Yours Truly with World Famous St. VINCE in Green Bay, WI.

Hey Folks!  I know I’ve made it no secret, nor has Mark, that this morning show is a Green Bay Packer friendly place.  We both love the Pack and cheer them on every season.

We are also true Packer fans who understand that although the team can have a great game going on the field, they can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on the turn of a dime.  We have watched Green Bay Football for years and we know the power the Packers have to screw up a game.

So it is with some guarded optimism we watch the team get off to a 3-and-0 start this year as the defending Super Bowl Champions.

As for that moniker, “defending Super Bowl Champions”, ask any true Packer fan what they felt like when the Pack won the whole block of cheese last year.   If they tell you any answer other than “shock and disbelief”, they’re not real Packer faithful.   Real Packer fans don’t carry an air of domination or swagger.  They know how lucky we are and don’t take any of it for granted.

So anyway, with a hearty “GO PACK GO!”, we cheer on the Green Bay Packers and hope for the best.  Ya gotta admit, things are going well so far!

 

GO PACK GO!

 

-Walt

HEY GANG!  HERE’S A FEW THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR AREA.

THE UNITED WAY OF MARQUETTE COUNTY NEARS IT’S GOAL.

SMILIN' SUE MINCKLER.

Thanks to Sue Minckler with the United Way of Marquette County for stopping by the Sunny studios and chatting with Mark & Walt about how their annual fund raising campaign is going.  They are at about 95-percent of the goal and there is still time for you to get involved.  Sue also chatted about where the money that you give goes, and how it really is needed at this time.  To listen to the interview with Sue Minckler, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the United Way of Marquette County and all of it’s programs and member agencies, you can log on to the MCUW website by clicking “HERE“.

TIME TO BOWL FOR KID’S SAKE WITH BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS.

BB/BS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JAYNE LETTS.

Jayne Letts, Executive Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, stopped in to chat about the upcoming “Bowl For Kid’s Sake” fund raiser.  This fun way of helping out a great cause features putting a team together to raise cash and go bowling!  Fun and easy.  Jayne explained how you can get involved and also outlined the schedule for a series of bowling events around the region.  To listen to the interview with Jayne Letts, please click “HERE“.  To answer any questions you may have about Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, please visit their website by clicking “HERE“.

HEMATITE SPORTS HISTORY ON TELEVISION.

THE RESPLENDENT RICH ROSSWAY.

Rich Rossway, TV producer and host, joined Mark and Walt to discuss a documentary that has been produced outlining the successful season of the Ishpeming Hematites football squad.  The show is a locally-produced document of their winning season and is airing on Charter Cable On Demand and will also be airing locally on a broadcast station to be determined.  You can listen to the interview and find out more about this and other productions with Rich Rossway by clicking “HERE“.

A PRETTY FULL LISTING OF STUFF!

Packed up and loaded out!

Have a good one and we’ll see you soon!

-Walt

THE “Y” IS KICKING OFF THEIR ANNUAL STRONG KIDS CAMPAIGN.

"Y" DIRECTOR LISA COOMBS-GEROU

Lisa Coombs-Gerou, Executive Director of the “Y”, joined Mark & Walt in the Morning to talk about the upcoming annual “Strong Kids” campaign.  It benefits area youth in need and their families by providing scholarships for membership to the “Y” to use it’s facility and to take part in the events and activities that are held there.  She outlined the dates for the campaign and it’s financial goal as well as how people can get involved.  To find out more about the campaign and how you can donate, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Lisa.  For more about the “Y” and all of it’s goings on, please click “HERE” to visit their website.

HEY GANG!!  IT’S BUSY AROUND THESE HERE PARTS!

YOUR MORNING MEN, MARK AND WALT!

There’s a whole lot going on in Marquette County over the next few days.  Not only is the UP 200 and Midnight Run sled dog race going on, but there are some special events happening as well.  As we have a tendency to do here on Mark and Walt in the Morning, we gabbed about all of it.  As for some of the specific things going on in and around Marquette County, we had a chance to talk a bit more in depth about some of those things, and here’s some of the highlights!

A GREAT WAY TO HELP SOME GREAT KIDS.

THE ONE AND ONLY STAN HUBERT!

Stan Hubert, owner of the world famous Dry Dock Tavern in Harvey, joined Mark and Walt to chat about the Ride to Benefit MARESA.  The event is this Saturday and features a 90-mile snowmobile ride as well as a celebration afterward at the Dry Dock.  There will be a silent auction and plenty of food, fun and frivolity.  Registration is at 8:30 am Saturday and the ride gets underway with the first group leaving the Dry Dock at 9:00 am.  All monies raised will go to benefit the special needs children served by MARESA, or Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency.  To listen to the interview with Stan and find out more about this very special event, please click “HERE“.

HELP YOUR NON-PROFIT AGENCY HELP THE COMMUNITY.

THE EFFERVESCENT ANN GONYEA.

