WELCOMING THE FUTURE OF BROADCASTING!!!

MARK AND SOME OF THE KIDS FROM GILBERT ELEMENTARY.

It was one of those mornings today, to say the least!  Not only was the show a busy one, but we focused on the kids in our community, which is always a fun way to spend the morning!  We chatted with Tamra Bott, Principal of the Graveraet Intermediate School and Carrie Jurasin, 5-th grade teacher at Graveraet in Marquette to find out more about the changes in the works for 5-th grade classes scheduled to transfer from the Graveraet school to the Bothwell School.  We have more on that below.

BIG NEWS GUY SURROUNDED BY LITTLE PEOPLE.

We also welcomed the Gilbert Elementary 3-rd graders from Gwinn this morning.  We had a total of 33 kids from Mrs. Dunham’s and Mrs. Sather’s classes get a complete tour of our station studios and offices as part of a special field trip that also included lunch at Bonanza and an afternoon stop at the U-P Childrens’ Museum.  As you can see from these photos, all of those smiling faces can make it a crowded studio!  But it was great to have all of the kids visiting  in our little radio ranch and we welcomed them with open arms!  Here’s to the future of Marquette County!

UPDATE ON THE PLANNED 5-TH GRADE CLASSROOM TRANSFER IN THE MARQUETTE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT.

TAMRA BOTT AND CARRIE JURASIN FROM THE MARQUETTE SCHOOLS.

Tamra Bott, Principal of the Graveraet Intermediate School and Carrie Jurasin, 5-th grade teacher at Graveraet in Marquette joined Mark & Walt to have a discussion about the changes in the works for Marquette Area Public School’s 5-th grade classes who are scheduled to be transferred from the Graveraet school to the Bothwell School.  They shared their insight into the challenges and opportunities presented by the transfer for both the students and the parents affected by this decision.  To listen to the complete interview, please click “HERE“, and to log on to the Marquette Area Public Schools website, please click “HERE“.

ALWAYS FUN TO SEE THE KIDS!

We always love to have a chance to have kids’ groups come by for a tour of our station facilities. For a bunch of old, grizzled and jaded broadcast veterans like us to have a chance to see the kid’s faces light up when they can get on the air or actually see how the whole process works, it downright priceless!  If you have a group that would be interested in a tour, just give us a call at 228-6800 or drop us an e-mail!  We’d love to have you come on by!

CHEERS!


-Walt

AN UPDATE WITH MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA.

MARQUETTE MAYOR JOHN KIVELA

Marquette Mayor John Kivela joined Mark & Walt this morning for an update on the City Manager search by the City Commission as well as information about the planned municipal infrastructure development projects on the immediate horizon in the city.  The mayor also discussed the status of a few of the construction projects and residential efforts being undertaken by independent contractors.  To listen to the complete interview with Mayor John Kivela, please click “HERE“.

A QUICK UPDATE AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND!

SHY BUT THANKFUL, IT'S MARK EVANS!

Folks! Thank you so much for your contributions for Mark’s taking of the Polar Plunge on March 20th.  As of Friday at noon, over $300 in contributions has been raised for Mark to forward on to the Special Olympics of Michigan.  We will keep reminding you about making a contribution through the next week, but if you can’t wait, please follow the link below in the previous blog posting to make an online contribution.  Mark thanks you, I thank you and the kids in Special Olympics thank you!

If you haven’t given yet, WE WILL FIND YOU!

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!


-Walt

PREPARING FOR THE BIG PLUNGE WITH MARK EVANS!

TAKIN' THE PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Hey Bloggers!  Now is the time to step up and help out Mark Evans raise money for a great cause.  Mark is taking the plunge in the 2010 Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 20th at Marquette Mountain Ski Area.  The plunge starts at 3-pm and Mark will be kicking the plunging off by being the first to brave the icy water.  If you would like to help out with a financial contribution, please take a moment this morning and call us in the studio at (906) 227-7777 and make a pledge of support.

If that doesn’t work for you, please log on to the web and head on over to somi.org.  It’s also accessible by clicking “HERE“.  All proceeds raised will go to the  Special Olympics of Michigan.

HEIDI FURIOUSLY WORKS THE PHONES THIS MORNING TAKING ALL OF THE PLEDGES!

DO IT NOW!

And then come on out and cheer on Mark on the 20th!

A CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BART STUPAK (D-MENOMINEE)

U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak joined Mark & Walt in the Morning today to discuss the hot-button issue of his stance on abortion funding language in the health care reform package under discussion in Washington, D.C..  The Menominee Democrat explained his reasons for why he is holding to his convictions on the issue as well as his outlook on reaching a reasonable compromise to secure his vote for health care reform.  He also commented on the recently announced campaign by Democratic challenger Connie Saltonstall of downstate Charlevoix County.  To listen to the complete interview with Congressman Stupak, please click “HERE“.

COMMENTS FROM MICHIGAN’S SENIOR U.S. SENATOR.

U.S. SENATOR CARL LEVIN (D-DETROIT)

Here are some excerpts from a conversation with United States Senator Carl Levin concerning HIRE legislation currently making it’s way through Congress.  The legislation is in at least two parts with one section moving through the U.S. Senate and the other being considered in the House of Representatives.  The legislation is a combination of incentives and funding programs to get unemployed workers back on the job.  Please click “HERE” to listen to the comments of U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

HEY FOLKS!  A QUICK EVENT UPDATE FOR YOU!

