THE CRACK OF THE BAT!  THE CHEER OF THE CROWD!!  PLAY BALL!

YOURS TRULY, PAWS AND THE MISSUS.

Well here it is!  Opening Day 2011.  Although it’s still a bit cool outside, the sun is shining and the Boys of Summer are taking to the field.  It makes me believe that we’ve made it through another winter.  I know it may still snow.  I also know that when it’s the Home Opener for the Detroit Tigers next Friday it will probably be a bit chilly out.

As you can see from this picture of my wife and me hanging out with PAWS, the Tigers mascot at Comerica Park, we’re fairly bundled up.  The picture was taken the day after the 2009 home opener.  I think the temperature at game time was about 45 degrees.  Not exactly tropical, but who cared?  The Tigers were on the field!

If you are a baseball fan, welcome to the 2011 season!  If you’re not, just remember…it won’t be too long before the Green Bay Packers take to Lambeau Field to defend their Super Bowl title and keep the Lombardi Trophy at home where it belongs!!!

And with that…

“PLAY BALL!!”

THE CONTINUATION OF THE WEEK!

Wednesday it is.  The week rolls on and we go along for the ride.  Hang on everybody, it’s gonna move pretty fast!  Buckle up for safety!

 

TALKING TANNING TAXATION.

CURT HEWITT AND MICHELLE LAMERE

Thanks to Curt Hewitt, owner and operator of Utopia Tanning and Skin Care Spa in Marquette and Michelle LaMere, owner and operator of Shape Up Fitness and Tanning in the Country Village in Ishpeming for stopping in this morning to discuss a little-known clause in the Health Care legislation that was approved by lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last year.

The legislation places a tax on tanning services and tanning stores that has caused them to have to raise their prices for tanning to absorb the extra expense.  This has caused a decline in customers for each of them and has eroded their bottom line.  They are calling on lawmakers to rescind this tax, calling it unnecessary and detrimental to their business.

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

 

CATCHING UP WITH AND OLD FRIEND.

BART STUPAK

Former Congressman Bart Stupak called in to the program today to chat about what he’s been up to since leaving office.  He talked about his current experiences at Harvard and more interacting with young people interested in the political process.

He indicated that he misses a lot of being in Washington, D.C., but he is happy to be able to spend time at his home in Menominee.

To listen to the interview, click “HERE“.

 

THAT’S A WRAP!

 

See you all soon here on the big ol’ blog!

 

CHEERS!

-Walt

HEY GANG!  HOW’S IT GOING OUT THERE?

As we roll on into another Marquette County week, it bears mentioning that even though it’s spring (according to the calendar), it’s still pretty dang cold out.  Yes, I know it’s still March and so on, but it would be nice if it warmed up.

Also, it’s cold out and the State of Michigan wants us to know that this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week with a focus on Spring and Summer.  Did I mention it was a whopping 10 degrees this morning?  Boy…if I could only get my hand on one of those guys who forecast the weather!  I’d show him!  But how to do it?  HMMMM…..

 

MATT ZIKA JOINS US FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

NWS METEOROLOGIST MATT ZIKA.

A regular to the program for several years, Matt Zika, Warning Co-ordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township, joined Mark and Walt to discuss Severe Weather Awareness Week.  This week is a time to get prepared for the possibility of severe weather such as tornados, strong thunderstorms and heavy rains during this spring and summer.

Matt discussed a series of ways to be ready for sudden changes in the weather such as having a NOAA-approved weather radio and more.  He also dicussed an upcoming training session for folks interested in becoming storm spotters and weather watchers for the National Weather Service.

You can listen to the interview with Matt by clicking “HERE“.  To log on to the National Weather Service website, please click “HERE.”

 

ROLLIN’, ROLLIN’, ROLLIN’!

 

Rollin’ on, man.  Rollin’ across the floor!

Rollin’ on, my friends.  Rollin’ on out the door!

Rollin’ on, man, Rollin’ On.

Rollin’ on, man.  Rollin’ On for shore!!!!

– Blind Lemony Lindala

ROLLING ON INTO ANOTHER MARQUETTE COUNTY WEEKEND.

 

WALT, MARK AND DOC WELCOME THE WEEKEND!

The week wraps up with another riveting episode of Mark and Walt in the Morning!  Our intrepid heroes shake off a week’s worth of trouble and strife and eagerly face two days of personal time jam packed with personal relaxation and enjoyment.

Flanked by their personal assistant and social activity manager, Doctor Don, Marquette County’s favorite morning duo heads off into the cold, yet welcoming, air of the oncoming weekend.  Into the distance they ride with no true direction or intention, but away they go!

