HEY GANG!  IT’S BEEN A BUSY WEEK, BUT A GOOD WEEK!

HEY MAN! PUT A FORK IN US, WE'RE DONE!

So we wrap up another week here on Marquette County’s favorite morning radio show.  It’s been chock full of community events, politics and the local art scene.  That’s pretty cool, in my opinion!  It’s been the kind of a week that is fun to do a show.  It’s always enjoyable when we can cover a series of events and activities that encompass the diverse aspects of Marquette County and the surrounding areas.  And after all of these years of doing this show, it’s still fun to meet all of the different folks who stop in to talk about the interesting things going on right here “in our own back yard”!

NEGAUNEE FILLS WITH MUSIC TO HELP THE KIDS.

KC ZAMPESE AND ERYCKA OGLESBY IN THE SUNNY STUDIOS.

KC Zampese and Erycka Oglesby presented the information about a special fund raising musical concert coming this weekend to Negaunee to help the kids in the Negaunee Symphonic Band raise the money needed for their planned trip to New York City this spring.  They are presenting a Night of Music on Sunday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Negaunee High School auditorium.  Admission of $5 includes dessert after the concert. There also will be a silent auction.  To listen to KC and Erycka’s dynamic interview, please click “HERE“.  Be sure to get on out to Negaunee this weekend and take in this great night of music and help out some great kids as well!

HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND!

Well folks, this has turned into one of those Marquette County weekends that we always seem to end up talking about on the big show.  It’s jam-packed with events and activities like the Noquemanon Ski Races, the Negaunee concert, stand-up comedians in towan and as always, great live music and more!  Like I said this morning on the show, “Don’t take it for granted, just take it in!”  Here’ s hoping you do and enjoy yourself!

Have a great weekend, and don’t be a news story for me on Monday!

CHEERS!

-Walt

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AND SO MUCH MORE!

WHAT-A-DOO EVERYBODY!

WHAT-A-DOO, EVERYBODY!  WHAT-A-DOO!

Hello all you cyber-surfing troglodytes!  As you can see from this disjointed entry into the world’s greatest blog you’ve never heard of, I’ve had enough coffee!  What would the world be without coffee? Without the sweet nectar created by the patient easing of pure water through a filter and over the freshly ground beans of Columbian goodness.  Thank you Juan Valdez…thank you.

But enough about me and my addictions,

ON WITH THE BLOG!!!

BEAUTY & THE BEAST HITS THE STAGE IN MARQUETTE.

NIKKI NASON FROM THE CITY OF MARQUETTE.

Thanks to Nikki Nason, Arts Administration Director with the City of Marquette, for coming by this morning, along with cast members Roscoe Sheeler and Ryan White, to tell us about the new production of the classic story “Beauty and the Beast” coming up in Marquette.  The show is set to be a fun production and one of the largest done in the area! To listen to the interview with Nikki, Roscoe and Ryan, please click “HERE“, and to access the website for the City of Marquette, please click “HERE“.

I GOTTA RUN!

Well folks, as often happens when you have too much coffee, I have to go (if you know what I mean!) so I guess we’ll see you tomorrow on the internetz!

-Walt


HOWARD ZINN PASSES AWAY.

AUTHOR, SPEAKER AND ACTIVIST HOWARD ZINN.

The world lost a strong voice for open-minded discussion of history and events with the death of author, speaker and activist Howard Zinn.  I have included the text from an Associated Press article below for you to consider to answer the question you are asking yourself right now…”Who’s Howard Zinn?”  And before you write me an e-mail or send me a message about being a “left-wing radical” or something like that, be sure to read the article to the end before passing any judgement.

-Walt

Howard Zinn, author of ‘People’s History’ and left-wing historian, dies at 87 in California

by HILLEL ITALIE

Associated Press/ January 28, 2010

Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose leftist “A People’s History of the United States” became a million-selling alternative to mainstream texts and a favorite of such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Ben Affleck, died Wednesday. He was 87.

Zinn died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif., daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn said. The historian was a resident of Auburndale, Mass.

Published in 1980 with little promotion and a first printing of 5,000, “A People’s History” was — fittingly — a people’s best-seller, attracting a wide audience through word of mouth and reaching 1 million sales in 2003. Although Zinn was writing for a general readership, his book was taught in high schools and colleges throughout the country, and numerous companion editions were published, including “Voices of a People’s History,” a volume for young people and a graphic novel

“I can’t think of anyone who had such a powerful and benign influence,” said the linguist and fellow activist Noam Chomsky, a close friend of Zinn’s. “His historical work changed the way millions of people saw the past.”

At a time when few politicians dared even call themselves liberal, “A People’s History” told an openly left-wing story. Zinn charged Christopher Columbus and other explorers with genocide, picked apart presidents from Andrew Jackson to Franklin D. Roosevelt and celebrated workers, feminists and war resisters.

