Sunny 101.9 Morning Show, Interviews, and News

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Hi, this is Walt Lindala. As you’ve heard by now, my good friend Mark Evans has left the fold and is off on a new career opportunity. And that brings some changes here, mornings for Sunny 101.9. I’m also away for a few weeks, working on other projects as well. But don’t worry. Walt Lindala will be back Monday March 4, with my new co-host Mike Plourde. Sunny will deliver you a fresh mix of the things you’ve come to Love, plus some new bits to help you get your day started right… So my U.P. Friends… stay close! Stay tuned and please pardon our radio dust so to speak, as we do our spring cleaning. The new season unfolds only on Sunny 101.9, and it’s fresh Each Day, on-line at wkqsfm.com.  All our interviews and news will now also be posted to wkqsfm.com

 

Sunny 101.9 Morning Show, Interviews, and News

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UPSDA President Pat Torreano.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Uncharacteristic weather conditions so far this winter have resulted in some changes to the running of the UP 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races.

Pat Torreano, President of the UP Sled Dog Association, stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning to outline the changes.  The main change to announce was that the start of the UP 200 will NOT be held in downtown Marquette this year.  The race will start in Chatham on Friday, February 17th at 8:00 pm .

There will, however, be a ceremonial start of the Midnight Run in Downtown Marquette at 7:10 pm.  30 mushers with 8-dog teams will depart in the usual manner as seen for the start of the UP 2oo.

Torreano emphasized that for spectators, the starting ceremonies in Marquette will not seem different at all.  But for mushers and their teams, these changes are very important.

To listen to the interview with Pat Torreano, please click on the audio link below:

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To visit the UPSDA website, please click “HERE”.

 

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Governor Rick Snyder with Mark & Walt in the Morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today. Governor Snyder, who is making a tour across areas in the Upper Peninsula, outlined his schedule for his visit and discussed the political issues of the day facing the state.

This afternoon he will be visiting Bay College in Escanaba at 12:30pm. Saturday morning at 10am Governor Snyder will drop the green flag to kick off the Sault Ste Marie I-500 Snowmobile Race.

The Governor spoke about the positive aspects of very productive year, and his goals for all Michiganders to work together and develop economic improvements.  Snyder said, “The real key to success, in my view, is relentless positive action,” and he feels Michigan has begun it’s comeback phase with car manufacturers in Detroit leading the way.

Through the course of the interview Governor Snyder touched on a few of his campaign goals and what the results have been so far. He also reiterated how he is committed to achieve what he has set out to do.

To listen to the complete interview with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, please click on the audio link below:

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Samantha Collins.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A special fund raising event is coming up very soon at Marquette Mountain Ski Hill in Marquette, MI.

The Northern Michigan University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America is presenting the 5th Annual Jam for Love Ski and Snowboard Competition.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 4th, with pre-registration at 5:30 pm, and the event will start at 7 pm.

Brian Price and Samantha Collins stopped in at the SUNNY studios recently to talk with Mark Evans and preview the event and chat about where the proceeds are going.

Brian Price.

To listen to the interview with Brian and Samantha, please click on the audio link below:

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Matt Deal of the Y of Marquette County.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– Another round of activities for all ages is underway at the Y in Marquette County.

Matt Deal, with the Y, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today for the latest “Y Wednesday” to outline some of the major ones.

Matt talked about wellness and fitness programs and events underway for kids, adults and seniors going on as of this week at the Y.

To listen to the interview and find out more about what’s going on at the Y of Marquette County, please click on the audio link below:

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To visit the newly redesigned website of the Y, please click “HERE“.

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Gwinn Superintendent Kim VanDrese.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Gwinn Community School District has introduced a new automated telephone messaging system to be used by the administration to disseminate emergency and other information to students, parents and community members.

Kim VanDrese, Superintendent of the Gwinn Community Schools, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning to discuss this new system and how it will serve to benefit the community.

She explained how the new system can be used to announce school closings and more and can also be used to get important information home to parents with one phone call.

To find out how you can sign up for this service and receive messages from the district, please listen to the interview by clicking on the audio link below:

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To log on to the Gwinn Community Schools home page, please click “HERE“.

 

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Lisa Coombs- Gerou.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Lisa Coombs-Gerou, Executive Director of the Y of Marquette County joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today for the first “Y Wednesday” of the year.

She outlined the latest about the “Livestrong” program and a lot more about wellness programs being offered for all ages at the “Y”.  She also touched on the newly redesigned website for the “Y” and more.

To listen to the interview with Lisa Coombs-Gerou, please click on the audio link below:

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To visit the “Y” website, please click “HERE“.

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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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Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– The inaugural Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is fast approaching in Marquette Township and the planning is continuing for all of the festivities.

Randy Girard, Marquette Township Manager, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning this week to discuss the latest developments in the event.

Randy explained the schedule and a lot more, and to listen to his interview, please click the link below:

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DIGGING ROOTS in SUNNY 101.9 Studio.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Canadian group “Digging Roots” joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morningtoday to promote their show tonight at the Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.  The show starts at 7:30 and tickets are available at the door.

Band members Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish joined Walt Lindala to talk about their music, influences and inspirations.  The band also performed a new track live in the studio.  The live track, entitled “Naturally Higher”, mixes lyrics of love and togetherness with smooth harmonies and lead ukelele.

To listen to the interview with Digging Roots and to hear the song, please click the link below:

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For more about Digging Roots, click HERE for their website.