Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2001

Eudora man wins pickup in radio contest

August 16, 2001

Eudora resident Bob Hopson won a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 and the 9 to 11 a.m. sports talk show on WHB 810 AM has a new name.

Hopson, 31, entered a contest three weeks ago at McCarthy Chevrolet in Olathe. The contest stated that whoever could name the morning show featuring former Chiefs Tim Grunhard, Bill Maas and WHB-TV Channel 4's Frank Boal would win the truck.

He picked up the truck during a presentation at the Prairie Highlands Golf Course in Olathe with a live broadcast from the 'Crunch Time' crew.

"I've never won anything in my life and I couldn't believe that I won it out of all those people who entered," Hopson said. "Now the show is called 'Crunch Time' and it will forever be called 'Crunch Time.'"

Hopson, who makes custom windows for United Manufacturing in Gardner, was on vacation in Colorado Springs with his wife Melissa and 2-year-old daughter, Jillian, when he found out about his new truck.

"I got so lucky with this, there were six other people with 'Crunch Time' and they drew mine out of a hat," Hopson said. "We got several calls from my friends in Kansas and I thought they were trying to play a joke on me. When my wife's boss called, that's how I knew that I won it."

Hopson pulled off to the side of the road in Colorado Springs and enjoyed his five minutes of live air time, talking with the trio of Grunhard, Boal and Maas. He said the truck and the name of the new show turned out to be a double victory for him. Ironically, Hopson purchased a 2001 GMC Sonoma three weeks prior to winning the contest and although he likes his new prize, he plans to keep the Sonoma and put the S-10 up for sale.

"I'm really into Chevrolets and I more or less wanted to name the show," Hopson said.

A 1988 graduate of Eudora High School, Hopson describes himself as a diehard Chiefs fan who also enjoys Big 12 and Kansas University football. He plans on listening to the show he named for a long time.

"Those guys on the show know what they are talking about," Hopson said. "I will continue to listen to the show. My family and I have been Chiefs fans for years, even in the '70s when they were bad."

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