IT MUST BE GETTING COLD IN HELL…

THE LIONS WIN!! THE LIONS WIN!  IT'S JUST LIKE 1984!!!

THE LIONS WIN!! THE LIONS WIN! IT'S JUST LIKE 1984!!!

THE LIONS WIN! I knew it would only be a matter of time, and I figured it was going to happen this season, but it still is a surprise to see that the Detroit Lions won a football game this weekend.  Poor Washington.  If nothing else happens to them this season, they will be a footnote in National Football League history for this season as the team that fell to the Lions first, snapping the second-longest losing streak in league history!  But hey, I really don’t feel bad for Washington, because I don’t care for them in any way shape or form!  I am happy for all of the Lions’ fans and I wish them well for the of the season!  Of course, as a Green Bay Packer fan, that only goes so far, though!

BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR CELEBRATION.

The My Pink Warrior Calendar.

The My Pink Warrior Calendar.

Thanks to Bonnie Kilpela for stopping in this morning to tell us about the “My Pink Warrior” calendar.  It features local breast cancer survivors and their stories of courage and survival.   The calendar is available for sale around Marquette County and all of the funds raised are going to benefit the Beacon House, which is the lodging facility used by patients and families of patients who are traveling to Marquette General Hospital for treatment.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview,  for more about the calendar and how you can pick one up, please click “HERE.”

THAT’LL DO IT FOR ANOTHER DAY!

I leave you with this last thought:

HE'S ONE NIMBLE QUARTERBACK, THAT RODGERS!  FLY, AARON, FLY!!

HE'S ONE NIMBLE QUARTERBACK, THAT RODGERS! FLY, AARON, FLY!!

Go PACK Go!

See you all soon!


-Walt

WOW!  WHAT A BASH!

THAT'S ONE BIG CROWD!

THAT'S ONE BIG CROWD!

I was wrong.  Oh yes, I was.  I thought that our latest giveaway party last night would be less attended since it was a “school” night.  Was I wrong!  It seemed like a record crowd last night, if I do say so myself.  Thanks to PC Medic as well as all of the other sponsors that helped to bring this event to you and a special thanks to Mama Russo’s for the good food and Clay and his staff at the Country Lanes and Entertainment Center!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER!

A hearty congratulations to all of our prizewinners and finalists last night!  And a special congratulations to our Grand Prize winner Grace Josephson and her son Willard, who was instrumental in the winning of the two hot rod laptop computers!  It was a great way to wrap up a fun evening!  And now, we look ahead to the next giveaway!  Keep listening to find out more about how you can be a winner here on Great Lakes Radio!


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

We’ll catch you back here on Monday morning with reflections on this weeken’d Green Bay Packer game.  They better not screw this one up!

See ya on the internetz!

-Walt

TODAY’S BLOG HAS BEEN CANCELLED.


YOUR MORNING SHOW.

YOUR MORNING SHOW.

Ladies and Gentlemen, due to scheduled maintenance by our computer service provider, today’s blog has been cancelled.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!


-Mark & Walt

WELL…THERE IT GOES!

I REALLY HATE MONDAYS!

I REALLY HATE MONDAYS!

With a mighty crash, baseball died this week at The Corner.  Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:21 am.  The last bit of Tiger Stadium in Detroit fell into rubble.  The end had been coming for some time now, but it still resonates with a certain melancholy sadness to think that a once-mighty baseball stadium will soon be an open field.  I’m not going to get into what could have been, or what should have been, I’m just going to say that it’s gone and many people will miss the old park.  I will, and I only attended ONE GAME there.  I can’t imagine what it’s like for those who spent their childhood there with friends and family in the glory days of Kaline and Lolich.  Or how about Gibson, Trammell and Whitaker?  Just like those players and their seasons, the park is no more than a memory now.  And time marches on.

SO IT GOES…

DETROIT, MICHIGAN SUMMER 2008.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN SUMMER 2008.

I traveled to the site of Tiger Stadium every time I visited Detroit over the last few years as best I could.  Every time I went back, there was less of the old park there to greet  me.  Now, I’m not sure if I want to go back.  The next time I see the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, there will be NOTHING there.  That will seem weird if not downright stifling.  It’s just a sign of the continued passing of time and how the world changes.

I have looked at old pictures and spoken with those in the know, and I have to say Detroit must have been one helluva city in it’s day.  Great architecture, arts, nightlife, industry.  It makes you wonder how it all happened.  Now those former busy buildings stand in silent ruin and disrepair with empty floors and open windows and no life.  Where did everybody go?

