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
22:01

A look back at a few stories in the world of music this past week, including Spotify’s CEO battling with artists over the number of released songs, a bipartisan legislative effort to help artists, and how you can own a little piece of the biggest festival disaster that ever was.

Aug 04, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jim Hawley & Greg Stanton, The Jimmy Buffett Tribute
16:53

Singer-guitarist Jim Hawley, along with harmonica player Greg Stanton, join us to talk Jimmy Buffett ahead of their appearance with their band as “The Jimmy Buffett Tribute” for this Thursday’s edition of the Grand Traverse Pavilions’ “Concerts on the Lawn Goes Radio Retro,” Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM.

Aug 04, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
20:57

Lilacs, hydrangeas, Japanese beetles and more

— Jeanine from Pine Hill talks about your outdoor spaces and answers your questions. 

Aug 01, 2020
Craig O'Connor, Back to School Plan
20:48

Director Mission Advancement of Traverse City Christian School, Craig O’Connor joins us to talk about their detailed plan for resuming school in the fall. 

Jul 31, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
20:30

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including changes to the restaurant and retail scenes, with both closings and openings (and re-openings), along with discussions of Governor Whitmer’s most recent Executive Order.

Jul 31, 2020
Patrick Plein, Criminal Justice Reform
14:36

There’s a bipartisan effort to expunge hundreds of thousands of criminal records for nonviolent offenders.  Patrick Plein, political analyst for the American Conservative Union, joins us to discuss the initiative. 

Jul 30, 2020
Marilyn Sanders, U.S. Census
14:43

Chicago Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Marilyn Sanders joins us to give us a history of this nationwide count every decade, why we do it and what it helps us learn.

Jul 29, 2020
Tracy Schmerl-Magoon, The Current State of Weddings
21:03

Owner of Social Butterfly Weddings & Events, Tracy Schmerl-Magoon joins us to talk about celebrating matrimony right now, including new trends “micro-weddings” and “mini-monies.” 

Jul 29, 2020
Bill Marsh, Jr., Change Your Life By Changing Your Words
29:16

From the blog “Making You Matter,” Bill Marsh, Jr. joins us to explore the relationship between our words and our reality, and how we can affect one by changing the other. 

Jul 28, 2020
#MusicMonday: Peter Deneen, Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums
14:04

Pipe Major Peter Deneen of Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums joins ahead of their performance on “Radio Retro,” the new on-air version of the beloved “Concerts on the Lawn” at Grand Traverse Pavilions, this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM.

Jul 27, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
23:33

A look back at some of the latest stories of the last week, including the death of Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green, lessons from Taylor Swift’s surprise album, and creative ways to have a live performances again.

Jul 27, 2020
Dr. Jerry Dobek, New Comet
18:36

Head of Science and Astronomy at Northwestern Michigan College, Dr. Jerry Dobek joins us to chat about the newly discovered comet NEOWISE, and the best viewing spots for this celestial event.

Jul 21, 2020
Jack O’Malley, Michigan Child Care Legislation
12:18

101st District State Representative Jack O’Malley joins us to talk about a series of child care bills he’s sponsoring.

Jul 21, 2020
#MusicMonday: Kedrik Merwin, Traverse Symphony Orchestra
06:36

Executive Director of the TSO, Kedrik Merwin joins us to announce some innovate ways our area’s professional orchestra will be performing for us this season.

Jul 20, 2020
#MusicMonday: Judy Harrison, Remembering Patsy Cline
13:17

Ahead of her appearance on “Radio Retro” with her band ReBooted, Judy Harrison joins us to talk about her show “Remembering Patsy Cline,” a tribute to the iconic music legend.  The full concert will be heard this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM.

Jul 20, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
13:58

A look back at what’s going on in the world of music, featuring the American Music Awards’ decision to go forward this fall, Chris Cornell’s daughter launching a new show about mental health, and why, if Drake became an independent artist, the “music business” would be done.

Jul 20, 2020
Jeffery Ford, Staying True to Yourself
19:51

The VedIQ Guild's 2019 Distinguished Visionary of the Year award winner, Jeffery Ford joins us to talk about not losing your who you are in an ever-changing world.

Jul 19, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
21:40

Hummingbirds, perennial planting, making lavender plants bloom,  proper watering of fushias —Jeanine from Pine Hill talks about your outdoor spaces and answers your questions.

Jul 18, 2020
Sue Bolde & Ginger Kadlec, Child Abuse By The Numbers
23:04

Joined by Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center’s Sue Bolde and Ginger Kadlec, we take a look at a data analysis of our local area by Michigan State University.

Jul 17, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:59

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including the clash between Grand Traverse County and the City of Traverse City over the Traverse City Senior Center, plans for a luxury car wash and a 216-unit housing development, and information on daily COVID-19 updates. 

Jul 17, 2020
Abagail McKiernan, Spark in the Dark Teams Up with Facebook
15:30

Traverse City non-profit Spark in the Dark has a simple mission: “People Helping people.”  Started on Facebook, the group used the social media platform to connect those in need with those who could help.  The success in serving our community has not gone unnoticed, as Facebook itself recently selected Spark for their Community Accelerator Program, which will in turn help to provide resources to community leaders across the entire network.  Spark founder Abagail McKiernan joins us with the details.

Jul 16, 2020
Stacee Dallas, Small Cat Preserve
14:51

An in-home cat breeder and owner of Starfell Savannahs, Stacee Dallas joins us, along with a few feline friends, to discuss her plans to build a wild small cat preserve preserve on her Lake Leelanau property.

Jul 15, 2020
Ruth Blick & Lt. Matthew Winters, Salvation Army Christmas In July
12:54

This year, the annual Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign for Salvation Army goes virtual, and Ruth Blick and Lt. Matthew Winters join us to talk about how you can donate, as well as updating us on other ways the Salvation Army is helping our community.

Jul 15, 2020
Rachel Johnson, Electric Car Fast Charge Station
10:03

Member Relationship Manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Rachel Johnson talks about Northern Michigan’s first “fast charge station,” coming to Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Traverse City on July 22.

Jul 15, 2020
Nicole Blonshine, Blair Township Developments
11:11

Blair Supervisor Nicole Blonshine joins us to talk about from major developments proposed for this fast growing township.

Jul 14, 2020
Wendy Hirschenberger, COVID-19 Uptick
14:41

From the Grand Traverse County Health Department, Wendy Hirschenberger joins us to discuss the recent increase in local Coronavirus cases.

Jul 14, 2020
#MusicMonday: Kirk Jones, K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys
11:45

Ahead of their appearance on “Radio Retro,” the new on-air version of the beloved “Concerts on the Lawn” at Grand Traverse Pavilions, Kirk Jones of K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys joins us to talk about their toe-tapping zydeco/cajun tunes!  The full concert will be heard this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM

Jul 13, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
17:09

A look at the world of music, featuring stories on an effort to help out shuttered live venues, Lady A vs. Lady A, tragedy in the Presley family, and Alanis Morissette’s least favorite hit song. 

Jul 13, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
23:14

Jeanine from Pine Hill talks about your outdoor spaces and answers your questions, including helping your pansies come back, getting rid of clover in your lawn without killing the grass, garden trends of the season, dealing with shutes in a strawberry tower and more! 

Jul 12, 2020
Meredith Hawes, Fire Safety During COVID-19
18:05

The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways — but one in which you may not have thought about is fire preparedness.  National Fire Protection Association’s Meredith Hawes joins us to talk about ways you can protection yourself and your household.

Jul 11, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:29

A local back at the biggest local headlines of the week, including an art heist, changes in the restaurant and retail scene and an update on the Traverse City Pit Spitters’ reopening plans.

Jul 10, 2020
Jennifer Szunko & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
14:27

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

Jul 07, 2020
Bill Marsh, Jr., The Power in Breathing
23:45

From the blog “Making You Matter,” Bill Marsh, Jr., joins us to talk about the surprising secret to being the best version of yourself: proper breathing.

Jun 30, 2020
Jack Lane, Post-Pandemic Commercial Real Estate
14:31

As we start looking at the world on the other side of COVID-19, how will become of the American office?  Our resident realtor, Jack Lane, joins us to talk about what this could mean for commercial buildings in your neck of the woods.

Jun 30, 2020
#MusicMonday: Donna Wilson Probes, Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered
14:25

Ahead of their appearance on “Radio Retro,” the new on-air version of the beloved “Concerts on the Lawn” at Grand Traverse Pavilions, Donna Wilson Probes of tribute group “Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered” joins us to talk about their origins and more.  The full concert will be heard this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM.

Jun 29, 2020
#MusicMonday: Mike Fornes, the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
21:49

Ahead of their appearance on “Radio Retro”, the new on-air version of the beloved “Concerts on the Lawn” at Grand Traverse Pavilions, Mike Fornes of the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute joins us for songs and stories. The full concert will be heard this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM

Jun 22, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:04

A look at what’s happening in the world of music, including high profile auctions of high profile guitars, banking and music coming together, and fatherly advice inspiring a rocker to create.

Jun 22, 2020
Jason Hoffer, B2 Outlet Store Opening
18:23

With its 21st store opening in TC, CEO of B2 Outlet Stores, Jason Hoffer, tells the story of his five year old company that gives 51% of profits to local and global charities.

Jun 22, 2020
Lt. Matt Keiper, Rescue on Grand Traverse Bay
15:32

US Coast Guard Air Station Lt. Matt Keiper joins us to share details of a 10 person rescue, after a boat sank in Grand Traverse Bay over the weekend.

Jun 22, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Village Nursery & Village Gardens
20:09

Milorganite as deer repellent?  What should I do for my garden here in June?  Do I replace the soil in my containers every year?  Jeanine from Pine Hill answers these questions, and more. 

Jun 20, 2020
Ginger Kadlec, Why Didn’t My Kid Tell Me?
19:59

It’s a question so many parents of children who have suffered abuse ask — why wasn’t I told?  Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center’s Ginger Kadlec joins us to discuss the reasons, and how you can create an environment with your kids where they feel comfortable to disclose. 

Jun 19, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:30

A look at the biggest local stories of the week, including the uncertain future for international exchange and other programs for the upcoming school year, proposed policing reforms, today’s Juneteenth celebration and Downtown TC’s traffic changes.

Jun 19, 2020
Elaine Keaton, Father Fred Pop Up Kids Clothing Shop
10:52

Advancement Manager for the Father Fred Foundation, Elaine Keaton chats about a new opportunity to get great children’s clothes, as well as the other ways they’re helping out folks in Northern Michigan.

Jun 18, 2020
Rob Karner, Overlay District Project
17:28

Glen Lake Association Watershed Biologist Rob Karner joins us to discuss the Overlay District, a plan for protecting the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed that could have positive affects for decades to come.

Jun 18, 2020
Peg Siciliano, Traverse City’s Repeating History
20:08

Director of the Traverse Area Historical Society, Peg Siciliano joins us to tell some stories about our past that are particularly relevant today.

Jun 17, 2020
Mickey Graham, Baseball is Back!
18:15

July 1st, the Traverse City Pit Spitters will reopen Turtle Creek Stadium for a special season of baseball, adding two new teams that will compete in a round robin 57 game season played entirely in TC.  Pit Spitters General Manager Mickey Graham joins us with all the details.

Jun 17, 2020
Jean Derenzy, Front Street Summer Shutdown
12:02

Downtown Traverse City’s about to get a whole lot more space for the summer — Front Street, between Park and Union, will be closing soon to all vehicle tragic and be fully open to pedestrians for more space to walk, dine outdoors at your favorite restaurants and browse the latest finds at your favorite stores.  Traverse City Downtown Development Authority CEO Jean Derenzy joins us with all the details.

Jun 16, 2020
Ben LaCross, The State of the Cherry Industry
14:07

With the strange weather — warm, cold, flooding, dry — and an uncertain economic climate, the state of Northern Michigan’s flagship crop can be hard to pin down.  Ben LaCross, of LaCross Farms and Leelanau Fruit Company, gets us up to speed. 

Jun 16, 2020
#MusicMonday: Bill Fromm, Jazz North
15:00

Trumpet & flugelhorn player for this unique mix of funk, jazz, rock and swing, Bill Fromm from Jazz North joins us to talk about the group’s origins, repertoire, and preview their upcoming appearance on “Radio Retro,” the new on-air version of the beloved “Concerts on the Lawn” at Grand Traverse Pavilions.  The full concert can be heard this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM.

Jun 15, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:14

A look at what’s happening in the world of music this week, including Drake giving a Twitch streamer the green light for his music, what happens if venues can’t weather the Coronavirus storm, tracking the risk of certain concerts, and a tragic accident befalling a country music family.

Jun 15, 2020
Meredith Hawes, Fireworks Safety
18:47

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Meredith Hawes from the National Fire Protection Association joins us to talk about keeping you and your family safe while celebrating.

Jun 14, 2020
Jeanine Robert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
22:08

Jeanine from Pine Hill talks about your outdoor spaces and answers your questions.

Jun 13, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:12

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including a slate of developments in the bar, restaurant and retail world.

Jun 12, 2020
Deb Lake, Goodwill Gather for Good Virtual Luncheon
10:10

Communications Director for Goodwill Northern Michigan, Deb Lake joins us to preview this year’s Gather for Good celebration, featuring a celebration of Food Rescue, the presentation of the Community Impact Award and a keynote from Iain de Jong (author of “The Book on Ending Homelessness”) available to view anytime on their Facebook page.

