A GORGEOUS MORNING TO A SPECTACULAR DAY AND A GOOD SHOW TO BOOT!

Hope you are all going to have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful day in Marquette County!  Be sure to at least try to get outside before the weather goes south tomorrow.  I know I am!


SOME COMMON SENSE FOR BRUSH BURNING.

MICHIGAN DNR

MICHIGAN DNR

Thanks to Pete Glover with the MI D-N-R for calling in to talk about using common sense when possibly burning brush and debris at your home or camp this spring.  Next week is wildfire awareness week in Michigan and you can find out more by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to Pete’s interview, click “HERE“.

HUSTLE AND BUSTLE WITH OUR DEAR OL’ AUNT DEB.

DEAR OL' AUNT DEB!

DEAR OL' AUNT DEB!

Thanks to Michigan’s Junior U.S. Senator, Debbie Stabenow, for stopping by the Sunny Studios this morning during her visit to Marquette County.  She talked about several legislative issues currently pending and approved in Washington, D.C. and their impacts on the U.P. and the rest of the state.  Click “HERE” for the complete interview.

CLASS “A” WEEKEND AT THE NEGAUNEE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT!

LANCE PETERSON, NIT PUBLICITY CHAIR

LANCE PETERSON, NIT PUBLICITY CHAIR

Lance Peterson stopped in later this morning to talk about the final weekend of the NIT and the 3-point shootout and Slam-Dunk championships coming up this Saturday night.  To hear Lance’s interview, click “HERE“, and for more info, click “HERE.”

HAVE A GREAT MARQUETTE COUNTY WEEKEND!!

Get on out and enjoy!  As I like to say, don’t take it for granted, just take it all in!  Catch you all next week here on the Big Ol’ Blog!

-Walt

THE FULL BOAT SETS SAIL ACROSS THE MARQUETTE COUNTY AIRWAVES!

LOOK OUT!!  IT'S A FULL BOAT!!

LOOK OUT!! IT'S A FULL BOAT!!

Whew!  Today was a classic “Full Boat” edition of Mark & Walt in the Morning.  Triple-booked with a bonus phone interview!  There’s not not another local morning show in the area that even comes close!  Don’t even try!


MARQUETTE GENERAL FOUNDATION VISIT.

MGF's PAT BRAY & JIM LAJOIE

MGF's PAT BRAY & JIM LAJOIE

Thanks to Pat Bray, Foundation President and Jim LaJoie, Manager of Major Gifts and Planned Giving with the Marquette General Foundation for stopping by the Sunny Studios this morning.  They told us about the role of the foundation with the hospital and the community as well as how to get involved as a donor or as a volunteer.  Click “HERE” for the complete interview and “HERE” for more information.

NEGAUNEE LIONS PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS WEEKEND!!

NEGAUNEE LIONS CLUB MEMBER, RUSS AULT.

NEGAUNEE LIONS CLUB MEMBER, RUSS AULT.

A hearty thank you to Russ Ault with the Negaunee Lions Club for coming by the station this morning to talk BREAKFAST!  The Negaunee lions are putting on their annual “Negaunee Invitational Class A Weekend Pancake Breakfast” on Sunday from 8am to 1pm at the Lakeview School.  Click “HERE” for Russ’ interview.

POLISH FOOD AND POLISH LOVE!

FOOD MEISTER CHRIS KIBIT.

FOOD MEISTER CHRIS KIBIT.

Thanks to master chef Chris Kibit for coming in to talk about sixth annual Share Your Love Polish orphanage benefit meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Masonic Center, 128 W. Washington St., Marquette. The menu will feature a variety of traditional Polish cuisine, including stuffed cabbage, pierogi, Polish sausage, dill pickle soup and kapusta, and a variety of desserts. Entertainment will be provided by the NMU International Dance Club. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Kutno, Poland orphanage, which cares for 60 children.  Click “HERE” for Chris’s interview.

BUSY AND OUT!!

See you all again soon on the internetz, eh?

-Walt

MARQUETTE COUNTY GRASSROOTS PROTEST AT THE COURTHOUSE.  YOOPERS THROW A TEA PARTY!!

PROTESTORS AT THE MARQUETTE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

PROTESTERS AT THE MARQUETTE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

Thanks to our own Joe Duckworth for heading down to the Marquette County Courthouse today at noon to file a live report on the air and snap a series of photos from the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party protesting the U.S. Government’s current direction in taxation.

