MICHIGAN’S JUNIOR U-S SENATOR COMMENTS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISIT.

U-S SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW

U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow called in this morning to Mark and Walt in the Morning to chat about President Barack Obama’s trip to Marquette and the campus of Northern Michigan University.  Senator Stabenow says that the President’s choice to come to NMU to announce his “Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative” was indicative of the success of the wireless 4G WiMax network and how it has served to benefit the university and surrounding communities.  She also echoed the President’s comments that the university and Marquette community can serve as a model for wireless broadband technology development and implementation in rural communities around the nation.

To listen to  Senator Stabenow’s comments, please click “HERE“.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SPEAKS IN MARQUETTE.

A PACKED HOUSE AT THE VANDAMENT ARENA AT NMU GREETS THE PRESIDENT.

A full house greeted President Barack Obama as he was in Marquette today to outline his plan to expedite the building of high-speed wireless services to allow businesses faster growth, students to learn more, and public safety officials to access nationwide interoperable mobile communications. The President outlined the new initiative today in a speech delivered this afternoon at the Vandament Arena at Northern Michigan University.  According to the White House, Marquette is a model city where local businesses have been able to grow due to broadband access, with particular benefit in exporting goods to new markets around the world.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ADDRESSES THE AUDIENCE AT THE VANDAMENT ARENA.

The President also was shown a demonstration of how the Northern Michigan University’s WiMAX wireless 4G network has enabled distance learning for university and community students.
The President opened his speech with a call out to all Green Bay Packer fans in the audience and congratulated the team on their Super Bowl victory.  He then commented on the latest developments in Egypt, with the announced stepping down of long-time President Hosni Mubarek.

To listen to President Obama’s speech as delivered today at NMU in Marquette, please click “HERE“.

BUSY DAY IN THE QUEEN CITY!

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

To say it’s a bit frazzled around here this morning, would be an understatement!  Running back and forth from the studios to the NMU campus, getting gear together, writing copy, WHEW!  Busy!  All of this in preparation for the visit to Marquette and Northern Michigan University by President Barack Obama.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun.  It’s what we do and we love it.

We will be covering the President’s remarks at NMU today and will be broadcasting live from the Vandament Arena on campus.  We are also planning to broadcast the remarks and we will post the entire speech here on the blog later today.

Our broadcasts will start around Noon eastern today and the President will be speaking around 1:20pm.

Stay tuned, kids!  It’s gonna be a heckuva day!

-Walt

GETTING ALL OF THE POSTS UP-TO-DATE!

YOUR INTREPID BLOGGER, MORNING CO-HOST AND NEWS GUY.

Today’s blog entry is one of those fun ones that also gives one pause.  It’s a posting of a series of interviews from the last week or so.  It’s been kind of crazy around here with last week’s shooting threat at Northern Michigan University to the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl to the preparations for the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama to Marquette.  As a result, it’s been more than a little busy for this news guy and I apologize for not getting all of the recent interviews posted in a timely manner.  Anyway, that is what today’s blog is for, so kick back and enjoy the next series of interviews.  They cover everything from a local connection to the dispute in Egypt to the latest production at the Forest Roberts Theater.  There’s also a chat about the latest brand of brew from the Keweenaw Brewing Company that YOU helped to name and a new CD locally produced by a musher about the sport of running sled dogs.  There’s even more, so without further ado, let’s get to it!

-Walt, Your Blogger and Morning Co-Host!

A MARQUETTE COUNTY CONNECTION TO THE TURMOIL IN EGYPT

MOHEY MOWAFY

Mohey Mowafy, a professor at Northern Michigan University and a resident of Marquette, joined Mark and Walt recently to discuss the situation in Egypt with the masses in revolution calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarek.  He shared his personal experiences with dealing with the loss of contact with his family and friends in Egypt when the government shut down the internet access and telephone systems as the dispute heated up.  He was unable to speak to his loved ones for over a week.

