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I've never been good at filling these things out, but here it goes. I like long walks in cold mountain air, preferably with snow on the ground. I enjoy drinking fine soda by the crackling fire, and deep tissue massage. I hope to one day grow up an become and astronaut, so I can fly to Venus to see if that's really where women come from. If it's true, I'll bring one back for you, too. Unless it's a dude you want, and then you're out of luck...sorry. My favorite month is October, because Halloween is the best holiday ever! It allows me to openly proclaim my love and obsession with scary movies without being seen as some sort of lunatic. Okay, not too much of a lunatic. I'm a huge fan of rock and metal music, and you'll often hear me blasting the control room speakers into oblivion every night during my show. My engineer doesn't like me very much, since he has to fix them. Sorry, Mike.
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Babymetal Rocks Sonisphere — Even Bringing a Wall of Death!

So, the Japanese are crazy.  Not in the kill-everyone-while-in-your-underwear kind of way, but in a "wtf is going on over there" kind of way.

The big export right now is a band called Babymetal, which is their fusion of extreme metal brutality and cuteness.  Why?  Because that's what pops into their minds.  I'm telling you, there's something in the water or something over there.

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Game Of Thrones Exhibition Opens In Sydney
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How the Hell Do They Do That? Game of Thrones Edition

It used to be that CGI in movies and TV was so low-budget, that it was ALWAYS noticeable, and horrible.

But now, they've gotten it to the point where most of the time, you have no idea there are even CGI effects in the shots!  Subtle things, like smoke, or city extension, or more people in a shot can all be done really well in CGI now.

Game of Thrones has gotten so popular now, too, that they finally have the budgets to use this amazing tech to do some great visuals for the show.

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This is Totally What I Think of When I Hear ‘Batman Versus Superman’ [Video]

A lot of people have been talking about Batman vs Superman for a long time, and I know that there was a really successful comic about.

And yes, there's a huge-budget movie coming with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.

But whenever I was hearing about it, I'd think, "What could Batman POSSIBLY do to stop Superman in a fight?"

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Godsmack Performs At The Pearl At Palms Casino Resort
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Go Behind the Scenes with Godsmack Making ’1000HP’ [Video]

Godsmack's new album, 1000HP, comes out on Aug. 5, and for the next few weeks the band is going to be releasing some video footage from the rehearsing and recording of the new album!

Sully kicks this first episode off, with a rewind to the beginnings of construction for their new HQ and recording space.  They built a new place with a kitchen, living room, recording/jam room and storage for all their stuff.

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The WGRD Studio as of today. (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Hot Wings – Producer Steve – Johnnie Walker Paint WGRD’s Studio

In case you haven't seen or heard us talking about it, the GRD studio is getting a bit of an upgrade!  We're really excited about it, and it's fun to watch all the toys arrive, and to see the room get stripped down and rebuilt!

Last night, Hot Wings picked up some paint, and he, Steve, and I spackled (I love that word), taped off stuff, and got to work painting the studio.  Our studio walls were pretty...well...nasty.  After a lot of years and use, they weren't the kind of walls you'd want to touch.

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Summer Craft Beer Fest Isn’t Only Beers – Check Out These Ciders We’ll Get to Sample!

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is coming up next weekend, on July 19th at John Ball Park.  There will be something like 120 different craft brews you can sample, great food, live music...and ciders!

I will admit to being more of a cider guy than a beer guy, so I was really excited to get invited out to Sietsema Ciders this morning, to sample the ciders they will be bringing to the Summer Craft Beer Fest on the 19th!  I jumped in the car with the lovely Lauren from our sister station WFGR and headed out to Ada.

Andy, who's 4th generation apple farmer and hard cider maker, was our guide through their different ciders.

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Wayland Premiered Their New Song “Get a Little” on WGRD – Listen Now

I had the privilege of getting to premiere the new Wayland song, "Get a Little" today during my show, and got to do it with Phil and Mitch from Wayland!

It's always a good time talking with those guys, they're fun, and really passionate about what they do, and honest about how they feel.  They talked a little about the origins of the song, how it was born from the crappy jobs they've all worked while getting the band going.

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Judas Priest With Special Guests Black Label Society & Thin Lizzy In Concert
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Judas Priest Premieres Its New Album Right Here, Right Now! [Audio]

One of my favorite bands of all time is the mighty Judas Priest. I grew up listening to them, and I've seen them a LOT of times in concert. One of the best live bands around.

Forty years in, and the metal gods are releasing their new album, Redeemer of Souls, on Tuesday. Their first since my favorite guitar player, KK Downing, left the band.  The first with new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who is an absolute beast on guitar. Check out the solo from EMGTV for some evidence. The guy can play.

We've got all the lowdown on the new Priest album for you right here at WGRD.com, with this really cool special, with Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, and Richie Faulkner talking all about the new album, and playing a bunch of songs from it!

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Watch Fifth of July Amway Family Fireworks Show Replay Here! [Video]

In case you didn't make it to downtown Grand Rapids for our 5th of July fireworks show, and didn't see or hear them, then you must have been in another state, since the show was huge and amazing!

Thanks to Amway for the amazing fireworks display, honoring all those men and women around the world who serve, and protect America's security and freedoms!

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Amway Family Fireworks’ Fifth of July: Downtown Grand Rapids Lit Up! [Photos]

Downtown Grand Rapids was lit up for the Fifth of July with the Amway Family Fireworks.

A few thousand people came to Ah-Nab-Awen park to enjoy some food, drink, music, entertainment, activities and, of course, the 20-minute fireworks spectacular!

Music from The Rhythm Aces, Vox Vidorra, and Three's a Crowd performed into the evening, as well as some amazing acrobatics and aerial work from the Daredevil Circus Company!

Then, the sky over downtown Grand Rapids lit up with an amazing fireworks show, to honor all those who serve and protect our freedoms and lives!

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WGRD is Finally Getting Some New Digs!

The GRD studios are finally getting upgraded!  The board has been dying for quite a while now, which I'm sure you've heard the guys on Free Beer and Hot Wings talking about, whenever a microphone channel would go down.

But finally the time is here!  We've got new equipment coming in, new furniture, we're going to paint the walls and get new carpet, too!

Luckily, Hot Wings is pretty handy, so we'll be learning from him all about wall-painting, hanging cool wall-stuff (that's some kind of technical talk there), and carrying heavy objects.

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