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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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FBI Data Shows Crimes in Flint in 2013 Down

Crime in Flint in 2013 is down according to new data released from the FBI on Monday. MLive says even though Flint's population fell from 2012 to 2013, the FBI Uniform Crime Report shows that categories of overall violent crime, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor thefts each fell at least 30 percent. The arson category saw the biggest drop of just over 51 percent.

The only category that didn't see a clear drop in the numbe

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Flint Provides Information for Residents Wishing to be Elected to Charter Review Commission

The City of Flint has released information for residents interested in being elected to the charter review commission following the approval of a general charter revision by voters last week. Nine commission positions will need to be filled by election with candidates elected at large as provided by the Home Rule City Act

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Federal Judge Approves Detroit Bankruptcy Plan

A federal judge today approved a plan to end Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy. According to the Detroit Free Press, Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit's comprehensive restructuring plan is fair and feasible and allows for the city to slash more than $7 billion in unsecured liabilities and reinvest $1.4 billion over the next ten years in public services and blight removal. Rhodes' decision will allow the city to cut about 75% of its

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Longway Planetarium to Close in January to Undergo Renovation

On January 5th, Longway Planetarium will close to undergo a massive renovation. According to ABC 12, the inside will be gutted to make way for the future which includes putting in an all new dome, seats and audio system. The entire project is expected to cost $1.8 million and the majority of the funding came from the C.S. Mott Foundation which co

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Flint’s Ananich Elected Next Leader of Michigan’s Senate Democratic Caucus

State Senator Jim Ananich of Flint has been elected the next leader of the Michigan Senate Democrats replacing the outgoing Senator Gretchen Whitmer who was term limited. The announcement came on Thursday afternoon and Ananich will begin his leadership term in January when members elected to office earlier this month are sworn in

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Gay Marriage

A federal appeals court today upheld a ban on gay marriage in Michigan, as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. For Michigan, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a March ruling from a judge who had ruled the ban unconstitutional

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