THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’!

YOURS TRULY ALONG WITH GOVERNOR GRANHOLM, NICOLE WALTON AND BILL HART.

Yesterday was one of those days where I felt the passage of time and the winds of change blowing around me.  Governor Jennifer Granholm was in Marquette as part of a tour of locations around the Upper Peninsula that was concluding with a stop at the U.P. State Fair in Escanaba for Governor’s Day activities.  As part of the run through Marquette, she was on campus at Northern Michigan University to do a presentation on the economic future of the state.  She also agreed to do a “Media Meet” taping at the campus Public TV station while she was in town.  For all intents and purposes, this was most likely her last scheduled trip to the U.P. prior her stepping down after two terms as Governor.  I was asked to be on the news panel and was happy to take part in the show.

ON THE SET WITH THE GOVERNOR.

As we were preparing to record the episode, the issue of this being her last Media Meet came up and she mentioned that it was going to be kind of sad for her to not do the show anymore.  Then she said to me that she recalled doing the show several times over the years with me as a panelist and that we had done some of the first ones when she was still Attorney General.  It struck me that that would have been nearly ten years ago.

Then I looked to my right at the host of the show, Bill Hart and remembered when he was my boss when I started working at the campus Public Radio station in 1987.  Then to my left was Nicole Walton, who is currently the News Director at Public Radio 90,  and I remembered training her in when she started at PR 90 shortly after I did.  (Some of you may remember her when she worked at Sunny for a while as well.)

It was a funny feeling, to say the least, when the passage of over two decades of time seemed to culminate in that one moment sitting on the set of the show.  It can be a depressing thing sometimes when things like that happen, but I have to say that for me, it was a cool moment to stop and look around and see people like Bill who have been influential in my broadcasting career and be considered a colleague.  It’s also enjoyable to see someone that I helped out get started in their career in radio being a success as well.  And I have to admit, it’s nice to still be in the game myself!

After the taping was over, Governor Granholm gave me a few minutes to before she was whisked off to another event across campus to answer a few questions about some of the economic challenges we are facing in the state and how businesses in the U.P. are responding to those challenges.  We also talked about what she is the most proud of in terms of her accomplishments as Michigan’s first female governor and what she is going to miss the most after she leaves office.

I have posted our chat “HERE” if you’d like to listen to her full comments.  The full Media Meet episode air this weekend on WNMU-TV Public TV 13.  You can click “HERE” to check for the schedule.

CHEERS!

-Walt

WEATHER, NOT A SPECIFIC SCIENCE, BUT VERY IMPORTANT.

MATT ZIKA WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Today’s show had a fun bent to it due to chatting about the weather.  Well, actually, not so much what’s in the forecast for the next few days, but more about how the weather is predicted.  The focus of today’s main interview segment was an open house at the National Weather Service that is planned for next week at the NWS offices in Negaunee Township.  Matt Zika, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service joined us to talk about the open house and what is going to be going on at it.  To listen to the interview with Matt, please click “HERE“.  To log on the the website of the National Weather Service,  please click “HERE“.


THAT’S A LOOK AT THE WEATHER!

Be sure to keep an eye on the weather as you get out and about this weekend.  We’ll be back with you all here on the internetz and on the air next week.


CHEERS!

-Walt

SOMETIMES IT SOUNDS LIKE WE ARE BLOWING OUR OWN HORN, BUT WE’RE NOT!

TA-DAA!! IT'S YOUR FAVORITE MORNING SHOW!

As the saying goes, “It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up!”  As we have always attempted to do since we went on the air in 1998,  Sunny 101.9 and “Mark & Walt in the Morning” has worked to be your choice for the station and morning radio show to turn to to find out what’s happening here in our community.  It’s what we feel separates us from the rest of the pack on the dial in Marquette County.  Instead of hiding shortcomings behind more music or out-of-town based satellite programming or just giving an ancillary few moments to a handful of agencies and groups, we have always brought you long-form, in-depth interviews with leaders and organizers in our community.  Today’s blog is a prime example of that.  Read on and listen in to interviews about events, activities and municipal plans that affect the entire county.

