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WGRD Beers of the Month Information Form

The WGRD Beers of the Month features up to 10 craft beers from breweries in the greater Grand Rapids area, known as Beer City USA.

Please fill out this form to share your Beer of the Month and details on your brewery for the special program only found on 97.9 WGRD.

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Big Jay Oakerson and Ben Roy Bringing Laughs to The Orbit Room On Thursday! [Video]

On Thursday, Gilda's Laughfest and Bud Light is prepared to bring smiles and laughs to The Orbit Room.

Featured on Comedy Central's This is Not Happening, Big Jay Oakerson is headlining a night of laughs along with comedian Ben Roy as a special guest. The performance is 8 p.m.

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Texans Attempt to Pronounce Michigan Words with Hilarious Results [Video]

You wouldn't think the English language could change so much throughout a single country, but there's a really big difference in words' pronunciations north, south, east and west.

Moving up here from Texas last year, I've begun learning a lot about how things are said here. And I have to be honest: I'm still not any good at the words.

I will still say 'Mack-in-nack' Island, but mostly for funnies.

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Society Kills Takes Home Crown for 2015 WGRD Heavyweights! [Photos]

After three weeks of preliminary rounds and seeing the best that West Michigan has to offer, the 2015 GRD Heavyweights have come to a close.

Another year of amazing metal has graced that stages of The Stache and the big room at The Intersection in Grand Rapids.

This year, the fans voted and the kings have been crowned. Greenville's own Society Kills is the 2015 GRD Heavyweights Champion!

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Gilda’s Laughfest Amateur Showcase Gives Great Exposure to Up and Coming Comics

On Sunday at The B.O.B., I got to help introduce the Amateur Stand-up Showcase with a bunch of great local and not-so-local comics hitting the stage for laughs.

Fourteen up and coming comics each had five minutes to make people laugh, and that takes a lot of guts!

It's a really cool thing for Gilda's LaughFest to have these amateur showcases, getting hard-working comics the chance to perform at a great event, with some of the big names in comedy.

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What Metalhead Ned Learned While Attending His First Open House

I live in a two-bedroom apartment in Grandville, with my wife and two cats.

She has a lot of stuff, and so do I. We have tons of video games, lots of books, a 7-foot Master Chief statue, etc.

In short, we are crammed into our tiny apartment and it's beginning to get stressful.

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Michigan Men’s Basketball Coach John Beilein Gives Grand Rapids Student His Day On Court [Photos]

As a student manager for the University of Michigan basketball men's team, Ryan Kapustka has found his volunteer position to be rewarding as it gave him the ability to see the Wolverines with an up close and personal perspective.

But on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, it got closer and more personal.

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This Week Is One of Most Dangerous of Year Because of Daylight Saving Time

This week might not be the time to pick up those new knife throwing or sky diving hobbies you've been thinking about.

According to the New York Times, Monday is one of the most dangerous days of the year because of daylight saving time -- and the effects linger on into Tuesday and the rest of the week.

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Lavell Crawford Cancels Gilda’s LaughFest Appearance Because of Movie Production

Lavell Crawford has canceled his Gilda's LaughFest appearance for Wednesday night because of a movie he's currently filming, festival officials announced this morning.

The cancellation of his appearance at Fountain Street Church is because of a change in the production schedule for the film "Meet the Blacks."

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Kathleen Madigan Talks Gilda’s LaughFest, Jokes About Family and Family Names [Audio]

On "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," we got a chance to talk to comedian Kathleen Madigan.

She was the very first comedian Free Beer and Hot Wings ever interviewed nearly 15 years ago!

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Time to Spring Forward This Weekend [Infographic]

Remember to set those clocks forward Saturday night as daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. EST Sunday.

With the change, it is going to be lighter sooner. That means changes in routines a bit, whether that's driving, bicycling or walking.

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New Movies (This Week) Include ‘Chappie,’ ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Unfinished Business’ [Video]

Since winter never ends, it's good to have a big weekend of movie releases to pass the time until spring.

Chappie, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Unfinished Business are just a few of the movies opening this weekend.

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