Your hosts and the Morning Show Gopher at the Beacon House Golf Outing.

MARQUETTE, MI – As the year draws to a close, thoughts turn to looking back on the year that was.  We’ve had a great year here on “Mark & Walt in the Morning” in 2011 and we want to thank all of you who have listened in and have followed us on the airwaves as well as cyberspace.

The year has featured some great memories for us, including jumping into Teal Lake for the Polar Plunge, helping out families and youth groups with various fund raising and benefit efforts, covering major events and keeping you and your families informed about events and activities going on in Marquette County.

Hittin' the road to help out the community at McDonald's in Ishpeming.

We’ve also had another great year of meeting and chatting with all of the great guests we get to visit here in the studio and also out on the road.

Keeping in touch with all of you great folks really goes a long way in showing why Marquette County is such a great place to live and work!

Modeling our stylish costumes before the Polar Plunge into Teal Lake in Negaunee.

It’s also that time of year to look forward to 2012 and beyond.  We both feel that the new year is going to be a major one for us both professionally and personally.

Who knows what the future holds, all we can tell you is that we will continue to bring you the mix of entertainment and information that makes “Mark & Walt in the Morning” your favorite way to wake up and get your day started.

With our Milk Moustaches on, we wish you a Happy New Year!

We thank all of you and wish you a very Happy New Year and hope 2012 brings you all that you hope for!

Be safe this Holiday Weekend and we’ll see you next year!


-Mark & Walt 





Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace

Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to remind listeners to not drink and drive this Holiday weekend.

Sheriff Lovelace explained that Marquette County is one of a handful of counties in the state that has received extra funding from the Office of Highway Safety Planning to pay for overtime road patrols to watch for drunk and unsafe drivers.

He also ran through what will happen to you if you are pulled over for drunk driving, from the initial stop all the way to arrest.

To listen to the interview with Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace, please click on the audio link below:

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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A local business is volunteering time and staff to help folks in the Marquette area get home safely if the overindulge on New Year’s Eve.

JLM Snow Removal is offering free rides to anyone in Marquette, Marquette Township or Chocolay Township in an effort to keep our roads safe from drunk drivers.

The number to call to get a ride is 226-0596.

Jim Meyers, owner and operator of JLM Snow Removal, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to promote the service.  Jim says this is the fourth year in a row that they are providing the rides and hopes those who need them will use them.

To listen to the interview with Jim, please click on the audio link provided below:

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SNOWFLAKE returns to Marquette, MI.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A special evening combining live music and performance art is coming up tomorrow night in Marquette to help the homeless.

“Snowflake”, a performance piece created and portrayed by Gayle LaJoye of Marquette, is being performed along with sets from three local music groups at Kaufman Auditorium.

The show’s proceeds are going to benefit the “Room at the Inn” homeless assistance agency.  Robin Roy, the program co-ordinator for the group joined Mark & Walt in the Morning today to promote the show.

To find out more about the show, listen to the interview with Robin by clicking on the audio link below:

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For more about “Room at the Inn” please click “HERE” to visit their website.

Packer Fan Mark Evans with the original note from February.

MARQUETTE, MI  – (Great Lakes Radio Sports) –  The ability to prognosticate the way the National Football League post-season playoff picture will assemble itself is not only a daunting task, but a distinctly challenging one.

Sometimes, however, there are situations that appear to be  so glaringly obvious that the average schlub can make the call.  Such was the case with the rapidly advancing Detroit Lions and our very own Mark Evans.  As a Green Bay Packer fan, even he saw that change was brewing in Detroit.  That the tide was turning.

Future Visionary Mark Evans with the original note with the Playoff Headline today.

Following a win in the last Super Bowl by America’s team, the Green Bay Packers, Mark made the bold statement that the Detroit Lions would make the playoffs at the end of this season.  He wrote it down and signed and dated the note.  It then was tacked to the wall in his office and did not come down until today.  Many Lions fans did not share the vision of Mr. Evans.

But retribution and validation came quickly and sweetly.

