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KLAQ Memorial Weekend BBQ Returns, Set to Take Over Wet-N-Wild Waterworld

Local rock station KLAQ (95.5 FM) is bringing its iconic Barbeque back to the local entertainment scene with a three day party at Wet N’ Wild Waterworld, located alongside I-10 at Anthony Exit “0”.

The event will feature three days of BBQ competitions, sampling plates, live music, Sand Volleyball tournament, a Summer Swimsuit Fashion Show, a BBQ Beach Party and more. 

 Via a news release, organizers said, “Bring your appetite for a fun filled weekend as The Q rewards fans of Barbeque with three days of BBQ competitions, sampling plates BBQ Restaurants, food trucks and more.

The KLAQ BBQ started in 1986 at Magic Landing Amusement Park, just outside of city’s eastern limits on I-10, featuring amusement park rides, music and local BBQ food from area restaurants.

In 1989, the event moved to the original Western Playland in Ascarate Park where it grew into an annual El Paso family event.

When Western Playland moved to its current location in Sunland Park, New Mexico, The KLAQ BBQ followed. The event ran for several years before the station hit the “pause” button two years ago – mostly relating to weather issues during the El Paso’s monsoon season.

However, this Memorial Weekend the smell of BBQ will fill the air throughout the largest water park in the Southwest – Wet N’ Wild, a thirty seven acre Oasis in the Desert features dozens of water rides, water slides, a wave pool, rivers, coves, kiddie slides, and so much more.  

Saturday, May 26th features the Backyard Chef Competition where a series of backyard chefs compete for prizes and trophies. Sunday, May 27th features BBQ Restaurants and BBQ Food Trucks compete for cash, prizes, radio recognition, and trophies. While Monday, Memorial Day, May 28th it’s our Pro Chef Championships, where Pro Grillers compete for cash, trophies, and more. 

 A limited number of sampling plates will be sold each day for $10.00 with part of the proceeds going to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. In addition, there will be a S’mores Station,  with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. 

 Shiner Bock is sponsoring our concert stage featuring a variety of the areas favorite bands, groups, musicians – plus the Summer Swimsuit Fashion Show. Oasis Hot Tubs will be onsite showcasing their hot tubs, grills, and backyard furniture – and at the end of the weekend, one lucky person will win a ($2,500 Backyard Grill and Patio set?) from Oasis Hot Tubs. 

Prices to enter Wet-N-Wild are as follows:

48 inches and up: 24.99 plus tax.

Under 48 inches: 21.99 plus tax.

Toddlers 1-3 years old: 4.99 plus tax.

Season Passes: 49.99 plus tax. Season Passes valid for all open days, including holidays, plus Neon Paint Party.

Other fees at the park are as follows:

Grill Rentals: 14.99 plus tax.

Tube rental 6.00 (rafts and tubes for all rides provided).

Locker rental: 6 plus 4 dollar refundable deposit.

Regular parking 2.00.

Tickets and passes also available at Circle K stores in El Paso, and Pic Quik stores in Las Cruces.

Wet ‘N’ Wild also offers group rates, reserved areas, birthday parties, private cabanas, VIP Suites, and VIP parking. Go Online  or call (915) 886-2222 for more info.

Visitor can bring their own food and beverages, or eat at the Ribbit Café, however no charcoal grills, glass containers or pets (other than service animals) are permitted. 

Video: So This Happened: Sports! with Wil Herren – Episode 2

Host Wil Herren talks to Peter Carrillo – also known as PC –  to talk a little sports. Peter is a DJ and works for KLAQ 95.5 and KROD The Big 600 ESPN here in El Paso, Texas.

We sit down and chat all things sports here locally and nationally. Sit back, watch and enjoy Check out the ShoutOut Podcast for daily updates!

Cruz’n the Borderland: The Spirit of Radio – Part One

I remember it well.  I was driving to the Westside from the Cielo Vista part of town.  I had just exited Executive Center, when I quickly glanced at my watch,  1:20pm.  Yup, 20 mins after one.

I was on my way to speak to someone “in the know.”  Someone in the business and industry I had, my whole life, dreamed of working in.  Someone who would  give me the insights and behind the scenes.  I was heading to a place where I was going to earn credits and a good grade for my college classes, and maybe even *gasp*  get hired and work at!!

And as I looked at my watch, and saw it was 1:20 pm, it was in that moment I KNEW…everything  I had dreamed, wanted and hope for as a job, even as a career…had come to this once simple fact: I was late!

“Hey, man…I’m busy in production now so maybe you wanna come back Wednesday or something…we can talk then.”     Yup, off to a shining start.

Growing up in El Paso, I always loved music.   It had no artistic value to me, though.  My life as a drummer in  6th grade band consisted of the band starting up, playing  the first few notes  note of Crazy Clock, and the band director, Mr. Gerrado  stopping everyone, flailing his arms in front of him and saying “no, no, no…drummers…sit down!”

Everyday, 2 semesters….me, Gabe and Greg sitting down.  A lot.