Jun 10, 2020
Ben Leskovansky, Virtual Summer Camp
13:50

Part of the K12 company, Destinations Career Academy is committed to delivering a robust set of programs in career readiness.  Coordinator of their virtual coding summer camp and head Coach of their Esports, Ben Leskovansky joins us to talk about some fun opportunities for kids this season.

Jun 10, 2020
Dr. John VanWagoner, TCAPS Moves Forward
10:01

New incoming Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner joins us to talk about his plans for TCAPS and facing the uncertain future of a new academic year after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Jun 10, 2020
Michele Howard, TADL Re-Opens
12:28

Traverse Area District Library Executive Director Michele Howard joins us to discuss how people were able to access libraries during the pandemic and how TADL is strategically re-opening their doors.

Jun 09, 2020
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson, Walking with Protesters
18:47

Chris Swanson gained national attention after removing his riot gear and marching with protesters in Flint last week. Today, the Genesee County Sheriff joins us to talk about his thoughts on police and race relations, the idea of defunding the police and how George Floyd's death is changing police departments throughout the country.  

Jun 09, 2020
#MusicMonday: Miriam Pico, Concerts on the Lawn
16:59

Ahead of her appearance on “Radio Retro”, the new on-air version of the beloved “Concerts on the Lawn” at Grand Traverse Pavilions, singer-songwriter  Miriam Pico joins us. The full concert will be heard this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM

Jun 08, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
16:52

A look at what’s happening in the world of music, featuring YouTube’s 2020 graduation special, livestreaming and music copyright, and a new music app that you can adjust to your level of energy.

Jun 08, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
25:58

Jeanine from Pine Hill talks about your outdoor spaces and answers your questions.

Jun 07, 2020
Hal Gurian, GT County Commission Candidate
10:20

Candidate for District 4’s seat on the Grand Traverse County Commission, Hal Gurian joins us to talk about what he hopes to bring to the position.

Jun 06, 2020
Vern Gauthier, ReOpening the Gym
18:26

With Governor Whitmer’s recent announcement of Northern Michigan’s upcoming shift to Phase 5, gyms are one of the businesses allowed to reopen.  Vern Gauthier, owner of Fit for You Health Club, joins us to talk about the changes they’ve made in their gym, and how, in many ways, it’s like starting a brand new business.

Jun 05, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
18:29

A look at some of the biggest stories in the region with Beth Milligan from the Traverse City Ticker, including a new report detailing the estimated economic loss in Northwest Michigan from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Jun 05, 2020
Lisa Peacock, Return to School Advisory Council
14:33

Health Officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Lisa Peacock joins us to discuss her recent appointment to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council, a group of 25 leaders in health care and education, along with four members of the Michigan Legislature, with an eye towards getting students back in the classroom safely.

Jun 04, 2020
Dan & Pam Marsh and Brian Beauchamp, Pedego Traverse City
22:20

The largest electric bicycle brand in the country, Pedego comes to the area thanks to the brand new Pedego Traverse City.  Store owners Dan & Pam Marsh are joined by Brian Beauchamp of the TART Trails to talk about how this fun outdoor activity is perfect for this area.

Jun 03, 2020
Chief Jeff O’Brien, Police and Protests
18:11

Following his statement to local media yesterday on the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O’Brien joins us to talk about working to gain and maintain trust with the community, and his dedication to serve. 

Jun 03, 2020
Jennifer Szunko, Lisa Baker Lorincz & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
18:41

It’s five year anniversary of TC NewTech, and Jennifer Szunko, Sarah Hunt and Lisa Baker-Lorincz join us to discuss the occasion and the four start-up finalists that will be chosen from a panel of judges after pitching their ideas tonight. The winner will be chosen by TC NewTech viewers on YouTube and Facebook Live.

Jun 02, 2020
#MusicMonday: Kedrik Merwin, Traverse Symphony Orchestra
10:52

Ahead of their appearance on the first ever “Radio Retro”, the new on-air version of the beloved “Concerts on the Lawn” at Grand Traverse Pavilions, Kedrik Merwin, TSO Executive Director and Trombonist in their Brass Quintet, talks about the process of the group getting back together after a COVID-break, choosing and recording their diverse set of tunes, and more.  The full concert will be heard this Thursday at 7pm on WCCW 107.5 FM

Jun 01, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
14:42

Stories from the world of music this week include “Blackout Tuesday,” the rise of drive-in concerts, Sinead O’Connor’s new career and Jimmy Buffet’s most unusual fan.

Jun 01, 2020
Bill Marsh, Jr., Helping Your Personal Brand
24:38

“A means of distinguishing a product, company, service or person,” is one way of defining a “brand.” Another way, says Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog “Making You Matter,” is your reputation.  He joins us to talk about ways in which you can strengthen that reputation of you or your company.

May 28, 2020
Andy Harvey, The Case of George Floyd
12:23

Chief of Police for Palestine, Texas and a Command Level Law Enforcement Leader with over 20 years experience, Andy Harvey joins us to discuss the situation in Minneapolis that lead to the death of George Floyd.

May 28, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Village Nursery & Village Gardens
22:08

Gardening is good for you!  Dealing with moles, fast-growing vines, worm composters and more — Jeanine from Pine Hill answers your questions.

May 24, 2020
Mike Mahn, Keeping It Positive During a Pandemic
09:40

Owner of Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings, Mike Mahn joins us to talk about his positive message during the stay-at-home order, and, now reopened, how his store—and others—can move forward.

May 23, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:10

A look at the news of the week, featuring the next steps following Governor Whitmer’s “reopening” of regions 6 & 8 of the state, the challenge facing recreational marijuana dispensaries and the new TCAPS superintendent.

May 22, 2020
Brian Freund, New Dessert Shop “Bri & Em’s”
10:54

Co-owner of That French Place in Charlevoix, Brian Freund joins us to talk about the transition of their other shop, Brian’s Ice Cream Experience, into “Bri & Em’s,” a new dessert place two doors down from That French Place on Bridge Street, featuring French Macarons, cookies, cakes, tarts, key lime pie, and, of course…ice cream!

May 21, 2020
Lisa Marlow Wilcox, Hair Salons & COVID-19
14:18

Owner and operator of Radiance Salon & Spa in Bay Harbor, Lisa Marlow Wilcox joins us to share her experience dealing with the Governor's executive order that continues the closure of salons through May 28th.  Plus, we talk about some of the safety measures she is planning to implement when they reopen.

May 21, 2020
David Lorenz, What Reopening Means for Tourism
18:06

Now that certain restrictions from the state’s shutdown are being lifted, what does this mean for folks looking at getting out and about?  Travel Michigan Vice President David Lorenz joins us to tackle this question.

May 20, 2020
Mark Fenner, Mask Shaming and the Workplace
11:21

What happens when people don’t want to wear masks?  What happens when people really want others to wear masks?  Business Strategist and “Scaling Up Coach” Mark Fenner joins us to discuss how mask shaming in the workplace can lead to HR nightmares, and how managers can best accommodate the safety of their employees by establishing clear directives.

May 19, 2020
Sherrie Moseler, PACE Prepares Reopening
08:26

Executive Director of PACE North, all-inclusive care for the elderly, Sherrie Moseler joins us to discuss the changes they’ve made to continue accommodating clients from home while they prepare to reopen the PACE North Center when it’s safe to do so.

May 19, 2020
#MusicMonday: Deb Allen, Concerts on the Air
15:54

From the Grand Traverse Pavilions, Deb Allen joins us with a preview of this year’s unique edition of the popular summertime “Concerts on the Lawn” series -  happening weekly on the radio!

May 18, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
18:18

Stories this week from the world of music include the upcoming Buddy Holly biopic, hackers trying to shakedown Lady Gaga and a computer’s attempts to write an AC/DC song.

May 18, 2020
Sue Bolde, The Debate Over “Spanking”
24:19

Executive Director for the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, Sue Bolde joins us to discuss research and arguments about discipling kids through spanking.

May 17, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
23:30

So wonderful to officially welcome back Jeanine to answer your outdoor space questions!

May 16, 2020
Jeffery Ford & Sabrina Souiri, How To Be Happy
10:43

Our favorite genius, Jeffery Ford, returns with his friend and comedian Sabrina Souiri to talk about how to maintain happiness during troubling times. 

May 15, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
19:09

A look back at some of the biggest stories of the week, featuring changes from restaurants, events, recreation and school ahead of summer, a graduation walk for local seniors, and Traverse City celebrates a birthday milestone.

May 15, 2020
Anna Keller, Northern Michigan Wine Fairies
08:58

A recent Facebook group is looking to bring cheer to people all across Northern Michigan with anonymous gifts of delicious wine — creator Anna Keller joins us to tell us more.

May 13, 2020
Phil Kerpen, Cracks in the Healthcare System
12:49

Head of the organization American Commitment, Phil Kerpen joins us to discuss his thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic has shown serious issues with the federal health care system.

May 13, 2020
Ben Whiting, Magic on the Rocks Online
12:11

Magician Ben Whiting talks about the new virtual version of his popular “Magic on the Rocks” series.

May 13, 2020
Heidi Britton & Gwen Williams, Open Coronavirus Screening in TC
17:25

Beginning last Friday, COVID-19 testing is available to anyone interested at the Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. drive-thru testing site on East Traverse Highway in Traverse City.  We’re joined by Heidi Britton and Gwen Williams from NWM Health Services to learn more.

May 12, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:37

Stories from the world of music this week include dipping our toes back into live concerts, with Ticketmaster’s plans for drive-in events, distanced festivals and streaming empty venues, as well as the first live show since the pandemic began schedule for this Friday in Arkansas.  Plus: remembering Little Richard and one of his lesser-known side-hustles.

May 11, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
24:19

A look back at some of the biggest stories of the week, including the continuing Stay-at-Home order and the corresponding details, Interlochen cancelling their summer concert season, local government budgets facing decreased funding, schools planning what their falls will look like, the TCAPS Superintendent candidate review process, and more.

May 08, 2020
Dave Lorenz, Variety Show to Benefit Tourism Workers
17:32

“Come Together: A Relief Effort for Tourism Workers” is a virtual variety show to brought to you by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and MLive.  Dave Lorenz, from the MEDC, joins us to talk about the program and the future of tourism in Michigan.

May 07, 2020
Cheri Perry, Our Changing Workplace
27:52

Many of you have made the change to working remotely during this pandemic — so, what’s going to happen when we start moving back to “normal?”  Workplace Culture Expert Cheri Perry joins us to talk about the benefits of working from home, how the office may change, and how you have to take an active roll in securing the 9-5 structure that works best for you.

May 06, 2020
Tricia Phelps, Farmers Market Goes Virtual
19:35

A sure sign of spring is the kick off of the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market in Traverse City — but, because COVID-19, there’s been a pivot to online.  Taste the Local Difference CEO Tricia Phelps joins us to talk about bringing the marketplace to the digital sphere while still providing the fresh food you love.

May 06, 2020
Jennifer Szunko & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
14:44

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

May 05, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, News of the Week
20:39

We’re talking about what’s happening in the world of music with Jordan Anderson from Mr. Music DJ & Event Services, going over how, in quarantine, people are picking up new instruments, indie artists are releasing more music than ever, and one famous singer is turning a big hit on the charts into (hopefully) a big hit on the silver screen.

May 04, 2020
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
13:13

Weather’s warming up, the planting time is just around the corner — and Jeanine from Pine Hill is here to tell us what’s in store for the coming season.

May 03, 2020
Jan Stump & Jackie Kaschel, Peace Ranch
16:39

During this uncertain time, there’s an extra layer of stress to our lives.  Jackie and Jan of Peace Ranch, which provides and trauma and counseling services through equine-assisted therapy, join us to talk about meeting the demand for help during this pandemic.

May 02, 2020
Ramona Pleva, Celebrating Rotary’s Community Impact
14:54

This was to be the week of the annual Traverse City Rotary Show — and a big milestone at that, with Rotary International celebrating their centennial.  We spoke with Ramona Pleva, this year’s Rotary Show producer, about past highlights, plans for next year’s show, the difference between TC’s Rotary Club and Rotary Charities, and how Rotary continues to raise money and help our community thrive.

May 01, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
23:02

A look back at some of the biggest local stories of the week, including the Road Commission tackling bypass planning and an M-137 takeover, the finalists for the Superintendent position for Traverse City Area Public Schools, Chik-Fil-A’s progress moving into the former Flap Jack Shack building, and plans for the Barlow/Garfield area.

May 01, 2020
Beau Warren, “TC Forever” Raising Relief Money
20:55

Tee See Tee’s Beau Warren wanted to help raise money for local small businesses, so, he did what he does best — created a t-shirt, the “TC Forever” — and has already donated thousands of dollars from sales of the item.

Apr 30, 2020
JooYeun Chang, Reuniting Children with Families During COVID-19
14:55

Executive Director of the Children’s Services Agency, a part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, JooYeun Chang joins us to discuss their new project aiming to help children in foster care quickly and safely return to permanent homes during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 29, 2020
Joe Beyer, “Birds and Words” with the Art Park
12:41

Executive Director of the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Joe Beyer joins us to discuss their upcoming “Birds and Words,” a free digital event celebrating art, literature, music, storytelling, quarantine and ornithology, on May 9.

