Jack Hall Blog
ESCANABA, MI--MAY 4, 2016-1:24 A.M.
Here's proof that your vote really does matter. The proposal to build a new county jail in Delta County was decided by just 23 votes on Tuesday. That out of 5,000 votes cast in the millage election. The proposal failed by those 23 votes: 2,523 to 2,500.

It was a proposal that was pushed hard by Delta County Prosecutor Phil Strom, Sheriff Ed Oswald, and Administrator Ryan Bergman. The fact that the $19.9 million project was so close to passing will likely encourage county officials to have another millage election.

But you usually have a second request if you feel that you didn't get your message out, or if your proposal was on the ballot alongside an unpopular proposal. This proposal stood alone on Tuesday's ballot, and was very well-publicized. I don't think Delta County officials could have done anything more...or better...to get the word out.

All I can imagine is that many people voted "no" because they feel they already pay enough taxes. Others may have felt that the inmates should have to make due with the current jail, and if the conditions aren't good enough for them, then tough. Don't break the law.

Eventually, Delta County will come to voters again because the current jail is literally falling apart. And county officials will be looking to convince at least 24 more people to vote yes.

Have a good Wednesday everyone. I will be filling in for Don Curran on the morning news again between 6:00 and 9:00 on Kool 105.5 FM and NewsTalk 600 AM. Hope you tune in!

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI--MAY , 2016-1:18 A.M.
Any one of us who has played the great game of golf has had a bad hole. I mean, a real stinker of a hole. Like, on a par 3 or 4, shooting double digits. And usually, it's a sign of things to come for the rest of the round. The numbers can go way up 'yonder, as they say Down South.

In Gladstone on Monday, Braves senior Kyle Pouliot had a stinker of a hole at the Terrace Bluff Golf Course. On his very first hole, Pouliot shot a 10. Wow, a 10? Pouliot is considered to be one of the best high school golfers in the Upper Peninsula. And what he did next shows why.

Pouliot rebounded from that 10 and shot an excellent round of 79. Yep, on the next 17 holes, Pouliot shot a 69. He managed to help his Braves beat the Escanaba Eskymos by three strokes, 312-315. How many of us would turn it around after shooting a 10? I bet even some pro golfers would have a hard time composing themselves that quickly. Great job, Kyle!

Oh...one other thing. You will hear me on the air Tuesday and Wednesday morning, filling in on the Morning News on Kool 105.5 FM, and NewsTalk 600 AM. From 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. Wow, I don't know how those Morning Show Folks do it every day!!

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI--MAY 2, 2016-1:12 A.M.
Congratulations to the Escanaba High School softball team. The girls won three big games at a tournament down in Grand Blanc Saturday, including a huge upset over #1 ranked Livonia Ladywood. Too bad for the girls, though, that Sunday's final round games were rained out!

Today is the first day of work since Friday's announcement that our company bought Eagle 107.3 Radio and three stations up in Marquette. I'm excited. The coming days and weeks will show how all of this will work for those of us employed at RRN!!!

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI---APRIL 30, 2016-2:40 A.M.
A pretty exciting day for all of us at the Radio Results Network with the announcement that we have bought Eagle 107.3 FM in Escanaba, as well as three radio stations in Marquette. I do not know yet excatly what this will mean for my job, as far as new or different responsibilities go.

But I am excited big time about the opportunities that are possible with having more radio stations within our network. Here is the press release from my boss. Have a great weekend!

---later, Jack

Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, WI is pleased to announce the purchase of the Eagle Radio Group Radio Stations based in Marquette and Escanaba, MI.
 
Eagle Radio operates stations 94.9 “The Bay” WUPZ-FM, 96.7 “Yooper Country” WUPG-FM, 100.3 “The Point” WUPT-FM and 107.3 “The Eagle” WUPF-FM. Armada Media Partners also owns and operates Bay Cities Radio – a 5 station group based in the Marinette/Menominee market and Radio Results Network – a 5 station group based in Escanaba with offices in Marquette and Manistique.
 
"We are excited to be able to expand our coverage even further into the Central U.P. market as the premier media company in Upper Michigan. Eagle Radio has a great group of stations and we look forward to building upon their hard work over the last several years,” says General Manager Jesse Huff. “This now gives us 14 radio stations in the Central U.P. that are each committed to great local radio and serving as a resource for the communities in which we serve. We now have even more resources and opportunities to offer our listeners and advertisers.”
 
Huff will lead the operations in both Escanaba and Marquette for Armada Media and all Eagle Radio employees will continue in their current roles.

Chris Bernier, President and CEO of Armada Media Partners said, "We truly enjoy doing business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is home to a lot of great communities, each with unique strengths and all with a sense of pride. This is a great opportunity to grow our company in this region."
 
In addition to the stations in Upper Michigan and Wisconsin, Armada and affiliated companies also operates radio stations in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado.
 
Eagle Radio Group will continue to own and operate its radio stations in Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie, The Straits and Gaylord.

ESCANABA, MI--APRIL 28, 2016-2:00 A.M.
I've never been much for awards. In my line of work, lots of us media people have inflated egos and sometimes judge their worth based on how many awards they've won. So, I never really cared to enter contests over the two decades-plus that I have worked here.

But our new owner has a different perspective. He says that entering awards contests like the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Excellence Awards allows you to be judged against your peers. He says that I and my colleagues are all putting in the time to do the work that we do, so why not put what we do up against others in our field?

