THE JACOBETTI HOME FOR VETERANS GETS READY FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

BIOLIFE PLASMA SERVICES

BIOLIFE PLASMA SERVICES

Mark & Walt in the Morning and BioLife Plasma Services have teamed up this Holiday Season to help out the vets at the DJ Jacobetti Veterans’ Facility in Marquette.  You can help out by gathering the items in your spare time and then listen to show for more information on how you can get your items into the hands of the veterans.

HERE’S THE BIG  LIST:

D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans

Christmas Wish List

– 100 Small hairbrushes and small combs

– 50 Handkerchiefs

– 10 Small back scratchers

– 50 Plastic travel mugs with lids

– 5 Picture puzzles with large, easy to handle pieces

– Shirts with Team Logo, ie. Packers, Redwings, Lions, L, XL, 2XL

– 20 Sweat pants, L, XL, 2XL

– 20 Sweatshirts, L, XL, 2XL

– 50 Winter Mittens

– 200 T-shirts, L, XL and 2XL

– 10 Large print Bibles

– 25 Neck pillows

– 20 Wide suspenders

– AA and AAA Rechargeable Batteries

– Word search puzzle books

– Soft chocolates

+Mini Reeses Peanut Butter

+Chocolate Kisses

+M&M’s

+Mini Hershey Bars

**Please, No Used Items

unless in very good condition!

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW!  STAY TUNED!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

-Walt

HOPE IT ALL WORKED FOR YOU!

'NUFF SAID!"

'NUFF SAID!"

Well, hopefully, you were able to get everything you wanted to get today if you were out doing the crazy Black Friday dance!  Don’t get me wrong, I am supportive of people spending money and bolstering the economy both locally and nationally,  but judging from the traffic and lines of shoppers here at the original Marquette Mall and other store this morning around Marquette County prior to 6-am, YOU ALL’S CRAZY!!! But as I said on the show this morning, if it worked for you and you got some great deals, then more power to you.  It’s just not my bag, man.   Now, let’s enjoy a peaceful Holiday season over the next month or so and take the time to remember what’s really important:  Friends, family and getting along with each other.


JUST ONE MORE SIGN OF OVERCONSUMPTION.

LOOK OUT ARTERIES!   HERE IT COMES!!!

LOOK OUT ARTERIES! HERE IT COMES!!!

On this day of ridiculous shopping and typical Western consumption, we brought you the story of this hamburger that has been unleashed upon the world by Burger King in New Zealand.  This 1000-calorie number called the “Quad Stacker” features four burger patties, five layers of cheese and, of course, bacon!!  It has 68 grams of fat in one burger.  Yes, nutritionists are calling it an absolutely obscene amount of fat to consume at any time.  Yes, I am surprised Burger King rolled it out in New Zealand and not here on American soil, and no, I don’t doubt the it tastes ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!  NOMNOMNOMNOM!!!

HAVE A FUN WEEKEND!

Hey gang!  Have a fun weekend, eat some leftover turkey and enjoy the time you have with friends and family!  OH! And be sure to laugh out loud way too much and we’ll catch up with you here on the blog next week!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

-Walt

AS PROMISED, HERE ARE SOME INTERVIEW UPDATES FOR THE BLOG.

MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA.

MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA.

MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA.

Marquette Mayor John Kivela joined us earlier this week to give us an update about the surprise announcement of the retirement of Marquette City Manager Judy Akkala as well as several other matters currently under consideration aby the city commission.  To listen to Mayor Kivela’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To connect with the City of Marquette’s officials website, please click “HERE“.  Stay tuned to Mark & Walt in the Morning, as we are going to have regular updates from Mayor Kivela on goings on in the City of Marquette and with the Marquette City Commission.

GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT UPDATE.

GLCYD's ANN GONYEA.

GLCYD's ANN GONYEA.

