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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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Little Girl’s Wonder Woman Lunch Box Violates School Rules [POLL]

For one young girl, the highlight of the first day of school was going to be taking her bright new Wonder Woman lunchbox to class.

But it didn't go that way. Instead, she was sent home with a note from school officials asking that she leave her prized lunchbox at home. School regulations, as it turns out, deem any superhero image "violent" and therefore forbidden under the dress code.

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Rising Nashville Star Clare Dunn Calls The Bullpen To Talk “Move On” (VIDEO)

She's Nashville's biggest secret right now, but after Watershed Weekend, she should be on her way to country music stardom! Clare Dunn is riding the wave of success with her song "Move On," which has been climbing the charts. I got a chance to talk with this Colorado native in the Bull Pen and hear about her musical influences and what it's like to open for some of country music's biggest stars in her quest to make it to the top.

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The Olson Brothers Band Visits the Bull During Yakima Trip

The Bull is hosting this week's Downtown Summer Nights and we caught a break -- one of the main acts stopped by for a visit.

Luke and Isaac Olson from the Olson Brothers Band talked with Rik about growing up in Eastern Washington, how they got into music and how they're making their way in country music.

The Olympia-based band plays at Thursday's

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Country Star Lynn Anderson Passes Away at 67 [VIDEO]

92.9 The Bull has just learned that Lynn Anderson has passed away. Our condolences to her family and friends. She was 67.

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Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Reportedly Divorcing After Four-Year Marriage

Stunning news for country music today: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are apparently divorcing after four years of marriage.

TMZ reports Shelton filed the petition in Oklahoma some time back and that a judge is expected to formally end the marriage today

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If Minimum Wages Were Higher, Would You Still Tip Your Servers?

Ever since Seattle decided to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour last year, cities around Washington have been watching closely -- and wondering whether they should follow suit.

It sounds appealing at first glance

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Steven Tyler's New Video Is Love Is Your Name
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Rock Icon Releases New Country Song Video (VIDEO)

Steven Tyler is already famous for fronting Aerosmith for several decades, but sometimes the line between rock and country can get musically murky when artists like Tyler embrace a new genre. I don't think it's too much of a stretch these days -- rock guitars have replaced steel guitars on recent country hits from artists like Eric Church and Jason Aldean. Tyler, who has a new song and a new video, is just the latest to bridge the two styles.

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How Important is Preserving Your Family Name? [POLL]

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I was adopted in my teens, and for the past few years I've been thinking about going back to my birth name.

But my son isn't convinced. He doesn't want to change his last name.

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Rik's father, Rik (at about age 18) and his grandmother.
Rik's father, Rik (at about age 18) and his grandmother.
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The Greatest Lesson My Father Ever Taught Me

I wasn't one of the lucky ones who had a father around all the time when I was growing up.

I grew up in foster homes, finally having the good fortune to land in the home of a couple who I came to love as much as any biological parents.

My real father was the black sheep of the family. I saw him every seven years or so, when he'd stop by and drop off another new bike. But after my grandfather passed away, he taught me a lesson that has stuck with me for years.

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David Letterman’s First Radio Audition Tape Exposed (AUDIO)

I couldn't believe the Shane Company has been in business as long as it has when I listened to the first David Letterman radio audition tape. Dave had to get his start somewhere, and radio was his first stop on the long road to a successful broadcasting career.

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Willie and Merle Release ‘It’s All Going to Pot’ on 4/20 (VIDEO)

It seems fitting that two of the biggest outlaws in country music decided to release a song called "It's All Going to Pot" on 4/20. Willie, at the tender age of 81, still has the vocal chops to make this song a fun romp. Merle's distinct vocals also bellow through, proving there's still quite a bit of steam left in those lungs.

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Free Coffee With a Random Act of Bullness [VIDEO]

Cefus and Michele headed out this morning for another Random Act Of Bullness, surprising listeners with free coffee at 40th Ave. Espresso. Listeners had to know the code word "Michele Is The Best" to get a free cup of java ... which seems a little suspicious to me.

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