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Your BEAR mornings just got quirky!
Now back, where it all started, northern Michigan
Coming July 5th, 2023

On-Air Schedule

Monday 05:00am - 10:00am The BOB & TOM Show
Tuesday 05:00am - 10:00am The BOB & TOM Show
Wednesday 05:00am - 10:00am The BOB & TOM Show
Thursday 05:00am - 10:00am The BOB & TOM Show
Friday 05:00am - 10:00am The BOB & TOM Show
Saturday 06:00am - 10:00am The BOB & TOM Show


Radio is his passion! Classic Rock is his fashion! Paul Buck takes over our Midday air from 10a-3p weekdays on Classic Rock the BEAR! But you can call him "UNCLE BUCK"... He's a firm believer, it's all about the music and the people of the community who love it!

Uncle Buck is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and a member of their Hall of Fame. He grew up in Dearborn Michigan and has been on Detroit airwaves since 1991. He’s earned multiple MAB - Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards in radio production.

The nickname came from the movie Uncle Buck, but unlike the big-screen, carefree bachelor, our Uncle Buck is married to the beautiful Kelly with 2 boys. As a matter of fact, they got marital advice from Greg Allman; backstage at the Fillmore Detroit, where Uncle Buck was introducing the Allman Brothers Band. While the legendary rocker delighted over the news of the couples soon to be nuptials, he said “Word of advice, never go to bed mad at each other”. After Allman turned to go on stage, Buck said to his fiancé Kelly, “We just got marital advice from a guy who was married to Cher for 9 days!” “They must have gone to bed mad”.

If you want to get to know Uncle Buck a little better, let’s start with… He’s a big Bruce fan. Has seen Springsteen every tour since 1978 and has the stories to go with it. He held Bruce’s ankle while he crowd-surfed, interviewed Little Steven from the E Street Band, but getting face to face with his idol has been elusive.

Buck likes bacon and bourbon too. Maybe a little too much. He’s a Spartan fan and cheers for the Lions, Tigers, and Pistons. In that order. He likes fishing, cooking, U.P. vacations, a good bowl of chili and surprisingly, he can carry a tune!

The BEAR is proud to say, “The Buck Stops Here”.

On-Air Schedule

Monday 10:00am - 03:00pm Uncle Buck Middays
Tuesday 10:00am - 03:00pm Uncle Buck Middays
Wednesday 10:00am - 03:00pm Uncle Buck Middays
Thursday 10:00am - 03:00pm Uncle Buck Middays
Friday 10:00am - 03:00pm Uncle Buck Middays

Dave Barr - Weekends

Classic Rock the BEAR welcomes Dave Barr to Weekends:
Saturdays 7pm - 12am
Sundays 3pm - 8pm

Hey Northern Michigan! I’m happy to be back on the air. The BEAR is kind of like a home coming for me. In 1984, when 95.3 went on the air in Gaylord - I was part of the staff playing The Hits… those are now Rock Classics today!

I have been on the air or in various management positions for over 40 years, the last 26 in Traverse City. I look forward to seeing you again as we get out and about with Classic Rock The Bear!

On-Air Schedule

Sunday 03:00pm - 08:00pm Weekends ROCK
Saturday 07:00pm - 12:00am Weekends ROCK

Greg Fletcher

Hey gang. It’s Greg Fletcher and I’m happy to say I’m baaack! Wow, it seems like forever ago I was on the Bear playing all the Classic Rock songs you love, and yet it seems like yesterday. In fact, Bob & Tom and I started right around the same time all those years ago. So I guess our destinies are sorta intertwined.

Since that first stint I’ve gotten married to my lovely wife Brandy and we have 2 boys; Gabe and Eli who are now mostly grown up but still feel like kids to us, if you know what I mean. Anyway, here’s to new beginnings and I look forward to rockin’ your nights here on the Bear.

On-Air Schedule

Monday 07:00pm - 12:00am Greg & The BEAR Nights
Tuesday 07:00pm - 12:00am Greg & The BEAR Nights
Wednesday 07:00pm - 12:00am Greg & The BEAR Nights
Thursday 07:00pm - 12:00am Greg & The BEAR Nights
Friday 07:00pm - 12:00am Greg & The BEAR Nights

Jay Roberts

"Funnies" at 5:20 pm

Jay Roberts was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his radio career in 1995 while attending college, followed by stops in Minneapolis including KEGE-FM, Zone 105 and the legendary classic rock station KQRS. After stints with a national radio network, Jay landed at stations in Traverse City, Madison and Milwaukee, WI before returning to Northern Michigan.

