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I am Jackie a Ferris State University grad. I spent my time at Ferris running on the varsity cross country and track team, Even though I am out of college I still am a crazy runner girl. I have done 5 marathons, and plan to do many more! I began my career in broadcast when I was 24 and interned at Free Beer and Hot Wings in the Morning. That is where I got the incredibly accurate nick name of "Jackie Man Voice" or "JMV." From there I worked weekends on GRD and Channel 957 for a while until I was moved up to nights. I hosted the nightly Rocktagon for 2 years before I was moved again to where I am today, midday's (10-3 M-F) I like to read more than anyone should, I am a musical theatre nut, I cosplay, dabble in pageants, and have a geek side a mile long. I am very active and I have a rare ability to go out and be crazy, and still get up hung over as all get up and go for my run... My favorite band ever is Shinedown I love them! Catch me stumbling around Grand Rapids at our many GRD concerts and events. Of course you can also hear me Monday through Friday, 10AM to 3PM on GRD!
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Pop Evil Gets Interviewed by Children [Video]

Our boys of Pop Evil had a big interview recently.

They really struck it big when they were featured on the Columbus, Ohio-based web show "Kids Interview Bands."

You have to see this awesome interview to understand, but the premise is these two girls -- seventh-graders Olivia and Connie -- interview rock bands. The girls claim, on their website, that their favorite interviews to date include Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, Phillip Phillips, Walk the Moon, Tegan & Sara and Matt & Kim.

The best part is watching Pop Evil's Matt Dirito and Chachi Riot try not to swear while talking to children!

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A Guitar Tech’s Life with Five Finger Death Punch

My buddy, Darren Keddy, is a guitar tech for Five Finger Death Punch.

He always has the coolest stories.

So, I told him, "You should write for our website."

And, he said: "Hell, why not!"

That said, here is his first entry. Get to know Darren because he has some cool stories for us to come!

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Jackie Races the Dopey Challenge: Part 3

Wow. It took me awhile to get to this one: Part 3 of my Dopey Challenge saga.

Why you ask?

Well, I really crashed and burned in Part 3, where I ran the half marathon at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

If you aren't familiar with half marathons, that is 13.1 miles. Not to sound like I just got off the bus from bragging camp, because 13 miles isn't a very difficult distance for me.

I have run for so many years that 13 miles is a staple in my weekly training. In college, 13 miles was also known as Sunday.

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Puppies at the Radio Station!

My office mate is Andy Rent, from 100.5 The River, WTRV-FM.

Andy hosts a morning segment every Wednesday called Wet Nose Wednesday.

In preparation for this week's Wet Nose Wednesday, there were two puppies at the radio station studios. I am in love and had to share.

Now, I currently do not have room for more puppies considering I already have two cats and a dog. But I love these two little guys so much that I thought I would share.

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New Device Makes Wheelchairs Obsolete (VIDEO)

Check out this video and tell me it's not just insane what technology can do! The man in the video had a severe spinal chord injury and couldn't walk and was confined to a wheel chair. With this new device it keeps him not only upright in a standing position but it moves and allows him to sit, stand and do other functions! Check out the video below.

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Jackie Races The Dopey Challenge: Part 2

In Part One of my The Dopey Challenge saga, I shared about my trip to Florida, recovering from strep throat and running (too fast) in the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run last Thursday.

Well, much happened after that 5K.

Friday came and my group of AT-Children's Project running pals awoke at 3 a.m. and drove from our rental house out to EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

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