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Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival Ticket Winners Announced!

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SHINER, TX – It’s was a packed house at TKO’s Bar and Grill for Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival On-Tour, featuring Larry Joe Taylor, Dave Perez of the Tejas Brothers, and Koe Wetzel. Listeners and visitors to the Texas Thunder Radio Music Showcase had the opportunity to register to win tickets to Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival and Chili Cook Off coming up at the end of April at Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville.

And the winners are…

SCOTT HENKE – Hallettsville, Texas
FRANK S. – College Station, Texas
DUSTY DROUIN – Shiner, Texas
HEATHER PATTERSON – Shiner, Texas
MICHAEL ZWESCHPER – Schulenburg, Texas
DIANE JUREK – Shiner, Texas
CAVAN HARPER – Sweet Home, Texas
BRODY POPP – Shiner, Texas
DENISE MOORE – Hallettsville, Texas
COLBY SCHINDLER – Hallettsville, Texas
COLTON EPPS – Shiner, Texas
MATT FRIEDEL – Yoakum, Texas
CULLEN HARPER – Sweet Home, Texas
SHIRLEY STREEKFUS – Weimar, Texas
RICKY OSBORNE – Moulton, Texas
WANDA LANGHAMER – Schulenburg, Texas
CIERRA NASH – Cost, Texas
BRITTNEY STOCK – Mont, Texas
CHRISTINA OCHOA – Schulenburg, Texas
AARON STOCK – Hallettsville, Texas

Congratulations and Thank You all for joining us at TKO’s for the Texas Thunder Radio Music Showcase!

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Eight Ivy Leagues accept 1st-generation immigrant with exceptional writing talent

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By TJH

Ron Koeberer/Getty Images(WALNUT, Calif.) — Cassandra Hsiao and her family may not speak English in a typical way, but the high school senior’s talent with words has caught the attention of all the Ivy League colleges.

Last week, Hsiao, a first generation immigrant from Malaysia who lives in Walnut, California, received the exciting news that she had been accepted to not just one, but all eight Ivy League schools — a feat few have achieved.

“It was incredible,” she told ABC News. “I wasn’t home at the time, but I was Facetiming my parents and there were tears on both sides of the screen.”

Hsiao, a senior at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), immigrated to the U.S. when she was about five years old. Her mother was born in Malaysia, while her father was from Taiwan.

Josh Wood, the director at the OCSA, praised Hsiao for her success in academics and devotion to her creative work. He said her dedication is remarkable.

“If anyone is going to do it, it’s going to be her,” Wood told ABC News.

Her applications to the Ivy League colleges included not just her impressive resume, but also an essay about learning to speak English.

She talked about her family’s unique ways of pronouncing English words at home, where “snake is snack and there’s no difference between cast and cash,” but they understand each other perfectly. Hsiao recalled being pulled out of class to work with a speech therapist on her pronunciations and how she learned to polish her speech by participating in events.

“For me, the struggles of learning English isn’t an obvious one” Hsiao said. Instead, it’s the little things, like the subtleties of grammar rules and intonation that made her “realize her experience is unique to immigrant families.”

She detailed some of the difficulties and beauty of growing up in an immigrant household, the challenges of trying to integrate into new surroundings in the U.S.

At 17 years old, Hsiao is already an accomplished playwright, poet, writer and journalist. From a poem dedicated to Syrian refugees to her interviews with Hollywood stars like Morgan Freeman and Chris Evans, her work has been featured in many publications including, TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review and Los Angeles Times High School Insider. She has also won some awards.

Storytelling became her passion, she said.

“There’s so much power in words, the books I’ve read, the music I’ve listened to and the movies I’ve watched all had such a huge influence in my life,” Hsiao said. She said she wants to write about experiences like her own, not as a blanket narrative, but as representing one of many similar experiences.

“What we see on a page, screen or stage can either limit our imagination of who we want to become or expand it,” Hsiao said, referring to her passion for promoting more diversity in media.

She has one very important decision to make now: Hsiao has to choose among the eight Ivy League schools and other top colleges to which she has been accepted, including University of Southern California, Northwestern, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, U.C. Berkeley and Amherst.

Wherever she ends up, Hsiao said she wants to tell more stories of perseverance and courage and continue to build her life out of words.