Jay has been happily married since 2001 and has two children. An exotic car enthusiast, Jay also enjoys fishing, hunting, and photographing/chasing tornadoes. Jay and his wife enjoy donating their time and support to organizations such as the Autism Society, Miracle League, Arthritis Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

On-Air Schedule

Monday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Jay Roberts Afternoons
Tuesday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Jay Roberts Afternoons
Wednesday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Jay Roberts Afternoons
Thursday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Jay Roberts Afternoons
Friday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Jay Roberts Afternoons
Saturday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Weekends ROCK


Monday 10:48am recap of last weekend
Fridays 5:35pm upcoming NASCAR action!

Nascar Steve celebrates 23 years of reporting THE FAST LANE to you. Since August 18th 2001, NASCAR Steve has served as the self-proclaimed Ambassador to NASCAR for Northern Michigan, taking a fan's perspective as he brings the world of NASCAR to the people of Northern Michigan and beyond.

It started simply enough with a twice weekly feature keeping fans up to date on the latest news of the sport and tons of information about the weekends events. NASCAR Steve's passion struck a cord with Northern Michigan race fans giving them a local source for the information they craved with a local host they could get to know!

Over the years NASCAR Steve has taken the role of ambassador seriously, traveling far and wide to bring fans a better perspective of the sport. Steve has reported live from 39 races at MIS, Bristol's August weekend, Champions weekend @ Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville in October, the Milwaukee Mile, and the Cup Series Points Banquet in New York. Media credentials in hand Steve has also tracked down some of the biggest stars of the sport including Cup Series Champs Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Rusty Wallace just to name a few! In 2003 he got behind the wheel attending Richard Petty Driving Experience and Track Time Driving School at MIS and in 2005, made the second cut for Reality Racing: the Rookie Experience reality TV show on Spike TV.

Steve's NASCAR notoriety hasn't changed the fact that he is a LOCAL personality; he has hosted over 400 live events, attended numerous nights at local tracks including Cherry, Merritt, Kalamazoo and Northern Michigan Speedway, and helped promote the 2008 Chick-Fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride kickoff in Traverse City.

NASCAR Steve continues to be a Northern Michigan favorite as wheelman for the FAST LANE on Classic Rock The BEAR... and seven additional Black Diamond Broadcasting stations!

On-Air Schedule

Sunday 10:00am - 03:00pm Nascar Steve
Saturday 10:00am - 03:00pm Nascar Steve

Guy Dark


Sunday mornings from 8a-10a, join Guy Dark for Breakfast In Bed-- two hours on the lighter side of Classic Rock-----The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and other bands and artists to help you ease into your Sunday.

On-Air Schedule

Sunday 08:00am - 10:00am Breakfast in Bed with Guy Dark

John & Amy

"Behind The Mitten" on Sunday mornings from 7a - 8a.

This feature is Michigan's premiere travel radio show. It's co-hosted by John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman.

John aka "Gonzo" is a longtime journalist, and member of the Central Michigan University Journalism Hall of Fame. Amy is a free-lance writer and longtime chef & beer expert.

The show has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters as Best in Category. They'll take you around our beautiful state to unique locations and adventures.

On-Air Schedule

Sunday 07:00am - 08:00am Behind the Mitten

Sammy Hagar

2-hour Feature

Samuel Roy Hagar, born in California, is best known as a rock vocalist, songwriter, musician and business man. He is popularly known as The Red Rocker. In the 1970s he played with Montrose, a hard rock band. He might be best known for his popular hit in 1984 "I Can't Drive 55". Sammy replaced David Lee Roth - the lead singer of rock band Van Halen. In 2017, he began touring with supergroup The Circle.

He founded the Cabo Wabo restaurant chain and developed Santo’s Tequila Blanco and Mezquila brands. Hager has two daughters and two sons, from two marriages.

On-Air Schedule

Sunday 08:00pm - 10:00pm Sammy Hagar Top Rock Countdown

Mike Grisdale

Local News and information with Mike Grisdale.

A longtime radio veteran in Northern Michigan, Mike is also very active in his community. His busy schedule includes officiating basketball, serving several roles in his church (Cheboygan Catholic Community) and volunteering.

Besides handling news and sports duties on most Black Diamond Broadcasting stations, he also is an integrated marketing consultant for the company and has been the Voice of Cheboygan Chiefs football for over 35 years! Mike also serves as the Director of Marketing and the Foundation Director for Mackinac Straits Health System.

He is the proud father of three boys, Bryan, Matt and Adam. When he and his wife Sandy have free time, they enjoy spending it with their dog (Drake), traveling, concerts and sampling local restaurants.

"I have seen plenty of changes in radio over the years," said Grisdale. "But like most businesses, one thing doesn't change.... the importance of strong relationships. I have been fortunate to develop many wonderful relationships with staff, clients and most importantly, the audience."

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