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St. Jude Radiothon Underway, Honors Memory of East Texas Girl

In 2013, just before our annual KICKS 105 St Jude Radiothon, we ran the following story about a young girl from East Texas who was diagnosed with brain cancer during the Christmas holidays of 2012.  Even though she couldn't make an in-studio visit with us, she provided the spark and beauty that kept us going through our event.  

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ToC Encore: Pushing Pause for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

For 25 years, country radio has stepped up to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and on Thursday and Friday (March 6 and 7), Taste of Country is joining that effort. Head writer Billy Dukes explains how artists like Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow jumped at a chance to help with the first-annual webathon, and how you can participate.

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Dierks Bentley’s ‘Riser’ Hits No. 1

Dierks Bentley has another hit on his hands! The singer's seventh studio album, 'Riser,' was unleashed onto the music scene just last week, but it's already landed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Country Albums chart!

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Merrell In The Morning Fun You May Have Missed – March 5th, 2014

Today's Celebrations

Ash Wednesday
Discover What Your Name Means Day
National Absinthe Day
Annie Oakley Day - On this day in particular, in 1922, Annie broke all existing records for women’s trap shooting. She smashed 98 out of 100 clay targets thrown at 16 yards while at a match at the Pinehurst Gun Club in North Carolina. She hit the first fifty, missed the 51st, then the 67th.

 

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Father/Daughter Taylor Swift Medley

Forget daddy-daughter dances! Adorable little Mia and her father, Bryan (formerly of boyband LMNT), show country fans (and everyone else) that daddy-daughter duets are where it's at. The Las Vegas-based pair are hopelessly devoted to Taylor Swift, belting the words to '22,' 'Mean' and 'You Belong With Me' in one awesome medley.

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Hank Williams, Jr. and Alabama Sign on to Play SeaWorld Shows

Controversy over SeaWorld has been rocking the boat both socially and in country music, and while some artists have declined to play at the park's events, others are on the other side of the pool.

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Champs from Thursday’s County Fair Visit KICKS 105

Grooming, showing, judging, and nerves went late into the evening yesterday for day 3 of the Angelina County Fair at the Expo Center.  The full list of those who fared quite well is below, but we were fortunate enough to have some of those youngsters on the Merrell in the Morning Show today. 

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Scotty McCreery, Jay DeMarcus + More to Wait Tables for Charity

Some of country's most well-known artists are trading their boots and jeans for waiters' uniforms!

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Exclusive: Kevin Fowler Revived ‘Before Somebody Gets Hurt’ for ‘How Country Are Ya?’ [Watch + Listen]

'Before Somebody Gets Hurt' was actually written for Kevin Fowler's previous album, 'Chippin' Away,' but it didn't make the cut. That didn't mean it was erased from the Texas-based singer's memory. In fact, he loved it so much, he breathed a little new life into the track and put it on his upcoming album, 'How Country Are Ya?'

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Comedian, Country Singer Tim Wilson Dead

Comedian Tim Wilson died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday (Feb. 26). The 52-year-old was known nationwide, but especially among country crowds who appreciated the comedy of Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy.

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Tim McGraw Opens Up About the Emotional Process of Making a Record

Tim McGraw is one thoughtful guy! The superstar, who will release his newest album in May, opens up about the emotional workout of creating a record that will be meaningful to both the artist and the fans.

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Jeff Gordon Returns With an Even More Terrifying ‘Test Drive’ [VIDEO]

Jeff Gordon is at it again.

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