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Danny Merrell

I’m a native Texan and proud of it. I was born and raised in the BBQ Capital of Texas, Lockhart, but I’ve been in East Texas for about 25 years, so this is where my family and I call home. I have a patient, beautiful wife who has kept me in line since 1994, plus 3 great kids…even though they were the cause of my premature balding and greying. I went to college at UT-Austin and Texas A&M, mainly to become a meteorologist. But my love of country music took over, plus, in radio, you never have to grow up. As strange as this may sound, my perfect day would be to spend an entire day in a theater watching nothing but Disney movies. Bring on the popcorn!
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‘Reality’ TV Highlights ‘Rodeo Girls’ Beginning Dec 11th

Beginning this Wednesday, the A&E Channel will launch a new 'docu-series' called 'Rodeo Girls'.  The series will highlight professional barrel racers in competition at various rodeos across the nation...but the cameras won't stop rolling once the riding is done. 

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Lufkin Students Bring Google Glass to the Merrell in the Morning Show

Over the past few months, I had seen some references to 'Google Glass' on various websites and social media pages.  The gist of the stories I heard was that this was going to be the next big thing in the world of technology.  Still, I had no idea what it looked like, nor its practical usage.

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Local Youngsters Review ‘Frozen’

Last week we had a contest on KICKS 105's Merrell in the Morning Show for the chance to win Carmike Cinema tickets to see the new Disney movie, 'Frozen'.  The one stipulation was that the winners had to provide us reviews of the show, preferably from a kid's point of view.

Well, the critics have spoken, or written, and it looks like Disney has another blockbuster (surprised face). 

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Toys for Tots in Full Swing

When the holidays arrive, and actually well before that, you can always count on the Marine Reserves to help area kids with the Toys for Tots program. This year is no exception as Brian Crews and his volunteers have been relentless in making sure that collection boxes are located throughout Angelina and Trinity Counties. 

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Lufkin High School Student is a World Champ

Have you downloaded the QuizUp app yet?  It's a modern day "Jeopardy-type" app that asks over 100,000 questions on hundreds of topics, and it has quickly become one of the most downloaded features on phones and tablets.

And we have a QuizUp world champion in East Texas!

 

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Hudson Coach Vying for Coach of the Year Honors

On December 9th, My Plates will be naming the 2013 Coach of the Year.  7 finalists have been picked and Coach Jimmy Eby at Hudson High School is one of them.  He is the Athletic Director at Hudson and he has also led the Hudson Lady Hornets to back to back state championships in softball.   

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