Ann Gonyea, with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, stopped in on the Mark and Walt show to encourage area non-profit agencies to take part in some upcoming workshops and seminars designed to increase and strengthen the effectiveness of their websites and boards in their efforts to serve the community.  The seminars are being held early next week, and Ann wanted to let folks know that there is still time for folks to get themselves or their non-profit agencies registered and involved.  To listen to a portion of the interview with Ann, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, please log on to their website by clicking “HERE“.

TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMY RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

TOM BALDINI CHATS ABOUT THE ECONOMIC CLUB.

Tom Baldini, Immediate Past President of the Economic Club of Marquette County, stopped in at the Sunny Studios to discuss the latest speaker coming to address the club this Monday evening.  Jeff Millin, the President and CEO of Pioneer Surgical Technology, based in Marquette, will be the keynote speaker at their monthly dinner, happening at the Ramada Inn in Marquette.  To listen to portions of the interview with Tom, please click “HERE“.  To register online for the dinner and to find out more about the Economic Club of Marquette County, please click “HERE“.

FULL UP AND HEADED INTO THE WEEKEND.

Hey! With everything that’s going on around our neck of the woods this weekend (and beyond), be sure to enjoy it!  Like I say, “Don’t take it for granted, just take it in!”


ENJOY!

-Walt

HELP OUT THE SALVATION ARMY THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON.

RINGING THE BELL TO HELP THIS HOLIDAY!

Hey everybody!  Now is the time to step up and help out the community.  The Ishpeming Salvation Army is looking for bell ringers to help raise funds this Christmas season.  There are several shifts over the next few weeks that they are looking to fill and you can find out more by contacting the Ishpeming Salvation Army.  You can reach them by calling 486-8121 or you can stop in at their facility in person at 222 East Division in Ishpeming.

It’s a quick and easy thing to do an you’ll help out the Salvation Army as they work to help out the less fortunate in our community.  Hey, even Mark and I have agreed to do a bell ringing shift.  It will be in the next week or two and we’ll have more details on when and where.

So call the Ishpeming Salvation Army at 486-8121 and say you want to help out.  They’ll love to hear from you!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

– Walt

HEY!  PUT THAT CIGARETTE OUT!

TODAY IS THE DAY.

Today is the 35th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  It is an effort to encourage smokers to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.  Vicky Rakowski of the American Cancer Society joined the show this morning to talk about the smokeout.  She says quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help.

VICKY RAKOWSKI.

To listen to Vicky’s comments from this mornings “Mark & Walt in the Morning ” show, please click “HERE“.  For more information about the Great American Smokeout and for tips to help you quit, visit the American Cancer Society website by clicking “HERE“.

GOOD LUCK WITH TRYING TO QUIT!

-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

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS.

HEY EVERYBODY!!! WEEKEND TIME!!!

The good news is…HEY! IT’S THE WEEKEND!!  EVERYBODY GET UP AND DANCE!!  Boogie on down my children!  Two days of rest and relaxation and doing what you want!!  Blastin’ brain cells and goin’ fishin’!  That’s the way we like it!  WOOO-HOOO!

THE BAD NEWS…

A VERY DISTURBED BLOGGER.

The computers are running slow and have crashed at least once here in the Head Office of Mark and Walt in the Morning.  That means that today’s blog has been cancelled due to technical difficulties.  BOOOO!  HISSS!!  That’s the way we don’t like it!

I guess we’ll pick it up again on Monday!

Don’t be stupid and we’ll see you all then!


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYBODY!


-Walt

HEY! YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S LISTENING!

THE EFFERVESCENT MISS VICK FROM WLUC TV6!

Congratulations to our latest winner of the Great Doughnut Race, the one and only U.P. sports maven, Mike Ludlum of TV 6.  He was the first correct caller with the correct answer to the question, “What Major League Baseball Hall of Famer was known as “The Vacuum Cleaner”?  The answer, Brooks Robinson.  He picked up a certificate good for two dozen doughnuts from the Huron Mountain Bakery in Marquette.  HOORAY!!  Good for Mike!!

BUT, WAIT A MINUTE….That’s not TV6’s Mike Ludlum in this picture!

It’s TV6’s very own morning personality, Vicky Crystal!  The “much too busy to go to the radio station” Mike Ludlum sent her instead to do his errands!  She’s so nice to him!  It was cool to see Vicky, though, after all of these years!

Hope the doughnuts were tasty, you loveable TV guys!


CHEERS!

-Walt

GET TO WORK!!  BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY!

MAKE A PIT STOP AT THE MARQUETTE MALL DURING BIKE TO WORK DAY!

Hey blog-o-philes!  There’s a fun and unique way for you to get to work coming up on Monday, June 7th.  You are encouraged to take your bike with you to the Marquette Mall an park your car and ride your bike to work.  It is an initiative launched by the Marquette County Health Department and several other groups to encourage physical activity and using an alternate transportation source.

Mark Evans had a chance to sit down with organizer Bobbi Ayotte from the Marquette County Health Department and event sponsor Dan Torres from the Border Grill to find out more details about the scheduled event including how to take part and get registered. To listen to segments from the interview, please click “HERE“.