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Cracker Barrel Miracle (Photo by Dave Spencer)
Cracker Barrel Miracle (Photo by Dave Spencer)
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Waitress Discovers Ancestors’ Photo Hanging on Restaurant Wall

"If coincidences are just coincidences, why do they feel so contrived?" - Fox Mulder, "The X-Files"

I completely agree with the fictional federal agent. If something seems to be a coincidence, why does it feel like everything fell into place to make sure it happened precisely as it did? Coincidence? I think not. And when I learned the story of Sandra, a server at the Owensboro Cracker Barrel, I felt the exact same way.

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Photo by Dave Spencer
Photo by Dave Spencer
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You Know You’re from Owensboro When…

Every town is unique. Some of its citizens may not think so, but if you flesh it out and pay attention, you'll learn why. Owensboro is no different. It doesn't take much talking to learn that someone is a native of the Big O. In fact, I've come up with some ways to readily identify Owensboroans. You know you're from Owensboro when...

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Theatre Workshop of Owensboro
Theatre Workshop of Owensboro
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Theatre Workshop Presents ‘Gypsy’ and WBKR Has the Tickets

 

June 10-19, the Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is presenting "Gypsy"--the classic Stephen Sondheim/Jules Styne musical inspired by the life of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. The show features familiar hits like "Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses."

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Courtesy of flickr user Augapfel
Courtesy of flickr user Augapfel
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Hydrant Testing No Cause for Alarm: Now You Tell Me!

A very long time ago, I was driving to work. It was late; I was working thirds. As I was driving through town, I noticed that every fire hydrant I passed was open and spewing water all over the street. I don't remember who was on the air at the time, but he didn't seem to be too concerned when I told him. So as soon as I got on the air, I announced that hydrants all over town had exploded. I was young, very young.

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Google Streetview
Google Streetview
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A Burr (lew) Under My Saddle

Memo to the Burlew Boulevard-New Hartford Road intersection: You have seen the last of Dave Spencer! It does not matter to you that I might be in a hurry. It does not matter to you that it's the middle of the workday and I need to get back to the station. In fact, I'm under the impression that nothing matters to you if it as anything to do with me and my Hyundai. (Cue the music.)

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Courtesy of International Bluegrass Music Museum
Courtesy of International Bluegrass Music Museum
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Get Ready to ROMP!

ROMP (River of Music Party) is coming to Owensboro's Yellow Creek Park June 23-25. Get ready for unforgettable performances from Trampled by Turtles, the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and two of my all-time favorite white-haired people--Emmylou Harris and Steve Martin, who will be performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers. But wait! There's more...

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Courtesy of legendaryent.com
Courtesy of legendaryent.com
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Legendary Live: The Top Ten by the Top Two

A few weeks ago, when Moon, Chad, and myself were planning the new Saturday morning countdown The BKR's Dozen, I mentioned that I was born to do countdowns. As luck would have it, the two acts at the top of Saturday's Legendary Live line-up--Montgomery Gentry and Rodney Atkins--each have five number one songs. So, here we go: The Top Ten of the Top Two! (Tiebreakers determined by length of stay on the chart.)

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Jim Beam's Montgomery Gentry at Aussie Bash
Montgomery Gentry Headlining Legendary Live 2011! (Tim Boyles, Getty Images for Beam Global)
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Legendary Live 2011!

Montgomery Gentry!  Rodney Atkins!  Kellie Pickler! Jason Michael Carroll!  Brett Eldredge!  LoCash Cowboys!  And WBKR's own Jaclyn Graves!  Legendary Entertainment Group proudly presents LEGENDARY LIVE, Owensboro's ultimate live music festival, Saturday, May 21st at Rivermont Park in downtown Owensboro!  

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Photo courtesy of bbqfest.com
Photo courtesy of bbqfest.com
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MMMM Smell That Bar-B-Q?!

I look forward to this every year and its finally here!!  This weekend in downtown Owensboro it's the International Bar-B-Q Festival with great live entertainment, carnival rides the kids will love, great food, souvenirs, a classic car show, arts & crafts and so much more!  Of course WBKR will be there all weekend long  so stop by the WBKR trailer and say hello to us. 

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Courtesy of bbqfest.com
Courtesy of bbqfest.com
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Road Closings…But This Time for BBQ!

Oh, we're gettin' closer and closer. I can already smell mutton off the pit right now. Yes, I'm delirious. The International Barbecue Festival is set to begin tomorrow. And you know what that means? Well, yeah, good food, it means that

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FIDDLIN' For a CURE!! (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
FIDDLIN' For a CURE!! (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
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Charlie Daniels “Fiddles” For A Cure

Charlie Daniels fans!  We have some exciting news for you!  Daviess County's RELAY FOR LIFE is Friday, May 20th (at Diamond Lake Resort and Campground) and one of our fundraising teams has come up with an AMAZING way to raise some money for the American Cancer Society!  Phil Storm, with Storm's Trophies in Owensboro, has snagged a FIDDLE from CHARLIE DANIELS!  It's autographed and comes with a letter of authencity!  And here's how you get a chance a win it and own it . . .

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Courtesy of owensborou.com
Courtesy of owensborou.com
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Owensboro Being Promoted as Great College Town

Owensboro has long been known as the Barbecue Capitol of the World. And this weekend that will be on full display. But a new marketing campaign wants to add another title. In Owensboro, we have Kentucky Wesleyan College, Brescia University, Owensboro Community &

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