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5 Great Moments in Wrigley Field’s 100-Year History [Video]

Today, Major League Baseball celebrates the anniversary of Wrigley Field, which has been a fixture in the north side of Chicago for 100 years.

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Second Annual GR8 Bit Live Goes Down on May 3

Video game music FTW!

No, I am not talking about plugging in your old-school game carts and jamming to some 8-Bit music. This is an awesome onslaught of video game music performed LIVE, and yes, it is as cool as it sounds.

Performing at GR8 Bit will be Playing with Power, Super Guitar Bros and The X-Hunters, with proceeds going to the kids at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital!

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David Letterman Interviews Stephen Colbert to Talk ‘Late Show’ Changes, Boobs

Much as 2014 shook the late night landscape with Jimmy Fallon's ascension to the 'Tonight Show' throne, 2015 will similarly upend the 'Late Show' as 'Colbert Report' host Stephen Colbert takes over for the retiring David Letterman. Colbert himself stopped by Letterman's couch today to talk about the transition, the first footage of which has made its way online!

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Middle Class Rut rocks The Orbit Room on Monday night. (Photo: Johnnie Walker/97.9 WGRD)
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Middle Class Rut Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Video/Photos]

Middle Class Rut was the second band to play during the Chevelle concert on Monday night, with Nothing More opening the show.  

These two dudes jumped on stage and rocked with a lot of energy, with a huge sound for two guys being the only ones up there. They had some backing tracks going to fill things out, but they weren't playing too loud.

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Nothing More Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Videos/Photos]

Nothing More is a great band from Texas, and right now they're on tour with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut.  

The guys stopped by the 'GRD studios Monday before their show at The Orbit Room to play for a few WGRD Freeloaders Club winners and the staff, and then joined Jackie on the air to talk about the show.

Their "acoustic" setup is a bit different from most, as they run everything through a computer using Ableton Live to run effects and patch changes. They play the songs live, but the computer controls the sounds.  It's pretty bad ass, actually, and the audio I recorded is fantastic!

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Chevelle Rocked The Orbit Room [Video/Photos]

Chevelle brought their tour for "La Gargola" to Grand Rapids yesterday, with Middle Class Rut and Nothing More making a lot of noise in The Orbit Room.  

It was a really cool day, with a visit from Nothing More here at the 'GRD studios, the awesome meet-and-greet soundcheck party with Chevelle that afternoon and then the show!

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‘Cord Cutting’ Is Becoming More Popular

A new study out today says "cord cutting" is up 44 percent over the last three years, and is becoming more prevalent.

What is it? Is it for you?  

I have some facts on the subject.

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BREAKING NEWS: Robbers Hit Plainfield Avenue NE Jewelry Store in Grand Rapids

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Police have advised area hospitals to be on the lookout for a gunshot victim showing up in their emergency rooms. There is an increased police presence in the northeastern part of Kent County, including but not limited to Plainfield Avenue, the East Beltline, and Int. 96.

UPDATE (2:15 p.m.): Officers on the scene have said that two Medawar employees fired shots at the suspects and that one of them may have been hit.

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban

The United States Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action.

The justices, in a 6-2 decision issued today, struck down a lower-court ruling that had ruled the ban was unconstitutional.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Eric Zane’s Grand Entrance at Grand Rapids Griffins’ Hockey Game [Video]

As we've talked about many times on the air with "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," Eric Zane has another job with the local AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

He's the in-house public-address announcer during all their home games at Van Andel Arena.

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‘Fast and Furious 7′ Star Vin Diesel Welcomes Paul Walker’s Brothers to the Set

There is no easy way to finish 'Fast and Furious 7' without being somewhat insensitive toward the tragic death of series lead Paul Walker, but the cast and crew found the best and most noble solution imaginable. We already knew that Walker's brothers were going to join the production to help finish the film as body doubles, but they officially arrived on set and it looks like this plan is going to work.

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RECALL: Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

If you stocked up on hot dogs in preparation for grilling season, beware: Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs because they might mistakenly contain cheese.

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