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Get Out, Stranger Things among top nominees for the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards

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By Stephen Iervolino

Universal – 2017(NEW YORK) — Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed horror hit Get Out continued its winning ways Thursday, topping all competition with six nominations for the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The re-branded show, which now includes TV programming, also recognized the creepy Netflix show Stranger Things with four nominations. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast also received four nods.

Stand-up comic and Workaholics and Modern Family star Adam Devine will host the show, which will be telecast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Fans can start voting immediately at MTV.com.

Here’s the list of nominees for the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards

MOVIE OF THE YEAR
Beauty and the Beast
Get Out
Logan
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Edge of Seventeen

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Hugh Jackman – Logan
James McAvoy – Split
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

SHOW OF THE YEAR
Atlanta
Game of Thrones
Insecure
Pretty Little Liars
Stranger Things
This Is Us

BEST ACTOR IN A SHOW
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

BEST KISS
Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome – Moonlight
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast
Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard – Empire
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick – Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

BEST VILLAIN
Allison Williams – Get Out
Demogorgon – Stranger Things
Jared Leto – Suicide Squad
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead
Wes Bentley – American Horror Story

BEST HOST
Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show
John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show

BEST DOCUMENTARY
13TH
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

BEST REALITY COMPETITION
America’s Got Talent
MasterChef Junior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Bachelor
The Voice

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Adam Devine – Workaholics
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson – Broad City
Lil Rel Howery – Get Out
Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy
Seth Rogen – Sausage Party
Will Arnett – The LEGO Batman Movie

BEST HERO
Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Grant Gustin – The Flash
Mike Colter – Luke Cage
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Stephen Amell – Arrow
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

TEARJERKER
Game of Thrones – Hodor’s Death
Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death
Me Before You – Will tells Louisa he can’t stay with her
Moonlight – Paula tells Chiron that she loves him
This Is Us – Jack and Randall at karate

NEXT GENERATION
Chrissy Metz
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae
Riz Ahmed
Yara Shahidi

BEST DUO
Adam Levine & Blake Shelton – The Voice
Daniel Kaluuya & Lil Rel Howery – Get Out
Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield – Atlanta
Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen – Logan
Josh Gad & Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg – Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

BEST AMERICAN STORY
Blackish
Fresh Off the Boat
Jane the Virgin
Moonlight
Transparent

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Loving
Luke Cage
Mr. Robot

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Ryan Howard signs minor-league contract with Braves

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By Jeanette Torres

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Former Philadelphia Phillies first basemen Ryan Howard has signed a minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves.

The team made the announcement on Thursday.

Howard, 37, last played for the Phillies last season, posting a batting average of .196 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs. The slugger had been with the team his entire career, since 2004.

ESPN reports Howard could offer the Braves “insurance for first baseman Freddie Freeman or serve as a designated hitter call-up for interleague games.”

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Legendary comic Don Rickles dies at age 90

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By ABC News Radio

Image courtesy of the Shefrin Company(LOS ANGELES) — Legendary comic Don Rickles, who pioneered the idea of the “insult comic,” has died at age 90.

A statement to ABC News by his publicist says Rickles died Thursday morning from kidney failure.

After serving two years in the Navy during World War 2, Rickles set out to be an actor but transitioned to stand-up comedy. His put-down responses to hecklers — commonly calling them “hockey puck” — soon became his act’s signature, introducing the idea of what came to be known as the “insult comic.”

Rickles burst onto the national stage after he began appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965. He remained a frequent guest, and it was Johnny Carson himself who dubbed Rickles “Mr. Warmth,” a nickname that stuck with him for the entirety of his career.

Rickles also appeared in films and television acting roles, including starring as a Navy chief petty officer in his own 1970s sitcom, C.P.O. Sharkey. His film roles included playing opposite Clint Eastwood in the dark war comedy Kelly’s Heroes, and co-starring with Robert De Niro in director Martin Scorsese’s 1995 drama, Casino. Rickles also provided the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the hit animated Toy Story movie franchise.

Rickles published two best-selling memoirs, in 2007 and 2008, and continued to perform stand-up until just before his passing. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000, and in 2008, he won an Emmy for the TV documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

In a statement, Rickles’ close friends Bob Newhart and his wife Ginnie said of the comic, “He was called “The Merchant of Venom,” but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known. We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this.”

Rickles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, as well as their daughter, Mindy Mann, and two grandchildren. His funeral will be private, his publicist says, and requests donations in his memory to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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