The face of a man ready for the weekend!

The face of a man ready for the weekend!

WHEW!!  We made it through another week and today really felt like a Friday!  I don’t know why, but I am really looking forward to the weekend.  Maybe it’s because the Super Bowl is on, maybe it’s because my band has a gig, maybe it’s because it’s been a long, cold week.  I don’t know why, but the weekend can’t start too soon for me!

NWS Meteorologist Matt Zika.

NWS Meteorologist Matt Zika.

Thanks to Matt Zika from the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township stopping in to chat about NOAA Weather Radio.  People usually do not think about weather radios at this time of year, but that’s why Matt came by.  Next week is the NOAA Weather Radio Winter Weather Awareness Week.  Click HERE to hear more with Matt.

This is not on the Enterprise!

This is not on the Enterprise!

The Sizzling Sauna Giveaway registrations are going well, so keep listening to find out how you can get registered for this fine sauna thanks to Collier Contracting.  As we mentioned on the show today, you can win something that was never on the Starship Enterprise, A SAUNA!

Mark had a great series of jokes (thanks to chief comedy writer Charlie G.) about not messing with the youth, and as promised, here’s the list:

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.   The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.   The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”.
The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”
The little girl replied, “Then you ask him “.

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A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.   As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”
The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

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A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to “honor” thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”
The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
“Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, ‘There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘That’s Michael, He’s a doctor.’
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, “And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”

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A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, “Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.”
“Yes,” the class said.
“Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn’t run into my feet?”
A little fellow shouted,
“Cause your feet ain’t empty.”

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The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
“Take only ONE. God is watching.”
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.   A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.

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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!  I WILL!!!

-Walt

P.S. – Log on on Monday Morning for a special bonus blog with scenes from the Great Lakes Radio Super Bowl Bash at Bill’s!!

Sleepy and Grumpy, 2 of the 7 Dwarves.

Sleepy and Grumpy, 2 of the 7 Dwarves.

The coffee started flowing early today and so did the show!  This picture came across my desk yesterday.  It’s apparently what Mark and I look like to a computer when it doesn’t work right.  Pretty ugly, eh?

YO YO YO!  I'M MEL-F AND I'M AUDI-5000!

YO YO YO! I'M MEL-F AND I'M AUDI-5000!

Thanks to the soon-to-be exiting Melanee Ferrier from the YMCA of Marquette County for coming in to give us her final event and activity update.  She also told us about the “Strong Kids” Campaign that gets underway today at “Y” and how folks in our community can get involved.  Click HERE to listen to Melanee’s final interview.

Congressman Bart Stupak

Congressman Bart Stupak

The Stimulus Package made it through the U.S. House in Washington yesterday.  Sounds like a win for the new President, but not really.  Not a single Republican voted for the bill.  WHOOPS!  Now it goes on to the U.S. Senate foe review.  Click HERE to listen to Representative Bart Stupak’s thoughts on the bill and how he voted.

Catch you all tomorrow!

– Walt

Some of the Guts of the Brains.

Some of the Guts of the Brains.

After a day away from blogging across cyberspace due to computer troubles, we are back on that network of tubes known as the internets!! JOY!  As you can see by the photo to the left that shows the internal brain of the supercomputer network deep in the confines of the station, if something goes out of whack in there, we need to send in an intrepid squad of jungle savvy IT guys.  Luckily, they were able to fix it and get us back up and running!

Stan and Mark in the studio.

Stan and Mark in the studio.

Thanks to Stan Wright stopping in this morning to let us know of an excellent option if you are not interested in this weekend’s big football game.  The Westwood High School Shakespeare Club is putting on a special “Theater in the Round” performance of some of the Bard’s greatest hits this Sunday at 7-pm at the Butler Theater in Downtown Ishpeming.  Click HERE to listen to Stan’s interview to hear more about this event and other events being planned by the West End Community Arts Network.

Ishpeming Police Chief Jim Bjorne.

Ishpeming Police Chief Jim Bjorne.

Also, with more information about things going on in Ishpeming, City Police Chief Jim Bjorne called in to chat about a special Neighborhood Watch Program public interest meeting tonight at the Ishpeming Senior Center.  The session is designed to gauge the interest of residents to start the program in the city.  You can hear more about the meeting and the program by listening to Chief Bjorne’s interview by clicking HERE.

So anyway, it’s good to be back and we’ll see you all tomorrow!

-Walt

A brisk Negaunee Township morning!

A brisk Negaunee Township morning!

The rampaging briskness is ushering in a new week here on the program.  With a show that was filled with school cancellations and delays due to extreme low temperatures and wind chills, we were able to get through it and bring you a veritable cornucopia of local news, weather and sports along with a few chuckles as well.

