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Tune in every Saturday morning with host Dave Doran. Discover great deals on MIchigan adventures and activities. Weekend show airs 8:00am on Saturdays on all Black Diamond radio stations. However, 10am on 102.9 Big Country following Big D & Bubba show! Then visit our new website DISCOVERMICH.COM to Shop-Click-Buy!
NEW MORNING SHOW AND A NEW TRAVERSE CITY FREQUENCY FOR “CLASSIC ROCK THE BEAR”
Black Diamond Broadcasting is pleased to announce some key enhancements to its “Classic Rock the Bear” radio station, with an expanded new morning show, as well as a third signal, 95.1-FM to enhance coverage in downtown Traverse City.
With more than 30 years of radio in his rear view mirror, including stops in Columbus, Cleveland and nearly two decades directing Detroit radio stations WRIF and WCSX, Mark Pennington, who joined Black Diamond Broadcasting nearly two years ago as a Programming Advisor, now teams with “Classic Rock the Bear” veteran, Tim Logan to present the Mark & Tim Show. The show features much about northern Michigan, lots of laughs and even more classic rock from 6a to 10a. We’ve even brought Mike Grisdale back with “Bear News and Sports”, after a nearly two year hiatus from the station.
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As for the addition of 95.1-FM, the Bear’s 98.1 – FM signal (located in Glen Arbor) and its 95.3 - FM signal
(Indian River) are the victim of certain topographical issues resulting in sometimes spotty coverage in the downtown Traverse City area. With the addition of 95.1-FM, which is located on a ridge overlooking Traverse City, the already vast coverage of the station has been significantly enhanced. “Classic Rock the Bear – 98.1, 95.3 and 95.1”, reaches more northern Michigan listeners than any other classic rock station in the region.
The Black Diamond media group is owned and operated by long-time broadcasters and life-long Michigan residents, Mike Chires and Norm McKee. The company operates 10 radio stations being broadcast on 17 radio signals throughout central and northern Michigan. Other stations owned, include:
- Houghton Lake based 98.5 WUPS and 92.1 The Twister;
- Traverse City/Petoskey/Cheboygan based Rock 105 & 95.5, Big Country 102.9 and Classic Rock the Bear 98.1 & 95.3;
- Cheboygan based 106.3 MAC-FM and Big Country Gold 100.7,
- Midland based Sunny 97.7 and 107.7 The Highway, as well as
- Mt. Pleasant based 95.3-WCFX.
All Black Diamond radio stations can also be heard by downloading its free multi-station Black Diamond Mobile App.
Additionally, Black Diamond also owns and operates the on-line employment site MichiganForHire.Org, popular discount Michigan travel publication Discover Michigan Magazine, a digital marketing organization Black Diamond Digital Solutions and a premium coffee for charity site, TCJAVA.Org.
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Susan Melton, On-Air talent and Program Director for Big Country 102.9 at Black Diamond Broadcasting, has scored four local awards representing the best of northern Michigan. She cleaned-up as a Red Hot Best 2021 winner!
Traverse Magazine a publication of MyNorth Media, holds an annual Best-Of voting event. This results in a yearly guidebook that represents seven Northern Michigan regions in 47 unique categories.
2021 was a record-breaking year with 16,000 votes. Susan was voted 1st place Radio Personality // Above the Bridge, 2nd place Radio Personality // Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits, 3rd place Radio Personality // Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington, and 3rd place Radio Personality // Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling. You can hear Susan during her afternoon shift 3:00-7:00pm, at 102.9 FM. She's been active with the country station for ten years. https://1029bigcountry.com
Tune in to 102.9 Big Country on June 24 & 25 with Susan Melton hosting the event. Good News for St. Jude Children! Thanks to our Big Country 1029, On-Air talent and Station Manager, Susan Melton! She has poured her heart into raising funds, for many years, into this annual RadioThon. And thanks to the listeners of all Black Diamond Broadcasting stations for donating year andfter year. Please hlep us make 2021 another record year to benefit the life-saving work of @St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Mark your calendar! www.stjude.org/radio/wmkc
ROCK-JOCK LEGEND ANNE CARLINI JOINS NORTHERN MICHIGAN’S ROCK 105 & 95.5! Black Diamond Broadcasting is pleased to announce that Detroit rock radio legend, Anne Carlini, will be taking over mid-days on Traverse City based Rock 105 & 95.5 effective Monday, November 2nd. Carlini will take over for current midday host Roxanne Steel, who has stepped down to pursue an off-air opportunity.
