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West Michigan Weekend (A Local Public Affairs Program from iHeartradio)

  • The Story of Soft Parade Vodka: A Match Made In Michigan (06-09-24)

    17 JUN. 2024 · In this segment, host Phil Tower welcomes Kerry Lynch, sales director with Shorts Brewing, and Richard Anderson, co-founder of Iron Fish Distillery.  Kerry and Richard joined the program to discuss the unique “Made In Michigan partnership with Iron Fish Distillery and Short’s Brewing regarding the return of the limited-release Soft Parade® Vodka. This special release celebrates a collaboration between two of Michigan's top craft beverage brands. The two Michigan companies have combined their expertise to create a unique spirit appealing to vodka enthusiasts and craft beer lovers. Soft Parade® Vodka is infused with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, the exact same fruit used in brewing Soft Parade® Beer. The 2024 batch is even more fruit-forward and comes in at 75 proof. Online: https://www.shortsbrewing.com/    Online: https://ironfishdistillery.com/
    14m 39s
  • A preview of the 2024 Grand Rapids Gran Fondo! ()6-09-24)

    17 JUN. 2024 · On this week's program, host Phil Tower speaks with Jon Conkling, Grand Rapids Gran Fondo event director, and Jocelyn Detloff, Major Gifts Director with Mary Free Bed Foundation.   West Michigan's signature and largest road cycling event,  The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo, presented by Key Bank returns to downtown GR on Saturday, June 22nd. The start and finish of the race begins in downtown Grand Rapids.  Jon told us that bike routes will be available for all levels of riders: 80, 40 & 25-mile distances plus a 12-mile family ride. The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo Will be followed by a finish-line festival featuring craft beer, music, and more. This year,  The Grand Rapids Gran Fondo has chosen Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as Fondo’s official charity partner.  100% of the fundraising from the event will support their mission and the work they do right here in West Michigan. The GR Gran Fondo  Will also include an appearance from 2024 Celebrity Rider,  Tejay van Garderen.Online: https://grgranfondo.com/
    15m 2s
  • Northern Michigan Summer fun with Paul Beachnau from Gaylord Tourism, and Jill Wallace of Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids(06-02-24)

    1 JUN. 2024 · On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes  Paul Beachnau, Executive Director of the Gaylord Tourism Bureau. If you ask Paul, he’ll tell you Northern Michigan summers are the best… especially in Gaylord, Michigan.  If you haven’t experienced one lately, Paul covered the “Top 7 Reasons To Enjoy Summer in Gaylord, Michigan." #1 Biking. Gaylord is recognized as a top biking destination! The biking scene is diverse, from single tracks at Aspen Park, Shingle Mill Pathway, and Pine Baron Pathway to the crown jewel of all trails – the North Central State Trail.  Newly expanded and now running 73 miles from Waters to Mackinaw City, MI.  #2 Hiking. Hiking is available for all levels of hikers. There are plenty of paved and unpaved trails.  #3. Elk Viewing. Gaylord is home to one of the largest free-roaming elk herds east of the Mississippi. The Pigeon River Country State Forest is home to a herd of over 1,000 elk, and for a guaranteed sighting, head to the City Elk Park, just a few blocks from the downtown district.  #4. Lakes & Rivers. Otsego County is home to over 90 inland lakes and the headwaters of 5 major rivers. There’s plenty of water to boat, fish, and explore. #5. Downtown. Gaylord’s downtown boasts a newly remodeled streetscape, trendy new eateries, and unique stores with up-north charm.  #6. Events & Festivals. There’s the new Downtown Summer Concert Series, featuring weekly performers plus the Otsego Lake Fly-In, Michaywe Arts & Crafts Fair, Otsego County Fair, races, fireworks, and more. #7. Lodging. Gaylord has plentiful accommodation options, from beautiful resorts and cabins to vacation homes and trusted hotels. Online: https://www.gaylordmichigan.net/ In part two of our program, Phil speaks with Jill Wallace, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer/Vice President of Operations, at Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids. Jill told us that Goodwill sells donated goods to fuel its mission of job training and placement opportunities to help people create better futures by building their skills and finding jobs.  Jill said that for every dollar spent at Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids stores, $.90 goes directly towards job training and placement services for those in need in our local communities. Goodwill Industries has 18 locations in West Michigan and 155+ local organizations in the United States and Canada.  Goodwill even has a national online shopping site with incredible deals at shopgoodwill.com Online: https://www.goodwillgr.org/
    29m 19s
  • Attorney Tom Sinas on preventing head injuries with Lids for Kids, plus Jay Follis with The Gilmore Car Museum(05-26-24).

