The end of an era. "Mark & Walt in the Morning"

Friends – Today is an emotional day as the time has come for me to leave the morning show. I have accepted a professional opportunity that I simply could not pass up and as a result, my time at the station has come to close.

I thank all of you who have listened over the years and I will miss chatting daily with you. To all of you who have become friends through the show since we started in 1998, it has been a pleasure.

Stay tuned to the station as Walt will carry on the torch and will be joined by our colleague Mike Plourde. Walt is taking some personal time off over the next few weeks and Mike will be on Monday morning. Walt and Mike will be on together starting March 4-th.

As one chapter comes to a close, another opens and it’s important to remember that we can’t survive by standing still.

Thanks.

-Mark Evans

Matt Zika with the NWS.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – It is Michigan’s NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Week. The 2012 campaign runs through this Saturday.

Matt Zika, from the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township joined Mark & Walt in the Morning recently to discuss NOAA Weather Radio facts.

Matt discussed topics ranging from NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards programming information, the Emergency Alert System, and where to purchase radio receivers.

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

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More information about NOAA Weather Radio is available on their website.  To visit, please click “HERE”.

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Cindy Noble.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The City of Marquette is hosting a Community Open House this week.

City of Marquette Parks and Rec Co-ordinator Cindy Noble visited Mark & Walt in the Morning today to outline the event.

It is being held on Thursday, February 9, in the Citizens Forum Room at Lakeview Arena from 4:00-7:00 pm and is an opportunity for the community to get acquainted with various City Departments and Partners.

To listen to the interview with Cindy about the Open House, please click on the audio link below:

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For more about the City of Marquette, please click “HERE” to visit the city’s website.

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UPDSA's Pat Torreano.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The annual runnings of the UP 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races are fast approaching, and although the weather has been less than wintry, the races will go on.

That was the message from Pat Torreano with the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association when she visited SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today.  She talked about the adjustments that had been made to the race routes and the current condition of the trails.

Pat also explained that the starting ceremonies for the UP 200 will be held in downtown Marquette as usual, but they will have the start of the Midnight Run race there as well.  The two race starts will be separated by about a half-hour and will add to the excitement of Sled Dog night in Marquette.

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

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To visit the UPSDA’s website and find out more about the race and the organization, please click “HERE”.

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Governor Rick Snyder with Mark & Walt in the Morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today. Governor Snyder, who is making a tour across areas in the Upper Peninsula, outlined his schedule for his visit and discussed the political issues of the day facing the state.

This afternoon he will be visiting Bay College in Escanaba at 12:30pm. Saturday morning at 10am Governor Snyder will drop the green flag to kick off the Sault Ste Marie I-500 Snowmobile Race.

The Governor spoke about the positive aspects of very productive year, and his goals for all Michiganders to work together and develop economic improvements.  Snyder said, “The real key to success, in my view, is relentless positive action,” and he feels Michigan has begun it’s comeback phase with car manufacturers in Detroit leading the way.

Through the course of the interview Governor Snyder touched on a few of his campaign goals and what the results have been so far. He also reiterated how he is committed to achieve what he has set out to do.

To listen to the complete interview with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, please click on the audio link below:

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Pam Christensen.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Two-time Grammy award winning children’s singer/songwriter, storyteller and author Bill Harley will be appearing in the Marquette area later this month at a series of events.

The Peter White Public Library is presenting Harley as part of the 2012 Midwinter Storytelling Festival.  Library Director Pam Christensen stopped by the SUNNY Studios this morning to discuss his performance schedule and explain more about his music.

The family-friendly shows will feature a mix of music, storytelling and more and will be held over two days, February 10th & 11th.

To hear more about Bill Harley coming to town, please click on the audio link below to listen to the interview with Pam.

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Please click “HERE “ to visit the Peter White Public Library’s website.

 

Lori Smolinski.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette County “Y” is presenting a special event to assist area youth and their families with the intricacies of financing higher education.

Lori Smolinski, with the “Y”, joined SUNNY 101.9’s  Mark & Walt in the Morning to discuss the event, “College Goal Sunday”, which is a free event held by the “Y” to help families effectively fill out the FAFSA form that secures federal financial aid for incoming college students.

To find out more about the event and to listen to the complete interview with Lori, please click on the audio link below:

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For more about the Marquette County “Y”, please click “HERE” to visit their newly-redesigned official website.

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GLCYD Youth Development Associate Linda Remsburg.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development in Marquette, MI is currently developing a program to assist area youth and their families with the process of enrolling and succeeding in college.

Linda Remsburg, Youth Development Associate at the GLCYD, joined Mark & Walt in the Morning today to discuss the Marquette-Alger College Access Network, a new proposed plan to increase college enrollment by area youth.

To listen to the complete interview with Linda and find out more about the program, please click on the audio link below:

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For more about the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, please click “HERE” to visit their website.

 

MI 38th District Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 38-th District State Senator Tom Casperson called in to SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to share his thoughts on the State of the State address delivered by Governor Rick Snyder last night at the State Capitol in Lansing.

Senator Casperson expressed a fairly positive sentiment about the role of Upper Michigan in the Governor’s plans for the rebuilding of  the economy of the state.  He discussed the impact of hearing the governor single out tourism and natural resources of the U.P. as viable players in Michigan’s recovery during the address.

The Senator also commented on how Governor Snyder seems to actively be avoiding “finger-pointing” about how Michigan got to where it is economically and is focused on moving the state forward and back on it’s feet.

To listen to the comments of State Senator Tom Casperson, please click on the audio link below:

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CLOSINGS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER FOR 1/19/12

FINLANDIA UNIVERSITY – No classes today, offices are open.

GOGEBIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Houghton Campus classes canceled.

Munising Area Public Schools

Munising Baptist School

Munsing Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center

Munsing Public Library

Burt Township Schools

Houghton-Keweenaw County Schools

Ontonagon Area Schools & Headstart

Tahquamenon Area Schools

Ironwood Public Schools

Bessemer Public Schools

Wakefield/Marenisco Schools