MORE ABOUT THE Marquette County Community Foundation.

Dr. Carole Touchinski

Dr. Carole Touchinski, MCCF

Dr. Carole Touchinski, director at the Marquette County Community Foundation, joined us to give us an overview and general update about the foundation, how it works, who are some of it’s member agencies and how you can get involved financially or as a volunteer.  To listen to the interview with Dr.Touchinski, please click “HERE“.  For more about the foundation, you can access their website by clicking “HERE“.

FULL-UP TODAY, KIDS!

BIRTHDAY BOY GOOFUS!

What a show!  From geocaching in Negaunee to a new church in Ishpeming to the latest exhibit and reception at the the DeVos Art Museum at NMU in Marquette!  AND IT WAS GOOFUS’ BIRTHDAY!! There isn’t another show on the radio dial that covers the Marquette County Community like Mark & Walt in the Morning.  And on top of it all…we even gave away tickets to see Grand Funk Railroad and Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles.  We do more in four hours than many shows do in four weeks!  AND WE LOVE IT!!


GEOCACHING IN NEGAUNEE WITH GEORGE.

GEOCACHING GEORGE SEDLACHECK

Thanks to George Sedlacheck who stopped in today with the Marquette County Health Department to tell us about a clever and exciting way to get out and get some exercise and enjoy the Heikki Lunta Winter Fest in Negaunee.  He told us about the third annual Geocaching Event being held this Sunday in Negaunee.  Interested parties can gather at the Negaunee Senior Center at noon on Sunday and head out to find hidden treasure.  To listen to George’s comments, click “HERE” to access his interview.  For more about the Heikki Lunta Winter Fest and the Negaunee Irontown Association, click “HERE“.

SLIDE ON DOWN TO THE CROSS BRIDGE AND GET YERSELF SOME CHURCHIN’ UP!

THE ONE AND ONLY "REV KEV"!

Reverend Kevin McIlhany visited our studios this morning to tell us more about a new church that he is organizing called the Cross Bridge Church.  The church is all about the celebration of God without a lot of the trappings of traditional church services.  The first service will be this Sunday at the Country Village Conference Center in the Country Village in Ishpeming and gets underway at 10-am.  To listen to Reverend Kevin’s comments, click “HERE” to listen to his interview.  Find out more about the church by accessing their website by clicking “HERE“.

YOOPER “FINNDIAN” ALASKAN ART AT THE DEVOS ART MUSEUM.

DEVOS DIRECTOR AND CURATOR MELISSA MATUSCAK.

DeVos Art Museum Director and Curator Melissa Matuscak joined us to talk about the latest exhibit at the DeVos on the campus of Northern Michigan University.  She told us about the exhibit by artist Erica Lord, who is from the U.P. and is a Native American with some Finnish ancestry who has spent time in both Alaska and Upper Michigan.  Her art reflects the balance between and perceptions of diversity in today’s world.  To listen to the interview with Melissa, please click “HERE“, and for more about the DeVos and NMU, please click “HERE“.

WITH THAT, WE ARE AWAY FOR ANOTHER DAY!

Tune in tomorrow for more fun and information and even more concert tickets!  We’ll see you then on “Mark & Walt in the Morning”.

See Ya!

-Walt

HERE COMES THE UPDATES!

WALT ON THE MIC.

WALT ON THE MORNING SHOW MIC.

OK, blogknockers…I’ve been threatening this day for some time, and here it is!  Prepare to be overloaded with information as we do an interview clearinghouse update here on the show blog.  Due to a series of various issues, the following interviews from the Mark and Walt in the Morning show from over the last few weeks have not been able to be posted, but here they are after a slight delay!  Without further ado…interview number 1:


IT’S HEIKKI LUNTA TIME AGAIN IN THE IRONTOWN!

DON GLADWELL FROM THE NEGAUNEE IRONTOWN ASSOCIATION.