CITY OF MARQUETTE DISCUSSES BEACH-FRONT SAFETY.

CITY MANAGER VAJDA

MAYOR KIVELA

Marquette Mayor John Kivela and City Manager William Vajda joined us recently to discuss the latest in the plans to increase the safety of the beaches in the city.  The action comes after the drownings that have happened this summer in the waters of Lake Superior right off of some of Marquette’s most popular beaches.  A public forum was held about the matter and according to both Vajda and Kivela, the input that was given by the public was very positive and offered several good ideas that are all currently under consideration by city officials.  To listen to the comments of City Manager Vajda and Mayor Kivela, please click “HERE” for their interview.  To log on to the City of Marquette’s official website, please click “HERE“.

COMMUNITY AGENCY UPDATE FROM THE “Y”.

THE "Y"'S LORI SMOLINSKI.

Lori Smolinski, Child Development Director at the Vandenboom YMCA offices joined us today for a “Y” Thursday (instead of  “Y” Wednesday)  to tell us about upcoming child and youth activities at the YMCA of Marquette County.  The “Y” is presenting a full slate of activities and classes for kids of all age groups that can keep your kids busy and occupied during this fall “back to school” time.  To listen to her explanation of options for this season for your family, please click “HERE” to hear Lori’s interview.  To head over to the YMCA of Marquette’s website, please click “HERE“.

WHAT’S UP AT THE GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT??

THE GLCYD'S PAUL OLSON.

Paul Olson with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined us this morning to talk about the upcoming survey of “youth assets” that will take place in Marquette and Alger Counties.  These assets are tabulated in the two counties every two years and the results are used to shape and define projects and policies adopted by the GLCYD.  He also gave us a run-down of the upcoming U.P. non-profit agency conference that is going to be held this fall in Marquette.   To hear all of the detail from Paul’s interview, please click “HERE“.  Fore more information about the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, click “HERE” to visit their website.

WALKING IN OLD TOWN AND EATING CHICKEN TO HELP OUT THE NEGAUNEE MINERS.

GO MINERS!

We talked with Dan Thompson with the Knights of Columbus of Negaunee who told us about two special fund raising events being held this Saturday in Negaunee that will benefit the High School athletic program in the Irontown.  The K of C are hosting a Poker Walk in the Old Town starting at 2:00pm and a barbecue chicken dinner at the K of C hall starting at 3:00pm.  To get all of the details of what’s going on in the Irontown this Saturday, please click “HERE” to listen to Dan’s Interview.  Get on out and help out the Negaunee Miners by walking and chompin’ on some delicious bird!

WELL, THERE YA GO!

There’s the latest for you to consider.  Quite a bit, I realize, but that’s the idea behind being Marquette County’s most connected radio station.   Fun, ain’t it?

CHEERS!

-Walt

BOTTOMS UP, EVERYBODY!!

HAVIN' A BELT IN THE MORNING!

Today on the big ol’ Mark & Walt blog, we are going to take a close look at beverages.  One that we can’t seem to live without, and one that helps us live better.  In the first instance, I’m talking about that sweet Nectar of the Gods that comes from 100-percent Columbian beans…good,  strong coffee.  In the second case, the natural, refreshing and healthful beverage known as “milk”!  Over the last 24 hours or so, both beverages have made an impact on the morning show!  So keep on reading, dear blogger, as the milk and coffee stories begin to flow.  Ya get it?

MILK MUSTACHES AND MORE!

KELLY AND MARK SHOW OFF THEIR MILK MUSTACHES!

Kelly Magnus, with the GOT MILK? Milk Mustache Mobile Tour joined us this morning to fill us up with information about the goodness of milk and how it’s good for all ages.  Kelly also got Mark to agree to put on a “milk mustache”.  Now, while it wasn’t pretty, you can see from the photo on the left that Kelly was kind enough to dress up the moment by joining Mark in his milk-driven glory!  Well done, Kelly!  To listen to Kelly’s interview from this morning’s show, please click “HERE‘.  For more about the Milk Mustache Mobile Tour, please click “HERE“.  It’s udderly enjoyable!!

