KFAN's Paul Allen on Jeff Dubay, Brett Favre, the Vikings: This week's cover

KFAN's Paul Allen cruised into the Twin Cities in1995 to call races at Canterbury Park, and has risen to become one of our media market's top broadcasters through a quirky combination of confidence, exuberance, and a vernacular that, if not all his own, was at least new to Minnesotans.

He's stuck in the shoulder-season doldrums right now. But come football season, he will be a man in perpetual motion, racing between four or five different jobs. He's at the radio station by 7 a.m. for his 9-to-noon show, tapes spots for his advertising partners afterward, and often spends afternoons at the Vikings practice facility to record interviews with players and coaches for a weeknight KFAN show.

Paul Nolan tagged along for the ride recently, and brings back a profile of the broadcaster in his prime time for this week's cover story.

"The 'having fun' part is finally starting to happen," Allen tells Nolan. "I was driving down [Highway] 169 from Vikings workouts to Canterbury the other night, and I called my wife and said, 'You know, I've done play-by-play for eight years, radio for 12, and have called close to 20,000 horse races, and it still hits me how awesome my life is.'"

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