Apr 29, 2020
Grant Porteous, When Life Isn’t Going Your Way
31:54

Filling in for Bill Marsh, Jr. in his monthly “Making You Matter” segment, Certified Executive oach Grant Porteous joins us for a timely discussion about three key things to remember when life isn’t going “My Way.”

Apr 28, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, News of the Week
15:48

We’re joined by Mr. Music DJ & Event Services’ Jordan Anderson to talk about new (high profile) participants in the “Beatles vs. Stones” debate, LiveNation saying “My bad” over Coronavirus-related refund policy fiascos and Kanye West’s “Well, actually…!” over reports of his recent admission into the “Billionaire’s Club.”

Apr 27, 2020
Mike Laing, Stay at Home and Taste the Bubbles with MAWBY
13:58

Partner and “Director of MAWBYness” at MAWBY Vineyards, Mike Laing talks to us about how COVID-19 impacts sales, their wine club and more.

Apr 23, 2020
Ryan Hannon, Street Outreach During COVID-19
17:29

Outreach and Housing Navigation Manager for Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Ryan Hannon joins us to talk about the unique challenges facing outreach to our most vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 23, 2020
Rik Heller, Coronavirus Projections
21:45

Infectious disease expert and founder of Wello, which introduced the first temperature reading devices that require zero contact, Rik Heller joins us to talk about the Centers for Disease Control’s recent statement that this winter could be even worse for COVID-19 infections.

Apr 22, 2020
Kristi Boettcher, Domestic Violence During COVID-19
10:22

Home is not always the safest place, even during a pandemic; instances of domestic violence have skyrocketed during Michigan’s shelter-in-place order.  Kristi Boettcher,, Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Resource Center, talks to us about how they’re there for their clients even when they can’t physically be there.

Apr 22, 2020
Colleen Paveglio, Buy Local, Give Local Fund
12:11

Downtown TC is launching an effort to help those in need in our community through a program encouraging purchasing products and services from local businesses: the Buy Local, Give Local Fund.  Traverse City Downtown Development Authority Marketing & Communications Director Colleen Paveglio joins us to explain how you can help.

Apr 22, 2020
Speaker Lee Chatfield, Michigan’s Comeback Roadmap
17:56

Both Michigan Republican Senators and Representatives have released proposed plans for how best to “re-open” the state.  We review the details of both, and speak with House Speaker Lee Chatfield regarding their “Comeback Roadmap.”

Apr 21, 2020
Lynn Sutfin, Michigan’s Coronavirus Testing Ramp Up
10:56

Public Information Officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Lynn Sutfin joins us to discuss proposals in volunteer contact tracing and expanding testing for those reporting to work, regardless of symptoms, in the fight against COVID-19.

Apr 21, 2020
Sue Bolde, Child Abuse Prevention During the Coronavirus
14:52

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month — and during this unprecedented time, we need to take even more care to protect.  Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Sue Bolde joins us to talk about how we can still help.

Apr 18, 2020
Jeffery Ford & Sabrina Souiri, Comedy & Coronavirus
15:21

Our favorite genius, Jeffery Ford, returns with his friend and comedian Sabrina Souiri to talk about how laughter helps during challenging times.

Apr 18, 2020
Kristine Erickson, Enjoying the Outdoors During COVID-19
12:23

As the weather improves, Grand Traverse Parks and Recreation Director Kristine Erickson joins us to talk about what local departments are doing to encourage people to get outside and get healthy while maintaining safe measures during the pandemic.

Apr 17, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
23:07

A look back at the biggest stories of the week, including National Cherry Festival’s cancelation and the possible cancelation of other events, like the Traverse City Film Fest and the Pit Spitters’ season, as well as possible ways forward for Michigan after stay-at-home orders.

Apr 17, 2020
Kat Paye, National Cherry Festival Postponed
13:14

Executive Director of the National Cherry Festival, Kat Paye joins us to discuss the decision to postpone until 2021.

Apr 16, 2020
Josh Russell, Restaurant Franchises & COVID-19
06:10

Independent franchise owners are suffering just as much during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Josh Russell, owner of Traverse City’s Jimmy Johns, joins us to discuss how his restaurants are adapting.

Apr 16, 2020
Don Simon, Michigan Aid from Farm Bureau Insurance
09:42

CEO of Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, Don Simon joins us to talk about the “We’re In This Together” initiative that will provide $5 million in aid to restaurants across the state, among other programs.

Apr 16, 2020
Kevin Klein, CARES Funding for TVC Airport
17:22

Cherry Capital Airport was recently announced as one of the facilities receiving financial aid from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.  Airport director Kevin Klein joins us with the details.

Apr 15, 2020
Bergen Johnson, A How-To For Distance Learning
08:51

For many American students, attending school online is the “new normal” for the time being, but the abrupt change is something to which many are struggling to adjust.  So, we spoke with Bergen Johnson, a sophomore at the online Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, for some tips on getting used to, and the most out of, the distance learning experience.

Apr 15, 2020
Chris Fredrickson, Traverse City Whiskey Hand Sanitizer
11:19

Founder & Distiller at Traverse City Whiskey Company, Chris Fredrickson joins us to talk switching gears to producing 100% hand sanitizer to help with the Coronavirus pandemic and how distilleries nationwide are uniquely qualified to do it.

Apr 15, 2020
Meghan McDermott, Groundwork Exceeds Relief Goals
07:14

We check back in with Meghan McDermott, Director of Programs for Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, about how their Local Food Relief Fund has exceeded their goals many times over.

Apr 14, 2020
Desiree Worthington, PPEs for Munson
10:32

President of Munson Healthcare Foundations, the fundraising arm for Munson Healthcare, Desiree Worthing joins us to talk about what they’re doing to help get Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to their healthcare workers on the front lines.

Apr 14, 2020
Heidi Britton & Gwen Williams, Drive-Thru Testing for COVID-19 in TC
10:44

Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. and the Benzie-Leelanau Health Department are partnering on a new drive-thru coronavirus testing site opening today, and running noon to 4, Monday through Thursday, by appointment only.  We’re joined by Heidi Britton and Gwen Williams from NWM Health Services to learn more.

Apr 13, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, News of the Week
16:45

Looking at music-related stories with Jordan Anderson from Mr. Music DJs, including how local musicians are coping with the pandemic, live-streamed concerts, and how the fashion industry is hurting from festival cancellations.

Apr 13, 2020
Meredith Hawes, Fire Safety During Quarantine
14:42

With all the extra time we’re spending in our homes now, National Fire Protection Association’s Meredith Hawes joins us to talk about ways to make sure we’re staying safe.

Apr 12, 2020
Matthew Zerilli, Managing Addiction During the Pandemic
12:32

Recovery Center Manager at The Porch at Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City, Matt Zerilli talks about ways of during the age of the Coronavirus.

Apr 11, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
20:42

Breaking down Governor Whitmer’s extended stay-at-home order, including changes that expand the scope, as well as businesses adapting to the changing landscape and local health care workers staying prepared.

Apr 10, 2020
Jason Moon, Navigating Michigan’s Unemployment System
12:13

Communications Director for the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Jason Moon joins us to answer questions regarding getting your unemployment claims properly filed and more.

Apr 10, 2020
Sarah Newcomb, Community Care Project
12:45

Dedicated to brightening up the days of those on the front lines of the pandemic, the Community Care Project is a grassroots effort to provide goody bags filled with helpful items to area medical workers. Organizer Sarah Newcomb joins us to talk about this wonderful project.

Apr 09, 2020
Martin Paul, World Magnetics
08:02

President of World Magnetics, Martin Paul joins us to talk about how is electronic parts supplier company here in Traverse City has been making around 3,000 custom pressure switches a day for ventilators for help in the Coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 08, 2020
Lisa Peacock, Essential Employee Requirements
19:58
Apr 08, 2020
John Rose, Travel Industry During COVID-19
12:49

Chief Risk Officer at Altour, John Rose joins us to talk about the challenges facing travel companies during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 08, 2020
Haans Voss & Meghan McDermott, Groundwork Local Food Relief Fund Groundwork Center
18:35

Donations for supporting local farmers and food pantries in the area is live today, and organized by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.  We’re joined by Groundwork Executive Director Haans Voss and Food & Farming Director Meghan McDermott to talk about the effort and how you can give.

Apr 07, 2020
Jennifer Szunko & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
14:42

Executive Director Jennifer Szunko and Development Director Sarah Hunt  join us to talk about what TC NewTech is doing with other area organizations during the Coronavirus pandemic, and their Bar Napkin Pitch Night going remote.

Apr 07, 2020
Anne Stanton, Life in the Time of Virus
13:53

Executive Director of the National Writers Series, Ann Stanton joins us to talk about their new digital endeavor: “Life in the Time of Virus,” a place to collect the experiences of the community during this unique time in history.

Apr 05, 2020
Trevor Tkach, Tourism in a Pandemic
18:52

President & CEO of Traverse City Tourism, Trevor Tkach joins us to talk about what the tourism industry is doing to help deal with the effects of COVID-19. 

Apr 04, 2020
Stephen Ezell, Free Soap Fridays
10:44

Traverse City Soap Manufacturer MyGreenFills’ Stephen Ezell joins us to talk about this incredible new program they’re offering:  Free Soap Fridays, offering free hand soap and laundry soap to local residents in need.

Apr 03, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:25

A look back at the biggest stories of the week, including what the rest of the school year looks like after Governor Whitmer’s recent Executive Order, daycare needs for essential workers and how our current remote workforce might forever be changed.

Apr 03, 2020
Lisa Peacock, Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing
18:42

Beginning today, the Emmet County Fairgrounds is host to a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19.  Health Officer for the Health Departments of Northwest Michigan Lisa Peacock joins us to talk through all the details.

Apr 01, 2020
Soon Hagerty & Beau Warren, Hospitality Relief Efforts
11:50

While it’s always been focused on giving back, the Good Bowl restaurant in Traverse City is putting all charity efforts towards supporting TC restaurants, bars and hotel workers who are struggling financially during the pandemic.  We’re joined by Good Bowl founder Soon Hagerty, along with T-Shirt Robot’s Beau Warren, who partnered with the Good Bowl for the creation of a “We Will Carry On” tote bag you can purchase to help support the effort.

Apr 01, 2020
What’s Happening with School, Anyway?
07:29

Sources say Governor Whitmer is eyeing cancelling the rest of the school year amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.  But what exactly would that look like for our students? 

Mar 31, 2020
David Mengebier, Urgent Needs Fund
08:14

Many fundraising events have been cancelled for non-profit organizations that are the very ones being called upon for services during this uncertain time.  David Mengebier, President & CEO of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, joins us to discuss ways we can help these vital local organizations help our community.

Mar 31, 2020
Bill Marsh, Jr., Being Productive From Home
20:36

With Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, many people are working from the comforts of their living quarters — but that can be more difficult than you’d think.  Bill Marsh, Jr., from the blog “Making You Matter,” joins us to discuss tips and tactics to still get things done when you’re stuck at home.

Mar 31, 2020
Nicole Ball, Grief & the Pandemic
08:20

Mental Wellness Counseling’s Nicole Ball joins us to talk about the varied stages of grief we’re all experiencing during the “stay-at-home” order during the COVIC-19 crisis.

Mar 29, 2020
Sue Bolde & Dr. Amelia Siders, Handling Uncertainty
24:41

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center’s Executive Director Sue Bolde, along with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan’s Dr. Amelia Siders join us with techniques learned from trauma treatments that will help with handling the anxiety and fear of times of uncertainty.

Mar 28, 2020
Jack Lane, Real Estate Amidst COVID-19
16:07

WTCM’s “Ask the Real Estate Guy” Jack Lane joins us to talk about how the region’s real estate market is being impacted by the Coronavirus.

Mar 28, 2020
Dr. Michael Collins, Coronavirus Update for Our Region
11:00

Grand Traverse County Health Department Director Dr. Michael Collins joins us to discuss the current situation with COVID-19 in Northern Michigan.

Mar 27, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:52

A look back at the biggest local stories of the week, including what declaring a “state of emergency” means for Grand Traverse County and Michigan as a whole, Munson Medical Center watching Detroit’s health care system for cues, and more. 

Mar 27, 2020
Russell Schindler, SampleServ Testing For COVID-19
11:54

TC NewTech founder Russell Schindler is also the CEO of SampleServ, originally a sampling service for environmental testing that has recently been working to assist remote medical screening pop-ups handle high-volume Coronavirus sampling with zero transcription errors.

Mar 25, 2020
Pastor Craig Trierweiler, Practicing Faith from a Distance
17:13

New Hope Community Church’s Pastor Craig Trierweiler joins us to discuss finding and practicing faith in the age of the Coronavirus.

Mar 25, 2020
Jacob Steichen, Protecting First Responders from COVID-19
14:30

Firefighter with Traverse City Firefighters L646, Jacob Steichen shares was first responders are doing to protect themselves and those needing medical attention in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 25, 2020
Sheriff Tom Bensley, “Stay-At-Home” Order
14:24

Grand Traverse Sheriff Tom Bensley joins us to talk about a potential uptick in certain crimes during the shelter-in-place order from Governor Whitmer, and what enforcing that order means for local officers.

Mar 24, 2020
Senator Wayne Schmidt & Bob O’Hara, “Essential” Workers During “Shelter-In-Place”
18:50

Michigan State Senator Wayne Schmidt, along with Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area Executive Officer, joins us to talk about Governor Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, discussing which workers are considered essential and which aren’t, and attempts to clarify the role of the trades in critical services.

