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Laughfest 2015 to Feature George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Patton Oswalt – Will Celebrate #FiveYearsOfSmiles

Today, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest, announced the first round of talent and shows for the festival’s fifth year which will be held March 5 to 15, 2015. The announcement included performers that are new to the festival, as well as some past favorites returning to take part in the festival’s fifth year.

The headliners announced Tuesday include: George Lopez, Patton Oswalt, Wanda Sykes and LaughFest veterans Bo Burnham, YouTube star and singer/songwriter comedian; Pete Holmes, who will be perform two shows and record a live podcast; and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Ticket packages for the festival will go on sale Friday, November 14.

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BaCon 2014, Photo Janna Hoke/ WGRD
BaCon 2014, Photo Janna Hoke/ WGRD
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BaCon 2014: All the Bacon and Beer Grand Rapids Could Handle [Photos]

On Saturday crowds poured into the DeltaPlex to honor and sample the two most delicious substances on the planet: bacon and beer!

GRD was proud to be a part of the 2nd annual BaCon, a bacon and beer celebration! This year's delectable dishes and drinks included chicken-fried bacon, bacon vodka and bloody mary bar, braised pork-belly tacos, creme brulee with beer and candied bacon, bourbon-bacon-cheddar cheese fondue, bacon stout, bacon corn dogs with spicy mustard, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, even maple-and-bacon glazed doughnuts!

Check out this year's winners and photos of the bacon-tastic festivities!

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John Balyo Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Young Boy

The former host of a Grand Rapids Christian radio show was sentenced Monday in Calhoun County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting a young boy.

John Balyo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years behind bars for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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Things You Probably Didn’t Notice About the ’90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Films

One of the most important things in my childhood was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You know, after you read that name, just really think about what you are saying.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.....talk about crazy.

Regardless, we loved them as kids and even today, but did you ever notice a lot of random references in the old movie from the '90s? Only TRUE TMNT fans would notice some of these things...get ready for some truly interesting facts.

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Skillet Returns to the Van Andel Arena on January 4th!

The Annual Winter Jam Tour Spectacular returns to the Van Andel Arena! If you haven't heard of Winter Jam Tour, it is an annual tour dedicated to christian artist. At WGRD, we may not specifically play 'Christian Rock,' but we can't ignore it when Skillet is coming to Grand Rapids!

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ Have Showdown

The showdown between 'Interstellar' and 'Big Hero 6' has got to be one of the most interesting things to happen to the box office in 2014. After all, it would be tough to find two movies that are simultaneously so different and so alike. Both are pro-science adventures that are all about using your intelligence to save your friends and family. However, one is an animated, family friendly release from Disney and the other is a three-hour epic from the ever-serious Christopher Nolan. In other words, they represent opposite ends of the blockbuster spectrum.

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Apparitions Comics & Books Closing Their Doors After Years of Service

It's never cool to see a store close. When you see a 'Big Box' store close, you know that there is usually one just down the street. When a local business closes though, it's like losing a family member. Many stores/hang outs I have gone to over the years have done that. I have only visited this place once or twice in my life, but it is sad to see a beloved local business go.

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Buried in Bacon – A Coffin For Bacon Lovers and Other Crazy Bacon Products [Video]

With BaCon coming up this weekend, it got me:

1)Salivating.

2)Thinking about the crazy products out there involving bacon.

There's bacon shaving cream, bacon deodorant, bacon lip balm, bacon mints, even bacon cat litter that emits a savory pork-tastic smell when kitty goes potty. And for those who literally love bacon to death: the bacon coffin.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for November 7

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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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Is Saturday; Five Epic Meal Time Bacony Delicious Dishes [Sponsored]

This is the weekend that BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration returns.

The bacon-infused celebration is Saturday at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features all things bacon: dishes, drinks and, of course, desserts. Tickets are still available.

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Update: ‘Toy Story 4′ Is Officially Happening, Gets a 2017 Release Date

Even though we were told, once upon a time, that Disney and Pixar had no plans for 'Toy Story 4,' it seems that those plans have changed. After a series of short films that kept us up to date with the adventures of Woody and Buzz Lightyear and friends, Disney CEO Bob Iger has just announced that we'll finally be getting a 'Toy Story 4' after all, and it has an official release date and everything.

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Video Game Music Returns to Grand Rapids Symphony with ‘rePlay: Symphony of Heroes’ [Video]

When the Grand Rapids Symphony does pop culture music, it's always a good time. When they do video game music, it's freakin' magical!

If you recall, the Grand Rapids Symphony did "PLAY! A Video Game Symphony" a couple years ago, and it was awesome! Then they did "Legend of Zelda: Symphony of Goddesses," which was amazing!

Now, the Grand Rapids Symphony returns with rePlay: Symphony of Heroes on Feb. 7, 2015!

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