Even liberal historians were uneasy with Zinn. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. once said: “I know he regards me as a dangerous reactionary. And I don’t take him very seriously. He’s a polemicist, not a historian.”

In a 1998 interview with The Associated Press, Zinn acknowledged he was not trying to write an objective history, or a complete one. He called his book a response to traditional works, the first chapter — not the last — of a new kind of history.

“There’s no such thing as a whole story; every story is incomplete,” Zinn said. “My idea was the orthodox viewpoint has already been done a thousand times.”

“A People’s History” had some famous admirers, including Matt Damon and Affleck. The two grew up near Zinn, were family friends and gave the book a plug in their Academy Award-winning screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.” When Affleck nearly married Jennifer Lopez, Zinn was on the guest list.

“He taught me how valuable — how necessary dissent was to democracy and to America itself,” Affleck said in a statement. “He taught that history was made by the everyman, not the elites. I was lucky enough to know him personally and I will carry with me what I learned from him — and try to impart it to my own children — in his memory.”

Oliver Stone was a fan, as well as Springsteen, whose bleak “Nebraska” album was inspired in part by “A People’s History.” The book was the basis of a 2007 documentary, “Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind,” and even showed up on “The Sopranos,” in the hand of Tony’s son, A.J.

Zinn himself was an impressive-looking man, tall and rugged with wavy hair. An experienced public speaker, he was modest and engaging in person, more interested in persuasion than in confrontation.

Born in New York in 1922, Zinn was the son of Jewish immigrants who as a child lived in a rundown area in Brooklyn and responded strongly to the novels of Charles Dickens. At age 17, urged on by some young Communists in his neighborhood, he attended a political rally in Times Square.

“Suddenly, I heard the sirens sound, and I looked around and saw the policemen on horses galloping into the crowd and beating people. I couldn’t believe that,” he told the AP.

“And then I was hit. I turned around and I was knocked unconscious. I woke up sometime later in a doorway, with Times Square quiet again, eerie, dreamlike, as if nothing had transpired. I was ferociously indignant. … It was a very shocking lesson for me.”

War continued his education. Eager to help wipe out the Nazis, Zinn joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and even persuaded the local draft board to let him mail his own induction notice. He flew missions throughout Europe, receiving an Air Medal, but he found himself questioning what it all meant. Back home, he gathered his medals and papers, put them in a folder and wrote on top: “Never again.”

He attended New York University and Columbia University, where he received a doctorate in history. In 1956, he was offered the chairmanship of the history and social sciences department at Spelman College, an all-black women’s school in then-segregated Atlanta.

During the civil rights movement, Zinn encouraged his students to request books from the segregated public libraries and helped coordinate sit-ins at downtown cafeterias. Zinn also published several articles, including a then-rare attack on the Kennedy administration for being too slow to protect blacks.

He was loved by students — among them a young Alice Walker, who later wrote “The Color Purple” — but not by administrators. In 1963, Spelman fired him for “insubordination.” (Zinn was a critic of the school’s non-participation in the civil rights movement.) His years at Boston University were marked by opposition to the Vietnam War and by feuds with the school’s president, John Silber.

Zinn retired in 1988, spending his last day of class on the picket line with students in support of an on-campus nurses’ strike. Over the years, he continued to lecture at schools and to appear at rallies and on picket lines.

“The happy thing about Howard was that in the last years he could gain satisfaction that his contributions were so impressive and recognized,” Chomsky said. “He could hardly keep up with all the speaking invitations.”

Besides “A People’s History,” Zinn wrote several books, including “The Southern Mystique,” ”LaGuardia in Congress” and the memoir, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train,” the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn that Damon narrated. He also wrote three plays.

One of Zinn’s last public writings was a brief essay, published last week in The Nation, about the first year of the Obama administration.

“I’ve been searching hard for a highlight,” he wrote, adding that he wasn’t disappointed because he never expected a lot from Obama.

“I think people are dazzled by Obama’s rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president — which means, in our time, a dangerous president — unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction.”

Zinn’s longtime wife and collaborator, Roslyn, died in 2008. They had two children, Myla and Jeff.

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Associated Press Writer Rodrique Ngowi contributed to this report from Boston.

ANOTHER GOOD DAY FOR MARQUETTE COUNTY!

HEY MAN, LIFE IS GOOD!

Today was one of those fun days I enjoy working through on the show.  We had some laughs and got out some good information, but we were also able to point to some really good things going on here in our area.  It’s always fun when that happens because we get caught up in the negative so easily and so often and we need to experience the good to balance out our lives.  I know this is sounding kind of philosophical or even sentimental, but I think it needs to be said.  Things are not always so bad out there as we think they are.  ‘Nuff said about that.  We can move on!


MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION UPDATE

NIKKI DEWALD & KATY MARTIN

Katy Martin, youth representative from the Marquette County Community Foundation Board of Directors, and Nikki DeWald, Race Co-ordinator with the Noquemanon Ski Race visited us this morning to talk about the Youth Noque Race being held this Friday in Marquette County and how youth volunteers from the MCCF are helping with the event.  Katy also discussed her involvement with the Foundation from a youth standpoint and how other interested youth can get involved.  Nikki also gave us an overview of the youth race and the entire weekend’s events.  To listen to the interview with Katy and Nikki, please click “HERE“, and for more about the Marquette County Community Foundation, please click “HERE“.

THAT’LL DO FOR TODAY!

Another good day done!  Be sure to tune in tomorrow starting at 6-AM for Mark & Walt in the Morning for another morning full of fun, information and more!  See you then!

CHEERS!

-Walt

PRETTY BIG DAY TODAY!!

HE MIGHT AS WELL JUMP! IT'S HIS BIRTHDAY!

Hey gang!  You know how some days don’t have much associated with them and some others are packed with history?  We’ll check out today in history.  Today is Eddie Van Halen’s birthday, today is the day in 1837 that Michigan became a state in the union, today is the day that “The Dukes of Hazzard” premiered on CBS-TV in 1979 AND this is the day that the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl (interestingly enough, in New Orleans)!  Wow ! What a day in history!  I’m just happy to be a part of it today!  Of course, like I always say, every day above the grass is a good day!

AN UPDATE FROM THE SUPERIOR ALLIANCE FOR INDEPENDENT  LIVING!

SAIL'S SARAH PEURA.

Sarah Peura joined us this morning from the Superior Alliance for Independent Living with an update about events and activities in the works from the agency.  The Marquette-based agency services the entire 15-county Upper Peninsula region and helps to make the lives of people with special needs more independent.  To listen to the complete interview with Sarah, please click “HERE“.  For more on the Superior Alliance of Independent Living please click “HERE”.

A GOOD DAY HAS BEEN HAD BY ALL!

It was a good day today and here’s hoping towards tomorrow being another good one as well.  Be sure to tune in for the big radio show starting at 6-am and then check out the blog a bit later in the day!

We’ll see you then!


CHEERS!


-Walt

HELLO GANG!  I’M BACK!

LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS LIVE IN CHICAGO!

I see all is well here in radioland.  No blog updates from Mark, though.  TSK, TSK, it’s not that hard to do, but I know he’s busy! (chuckle) It was great to get away even for a couple of days.  I had a ball in Chicago!  Great food, live blues and a few other fun experiences gave me a moment to clear my head and get back into the grown-up world.  And as always, a couple of days away was just good for the soul!  Fun was had by all, but now, it’s time for getting back to work.

THE PINK WARRIOR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ROLLS ON!

MARCY, CONNIE AND BONNIE IN THE STUDIO.

Thanks to Bonnie Kilpela the creator of this unique an inspirational calendar featuring survivors of breast cancer for turning out such a successful effort.  She was successful on many levels and the effort has resulted in over $10,000 being raised for the Beacon House in Marquette.  She was joined in the studio today by one of the models, Connie Rhoades as well as the executive director of the Beacon House, Marcy Griffen, to talk more about the calendar.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview and click “HERE” for more about the Pink Warrior Project.


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MAIN STREET MONDAY!

MARK ON THE MSM VICTORY TOSS!

Congratulations to Sara from Marquette.  She knew we were looking for “THE THING” from the Fantastic Four cartoon.  The clue clip was a short one today, but she recognized his catchphrase “It’s CLOBBERIN’ time!”  As a result, she picked up 2-14″ 3-topping pizzas from Main Street Pizza for her enjoyment! It was a great way to start the week, and you’ll just have to tune in for more fun tomorrow on “Mark & Walt in the Morning”!

Until then–


CHEERS!

-Walt

THE SHOW WILL ROLL ON.

YOURS TRULY, THE HAPPY NEWS GUY!

For those paying attention, I am off of the show for a day or so as I am headed to Chicago for a bit.  Please tune in anyway and be nice to Mark as he limps through the show with out me.  But don’t worry and don’t despair, I ‘ll be back in the news chair on Monday…at least, that’s the plan!  Hope I don’t get “Conan-ed”.  ‘Course…the money wouldn’t be too bad!  I could always use it for Green Bay Packer tickets for next season!

HA!

CHEERS!

-Walt

THE CULINARY JOURNEY ROLLS ON.

JIM AND NICK PROMOTING THE CULINARY JOURNEY.

