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Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              August 29, 2019

CONTACT: Maureen Barkume: (989) 348-6171; Maureen@blarneystonebroadcasting.com

 

WE FREED FINSTER!

Sean Finster is back on the air at 101.9 WLDR

                                                                       

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – For nearly a year, he’s had a running countdown on his phone, ticking maddeningly slowly toward the day he could get back to doing what he was born to do. And when that clock reads 0:00, at 5:25 a.m. on Sept. 3, 2019, Sean Finster will be back behind the microphone on 101.9 WLDR FM, a Blarney Stone Broadcasting Inc. station.

 

“By the grace of God,” said Finster, who has been working construction – building high-end condos at The Village in Traverse City, during the year-long non-compete hiatus he has endured since leaving his last radio gig a year ago. “I feel like a fish that’s been flopping out of the water for a year, and now I’m finally about to get my gills wet again.”

 

One of the most recognizable – and hilarious – voices in Northern Michigan radio, Finster is widely known for his role as the funny half of a popular morning drive show at another Traverse City station nearly a decade ago.  His new show, “Finster in the Morning” will feature his erstwhile co-host on yet another local station, Abbey Courtney, founder of the “people helping people” nonprofit, Spark in the Dark.

 

“Finster is the one who dragged me into radio in the first place,” she said. “I like to think Sean is the spice and I’m the sugar. We have a very natural chemistry. He can be loud and outgoing, voicing his opinion on the spot when he’s got one. And I treat him like my work husband. You’ll hear a lot of friendly bickering.”

 

Sheryl Coyne, President and General Manager of Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc., said she is thrilled to bring these two personalities together again.

 

“We freed Finster!” she said. “We are all incredibly excited that we can help get Finster back into the studio to entertain on a 100,000kw signal covering a large geographic region in Northern Michigan and on-line at north-fm.com.  This reinforces our longstanding commitment to bring the very best talent available to our ever-expanding market. And we share Abbey’s profound commitment to the community.” 

 

Known for the intense preparation he does for every show – he arrives to the studio each morning no later than 3:30 a.m. – Finster insisted on starting his new show at WLDR at 5:25 a.m. – five minutes ahead of most of the other morning shows in the region.

 

“I am just so very, very excited to be a part of people’s lives again, and to have those people be a part of my life,” Finster said, adding that listeners should expect to have a little fun when they tune into his show. “They can expect to laugh a lot in the morning. I’m there to bring the funny, keep it lighthearted and make your ride to work seem a little quicker.”

 

So excited are the folks at Blarney Stone that they’re throwing Finster a “welcome home” party – and everyone is invited. 101.9 WLDR is inviting the public to stop by the studio located on the West Bay for their opening show, Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 5:25 a.m. to 10 a.m., to meet Finster and Abbey. And the first 100 people who arrive will receive a limited edition “Finster in the Morning” T-shirt, $10 of free play and free pastries from Chef Michael from Odawa Casino, along with a free cup of coffee from Kiss Me Coffee.

 

Coyne was also pleased to confirm that Lorri Schreiber, co-host of the previous morning-drive show on WLDR, will continue to bring “Toast the Coast,” her wildly popular wine segment, every Thursday morning – along with other special on-air projects.

 

Finster, 50, a native of Connecticut, said, “I’ve never stopped that countdown. I knew I was going to keep that start date. I just knew it in my bones. I’m just so grateful. I’ve become a part of Northern Michigan, and Northern Michigan has become a part of me.”  “I feel like a piece of my heart had broken away. I’m looking forward to being whole again.”