In hindsight, we got to spend a lot of time talking about wrestling whilst the rest of the band played on.  *tsk*  Should have taken that art class instead.   At least I realized early on that  I wasn’t cut out  for the music scene.

soundwarehouseAt least, not being able to PLAY it. ..but, I did have the passion for it.  I always surrounded my self with music.  I think I was the youngest member of the KISS Army! (thanks, mom!)…after all, this was the mid 70’s.  There was no KIDZ BOP, or Disney Radio back then.  No MTV.  We had radio.  That’s it.

And Sound Warehouse, where I would ride my bike to once a week and buy the latest record or cassette or even 12” remix and ride right back home and lock myself in the room and take it all in!    I can still see the 12 year old me, flicking my fingers thru the records in the racks, “got it….got it..need it…got it…”

And I listened to all music…ok, well MOST music.   Flash back to 5 year old me, dragging my playschool plastic record player into the bathroom so I could listen to my Sesame Street records while I took a bath.  Oh man, I’ll never forget how mad my mom was that day.   No, mom…I never thought about what would happen if I got electrocuted while in the tub, listening to RUBBER DUCKY…thanks for the physics and electricity lesson.

20120718-fat-boys-and-pizza-pizzarulesI remember the first time I heard rap. My friend Adrian Leyva bought a cassette in the mall of the Fat Boys  and I freaked out!  Three dudes, on the cover…wearing t-shirts with FAT BOYS written across their chests.

“These guys are fat, and they are calling themselves fat!!”  I loved it. I just knew the music contained with in HAD to be good, or at least different.

My other buddy Audie lent me a record of Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick’s The Show, backed by LA-DI-DA-DI.

PURPLE RAIN, Prince, 1984
PURPLE RAIN, Prince, 1984

Audie is the one who was responsible for telling me about this most awesome movie he saw over the summer called Purple Rain and how the lead in the movie was this tiny little black man who just wailed on the guitar.   I just HAD to see this.

And I KNEW this was where I wanted to be.   Surrounded by music, in a literal sense.

The family would drive to Amarillo at least twice a year to visit aunt and uncle and cousins, and all we could listen to was AM country music.   I’m talking classic country…from the 70’s and 80’s, the best kind around, on an AM radio.  That’s the only way to listen to that classic-style country.

I remember the first time  I heard Jimi Hendrix.  It was his Smash  Hits cassette and I was blown away.   How I was taken aback and totally lost in the sounds of this 3 piece band…the sounds his guitar made….

Clip: YouTube
Clip: YouTube

I would wake up listening to Jim Zippo in The Mornings on the old KINT 98.  And later, The Breakfast Flakes with Raymond Mesa, Rick Glancey, Chip Terberski, Coach Jamie Chavez.  And who didn’t listen to Crosno in this city growing up??  Even them young upstarts on the rock n roll station, The Q….Courtney Nelson and Big Al….good ol’ Jeffrey Scott.

These were names I knew, voices I had burned into  my brain.    And all I knew at the time was, I could do THAT!  I wanted to…it seemed easy enough.

I imagined the DJ to be there in a little room, talking on a microphone, and when the music played, the band would come in, play, leave, and then just  stand by when they were ready to get called on again!!

I wasn’t very smart, but I did have a hell of an imagination!

Flash forward to a summer time gig working at Power 102….it was my first true taste of what the industry was about.  Met some friends, learned the secrets and answers to questions I never even knew I had!   But I did know, I wanted more of it.  Enter college – EPCC – and while in line at the Student Activities Office  getting my picture taken for  my student ID card,  I saw a sign!   I mean, I saw a real sign!

Volunteers needed for student run radio station.

2tablesmicI spent a lot of time there….too much in fact. And it did get me the coveted title of “Program Director”  which meant “guy who spends a lot of time here”.

We had a sound-proof booth, a couple of Technique 1200’s  turntables and a mixer…broadcast equipment that allowed us to play music in the Annex.

We had the support of the Student Government at the time, and were fortunate enough to get grants to simulcast to all the other campuses via a microwave signal.  We had big hopes for our little station.

At the time, I was taking broadcasting classes, and the last class we had was a practicum class  that actually placed you in a working environment and you were graded on your performance.  Which meant, I was going to study in the field I had always dreamed about, working with people I would listen to all thru out high school…Courtney, Big Al, Magic Mike, Will Douglas just to name a few.

Now at that time,  I was into rap, all kindsa RnB and and Prince, so I was very hesitant about working at a ROCK station.  I mean, I knew the artists, I just couldn’t tell a new AC/DC song from an old one.  (I still don’t think I can to this day, to be honest.)  And I was given the choice to work in either tv or radio…I chose radio. And now, here it was.

I got the chance, the break, the DREAM….and I was late.

“Hey, man….I’m busy in production now so maybe you wanna come back Weds or something.  We can talk then.”

Well, damn.   I had to wait until next time.  And because  I had to wait,  you do too…

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