALL!!  Watch!

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Category: Newsletter, What's New
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Major New Ride Announcement Tonight at Holiday World

I cannot wait!  8:30pm CST tonight, Holiday World is set to make a MAJOR new ride announcement.  And they have been teasing us and dropping hints about it for months with their ingenious and clever website 66 Days at Sea. For the last 60-something days, the amusement park has been slowly giving clues and tonight the folks that have made educated guesses and wild stabs in the dark will learn if they were right, wrong, or close.  While we don't know exactly what the park is going to announce, there are a couple of things we are sure of.

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Legendary Pictures/MovieClips via YouTube
Legendary Pictures/MovieClips via YouTube
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Chilling Trailer for Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” [Video]

While I was on vacation I went to the movies in Sarasota to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  And, as good as that movie was, THIS is the one I have been thinking about since I left the Regal 20.  I caught the trailer for Unbroken, a new feature directed by Angelina Jolie.  It gave me chills, nearly brought me to tears and I can't wait to see it this December.  Check this out!  I promise that you'll be moved in two minutes.

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Category: Movies, Videos, What's New
Concert Clint via You Tube
Concert Clint via You Tube
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Randy Houser’s “Like A Cowboy” Live [Video]

Confession time from Chad!  There are plenty of songs about summer on the radio right now and we, naturally, are playing the heck out of all them.  But, for me, my absolute favorite song of the summer is a ballad.  Not only is Randy Houser's "Like A Cowboy" one of my favorite songs of the summer . . . it's one of my favorite songs in years.  And I was searching YouTube recently and came across this live performance he gave at the CMA Music Festival in June.  I think Randy has one of the BEST voices in country music and this live version will show you why.  He is flippin' awesome.  WATCH!

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Facebook/Sara Murphy
Facebook/Sara Murphy
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Date Set for ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss Episode Featuring Owensboro’s Sara Murphy

This is exciting and we have a huge DVR alert for you!!  The current season of ABC's hit transformation show Extreme Weight Loss is underway.  In fact, a new episode airs each Tuesday evening during the summer.  As you likely know, Sara Murphy, from Owensboro, is one of the seventeen contestants competing this year.  And the network just announced the broadcast date for Sara's episode.  Wanna know when it is?

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Kenneth King/Dream Copy Photography
Kenneth King/Dream Copy Photography
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Battle for the Big O Finale Saturday: Get Tickets Now!

The 2014 Battle for the Big O finale is Saturday, July 26th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort.  And tickets are going FAST!  We have 12 amazing acts set to take the stage and battle it out for $1,000 and the right to open for Hank Williams Jr. and Charlie Daniels at the Liquid Ninja Big O Music Fest.  Here's a full list of our finalists, plus info about how you can get a preview of their talents this week on WBKR and get tickets to the Battle Saturday night!

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