Mar 24, 2020
Jeffery Ford, Managing Our Pandemic Reactions
16:10

Our favorite genius Jeffery Ford returns to unpack the varied and understandable reactions to the Coronavirus pandemic, and what we can learn about ourselves during this process.

Mar 22, 2020
Tracy Schmerl-Magoon, Wedding Planning During Coronavirus
08:55

Owner of Social Butterfly Weddings & Events, Tracy Schmerl-Magoon joins us to talk about making plans for your important day during these uncertain times.

Mar 21, 2020
Sarah Polena-Antinossi, Awaiting Results In Quarantine
15:42

After being tested for COVID-19, Charlevoix resident Sarah Polena-Antinossi talks with us about what it’s like to be truly quarantined while waiting to hear whether or not she is positive for the Coronavirus.

Mar 20, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:13

A look back at the biggest local stories of the week, including how to properly interpret Michigan’s increasing COVID-19 numbers, widening the qualifications for state unemployment, bar and restaurant owners’ struggles to reinvent their business models, BATA reducing their busing, and more.

Mar 20, 2020
Dorin Constantin, Torch Lake Cafe To-Go
08:09

General Manager of the Torch Lake Cafe, Dorin Constantin joins us to discuss their to-go family dinner options, and taking care of their employees by giving 100% of the rest of their proceeds for March to their workers.

Mar 19, 2020
Matt Therrien, Growlers To-Go
10:29

Lake Ann Brewing Company’s Matt Therrien joins us to talk about his to-go growlers offered through a walk-up window at the brewery each day.

Mar 19, 2020
Dan Brown, Coronavirus in South Korea
15:22

A Traverse City native living in South Korea, Dan Brown joins us to talk about the different approaches that country has taken to control the spread of COVID-19.

Mar 19, 2020
Vern Gauthier, Small Business Shut Down
09:13

Fit For You Health Club co-owner Vern Gauthier joins us to share his experience having to close his business through the end of the month.

Mar 18, 2020
Rachel Johnson, Cherryland Electric Cooperative
05:40

Member Relationship Manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Rachel Johnson joins us to provide updates on plans to keep customers connected during these uncertain times.

Mar 18, 2020
Kevin McKinley, Treetops Employee Food Program
10:44

Providing relief to all employees during the Coronavirus closure is important to Treetops Resort; Kevin McKinley joins us to talk about their employee food program.

Mar 18, 2020
Brian Lawson, Coronavirus in Northern Michigan
13:19

After two patients tested positive for COVID-19 at Munson Healthcare facilities in Northern Michigan (Traverse City and Gaylord), Regional Marketing and Communications Manager at Munson Medical Center Brian Lawson joins guest host Vic McCarty break down this information.

Mar 18, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, News of the Week
17:03

Looking at music-related stories from the past week with Jordan Anderson from Mr. Music DJs, including how Italians are using music to maintain community during their quarantine, musicians taking to social media to keep playing, free gifts from Moog and Korg, and taking your recommendations for the best “quaran-tunes.”

Mar 16, 2020
Radio Personality Steve “Omelette” Normandin
15:55

Northern Michigan broadcaster Omelette (Steve Normandin) sits down us with to talk about his life as an on-air entertainer throughout the country, and recently returning to WKLT and joining the Midwestern Broadcasting family.

Mar 15, 2020
Holly Hack, Give What You Can Project
11:20

Area Realtor Holly Hack (Reichard and Hack) joins us to discuss a grassroots community effort called Give What You Can, looking to support school districts, local food banks and projects like Blessings in a Backpack - TC Project by organizing food drives and getting meals to students who rely on breakfast and lunch at school.

Mar 14, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
23:17

A look back at local stories from the past week, focusing on the local impact on school closures due to COVID-19, including Interlochen Center for the Arts and Northwestern Michigan College, postponed and cancelled events and what you can do to help those who need it.

Mar 13, 2020
State Representative Jack O’Malley, Michigan & Coronavirus
17:22

101st District State Rep. Jack O’Malley joins us to talk about the recent decision by Governor Whitmer to close all public and private schools through April 5th, in addition to a possible bipartisan effort to provide relief for Michiganders and businesses in the wake of Coronavirus.

Mar 13, 2020
Jeffery Alan Ford, The Case for Kindness
22:41

It’s an encore presentation of our talk with Jeffrey Alan Ford about the power of kindness.  We live in a society where it’s almost too easy to be cynical, mean-spirited and cruel. But there’s never been a greater time than now to be kind. VedIQ Guild’s 2019 Distinguished Visionary Award Winner and World Gernius Directory’s 2016 Genius of the Year for America, Jeffery lays out his seven reasons why kindness wins.

Mar 12, 2020
Foodie Scene: Rachelle Crum, Crum Cakes
10:31

It’s an encore presentation of my great talk with Rachelle Crum about Crum Cakes, her incredible home-based bakery, and about my opportunity to try to decorate my own cake (hint: it did NOT turn out as well as Rachelle’s did!)

Mar 12, 2020
Ben LaCross, Tucker for President
28:28

In the fall of 2016, Michigan was set to elect a new governor.  Ben LaCross, of LaCross Farms and Leelanau Fruit Co., was speaking with his son about elections, government and politics, and got the idea to write a book for kids to help them better understand the process.  The story of Tucker, the new kid at a school running for election against the bully incumbent, is available in area book stores and at benlacrossbooks.com

Mar 11, 2020
Radio Book Club: “Conversations with RBG” by Jeffrey Rosen
24:53

Betsy Myers and Michele Howard of the Traverse Area District Library join us to discuss this month’s selection from Jeffrey Rosen, “Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law.”

Mar 10, 2020
Brian Jackson, Let’s Get Quizical Team Trivia
11:24

Head of Northern Michigan Team Trivia outlet “Let’s Get Quizical,” Brian Jackson joins us to preview his upcoming trivia nights, as well as tease a few questions you might hear!

Mar 10, 2020
Rich Bowman, Protect MI
12:46

Director of Working Lands for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, Rich Bowman joins us to discuss Protect MI, a new partnership for educating the public about protecting Michigan’s public lands and outdoor recreation.

Mar 09, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, News of the Week
17:28

Looking at music-related stories from the past week with Jordan Anderson from Mr. Music DJs, including South by Southwest’s cancellation over Coronavirus concerns, the head of the Grammys/Recording Academy being officially let go, and Post Malone’s fans’ concerns over his well-being.

Mar 09, 2020
Mickie Jannazzo, Troubling Teen Suicide Increases
29:47

Director of Prevention and Youth Services at Child & Family Services and Third Level Crisis Center joins us to talk about the dramatic increase in teenage suicide, and what we can do to help.

Mar 08, 2020
Jen Seman & Camille Hoisington, Traverse Connect’s Scale Up North Awards
12:41
Mar 08, 2020
Tom Kachadurian, Habitat for Humanity Homeownership
17:19

Communications Manager for Habitat for Humanity Tom Kachadurian joins us to discuss two upcoming informational meetings about homeownership through Habitat.

Mar 07, 2020
Jody Lundquist-Trietch, Impact 100 Grant Applications
11:15

316 women are a part of the Grand Traverse area’s chapter of Impact 100, a female-driven group funding grants for programs and organizations looking to better our region.  With each member giving $1000, this year Impact will give away $316,000 in the form of three $105,333 grants, each going to a deserving applicant chosen by the Impact members.  Jody Lundquist-Trietch, Board President, joins us to talk about the process and how you can apply.

Mar 07, 2020
Foodie Scene: Scott Graham, Spring Beer Festival
12:43

The Inaugural Michigan Brewers Guild Spring Beer Festival in Traverse City will be held Saturday, May 16 at Traverse City Pit Spitters’ Turtle Creek Stadium.  Scott Graham, Executive Director of the MBG, joins us to talk about the Guild, their state-wide beer events and more.

Mar 07, 2020
Phil Murphy and Christy Burich, Silent Sky
15:59

Opening this weekend at Old Town Playhouse, “Silent Sky” tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, the 19th Century astronomer who wasn’t even allowed to touch a telescope, but didn’t stop her from making groundbreaking discoveries about the universe that are still vital today. Director Phil Murphy and star Christy Burich (“Henrietta”) join us to talk about this incredible show.

Mar 04, 2020
Mike Wilkinson, Home Schooling Electives Are Big Business
16:08

Discussing his latest article for Bridge Magazine, reporter Mike Wilkinson joins us to talk about how Michigan school districts, including TCAPS, have made millions of dollars teaching home school students elective courses that critics say are taxpayer subsidized private lessons. 

Mar 04, 2020
Bonnie Scheele, No Reason Absentee Voting
07:55

Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele joins us to talk about Michigan’s “no reason absentee voting” and what to do if your candidate drops out of the race—or you want to change your absentee vote—before Election Day.

Mar 03, 2020
Sarah Hunt, Jennifer Szunko & Russell Schindler, TC NewTech
15:13

Ahead of tonight’s TC NewTech’s Meet-Up at City Opera House, we spoke with Executive Director Jennifer Szunko, Development Director Sarah Hunt and founder Russell Schindler, previewing the presenters and what to expect from this unique event.

Mar 03, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, News of the Week
18:25

Going over music-related stories from the past week with Jordan Anderson of Mr. Music DJs, featuring Adam Levine’s lackluster time in South America, what the ageing and road-weary crop of concert performers means for the music industry, and why Flava Flav isn’t Feeling The Bern.

Mar 02, 2020
Trevor Tkach, Traverse City Tourism
21:20

President & CEO of Traverse City Tourism, Trevor Tkach joins us to talk about potential changes to the Iron Man route, local tourism in the wake of Pure Michigan funding cuts, and the ongoing short term rental debate.

Mar 02, 2020
Tim Baker, Careers in the Trades
12:12

Vice President of Operations at Pinnacle Truck Driver Training, Inc, Tim Baker joins us to discuss his recent trip to Lansing to advocate for post-high school training for those looking to start a career in the trades.

Mar 01, 2020
Bailey Judson, National Cherry Festival
12:52

Special Programs Director for the National Cherry Festival, Bailey Judson joins us to talk about the upcoming Leapin’ Leprechaun 5k, concert announcements, festival planning and more.

Feb 29, 2020
Matt Myers & Tom Nelson, M22 Challenge
12:43

One of the most popular endurance events in the country, the M22 Challenge combines running, biking and paddling through beautiful Leelanau County. M22’s Matt Myers, along with Leelanau Conservancy Executive Director Tom Nelson, join us ahead of opening registration for this sought-after challenge that takes place June 13th.

Feb 28, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:40

A look back at some of the big local stories from the past week, including the first planned TC roundabout, Garfield Township’s financial commitment to finishing the Boardman Lake Trail, the absence of the promised Winter Comedy Festival and axe-throwing to relax.

Feb 28, 2020
Mary Dale Walters, Annual Disabilities Report
10:00

Senior Vice President at Allsup, which helps people with disabilities navigate their Social Security Disability Insurance, Mary Dale Walters joins us to discuss and analyze a recent disabilities report.

Feb 27, 2020
Foodie Scene: Bryan Banfield, Torch Lake Cafe
18:01

General Manager for this Eastport fixture, Bryan Banfield joins us to talk about the fresh, seasonal cuisine and entertainment offered in their warm and inviting atmosphere.

Feb 27, 2020
Jesse Felsk, Second Chance Prom
12:39

This unique fundraiser benefits the Oasis Family Resource Center, providing domestic violence and sexual assault victim services and parenting education.

Feb 26, 2020
Rebecca Goff, Brian Nachazel Memorial Snowball Tournament
07:29

This sixth annual winter softball tournament on February 29th at Cedar Ball Field honors the late Brian Nachazel.  Brian’s sister Rebecca joins us to talk about the event, whose proceeds benefit a local family in need.

Feb 26, 2020
Bill Marsh, Jr., How To Beat The Winter Blues
20:44

At this point in the “chilly season,” it’s easy to get caught in the doldrums.  Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog “Making You Matter,” joins us to share three keys to “mining magic from the mundane” during the rest of the winter.

Feb 25, 2020
Kerry Ebersole Singh, Michigan Census
11:16

Executive Director for the Michigan Census, Kerry Ebersole Singh joins us to talk about the importance of counting every person.

Feb 25, 2020
Karyn Kiio & Amy Dorey, Ski Recreation Management 
16:53

Professors in Hospitality and Tourism at Ferris State University, Karyn Kiio and Amy Dorey join us to talk about a new collaboration with Boyne Mountain Resort for ski recreation management studies.

Feb 24, 2020
Jeffery Ford & State Rep. Jack O’Malley, Improving the Education System
21:48

Our favorite genius Jeffery Ford, along with Michigan 101st District Representative Jack O’Malley to discuss their recent meeting regarding Jeffery’s thoughts on getting the most out of the school system for all children.

Feb 24, 2020
#MusicMonday: Mighty John Marshall, Love Records
10:46

Mighty John the Record Guy from MoneyMusic.com joins us again to discuss first releases with “love” in the title that, if they’re in your collection, could net you some serious cash.

Feb 24, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, News of the Week
17:12

Talking over some music-related headlines with Jordan Anderson of Mr. Music DJs, featuring Neil Young deciding to tour after all, Bon Jovi’s new album, using music in your business to help sales and Jerry Lee Lewis’ post-stroke musical miracle.

