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Christmas Wishes

Posted on: November 21st, 2022 by brent

Christmas Wishes is back this year.  We are connecting wishes with grantors.

Open right now and only for a limited time, If you have a TOY or child based wish you can click here to apply for assistance with the fund from our Miracle on Palafox event:

The Applications for Toy Wishes through the United Way of West Florida.

Christmas Wish UWWF

Other wish types can be filled in here:

    Select your Wish Type

    Your Full Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Home Phone

    Cell Phone





    Tell us about your Christmas Wish (give us as much detail as possible: Names, sizes, needs etc.)


    If you would like to help a family fill  out this form:

      Your Name (required)

      Your Email (required)

      Best number to reach you

      Tell us how you can help with a Christmas Wish


      Christmas Wishes started over a decade ago and has grown into a “Pay It Forward” Christmas inspiration.  You can wish for what ever you want.  Our Christmas Wish Committee will review each wish and try to match wishes with granters.

      Q. Are all wishes granted?

      A. No…  we get over a 1000 wishes every year…  We try to match up as many wishes as we can.

      Q. Is it a contest?

      A. No.  Any wish is possible… we try to connect wishes and donors.

      Q. How does the money from Miracle on Palafox help?

      A. The money from Miracle on Palafox all goes through the  The United Way of West Florida for Toy Wishes.  You can submit for toys here.

      Q. Can I submit a wish in person?

      A. You can submit a wish by submitting a written letter at the front desk of the radio station. We do not take any wish over the phone.  All wishes must be submitted in writing.

      Big Moose Boston Butts for MSABC

      Posted on: October 13th, 2022 by brent

      Costellos Butcher ShopSOLD OUT – Check back here for availability

      Pick up is Wednesday, November 23rd from 10am-2p.


      Big Moose, Semi-Pro Amateur BBQ guy, now award winning, winning Top Chef… Is smoking a limited number of Boston Butts for the cause with Costello’s Butcher Shoppe. There are only 50 Butts available and they will be available to pick up the day before Thanksgiving. Order now… the money goes to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Orders are closed on October 28th. Pickup is on Wednesday, November 23rd.


      Write a Song Friday – Lance Carpenter

      Posted on: October 7th, 2022 by brent

      Lance Carpenter – Another day on Pensacola Beach

      Cat Country 98.7 · Lance Carpenter – Another Day On Pensacola Beach


      Download the APP

      Posted on: September 22nd, 2022 by brent

      The new Cat Country 98.7 App is ready!

      Redesigned and your Control Center for Music. Get alerts when songs you want to hear are on.  Let us know what you think… You can vote Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.  Flash Contests mean more ways to win… Tickets, Fly Aways and $500 a month just for using the App.  

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      Cat Country Cares for Kids Radiothon Raises Over $132,000 for Studer Family Children’s Hospital

      Posted on: July 9th, 2022 by brent

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      Cat Country98.7 and Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raised more than $132,763 during the station’s Cat Country Cares For Kids Radiothon, presented by Wind Creek Atmore. The annual event at Cordova Mall raised funds for a new neonatal transport vehicle.
      Cat Country Cares for Kids Radiothon was hosted by Cat Country 98.7 and WEAR ABC 3 News Pensacola host Sue Straughn as well as NewsRadio 92.3 & ESPN Pensacola. 
      The event provided listeners with the opportunity to hear from children and their parents about the high-quality care and recovery they received at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, which serves the Gulf Coast. Funds raised during the one-day broadcast completed the campaign to purchase a new Neonatal Transport Vehicle for Studer Family Children’s Hospital. This vehicle is equipped with a specialized incubator capable of delivering a level of quality care comparable to what a child would receive inside our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Morning show co-host Brent Lane said, “The Neonatal Transport Unit is vital to our community. To accomplish the goal of paying off the transport unit is such a blessing. The NICU at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital is a standout for care in the Southeast. Cat Country 98.7
      was proud to join Channel 3, NewsRadio 92.3, and ESPN Pensacola to help tell the story of why this hospital impacts so many lives and how it continues to make this community better.”
      Co-host Mel McCrae adds, “It’s an honor to play a small part in helping to raise funds for this equipment that will help so many families in our community. It’s always remarkable to see the outpouring of love and support from so many businesses and individuals each year.”
      “We are grateful for the dedication and support of our media partners, volunteers, and Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation team members,” said Adrienne Maygarden, president of Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation. “And, we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community who embrace our mission and join us in ensuring the highest level of neonatal care is available to local families throughout the communities we serve – keeping families close to home and their support systems.” Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, such as Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, are on the frontlines when it comes to protecting the health of future generations, but they can’t do it alone. Changing the health of even one child or family creates a ripple effect felt by communities for years to come. “The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on children has demonstrated the value of having a hospital dedicated to pediatrics,” said Will Condon, president of Studer Family Children’s Hospital. “The disease has hospitalized children at all ages — from two weeks old to 17 years old. It’s never been more important to have specialized pediatric care in our region, and never more important to have the community’s support for our healing Mission.”
      Since 1983, CMN Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion in unrestricted funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. About the Studer Family Children’s Hospital The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of children’s medical care, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 30 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.
      For more information, visit