There is a great amount of things that are going on around Marquette County this weekend and we wanted to make sure that you had the information you needed to know to be able to check them all out.  From theater to comedy to the NMU Student Pow Wow, it’s a packed up weekend for you to enjoy.  AND, the weather looks like it’s going to be relatively decent, so get on out and take it in!

MSHS THEATER DOES A CLASSIC.

FOLKS FROM OUR TOWN DO "OUR TOWN!"

Jeff Spencer, Marquette Senior High School Theater instructor and cast members Hilary Severn and Zoe Spencer joined us this week to tell us about their special production of Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town”.  You can listen in to their interview “HERE” to find out more about the production, ticket availability and what it was like for the students to mount such a well-known yet dense piece of theater.

NMU NATIVE STUDENTS PRESENT A SPECIAL WEEKEND.

NMU CNAS DIRECTOR AND ALL AROUND GREAT GAL, APRIL LINDALA.

April Lindala, Director of the Center For Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University joined us to give us an update on events and activities going on this weekend at NMU being put on by the Native American Student Association.  Comedian Don Burnstick, a Canadian First Nations comic is performing at NMU on Friday evening and the 18th Annual ‘Learning to Walk Together’ Traditional Pow Wow is being held on Saturday.  Both events are being held at the Vandament Arena on Campus.  To listen to April’s interview, please click “HERE“, and to find out more about the Center For Native American Studies. please click “HERE“.


LOTS OF STUFF ON THE DOCKET.

Be sure to take it all in this weekend!

CHEERS!


-Walt

GOOD WEATHER…AN O.K. WEEK.

SUNRISE TODAY IN MARQUETTE.

O.K., so what’s kind of tripping me out is that the weather is great again today, but I feel less than upbeat.  Usually this kind of weather gets me in a better mood, but it ain’t happenin’, kids.  Yesterday was a mess of a Monday, and today has been pretty blah as well.  I should feel better….I mean, look how the day started today.  A glorious sunrise!  It’s been a nice day, too!  Oh well, maybe tomorrow will have a better run!   Let’s try it then and see what happens!

CHEERS!


-Walt

SHAZAM!!  IT’S FRIDAY EVERYBODY!  WOOOHOOOOO!

THE WEEKEND KNOCKS OUT THE WORK WEEK!

Hey gang!  We made it through another long week and it’s Friday!  Time to kick the work week to the curb and have a little fun over the next couple of days!  It’s been so busy around here over the last few weeks that I am looking forward to a couple of days off.  After all, it’s going to be sunny and in the 40’s and there’s a ton of things going on around Marquette County.  Get on out and take it all in!  Why not?  What have you got to lose, except for maybe a couple of pounds by getting out and walking around this weekend!  Do it!

BELL HOSPITAL WOMEN’S HEALTH EXPO ON TAP FOR THIS WEEKEND!

MARIE PEASLEY FROM BELL HOSPITAL.

Marie Peasley from Bell Hospital joined us today to let us know about the Bell Hospital Women’s Health Expo that is going on this Saturday at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming.  She gave us a run-down of scheduled physician lectures and activities planned for the day for interested folks to take part in.  While the event is focused on women’s health, it is open to both men and women.  Contact Marie at Bell Hospital to get pre-registered, or simply head to Bell Hospital Saturday morning to take part in this special event.  To find out more about the expo, please log on to the Bell Hospital website by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to Marie’s interview, please click “HERE“.

A BUSY WEEK WRAPS UP WITH A BUSY WEEKEND.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a fantastic weekend around Marquette County with a ton of fun activities going on and great spring-like weather!  You might as well get out of the house and take it all in, because when the annual St. Patty’s Day storm hits, you’ll be missing this weekend!  Just be safe when you are out and about, and don’t be a news story for Monday!

Don’t take it for granted…just take it in!

CHEERS!

-Walt

WE WELCOMED THE LATEST COMMUNITY LEADERS!

THE 2010 LSCP LEADERSHIP ACADEMY STOPS BY.

Thanks to the latest class of the Lake Superior Community Partnership’s Leadership Academy for starting their day off with us this morning.  As part of the program, the group visits several businesses in Marquette County to find out more about what goes on behind the “storefront”.  They have been kicking off Media Day with us for several years, and it was great to see the latest batch of Marquette County’s business and community leaders beginning to develop!  They spent the morning touring several other media outlets around the county including television and other radio stations.  But we like to start them off with a laugh and some truth about broadcasting here in the Upper Peninsula.  If you would like to find out more about the program, log on to the LSCP website by clicking “HERE“.

GOOD CONSERVATION CONVERSATION WITH DUCKS UNLIMITED!

SCOTT MCFARREN WITH DUCKS UNLIMITED.

Scott McFarren, the Area Chair for Marquette for Ducks Unlimited, joined us this morning to tell us about the upcoming Spring Banquet for Ducks Unlimited.  The event is scheduled for March 25th at 5:30pm at the Ramada Inn in Marquette.  Scott let us know that tickets are limited and if you want to go, you need to get them as soon as possible!  To find out more about the group and how you can get tickets for this annual fundraising banquet for Ducks Unlimited, please click “HERE‘.  To listen to the interview with Scott, please click “HERE“.

GOOD THINGS ARE GOING ON!

It seems like there is a lot of positive energy out there right now across Marquette County.  Perhaps it’s the spring time break in the weather, maybe people feel the economic troubles are settling down, maybe it’s…well, who knows?  let’s just make it keep happening, and be sure to get out to take it all in!

CHEERS!


-Walt