Thanks to Don Gladwell with the Negaunee Irontown Association for coming by to chat with us about the annual Heikki Lunta Winterfest.  It’s going on this weekend in Negaunee and features a wide variety of events and activities including blooperball, a fishing tournament and the extremely popular wintertime fireworks display on Saturday night.  To listen to Don’s interview, please click “HERE” and to link up with the Negaunee Irontown Association’s website, please click “HERE“.


A NATURALLY NORTHERN UPDATE.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. LES WONG.

Thanks to Northern Michigan University President Dr. Les Wong for joining us to discuss the new semester at NMU.  As part of his usual semesterly visits with us, Dr. Wong outlined some of the positive things that are going on at the Marquette school.  Instead of the usual budget-based claptrap, we talked about the good developments at the university and how it all is benefitting the students, faculty and staff as well as the entire Marquette County community.  To hear the comments of President Wong, please click “HERE” and to head over to the Northern Michigan University website, please click “HERE“.

TALKING MARIJUANA AND DUMB CRIMINALS!

ATTORNEY KARL NUMINEN.

ATTORNEY KARL NUMINEN.

Let’s roll up another one and talk with Karl Numinen, Attorney at Law, about the questions and misconceptions surrounding the recently passed Medical Marijuana Law in Michigan.  There are a lot of misunderstood aspects of this law, and Karl did a great job of bringing understanding to this snakepit of confusion.  He also regaled us with a dumb criminal story from his files and we talked about the public smoking ban going into effect this spring around the state of Michigan.  To listen in to Karl’s comments about these matters, please click “HERE“.  For pizza and other munchies, click “HERE“.


Y WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY UPDATE.

THE "Y"'s LISA COOMBS-GEROU.

Lisa Coombs-Gerou from the YMCA of Marquette County gave us an update of activities going on at the “Y” as part of her regular “Y Wednesday” in-studio visit.  She told us about a few events going on this week at the “Y”, but the bulk of the conversation dealt with the “HealthSeekers 2010” program beginning soon.  The program is a 12-week plan to help people become more active and healthful in their day-to-day lives and in their personal food and activity choices.  To hear more from Lisa about this motivational activity, please click “HERE” to listen to her interview.  To connect with the website of the YMCA of Marquette County, please click “HERE“.


MORE HEALTH AND MORE FITNESS!

FITNESS FAN JENNA ROBINSON.

In the heady days after a New Year, one goes through a fight with personal resolutions made as part of the celebrations.  One of the most common is the desire to get back into shape.  Marquette County is currently experiencing a renaissance of fitness facilities and opportunities.  Jenna Robinson from Ringside Fitness in Marquette joined us recently to discuss options available for those of you who made that resolution and genuinely wish to keep it.  She let us know that it’s never too late to start getting fit and anyone can truly do it.  To listen to Jenna’s inspirational words, please click “HERE“.  To head to Ringside Fitness’ website by clicking “HERE“.


THERE’S MORE TO COME, BUT HOW’S THAT FOR A START??!!??

There’s some of the latest interviews from the last few days, and there will be more here soon!

Cheers!

-Walt

I HEARD YOU MISSED US!!  WE’RE BACK!!!

BACK ON THE BLOG HORSE!Hey all of you trusty blog-following fans of Mark & Walt in the Morning!  We’re back on the blog!  We had some technical issues around the old radio ranch computer banks that kept us away for a while, but now those days are over!  So let’s all raise our glasses to a toast and let out a collective “WOO-HOO!” and move on into the blogosphere together!  Onward and upward!  Stay tuned to this very blog over the next few days as we post some of the interviews that have gone on here over the last few days that have not made it to the postings.  It’s going to be a veritable smorgasbord of information that you won’t want miss!  Keep checking out this space!


DANG IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A PACKER FAN!

