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Published bimonthly's a service to its listeners by 600-WMT Radio
 What's on the agenda today?
Greetings of the New Year from The Open Line staff: Saturday host, Doug Wagner: Connie Switzer, subscriptions and correspondence; our new Director of Marketing and Bulletin design, Teisha Welsh; and me.
 We have just finished the 35th year of Open Line shows on WMT. I'm pleased to be with you daily on this eastern Iowa broadcast tradition begun by Jim Loyd, and carried on by Jim Rogers, Dave Hinman, Dwayne Schmidt and Jerry Carr. Thank you for inviting us into your lives, and sharing your interest in great food with our listeners and Bulletin subscribers.
 We have a bit of party atmosphere working in this issue as we get ready for The Super Bowl and Valentine's Day, and just having friends over for dinner, cards and conversation on these cold winter nights. Have you noticed two cooking trends that are staging comebacks? Fondues and crockpots have become popular, again and we have a couple ideas for using them. Also, we have a correction of one of the most popular recipes of all of 1998, The Sand Art Brownies, one ingredient was incorrect in our last issue.


2 cups sugar
1½ cups vegetable oil
2 eggs
½ cup molasses
4 cups flour
4 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
Some additional sugar
2 pkgs. (10 oz. each) vanilla baking chips
¼ cup shortening

In a bowl, combine sugar and oil; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to chopped creamed mixture; mix well. Shape into ¾ inch balls; roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350°, 10-12 minutes. Let cool. Melt vanilla chips with the shortening. Dip cookies halfway in, and shake off excess; set on waxed paper.

"WMT Farm Editor Karen Schulte
brought this super simple and unique salad back from a party"


8 medium large apples, chopped
8 oz. whipped topping
8 oz. sour cream
6 regular sized Snicker bars, chopped

Combine sour cream and whipped topping. Stir in the apples and candy bars. Keep chilled.


Use French Vanilla Pudding instead, and add 2 tsp. Butter Buds granules.

"Winter can be brutal to the birds that make our backyards home. Here's a hearty treat that can keep them here"


1 cup cornmeal (can be old)
1 cup oatmeal, dry
1 cup flour (can be old)
3 tsp. dry milk powder, or 1 cup skim milk
½ cup ground suet
½ tsp. baking soda
½ cup dried bread crumbs, or old cake, or dried cereal

Combine ingredients and pour into greased angel food cake pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Hang in tree or feeder.

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4 lb. well trimmed beef rib eye roast, small end
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 medium baking potatoes, quartered
2 large sweet potatoes, out into eighths
4 small onions, halved

2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crushed
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp. dry mustard

1½ tsp. dry mustard
1 jar (12 ounces) prepared brown gravy
¼ cup currant jelly

Heat oven to 350°. Combine seasoning ingredients plus 1 teaspoon each salt and cracked black pepper. Press half the seasoning evenly into surface of beef roast. Add oil to remaining seasoning; reserve. Place roast in oven at 350° for 1¾ hours for  medium rare; 2 hours for medium. Meanwhile combine vegetables and reserved seasoning; toss to coat. Approximately 1¼ hours before serving, arrange vegetables around roast. Remove roast when thermometer registers 135° for medium, rare and, 150° for medium. Tent roast loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand for 15 minutes. Cook vegetables 15 minutes longer or until tender, stirring once. Meanwhile for sauce, mix mustard with 1 teaspoon water in small saucepan until smooth. Stir in gravy and jelly. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until smooth and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Carve roast into slices; serve with vegetables and sauce.

"Don't be afraid to fix an exquisite roast. Nancy Degner, at the Beef Council has what you need plus a smooth creamy horseradish sauce"


1 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise, or reduced fat salad dressing
¼ cup horseradish
1 tsp. prepared mustard
¼ tsp. salt
dash of cayenne pepper

Whip the cream with a mixer. Gently fold in remaining ingredients; chill. Serve with roast beef or prime rib. Makes about 2 cups.