Thanks to Jim Edwards from the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum for joining us this morning, along with Chef Nick Ruple from Doncker’s in Marquette.  The pair stopped in to tell us all about the upcoming Culinary Journey at the UPCM.  The evening features several area restaurant staffs getting together to create specialty dishes for an evening of fine dining all to benefit the Children’s Museum.  To listen to the interview with Jim Edwards and Chef Nick, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, please click “HERE‘.

PROGRAM UPDATES FROM THE YMCA AND THE GLCYD.

Representatives from two of Marquette County’s prominent community service agencies, the YMCA of Marquette County and the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined us this week and here are highlights from both visits:


YMCA OF MARQUETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY UPDATE.

YMCA'S LISA COOMBS-GEROU.

Director Lisa Coombs-Gerou joined us on Wednesday for the regular “Y Wednesday” update.  The primary discussion had to do with the Healthseekers 2010 program that gets underway next week.  Also discussed was the YMCA’S annual meeting coming up soon and the changes to the YMCA’S board with a big influx of new board members.  You can listen to Lisa’s interview by clicking “HERE“, and you can log on to the YMCA’S website by clicking “HERE“.

GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM UPDATE.

GLCYD'S ANN GONYEA.

GLCYD Media and Outreach co-ordinator Ann Gonyea stopped in this morning to give us an update about programs and activities being sponsored by the agency.  The group is currently focusing on assisting area non-profit agencies in developing their boards and other aspects of their organizations.  You can listen all of this information in Ann’s interview by clicking “HERE“.  You can also access the agency’s programs and find out more by logging onto their website by clicking “HERE.”

HEY BLOG FANS!  HERE’S A RECAP OF SOME OF OUR RECENT INTERVIEWS.

Hey gang!  Here’s another recap of the folks who have been in the Sunny studios to join us on Mark & Walt in the Morning.  Hopefully, it’ll get you caught up as well!  Enjoy the wealth of community information!


PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT UPDATE.

KATHY SEBLONKA, PWPL.

Kathy Seblonka, with the Peter White Public Library in Marquette stopped in to give us a complete update on upcoming events and activities going on over the next few months at the library.  The events range from readings and various gatherings to an extremely popular new series entitled “Dinner and a Movie”.  You can find out more by listening to Kathy’s interview by clicking “HERE“, and you can log on to the Peter White Public Library website by clicking “HERE“.  Check it out!  (No pun intended!)


A SPECIAL EVENING AT BELL HOSPITAL.

BELL HOSPITAL'S MARIE PEASLEY

Marie Peasley, Marketing Assistant at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming came by to discuss the Blizzard Ball being put on by the Bell Foundation to raise funds for defibrillators for all of the hospital’s ambulances.  The event is on Saturday, January 23rd at the Hospital in Ishpeming.  Click “HERE” to listen to Marie’s Morning Show interview, and be sure to log on to the Hospital’s website by clicking “HERE“.


BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS BOWL FOR KID’S SAKE.

JAYNE LETTS AND ONE OF THE "LITTLES".

Jayne Letts, Executive Director of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties stopped in to talk about the group’s upcoming fundraiser, “Bowl for Kid’s Sake”,  This annual event has now been stretched out over most of the month of March and continues to grow.  Jayne also talked about the national 40th anniversary of the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters agency and how she has been with the local agency for 20 years.  Listen to her interview by clicking “HERE” and log on to the BB/BS website by clicking “HERE“.

SOME LEGAL ISSUES TO PONDER.

ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR MATT WIESE.

Matt Wiese, Assistant Prosecutor of Marquette County joined us to discuss a possible change in Michigan’s Truth in Sentencing Law.   The law currently insures that when a criminal is sent behind bars for a sentence, he or she will have to serve the minimum sentence imposed by the judge before becoming eligible for any consideration for parole or other early release.  Now, there is a movement afoot to abolish the measure, much to the chagrin of law enforcement and prosecutors around the state.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview.

LOCAL EFFORTS THROUGH THE RED CROSS TO AID HAITIANS.

THE SITE OF THE EARTHQUAKE.

Christy Beck, with the Superior Upper Peninsula Chapter of the American Red Cross, joined us today to give a local perspective to relief efforts in Haiti following the massive earthquake that hit there recently.  She told us about a way to text a message and that would make a $10 donation to the relief effort.  To do so, simply text “HAITI” to 90999.  The $10 amount will be added to your next phone bill.  To listen to Christy’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To connect with the American Red Cross website and make an online donation, please click “HERE“.  This is a good opportunity for those of us who want to help can do so in a quick and easy way.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND, BUT REMEMBER THOSE WHO NEED HELP.

Be sure to help out this weekend if you can.  Help out the earthquake effort, or just help out at home.  Whatever it takes, just do it!

Peace!

-Walt