THE GROUP ASSEMBLES IN MARQUETTE.

THE GROUP ASSEMBLES IN MARQUETTE.

As you can see from the photos, about 170 people gathered on the steps of the courthouse to listen to various speakers and rally around the anti-taxation message of the event.

TEA PARTY PROTESTORS LET THEIR OPINIONS BE KNOWN.

TEA PARTY PROTESTERS LET THEIR OPINIONS BE KNOWN.

According to organizers, the event was a success and showed that there are many people in our area that are not in favor of the direction of the current administration’s plans of taxation.

MARQUETTE COUNTY PROTESTORS AT THE COURTHOUSE.

MARQUETTE COUNTY PROTESTERS AT THE COURTHOUSE.

THE WONDER OF DEMOCRACY!!

Say what you will, it’s good to live in a country where we can peacefully assemble to protest the government without fear of retribution and retaliation.  Here’s hoping there can be a logical and rational outcome of these events in the shaping of the future of our economy!

THE CALL FOR CHANGE!

THE CALL FOR CHANGE!

-Walt

HAPPY TAX DAY!!

'NUFF SAID!

'NUFF SAID!

Hopefully you’ve filed your taxes or at least have filed and extension because today’s the deadline and most of the Post Offices close at 5-pm.  In a rarity of rarities, my wife and I had all of our taxes done early this year, and as a result, when we came home from vacation, there was a tax refund check waiting for us that paid for the whole trip.  Sometimes, I guess, things work out!

GREAT LAKES RECOVERY CENTERS EXPANDS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES.

GLRC MARKETING MANAGER TERRY KLAVITTER.

GLRC MARKETING MANAGER TERRY KLAVITTER.

Thanks to Terry Klavitter with the Great Lakes Recovery Centers for stopping in this morning to tell folks about a shift in behavioral health services in the county that had been handled by Bell Medical.  GLRC will now be facilitating and implementing the behavioral health programs for patients referred by Bell.  To hear the entire interview, click “HERE“.  For the GLRC website, click “HERE“.

MORE ABOUT THE JAYCEES IN OUR AREA.

JAYCEES REPRESENTATIVE LISA ST. CHARLES.

JAYCEES REPRESENTATIVE LISA ST. CHARLES.

Morning show veteran Lisa St. Charles with the JayCees stopped in this morning to talk about the agency and what they do as a group to serve the community and how people can get involved.  Click “HERE” for the interview and “HERE” for info concerning the group.

SEE YOU ON THE FLIP SIDE!!

Out the door I go and we’ll catch you right back here at the big blog tomorrow!

-Walt

QUICK BLOG BONUS:  WALT’S TIGER GAME PICTURES!

A BEAUTIFUL DAY AT THE PARK!

A BEAUTIFUL DAY AT THE PARK!

It was nice to get away for a few days, and it was nice to get a chance to head to Comerica Park for the first time to catch a Detroit Tiger game.  It was especially nice that the game we saw was a win over the Texas Rangers by a score of 4-to-3.  It was little cold at the park due to our seats being out of the sun under the lip of the upper deck, but no big deal for a fan of the Green Bay Packers as well!

GOOD SEATS, GOOD VIEW, GOOD GAME!

GOOD SEATS, GOOD VIEW, GOOD GAME!

From getting to meet the Tigers Mascot, PAWS, to the opening pitch by Justin Verlander, watching Billy T.’s favorite, Magglio Ordonez, to seeing a lot of what the park has to offer, it was a great trip.  I’d be happy to do it again some time.

ME, THE MISSUS AND PAWS!

ME, THE MISSUS AND PAWS!

VERLANDER AND THE FIRST PITCH!

VERLANDER AND THE FIRST PITCH!

MMMMAAAAAAG-LEEEEE-OH!!!

MMMMAAAAAAG-LEEEEE-OH!!!

ENJOYING THE DAY AT THE PARK!

ENJOYING THE DAY AT THE PARK!

Anyone our there got some tickets to spare?

Here’s a series of photos from the game.  Enjoy!!

-Walt

MARK & WALT in the MORNING ARE BACK AT FULL STRENGTH!

ONCE AN ADDICT...

ONCE AN ADDICT...

