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,


Our winner, Darnel Chevrette, with the Hot Tub.

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night at the Country Lanes and Entertainment Center for our Nordic Escape Premium Hot Tub giveaway! It was a great evening and we congratulate the winner, Darnel Chevrette of Negaunee.

Thanks to all of the staff at the Country Lanes as well as the Mama Russo’s crew keeping everyone in beverages and tasty food.

Your intrepid morning show hosts at the party.

We’d also like to thank all of the sponsors, especially the folks at the Rec Depot in Marquette.  All of their support made for a fantastic time!

For more photos and fun from the giveaway, please click “HERE“.






School Closures for 9/30/11:

The following schools are closed due to power outages today-




NICE Community Schools say Bus #9C, which serves County Road 573 and South Camp Road is not running this morning.


The Marquette Board of Light and Power says that their crews are working on restoring the main circuits at this time.  As a result, some of their outlying service areas, such as Chocolay, Sands, Skandia and Negaunee Townships, may be without power until sometime tomorrow.


Michigamme Township Hall is open this morning with a generator for residents if they have any medical or oxygen concerns.  They have full power to help, and most importantly, the coffee is ON!


UPPCO is currently reporting over 5000 customers across the Upper Peninsula this morning.  Here is their latest statement:

Strong winds continue to cause power outages to UPPCO electric customers. The outages are the result of strong winds causing branches to break or trees falling onto power lines.

UPPCO has been assessing the damage since earlier this afternoon. Asplundh tree crews are on site and working to clean up fallen trees and debris so UPPCO crews can continue restoration efforts. At this time no restoration times are available.

Residents are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to treat them as if they are energized. Do not attempt to clear downed trees or branches from areas near power lines!

If you have an electric emergency, contact UPPCO at 800-562-7809. All other emergencies please call 911.

Customers who are without power and have internet access can report an outage via their mobile device, laptop or tablet. They can also visit the UPPCO Web site: to view outage information.


The sunrise over Lake Superior from behind the wheel during the morning commute.

The weather over the last few days has been more than a bit challenging, with fog, rain and even some sleet.

This is also the time of year where glare from the sun can create problems on your morning or evening commute.

Check out this picture.

Our own marketing and sales guru Mike Flannery snapped this shot of the sunrise as he drove in to work in Marquette from Negaunee yesterday.  With the sun encased in low-lying fog, it was quite a challenge to not be blinded.

Because the sun rises and sets closer to the horizon and almost exactly east and west in the fall, driving can be difficult and, in some cases, dangerous. The Michigan Department of Transportation (M-DOT) offers these tips for safe fall driving:

-Adjust the time that you travel to and from your destination;

-Wear a good pair of sunglasses and drive slower than you usually do; and

-Keep the windshield clean as the sun’s glare can make dirt more obvious.

“Using any or all of these tips, especially in early fall, can make our roads safer,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T.Steudle. “Another good way to deal with the bright sunlight is to allow more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

Intense glare from the sun on the horizon has the potential to blind drivers,causing unexpected slow downs. Other potential safety hazards exist every year as well, like wet, fallen leaves and frost.

For more information on autumn driving tips, visit the M-DOT Web site by clicking “HERE“.

The crowd awaits.

The Grand Prize!

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to Flanigan’s Bar in Marquette for the Great Lakes Radio Detroit Tiger Ticket Giveaway.  We had a ball watching the game and hanging out at one of our favorite places in town.

Our own Joe Duckworth gets the crowd ready!

Although the Tigers took it on the chin and lost the game last night to Baltimore 6 to 5, the party was fun and it was great to see so many folks out and about.  A special thanks to Don Marple and the rest of the staff at Flanigan’s for making the evening roll along smoothly!

Also, thanks to Tom Babcock and Pike Distributing for the game tickets and setting up the Labatt’s Blue and Blue Light specials.  And thank you to the folks at Mueller’s Pizza for the specials we enjoyed at the party!

