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I’ve been up and down the radio dial as the famous "WKRP" line goes. I started right out of high school in 1988 in my hometown of Clarkston, Wash,, at KCLK – a country station -- and from there moved all over Idaho, Montana, California and Washington state at various radio stations. I was on KMPS in Seattle in the 1990s and moved to Yakima in 1998 as program director of KFFM. I moved again and again until I was in Bakersfield, Calif,, and then Tri-Cities, and then back to Yakima, and again to Tri-Cities and more! I bought a farm in Prosser a few years back with my wife Megan, and we have three great dogs named Phoebe, Barkley and Roxy. My son is an aspiring musician and plays, performs and writes original music. I also have a stepson named Kyran. I’m known for having a never-ending knowledge of pop culture and easily get addicted to TV reality shows. I love "Star Trek," Mustangs (the car) and '80s music. I’m a huge comic book fan, having a comic collection easily totaling more than 6,000 comics.
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Jason Michael Carroll, American Honey Warm Up Yakima With a Smooth Acoustic Show [PHOTOS]

Nothing like some warm-as-flannel acoustic country to take the edge off a December night in Yakima.

And Sunday evening, that's exactly what the audience at the Seasons Performance Hall got as Jason Michael Carroll and American Honey brewed up a soothing blend of sounds that went down nice and easy...

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Yakima Union Gospel Mission Comes Up Short for Thanksgiving, Seeks Community Donations

The Yakima Union Gospel Mission -- which has helped thousands of hungry local families and individuals over the years -- needs some help of its own now.

Donations are down lately, and the mission doesn't have enough food for Thanksgiving.

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Washington Secretary of State's office
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Washington State Had A Bombastic Politician Before Trump

The presidential election is finally over A lot of folks are upset over the harshness and crassness of the campaigns. It was a new low in American politics that will set the stage for all the elections that follow.

You might think Donald Trump was the first to speak his mind so bluntly, but I  recall growing up in Washington when another politician was bombastic, loud and "Trump-like" -- and she ended up becoming governor.

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Here’s How to Get An ‘I Voted’ Sticker In Washington State

I was bummed as I dropped off my ballot this morning at the ballot box in Prosser because I see my Facebook friends in voting booth states sporting their "I voted" stickers. I think it would be great in mail-in ballot states if they included those stickers in our ballot envelope.

I did some snooping and here's what I found for Washington state voters who can't find those stickers.

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Prosser FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team
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Prosser FFA Students Take Third in National Competition

Here's another reason to be "Prosser proud:" Prosser High School's FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team just walked away with third place in the country at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis!

And Prosser's Robyn Denny was named Outstanding Individual for the whole contest!

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Home Stretch: Zach Hinson, Redwood Son Close Out the 2016 Downtown Summer Nights Season [VIDEO]

 

 

We just might've saved the best for last.

Downtown Summer Nights closes out the 2016 season Thursday evening on North Front Street with Redwood Son and Yakima homeboy Zach Hinson. It'll be a night of country, Americana and real-life musical storytelling.

Yeah -- wear your boots, if you want.

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Category: Concerts, Events
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98.3 The Key’s Top 5 Song Picks For Foreigner At The Fair [VIDEO]

Foreigner is coming to the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo August 25th. It's going to be a fantastic night of music highlighted by massive hits and a rock band still sounding great past their prime radio single days. I'm excited and I thought I'd walk you down memory lane celebrating the music of Foreigner and get you ready for the fair sing-a-longs

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Category: Concerts, Videos

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