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What Does It Mean to Have the No. 1 Song in Country Music? (Part 2)

Earlier this year, a movie advertisement promoted its Golden Globe nominations, but the graphic they used flashed the word “winner” across the screen, as in “winner” of several nominations. A casual viewer would believe the film won several Golden Globes, but the ceremony was still weeks away at the time. This sort of tricky advertising isn’t limited to cinema. With several charts and complicated methods of computation, just about anyone can have a No. 1 country song.

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Badly Needing Spring Cleaning!

This is the Mark Mobile. It has survived yet another New England Winter. But it is desperately in need of a bath.

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay: Country’s New ‘Bold’ Hitmakers

Country songs about drinking beer and making love all night have played the role of Goliath for well over a year. The radio is dripping with testosterone -- heck, even females struggle to score a hit unless they’re shooting someone, or so it seems.

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Enjoy An Olympic Curling Experience in the North Country!

The Winter Olympics may be over, but if you enjoyed watching curling you can still enjoy it right here in New England!

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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A Dad Builds His Kid His Own Mission Control! [VIDEO]

 

I'm glad I got to this before Mark Ericson did, because this is the kind of electronic gizmo gadgetry that he "gets" and I only stare at and feel stupid.

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Companys That Provide Freebies on Your Birthday is What Makes America Great [MORNING SHOW POLL]

What do Starbucks, Delta Airlines, and residents of Missouri all have in common?

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Breakfast of Champions??
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Strangest Breakfast I’ve Ever Seen at my House in Rochester!

Saturday night when I got back from seeing Brad Paisley, my two boys were home, and one of them had a friend who was spending the night with us. Everyone had a good time and the next morning two hungry teenage boys were looking for breakfast.

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The kitchen window at the Bob Fuller Media Center.
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More Snow On The Way [NEWS]

While crews are still cleaning up after the weekend Nor'Easter that dropped over a foot of snow on parts of New England, another storm is approaching. We could get another 3 inches of snow in the Tuesday storm

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Honest Employee at Cumby’s in Rochester!

I was out running a few errands last night after work. Even though I wasn't on the radio yesterday, I was in the office working but had barely a voice after catching this cold that's going around.

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