LET’S BE HONEST.  TODAY’S NOT BEEN A GOOD DAY.

YOUR INTREPID BLOGGER CALLING IT A DAY.

Without getting in to the grand details, due to the various illnesses that are running amuck around here, it’s my turn to get under the weather.  Let’s just call it a wash.

I’m going home to rest and we can call this blog what it really is…a “BLAH-g“.

Yuk.


SEE YA ALL SOON!

-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 SEASONS ARE A-CHANGIN’

THE VIEW FROM THE STUDIO DOOR.

As the fall-like weather ushers in the cloudy skies of autumn over the treeline behind our new facilities in the Superior Lanes building in Marquette Township, it becomes obvious to this blogger that the summer has drawn to a close and the fall will soon be upon us.  So on that note, we present the following entries on the blog with the Superintendents of two area school districts…Negaunee and Marquette.  Enjoy!

GETTING READY FOR THE YEAR IN THE IRONTOWN.

NEGAUNEE SUPERINTENDENT JAMES DEROCHER.

Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent James Derocher joined us to get families ready for the new school year in Negaunee.  He spoke about some of the new plans and programs in place for this new school year and also how many of the students are already back in school, in effect, through extracurricular programs such as sports and the very popular marching band.  He also outlined information for parents concerning bus routes and other matters that have been mailed out in the district.  To listen to the comments of Superintendent Derocher please click “HERE“.

MOVING INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN MARQUETTE.

MAPS SUPERINTENDENT JON HARTWIG.

Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Jon Hartwig visited recently to provide the latest information for folks to be aware of as the new school year approaches in the Marquette District.  Several changes have been put into effect that have affected class and school populations as well as building usage and all of those items were discussed by the Superintendent.  To listen to the complete comments of Superintendent Hartwig, please click “HERE“.

SO THERE IT IS!

Time to sharpen the pencil and take your seats.  The new school year starts on Tuesday.  Have fun, learn something and be safe!  And don’t forget to bring a shiny new apple for the teacher!

CHEERS!

-Walt

BOTTOMS UP, EVERYBODY!!

HAVIN' A BELT IN THE MORNING!

Today on the big ol’ Mark & Walt blog, we are going to take a close look at beverages.  One that we can’t seem to live without, and one that helps us live better.  In the first instance, I’m talking about that sweet Nectar of the Gods that comes from 100-percent Columbian beans…good,  strong coffee.  In the second case, the natural, refreshing and healthful beverage known as “milk”!  Over the last 24 hours or so, both beverages have made an impact on the morning show!  So keep on reading, dear blogger, as the milk and coffee stories begin to flow.  Ya get it?

MILK MUSTACHES AND MORE!

KELLY AND MARK SHOW OFF THEIR MILK MUSTACHES!

Kelly Magnus, with the GOT MILK? Milk Mustache Mobile Tour joined us this morning to fill us up with information about the goodness of milk and how it’s good for all ages.  Kelly also got Mark to agree to put on a “milk mustache”.  Now, while it wasn’t pretty, you can see from the photo on the left that Kelly was kind enough to dress up the moment by joining Mark in his milk-driven glory!  Well done, Kelly!  To listen to Kelly’s interview from this morning’s show, please click “HERE‘.  For more about the Milk Mustache Mobile Tour, please click “HERE“.  It’s udderly enjoyable!!

AND OF COURSE, THE COFFEE!!

LOOK AT ALL OF THAT COFFEE GOODNESS!!

A major milestone happened in out offices yesterday morning.  It had been threatened, but it was never rally confirmed until it happened.  The fine folks from Cruise n’ Coffee showed up with what is known as the “Office Coffee Program” for our humble workplace.  Much to the elation of the morning show, this system will provide our office with fresh, piping hot coffee courtesy of Cruise n’ Coffee.  What a joy!  Easily measured, easily poured and most importantly, easily drank!  Or is that “drunk”?  Or is that what we will be on coffee from now on?  You’ll just have to keep listening to the show to find out!

THAT’S A WRAP!

Excellent!  Milk and coffee.  What could be better?  Perhaps beer and pizza, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon!

CHEERS!

-Walt

HEY EVERYBODY!  YOU GOTTA CHECK THIS OUT!

UHHH....WHAT DO I DO NOW??

Good Monday Morning!  Well, here it is another week and the move is continuing.  Clutter and debris are the norm around the soon to be vacated Great Lakes Radio Marquette Mall facility.  For those of you who have been long-time Sunny 101.9 listeners and for those of you who remember what the studios looked like, today’s rack of photos are for you!  Check out the former Sunny Studio, now but a mere shell of it’s former self.  It’s kind of hard to believe to a certain extent, and as you can see even Mark walked in and sat down to do the show and found everything was missing!!

THE TECHNICAL CHALLENGES OF A STATION MOVE ARE AMAZING.  TRY MOVING THREE OF THEM!!!

WHAT WAS AND WHAT SHALL NEVER BE!

The goal for this week is to get the engineering working to allow us to broadcast Sunny 101.9 WKQS from our new studios in the Superior Lanes building next to Super One in Marquette Township by tomorrow (Tuesday, 7/6/10).  After that, getting our country station, WFXD, moved in next.  But as Mark said last week. “Goals are made be broken!”  That is of course a statement that can be taken two ways and I guess we’ll see how it all shakes down!  It certainly is an interesting process to say the least as we have progressed with this monumental task!

A NOTE TO YOU, THE LISTENER AND THE BLOGGER.

OH, WOE IS ME...MY STUDIO IS GONE!

Hey, we just want to say thanks to you out there for sticking with us through these crazy, yet fun times.  We know that many of you have been out there along with us from the beginning of Sunny a dozen or so years ago and are part of the GLR Family.  We appreciate that and again, we thank you for maintaining your support of our little ol’ station!


CHEERS!!


-Walt