½ cup finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. in margarine
2 tbsp. vinegar
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup water
3 cups shredded pork roast, cooked

Sauté onion until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the rest of ingredients except meat; simmer 5 minutes.  Add  meat and heat through. Serve on buns.


1 cup butter
½ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup cornstarch
1 cup flour
½ tsp. vanilla

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in the butter. Stir in vanilla. Place spoonful on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°, 15 minutes; until bottoms are browned.

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (Chocolate/peanut butter balls)

3 lbs. powdered sugar
1 lb. margarine
2 lbs. peanut butter
1 large bag chocolate chips
2/3 slab of paraffin

Combine sugar, margarine and peanut butter; roll into walnut sized balls; chill. Combine chips and paraffin; melt in double boiler. Dip balls into chocolate; place on waxed paper; chill.

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1 lb. lean boneless beef
2 tbsp. olive oil or margarine
2 medium onions
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper
3 cups beef broth, or stock
2 cups water
½ tsp. caraway seeds
½ tsp. marjoram
salt and pepper to taste
16 oz. can tomatoes, broken up
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium carrots, peeled, and sliced
2 red or green sweet peppers, cleaned and cut in chunks
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. water
Sour cream

Wipe meat with a damp cloth and cut into 1 inch cubes. Heat oil in a Dutch oven; brown on all sides. Add onion and garlic, stir while cooking for 4 minutes. Add, paprika, cayenne pepper, broth, water, caraway seeds, marjoram and salt and pepper, bring to a boil. Add tomatoes return to a boil on moderate heat. Add potatoes. carrots, and peppers; cook, covered for 45 minutes. Return to a boil; cover and cook for 30 minutes. Combine flour and water; stir well to form a smooth paste. Add paste slowly to soup, stirring well. Cook over low heat and stir until thickened. Serve in bowls, dollop sour cream in each bowl.

"An Aussie muffin that's like a meal"


1 large onion, chopped
2/3 cup milk
3 eggs
1¼ cups grated cheddar cheese
1 can whole kernel corn (keep liquid)
2/3 cup bacon or ham, chopped and uncooked

3 cups self raising flour
Pinch of Cayenne pepper

Combine wet ingredients; stir well. Mix dry ingredients together; stir into the wet mixture. Put into greased muffin tins (10-12 large.) Bake at 425° for 5 minutes; reduce oven to 400°, 20-25 minutes. Top with cheese, parsley, sesame seeds, etc.


1 cup sugar
½ lb. butter
3 tbsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla
12 oz. milk chocolate chips
¾ cup nuts (almonds)

In a saucepan, melt butter add water and sugar. Cook to temperature of 320°, until golden brown. Stir in vanilla. Pour a thin layer onto a greased 9x13" pan. Place chocolate chips on top and let stand until melted; then spread evenly around the top. Sprinkle nuts on top; let cool. Break into pieces.


1 cup salad or vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts (any kind)
2 cups sugar
2 cups diced, peeled apples
3 eggs, well beaten
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, combine oil, nuts, sugar, apples and eggs; mix by hand until well blended. Add flour, baking soda and vanilla; mix well. Pour into a regular sized loaf pan. Bake at 350°, 60-90 minutes.


1 cup sugar
1 stick margarine
2 eggs
3-4 bananas
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup nuts

Use large and very ripe bananas. Do not omit lemon juice. Do not overcook. In a bowl, add ingredients in order given; mixing well. Pour into three, greased mini loaf pan. Bake at 350°, 45 minutes. Or, pour in 1 large greased loaf pan, bake at 350°, for 1 hour.


8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. hoisen sauce, available in specialty foods section
1 tsp. oyster sauce
½ can imitation crab meat
½ cup chopped green onions
Wonton skins

Mix ingredients. Spoon onto wonton skins; roll up and seal. Put in deep fat fryer until golden brown. Can be frozen.

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1 lb. ground beef browned and drained
1 pkg. dry taco seasoning
1 jar picante sauce
16 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cheddar cheese
1 can refried beans

Combine ingredients in a crockpot; heat.


8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. sour cream
1 pkg. taco seasoning

Combine ingredients; spread onto a cookie sheet. Top with favorite toppings (mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, etc.)


