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Jason Cooper

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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Conversation on Community Education to be Held this Weekend

Residents and community members are being encouraged to attend an event this weekend to discuss community education.

According to a news release from the City of Flint, in an effort to engage the community in a discussion about what constitutes an effective model for community education in the 21st century, the school district and the city are offering residents the opportunity to participate in a facilitated town hall meeting, the results of which will then be used for creation of a system-wide and sustainable community school model for Flint

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Bishop International Airport Introduces New Nonstop Service to Chicago

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Bishop International Airport and United Express introduced new nonstop jet service to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The first flight departed for United's hub in Chicago at 10:53 a

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Flint School Board Votes to Lay Off More Than 250 Staff [Video]

At their meeting on Wednesday night, the Flint School Board voted to lay off more than 250 non-instructional staff as they attempt to reduce a $10 million budget deficit.

According to WNEM, non-instructional staff includes clerical, maintenance, secretaries, food service and school safety employees. Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins says the cuts will help the district save $5 million. Watkins also said the district is looking to

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ATF Offers Up to $10,000 Reward for Flint Murder Suspect

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Exposives is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Keonte Sadler. According to Flint Police, Sadler is allegedly responsible for a shooting that took place on Friday, May 30

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Snyder Says Michigan Must Better Plan to Serve Growing Numbers of Older Adults [Video]

In a special message to the legislature on aging, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the state must better plan to serve the growing population of older adults. The governor presented his special message during a visit to the Older Persons' Commission in Rochester

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Congressman Dan Kildee Recognizes LGBT Pride Month

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued a statement in recognition of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month:

“June marks LGBT Pride Month, a time when we both celebrate the progress we have made recently toward equality and also when we refocus and redouble our efforts to continue fighting injustices we see in society. We

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