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Rik Mikals

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.
The Los Angeles World Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange"
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Dr. Strange Takes Marvel Movies To The Next Level – Rik’s Review

I was never the biggest Dr. Strange growing up and I always liked him better in a group setting in such books as The Defenders. I knew his origin and had a few issues but was never fascinated by the character until Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as Dr. Stephen Strange. I loved Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game so I was already a fan of his acting and I couldn't wait to see his take on the good doctor.

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Photo courtesy of Jason Michael Carroll
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Jason Michael Carroll Will Play An Acoustic Show at the Seasons Dec. 4

Country singer and songwriter Jason Michael Carroll is coming back to the Yakima Valley, playing a Dec. 4 acoustic set at the Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N...

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Ty Herndon Will Debut New Music Tonight at the Seasons Performance Hall [VIDEO]

When country star Ty Herndon takes the stage tonight at The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima he'll be debuting tracks from his new album, "House On Fire." I've been listening to the new music and one of the songs, "Fighter," appears to be an early fan favorite.

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Yakima Picks This Year’s CMA Entertainer Of The Year [POLL]

The Country Music Awards are tonight (Nov. 2) in Nashville and the big prize is the Entertainer of The Year award for country music artists. It's a coveted award by the artists themselves, as it is seen as the ultimate accomplishment. Luke Bryan has won it two years in a row, but this year competition is tough. You can take our poll and we'll reveal who Yakima wants to win on The Morning Bullpen.

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Did Someone Die On Our Prosser Farm?

It's Halloween, and my wife and I have just moved out of our 100-year-old farmhouse in Prosser. It had never occurred to me that someone could've died in the house, but with a place that old, something creepy must've happened, right? I just had to find out!

Here's what I discovered ...

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Pumpkin Carving Contest Doesn’t Net A Win For 929 The Bull Morning Bullpen

It was our second year of competing in the Carve Out For Hunger Celebrity Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Selah Civic Center on October 22nd and it was our second straight lose. Tracy Dial, Tim Adams and the crew from KNDO thwarted us again. The good news is the contest was for a great cause and raised over 70,000 meals for Northwest Harvest and helps stock the shelves at the food bank.

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Maryhill Museum of Art Is Still Open Until Nov. 15 [PHOTOS]

I stopped by the Maryhill Museum of Art on my honeymoon back in 2011 because I had never been there. I thought it was a cool place to explore and I enjoyed going inside the facility. The museum shuts down for the season on Nov. 15, but it still has several great family events to attend before then.

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Tickets Go On Sale Friday for Chris Stapleton-Maren Morris Show in Seattle

Chris Stapleton, the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same CMA Awards ceremony, is bringing his special brand of country to Seattle's KeyArena next spring. He's also bringing a special guest, Maren Morrris.

Tickets for the March 28 show go on sale Friday on LiveNation.

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Am I Too Sick to Go to Work Today?

It's that time of year again ... and none of us is immune. Not even me!

Yup -- a nasty, stubborn cold has been making its way around our offices, and after hearing all the coughing and nose-blowing echo down the halls for the past few weeks, the bug finally landed in my work space.

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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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