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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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Storms Leave Close to 1,000 Without Power in Genesee County

Storms that blew through most of southeastern Michigan on Monday night have left close to 1,000 without power in parts of Genesee County. According to WNEM, the latest numbers from Consumers Energy are:

  • 110 customers are without power north of Gaines
  • 71 customers are without power in Gaines
  • 621 customers without power between Swartz Creek and Mundy Township near Bishop International Airport
  • 77 customers without power north of Baldwin Road
  • 92 customers without power in Clayton Township
  • A number of small outages within the City of Flint, Davison and Grand Blanc

Restoration times are not immediately available. To see the latest outages and estimated restoration times from Consumers Energy, click here.

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Jason Cooper, WFNT
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Man in Critical Condition after Stabbing in Flint

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed in Flint on Monday night. According to WNEM, police were called to the 800 block of East Gillespie Avenue when a fight about money started between a group of men. One man was trying to leave the scene when he was stabbed in the back. A suspect in the incident was arr

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Category: Crime, Flint News
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Bill Pugliano, Getty Images
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GM to Compensate Victims of Recalls

General Motors is expected to announce plans to compensate victims of a recall from a defect that led to at least 13 deaths and over 50 crashes.

According to WNEM, the announcement in which GM victims will find out how much their payout will be, is expected in Washington D.C. GM CEO Marry Barra said has said there will not be a cap on the payments in which a faulty ignition switch

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courtesy Michigan.gov
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MDOT Looking for Sponsors of Rest Areas, Welcome Centers

The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced they are seeking proposals for an advertising and sponsorship program of the state's rest areas and welcome centers. MDOT says the idea is for sponsors to partially fund the operations of the facilities

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General Motors Adding Solar Panels to Local Facilities

General Motors has announced it will be increasing its renewable energy use by adding three acres of solar arrays at two local facilities.

GM's processing center in Swartz Creek and engine plant in Flint will be outfitted with 150-kilowatt, ground mount solar arrays which are expected to generate a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year to the facilities grids

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