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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.
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Prosser Fire Burns A Little Too Close To Home [PHOTOS]

The Horse Heaven Hills were aflame Sunday night -- just beyond my backyard on Byron Road in Prosser. My wife shot some photos of the out-of-control wildfire. I'm a Washington native, and I've always lived near a few fires but never have I seen a fire this close up. 

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Tri-Cities Band Night Argent Debut New Video [VIDEO]

I've known Chase (from Night Argent) and his Dad for a few years and I'm excited to see a brand new video from Chase's band Night Argent. They've gone through a few name changes such as Chase and The Reach, Goodnight Argent and finally settling on Night Argent a few years back.

They've released an album and several EP's and with each new release the music keeps getting stronger and stronger. I'm totally mystified why they haven't broken through yet.

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Gigs: Arthurs Day - The Guinness 250th Anniversary
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Rik’s ’90s Lost Classic — Chumbawamba ‘Tubthumping’ [VIDEO]

I grew up listening to the radio, in an era when you couldn't just dial up a song anytime you wanted. You were at the mercy of your local DJ.

You had to sit by the radio with a tape recorder, and when a song came on that you liked, you pressed "record," hoping to grab the song in its entirety. The only issue was that at times the disc jockey's voice covered over your song. For me that didn't matter, though -- it just made the mix tape more interesting. I dedicate this blog to the various songs that have come and gone, but will forever remain in that Walkman of the past.

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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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Gigs: Arthurs Day - The Guinness 250th Anniversary
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Rik’s ’90s Lost Classic — Natalie Umbruglia ‘Torn’ [VIDEO]

I grew up listening to the radio, in an era when you couldn't just dial up a song anytime you wanted. You were at the mercy of your local DJ.

You had to sit by the radio with a tape recorder, and when a song came on that you liked, you pressed "record," hoping to grab the song in its entirety. The only issue was that at times the disc jockey's voice covered over your song. For me that didn't matter, though -- it just made the mix tape more interesting. I dedicate this blog to the various songs that have come and gone, but will forever remain in that Walkman of the past.

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Pasco Police Department Should Start Writing Tickets To Kids

I'm a huge fan of the Pasco Police Department's Facebook page. The daily posts are informative and occasionally you get a little chuckle here and there proving that law enforcement officials can have a sense of humor.

I think the Pasco Police Department should start citing kids this summer. I know what you thinking...why would the Pasco Police Department start handing out tickets to little kids.

I saw this recent story out of Brimfield, Ohio.  Police have been ticketing children and here is why... 

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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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Rik’s ’90s Lost Classic — Savage Garden ‘I Want You’ [VIDEO]

I grew up listening to the radio, in an era when you couldn't just dial up a song anytime you wanted. You were at the mercy of your local DJ.

You had to sit by the radio with a tape recorder, and when a song came on that you liked, you pressed "record," hoping to grab the song in its entirety. The only issue was that at times the disc jockey's voice covered over your song. For me that didn't matter, though -- it just made the mix tape more interesting. I dedicate this blog to the various songs that have come and gone, but will forever remain in that Walkman of the past.

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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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Rik’s ’90s Lost Classic — Alanis Morrisette ‘Ironic’ [VIDEO]

I grew up listening to the radio, in an era when you couldn't just dial up a song anytime you wanted. You were at the mercy of your local DJ.

You had to sit by the radio with a tape recorder, and when a song came on that you liked, you pressed "record," hoping to grab the song in its entirety. The only issue was that at times the disc jockey's voice covered over your song. For me that didn't matter, though -- it just made the mix tape more interesting. I dedicate this blog to the various songs that have come and gone, but will forever remain in that Walkman of the past.

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Rik’s ’90s Lost Classic — Hanson ‘MMMBOP’ [VIDEO]

I grew up listening to the radio, in an era when you couldn't just dial up a song anytime you wanted. You were at the mercy of your local DJ.

You had to sit by the radio with a tape recorder, and when a song came on that you liked, you pressed "record," hoping to grab the song in its entirety. The only issue was that at times the disc jockey's voice covered over your song. For me that didn't matter, though -- it just made the mix tape more interesting. I dedicate this blog to the various songs that have come and gone, but will forever remain in that Walkman of the past.

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