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Jen Austin is the host of the afternoon drive show on Mix 106, from 2 to 7pm every weekday. After a brief stint on Mix 106 in 2009, she's back in the Treasure Valley, entertaining listeners with interesting tidbits about fitness and exercise, relationships, and workplace experiences, and all the latest celebrity and pop culture news as Mix listeners wind down their day. Jen was born and raised in the rural town of Elwood, Nebraska. She went to college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and that's where Jen got her start in radio at country station KZKX. Jen continued in country radio at KASE in Austin, TX before moving to work at a network of stations that sent her shows to markets including Lubbock, Amarillo, Corpus Christi and Tyler, TX; as well as Jackson, MS, Lawton, OK, Baton Rouge, LA and more.
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Parents Just Have to Say No to Some Birthday Requests

This is my sweet Piper, who turned 4 yesterday.  Think I'm in trouble? Yes, I agree.  Kids are so easy until they start getting personalities, ornery streaks, thoughts and opinions!

Check out what Piper wanted for her birthday this year.  It was an idea that just had to be squashed!

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A Boise Dentist Will Send Halloween Candy to the Troops

Kids don't really need an entire pumpkin head full of taffy, jawbreakers, and chocolate do they?   Oh, but it's hard to let all that goodness go.  Instead of tossing it out, one Boise dentist plans to put the candy to good use.  And you can make a buck off of it.

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Sad Music Makes You Sadder

So you can't get enough of the new Adele song?  I know it!!  She's just so good.  I love it too.  The video got 27.7 million views during the first 24 hours after its release, and that beat Taylor Swift's Bad Blood for the most ever.  She'll be on SNL November 21st.  Yay yay!

Now the not-so-great news.  She's pouring out her soul in this song, and it strikes a chord that's so deep it may actually have a negative impact on our long-term mental health.  And it's not just Adele songs.  It's any mood-altering music.  Oh dear.

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Some Halloween Candy May Be Re-Gifted From Last Year

It turns out that candy doesn't last forever.

Most Halloween candy has an official shelf life, and it's not "infinity," or "til it's gone." How fast do we have to eat it?  And if it survives a year, will you re-gift it?

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