Marquette, MIAugust 26, 2014 – The spotlight is on Songwriters this weekend on!

These feature artists wrote some of the greatest songs of our time. The best compositions from Billy Joel, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, John Lennon, Lionel Richie, and many more!

Tune in this weekend for the best in songwriters from the 60s, 70s, and 80s!

2014-Deluxe-Bathroom-Makeover-Bucket-ImageMarquette, MichiganAugust 20, 2014 – Summer is almost over and there’s only a month left to get registered for our quarterly giveaway: a Deluxe $12,500 Bathroom Makeover from Great Lakes Radio, Mathews Floor Fashions, Champion Glass, Stone Reflections, and Trudell Plumbing & Heating.

We want to send you to the party for your chance to be our next Grand Prize winner, but first you have to get registered! So stop by The Navigator Restaurant in Munising or any of our other sponsor locations:

Mathews Floor Fashions, Champion Glass & Countertops, Stone Reflections, Trudell Plumbing & Heating, Honor Credit Union – all three locations – Negaunee, Marquette, and Gwinn, Synergy Fitness, BioLife Plasma Services, Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center, and Hudsons Classic Grill & Bar in Marquette. You can also register at the Great Lakes Radio office when you come in to pick up your Shopping Show certificates or register online here!


Marquette, MIAugust 19, 2014 – The ladies are taking over Good Time Oldies this weekend. The best all female groups and artists take the stage on your radio starting Friday, August 22nd and lasting all weekend!

Hear the Supremes, Linda Ronstadt, Heart, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Gladys Knight, and many more!

Tune in this weekend and listen to the best female artists and groups from the 50s, 60s, and 70s!

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Scott Drum has set a probable fastest known time (FKT) by consecutively running the combined 83.5-mile length of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Isle Royale National Park. The Northern Michigan University health and human performance professor completed the feat in just more than 24 hours, including transport time between the parks (his actual running time was 19 hours, 22 minutes).

“It was fun, but also very tough, as I expected,” Drum said. “There was more intermittent hiking with the running toward the end, especially the last five miles or so on Isle Royale. The trail was overgrown there and it took some bushwhacking to make it through. My legs are shot, but I feel good about accomplishing this goal. I’m not aware of anyone who’s attempted the two parks consecutively. Others have run both on different days.”

Drum set out on what he called his “Upper Peninsula Ultra Run Double” at 2:28 a.m. Sunday at Pictured Rocks. He traversed a 42.5-mile stretch of the North Country Trail from the Au Sable Visitor Center in Grand Marais to Munising Falls. After a car ride to Houghton and seaplane transport to Isle Royale, he ran another 40 miles on the Greenstone Ridge Trail from Windigo to Rock Harbor, finishing at 2:40 a.m. Monday. Drum ended the effort the same way he started: in the dark wearing a headlamp.

“This was a personally inspired challenge,” Drum said. “I like to explore the boundaries of human physiology to figure out my own physical limits and test what I’m capable of doing in a day. I daydreamed about an adventure run with a twist, so I looked at the geography near where I live and came up with the off-kilter idea to link the two cool National Park Service units in the Upper Peninsula. There were some interesting logistics to figure out. But an experience like this reinforces what I teach at Northern. Confronting challenges related to carbohydrate-fat metabolism, muscle function, fatigue and the psychological aspects brings exercise science alive for me and hopefully for my students.”

Drum has been running since he was 10 years old, first as a “speedster” doing 5Ks and then progressing to more mileage and less structured workouts. While competitive in spirit, he said he doesn’t race a lot. He prefers trail ultra runs twice a year in the Colorado Rockies, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other scenic locales. Drum’s previous distance record in a day was 50 miles. To prepare for Sunday’s grueling challenge, he ran about 80 miles per week on the wooded and hilly trails near Marquette.

“That included a couple of long runs a week ranging from 20-31 miles while figuring out how to fuel myself along the way to maintain an even energy level,” Drum said. “The distances tapered off near the end of my training so I could conserve energy for the actual run. My concerns Sunday were keeping properly nourished and hydrated, not overextending or injuring myself and hoping everything else would come together as far as weather, the rugged terrain—especially in the dark—elevation gain and the unexpected surprises that always come up.”