Feb 24, 2020
Sue Bolde, When A Sex Offender Lives Near You
18:02

Executive Director of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, Sue Bolde joins us to talk about how you and your neighbors should respond when learning about the presence of the registered sex offender.

Feb 21, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
20:23

A look back at some of the big local stories from the past week, including the Palmer Woods expansion and M-204 bridge project in Leelanau County, plans for the 2020 TC Ironman, Randolph Street reconstruction and the continuing vacation rental debate.

Feb 21, 2020
Foodie Scene: Wendy Sobeck, Fat Tuesday Paczkis
17:49

We're celebrating the Polish tradition of Fat Thursday by talking Pączkis with Wendy Sobeck! Wendy will share some tips for making authentic Polish pączki, and we'll take your calls about your favorite bakeries pumping out the baked goods on Fat Tuesday and beyond.

Feb 20, 2020
Phil Mayor, Use of Cash Bail in GT County
10:45

Senior Staff Attorney with the Michigan ACLU, Phil Mayor joins us to talk about a possible unconstitutional use of cash bail in the 86th District Court.

Feb 19, 2020
Tony Anderson, Marathon4Kids
20:19

He may be the General Manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative, but Tony Anderson is also a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a huge advocate for the organization, raising over $500,000 with his plan to run a marathon in all 50 states.  With two races left to go, you still have a chance to double his effort by donating to the matching fund for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan through Marathon4Kids.

Feb 19, 2020
Eirliani Abdul Rahman, Ending Human Trafficking
16:55

Coming to Thursday’s Traverse City International Affairs Forum, Executive Director of YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need) Eirliani Abdul Rahman joins us to talk about how to protect children and end human trafficking in the 21st Century.

Feb 18, 2020
Brian Jackson, Let’s Get Quizical Team Trivia
12:10

Head of Northern Michigan Team Trivia outlet “Let’s Get Quizical,” Brian Jackson joins us to preview his upcoming Marvel Movies and Seinfeld trivia nights, February 23rd and 26th, respectively, as well as tease a few questions you might hear!

Feb 18, 2020
Meredith Hawes & Stan Barnes, Michigan Fire Safety
24:49

National Fire Protection Association’s Meredith Hawes joins us along with Stan Barnes from the Farmington Hills Fire Department to talk about how Michigan leads the country in fire fatalities, and what Michiganders can do to protect their families from this terrifying statistic.

Feb 17, 2020
#MusicMonday: Judy Harrison, Remembering Patsy Cline
09:58

A tribute to the ironic music legend, “Remembering Patsy Cline” brings you on a beautiful and informative walk through the rise and success of one of country music’s queens, brought to you by Judy Harrison and her high-energy band ReBooted.

Feb 17, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Music News
18:21

Stories from the world of music and sound include the benefits of waking up to a gentle alarm, interesting radio signals from outer space, a new car engine lullaby, Nick Cannon’s swearing off of marriage and Justin Bieber’s clean upper lip.

Feb 17, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:24

A look back at the top local stories of the week, including Chik-Fil-A moving forward with building a restaurant in Traverse City, new housing projects are breaking ground, the cost of water damage, and the four bridge projects coming in the near future.

Feb 14, 2020
Courtney Kaiser-Sandler, Interlochen Singer-Songwriters
21:15

Founder of this unique program at Interlochen Arts Academy, Courtney Kaiser-Sandler speaks with us about her work as a professional musician and this upcoming student showcase concert at City Opera House in Traverse City on February 21st.

Feb 13, 2020
Foodie Scene: Colleen Paveglio, TC Restaurant Week
13:43

One of my favorite times of year in the world of food — Traverse City Restaurant Week, February 23 - 29, offering three course menus from $25 - $35 per person.  TC Downtown Development Authority Marketing and Communications Director Colleen Paveglio joins us to go over all the delicious details!

Feb 13, 2020
Rachel Krino, “Art in Ice, Sweet & Nice”
11:13

Bellaire Chamber of Commerce’s Rachel Krino joins us to talk about their upcoming partnership with the American Culinary Federation of Northwest Michigan and dShanty Creek Resorts to bring Art in Ice, Sweet & Nice to the streets of downtown Bellaire on February 29th.  3,000 pounds of ice will be transformed into sculptures before your eyes, and delicious food, from the “Sweet Treats Bake Off,” will be available to sample.

Feb 06, 2020
Dr. Michael Nizzi, Bariatric Surgery
15:14

Have you ever considered bariatric surgery?  Medical Director of Munson Medical Center’s Bariatric Program Dr. Michael Nizzi joins us to discuss next week’s free seminar at the Cowell Family Cancer Center in Traverse City that goes in depth on who is eligible and how surgical weight loss can improve the lives of those who commit to life-long changes in diet and exercise.

Feb 06, 2020
Dr. Michael Collins, Coronavirus Outbreak Explained
14:02

International news is focused on the outbreak of the Coronavirus outbreak in Chrina.  Grand Traverse County Health Department Director Dr. Michael Collins joins us to talk about the Coronavirus, what the risk is for us locally and a look at the current flu sweeping through schools and households across Northern Michigan.

Feb 05, 2020
Dr. Natalie Okerson-Sparks, Vitamin V
24:22

Physician and author Dr. Natalie Okerson-Sparks joins us to talk about her new book “Vitamin V,” devoted to introducing a variety into your child’s diet — and yours, too!

Feb 05, 2020
Denni Don Hunting, “Love, Loss & What I Wore”
10:49

Opening this Friday at the Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre, “Love, Loss & What I Wore” is a series of monologues and ensemble pieces about the nostalgic power of women’s clothing, covering all the important subjects in one’s life.  Director Denni Don Hunting joins us to talk about the show, based on a book and written for the stage by Nora & Delia Ephron.

Feb 04, 2020
Jennifer Szunko & Sarah Hunt, TC NewTech
17:41

Ahead of tonight’s TC NewTech meetup, we’re joined by Development Director Sarah Hunt and newly appointed Executive Director Jennifer Szunko to chat about not only February’s presenters, but what’s ahead for the organization at large.

Feb 04, 2020
#MusicMonday: After Ours
11:53

A self-described “head-nod-jazz” duo from South Bend, Indiana, Eli Kahn and Arthuer Schroeder join us to discuss their unique approach to making music ahead of their Friday performance at the Yurt at The Little Fleet in Downtown Traverse City.

Feb 03, 2020
Jenelle Cheyne, The Second City
10:57

Ahead of their workshop and live performance of “Laughing for All the Wrong Reasons,” this Saturday at Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Second City ensemble member Jenelle Cheyne joins us to talk about hat led her to the famed comedy institution, why chemistry between members is key to the group’s success, and the Golden Rule of Improv. 

Jan 30, 2020
Foodie Scene: Claire LePine, MAWBY
20:54

A local who learned about wine in California, Austrailia and New Zealand before returning home, MAWBY vineyards Marketing Manager Claire LePine chats about joining the oldest winery on the Leelanau Peninsula, presenting their nonprofit partners with donations through their “green Giving” program, and the quest for bubbly in cans.

Jan 30, 2020
Elaine Keaton, Father Fred Foundation
12:28

The Father Fred Frostbite Food Drive is going on now, and we spoke with Advancement Manager for Father Fred Elaine Keaton about the needs this event fills, and how you can help contribute to the pantry.

Jan 29, 2020
Bill Marsh, Jr., Managing Your Time
26:03

Your most valuable, non-replenishing resource?  Time.  Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, joins us to talk about ways to not only manage your time better, but to use that skillset to help accomplish the things you want in your life.

Jan 28, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Grammy Hangover
25:23

A look back at last night’s 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, discussing the highs, lows, confusing and wonderful.

Jan 27, 2020
Stuart Hickman, Mammoth Distilling’s Repurposed Clothing Line
09:58

Known for their “hand-hewn spirits,” Mammoth Distilling is launching a unique line of branded merchandise — with the help of your closet!

Jan 26, 2020
Brian Jackson, Let’s Get Quizical Team Trivia
09:53

Early aspirations to be a game show host led Brian Jackson to first work-at and eventually start his own trivia company, Let’s Get Quizical.  Brian talks about how he finds the sweet spot of not-too-easy-but-not-too-difficult in writing questions, expanding the business and how he handles “trivia cheaters.”

Jan 25, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
23:01

A look back at the top local stories of the week, including redeveloping the Cherryland Center and the Barlow-Garfield Corridor, a reigniting of a proposed bypass across the Boardman River, and controversy regarding funding issues for county mental health services.

Jan 24, 2020
Brett Nichols, “Chicago” Auditions
14:03

The classic musical “Chicago” is coming to the Old Town Playhouse stage this April, and Director Brett Nichols joins us to talk about not only what you can expect from their adaptation, but how YOU can audition to be a part of the cast!

Jan 23, 2020
Foodie Scene: Randy Chamberlain, Blu
17:44

Since 2008, Chef Randy Chamberlain has wowed audiences in Northern Michigan with his restaurant Blu, from the beautiful little coastal town of Glen Arbor.  Chef Randy joins us to talk about growing up in kitchens, Blu’s intimate approach to dining, their “Supper Club” and their upcoming Valentine’s Day special.

Jan 23, 2020
Lindsey Dotson, Downtown Charlevoix Budget Cuts
12:11

Charlevoix Main Street DDA Executive Director Lindsey Dotson joins us to talk about how their organization helps local businesses, the proposed budget cuts for 2020 and how these changes will affect Downtown Charlevoix.

Jan 22, 2020
Why People Stick Around Longer in Bad Relationships
04:36

Christal and Colleen talk about a new study that shows the average person will remain with someone for two extra months than they should.

Jan 21, 2020
Teri & Tom Gorsline, Bay Life Magazine
21:30

Called “The ‘People’ magazine of Traverse City,” Bay Life Magazine publishers Teri and Tom Gorsline join us to talk about their backgrounds, moving to the area, the origins of Bay Life and the efforts to make each issue better than the last.

Jan 21, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Music News
19:32

Stories this week include why we keep blasting off music to outer space, the passing of singer-songwriter David Olney, a heart-attack from a co-founder of The Wiggles, and making a documentary about a band whose music you’re not allowed to use.

Jan 20, 2020
Jeffery Ford, Meeting Needs in our Public School System, Pt. 1
17:11

Our favorite genius Jeffery Ford joins us for the first of two segments about his 12-step plan for meeting the needs of both advanced students and those with higher intelligence in our public school system.

Jan 19, 2020
Community Coffee Break: Sue Bolde, Mindfulness in Parenting
26:53

Physically being in a room with your child is not the same as being present and engaged.  Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Sue Bolde explains mindfulness and how to use it with your kids.

Jan 18, 2020
State Senator Wayne Schmidt, Two-Year Kindergarten
16:27

“Developmental Kindergarten” would add a 14th year to Michigan students’ traditional 13-year pre-collegiate career.  State Senator Wayne Schmidt joins us to discuss Lansing’s bipartisan efforts to further this initiative.

Jan 17, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
25:06

A look back at the top local stories of the week, including shakeups in downtown real estate and updates in the recall efforts for members of the TCAPS school board.

Jan 17, 2020
Foodie Scene: Kevin McKinley, Treetops Resort
15:42

There’s so much winter fun to be had in Gaylord at Treetops Resort — especially food-wise, thanks to their Skiable Feast!  We spoke with Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf & Ski, about this culinary adventure, as well as a number of other great opportunities YOU should take advantage of this season.

Jan 16, 2020
Troy Baker, Protecting Yourself From E-Scams
14:28

With the prevalence of e-commerce, it’s important to make sure you know who you’re buying from—and if it’s a legitimate enterprise or a scam.  Troy Baker from the West Michigan Better Business Bureau joins us to share tips about how to keep yourself safe.

Jan 16, 2020
Beau Vore, Chris Givens & Mike Matteucci, Veterans Cup
13:56

Traverse City Central High School Coach Chris Givens and Bay REPS Coach Mike Matteucci join us to talk about this year’s Veterans Cup game, along with Beau Vore, from presenting organization Mid-Michigan Honor Flight.

Jan 15, 2020
Ben LaCross, Turkish Cherry Tariff Reversal
12:08

A devastating blow was dealt to Michigan Cherry Farmer as the International Trade Commission reversed its decision to implement tariffs on Turkish cherry products. Ben LaCross from LaCross Farms and Leelanau Fruit Company joins us to talk about what this decision means for local farmers.

Jan 15, 2020
Old Town Playhouse’s “Indecent”
15:14

Director Debbie Hershey, producer Susan Fisher and musician Corrine Pearson join us to talk about Old Town Playhouse’s upcoming production of “Indecent.”

Jan 14, 2020
Radio Book Club: “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi
17:05

Our first meeting of 2020, Traverse Area District Library’s Michele Howard and Matt Wiliford join us to discuss the new critically-acclaimed novel by Susan Choi.

Jan 14, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
20:14

Stories from the world of music this week include the upcoming Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame nominees, Justin Bieber's unusual marketing tactics and remembering Neil Peart.

Jan 13, 2020
Jeff Haas & Joe Wilson, MLK Remembrance Celebration
15:59

Building Bridges with Music’s Jeff Haas, along with musician Joe Wilson, join us ahead of “A Musical Remembrance: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” this Monday at 7pm at City Opera House in Downtown Traverse City.

