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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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Flint & Genesee Chamber’s YouthQuest Program Receives $4,000 Literacy Grant

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce's YouthQuest program has received a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy. The grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will go toward the purchase of the Discussions4Learning curriculum which will help improve reading and vocabulary skills for students in the YouthQuest program.

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Snyder Signs Bill Allowing Residents to Volunteer as Payment for Driver Responsibility Fees

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Tuesday that will allow Michigan residents to pay for some of their driver responsibility fees by doing community service. In a news release, Snyder said "while we are ultimately phasing out driver responsibility fees, this program gives Michiganders the opportunity to give back by volunteering as an alternative way to pay their fees

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Police Identify Two Men Killed in Flint [Video]

Police in Flint have identified two men who were shot and killed Tuesday night. According to ABC 12, the victims are 56-year-old Tony Mayes and 22-year-old Henry Moye III. It's uncertain how the victims knew one another. Police responded to shots fired Tuesday night after 11 p.m. to a home on t

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Second ‘Operation: Fresh Start’ Event Helps Almost 100 in Flint

Flint's second "Operation: Fresh Start" event held earlier this week helped nearly 100 people according to MLive. More than 130 people attended the second round of the program, which was only for residents in the 48507 zip code. Nearly 30 of

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Walk to Raise Funds for Free Book Exchanges Around Flint

An upcoming walk will raise funds to build free book exchanges around the city. According to NBC 25, the Flint Zombie Walk will contribute the funds raised in this year's event to build little free libraries around the city. The libraries will allow people to borrow, take and donate books for others to read. The orga

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Kmart to Close Two Genesee County Stores in December

Kmart has announced plans to close five more of its Michigan stores by the end of the year. According to ABC 12, two of the five stores are located in Genesee County. The store on Miller Road in Flint Township and the store on North Belsay Road in Burton will shut their doors on De

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Michigan Sec. of State Johnson Talks National Voter Registration Day, More

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson spoke with WFNT 1470 about National Voter Registration Day, the annual Harvest Gathering Campaign, a partnership with AAA Michigan and more. Hear the full interview below:

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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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