Great Lakes Radio Receives Station of the Year Award

Michigan MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards Sunny FM station of the year

Representatives from Station of the Year winners at the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards held March 11 in Lansing. Pictured (L-R): Michelle Srbinovich, WDET-FM (Detroit); Michael Walenta, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); Gary Reid, WKAR-TV (East Lansing); Todd Noordyk, WKQS-FM (Marquette); Scott Zerbel, WLUC-TV (Marquette); Julie Galazka, WLEN-FM (Adrian); Kevin Dunaway, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac/Traverse City); Jeremy Lawrence, WKZO-AM/FM (Kalamazoo); Dan Boers, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids); Rob Davidek, WWJ-AM (Detroit); and Marla Drutz, WDIV-TV (Detroit). Photo Courtesy of

Marquette, Michigan  – March 16, 2016  –  Congratulations to Todd Noordyk and Great Lakes Radio for being awarded Station of the Year for their Adult Contemporary station, Sunny.FM.

Sunny.FM received nine awards from the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards, and then received a tenth honor: the Market 4 Station of the Year award!

Each year broadcasters throughout Michigan submit their work to the MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards program. Broadcasters compete against a standard of excellence established by MAB that showcases “the best of the best” in Michigan broadcasting.

The prestigious Station of the Year award is based on the total cumulative points for ALL awards won by a station, with additional points added for weighted category wins.

Sunny.FM took Best Of in these six categories:

  • Breaking News Story
  • Feature Programming
  • Feature/Use of Medium*
  • Investigative Story
  • Morning Show Broadcast Personality or Team*
  • Newscast*

and was awarded Merit in the following categories:

  • Community Involvement*
  • Play-by-Play Sports
  • Weekend Broadcast Personality

*Denotes weighted categories that the Station of the Year was based upon.

Owner and General Manager of Great Lakes Radio, Inc., Todd Noordyk accepted the award in Lansing and said the award showcased the talents and teamwork of staff in many departments throughout the close-knit, family-owned and operated station.

“I am very happy to win Station of the Year,” Noordyk said, “but I am also truly pleased we were recognized in so many different categories.”

Noordyk also noted that the award he is most proud of is the one for Community Involvement. Great Lakes Radio is a locally owned and operated group of stations with staff that lives right here in Marquette County.

Congratulations again to the Noordyk family and all the staff at Great Lakes Radio, Inc., not only on their 25 years of broadcasting service, but also for winning Station of the Year!


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MTBA Welcomes Six New Members

Marquette Township, Michigan  –  February 27, 2015  –  The MTBA is pleased to welcome six new members this year.

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Elcom Systems – Marquette – 228-5255

Elcom Systems is a radio and communication equipment company, and is also a Motorola Authorized Two-Way Radio Dealer, offering a full line of Motorola products to commercial customers.


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First National Trust & Wealth Management – Marquette

First National Trust & Wealth Management offers a wide range of services to provide for the financial needs of individuals, families, and businesses throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin.


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20 locations – 80 years of experience

Standard Electric Company is an Independently Owned Electrical Distributor with 2o convenient locations in upper and lower Michigan and 80 years of experience in Control and Automation; Commercial Lighting; HVAC; Wire, Cable, and Cable Assemblies; Construction/Lighting Project Management; Commodity Management Services; and Electronic Connectors.


Stop by the Teriyaki Bowl today!



Teriyaki Bowl is an Asian Restaurant located in the strip mall near Starbucks and Papa Murphy’s. Open daily from 11 am to 9 pm, you’ll find something for everyone here. They offer a complete Asian menu, including starters, drinks and sandwiches. The food is fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere is friendly. You’ll be greeted by staff as soon as you walk through the door.




TruNorth Credit Union – Serving its members since 1949.

TruNorth Federal Credit Union has been serving the area since 1949 when they first opened the doors for their first 14 members as the Ishpeming Co-Op Federal Credit Union. Over the years, the name has changed, but the commitment to members has not. Now, TruNorth has nearly 15,000 members, three branches and has grown to cover five counties: Alger, Baraga, Dickinson, Iron and Marquette.  Discover the benefits of being a TruNorth Credit Union member.


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Call Ardi at Auto Armor for Entire Car Protection.

Serving the Upper Peninsula since 1979, Auto Armor of Marquette is owned by Ardi Payan. Auto Armor offers a complete line of products and programs designed to keep your car looking brand new for years. Appearance Protection/Protective Coatings, plus Appreciation Programs for new, pre-driven and leased vehicles as well as a complete line of Detailing, Prep, Service, Facility Chemicals and Supplies. Keep your car looking clean and protect your investment.

Welcome to the Marquette Township Business Association.

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Comfort Suites Celebrates Renovations

Marquette Township Michigan Comfort Suites Ribbon Cutting

Attending the celebration (from left to right) Dan Landers, Marquette County Ambassador, Betsy Morais, LSCP Dir. of Marketing & Communications, Linda O’Brien, LSCP Business Development Liaison, Brian Jensen, Dir. of Operations, Frank Stabile, Owner, Linda Stabile, Owner, Beth Meyer, Asst. General Manager, Bob Raica, Marquette County Ambassador and Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador

Marquette, Michigan  –  January 16, 2015  –  Comfort Suites recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate their total renovation.  The hotel has all new rooms, lobby, breakfast area, pool, meeting rooms and more.  They are located at 2463 US Highway 41 West in Marquette.