Jan 13, 2020
Meredith Hawes, Winter Fire Prevention Tips
19:27

It’s cold! There’s snow on the ground!  And with that brings specific guidelines you need to follow to keep you and your family safe from winter fires.  National Fire Protection Association’s Meredith Hawes joins us to discuss.

Jan 12, 2020
Shannon White, FUNchitecture, LLC
20:16

A Flint-based architecture firm is teaming up with two Crawford County developers to bring a Tiny House community to downtown Grayling in an effort to help solve the affordable housing crisis.  FUNchitecture’s Shannon White joins us with the details.

Jan 11, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
25:25

Our look at the week’s top local stories with Beth Milligan from the Traverse City Ticker

Jan 10, 2020
Rob Hentschel, Refugee Resettlement Program
23:50

Grand Traverse County Commission Chair Rob Hentschel joins us to discuss yesterday’s unanimous vote to continue allowing refuees to resettle in the County.

Jan 09, 2020
Foodie Scene: Chef Gary Bradt, Reflect Bistro
19:16

It's an encore presentation of our chat with Chef Gary Bradt from Reflect Bistro, inside Cambria Hotels & Suites in Traverse City.

Jan 09, 2020
Dr. Alex del Carmen, Anti-Terrorism Expert
09:29

Director of the School of Criminology at Tarleton State University, Dr. Alex del Carmen joins us to discuss the elevated threat level recently announced by the Department of Homeland Security and what the recent violence and threats from Iran mean for US citizens.

Jan 08, 2020
Dana Venhuizen, Skills Up North
10:54

Dana Venhuizen, Career Prep. Specialist at Traverse Bay Area Career-Tech Center, joins us to talk about Skills Up North-- for adults looking to complete their GED, learn a new trade at the same time and find a career pathway.

Jan 08, 2020
Ben Whiting, Tricks Against Humanity
10:36

Our resident magician, Ben Whiting, is back with two additional shows added to his previously sold out run of “Tricks Against Humanity:  Live Magic and Mind Reading” at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel.

Jan 07, 2020
Russell Schindler, TC NewTech
16:17

Russell Schindler, founder of TC NewTech, join us to preview tonight’s January meetup event, highlighting this month’s presenters to this unique, “Shark Tank”-like pitch presentation.

Jan 07, 2020
#MusicMonday: Kevin B. Klein
17:31

It's an encore presentation of our conversation with Kevin B. Klein. Join us along with lead guitarist Mic Bez, they update us on his latest happenings and perform two songs, “My Michigan” and “Long Gone.”

Jan 06, 2020
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:56

Stories from the world of music this week include Billboard adding YouTube streams to their chart-rankings, Guns ’n Roses issuing a lifetime ban to one of their biggest fans, last night’s music-themed Golden Globes winners and Meat Loaf’s identity crisis.

Jan 06, 2020
Jeff Smith, Becoming Amish
23:38

Michigan author Jeff Smith joins us to chat about what he learned, and continues to learn, about Amish traditions following his 2016 book “Becoming Amish,” which chronicles his friends who traded their BMW for a Buggy, discovering a life of faith, family and community. 

Jan 05, 2020
Tracy Schmerl-Magoon, Social Butterfly Weddings and Events
11:52

The holiday season traditionally sees a LOT of engagements, and that leads into kicking off the new year with planning a wedding!  Tracy Schmerl-Magoon of Social Butterfly joins us to talk about popular trends you might want to adopt for your own nuptials. 

Jan 04, 2020
Lisa Thauvette, Tilt Think Improv
16:17

With an already impressive career as a professional improvisational comedian, Lisa Thauvette has created an educational theater in Traverse City offering improv as a tool for personal and professional growth and development:  Tilt Think Improv. 

Jan 03, 2020
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:31

Discussing some of the biggest local stories of the week, including a controversial proposed development in Glen Arbor, elections on a local, state and national level in the coming year, and construction updates for new building in Traverse City.

Jan 03, 2020
Foodie Scene: Stephanie Wiitala, S2S Sugar 2 Salt
21:15

So happy to welcome back Stephanie Wiitala, co-owner of breakfast & lunch restaurant S2S Sugar 2 Salt, for our first Foodie Scene of 2020!  We chat about the origins of S2S, work-life balance in the restaurant business, navigating working side-by-side with your loved one and more. 

Jan 02, 2020
State Rep. Jack O’Malley, Pure Michigan Funding
18:36

101st District State Representative Jack O’Malley joins us to talk about his recent bill that would restore funding to the Pure Michigan campaign.

Dec 26, 2019
Foodie Scene: Ruthy Kirwin, Cooking with your Instant Pot
25:35

Friend of the show Ruthy Kirwin, of Percolate Kitchen, joins us to talk about meals you can prepare in your Instant Pot — a very popular Christmas gift for the past three years running.

Dec 26, 2019
Bonnie Pintozzi, The Travel Authority
18:24

A special edition of “Travel Talk,” Bonnie Pintozzi of the Travel Authority joins us, along with Tina White, Director of Strategic Accounts for Oceana Cruises.

Dec 15, 2019
Phyllis Minor, G.R.A.C.E. Greyhound Adoption
12:13

Greyhound Retirement Adoption Care and Education, also known as G.R.A.C.E.,  is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that works to find permanent homes for retired racing Greyhounds.  Board Member Phyllis Minor joins us to talk about the unique qualities of these majestic dogs, how you can adopt, and about tomorrow’s Meet and Greet with Santa at 11am at PetSmart in Traverse City. 

Dec 13, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:26

Discussing some of big local stories of the week, including a “Retail & Restaurant Round-Up,” featuring the openings, closings and moves in the region, along with the state grant approved for area parks and what’s next for public art in TC.

Dec 13, 2019
Carolyn Hoover & Pastor Rick Stewart, The Christmas Journey
14:39

The 7th annual presentation of New Hope Community Church’s “The Christmas Journey” is going on now, with the final chances to see it December 13 - 15.  We spoke with New Hope pastor Rick Stewart and director Carolyn Hoover about this  “walking tour performance” that dramatically portrays the Christmas story.

Dec 12, 2019
Foodie Scene: Christmas Dinner Favorites
10:03

Thanksgiving dinner is easy:  turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes…you get it.  Pretty universal stuff.  But, when it comes to Christmas dinner, the possibilities are as varied as you can get.  We discussed the many different ways to feed yourself on December 25th.

Dec 12, 2019
The Cast of “How Grinchy Met The Who”
09:18

Beverly Cady, Ben Eaton and Kelly Roberts Curtis are part of the Rock ’n Roll Mashup Musical troupe, and join us to talk about the remounting of their first production, a melding of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” through the music of The Who, December 13, 14, 20 and 21 at the Grand Traverse Circuit in Traverse City.

Dec 11, 2019
Beau Warren & Chris Nepote, T-Shirt Robot
19:33

Tee See Tee owner Beau Warren joins us, along with “Screen Print Scientist” Chris Nepote, to talk about their new venture, T-Shirt Robot.

Dec 11, 2019
Christal Frost Book Club: Year in Review
15:54

The CFBC is celebrating an entire year of great reads with Traverse Area District Library!  TADL’s Michele Howard and Matt Wiliford join us to chat about our favorite selections, and introduce the first book to kick off our 2020 season!

Dec 10, 2019
Jeff Rabidoux & Fisher, 2020 Calendar
18:30

Crystal Mountain’s K-9 Ambassador, Fisher, joins us along with his human, Jeff Rabidoux, to talk about Fisher’s brand new 2020 calendar and his job at the resort.

Dec 10, 2019
#MusicMonday: Mary Anne Rivers-Friese, Grand Traverse Musicale
12:02

Since 1932, Grand Traverse Musicale has been serving our area, beginning as a lecture and performance group and, beginning in the 1950’s, focusing on providing scholarships to young people in order to further their musical careers.  Group member Mary Anne Rivers-Friese talks with us about how deserving young musicians can apply for their scholarships, as well as about tomorrow’s Holiday Bazaar fundraiser, beginning at 12:30 pm at First Congregational Church in Traverse City.

Dec 09, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson
17:23

Stories from the world of music include the seemingly never-ending copyright case of “Blurred Lines” vs. “Got to Give It Up,” the highest grossing musicians of the 2019, and the wrong place to practice your trumpet.

Dec 09, 2019
Rachael Jenneman, The Little Drummer Boy
08:03

Written by participants from Living Hope Church in Traverse City, Rachael Jenneman joins us to talk about this contemporary reimagining of the classic Christmas story — see it 6pm on Saturday, December 14th, and during Sunday, December 15th’s normal services at 9:30 and 11:30 am.

Dec 08, 2019
Doug Hellyar, Lit Provisioning Centers
14:54

Lume Cannabis Co. President & COO Doug Hellyar joins us to talk about the opening of Lit Provisioning Centers in Evart, the first Northern Michigan center to sell recreational marijuana since voters approved legalizing it last November.

Dec 07, 2019
Ben Whiting, Tricks Against Humanity
12:54

Our favorite magician is back — Ben Whiting has announced several new shows in January for “Tricks Against Humanity,” as part of a partnership with Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel in Williamsburg.

Dec 06, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:45

We’re talking traffic this week — including many new roundabouts and a median coming to the area, a new light for M-72 and an update on the Front and Madison 4-way stop.

Dec 06, 2019
Joseph Morrissey, The Nutcracker at Interlochen
13:04

Director of Dance for Interlochen Center for the Arts, Joseph Morrissey joins us to discuss this year’s production of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker,” December 12 - 14th at Corson Auditorium on the Interlochen campus.

Dec 05, 2019
Veronica Woods & Madelaine Mitchell-Ward, Design Dance Studio
13:56

Owners of Design Dance Studio in the Cherryland Center in Traverse City, Veronica Woods and Madelaine Mitchell-Ward join us to talk about “Frost, A Winter Show of Dance” happening December 14th at TC Central High School, as well as discussing the birth of their business and why their classes are about much more than just learning how to dance. 

Dec 04, 2019
Mike Kent, Toys for Tots
13:40

’Tis the season for giving — and Mike Kent from the Northwest Michigan Toys for Tots joins us to talk about assuring every child in our region has a Christmas. 

Dec 03, 2019
Sarah Hunt and Ben Marshall, TC NewTech
17:30

Ahead of tonight’s monthly meetup and “Bar Napkin Pitch Night,” TC NewTech Development Director Sarah Hunt, along with board member Ben Marshall, talks about the presenters and upcoming events from this exciting tech and entrepreneurial event. 

Dec 03, 2019
Radio Potpourri
22:03

A review of the all-ages interactive play “The Alphabet Experience,” continuing this weekend at City Opera House; new research that says our bodies do begin to breakdown at age 40, and that divorce can be “contagious”; and the continuing saga of Dollar General vs. the Village of Empire.

Dec 02, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson
21:02

Headlines this week include Snoop Dogg’s lullaby album, Pete Townsend trying to get the Who into the hip-hop game and the new musical that talks about aliens and Michael Jackson from the perspective of a sequined glove.

Dec 02, 2019
Amy Fritz & Brian Hagerty, Up North Media TC Turkey Trot
09:00

It’s a Thanksgiving tradition for 12 years now — the annual TC Turkey Trot!  We talk with Amy and Brian about what to expect and how you’ve still got a chance to get in on the fun!

Nov 27, 2019
Ben LaCross, The Cost of Your Thanksgiving Dinner
14:54

It’s time to talk turkey — specifically, the the cost of your turkey dinner after the latest Farm Bureau Survey revealed the cost of Thanksgiving dinner only increased by a penny.  We talk to our favorite farmer, Ben LaCross of LaCross Farms and Leelanau Fruit Company, about these figures.

Nov 27, 2019
Noah Fried & Kristi Dockter, The Alphabet Experience
09:23

Parallel 45 Theatre has teamed up with City Opera House for the upcoming production of “The Alphabet Experience,” a fun-for-the-whole-family 60 minute tour-de-force, where the actors perform 26 micro-plays — one for each letter of the alphabet — and you, the audience, chooses the order!  Director Noah Fried and City Opera House’s Kristi Dockter join us to talk about this exciting collaboration.

Nov 26, 2019
Bill Marsh, Jr., “Playful Intelligence”
23:31

We’re joined by Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, to discuss his thoughts on the book “Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World” by Anthony T. de Benedet, and how spontaneity wonder should be a part of your daily life.

Nov 26, 2019
Sue Bolde, The Child Safety Survey
15:55

Northern Michigan area residents will soon receive a new survey in the mail.  Called “The Child Safety Survey,” the project is meant to help get closer to the root of the problem in keeping kids safe.  A partnership between Michigan State University and the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, TBCAC Executive Director Sue Bolde joins us to talk about how the project began and what they hope to gain from it.

Nov 16, 2019
Jim Lively, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
10:31

Talking about the path to passenger rail in Northern Michigan with Groundwork Center’s Program Director Jim Lively.

Nov 15, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
22:53

A recap of the top local stories of the week, including an interview with TCAPS Board Chair Sue Kelly and where the school district goes from here, Cherry Knoll Elementary School’s expansion and the construction of a new Montessori school and Cedar Polka Fest’s new focus.

Nov 15, 2019
Meredith Hawes, Holiday Safety Tips
16:21

With cooler weather here and those festive days just around the corner, we’re joined by the National Fire Protection Association’s Meredith Hawes to give us some tips on keeping our homes—and ourselves—safe.

