THE END OF APRIL AND THE BIRTHDAY OF BUGS!!

BUGS BUNNY, MAN!

BUGS BUNNY, MAN!

So here it is, the end of the month of April and also the birthday of Bugs Bunny.  He was “born” on this day in 1938, according to Mark’s files.  So as a tribute to the birthday of one of the greatest cartoon characters ever created, here’s a shot of Mark’s tattoo.  Enjoy!

WASH YER DOG AND HELP THE KIDS!!

CHRISTINE KASBOHM IN THE STUDIOS!

CHRISTINE KASBOHM IN THE STUDIOS!

Thanks to Christine Kasbohm for stopping in today to tell us about a special fundraising event coming upo the Doggie Styles Pet Grooming in Ishpeming to benefit Powell Township Schools kids who are going on a major trip later this month.  Click “HERE” listen to the interview with Christine.

We’ll see you soon right here on the internetz!!!

-Walt

HERE’S A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT THE CURRENT FLU SITUATION FROM GEORGE SEDLACEK WITH THE MARQUETTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

MCHD REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE SEDLACEK.

MCHD REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE SEDLACEK.

The following comments come from this morning’s guest George Sedlacek:

1.  It’s too early to tell just how dangerous this new flu virus will be.  It hasn’t even been classified as a pandemic yet.  It has the potential to die out quickly like the 2003 SARS epidemic, be a mild pandemic such as the 1968 Hong Kong Flu pandemic, or be a major killer like the 1918-1920 pandemic.  Public Health is very concerned and are activating their emergency preparedness plans. (This work is largely behind the scenes and includes active surveillance.)  The old adage, It’s better to be safe than sorry applies to this situation.

2.  The early surveillance that is taking place by public health and the medical community is very important for a couple of reasons.  To keep the spread of the virus to a minimum, you have to catch it early. The virus needs people to spread it!  Now is the time we alert our community partners on what to do when (or if) the virus appears in our community. The public themselves play the major role!  Stay home when sick. Cover coughs and wash hands!  Social distancing also helps (stay 6 feet away if possible) when the virus is in the community.

3.  We will be following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.  They have guidelines for the medical community, general public, and the community.  We are encouraging the public to visit the site.  www.cdc.gov/swineflu

4.  Don’t spread rumors!  Every illness is not swine flu.  The guidelines for our community still is that if you become sick and have not been in Mexico or one of the states in which illness has occurred in the past seven days, the illness is not swine flu.  This guidance may change as more locations in the US “catch” this flu.

HEY!  CHILL OUT! IT’S ONLY THE SWINE FLU!

HEY MAN!  IT'S NOT OUR FAULT!!

HEY MAN! IT'S NOT OUR FAULT!!

This morning, we wanted to take a moment and add some perspective to this whole Swine Flu “thing”.  We brought in folks with the Marquette County Health Department to alleviate some of the fears and concerns with the current flu bug.  Just remember, eating bacon and ribs, pork chops and ham won’t give you the Swine Flu.  There’s some more info to follow, so keep on reading!

MARQUETTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATE ON THE FLU!

MCHD REPRESENTATIVES GEORGE SEDLACEK & JILL FRIES.

MCHD REPRESENTATIVES GEORGE SEDLACEK & JILL FRIES.

Thanks to George Sedlacek, Community Health Division Director, and Jill Fries, Emergency Preparation Co-Ordinator with the Marquette County Health Department for coming in and talking about a realistic and rational approach to the Swine Flu Situation.  They also list a series of tips to keep yourself healthy and  flu-free.  Listen to their complete interview by clicking “HERE“, and get to their website by clicking “HERE“.

TALKING ABOUT GOLFING FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

NO, HE'S REALLY NOT A PSYCHO...HE'S BILL TIBOR!

NO, HE'S REALLY NOT A PSYCHO...HE'S BILL TIBOR!

Thanks to our own General Sales Manager, Bill Tibor, for coming in to tell us about the Seventh Annual GLR / Biolife/ Flanigan’s / Rodney’s Pizza Charity Golf Outing.  The event is May 30th with all proceeds to benefit the Women’s Center in Marquette.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview.

TIME TO GO!

OK, everybody, the time has come to head out again.  Just remember to wash your hands and sneeze into your elbow!

See ya!

-Walt

NOT THAT EXCITING OF A DAY!

CHOMPIN' DOWN WITH MARK EVANS!

CHOMPIN' DOWN WITH MARK EVANS!

The Swine Flu pandemic seems to be dictating all of the discussions concerning the national and international news today.  Good thing thatI already am immune to swine!  Yes, that’s a backhanded joke about Mark and his oatmeal eating habits!
 
 
 
 
 

BLESS THE TIM HORTON’S AND HERE’S HOPING FOR A BETTER WEEK!

NOW, THAT'S THE STUFF!!

NOW, THAT'S THE STUFF!!

Since it was a slower morning, our official “Mark & Walt in the Morning” fuel, Tim Horton’s Coffee, had an extra challenge ahead of it, but it stepped it self up and did the job.  Thank you to Timmy H!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LATER, GANG!

