The Christal Frost Podcast

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Daily podcast from host Christal Frost, featuring news, interviews and features from the people of Northern Michigan and beyond.

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#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
21:00

A look back in the week of music with Jordan Anderson with Mr. Music DJ’s, featuring how some recipients of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant are waiting on their funding because the government thinks they’re dead, literally turning the works of Bach upside down, and the most wrong way to deal with being asked to turn down your music.

Jun 07, 2021
Scott Graham, Spring Beer Festival Cancelled
11:46

Last year’s inaugural Michigan Brewers Guild Spring Beer Festival, to be held at Traverse City Pit Spitters’ Turtle Creek Stadium, was cancelled due to the pandemic.  While hopes were high for a 2021 kickoff, that, unfortunately, will not be happening.  Scott Graham, Executive Director of the MBG, joins us to talk about the Guild, the decision to cancel, and what’s next.

Mar 21, 2021
Superintendent Jim Coneset, GT Academy
20:22

How do schools serve not just educational needs of kids, but their social/emotional needs?  Grand Traverse Academy Superintendent Jim Coneset joins us to talk about how their approach to learning has become especially relevant to helping students during the pandemic.

Mar 21, 2021
Claire LePine, MAWBY’s “Green Giving”
10:20

MAWBY, home of Leelanau County’s famous sparkling wine, has always been focused on giving back.  Marketing Manager Claire LePine joins us to talk about their “Green Giving” program, where $1 from every bottle and glass of green sold goes to local groups that make our area a better place to live, work and play.

Mar 20, 2021
Jeffery Ford, Shut Up or Speak Up
17:02

People get into arguments for a variety of reasons, says Jeffery Ford, the VedIQ Guild’s 2019 Distinguished Visionary of the Year award winner. However, not too many of them understand how it is that they, too, could win every single argument they get invited to attend. 

Mar 20, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
18:51

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, featuring a revamped vaccine registration system, a new apartment complex approved for Hall Street, clean up at the airport and a new restaurant heads to West Front Street.

Mar 19, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:57

A look back at the last week in music, featuring last night’s Grammy awards and the death of the godfather of the cassette tape.

Mar 15, 2021
Suzy Connor, Sarah Hardy Humanitarian Award
10:36

From the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, Suzy Connor joins us to talk about the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award, honoring someone who represents the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion in Traverse City, as well as talk about how you can nominate someone you think is deserving.

Mar 14, 2021
Meredith Hawes, Daylight Saving Time & Fire Safety
18:47

In the safety community, the “change your clocks/change your batteries” for smoke alarms and other devices was, for a long time, the gold standard, but with so many different changes in smoke alarms and batteries, there’s a lot more to do.  With Daylight Saving Time just over the horizon, National Fire Protection Association’s Meredith Hawes joins us to talk about staying safe this spring.

Mar 13, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
19:13

A look at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including restaurant and retail changes, and Cedar Polka Fest’s new, permanent date.

Mar 12, 2021
Stacia Sexton & Erin Whiting, Parallel 45 Theatre’s 2021 Season
19:25

Last summer, alongside theatres around the world, Northern Michigan’s own Parallel 45’s stage went dark.  This year, thanks to the community’s generous support and dedication to the arts, they’re planning a return for their summer festival.  Executive Director Erin Whiting, along with Director of Education Stacia Sexton, speak about how they navigated 2020 and what’s in store for 2021. 

Mar 09, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
25:28

A deep dive into the world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), a revolutionary new idea built on the Blockchain, and how its looking at changing the music industry from every angle.

Mar 08, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
19:38

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, featuring the city tackling liquor license confusion and “drinking culture,” and the conversion of Mitchell Creek Golf Course into a nature preserve.

Mar 05, 2021
Emily & Dylan Dodds, Trees A Crowd & TC Teens
15:41

Since the age of 4, Dylan Dodds was been interested in building.  Now a freshman in high school, Dylan, along with his mom, Emily, run Trees A Crowd, a business making items like coasters, tables and charcuterie boards using dead and dying trees.  Having just landed his first major project for Elderberry Farm Estate, Dylan is enthusiastic about building and ready for hire.  We spoke with the both of them about balancing a business and school, along with their other initiative, TC Teens, about helping area youth create purposeful and positive connections.