Ann Gonyea, Media Co-ordinator with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, joined us recently for an update on agency programs as well as recent grant awards that have allowed their agency to reach out to non-profits around the Upper Peninsula to assist them in increasing their power and scope as well their effectiveness.  For more about the programs and services provided by the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, please go to their website by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to the interview with Ann, please click “HERE“.

THE BIRD-DAY APPROACHES!

THE BIRD (IS THE WORD).

THE BIRD (IS THE WORD).

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and that always gives me a moment to say “Thanks!”  Thanks to family and friends, thanks to those of you who listen to “Mark & Walt in the Morning”, thanks to those of you out there help keep us here in our radio world in business, and thanks to those who make us a part of your day.  I don’t know how Mark feels about it all, because he can be a bit of a grump sometimes, but I would tend to think he agrees with me on those Thank You’s!  Have a good Thanksgiving, travel safe and enjoy the time we have with friends and family.  That is really what is important at this time of year!

HELPING OUR TROOPS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

MICHELLE, KERSTEN AND SHELBY IN THE STUDIO

MICHELLE, KERSTEN AND SHELBY IN THE STUDIO.

Thanks to Michelle DeMitchell of Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Kersten Twohey of the Golden Z Club and Shelby Bischoff of MBank for joining us this morning to talk about the Great Giving initiative,  a local plan to collect and send care packages to our troops this holiday season.  The last day for donations is November 30th.  If you have a loved one serving and would like to make sure a care package reaches them directly, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michelle DeMitchell at 906-228-9699 x 14. or email Mdemitchell@glrc.biz.  To listen to the freewheeling interview with Michelle, Kersten and Shelby, please click “HERE“.

HERE’S HOPING YOU HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING!

Be safe and don’t eat too much turkey.  Also, don’t drink and drive and make sure to pull for America’s Team, The Green Bay Packers in the Thanksgiving Classic Football Throwdown against the unworthy and lowly Detroit Lions.

See you all on Black Friday!

-Walt

WE ARE HEADED INTO THANKSGIVING.  WOW!  WHERE DID THE TIME GO?

JOY!!

JOY!!

So, here it is a few days from Thanksgiving.  No snow (yet).  The Green Bay Packers won on Sunday (but lost two key players to injuries), and they are playing the Detroit Lions on Thursday.  Of course, the Lions won on Sunday as well (due to a crooked call by the ref).  That should make the game interesting, at least to a point, on Thursday.  Here’s to too much turkey and stuffing and a Green and Gold win!  RAH!  In the bigger picture, WHERE DID THE YEAR GO??!!?? It’s almost December!  It’s just about a month from Christmas…it’s less than a month from my birthday (hint, hint, gift-givers)!  YIKES! What happened?  Cripes, I hate this getting older stuff!

BLOG INTERVIEW POSTING UPDATE.

HEY!  I'M WORKIN' ON IT!

HEY! I'M WORKIN' ON IT!

I am in the process of learning a new system for posting interviews to this blog, so there may be a few glitches that occur over the next few days.  All I can say is, bear with me.  It’s not always easy to teach an ornery old dog like me new tricks, but once I figure it out, it’ll be grand!  Over the next couple of days, I’ll be working to post recent interviews with Marquette Mayor John Kivela, Great Lakes Center for Youth Development Marketing Coordinator Ann Gonyea, Paster Dave VanKley from Messiah Lutheran and St. Mark’s Lutheran churches as well as Wayne Filizetti with MetLife.  They will all soon be here, so just keep tuning in!


THAT’S A WRAP FOR NOW!

Everyone have a great Monday and hopefully things are looking up for Thanksgiving!

See you later on the internetz!

-Walt

SORRY FOLKS, WE ARE CLOSED FOR TODAY.

Due to construction, today’s blog is not open for business.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we will be back soon.

REPLACING THE TUBES IN THE OLD ANALOG BLOG!

REPLACING THE TUBES IN THE OLD ANALOG BLOG!

With Apologies –


Walt

THE MORNING SHOW THAT DELIVERS THE INFORMATION!