This morning's MSM "Victory Toss" in all it's glory!

This morning's MSM "Victory Toss" in all it's glory!

Congratulations to Ryan W., our latest winner of Main Street Monday, Classic Cartoon Trivia, brought to you by Main Street Pizza.  Ryan was one of a handful of listener that knew the answer to our question, “Who was the ORIGINAL voice of SCOOBY- DOO?”  Ryan won a pair of 14″ three topping pizzas.  The answer?  “Don Messick”.

A super-rare Million Dollar Bill.

A super-rare Million Dollar Bill.

Anyway,  I just wanted to say regardless of how cold it does get outside, remember that you can’t lose when you have “Million Dollar Bill Tibor” on your side!

See you all tomorrow!!

-Walt

What a crackin’ way to wrap up a week!  Marquette County’s Busiest Morning Show seems be htting it’s stride after a couple of weeks .  Today’s show had it all.  Gourmet foods, specialized wines, some tasty politics and a large man doing some ZUMBA dancing!  Sit down, strap yourself in and hold on!  It’s the show notes for the Friday, January 23rd edition of MARK & WALT in the MORNING!

The UP Children's Museum's Jim Edwards

The UP Children's Museum's Jim Edwards

First off, one of Marquette County’s most elequent gentlemen, Jim Edwards from the UP Children’s Museum, stopped in to remind us about this weekend’s Culinary Journey.  This event, now in it’s 11th year, raises funds for the UPCM with a great night of food and drink.  Click HERE to listen to Jim’s mellifluous tones.

Rewood Creek Winery's Mark Bates

Redwood Creek Winery's Mark Bates

From Food to Wine!  Mark Bates with Redwood Creek Winery came by to tell us more about the company and how they support events and agencies that are outdoor based by donating wine to fundraising and support activities.  Find out more by listening in as we chatted right HERE.

MI Lieutenant Governor John Cherry.

MI Lieutenant Governor John Cherry.

From Wine to a Cherry!  Michigan Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, to be specific.  He checked in to tell us about his visit this weekend to Marquette and Houghton to meet with folks, present some checks and take in the Noquemanon and some hockey at NMU among other bits.  You can hear our conversation by clicking HERE.

Bill & Walt shakin' things that shouldn't be shook!

Bill & Walt shakin' things that shouldn't be shook!

AND LEST WE FORGET!!!!!  The photos of Walt and Great Lakes Radio Sales Master Bill Tibor doing ZUMBA Dancing.  These photos are from the YMCA of Marquette County‘s annual meeting held this week at the Y in Marquette.  Thanks to YMCA CEO Lisa Coombs-Gerou for the particular fine action shot you see below!!

Go, Bill, Go!

Go, Bill, Go!

Take care everybody, and have a great weekend!

-Walt

WATCH OUT!! BIG MAN DANCING!!

WATCH OUT!! BIG MAN DANCING!!

AHHHH YESSS!!!  A morning that finds our intrepid heroes, Mark & Walt, deftly juggling a ton of interviews, local news, sports and weather as well as your favorite music.  Putting it all in one easy to consume, family-friendly local morning radio show.  If you care about what’s going on in your community and the country, WHY would you listen to anyone else??!!

Nikki Dewald and Katy Martin stop by for a chat.

Nikki Dewald and Katy Martin stop by for a chat.

It all kicked off with a visit from Nicole Dewald, the Race Administrator with the Noquemanon Cross-country Ski Race this annual event brings thousands of skiiers and spectators to Marquette County and is celebrating it’s 11-th year of existance.  Nicole gave us a great run-down of all the events related to the race going on around town this weekend and you can hear her entire interview by clicking HERE.  Find out more about the Noquemanon HERE.

Nicole was joined by Katy Martin who is a member of the Youth Advisory Council of the Marquette County Community Foundation.  That youth-based division of the Community Foundation funded the Junior Noquemanon which is geared toward young people taking part in a several races of their choice.  Check out Katy’s interview right HERE.

Gary Gustufson catches up in the studio.

Gary Gustufson catches up in the studio.

Gary Gustufson joined us next to tell us about an effort to gather new and gently used youth hockey gear for Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan.  The effort is to collect the gear, especially helmets, for kids who will be playing on the TFH ice rink this winter to protect them from injury.  The items are being collected at this Saturday’s NMU-Alaska Hockey game in Marquette.  For full details, listen to Gary’s interview by clicking HERE.

The ever effervescent Aunt Deb.

The ever effervescent Aunt Deb.

