BACK ON TRACK WITH A BIG OL’ STACK!!

MARK READY TO DO THE MSM VICTORY TOSS!

Hey!  It’s Monday!  And we’re back on track, Jack!  Right out of the sack and not lookin’ back!  Plus, thanks to you guys we got a big ol’ stack.  Of entries for our Main Street Monday Classic Cartoon Trivia.  We congratulate Gretchen, who knew that we were looking for  the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man as our answer today.  It came from the animated SPMM in the “Ghostbusters” movie with Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd and more.

A big stack of entries hit the air and we picked our winner.  She was able to get certificates for two 14″ 3-topping pizzas from Main Street Pizza.  Not a bad way to start the week!

CHEERS!

-Walt

THE SAGA OF SICKNESS CONTINUES.

SOON TO BE FLYING IN THE SKY!

BLAH! Another day and another day of feeling rotten.  It’s not as bad as yesterday, but it’s still there.  That feeling of the cruds.  Chills and shivers, aggravated throat, nose troubles.  ICK!

I guess if there is any silver lining in this, it’s that my voice has stayed strong through it all, so at least I can work a few hours.  It always makes it worse, too when you are sick on a Friday.  It always makes the weekend seem so inviting! 

FEH!

Anyway, here’s a peek at our new flier.  We are going to drop 10,000 of these over Marquette very soon from a helicopter.  Very soon.  Trust me!

YOURS IN ILLNESS,

-Walt

LET’S BE HONEST.  TODAY’S NOT BEEN A GOOD DAY.

YOUR INTREPID BLOGGER CALLING IT A DAY.

Without getting in to the grand details, due to the various illnesses that are running amuck around here, it’s my turn to get under the weather.  Let’s just call it a wash.

I’m going home to rest and we can call this blog what it really is…a “BLAH-g“.

Yuk.


SEE YA ALL SOON!

-Walt

THE “Y” IS KICKING OFF THEIR ANNUAL STRONG KIDS CAMPAIGN.

"Y" DIRECTOR LISA COOMBS-GEROU

Lisa Coombs-Gerou, Executive Director of the “Y”, joined Mark & Walt in the Morning to talk about the upcoming annual “Strong Kids” campaign.  It benefits area youth in need and their families by providing scholarships for membership to the “Y” to use it’s facility and to take part in the events and activities that are held there.  She outlined the dates for the campaign and it’s financial goal as well as how people can get involved.  To find out more about the campaign and how you can donate, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Lisa.  For more about the “Y” and all of it’s goings on, please click “HERE” to visit their website.

AND THEY’RE OFF!!!  INTO ANOTHER WEEK!

A PEEK OUT OF THE DOOR FROM THIS MORNING.

So here it is!  Monday once again!  OH BOY! Yes, that is sarcasm, but in all actuality, it’s really not that bad.  In fact, the string of big, mean, nasty winter storms missing us here in Marquette County has continued.  The poor folk in Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Lower Michigan got smacked about again by Mother Nature with snow showers, freezing rain, high winds and more that canceled schools, closed airports and brought these areas to a standstill once again.

It has been cold and windy here, but no real snow to talk about.  In fact, if you check out this picture I took this morning outside of our studio doors, you can see that my truck and Mark’s car have very little snow on them and there isn’t any real snow on the ground to speak of.  Even the annual running of the UP 200 Sled Dog Championship was wrapped up early due to the lack of snow on the trails.  HMMM!  In comparison with the rest of the Midwest and portions of the East Coast, we’re a tropical winter getaway here in Marquette County!

HITTING THE COLD, COLD WATER FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

POLAR PLUNGERS HEIDI SWAJANEN AND MIKE PLOURDE.

Heidi Swajanen and Mike Plourde, organizers for the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge, stopped in to give us an update on the event.  It’s planned for 11-am on Saturday, March 5-th on the frozen surface of beautiful Teal Lake in Negaunee.  All proceeds raised at the event will go to benefit Special Olympics programs and events in Michigan.  Mark Evans had a chance to chat with Heidi and Mike to find out more about the specifics of the Polar Plunge itself and how you can get involved.  To listen to the interview please click “HERE” .   To log on to the official website please take a moment and click “HERE“.

THE TWO OF US ARE PLUNGING AS WELL!

NO WORRIES ABOUT SHRINKAGE AT THIS TIME!

Yes, your intrepid morning show hosts have been challenged to participate, and since Mark and I are both vets of doing this, we have decided to do it again.  We will be plunging with the rest of the crazies at Teal Lake.

And it appears we will be appearing as Gilligan and The Skipper from the “Gilligan’s Island” TV Show.  It sounds like a lot of fun and if you would like to support us, click “HERE” for a link to our fund raising page.

Hey!  Be sure to give and give ’til it hurts!

CHEERS!

-Walt

HEY GANG!!  IT’S BUSY AROUND THESE HERE PARTS!

