Blake’s 20 Most Viewed Stories of 2016
2016 was a year full of big stories. From haunted houses to Christmas lights, drug busts to car wrecks, and BBQ to MSU, these are the top 20 most viewed stories of 2016 on 1023Blakefm.com.
The unofficial, official Wichita Falls parking police came through again in capturing these yellow-line ignoring miscreants. From people taking multiple spots, to parking in areas clearly marked not to park, to even going halfway off a ledge, some of the worst parking jobs in the Falls were all documented.
Wichita Falls singer/songwriter Tyler Steel and his band were involved in a bad wreck in July. Tyler and the band were on a southern radio tour promoting their new album 3rd Gear and were in Hot Springs, Arkansas when the accident happened. Check out the pictures of the damage.
Prine’s Barbecue has served the Wichita Falls area since 1925, and is now considered one of the most “underrated” barbecue joints in all of Texas. Allen Prine is the third generation owner of the delicious pit and shared with us six things you may not know about Prine’s.
A would-be Wichita Falls burglar may have already had justice served before even being placed in handcuffs. When a man was caught trying to look in a neighbors house with a flashlight, the neighbor confronted him. A fight broke out and the would-be-burgler ended up with some pretty impressive bruises after the beatdown.
Turns out, not everything is bigger in Texas, just ask the very few residents of these tiny towns. The great state of Texas is made up of 1,752 cities, towns and census designated places (CDP). We all know the biggest cities in the Lonestar state: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, but do you know where the smallest towns in Texas are?
A German band called Witchcraft recorded this song and released it on their 1979 album ‘Outside Inn.‘ How a German disco group ended up singing a song with English lyrics about a town in North Texas is still a mystery. But, in a time like this, instead of asking questions, it’s best to just listen to the song.
After a decades-long battle between family members over the sale of one of Texas largest and most legendary ranches, the sale of the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch is official. The ranch, which has been in receivership since 1989, has been sold to sports entrepreneur Stan Kroenke, whose sports holdings include the Denver Nuggets and the L.A. Rams.
Some people put up Christmas lights, and some people go all out and put on an entire Christmas light show. In 2016, many people used this guide of the best public displays in Wichita Falls to help them get in the Christmas spirit and take their families for a ride in the car.
Heading eastbound on Hwy 287 just outside of Wichita Falls, motorists can’t help but be intrigued by the skeletal remains of a house residing on a hill. The once luxurious bachelor pad built in 1939, now sits alone at the top of the hill, slowly deteriorating away since that rumored summer night of 1975. Here’s the real story of what happened that night.
A Michigan woman had an interesting experience while shopping at Kohl’s recently and decided to tell her story to her Snapchat friends. Amanda Bell posted the video to YouTube of a series of Snaps using different filters to tell the story of a woman in front of her making a return and complaining about her Kohl’s Cash.
Lindsay Barnes Blankenship took her daughter to go see Santa this December. The photographer at Gordon Photography snapped the photo at the perfect moment as little Lauren was trying desperately to crawl away from Santa.
What happens when we take a list of Texas town names and send them off to people from New York City? We asked some coworkers from our corporate offices in New York to try their tongues at saying some Texas town names.
Duke, the Great Dane, went missing from his owners home on Christmas Eve of 2013. We can only imagine how sad that must have made the holidays. Over 2 years later, Duke wondered into David Walker‘s yard. He took him to the vet and found out Duke was microchipped. He also found out that Duke’s had somehow made it over 350 miles from his home!
2016 was the year of the drug bust in our area. It seemed like every week there was a major drug bust. Sometimes two or three. This one took place, once again, on Highway 287. Six packages in total were recovered weighing 132 pounds and worth around $842,000.
We all know Texas is big. Of all the states in the continental United States, it makes everything else look tiny. But, just how big is it actually? This map shows how many times each state would fit into the state of Texas. It definitely puts things into perspective.
On paper, the house at 4302 Crestview in Wichita Falls, TX may not seem like anything out of the norm. For an asking price of $87,900, you get a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1954 square feet, 2 story, built in 1984. It’s the little details that the seller added that really make this place seem special.
The Texas Department of Transportation would like you to know that they do have a sense of humor.However, certain plates – well, they just can’t allow. Take a scroll through the gallery above and see a few of the tags that has left the DMV shaking their heads.
A new survey from laid out the 30 Best Universities in Texas and MSU came in at #9 in their rankings. Some of the reasons they mentioned for the school’s score were the Intensive English Language Institute, the Air Force ROTC program, the nearly 100 student organizations, and the 62% acceptance rate.
Love was in the air when we started our search for Texoma's Cutest Couple. Check out all the submissions and see who received the most votes and won the contest for 2016.
This one came in #2 on our 2015 list and continued to get lots of attention in 2016. A “country music artist” who, has built a career based on manipulation, violence, and deception was in Texoma last fall. He continued traveling the country throughout 2016