CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR COMING TO MARQUETTE.

TOM BALDINI

Tom Baldini, the immediate past president of the Economic Club of Marquette County, joined us this morning to promote two events that are being presented by the Economic Club to the general public in an effort to mobilize and inform voters.  The club has set up visits from gubernatorial candidates Democrat Virg Bernero and Republican Rick Snyder that are open to interested parties to attend to find out more about them and their stances on issues important to the state and to the Upper Peninsula.  To find out more about the events, listen in to Tom’s comments by clicking “HERE“.  To find out how you can take part in these events and how to RSVP, you can log on to the Economic Club of Marquette County’s website by clicking “HERE“.  You can also find out how to become a member of the Economic Club at their site as well.

“MARK AND WALT IN THE MORNING” PROGRAMMING NOTE.

(L-R) REPUBLICAN RICK SNYDER & DEMOCRAT VIRG BERNERO

The candidates will also be joining us here on the morning show while they are in town for some live interviews as well.  Democrat Virg Bernero will be on the show this Friday (October 1-st) at 7:00 am and Republican Rick Snyder will be on the show on Monday (October 4-th) at 7:30 am.  Be sure to tune in to hear from both of the candidates.  If you miss the interviews as they happen on the air, they will be posted here on our blog shortly after they are recorded.  If you wish to hear from the candidates now, please click “HERE” to get to an archived posting of interviews conducted with the candidates previously here on the show.

TAKING YOUR RADIO LOYALTIES JUST A BIT TOO FAR!

Hey folks, we appreciate having listeners and blog followers like you out there and we certainly wouldn’t want to lose you , but if you are contemplating anything like this guy…PLEASE STOP!! Read on, dear radio fan, and be amazed!

From the Smoking Gun website:

A MAN WHO TOOK THINGS WAY TOO FAR!

Meet David Jonathan Winkelman.

The Iowa man, 48, was arrested Thursday night by Davenport cops on a warrant for failing to appear in court to answer a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, according to a jail booking sheet.

But enough about Winkelman’s criminal entanglements, it’s his forehead tattoo that is worth further discussion. Winkelman is pictured at left in a mug shot snapped after his bust last week .

Winkelman became a human billboard for the radio station KORB in late-2000 after a disc jockey offered listeners a six-figure payout if they tattooed the FM station’s call letters and logo on their forehead. Winkelman and his stepson, Richard Goddard, went to a local tattoo parlor and each emerged with forehead ink promoting “93 Rock,” the “Quad City Rocker.”

Of course, when the men came calling for the cash, station brass explained that the offer was a practical joke, just a wacky radio stunt. Winkelman and his relative sued, claiming that the station sought to have listeners permanently marked so that they “could be publicly scorned and ridiculed for their greed and lack of common good sense.”

Within months of the lawsuit’s filing, Winkelman dismissed his complaint against the DJ and Cumulus Broadcasting, KORB’s owner. Goddard’s case was later dismissed by a judge when he failed to appear for court proceedings.

Since Winkelman got the tattoo KORB’s format and call letters have changed. The former hard rock station is now known as KQCS, Star 93.5. The adult contemporary station advertises itself as playing “Today’s Best Variety!”


CHEERS!

-Walt

HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SIMILAC RECALL.

SIMILAC CODE NUMBER PLACEMENT

Abbott Laboratories is voluntarily recalling cans and plastic containers of Similac powdered infant formula because there’s a possibility of contamination by beetles or their larvae.

The company initiated the Similac formula recall Wednesday after FDA said ingesting the contaminated formula could cause internal discomfort and could lead infants to refuse to eat.

The company is asking consumers to return all suspect product to Abbott – not to the stores where they bought it. The only products affected are powdered formula (not liquid Similac) and come either in plastic containers or in specific size cans, including 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans.

To find out if your Similac powder formula is subject to the recall, look on the bottom of the container for a product code that includes eight numbers or letters.

Then go to this website – www.similac.com/recall – where you can type in the code to see if your Similac is on the list.

Consumers can also call Abbott’s 24-hour hotline at (800) 986-8850. Both the website and the hotline operators have instructions for how to return the recalled Similac to Abbott.  Consumers can return the product at no cost.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE RECENT NEGAUNEE MINER FOOTBALL DROP!

THE HELICOPTER HITS THE SKIES OVER MINER STADIUM, READY FOR THE GREAT FOOTBALL DROP!

The “Great Football Drop” was a complete fundraising success for the Negaunee High School Athletic Department!  Numbered footballs were dropped over the Miners’ football field before the  September 10 game between the Negaunee Miners’ and the Gladstone Braves via a helicopter.  The footballs landing closes to targets on the field were determined as the prizewinners.

Congratulations to the following individuals: Peter Belpedio, 1st place $1,000,  Liisa Turri, 2nd  place $500, Todd Maki, 3rd place $250 , Cindi Carlson, 4th place $125, Al Ammesmaki, 5th place $75, and Kathy DeGabriele, 6th place $50. The Negaunee High School Athletic Department would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket and supported this fundraiser.

