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Mark & Cali Mornings

He Said - She Said - Start your weekday mornings with Mark Pennington and Cali.

Mark Pennington

MARK & CALI SHOW - weekdays 6-10am

After spending 20 years in Detroit radio, Mark Pennington decided it was time to head north for the “good life!” A 30-year rock radio veteran, Mark has worked in markets like Columbus, Cleveland, and most recently Detroit, where he lead his team to win a prestigious Marconi Award in 2019. “I am excited to join forces with the super-talented air personalities at Black Diamond Broadcasting. I enjoyed the past year and a great friendship with Tim Logan. I now look forward to working along side of Cali, and hopefully we will supply Northern Michigan with some laughs and great classic rock to get your morning started”.

On-Air Schedule

Monday 06:00am - 10:00am Mark & Cali Mornings
Tuesday 06:00am - 10:00am Mark & Cali Mornings
Wednesday 06:00am - 10:00am Mark & Cali Mornings
Thursday 06:00am - 10:00am Mark & Cali Mornings
Friday 06:00am - 10:00am Mark & Cali Mornings


Request hour "CALI'S LUNCH BOX" from 12 noon - 1:00 pm

They call me "Cali" because I am from California, born and raised. I came to beautiful northern Michigan, for the first time on vacation in 2005 and I moved here in 2008. I absolutely love it here. This is where I belong. Some people might call me a “fudgy” but I prefer “perma fudgy" since I have no plans of ever leaving. I live in Traverse City with my husband (and fellow rock jock) Jim Smith, my three boys, our two cats and our two dogs. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Michigan is my home now and forever.

I started my radio career in 2012 as an intern for morning radio and I found my love for broadcasting. Since then, I have grown over the years and have expanded my broadcasting career, my love of music -and of course- my love of people and talking. I enjoy rock hunting, especially hunting for Michigan's state rock, the Petoskey stone. I also enjoy painting, going to rock concerts and believe it or not, I have found a love for golfing.

My favorite rock bands are Aerosmith and Metallica. My favorite color is purple. My favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio and my favorite actress is Reese Witherspoon. My favorite movie is "The Goonies" and I would have to say that my favorite song is a toss up between "Blind Man" by Aerosmith and "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John.

I love meeting my listeners. Each and every one of them is unique and I wouldn’t give up doing what I am doing for the world. Broadcasting is my passion and I get to rock your airwaves on Northern Michigan’s Classic Rock Station the Bear 6 days a week! Make sure to tune in every weekday from 10am to 3pm and Sundays 3pm-7pm and don't forget to always KEEP ROCKIN!!!!

On-Air Schedule

Sunday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Weekends ROCK
Monday 10:00am - 03:00pm Cali Midday
Tuesday 10:00am - 03:00pm Cali Midday
Wednesday 10:00am - 03:00pm Cali Midday
Thursday 10:00am - 03:00pm Cali Midday
Friday 10:00am - 03:00pm Cali Midday

Jay Roberts

Jay has moved to Afternoons 3p-7p beginning March 23, 2020

"Today in Rock History" 4:20 pm
"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 Classic ROCK for the ride home
Tuesday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Classic ROCK for the ride home
Wednesday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Classic ROCK for the ride home
Thursday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Classic ROCK for the ride home
Friday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Classic ROCK for the ride home
Saturday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Weekends ROCK

Alice Cooper

NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER airs six days per week 7:00p - 12:00a on Mondays through Saturdays.

Alice Cooper has proudly pioneered shock-rock! Cooper was born in Detroit Michigan area, and later moved to Phoenix with his family. The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label.

Cooper has brought his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying the performances it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages of his die-hard fans since early 1970's.

In the new millenium, Cooper has been very productive and busy, writing, recording and spinning the radio air-waves as jock of his own show "Nights With Alice Cooper".

Cooper continues to tour regularly, year in and year out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the USA and internationally. His band which features the three guitar attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss, and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.

Cooper’s solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970’s, with a succession of hit singles, and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.

Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael, and the late Glen Buxton (posthumously) were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011.

With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.

His NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER show is extremely entertaining, as he recalls a lifetime of escapades and talented friends in the fast-paced rock world.

On-Air Schedule

Monday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Alice Cooper
Tuesday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Alice Cooper
Wednesday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Alice Cooper
Thursday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Alice Cooper
Friday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Alice Cooper
Saturday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Alice Cooper


Monday 10:48am recap of last weekend
Fridays 5:36pm upcoming NASCAR action!

Nascar Steve celebrates 21 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 the BEAR

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.

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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