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97.9 WGRD’s November 2014 Top Songs Playlist [Video]

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for October 17

Each Friday, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” replaces its regular “back-with” music with songs from our own music collections.

They can be anything, from corny mash-ups, rock, country, mid-Michigan '70s butt rock or anything in between.

Here’s the list of Music Friday songs from today:

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Grand Rapids Voted Best Beer Town in the USA

Grand Rapids wins another title in the name of craft beer!

Already the reigning Beer City USA, Grand Rapids has now claimed the title  “Best Beer Town in the USA” in USA Today's and 10Best's annual poll.

The honor was just bestowed at noon. Tampa; Asheville, N.C.; Bend, Ore.; and Fort Collins, Colo., were also in the top five.

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Battlecross Returns to The Stache on November 26! [Video]

This year is sure going to go out with a bang!

So many shows are coming to the Grand Rapids area, it's insanity; especially in November!

Another show just got announced and this is one of the more extreme bands I have seen!

Michigan natives Battlecross are returning to The Stache!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings Flashback: Flashback: Producer Joe’s Bed of Nails Challenge [Video]

We took a call from Shane this morning, who does a sideshow act including laying on a bed of nails.

It reminded us of the time five years ago when Producer Joe and Hot Wings did the same thing when a sideshow act came through the radio station.

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Young Guns Rocked WGRD with Some Exclusive Acoustic Songs

Before their show with You Me at Six and Stars in Stereo, Young Guns came by the WGRD studios to talk about the band, the touring, and to play a few songs exclusively for us!

They broke out the acoustic guitars and rocked a few of their songs, like their number one hit, "Bones", one of my favorites, "Meter and Verse", and their latest single, "I Want Out".

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You Me at Six Rocked WGRD with Some Exclusive Acoustic Songs

On Friday, the guys in You Me at Six came by the WGRD studios to play some songs acoustically for a few winners, and the GRD staff.  It was a great way to warm everyone up for the show on Friday night at the Stache with Young Guns, and Stars in Stereo.

Meeting the guys from England was pretty cool, and they hung out with listeners, ate some lunch, and then talked to Janna about the tour and the band.

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‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Live Show at Rightway Auto Was a Lot of Fun

Thanks to everyone who came out on Friday morning for the "Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" live show at Rightway Auto in Wyoming!

The guys had a great time, and you guys were a big part of why it was so fun!

Producer Joe managed to screw up "Name That Blank," but everyone still had fun with it. And "Paired With An Idiot" got all the way down to Rochambeau between Joe and Free Beer.

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Stars in Stereo Rocked Grand Rapids with You Me at Six and Young Guns

Whether or not you've ever heard the band Stars in Stereo, you couldn't help but rock out with them on Friday night, as they opened the show for You Me at Six and Young Guns at the Stache!

Led by the amazing Bec Hollcraft, and her amazing voice, Stars in Stereo rocked the crowd pretty hard!  It was very cool that so many people turned out early to check out the band, and Stars in Stereo definitely delivered for us!

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Young Guns Rocked Grand Rapids with WGRD on Friday Night at The Stache

The guys in Young Guns are no strangers to the United States, having toured here a few times, and played a lot of great shows with bands like Halestorm!  Right now, they're on tour with You Me at Six and Stars in Stereo, and they hit Grand Rapids Friday night!

The band came by the WGRD studios before the show to talk about music, soccer...sorry, football, and the show, with Janna.  They also played some songs acoustically, that you can check out here at WGRD.com.

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You Me at Six Rocked Grand Rapids on Friday Night with WGRD!

You Me at Six is a great band from Great Britain that's become bigger and bigger overseas, and now they're crossing the ocean to bring their melodic rock to America!  They've got a huge hit song on the radio right now, "Room to Breathe", and they're on tour right now with Young Guns, and Stars in Stereo.

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Young Guns Stops By WGRD Studios, Talks New Album, Dancing to Pop Music Before Shows and More with Janna [Video]

Before their show at the Stache Friday night, British rockers, Young Guns visited WGRD to play some songs and talk music, touring, and what's next for the band!

After lots of success in their native UK, their song "Bones" helped push them to the top of the charts here in the US. And they even promised me they'd play it tonight just for me! (And you know, everyone else at the show... but it still made me feel special!)

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