What I call “laughin’ and scratchin’, I’ve been doing a long time. I grew up in Chicago, and the long and winding road of radio brought me to Kalamazoo in January of ‘87. Had an awful lot of fun at one special radio station, next door, but like Tom Brady, let’s see what we can do here. Both my sons were born here. Michael lives here and is a long time Rocker listener, and David is now living the dream in Chicago, hoping to be a comedy writer. Proud to say they're my best friends, as is the love of my life, Kathy, the hottest woman alive.
What Does Kalamazoo’s $400M Endowment Mean? Start with Lower Taxes And No Budget Crunches
Yes, you hear the promise of lower property taxes and you roll your eyes. But when the amount of money promised to the Kalamazoo's Foundation For Excellence is $400 Million Dollars, then maybe it's not so pie in the sky as we might believe.
Former Three-Time Kalamazoo Mayor Ed Annen, Jr. Dead at 70
Vanished Kalamazoo reported this morning that former Kalamazoo mayor Edward Annen, Jr. died early Wednesday morning. He was 70 years old. Annen served three times as Kalamazoo's mayor.
Gibson: Iconic Brand Hopes to Be Iconic Record Label With Slash
What Orville Gibson started in Kalamazoo 127 years ago, as a maker of musical instruments, added a new dimension on Tuesday, with the creation of a record label, Gibson Records.
Bacca Named WOOD-TV Chief Meteorologist As Bill Steffen Becomes Emeritus
It's not a retirement. It's more a passing of the torch, as WOOD-TV8 announced Portage native Ellen Bacca has been appointed Chief Meteorologist at the station, and long-time weather forecaster Bill Steffen is assuming a new title as Chief Meteorologist Emeritus, while cutting back his wor…
Michigan’s Alice Cooper Films New Ad With Ohio’s Baker Mayfield
Just the idea of Alice Cooper doing a commercial with Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield sounds like it could be funny. Add to that, that it's not a Flo and her co-workers ad and that makes it even more promising, as you know we'll be subjected to these probably throughout the ent…
The Most Amazing Walgreen’s You’ll Ever See Is A Short Drive Away
Reinvention is an amazing thing. I grew up in Chicago, and my one son lives about six blocks from an amazing reinvention/repurposing. Walgreen's, trying to fit into a gentrified neighborhood, took over a former bank building, and rather than tear down some classic architecture, fit their pharma…
Passion of An Air Zoo Restoration Project: Critical WWII Aircraft
There's something very special about a restoration project. Sometimes it's a historic home; sometimes it's a classic car. But for this group, many with military and service backgrounds, the passion is for aircraft.
What if….The Summer Olympics Had Been in Detroit in 1968?
I don't know how many people know the story, but Detroit bid on having the 1968 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee ended up choosing Mexico City, but imagine for a second what having those games in Detroit would have been, for so many reasons.
Who’s Your Daddy? Kalamazoo Wings Have New Parent Team. Columbus
The Kalamazoo Wings have a new parent club, the Columbus Blue Jackets (of the NHL) and more directly, the Cleveland Monsters (of the AHL). Here's some trivia, the Monsters are owned by Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert.
Damn! Milham Park Dam, Waterfall Goes The Way of the Milham Park Zoo
The Portage Creek dam in Milham Park was, yes was, in place for almost a hundred years. Like the saying goes, "oh, the stories it could tell". And here's the strange part. You read some of the stories about the demolition and you come away with more questions than answers. The city of…