 

About Blarney Stone Broadcasting: Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc., the 2017 SBDC Small Business of the Year for SE Michigan is co-owned by Sheryl and Jerry Coyne and operates: WQON, Q100 The Only Place for Rock & Roll (Detroit Lions, University of Michigan Football and Grayling Viking Football and Basketball); FM101.1, WGRY, Up North Sports Radio (CBS Sports Talk, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and University of Michigan Basketball); AM1230, WMQU, the Catholic Light for Northern Michigan leased to Baraga Broadcasting.  Blarney Stone Broadcasting assumed ownership of the stations based in Grayling on Oct. 2, 2012. Blarney Stone Broadcasting is currently operating a Local Market Agreement (LMA) with N Content Marketing, which includes WQAN – 99.3 Traverse City simulcast of WQON, 101.9 WLDR and WBNZ 92.3 FM – Up North Sports Radio (CBS Sports Talk, Detroit Pistons and University of Michigan Basketball and Benzie Central Huskies Football and Basketball).  In addition to the strong on-air radio brands, they deliver robust content on-line at q100-fm.com,north-fm.com and upnorthsportsradio.com.  Blarney Stone Broadcasting is a community orientated media resource in Northern Michigan dedicated to providing local information, entertainment and promotions focused on the needs of the audience and the businesses that serve these audience. Blarney Stone Broadcasting is committed to growing local business in Northern Michigan.


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Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          August 8, 2019

CONTACT: Maureen Barkume: (989) 348-6171; Maureen@blarneystonebroadcasting.com

 

Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Detroit Lions extend partnership on WLDR, 101.9 FM

                                                          

GRAYLING, Michigan – Blarney Stone Broadcasting and the Detroit Lions Radio Network are proud to announce a partnership that will bring NFL football to the Traverse City region on WLDR, FM-101.9, for the next two seasons.

 

That includes all four preseason games in August and all 16 regular-season games starting on Sept. 9. All Lions games also can be heard on WQON, FM-100.3, in Grayling, another Blarney Stone Broadcasting affiliate. The broadcasts also include two hours of pre-game coverage on the network.

 

“We know how important Detroit Lions football is to their passionate fan base in Northern Michigan, and we’re proud to be able to deliver all the games in such professional broadcasts,” said Blarney Stone Broadcasting President and CEO Sheryl Coyne.

 

Up North Sports Radio also features live play-by-play of major sports teams including Detroit Pistons Basketball on 92.3 WBNZ and 101.1 WGRY; Detroit Tiger Baseball and Detroit Red Wing Hockey 101.1 WGRY; University of Michigan Basketball on 101.1 WGRY and WBNZ 92.3. 

 

 

The Detroit Lions 2019 Schedule

 

Preseason

Aug. 8 vs. New England, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 17, at Houston, 8 p.m.

Aug. 23, vs. Buffalo, 8 p.m.

Aug. 29, at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

 

Regular Season

Sunday, Sept. 9, at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15, vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 22, at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29, vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6, BYE

Monday, Oct. 14, at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20, vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27, vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3, at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10, at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17, vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24, at Washington, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28, vs. Chicago, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15, vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 22, at Denver, TBD

Sunday, Dec. 29, vs. Green Bay, 1 p.m.

 

 

About Blarney Stone Broadcasting:  Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc., the 2017 SBDC Small Business of the Year for SE Michigan is co-owned by Sheryl and Jerry Coyne and operates: WQON, Q100 The Only Place for Rock & Roll (Detroit Lions, University of Michigan Football and Grayling Viking Football and Basketball); FM101.1, WGRY, Up North Sports Radio (CBS Sports Talk, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and University of Michigan Basketball); AM1230, WMQU, the Catholic Light for Northern Michigan leased to Baraga Broadcasting.  Blarney Stone Broadcasting assumed ownership of the stations based in Grayling on Oct. 2, 2012. Blarney Stone Broadcasting is currently operating a Local Market Agreement (LMA) with N Content Marketing, which includes WQAN – 99.3 Traverse City simulcast of WQON, 101.9 WLDR and WBNZ 92.3 FM – Up North Sports Radio.  In addition to the strong on-air radio brands, they deliver robust content on-line at q100-fm.com and north-fm.com.  Blarney Stone Broadcasting is a community orientated media resource in Northern Michigan dedicated to providing local information, entertainment and promotions focused on the needs of the audience and the businesses that serve these audiences. Blarney Stone Broadcasting is committed to growing local business in Northern Michigan.

 

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Maureen Barkume

VP Corporate Compliance

Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc.

maureen@blarneystonebroadcasting.com

Office:  989-348-6171

Cell:  248-229-8476

 

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