YOUR MORNING MEN, MARK AND WALT!

There’s a whole lot going on in Marquette County over the next few days.  Not only is the UP 200 and Midnight Run sled dog race going on, but there are some special events happening as well.  As we have a tendency to do here on Mark and Walt in the Morning, we gabbed about all of it.  As for some of the specific things going on in and around Marquette County, we had a chance to talk a bit more in depth about some of those things, and here’s some of the highlights!

A GREAT WAY TO HELP SOME GREAT KIDS.

THE ONE AND ONLY STAN HUBERT!

Stan Hubert, owner of the world famous Dry Dock Tavern in Harvey, joined Mark and Walt to chat about the Ride to Benefit MARESA.  The event is this Saturday and features a 90-mile snowmobile ride as well as a celebration afterward at the Dry Dock.  There will be a silent auction and plenty of food, fun and frivolity.  Registration is at 8:30 am Saturday and the ride gets underway with the first group leaving the Dry Dock at 9:00 am.  All monies raised will go to benefit the special needs children served by MARESA, or Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency.  To listen to the interview with Stan and find out more about this very special event, please click “HERE“.

HELP YOUR NON-PROFIT AGENCY HELP THE COMMUNITY.

THE EFFERVESCENT ANN GONYEA.

Ann Gonyea, with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, stopped in on the Mark and Walt show to encourage area non-profit agencies to take part in some upcoming workshops and seminars designed to increase and strengthen the effectiveness of their websites and boards in their efforts to serve the community.  The seminars are being held early next week, and Ann wanted to let folks know that there is still time for folks to get themselves or their non-profit agencies registered and involved.  To listen to a portion of the interview with Ann, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, please log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.

TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMY RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

TOM BALDINI CHATS ABOUT THE ECONOMIC CLUB.

Tom Baldini, Immediate Past President of the Economic Club of Marquette County, stopped in at the Sunny Studios to discuss the latest speaker coming to address the club this Monday evening.  Jeff Millin, the President and CEO of Pioneer Surgical Technology, based in Marquette, will be the keynote speaker at their monthly dinner, happening at the Ramada Inn in Marquette.  To listen to portions of the interview with Tom, please click “HERE“.  To register online for the dinner and to find out more about the Economic Club of Marquette County, please click “HERE“.

FULL UP AND HEADED INTO THE WEEKEND.

Hey! With everything that’s going on around our neck of the woods this weekend (and beyond), be sure to enjoy it!  Like I say, “Don’t take it for granted, just take it in!”


ENJOY!

-Walt

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

Sometimes there are a few signs that the winter season is passing for another year.  Now, of course, I know that this warm stretch we are in right now with 40-plus temperatures will not last long and we are sure to get smacked by at least one or two major winter storms before the year is over.  I mean, we always talk about the dreaded “St. Patty’s Day Storm” or the “April Fool’s Day Blizzard” with some fear and trepidation.  They have happened before and chances are that they will happen again.  So don’t put that snow shovel or snowblower away yet!


UP 200 AND MIDNIGHT RUN HITS THE UPPER PENINSULA.

UPSDA PRESIDENT PAT TORREANO.

One of the sure signs that winter is passing, but still holding on as well is the annual running of the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races.  Pat Torreano, President of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association, joined Mark and Walt this morning to talk about this weekend’s races and events.  She gave us the latest information concerning the set up and opening of Race Headquarters at the Holiday Inn of Marquette as well as the schedule for the Opening Ceremonies and Official Start of the U.P. 200 Friday evening in Downtown Marquette.  She also told us about how you can track the race this year via the improved UPSDA website.

To listen to the full interview with Pat from this morning’s show, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run race websites though the UPDSA’s site, please click  “HERE“.

MAKING MUSIC TO MAKE SOME TRAVELIN’ MONEY!

THE SIGHT OF MUSIC!

Janis Peterson, Director of the Marquette Senior High School Orchestra and Choir joined Mark and Walt recently to talk about a series of concerts and musical events that are being held to help the group raise funds for an upcoming trip to Europe.  She filled us in on when the group will be traveling and where they will be visiting and performing.  She also explained why the fund raising efforts suddenly became necessary when the airline involved raised the ticket fees due to an increase in fuel expenses.  To find out more about the trip as well the remaining musical concerts and how you can help out in the effort to raise the needed cash, please click “HERE” to listen to the complete interview with Janis.

A SERIES OF FUN EVENTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

Be sure to take in these events in and enjoy them.  They’re part of what makes living here such fun!

CHEERS!

-Walt

FEELING THE YEARS…SIGH.

KAREN AND STEVE FOSTER

This happy couple is Steve and Karen Foster.  They are very good friends of mine.  Our friendship goes back to our college days.  I think I met Steve in about 1987 or so and we were roommates for a couple of years when we both were going to Northern Michigan University.  We were also both in the NMU chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and remain in touch mostly through alumni activities of the school and the chapter.   The other photo is their son, Steve III.  He’s an active chap who is the perfect amalgamation of his mother and father.