Thanks to the power of Tim Horton’s coffee, Marquette County’s favorite Morning Show is back at full strength.  After various vacations and and days away, we’re back and it feels pretty good!  It was fun to see the reaction of Mark to the gift of the bags of Tim Horton’s coffee.  Once hooked, always hooked!!  AHHH…ADDICTIONS!!  Is there anything finer than that?  No sir, I don’t think so!

THE MARQUETTE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY STOPS IN!

ANN BROWNELL & SHELBY BISCHOFF

ANN BROWNELL & SHELBY BISCHOFF

Thanks to Ann Brownell with the Marquette County Humane Society for stopping by this morning with Shelby Bischoff with MBank to tell us about a special Adopt-a-thon that is going on at the McClellan Branch of MBank on Friday, April 17th.  The event is part of a two-week display at the bank that has benfitted the MCHS.  Click “HERE” for the interview and “HERE” for more information.

UPPER MICHIGAN COURT CASE MAKES THE NEW YORK TIMES!

ATTORNEY KARL NUMINEN

ATTORNEY KARL NUMINEN

Thanks to attorney Karl Numinen for coming by this morning to tell us about a recent case in Delta County that had to do with improper jailing over money owed to an agency that was commented on in an editorial by the New York Times, and what the ramifications of the case are for the average person.  Click “HERE” for the interview, and “HERE” for more information about Karl’s law firm and their services.

M-DOT ROAD PROJECTS FOR THE MARQUETTE COMMUNITY FOR THIS SUMMER.
As promised, here’s the list of what’s coming on roads this summer:

– Pavement resurfacing and repair on US-41/M-28 eastbound from Wal-Mart to Washington Street, and at the Washington Street intersection. This project is scheduled to begin May 29 and be completed by June 21. This project will require single-lane closures, and motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Businesses along this route will remain open during construction. This is an ARRA-funded project.
– Concrete pavement repairs on US-41/M-28 from Genesee Street to the Carp River. This project is scheduled to begin May 4 and be completed by June 15. This project will require single-lane closures, and motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Businesses will remain open during construction, though left turns may be restricted for short durations. This is an ARRA-funded project.
– Concrete pavement repairs on US-41/M-28 from the M-28 intersection to the Marquette Welcome Center. This project is scheduled to begin May 4 and be completed by June 15. Businesses will remain open during construction, though left turns may be restricted. This is an ARRA-funded project.
– Concrete pavement replacement, intersection improvements and signal replacement at the US-41/M-28 intersection in Harvey. This project is scheduled to begin after July 4 and be completed in September. This work will require the construction and use of temporary lanes and run-around road, single-lane closures and detour routes. Motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.
– Pavement repairs on US-41 from M-28 to Big Creek Road. This project is scheduled to begin after July 4 and take three weeks to be completed. This work will require lane closures with flag control, and motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes. This is an ARRA-funded project.
– Resurfacing of M-553 from US-41 to County Road 480. This project is scheduled to take six weeks for completion, between June and September. This work will require lane closures with flag control and traffic shifts in multi-lane sections. Motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Work on the section of M-553 (McClellan Avenue) from US-41 to Wilson Street will be done at night to reduce motorist inconvenience.

NICE TO BE BACK!!!

I gotta tell ya!  Detroit’s a nice place to visit, but I WOULDN’T WANT TO LIVE THERE!!!

Catch you all later HERE on the internets!

-WALT

ONE GUY…THREE DAYS!

The saga of the “Mark-less” editions of Mark & Walt in the Morning continued today and went OK.  It only took me three days to have an on-air meltdown.  And actually, it really wasn’t that bad.  Now, tomorrow and Friday will be interesting because not only is it going to be “Mark-less”, but it’ll be “Walt-less” as well!  Tune in tomorrow to hear more!!

“Y WEDNESDAY” ROLLS ON WITH LISA COOMBS-GEROU.

YMCA CEO LISA COOMBS-GEROU

YMCA CEO LISA COOMBS-GEROU

Thanks to YMCA of Marquette County CEO Lisa Coombs-Gerou for joining us and telling us about all of the events and activities coming up over the next couple of weeks at the “Y” including the launching of a new website.  Click “HERE” for the interview and “HERE” for the YMCA Website.

MARQUETTE JAYCEES PLANT EGGS!!