AND OF COURSE, THE COFFEE!!

LOOK AT ALL OF THAT COFFEE GOODNESS!!

A major milestone happened in out offices yesterday morning.  It had been threatened, but it was never rally confirmed until it happened.  The fine folks from Cruise n’ Coffee showed up with what is known as the “Office Coffee Program” for our humble workplace.  Much to the elation of the morning show, this system will provide our office with fresh, piping hot coffee courtesy of Cruise n’ Coffee.  What a joy!  Easily measured, easily poured and most importantly, easily drank!  Or is that “drunk”?  Or is that what we will be on coffee from now on?  You’ll just have to keep listening to the show to find out!

THAT’S A WRAP!

Excellent!  Milk and coffee.  What could be better?  Perhaps beer and pizza, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon!

CHEERS!

-Walt

GETTING SET FOR A BUSY MARQUETTE COUNTY WEEKEND!

This is one of those weekends that make the mind boggle.  This weekend you can take in the Marquette County Fair, the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Race, the 2010 International GUTS Frisbee Nationals at Hurley Field and more!  And that’s just the beginning of this weekend’s events and activities.  But like I always say, don’t take it for granted, just take it in!

THE NEGAUNEE LIONS HELP OUT.

GEORGE SEDLACEK WITH THE NEGAUNEE LIONS

George Sedlacek, with the Negaunee Lions Club,  joined us this morning to talk about a big Pasta Feed the club is putting on tonight at Lakeview Arena in Marquette to help out with the Ore to Shore Bike Race.  The feed is designed to give the racers who are registering today at Lakeview Arena the chance to “carb up” tonight before tomorrow’s big race.  The feed is also open to the public with individual tickets available as well as family tickets.  We also chatted about the Negaunee Lions and what they do as a group and who they strive to serve as a service agency.  George was gracious enough to give us some information about the group and let us know who can get involved and how.  To listen to George’s comments from this morning’s interview, please click “HERE“.


RAIN OR SHINE, GET ON OUTSIDE!

Hey blog-o-philes, I hope you’ll take the time to leave your computers for a while and head on outside this weekend.  It may be rainy for a little while, but that’ll just help to keep the dust down, y’know?  Have yourself a great weekend, and we’ll catch up soon.

CHEERS!

-Walt

MUSIC IS THE MEDICINE.

As someone who enjoys having the privilege of making and performing music, it is always a treat to have someone visit the show who is a true music maker.  And when they endeavor to use their music for helping and healing others, it is even better.  Today, we had that happen on the show and we’d like to share it with you blog-o-philes.

USING MUSIC TO HELP OTHERS.

SINGER/SONGWRITER TRET FURE

Special thanks to singer/songwriter Tret Fure for stopping in this morning to talk about a special concert she is putting on in Marquette tonight.  The show is a special fund raising event featuring an evening of music with all of the financial proceeds raised at the concert going directly to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and its programs here in central Upper Michigan.  Ruth Almen, Regional Director of the U.P. Alzheimer’s Association was also along on the interview to fill us in on the group and it’s events and activities.  Tret also performed one of her original songs live in the studio.  To listen to the interview with Tret and Ruth and to hear the song, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the website for the Alzheimer’s Association, please click “HERE“.  To visit Tret Fure’s official website, click “HERE“.

USING OUR POWER FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL!

So, there you have it.  Sending a strong and positive message out over the airwaves this morning.  It just goes to show you that it’s easy to hide behind more music or misguided attacks on your colleagues and call it a morning show.  That’s not our style and we like it that way.

CHEERS!

-Walt

IT’S GOING TO BE A BANG-UP WEEKEND…AND IT’LL TAKE SOME GUTS!!

GUTS FRISBEE SUPPORTER BUCK BUCHANAN

Thanks to Buck Buchanan, organizer of the 2010 U.S. GUTS Nationals frisbee tournament in Marquette, for joining us this morning to give us the lowdown on this weekend’s competition.  The tourney runs this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to dusk at Marquette’s legendary Hurley Field.  The tournament has 16 teams that are signed up now from all over the midwest, but there is still room to get your team involved.