Nov 14, 2019
Foodie Scene: Jillian Manning, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
17:02

Public Relations Director Jillian Manning joins us to talk about about all the delicious culinary offerings and upcoming events at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa!

Nov 14, 2019
Noah Hoxie & Ella Stewart, Fiddler on the Roof
11:21

Seniors at Traverse City West Senior High School Noah Hoxie & Ella Stewart are also cast members in West’s new production of Fiddler on the Roof, the timeless musical classic opening this Friday at 7pm.

Nov 13, 2019
Michelle Reardon & Sherri Moseler, PACENorth
18:30

A brand new option for the aging population of Northern Michigan, PACENorth provides comprehensive care for nursing home-eligible adults so they can remain living safely in their homes and communities.  We spoke with Marketing and Community Outreach Director Michelle Reardon, along with Executive Director Sherri Moseler, about this program.

Nov 13, 2019
Christal Frost Book Club: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
15:39

Traverse Area District Library’s Matt Wiliford and Melissa McKenna join us for the 11th meeting of the CFBC, discussing the first novel from celebrated author Ta-Nehisi Coates, following the story of a young black man in the era of slavery who discovers the mysterious powers of his memories.

Nov 12, 2019
Bill Marsh, Jr., Why Consistency Always Wins Over Intensity
23:09

In a culture that loves short-bursts of intensity, the magic of consistency is underappreciated.  Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, joins us to talk about three specific ways you can apply the power of consistency to your own life to see noticeable results.

Nov 12, 2019
#MusicMonday: Kedrik Merwin, Traverse Symphony Orchestra
11:30

Recently named the new Executive Director for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Kedrik Merwin joins us to talk about his first few months on the job, his love of music and his vision for the future of TC’s prized professional orchestra.

Nov 11, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
17:50

Stories this week include a new study that says surprises are what make your favorite songs, texting with pop stars and Madonna’s tardy troubles.

Nov 11, 2019
#MusicMonday: First Friday
13:28

We’re joined in-studio by praise and worship band First Friday, based in Eastport, for two original songs and a discussion of their origins, mission and more.

Nov 04, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
17:10

Stories from the world of music this week include getting sued for posting a picture of yourself, making your own music box, Kanye’s sub-par breakfast and the endurance of the biopic.

Nov 04, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Katy Bertodatto
08:40

Talking with Traverse City Commission Candidate Katy Bertodatto.

Nov 03, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Roger Putman
09:39

Talking with Traverse City Commission Candidate Roger Putman.

Nov 02, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Mayor Jim Carruthers
09:11

Talking with Traverse City Mayoral Candidate Jim Carruthers.

Nov 01, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
17:54

Local headlines this week include a preview of Tuesday’s upcoming election and the separation terms for former Superintendent Ann Cardon.

Nov 01, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Tom Mair
09:55

Talking with Traverse City Commission Candidate Tom Mair

Oct 31, 2019
Foodie Scene: Catalin Munteanu, Sparky’s Diner
17:13

From Transylvania to Traverse City — we’re joined by Catalin Munteanu, new chef at TC institution Sparky’s Diner, about his cooking background, positive outlook and why eating while walking is never okay.

Oct 31, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Amy Shamroe
09:50

Talking with Traverse City Commission Candidate Amy Shamroe.

Oct 30, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Evan Dalley
07:48

Talking with Traverse City Commission Candidate Evan Dalley.

Oct 30, 2019
Brad Harrison & Noordin Kasoma, Good Gaali
13:50
Oct 29, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Shea O’Brien
08:53

Talking with Traverse City Mayoral Candidate Shea O’Brien.

Oct 29, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Ashlea Walter
09:40

Talking with Traverse City Commission candidate Ashlea Walter.

Oct 29, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Christie Minervini
08:14

Talking with Traverse City Commission candidate Christie Minervini.

Oct 28, 2019
TC City Commission Candidates: Dave Durbin
11:06

Talking with Traverse City Commission candidate Dave Durbin.

Oct 28, 2019
Michael Barone, How America’s Political Parties Change (And How They Don’t)
20:57

Resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner, Michael Barone joins us to discuss his new book, “How America’s Political Parties Change (And How They Don’t),” giving historical perspective to the ebb and flow of our political institutions.

Oct 23, 2019
Chuck Towersey, 4th Annual NCCA Gala
13:10

Pastor of New Covenant Christian Academy, Chuck Towersey joins us to chat about their 4th annual gala, their largest fundraiser of the year, featuring live music, food, drinks, live and silent auctions and more.

Oct 23, 2019
Lindsey Dotson, Charlevoix Restaurant Week
14:42

Executive Director of Charlevoix Main Street DDA, Lindsey Dotson joins us to preview Charlevoix Restaurant Week, November 3rd through the 9th.

Oct 22, 2019
#MusicMonday: Blue River
19:51

This two-piece folk rock band (Jesse Jefferson & Josh Ingersoll) joins us live to studio to talk about their origins, influences, songwriting, as well as performing two cuts.

Oct 21, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
15:44

Music stories this week include Elton John letting his fans mix the sound at his concerts, a good report card for the state of the industry, Spongebob’s Broadway turn coming to your TV, and Lady Gaga’s unexpected tumble.

Oct 21, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
22:13

The weather may be getting colder, but there’s always gardening to be done — Jeanine Rubert from Pine Hill Nursery and Pine Hill Village Garden can attest to that!

Oct 20, 2019
Jeffery Ford, False Realities
16:53

With the news of another edition in the “Matrix” series coming, our favorite genius, Jeffery Ford returns to talk about our collective obsession with simulations and false realities. 

Oct 19, 2019
Pam Darling, The Power of Ten
22:02

On this week’s Community Coffee Break, brought to you by Mental Wellness Counseling, Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center’s Development Director Pam Darling joins us to talk about ten “body safe essentials,” important information to teach children.

Oct 18, 2019
Author Jen Wise, The Bright Life
18:53

It’s an encore presentation of our conversation with Jen Wise, author of the book “The Bright Life: 40 Invitations to Reclaim Your Energy for the Full Life.”

Oct 17, 2019
Brad Kik, The Long Memory Project
15:14

It’s an encore presentation of our conversation with Brad Kik, of Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, presenting The Long Memory Project, whose mission is to cultivate the passing down of our community’s stories. Not just the headlines, but the small acts of courage, action, good governance and community building.

Oct 17, 2019
Foodie Scene: Ben Broad, Firefly Kitchen and Bars
15:20

It’s an encore presentation of our conversation with Ben Broad, manager at Firefly Kitchen & Bars in Traverse City.

Oct 17, 2019
Travis Snyder, Veteran Suicide Awareness
14:36

Michigan Marine Veteran Travis Snyder walked 810 miles around Lake Michigan to raise awareness of suicide in the veteran community.  He joins us to talk about his motivation, the journey on foot and more.

Oct 16, 2019
Ashlea Walter, Norte in Swingshift & the Stars
05:38

Development Director for Northern Michigan’s youth-focused, active transportation-centered, neighborhood-based nonprofit, Ashlea Walter joins us to talk about Norte’s involvement in this season’s Swingshift and the Stars, featuring Stars Andrew & Erin Gorecki dancing, and Norte Executive Director Ty Schmidt Lip Syncing.

Oct 16, 2019
Gen Z At Work
08:39

I found an interesting article at Forbes.com about those born between 1995 and 2009, the oldest of that group now entering the workforce.  Colleen and I talked about how perspectives on the subject.

Oct 15, 2019
Marilyn Dear, Adopt a Soldier
21:06

From TC Touching Hearts, a community organization supporting our troops, Marilyn Dear speaks to us about adopting soldiers for the holiday season.

Oct 15, 2019
Erica Moon Mohr, TCAPS Board Trustee
24:08

Following a tumultuous Traverse City Area Public Schools special board of education meeting last Friday, Board Trustee Erica Moon Mohr joins us to talk about that and her calls for more transparency.  Moon Mohr penned a three page letter to her fellow board members that was obtained by local media outlets Friday that details remarks from a closed meeting where she alleges bullying behavior toward new Superintendent Ann Cardon, and a possible Open Meetings Act violation from Board President Sue Kelly.

Oct 14, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
17:36

Music headlines for discussion this week include whether or not Taylor Swift is bad luck for athletes, Pokemon Go for music fans and just how deliberate the Beatles’ final sessions were truly.

Oct 14, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
19:21

Fall isn’t the end of the gardening season — it’s truly the beginning!  Jeanine joins us to talk about what to do to prepare for the winter ahead, as well as answer your questions about pruning, soil depth for planting, easier ways to deal with flower beds full of grass and more.

Oct 13, 2019
Rory Baker, Lyle Lovett at Interlochen
11:23

Executive Director of Interlochen Presents at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Rory Baker joins us to talk about their upcoming show with the legendary country troubadour Lyle Lovett, October 20th in Corson Auditorium. 

Oct 12, 2019
Nicole Ball, Dealing with Stress
17:54

On this week’s Community Coffee Break, Mental Wellness Counseling owner Nicole Ball joins us to talk all about STRESS—specifically, how to be on the offense against stress, not the defense.

Oct 11, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
21:43

Discussing local headlines for the past week, including a surprise special meeting called this afternoon for the TCAPS board allegedly centering on the contract of newly hired Superintendent Ann Cardon, Grand Traverse County’s budget stability, Garfield Township’s proposed developments, and restaurant/retail changes roundup.

Oct 11, 2019
Juliette Schultz & Kristi Boettcher, Women’s Resource Center
12:18

The area’s primary service provider for domestic and sexual violence survivors, the Women’s Resource Center assists residential and non-residential clients with support, advocacy and immediate crisis intervention.  Juliette Schultz, Executive Director, and Kristi Boettcher, Director of Advocacy, join us to discuss how the organization works with its clients, their answer to a very common question, and their

upcoming Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil on October 16 at 6pm, at their main office on Elmwood Avenue in Traverse City.

Oct 10, 2019
Foodie Scene: Lance & Spencer Lumsden, Cicero’s Pizza
18:05

“Lots of experience eating pizza, but no experience making pizza.”  Father and son duo Lance & Spencer Lumsden join us to talk about buying and taking over Cicero’s Pizza, their family-run operation, their surprising top seller, and the definition of a “pizzeria.”

Oct 10, 2019
Ashley Darga, NMC College Night
09:27

Early College Coordinator for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), Ashley Darga joins us to speak about tomorrow’s College Night, offering a chance for area high school students to meet with representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities, as well as military representatives. 

Oct 08, 2019
Christal Frost Book Club: “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean
16:30

https://soundcloud.com/christalfrostshow/christal-frost-book-club-the-library-book-by-susan-orlean

Oct 08, 2019
#MusicMonday: Oh Brother Big Sister
19:02

It’s an encore presentation of our 2018 conversation with the dynamic Penny and Radel Rosin, the siblings between the folk duo Oh Brother Big Sister.

Oct 07, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
18:38

Mick Jagger’s planning for the future, album listening vs. single listening, and Beatles in the bread box - a discussion of music stories from the past week.

Oct 07, 2019
Meredith Hawes & Leighann Morris, Operation Brex
20:49

On today’s Community Coffee Break, brought to you by Mental Wellness Counseling, we welcome Meredith Hawes from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), along with her special guest Leighann Morris, who turned the tragic loss of her son, Brex, into a message of life-saving fire safety by creating Operation Brex.

Oct 06, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
22:00

Jeanine chats with us about fall gardening, preparing for the spring, and takes your questions.

Oct 05, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
23:09

A recap of some of the biggest local stories in our Grand Traverse area for the past week.

Oct 04, 2019
Jan Stump & Jackie Kaschel, Peace Ranch
12:17

Jackie and Jan of Peace Ranch, which provides and trauma and counseling services through equine-assisted therapy, join us to talk about a recent partnership with Zonta Club of Traverse City to bring a free healing workshop for women who have experienced sexual trauma. 

Oct 01, 2019
Diana Milock & Katie Bott, Swingshift & the Stars
11:01

Katie Bott, of Traverse City Tritons Rowing, joins us along with Diana Milock, who is competing in this year’s Swingshift and the Stars on behalf of their organization.

Oct 01, 2019
Russell Schindler & Steve Schwartz, TC NewTech
14:25

TC NewTech founder Russell Schindler, along with “start-up guru” Steve Schwartz, join us to talk about tonight’s tech and business meetup, also featuring presentations from Burly, EnMass Energy, LifeLab BioDesign and Wildlife Defense Systems, Inc.

Oct 01, 2019
#MusicMonday: Luke Schihl
17:33

Happy to welcome Luke back to the show, talking about his new band, making music with your family, and performing two songs live in-studio.

Sep 30, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
18:55

Stories this week include the sudden passing of a celebrated producer, Kanye’s new focus, and Bob Dylan on Broadway.

Sep 30, 2019
Tim Gillen, Privacy & Being A Citizen of the Digital World
24:45

Owner of Terrapin Networks and co-host of Team Nerd Tech Show, Tim Gillen joins us to talk about privacy concerns and the digital age.

Sep 29, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
22:28

Getting your outside spaces ready for winter, bulbs that deer won’t eat, chipmunk problems — Jeanine from Pine Hill answers these outdoor space questions and more!