 

HELPING OUT THE YELLOW DOG WATERSHED PRESERVE.

 

THE YELLOW DOG WATERSHED PRESERVE.

Emily Whittaker, with the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, called in to the show to chat about a special fund raising event coming up tonight in Marquette to help out the group with their plans to purchase a parcel of land.  The event is at 7 o’clock tonight at the Landmark Inn and is open to the public.

For more about the event and how you can take part, you can listen to Emily’s interview by clicking “HERE“.  For more on the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, please click “HERE“.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 

Hope you can get out and enjoy some of all of the things going on in and around Marquette County this weekend.  Be safe and we’ll catch you soon here on the big ol’ internet!

 

-Walt

OK!  ENOUGH ALREADY!  I’VE HAD ENOUGH!

THE VIEW ACROSS THE PARKING LOT AT 6:25 AM.

I know, I know.  We live in a northern climate.

Marquette County is always known for two seasons…Winter and Construction.  But come on!!

It’s Spring by the calendar!  No more snow!  C’mon…say it with me!  No more snow!

I mean take a look at the parking lot outside of the studio this morning, all dusted up with fresh snow!  FEH!!

 

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP PRESENTS IT’S VISION.

 

DENNIS LIIMATTA AND RANDY GIRARD.

Randy Girard, Marquette Township Manager and Dennis Liimatta, Marquette Township Supervisor stopped in at the Sunny Studios this morning to preview a special event coming up on April 16th at the Vandenboom School.  They shared the purpose of the event and how folks can take part.

It’s a community based event that features live music, refreshments and a chance for Marquette Township residents to find out more about the future planning vision for the Township.

You can find out more by listening to the interview by clicking “HERE“.  For more information about the event and Marquette Township, please click “HERE“.

 

ANOTHER SPECIAL EVENT IS IN THE WORKS.

 

EVENT ORGANIZER AND MUSICIAN ROGER RHODES.

Roger Rhodes, Organizer of the Care Clinic Benefit Concert, joined Mark & Walt today to outline the event.  It is being held this Saturday at the Lake Superior Christian Church near the Crossroads on M-553.

The event features several musical acts and gets underway at 6-pm.

You can get more information about the event by listening to Roger’s interview.  To listen in, please click “HERE“.

For more about the beneficiary of the benefit, The Care Clinic, please click “HERE” for their website.

 

THAT’S ANOTHER WRAP!

 

That puts the wraps on another day, and it may be a bit snowy, but in the end I guess it’s OK.  It’s better than a firestorm!

 

CHEERS!

-Walt

A CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSMAN DAN BENISHEK.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN DAN BENISHEK

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek called in and chatted with Mark and Walt about his tour that he is currently making across the massive 1st Congressional District which encompasses the entire Upper Peninsula as well as a substantial portion of northern Lower Michigan.

He talked about what messages he’s bringing back from Washington, D.C. to his constituents concerning federal spending and budget issues and what he’s hearing from folks in the region.

He also expressed a bit of frustration with the political process in Washington and also talked about key areas of the budget and spending he is specifically studying for adjustment.

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

 

AHA!  THAT GOT YOUR ATTENTION, DIDN’T IT??

JACK RABBIT GETS FAMILIAR WITH THE STUDIO.

Today is National Kick Butts Day, which is another organized effort to get people to cut down and eliminate smoking from their daily routines.  It’s also the day that I met my new temporary morning show partner.

You see, Mark will be away from the office during the first week of next month, and instead of  doing the show just by myself, we’ve brought in Jack Rabbit.  He’s a seasoned radio veteran and was actually one of the first vegetarians I ever met in this business!

So be sure to tune in during the first week of April as we hop to it and bring you “Jack ‘n Walt in the Morning”.  No…wait a minute…that name doesn’t sound right, does it?  I’ll have to work on that!

 

KICKIN’ BUTTS ALL THEY WAY TO THE CURB!

GEORGE SEDLACEK OF THE MCHD.

George Sedlacek, Director of the Community Health Division of the Marquette County Health Department, stopped in the Sunny Studios this morning to talk about Kick Butts Day, which is today. He discussed how the effort works to help discourage continuing cigarette smoking in adults and the starting of smoking in youth.

He also gave us some eye-opening statistics about how much money is frittered away if you smoke one pack a day over twenty years.  Not only is it an unhealthy and dangerous habit, it’s downright EXPENSIVE!

