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Rik Mikals

I’ve been up and down the radio dial as the infamous “WKRP” theme song sings. I started right out of high school in 1988 in my hometown of Clarkston,Washington at KCLK/FM (a country station) and from there moved all over Idaho, Montana, California and Washington state at various radio stations. I was at KMPS-FM in Seattle in the 90’s and moved to Yakima in 1998 as Program Director of 107.3 KFFM-FM. I moved again and again until I was in Bakersfield California at KBKO taking on the legendary Buck Owens as crosstown rivals. I then moved Tri-Cities Washington to be closer to my son and finally have come full circle back to Yakima as the Operations Manager for Townsquare Media.

I bought a farm with my wife Megan in Prosser Wa and have 3 great dogs named Phoebe, Barkley and Roxy who are spoiled. My son is now an aspiring musician and plays and performs and writes original music in his band No Hope. I’m also known for having a never ending knowledge of pop culture and stupid facts and I’m a huge comic book fan having a comic collection easily totally over 5,000 comics.

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Watch the Bull Pen Surprise a Listener With Watershed Passes [VIDEO]

Michele and I strayed from the studio today to seek out some lucky winner and surprise them with a set of Watershed Passes.

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Lessons I’ve Learned From Store Closings — Hastings Edition

Hastings, the entertainment superstore, will be closing their doors forever by Oct. 31 in the Tri-Cities. It's a sad situation, but brick and mortar stores seem to be struggling these days, especially ones catering to the entertainment business.

I liked Hastings and I loved that they expanded over the years to include comic books, clothing and collectible pop-culture items. I loved that I could touch and feel everything before I bought it, but those days seem to be coming to an end ... and sadly, it makes sense.

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Yakima Police Should Start Writing Tickets To Kids

I think the Yakima Police Department should start citing kids this summer around Yakima. I know what you thinking: Why would the Yakima Police Department start handing out tickets to little kids?

I saw this recent story out of Brimfield, Ohio, where police have been ticketing children. Here's why ... 

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Downtown Summer Nights Alumni The Olson Brothers Debut New Song [VIDEO]

We've had Luke and Issac Olson at Downtown Summer Nights the last few years and they always put on a great show. I've become a big fan of the duo and always get excited when they release new music.

They've been working the Northwest concert circuit the last few years and won a songwriting contest in 2013. I think they'll break soon and 929 The Bull will soon be able to say we knew them when. 

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"NuYu" Weight Loss Retreat Helps Battle Australia's Obesity Crisis
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Should Playmate Do Time For Body Shaming? [POLL]

The story is all over the news lately: Just when you think things couldn't get meaner in America, Playmate Dani Mathers has posted a snapshot of a woman getting out of the shower at a health club and body shamed her on Snapchat. The picture went viral as Dani added the comment “If I can’t un-see this, then you can’t either.”

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Michael J. Fox Surprises Crowd Playing ‘Johnny B. Goode’ [VIDEO]

Michael J. Fox has been living with Parkinson's disease since the early '90s after discovering his condition on the set of "Doc Hollywood." He was given 10 years to live if he was lucky, but 23 years later he's still with us. Fox's Foundation has $450 million for Parkinson's research and he managed to surprise everyone at a recent concert playing two classic songs from "Back To The Future."

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Rubik’s Cube Magician Stuns Crowd [VIDEO]

I loved my Rubik's Cube as a kid but there is no way I can do the tricks this guy is doing. I read that he practices 6-8 hours a day to perfect the tricks her performs. He stuns even Simon Cowell.

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Car-aoke With The Morning Bull Pen — Day 1

Read their lips: You. Could. Win. Watershed. Passes.

Yup, it's that simple. Starting today (Monday), Rik and Michele are offering you the opportunity to win passes to the second weekend (Aug...

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Our Tribute To The Fallen Officers In Dallas [VIDEO]

The shootings in Dallas last night leave a constant reminder that hate and violence are still rampant in our country. It is sad to see a peaceful protest become a vehicle in which terror rains down on innocent people. We sadly lost five police officers last night and lives were crushed and chained. The families that bare the tragedy will possibly never recover and think of the children that are left behind.

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‘The Catch Pen:’ Rik — and Jennifer Nettles — Have Some Watershed News for You! [VIDEO]

Michele had the day off today, but resourceful Rik didn't let it faze him -- he found a fill-in to help him scout out the week ahead for the Morning Bull Pen...

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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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