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Jackie and ‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Off-Air Shenanigans [Audio]

We had some crazy malfunctions today and 97.9 WGRD went off air for a while today.

Most of you knew, considering we got like a million e-mails and text messages letting us know, as if we didn't already know.

That said, "Free Beer & Hot Wings" and I continued on with our local break anyway!

In case you missed it because we were off air for a portion of the time there, here it is!

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New Movies This Week: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ [Video]

This week in theaters, two highly different movies arrive: the first, a science-fiction action-adventure; the second, an uplifting story of hope rising against all odds.

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Metalhead Ned’s Random Pic of the Week – Time For Sun of a Beach!

I was walking down the hallway yesterday and I couldn't help but notice that our live events manager was dressed up for a Beach Party. I don't know what exactly she was doing, but I figured it was a very random thing to stumble upon.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Which Show Member Is Most Likely to Punch Another? [Poll]

We spend A LOT of time together on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show."

And since we're a talk show, we're forced to constantly communicate with one another on a daily basis.

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Pop Evil’s ‘Flawed’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Grand Rapids' own, Pop Evil, hit the main stage this year at Rock on the Range!  

The sold-out show packed Crew Stadium as our local boys took the stage with a ferocious performance of their Michigan rock!

Walking around that day, getting ready for the Pop Evil show, I heard a lot of people talking about the bands they wanted to see, and our Pop Evil was one of the bands I heard mentioned A LOT!

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Redlight King Rocked on the Range – Coming to Grand Rapids

Redlight King is a great Canadian band, led by Kazzer (Mark), and they're on tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry right now...heading to Grand Rapids to hit the Orbit Room tonight!

Here's the first song from Redlight King's set at Rock on the Range to get you pumped for the show.

If you want tickets, GRD has your last chance tickets for tonight's Seether show at The Orbit Room!

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Get Black Keys Tickets for Grand Rapids Concert Now Before Anyone Else Can

On Sept. 7, The Black Keys will hit the Van Andel Arena with Cage the Elephant for a show here in Grand Rapids!

Tickets won't go on sale until Friday morning to the general public, but since you're one of the 'GRD peeps, we can hook you up with access to tickets before that!

Right now, follow this link for tickets, and enter this code word

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Downtown Grand Rapids Time-Lapse Day into Night

Okay, I got bored last night, so I set up a GoPro camera to shoot a time-lapse out my window here at the station.  I've never done one before, but it's pretty cool!  I had to download a program to stitch them all together, but still, it came out pretty cool!  Watch my view of downtown as the sun goes down and night takes over downtown Grand Rapids last night.

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The Black Keys Announce Grand Rapids Tour Stop on September 7 [Video]

The Black Keys have a new CD titled "Turn Blue," and to support that album the band is hitting the road throughout the United States with Cage the Elephant and others.

The best part, is The Black Keys are coming to the Van Andel Arena on Sept. 7!

Tickets go on sale next Friday morning, May 16, to everyone. However, if you're a WGRD Freeloader, you have access to get your tickets early beginning Thursday morning, May 15!

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WGRD Celebrates Jackie Green’s 29th Birthday

Today is Jackie's 29th birthday!  Make sure to call her on the request line and wish her a happy birthday!

We got her a cake and had a little party before the Liquid Lunch started, so we could get her all sugared up and hyper for the show!  You're welcome.

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Three Days Grace Rocked Grand Rapids at The Orbit Room on April 24th

Thursday night, April 24th, Three Days Grace and Framing Hanley came to Grand Rapids to rock the Orbit Room in front of a packed house!  Framing Hanley rocked the crowd with a nice long set of songs, getting the crowd really pumped up for the return of Three Days Grace to Grand Rapids.

Three Days Grace came out with the intent to show everyone in Grand Rapids why they're such a great band.

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Check Out Video and Photos from the Three Days Grace Sound Check Party

The guys in Three Days Grace and WGRD hosted a fun sound check party for everyone who won tickets to the show on the air with GRD before the show, and they band even brought pizza!  What could be more awesome than getting exclusive access to watch the band prepare for their show, and hang out with them and get autographs and pictures?  Free pizza, too!

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