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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

Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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The Orbit Room’s Future Uncertain As Longtime Manager Ted Smith Departs for HopCat Detroit

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins
Less than a year after the death of The Orbit Room owner Don Dorshimer, the future of the longtime Grand Rapids concert venue is up in the air now that manager Ted Smith is leaving to head up booking at the new HopCat in Detroit.

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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Jenison Boys’ Soccer’s Luke VanderVeen

Jenison High School boys' soccer player Luke VanderVeen is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

VanderVeen's last-minute goal in Jenison's 1-0 win over Zeeland East last week is indicative of the type of competitor he is, Wildcats Coach Brian Selk said.

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Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week: Forest Hills Field Hockey’s Hannah Gavle

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97.9 WGRD’s September 2014 Top Songs Playlist [Video]

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Nominate Someone for Honors as Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week

Meijer and 97.9 WGRD are saluting greater Grand Rapids' and West Michigan's outstanding student-athletes and their achievements by feting them as Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week during the 2014-2015 academic year.

However, we need your help to help us identify these outstanding student-athletes.

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2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival: Godsmack, Seether, Pop Evil Headline Tour Starting Friday in Clarkston

The lineup for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour has been announced and it features Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry and more.

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#GRFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Rocks Live via Twitter, Instagram on ‘GRD!

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just the rockets' red glare celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's tunes, grub, fun, hanging, chilling, frolicking and rollicking at the downtown GR festival, which runs from mid-afternoon to past dusk and which 97.9 WGRD's Jackie, Johnnie Walker and Metalhead Ned are all gonna be rocking at.

Share what you're doing and seeing via Twitter or Instagram, posting those tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below on WGRD because 'GRD rocks right along with ya!

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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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Motley Crue’s Music Kick-Starts U.S. Navy-Inspired Clip, Just in Time for 4th of July! [Video]

Tonight, Mötley Crüe opens its The Final Tour -- its farewell tour -- with Alice Cooper at Van Andel Arena!

A YouTube user has mixed some U.S. Navy heritage with some Mötley Crüe.

The results just "Kickstart My Heart," and in the nick of time for the Fourth of July.

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‘Super Duper:’ Alice Cooper Rockin’ with Motley Crue Tonight at Van Andel Arena!

Alice Cooper has a radio show and a documentary about him was just released.

But Cooper, who was born in Detroit, continues to rock after more than four decades performing!

From his first solo album, 1975′s "Welcome to My Nightmare" through releases such as 1994′s "The Last Temptation" and 2000′s "Brutal Planet," themed releases have been Cooper's specialty. Drawing from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, his stage shows have featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors over the years.

Tonight at Van Andel Arena, Cooper is on stage before Mötley Crüe.

Tonight, Mötley Crüe opens its The Final Tour -- its farewell tour, with Cooper along for the ride.

Here's some Cooper music and highlights.

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Get Cued Up for Motley Crue Tonight at Van Andel Arena!

You know all about these guys, right? Mötley Crüe.

The Los Angeles heavy metal band was founded in 1981 by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, and were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil.

Tonight, The Crüe opens its The Final Tour -- its farewell tour -- with Alice Cooper at Van Andel Arena, The Van!

Here's some Mötley music and highlights to get you cued -- or crued -- up. All bad things must come to an end.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings Bid Farewell to WZZM-13′s Derek Francis [Video]

After 19 years in the local news business, including the last eleven at WZZM-13, Morning Anchor Derek Francis is leaving to join a well-known public relations firm in Grand Rapids.

His last day was today.

Among those wishing him well were Free Beer, Hot Wings and Eric Zane of "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," which broadcasts from the studios of 97.9 WGRD.

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