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Justin Katz

Justin Katz

Born and raised in Battle Creek, I graduated from Pennfield High School and Western Michigan University. At WMU, I majored in broadcasting and minored in business.

I’ve done basically every radio job in the business, mostly in the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek market and have been on-air overnights, afternoons and mornings. I’ve also been a program director, music director and promotions director in addition to dabbling in sales.

Before rockin’ on 97.9 WGRD, I worked at 107.7 WRKR, 96.5 WFAT, 92.5 WZUU and 104.9 WRCC.

I stepped away from radio, though, and am now a financial consultant for a bank in the Grand Rapids area in addition to this weekend radio gig on ‘GRD rocks!

A Kentwood resident with a wife, baby girl and two dogs, I also operate a DJ business and do wedding receptions, private parties and corporate events. I certainly stay busy, but I’m very proud and honored to be back in radio on WGRD, where you can listen to me 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Thanks and cheers!

Favorite bands: Tool, Deftones, Parabelle, Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle
Favorite drinks: water, bourbon/whiskey, lighter craft beer, Bud Light and any free drink
Favorite TV shows: “Seinfeld,” “Jeopardy,” “Triple D,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Daily Show”
Favorite movies: “Casino,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Caddyshack” and “Dazed and Confused”
Favorite teams: University of Notre Dame, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Tigers

Typical Question: So what do you listen to?

Typical Answer: A little bit of everything. Now, there’s nothing wrong with diversity and enjoying different genres of music, but people need to talk about bands, artists, songs, lyrics, etc., plus it helps me get an idea of what a person truly likes and may even clarify who they are as an individual. I was frustrated with that typical answer, so I came up with my own question years ago that’s a great conversation piece, so please feel free to use it.

Question for you: If you were on an island by yourself and you got to choose five artists and/or bands you could listen to and you had access to their full catalog and also to any other bands’ or artists’ discography associated with them, who would you choose?

(Example: If you chose Nirvana, you get the entire Nirvana catalog, plus Foo Fighters, because of Dave Grohl, and Fecal Matter, because of Kurt Cobain.) Give it a try and see where the conversation goes …

Schedule

Sa 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Su 7:00 am - 10:00 am

DJs Posts

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Jeff ‘The Animal Guy’ Musial Entertains, Informs in East Grand Rapids Shows [Photos]

Jeff "The Animal Guy" Musial visited East Grand Rapids on Sunday.

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Big Game Winner Revealed

Congratulations to Mark Elenbaas, of Lowell.

Channel 95.7, an affiliated station of 97.9 WGRD, is sending Mark and a guest to any professional football game of their choice this season.

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Producer Joe Takes Aim at Barracks 616 [Video/Sponsored]

Producer Joe is a member of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" crew.

Known for his witty repartee, signature laugh and no-holds-barred stunts, he's been trying something new.

He's been getting firearms instruction from Barracks 616.

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Photo by Anna Webber/WireImage
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Chicks In Yoga Pants

Do the pants make the girls, or do the girls make the pants? No one knows and in the end who really cares?  Yoga can be a win-win for everybody now.  Gotta give a nod to our friends at E Baums World for this sweet gallery. 

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Kenowa Hills High School Boys’ Soccer’s Peter Brown Named Athlete of the Week

Kenowa Hills High School boys' soccer player Peter Brown is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

Second-year Knights Coach Frank Andrade almost sounds like he doesn't have enough superlatives to describe Brown.

"He excels," Andrade said of Kenowa Hills' leading scorer. "He's a great player and he's become a great leader."

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Bethany Hamilton — Babe of the Day

Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer, an actress and a competitive cutie.

Her story was made famous in the 2011 film "Soul Surfer." While surfing in 2003, Hamilton was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, which bit off her left arm. But she refused to give up on becoming a surfing star and persevered, clinging to her dream and her faith.

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Jennifer Love-Hewitt’s on CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds;’ Something Else to Watch, Too [Video]

Jennifer Love Hewitt is an addition to the cast of "Criminal Minds" this fall as series regular.

Her character, Kate Callahan, was introduced in the series’ 10th season premiere last Wednesday on CBS-TV.

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Shelly Winkle
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Grand Rapids Christian High School Boys’ Soccer’s Jacob Witte Named Athlete of the Week

Grand Rapids Christian High School boys' soccer player Jacob Witte is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

The senior forward's leadership as captain and contributor is one of the primary reasons why Grand Rapids Christian is 14-1-1 and is ranked No. 3 in Division 2 by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches' Association.

"I could tell on my first day that he'd stand out," first-year Eagles Coach Joshua Miller said of Witte. "I could tell he was a natural leader, ... and that hasn't changed.

"He's great on the field, but he's also great off the field."

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Alina Artts — Babe of the Day

You probably don't know her yet, but you soon will.

As one of Russia's hottest pop stars, Alina Artts has dominated the charts, raked in millions of views on YouTube and Vimeo, graced the cover of Russia's largest magazines and, most recently, performed for millions at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Now the smokin' hot pop import is gearing up to conquer America. That's why she's our Babe of the Day.

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Ottawa Hills High School Volleyball’s Ladaysia Alexander Named Athlete of the Week

Ottawa Hills High School volleyball player Ladaysia Alexander is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Consider Alexander's selection for the honor one as much for her perseverance in addition to her being a stellar student-athlete.

"Ladaysia Alexander has had to overcome more obstacles in 17 years than most individuals would in their entire life," Ottawa Hills Coach Sara Sherry said.

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Michigan Hosts Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in Escanaba [Video]

Bass fishing takes center stage as many of the world’s best anglers battle it out on Lake Michigan in Escanaba for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship today through Sunday.

The championship is being held on Bays de Noc as part of a partnership between Pure Michigan and Bassmaster to promote the state as a top destination for anglers.

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Rockford High School Boys’ Water Polo’s David Newberger Named Athlete of the Week

Rockford High School boys' water polo player David Newberger is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Newberger excels athletically and academically, standing out on a team currently ranked No. 1 by the Michigan Water Polo Association with a 17-1 record after a 15-7 win Wednesday night over East Kentwood.

"David Newberger epitomizes the (term) student-athlete," Rockford Coach David McWatters said.

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