2 pkgs. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained well
¾ cup pecans, chopped
1 tbsp. chopped onions
2 tsps. seasoned salt
¼ cup green pepper, chopped
¼ cup red pepper, chopped

Reserve some nuts to coat. Mix all together. When firm, form into balls. Roll in nuts. Keep cool.


1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground sausage
1 lb. Velveeta
½ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Cocktail rye bread

Combine the meats, brown and drain. Add cheese, salt, oregano and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Spoon meat mixture onto individual bread slices, Bake on cookie sheet at 350°, about 10 minutes. Sandwiches can be wrapped and frozen; to serve just bake at 350°, about 15 minutes.


12 oz. can corned beef
8 oz. can sauerkraut, drained and chopped.
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ lb. Swiss cheese, sliced

Mix corned beef with sauerkraut and mayonnaise. Spread on slices of party rye; top with sliced Swiss. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 450° until cheese is melted (won't take long.)


2 cans cheddar cheese soup
¼ cup apple juice (or dry white wine)
2 cups shredded Swiss or cheddar cheese
4 medium green onions, chopped very fine
¼ tsp. garlic powder
Dash of Tabasco or red hot sauce

Heat the soup, wine, cheese together in a sauce pan; stir occasionally until melted. Stir in the remainder of ingredients; pour into fondue pot. Serve with cubed bread, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.


2 pkgs. refrigerator crescent rolls
(8 rolls each)
1½-2 lbs. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning
½ green pepper, minced
½ onion, minced
2 cans (8 oz. each) tomato sauce
2 small pkgs. shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out 1 package of rolls into ungreased 9x13" pan. Bake for 10 mins. Sauté the meat,  green pepper, and onions; drain. Add sauce and seasoning, simmer for 10-15 minutes. Pour over crust, sprinkle on 1 package of cheese. Unroll 2nd package of rolls, place on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cut into squares. Top with rest of cheese and serve with favorite toppings (sour cream, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, salsa, etc.)


2 pkgs. oyster crackers
½ cup oil
Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (w/buttermilk)
1 tbsp. dill weed
Garlic salt to taste

Combine ingredients in a bag, or sealed container, and toss until mixed well.


1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups corn flakes
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup sugar
6 tbsp. evaporated milk
6 tbsp. white corn syrup

Cook sugar, milk and syrup until it forms a softball. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the ball until well coated. Press into a pan. When cooled, cut into squares.

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Brown 1 lb. ground beef with a chopped, medium onion.
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup ketchup
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. dried mustard
½ cup water
½ cup diced celery

Stir this mixture in with meat. Cover and simmer for one hour frozen. (this was in the publication like this we're not sure what the "frozen" means at the end of the sentance.)


2 med. heads cauliflower
½ cup swiss cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
4-5 pieces crumbled bacon
well buttered bread crumbs (about 1 cup)

Divide cauliflower into florets. Cook and drain. Melt cheese and mayo in double boiler. Add sour cream. Place cauliflower in casserole dish (2 qt.) Pour cheese mixture on top. Top with bacon and crumbs. Bake at 350°, about 30 minutes. (Until baked through.)


1 can creamed corn
1 can whole kernel corn
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 stick margarine
1 cup sour cream
4 tbsp. chopped onion
1 box Jiffy Cornbread mix
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly in a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350°, 45 minutes.


2 cups bran flakes
1 cup milk
1 egg white
1 cup raisins
1 apple, shredded
1 cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup margarine

Combine bran and, milk, until  mushy. Add egg white, raisins, and apple. In separate bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the margarine. Combine the two mixtures; mix well. Put in 1 dozen, greased muffin tins. Bake at 375°, 20-25 minutes.


1 qt. home canned tomatoes
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. sugar
2 cups hot milk

Force tomatoes through wire mesh sieve, using back of a spoon. Melt butter, add flour; cook and stir about 1 minute until bubbly. Add tomatoes, bring to a boil; simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, baking soda and sugar. Remove from heat, slowly add hot milk.