Oh well, off to another day!

-Walt

FOLLOWING A FAIRLY CRUDDY WEEKEND, LET THE COFFEE DO IT’S WORK!!

COFFEE BEANS, BABY, COFFEE BEANS!!

COFFEE BEANS, BABY, COFFEE BEANS!!

Good Monday Morning Marquette County! It’s another week with another series of interviews and another bunch of bleary-eyed mornings. Thank goodness the show is currently running on Tim Horton’s whole bean coffee. Freshly ground yp and consumed by your favorite morning team, Mark & Walt in the Morning. C’mon Timmy H! Do yer thing!

 

 

 


MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA STOPS BY!

HIS HONOR, THE MAYOR!!

HIS HONOR, THE MAYOR!!

Thanks to the City of Marquette’s Mayor, John Kivela for coming in this morning to talk about the expected formal resolution of the dispute between the city and former city attorney Bonnie Hoff. To listen to his EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Mark & Walt, click “HERE“. For more on the city, click “HERE“.

The Mayor also wanted to get the word out that there is still time to take part in the political process by running for the City Commission. He told us about the process of running and how to get started. Listen by clicking “HERE.


MAIN STREET MONDAY AND THE CEREAL CONNECTION!!

SNEAK A PEEK!!

SNEAK A PEEK!!

Congratulations to our latest Main Street Monday winner who knew that the answer to the question, “What classic commercial cartoon character complete this trifecta; Count Chocula, Frankenberry and who?” Bridgette from Marquette knew the answer was “BOOBERRY”! She has won two 14-inch 3-topping pizzas from Main Street Pizza at either the Marquette, Harvey or Munising locations.



GOTTA GO!

See ya all tomorrow!

-Walt

BUSY DAY KEEPS MARQUETTE COUNTY’S FAVORITE BLOG OF THE NETS FOR THE MORNING!!

READY TO SHAPE THE YOUNG MINDS AT NMU!

READY TO SHAPE THE YOUNG MINDS AT NMU!

Hello everyone!  We’re here, but just a bit later than usual due to the Career Day at NMU that Mark & I took part in this morning.  So without further ado…THE BLOG!

THE BOSS GRILLS!

MAJOR GRILLAGE!

MAJOR GRILLAGE!

A picture from Major Discount saying that all though it’s been snowy as all get out, summers coming!!  WHOOOPIE!

THANKS TO THE VOLUNTEERS.  THEY MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN.

Linda Remsburg with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development and Laura Michaletz from the Americorps/Vista pr0gram for coming and talking about the UP Service Awards and other volunteer programs out in the area for consideration.  Click “HERE” for the interview and “HERE” for more information.

IT’S WARM TODAY, AND I’M GRILLING!

The heck with it.  Let’s live a little!! We’ll see you on Monday!!

Have a great weekend!

-WALT

SOMETIMES YOU WIN ONE, SOMETIMES YOU LOSE ONE!!

OH, BILL!  IF YOU ONLY KNEW!

OH, BILL! IF YOU ONLY KNEW!

Happy “NEW COKE” day!  On this date in 1985, Coca-Cola announced and unveiled “NEW COKE”.  Pitched by ’80’s icons Bill Cosby and the spastic Max Headroom, the “NEW” formula Coke went straight in the dumper!  Of course, as we discussed on the show this morning, it was either a brilliant marketing move to bolster Coke sales, or a spectacular marketing failure.  Regardless of what you may think it was, though, Bill Cosby never told us how it tasted with Jell-O Pudding Pops!

TALKING ABOUT WHAT TO MIX WITH COKE!!

GLRC MARKETING DIRECTOR TERRY KLAVITTER

GLRC MARKETING DIRECTOR TERRY KLAVITTER

Thanks to Terry Klavitter with the Great Lakes Recovery Center for stopping by the Sunny Studios to talk about an Alcohol Awareness Month event tomorrow at the Westwood Mall as well as their upcoming fundraiser, “Running to the Rescue” on May 9th at Presque Isle Park in Marquette.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview, and click “HERE” for more information.

BUSY DAY, AND I GOT TO GO!

We’ll that will have to do it for to day.  I’m off to speak at a Career Day at Bothwell Middle School in Marquette and I think I’m already late!  (Grumble!)

See Ya All Tomorrow!

-Walt

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES!!

SNOWY, SNOWY ROAD!!

SNOWY, SNOWY ROAD!!

Here’s a photo the boss, Major Discount, took from his truck overlooking the approach to his property in Negaunee Township yesterday.  As he said this morning…”Monday sand, Tuesday snow, Earth Day today, but nowhere to plant a tree!”

“Y” WEDNESDAY TODAY.  YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY UPDATE.

YMCA of MARQUETTE COUNTY.

YMCA of MARQUETTE COUNTY.

Thanks to Cari Detmers, Member Services Director with the YMCA of Marquette of Marquette County.  She joined us to talk bout the latest in upcoming programs at the “Y” and more, including the all new and improved website.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview, and click “HERE” for the new website!

THE “TEMPEST”-UOUS EXIT OF DR.P!

THE ILLUSTRIOUS DR. P!!

