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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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GM Compensation Fund Manager Says 19 Deaths Related to Ignition Switch Recall

The man overseeing General Motors' compensation fund for a faulty ignition switch says 19 deaths are now linked to the problem. According to ABC 12, attorney Ken Feinberg - who was chosen because he oversaw compensation funds for 9/11, the BP oil spill and Boston Marathon bombing - said he has received 125 claims for deaths and 320 for injuries in the five weeks he has overseen the fund. Feinberg also pointed out that privacy is important saying "what's essential to this program is we maintain total confidentiality. People do

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American Red Cross to Offer Workplace Emergency Preparedness Seminar

The American Red Cross Genesee/Lapeer Chapter is inviting businesses to come have lunch and learn about simple, affordable solutions in preparing for workplace disasters, automated external defibrillators and the latest in health and safety training programs

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Flint Job Fair Expected to Attract Hundreds

A job fair being held in Flint today (Monday, Sept. 15) is expected to attract hundreds. According to NBC 25, the "Community First" job fair will have several employers on hand including the City of Flint, the State of Michigan, the MTA along with the Detroit Police Department. It's sponsored by the Community Outreach for Family and Youth and more than 400 people attend

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AAA Michigan: Gas Prices Drop 12 Cents

Gas prices have dropped 12 cents in the past week according to AAA Michigan. The current statewide average is just under $3.50 per gallon, about six cents less than this same time last year.

Gas prices in and around the Flint area are even lower than the statewide average with Sunday prices right around $3

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Kroger to Hire 1,800 for Michigan Stores

Kroger has announced plans to hire 1,800 employees for its Michigan stores. According to ABC 12, stores in Flint, Flint Township, Grand Blanc and other areas in Genesee County are accepting applications. Just last year, the company announced plans to invest millions into its stores and hire new employees.

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Nighttime Pavement Repairs to M-15 Begin this Weekend

According to a news release from the Michigan Department of Transportation, pavement repairs on M-15 from Lapeer to Davison Roads are scheduled to begin this weekend. MDOT says the work - milling, joint repair and paving patches - will restrict traffic with single-lane closures at night

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State Sen. Ananich to Host Telephone Town Hall on Challenges Faced by Working Families

State Senator Jim Ananich will host a telephone town hall this weekend to discuss challenges faced by working families. A news release says residents of the 27th District will have a unique opportunity to interact with Ananich and a panel of experts on issues ranging from consumer debt to paid sick leave

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$2.6 Million in Hardest Hit Funds Awarded for Demolition in Civic Park

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has awarded an addition $2.6 million to the Genesee County Land Bank to help carry out the demolition of 225 blighted properties in the Civic Park neighborhood

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