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Word to yo mama! Thanks for reading my bio. I have hand-crafted it with love and tenderness to give you a sneak peak inside my soul. I am entering my 16th year working at WBKR and just can't believe how quickly the years have flown by. If you listen to The WBKR Waking Crew, thanks! If you don't . . . thanks. LOL! Though I work here at The Country Station, I love all kinds of music and my iPod is loaded up with everything from Thomas Rhett to Katy Perry to Emeli Sande to Kings of Leon to Garth Brooks to Kelly Clarkson to Fall Out Boy to Matchbox Twenty to that little wrecking ball Miley Cyrus. I am an avid tennis fan (I've played my whole life and it is my absolute favorite sport) and I run every single day. In fact, that's how I dropped 30 pounds in 18 months. And I love watching television to wind down. My favorite shows are all over the place just like my tastes in music. I love The Blacklist, The X Factor, Sleepy Hollow, The Biggest Loser, Dexter (though he's done), Project Runway, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Long Island Medium, Storm Chasers, American Horror Story, The Amazing Race 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 2014 Polar Bear Plunge Set for Saturday, February 8th at The Hines Center

It's that time again.  And, yes!  Here at WBKR, we are going to be Freezin' for a Reason at the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge.  It's Saturday, February 8th at The Hines Center in Philpot and we'll be among the hundreds of folks who suck it up, throw caution to the shrinkage-inducing wind and jump into the icy cold waters of The Hines Center lake.  Here are some video highlights from last year's Plunge!

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The Big BKR Smackdown Begins: What is the #1 Country Song of 2013?

Today's the day!  The Big BKR Smackdown begins at 7am this morning here on WBKR and we're letting YOU vote for your favorite song of 2013!  Here's how it works.  We are taking the top songs of the year and putting them head-to-head-to-head right here on the radio.  We'll start with 92 songs and, by the time the Smackdown is over, you'll have narrowed that list down to just one .  . the tristate's favorite song of 2013.  Wanna know what time your favorite songs will be competing today and how you can vote?  Here's the full list of first round match-ups.  Check it out!

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Chad Forces His Cruise Friend Leisa to Eat Raw Meat [Photos]

Here's one thing you likely know about me or at least need to know if you didn't already.  I love adventure.  Of all kinds.  I love to travel, try crazy things (some death-defying) and sample all sorts of wacky, potentially stomach-churning foods.  And, here's another thing you need to know.  If you travel with me, the odds are in your favor that you're gonna be trying a whole bunch of wacky stuff too.  Just ask my friend Leisa, who just went with me on an 8-night cruise in the Southern Caribbean.  Every night at dinner, I found the most bizarre item on the menu and tried it.  Then, I made Leisa try it too.  And thank goodness I had my camera along for the ride because THIS is what happened when Leisa met carpaccio.

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Category: Food, Humor, Travel
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Owensboro Mentioned in Nicholas Sparks’ New Novel “The Longest Ride”

While his characters don't refer to my hometown too fondly, Nicholas Sparks seems to at least KNOW about Owensboro, Kentucky.  In fact, the best-selling author includes us in his latest novel, The Longest Ride.  Check out the excerpt!  Owensboro gets four shout-outs in the book.

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The Big BKR Smackdown: You Can Vote for the Best Song of 2013

The Big BKR Smackdown is coming and it's your chance to help us choose the Best Song of 2013!  Join us on WBKR beginning at 7am on Friday, December 27th.  We are going to be taking the top songs of the year and putting them head-to-head-to-head on the radio.  We'll start with 92 songs and, by the time the Smackdown is over, you'll have narrowed that list down to just one .  . the tristate's favorite song of 2013.  Wanna know what time your favorite songs will be competing and how you can vote?  Here's the full list of first round match-ups.  Check it out!

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Chad Forces Jaclyn to Sample a Weight Loss Shake at Ultimate Dirty Santa Party [Video]

We had a blast at the Ultimate Dirty Santa Party at The Hines Center.  We have had this event for three years in a row now and it is always hilarious, a touch irreverent and a great, unique and fun way to spend a Saturday night!  One of the highlights of this year's party involved a new line of weight loss shakes.  Watch what happens when I force Jaclyn to sample one . . . at room temperature!!

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Carrie Underwood Performs “The Sound of Music” with Broadway Elite [Video]

It seems everyone has an opinion about Carrie Underwood's performance in Thursday's live performance of The Sound of Music on NBC.  The reviews are mixed.  Some loved it and thought she was brave for stepping up and tackling the role.  Others thought her acting was flat and she was outperformed by her more seasoned cast.  My opinion is somewhere in the middle.  Look.  Carrie Underwood is, first and foremost, a country/pop singer.  That's what she is.  That's what she does.  While she may not have the most powerful set of acting chops, she sang the role of Maria Von Trapp incredibly well.  And she did it by holding her own against some of Broadway's biggest divas.  Wanna meet them?

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Run Run Rudolph 5K Rescheduled for Saturday, Dec 14th!

Okay, Mother Nature threw us a curvevball last Saturday and dumped ice and a half a foot of snow on our Run Run Rudolph 5K.  But that's not going to stop us or the Santa Claus Land of Lights from hosting this event.  In fact, we have REOPENED online registrations and are ready to show you our official Run Run Rudolph t-shirts, antlers and very shiny noses!  LOOK!

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WBKR’s Run Rudolph 5K is Tomorrow at Santa Claus Land of Lights [Video]

Run Run Rudolph Postponed
Unfortunately, due to the winter weather we are experiencing, we have decided to reschedule the Run Run Rudolph 5K to next Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4 PM.

For questions, please contact Melanie Leach at melanie.leach@townsquaremedia.com.

It's almost here.  WBKR's first-ever Run Run Rudolph 5K inside the LED story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Santa Claus Land of Lights.  To give you an idea how cool and fun this race/walk is going to be, I threw on some antlers and went inside.  Check this out!

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WBKR’s Run Rudolph 5K at Santa Claus Land of Lights – Weather Update

Run Run Rudolph Postponed
Unfortunately, due to the winter weather we are experiencing, we have decided to reschedule the Run Run Rudolph 5K to next Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 4 PM.

For questions, please contact Melanie Leach at melanie.leach@townsquaremedia.com.

It's almost here.  WBKR's first-ever Run Run Rudolph 5K inside the LED story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Santa Claus Land of Lights.  To give you an idea how cool and fun this race/walk is going to be, I threw on some antlers and went inside.  Check this out!

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