THE ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN GOES BY AGAIN!

A LONE OFFICER RUNS ACROSS MARQUETTE COUNTY THIS MORNING.

For at least the 11-th year now, Mark and I have had the distinct honor of telling all of you listeners about the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Michigan Special Olympics.  This 750-mile trek starts in Copper Harbor and ends in Sterling Heights.  Believe me, that’s a haul!  And it’s all run by volunteers from Michigan’s law enforcement community all to help out Special Olympics.

Here’s a bit more about the event:

THE TORCH RUN HEADS OFF INTO DOWNTOWN MARQUETTE.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) of Michigan celebrates its 29th anniversary in September with its 750-mile non-stop relay run September 13-17 from Copper Harbor in the Tip of the Upper Peninsula to Sterling Heights in the bottom of the Thumb.   The Central Route consists of three teams – Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan Department of Corrections, and Michigan State Police. Each team consists of six runners. Each team member runs five miles at a time, at an average of eight minutes per mile. These dedicated runners have been raising money throughout the year to participate in this prestigious event.

You can find out more about the event by logging on to the Special Olympics of Michigan website at www.somi.org, and making a financial contribution of support.

THE U.P. BEER FEST ROLLED OUT THE BARRELS!

THE KBC'S SCOTTISH ALE INFO

Mattson Lower Harbor Park in the city of Marquette was hopping (and yeasting and barleying ) on Saturday for the second annual U.P. Beer Fest sponsored by Michigan Brewer’s guild.  Dozens of micro brewers from around the state (including 6 or more from the U.P.) gathered to share their wares with thirsty patrons from around the region.  Tasty waves flowed and the fun was had…especially at the Keweenaw Brewing Company tent as a new brew was unveiled to the thirsty public!

THE OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE MADE IT’S APPEARANCE.

KBC'S PAUL POURS THE BREWS.

Paul Boissevain, co-owner and operator of the Keweenaw Brewing Company was in attendance and was kept busy pouring samples of all of their specialty beers for all who were in attendance and wished for a taste.  The newly-named Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale was a BIG hit with thirsty patrons and was very well received.  It was good to see the process all the way through.  From the first attempts at coming up with a name last spring here in Marquette to seeing the logo art and graphic design of this  soon to be widely distributed brew.


THE OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE IS NOW ON IT’S OWN!

YOUR HEARTY KBC FOLKS HOLD THE NEW LOGO!

Formally launched this weekend in the shadow of the Marquette Ore Dock, the Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale from the KBC is well on it’s way to becoming the next bit hit from those fine folks in the north.  And it’s cool to say that listeners of Mark & Walt in the Morning were influential factors in it’s identification process!  Thanks to all who took part in the events within the last few months.  I say, let’s grab a cold one and celebrate our new friend, the Keweenaw Brewing Company’s OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE!!  HooRay!


CHEERS!

-Walt

A BLOG CHOCK FULL OF THE U.P. AND MORE!

Today’s blog is one of those that just drives home the fact that there is a wide variety of things that make living here in Upper Michigan such a treat.  Today you’ll find out about a special fund raiser that helps out our local Negaunee Miner football squad as well a festival that features the cultural and artistic intricacies of U.P. life.  There’s also some info about turning a novel about life in the U.P. into feature film and even bits about public transportation in this rural, yet charming locale.  So let’s get to it!

NEGAUNEE DROPS THE BALL!  IN A GOOD WAY!

GO MINERS!

Negaunee Schools’ Athletic Director Mark Marana spoke with our Mark Evans about a special fund raising event coming up tonight in Negaunee.  The event will feature dozens of small footballs being dropped onto the field at Miner Stadium during halftime of tonight’s game.  The balls will all be numbered, and the winner will be determined by which ball is the closest to midfield.  That number will be the winner.  For more about this event and why it’s being held, listen to the comments of Mark Marana, please click “HERE

U.P. FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL MOVES TO THE FALL.

FESTIVAL COORDINATOR DAN TRUCKEY.

Dan Truckey from the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University stopped by to tell us about this weekend’s U.P. Folk Life Festival.  The event, which used to be held in March, will feature a mix of art, music, crafts and culture all with a Yooper spin.  The activities going on as part of the festival are all free and open to the public.  Folks from around the region are invited to come to the NMU campus in Marquette to immerse themselves in all aspects of Upper Michigan culture.  To listen to comments from Dan, please click “HERE“.   For more about the U.P. Folk Life Festival and the Beaumier Center, please click “HERE“.

THE U.P. AS A STORY, NOVEL AND FILM.

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR STEVEN WIIG.

Actor, producer, director, musician and Marquette County native Steven Wiig joined us today to preview a busy week of touring and promoting a novel entitled “U.P.” that he is seeking to turn into a feature film.  Wiig will be joined on the tour by the novel’s author Ron Riekki as they criss-cross the U.P. meeting with fellow Yoopers and getting reacquainted with what makes the Upper Peninsula a special place for them.  To listen to portion of Steven’s comments from the interview, please click “HERE“.  For more about the whole film project, visit the official website by clicking “HERE“.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IN THE UPPER PENINSULA.

