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I have always loved radio. This goes back to my childhood when a neighbor had a talk show on a Detroit station. I would go down to the station with him, watch and listen to him, and think "I want to do that one day!" I started out with a radio class in high school, interned at the neighbor's station, and then continued in college. Unfortunately, like most new college graduates, I had bills to pay, so I took a job in sales instead of following my passion. After a few sales jobs over a ten year period, including an Internet start-up that didn't work out, I took time to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and would make me happy while doing it. This led me back to radio. I went to Specs Howard to get reacquainted with the industry and while there, did yet another internship at WWJ 950AM. From there I got my first break reporting the news for a group of radio stations in Big Rapids, Michigan. My claim to fame while there? I was standing next to United States Senator Carl Levin who was in town speaking when two college students ran up and threw a pie into his face. I had gotten the audio too! No one else there had pictures or video. Fox News, ABC and others called and asked for it. After about 15 months there, I wanted to come back to this side of the state where my family and friends are, and take on a new challenge. In September 2011, I was hired in as the News Director here at WFNT 1470. I am happy to be here, look forward to working in the Flint community, and helping to make WFNT the media presence I know it can be!
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Michigan Congressman John Dingell to Retire After Nearly 60 Years

U.S. Representative John Dingell has announced he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of current term. According to the Detroit Free Press, the 87-year-old Dingell said he made the decision because "it was time" and partially because of the partisan gridlock. Dingell, a Democrat from Dearborn, replaced his father in the House of Representatives some 58 years ago and became the longest-serving me

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Three Arrested in Connection with Death of MSU Student

Three people have been arrested in the connection to the death of an MSU student who was found unresponsive on the side of I-69 this month.

According to WNEM, two adults and a juvenile are behind bars and could face murder and drug charges as early as today. Authorities say the suspects were found with illegal drugs when their apartment was raided.

Nineteen-year-old Dus

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Category: Around Flint, Crime
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Area Gymnasts to Cartwheel for a Good Cause

Gymnasts at Grand Blanc Gymnastics will cartwheel for a good cause this week. They are hosting a Tumble-A-Thon to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

The weeklong event will feature gymnasts from toddlers to high school performing forward rolls and cartwheels in 60 second increments

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Flint Police Say Citizen Involvement, Social Media Helped with Recent Arrests

The Flint Police Department is crediting residents and social media in leading to the quick resolution of some recent crimes.

On Saturday, February 15th, in addition to filing a police report, a victim posted the theft of his pickup truck to his Facebook page

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MDOT: Salt Supplies Holding, But Winter Costs Eating into Summer Maintenance Budgets

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says that salt supplies are holding up despite using more than anticipated due to worse-than-average winter weather. However, winter cost overruns and an anticipated worse than usual pothole season are already squeezing summer maintenance budgets

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