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It's fun to pick on the boys in the office, fun to play music, and fun to talk to you all day at work. Thanks for listening! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska. My whole family still lives there and I love going back to visit them, but I also love Texas. Barbecue, fajitas, and great live music....it's the place to be. I've lived in Texas for 16 years now. Austin, Dallas, and here. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college. (The University of Nebraska...Go Huskers!) I've been on a hundred stations at one point or another. I just love radio. Other things I love....let's see. Blue ink. Black bores me a bit. I love cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce and anything that the two happen to touch. I fall asleep in almost every movie I attempt to watch I have made it through Eat, Pray, Love and Mr. Wright. I like chick flicks. I have an awesome family and love spending time with them. You'll probably hear me talk about my daughters on the air. They're toddler girls who exhaust me, crack me up, and amaze me because I don't think I was ever that smart. I have two miniature schnauzers too. Thanks for stopping by. Now tell me about you.
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The Trailer Is Out For the New Lego Movie

Perhaps your experience with Legos is similar to mine.  You enjoyed playing with them as a kid, but you could never quite build anything as elaborate as shown on the box.  And now you have kids who play with Legos, and they are better at building elaborate things with the toy blocks than you ever were

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ and ‘Bucket List’ Among Phrases That Need to Go

Every year, Michigan's Lake Superior State University asks people which words and phrases have been so overused that they should be essentially banished from the English language.

Tired of the phrase "Fiscal Cliff?" That makes the new list. What about "boneless wings?"

The new list was released Monday, and we'll post all of the words that should be banished, according to Lake Superior State University. See if you agree.

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Starting the New Year With the Flu? You’re Not Alone

Maybe it's not just the effects of the New Year's Eve drinks that you're feeling today. Many people in East Texas are sick with something other than the "brown bottle flu" right now.

Flu cases are up in Texas. Emergency rooms from Dallas to Tyler to Houston are saying they're seeing more flu cases right now, with fevers of 102 to 103 and that yucky, awful, achey feeling. And of course the other pleasantries associated with the flu that we don't need to mention.

With flu cases on the rise, what can be done?

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Would You Ever Name Your Child ‘Hashtag?’

Seriously. The name Hashtag is on the list of baby name possibilities in 2013, according to one website.

I did grow up in Nebraska with a boy named Tag. Perhaps Tag's parents were just ahead of the curve, and knew that someday Twitter would keep conversations going with that # symbol, and the hashtag would reach new heights in popularity. They just decided to shorten it.

What about Android? Would you give your child that name?

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Houston Texans’ Playoff Game Announced

If you're a football fan, you know that the Houston Texans had a shot at the #1 seed in the playoffs, which would have given them a week off to rest and await their next opponent. But they lost to the Colts yesterday, and the cards fell in a way that drops them to the #3 seed, meaning they have to play this weekend.

And oh, those Cowboys...what happened this season. Cowboy fans are in a funk today, and taking back all the bragging they did this season on Facebook. The 'Boys are out of the playoffs after losing to the Redskins on Sunday night.

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Forest Service Says Be Careful With New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Got your fireworks yet? There are just two opportunities each year to buy fireworks in Texas – near the 4th of July, and new New Year’s Eve. Business is good right now at local fireworks stands with the holiday fast approaching. Our own Leslie Reynolds offered tips on where to get the fireworks in a recent blog.

Even though there has been some recent moisture, it’s been another dry year and we shouldn't let the recent rain and snow give us a false sense of security, according to Texas A&M Forest Service officials. Fireworks and piles of dry leaves don’t mix.

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When Do You Take Down the Christmas Tree?

Now that Christmas is over, it's probably time to take down the tree. For most of us anyway. One percent of the population leaves the tree up all year! You know who you are.

How long is too long? Most people take down the tree by early January, and some of us ripped it down as soon as the last present was passed out.

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Weight Loss Program Starts January 7th in Tyler

Every year around the holidays, many of us eat a ton, and then a week later we wonder why in the world we did that to ourselves. Because it tasted good!

If you had to give up the skinny jeans for looser pants this week you're not alone. Carrie Underwood said on Twitter this week, "Had a great Christmas! Lots of family and lots of FOOOOD!!! Had to put the sweatpants on! #stuffedandhappy"

No matter what your size or weight loss goals, a new program will kick off in January in Tyler.

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Longview Church Remembers Newtown Victims

Many images are imprinted on our minds after the Newtown, Connecticut shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, but perhaps one of the most impressive and peaceful images is that of the 26 wooden angels that were erected on a hillside, in memory of the twenty students and six adults that were shot and killed December 14th.

One Longview church has put up a display of their own to honor the Newtown victims.

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Get a Gift Card You Don’t Want? Trade it for Cash!

Gift cards are more popular than ever it seems. They were an easy gift this year for many of us, and quite a few of us received them too.

The research firm CEB TowerGroups says around $110 billion worth of gift cards were sold this year in the United States, up ten percent over 2011.

But if you received one you don't want, you can exchange it for cash.

Here's how it works.

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