    24 MAY. 2024 · On this week's episode, host Phil Tower welcomes Tom Sinas, partner at The Sinas Dramis Law Firm.  Tom is a long-time advocate for those with head injuries and bicycle safety with the Lids for Kids bicycle helmet giveaway. Sinas Dramis Law Firm and community partners are hosting Lids for Kids, one of Michigan's longest-running and best-known free bike helmet giveaways.   Each year, events are held in Lansing and Grand Rapids, and this year's event is in Grand Rapids at Garfield Park on Saturday, June 1st. Tom told us that Lids For Kids draws families across West Michigan.  Online: https://lidsforkidsmi.org/grand-rapids/ In part two of our program, Phil welcomed the Collections Specialist & Historian Jay Follis with The Gilmore Car Museum.  The Mission of the Gilmore Car Museum is to tell America's history through the automobile. We foster experiences that connect people with the automobile's history, heritage, and social impact by collecting, preserving, and interpreting its story.  Gilmore also offers chauffeured rides in classic cars from the Gilmore Car Museum's collection, which is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from May through September.  Jay also talked about their newest automotive exhibit, "Are We There Yet?"…. Focusing on America's favorite station wagons through the years, and highlighted the always popular model T driving school offered by the museum. https://gilmorecarmuseum.org/ https://gilmorecarmuseum.org/
    29m 18s
  • A JA Focus on financial literacy in high schools, plus The MEDC's STEAM Ahead internship opportunities(05-19-24)

    18 MAY. 2024 · On the program this week, host Phil Tower, welcomes Bill Coderre, president and CEO of Junior Achievement Michigan Great Lakes. JA's primary focus these days is helping students with financial literacy.  A big reason for that push with Junior achievement is that a new law passed in 2022 by the Michigan legislature requires that students must take a course in personal finance that is aligned with the personal finance content expectations or take a course in which the content expectations are embedded. Students earn ½ credit once they have demonstrated learning about personal finance content expectations. Online: https://michigangreatlakes.ja.org/ In our second half of the program this week, Phil spoke with Kerry Ebersole Singh, Executive Vice President & Chief of Talent Solutions and Engagement Officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  In mid-April, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation changed the focus of its STEM Forward program to “STEAM Ahead” by building in new internship roles and opportunities that focus on the intersection of arts and science, technology, engineering, and math careers such as front-end web developers and industrial designers. The MEDC also announced new incentives through the STEAM Ahead program that are focused on helping Michigan businesses of all sizes to hire interns, add work experience opportunities for college students, and potentially find long-term, highly skilled talent to hire Online:https://www.michiganbusiness.org/
    28m 14s
  • Up close with Rick Vuyst and Stacey Hirvela, hosts of the radio show/podcast Gardening Simplified(05-12-24)

