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Chris Sommer

Chris-Sommer Chris Sommer joined KRLD News as an afternoon anchor in July 2012, but he has been a familiar radio voice in north Texas since the early 1990s.

An award-winning anchor, reporter and air personality, Chris was part of the news staff at KLIF-AM from 1991-1997, and was a fixture on the morning show at KPLX-FM from 1992-2011.  He and his counterparts at 99.5 The Wolf won two NAB Marconi Awards, numerous national station-of-the-year honors and helped build America’s largest country radio station.  During his 29-year radio career, Chris has interviewed and covered a very diverse group of famous figures, ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Emmitt Smith and from Henry Kissinger to Don Henley.

Born in Houston in 1966, Chris grew up in the Lavaca County town of Hallettsville, just down the road from the Little Brewery in Shiner, Texas.  He began his radio career at KRJH Radio (TSN affiliate) in Hallettsville as a 16-year-old in 1983.  After graduating with honors from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in 1989, Chris spent two years at KBST in Big Spring.  He moved to the area to join KLIF in 1991, and has been a Tarrant County resident ever since.

Of all his accomplishments and experiences enjoyed in a lifetime of radio, Chris is most often asked about his appearance on “Wheel of Fortune” in 2001.  As a contestant during Dallas-Fort Worth week, Chris was victorious and also conquered the bonus round, winning a new SUV as part of his total prize package worth $43,000.

Chris, his wife, Brenda, and their 12-year-old daughter, Ashleigh, have lived in Mansfield since 2001.  Chris is very involved in the community, having made hundreds of school visits to promote literacy and honor teachers for their hard work and achievements.  He also has helped to raise more than $10 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during his career.

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A Chilling Reminder For Teen Drivers

At Friday’s Your Hometown broadcast in Fort Worth, you can see a chilling reminder of how dangerous is it to be a teen driver.

07/11/2014

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Consumer Reports Lists Best, Worst Fast Food Restaurants

The survey, which includes 65 restaurant chains, is based on responses from more than 32,000 subscribers.

07/04/2014

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Dallas Clears Another Hurdle In Bid To Host 2016 RNC

The City of Dallas has cleared another hurdle in its bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

04/25/2014

BOSTON - APRIL 15: Runners were gathered on Commonwealth Avenue near Massachusetts Avenue following two explosions on Boylston Street in Boston near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Dallas Resident Recalls 2013 Bost Marathon Bombing

Dallas resident Deborah Reed was near the finish line when the bombs went off at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

04/15/2014

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FCC Urges Hotels To Implement New 9-1-1 Dialing System

The Federal Communications Commission says more hotel and motel operators are allowing guests to dial 9-1-1 directly in the event of an emergency.

03/27/2014

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Fundraiser For Frisco Police Officer Suffering From H1N1

Medical bills and other expenses continue to mount for a Frisco police officer who is recovering from a severe case of H1N1. Now, a police charity is raising money to help the nine-year veteran.

KRLD–03/06/2014

DCHHS Director, Zachary Thompson (Photo CBSDFW.COM)

Dallas County Health Tracking Rare Adult Measles Case

County Health Director Zach Thompson says the 49-year-old man has recovered from the disease seen most often in children.

02/14/2014

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Poll: Americans Prefer Witches, Jury Duty To Congress

As the government shutdown continues and Congress remains divided, the American people are united on one front: they disapprove of Congress.

10/08/2013

World War II veteran Russell Tucker (C) of Meridian, Mississippi, stands outside the barricade as he visits the World War II Memorial during a government shutdown October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The memorial was temporary opened to veteran groups arrived on Honor Flights on a day trip to visit the nation's capital.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WWII Vets Refuse To Be Shut Out Of Memorial In Washington D.C.

When a group of veterans who fought in World War II showed up today in Washington D.C. after a long trip from Mississippi, they were not going to be denied a chance to see the Memorial.

10/01/2013

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Frisco Women’s League Throws Signature Fundraiser

As one of the many civic organizations in Collin County, the Frisco Women’s League works throughout the year to benefit others in the community.

KRLD–06/19/2013

The Solar Impulse solar powered plane is displayed in a hangar at Moffett Field on March 28, 2013 in Mountain View, California. The Solar Impulse, a solor powered plane that has already made international and intercontinental flights in Europe and Africa, will begin test flights around the San Francisco Bay Area ahead of a planned flight across the United States later this year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Meet The Pilot Behind The Solar Impulse

After landing at DFW International Airport early Thursday morning, the world’s first aircraft powered completely by solar energy will be on display in North Texas.

05/23/2013

The historic Swiss Ave gates in East Dallas (Photo by Matt Thomas, 1080 KRLD, CBSDFW.COM)

Historic Swiss Avenue Gates Defaced

In East Dallas, the Fitzhugh Ave. gates to the Swiss Avenue Historic District are in need a good scrubbing after taggers sprayed the entrance with graffiti early this morning.

03/15/2013

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