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Were you born in the 1940s, '50s or '60s or love those that were? Tune into NewsTalk 580 AM Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 8 am to hear from Northern Michigan influencers and experts. Specific to life in our region, inspire this best age ever!

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Season 4 Episode 1: Pastor Chris Lane, Traverse City Central United Methodist Church

Air date: November 30, 2019
Show description: When first welcoming community members in 1858, Traverse City Central United Methodist Church created the largest meeting room north of Grand Rapids. Originally founded by a Methodist Episcopal Church preacher from New York state, Central Church has been downtown serving Northern Michigan ever since. Pastor Chris Lane shares timely perspective and conversation that applies in any community as the Christmas season naturally stirs discovery to enrich lives of individuals and make a difference in the lives of others.


Season 3 Episode 12: Eric Okerstrom, Volunteer Coach, Nordic Flyers Vasa Ski Club

Air date: November 23, 2019
Show description: Nordic Flyers is Vasa Ski Club’s flagship skier development program that has been in place for nearly 30 years. Each Tuesday and Thursday during January and February, 80-100 Traverse City middle school students participate in an on-ski, on-trail Nordic ski instruction program staffed by over 40 volunteer coaches. As a member of the family involved in the founding of the North American Vasa, Eric Okerstrom shares his passion for winter and local storytelling. Discover perspective of this Northern Michigan ski race that originated in the 1970s based on the Swedish Vasalopet, an 85-kilometer race now attracting 12,000 skiers each year.


Season 3 Episode 11: Eva Nienhouse, writer and requested advocate

Air date: November 16, 2019
Show description: As families and headlines reveal the impact of mental health challenges, brave and captivating Eva Nienhouse returns to BoomerAbility upon request of listeners. While factors that inflict depression may not be shared by all individuals living with this mental health challenge, the impact often feels familiar. Further understand how depression feels through Eva’s personal insight. Discover supportive area resources for attention, hope, and critical help for healing after a depression diagnosis.


Season 3 Episode 10: John Russell and John Robert Williams, professional photographers and mentors, Traverse Area Camera Club

Air date: November 9, 2019
Show description: Through passion for the region, commitment to community and generosity of talents, professional photographers John Russell and John Robert Williams remarkably chronicle Northern Michigan life and history. In this conversation, discover their involvement in Traverse Area Camera Club to support beginner to professional level photographers and spark new ideas through programs, workshops, field trips, and friendly competitions. Feel welcomed and inspired by the warm humor and intelligent, experienced insight of these two familiar, globetrotting professionals that have always been proud to focus on Northern Michigan as their lifelong home.


Season 3 Episode 9: Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Traverse City Track Club

Air date: November 2, 2019
Show description: Revisit this conversation with Lisa Taylor, a former state champion and Division 1 collegiate runner with an established presence in the Traverse City area running community. As an awarded high school coach and Executive Director of Traverse City Track Club, Taylor professionally specializes in rehabilitation and training of runners. Insight shared will aid activity preparation including 5K running and walking distances that further a healthy lifestyle as well as exploration of our region.


Season 3 Episode 8: Tim Brick, coach from F&M Park to Thirlby Field, TART trailblazer and big-hearted Grizzly

Air date: October 26, 2019
Show description: Born in Traverse City and raised three blocks from Brick Wheels, his popular Northern Michigan business, influencer Tim Brick likes to say that in all these years, he hasn’t made it very far. Discover the far-reaching impact of Tim’s active, community-based passions including the family spirit that created and continues one particularly personal, community-building mission. In his voice, recognize Tim’s compassion behind his broad smile on the football field, on the trails, and at the microphone. Share the awareness of a variety of commitments including the initial Ice Man Cometh Challenge on the VASA trail, TART Trails visioning, and revitalization of Thirlby Football Field as “the front porch of Traverse City.” Why does Tim Brick and the Brick family continue to be instrumental to preserve and promote the region they call home? Listen now, and find out!