Mar 03, 2021
Barb Termaat, Newton’s Road Cyber Learn-A-Thon
13:39

A regional nonprofit celebrating 10 years of advocating for STEM-related learning for all students, Newton’s Road is partnering with 20Fathoms for the March 2021 Cyber Learn-A-Thon, a free 15 hour self-paced course that gives an introduction to cyber security, exploring trends, threats and staying safe in cyberspace.  Executive Director Barb Termaat joins us with the details. 

Mar 03, 2021
Beth Milligan, Road Construction A-Plenty
16:12

There is currently, and there will continue to be, lots of road construction happening in our area.  Traverse City Ticker’s Beth Milligan joins us to break it down.

Mar 01, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
18:08

A look back at recent headlines in the world of music, featuring vinyl’s very-healthy 2020, the new app that’s like late night talk radio mixed with a jam session, and Lady Gaga’s dog-napped pooches.

Mar 01, 2021
Kat Paye, Leapin’ Leprechaun & More
21:01

“How can we meet people where they’re at?”  In an era defined for organizations by“the pivot,” the National Cherry Festival has been no exception.  Executive Director Kat Paye joins us to discuss this year’s upcoming Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K, as well as adapting to the pandemic and finding ways to continue events under a new model, and looking to the future.

Feb 25, 2021
Susan Corbin, Michigan Reconnect
11:40

This month, Michigan launched a program providing a tuition-free pathway for state residents 25 years or older to receive an Associate’s Degree or Pell-eligible skill certificate from their in-district community college: Michigan Reconnect.  Susan Corbin, the Acting Director of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, joins us with the details.

Feb 24, 2021
Dr. Nick Nissley, Northwestern Michigan College
20:24

Officially becoming NMC’s eleventh president on January 1, 2020, Dr. Nick Nissley has had to face challenges no one could have foreseen.  He joins us to speak about continuing education programs Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners, working to serve the community, and the “60 by 30” goal.

Feb 24, 2021
Bill Marsh, Jr., The Surprising Truth about the Pursuit of Happiness
30:32

When asked if we want to be happy, all of us would probably say, “…well, yes, of course!”  What the problem with what we think of as “happiness,” says Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, is multifaceted. 

Feb 23, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
26:31

Stories from the world of music, including Daft Punk’s bizarre-but-on-brand break-up announcement, Kanye West’s impending divorce and how Metallica’s chickens came home to roost. 

Feb 22, 2021
Jeffery Ford, Normal is BORING
19:16

Society has its idea of what is normal and so does almost everyone else around us.  However, Jeffery Ford, the VedIQ Guild’s 2019 Distinguished Visionary of the Year award winner, joins us to ask….is “normal” really the best way for you to be living?

Feb 21, 2021
Eric Nittolo, Nittolo’s Pizza
14:07

A renowned Northern Michigan culinary fixture, chef Eric Nittolo joins us to talk about his new restaurant opening in Lake Leelanau, why their motto is “local supporting local because we’re local,” why less is more when it comes to pizza and what he’ll do if you ask for pineapple.

Feb 20, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
20:29

A look back at the some of the biggest local stories of the week, discussing the quiet extension of the restaurant restrictions for the state and County Commission’s partisan resolution debates.

Feb 19, 2021
Brighid Driscoll, GT Pulse
10:33

Lead columnist for 9&10 News’ online magazine, Brighid Driscoll joins to talk about coming to Northern Michigan, the feel-good focus of GT Pulse, and why tending bar is a great way to learn an area.

Feb 18, 2021
Adrian Juarez, Iris Cocktail Co.
17:36

Making a good cocktail at home can be difficult, but Iris Cocktail Co. is looking to change that with their series of delicious cordials -- just add alcohol, stir and enjoy!  Co-owner Adrian Juarez joins us to talk leaving LA for TC, starting the company with partner Riley Billingsley, and what's ahead.

Feb 17, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
34:30

A look back at the week in music, including Bruce Springsteen’s suspicious DWI, New York state welcoming back (small) live events and Gene Simmons wanting kids to get off his rock ’n roll lawn.

