GETTING ALL OF THE POSTS UP-TO-DATE!

YOUR INTREPID BLOGGER, MORNING CO-HOST AND NEWS GUY.

Today’s blog entry is one of those fun ones that also gives one pause.  It’s a posting of a series of interviews from the last week or so.  It’s been kind of crazy around here with last week’s shooting threat at Northern Michigan University to the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl to the preparations for the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama to Marquette.  As a result, it’s been more than a little busy for this news guy and I apologize for not getting all of the recent interviews posted in a timely manner.  Anyway, that is what today’s blog is for, so kick back and enjoy the next series of interviews.  They cover everything from a local connection to the dispute in Egypt to the latest production at the Forest Roberts Theater.  There’s also a chat about the latest brand of brew from the Keweenaw Brewing Company that YOU helped to name and a new CD locally produced by a musher about the sport of running sled dogs.  There’s even more, so without further ado, let’s get to it!

-Walt, Your Blogger and Morning Co-Host!

A MARQUETTE COUNTY CONNECTION TO THE TURMOIL IN EGYPT

MOHEY MOWAFY

Mohey Mowafy, a professor at Northern Michigan University and a resident of Marquette, joined Mark and Walt recently to discuss the situation in Egypt with the masses in revolution calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarek.  He shared his personal experiences with dealing with the loss of contact with his family and friends in Egypt when the government shut down the internet access and telephone systems as the dispute heated up.  He was unable to speak to his loved ones for over a week.

He also discussed some of his perspectives on why the situation has gotten to where it currently is.  To listen to the complete interview with Mohey, please click “HERE.”

LOCALLY PRODUCED MUSIC TO “MUSH” BY.

MUSHER AND MUSICIAN DAVID GILL

David Gill, a local musher and musician stopped in to discuss his new CD “Moonlight On The Snow”.  The CD features original music written and performed by Gill that was inspired by his experiences as a musher in a series of sled dog evens around the country.  The music has a very organic and acoustic feel and is a perfect representation of the aura of mushing across the quiet wooded plains of Upper Michigan.  David tells us that the CD was created after he had a great response when her performed the title track last year at the UP 200 and Midnight Run bib draw and banquet.  The positive feedback inspired the writing of the rest of the songs.

The CD is available in several shops around the area and would be a perfect item to pick up prior to the UP200 and Midnight Run Sled Dog Races that are coming up here in Marquette and Alger Counties during the weekend of February 18th through the 20th.  To listen to the interview with David and to hear how all of this music came together, please click “HERE“.

AFTER GOOD POLITICAL DISCOURSE AND A GOOD MUSH, TIME FOR A GOOD BEER

SMILIN' DICK AND A SIXER OF THE OLDE ORE DOCK SCOTTISH ALE.

Dick Gray, co-owner and operator of the Keweenaw Brewing Company, based in Houghton, joined Mark and Walt recently to talk about one of their favorite things, good beer.  Specifically, Dick brought in a case of the fresh-off-the line Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale.  It’s their first beer that they are producing with a name connected to the Marquette area.

The name for the new brew was selected from a list of names that were submitted by YOU when we did the “Name the Brew” promotion last year.  (You can still click on the header up above and see all of the fun!!)  The new brew has now been brewed and has been canned and is heading out to select store shelves and beer coolers at your favorite establishments RIGHT NOW, so go on…get some!

You can find out more about the Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale and the rest of the Keweenaw Brewing Company’s tasty brews by logging onto their website by clicking “HERE“.

To listen to the interview with Dick, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST PRODUCTION AT THE FRT AT NMU.

AARON SARKA AND ANSLEY VALENTINE

Ansley Valentine, the Director of Theater at Northern Michigan University, and the director of the latest production at the Forest Roberts Theater on campus, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and cast member and NMU student Aaron Sarka joined Mark and Walt to chat about the show.  This play is actually a musical that it based on the hit film that starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin.  They discussed the challenges of doing a show that is connected to a very popular film and keeping it true to the expectations of the audience who are familiar with the previous work and endeavoring to make it fresh at the same time.

The show starts it’s run at the FRT on the evening of Wednesday, February 16th and runs through the following Saturday night with a Saturday afternoon matinee as well.  To find out more about this and other productions at the FRT, please click “HERE“.  To listen to the complete interview with Ansley and Aaron, please click “HERE“.

THE LATEST HAPPENINGS AT THE “Y”.

SAM CROWLEY FROM THE "Y"

Sam Crowley, Massage Therapist and Kayak Instructor at the YMCA of Marquette County visited the studios to give an update on events and activities that are coming up at the “Y”.  There a series of things in the works for a wide-range of folks in our community, from the youths to the seniors.  Sam also filled us in on some of the kayaking-based activities and classes he is currently teaching through the “Y”.

All of the activities and events at the “Y” are open to all members of the public and you can get involved by stopping by either the Marquette or Negaunee facility.  You can also call them at 227-YMCA or log onto their website.

You can do that by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to the full interview with Sam, please click “HERE“.

STAYING CONNECTED WHEN THE WEATHER THREATENS.

MATT ZIKA FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Matt Zika, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township joined Mark and Walt to talk about NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Week, which is in effect this week.  Matt let us know about the services provided by NOAA through their radio network and how you can get a good quality radio at any area electronics shop or dealer that sells consumer electronics.  Matt also talked a bit about the current cold weather snap we are in and how this winter has been in comparison with others.  The answers my surprise you.  You can listen to the complete interview by clicking “HERE“.

ALL DONE…FOR NOW!!

So there it is!  All up to date and in order!  At least for now.  Check in again to see and hear more.

CHEERS!

-Walt