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Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Feb. 14-16


An Arizona-made film, a new addition to the KTAR News 92.3 FM morning show and wrong-way fatalities on the Interstate 10.

Here are some stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.

Arizona-made film to make world debut in Scottsdale

Arizona movie fans will have a chance to view a film that was shot in their own backyard when “Sweet Sunshine” makes its world premiere at Roadhouse Cinemas in Scottsdale in March.

The romantic musical drama stars John Way and Savanah McMahon – both graduates of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale – and tells the story of a young superstar who suffered a tragedy that will change his life forever after his rise to fame caused a rift with his father. A chance meeting with a talented young woman could give him the strength he needs to believe in himself again.

“Sweet Sunshine” will run from March 13 to March 19, with tickets going on sale March 9.

According to a news release, the film was shot in several locations across Arizona, including at one of the largest privately-owned log cabins in North America located in Heber.

Mike Broomhead joins KTAR News 92.3 for weekday morning show

Bonneville Phoenix announced Friday that Mike Broomhead will be joining KTAR News 92.3 FM to host a show weekday mornings.

Broomhead will host The Mike Broomhead Show from 8 a.m. to noon, on Arizona’s News Station. The show will begin Feb. 24.

“We are extremely excited to add one of the most talented talk show hosts in the country to our powerful lineup,” said Scott Sutherland, Bonneville Phoenix Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “Mike is a values-driven, influential thought leader who is committed to making a positive impact in our community, which is core to the KTAR mission.”

“I can’t wait to be on FM talking to a massive and diverse audience about important issues on the most historic radio station in Phoenix,” said Broomhead. “KTAR is Arizona and so am I. I’m so excited to go to work with the talented news, talk and digital teams.”

Wrong-way driver on Interstate-10 leaves 3 dead early Sunday morning

A wrong-way collision on Interstate 10 left 3 people dead early Sunday morning.

According to the Department of Public Safety, troopers responded to a call of a wrong-way driver around 3:28 a.m. Shortly after that, a 3-vehicle crash was reported near I-10 and Riggs Road in the eastbound lanes.

The wrong-way driver was a 71-year-old male. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

DPS said they were previously attempting to locate the 71-year-old because of mental illness due to age. Impairment is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

There were four passengers in the second vehicle. Two passengers were pronounced dead on the scene while the driver and the passenger of that vehicle were transported to a local hospital.

Big names in music to help Talking Stick Resort celebrate 10th anniversary

Talking Stick Resort is pulling out all the stops to celebrate a decade of operation as the Steve Miller Band, Johnny Mathis, and Pitbull will perform at the location on various dates in May.

The Steve Miller Band will take the stage at the Pool at Talking Stick Resort on May 1, while “Mr. Worldwide,” Pitbull will perform at the same location on May 22.

Johnny Mathis will serenade concert-goers inside the Salt River Grand Ballroom on May 8.

Yavapai County residents startled by early morning loud boom

Yavapai County residents received a loud wake-up call Sunday morning.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from across the county around 7:20 a.m. to reports of a loud explosion or boom.

YCSO said the best explanation for the sound is a meteor event, which many residents say they witnessed, but there is no official explanation.

According to their Facebook page, the FAA did not have any information and Luke Air Force Base did not have any jet traffic in the air at that time.

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