Cut snowflakes out of paper
Put a puzzle together
Play board games
Make time to eat dinner together
Go ice skating, tubing down a hill or pull your child on a sled
Walk out letters in the snow to spell your name
Make a special dinner by letting everyone pick out one favorite dish


1 lb. lean ground meet
½ cup chopped onion
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 cup chopped green pepper
3 cups diced tomatoes
½ cup beef broth
3 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. paprika
4 oz. dry, wide egg noodles
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms

In a large, heavy saucepan, brown meat onion and garlic; then drain. Stir in remaining ingredients, except mushrooms. Simmer, uncovered and stirring frequently for 25 minutes, until, noodles are done. (if noodles are stiff you can add more broth.) During last minute, add mushrooms.


2 large eggs
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
½ lb. butter or margarine, softened
2 tbsp. vanilla (or 1 T. vanilla and 1 T. almond extract)
6-8 cups flour
1 heaping tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Beat eggs and sugar until creamy. Blend in sour cream, butter and flavoring. Sift together 2 cups flour with baking soda and baking powder. Blend into creamed mixture. Add additional flour to make a soft dough that's not sticky. Chill dough a few hours. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out cookie shapes. Sprinkle with sugar on top. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes; watch for light brown on edges. Makes 8 dozen.

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Pour 1 can of beer in a bowl. Stir in enough flour to make it like a medium pudding. Cover and refrigerate for 3 days. Slice an onion, and soak the pieces in whole milk about 1 hour before cooking. Heat electric skillet to 375°. Separate onion slices and dip in batter and fry. (If frying other veggies like mushrooms, cauliflower, etc. do these before frying the onions. If reheating leftover onions, place on a cookie sheet and heat in a 250° oven.)


¼ cup butter
½ cup celery, chopped fine
½ cup onion, chopped fine

Sauté in pan. Then add:
½ cup flour
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups cooked wild rice
6 cups chicken broth
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. dried mustard
¼ tsp. pepper

Bring ingredients to a boil. Simmer on low 30 minutes. Add 1 cup Half n Half. Serve.


30 marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup butter or margarine
3½ cups cornflakes
Food coloring (optional)

Combine first four ingredients in a double boiler. When melted, stir in cornflakes and food coloring. Shape and let cool on waxed paper.


1 large can refried beans
1½ lbs. sausage
1 pkg. large tortillas
Sliced jalapenos
Shredded cheese

Brown meat, drain. Mix in beans until soft. Spray casserole dish. Lay out one tortilla. Spread thin layers of bean/meat mixture, then salsa, jalapenos, cheese. Repeat layers to top of dish. Cover and bake at 350°, about 30 minutes; until top and sides bubble. Let set. Cut into squares. Can be topped with lettuce, tomatoes, gaucamole, sour cream, olives, etc.


6 medium potatoes
1 small onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 tsp. butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 slices American cheese

Pare and thinly slice potatoes. Toss in 1 cup water with ½ tsp. Cream of tartar. Drain. Place half of potatoes in greased crockpot. Top with half of onions, half of flour, salt and pepper. Repeat layers of potatoes and onions. Sprinkle with remaining flour. Add butter and soup. Cover. Cook on low 7-9 hours/High 3-4 hours. Add cheese 30 minutes before serving. (Recipe can be doubled for 5 quart pot.)


12 Delicious apples
1 cup sugar
8 cups water
4 tsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. mace
1 tsp. whole cloves

Wash, peel, core the apples, cut in slices 3/8" thick. Tie spices in bag. Bring all ingredients, except apples, to a boil. Add apple rings. Boil until tender but firm. Remove from heat. Submerge apple slices, let stand submerged in liquid overnight in refrigerator. Remove spices. Pack in jars within ½" of top. Screw lids on tight, Process 25 minutes in hot water bath. Makes 5 pints.


1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp. fresh onion (can also use minced)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. mace
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. pepper
8 oz. can tomato sauce
4 oz. can mushroom pieces and stems. undrained
3 cups tomato juice
4 oz. spaghetti, broken into 48 pieces
Parmesan cheese to taste

Brown meat and onion. Put in crockpot. Add spices, tomato sauce, juice and mushroom. Stir well. Cook on low 10 hours/High 4 hrs. Add spaghetti the last 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle on parmesan.