And just when you thought it would be safe to hide behind “More Music in the Morning”, U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow called in with her thoughts on all of the excitement in Washington, D.C. this week with the Obama Inauguration and what is in store for the nation and how the plans will affect Michigan.  You can hear the interview with Dear Ol’ Aunt Deb by clicking HERE.

WHEW!! What a day!  Join us tomorrow when we do it all again with conversations about special dinner fundraisers, delicious wine and a chat with Michigan Lieutenant Governor John Cherry.

Tune in and check it out!

-Walt

NMU Political Science Professor Steve Nelson

NMU Political Science Professor Steve Nelson

The first full day of the Obama Era is now underway.  The parties are over, the balls (ahem) are but a memory and the clean-up is underway.  Helping us sift through the carnage that is an Inauguration Day, Northern Michigan University Political Science Professor, Dr. Steve Nelson stopped by this morning to offer his expert analysis and commentary about this new administration.   Listen to Dr. Nelson’s comments in our “Interviews” section or click here.

MCCF Prewsident, Bob Cowell

MCCF President, Bob Cowell

Also coming in today were Bob Cowell, the President and Carole Touchinski, the Executive Director of the Marquette County Community Foundation.  They came in to let us know more about the agency’s programs and how you can get involved.  Check it out the complete interview with Bob and Carole by clicking here.

Carole Touchinski, Executive Dir. MCCF

Carole Touchinski, Executive Dir. MCCF

Love & Peace and Chicken Grease!

We’ll see you tomorrow on the big show.  It’s triple-booked again, so you don’t want to miss it.

-Walt

So here it is…the ushering in of a new era in American political history.  Or at least, that’s what they say.  I guess the jury is still out here on the show.  Mark and I both believe that Barack Obama is an agent of change, but we aren’t sure what kinds of change he is going to bring to the table.  Time will tell, I guess.  You can catch the Oath of Office and Inaugural Address on Sunny 101.9, WKQS-fm.  Coverage starts at 11:30 am today.

Jeff Spencer with the Vertigo Theater Company.

Jeff Spencer with the Vertigo Theater Company.

Thanks to Jeff Spencer and Jackie Love with the Vertigo Theater Company of Marquette stopping in to tell us about their latest production entitled, “Fat Pig”.  It’s a story about plus-size people dating and what kinds of pressures are put on them by society.  The show runs this weekend at the Black Box Theater at NMU and you can hear more about the show in our “Interviews” section or head to their website at www.vertigomqt.com .

Jackie Love, area theater veteran.

Jackie Love, area theater veteran.

Lisa Coombs-Gerou, CEO of the YMCA of Marquette County stopped by later and gave us a look into the future by telling us about some of the projects they have coming up.  She also previewed the upcoming Annual Meeting which is being held this Thursday at Noon at the Citizen’s Forum Room atLakeview Arena in Marquette.   Check out the complete interview here. You can also find out more by calling 227-YMCA.

YMCA of Marquette County CEO, Lisa Coombs-Gerou

YMCA of Marquette County CEO, Lisa Coombs-Gerou

Enjoy the history of today, and we’ll talk to you again tomorrow.

-Walt

Today's 7-am temperature...no, really!!

Today's 7-am temperature...no, really!!

A show all over the place that started with a completely screwed-up temperature reading from the National Weather Service for Sawyer International Airport.  We knew it was warmer this week than last week, but as the picture shows, 48 degrees (above zero) is a bit ridiculous!

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Faye Williams, Michigan Waterfowl Association.

Faye Williams, Michigan Waterfowl Association.

Faye Williams with the Michigan Waterfowl Association joined us this morning to talk about the 33-rd Annual Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction coming up on Sunday, February 8th at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.  The event will feature raffles, door prizes, a dinner, a silent auction and more.  For tickets, you can call 346-5850.  You can listen to Faye’s complete interview by clicking here.

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Corinne Brownell from the MCHD reminds us to get a shot!

Corinne Brownell from the MCHD reminds us to get a shot!

Corrine Brownell, Personal Health Director from the Marquette County Health Department, stopped in to remind our listeners that it’s not too late to get a flu shot for this year.  As a matter of fact, since we are a couple of weeks away from the peak of the flu season in our area, now is a good time to get one if you haven’t yet.  You can find out more by contacting the Marquette County Health Department at 475-7844.  Check out her interview here.

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And finally, congratulations to Jason N., our latest winner of “Main Street Monday – Classic Cartoon Trivia”!  He picked up two 14″ three-topping pizzas from Main Street Pizza for knowing the answer to our question was “Blaque Jacque Shellaque”.

See y’all tomorrow!

-Walt