Congratulations, Red!

We send out a special congratulations to the winner, Brian Smalls.  He’s better known as “Red” around town and he was very excited to win the tickets.  As he said last night, he’s never been to a game at Comerica Park, and he’s definitely going to the game.  Congratulations, Red!

Thanks to everybody who took part and made it happen!  The night was truly a home run! 







Cynthia Thompson and Sally Davis with the UPCRC

(MARQUETTE,MI) – There’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of the waters of the U.P..  The Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club is taking part in National Learn To Row Day.  It’s coming up on Saturday, June 11th at Founder’s Landing in Marquette.

Cynthia Thompson and Sally Davis with the UPCRC joined Mark Evans this morning to talk about this event and what the club is all about.  They shared why they enjoy this activity and how interested parties can get involved.

To listen to the complete interview with Cynthia and Sally, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club, please click “HERE“.

Let Shepler's Take You There
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry has dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Mackinac Island and their complaint with the Michigan Public Service Commission.  Shepler’s launched a lawsuit against the city and a competing ferry company, which was formed when two other ferry companies joined together to form one large operation.  Shepler’s legal challenge accused them of trying to run them out of business.

According to company owner and operator, Chris Shepler, the lawsuits and formal complaints were dropped yesterday without prejudice, meaning that the litigation may be re-opened at any time.  Speaking in an exclusive interview with Great Lakes Radio News, Shepler says he is more interested in getting back to business for the season.

A franchise agreement with Mackinac Island was granted to Shepler’s last month.

To listen to the complete interview with Chris Shepler, please click “HERE“.

Peter Brady? NO! Christopher Knight!

Actor and TV Star Christopher Knight, the former Peter Brady from the iconic ’70’s TV show, “The Brady Bunch” chatted with Mark and Walt in the Morning today to promote his latest project, hosting the Michigan Lottery TV show, “Make Me Rich”.

The next show will air on May 19 at 7:30 PM on WJMN-TV 3 in Marquette (plus seven other markets across the state).   A total of $2.5 million plus a Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle will be given away.  Show contestants will compete in three separate contests for a chance to win one $500,000 prize, the motorcycle, or a grand prize of $2 million. Viewers at home can also text-in for a chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes.

To listen to the interview with Christopher Knight, please click “HERE“.  Anyone interested in being a future contestant can get more information by visiting the Michigan Lottery website “HERE“.

A shot of the powerless Negaunee, MI Citgo this morning.

A wide-reaching band of severe thunderstorms moving across Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula overnight resulted in power outages that caused several schools to be closed or delayed this morning.

Many communities across the U.P. including Ishpeming, Negaunee, Munising, Houghton, Hancock and others were left without power for several hours following those storms.  According to the Upper Peninsula Power Company, over 55-thousand of their customers were affected by these outages overnight.

Crews have been working to restore power to all of the affected areas as soon as possible.

The Holiday station sits dark and damp this morning in Negaunee, MI.

Telephone and internet service has also been disrupted in many areas around the U.P. due to the severe weather.  The power did stay on in the Marquette area, but many areas such as the Keweenaw Peninsula, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Munising had power outages that affected nearly 100-percent of residents.

According to a statement this morning from UPPCO, they have not determined the official cause for these widespread power outages and they have no estimated time for the full restoration of electrical service.

For the latest information from the Upper Peninsula Power Company on the restoration effort, please clickHERE“.

Ann Gonyea - Great Lakes Center For Youth Development

Ann Gonyea with the  Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined Mark and Walt to feature Excellence in Education activities planned this week for student and teachers in Marquette and Alger Counties.  She outlined several events including a dinner this evening at Northern Michigan University in Marquette to recognize students and the teachers that were influential in their success.

There are several other sessions and outings planned throughout the week for students and their teachers to take part in across the North-Central U.P.

To listen to Ann’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Great Lakes Center For Youth Development’s website, please click “HERE“.