Following fastest known time protocols, Drum declared his intention in advance on the FKT website, paid his respects to “those who came before” him and gave details on what he was attempting and when as an “open-book” invitation for others to watch or participate. Drum said he hopes to inspire others to either perform the same feat faster or find their own creative ways to physically challenge themselves.

MUNISING, Mich. The public is invited to attend the twentieth annual Alger Women of Honor Observance to be held Thursday, August 21. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is sponsoring the event.

The program will be held at the Alger County Heritage Center located at 1496 Washington Street in Munising. A social half-hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6 p.m.

The roll of honor recognizes Alger County women who have lead enriched lives whether through work, hobby, volunteerism or everyday living. At this year’s event, three women will be honored.

The honorees are Linda Balko, Deanna Boyak, and Mary Jo Cook of Munising.

The Women of Honor Observance celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The theme of this year’s observance is, “Women of Courage, Character and Commitment.”

Win a Trip to Las Vegas!

Win a Trip to Las Vegas!

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Good Time Oldies on WQXO is giving away a trip to Vegas. Registration begins August 18th!

You Could Win:

Roundtrip airfare for two to Las Vegas

Two tickets to Rod Stewart: THE HITS, opening September 17th and running thru November 23rd

Two night stay at Caesars Palace

Dinner for two at Serendipity 3

How to enter: Beginning August 18th enter online or text “Win Vegas” (two words) to 27503.

Registration ends September 4th and the winner will be announced on September 5th.

Win a Trip to Vegas from GTO on WQXO!

Win a Trip to Vegas from GTO on WQXO!

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 14, at American Legion Post 131, 610 W. Munising, in Munising.

The day begins with a 3 p.m. meeting of the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries. The committee will hear from a Michigan State University graduate student regarding her research on climate change and brook trout populations; receive an update on proposed waterfowl hunting regulations for the upcoming season; and learn about changes to the state’s Mi-HUNT land-mapping web application.

The Committee of the Whole follows at 4 p.m. The committee will receive an overview of Department of Natural Resources-related activities in the Upper Peninsula, including partnerships and the economic impact of natural resources, and hear updates on the U.P. Habitat Work Group, trapping on Commercial Forest Act land, the Timber Advisory Council, and the first meeting of the Michigan Wildlife Council. Smokey Bear, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year, also will make an appearance. The meeting will close with a DNR legislative update.

Immediately following the Committee of the Whole, the NRC will hear comments from the public. Those wishing to make public comments before the NRC should contact Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-284-6237 or to register.

Following public comments, the NRC will set waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting regulations for the 2014-2015 hunting season.

DNR Director Keith Creagh will consider 11 land transactions, as well as a land use order amendment to bring the order in line with current state law regarding use of fireworks at state parks.

For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit

Log Slide Viewed From Lake Superior

Log Slide Viewed From Lake Superior

(Grand Marais, MICH.) On August 7, rangers at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore conducted a rescue of a 62 year old female patient on the Log Slide. This patient experienced weakness and exhaustion and was transported by boat to Grand Marais Harbor, where she was treated and released by the Burt Township Ambulance Corps.

“This is the third rescue of this nature that rangers and local rescue personnel have responded to in the last two weeks,” reported Bill Smith, Acting Chief Ranger at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

“The Log Slide is a steep sand slope that can take as little as five minutes to walk down, but over an hour to climb back up,” according to Smith. “Caution is always urged when attempting this climb. Better yet, enjoy the view from the top of the Log Slide.”

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You know you want to come and get some delicious fair food!

Sands Township  -  August 7, 2014  -  The Great Lakes Radio team is at the Marquette County Fair now through Sunday! Stop by our table and meet some of the people who bring you WQXO AM 1400 Radio.

There’s always a lot going on every day at the fair (you can get a schedule of events here). Walt Lindala and Dennis Harold will be at the fair tomorrow from 11 am to 1 pm.

On Saturday, four lucky people are going to win roughly 80 pounds of premium 4-H pork each in our Win the Meat contest sponsored by Great Lakes Radio’s 103 FXD, Honor Credit Union, The Marquette County Fair, Hiawathaland Farm Bureau, and Rainbow Packing Inc. We sent invitations out this week, so if you got one, bring it with you to the red barn for the livestock sale on Saturday by 11:30 am.

