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Local radio crew plans night at Natchez haunted building

By Staff
FRIGHT NIGHT The WOKK Breakfast Bunch, from left to right, Debbie Alexander, Scott Shepperd and Scotty Ray Boyd will travel to Natchez on Oct. 30 to spend the night at the reportedly haunted King's Tavern. Photo by Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Oct. 13, 2001
The Breakfast Bunch at WOKK FM-97 is at it again.
Chasing ghosts has become a hobby for announcer Scotty Ray Boyd, announcer Debbie Alexander and chief engineer Scott Shepperd, all of whom have spent nights since 1997 in some of the state's most haunted buildings.
This year, the Breakfast Bunch will spend Halloween Eve at King's Tavern, built in the 1760s and nestled in Natchez's Historic District. The building, one of the oldest in Mississippi, is now a restaurant and lounge.
Last year, the group spent Halloween at Magnolia Hall, an antebellum home in Natchez. While Boyd, Alexander, Shepperd and their guests roamed the halls of the mansion, viewers of the station's Web site watched their antics over the Internet.
This year will be no exception, said Shepperd, who began working on the King's Tavern Web site in March.
Web draws big audience
Already, two additional phone lines have been installed at the tavern to accommodate an expected high number of chat room guests and e-mails. And cameras will be placed in each room so viewers can watch what happens live.
Last year, WOKK Web site viewers reported seeing a woman dressed in Civil War-type clothes enter an upstairs bedroom, Boyd said. Other strange things happened, including a piano that began to play while no one was in the room.
Alexander is likely the most fearless one of the bunch.
Shepperd said while his attention is focused on running the elaborate computer systems and cameras, he gets scared when he has to enter a room or attic by himself to check equipment.
Boyd readily admits he's frightened.
Psychic joins group
Rosemarie Sellner, who characterizes herself as a physic, also will spend the night.
Boyd said author Alan Brown will also spend the night. Brown, a University of West Alabama professor, is known for his collections of paranormal events and oral folklore.
For more information, visit the Web site at www.WOKK.com.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3236, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.
Be a guest…
You and a friend can win a trip to King's Tavern in Natchez to spend the night with the WOKK Breakfast Bunch. To enter, visit the WOKK Web site at www.WOKK.com and tell Boyd and Alexander why you deserve to go. Contestants can also fax entries to WOKK at 483-0826.

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