MPTA EXEC. DIR. CLARK HARDER.

Former radio guy and State Legislator Clark Harder, who is now the Executive Director of the Michigan Public Transit Association, joined the show to give us a re-cap of a special round-table discussion that was held yesterday in Marquette looking at issues in funding and maintaining public transportation services around the Upper Peninsula as well as around the entire state.  He outlined the challenges in the gas-tax based funding scheme that create the financial crises that are faced every day by the member agencies.  To listen to some of his comments, please click “HERE“.

AS I SAID EARLIER…THAT IS A BUSY BLOG!

Full Up and ready for the weekend!  There you go!


ENJOY!

-Walt

HERE’S THE KEY INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW.

FIDO IS CONCERNED.

For those of you who are concerned dog owners and have heard about the Hartz Mountain dog food recall due to salmonella related issues, we present the following text from a press release issued recently by the Food and Drug Administration:

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The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both dogs and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of dogs exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.

Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519, which were imported by Hartz from a Brazilian supplier, Bertin S.A., and which were distributed to a number of customers in the United States. While regular testing conducted by Bertin (prior to shipment to the US) did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any packages of this product, random sample testing conducted by FDA did indicate the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Although Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. Dog owners having purchased this product should check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bag has lot code BZ0969101E imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions they may have and for information on how to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.

THE SEASONS ARE A-CHANGIN’

THE VIEW FROM THE STUDIO DOOR.

As the fall-like weather ushers in the cloudy skies of autumn over the treeline behind our new facilities in the Superior Lanes building in Marquette Township, it becomes obvious to this blogger that the summer has drawn to a close and the fall will soon be upon us.  So on that note, we present the following entries on the blog with the Superintendents of two area school districts…Negaunee and Marquette.  Enjoy!

GETTING READY FOR THE YEAR IN THE IRONTOWN.

NEGAUNEE SUPERINTENDENT JAMES DEROCHER.

Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent James Derocher joined us to get families ready for the new school year in Negaunee.  He spoke about some of the new plans and programs in place for this new school year and also how many of the students are already back in school, in effect, through extracurricular programs such as sports and the very popular marching band.  He also outlined information for parents concerning bus routes and other matters that have been mailed out in the district.  To listen to the comments of Superintendent Derocher please click “HERE“.

MOVING INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN MARQUETTE.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG.

Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Jon Hartwig visited recently to provide the latest information for folks to be aware of as the new school year approaches in the Marquette District.  Several changes have been put into effect that have affected class and school populations as well as building usage and all of those items were discussed by the Superintendent.  To listen to the complete comments of Superintendent Hartwig, please click “HERE“.

SO THERE IT IS!

Time to sharpen the pencil and take your seats.  The new school year starts on Tuesday.  Have fun, learn something and be safe!  And don’t forget to bring a shiny new apple for the teacher!

CHEERS!

-Walt

WELCOME TO SEPTEMBER!

I guess that means it’s almost fall.  Well, I refuse to believe such claptrap!  It may be September, and it may be cooling down a bit, but it’s still summer in my book.  Classes are back in session at Northern Michigan University, but K-12 classes are not starting until next week.  Thusly, I still consider it summer.  So there!

GET YOUR KIDS REALLY READY FOR SCHOOL.

DR. HEIDI JOHNSON.

Dr Heidi Johnson, from the Superior Eye Health Center, joined us recently to talk about the importance of your children having their vision tested as the new school year approaches.  This aspect of effective learning is often 0verlooked by parents and Dr. Johnson reminded us about how good, clear vision is the single-most necessary conduit for effective information gathering that leads to permanent learning.  You can find out more about Dr. Johnson’s services by clicking “HERE” to log on to the official website for the Superior Eye Health Center.  You can listen to Dr. Johnson’s comments by clicking “HERE“.


IT’S BLUES FEST TIME AGAIN!!

MARK STONEROCK, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR AND RACONTEUR.

Mark Stonerock, Festival Director with the Marquette Area Blues Society stopped in to give us a reminder of the Seventh Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest.  It’s coming up this 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“.

PRE-GAME FUN IN THE IRONTOWN.

SMARTCAR SOELTNER AND KATIE MECHLING.

The one and only Scott “SMART CAR” Soeltner from FOX Negaunee joined Katie Mechling from Charter Communications to chat with Mark about the ESPN Tailgate Tour Skill and Agility test coming up this Friday evening in Negaunee prior to the Miner’s home football opener.  The event is being held at the Negaunee Miner practice field and is open to all kids who want to take part and find out about their level of football skills and agility.  To listen in on the comments of “SMART CAR” and Katie, please click “HERE“.

SO THERE YA GO!

Back to School, Labor Day Weekend, Pre-football game festivities…maybe it is fall after all.  Oh well, Happy September every body!


CHEERS!

-Walt