LISA ST. CHARLES WITH THE MARQUETTE JAYCEES.

LISA ST. CHARLES WITH THE MARQUETTE JAYCEES.

Thanks to Lisa St. Charles with the Marquette Jaycees for coming by to inform us about their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the UP Children’s Museum this Saturday morning.  Click “HERE” to listen in to her interview.

OUT THE DOOR FOR A FEW DAYS!

I got one foot out the door and I gotta go!  We’ll talk to you guys again om Tuesday.  I’ll bring some pix from my Detroit trip to share.  GO TIGERS!

-Walt

ONE GUY…DAY TWO.

It’s kind of funny, but when Mark’s away, I like having the control of the board and the show.  I don’t really muss with it too much, but I like the gig.  I’ll probably get the full hang of it all tomorrow, just in time for me to leave for a couple of days!  Oh well, so it goes!

TALKIN’ EASTER WITH DA PASTOR!!

PASTOR DAVE VAN KLEY.

PASTOR DAVE VAN KLEY.

Thanks to Pastor Dave Van Kley from Messiah Lutheran and St. Mark’s Lutheran Churches for coming in and sharing his thoughts about Holy Week and Easter.  The discussion was very in-depth and informative.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview and click “HERE” for more information about the reason for the EASTER season.

CHATTIN ABOUT ORGANS WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE!

MI SOS, TERRY LYNN LAND.

MI SOS, TERRI LYNN LAND.

Thanks to Terri Lynn Land, Michigan Secretary of State, for calling in and encouraging residents to sign up as an organ donor when you get your new license plates for the year, or anytime they are free to do so.   Click “HERE” to listen to the interview and click “HERE” for more information.

OUT DA DOOR FOR ANOTHER DAY!

See ya all again tomorrow, right here on the internetz!

-Walt

LOCAL RADIO SALES GUY RECOGNIZED FOR DOING SOME GOOD!!

BILL TIBOR OUT ON THE STREETS FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

BILL TIBOR OUT ON THE STREETS FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

We tip the Mark & Walt in the Morning hat in the general direction of our very own General Sales Manager Bill Tibor who took some time  last week to make a stand for the mentally challenged.  Bill gave of his hard-earned and valuable time to sell Tootsie Rolls outside of the Marquette ShopKo for an afternoon helping out the Knights of Columbus and their efforts to help those in need!

Well done Bill!  You Done Something Good!

-Walt L.

MONDAY MORNING IN MARQUETTE COUNTY!

THE INTREPID INTERNATIONAL GENTLEMAN OF LEISURE, MR. JAMES O.

THE INTREPID INTERNATIONAL GENTLEMAN OF LEISURE, MR. JAMES O.

Off to a smooth start with very little consternation.  Mainly due to the fact that Mark is away this week and won’t be here to jar you into your day.  I, of course, have a much easier way into the day, and since it’s a Monday, that worked out just fine!  Thanks to our our Jack-of-all-trades James for coming in this morning to assist with Main Street Monday’s Classic Cartoon Trivia.  Congratulations to John from NMU who won the 2 14″ 3-topping pizzas by knowing “Mac & Tosh” the Goofy Gophers from Looney Tunes.

SIZZLIN’ SAUNA GIVEAWAY PACKS THE HOUSE!!

A PACKED HOUSE OF SAUNA HOPEFULS!

A PACKED HOUSE OF SAUNA HOPEFULS!

Around 400 people came out and had a good time with food from Mama Russo’s at the Country Lanes and Entertainment Center in Ishpeming for our latest giveaway.  The Sizzlin’ Sauna went to Brad Parker of Calumet, and as soon as he won, you should have seen the look on Todd N’s face when he realized he has to tow the sauna from Ishpeming all of the way to Calumet.   WHHOOOPEEE, Indeed!

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE PACKED HOUSE!

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE PACKED HOUSE!

Here’s a few pictures from the party for your enjoyment.

GLR'S ADAM CARPENTER & THE WINNER BRAD PARKER.

GLR'S ADAM CARPENTER & THE WINNER BRAD PARKER.

SHORT WEEK FOR THE OLD BOY!

SMILIN' BILLY T. & YOURS TRULY!

SMILIN' BILLY T. & YOURS TRULY!

Couple more days ’til I’m on a bit of vacation myself, so we’ll see you tomorrow and chat more!

-Walt