What I call “laughin’ and scratchin’, I’ve been doing a long time. I grew up in Chicago, and the long and winding road of radio brought me to Kalamazoo in January of ‘87. Had an awful lot of fun at one special radio station, next door, but like Tom Brady, let’s see what we can do here. Both my sons were born here. Michael lives here and is a long time Rocker listener, and David is now living the dream in Chicago, hoping to be a comedy writer. Proud to say they're my best friends.
British Invasion? This Is About The Time Motown Invaded England
“It was like manna from heaven…It fulfilled every promise, every hope we’d had about why that music was so magnificent.”
Detroit Red Wings Fire Longtime Zamboni Driver, ‘Octopus Guy’ Al Sobotka
The Detroit Red Wings fired longtime Zamboni driver Al Sobotka, known to generations of Red Wings fans as the man who swung an octopus over his head to rev fans up.
Ready For Prime Time? Detroit Lions Will Be on HBO’s Hard Knocks
It doesn't guarantee any victories in 2022, but HBO (and the NFL) thinks Dan Campbell's Detroit Lions might make for compelling television. And the guess is there might be at least a few references to "biting knee caps" or something similar along the way.
The Michigan Connection To Chicago’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
It's interesting. We just passed the 93rd anniversary of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre, where seven members of the Bugs Moran gang were gunned down in a Lincoln Park garage. Moran was quoted the next day on the front page of the Chicago Tribune as saying "Only Capone kills like that". But there's a Michigan connection. No, not the silly rumor about Capone having a house off Gull Road in Kalamazoo. It's a real connection to the city of St. Joseph.
The Time Pres. Gerald Ford Took A Stand For His Black U of M Teammate Willis Ward
This is a great story on so many levels. It's the time former President Gerald Ford took a stand for his University of Michigan football teammate Willis Ward.
What??? Ohio Mayor Says Ice Fishing Leads to Prostitution
This sure might raise some eyebrows. At a public meeting, the mayor of Hudson, Ohio, Craig Shubert, said ice fishing leads to prostitution.
Oberon Thermometer Is A Better Sign of Spring Than Seeing a Robin
A tweet from Bell's does remind us that Oberon Day is March 21st this year.
The Lone Ranger’s History Comes From Detroit But Ties To Grand Rapids
Many kids from the early part of the last century grew up with the famed fictional hero, the Lone Ranger. The radio program started in Detroit on this day in 1933.
Paczki Day Vodka From Detroit is a Thing And Bigger Than Ever This Year
What started out as a niche product seems to have become a thing in Detroit, and parts unknown. Paczki Day Vodka distilled by Detroit City Distillery is back this year, after a sellout performance in 2021. According to a report, last year's batch of 4200 bottles sold out in a mere twenty two minutes. That's impressive.
Eagles To Perform ‘Hotel California’ At Little Caesars in March
The legendary Eagles will be coming to the Little Caesars Arena in March, complete with an orchestra and a choir, to perform their "Hotel California" album in its entirety.