GO TIGERS GO!

A BIG BOY OF SUMMER IN "D" TOWN.

A BIG BOY OF SUMMER IN "D" TOWN.

But now, the Tigers are in first place and could pull it off if they keep trying.  I’ve been to Comerica Park three times this year, and each time, the Tigers won!  It’s a great place to watch a ball game.  Very easy to move about with good seats and lines of sight.  It’s new, clean and modern…you certainly couldn’t say that about Tiger Stadium in it’s later years!  At least the city hasn’t lost the Tigers.  The crowds are strong and the team is good and I guess that’s what matters in today’s Major League Baseball world.

But wouldn’t it be nice to sit in those Tiger Stadium seats one more time and have a cold brew and a fresh hot dog and cheer on the Motor City’s boys of summer just one more time?

PLAY BALL!

-Walt

THIRTY YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG!

TANYA AND HER BIG CAKE, OR "KAKKU"!

TANYA AND HER BIG CAKE, OR "KAKKU"!

I’m breaking away from the usual show blog stuff today to take a moment and pay respectful tribute to a Great Finn.  I had the honor to take part in a special ceremony last night at the Westwood High School Auditorium congratulating Tanya Stanaway of Ishpeming for her 30 years of teaching Finnish language classes in the Negaunee-Ishpeming-NICE schools.  Well-deserved praise and recognition was heaped upon the ever-humble Tanya for the time she has taken out of her personal life to teach as well as the effort waged by her to organize and stock the materials for 30 years worth of classes.  Finnish is a difficult language to master and it is even more to teach in an effective manner.  But Tanya has developed an easy-going and comfortable style that has connected with students of all ages.  Well done, Tanya!!

THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT!!

TANYA AND THE FUTURE OF THE FINNISH LANGUAGE.

TANYA AND THE FUTURE OF THE FINNISH LANGUAGE.

One of the things I noticed immediately when I arrived at the auditorium was the sound and excitement of small, young children.  This made my heart feel good, because, unfortunately, I have attended and taken part in many Finnish-related events where there have been NO children present.  This is not by choice.  It’s by virtue of the fact that the Finnish-speaking contingent of folks here in America (and more importantly in the U.P.) is shrinking due to natural attrition.  In other words, the language is dying off as the generations pass on.

Tanya, of course, has done something about that.

Over the past thirty years, she has educated over 500 people who have taken (or still continue to take) her Finnish language class.  This is a monumental task that does deserve recognition.  But also deserving to be recognized are the 500 people that chose to learn a challenging language that for most involved is a link to their culture and heritage.  Now as I saw the little ones recite Finnish poems and songs last night, I felt good knowing that Tanya was doing her part to keep the Finnish Fires burning.

FINN POWER!!

As someone who had the luxury of growing up in a Finnish speaking family and actually knew that language first, I realize what a special gift I do possess.  I wanted to make sure that I made the time to attend and say a few words on Tanya’s behalf.  If you see Tanya out there some time soon, hoist your kahvikuppi and piece of pulla and say, “Good Job!”
She works hard for the Finns and I tip my proverbial lakki to her!

Congratulations, Tanya Stanaway!!!

-Walt

A MONDAY AFTER A SUNDAY OF “MEH” PACKER FOOTBALL.

BART STARR & PAUL HORNUNG WITH MAX McGEE'S JERSEY.  Photo from Packers.com.

BART STARR & PAUL HORNUNG WITH MAX McGEE'S JERSEY. Photo from Packers.com.

The stage was set, the house was full, the legends were in attendance.  It was all there to be a great day to be a Packer!  The crowd had green and gold blood pulsing through their veins.  The players hit the field with a self-assured stance that seemed to say, “Welcome to the house that Vince built.  Now get ready to get stuffed!”  The music blared, the flyover rocked, the kickoff exploded in a cacophony of thousands of Packer faithful bursting with the excitement of an impending win on a gorgeous Sunday during the final weekend of the summer.  GO PACK GO!!  There was no place better in the world to see a great football game, than Lambeau Field!!!

And then…

a great football game didn’t happen.

AARON RODGERS TAKES THE FIELD, UNKNOWING OF HIS FATE.  Photo from Packers.com.

AARON RODGERS TAKES THE FIELD, UNKNOWING OF HIS FATE. Photo from Packers.com.

