As COVID surged in Michigan, nostalgia was blooming with the RKR audience, The big stories looked back but the 4th stimulus check we looked forward to never arrived.

As we begin a hopeful new year in 2022, we take a look back at the biggest stories of 2021 here in Kalamazoo, around Michigan, and across the rock and roll world. These were the big stories in April of 2021 that everyone was talking about.

Nostalgia Wins

Maybe we all wanted to look back on better days as it was beginning to look more and more like 2021 was going to be a lot like 2020. The three biggest stories this year all involved a look back.

What long gone Kalamazoo restaurant do you miss the most?

  • You said Pappy's, Mountain Jack's, Bill Knapp's, Chi Chi's, Ponderosa, and Damons, and made us hungry.

This Video of Battle Creek's Lakeview Square Mall Will Make You Cry

  • The pandemic certainly didn't help, but malls have been suffering for a long time and those that still exist are only a shell of what they once were.

Name Something You Used to Do as a Teenager that Kids Today Wouldn't Understand

  • We had a lot more fun and managed to do it without electronic devices.

A look at remembering the Kellogg's cereal factory tours also resonated with Rocker listeners.

Coronavirus Surge in Southwest Michigan

  • Battle Creek and Kalamazoo were pinpointed as Coronavirus hotspots in April of 2021, as we all dreamed of what we might spend a 4th stimulus check on. That one must have gotten lost in the mail.

Long Gone Bars and Nightclubs in Kalamazoo

Photos of bars and nightclubs that no longer exist in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums of 2022

What should be on your radar for 2022.

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