To listen to Buck’s comments from his interview, please click “HERE“.   For more information about GUTS Frisbee, please log on to the groups website by clicking “HERE“.  And if you really want to get in the tournament with your team, please call Dan Gannon at 226-8142 or Mike Houle at 360-6510.  Take the time and get involved in one of the country’s true ORIGINAL extreme sports and celebrate it’s rich history here in Upper Michigan by taking in this great event!

A SERIOUS SESSION TONIGHT IN MARQUETTE.

THE MARQUETTE CITY COMMISSION

Marquette Mayor John Kivela called in this morning as  a reminder for our listeners about the public forum coming up tonight at Marquette City Hall in Commission Chambers.  The forum will be discussing beach front safety on the Lake Superior shorelines under the jurisdiction of the City of Marquette.  The meeting comes in the aftermath of a difficult summer season that has seen three drownings in Lake Superior along the Marquette coast so far and two other drownings in Grand Marais.  Tonight’s session is open to any and all concerned citizens and recreational users of Lake Superior.  The meeting gets underway at 6:30 pm.  To listen to the mayor’s comments about the public forum and it’s goals, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the city’ s website, please click “HERE“.

LET”S GET THE WEEKEND STARTED!

Hey gang!  It’s Friday and it’s time to get that Marquette County weekend going!  There’s some decent weather on the horizon and whole bunch of activities going on, so might as well get on out and enjoy it while you can!  Like I always say, don’t take it for granted, just take it in!  And if you are looking for something different to experience, or you just feel like you’ve eaten it all and nothing sounds interesting, then keep reading on, dear blogger.

REAL CHINESE CUISINE COMES TO MARQUETTE.

JASON HARPER AND "CHINESE CUISINE 101"

Jason Harper, a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University who is now employed as an international educator at Fort Hayes State University in Kansas,  joined us this week to tell us about a fascinating book.   At first glance, it appears to be a cookbook, but is actually so much more.  The volume is called Chinese Cuisine 101 and was written by his English Composition students in China.  This unique book not only features true, authentic Chinese recipes, it also features stories and anecdotal recollections  about the dishes written by the students who submitted them.  It is a fun and educational read that will stimulate your mind and appetite simultaneously!  To listen to Jason’s comments and to find out about a special cooking demonstration coming up soon using a recipe from the book and locally-grown organic foods, please click “HERE“.  For more on the book, please click “HERE“.

AN UPDATE FROM THE “Y”.

LISA COOMBS-GEROU FROM THE "Y"

Executive Director of the YMCA of Marquette County, Lisa Coombs-Gerou stopped by our new studios this week to give us an update on events and activities going on at the “Y”.  She also outlined some of the changes that are going on with the organization on both a local and a national level.  She filled us in on the latest planned events for youth and adults for this fall and how you can get involved with the organization.  To listen to the comments from our interview with Lisa, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the website of the YMCA of Marquette County, please click “HERE“.

THE UNITED WAY KEEPS ROLLING ON!

MARQUETTE COUNTY'S NEWEST MORNING RADIO TEAM, "SUE & STU IN THE MORNING"

Sue Minckler, campaign co-ordinator with the United Way of Marquette County and Stu Bradley, community supporter, joined us to give us a general update on the organization and it’s efforts to raise funds for it’s member agencies.  Sue and Stu (what a great name for a duo!) also gave us the latest on this year’s campaign co-chairs and when the annual fundraising push will be getting started.  To find out more about who the co-chairs are going to be this year, and for more about the United Way, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview.  To log on to the United Way of Marquette County website, please click “HERE“.

THAT’S A WRAP FOR ANOTHER WEEK!

So, as you can see, the community is alive an well and active as ever.  We hope to keep you connected to all that’s going on in your neighborhood.  All you have to do is keep listening to “Mark & Walt in the Morning” on Sunny 101.9 and keep tagging along here on the blog.  Don’t worry, we’ll do all of the heavy lifting!

SEE YOU ALL SOON!

-Walt

THE NUMBERS ARE IN.