Sep 28, 2019
TC West Titans, 5th Annual Pink Game for Breast Cancer Awareness
10:33

On this week’s Community Coffee Break, brought to you by Mental Wellness Counseling, we speak with Oshyn Carnes, Dylan Teeples and  Jacob Klassen, members of the Traverse City Titans Varsity Football team, ahead of their fifth annual TC West Pink Game tomorrow evening at 6pm, raising money for cancer research through the Van Andel Institute.

Sep 27, 2019
Melissa Thompson, Alzheimer’s Association
13:37

Regional Director of our area branch of the Alzheimer’s Association, Melissa Thompson joins us ahead of their 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, with registration beginning at 9am tomorrow, September 28, at the Open Space in Traverse City.

Sep 27, 2019
Foodie Scene: Courtney Lorenz, Cultured Kombucha Co.
19:17

Starting as a pastry chef, Courtney Lorenz made an interesting journey to the nutritional side of what we put ingest.  After volunteering on a farm, she took her new interests and started Cultured Kombucha Company (“kombucha,” simply put, is a fermented tea with numerous health benefits).

Sep 26, 2019
Jack Lane, Millennial Generation & Home Ownership
21:33

The Millennial Generation is firmly in the home-buying phase of their lives—and what is, and is not, important to them in the places they hang their hats might surprise you.  We spoke with Jack Lane (“Ask the Real Estate Guy,” the Jack Lane Team at Real Estate One”) about they’re looking for and how it differs from previous generations.

Sep 26, 2019
Ben LaCross, Tariffs and Cherries
14:34

Michigan cherry farmers are celebrating recent tariffs applied to Turkish cherry products; Ben LaCross, of LaCross Farms and Leelanau Fruit Company, speaks to us about this decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission and what it means for folks here in the Mitten.

Sep 25, 2019
Daniel Mackin, World’s Largest Ghost Hunt
21:30

Lead investigator of the Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team, Daniel Mackin joins us to talk about this Saturday’s special ghost hunt—an attempt at the world’s largest—in Manistee. 

Sep 25, 2019
Bill Marsh, Jr., Three Pillars of “Professionalism,” Pt. 1
24:47

When you think of a professional person, what traits do you envision?  Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, joins us for Part Two of the discussion.

Sep 24, 2019
Matthew Zerilli & Madie Begley, The PORCH Returns
14:56

Addiction Treatment Services is excited to announce the grand re-opening of The PORCH, their recovery community center, in its new location, this Thursday!  Matthew Zerilli, Manager, and Madie Begly, Coordinator, join us to discuss what the PORCH offers to the recovery and sober living community and its allies.

Sep 24, 2019
Matt Hodges, Mid-Michigan Honor Flight
11:20

Calling in from Camp Grayling on check-in day before tomorrow’s trip to Washington, D.C., Matt Hodges, board member for the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, speaks to us about this special event bringing World War II, Korean War & Vietnam War veterans to our nation’s capital to see the Monuments erected in honor of their service.

Sep 17, 2019
#MusicMonday: Stephen Plummer, Third Coast Gypsy Jazz
15:22

Ahead of the group’s special concert at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts on September 26th, we spoke with founder and guitarist Stephen Plummer about the origins of the band, their unique blend of styles (“…think Louis Armstrong with a French accent…”) and the importance of Django Reinhardt.   

Sep 16, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
19:29

Stories this week include Peloton’s mounting lawsuits regarding their disregard for proper music licensing, Strawberry Fields opening to the public and remembering Ric Ocasek of The Cars. 

Sep 16, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
20:11

With fall around the corner, it’s gardening-cleanup time, and Jeanine answers your questions about what to do now and what needs to wait.

Sep 15, 2019
Meredith Hawes, Michael Kozo & John Errico, Firefighting After 9/11
23:38

On this week’s Community Coffee Break, brought to you by Mental Wellness Counseling, we’re joined by Meredith Hawes, from the National Fire Protection Association, along with Captain Michael Kozo and Lieutenant John Errico of New York City Fire Department to discuss their stories of September 11, 2001 and how how firefighting and prevention has changed since.

Sep 14, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
24:18

A review of some of the biggest stories going on locally, including the near-completion of the 8th Street Construction, proposed changes for National Cherry Festival and TC Film Festival fees and logistics, and a restaurant & retail business news roundup.

Sep 13, 2019
Kay Hall, Lisa Lempke & Barbara Kudwa, Living Life to the Fullest Women’s Conference
11:24

Hosted by Northwest Michigan Jesus Ministry, the Living Life to the Fullest event is this Saturday beginning at 9 am at Faith Reformed Church, focusing on women finding the most out of their lives and being empowered and inspired.

Sep 12, 2019
Foodie Scene: Sam Stachon, FYT Health Foods
22:37

Fuel Your Tomorrow delivers fresh and healthy meals right to your door.  Executive Sous Chef Sam Stachon joins us to talk about his Northern Michigan roots, time away while he honed his skills, and coming on board this new local, community-oriented, family-owned business that can help keep delicious, sustaining meals on the table — no matter how busy you are!

Sep 12, 2019
Thoughts on 9/11
10:06

On the 18th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks, here's what's on my mind.

Sep 11, 2019
Karen Cunningham, Veterans Inspirational Art Show
14:42

A special agent with the U.S. Air Force during the Reagan administration, Karen Cunningham joins us as an artist participating in the upcoming Veterans Inspirational Art Show, from the group Veterans Inspiring Veterans, Saturday, September 28th.

Sep 11, 2019
Novia Dalzell & Jenna Cole, Escape the Vape
10:05

Benzie Central High School Seniors Novia Dalzell and Jenna Cole join us to talk about their latest campaign to discourage vaping in high schools.

Sep 11, 2019
Jessica and Chris Edson, Edson Farms Natural Foods
16:04

At 40 years in business, Edson Farms Natural Foods is celebrating this milestone with a grand reopening in their newly expanded space.  Owners Chris and Jessica join us to talk about the history of this family business and what’s next. 

Sep 10, 2019
Christal Frost Book Club: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” & “Make Your Bed”
22:42

Traverse Area District Library’s Betsy Myers and Michele Howard join us to discuss two books, Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (now a major motion picture) and Admiral William H. McRaven’s “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe The World.”

Sep 10, 2019
#MusicMonday: Mighty John Marshall, The Record Guy
14:09

Always a pleasure to speak with Mighty John of MoneyMusic.com, this time discussing “Rookie Records,” the first releases by some various famous artists and groups that could bring you some serious cash.

Sep 09, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
18:52

Stories include vinyl outpacing CD sales, Kurt Cobain apparel straight from Frances Bean, and the most metal way to celebrate The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.

Sep 09, 2019
Radio Potpourri
18:58

A few random topics on our mind today, including the idea that “you lose when you hit ‘the snooze’ in the morning, and frustrations surrounding the new four-way stop at Madison & Front in Traverse City.

Sep 08, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
24:18
Sep 07, 2019
Nicole Ball, Setting a Routine to Succeed
20:41

On this episode of the Community Coffee Break, Mental Wellness Counseling’s Nicole Ball joins us to talk about helping your entire family - kids and adults — transition “Back to School,” offering helpful tips and techniques to try in your home.

Sep 06, 2019
Mike & Beth Moore, Moore’s Lost K9 Search & Recovery
21:51

Reuniting families with their lost dogs can be very difficult, but thanks to mapping, infrared technology, tracking and canine psychology, Mike and Beth Moore have dedicated themselves to offering help when situations can seem hopeless.  And while many of their stories have happy endings, they do share about the suspicious death of one dog, and the #JusticeforYukon effort to not only locate the perpetrator, but protect other animals as well.

Sep 06, 2019
Janeen Wardie, Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
20:46

A Warrior for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention, as well as Chairperson for the Traverse City Out of the Darkness Walk on September 14th, Janeen Wardie joins us to talk about the event itself and all the other ways you can show support and solidarity.

Sep 05, 2019
Foodie Scene: Jan Sheill, GT Salad Co.
21:31

31 years ago, Jan and John Sheill first traveled to Traverse City on a date.  This June, they opened Grand Traverse Salad Company, a modern but casual establishment highlighting fresh and delicious ingredients.  We spoke with Jan about how they got started, their ever-expanding menu and why there’s always room for a new restaurant’s unique take. 

Sep 05, 2019
Jennifer Loup, Loupine, LLC
40:23

A special Ask the Experts, we’re joined by Dog Trainer and Behavioral Consultant Jennifer Loup, of Loupine, LLC, along with

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Leelanau County Tristan Chamberlain to answer your questions about local leash laws and legal issues pertaining to responsible dog ownership.

Sep 04, 2019
Deb Allen, “The Grand Event: LIFE”
12:30

Remember how much fun it was to play the classic Hasbro board game “The Game of Life” when you were a kid?  Deb Allen, with the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation, joins us to talk about the return of their exciting fundraiser “The Grand Event: LIFE,” this Saturday at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. 

Sep 03, 2019
Russell Schindler & Ashley Sloat, TC NewTech
20:01

Ahead of tonight’s TCNewTech meetup, the technology-oriented pitch night happening each first Thursday of the month, we’re joined by TCNewTech founder Russell Schindler and Board Member Ashley Sloat to highlight this evening’s healthcare innovators from startup accelerator XLerateHealth, you can look forward to hearing from Melius Outcomes, Health Freeelance and Crown Mallard.

Sep 03, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
21:32

Keeping orchids healthy, went to plant your bulbs, late-summer perennial bloomers and saving lilac bushes — Jeanine answers these gardening questions and more.

Aug 31, 2019
Trevor Tkach, Discussing “Ironman 70.3 Traverse City”
27:47

On this week’s Community Coffee Break, brought to you by Mental Wellness Counseling, Trevor Tkach, Executive Director of Traverse City Tourism, joins us to talk about the highs and struggles of the recent Ironman 70.3 Traverse City triathalon, and what locals can expect for next year’s event.

Aug 30, 2019
Foodie Scene: Dan Reed, Don’s Drive In
12:45

Since 1958, Don’s Drive In has been serving up great burgers, fries, shakes…and nostalgia!  We spoke with General Manager Dan Reed about the story “behind the bun,” giving an inside scoop to how one of Northern Michigan’s favorite restaurants has kept going strong for over 60 years.

Aug 29, 2019
Dr. Michael Collins, Grand Traverse County Health Department
07:27

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (commonly referred to as the “EEE Virus)  is affects birds, horses and people, transmitted by mosquitos.  MLive reported a number of confirmed cases in the state, although no known cases in our Northern Michigan area.  We spoke with Dr. Michael Collins, medical director at the Grand Traverse County Health Department, about what you need to know about keeping yourself safe.

Aug 29, 2019
Vicki Norris, Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association
18:16

Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association, Vicki joined us to speak about the misconceptions about dyslexia, how helping her own daughter with her struggles brought her to the GTDA, the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading and how to be trained to help the over 100 area families they serve.

Aug 29, 2019
Tonya Anne Crosby, NWS Summer Book Club Social
12:33

Ahead of the Traverse City National Writers Series Summer Book Club Social this Thursday, we spoke with New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Tonya Anne Crosby, discussing her latest book, “Everyday Lies.”  We spoke with Tonya about the misnomer of “women’s fiction,” keeping from being pigeonholed and working your real life into your work.

Aug 27, 2019
Bill Marsh, Jr., Three Pillars of “Professionalism,” Pt. 1
25:33

When you think of a “professional” person, what do you envision?  Expensive suit? Firm handshake?  We speak with Bill Marsh, Jr., of the blog Making You Matter, about how you may be looking at the idea all wrong.

Aug 27, 2019
#MusicMonday: Don Frost & Deb Allen, Backroom Gang & Concerts on the Lawn
14:14

Leader and percussionist of Dixieland Jazz band The Backroom Gang, Don Frost joins us ahead of their performance at the last Concerts on the Lawn of this season, this Thursday at Grand Traverse Pavilions.  We’re also pleased to welcome Deb Allen, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation, to discuss the season at large and plans for next year’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Aug 26, 2019
#MusicMonday: Jordan Anderson, Mr. Music DJs
18:47

Stories this week include a toy company now owning Death Row Records, whether or not Taylor Swift should re-record all her albums, and the most rock ’n roll Take Your Child To Work Day ever.

Aug 26, 2019
Audrea Taylor Decker, Youth Re-Investment in America
19:56

Founder and President of youth-led activist organization im2moro, Audrea Decker talks about getting America’s youth re-invested in their country.

Aug 25, 2019
Jeanine Rubert, Pine Hill Nursery & Village Gardens
24:09

Growing hydrangeas from cuttings, plants you can walk on (?), hydrangeas that won’t blossom, late tomatoes and more — Jeanine answers your outdoor space questions!

Aug 24, 2019
Rick Ocharzak, Career Readiness Education
20:49

On this week’s Community Coffee Break, brought to you by Mental Wellness Counseling, Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy instructor Rick Ocharzak joins us to discuss career preparation for high school students.

Aug 23, 2019
Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker
18:54

Local stories this week include navigating the congestion of this weekend’s “Ironman” marathon, consideration for intersection upgrades and possible roundabouts.

Aug 23, 2019
Mike Kent, TC Patriot Game
17:36

It’s become a staple of our community — the annual TC Patriot Game, pitting the TC West and TC Central football teams against each other in a friendly game in support of Veterans in Crisis.  Board Member Mike Kent joins us to talk about this year’s event, September 20th at Thirlby Field in Traverse City.

Aug 22, 2019
Foodie Scene: Kelly Ottinger, BACN/Bacon Cook-Off!