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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FREE BEER & HOT WINGS SHOW.
The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show began as an afternoon show in Omaha, NE at non-commercial ration station KIWR in March of 1997. The Show was comprised of two, former Central Michigan University roommates who eventually moved to mornings several months later where they remained until the summer of 2000 when they moved to WBON in Knoxville, TN. It was there that they met the show’s eventual 3rd member and other CMU grad, Eric Zane, who was, at the time, their direct competitor at WIMZ. When Zane was fired, he immediately drove across town and joined The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show. In June of 2002, The Show moved to New Jersey, where they were simulcast on WTHK in Trenton and WCHR on The Jersey Shore. The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show began full syndication in 2004 with the addition of WGRD in Grand Rapids, MI and is now heard on radio stations in 15 different states.

WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?
Instead of calling the show, The Gregg & Chris Show, which by all estimations would have been the most boring sounding radio show in the world, the decision was made to call it The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show, which seemed far more attention grabbing. It was admittedly nothing more than a cheap ploy to get people to listen under the false pretense that they may actually have a chance to win beer and/or hot wings. However, it was not intended that those two things would become permanently synonymous and attached to Gregg and Chris as nicknames, but that’s what happened and now they have to live with the consequences of their B.S. forever. Also, the reason Zane wasn’t given a food name is that, when he joined the show, he was already a well-known personality and frankly, another food name would have just been an overkill of stupidity.

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M-F 4:30 am - 8:30 am

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: San Francisco Giants Win National League Pennant with Walk-Off Home Run [Video]

The San Francisco Giants worked hard to clinch the National League Championship Series on Thursday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Sports Radio Talk Show Hosts Nearly Brawl Over Something No One Cares About [Audio]

Sports fans are a strange bunch. They're super passionate about their teams and all thing related. And they're willing to step outside and fight at any moment.

The co-hosts of the "Doug & Wolf Show," a sports talk show that airs on Phoenix-based 98.7 KTAR, nearly came to blows Thursday while on the air.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Caller to Baltimore Sports Talk Radio Show Gets Robbed Mid-Call [Video]

A guy who was working the graveyard shift at a Baltimore area 7-Eleven called into a late-night sports talk radio show to apparently rap about the Baltimore Orioles.

Midway through his sweet jam, the clerk named Will abruptly stopped and hung up the phone.

Why? Because he was being robbed!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: High School Student Fights Back Against Bullying with Positivity, Gets In Trouble [Video]

Caitlin Prater-Haacke, a high school student in Airdrie, Alberta, was bullied a few weeks ago on Facebook.

Someone posted on her page telling her to die. Pretty brutal.

But instead of responding in a negative way, Caitlin did just the opposite.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: This Guy Claims to Have Had Sex with 700 Cars [Video]

Well, here's a weirdo for you. It's a man who likes to make love to cars.

But don't worry, he's not about penetration, he's more about hugging the cars, holding them close to his body and talking to them.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Man Tries to Get Into Cougar Enclosure at Zoo, Gets Scratched [Video]

You know the old saying "If you jump in the cougar cage, you're gonna get scratched?"

Wait, that's not a saying? Well, it should be. And this guy is living proof.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Producer Joe’s ArtPrize Contribution [Video]

Here in Grand Rapids there's an annual art contest called ArtPrize.

It's a 19-day city-wide art exhibit in which artists display their work for everyone to see. People and a juried panel then vote on which pieces they think are the best and the winners receive $560,000 in cash prizes. There are many mediums, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and even performance art.

One piece was titled "Hey YouTube, It's Me."

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Free Beer & Hot Wings Flashback: Flashback: Producer Joe’s Bed of Nails Challenge [Video]

We took a call from Shane this morning, who does a sideshow act including laying on a bed of nails.

It reminded us of the time five years ago when Producer Joe and Hot Wings did the same thing when a sideshow act came through the radio station.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Mysterious, Creepy Clowns Spotted All Over California Town [Video]

If you're not a fan of clowns, you're going to want to do whatever possible to avoid the town of Wasco, Calif.

Why? Because there have been a number of creepy, late-night clown sightings.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: This Teacher Quit Her Job to Become a Professional Twerker [Video]

Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Vanessa used to be a kindergarten teaching assistant.

She now has 2 million social media followers and makes a six-figure salary.

So what changed? Jessica is really good at twerking, so she quit her teaching job and became a professional twerker.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: What Is a GMO? [Video]

Jimmy Kimmel has a special talent. He's always able to make people feel silly by asking them simple questions and letting them give their very wrong answers.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Wait! Red Bull Doesn’t Really Give You Wings? [Video]

Well, people are up to their old antics of being extremely stupid again.

Apparently, Red Bull doesn't actually "give you wings?!"

Come again? It doesn't?!

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