AARON RODGERS DEFLECTS A HIT IN SUNDAY'S SEASON-ENDER (AP Photo)

AARON RODGERS DEFLECTS A HIT IN SUNDAY'S SEASON-ENDER. (AP Photo)

I know, I know, I know.  You’re reading that header after Sunday’s overtime loss to Arizona and you’re saying to yourself, “What the heck is he talking about?”.  Well, yes, the loss was a bummer, and yes, it stinks to get knocked out of the playoffs, and yes, it would have felt good to keep moving on, but come on, the season was not that bad.  We came out 11-6 and made it into the playoffs.  That wasn’t supposed to happen, according to many pigskin pundits, but it did, and that is a sign of success.  In my opinion, many aspects of the team showed an overall togetherness that had not existed on that squad for a while.  They rejoiced in glee and recoiled in pain together as a unit.  THAT is what it takes to win, and all I can say is “Just wait until next year, man!…Just wait.”


ANOTHER WEEK OF WINNING IS UNDERWAY!

THE SUNNY PRIZE VAN IS OPEN FOR THE TAKING!

THE SUNNY 101.9 PRIZE WAGON IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Congratulations to Debbie J. of Marquette for winning today’s edition of Main Street Monday by knowing that we were looking for the Looney Tunes’ answer to Disney’s Chip & Dale, Mac & Tosh, The Goofy Gophers!  Also, congratulations go out Bill P. of  Gwinn.  He won the first pair of tickets that we are giving away to see Grand Funk Railroad at the Island Resort and Casino this Saturday night.   Stay tuned!  We have a bunch of tickets to give away over the next couple of days and YOU could be the next winner!


IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK!

Stay tuned!  This blog is going to get full!  So hold on and we’ll check with you tomorrow!


Ciao!


-W

HAPPY, HAPPY!  JOY, JOY!

NOTHING LIKE A NEW YEAR'S CHICKEN!

LEAVE IT TO A CHICKEN TO MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER!

Here’s to a Happy New Year to all of you around the Central Upper Michigan region!  I hope all went well for you over the recent holiday and you all had good times.  Of course, now it’s time to get back to work, and that it what we are all struggling with today, I’m sure.  One thing I did find interesting this past weekend was how many people said that they are hoping for things to get better in 2010!  It sounded like many of you have had some pretty rough times in the past twelve months.  Here’s hoping that things do get better for you and the new year will perform better than the old one!  Here’s to the NEW 2010!


GLEE (Part 2) AND THE PACKERS IN THE PLAYOFFS!

RODGERS SOARS OVER THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!  LOVE IT!!  (photo: Jim Biever, PACKERS.COM )

AARON RODGERS MODELS THE NEW STATUE OF LIBERTY POSE! (Jim Biever - Packers.com)

Love them Green Bay Packers!  Love that Aaron Rodgers, Donald Driver, Charles Woodson, Ahman Green, well, you know…LOVE ‘EM ALL!  I rather enjoyed yesterday’s decisive win over the Arizona Cardinals, and it’s set up for the rematch this Sunday evening in Arizona.  I really enjoyed seeing some great offensive (see left) and some great defensive work as well!   I believe it will serve as the harbinger of the game this Sunday.  Onward and Upward, Green and Gold!  To the Promised Land! 

GO PACK GO!

GO PACK

GO!  GO!  PACK!  GO!

SO THE YEAR BEGINS!

So this is 2010.  So far, from a Green Bay Packer fan’s perspective at least, it seems to be off to a good start.  It seems like it was an overall mellow New Year’s Eve with no real problems, and no massive tragedies.  So far so good for 2010, everyone!

Peace!

-Walt

DRIVE CAREFULLY THIS MORNING!

We have one school closure this morning for you: SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS.

It’s a bit blustery this morning.  Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

MIZ005-006-041515-
MARQUETTE-ALGER-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GWINN...MARQUETTE...GRAND MARAIS...
MUNISING
516 AM EST MON JAN 4 2010

...SNOW AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE...

LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY. 1 TO 3
INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON. EVEN THOUGH
THE SNOW WILL BE LIGHT...A GUSTY NORTH WIND OF UP TO 25 MPH NEAR
LAKE SUPERIOR MAY REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE
AT TIMES.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO BE ALERT FOR RAPID CHANGING VISIBILITIES AND
ROAD CONDITIONS. BE SURE TO LEAVE PLENTY OF ROOM BETWEEN YOU AND
THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU.