When life gets tough - Music is your best Stress Reducer! Make the most out of your self-quarantine and enjoy Black Diamond Broadcasting stations. Find us on the DIAL at:
- 105.1 - 95.5 FM for Rock105 WGFM
- 98.1 - 95.3 FM for Classic Rock the Bear WGFN
- 102.9 FM for Big Country WMKC
- 98.5 FM for Classic Hits WUPS
- 106.3 FM for Smooth Sailing Hits 70's & 80's WWMK
- 92.1 FM for The Twister Hot Country WTWS
- 100.7 FM or 1240AM Big Country Gold WCBY
We are always honored to play a part in the annual concert to benefit the Coleman Veterans Memorial in Coleman, MI. Each year brings the best of Classic Rock to central Michigan. Click image for full details for May 24, 2020 concert.
The Guess Who
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.
^ Tap Image Above for TUT USA ICE FISHING CONTEST RULES ^
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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FILL A RED BUCKET
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.
Join the fun and play along!
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
Tap Site Map to enlarge!
333 Stadium Drive in Traverse City
Please Note the RED Not Accepted Items
Click image above to visit their website
Our Rock Jocks Dave Doran & Guy Dark
will be present for live remote coverage of the event!
TAP REGISTRATION BUTTON BELOW
- LIMITED SPACE -
Due to the success of participants last year,
we are offering more date options:
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
Cherry Grove Event Center
Dir. Of Biz Development
(810) 394-9118 cell
PO BOX 6016, Traverse City, MI 49696
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
DRAWING @ Forwards 5:00pm: Sept 10th
1 entry per email address
5 qualifiers per day will be selected from
each radio station and entered into final
Grand Prize Drawing on Sept 10th
See Jays Sporting Goods "Adventure Package"
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.
Karlyn Hawkins of Ellsworth is the winner of
GET AWAY- YOUR WAY contest with Allegiant Air
WIN ROUNDTRIP NON-STOP AIR TRAVEL
on ALLEGIANT AIR for two from Cherry Capital Airport
(TVC) TRAVERSE CITY to (PGD) FORT MYERS / PUNTA GORDA
INCLUDES HOTEL & $100 SPENDING CASH
Thursday Leave to Sunday Return Travel only
Must depart by May 8 2020 - Expires May 11, 2020
PLAY ON ROCK 105 / 95.5
Listen for the CUE of when to call
TEXT "ALLEGIANT" to 888-955-1051
Include your name, full mailing address,
ROCK 105 LINK DETAILS
Expanded PirateFest Aug 8-11 Boyne City's 2nd Annual PirateFest will be held next week with lots of crazy fun. The greatly expanded schedule includes a pirate invasion, parade, raft ride, The Battle of the Boyne, a beer and wine tent with entertainment, a classic pirate movie, costume contests, a teen dance and the Faygoland Kids Area and more. Here's their website, a flier and the full schedule:
> Thursday, Arrrgust 8
7-11 p.m. - Pre-Fest Parrrty at The Foundry Bar & Grill, East Jordan.
> Friday, Arrrgust 9
6:30 p.m. - The Invasion: Pirates invade Treasure Town, by way of a massive flotilla. Bear witness behind Sunset Park in Boyne City as the pirates begin their search for the treasure.
7-9 p.m. - Experience DJs in the Entertainment Tent, Veterans Park. Beverages from Shorts Brewery and Mackinaw Trail Winery. Proceeds benefit Char-Em United Way.
9:30 p.m. - Family Movie Night: The Princess Bride in the Entertainment Tent. "It's inconceivable." Bring a camp chair or throw down a blanket.
> Saturday, Arrrgust 10
10 a.m. - PirateFest Parade: Lake Street route will begin in SOBO and ends at Veterans Park.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. - FaygoLand Kids Area in Old City Park: Petting zoo, bounce house, Bookmobile, BC Rocks treasure hunt, kids crafts, live music, face painting and more.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Michigan Highlander Games: In the Open Space on North Lake Street. Spectators welcome to watch the strongest pirates of them all.
12-3 p.m. - Haunted Pirate River Ride: Explore the Boyne River in an unforgettable raft ride bound to make the whole family shiver their timbers. Sponsored by Jordan Valley Outfitters.
12-9 p.m. - Boyne City Taproom Busker Stage. Jugglers, sword swallowers and performers for all ages will entertain families.
12-9 p.m. - Entertainment Tent: Live entertainment and beverages all day
12-9 p.m. - Pirates, mermaids and buskers all day throughout Boyne City. Tommy Tropic's Busker Mania is a family must-see fer sure.
1 p.m. - Kids Costume Parade: in Old City Park, followed by Kids Costume Contest.
3 p.m. - The Battle of Boyne River: The townsfolk gather in Old City Park and lead a march to drive the pirates out, but not before a zany reenactment of The Famous Battle of The Boyne River.
7 p.m. - Adult Costume Contest in the Entertainment Tent.
9-11 p.m. - Teen Dance Party in the Entertainment Tent. Teens lay claim to the tent fer a parrrty of their own. Come as ye arrr, or come as a pirate.
9-11 p.m. - Stiggs Brewery After Party & Pirate Freak Show.
> Sunday, Arrgust 11th
10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Sunday Brunch at Water Street Cafe. Welcome, all ye landlubbers. Let's gather to enjoy one last meal with all the pirates together - then bid them farewell.
> VOLUNTEERS are needed Friday night and Saturday from 11-6. Call Cindi at 231-675-0115 if you can help out by taking a two-hour shift.
Gazebo concert schedule announced; Black Diamond Broadcasting is our Presenting Sponsor
The Boyne Area Chamber has announced the 2019 schedule for its Evenings at the Gazebo summer concert series, presented by Black Diamond Broadcasting. The concerts are held in Old City Park on summer Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Here is the 2019 schedule:
June 19 - JM Duo - James Michael Duo, sponsored by Boyne Co-op True Value
June 26 - Calamity Jane - Theresa Wagner and Kathy McCoy
July 4 - No concert (4th of July festivities include live music/bands playing in Veterans Park.)
July 10 - Matt Gabriel, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
July 17 - Wyatt & Shari Knapp
July 24 - Mike Dhaseleer
July 31 - Full Cord, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
August 7 - Awesome Distraction
Contact Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St., Boyne City MI 49712. For information contact Kim Akin at 231-582-6222 or email email@example.com.
MAC-fm now offers Smooth Sailing sounds! 106.3 fm is a unique blend of soft rock paired with the smoothest hits from the 70s and 80s. You’ll hear the most popular, refreshing tunes from superstars such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Steely Dan, plus many soft favorites rarely heard on radio these days – from artists like Michael McDonald, Air Supply, Christopher Cross, Ambrosia and many other fun and relaxing favorites.
MAC-fm plays a one-of-a-kind blend of timeless favorites while much of Northern Michigan is at work, providing a perfect stress-free environment. MAC-fm's well balanced mix provides a relaxing soundtrack for listening at home and on the go, all day and all night. You’ll hear the difference as MAC-fm bridges the gap between everyday run-of-the- mill radio stations and a refreshingly smooth blend of your favorites! MAC-fm is no ordinary radio station – it’s extraordinary audio entertainment for Northern Michigan!
MAC-fm starts your weekday with longtime area ratings darlings... The Bob & Tom Show, who got their start in radio in Petoskey, Michigan. They’ve been honored five times as the top radio personalities in the United States by the National Association of Broadcasters.
12th Annual “Hooping For A Cure”
LaSalle H.S. - Thursday, Feb. 13
Proceeds Help Local Cancer Patients
*For more info, call (906) 328-0006
In 2015, 98.5 UPS, Black Diamond Broadcasting, was awarded the Official Broadcast Rights to the ARCM. Our objective was to Increase public exposure of the event and the region. Also, to increase the economic benefit of businesses throughout the Au Sable River Valley, not only during the week of The Marathon, but throughout the year by utilizing public exposure generated by The Marathon as a vehicle to highlight the Au Sable River Valley as a tourism destination.
In order to achieve this, and create awareness of the race across Michigan and surrounding states, we formed a Radio Network, which some said would never happen. To date, we have between 20 – 25 radio affiliates each year carrying the race updates every hour, from start to finish. Three years later we have record crowds, which has brought tremendous economic growth in Grayling, Oscoda, and the Au Sable River Valley, during race week. This is due in large part to the strength of 98.5 UPS, and the ARCM Radio Network. Every year more and more people across our state are made aware of the ARCM race, and all the activities during race week, because of the radio network Black Diamond Broadcasting created and manages.
As a result of our success, last year the AuSable River International Canoe Marathon (ARICM) committee, committed to a long-term agreement with Black Diamond Broadcasting. 98.5 WUPS is the Flagship station of the ARICM radio network, and will remain the “Official Station”, providing start to finish coverage of the race, for years to come. In addition, the committee also reached a long-term agreement with Larry Roberts, “The Voice of the Marathon”, and he will be heard exclusively on 98.5 UPS.
Mike Chires (co-owner of Black Diamond Broadcasting), commented “It is amazing the progress we’ve made in only three years. We conceived and created the ARCM Radio Network, providing race coverage throughout a large area of Michigan. We’ve invested in equipment to provide listeners much better quality sound than in years past. We’ve helped develop corporate sponsorships. We’ve supported numerous paddling teams, and this year we’ve invested even more to enrich the fan experience. Each year we listen to fans suggestions on how we can improve our radio coverage. People have asked us to provide more race coverage to the middle and back of the pack. To accomplish this, for the first time ever, we are adding a second broadcast team, and a third update to almost every hour of race coverage. This third break will be dedicated to providing updates on the middle, and back of the pack padding teams. We were asked to provide coverage on teams outside of the top 30, and we are addressing this with a second broadcast team that will focus entirely on teams outside of the top 30. Every year we strive to provide better coverage, and every year so far, we have accomplished our goal. We are proud of the progress we’ve made, and extremely excited about our future.”