Make sure you stop by our table and register for the next giveaway: A Deluxe $12,500 Bathroom Makeover brought to you by Great Lakes Radio, Mathew’s Floor Fashions, Champion Glass, Stone Reflections, and Trudell Plumbing & Heating.

Bring your family to the Fair and visit our display — just look for the Sunny.FM van and the WRUP van at the end of the midway.

Barb Reiter looks on as her father, Carl Reiter, hands over the first toll collected at the newly opened International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Oct. 31. 1962. (Reiter family photo)

Barb Reiter looks on as her father, Carl Reiter, hands over the first toll collected at the newly opened International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Oct. 31. 1962. (Reiter family photo)

The year Barb Reiter was 12, she missed Halloween in order to take a special trip up north to Sault Ste. Marie with her truck driver dad. “I was 12 and it was Halloween, so I missed trick-or-treating,” she said. “So you guys owe me some candy.”

Instead, Barb spent the day as she often did, riding along with her dad on his runs to pick up lumber from Canada and return it to a furniture plant in Muskegon. This trip was one of the most memorable. Instead of crossing the St. Marys River on a ferry, which could take up to two hours including wait time, they had the honor of being in the first commercial vehicle to cross the brand new International Bridge.

An old photo shows Barb and her father, Carl, paying the toll as they head northbound across the bridge on Oct. 31, 1964. Barb vividly remembers the crowd that greeted her and her dad as they headed back south down I-75 after the ceremonial crossing.

“There were just miles of traffic,” she said. “Everybody out of their cars tooting and waving, it was one of the best memories I ever had in my life.”

International Bridge staff recreated those memories as best they could on July 11. Barb, now 64, from downstate Mesick, Mich., and her brother Arvid, 58, of Rock Hill, S.C., drove up to pay a final nostalgic visit to the old toll booths. Arvid runs a successful trucking company of his own and put about 1,100 miles on one of his rigs making the round trip. He said he remembers his dad as a great provider who was constantly making trips to Canada through the Upper Peninsula.

Almost 52 years later, Barb and her brother, Arvid Reiter, re-enact the scene at one of the original tool booths with International Bridge Administration (IBA) Toll Operations Manager Fiore Cappelli. The original booths were removed shortly after their visit as part of the ongoing IBA Toll Plaza project. (IBA photo)

Almost 52 years later, Barb and her brother, Arvid Reiter, re-enact the scene at one of the original tool booths with International Bridge Administration (IBA) Toll Operations Manager Fiore Cappelli. The original booths were removed shortly after their visit as part of the ongoing IBA Toll Plaza project. (IBA photo)

“He was a hard worker, my dad. He raised five kids with that one truck he had,” Arvid said. “We had a lot of fun out there on the highway.”

Brother and sister said they remember many trips with their dad, who passed away nine years ago. They’d ride along on weekends – and sometimes even play hooky from school – to keep him company and help stay awake on some of his four trips a week up from Cadillac. Revisiting the bridge brought back a lot of memories.

“It just meant so much to me, I just can’t even express how much,” Barb said of her recent visit. “This being in memory of my dad – and reliving what my dad did – it’s totally awesome.”

The Reiters visited just in time. The old booths were removed the following week as part of the two-year, $8.9 million International Bridge Toll Plaza construction project. The existing five original toll lanes are making way for seven new lanes and a new enhanced toll collection system.

Customers are encouraged to visit the bridge website at for more information on the Toll Plaza project. Follow the International Bridge on Twitter at for current construction announcements and photos.

Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge

“Celebrating 50 Years of International Friendship, 1962 – 2012″

Great Lakes Radio at the Marquette County Fair

Great Lakes Radio at the Marquette County Fair

Sands Township  -  August 6, 2014  -  Come talk to your favorite on-air personalities and the rest of the Great Lakes Radio Team as we broadcast LIVE Thursday through Saturday from the Marquette County Fairgrounds. Look for the Sunny.FM and WRUP vans just past the food vendors!

We’ll be talking to folks at the fair throughout each day, bringing the Marquette County Fair to our listeners and reminding them to stop by to register for our latest (and biggest) giveaway: A Deluxe $12,500 Bathroom Makeover brought to you by Great Lakes Radio, Mathew’s Floor Fashions, Champion Glass, Stone Reflections, and Trudell Plumbing & Heating.

