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The “Name Game” Text Topic!

We stumbled onto a rather fun topic today, of "names you don't hear much of anymore" which we put a more "positive" spin-on with "Names due for a Comeback!" The response to this by text and email was amazing!  Names we don't hear often contributed include: Reginald Gertrude Mildred Irene Gloria Inez Verna Vernice Melvin Marvin Eileen Hortense Roland Herman Dennis Millicent Ellen, Ethyl and Enid Eunice Merritt Lilian Marjorie […]

todaySeptember 19, 2023 18



For many years, WION Celebrated what began as "92-7 Night" at the Lamplight Grill.  It was a way of promoting the Grill and...our (then) new FM signal for Ionia County.  It became "WION Night" as we grew to add our 1003 FM in Lowell/Eastern Kent County and the streaming of our live AM stereo sound!  A HUGE thank you goes out to Rich Thompson and his Lamplight Grill for years […]

todaySeptember 13, 2023 20

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What a Difference Nineteen Years Makes to a Radio Station!

Where have the years gone??  We've just passed our 19 year mark ....saving and reviving Ionia County's radio station. The re-birth of WION as "today's" I-1430, or AM Stereo 1430, or "America's Biggest Little Radio Station"...(pick your favorite descriptor) began in August of 2004. The station was off the air from the passing of the former owner and the timeclock running out.  When a licensed broadcast station is off the […]

todaySeptember 11, 2023 28


An interesting Wednesday……on the air and IN the air…

On Wednesdays, we call them, "WOW" where the J and J midday show celebrates "Winners on Wednesday.".....Today our contest is, "what's in Justin's Pocket!" I can be any color of the rainbow.... This one is purple Though man-made, I am most often seen in nature. Sporting equipment Later in the (night/evening)  you can take in something cool in the sky!  According to "Space dot com"....(text copied for your convenience...credit to […]

todayAugust 30, 2023 36 3


Radio is STILL fighting to stay in your Dashboard!

The Radio industry, particularly "AM" radio (which WION really IS)....still has it's battles with the bigwigs at the big auto manufacturers. We've been in your dashboard for YEARS....for baseball games,top 40 hits, weather related announcements, talk-radio company, and the "local" flavor of many towns as you travel or visit. There's absolutely no reason NOT to be included in new vehicles, be they electric or hybrid, or gasoline powered.  The excuse […]

todayAugust 23, 2023 26 6

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Kindness on a Back Road

A wonderful combination of (my definition) "Americana" and Kindness captured yesterday near St. Louis, MI on my way to pick up a transmitter from our engineer. I had to turn around and take the video and picture. These people had to bother PUTTING the old car on their lawn, stocking the "free" produce in the trunk, and make it inviting. Kindness on a back road. Nothing more.  Just that. Simple […]

todayAugust 12, 2023 42 9


Feelings Can be Mailed!

WION has listeners all around the world, and one in England has contributed to our music library. One song missing from the libraries we bought 19 years ago was....drum roll please....."Feelings...woaw woaw woaw Feelings...." and, for fun, we played part of it from YouTube last time the title came up.  (We still have to pay to play it, so why not.)....  Thanks to international mail, and a very fun listener […]

todayAugust 10, 2023 48 24


Monday’s “Selective Hearing” trivia answer…and info…

  If you were with us on Monday's J and J Midday show, you heard some "odd" noises that were not coming from Isabelle, Jim, or Justin.  We actually had a device in the studio emitting odd noises picked up by the microphone at the round table. It was a 1950's "Zenith" remote control for an early TV.  The four tuning forks inside it triggered motors that ran the volume […]

todayJuly 31, 2023 32 12

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Corporate America vs. Local Ownership in our area…

Interesting how buyouts of one small company by another in the name of growth, expansion, or better service often end much differently than expected.  I remember the first time I worked with a company that got bought out, and it was partially my fault, perhaps, but without my decision we may not be talking today.  I worked in a family-owned "rent to own" and retail store, selling and renting TVs, […]

todayJuly 30, 2023 62 6