HEIDI SIMON OF THE YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY

HEIDI SIMON OF THE YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY

Oh Yes!  It’s been another busy morning on the show!  Like we say, we bring you so much information, that you need THREE RADIOS just to keep up!  We started the day off with a visit with Heidi Simon from the YMCA of Marquette County as part of “Y” Wednesday.  She joined us to talk about the Y’s “After Thanksgiving Cardio Buffet” and how it would benefit all who take part, from the dainty to those who overdo it at the Thanksgiving table.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Heidi and click “HERE” to link up to the YMCA of Marquette County’s website.



eLOFT HOSTS A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS.

DAR & KRISTI FROM THE eLOFT

DAR & KRISTI FROM THE eLOFT

Thanks to Dar Shepherd and Kristi Pentecost from the eLoft for dropping in this morning to talk about a very unique opportunity they are offering to a female entrepreneur who is looking to start her own business venture.  As part of tomorrow’s Ladies’ Night in Marquette, the eLoft will be presenting the program that will take a series of interested women and develop a winning contestant from the group.   To hear more about this activity, click “HERE” to listen to the interview.  For more about the eLoft, please click “HERE” to connect to their website.  And when you stop in at their place of business tomorrow night, be sure to tell them that Mark & Walt sent you.


TEAMING UP WITH BIOLIFE PLASMA SERVICES TO HELP THE VETERANS.

JASON CHRONOWSKI FROM BIOLIFE PLASMA SERVICES

JASON CHRONOWSKI FROM BIOLIFE PLASMA SERVICES

Thanks to Jason Chronowski, regional marketing agent from BioLife Plasma Services, for stopping by to join us in announcing a very special drive for products for veterans at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.  We will be gathering items for a three-week period prior to Christmas at BioLife’s facility on Hawley Street in Marquette and will present them to the veterans at the home just prior to Christmas.  To find out more about this effort and how you can get involved, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Jason.

A FULL BOAT SAILS OFF INTO THE DISTANCE.

CHUG, CHUG, CHUG!

CHUG, CHUG, CHUG!

Well, there’s another day and another dollar, as they say!  Be sure to tune in tomorrow to listen to Mark & Walt in the Morning and check us out here on the blog as well.  To quote Pastor Paul Weber from the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marquette:


“Have a GREAT day!”

-Walt

TAKING THE TIME TO NOT TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED.

A FINE GAGGLE OF YOOPERS!

A FINE GAGGLE OF YOOPERS!

One of the great things about this job here on the show is the chance to meet the great people that make up our community.  Now before you zip through this thinking that I’m on some sentimental ramble about the “love and happiness” we all have for each other, think again.  It’s not that we all are coming from the same side of the issues and problems nor are we always in agreement when it comes to solutions.  What I am talking about is the people who make things happen here in our own backyard.  From the politicos to the po’ folk!  Those of us from Upper Michigan know what I am talking about.  And those from Marquette County REALLY know.  Yoopers are obstinate yet sensitive to the people around them and their issues and concerns, and we do something about it!  Apathy does not run rampant in our hometowns.

YOOPERS MOVE AHEAD AND TAKE ON THE TOUGH FIGHTS!

HEADING NORTH OVER THE BRIDGE TO THE GOOD FOLKS IN THE U.P.!

HEADING NORTH OVER THE BRIDGE TO THE GOOD FOLKS IN THE U.P.!

To continue on, what I mean is that over the last couple of weeks, if you’ve been following along at home, “Mark & Walt in the Morning” has been a hotbed of activity featuring the type of folks that I am talking about.  From the controversial U.P. Congressman Bart Stupak, who is fighting for his beliefs through his amendment in the National Health Care Reform Bill, to the brave candidates who stepped out of their comfort zones in the contentious Negaunee City Council race, they have all been here, on the air.  But it’s not just the political types that I’m talking about.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been packed full of guests who have joined us to promote various fundraiser and benefit events and activities that help out their fellow Yoopers and beyond.  This kind of care and concern from the grassroots of the U.P. and here in Marquette County is heartening.  And I have to admit, meeting all of those folks through this morning show has been grand.  LET’S KEEP IT UP!

