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Rik Mikals

I've been up and down the radio dial -- as the infamous "WKRP" theme song says. 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 '90s and moved to Yakima in '98 as Program Director of KFFM. I moved again and again until I was in Bakersfield Calif., and then Tri-Cities. Finally I have come full circle back to Yakima as the Operations Manager for KFFM. I bought a farm in Prosser and have two great dogs named Phoebe and Barkley. My son is an aspiring musician who plays, performs and writes original music in his band, No Hope. I'm known for having a never-ending knowledge of pop culture, and I'm a huge comic book fan -- I have a collection easily totaling more than 5,000 comics.
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Uncorked Wine Festival Returns To Yakima [VIDEO]

The Yakima Uncorked Wine Festival returns to downtown Yakima this weekend, and the weather forecast looks great. You'll be able to enjoy wines grown right here in our valley, plus exquisite food.

Yakima Uncorked invites you to celebrate the rich culture of our community featuring; wine, beer, food, arts, and live music right in the heart of wine country.

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The Top 5 Things I Miss About My Fathers [PHOTOS]

I was one of those kids that you might think had a rough childhood. I was in foster care when I was 5 and I was adopted at 12. I can't lie and say there weren't tough times, but age and time have given me perspective, and I've come to realize that something bad always comes with something good...

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Relay For Life Of Yakima Raises Big Dollars Despite Weather [VIDEO]

Relay for Life, spearheaded by the American Cancer Society, managed to raise some big dollars over the weekend even with weather being less than satisfactory. I was doing the announcements late Saturday at Franklin Middle School and the sun and clouds came and went making for a roller coaster day of highs and lows. It speaks to the tenacity of the walkers on the track as they didn't allow the weather to hinder their enthusiasm and devotion to walking and raising money for the American Cancer Society.

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5 Reasons I Love Announcing The Selah Community Days Parade

The Selah Community Days parade is this Saturday and I have a long tradition of hosting the parade as the onstage announcer. I receive no compensation for my time, but I do love giving back to the community -- and that is one way each year that I can donate to various charities. This year, I thought it would be fun to peel back the curtain and reveal the five reasons why I love announcing the Selah parade.

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929 The Bull DJ Gets Into Twitter War With Sam Jackson [POLL]

Michele and I are divided on the subject of whether celebrities owe us anything for seeing their movies or listening to their music.

It all started when one of our weekend personalities, "The Fitz," ran into Samuel L. Jackson over the weekend at a radio convention in Las Vegas and was rebuffed when he asked for a photo with the movie star. Fitz is a huge fan and was upset when Jackson turned him down. So Fitz went to Twitter and voiced his displeasure -- and Sam Jackson (yes, THEE Samuel L. Jackson) responded.

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Bakersfield, Buck, Merle and Me — Life Lessons for a Young DJ [PHOTOS]

In 2005 I accepted a job in Bakersfield, Calif., at KBKO-FM. I was hired to compete directly against country legend Buck Owens' KUZZ-FM, which has been a country radio music staple since Buck bought the station in 1966.

I was coming from The Bull in Yakima, having done well in the ratings and I was looking to make my mark in a big city. I thought I was going to take the city by storm, but in the end I realized that there was much more to Bakersfield than just radio ... it had this incredible country music legacy that included Owens and Merle Haggard. I didn't know it at the time, but I was in for a musical education I'd never forget.

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Pop Country Versus Traditional Country At The ACM’s (POLL)

Kelsea Ballerini and Nick Jonas are scheduled to perform at the ACM's this weekend and it's now been announced that Dolly Parton and Katy Perry will perform as well. Pop Stars have occasionally crossed over to country - Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Darius Rucker (From Hootie and The Blowfish) and Bon Jovi to name a few. Some have gone pop from country like Kenny Rogers, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain. I ask you this... do you think country music is becoming cluttered and blurring the lines between pop music and country music?

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R.I.P., Patty Duke — My TV Crush

Patty Duke passed away unexpectedly today (March 29) at the age of 69. A lot of people might not recognize that name, but you might know her best as the mother of actor Sean Astin (of "Goonies" fame).

I loved Nick-At-Nite back in the early '90s as it would show older TV sitcoms from the '50s and '60s,all in their black and white splendor.

My first encounters with these shows included "The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" and "The Patty Duke Show," but I was most enamored with Patty Duke.

She was cute, bubbly and sassy, and because she played identical cousins there were two of her.

It wasn't until years later that I discovered that she dealt with many inner demons and later diagnosed with manic depression (now known as bipolar disorder) in 1982, long before the term became mainstream.

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Bull Announces New Chris Young Show Coming To Northwest [VIDEO]

Another great country concert is coming to the Northwest this September and it features Chris Young and Cassadee Pope, who currently are dueting on the hit song "Think Of You." The duo will hit the stage at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup on Sept. 19.

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110-Year-Old Might Not Get Her Birthday Wish — No Naps After Video of Her Cranky TV Interview Goes Viral [VIDEO]

A Spokane Valley woman who stymied a Fox TV reporter hoping for a feel-good story Monday by saying she wasn't excited about her 110th birthday party or seeing her relatives might not get her birthday wish.

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