Morning guys Mark & Walt flank Ham.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Congratulations to Marquette, MI’s own Mark Hamari for being the winner of the Labatt Blue Light Detroit Tigers Grand Slam Giveaway.  Mark, or “Ham” as he’s better known, was selected as the winner of a regulation Louisville Slugger baseball bat enclosed in a custom display case featuring the Detroit Tigers old English “D” and the Blue Light logo.

Ham, who was visibly shaken with the win and overcome with emotion, said he would proudly display the Tigers bat along with his other sports memorabilia at his store, Marquette Wallpaper and Paint in Downtown Marquette.  So why not stop in at the store and congratulate him on this momentous victory?  Pick up a couple gallons of paint while you’re there.  You know you need it!

Special thanks to Tom Babcock and Pike Distributing, distributors of Labatt and Labatt Blue Light.


Jim Bertucci Italian Fest Organizer

MARQUETTE – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A very popular tradition in Marquette County continues this weekend with the annual St. Rocco’s-St.Anthony’s Italian Fest.  This community picnic celebrating Italian food and culture runs from 12 noon to 7 pm tomorrow (Sat 7/30) at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming.

Event organizer Jim Bertucci joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to promote this family-friendly and fun-filled event.  Jim gave the event schedule and also talked about all of the food that will available to enjoy.  He also talked about the musical entertainment for the day and the kids activities.

To listen to the interview with Jim Bertucci and find out more about Italian Fest, please click “HERE“.


Marquette City Firefighter Dean Mallos

MARQUETTE – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The annual “Fill the Boot” fund raiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association is coming this weekend.  The event is hosted by the City of Marquette Fire Department and features firefighters stationed in busy street intersections throughout Marquette filling a rubber fire boot with cash donations from motorists.

Marquette City Firefighter Dean Mallos joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to preview this popular activity.  He outlined the schedule and location of the collection points and added that all of the funds raised go local M-D-A efforts and programs.  The fund drive usually gathers over $10,000 each year.

To hear more about the “Fill the Boot” campaign and how you can take part this weekend, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Dean.  For more about the Muscular Dystrophy Association, please click “HERE“.

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Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette Township is hosting a full 0ut community day on Saturday, August 6th.  The event will be held at Lions Field in the Township and will run from 11-am to at least 4-pm.  Word is, though, that the event will continue past that posted time.

Township Manager Randy Girard stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 Studios this morning to chat with Mark and Walt in the Morning about the day’s events.  He gave a complete run-down of the schedule and a good amount of background about how the overall restoration of Lions Field came to be.

To listen to the interview with Manager Girard, please click “HERE“.  For more about Marquette Township. please click “HERE


The Negaunee Little League Boys 9-10 Squad In The Sunny Studio.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A busy morning in the Sunny 101.9 Studios today as the Negaunee Little League 9-10 Boys Baseball team joined Mark and Walt in the Morning for a very special morning.

The young men are headed downstate later this week to play in the State Tournament in Harper Woods, MI.  Scott Etelamaki, the team manager, along with several members of the team came on the show to ask for your financial support.  We all know it’s an expensive proposition to get any team downstate for State tournament competition, and that’s where you can help.

You can make a call to make a pledge of financial support to:

Greg Hill at (906) 401-0148,

or mail your check to Greg at

743 Baldwin

Negaunee, MI 49866.

Please make your checks payable to:

Negaunee Little League c/o Boys 9-1o Baseball

Negaunee Little League is a non-profit organization dedicated to the kids in the league.  The players are a product of their community and what better way to show off your U.P. pride by supporting them as they represent US in the state playoffs!

Show your U.P. Pride and help them out!

To find out more about the team and their success and how you can help them out, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Scott Etelamaki.





Tiger Stadium Outfield 2008

A look towards home plate from the outfield of Tiger Stadium in 2008.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) – In 2008, while on vacation downstate, I headed to the legendary corner of Michigan and Trumbull in downtown Detroit.  The site of Tiger Stadium (or at least what was left of the ballpark).  I spent about an hour in the blazing sun with my wife walking around and watching as demolition crews worked to tear down the old park.  It was a melancholy experience.

Tiger Stadium Detroit MI - July 2011

Welcome to Ernie Harwell Park.

Since my wife and I were in town earlier this month on vacation and were going to a Tiger game at Comerica Park that evening, we headed over to the site of the old stadium.  We found the gates open to the field and decided to go for a walk onto the grass out to the diamond.   A home made sign by the gate welcomed us to “Ernie Harwell Park”, a reference to the longtime Tigers broadcaster and the failed effort to save some of the structure to turn it into a museum commemorating the man and the team.

Tiger Stadium, Detroit MI - July 2011

Facing the first base line and the outfield flag pole.

As I walked out across the grass to what was the first base line, the sun was blazing and the sky was a deep blue, a really great day for a ball game.  I’d like to say that striding out on that field filled me with magical feeling of baseball history and some romanticized notion of lore and legacy of the Detroit Tigers, but it didn’t.  I just felt sad.