In addition to our official race coverage with Larry Roberts and John Sullivan, this year, Black Diamond Broadcasting is the AuSable River Festival “Music Sponsor”.
We have a great lineup of bands playing, some of which have played Soaring Eagle and other major venues (folk, country, classic hits, rock and classic rock).
“ROCK 105 & 95.5” ANNOUNCES ON-AIR LINE-UP TWEAKS
Black Diamond Broadcasting is excited to announce on-air changes for Rock 105 & 95.5, northern Michigan’s leading Rock station and a market leader among northern Michigan residents age 25-54. The changes will take effect on April 1, 2019.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Roxanne Steele to mid days (10am – 3pm) on Rock 105 & 95.5. Roxanne’s body of work includes hosting various formats in Chicago and Detroit, and most recently with WYCD, Nash-FM in Detroit, where she was also a finalist for this year's ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) Broadcast Awards for Major Market Personality of the Year. But don’t be fooled, Roxanne is a rocker at heart, with a passion for northern Michigan and for Rock 105 & 95.5.
Nate “Smitty” Smith will be leaving his familiar afternoon slot on Rock 105 & 95.5 to pursue a personal opportunity outside of broadcasting. While Smitty will be missed from his home for the past 12-years as the afternoon host of Rock 105 & 95.5, he will still be heard on the station as a special features host.
Effective April 1, Dave Doran will return to the northern Michigan air waves as the new host of afternoons (3pm-7pm) on Rock 105 & 95.5. Dave is a Traverse City guy who was previously heard as a morning host on WKLT and afternoons on WTCM. If you have been in the Detroit area during the past decade, you may have heard him on WCSX and WRIF in Detroit. Dave is an accomplished broadcaster and Black Diamond is excited to bring him back home where he belongs.
“Cartman in the Morning”, Traverse City market’s number-one rated morning show, will continue to start listener’s mornings and get them ready to take on the day with a Rock 105 & 95.5 favorite!
“CLASSIC ROCK THE BEAR” SOUNDS OFF WITH ON-AIR FINE TUNING
Black Diamond Broadcasting is pleased to announce some on-air changes on Classic Rock the Bear, northern Michigan’s favorite destination for Classic Rock, effective April 1, 2019.
“Mornings with Omelette and Guy Dark” starts your day on Classic Rock the BEAR, followed by familiar afternoon host, Jay Roberts, who will be moving from afternoons to mid-days (10am – 3pm) effective April 1st. Jay will host your day time listening, whether in the car, at home or at work.
Kim Carson will take over afternoons (3pm – 7pm) on The BEAR. Kim was recently selected by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as “Morning Radio Personality of the Year”, and was also previously named by the Detroit News as “Best Evening Radio Personality”. Kim is also an author and serves as an inspirational feature writer for “Women’s Lifestyle Magazines”. Kim will entertain listeners with her insightful wit and her passion for Classic Rock and northern Michigan.
NASCAR Steve will be leaving his mid day air-shift to focus more time on his responsibilities as our valued “Promotions Director” for all Black Diamond stations. NASCAR Steve will continue to be heard during the weekends on Classic Rock the BEAR and ROCK 105, as well as continue to provide his FAST LANE NASCAR reports exclusively on Black Diamond stations.
Black Diamond Broadcasting is a northern Michigan based, full service media company, owning and operating ten radio stations serving central and northern Michigan; a full service digital advertising solutions provider, Black Diamond Digital Solutions; and the Michigan employment site, Michigan4Hire.org. Among Black Diamond’s radio stations are 102.9 Big Country, Rock 105 & 95.5, Classic Rock the Bear 98.1 & 95.3, Classic Hits 98.5 WUPS, Big Country Gold 1240 AM & 100.7 FM, MAC-FM 106.3 and 92.1 The Twister. Black Diamond is owned and operated by life-long Michigan residents, Mike Chires and Norm McKee.
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We’re pleased to announce that Guy Dark will be joining “Classic Rock the BEAR” as Omelette’s Co-Host. He will also serve as Assistant Program Director for WGFN 98.1 / WWSS 95.3 The BEAR .
Guy has been at WWWX in Appleton-Oshkosh, Wisconsin for nearly 17 years and has recently been doing weekends at WLUM-FM in Milwaukee. Over the years, Guy has also held programming positions in Reno, Nevada and Fargo, North Dakota.
Guy has recently arrived in Traverse City during the holidays and will debut on Omelette Mornings show with Omelette on January 7th.
We’re excited for Guy to join Team Black Diamond - - - looking forward to his many years of radio experience and his creativity in helping to elevate "Classic Rock the BEAR" throughout northern Michigan.