STEVIE "3", AS HE IS CALLED.

The reason I’m writing this note in a slightly melancholy mood is that I received an e-mail message letting me know that Steve III is doing something that has made him into a personal “first” for me.  He has chosen to enroll at NMU for his college studies.  He is the first offspring of a college buddy of mine that is coming to go to school here.

It just gives me a bit of pause to stop and look at the time that has passed and leaves me wondering where it went?!?  Yes, I know that this year is the 25-th anniversary of my graduation from high school, that I graduated from Northern 21 years ago and that I’ve been married for just about as long, too.  Sometimes, though, you just sit back and wonder “What happened?”


Reflectively yours –


-Walt

MARK AND WALT AND SUNNY 101.9 HIT THE ROAD TO HELP OUT A GREAT CAUSE.

MARK AND WALT WITH TAYLOR CARLSON'S MOM, BECKY.

Your intrepid morning team hit the bricks and took the show on the road  this morning and headed out to the McDonald’s restaurant at the Country Village in Ishpeming today the help out with a special community-wide fund raising effort.  The folks on staff at the McDonald’s decided to show their love and help out the family of 9-year-old Taylor Carlson of Ishpeming, who has been diagnosed with cancer.  The crew at McDonald’s decided to take all of the money generated from the sale of Big Mac sandwiches through all day today and give the money to the family.

MAJOR DISCOUNT AND HIS SACK OF MACS!

Mark and Walt spoke with Taylor’s mom, Becky, this morning and found out just how much the effort means to her and to Taylor.  The family is facing a recurring expense of over $2200 for each trip to and from treatment as well as the charges related to the traveling and more.  The trip is several times in a year, and those expenses will mount up.  The community has stepped up and helped out the family and Becky remains astounded and heartwarmed with the response.  Even our own Major Discount, Todd Noordyk, was moved by the moment to buy a dozen Big Macs for the office!  Way to go, Boss!

This endeavor at the Ishpeming McDonald’s is bringing longtime fans of the Big Mac together with those who’ve never tried one before together to help out Taylor and her family.  There is also a donation can at the counter for those of you who want to help out but not have a Big Mac.  This fund raiser is going on until close today (Feb 14-th, Valentine’s Day) so you still have time to head on over and help a great cause!

To listen to Mark and Walt’s interview of Taylor’s mom, Becky, please click “HERE“.

HEY!  IT’S FRIDAY!!!  WERE CAPPING OFF THE WEEK WITH SOME FUN!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYBODY!

In the face of this crazy week with everything from the President coming to town to our transmitter acting up to the shrinkage-inducing cold weather, it was great to wrap the week up on a high note!

We had the chance to hear about an absolutely hilarious film that is going to be shot in Gwinn with local talent that deals with a bunch of neighborhood kids who get involved in a truly epic snowball battle on a snow day.

We also had the chance to finally collect on our bet with one of our loyal listeners that was made on the Packers-Steelers Super Bowl battle.  So let’s get to the re-cap and head into the weekend!

AN EPIC SNOWBALL FIGHT COMES TO LIFE HERE IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

FILMMAKER AND PRODUCER BEAU CHAPUT.

Beau Chaput stopped in at the Sunny Studios today to join Mark and Walt in the Morning and talk about the short film “Ice Brigade” that he is directing and producing.  The film is the story of a massive snow fortress built in Gwinn by a group of neighborhood kids and how they defend it from being overtaken by a rival group of kids who are intent on claiming it as their own.

The film is featuring area kids as the actors and extras and Beau talked about casting calls going on this weekend in Marquette and in Gwinn to fill out the on-screen roster.  He described the film as an over-the-top comedy that should appeal to people of all ages, and should really connect with anyone who has ever been in a childhood snowball battle.

You can find out more about the film and the casting calls by listening to the interview with Beau by clicking “HERE“.

THE PACKERS GOT THE TROPHY AND NOW WE HAVE THE HAT!!

MARK JOHNSON ABSOLUTELY HATING THE MOMENT!

Longtime listener and occasional guest Mark Johnson of Marquette joined us today to pay up on a bet that was made between him and the show over the Super Bowl.  If the Packers won, he’d get us a Packer hat that he would wear for a photo to post here on the blog.  If the Steelers would have won, we would have had to reciprocate with a Steelers hat, and so on.  Well, we know how the game ended up and Mark stopped in with a Green Bay Packer Super Bowl Championship hat.  The hat has now been hung on the wall in the Sunny 101.9 WKQS studio with pride and it will remain there as a constant reminder of the football prowess and the teamwork that brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay!

Thanks, Mark and GO! PACK, GO!

THAT’S A WRAP!

Well, that caps off quite a crazy week and not a moment too soon!  See you soon here on the internetz real soon!

-Walt