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Susan Melton
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Big D and 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!




Big D's Biography

I started in radio when I was 14 years old at a 1000-watt Christian radio station in Cookeville, Tenn. By the age of 17, I hosted my first talk show, which led me to doing mornings on an oldies station in the same city.

My first country radio experience was when I was 19 in Billings, Montana, where I fell in love with the country lifestyle.

I also met my wife Kathy in Billings. We have two sons, Zak and Gunner.

Something that you may be surprised to learn; In high school I was an Exchange Student, and spent time in Russia...before the wall fell....when it was still Communist! Talk about crazy! Seeing that, and the way that the poor people of Russia lived and suffered under that regime really helps solidify my love for the Good 'Ol USA.

I am also an Instrument Rated Private Airplane Pilot, and a big aviation buff, you can usually find me tinkering around my hangar messing with the plane when I'm not on the radio.




Bubba's Biography

I was 14 years old when I became a disc jockey at the local radio station in my hometown of Houma, La.

Ever the nomad at heart, I went on to use radio to travel the world and worked at stations in places such as Guam and Tokyo. While working in those cities, I was able to travel extensively to countries & cities in Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific. Eventually, I got homesick and returned to the U.S.......Trust me, it happens to anyone who lives overseas for too long. You NEED America! lol

Some of the other cities on my radio resume', are: Saginaw and Detroit, Michigan, Nashville, El Paso, Texas. I also had radio stints in various formats from Talk Radio and Hip-Hop, to Rock & Classic Rock in places like Reno, Nevada, Miami, Florida, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

I met my wife Stacey in Baton Rouge. Currently, we have three children (Olivia, Ava, and Frank), and a ShihTzu dog (Bailey)

I am also a huge Frank Sinatra fan and a self professed "car-nerd" who uses free time to drive anything I can get behind the wheel of. And, just like Big D...I too am also a Private Airplane Pilot.




Patrick's Biography

I have been in radio since I was 16 and I have been part of the Big D and Bubba show since I was 20. This is basically the only thing I know how to do.

I have a daughter named Evangeline. I love all kinds of music and I love stand-up comedy.

Big D and Bubba's Pages:

On-Air Schedule
Monday 05:00am - 10:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Tuesday 05:00am - 10:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Wednesday 05:00am - 10:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Thursday 05:00am - 10:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Friday 05:00am - 10:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Saturday 06:00am - 10:00am Big D & Bubba

Greg Fletcher

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.

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On-Air Schedule
Monday 10:00am - 03:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Tuesday 10:00am - 03:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Wednesday 10:00am - 03:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Thursday 10:00am - 03:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Friday 10:00am - 03:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Saturday 10:00am - 03:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country

Susan Melton

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.

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On-Air Schedule
Monday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Tuesday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Wednesday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Thursday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Friday 03:00pm - 07:00pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country

Lia

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.

I left Kentucky, my family, my friends and my life behind after my dad passed and moved hundreds of miles cross-country to be with my oldest sister, Connie (my role model, best friend and confidante), and her husband. I finished school and moved out on my own at 17. I went off to college with absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. Purely by accident, I got into Country radio. Believe me when I say that I am sure my dad teamed up with God to make that happen. When I started The Lia Show I had no club it would be something I'd do for years to come. I just hoped that people would listen and occasionally call. They did and they still do.

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.

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On-Air Schedule
Monday 07:00pm - 12:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Tuesday 07:00pm - 11:59pm Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Wednesday 07:00pm - 12:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Thursday 07:00pm - 12:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Friday 07:00pm - 12:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country
Saturday 07:00pm - 12:00am Northern Michigan's Hit Country

Nascar Steve

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 102.9 Big Country Hits…

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Bill Spencer

Blizzard Bill Spencer has a passion for weather, and it shows.
Bill got his start at the age of five, when he sold enough Kool-aid on the side of the road to buy himself his very first home-based weather station. After that, Bill saved every newspaper weather map for more than 10 years from his hometown newspaper in Miami, Fla., so he could learn how to track storms.

As a teenager Bill started forecasting weather on radio in Florida at an early age. He was only 15. Bill joined the Jacksonville Weather Watchers, a weather club that worked with local TV weather people, and that led to his first internship with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla. Bill then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, and it was off to WBBH in Ft. Myers, Florida, for his first job in television in the summer of 1980.

After getting some on-air experience in Ft. Myers, Bill moved up to Chief Meteorologist at WWTV in Traverse City, Mich. Bill remained the Chief Meteorologist for WWTV for 13 years, while forecasting for 11 radio stations.



 

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