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MTBA Annual Meeting at Hudson’s – Dec. 16th at 5 pm



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Catch the Christmas Spirit 2014

Marquette Township, MI  –  December 2, 2014  –  The Marquette Township Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting was a huge success! The MTBA co-sponsored the event as part of the “Catch the Vision” program conducted by the Marquette Township Special Events Committee. Kids and their families listened to the Marquette Redmen Chorale sing Christmas Carols, waiting for Santa Clause to show up.

The Grinch did show up and was spotted slinking around Applebee’s and the big stage, but the Marquette County Sheriff Department arrested him and saved Christmas for Marquette Township.  Santa Claus arrived on the township fire truck and threw the big switch to light the resident-donated, 30-foot high, Marquette Township Christmas tree!

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Catch the Christmas Spirit in Marquette Township Tomorrow Night

The tree, donated by Ken Ceckiewicz, was adorned with lights just this morning.

The tree, donated by Ken Ceckiewicz, was adorned with lights just this morning.

Marquette Township, Michigan – December 1, 2014 – Catch the annual Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow night. Santa’s coming to Marquette Township to throw the big switch and light the Township Christmas Tree.

This year, the Marquette Township Christmas Tree is extra special. The 30-foot Blue Spruce was planted more than 20 years ago by Vietnam Veteran Ken Ceckiewicz. It is the first tree ever donated to the township by a township resident.

Santa will light the official Marquette Township Christmas Tree tomorrow night at the tree lighting ceremony that kicks off at 6pm. The Blue Spruce is on display now in front of the Westwood Mall near the mall sign and this morning, tree was adorned with lights and a brand new star made by Luke Noordyk.
Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta said the Grinch has been sighted around Marquette Township again, but we don’t need to worry because the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department will have deputies on hand tomorrow night to keep the township tree lighting ceremony safe.

Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta came down to the tree decorating ceremony to lend a hand and keep an eye on the Grinch

Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta came down to the tree decorating ceremony to lend a hand and keep an eye on the Grinch

Come on down to Marquette Township tomorrow and enjoy Christmas Carols sung by the Marquette Redmen Chorale, tractor-drawn hayrides, cookies and juice, and even pictures with Santa Claus himself inside the Westwood Mall. The festivities start at 6 pm in the mall parking lot by Applebee’s.

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Business After Hours/Open House Tonight at Comfort Suites

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Come to the newly remodeled Comfort Suites in Marquette for tonight’s Business After Hours / Open House.

Marquette Township, Michigan  –  November 10, 2014  – Take advantage a tremendous networking opportunity: the Business After Hours – Open House at the Comfort Suites in Marquette tonight from 5 to 7 pm, sponsored by Lake Superior Community Partnership, TV6, and the Comfort Suites.

Make valuable business contacts, build your relationship with clients, reward your employees or just spend time socializing with other local business members. The Lake Superior Community Partnership Business After Hours/Business Showcase events give members of the local business community a chance to get together in a casual environment at some of Marquette County’s most interesting locations.

Comfort Suites just updated their look with a complete redesign of their business center, exercise facility, guest suites, and other public spaces. It’s more inviting than ever now! Come to the Business After Hours – Open House tonight and enjoy the million dollar renovations just completed at the Comfort Suites.

Business people are encouraged to attend and be prepared with a number of their business cards to pass. This even is open to LCSP members and non-members alike. For more information about this Business After Hours event, or to sponsor an event, contact Ashley at or (906) 226-6591.

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More Work on Township Welcome Signs


Bill with Superior Oasis planting perennials to improve the eastbound US 41 welcome sign.

Marquette Township, Michigan  –  October 17, 2014  –  Additional beautification work and preparation of the was done on the eastbound Township Welcome Sign. Frank Stabile and Bill with Superior Oasis planted some perennials and did the final prep work for the planting area for winter.

The beautification of the welcome signs has been an ongoing joint effort between the MTBA and the Township Board. Beautification will continue in the spring with plans to spruce up the remaining welcome signs in the township.

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MTBA Welcomes Newest Member

sovereignMarquette Township  – August 14, 2014  –  Sovereign Communications joins the Marquette Township Business Association as its newest member.

Sovereign Communications owns 15 radio stations in the Upper Peninsula based in Marquette, Iron Mountain, Newberry and Sault Ste. Marie. Sovereign Communications delivers top radio formats geared to deliver quality information and entertainment to listeners and individual advertising campaigns designed to deliver results and a high return on investments to clients. Sovereign Communications values its partnership with the listeners, businesses, and communities and is committed to super-serve each of them.

The Marquette radio stations are: WJPD-FM, 92.3, “Big Country;” WUPK-FM, 94.1, “94 Rock;” WNGE-FM, 99.5, “Good Times…Great Oldies;” WDMJ-AM, 1320, “News, Talk, Sports;” and WIAN, 1240, “News, Talk, Sports.”

For more information, contact Tammy Johnson at 225-1313.

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Catch the Vision Community Days a Success for Marquette Township


The Softball Tournament was a big hit!

Marquette, Michigan – August 2, 2014 – Hundreds of people turned out for the Marquette Township’s Catch the Vision Community Day on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

The morning started off with a softball tournament and bounce houses, pony rides, and face painting for the kids. The Marquette Township Fire Department manned the grill and they had a great pulled pork sandwich that was really popular! There was a beer tent for the adults and the Country Showdown put on by Great Lakes Radio.

Up and coming country singer, Cherie Brennan, took a break from filming a video in Nashville to come to the Township and entertain before the Showdown. Then six great contestants took the stage to perform their favorite country songs or original music for the judges. Miss Teen Upper Peninsula was even one of the judges! Two winners were chosen to move on to the next level level of competition in Watersmeet.

It was a beautiful day and Lions Field was the perfect place to be for this fun community-wide event! If you’d like to be part of the Marquette Township Business Association call, email or stop by!


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