Take a moment and listen to the interview by clicking “HERE“.  You can also visit the Marquette County Health Department website by clicking “HERE“.

 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!

A unique day to say the least.   Just the way I like it!  See you again soon!

 

CHEERS!

-Walt

 

 

A BUSY, YET FUN, TUESDAY MORNING.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!! MARK AND WALT!!

Another morning of all kinds of stuff going on on the big show, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We always find it to be more fun when we are full up with things to talk about.

From the latest adventures of the Negaunee Miners as they head downstate to Petoskey to continue on in the State Basketball Playoffs, to a chat with State Senator Tom Casperson, to a conversation with one of the speakers at Northern Michigan University who is visiting through the week.

Wow!  That’s busy!  Just the way we like it!

 

A CONVERSATION WITH SENATOR TOM CASPERSON.

MI STATE SENATOR TOM CASPERSON

State Senator Tom Casperson called in to the show recently and discussed the current budget situation in Lansing and the plans put forth by the Snyder Administration.  Senator Casperson said that while he is in agreement with a majority of the plan, there are a few issues he has with it.

He also weighed in with his early impressions of the Governor Rick Snyder era and how it seems to be going so far.  Senator Casperson also talked about how receptive Governor Snyder is to listening to him about ideas and how they impact the Upper Peninsula.

You can listen to the interview with Senator Casperson by clicking “HERE” and visit his official website by clicking “HERE“.

 

CHATTING WITH A VISITING AUTHOR, ACTIVIST AND ARTIST.

 

APRIL LINDALA AND LOIS BEARDSLEE

Lois Beardslee, a prominent Native American author and artist joined Mark and Walt to talk about her work and what she will be discussing at a special presentation coming up tonight on the campus of Northern Michigan University.  She told us about some of the key points of her presentation as well about what she addresses in her writings and art pieces.

She was joined by April Lindala, Director of the Center For Native American Studies at NMU with an overview of the Indigenous Earth Issues Summit at NMU which is coming up Friday.  Lois Beardslee will also be presenting at the summit as well.  It will be held in the Whitman Commons on campus and starts at 9-am.

Lois Beardslee is speaking tonight at 7 o’clock in Jamrich Hall Room 102 on the NMU campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

To listen to the interview, please click “HERE” and to visit the website for the Center For Native American Studies, please click “HERE“.

 

A LOT GOING ON, BUT HOW ELSE WOULD YOU WANT IT?

Thanks for checking out today’s blog update!  Catch you here on the internetz real soon!

CHEERS!

-Walt

 

A CHAT WITH ONE OF MICHIGAN’S LEADING ECONOMIC EXPERTS.

MSU PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, DR. CHARLES BALLARD.

Dr. Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics at Michigan State University, joined Mark and Walt this morning to discuss his views on the current economic situation in Michigan.  Ballard, who is visiting Marquette to speak this evening at the monthly meeting of the Economic Club of Marquette County, discussed his opinions about how the state’s economy got to where it is and what he feels it will take to get it back on track.

He also outlined some of his concepts on the importance of strong, well-funded K-12 schools and universities in the recovery of Michigan and how the budget plan put forth by the Snyder administration does not seem to follow those ideas.  He also discussed tax cuts, the tax structure in Michigan and how excessive tax cuts have gotten Michigan into the budget deficit situation it’s in now.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Ballard, please click “HERE“.  For more on Dr. Ballard and his background, please click “HERE“.

 

 

THE NEGAUNEE MINERS MARCH ON!

MARK EVANS AND THE NEGAUNEE MINERS IN THE SUNNY STUDIO.

The Negaunee Miners High School Boy’s Basketball team joined us this morning for a special “radiothon”.  The purpose of getting together with the team was to raise some money to help them out as they head downstate to continue on in the State Playoffs.  They are headed downstate to Petoskey to play McBain on Tuesday.

MARK INTERVIEWS COACH MIKE O'DONNELL AND PLAYER ZACH MARSHALL.

As always, these trips cost a lot of money.  And as is the case in many school districts around Michigan, money is tight.  So we decided to get everyone together to ask you, our loyal listeners, for some financial assistance.  To say the least, you all stepped up in a great way and helped to raise well over a thousand dollars to alleviate the expenses of getting the team, the coaches and the cheerleaders all downstate.

There is still time for you to contribute if you would like to.  Please consider calling the Negaunee Schools at 475-7861 and making a donation.  It’s the right thing to do to show your U.P. Power and support for the Negaunee Miners as they march on to a state title!

 

AND OF COURSE….

 

GO MINERS!!!!

 

-Walt