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Chris Allen

A little about me, I was born in Duluth. My Grandpa Irv got me started in recording, showing me reel to reel and other tricks of the trade. That's when the bug hit me. I wanted to talk on the radio. He used to play old broadcasts of Philadelphia Radio for me to listen to. I started in radio in 1996 doing overnights and eventually moved up to mornings. I enjoy music, both listening and writing it. My Favorite artists are Van Halen, Michael W. Smith, Def Leppard, Evanescense, Garth Brooks, Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Kellie Pickler, The Beatles.....ok, I could go on and on here, basically, I like good music no matter what it is. My favorite movies are, ‘The Crow’, ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘Stealing Home’, and ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’. My favorite color is Black; my fav food is mac and cheese with turkey burger in it. I am married, with two boys JJ (10) and Sam (4)
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Sonja Snow Dog By Hallbjorn Is About A Real Dog

On KOOL 101.7 we are featuring a song by Hallbjorn that is called "Sonja Snow Dog Loves the Snow". A kind of quirky, folky tune that is nonetheless fun to listen to and fits with all the Christmas Music featured on the station.

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Who Is Rueben The Red Nosed Squirrel, Is He Guiding Santa This Year

There's a new Christmas Character, soon to join the ranks of Rudolph, Frosty, or Charlie in the box (obscure Rudolph reference). He is brand new and makes his debut in a new Christmas video.

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Take Donations During Holiday Season
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Earn Free Tickets To Huskies Games Or UMD Bulldogs Hockey Games For Ringing The Bell

The Salvation Army is asking for your help and in turn will help you. Bell ringers are needed to help with the Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign. The non-profit group says they have nearly 800 two hour shifts that need to be filled, so here's how they will entice you to be a bell ringer.

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Minnesota Ballet Puts On Manhattan Nutcracker, What’s Different About It

The Minnesota Ballet is coming to the Symphony Hall to perform a little different version of The Nutcracker. Instead of being set in the classic Nutcracker stage, this one takes place in New York, in Manhattan.

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Home Free Vocal Band Live in KOOL 101.7 Morning Show [VIDEO][AUDIO]

Back before they were big stars and won the sing off competition on TV, The Home Free Vocal Band stopped in for a visit in the studio and did an interview and then performed live  on the KOOL 101.7 morning show. They did some of their songs form their Christmas Tour.

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A Rare Moment With Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and The Roots Backstage Playing Christmas Music [VIDEO]

Now That Jimmy Fallon has taken over the Tonight Show he has done so much, one thing I enjoy is the backstage performances with children's instruments. Since it's the Christmas season, here's Jimmy with Mariah Carey.

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Elizabeth Chan Releases New “Christmas In The City” Music Video

Elizabeth Chan is the only person that only does Christmas Albums, which is riding high on two hit singles and now three if you count the surprise hit in the Phillippines. Her hit "Christmas In The City" has personal footage for Chan.

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Duluth Jingle Bell Run/Walk This Saturday In Canal Park To Raise Money For Arthritis

The Duluth Jingle Bell Run/Walk gets underway this Saturday starting at 8 am. This event is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and wins awards for one of the best themed races. Arthritis is nation's leading cause of disability. You can race, or you can just walk however far you want to.

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