Fire Fighters Static Display in Marquette.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Firefighters in Marquette are joining up with other fire and rescue departments around Marquette County this Saturday for the annual Fire Prevention Week Kick-Off and Static Display.

The event is set for Saturday morning and features fire trucks, search and rescue trucks and more.  It all signifies the beginning of fire prevention week and gives the public a chance to come out and find out more about fire safety.

Marquette Firefighters Jeff Greene and Ben Wilder stopped in this morning to chat with SUNNY 101.9’s Mark Evans about the event and fire prevention week activities.

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For more about fire prevention week, please click “HERE”.

Gwinn Athletic Director Duane VanDrese.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio Sports– The Gwinn Area Community Schools District has discontinued their varsity football program for the rest of this season.

The district’s Board of Education voted last night to take the action due to a low number of students able to play the sport.

Reports say Gwinn had only 12 players able to play in a game against Negaunee scheduled for this Saturday. School officials said the low number of students participating in the game would have forced them to play the entire game and would have significantly increased their risk for injury.

As a result, the board voted to end the program. The football team was also facing a further loss of players due to academic eligibility requirements taking effect on Friday. The district hopes to restore the varsity football program in the coming years.

Great Lakes Radio’s Mark Evans spoke with Gwinn Schools Athletic Director Duane VanDrese this morning on Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to get the latest information about this decision.

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MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio Sports– The familiar sights and sounds of high school football return to Marquette County tonight.  Mark Evans, the voice of the Negaunee Miners, and Mike Plourde, voice of the Ishpeming Hematites, had a discussion this morning about both teams and their potential seasons.

They discussed how the teams look heading into this season and what strengths and potential weaknesses the squads possess.  They also looked at the rest of the season’s toughest opponents and what may be the most exciting games of the year.

Both teams hit the turf tonight and you can listen to Mark call the Miners on Sunny 101.9, WKQS and Mike call the Hematites on 98.3, WRUP.

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Governor Rick Snyder joins Mark and Walt.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited the Sunny 101.9 WKQS studios this morning to chat with Mark Evans and Walt Lindala during his tour of the Upper Peninsula.  Snyder, who kicked his campaign for Governor off last year on Mark and Walt in the Morning, engaged in a rapid-fire conversation about several issues currently facing the state and his administration.

Snyder shared his thoughts about the state economy and how it can be fixed through individuals, communities and government working together to find solutions.  He also talked about the success of the harbor dredging effort in Grand Marais and how a mix of business and tourism will be the key factors in the future of the U.P.

The Governor, who has been targeted for recall, also discussed his reactions to the recent recall elections in Wisconsin, voiced his perspective about the differences between Michigan and Wisconsin and how he intends to stay the course politically.

To listen to PART ONE of the interview with Governor Rick Snyder, please click below:

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Joe Lubig with the MAPS Education Foundation.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Supporters of the Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation have a great opportunity during this extended heat wave to stay cool and help out the Foundation.  This Sunday, a benefit for the MAPS Education Foundation is being held at Elizabeth’s Chop House in Marquette from 5pm to 8pm.  The event is called “Ice Cream and Gelato in July” and all proceeds raised will go to in support of scholarships.

Joe Lubig, with the MAPS Education Foundation, joined Mark Evans and Walt Lindala this morning to discuss the details of the event.  He also discussed what the Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation is all about and how it benefits students in the Marquette school system.

To listen to the interview with Joe Lubig, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Marquette Area Public Schools, please click “HERE“.

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LeAnne Kachmarsky, Chair, Community Events Committee, Marquette Township.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette Township officials are planning a special day focusing on recent upgrades at one of the township’s most popular ballfields  as well as other activities.

LeAnne Kachmarsky, chair of the Marquette Township Community Events Committee, joined Mark Evans and Walt Lindala this morning to discuss activites planned for Saturday, August 6th.  The main focus of the event will be on the formal unveiling of renovations to Lions Field, but there will also be a National Noon and Night Out, community picnic, Texaco Country Showdown and more going on.

To listen to the interview with LeAnne, please click “HERE“.  For more about Marquette Township events and activities, please click “HERE“.

The Morning Team, Mark and Walt.

MARQUETTE, MI – After a week away, the world-traveling Mark Evans was back on the program this morning, bringing Mark and Walt back together.  Unfortunately, (or fortunately – depending on how you look at it) we’ll only be back together for a short time.  That’s because now, it’s MY turn for some time off!


I’m hitting the road on Tuesday and going downstate for a week.  Going to see the in-laws and friends, eat some good foods, catch a Tiger game at Comerica Park and just relax!   I need it and I can’t really wait to get away for few days.  It should be fun, and I hope to bring back some kind of travel log of my adventures.


While I’m away, our all purpose overnight guy, Tony, will be helping Mark out on the big program.  Also lending a hand will be the Illustrious Doctor Don with news duties in my absence.  It’ll be fun, and I hope you’ll keep listening although I won’t be around.


Have a great week and we’ll catch you on the flipside when I get back!



Todd Goldbeck and Mike Plourde.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – It’s time once again for an annual tradition in Marquette County that gives area high school football players who have just graduated one last chance to show their skills.  The U.P. Football All-Star Game is set for this Saturday at the Superior Dome on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI.  This year, there is a new and exciting development.  The game will be broadcast on the radio on WFXD-fm.

Todd Goldbeck, organizer and spokesman for the game stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 studios to chat with Mark Evans about the events going on this week that culminate in the match on Saturday.  Also joining in was Great Lakes Radio Sports announcer Mike Plourde, who will be broadcasting the game from the Dome.

To listen to the conversation between Mark, Todd and Mike, please click “HERE“.  For more about the U.P. Football All-Star Game and what this week is all about, please click “HERE“.

Folks from GLR, Willow Farms and Flanigan's Bar in the Sunny Studio.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The 10-th Annual Great Lakes Radio/Flanigan’s Bar/BioLife Plasma Charity Golf Outing was held recently here in Marquette County.  Today, we had the opportunity to  follow through with a check presentation to this year’s recipient, the Willow Farms Therapeutic Riding Program in Harvey, MI

Great Lakes Radio Sales Guru Bill Tibor joined Don Marple, owner of  Flanigan’s Bar and Julie Frazier from Willow Farms all joined Mark Evans today on the big program  for a formal presentation of a check with all of the proceeds raised to the therapeutic  riding prgram.  Over 2300 dollars was raised to benefit the effort and help with scholarships for kids to take part.  Some of the money came from an additional donation from Kohl’s and their support is greatly appreciated.

To listen to the interview from this morning, please click “HERE“.

John Kivela and Dave Ollila.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The City of Marquette’s Presque Isle Park is currently competing online to win the 2011 “This Place Matters Community Challenge.” The city is currently ranked in the top 30 of 100. Each person is only allowed to vote once throughout the Challenge, and voting ends on June 30.

Marquette Mayor John Kivela and Dave Ollila from Marquettte Backcountry Skiing joined Mark Evans in the Sunny Studios this morning to inform the listeners of this current competition and how they can have an impact on it’s outcome by voting.

To listen to the complete interview please click “HERE“.  To visit the City of Marquette’s website, please click “HERE“.