Feb 15, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:15

A look back at the some of the biggest local stories of the week, including the upcoming decision on the FishPass injunction, restaurant and retail news, and one of the deadliest stretch of highway in the state.

Feb 12, 2021
Kevin Klein, More NonStop Flights
05:45

Director of Cherry Capital Airport Kevin Klein is back to reveal another new, daily nonstop flight coming this summer:  Charlotte. 

Feb 08, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
23:32

Breaking down the musical performances at last night’s Super Bowl LV with Jordan Anderson from Mr. Music DJ & Event Services.

Feb 08, 2021
Kevin Klein, New Nonstop Flights From TC
18:17

Director of Cherry Capital Airport, Kevin Klein joins us to talk about new non-stop flights coming this summer, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Charlotte, Washington, D.C. & New York. 

Feb 06, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
19:05

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including the search for housing solutions, GT County Commission deadlocked on repercussions over a recent incident, and Acme Township potentially getting its own water.

Feb 05, 2021
Jennifer Szunko & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
19:20

Executive Director Jennifer Szunko and Development Director Sarah Hunt join us to preview the presenters at tonight’s virtual meetup from TC NewTech!

Feb 02, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
26:57

A look back at stories from the past week in the world of music, featuring the acquisition of the legendary Sun Records catalog by a giant holding company, Spotify recommending songs based on how you talk, Jimmy Fallon getting into the recording booth, and music standing the test of time.

Feb 01, 2021
Scott Dawson & Chris Givens, Contact Sport Restrictions
18:09

TC Central Hockey Coach Chris Givens, along with parent & coach Scott Dawson, join us to discuss their concerns about the continued “pause” for contact sports, inconsistencies with the current rules, and the importance of sports as an outlet for our kids during this unusual time. 

Feb 01, 2021
Nate Alger, County Commission Meeting Problems
15:18

After some technical issues, including Zoom bombing and an inability to control inappropriate comments, during Thursday’s County Commission special meeting, Grand Traverse County Administrator Nate Alger joins us to discuss what happened and the steps being taken to prevent this happening again in the future.

Jan 30, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
18:22

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including yesterday’s controversial special meeting for the Grand Traverse County Commission and an update on COVID vaccine distribution for Northern Michigan.

Jan 29, 2021
Tammy Sorensen, Providing the Vaccine
12:02

Director of Community Health at Northwest Michigan Health Services, Tammy Sorensen joins us to talk about getting federal approval to provide the COVID vaccine to the community, which groups get vaccinated in what order, what to know about the other variants, and more.

Jan 27, 2021
Bill Marsh, Jr., The Ruthless Reduction of Distraction
30:39

Recent research is showing that the scattered feeling of distraction in our lives is no only a social and economic issue, but a public health issue, as well.  Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, joins us to explore some of the causes of distraction, and offer solutions to help regain your focus and mental clarity.   

Jan 26, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:24

A look back at stories from the past week in music, featuring the first “space bubble” concert, high tech scalpers being forced to pay up, and breakfast courtesy of Darius Rucker.

Jan 25, 2021
Rob Hentschel, County Commission Controversy
24:05

During the public comment period of this week’s virtual Grand Traverse County Commission meeting, Vice Chairman Ron Clous’ display of a firearm has gone viral.  Commission Chair Rob Hentschel joins us to discuss.

Jan 24, 2021
Claire LePine, MAWBY Gives Back
11:38

Each year, MAWBY Sparkling helps to raise funds for beloved local nonprofits.  MAWBY Marketing Manager Claire LePine joins us for at look back at the organizations they worked to help in 2020.

Jan 23, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
20:21

A look back at some of the biggest local headlines of the week, including confirmation of indoor dining returning February 1st, upcoming city projects, and the Grand Traverse County Commission meeting that made headlines for two reasons.   

Jan 22, 2021
Matt Hodges and Abby Sierputowski, #AllThemSmiles
12:53

Founders of Kultura Group, Matt Hodges and Abby Sierputowski are hosting a 10-month long #AllThemSmiles campaign, promoting the continued positive CULTURE happening all over Northern Michigan by partnering with the local non-profit Father Fred Foundations.  Things kick off Thursday, January 21st at Nolan’s Tobacco and Cigar Bar in Traverse City.

Jan 21, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
22:05

A look back at the past week in the world of music, including the death of Phil Spector, getting ready for the Save Our Stages Act funds, and why sea shanties are all the craze.

Jan 18, 2021
Jeffery Ford, What Makes You “You?”
18:23

How would you respond to the question, “Who are you?” Would you talk about your job or your family?  Or would you say something else?  Jeffery Ford, the VedIQ Guild’s 2019 Distinguished Visionary of the Year award winner, joins us for a conversation on becoming “self-actualized,” and how we can use this to live happier lives.

Jan 16, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
19:42

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including changes to business closure requirements (and what lies ahead for restaurant owners in particular), two new neighborhoods planned for Old Mission and getting folks to slow down on Peninsula Drive.

Jan 15, 2021
Dr. Michael Collins, Vaccine Rollout
12:13

Grand Traverse County Health Department Director Dr. Michael Collins joins us to discuss updates on COVID-19 measures in Northern Michigan, featuring those in 1A and preparing for phase 1B, the new strain of the virus, and the size of the needle.

Jan 11, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:06

Stories this week from the land of music include the Grammy awards postponement and Tracy Chapman’s unusual copyright infringement case against Nicki Minaj.  Plus, the weirdest foods Jordan and Vic have ever eaten.

Jan 11, 2021
Meredith Hawes & Chief Jim Tuller, Cold Storage Safety
16:50

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available in our area, the required cold storage techniques related to its distribution, transportation and storage pose many safety risks, including flammability.  National Fire Protection Association’s Meredith Hawes, along with Traverse City Fire Chief Jim Tuller, join us with the details, as well as a discussion on our First Responders and the vaccine.

Jan 09, 2021
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:23

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including wastewater testing for COVID-19, vaccine distribution updates, Acme K-Mart’s new life, food trucks possibly coming to East Bay Township, and TCAPS’ return to face-to-face learning.

Jan 08, 2021
Mike Sinnard & Holden Price, X Golf Clinics
09:27

“If it were any more real, you’d think you’d need sunscreen!” That how owner Mike Sinnard talks about X-Golf, Traverse City’s indoor golf simulator.  Mike joins us, along with golf pro Holden Price, to talk about the facility and their upcoming short game clinic this Saturday, and their youth clinic on January 23rd.

Jan 07, 2021
Nick Viox, Online Farmer’s Market Returns
11:07

Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market has relaunched their online version, and will continue each Saturday through April.  Downtown Traverse City DDA Experience Coordinator Nick Viox joins us to give all the details. 

Jan 06, 2021
Jennifer Szunko & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
15:20

Executive Director Jennifer Szunko and Development Director Sarah Hunt join us to preview the presenters at tonight’s virtual meetup from TC NewTech! Featured this evening are  Niccolo Antinucci of Motus, an AI-powered fitness startup; Ashley M. Williams of RIZZARR, a tech-enabled content marketplace; Janine Thomas of Ysanne, jewelry with hidden SOS technology; and Vritti Sethi of Bonfire Live, an artist-centric platform sparking virtual connections between local independent artists and fans to create the magic of a live show remotely.

Jan 05, 2021
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:43

A look back at the past week in the world of music, featuring the sale of the Neverland Ranch, Cyndi Lauper’s NYE performance, and the crowd-sourced Ratatouille musical.

Jan 04, 2021
Bill Marsh, Jr., Lessons from 2020
26:43

It’s been…quite a year.  A very tough one for so many, but one, says Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, from which you can still learn some important lessons.

Dec 29, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
25:55

A look back at the last week in the world of music, featuring predictions for 2021 and Weird Al’s digital reunion with an old crush and a piece of art.

Dec 28, 2020
Ben Whiting, Magic on the Rocks: Holiday Edition
19:04

After pivoting his shows into online experiences that still retain the fun of their in-person counterparts, magician Ben Whiting joins us to talk about the new holiday version of his popular “Magic on the Rocks,” happening tonight at 7:30 pm.  Test “Houdini” to 66866 to get the link!

Dec 23, 2020
Dave Lorenz, Pure Michigan Campaign Returns
17:01

For the first time in more than a year, a new ad in the Pure Michigan travel campaign (“Still Pure”) hits the airwaves and digital spaces, encouraging safe winter travel at a critical moment for numerous industries in our state.  We spoke with Dave Lorenz (Travel Michigan) about the return of Pure Michigan.

Dec 22, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
21:22

A look back at the least week in the world of music, featuring the passage of the Save Our Stages Act in the COVID-19 Relief Bill, illegally streaming music becoming a possible felony, and a more light-hearted look at one of the Beatles’ more publicly turbulent times.

Dec 21, 2020
Jeffery Ford, Maximize Your Memories to Maximize Your LIFE
19:53

People often needlessly suffer throughout their entire lives because they don’t know how to manage their memories properly, says Jeffery Ford, the VedIQ Guild’s 2019 Distinguished Visionary of the Year award winner.  While we can’t control all the happenings of our lives, we can definitely control our perception of them and the power that we give these memories to control our present day actions and emotions.

Dec 20, 2020
Ginger Kadlec, Take 10
19:07

Executive Director of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, Ginger Kadlec joins us to talk about their “Take 10” campaign, focusing on the great deal of stress on families during the pandemic. 

Dec 19, 2020
Judy Barrett & Lawrence “Doc” Probes, National Alliance on Mental Illness
16:51

President of the Grand Traverse chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Judy Barrett, joins us to talk about their dedication to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness, and for their families.  Plus, musician and psychiatrist Lawrence “Doc” Probes speaks about their fundraising efforts for the organization. 

Dec 18, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:08

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, featuring City Commissioners raising salaries for themselves and others, the COVID-19 comes to TC, and TCAPS Superintendent Dr. John VanWagoner looks to the immediate future of area schooling.

Dec 18, 2020
Margaret Alexander & Lauren Reed, Coloring Posters for a Cause
14:43

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season?  A popular series of prints of our region have been turned into coloring posters, for both children and adults.  Proceeds for “Color for Hope” benefit the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition, working towards awareness and action in the prevention, treatment and recovery of substance abuse.

Dec 17, 2020
Matt Hodges & Abby Sierzputowski, Fill the Trailer
06:42

From the Kultura Group with Exit Realty, Matt Hodges and Abby Sierzputowski have partnered with Father Fred to take donations of non-perishable items, canned goods, blankets and cash.

Dec 17, 2020
Ben LaCross, Cherry Tariff Removal
14:43

A new agreement eliminates a 15% tariff for Michigan cherry growers exporting Taiwan. Ben LaCross, of LaCross Farms and Leelanau Fruit Company, joins us to discuss this development, as well how local growers compete with Turkish cherries, how food production leads to a stronger nation and the best gift to put under the tree.

Dec 16, 2020
Ben LaCross, Cherry Tariff Removal

A new agreement eliminates a 15% tariff for Michigan cherry growers exporting Taiwan. Ben LaCross, of LaCross Farms and Leelanau Fruit Company, joins us to discuss this development, as well how local growers compete with Turkish cherries, how food production leads to a stronger nation and the best gift to put under the tree.

Dec 16, 2020
Abagail McKiernan, Spark in the Dark Expands
18:33

Traverse City’s non-profit Spark in the Dark, which serves to connect those in need with those who can help, recently entered Facebook’s Community Accelerator Program.  Founder and Executive Director Abagail McKiernan joins us to talk about that experience and their new chapters in Manistee and Mount Pleasant.

Dec 16, 2020
Jacob Steichen, Expanding Fire Department Services
18:57

President of Traverse City Firefighters L646, Jacob Steichen joins us to discuss the possible expansion of their services to become TC’s primary emergency medical transport provider, following last night’s City Commission meeting.

Dec 15, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
25:50

A look back at the last week in the world of music, including the passing of country legend Charley Pride, Lil’ Wayne’s gun charges, Facebook’s new music collaboration app, and the worst Christmas covers in rock.

Dec 14, 2020
Alisa Korn, GT Parks & Rec Year End Summary
25:40

President of the Grand Traverse County Parks & Recreation Commission, Alisa Korn joins us to highlight some of their work in 2020 and look ahead to next year.

Dec 12, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
20:24

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, featuring updates on what’s happening with the Traverse City Film Festival, State & Bijou by the Bay theatres, BATA and the TC Housing Commission moving forward with development plans, and TCAPS Board applications.

Dec 11, 2020
Dr. Michael Collins, National Influenza Vaccination Week
20:05

Director of the Grand Traverse County Health Department, Dr. Michael Collins joins us to talk about National Influenza Vaccination Week, as well as how things stand locally for…that other vaccination we’re all discussing.

Dec 09, 2020
State Rep. Jack O’Malley, House Bill 6507
35:35

Following the extension of the “3 Week Pause” announced at Governor Whitmer’s press conference yesterday, 101st District Representative Jack O’Malley joins us to discuss his proposed House Bill 6507, an amendment to the 1978 Public Health Code, which the law being used by the MDHHS to make COVID-19 restrictions.

Dec 08, 2020
Sheriff Tom Bensley, A Year in Review
20:20

Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley joins us to look back on law enforcement in the area in 2020.

Dec 07, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
12:08

A look back at what’s happened this week in the world of music, featuring Michigan live venues joining efforts for pandemic, how “stream ripping” is the new “peer-to-peer sharing,” and Bob Dylan’s $300 million pay day.

Dec 07, 2020
Annabelle Finkbeiner, A Dollhouse for Christmas
07:09

A heartwarming story for the Christmas season about someone going above and beyond to make someone’s season better.

Dec 06, 2020
Kevin Sehlmeyer, Fire Update
13:13

Michigan Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer joins us to talk about an uptick in fire-related fatalities for the year, along with ways to keep you and your loved ones safe, along with dealing with staffing issues as first responders deal with COVID-19.

Dec 05, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:21

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, featuring the Ironman 70.3 race moving to Benzie County, Acme’s Solar Farm, Cherry Capital Airport potentially moving towards self-governing system (and what that means), and the possibility of continuing the “three week pause.”

Dec 04, 2020
Joseph Morrissey, The Nutcracker (Virtually) at Interlochen
15:18

Director of Dance for Interlochen Center for the Arts, Joseph Morrissey joins us to discuss this year’s virtual production of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker,” featuring 34 dancers across 22 states, streaming December 12.

Dec 03, 2020
Al Uryga, The Dashing Santa
12:00

2020 may have forced the cancellation of many things, but not the magic of Santa.  Al Uryga joins us to discuss “The Dashing Santa,” specializing in socially distanced visits for kids to still get the experience of talking to the big guy before Christmas.  You can order up your own “Santa Session” to have St. Nick stop by your home by visiting their website, TheDashingSanta.com. 

Dec 02, 2020
Mike & Holly Kotz, Lost Village Pierogi
22:12

Formally located in Grand Rapids, Mike & Holly Kotz moved their incredible pierogi business to downtown Petoskey after vacationing in Northern Michigan.  This Saturday, they’ll host a pop-up in the Traverse City Meijer parking lot — just place your order by tomorrow, December 3rd, and drive-up to get your delicious pierogi and Polish holiday food.

Dec 02, 2020
Jennifer Szunko & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
20:17

Executive Director Jennifer Szunko and Development Director Sarah Hunt join us to preview the presenters at tonight’s virtual meetup from TC NewTech!  Featured this evening:  Diane Wang of Refermejob, helping less-experienced job hunters make connections; Holly McPherson of Virtual Office Agent, offering digital support for start-ups and new businesses; Kim Lavine of Heugenis, digital health company offering non-drug treatments to Alzheimer’s patients; Ganna Tymko of Clarapone, a real-time accent clarifying software; Nate VerBerkmoes of the South of the Straits Show, a virtual reality concert in real-time for local acts all the way up to international musicians. 

Dec 01, 2020
Katy McCain, Downtown Relief Fund Holiday Auction
11:15

Community Development Director for the Downtown Traverse City Association, Katy McCain joins us to talk about their new Holiday Auction, going on now through December 11, featuring gift baskets of fantastic items from downtown merchants, all benefiting the Downtown Relief Fund.

Nov 30, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:09

A look back at what’s happened this week in the world of music, featuring Snoop Dogg’s new career as a boxing commentator, Spotify’s 70 Million reasons to worry, and Queen breaking a record.