    17 MAY. 2024 · On this week's episode, host Phil Tower welcomes Rick Vuyst and Stacey Hirvela, hosts of the radio show and podcast Gardening Simplified from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs. Rick and Stacey are life-long gardeners, and on every episode of Gardening Simplified, their passion is to share their love of plants and gardening.  Rick and Stacey shared their backgrounds with Phil. They talked about the show in general, including many of the more popular topics they've covered on previous episodes of  Gardening Simplified.    On every episode, Rick and Stacy cover a variety of topics suitable for beginning gardeners or long-time garden landscape experts. They stress that, regardless of your experience level, they'll have something interesting, useful, and helpful in every episode. Gardening Simplified is heard on WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids, at 106.9 FM/1300 AM on Saturdays at 9 am and Sundays at 7 pm. You can also https://www.youtube.com/provenwinnerscolorchoicefloweringshrubsor listen on https://www.iheart.com/podcast/53-gardening-simplified-102365395/or your favorite podcast app. Online: https://gardeningsimplifiedonair.com/
    28m 21s
  • The power and impact of sports tourism for Michigan, plus honoring those who served with an Armed Forces Thanksgiving(05-05-24)

    5 MAY. 2024 · On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Nick Nerbonne, the Digital and Industry Relations Director with Travel Michigan. Nick joined us on the program to talk about the impact of sports and tourism on the state of Michigan.  Nick told us that sports tourism is a huge and very important part of the overall tourism picture for the state’s economy. The 2024 NFL Draft in downtown Detroit concluded in late April, and city officials anticipate the economic impact to be significant. Detroit ended the NFL Draft by setting the attendance record with over 700,000 fans at the event, beating the record of 600,000 fans set in 2019 in Nashville. Detroit also set the record for the highest attendance on Day one of the draft, with 275,000 fans. Nick also talked about The Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism, which was held in April and is the biggest event of the year for the entire tourism industry and related businesses. The conference tracks over 500 tourism leaders and industry representatives from across Michigan. Online: https://www.michigan.org/ In part two this week, Phil spoke with Bob Hughes and  Joe DiBenedetto, both Co-Chairs for this year's Armed Forces Thanksgiving celebration on May 17 at The J.W. Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.  The Armed Forces Thanksgiving event was created in 2014 by a group of Grand Rapids businessmen to raise awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made - and continue to make - on behalf of their families, friends, and country. The annual Armed Forces Thanksgiving celebration provides a vehicle for our community, from teens to adults, to understand, honor, and express thanks for the service of those who have served or are serving in our Armed Forces.  Funds raised after expenses are donated to the West Michigan Veterans Coalition so that they can continue their mission of improving the lives of veterans and their families by connecting them to all available support services and resources in West Michigan.  Bob and Joe stressed that the organization is still looking to attract more high schools and students to participate in the annual event.   Online: https://www.armedforcesthx.org/
    28m 37s
  • Our Michigan Politics Review with Chad Livengood, politics editor at The Detroit News(04-28-24)

    27 ABR. 2024 · In this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes back Chad Livengood, politics editor and columnist at The Detroit News.   Chad joined us in this program to discuss a broad range of political topics, focusing first on Michigan politics and the recent criminal charges brought against former speaker of the house, Lee Chatfield, by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.  In mid-April, Nessel unveiled 13 criminal charges against former House Speaker Lee Chatfield, saying he had flagrantly misused nonprofit dollars to pay off his personal credit card and fund purchases at wineries and luxury retail stores. Chad told us that the Michigan Attorney General's office has also brought charges against Lee Chatfield's wife, Stephanie, for her role in the alleged scheme. Chad also discussed the growing problem of many Michigan lawmakers having pockets of money available through funds connected with their office, a third-party pack, or some other group. Later, according to Livengood, we talked about Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, a potential presidential candidate for 2028 and possibly even for 2024. A major publisher is set to release a book this summer by Gretchen Whitmer about her life and years as governor of Michigan, another sign of a signal of the Democrat's expanding national profile. The book, titled "TRUE GRETCH: What I’ve Learned About Life We Are, Leadership, and Everything in Between," is set to go on sale July 9,  Link: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/chad-livengood/2024/04/20/michigan-legislature-lee-chatfield-dana-nessel-officeholder-expense-fund/73366968007/.  
    28m 24s
  • Tackling fair housing with The Michigan Civil Rights Commission, and a Derby Party with The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding (04/21/24

