Brady woman wins statewide radio contest

Nan Crouch of Brady had never entered a radio contest before and never imagined she might win something’anything’let alone a grand prize, if she were to enter one. All that changed when she listened to KNEL 95.3 on the morning of July 31. The KNEL morning team of Tracy Pitcox and Guyanne McCall had a special guest on the show’ Cecilia Nasti, executive producer and host of the Passport to Texas Radio Series from Texas Parks & Wildlife (which is a radio guide to the great Texas outdoors). The station broadcasts the series weekday mornings. It was the final day of a two-week promotion with Passport in which KNEL listeners’as well as listeners from other statewide affiliates that air the series’were asked to submit their favorite Texas outdoor stories’a favorite memory of a time they’d spent in the Texas outdoors. The station with the most listeners to submit Texas outdoor stories on the Passport Web site,, would win the opportunity to give one of those listeners a grand prize package. The prize included a $1,000 gift card to use at Academy Sports and Outdoors, an annual Texas State Parks Pass, a one-year subscription to the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, Life’s Better Outside gear, as well as the chance to tell their story on the Passport radio show for the entire state. Ms. Nasti went on the air that last day of the promotion to help KNEL make a final push among its listeners’and it worked. One after the other, numerous entries came in’including Nan’s. The local submissions’all of which were from women’ were enough for the station to win. Nan, an avid outdoorsman, sent in a story about one of the many times she went hunting with her identical twin, Jan Wiggington. The story involved a big buck, lots of mud and Nan getting so filthy that only the whites of her eyes were visible. And that’s only half of the story! After the promotion ended and the entries tallied, Ms. Nasti informed KNEL that its listeners submitted the most stories. From those entries, KNEL staff had the daunting task of choosing just one as the winner and chose Nan’s tale of bucks and trucks and mud’wedged in places mud should never be found. “I can’t believe I won,” Nan said, and when she received her prize package in the mail she added, “It was better than Christmas!” She used her gift card to buy shotguns and binoculars for herself and her sister, as well as ammunition and a few other items. Asked if (given her recent luck) she planned to enter more contests, she said she would, adding that she might even buy a lottery ticket. Listen to Passport to Texas on KNEL radio in October to hear Nan tell her winning Texas outdoor story in her own words.

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