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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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Neon, A Little Glow, Blacklights, a DJ, and Running Shoes = Cedar Rapids First Ever “Rave Run”!

Face it, when it comes to true partying in this area, you're kinda limited.  Sure, you can head to the bars, but, well... yeah.  And what if you're not of age?  So how would you feel about this: a live DJ, plenty of blacklights and neon, outside, with an awesome view?  Not Cedar Rapids, right?  WRONG!  Get ready for an awesome first time event August 16th.

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3rd Ave Bridge - Cedar rapids
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Cedar Rapids Flood Watch 2014: More Closures as Crest Nears

Today is the day the Cedar River is expected to crest.  With a dry day forecasted, on top of little additional rain yesterday, residents are breathing a bit easier.  A drive into downtown though, shows waters have risen overnight, as anticipated, and more closings have continued to come in, including more than just the roads.  When will the river crest and how high? When will it start dropping back down?  

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Category: Local News, News
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Cedar Rapids Cherry Hill Aquatic Center Set to Re-Open Tuesday

Quite the frenzy was caused Friday as news spread that Cherry Hill Aquatic Center would be closed for an undetermined amount of time, as glass was broken along the pool's edge, with some falling into the pool. Today, we find out crews have been busy, and the pool is set to re-open sooner than expected.

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Category: Articles, Local News
Downtown Cedar Rapids June 2008
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Rising Cedar River Waters Raising Concerns as Roads Begin Closing. See Which Roads Have Closed

It's been 6 years since it happened. But no matter how much time passes, the "F" word still makes us all nervous, even though some minor flooding has become a yearly occurrence. However, all this rain lately has got many of us nervous, especially as we see the flooded areas to the north, (which will be headed our way soon), and start to hear about the road closures. How bad will it get?

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Category: Local News, News
Cedar Rapids Storm Damage 6/16/14
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Damage Across Cedar Rapids, More Could Be Coming. Avoid These Locations. [PHOTOS]

Last night was certainly a wild one across Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas. This morning, we're seeing plenty of damage and branches down. And as more could be coming the rest of the week, we join many media outlets asking for your pictures. And it's not because we're nosey, it's actually quite important.

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Category: Articles, Local News, Photos
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A “Jamgrass” Concert in Cedar Rapids… So What Is “Jamgrass”?

This weekend marks the 2nd of our McGrath Music on the River series, as the group Tallgrass takes the Thomas L. Cardella stage.  What's awesome about these concerts, is you get to bring your kids, plus the setting is awesome (the new McGrath Amphitheater), and you have the chance to experience different styles/flavors of music.  Last time was reggae, and this time is Jamgrass... which is what exactly? 

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Category: Articles, Concerts, Videos

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