Tiger Stadium Detroit, MI July 2011
I might be smiling, but it’s a sad place to be.

Sad about how no one ultimately thought enough about the history and legacy to try and save even a small part of the stadium for future generations.  Granted, the old front gate still stands on Michigan Avenue and the flag and pole are in the outfield, but that’s really about it.  The diamond and the pitcher’s mound is still there, too.  It’s maintained by volunteers who don’t want Tiger Stadium to be forgotten.  I tip my hat to their efforts.

I also felt sad that the land I was standing on was in such a state of deterioration.  Some of baseball’s true legends played there.  World Series were played and won there.  Even some of music’s greatest entertainers performed there.  Now it was just a slightly overgrown, dirty and dusty inner city plot of land.  Too bad.

There have been many more eloquent words written about this subject, and I don’t feel that anything I can say that would add to the discussion, but I am glad I took the time to walk out on that field.  That experience really drove home (no pun intended) the need for us to be sure to remember the past and what has come before us, and learn from it.  Or we are doomed to repeat it.

Comerica Park, Detroit MI Summer 2011

A great night for baseball at Comerica Park.

That evening in Comerica Park, as I watched Tiger Miguel Cabrera tag first base after getting his 1500-th career base hit, I hoped to myself that 100 years from now there won’t be somebody peeking through a chain link fence at the scruffy Comerica Park outfield.   Looking at piles of rubble and wondering about what it was like to go to a game at the grand old park.  But not finding any information or signage or commemorations or anything other than a “keep out” sign.

That would be too darn bad…wouldn’t it?


-Walt Lindala


Jeff Spencer

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Lake Superior Theater in Marquette, MI is presenting their latest production, “The Love List” over the next several days.  Cast members Jeff Spencer and Jacob Barbot joined Walt Lindala this morning to chat about this funny romantic comedy.

Spencer, who plays the lead role in the production, and Barbot, who plays a key supporting role in the story, outlined what the play is about and explained why it would make for a great bit of entertainment on a date night.


Jacob Barbot

They also made sure to let everyone know that thetheater, located off of Lake Shore Drive in the Frazier Boathouse, does have air conditioning, so you can enjoy the show in comfort.

They also talked about what has been fun for them, as actors, about doing the show and what has been the fun part working in the unique surroundings of the Frazier Boathouse.

To listen to the interview and find out more about the run of the show and how to get tickets, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Lake Superior Theater, please click “HERE“.




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Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette Township Board of Trustees is currently looking for input from Township residents concerning a series of proposals for relocation or renovation of the Township’s administrative and service facilities.

Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard recently spoke with Great Lakes Radio News and outlined the efforts of the Board to gather input about four separate proposals.  The proposals are currently under review by the Board and public comment is being taken at a forum being held during the public comment section of their regular meetings.

To hear about the four options currently being considered and how you can provide input to the Board, please click “HERE” to listen to the comments of Manager Girard.  For more about Marquette Township, please visit their website by clicking “HERE“.

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The GLCYD's Paul Olson.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development is hosting their annual U.P. Nonprofit Conference once again this fall, and Paul Olson, from the GLCYD, joined SUNNY 101.9′ s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to talk about it.

Olson outlined several of the topics being discussed at various seminars including building a solid board of directors for your agency to how to handle internal problems such as embezzlement.  He also explained how the conference is programmed to benefit all types of non-profit agencies.

One key item Olson also brought up was early bird registration for the conference.  He said that by doing so, you would be registered for some fun prizes, including tickets to see The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Calumet Theater or a silver “U.P.” pendant.

To listen to the interview and find out how to register, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Great Lakes Center For Youth Development, please click “HERE“.


The crowd gathers at the Country Lanes in Ishpeming.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio) The 2011 “Keys To A Great Summer” giveaway held last night at the Country Lanes and Entertainment Center in Ishpeming  was an unmitigated success.  Hundreds of listeners came out and enjoyed a fun-filled night of prizes, music, food and more!


The happy winner, Jenny Laurin of Ishpeming.

Our Grand Prize winner, Jenny Laurin of Ishpeming, was absolutely thrilled beyond belief to win the Pontiac Grand Prix GT, courtesy of FOX Negaunee.  She was so excited after winning the car, that she took off with a friend for a spin in it and was gone so long that we all thought she forgot to come back!  Thanks to Bob and all the FOX Negaunee folks for their help and support in making this giveaway such a hit.  Winning the car REALLY made Jenny’s day!


The Grand Prize Pontiac Grand Prix GT thanks to FOX Negaunee.

And a special thanks to Clay and the Country Lanes staff for keeping the evening moist with cold drinks and for having a  GREAT air conditioning system.  Everyone beat the 95-degree heat with delicious food from Mama Russo’s and beverages from Pike Distributing.

A blast was had by all, and be sure to check out all of our Great Lakes Radio sites for more photos and videos of the 2011 “Keys To A Great Summer” giveaway!

Now on to the next big giveaway…details coming soon!