Come enjoy the Marquette County Fair and don’t forget to stop by the Great Lakes Radio display and register for our new giveaway!

Yesterday I interviewed Jason Allen, executive director of veterans affairs int Michigan. We were discussing the up coming veterans job fair at NMU Yooper Dome. This is a chance to talk to someone about your vdt benefits and job opportunities. there will be those there that can help you understand what youve got coming and to hire you for a job. See ya there. tellem george sent ya.

Deer Lake Roadside Park Reopened

Aug. 1, 2014 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has reopened the Deer Lake Roadside Park along M-28 in Alger County as of 9 a.m. today. The park had been closed since Tuesday, July 29, because of a nuisance bear in the area.

Newberry Transportation Service Center Manager Pete Paramski said MDOT regretted any inconvenience caused by the closure. “Keeping visitors safe and assuring they have a pleasant experience are the foremost goals of MDOT,” Paramski said.

Staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attempted to trap and relocate the black bear that had reportedly been raiding garbage cans at the park. As of this morning, those attempts have been unsuccessful.

“We have had a higher number of nuisance bear complaints in recent weeks than what we would typically see at this point in the summer,” said DNR Wildlife Biologist Brian Roell. “Due to the late start to spring the berry crop is behind schedule, which is leading to bears looking for other food sources, including trash and bird feeders. That is apparently what is happening at Deer Lake.”

The DNR will now request permission from local landowners to place the trap in a nearby location on private land, allowing the park to remain open.

“The bear has not acted aggressively toward humans, but letting a bear become accustomed to people and manmade sources of food can lead to problems down the line, so we do hope that with landowner cooperation we will be successful in trapping and relocating this bear,” Roell said.

Residents experiencing trouble with nuisance bears on private property should contact the nearest DNR office for assistance. If Deer Lake Roadside Park visitors witness a bear in the park, they should call the DNR’s 24-hour hotline at 800-292-7800.

Enjoy the Union Grill in Marquette

Stop by the new website: for all the latest updates and menu highlights

Stop by the new website: for all the latest updates and menu highlights

Marquette, MI - July 28, 2014 – Head up north this week and try some real good barbeque.  The Union Grill in Marquette has a smoker that’s always hot and they’re fast, making it a good quick stop when you need something more than just fast food.

I love the Union Grill Burger – your basic burger served on a kaiser roll.  The Union Grill also has savory BBQ chicken, pulled right off the bone and served on a kaiser roll (my mouth is watering just thinking about it!).  There’s also a large selection of wines and beers – many from local breweries – to choose from.  Of course, the best part is after dinner, so I always make sure to save room for some cheesecake.

Come enjoy the Union Grill in Marquette today – and get a taste of some authentic barbeque, right here in the U.P.

Great Lakes Radio Sizzlin Sauna Giveaway Winner Shelly Russell Ishpeming Michigan Red Rock Lanes and Banquet Center

Ishpeming, Michigan  -  July 17, 2014  – Hundreds of people came to our Sizzlin’ Sauna Sweepstakes giveaway party on Thursday at Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center hoping to walk away the Grand Prize Winner, but only one person could win that sauna. After four games of bingo and dozens of door prizes were given away, Shelly Russell of Skandia picked the right envelope and won the brand new Finnleo portable sauna.

After everyone had their fill of Mama Russo’s brats and their famous salads,we played Bingo to choose our finalists. Our on-air personalities, DeeDee, Dennis, Eric and Carl, took turns calling the games. In no time at all, we had all five of our finalists.

DeeDee and Dennis even started a sing-along Hee Haw style to get everyone in the mood before the final prize drawing.

Thank you to all the sponsors who made this giveaway possible: Superior Stoves & Fireplaces, BioLife Plasma Services, Honor Credit Union – Negaunee, Marquette and Gwinn, Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center, Mama Russo’s, Fox Motors – Team UP, Taiga Games, Marquette Cinema, JRJ Food Equipment, Anytime Fitness, Forsberg Flowers, and the United States Air Force.

Major Discount also announced our next giveaway: A $12,500 Bathroom Makeover – that’s the biggest prize we’ve EVER given away! Great Lakes Radio teamed up with Mathews Flooring, Trudell Plumbing & Heating, Champion Glass, and Stone Reflections for this amazing grand prize. Online registration is now open! Click here to register online for this fantastic bathroom makeover.