Season 3 Episode 7: Lindsay Wills, professional counselor

Air date: October 19, 2019
Show description: The second chapter of this two-part conversation offers professional perspective to better understand and support an individual challenged by depression. With the goal to make mental health language more mainstream, this dialogue with Lindsay Wills, founder, Live True Counseling, delivers insight to better support the mental health of others as well as ourselves. Part one of this segment is on October 12, 2019 with Eva Nienhouse, our Northern Michigan champion who bravely shares her personal experience.


Season 3 Episode 6: Eva Nienhouse, writer and advocate for mental and physical health

Air date: October 12, 2019
Show description: This valuable, two-part mental health conversation offers each a personal champion and an expert. In part one, learn the perspective of Eva Nienhouse, our Northern Michigan champion, and about her journey before and after a depression diagnosis. Physically destructive and confusing for any age, further understanding is crucial for healing. Part two on October 19, 2019, includes a more clinical conversation with a Northern Michigan expert in the field.


Season 3 Episode 5: Bob McLain, A sweet T.A.R.T. advocate for Northern Michigan bicycling

Air date: October 5, 2019
Show description: From the decades of year round opportunities including fundamental support of Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation Trails, Bob McLain is a figure alongside anchor collaborators dedicated to cultivate Northern Michigan bicycling. Tune in to this conversation to discover favorite area trails and several founders of area bicycling including McLain. With a passion for community and appreciation for the variety of safe yet exciting ways to experience the sport at any age, McLain is an active, involved local that inspires.


Season 3 Episode 4: Donna Hollister, RN, CURN and Tim Barrons, “Us Too” and Blue Ribbon Run for prostate cancer advocacy

Air date: September 28, 2019
Show description: Prostate cancer is America’s top non-skin, male-specific cancer in the U.S., and September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Through support groups, online support services, materials and events to learn more, the Us TOO organization creates connection for those living with this cancer that affects one in nine men. Tim Barrons and Donna Hollister, RN, CURN bring community and hope to Northern Michigan families. Discover their personal and professional action to broaden awareness and grow financial support for our area neighbors impacted by this disease.


Season 3 Episode 3: Sheri Lindsay, Stroke Survivor

Air date: September 21, 2019
Show description: Life change may happen unexpectedly due to a health circumstance. What then? Discover the significant impact of two hemorrhagic strokes on survivor Sheri Lindsay. Feel inspired by Lindsay, an empowered Northern Michigan Baby Boomer turning devastation into navigation of her best life ever.


Season 3 Episode 2: Matt Hodges, Director and Board Member, Mid-Michigan Honor Flight

Air date: September 14, 2019
Show description: On September 18, 2019, Northern Michigan’s most distinguished heroes travel as honored guests from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport to Washington, D.C. Discover how area Veterans participate and benefit from Mid-Michigan Honor Flight opportunities that continue to honor sacrifices of WW II Veterans, Korean Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans. Get involved to populate the airport and support this program that tributes our American military heroes twice a year and at no cost to them.


Season 3 Episode 1: Kandace Chapple, Co-Publisher, Grand Traverse Woman Magazine

Air date: September 7, 2019
Show description: Revisit this conversation sharing how Northern Michigan women of any age benefit from insight and outreach of those in the baby boomer generation. Learn the challenges and triumphs of two local twins that launched their company. After 16 years, these business owners continue to tribute the value of attentive women that blazed the trail before them.


Season 2 Episode 14: Labor Day Weekend Special Broadcast

Air date:August 31, 2019
Show description:Enjoy the final celebration of summer with special guests that encourage appreciation of those that make sports and relaxation popular in Northern Michigan. Tune in for smiles and surprising storytelling!


Season 2 Episode 13: Joe Sarafa, Northern Michigan philanthropist and property developer

Air date: August 24, 2019
Show description: Alongside wife, Kelley and family, Joe Sarafa has contributed significant positive impact to Northern Michigan through philanthropy and property development initiatives. A landmark baseball presence; support of area veterans; and physical volunteer action locally and across the country for American Red Cross are just three ways this area leader promotes community. Discover Sarafa’s commitment to our region and his family role models in this August 24 studio conversation.


