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Big Game Winner Revealed

Congratulations to Mark Elenbaas, of Lowell.

Channel 95.7, an affiliated station of 97.9 WGRD, is sending Mark and a guest to any professional football game of their choice this season.

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Producer Joe Takes Aim at Barracks 616 [Video/Sponsored]

Producer Joe is a member of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" crew.

Known for his witty repartee, signature laugh and no-holds-barred stunts, he's been trying something new.

He's been getting firearms instruction from Barracks 616.

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Jenni Haight
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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Kenowa Hills Boys’ Soccer’s Peter Brown

Kenowa Hills High School boys' soccer player Peter Brown is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

Second-year Knights Coach Frank Andrade almost sounds like he doesn't have enough superlatives to describe Brown.

"He excels," Andrade said of Kenowa Hills' leading scorer. "He's a great player and he's become a great leader."

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Bethany Hamilton — Babe of the Day

Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer, an actress and a competitive cutie.

Her story was made famous in the 2011 film "Soul Surfer." While surfing in 2003, Hamilton was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, which bit off her left arm. But she refused to give up on becoming a surfing star and persevered, clinging to her dream and her faith.

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Jennifer Love-Hewitt’s on CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds;’ Something Else to Watch, Too [Video]

Jennifer Love Hewitt is an addition to the cast of "Criminal Minds" this fall as series regular.

Her character, Kate Callahan, was introduced in the series’ 10th season premiere last Wednesday on CBS-TV.

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Shelly Winkle
Shelly Winkle
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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Grand Rapids Christian Boys’ Soccer’s Jacob Witte

Grand Rapids Christian High School boys' soccer player Jacob Witte is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

The senior forward's leadership as captain and contributor is one of the primary reasons why Grand Rapids Christian is 14-1-1 and is ranked No. 3 in Division 2 by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches' Association.

"I could tell on my first day that he'd stand out," first-year Eagles Coach Joshua Miller said of Witte. "I could tell he was a natural leader, ... and that hasn't changed.

"He's great on the field, but he's also great off the field."

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Alina Artts — Babe of the Day

You probably don't know her yet, but you soon will.

As one of Russia's hottest pop stars, Alina Artts has dominated the charts, raked in millions of views on YouTube and Vimeo, graced the cover of Russia's largest magazines and, most recently, performed for millions at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Now the smokin' hot pop import is gearing up to conquer America. That's why she's our Babe of the Day.

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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Ottawa Hills Volleyball’s Ladaysia Alexander

Ottawa Hills High School volleyball player Ladaysia Alexander is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Consider Alexander's selection for the honor one as much for her perseverance in addition to her being a stellar student-athlete.

"Ladaysia Alexander has had to overcome more obstacles in 17 years than most individuals would in their entire life," Ottawa Hills Coach Sara Sherry said.

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Michigan Hosts Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in Escanaba [Video]

Bass fishing takes center stage as many of the world’s best anglers battle it out on Lake Michigan in Escanaba for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship today through Sunday.

The championship is being held on Bays de Noc as part of a partnership between Pure Michigan and Bassmaster to promote the state as a top destination for anglers.

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Teske Hoffmeister
Teske Hoffmeister
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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Rockford Boys’ Water Polo’s David Newberger

Rockford High School boys' water polo player David Newberger is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Newberger excels athletically and academically, standing out on a team currently ranked No. 1 by the Michigan Water Polo Association with a 17-1 record after a 15-7 win Wednesday night over East Kentwood.

"David Newberger epitomizes the (term) student-athlete," Rockford Coach David McWatters said.

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The Orbit Room’s Future Uncertain As Longtime Manager Ted Smith Departs for HopCat Detroit

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins
Less than a year after the death of The Orbit Room owner Don Dorshimer, the future of the longtime Grand Rapids concert venue is up in the air now that manager Ted Smith is leaving to head up booking at the new HopCat in Detroit.

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