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,



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.

A dishful of brownie goodness.

OK show fans and blog-o-philes!  Here it is!  The annual Christmas tradition on Mark and Walt in the Morning.

The Kahlua White Russian Brownies!!

As you can see here, this pass at this recipe, which was prepared by our very own Dee Dee, features a frosting that is not included in this recipe, but if you want, we can get that recipe from her as well.

Walt worships the wonderfulness!

We have to warn you…this is a VERY RICH and heavy brownie recipe that contains a strong bit of alcohol and it is NOT for the kids!!

But if you’re OK with that, here is the recipe for your consideration:



Mark and Walt’s Kahlua White Russian Brownies-



Dawn and Mark enjoy the Holiday riches!


2   (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3   eggs
1 1/2   cups sugar
1 1/4   cups flour
6    tablespoons butter
1/2   cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4   teaspoon baking powder
1/4   teaspoon salt
3/4  cup Kahlua
1/4   cup vodka

1.  Cream together cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar, Vodka, 2 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp soft butter, set aside.

2.  In a separate bowl sift remaining flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.

3.  Stir in remaining butter and 1/2 cup Kahlua, add 1 egg at a time and mix well.  Pour half cocoa mixture in a buttered and lightly floured 9″ baking pan.

4.  Add cream cheese mixture and cut lightly with a knife, then add remaining cocoa mixture.

5.  Bake at 325°F for about 30 minutes.

6.  When cool brush with 1/4 cup of remaining Kahlua.

Click HERE for a link for the full recipe website.





Tiina Harris models the St. Lucia crown of lights.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette Regional History Center is presenting a special Swedish-themed Christmas event this week in Marquette.

The Center is hosting the St. Lucia Festival of Lights tomorrow night at 7 with a presentation open to the public.  Folks are invited to bring a canned food item and join in the celebration.

Tiina Harris, Educator with the Center joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to promote the event and chat about all of the Christmas events that have been going on at the Center.

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

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To visit the website of the Marquette Regional History Center, please click “HERE“.


Mark and Walt with Senator Debbie Stabenow.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow called in today to SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to talk about the investigation into billions of dollars that are missing following a major corporate bankruptcy.

Senator Stabenow outlined her approach to a series of hearings that are looking into the bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings and the role of former C-E-O John Corzine, who is claiming ignorance as to the whereabouts of the money.

To listen to the complete interview with Senator Stabenow, please click the link below:

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Lorrie Hayes of the Flat Broke Blues Band with the new CD.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Upper Michigan’s very own Flat Broke Blues Band is having a CD release party this week in Marquette,  MI.

The band is performing this Friday evening at 6pm at the UpFront & Company nightclub to celebrate the release of “FB 3” the band’s third studio album.

Flat Broke’s lead singer Lorrie Hayes joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to promote the event.

Lorrie was joined by show co-host and fellow band member Walt Lindala to chat about the evening’s schedule and more about the CD.  They talked about writing and producing the music on the CD and about the process of writing and recording.

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

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For more about the new CD and how to order a copy, click “HERE“.


NMU Theater student Taylor Kulju.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– Some fun and interesting theater productions and events are underway this week in the Marquette area.

On campus at Northern Michigan University, the 10-minute Play Festival is underway at the James Panowski Black Box Theater in the McClintock building.

Taylor Kulju, a theater student at NMU joined Mark and Walt in the Morning recently to discuss the festival and what it is all about.  She discussed where the idea came from and also how she feels taking part in the event has made her a better theater performer and director.

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

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Dave Hansen and Jeff Spencer with Vertigo.

Also on stage in the Marquette area is a unique production of the Holiday Classic, “A Christmas Carol”.  This production is being mounted by the Vertigo Theater Company at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette and tells the familiar story of Scrooge, but in a slightly unorthodox way.

Jeff Spencer and Dave Hansen, cast members, joined Walt Lindala this week to explain how the show is different from some adaptations and is a sparse production with only a handful of actors.

To listen to the interview with Jeff and Dave, please click on the link below:

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Kiln Shell move across Marquette County from 2009.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Drivers traveling between Iron Mountain and Palmer may experience some delays this afternoon due to a major equipment moving project.  Here’s the story from the newsroom:


Cliffs Natural Resources is moving a piece of oversized equipment from the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Dickinson County to the Tilden Mine today that could impact travel on several U-P roads.
The equipment that is being moved is a kiln shell piece that is 26-feet in diameter and weighs approximately 67 tons. This kiln shell move is similar to one moved in 2009.  The move will affect vehicle travel on roads from the Michigan/Wisconsin border at Florence, WI to the Tilden mine beginning around noon today.
The kiln shell move will start at U.S. 2 North at U.S 141 at the Michigan-Wisconsin border, then progress to M-69 East, to M-95 North, to U.S. 41 East to M-553 South to Marquette County Road 480 West to M-35 South to the Empire Mine entrance at Palmer, arriving at approximately 4:00 PM EDT.




Bobby Glenn Brown in a Holiday Mood.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– An annual Christmastime tradition is back in Marquette County this week.  The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council is presenting the classic Christmas story of “Scrooge” at the Negaunee High School Auditorium.

Bobby Glenn Brown, show promoter and lead actor, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to talk about the show and it’s run.  The show is running this Thursday, December 1-st through Sunday, December 4th with show times for Dec. 1-st at 7-pm and Dec. 4-th at 2-pm.

To listen to the interview with Bobby Glenn Brown, please click the link below:

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Anthology Coordinator Grace Chaillier.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)–  “Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now” is a new anthology of creative works representing the contemporary American Indian experience in Michigan featuring poetry, short stories, essays, photographs and artwork.

Project Co-ordinator Grace Chaillier joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the anthology and it’s planned release this week.

A public reading will be held at N-M-U this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Jamrich Hall room 105.  The free event is open to the public and will showcase contributors and celebrate the book’s launch.

“Voice on the Water” is a collaboration of NMU’s Center for Native American Studies and the NMU Press and was made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

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

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For more about the anthology and the NMU Center for Native American Studies, please click “HERE“.