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Jen Austin

Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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Random Acts of Kindness Are Happening in Texas

Have you noticed anyone being over-the-top nice lately?  I'd love to hear that story. I'm a sucker for random acts of kindness.

There's no prize involved here, because that would defeat the purpose of the "being-nice-just-for-the-heck-of-it" stories.  So, just for the heck of it, I'll share a story about a random act of kindness that might excite some fast food employees in East Texas, and you can see if you notice anything similar.

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Texas Doesn’t Always Go For Thanksgiving Classics

It's not all about the turkey and stuffing in Texas.  It's usually on the table at Thanksgiving, but there are also some unique side dishes there that put us right up there with Washington's "Cottage Cheese Roast" for being a little weird.  

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There Are More Veterans in Your Family Tree Than You Think

If my dad gets a free hour, we can usually find him digging around on Ancestry.com. He loves it, and he's made some interesting discoveries along the way.

Pop is Navy Veteran that served in Vietnam, and he's learned that the other veterans in our family served in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.  I bet you've got these veterans in your family too.

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Arby’s is Selling Out of Deer Meat Sandwiches

No other fast food restaurant has ever done it, but Arby's decided to take a risk and rock the fast food world by offering a venison burger. And apparently it's a big success so far.  In the places where they're testing it, they can't keep it in stock.

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Green Lights in East Texas Support Veterans

Maybe you've seen a few green lights around East Texas this week.  At work, on the front porch, and on college campuses, people are replacing white lights with green bulbs to show support for veterans.  And it's easy to become part of the movement.

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What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?

Doesn't it feel good to vote? I think it does.

There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious.

The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What else encourages you to get to the polls?

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