Well, here’s hoping you all got out an voted in yesterday’s primary election.  Based on the actual numbers for voter turnout, many of you didn’t.  Here’s hoping if you missed the primary, you’ll take part in the general election in November.  In this climate of so much reported citizen dissension in the ranks and the highly touted voter frustration, it’s sad to see a low turn out.  So make up for it in November if you didn’t vote yesterday.  If you did vote, very well done!  Be sure to do it in November.  And as we say on the big program, “If you didn’t vote, DON’T COMPLAIN!!”

A FEW WORDS FROM THE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES.

RICK SNYDER (R) & VIRG BERNERO (D)

As a service to you, our loyal listeners and and blog followers, here are a pair of interviews with the top finishers in yesterday’s primary for candidates for Governor.  Both of these interviews were conducted here at Great Lakes Radio over the last few months as the political races were taking shape.  The first interview is with Republican Rick Snyder and was originally conducted in February shortly after he declared his candidacy.  The second interview is with Democrat Virg Bernero and was conducted when he came to Marquette in June on a campaign swing.

Both candidates are very eloquent in their ideas for the future of the state and what they would do if elected Governor.  Please take a few moments to listen and and become an informed voter heading into the November general election.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEWS.

YESSIR!!  IT”S BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’!

Hey gang!  I think we’ve got the bugs worked out and we’re back on track for keeping this good ol’ morning show blog running on a fairly regular basis.  Of course I say that with the best intentions and with a bit of trepidation, but so what?  I say let’s throw caution to the wind and plug along!  It can’t be a bad thing, now can it?  So in the words of the immortal Jackie Gleason, “And away we go!”


IRON ORE HERITAGE TRAIL UPDATE.

IRON ORE HERITAGE TRAIL ADVOCATE CAROL FULSHER

Carol Fulsher joined us recently to talk about the Iron Ore Heritage Trail that is planned to run across a maj0r portion of Marquette County and is intended to give users a regular pathway to enjoy for recreational as well as educational purposes.  The trail is filled with historic references to the iron ore mining heritage to the Marquette County region.  Included on the trail are artistic displays as well as descriptive signage intended to communicate the historic aspects of the area.  To listen to Carol’s comments, please click “HERE“.  To connect to the official website for the trail, please click “HERE“.

A DOZEN SEASONS AT THE LAKE SUPERIOR THEATER.

MONICA NORDEEN AND B.G. BRADLEY WITH THE LAKE SUPERIOR THEATER

B.G. Bradley and Monica Nordeen, two of the three directors working together on a production of “Twelfth Night” by Shakespeare at the Lake Superior Theater in Marquette.  The production is being mounted at the theater to commemorate the twelfth season of the Lake Superior Theater at the Frazier Boathouse.  To listen to the comments of B.G. and Monica to find out more info about the show’s run and ticket information, please click “HERE“.  To log onto the Lake Superior Theater’s website, please click “HERE“.


IT’S TIME AGAIN FOR THE BLUES!

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR AND INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, MARK STONEROCK

Mark Stonerock, Festival Director with the Marquette Area Blues Society stopped in to give us a run-down of the Seventh Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest.  It’s coming up during Labor Day weekend at the Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.  This year’s festival, as always, features a wide variety of local, regional and international acts showcasing the wide variety of blues styles.  For more about the festival with Director Stonerock, please click “HERE“.  To link up to the Marquette Area Blues Society website, please click “HERE“.


A NEW WELLNESS TRAIL IN ISHPEMING.

BELL HOSPITAL'S MARIE PEASLEY.

Marie Peasley, with the Marketing Department at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, stopped by to tell us about a new wellness trail at the hospital that is being unveiled to the public later this week.  The trail is based at the hospital and features several options for users to use to work out around the year.  The trail is a new concept in terms of hospitals around the U.P. with Bell being the only one to have such a training and exercise tool.  For more about the trail, click “HERE” to listen to Marie’s comments.  Please click “HERE” to log on to the Bell Hospital website.

FULL UP AND BACK ONLINE!

So there it is!  A full blog back on the internetz for your enjoyment.  Hopefully, we can keep this up and bring you more information and entertainment in the near future!


CHEERS!


-Walt