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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Ron Jolly Takes Top Honors as Best DJ

Jane Louise Boursaw - March 6th, 2003
It‘s 7:10 a.m. and Ron Jolly is discussing the latest nor‘easter with meteorologist Greg McMaster. As the morning progresses, Jolly will run through the birthday list, hash over the news with Joel Franck, and discuss current events with callers from all parts of Northern Michigan.
It‘s all part of Jolly‘s radio show, broadcast every morning on WTCM AM 580 from 7 to 10 a.m. from “the top floor of the Paul Bunyan Building“ in downtown Traverse City. No matter that it‘s a tiny one-story building we‘re all in on the joke, and that‘s just the way Jolly likes it. And he couldn‘t be more appreciative.
“I run into people who say they listen, and I think, ‘Wow, that‘s cool,“ he says, amazed that he has a fan base, much less one that includes thousands of loyal listeners throughout Northern Michigan. Those fans propelled Jolly to the honor of “Best DJ“ in the Northern Express annual Best of Northern Michigan survey.
Jolly grew up in Dearborn listening to radio stations like CKLW, KEENER13, WABX
and W4. He spent some time in the restaurant business -- including a stint as manager of the Soup Kitchen Saloon (“Detroit‘s Home of the Blues“) in the warehouse district -- before entering Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield.
His first D.J. job was at WTWR (aka Tower 98) in Monroe in 1983, where he spun tunes by Culture Club, Michael Jackson and other MTV generation start-ups. In the mid-‘80s, Jolly moved to Traverse City and held jobs in both TV and radio formats. In 1993, he moved to Lansing to dabble in talk radio, then back to Traverse City in 1995 to launch his current show.
A brief stint a few years ago at the Michigan Talk Radio Network convinced him that a local show was where he belonged. “I found myself talking to people in Flint and Mt. Pleasant, but I just didn‘t have the passion for it,“ he says. “I like the local...I guess I‘m provincial that way.“
Jolly loves it when callers express opinions on all topics, and he has a special interest in politics, something that stuck with him after working as a congressional page in the House of Representatives when he was a teenager.
As for music, any listener will tell you that Jolly has some of the best bumper music around, and his own tastes vary widely from one genre to the next. Favorites around his house include Lyle Lovett, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, the Fifth Dimension, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, and an assortment of classical music. He laments that radio music has taken a turn for the worse in recent years and strayed from good old rock like Crosby, Stills & Nash. “You just don‘t hear that stuff anymore, and it‘s too bad,“ he says. ““I think WTCM AM
plays better music than the rock stations.“
So does he ever get tired of all the talk and want to disappear? “Yeah, once a day,“ he laughs. “That‘s when I go home.“ But even though his job entails getting up at 4:45 a.m. every morning and, at times, driving through white-outs to work, he wouldn‘t have it any other way.
“Here‘s the good thing about my job,“ says Jolly. “If I didn‘t work here, I would get up in the morning, have a cup of coffee, read the paper, surf the net, and just check out what‘s going on out there. Well, now I get to do that and share it with people. What I‘m finding out in the morning at 7 o‘clock is news to me, too, so that‘s the great part about the job.“
 
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