Blog: Lots of Things Are Changing Around Here

There’s a lot of things changing here in the Upper Peninsula. We’re becoming bigger. But is that a good thing?

Meijer is about to open a new store in Escanaba on May 18th. Their gas station is already open. But if you try to go shopping in that gas station after 11:00 at night, forget it. The doors are locked and you have to talk to the clerk through a thick pane of glass. Slip her the money, and she will get your soda or chips for you.

That’s “for the protection” of the clerk. But other all-night places (Holiday comes to mind) doesn’t feel the need to do that when there’s one clerk on duty. Yep, a sign that we’re getting bigger. Like the “big city”.

Super One Foods closed its doors last weekend. Staples left last year. JC Penny is leaving this summer. Radio Shack is long gone. But Aldi Foods is coming. There’s rumors of Kohl’s coming to town. Lots of change.

Even at my place of employment, there’s a lot of change. We now have ten radio stations in Escanaba, Marquette, and Manistique…and are connected with a group of five more in Menominee/Marinette. When I first started here in 1994, we had WGLQ Magic 97 and TalkRadio 600 AM. The names of those stations aren’t the same anymore.

Those changes are exciting for me, even though the job for me and my colleagues is much different, and quite daunting at times. The explosion of the Internet in our business is a big thing. Both good and bad, I think.

I am the new Voice of the Bay College Norse basketball program. I am a fill-in announcer for the NMU Wildcats. Those are exciting changes. But I’ve been to the Little League World Series the last two summers, and I am broadcasting lots of high school baseball this week. So, some things aren’t changing.

What’s my point to all of this? Well, I guess in a way, I wish things were like they were 23 years ago in Escanaba. But at the same time, there’s a feeling of excitement. So, maybe I don’t really have a clear point!

Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!

—later, Jack