    21 ABR. 2024 · On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Michigan Civil Rights Commission Chair Gloria Lara.  The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is sponsoring the final of four statewide public hearings on housing discrimination right here in Grand Rapids at the Community Center for Transformation on Sunday, April 28, 2024. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will be hosting this special gathering for individuals to voice their hopes, concerns, and experiences regarding housing-related issues directly to Michigan Civil Rights Commission members.  Chair Lara told us that insights gathered from these hearings will be pivotal in shaping future plans, policies, and programs concerning housing rights and equality. Later on, the commission will be convening a Civil Rights Summit on June 12, 2024, where the findings from these hearings will be discussed and utilized to inform decision-making processes.  Online: https://www.michigan.gov/mdcr Phil spoke with Sara Mulder, Development Coordinator for The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in part two of the program. The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding works with kids and adults with special needs, providing a sense of independence and freedom that defies disabilities. Sara spoke with us about the power and benefits of therapeutic riding for persons with emotional and physical disabilities.  Equest Therapy combines instruction in traditional horsemanship skills with concepts of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social/emotional therapies.  The Equest Center is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year….called Horsing Around at the Derby for Equest’s Riders, on Saturday, May 4, at The Equest Center’s facilities in Rockford, MI. Learn more about the event: https://equestderby.com/ https://equestcenter.org/
    28m 13s
  • Dr. Meg Jay, author of "The Twentysomething Treatment", and the making of The "Crossing Ontario" Documentary(04-14-24)

    13 ABR. 2024 · On this week's program, host Phil Tower welcomes Dr. Meg Jay, Ph.D.  Meg Jay. Meg is a developmental clinical psychologist who specializes in twentysomethings. She is also the author of a brand new book…..The Twentysomething Treatment: A Revolutionary Remedy for an Uncertain Age, and the author of “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now”  and “Supernormal: The Secret World of the Family Hero.”   Meg also has one of the most-watched TED talks to date. It can be viewed here: In her new book, The Twentysomething Treatment: A Revolutionary Remedy for an Uncertain Age, Dr. Meg Jay reveals why most young adults don’t have disorders that need to be treated; they have problems that can be solved.  Readers will learn why mental health is most likely to improve outside a doctor’s office—through skill-building—and why, for the twentysomething brain, the time for skill-building is now.  https://megjay.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Twentysomething-Treatment-Meg-Jay-ebook/dp/B0CHPZ3SZY In part 2 of this week's program, Phil speaks with Corey Adkins, VP of Standup Great Lakes, Content and Communications Director for The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and Kwin Morris, co-founder of Stand Up for Great Lakes. Kwin is a skilled waterman, traveler, and adventurer. He is a science teacher in the Elk Rapids School District and a Great Lakes Historical Shipwreck Society board member.    Kwin told us he has crossed all of the great lakes by paddleboard, but most recently, one of the more challenging crossings was the crossing of Lake Ontario.  That crossing became the subject of a documentary that Kwin and Corey worked on together.  The documentary, Crossing Ontario, debuted in January of this year at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival. Emmy-award-winning videographer Corey Adkins was with them for the majority of their crossings, and this momentous crossing became the subject of their most recent documentary. Stand Up for Great Lakes goal has been, and continues to be, the preservation and education on the beautiful lakes, rivers and streams in Michigan. Online:https://standupforgreatlakes.com/ The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is one of Michigan’s most popular destinations in the cultural tourism industry, attracting nearly 100,000 visitors each season. Museum patrons learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes at the Whitefish Point Light Station, a historic site on the National Register of Historic Places. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is also home to the Whitefish Point Light Tower, which has been in continuous operation since 1861, making it the oldest lighthouse on Lake Superior. Online: https://shipwreckmuseum.com/
    28m 56s
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