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Summer Craft Beer Fest 2014 – Pike 51 Brewing Sampling [Video]

Today, I got to sample some amazing beers at Pike 51 Brewing Company in Hudsonville.  They're part of our 2014 Summer Craft Beer Fest, happening this Saturday at John Ball Park.

If you haven't tried their brews, you owe it to yourself to stop by and do so.  They're very smooth beers, and don't assault you when you drink them, even the ones with higher alcohol content!  I really like how smooth they all are.

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WGRD Studio Build Part 2
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WGRD’s New Studio Construction Diary – Part 2

The work continues on the new digs for WGRD!  We left off last time with Hot Wings, Producer Steve, and Johnnie Walker getting together for a painting party.  The walls were nasty, so things got painted up really nicely.

Then, this week was all about carpet, TVs, lights, and some radio gear!

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The WGRD Studio as of today. (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Hot Wings – Producer Steve – Johnnie Walker Paint WGRD’s Studio

In case you haven't seen or heard us talking about it, the GRD studio is getting a bit of an upgrade!  We're really excited about it, and it's fun to watch all the toys arrive, and to see the room get stripped down and rebuilt!

Last night, Hot Wings picked up some paint, and he, Steve, and I spackled (I love that word), taped off stuff, and got to work painting the studio.  Our studio walls were pretty...well...nasty.  After a lot of years and use, they weren't the kind of walls you'd want to touch.

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McKayla Maroney Had Great-Looking Fourth of July in Her Star-Spangled Bikini

We hope you had a swell Independence Day weekend, filled with grilled meats, explosives and LIBERTY. Whatever you did, Olympic champion McKayla Maroney wore a star-spangled bikini, so we're pretty sure she had an even better weekend.

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Independence Day Weekend Celebration: Amway Family Fireworks

The City of Grand Rapids' Fourth of July got celebrated on the Fifth of July.

And what a festive day it was, part of a two-day celebration for the Independence Day weekend in Grand Rapids.

The Amway Family Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Saturday brought a 20-minute fireworks celebration for the Independence Day weekend to cap a day full of music, entertainment, food, frolic and fun, while embracing and feting family, freedom and community.

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Amway Family Fireworks’ Fifth of July: Downtown Grand Rapids Lit Up! [Photos]

Downtown Grand Rapids was lit up for the Fifth of July with the Amway Family Fireworks.

A few thousand people came to Ah-Nab-Awen park to enjoy some food, drink, music, entertainment, activities and, of course, the 20-minute fireworks spectacular!

Music from The Rhythm Aces, Vox Vidorra, and Three's a Crowd performed into the evening, as well as some amazing acrobatics and aerial work from the Daredevil Circus Company!

Then, the sky over downtown Grand Rapids lit up with an amazing fireworks show, to honor all those who serve and protect our freedoms and lives!

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WGRD is Finally Getting Some New Digs!

The GRD studios are finally getting upgraded!  The board has been dying for quite a while now, which I'm sure you've heard the guys on Free Beer and Hot Wings talking about, whenever a microphone channel would go down.

But finally the time is here!  We've got new equipment coming in, new furniture, we're going to paint the walls and get new carpet, too!

Luckily, Hot Wings is pretty handy, so we'll be learning from him all about wall-painting, hanging cool wall-stuff (that's some kind of technical talk there), and carrying heavy objects.

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Celebrating at Celebration on the Grand

Celebration on the Grand's shift to summer came with a almost fall-like weather on Friday afternoon.

However, it wasn't autumn.

It was the Fourth of July -- Independence Day, with summer in full bloom on a holiday weekend.

The City of Grand Rapids' effort for sustainable special events debuted with excellent weather at Ah-Nab-Awen Park for the 35th annual Celebration on the Grand, which made the grand move from its fall dates.

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Motley Crue Kicked Off Their Final Tour in Grand Rapids With Problems [Video/Photo]

Wednesday night in Grand Rapids was a bit rough for Motley Crue, as they kicked off their Final Tour at the Van Andel Arena.  The show was plagued with technical problems throughout, and oddness.

After the third song, Tommy apparently blasted a hole in the kick drum...I'm sure it had nothing to do with FBHW Producer Joe's stunt that morning.  Positive.

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#RIPMotleyCrue: Grand Rapids Concert Pics, Tweets for Motley Crue’s Final Tour Kickoff!

Mötley Crüe is kicking off The Final Tour TONIGHT with Alice Cooper at Van Andel Arena!

Share your pics from The Crue's concert with 97.9 WGRD.

Just use the hashtag #RIPMotleyCrue to get your photos in our 97.9 'GRD Rocks gallery!

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Jackie’s New Do

All right, I promised in my New Year's resolutions that I wouldn't go back to blonde.

I also have committed to growing my damn hair so I can't cut it. The only clear choice was to go purple.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Guy Walks Into McDonald’s with Knife in His Back [Video]

A guy in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., calmly walked into a McDonalds on Tuesday morning with a knife sticking out of his back with blood running down the back of his shirt.

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