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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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Win Pit Tickets and Meet ‘n’ Greet Passes in Lady Antebellum Auction

A couple of weeks ago, we raised an astounding $400 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with an online auction for two tickets to Florida Georgia Line and meet and greet passes.  Well, guess what?  Not to be outdone, Lady Antebellum has offered up some cool stuff for yet another auction here at WBKR.com!  This one is for pit tickets and meet and greet passes to the "Take Me Downtown Tour" coming to The Ford Center in Evansville on April 10th.  You can be a part of the action and bid now!

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Photo by Mooner
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Local Woman Serves Up Delicious Recipes in Food Blog

By day, Patty Millay is a training manager for U.S. Bank Home Mortgage.  By night, however, she is lacing up her apron and serving up delicious meals and desserts for family and friends.  And, even better, she's sharing them with us in her What's for Dinner with Patty? blog.  I checked out Patty's blog and, in between bouts of wiping drool off my chin, the keyboard and computer screen, I managed to pinpoint some of my favorite sounding and looking creations!  

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Another WBKR Battle for The Big O Finalist Goes Deep on American Idol [Video]

In 2013, two former Battle for The Big O finalists made it deep into American Idol.  Owensboro's Jenny Beth Willis was one of the show's Top 20 girls.  And Paul Jolley, who was a finalist in our competition two years ago, made it all the way to the Idol Top 10 and spent the summer on tour with his fellow finalists.  This season, yet another contestant with ties to our annual talent competition is poised to make a run deep in the show.  Check out Brandy Neelly, who last year joined our auditions at Towne Square Mall and power-belted her way into the finals.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images/Kenneth King, Dream Copy Photography
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Take BuzzFeed’s “Which Country Star Are You?” Quiz

Hi.  My name is Chad.  And I'm that guy with the beard with the sock cap.  And, apparently, I'm a bit of a stoner.  Yep!  That's according to BuzzFeed's brand new quiz, Which Country Star Are You?.  According to the quiz,  I am also a bit of a romantic and my real passion is Southern cooking.  You know?  Now we're onto something.  Yes!  According to my quiz results, I am Zac Brown.  It's not BuzzFeed's fault that they don't know I look REALLY bad in sock caps!  Wanna know which country star you are??  We've got the link's to BuzzFeed's quiz.  It's a blast!

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Category: Country, Humor
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H.L. Neblett Community Center Annual Banquet Features Celebrity Guests

The theme of this year's H.L. Neblett Community Center banquet is "Take Ownership to Make a Difference." And the event features an impressive list of special guests and you're invited to attend.

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Mark Smith Photography
Mark Smith Photography
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The Polar Bear PUSH [Photos]

I have already shared the video of the 2014 Polar Bear PUSH!  Yes, I have renamed the "Plunge" the "Push" because my friend David Bristow, from Southern Star, offered up $100 to Special Olympics Kentucky if he could PUSH me into the 12-degree water.  And while the video is hilarious, it doesn't quite capture the play-by-play like these photos from Mark Smith Photography.  Check these out.  Mark totally captured the sequence of events!

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Photo by Suzanne Miles
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WBKR and Southern Star Present: The Polar Bear PUSH [Video]

12 degrees.  That's how cold the water was Saturday for the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge.  12 degrees, People!  But, 157 plungers were there to jump in it anyway and help raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky.  I was going to plunge too . . . but had a change of heart when my friend David Bristow, from Southern Star, offered up an additional $100 to charity if he could push me in.  Naturally, I said "Yes!"  And the cameras were rolling.

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Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images  for Crumbs Bake Shop
Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Crumbs Bake Shop
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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift: The WBKR Sweets Card

I have a sweet tooth and it's screaming like Jodie Foster's lambs.  And yours is gonna be aching too.  Like when a vampire sees Sookie Stackhouse.  Ya'll have to check this out.  We have created our first-ever Sweets Card and it goes on sale Monday at Seize the Deal.com.  The cards feature delicious desserts from seven different local restaurants.  LOOK!

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Chad’s Sleeping Beauty Flipagram [Video]

Those of you who know me are aware that I can fall asleep anywhere.  Anytime.  I fall asleep laying down.  I can fall asleep sitting up.  At home.  At the movies.  In the airport.  Anywhere.  See, I spend so much of my life on the go that I tend to crash quickly when I finally stop and sit down.  There are dozens of embarrassing photos of me flying around on Facebook and many of them have a common theme.  I am in what appears to be a coma.  And Monica the Twitter gal decided to compile some of the best photos and make a Flipagram video scored to Chris Brown's "Wake Me Up."  I must admit this.  Though I am drooling in several of the photos, this is really funny!

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Celebration of Life for The Watson Family Saturday in Greenville

Saturday will be a somber day in Muhlenberg County as a mother and 8 of her children will be laid to rest following a tragic house fire in Depoy.  But community members have organized a huge event immediately following the funeral to celebrate the life of the Watson family.  Here are full details about the Watson family funeral and the planned celebration of life and balloon release.

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Recipe: Beef Stew with Bacon, Onion and Sweet Potatoes

I will admit that the photo doesn't do this beef stew justice.  Look!  I may know my way around a kitchen, but I certainly don't know my way around a camera.  This homeboy isn't Olan Mills.  But homeboy knows a good recipe when he sees one.  And during our lovely (and by "lovely" I mean "ridiculous") snow/ice storm the other night, I worked my slow cooker like it was at a Zumba class!  :)  This beef stew recipe, with bacon and onions and sweet potatoes, will make you wanna get a ladle and slap someone straight upside the head.  It's comfort food to the nth degree.  Sweet. Filling.  Foodgasmic.   LOOK!

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Category: Food

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