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Chris Carson

Longtime music fan, I didn't catch the radio bug till college up at Winona State University in Minnesota. After that, well as they say, the rest is history. Once radio gets in your system, there's nothing else you can think of doing. And I'm glad that road has landed me here in Cedar Rapids. I'm not a born Cedar Rapidian, but am a Chicago burbs implant. First radio gig was doing mornings on Soft Rock KREZ in Cape Girardeau, MO, so being back on the format is a welcome home. Since that start though, I've become a father of 2 (9 yr old daughter Mikayla and 5yr old son Nathan), and husband to an amazing wife, Lauren, for 12 years (my HS sweetheart). We also have a cat, although we're dog people at heart. Besides here and Cape Girardeau, I've also in small town Illinois, and have been on almost all formats, including Country, Classic Rock, "Oldies", and Pop stations, but like I said before, being on KDAT is like a return to my roots. I love being a part of closing out your workday and getting you home to relax and unwind.
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Get To Know NewBo Music Festival Artist Allen Stone

We are now just about a week away from the NewBo Music Festival, coming up August 8th.  Hopefully by now you've grabbed your tickets and are just as excited as we are to see the headliners Young the Giant and Allen Stone.  Maybe you've even heard that we're giving you the chance to meet them.

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A Word To The Wise When Driving On Rural Iowa Roads

We're coming up on one of the most active times of year across the country, harvest time.  Farmers have been fine tuning their equipment making sure everything is ready for the big haul, while the rest of us have been watching the crops grow taller.  Of course, that brings on bigger concerns, especially at rural intersections.

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Mom in the ‘Diner Owner Yelling At A Toddler’ Shares Her Side

I was raised to understand that there's two sides to every story, and it's something I try to teach my kids. However, so many of us are so quick to judge everything before hearing both sides. We come across it everyday, and it often leads to bullying. Such was the case in the Maine Diner story, where the owner lost patience with a 'screaming child' and yelled at 'it'. The mother is finally sharing her side, and it might clarify things.

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Category: Articles, Family
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Bill Pugliano - Getty Images
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Eliminating Dangerous Driving Around Downtown Cedar Rapids

There's too many times I sit in the studio overlooking downtown, and see people driving the wrong way down a one way, or on the other side of the street on a 2 way.  It's just dangerous.  No matter how many signs are posted, the downtown is confusing for outsiders (especially with the many construction projects), causing frustration among locals, and dangerous for pedestrians and bike riders. But that'll soon be changing.

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