      Hurricane Checklist

      Posted on: May 30th, 2022 by brent

      1. Charge any device that provides light. Laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras, and old phones. Old cell phones can still used for dialing 911. Charge external battery back ups.

      2. Wash all trash cans, big and small, and fill with water for flushing toilets. Line outdoor trash cans with trash bags, fill with water and store in the garage. Add bleach to sterilize.

      3. Fill every tub and sink with water. Cover sinks with Saran Wrap to keep it from collecting dust. Fill washing machine and leave lid up to store water.

      4. Fill old empty water bottles and other containers with water and keep near sinks for washing hands.

      5. Fill every Tupperware with water and store in freezer. These will help keep food cold longer and serve as a back up water supply.

      6. Fill drinking cups with water and cover with Saran Wrap. Store as many as possible in fridge. The rest you can store on the counter and use first before any water bottles are opened. Ice is impossible to find after the storm.

      7. Reserve fridge space for storing tap water and keep the sealed water bottles on the counter.

      8. Cook any meats in advance and other perishable foods. You can freeze cooked food. Hard boil eggs for snacks for first day without power.

      9. Be well hydrated before the storm hits and avoid salty foods that make you dehydrated.

      10. Wash all dirty clothes and bed sheets. Anything dirty will smell without the A/C, you may need the items, and with no A/C, you’ll be sweating a lot. You’re going to want clean sheets.

      11. Toss out any expiring food, clean cat litter boxes, empty all trash cans in the house, including bathrooms. Remove anything that will cause an odor when the A/C is off. If you don’t have a trash day pickup before the storm, find a dumpster.

      12. Bring in any yard decor, secure anything that will fly around, secure gates, bring in hoses, potted plants, etc. Bring in patio furniture and grills.

      13. Clean your environment so you have clear, easy escape routes. Even if that means temporarily moving furniture to one area.

      14. Scrub all bathrooms so you are starting with a clean odor free environment. Store water filled trash cans next to each toilet for flushing.

      15. Place everything you own that is important and necessary in a backpack or small file box that is easy to grab. Include your wallet with ID, phone, hand sanitizer, snacks, etc. Get plastic sleeves for important documents.

      16. Make sure you have cash on hand.

      17. Stock up on pet food and fill up bowls of water for pets.

      18. Refill any medications. Most insurance companies allow for 2 emergency refills per year.

      19. Fill your propane tanks. You can heat soup cans, boil water, make coffee, and other stuff besides just grilling meat. Get an extra, if possible.

      20. Drop your A/C in advance and lower temperatures in your fridges.

      21. Gather all candles, flashlights, lighters, matches, batteries, and other items and keep them accessible.

      22. Clean all counters in advance. Start with a clean surface. Buy Clorox Wipes for cleaning when there is no power. Mop your floors and vacuum. If power is out for 10 days, you’ll have to live in the mess you started with.

      23. Pick your emergency safe place such as a closet under the stairs. Store the items you’ll need in that location for the brunt of the storm. Make a hand fan for when the power is out.

      24. Shower just before the storm is scheduled to hit.

      25. Keep baby wipes next to each toilet. Don’t flush them. It’s not the time to risk clogging your toilet!

      26. Run your dishwasher, don’t risk having dirty smelly dishes and you need every container for water! Remember you’ll need clean water for brushing your teeth, washing yourself, and cleaning your hands.

      27. Put a small suitcase in your car in case you decide to evacuate. Also put at least one jug of water in your car. It will still be there if you don’t evacuate! You don’t need to store all water in the house. Remember to pack for pets as well.