The Packers looked good at times, but Cincinnati looked better.   Poor Aaron Rodgers…sacked five times (probably before he knew what hit him)!!  Pass protection?  I guess they left it in the locker room!  Defense?  Not around…I mean, the Packers let the Bengals get a first down from a 3rd and 34!  And they just ran out of time in the end.  Not enough “hurry-up” offense when they needed it, I guess.    Oh well, it is classic Green Bay Packer football, and I am damn sure going to follow it next week and the week after that, and so on!  So it’s off to to play the Rams next week.  I guess we’ll chat about it here then!

TODAY’S SHOW WAS A HEALTHY ONE!

NATASHA GILL FROM THE NORTHERN VEGANS.

NATASHA GILL FROM THE NORTHERN VEGANS.

Thanks to Natasha Gill from the group Northern Vegans for coming in today to tell us about a special film presentation going on tonight at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette that’s open to the public and will discuss the nutritional challenges we are facing as a society.  She also told us about a series upcoming events and activities being held by and hosted by the Northern Vegans.  to listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Northern Vegans website and find out more about their group ant their events, click “HERE“.

MAIN STREET MONDAY WAS A TOUGHIE!

MARK HIDES BEHIND THE MIGHTY STACK OF CARTOON EXPERTS.

MARK HIDES BEHIND THE MIGHTY STACK OF CARTOON EXPERTS.

Or so Mark thought!  He wanted to commemorate the birthday of Chuck Jones, the classic Warner Brothers animator who helped to create the legends of all of those classic Looney Tunes characters.  He came up with a clip of a very obscure character, but there were more than a few of you who knew who it was we were looking for.  Congratulations to Veronica from Marquette who knew we were looking for the elusive “Little John”!   She was the proud recipient of two fourteen-inch three-topping pizzas from Main Street Pizza.

GOOD SHOW, BUT NOW IT’S TIME TO GO!

Catch you all here on the internetz again soon!

-Walt

PACKED UP AND BLOGGIN’!

GIVE BLOOD...PLAY HOCKEY, YOU SON OF A ZAMBONI!

GIVE BLOOD...PLAY HOCKEY, YOU SON OF A ZAMBONI!

Hey gang!  Bunch of stuff here today, including politics and ice hockey!  Ain’t that a great combo?  The funny thing about it all is that the political talk here today has to do with health care, and if you play hockey the right way, you will eventually need health care.  The other odd bit is that the discussion about health care contained in today’s blog has to do with a hold up over a provision in the current health care reform measure working it’s way through Congress that could put the whole thing “on ice”!  And of course, anyone short of a knuckle-dragging troglodyte knows that hockey is played on frozen pond, or…ice!!!!  But that’s enough of this cyclical karma B.S., on to the rest of the blog!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK.

THE GOOD CONGRESSMAN, BART STUPAK.

THE GOOD CONGRESSMAN, BART STUPAK.

Thanks to our US Congressman Bart Stupak for taking the time to call us to discuss a measure that has been added to the Health Care Reform package moving through Congress that has to do with public funding for abortions.  The Congressman, who is a pro-life Democrat, is vehemently against an amendment that added this provision, and he is requesting a meeting with the President to call him out on his recent statement before Congress that the Health Care reform measure does not contain any mechanism for public funding of abortions.  To listen to this lively interview with our favorite Menominee Democrat, click “HERE“.

OLDTIMERS PLAYIN’ HOCKEY!!

GATHER 'ROUND, EH?  IT'S TIME FOR HOCKEY TALK!

GATHER 'ROUND, EH? IT'S TIME FOR HOCKEY TALK!

Thanks to Ryan Riipi for filling us in about the Oldtimer’s Hockey Tournament going on this weekend at Lakeview Arena.  Get out and take it in!  They have old-time hockey, AND beer!  Listen in to the interview “HERE“.

SEE YA ALL AGAIN!

On the flip side!!

-Walt

THE SHOW ROLLS ON!

LOOKS LIKE SHE'S GOT THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL!

LOOKS LIKE SHE'S GOT THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL!

Hey!  That’s Leigh Jaynes!  She’s an Olympic Women’s wrestler and that’s Mark in a headlock!  I live for moments like this…really, I do!  Give the guy a hard time I always say.  We’ll have more about her and her stop in Marquette a little later here in the blog.  She brings a good message of inspiration and hope and we’ll have more in a moment.  But first, it’s Wednesday and it’s time again for another “Y” Wednesday.

DON’T ASK “Y”!  JUST GO WITH IT!

LORI SMOLINSKI WITH THE YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY.

LORI SMOLINSKI WITH THE YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY.

