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Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker

I’ve never been good at filling these things out, but here it goes. I like long walks in cold mountain air, preferably with snow on the ground. I enjoy drinking fine soda by the crackling fire, and deep tissue massage. I hope to one day grow up and become an astronaut, so I can fly to Venus to see if that’s really where women come from. If it’s true, I’ll bring one back for you, too. Unless it’s a dude you want, and then you’re out of luck…sorry.

My favorite month is October, because Halloween is the best holiday ever! It allows me to openly proclaim my love and obsession with scary movies without being seen as some sort of lunatic. Okay, not too much of a lunatic.

I’m a huge fan of rock and metal music, and you’ll often hear me blasting the control room speakers into oblivion every night during my show. My engineer doesn’t like me very much, since he has to fix them. Sorry, Mike.

Schedule

M-F 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Halestorm
Halestorm rocking 5/3 Ballpark, August 28, 2014 (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Watch Halestorm’s Recording Diary Part 2

Lzzy and the guys in Halestorm are in the studio, working on their third album...well, it's a church that they're using for a studio...and they've just released the second part of the behind the scenes of the recording process.

This video covers the second week of recording, and some of the things they're trying in the church/studio, including recording in the basement, singing tons of f-bombs while facing a giant cross, playing tiny guitars, and more!

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Congratulations to Ray Silva: Knotfest Trip Winner

Congratulations to Ray Silva, the lucky guy who won the trip to San Bernardino, Calif., to check out Knotfest!  

He's a huge Corey Taylor fan, and missed seeing Stone Sour, but is really excited to check out Slipknot!

He's also stoked for Black Label Society and Volbeat...man, this guy's missed a lot of shows this year!

Be prepared, Ray, you're going to smell like sh** when you come back.

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The Big 4 - Metallica. Slayer. Megadeth. Anthrax.
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Watch Pantera’s ‘Mouth For War’ Live from Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise Last Weekend [Video]

When Megadeth was unable to perform on Motorhead's Motorboat cruise this past week, some of the other bands, and some Megadeth guys decided to create the "Metal Alliance", and perform a bunch of covers on the cruise.

Mike Portnoy, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Rex Brown, Phil Anselmo, Chris Broderick, Scott Ian and more got together and rocked the ship with covers from Journey through Pantera!

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Today is National Coffee Day – Get All Caffeinated and Crazy!

In case you missed it, today is National Coffee Day!  So if you love the roasted bean thing, call it "black gold", or whatever, this is your day!

Head over to your favorite coffee joint, say hi to your barista (I still don't think "barista" is an actual thing), and order your favorite caffeinated drink in whatever language they make you speak in their store.

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Three Days Grace in Grand Rapids
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Three Days Grace Unleashes Lyric Video for ‘I Am Machine’

This is called a lyric video, but it's all band performance in the studio, too, so I'm thinking of it as the video for the song, that happens to have the lyrics on the screen, too.

Its the latest song from Three Days Grace, getting us ready for their new album, due out early 2015.

The band says this is an aggressive set of songs they've been recording for the new album, and that their new singer, Matt, has really grown in the songwriting, and is really sounding great with the band.  

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Michigan Ranks Near Bottom of Happiest States in the U.S.? I Blame Detroit!

Wallet Hub has released the list of U.S. states in order of "happiness," and Michigan shows up at 43rd out of 51!

Wait, 51? WTF? Oh, they counted the District of Columbia as it's own state maybe hoping to throw things off.  

But they should have realized that all the rich politicians would be super happy with their lives, and show up as high as they did.

But what happened to Michigan? Why are we so low on the list?

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Michael Poulsen of Volbeat Talks to WGRD About Music, Guest Musicians, and Touring the U.S.

This Sunday, right before the Five Finger Death Punch/Volbeat/Hellyeah/Nothing More show, I got the opportunity to meet and talk with Michael of Volbeat.  He's a really nice guy, and took time to sit down with me during another band's sound check to talk music.

Hailing from Denmark, Volbeat has really taken the rock and metal world by storm, with a string of hit songs, including, "Fallen", "Still Counting", "A Warrior's Call", "Lola Montez", "Dead But Rising", and "The Hangman's Body Count".

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Bubble Wrap
Don't worry, I have a LOT more bubble wrap!
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How You Can Tell That You’re Still Not an Adult

Growing up sucks.  Don't let anyone tell you different.  You have to be serious about stuff, pay taxes, and people want you to stop wearing T-shirts and jeans to work.

I say, screw that!  Get into radio, where growing up is completely optional!  (Have you HEARD Free Beer and Hot Wings?)

Good example:

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Afghanistan's Jew Observes The Jewish New Year Of Rosh Hashanah
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Watch People Trying Jewish Food for the First Time For Rosh Hashanah

This week is the celebration of the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, ending tomorrow.  And if you've never had traditional Jewish food, it can be a different kind of experience.

I was exposed to it by some friends who are Jewish, and love the food.  Some of it I liked, some of it tasted like all the flavor had been drained out of it, along with all the color.

I always wondered if there was a big bowl of flavor in the kitchen, where they stored all the flavor that had been in the food before it was served.

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A big squiggly thing outside our building. Probably represents man's inner struggle to hold his pee when standing next to strange art. I'm not encouraging anyone to urinate on anything.
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Did You Know That Art Prize Also Has Music Entries?

This is my first Art Prize, and I must say, there are a lot of...um...interesting things dumped all over downtown.  I will stick with interesting as the word for now, until I get a moment to wander around looking at it all closer.

But this got me thinking...are there music entries?  And how does that work?  Does some poor guitarist have to sit on a corner for 14 hours a day throughout Art Prize, playing their song over and over non-stop?

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Nothing More
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Nothing More Unleashes New Video for ‘Mr. MTV’

Nothing More has become pretty good friends with Grand Rapids over the course of 2014, playing here three times already!

They first came to visit the station and then rocked with Chevelle earlier this year, and then after they played at Rock on the Range, they came back to rock the Stache last month.  They even came out and played paintball with GRD and some winners that day!

Most recently, they kicked serious ass with Hellyeah, Volbeat, and Five Finger Death Punch at the Deltaplex on Sunday night

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Decrepit Birth Drummer Records Amazing ‘Fart Metal’ Song [Video]

I feel like I'm six years old again. I'm laughing my butt off at this new video, where "Fart Metal" has been created.

The drummer from the metal band Decrepit Birth has recording a new song, featuring his very real, very hysterical, farts! I can barely type, I'm laughing so much. No one should get this much entertainment from something so dumb, but we do!

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