Season 2 Episode 12: Thom Paulson, City Opera House, Traverse City

Air date: August 17, 2019
Show description: A lifelong Northern Michigan resident and arts enthusiast, Thom Paulson is a trusted voice. Paulson’s ability to shape a career steeped in global entertainment has benefited the region for decades. Through his performing arts and communications passions, discover how Paulson showcases the vibrant City Opera House that anchors Traverse City and regional communities past, present and future. Learn modern opportunities and experience fun storytelling of this former general manager of Interlochen Public Radio and baby boomer!


Season 2 Episode 11: Traverse City Police Department

Air date: August 10, 2019
Show description: Please revisit this timely, summer 2019 conversation! Captain Jim Bussell and Detective Matt Verschaeve, Traverse City Police Department, join listeners in the NewsTalk 580 studio to deliver updated information relevant to us in Northern Michigan. Learn how citizens may gain resources, become informed and how law enforcement agencies maintain their connection to community. You may be surprised at the high level of information that is easily available at any time. Tune in and later amaze your friends with smart facts!


Season 2 Episode 10: Elaine Keaton, Advancement Manager, The Father Fred Foundation

Air date: August 03, 2019
Show description: Each day, families in five Northern Michigan counties rely on The Father Fred Foundation for ongoing, free services. Programs help neighbors that are facing challenges, and with no state or federal funding, volunteers and staff execute a vision to help everyone seeking assistance. Daily contributions and annual food drives fill their pantry market shelves for guests to feed their families, and since 1989, this foundation has honored the legacy of Father Fred through generous giving by those in the region. In conversation with Glen Arbor resident Elaine Keaton, Advancement Manager at Father Fred, discover the man that initiated this humble and growing organization based upon an intention to nurture hope while treating all people with dignity and respect.


Season 2 Episode 9: Wendy Steele, global impact philanthropist with daughter and educator Hailey Hushak

Air date: July 27, 2019
Show description: Leelanau County’s Wendy Steele is a national TEDx speaker and founder of Impact 100, the transformational, global philanthropy model that has contributed over $67M to community organizations around the world including in Grand Traverse, Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie and Kalkaska counties. Discover how generosity matters when Steele is joined by daughter Hailey Hushak, a young professional that grew up in Northern Michigan. Hushak now models her own commitment to giving through a career that continues to influence young lives each day.


Season 2 Episode 8: Tim Barrons, Web site and community builder raised in Benzie County

Air date: July 20, 2019
Show description: Familiar on a bicycle as well as behind the scenes, Tim Barrons provides community connection through sports-minded events. Barrons anchors annual Cherry Roubaix bicycle events and alongside his brother and business partner Tom, co-created an annual 5k run/walk to tribute their father and support those affected by prostate cancer. This upbeat conversation will provide an opportunity for listeners to outsmart Googlebots, organize personal information online, and deliver fresh ways for any individual to navigate and give back to Leelanau, Grand Traverse and surrounding counties.


Season 2 Episode 7: Traverse City Police Department

Air date: July 13, 2019
Show description: Captain Jim Bussell and Detective Matt Verschaeve, Traverse City Police Department, return to the NewsTalk 580 studio to deliver updated information that protects Northern Michigan listeners. Learn how citizens may gain resources, become informed and how law enforcement agencies maintain their connection to community. You may be surprised at the high level of information that is easily available at any time. Tune in and later amaze your friends with smart facts!


Season 2 Episode 6: John Russell, Photojournalist

Air date: July 6, 2019
Show description: Events and experiences captured through photography create a valued archive for Northern Michigan. A familiar journalist that contributes much professional and personal passion for our region, John Russell shares perspective through his lens. As a baby boomer growing up in the region, Russell captures listeners here through conversation of his connection to classic cars, Anglers of the Au Sable and protection of our natural resources, Traverse Area Camera Club, and Mid-Michigan Honor Flight.