THE ILLUSTRIOUS DR. P!!

Today marked the final in-studio promotional visit of Dr. James Panowski, who has been with the Forest Roberts Theater at NMU for 32 years and has been a regular Morning Show guest for over 11 years.  He came in to promote his last go at directing at NMU, “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare.  The production is the first time he has ever directed a Shakespeare play and marks his final production at the university.  We wish him broken legs all around!  Click”HERE” to listen to Dr. P’s interview.

NMU STUDENTS KELLI AND TRAVIS.

NMU STUDENTS KELLI AND TRAVIS.

Also joining us were cast members Travis Moscinski and Kelly Passinault to talk about their roles in “The Tempest” and what has been the most interesting parts of appearing in this production of a classic.  Listen in to their interview by clicking “HERE“.

TIME TO GO…

We’ll catch you all tomorrow here on the “Big Ol’ Morning Show Blog.”  So until then, to quote Red Green, “keep your stick in the ice!”

-Walt

SNOW OR NOT, MARQUETTE COUNTY’S BUSIEST MORNING SHOW ROLLS ON!!

APRIL SHOWERS AT THE MARQUETTE MALL!

APRIL SHOWERS AT THE MARQUETTE MALL!

Oh Boy!  What a morning…packed full of school closings and other weather information, in-studio guests, recorded interviews from the field and more.  And, of course, rotten weather.  In the Marquette area, we have skirted the edge of the biggest late season snow storm in at least a decade!  There’s about four inches of slushy slop along the Lake Superior shoreline with much more towards Negaunee and Ishpeming and beyond.  It’s still not MY kind of April showers, though.  On the bright side, however, it certainly cut down the fire danger around the Upper Peninsula!!

SHAPING THE YOUNG MINDS OF THE FUTURE!

SMILIN' SANDY & EFFERVESCENT ART!

SMILIN' SANDY & EFFERVESCENT ART!

Thanks to Art Pickering and Sandy Meyskens for stopping by the Sunny Studios this morning to talk about “Pathways to Your Future”, a career day this Friday at NMU set up for area High School Juniors to find out more about various fields of work as possible career paths.  You can listen in to their interview by clicking “HERE“.



GOVERNOR GRANHOLM IN MARQUETTE.

GOVERNOR GRANHOLM AT THE PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

GOVERNOR GRANHOLM AT THE PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Thanks to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm for chatting with me during her stop in Marquette yesterday afternoon about the Federal Economic recovery Plan AKA The Federal Stimulus Package and it’s impact on the state and Upper Michigan economy.  To listen to her comments, click “HERE“.


A NEW CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR STOPS IN!

REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFUL RICK SNYDER.

REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFUL RICK SNYDER.

Thanks to Rick Snyder, a Republican Candidate for Governor in Michigan for coming by today to talk about his decision to run for office, why he thinks he’s a good fit for the job and how he would address Michigan’s economic issues.  Listen to his interview by clicking “HERE”  and click “HERE ‘ for more on his campaign.

NORTHSTAR DOES THE EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT.

KLAMESHA RICHARDS FROM NORTHSTAR ACADEMY.

KLAMESHA RICHARDS FROM NORTHSTAR ACADEMY.

Thanks to Klamesha Richards from the NorthStar Academy for coming by to talk about the Empty Bowls Project, a fundraiser to help feed the hungry by having a soup feed where you pay a fee that covers the soup and you get to keep the custom handmade bowl as a momento.  Click “HERE” for the interview.

TIME TO GO AND SLOSH AWAY THROUGH THE SLUSH!!

Well, I got to go…”walkin’ in a winter wonderland!!”

See ya!


-Walt

A WONDERFUL MARQUETTE COUNTY MORNING!!

WHAT A PRETTY SPRING MORNING!

WHAT A PRETTY SPRING MORNING!

So, I may be a little sarcastic in tone this morning, but c’mon!!  Wasn’t it 75 and sunny on Friday?  Maybe I’ve been dreaming and winter has never left the U.P. in the first place.  This kind of weather would make a grown man switch from 7up to Squirt, if you know what I mean!  I’m starting to get cranky now, so watch out!

EARTHKEEPER TREE PROJECT SET FOR MAY.

NATASHA KOSS & KYRA FILLMORE

NATASHA KOSS & KYRA FILLMORE

Thanks to Natasha Koss with the Superior Watershed Partnership and Kyra Fillmore with the Earthkeeper Project for stopping in this morning to talk about the Earthkeeper Tree Project coming up in May that is an effort to plant 12,000 trees around the Upper Peninsula.  Find out more about the Watershed Partnership and the Earthkeeper Project “HERE” and listen to the interview by clicking “HERE“.

MAIN STREET MONDAY CLASSIC CARTOON TRIVIA IS A SMASH!


A BIG OL' STACK OF ENTRIES!

A BIG OL' STACK OF ENTRIES!

Congratulations to Chris P. of Ishpeming for winning a surprisingly competitive MSM today by knowing the answer was “TENNESSEE TUXEDO”!

SLOPPY DAY GO AWAY!

Nice day…gotta go!

-W