Gator 99.5’s Most Popular Posts of 2011
Love it or hate it, The History Channel's "Swamp People" is a local phenomenon. For every T-Boy that loves to shout "Choot 'Em," there's a Clotille that thinks the show just plays upon the worst Cajun stereotypes. In 2011, "Swamp People" was big business, and every time we wrote about it, people wanted to read about it. In between, people got excited about McNeese football and sang along to a song written in memory of a little girl who died horribly.
But mostly, we read about "Swamp People." What can we say? It's FASCINATING!
In 2011, people were either excited to meet a Swamp Person or to become one. When we told you about an upcoming visit to the mall, not only did you view the heck out of the page, but you turned out in droves at the mall itself.
We're always having to tell Yankees and other foreigners that we don't all have alligators running around our front yards. Stories like this don't make it any easier. See Yankees -- even WE'RE amazed when an alligator wanders into a public place!
In a freak occurrence, a woman attempted to solve a dispute with another woman with a gun. The story shocked Lake Charles, and while the story wasn't very complicated, it easily captured the imagination of the public.
Looks like you were ready for some McNeese Cowboy football action!
We had a few stories like this in 2011 -- of people who had spent ridiculous amounts of money on 'supervehicles,' for lack of a better word. This one, however, was the graddaddy of them all.
One of two stories (see below) we ran about casting calls for "Swamp People," it turns out people were really interested in being on the show.
Mike Soileau had a little fun with people on this headline. It's not a story about a main cast member, but rather about Bruce Mitchell’s faithful sidekick, Tyler -- the dog.
It still seems surreal that the entire Casey Anthony ordeal happened at all, but when a number of Nashville's top songwriters got together in tribute to poor Caylee Anthony, it tugged at everyone's heartstrings.
"Swamp People" plus the chance to win thousands of dollars? Instant classic!
This is the story that wouldn't quit -- remaining at the top of the charts for our website since we published it in July. Originally, the headline just said 'Saturday' without the date. We thought maybe people were continuing to click on the story because they thought it was still upcoming. We made sure to add the date to the end to stop the confusion. It didn't stop people from clicking on it, though.