      28. Check on all family members, set up emergency back up plans, and check on elderly neighbors.

      29. Remember, pets are family too. Take them with you!

      30. Before the storm, unplug all electronics. There will be power surges during and after the storm.

      31. Gas up your car and have a spare gas container for your generator or your car when you run out.

      32. Get LED Lanterns… They last a LONG TIME and are super bright 

      If you can, take a video of your house and contents….walk room to room–open cabinets/drawers and closets. This will help if you need to make a claim later. It will show proof of items and help you list all the items (help your memory, so you don’t forget anything)…I highly recommend!!!

      I also heard you should freeze a cup of water, place a coin on top after it is frozen…keep this in your freezer to help you gauge the temperature if the power goes out. If the coin stays on top, the food is staying frozen. If the coin falls into the water, the freezer thawed out and most food will likely need to be thrown away. This is super helpful is you have to leave and come back, as it may appear everything is still frozen, but if the coin is in the cup–you will know!!

      Finally, anything that you want to try and preserve, but you can’t take with you—place it in a plastic bin and put in your dishwasher, lock the door—this should make it water tight in case of any water intrusion into your home. But of course, take all the important/irreplaceable items you can!!

      Stay Safe everyone!

      Open Our Museum

      Posted on: May 18th, 2022 by brent

      OpenA website and petition campaign called Open Our Museum has been organized by a group of local citizens and civic leaders working together to urge the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD) to reestablish the public access waiver to NAS Pensacola so all citizens are allowed to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) and the base’s other historic attractions.

      Some of the civic leaders behind the campaign include retired Navy Capt. Dean-o Fournier, former Pensacola mayors Jerry Maygarden, Ashton Hayward, Mike Wiggins and John Fogg, retired Marine Lt. Col. David Glassman with Freedom Quest, and Nancy Fetterman – widow of the late U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Jack Fetterman who served as president & CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

      “Jack worked tirelessly for decades to transform the Naval Aviation Museum into the national treasure that it is today. He’d be so disappointed to know that the public is still being denied access to it,” said Fetterman. “The entire purpose of the museum was for everyone to experience its magic and wonder, to inspire all.”

      For two-and-a-half years the public has been restricted entry to a National Museum whose operations are paid for, in large part, by their hard-earned tax dollars.

      Following a terrorist attack on base in December of 2019, access to the National Naval Aviation Museum, as well as the Pensacola Lighthouse, Fort Barrancas and the Blue Angels practices, has been restricted to only Department of Defense (DoD) cardholders and veterans who possess a Veterans Health Identification Card. All other U.S. citizens are still not allowed access. 

      The community campaign hopes to change that.

      Founded in 1963 onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, NNAM tells the story of how Pensacola became the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and has been at the cutting edge of aerospace history for more than a century.

      Since its founding, NNAM has grown to become the second-largest aviation museum in the United States. Featuring more than 150 fully-restored military aircraft, thousands of artifacts, and dozens of military exhibits on display, plus a giant screen movie theater, virtual reality flight simulators, interactive rides, and more – NNAM is considered a top 10 attraction in Florida and the leading tourist attraction between Orlando and New Orleans. Its visitors come from every state in the U.S., with more than 70 percent visiting from outside Florida.

      A recent economic impact study done by Matrix for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (NAMF) found that NNAM’s visitorship declined by 64% in January and February of 2020 due to restricted base access. That equates to approximately 342 total jobs and $11 million in labor income lost due to the enhanced security measures stemming from the December 2019 terrorist attack on base. The NAMF study also found that local industry sectors lost an estimated $31.5 million in gross sales between 2019 and 2020 directly related to declining visitor traffic.

      Visits to the Pensacola base’s historic attractions have always been treasured by tourists and locals alike before access became locked off. Tens of millions of citizens have visited the National Naval Aviation Museum, and other base attractions, for decades without the occurrence of a single significant security incident.


      “It’s time to cut through the red tape and get our museum reopened to everyone, once again,” said Fetterman.

      United Way of West Florida Tax Help

      Posted on: January 25th, 2022 by brent

      Residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties making $73,000 or less annually are eligible to file their taxes for free with United Way of West Florida’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Eligible participants may visit one of four convenient locations across the community or use limited virtual assistance to utilize this free service and maximize their tax return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. 


