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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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Governor Snyder Officially Announces Bid for Re-Election [Audio]

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder officially announced his intention to run for second term on Monday. The governor is kicking off his campaign with two-day tour of Michigan.

Governor Snyder called in to "Conversations with Jason Cooper" this morning and discussed why he is running for re-election, his Super Bowl ad, education and violence in Flint and other cities in the state

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AAA Michigan: Gas Prices Up Slightly Across the State

State motorists will find the average gas price has risen almost four cents this week according to AAA Michigan. The current statewide average is just under $3.33 per gallon.

Gas prices in and around Flint are slightly more than the statewide average however with prices hovering around $3

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City of Flint, Local Organizations Come Together to Help Indigent Residents with Water Bills

The City of Flint has teamed up with some local organizations to create an assistance program for residents who are having trouble paying their water bills. The new program is called "Keep the Water Flowing

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courtesy Governor Snyder
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Governor Snyder to Launch Re-Election Campaign Next Week with Statewide Tour

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is making it official and will launch his re-election bid with a statewide tour next week.

As part of the tour, the governor will stop at a local business in each city of the tour, that has flourished during his first four years in office

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Flint-Produced Chevy Silverado to Be Featured During the Super Bowl

The Flint-built Chevy Silverado will be featured in a commercial airing during this weekend's Super Bowl.

According to WNEM, the ad will feature the heavy-duty Silverado built in Flint. The light-duty version was named the North American International Auto Show Truck of the Year earlier this month.

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I-96 Shooter Convicted on Multiple Charges Including Terrorism

A Livingston County jury found the man responsible for a three-day shooting spree in October 2012 guilty of multiple charges including terrorism.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette made the announcement that 44-year-old Raulie Casteel of Wixom was found guilty of terrorism, assault with a dangerous weapon, firing a weapon from a vehicle and three other felony weapons charges in the I-96 shooting spree

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