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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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Flint School Board Approves Nearly $20 Million Loan

The Flint School Board approved borrowing up to $17 million in a special meeting held Wednesday night. According to ABC 12, the money is needed due to a cash shortage and would hold the district over until it receives its state aid check. The move comes less than a month after the district submitted a revised deficit elimination plan to the state asking for three more year

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State Emergency Operations Center Activated After Storms, Flooding

The State of Michigan activated the State Emergency Operations Center late Monday night after storms caused flooding in the metro Detroit area and beyond. Drivers were being asked to avoid the area during the Tuesday morning commute due to may road being impassible

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Flint Receives $150,000 Grant to Assist with Police, Traffic During Events

The City of Flint has received a $150,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to help with public safety and traffic during events through the end of 2014.

The money will help with longstanding events beginning with Back to the Bricks and the Crim Festival of Races, but will also go to new festivals such as Bermudas on the Bricks and the Buckham Alley Fest

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Flint Enacts Special Events Curfew for Back to the Bricks Week

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert announced Monday that the newly enacted special events curfew will be in effect for the Back to the Bricks week of events. The curfew will be enacted beginning Tuesday and will extend until Sunday

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Bay City Issues State of Emergency Due to Water Main Break [Video]

Bay City has issued a state of emergency due to a water main break and the shortage it is causing. According to WNEM, city officials say the emergency will remain in effect until the leak has been identified and a water use emergency has been lifted. Repair crews searched for the break throughout the weekend. It is draining as much as 10 million gallons a day. I

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I-69 Repairs Over Irish Road Scheduled to Begin this Week

Repair crews are scheduled to begin work today (Monday, August 11) on the I-69 overpass at Irish Road in Davison Township. According to MDOT, which is partnering with the Genesee County Road Commission, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Davison Township officials, work will include pavement removal, retaining wall construction, reconstructing a nonmotorized path along the east side of Irish Road and power washing to remove soot and bridge painting

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