A SPECIAL PERSON STEPS UP.

ERIKA HEFKE IN THE STUDIOS.

ERIKA HEFKE IN THE STUDIOS.

On that note, thanks to Erika Hefke for stopping in this morning to tell us about a special benefit concert tomorrow night at the UpFront & Company in Marquette that will help her raise funds for the research of the cure for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis.  She has had the disease for the past 20 years, but she has managed it and she has pledged to raise $4000 to help in the research efforts.  She will be turning the money in when she goes to take part in a special Half-Marathion event in Las Vegas in December.  To find out more about Erika’s efforts , you can listen to her interview by clicking “HERE“.  If you would like to contribute to her effort, please click “HERE“.

THAT’S A WRAP!!

Hey gang!  I think I’ve rambled on enough today. Thanks for following along at home, or wherever you are doing.  We’ll see you later here on the Big ‘Ol Blog!


-Walt

HEALTH CARE REFORM FROM THE SENATE PERSPECTIVE.

MICHIGAN'S JUNIOR U-S SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D).

MICHIGAN'S JUNIOR U-S SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D).

As the debate over issues raised by the efforts to reform health care continues to dominate the national news cycle, we had a chance to speak with Michigan’s Junior U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow this morning for her perspective on the discussions.  She gave us her sentiments about the process of reforming the U-S health care system as well as her ideas as to what it is going to improve.  She also gave us some of her thoughts about her colleague in the U-S House, Democratic Representative Bart Stupak of Menominee and his amendment concerning the funding of abortion in the reform package language.  The senator was direct in her opposition to the amendment and told us that the issue may not make it into the final bill, but only time would tell for sure.  To listen to Senator Stabenow’s comments, please click “HERE“.

A CHANCE TO DEVELOP A NEW BUSINESS.

DAR SHEPARD AND KRISTI PENTECOST FROM THE eLOFT.

DAR SHEPHERD AND KRISTI PENTECOST FROM THE eLOFT.

We also chatted with Dar Shepherd this morning from the new business development center, eLoft in downtown Marquette about a very unique opportunity they are offering to a female entrepreneur who is looking to start her own business venture.  As part of next week’s Ladies’ Night in Marquette, the eLoft will be presenting the program that will take a series of interested women and develop a winning contestant from the group.  To find out more about this interesting and exciting opportunity, listen to Dar’s interview by clicking “HERE“.  To head over to the eLoft’s website, please click “HERE“.


THAT’S A WRAP ON A BUSY WEEK FOR THE BIG SHOW!

It’s been quite a week on the show!  We’ve had the chance to bring you interviews with national newsmakers as well as community grassroots organizers and those who simply want to help others along!  It’s all live, local and happening ONLY here on Marquette County’s busiest, most connected and interactive morning show, Mark & Walt in the Morning!

Have a great weekend.  Be safe if you are going hunting, and if your not, enjoy the peace and quiet at home!  We’ll see you all again soon here on the big ol’ blog!

SEE YA!


-Walt

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH U.S. CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BART STUPAK (1st District MI, D - Menominee)

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BART STUPAK (1st District MI, D - Menominee)

Special thanks to U.S. Representative Bart Stupak for taking time this week for an exclusive sit-down interview with Great Lakes Radio News to discuss his introduction of an amendment in the U.S. House that specifically called for no government funding for abortions, except for cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, in the current legislation reforming health care.

The controversy over the Stupak amendment has been a flashpoint in the nationwide dialog between pro-life and pro-choice advocates and has catapulted the Menominee Democrat into the national limelight over the last few weeks in a way never before seen during his 17 years in Congress.

To listen to the Congressman’s reactions to the controversy and to hear the backstory about the amendment as well as his reasons for introducing it in the first place, please click “HERE“.