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2¼ cups sifted cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
1½ cups sugar
2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted (2 oz.)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
½ cup buttermilk

Sift together the first four ingredients. Cream shortening with sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the chocolate and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, alternating with bananas and buttermilk; blending well after each addition. Turn batter into two 9 inch, greased cake pans. Bake at 350°, 30-36 minutes.


1 Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 can cherry pie filling
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

Beat all ingredients well (but don't bruise the batter.) Pour into 9 X 13 in. pan. Bake at 350°, 25-30 minutes.

Fudge Frosting:
1 cup sugar
5 tbsps. margarine or butter
1/3 cup milk

Stir until boiling. Let boil, stirring for 5 minutes. Add 6 ounces of chocolate chips. Beat until thick, and ready to spread.


3 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cream of tartar
Dash of salt
1 cup sugar

Cover baking sheet with wax paper. Draw 9 inch circles. Brush paper with 2 egg yolks. Beat whites until stiff. Fold in tartar. Cut out circles. Turn muffin tin over. Cover with circles, egg side up. Spread evenly. Bake at 275°, for 1 hour. Turn off oven, let dry for 2 hours. Peel off paper.

21 oz. can cherry pie filling
3 Tbsp. cream de almond
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 quart vanilla ice cream

Blend ingredients, except ice cream. Place 1 scoop ice cream into shell. Top with filling mixture, drawing a heart shape on top.


1 cup margarine
1¾ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1½ tsps. baking powder
1 can cherry pie filling
½ tsp. almond extract

Cream sugar and margarine. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix flour and baking powder. Combine with creamed mixture. Spread 2/3's batter on 12x15" cookie sheet. Mix pie filling with almond extract, then spread on top of batter. Drop 1/3 batter, by teaspoonsful, on top. Swirl into pie filling with knife. Bake at 350°, 40 minutes.


1 chocolate cake mix (double layer)
¼ cup oil
3 eggs
¾ cup water
1 cup cherry pie filling
1 tsp. almond extract

Lightly grease fluted tube pan. Sprinkle the sides with sugar; shake out excess sugar. Mix all ingredients according to cake directions. Fold in the pie filling. Pour into pie pan. Bake at 350°, 50-60 minutes, test for doneness.

Fluffy Topping;

8-9 oz. whipped topping
2 tbsp. kirsch, or maraschino cherry juice
½ tsp. unflavored gelatin
Slice almonds and pie filling for garnish

Sprinkle gelatin in juice, micro 15 seconds to dissolve. Cool. Whip mixture into topping with wire whisk. Frost cake. Garnish. Keep refrigerated.


1 pkg. One-step Angel food cake mix
1 can cherry pie filling
½ tsp. almond extract

In mixing bowl, combine ingredients; beat on medium speed until well mixed, scraping the sides of bowl. Pour into angel food cake pan. Bake at 350°, 40-45 minutes, test with toothpick. Cool completely before removing from pan.

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In a 1 quart wide mouth jar, layer the following:
½ tsp. salt
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. flour
1/3 cup cocoa
½ cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
Walnuts or pecans to fill jar

Put a gift tag on jar with these instructions: Combine contents of jar with 1 tsp. vanilla, 2/3 cup oil, and 3 eggs. Mix ingredients well and pour into a greased 9x9" pan. Bake at 350°, 30 minutes.


1 cup flour
¾ cup sugar
2 tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup milk
2 tbsp. salad oil (or veg. oil)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup cocoa
1¾ cups water

Bring water to a boil. Grease a 9x9x2 inch microwave safe dish. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in milk, oil and vanilla. Stir in nuts. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cocoa. Pour boiling water over cake. Cook, uncovered, on high for 8-10 minutes (until cake is no longer doughy.) Let set a few minutes, serve with ice cream. (in conventional oven, bake at 325°, 30-35 minutes.)

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Doug Wagner, Saturday Open Line Host

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