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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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Heat Warnings Continue Across East Texas

Venturing outside these days makes it hard to breathe. Even walking from the nice, cool office out to the car after work can make a girl sweat. And we don't even want to talk about that temperature inside the car. Ouch! Those seats are sizzlin'.

We probably don't have to tell you that a heat advisory is in effect for much of East Texas through 7 p.m. Thursday. But what does that mean exactly?

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Babysitters Earn More Than You Might Think

With school out, babysitting is a good summer job for teens. After you read this, you might want to quit your adult day job and find a babysitting gig instead! The pay ain’t too shabby.

Fifty years ago, babysitters might have earned a dollar or so any hour, and then in the 70′s and 80′s prices started to rise. How much are babysitters earning now?

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Weight Loss Shows Encourage East Texans to Shed Pounds

Have you ever watched one of those weight loss shows and decided to cut the chips and candy bars from your diet the next day?

It's hard NOT to be inspired by the 50, 100, and 200 pound weight loss stories. After one year, Nyla lost 157 pounds on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. The stories have been just as powerful on The Biggest Loser, and casting is underway now if you want to be part of that show during the upcoming 14th season.

Who in East Texas is taking off the pounds?

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Lon Morris College Moves Forward Despite Bankruptcy

With much restructuring this summer, there may have been some doubt about whether there really would be a “back to school” at Lon College in Jacksonville.

Back in May, the president resigned and most of the faculty and staff was furloughed. Then two weeks ago the college filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Tyler court, and said in a statement it was operating with core staff and had support from creditors to restructure. A Tyler judge oversees the bankruptcy proceedings from here on out.

Will classes happen this fall?

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Should We Bring a Wife-Carrying Championship to Tyler?

These athletes are serious! Check out the video for the recent wife-carrying contest, won for the 4th time by a couple from Finland.

It got me thinking, what if we organized a similar event in Tyler? Husbands, are you strong enough to pile your wives on your shoulders and carry her over hurdles and through water without dumping her and without falling down?

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East Texas Lakes Draw ‘Staycationers’

Sure it’s great to jet off to an exotic location in the summertime and sit by a resort swimming pool and sip beverages with umbrellas in them. But since Hawaii is not on everyone’s agenda or in all of our budgets, we’ve come up with some other ideas to have fun closer to home, and maybe discover some cool places that you didn’t know existed.

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Ever Posted An Unflattering Facebook Pic of a Friend?

Most of us have done it. We've posted a picture to our Facebook profiles and tagged a friend, and that picture doesn't exactly show the friend's best side. Sometimes it's a drunk photo, sometimes it's goofy, and sometimes friends just don't like it and say, "Why in the world did you post THAT? My hair isn't right. I look fat. I don't have makeup on. Thanks a lot."

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‘No Refusal Weekend’ Still in Effect Even After Fourth of July

On an average weekend, drinking too much and getting behind the wheel is a bad idea.

And this week and weekend we've got a fun holiday full of barbecues, family time, and hanging out with friends. By all means, live it up! But there is extra incentive now to have someone else drive your happy self home.

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