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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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U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee to Host College Affordability Forums

Michigan's Fifth District Representative Dan Kildee has announced he will be hosting a pair of forums this week on college affordability.

According to a press release from the Congressman, the free events are open to prospective, current and former college students and will provide information on state and federal loan repayment programs

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Flint PD to Host Course in Radio Patrol to Help Area Neighborhoods Fight Crime

Flint residents interested in fighting crime in their neighborhoods are asked to attend the Blue Badge Citizens Radio Patrol event hosted by the Flint Police Department. At the event, residents will be taught to patrol, report crime and complete paperwork, as well as learn radio protocol so they can help be additional "eyes and ears" for the Flint Police Department

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AAA Michigan: Gas Prices Tumble Thirteen Cents

Gas prices have dropped about 25 cents over the past two weeks, AAA Michigan reports. Michigan's current statewide average is just over $3.36 per gallon, down about 13 cents from last week.

Of the cities surveyed by AAA Michigan, the cheapest price for self-serve fuel can be found in the Lansing/East Lansing, where it's about $3

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Video Visitation Being Implemented at Genesee County Jail [Video]

Starting next week, visitors to the Genesee County Jail will no longer be able to visit inmates face to face, and will instead speak to them on a computer screen. According to ABC 12, Genesee County Sheriff says he's been trying to implement this form of visitation for quite some time. He believes it will help reduce fighting and assaults during visitations. Another reason for the change is the smuggling of contraba

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MDOT to Hold Public Meeting about M-15 Work in Davison

The Michigan Department of Transportation is inviting the public to attend an informational meeting regarding proposed improvements on M-15 in the city of Davison.

According to a news release from MDOT, the meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with MDOT staff and ask questions about the project which is scheduled to begin in mid-October

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U of M – Flint Achieves Historic Enrollment for 8th Straight Year

The University of Michigan - Flint has achieved historically high enrollment for the eighth straight year according to ABC 12. Enrollment for the fall semester shows an increase of more than 100 students from the fall of 2013 and there was significant growth in g

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Governor Snyder Speaks with WFNT while Visiting Kettering University

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited Flint on Friday. Snyder offered remarks at the grand opening of Kettering University's FIRST Robotics Community Center. WFNT got a few minutes with the governor where he spoke about Flint, federal assistance for the recent flooding that occurred in southeastern Michigan, the unemployment drop, Michigan Trails Week and the upcoming campaign season

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Snyder Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration After Southeast Michigan Flooding

On Wednesday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder requested President Obama declare a major disaster for the state of Michigan as a result of the flash flooding the occurred in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties in early August

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Fifty People Being Investigated for Water Theft in Flint

A Wednesday news conference at the Flint Police Department revealed that 50 people are being investigated for water theft in the city of Flint. According to ABC 12, the city had hired a special investigator, Marcus Mahan, to focus solely on the thefts. Mahan said those being investigated "don't think there is anything wrong with what they are doing and they are b

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Final Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup of Year Begins this Weekend

Fall is in the air as volunteers prepare for the year's last Adopt-A-Highway pickup along state roadways. Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation program will be picking up litter beginning on Saturday, September 20th and running through Sunday, September 28th

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