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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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Before Hitting The Road Tonight, Read This!

As much as you might try to avoid it, it's almost inevitable you might have to drive as the kids are out trick or treating.  Whether it's coming home from work a bit late, a quick run to get more candy, or carting the kids around from neighborhood to neighborhood, there's some overlooked habits you might want to check yourself on.

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Halloween is A Fun Night For Pets Too, Right? Probably Not.

Pets and Halloween don't always mix well.  Sure, they look totally adorable in those costumes, but should you take them trick or treating? And how will they handle those strange, and creepy, costumes coming to the door?  You might want to review these tips courtesy of Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control to keep them safe.

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Halloween is Truly Terrifying, Especially as a Parent

While Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year for kids, it's somewhat terrifying for adults, and we're not just talking traditional frights.  Sending your kid out on a night where everyone is outside, and cars are everywhere, it's enough to turn any parent's hair grey instantly.  So here's a couple of ideas to keep in mind to make sure all kids stay safe, courtesy of Office Stokesberry, co-coordinator of the Linn County Safe Kids Coalition.

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Xmas Jammies Family Takes On Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre

They've been a viral sensation for almost a year now, and probably will be for quite some time.  They are the Holderness Family, who brought us the classic, #XmasJammies, that annoyed us with the cuteness of their creativity.  They've since made a couple other parodies, but this might be their best yet, as they give a Halloween spin to the classic "Gin and Juice," titled "Kin and Moose"

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Iowa Restaurant to Close Its Doors After IRS Seizes Accounts; No Crime Committed

A restaurant owner in Arnold's Park got the shock of her life, when out of no where, the IRS knocked on her door last year claiming they had seized her checking account.  Was she being accused of money laundering, cheating on her taxes, or some other crime?  Nope.  The reason was quite a bit more shocking.

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A Conversation with Pianist Lorie Line – Win Tickets to Her Concert

Earlier today, I got the chance to talk with Lorie Line, who will be coming to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts in November for a Christmas show.  Some of you may be familiar with her, as she's one of the top performing female pianists in the business, and she's been through Coralville the last couple years.

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Need a Quick, Easy, and Cheap Costume Idea? We’ve Got A Couple.

Your boss just informed you that all are expected to wear costumes for Halloween.  Or maybe a friend has invited you to their costume party?  Maybe you'll be at 'Dracula Returns' tonight, and are planning on coming to the Afterparty, and want to compete in the costume contest.  Problem is, you have no clue what to dress up as, and no money to throw away on an overpriced costume. Don't get scared! We've come to the rescue.

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Forget the Superstitions… Here’s 9 Great Things About Black Cats

Halloween is now just a week away, which means the night of ghosts, monsters, witches, and black cats is coming up.  There's just so many superstitions, especially involving black cats. Poor kitties.  As a black cat owner myself, I can tell you there's more good than bad to making a black cat part of your home. 

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What Wine Pairs Perfectly With That Candy

The joys of Halloween night, where kids gather endless amounts of candy, while the parents stay home and pass it out, and indulge in their own "candy".  But why should you only have one or the other?  Finally, a list has been released pairing wines with classic candy (as if you needed another reason to raid that treat bag).

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