So, we at the Radio Results Network entered into the MAB's in a number of categories.
 
I'm proud to have won awards for our news coverage of the Escanaba Power Plant explosion and for an on-line piece I wrote on the tragic death of St. Ignace Football player Mitchell Snyder. I'm proud of my co-worker, Tommy K, for winning an award for his weekend 80's show on Kool 105.5. And most of all, the fact that our radio stations are being recognized for Community Involvement is the best award of the bunch, because we really are an extension of the Upper Peninsula cities and towns that we serve.

Winning these awards sets the bar even higher for the future. So, even though I personally am not a huge fan of awards, I can now see the value in having these contests. And I hope to do a good enough job to be recognized again in the future.

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI--APRIL 27. 2016-2:01 A.M.
Time for me to see the doctor, and for my Ford Escape to see a doctor.

Yep, I have to go in and have a review of my medications and see just how well I am dealing with this lovely thing called Type Two Diabetes. And then, my vehicle goes into the shop to get the brakes checked out. They are making more noise than a 6 a.m. garbage truck right now.

A quick shout out to Escanaba eighth grader Hunter Larson. He's been voted as the U.P. Youth Wrestler of the Year by all of the Upper Peninsula's eighth grade coaches. Hunter did well at both the MYWAY State Finals and the NUWAY National Finals, finishing third in his weight class at both events. Congratulations to the future Eskymo.

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI---APRIL 26, 2016-1:21 A.M.
It's now exactly one week until Delta County voters have to make a decision. Do we agree to a tax increase of $19.9 million to build a new county jail? Well, I am not in a position to tell you how to vote. My job is to report on the issues so that you can decide for yourselves.

There's a chance for you to get all of the information you need at a meeting Tuesday evening at the Bay College Besse Center. The county prosecutor, sheriff, and administrator will all be there. I urge all of you who are interested to show up at that meeting and ask tough questions. I have tried to anticipate some of your questions and have asked them in my radio interviews.

But this meeting, at 5:30 Tuesday evening, gives you the chance to find out what you need to know before casting your ballot on May 3rd. I hope there is a good showing at this meeting so that as many people as possible have what they need to make an informed decision.

Before I go...a shout out to the Escanaba and Gladstone High School FIRST Robotics teams. They are both getting ready to compete in the World Finals in St. Louis, Missouri, starting on Wednesday. I have no idea how these kids do what they do, and how they make these machines do certain tasks. I can tell you, though, that they are pretty darn smart!

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI---APRIL 24, 2016-5:23 P.M.
A scary story about prom in a community not all that far from us...
Officials in northern Wisconsin say the teen suspected of opening fire outside a high school prom Saturday night has died after being shot by police. Police say 18-year-old Jakob Wagner was pronounced dead about two hours after he shot two students with a rifle as they left the building. The victims did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
 
Officers were outside Antigo High School patrolling the prom, and fired at the shooter once they heard shots ring out. Wagner was a former student at the school. A female victim has been released from the hospital, while the male victim was undergoing surgery.
 
Folks...it can happen anywhere...

---later, Jack

ESCANABA, MI--APRIL 21, 2016-1:56 A.M.
It was good to be back at Al Ness Field. Sitting in the chair that I have sat in for more than two decades, broadcasting Escanaba Baseball (both the Cubs and Eskymos).

The Eskymos pulled out a 3-2 win over the Marquette Redmen, and it was fun to call Justin Popelka's game-winning hit. I enjoyed being in a place where I didn't have to hear about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. I feel comfortable there in my booth! It's like a second home. 
 
Speaking of the Marquette baseball program, it is one that has made huge strides over the years. I remember when Tracy Henrikson battled just about everyone in Marquette to get the chance for kids at MSHS to be able to play for their school.

That woman wouldn't take no for an answer. She got help from Don Lauscher to get things set up to where the people up there couldn't keep telling her "no". Then, after the Redmen program was created, it was handicapped for years because there was the feud with the Marquette Blues American Legion team. Kids were told not to play Redmen baseball.

Well, that was wrong, and now that the two programs are getting along better, the Marquette kids are the winners. Although, happily for me sitting there in my booth, the Redmen weren't winners on the scoreboard Wednesday night!

---later, Jack

HERMANSVILLE, MI--APRIL 20, 2016-12:26 A.M. CT
It was great to be back in "baseball weather" Tuesday night as the Bark River-Harris Broncos visited the North Central Jets for a doubleheader. And just like two neighbors should do, they shared. The Jets won the first game, 4-0, and the Broncos won the nightcap, 7-3.

It was a sunny evening, 65 degrees, slight breeze. My perfect kind of weather! I even treated myself to a barbequed hamburger...I like to tell myself it was just my way of donating $4 to the NCA Baseball team, and that I was forced to eat the burger. Haha. It was tasty indeed!

Hopefully the weather holds for the Escanaba Eskymos home opener Wednesday night against the Marquette Redmen. The Esky baseball players who also play football, basketball, and especially hockey...all owe the Redmen a little payback before the school year ends!

I plan to sign on at 5:00 from Al Ness Field on NewsTalk 600 AM and on-line at www.rrnsports.com. By the way, I invite you to head to that web site right now to see the photos and videos that I took out here in Hermansville.

---later, Jack

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