Black Diamond co-owner Norm McKee said, “Anne Carlini is a great fit for Rock 105 & 95.5. After spending more than 30 years as the voice of rock on WRIF in Detroit, Anne will be a familiar voice to many and a welcome addition to the northern Michigan air-waves. Anne is a virtual encyclopedia of rock history and facts. Northern Michigan is in for a real treat”.
For Anne Carlini, vacations to northern Michigan have now turned to home, with her husband and their three dogs. Anne said, “I'm so happy to join the "Rock 105 & 95.5" team and to be on the air in the place that I call home. Let's rock!”
October 1, 2020 | Black Diamond Broadcasting announced today an agreement to acquire Midland, MI based radio stations Sunny 97.7 FM WMRX, 107.7 FM/1490 AM WMPX - The Highway, and “Discover Michigan Magazine”, from Steel Broadcasting.
Black Diamond will expand from 10 to 13 radio stations covering central and northern Michigan with the acquisition, and will look to their stable of top-rated radio stations to help expand the offerings and distribution of the highly successful “Discover Michigan Magazine”.
Steel Broadcasting owners, Tom and Bev Steel, who in addition to their success with their radio stations, have also built “Discover Michigan Magazine” into one of Michigan’s leading sources for access to discount lodging, meals and activities throughout the state, have been in discussions with Black Diamond for the past several months, identifying the company as the ideal organization to take over stewardship of their radio stations and magazine. (tap image to read Discover Michigan Magazine)
Tom Steel said of the transaction, “The time is right for Bev and I to step away from the daily demands of running our business and are thrilled that Black Diamond took immediate interest in what we have created. Their broadcast experience and expertise, combined with their commitment to Midland, as well as all of central and northern Michigan were key to us in making our decision to sell.”
Black Diamond Broadcasting, owned by life-long Michigan residents and long time broadcasters Mike Chires and Norm McKee, own and operate radio stations throughout central and northern Michigan, including Houghton Lake based 98.5 WUPS, Traverse City based Rock 105 & 95.5, 98.1 & 95.3 Classic Rock-The Bear and 102.9 Big Country.
Black Diamond will assume operations of the new stations effective on or about October 1st, under the terms of a Local Marketing Agreement, until such time as the transaction closes, following Federal Communication Commission approval.
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Serving central and northern Michigan. We have highly-rated stations with local Air-Personalities in addition to Nights with Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar’s Top Rock Countdown, and Big D and Bubba. Feature segments include Mike Avery Outdoors, NASCAR Steve’s Fast Lane Report, Todd L Levitt Law Show, The Grillin Guys, Tradio, and Swap Shop!
Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen, has formulated the newest brew in town, CLASSIC ROCK ALE. It's a specialty BEAR BEER created just for Classic Rock the BEAR and our rockin' friends. Head to Boyne City for a taste of this 7% Black IPA. Mike Castiglione has brewed it with cold steeped black malt and Eldorado hops. Jus
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Thousands of our fellow Michiganders are now affected by property damage, loss of housing and so much more due to recent dam breaks and flooding. Black Diamond Broadcasting stations encourage supporting our Michigan Region of The American Red Cross. This natural disasters' impact is sure to last for an extended, yet unknown time frame. Our hearts understand the impact and strain of trying to battle two unexpected disasters at the same time. Please show your love to residents, friends and family in this link for donations to the respected, American Red Cross.
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IT'S AN ELECTION YEAR:
Thank you for listening to our family of radio stations. Please understand that under FCC regulations, we (and any other radio/TV station) are legally obligated to air all Federal political candidate's messages.
We have no option to refuse, edit or screen their commercials. We hope you'll hang in there with us, and we'll all get through this election year together.
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WE WANT TO SEE YOU AT THE POLAR BEAR DIP JANUARY 25th!
Tip Up Town USA is our states' premier Ice Festival. For 70 years TUT has entertained outdoors during the last two weekends of January.
There's something for everyone! 5K Run Walk - Medallion Hunt - Fishing Contest - Tip Up town Queen and Court - Official Mayor & Marshall, Snowmobile Drag Races, Side by Side ATV/RTV/UTV racing, Grand Parade, Polar Bear Dip, Vendor row, Carnival Rides, Ice Carving displays and so much more! Live Music both weekends in the Adult Beverage Tent will include Uncle Groovy first weekend, and The Phoenix Theory on second weekend.
98.5UPS and 92.1 The Twister are proud to be affiliated as the official media sponsor, stage hosts, and sponsor of the Polar Bear Dip on second Saturday!
The Red Kettle campaign is one of the Salvation Army's largest fundraisers of the year and probably the most recognizable, in the country.
Northern Michigan needs more bell-ringers to register with a donation of their time.
We have two important links for you. A link to register in your community, as a Bell Ringer. It will help to match you up to a local ring site in your zip code area.
