Monday, November 24, 2014

11.24.14 BACK PAGE: Free Beer and Hot Wings back on the air in northern Michigan

Free Beer and Hot Wings are back on the northern Michigan airwaves
After an absence of a year and a half, the Grand Rapids-based Free Beer and Hot Wings morning show are back on the air on not one, but two northern Michigan radio stations.

Cadillac's WKAD 93.7 and Petoskey's WMBN 1340 - both airing a sports format called "The Ticket" and owned by Trish MacDonald Garber - added FB&HW recently to their schedules. The show only airs from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. so they could air Dan Patrick.

Previously, FB&HW aired on Real Rock 105 and 95-5. However, the show was dropped from the simulcasting sisters in late March 2013 and 95.5 flipped to a low-rated easy listening format, "Easy 95-5". 105.1 still airs a rock format as "Rock 105" with morbidly obese Brian "Cartman" Pfiffer handling mornings. The main reason for FB&HW's departure from 105.1/95.5 was due to the effect on the ratings of sister classic rocker The Bear and their milquetoast morning show, Bob and Tom. 

For a while, it looked like FB&HW would reappear up north on WOUF 99.3 out of Beulah, a station that was silent for nearly two years but was previously rock as "99.3 The Wolf". 99.3 is back on the air, but as a conservative talk format. 

However, WMBN and WKAD's signals are class C and A respectively, and only eyelash kiss the Grand Traverse Region. FB&HW are also carried on classic rock WWTH Thunder 100.7 Oscoda, which has a marginal signal to Mio, West Branch and Alpena.

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