He also discussed some of his perspectives on why the situation has gotten to where it currently is.  To listen to the complete interview with Mohey, please click “HERE.”

LOCALLY PRODUCED MUSIC TO “MUSH” BY.

MUSHER AND MUSICIAN DAVID GILL

David Gill, a local musher and musician stopped in to discuss his new CD “Moonlight On The Snow”.  The CD features original music written and performed by Gill that was inspired by his experiences as a musher in a series of sled dog evens around the country.  The music has a very organic and acoustic feel and is a perfect representation of the aura of mushing across the quiet wooded plains of Upper Michigan.  David tells us that the CD was created after he had a great response when her performed the title track last year at the UP 200 and Midnight Run bib draw and banquet.  The positive feedback inspired the writing of the rest of the songs.

The CD is available in several shops around the area and would be a perfect item to pick up prior to the UP200 and Midnight Run Sled Dog Races that are coming up here in Marquette and Alger Counties during the weekend of February 18th through the 20th.  To listen to the interview with David and to hear how all of this music came together, please click “HERE“.

AFTER GOOD POLITICAL DISCOURSE AND A GOOD MUSH, TIME FOR A GOOD BEER

SMILIN' DICK AND A SIXER OF THE OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE.

Dick Gray, co-owner and operator of the Keweenaw Brewing Company, based in Houghton, joined Mark and Walt recently to talk about one of their favorite things, good beer.  Specifically, Dick brought in a case of the fresh-off-the line Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale.  It’s their first beer that they are producing with a name connected to the Marquette area.

The name for the new brew was selected from a list of names that were submitted by YOU when we did the “Name the Brew” promotion last year.  (You can still click on the header up above and see all of the fun!!)  The new brew has now been brewed and has been canned and is heading out to select store shelves and beer coolers at your favorite establishments RIGHT NOW, so go on…get some!

You can find out more about the Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale and the rest of the Keweenaw Brewing Company’s tasty brews by logging onto their website by clicking “HERE“.

To listen to the interview with Dick, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST PRODUCTION AT THE FRT AT NMU.

AARON SARKA AND ANSLEY VALENTINE

Ansley Valentine, the Director of Theater at Northern Michigan University, and the director of the latest production at the Forest Roberts Theater on campus, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and cast member and NMU student Aaron Sarka joined Mark and Walt to chat about the show.  This play is actually a musical that it based on the hit film that starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin.  They discussed the challenges of doing a show that is connected to a very popular film and keeping it true to the expectations of the audience who are familiar with the previous work and endeavoring to make it fresh at the same time.

The show starts it’s run at the FRT on the evening of Wednesday, February 16th and runs through the following Saturday night with a Saturday afternoon matinee as well.  To find out more about this and other productions at the FRT, please click “HERE“.  To listen to the complete interview with Ansley and Aaron, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST HAPPENINGS AT THE “Y”.

SAM CROWLEY FROM THE "Y"

Sam Crowley, Massage Therapist and Kayak Instructor at the YMCA of Marquette County visited the studios to give an update on events and activities that are coming up at the “Y”.  There a series of things in the works for a wide-range of folks in our community, from the youths to the seniors.  Sam also filled us in on some of the kayaking-based activities and classes he is currently teaching through the “Y”.

All of the activities and events at the “Y” are open to all members of the public and you can get involved by stopping by either the Marquette or Negaunee facility.  You can also call them at 227-YMCA or log onto their website.

You can do that by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to the full interview with Sam, please click “HERE“.

STAYING CONNECTED WHEN THE WEATHER THREATENS.

MATT ZIKA FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Matt Zika, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township joined Mark and Walt to talk about NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Week, which is in effect this week.  Matt let us know about the services provided by NOAA through their radio network and how you can get a good quality radio at any area electronics shop or dealer that sells consumer electronics.  Matt also talked a bit about the current cold weather snap we are in and how this winter has been in comparison with others.  The answers my surprise you.  You can listen to the complete interview by clicking “HERE“.

