IT’S MONDAY AND ANOTHER WEEK IS UNFOLDING!

THIS IS MY CAT, MERLIN. HE IS VERY MELLOW. I NEED TO BE MORE LIKE HIM.

What a week this is going to be.  I say that based on how this morning went.  Special events in our community, a huge listener day, and the construction has begun at the new Great Lakes Radio studio space!  A lot of information, a lot of fun and a lot of sawdust!  And it’s only Monday!  Looks like it’s shaping up to be quite an eventful week here at the radio ranch!  Everybody better buckle up and hang on!  It’s gonna be a heckuva ride!  And of course, we’ll be right here on your radio dial to keep you company through the whole process.

FRIENDS OUTSIDE OF THE MALL.

MARK PEEKS IN ON DAN TORRES FROM THE BORDER GRILL AND BIKE RIDE ORGANIZER BOBBI AYOTTE.

Outside of the mall this morning, the folks with the “Bike to Work” initiative set up a pit stop for folks who were taking part in the effort.  Representatives with the Marquette County Health Department as well as the Border Grill were on hand to meet and greet with bikers headed to work.  Fresh beverages and breakfast treats!  How can you go wrong?  It was a great morning for a ride, if you remembered to bring a jacket and touque for under your helmet.  There was a frost advisory in effect this morning until 8-am!  Happy June!

FRIENDS ON THE AIR.

MARK HOLDS THIS MORNING'S BIG STACK OF ENTRIES FOR MAIN STREET MONDAY.

Main Street Monday was a knockout today with a huge stack of entries.  Congratulations to Jan B. of Marquette who was the latest winner.  She knew we were looking for “Popeye”! She was the winner of the victory toss, beating out a stack of dozens of entries.  Way to go, Jan, and thanks for listening!  Enjoy the 2 – 14″ pizzas from Main Street Pizza!  She mentioned she was new to the show and the contest, so what a great way to welcome her to the family of Mark & Walt in the Morning!

A NEW SPACE FOR US TO HANG OUT WITH OUR FRIENDS.

YOURS TRULY, TODD NOORDYK, LUKE NOORDYK AND MARK AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE.

And after the show, Mark and I took a little jaunt up to our new Great Lakes Radio Studio and Office space.  The walls are getting framed in today for the new studios and production space and it is exciting to see!  If you want to see more, head on over to www.greatlakesradio.org for the latest photos of our move.  It’s going to get crazy over here real soon, and we ask that you bear with us as the moving project continues!



CHEERS!

-Walt

LOTS OF THINGS HAPPENING AROUND MARQUETTE COUNTY.

SOME OF THE BROADCAST AREA.

It’s one of those weeks around here with a ton of things going on.  We had a chance to touch on two rather interesting issues here in Marquette County this morning on the big program.  One had to do with some good financial news for a local schools district, and the other had to do with getting people involved in the local political process.  It’s the kind of information that helps to make Marquette County strong.  So, dear blog-o-phile, scroll down and take in some bona fide community information!


MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP LOOKS TO THE FUTURE.

STRATEGIC PLANNING IN MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP.

Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard joined us this morning via phone to give us an update on the latest efforts in the Township to develop a formal strategic plan for the next year and beyond.  According to Girard, the process has been very well received and the Township is now looking for residents to get together and join a series of ad hoc committees that have been formed to address a series of issues and goals created by the general strategic plan.  To listen to the interview with Randy Girard, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Marquette Township website and find out more about the committee requests and the overall strategic plan, please click “HERE“.

NICE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS GETS A GRANT.

Michael Haynes, Superintendent of the NICE Community Schools, called in this morning to chat about a $100,000 grant the district received to support early childhood programs.  The grant award will enable the district to establish a comprehensive early childhood program in order to strengthen the school-family connection prior to children entering Kindergarten and to facilitate parent/family/child  learning opportunities within and outside of the school.  The initiative solidifies the district’s commitment to adequately prepare all children to reach their fullest potential.  To listen to the interview with Superintendent Haynes, click “HERE“.  To log on to the District’s website and find out more about the programs for youth that are in the works, please click “HERE“.

HEY! YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S LISTENING!

THE EFFERVESCENT MISS VICK FROM WLUC TV6!

Congratulations to our latest winner of the Great Doughnut Race, the one and only U.P. sports maven, Mike Ludlum of TV 6.  He was the first correct caller with the correct answer to the question, “What Major League Baseball Hall of Famer was known as “The Vacuum Cleaner”?  The answer, Brooks Robinson.  He picked up a certificate good for two dozen doughnuts from the Huron Mountain Bakery in Marquette.  HOORAY!!  Good for Mike!!

BUT, WAIT A MINUTE….That’s not TV6’s Mike Ludlum in this picture!

It’s TV6’s very own morning personality, Vicky Crystal!  The “much too busy to go to the radio station” Mike Ludlum sent her instead to do his errands!  She’s so nice to him!  It was cool to see Vicky, though, after all of these years!

Hope the doughnuts were tasty, you loveable TV guys!


CHEERS!

-Walt

GET TO WORK!!  BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY!

MAKE A PIT STOP AT THE MARQUETTE MALL DURING BIKE TO WORK DAY!

Hey blog-o-philes!  There’s a fun and unique way for you to get to work coming up on Monday, June 7th.  You are encouraged to take your bike with you to the Marquette Mall an park your car and ride your bike to work.  It is an initiative launched by the Marquette County Health Department and several other groups to encourage physical activity and using an alternate transportation source.

Mark Evans had a chance to sit down with organizer Bobbi Ayotte from the Marquette County Health Department and event sponsor Dan Torres from the Border Grill to find out more details about the scheduled event including how to take part and get registered. To listen to segments from the interview, please click “HERE“.

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW COMES FOR A VISIT.

U-S SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW.

Michigan’s Junior US Senator, Debbie Stabenow, joined us this morning for a discussion about initiatives and economic development missions involving Michigan and more specifically, the Upper Peninsula.  She also commented on the current environmental disaster in the Gulf and how such events could affect us here in the U.P. with fluctuating gas prices and whether such a disaster could happen here on the Great Lakes.  To listen to the full interview with Senator Stabenow, please click “HERE“.