As many of you know, the Detroit Lions clinched a spot in the playoffs this past weekend with a win over San Diego.  So the note came down off of the wall and the glory was enjoyed by the Prestidigitatious Packer fan, Mark Evans.

Of course congratulations are in order to Mark for his vision, and to the Lions and their faithful (their aren’t that many out there).  Way to go Detroit!

Now get out of the way of the victory march of the Green Bay Packers!







Thank you and Merry Christmas!! 

SUNNY 101.9 and BioLife staff present the gifts to the Jacobetti Veterans.

Those words filled the halls of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette this morning as we delivered all of your gifts to the veterans who live at the home.  It was a great wrap-up to our annual effort to  “Remember Our Veterans At Christmas”.

Thanks to the support of Biolife Plasma Services of Marquette, we were able to get the message out to all of you about the need for simple, yet important, items needed at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

The Jacobetti Veterans assemble and select their gifts.

Delivering the several boxes of items and your financial contributions to the home was wonderful, as was watching the reactions of the veterans.

During the Holidays, we remember to help out those in need, but it’s also important to keep in mind that need knows no season.  The Jacobetti Home for Veterans is constantly facing an uphill battle for funding for items, programs and more.  Take the time to find out more about the home and how you can help!

Marcia from BioLife gets a heartfelt thanks.

Remember, if you can’t help financially, then give of your time.  Volunteers are always needed at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

To find out more about the home, please click “HERE“.


On behalf of all of us at SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM and BioLife Plasma Services,


Mark & Walt wish you a Merry Christmas!

For this Christmas, Mark & Walt in the Morning present you with a Holiday treat.

Merry Christmas from us to you, and we hope you enjoy!

Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a great Holiday Season!

– M & W


“Yes Virginia…there IS a Santa Claus!”

Dr. James Panowski.

A long time friend of the show, Dr. James Panowski, now retired from the Northern Michigan University Theater Department and the Forest Roberts Theater, contacted us a couple of weeks back with a special idea for Christmas.

He thought it would be a good idea to have him come to the studios and read the editorial from the New York Sun newspaper from 1897 that coined the phrase, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” that we still use to this day.

So we agreed and without further ado, here’s Dr. P spreading some Christmas Cheer!  Please click on the link below to have a listen:

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Co-chairs Tom Blake and Mark Canale.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette County United Way campaign co-chairs stopped in at the SUNNY 101.9 WKQS studios this morning to encourage listeners to consider making a financial contribution before the end of the year.

Co-chairs Tom Blake and Mark Canale joined Mark Evans to talk about the campaign so far and how people can still become a part of it.  They also explained where the money goes and what agencies are included under the blanket of the United Way in Marquette County.

To listen to this morning’s interview with Mark Canale and Tom Blake, please click on the audio link below:

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To visit the website of the Marquette County United Way, please click “HERE“.




John Sutton and Ross Anthony with the Superiorland Kiwanis.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Superiorland Kiwanis will sponsor a free, home-cooked community Christmas dinner from noon to 3 PM December 25th at the Salvation Army, 1009 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette, MI.

Kiwanians Ross Anthony and John Sutton joined Walt Lindala this morning to talk about the event and how you can take part by stopping by for the meal or to help out as a volunteer.  They also talked about the group and how you can get involved.
To listen to the interview, please click on the link below:

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To arrange for a meal delivery or to volunteer to assist with food preparation, serving or delivering meals, call 225-9423.

To arrange for transportation to the dinner, call Marq-Tran at 225-1112.

State Senator Tom Casperson.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 38-th District State Senator Tom Casperson chatted today with Mark & Walt in the Morning and commented on the de-listing of the Michigan gray wolf population from the Federal Endangered Species list.

The Delta County Republican also discussed the lack of clarity in recent legislation that is currently awaiting Governor Snyder’s signature that calls for the elimination of certain benefits for the unmarried partners of state employees and how the questions still remain at this time.

Senator Casperson also looked back on the first calendar year under Governor Rick Snyder and what has been accomplished.

To listen to the interview, please click on the link below:

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