      VITA sites are operated by IRS partners such as United Way of West Florida and are staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in their communities.  All VITA volunteers who prepare returns must take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards. This training includes maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information.  


      VITA sites will begin in-person returns on February 7th


      Please see below for a complete list of VITA sites throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, as well as their opening dates and hours. VITA is by appointment only in 2022, to schedule an appointment simply dial 211. For up-to-date information please  


      Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast
      1715 E. Olive Rd., Pensacola, FL 32514
      Opening: February 9  

      Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 


      Pensacola State College (Main Campus)
      1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32504 Bldg 98
      Opening: February 7
      Hours: Monday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday February 26, March 26, and April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 


      Pensacola State College (Warrington Campus) 

      5555 US-98, Pensacola, FL 32507
      Opening: February 8 

      Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 


      Pensacola State College (Milton Campus)
      5988 Hwy 90, Milton, FL, 32583 Bldg 400
      Opening: February 8
      Hours: Tuesday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday March 3, and April 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 



      Filers must bring the following documentation with them when filing taxes at one of the VITA sites:  

      • State or federal photo identification 
      • Social Security cards for all members of the household 
      • All W2s, 1095s, 1098s, and 1099s 
      • Childcare provider’s information 
      • Investment statements and other tax forms 
      • Amounts of other income 
      • Bank account information for direct deposit 
      • Last year’s tax return, if available 


      Promotional materials containing information about United Way of West Florida’s VITA program are available for distribution. To request these materials or any questions concerning the VITA program, contact Financial Stability Manager, Elizabeth Bondurant, at  


      United Way of West Florida’s VITA Program is sponsored by the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast, IRS, and Wells Fargo.

      Manna Hat 2020-2021 Auction

      Posted on: December 11th, 2021 by brent

      Manna Hat 2021The 2020-2021 Manna Hat is a beautiful Resistol – George Strait 7 3/8ths

      Congrats to Larry and Shotzi Clemons who won this years hat with a bid of $1300, all of which will go to Manna Food Pantries.

      Manna Food Pantries began serving the hungry on January 3, 1983, then known as Manna Food Bank. Since then Manna have served over half a million people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, from Century to Navarre. Manna has given out over 9,000 tons of food to hungry families in our communities. In the last year alone, Manna has served about 23,000 individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.Manna Food Pantries is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused, volunteer supported and committed to the philosophy, “waste not, want not.” Manna believes that every person has a right to live free from hunger and that every person is to be treated with respect and dignity.

      This year the need is particularly great. Please know that 100% of the proceeds this auction raises will go to Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties so that those in need in Pensacola, Pace, Milton and the surrounding areas can continue to be taken care of.

      Thank you to Pensacola Boot Store for generously providing the 2020-2021 Manna Hat.

      Who’s Autograph is on the Hat? 
      I will send you a signed certificate saying these are 100% Authentic Signatures.

      Location on the Hat
      March 13, 2020 – Wild Gregs
      Left Rear Bill
      Jimmie Allen November 12, 2020 – Wild Gregs Rear Bill
      Riley Green May 28, 2021 – The Wharf Right Rear Bill
      Luke Combs July 2, 2021 – The Wharf Front Bill
      Brantley Gilbert July 17, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
      Caylee Hammack July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
      Dylan Scott July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
      Luke Bryan July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Front Bill
      Gabby Barrett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
      Thomas Rhett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Front Stack
      Carly Pearce August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
      Niko Moon August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
      Tenille Arts August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
      Lady A August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Stack
      Elvie Shane October 9, 2021 – The Wharf Right Dimple
      Rodney Atkins October 30, 2021-Pensacola Fair Left Dimple
      Hardy October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
      John Morgan October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Stack
      Jason Aldean October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Rear Stack
      Mitchell Tenpenny November 6, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Right Stack
      Jon Langston November 12, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Left Stack
      Kip Moore November 13, 2021 – The Port, Alabama Left Bill
      Larry Fleet November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack
      Ray Fulcher November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack

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      Kayleb Wagner Sets the High School Run Record – September 20, 2021

      Posted on: September 20th, 2021 by brent

      Don’t miss this Good News Story.  Kayleb Wagner from Baker High School.

      Cat Country 98.7 · Kayleb Wagner is Today’s Good News… Set the High School Running Record