ALL DONE…FOR NOW!!

So there it is!  All up to date and in order!  At least for now.  Check in again to see and hear more.

CHEERS!

-Walt

THE GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!

THE SUPER BOWL XLV CHAMPIONS, THE GREEN BAY PACKERS!

WHOO-EEEE! What a game!  What a night!  What a season!  What a team!  Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers football team, the champions of Super Bowl XLV.  They played an exciting game AND came out on top!  As lifelong Green Bay fans here on Mark & Walt in the Morning, it was an absolute blast to for us to watch them come out and methodically march down the field at Cowboys’ Stadium and show the world why they earned the right to play in the Super Bowl.

The game also followed the formula that we’ve watched all season…get an early solid lead and then almost squander it away.  As nerve-wracking and ulcer-inducing as the game was, it made for a highly entertaining ride that felt just like the season.  Congratulations to the team.  They made this one fun season to watch and be a Green Bay fan.  And, by the way, the television broadcast of the game is now being considered the most watched television program in U.S. television history.  The game was seen by over 106 million people and had a 71 share.  That means that of all TVs being watched at that time, more than two-thirds were watching the Packers beat the Steelers!  GO PACK GO!


THE TIME WILL COME FOR THE JUGGERNAUT OF TWISTED BLUE STEEL.

MARK HOLDS UP HIS FEARLESS PREDICTION.

One note to post here, Mark made a prediction on the show this morning.  He said next year,  the Detroit Lions will make the playoffs.  He didn’t predict that they’ll go all the way, but he is confident that Detroit will have a good season next year.  I have to say that I do agree with him.  For all of you Lion’s fans, you are due.  Just remember to enjoy it when it happens.

The other thing that must be said is that your team, The Detroit Lions, defeated the eventual Super Bowl Champs this season.  Not to bad.  As you can see to the left, the prognostication made by my compatriot was written down and will be preserved for the playoffs next season and we wish the Lions luck.

BUT FOR NOW, GO PACK GO!

Dang!  Doesn’t it feel good to be a Packer fan?  The Packer Nation is strong and powerful and ready to go all the way again.  We’ll have to see what happens next season, but for now, we will bask in the glory that is The Green Bay Packers, your Super Bowl XLV Champions!!!!


LOVE IT!

-Mark & Walt

THE SUPER BOWL IS UPON US, SO HERE’S A SUPER BLOG UPDATE!!

THE LEGENDARY ETTA FROM THE SCREENED IMAGE IN MARQUETTE SAYS "GO PACK GO!"

So here it is…the Friday before Super Bowl XLV featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  As Packer fans, we remain cautiously optimistic going in to the game.  This is due to the fact that we are long-time Packer fans and we recognize the fact that if there is any team that can take this game and crush the opposition for a victory, it is the Green Bay Packers.  Conversely, we also know that if there is any team that can collapse and be crushed by the opposition into painful defeat, it is the Green Bay Packers!

But that is exactly what makes being a member of the Packer Nation so great!  The Packers are a true, working class blue-collar team from the Midwest with very little flash.  They play football out in the cold, win when they can and take their lumps when they have to.  They understand the ups and downs of the game and how that mirrors life.  For every Aaron Rodgers there’s a Tony Mandarich.  We know it can go either way!  But what is consistent and strong is that there is no arrogant owner, no Hollywood players, no domed stadium…they don’t even have cheerleaders.  The Green Bay Packers play rough and tumble football and being a fan is a great ride!  So on that note, as the Super Bowl draws near…GO PACK GO!

THE BIG GAME BLOWOUT HAS A WINNER!

TERRI GOVERN GETS THE GIFT CARD FROM WALT.

We would like to thank ECONO FOODS of Marquette for their partnership with Mark and Walt in the Morning to bring you the “Big Game Blowout”!  We awarded the prize, a $250.00 gift card from ECONO FOODS this morning after gathering several entrants over the past two weeks.