Thanks to Lori Smolinski, Director of Child Development at the YMCA of Marquette County for stopping in this morning to talk about developments with programs being developed for area youth to be provided by the “Y” at the former Vandenboom elementary school in Marquette.  You can hear more about the effort by listening to Lori’s interview by clicking “HERE“, or log on to the YMCA of Marquette County’s newly updated and highly interactive website, “HERE“.

WRESTLING WITH YOUR FUTURE.

OLYMPIC WRESTLER LEIGH JAYNES.

OLYMPIC WRESTLER LEIGH JAYNES.

Thanks to Leigh Jaynes, Women’s Olympic Wrestler and Motivational Speaker for coming by the studios this morning to talk about her journey from being a tough street kid with a bad attitude to a world-class Olympic wrestler and officer in the United Sates army.  She is presenting her message in Marquette this week at a speaking engagement open to the public and intended to motivate and inspire all participants.  Listen to her comments from her interview by clicking “HERE“.

BLOG BONUS!! COMMENTS FROM THE SENATOR!

OLYMPIC WRESTLER...UH, UM, NO, UH...US SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW.

OLYMPIC WRESTLER...UH, UM, NO, UH...US SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW.

Here’s a quick blog bonus for all of you bloggers out there.  I spoke earlier this morning with US Senator Debbie Stabenow about her thoughts on the latest wranglings in Washington, DC about the proposed reforms to health care access and health insurance.  To listen to my conversation with Senator Stabenow, please click “HERE“.

THAT’S A WRAP, FOLKS!

Peace out everybody!  See you again soon.

-Walt

IT WAS A CLASSIC GREEN BAY PACKER GAME, BUT IT DOES REMAIN TRUE…THE BEARS STILL SUCK!

CUTLER UPENDED AND DISHEVELED!  (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

CUTLER UPENDED AND DISHEVELED! (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Hail to the victors and all that jazz!  It felt good seeing the Green Bay Packers start the year off with a win.  It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win just the same!  Although the NFL season is a sign that summer has waned and the snow is just around the corner, everything still seemed all right last night when the Packers took to the field at majestic Lambeau Field.  Amazing to think that they are starting the season with game time temperatures in the 70’s and will finish out the year in the sub-zeroes!!

IT’S SERIOUS THIS YEAR!!

RODGERS AND THE FANS!!   FEEL THE LOVE!!  (AP Photo)

RODGERS AND THE FANS!! FEEL THE LOVE!! (AP Photo)

Why serious?  I finally ordered my first-ever football jersey to wear for the games this year.  It’s not a generic Packers’ jersey, it’s not a Bart Starr jersey and it MOST CERTAINLY IS NOT a Brett Favre jersey.  It is, however, a Packers’ Jersey.  A home green and white NUMBER 12 for the one and only AARON RODGERS!  I like him and I like his moxie, so to speak…the cut of his jib, y’know??!!   The way he seems to have stepped up as a leader of the team in the off-season and the respect the other Packer players are publicly voicing for him is a refreshing breeze across the Frozen Tundra.   The fans love him as well.  Just check out this pic.

GO PACK GO!

TEEBS, HIS EXCELLENCY, A COLD FINN and JP!

TEEBS, HIS EXCELLENCY, A COLD FINN and JP!

So, here’s hoping for a great season with the Green Bay Packers!  It feels good and it feels right, so here’s hoping the good spirits and the blessings of victory flow across the Frozen Tundra!  As you can see here, I finally made it to a game last year, for the first time in my life, and I can tell you, I’d love to go again!  Coldern’ell in December!  What a way to break the cherry, so to speak!   So, uh, buddy, if you’ve got a spare ticket, just drop me an e-mail or ring me up!

Until next time…

GO PACK GO!

-W

TIME PASSES.

9-11

9-11

Eight years ago today, the world as we knew it then, changed completely.  The world that we know now was created in a trio of violent explosions on a clear, beautiful morning.  I am not going to belabor the politics of it, nor am I thinking about crackpot conspiracist theories about the attacks.  I am simply saying, after these eight years, never forget.

Never forget the shock.  Never forget the pain.  Never forget the way we felt as a nation as we recovered from that morning.  Never forget how YOU felt that day!

Use that feeling and use that energy today in a positive way.  Don’t use it to hate and destroy what you don’t know.  Use the energy to listen and learn.  Use it to foster good, solid friendships and use it to look for the inherent good in ALL people.

Try not to hate.  It’s easier to appreciate!!

Peace,


-Walt