Big D & Bubba
When you're sitting in the car wondering if the person in the next car over in traffic thinks that you've lost your mind because you are seemingly laughing hysterically to yourself, or sitting in the parking lot at your destination waiting for us to finish a topic, silly phone call, interview, game or conversation.....We are right there with you. And with you all the way. We know how crazy life can be....and we want to be your goofy, chubby, best radio-friend refuge from the harsh reality of being pulled 100 different directions by your spouse, kids, boss, coworkers, etc.
If you are new to the show,...um......hi! We hope to get to know you, and hope that you put up with us long enough to get to know us as well. Click on the bio's below to learn a little about each of us. If you've been a friend of ours for awhile, still click below, and see how well you know us!
By the way...because EVERYONE asks us.....We met in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., where Big D was hosting a morning show and Bubba was hosting afternoons. We immediately hit it off, both on and off the air, and ended up pairing up to co-host a show together at the ripe old ages of 24!
I'm a Michigan native but I first came to the beautiful north in 1989. Even though I spent most of my time in radio playing other kinds of music, I'm most impressed with the passion and appreciation Country music fans have toward their favorite performers especially Big Country listeners. You guys are simply the best. My wife Brandy and I live in the straits area and we have 2 boys, Gabe and Eli. We love having movie nights together and in the summer we hang out with the family at the "old" country cabin on Mullet Lake.
I've been in radio since 1987 after graduating from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Art and of all of the formats I have worked, this is my favorite. I love Country Music....everything about it, the artists, the songs, the concerts and especially the listeners! My favorite artists include Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban....well, too many more to list! When I'm not working, I like to watch movies, read a good mystery, kayak, bike ride, hang with my family, camp, and sing karaoke.
I'm Lia. The host. The Facilitator. The sticky substance that holds the stories together with the songs. I'm the gal who can't for the life of me keep a secret yet everyone seems to tell me their secrets anyway. I love my job. I'm happily married to the luckiest guy on earth, Chad. I have 4 kids. All of them smart, spoiled and love country music. In my spare time, I play word games, mind games and lock myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes of peace at least once a day. Here's a secret about me: I never talk on the phone when I'm not at work. That could be because I do it every night for hours. My sisters complain constantly about me never calling them back. Even my husband occasionally goes to voice mail.
I was born and raised in Kentucky. My mom, a Southern Belle housewife, and my dad, a farmer, bar owner, janitor, banjo picker, had finally had enough kids. I was the last of four and, believe me, I think I was the reason they didn't want anymore! I grew up a small town in Kentucky, with not much to do but plug my ears while my dad tried to pick his banjo and run through the sprinklers on a hot summer's day. I was definitely a Daddy's Girl. Even though I hated that banjo, I loved my dad. The hardest thing I ever went through in my life was the death of my dad. I was only fifteen--too much for a young girl to take! When I was a kid Country Music was always around. In the car, in the house, at my dad's bar. I have to admit most of my teenage years were spent listening to Rock Music. I was a HUGE fan of Pink Floyd. We'd have music wars in our home with my dad cranking up "He Stopped Loving Her Today" to dry to drown out my Comfortably Numb.
As far as this show goes, I just want you to know that we all work very hard each night to put this thing together. I'm so lucky to have such a great team of people to work with. I've hosted The Lia Show for more years than I care to count, however I feel like over those years I've grown up on the air and I love my job.
Since August 18th 2001, NASCAR Steve has served as the self-proclaimed Ambassador to NASCAR for Northern Michigan, taking a fan's perspective as he brings the world of NASCAR to the people of Northern Michigan and beyond.
It started simply enough with a twice weekly feature keeping fans up to date on the latest news of the sport and tons of information about the weekends events. NASCAR Steve's passion struck a cord with Northern Michigan race fans giving them a local source for the information they craved with a local host they could get to know!
Over the years NASCAR Steve has taken the role of ambassador seriously, traveling far and wide to bring fans a better perspective of the sport. Steve has reported live from 44 races at MIS, Bristol's August weekend, Champions weekend @ Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville in October, the Milwaukee Mile, and the Cup Series Points Banquet in New York. Media credentials in hand Steve has also tracked down some of the biggest stars of the sport including Cup Series Champs Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Rusty Wallace just to name a few! In 2003 he got behind the wheel, attending Richard Petty Driving Experience and Track Time Driving School at MIS and in 2005, made the second cut for Reality Racing: the Rookie Experience reality TV show on Spike TV.
Steve's NASCAR notoriety hasn't changed the fact that he is a LOCAL personality; he has hosted over 450 live events, attended numerous nights at local tracks including Onaway, Cherry, Merritt, Kalamazoo and Northern Michigan Speedway, and helped promote the 2008 Chick-Fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride kickoff in Traverse City.
NASCAR Steve continues to be a BIG Northern Michigan favorite as "wheelman" for the FAST LANE every Monday and Friday at 10:00 AM Right after Big D and Bubba on Big Country 102.9
Joe Charlevoix was born in Norway, Michigan, a small town located on the Wisconsin border near Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula. Ever since he was a young child, he has been fascinated with the weather. When Joe was 3 or 4 years old, he was drawing weather maps with crayons and his eyes were glued to the television meteorologists, most notably at WLUC TV6 in Marquette.
After high school, Joe attended college at Valparaiso University in Indiana. One of Joe's best memories from college was his freshman year when Valparaiso went to the Sweet 16 in the college basketball tournament. While in college, Joe pursued a degree in Broadcast Meteorology and interned in Chicago with WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling. Tom and Joe remain close friends.
Joe graduated from college in May 2001. Shortly after graduating, Joe accepted a job back in the Upper Peninsula with ABC Affiliate WBKP/WBUP-TV in Marquette, Michigan as morning news/weather producer and anchor and noon show meteorologist. Joe also provided weather for radio station WKMJ-FM in Houghton, Michigan.
Since 2002, Joe has forecast the weather at WPBN/WTOM TV 7&4 first as a weekend meteorologist and since 2005, as morning meteorologist and also does some forecasting on sister station ABC 29&8.
Joe met his wife Sara in Traverse City in 2007 and were married in 2008. They have 2 children, daughter Ava and son Kent.
By the way, Joe wants everyone to know his last name is "not made up" and really is Charlevoix. It's coincidental there is a county, city, and lake with his name in the viewing area.
Crook & Chase
Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase are not only two of the most well-known authorities on the Country music scene; they are also huge fans of the format. Each weekend, Crook and Chase count down the top 30 songs as reported by Mediabase 24/7. The show features four hours of hits, humor, and artist interviews. Each show contains 4-8 unique and entertaining interviews with guests such as Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum...and the list goes on.