Many of you played and many entered, but our congratulations go to Terri Govern of Negaunee who was the winner of our “Extra-Special Victory Toss”.  She now has that gift card and will be planning a big blowout for the Big Game!  We congratulate her and thank her as well as all of you who took part and played along!

WHY THE “BIG GAME” AND NOT THE “SUPER BOWL”?

THE REAL JOHN FACENDA.

So the question has come up as to why we occasionally refer to the Super Bowl as the “Big Game”.  The reason is simple.  The National Football League has a very strong grip on all of the copyrights connected to the event.  This also includes the names of the teams and many other bits.  We could write it all out here, but we think posting this clip from today’s show will fill you in.

It’s Mark reading the opening paragraph from our station’s legal department explaining the reasons why we can’t use the term “Super Bowl” in any commercial announcements.  He is doing his impersonation of the great John Facenda, the original voice-over announcer for NFL films.  Enjoy!

Click To Listen To Full Audio

SUPER SUNDAY COMETH!!

So with that bit of football funniness out of the way, all we can say is…GO PACK GO!!!

-MARK & WALT

THE LATEST ON THE SITUATION AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY.

NMU PRESIDENT LES WONG AND NMU PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR MIKE BATH ADDRESS THE MEDIA.

Northern Michigan University is open today for classes and business as usual.  This after an uneasy day due to a somewhat enigmatic online message threatening the University community with a shooting spree that would rival the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in 2007.  NMU President Les Wong said the FBI and other agencies indicated that there is no longer a clear and ongoing threat and that conditions were suitable to reopening the university.

The investigation revealed no evidence that the anonymous blog post originated on campus.  It was discovered that similarly worded messages had been directed at several other U.S. universities, recently and in a previous year.

At a press briefing held on campus this morning, President Wong and NMU Public Safety Director Mike Bath reassured parents of students, the campus community and the public that the decision to re-open was not made lightly and that the investigation is now being led by the FBI and is continuing.

TO LISTEN TO THE COMMENTS OF PRESIDENT WONG, PLEASE CLICKHERE“.

THE LATEST UPDATE ON THE NMU THREAT


Northern Michigan University in Marquette was closed down today due to an online threat. According to NMU officials, a tip was received concerning an online message that threatened students, faculty, staff and administrators but it was unclear as to where any incident may occur.  As a result, University officials chose to close down for the day just after 8-30 this morning as a precautionary measure.

Reports say the threat was made in a blog posting that indicated there would be shootings on campus starting at 10-am and the results would be worse than the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007. In response to the threat, adjacent facilities such as Marquette High School and the YMCA closed for the day as well.

The NorthStar Academy and Polaris Middle School in Marquette also closed early for today.  Marquette General Hospital is also currently open as usual but they are monitoring all entrances until further notice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK “HERE“.

A SPECIAL EMERGENCY NEWS BULLETIN:

Northern Michigan University in Marquette has closed today (Wednesday, Feb. 2) due to a serious threat it has received.  This includes essential personnel, unless otherwise notified.

According to NMU officials, a tip was received concerning an online message that threatened students, faculty, staff and administrators but it was unclear as to when and where any incident may occur.  As a result, University officials chose to close down for the day as a precautionary measure.

The Marquette Area Public School District has closed for the day.  Students are being dismissed as follows:

Marquette High School at 9:30 am

Bothwell Middle School at 9:55 am

All Elementary Schools at 10:40 am

NorthStar Academy and Polaris Middle School in Marquette are also closing early for today.

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Marquette is currently under lock down and parents can come by to pick up their children at anytime.  They will not be holding preschool this afternoon.

The YMCA of Marquette County has closed the Vandenboom Child Development Center as well as their facility in Marquette.

Marquette General Hospital is also currently open as usual but they are monitoring all entrances until further notice.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK “HERE“.