Nov 30, 2020
Pet Peeves
20:42

On this Thanksgiving Day, we don’t you take a break from gratitude and think about what annoys you, instead?  Christal and Vic share their own pet peeves, and speak to listeners about what stuff just rubs them the wrong way.

Nov 26, 2020
Kat Paye, CherryT Ball Drop Goes Virtual
08:55

Traverse City’s annual New Year’s Eve tradition is going virtual this year — the CherryT Ball Drop committee and the National Cherry Festival Foundation Board of Directors announced they’ll be live streaming a cherry drop so area residents can watch from home, rather than gathering in person.  Festival Executive Director Kat Paye joins us to talk about the details, including how the main drive of the event—raising money for charity—is still very much happening.

Nov 25, 2020
Pastor Rick Stewart & Carolyn Hoover, The Christmas Journey
16:26

New Hope Community Church’s 9th annual “Christmas Journey” is a 45 minute outdoor walking tour where you can experience the Christmas story right in front of you, watching scenes comes to life as a guide leads you through a woodland path filled with actors, scenery and live animals.  New Hope Pastor Rick Stewart and Carolyn Hoover join us to discuss the details.

Nov 25, 2020
Bill Marsh, Jr., Amusing Ourselves To Death
32:06

As we become more and more involved in our phones, Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, joins us to discuss how technology can stunt our personal growth, and how we can stop.

Nov 24, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
20:55

A look back at the last week in the world of music, featuring the American Music Awards, and the increasing irrelevance of such award shows, Guitar Center filing for bankruptcy while demand for their good soars, and a new startup that looks to get musicians paid by listening to what’s being played around you.

Nov 23, 2020
Jeffery Ford, The Power of a Strong Foundation
26:09

You can’t build anything lasting in this world without laying the groundwork for success, says Jeffery Ford,  the VedIQ Guild’s 2019 Distinguished Visionary of the Year award winner.  Life is tough, and we’re going to be hit by many different challenges throughout our lives, but Jeffery has some thoughts on how to better prepare ourselves.

Nov 22, 2020
Heather Brady & Michele Howard, “The Searcher”
16:16

Marketing Manager of the Traverse Area District Library, Heather Brady, along with Executive Director Michele Howard, joins us to discuss “The Searcher,” the new novel by Tana French, and what’s going on with the library now that they’ve switched for curbside service for the next few weeks.

Nov 21, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:41

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, featuring the coming arrival of body cameras for the Traverse City Police Department, potential changes for the Sherriff’s office and the GT County Jail, the current state of the proposed crossing over the Boardman River, and TC’s first climbing gym. 

Nov 20, 2020
Mike Kent, Toys for Tots
20:01

Things look a little different for the annual Toys for Tots toy drive, but volunteers are still calling on the spirit of the season to help meet demand for children in need. Mike Kent joins us to talk about how the organization has rethought the entire process, due to the pandemic, and to discuss the kick-off this Saturday at 3 different locations (Bill Marsh, Fox Motors and the Marine recruiting station inside the Grand Traverse Mall).

Nov 19, 2020
Juliette Schultz & Carol Rose, WRC Thrift Stores Temporarily Close
16:48

Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, the Women’s Resource Center has decided to close their thrift shops, their main source of funding, for the next three weeks.  Juliette Schultz, Director of the Women’s Resource Center, and Carol Rose, manager of the WRC Thrift Stores, join us to discuss the impact on the organization and how you can help.

Nov 19, 2020
State Rep. Jack O’Malley, Three Week Pause
23:35

After Governor Whitmer’s press conference last night about new MDHHS orders regarding COVID-19 restrictions, 101st District Representative Jack O’Malley joins us to discuss where things stand in the state of Michigan.

Nov 16, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
18:54

A look back on music news of the past week, including Kylie Minogue’s work-from-home album and the unexpected rebirth of Tower Records.

Nov 16, 2020
Kirsten Simmons, MI COVID Alert App
13:56

Department of Health and Human Services of Michigan spokeswoman Kirsten Simmons joins us to talk about a new app available that allows you to receive notifications if another users you’ve been near goes on to test positive for COVID-19, as well as giving you to option to notify others if you test positive.   

Nov 10, 2020