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Hundreds watch the radio: KFAN Power Trip Morning Show broadcasts Kegs and Eggs event from Detroit Lakes

A big crowd of radio listeners watched the KFAN Power Trip Morning show broadcast the Northwest Water Carnival's annual Kegs and Eggs event from The Pavilion in Detroit Lakes on July 15.

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Members of the KFAN Power Trip morning show smile for a group photograph following their live radio broadcast from Detroit Lakes during the Kegs and Eggs event, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival, on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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DETROIT LAKES — The initials were B.P., and the first clue suggested the item was normally associated with one gender.

"Big poop!" exclaimed Marney Gellner, screaming her answer into the microphone and cutting right through the hundreds of silent event attendees watching at The Pavilion in Detroit Lakes. The room erupted into laughter and smiles.

Even though her answer wasn't correct, the actual answer (Bachelorette Party) didn't matter to the live listeners who showed up to watch the KFAN Power Trip morning radio show broadcast live as part of the Kegs and Eggs event during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on Friday, July 15.

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Members of the KFAN Power Trip morning show speak live on-air from The Pavilion during the Kegs and Eggs event, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival, in Detroit Lakes on July 15, 2022.
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Chris Hawkey, a KFAN Power Trip morning show host, speaks live on-air while walking around The Pavilion during the Northwest Water Carnival's Kegs and Eggs event in Detroit Lakes on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Members of the KFAN Power Trip morning show speak live on-air from The Pavilion during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival's Kegs and Eggs event in Detroit Lakes on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"(On-site broadcasts) are different, but it's a lot of fun and I think (the crowd) also helps because we sit in the studio, we talk to each other, we make each other laugh, and you kind of aren't ever sure, even if you see the ratings, how many people are listening," said Chris Hawkey, a KFAN Power Trip host. "Then you come to Detroit Lakes, and it's a giant group of people and it really makes you feel."

The famed Initials Game has become a staple of the group's radio broadcast, which also includes up to four "majors" every year for a chance to win a championship belt and jacket for the on-air personalities.

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Hawkey won his first Initials major in Detroit Lakes during this year's on-air competition, which, he said, makes this entire weekend all the more special.

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Chris Hawkey, a KFAN Power Trip morning show host, celebrates following his first Initials Game major win during a live radio broadcast from Detroit Lakes during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival,'s Kegs and Eggs event on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Chris Hawkey, a KFAN Power Trip morning show host, celebrates after receiving a jacket for winning his first Initials Game major during a live radio broadcast in Detroit Lakes during the Kegs and Eggs event, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival, on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Chris Hawkey, a KFAN Power Trip morning show host, celebrates after receiving his championship belt for winning his first Initials Game major during a live KFAN radio broadcast in Detroit Lakes during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival's Kegs and Eggs event on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"It also means you can make fun of everybody else, which is the main part," said Hawkey. "Winning it is a big deal. The belt, the jacket, and beating AJ when he comes back is a big deal, so it's unbelievable ... and seriously, in front of a great crowd like that, I feed off of people like that and it's great, it's a fun day."

Hawkey is also a member of The Fabulous Armadillos, the opening band for Friday night's Bash on the Beach headliner: Hairball. Hawkey said he would've come up to Detroit Lakes to see Hairball even if he wasn't playing because they are so entertaining and talented.

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Chris Hawkey, a KFAN Power Trip morning show host, celebrates after receiving his championship belt for winning his first Initials Game major during a live radio broadcast in Detroit Lakes during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival's Kegs and Eggs event on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Cory Cove, another KFAN Power Trip host, said he thinks their event in Detroit Lakes keeps getting bigger every year, and was also grateful for their behind-the-scenes staff because it takes a lot of work to take their broadcast on the road.

"As you can see, it's a pain in the ass to put it together and tear it apart, but it's always been super easy because we have a first-rate behind-the-scenes staff," said Cove.

He also said hosting a morning radio show is a one-of-a-kind job because you get paid to have fun with your friends.

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Members of the KFAN Power Trip morning show speak live on-air from The Pavilion during the Kegs and Eggs event, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes, on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Chris Hawkey, center, a KFAN Power Trip morning show host, smiles for a photograph following the group's live radio broadcast from The Pavilion in Detroit Lakes during the 86th Northwest Water Carnival's Kegs and Eggs event on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Members of the KFAN Power Trip morning radio show smile for a group photograph with event attendees following their live broadcast from Detroit Lakes during the Kegs and Eggs event, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival, on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"I love getting paid to, basically, come to work, rip my friends and then go home," said Cove. "Ultimately, that's what it is, right? We all just get to make fun of each other, and have fun and go home. So, it's just a super fun gig."

The event was hosted, like all other water carnival events, by the Detroit Lakes Jaycees. Andrew Lessin, co-admiral for the 10-day event, said the turnout was more than they could've hoped for and it was great to see everyone come together for beer and food in the early-morning hours. He also praised all the volunteers who have helped out over the last week.

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"It's an absolute group of all-stars," said Lessin. "Everybody has jobs during the day and then they come out and help out at night, we do show up and we put on all of our events without a hiccup, usually, and everything goes pretty smoothly. It's a good group."

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Members of the KFAN Power Trip morning show smile for a group photograph following their live radio broadcast from Detroit Lakes during the Kegs and Eggs event, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival, on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Members of the KFAN Power Trip morning show took multiple group photographs following their live radio broadcast from Detroit Lakes during the Kegs and Eggs event, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival, on July 15, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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