The second is a donation link. Team Black Diamond Broadcasting stations are taking on this Red Kettle Challenge.
Please help out your neighbors in need, by giving what you can, today!
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Are you feeling lucky? We've got three great fall contests to rock-your-socks! Rock105 / 95.5 fm offers RED HOT REDWINGS ROADTRIP and Classic Rock the BEAR 98.1 / 95.3 fm is offering SMITTYS SUN & SPA WINTER GETAWAY.
Both of these contests will whisk you away to Rancho de los Caballeros in Arizona, a luxury dude ranch with unbelievable ammenites like Horses,
Golf, and Spa! Round-trip airfare is
provided by Allegiant Air out of TVC Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City.
Plus we're throwing in $500 spending CASH for anything your heart desires!
Rock105 is also awarding tickets and transportation to a Red Wings vs. Coyotes hockey game on March 20, 2020. Both contests end Dec 2nd, with winners announced on Dec 3rd, 2019.
Over on 98.5UPS The Classic Hits Station, take your chance on JOURNEY for the HOLIDAYS. Winner will enjoy a pair of tickets to JOURNEY at DTE Music Theater in July 2020. Plus there's HOLIDAY CASH...$98 worth and a fresh Amish Valley turkey from the sought-after R&J Best Choice Marketplace in Houghton Lake, MI.
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Hundreds of thousands of women every year continue to experience domestic abuse. Even though it seems like an overwhelming problem, you can help. Actions as simple as listening to someone, practicing empathy and showing kindness can prevent violence.
When you really listen to someone, it shows them you are a safe person to talk to should they need support now or in the future.
Practicing empathy helps us connect as humans and it helps others feel heard, respected and validated.
When you share kindness it helps others feel safer, happier and it creates stronger communities.
Together, through our everyday actions, we can create a wave of positive change because everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s 24-hour help and information line, at 231-347-0082 or visit wrcnm.org.
Recycle, RePurpose, ReUse and you'll feel better about your contribution to a serious world problem. Don't forget there's a new location this year. Now located at Pit Spitters stadium parking lot. 9:00am-3:00pm. Plan ahead a read about what is allowed and NOT ALLOWED
SEPTEMBER 29th - New Location
Traverse Pit Spitters Grounds - 9am-3pm
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Monday 9/23 is Traverse City (all day) 8:30a, 10:30a, 1:30p & 3:00p
Cambria Suites 255 Munson Avenue, Traverse City, MI 49686
Tuesday 9/24 (AM) is Petoskey 8:30a & 10:00a
Holiday Inn Express 1751 S US-131, Petoskey, MI 49770
Tuesday 9/24 (PM) is Mackinaw City 2:00p & 3:30p
Mackinaw Bay & Beach 929 South Huron, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Wednesday 9/25 (AM) is Gaylord 8:30a & 10:00a
Otsego Club 696 E Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735
Wednesday 9/25 (PM) is Grayling 2:00p & 3:30p
Ramada Inn 2650 S I 75 Business Loop, Grayling, MI 49738
Thursday 9/26 is Houghton Lake (all day) 8:30a, 10:30a, 1:30p & 3:00p
Lakeside Resort: 100 Clearview Dr., Houghton Lake, MI 48629
Friday 9/27 (AM) is Cadillac 9:00a & 11:00a
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Stop by Forwards in Gaylord, to enter their "$3500 ADVENTURE PACKAGE" created especially to celebrate their Grand Opening event! Bonus: Black Diamond radio stations are offering you a second chance to qualify, when you use our special online registration forms - just click image below.
CONTEST BEGINS: Aug 28th
ONLINE ENTRY ENDS: Sept 9th
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August 23 - August 25
The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival celebrates the island's most famous treat and features a number of fudge-related, fun, family events!
Activities include fudge making demonstrations, The Great Turtle Slow Bike Ride, fudge inspired dinners and cocktails, the Pioneer Sugar Sack Relay Race, outdoor movie, family concerts, Fudge and Wine Tasting, Fudge Ball at Stonecliffe with live music and strolling food stations, a family Fudge Egg Hunt on Saturday morning in Marquette Park, Three Men and a Tenor concert!
New this year is the first annual Fudge Festival Cornhole Tournament at Mission Point Resort.
Spend the day throwing bags on the beautiful Great Lawn at Mission Point. There is a professional division and a social division.
Walk Up Registration begins Saturday at 11am and you can register on line at mackinacisland.org. Mackinac Island Tourism and Rock 105 / 95.5 and Black Diamond Broadcasting are excited to provide $2,500 in cash prizes for the top 3-teams in each division.