Season 2 Episode 5: Matt Hodges, Director and Board Member, Mid-Michigan Honor Flight

Air date: June 29, 2019
Show description: Twice a year and at no cost to them, Northern Michigan’s most distinguished heroes travel as honored guests from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport to Washington, D.C. Discover how area Veterans participate and benefit from Mid-Michigan Honor Flight opportunities that continue to honor sacrifices of WW II Veterans, Korean Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans.


Season 2 Episode 4: Kandace Chapple, Co-Publisher, Grand Traverse Woman Magazine

Air date: June 22, 2019
Show description: Northern Michigan women of any age benefit from insight and outreach of those in the baby boomer generation. Listen to how two twins launched their business and after 16 years continue to tribute the value of attentive women that blazed the trail before them.


Season 2 Episode 3: George Bearup, Senior Trust Advisor and community leader

Air date: June 15, 2019
Show description: “My Mother’s Wartime Wedding” continues with a personal story during George Bearup’s two-part conversation. George Bearup, a senior trust advisor, has over 42 years as an estate planning attorney. Bearup is a longstanding chairperson on the board of directors for a variety of Northern Michigan organizations including Traverse City Rotary Charities, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation and Munson Medical Center. Bearup has contributed decades of service and continues to lead our community as a board member of many decision-making groups in the region including Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, Traverse Health Clinic, Munson Medical Center Bioethics Resource Committee and Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation (TART) Trails. In professional practice for over 42 years, Bearup is a frequently requested speaker and resource for colleagues and clients throughout Michigan as well as a Best Lawyer in America for over 35 years.


Season 2 Episode 2: George Bearup, Senior Trust Advisor and community leader

Air date: June 8, 2019
Show description: “A Glimpse into Estate Planning for the Modern Family” initiates a two-part conversation with George Bearup, Senior Trust Advisor and longstanding chairperson on the board of directors for a variety of Northern Michigan organizations including Traverse City Rotary Charities, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation and Munson Medical Center. Bearup has contributed decades of service and continues to lead our community as a board member of many decision-making groups in the region including Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, Traverse Health Clinic, Munson Medical Center Bioethics Resource Committee and Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation (TART) Trails. In professional practice for over 42 years, Bearup is a frequently requested speaker and resource for colleagues and clients throughout Michigan as well as a Best Lawyer in America for over 35 years.


Season 2 Episode 1: Marc Judge, President, The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City and American Flag Project Co-Creator

Air date: June 1, 2019
Show description: The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City American Flag Project makes a statement throughout the region on the four major flag holidays each year: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Sponsorship dollars financially support children's initiatives that have impacted thousands of Northern Michigan kids for decades. How did this civic project get its start? Discover more about the area's sprawling display of over 300 flags in this patriotic splash. Dynamic community member, Marc Judge, serves as both an anchor of this American Flag Project and current President of Kiwanis Club of Traverse City. Learn how Judge came to further community area roots of red, white and blue.


Season 1 Episode 10: Jay Zrimec, Fund developer for significant Northern Michigan capital projects

Air date: May 25, 2019
Show description: Jay Zrimec has been involved in Northern Michigan non-profit fund development for 22 years. Throughout his career, Zrimec served as Vice President for Fund Development for Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, created and developed the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, and was responsible for raising $33 million for specific projects. Continuing his work in a fresh way in this phase of life, Zrimec's conversation shares methods to seek and discover as well as benefit from the thrill of a new level of opportunity.


Season 1 Episode 9: Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Traverse City Track Club

Air date: May 18, 2019
Show description: Lisa Taylor is a former state champion and Division 1 collegiate runner with an established presence in the Traverse City area running community as both an awarded high school coach and running advocate. As Executive Director of Traverse City Track Club, Taylor is an involved leader of the Bayshore Marathon, one of the most prominent running events in the Midwest. Professionally specializing in rehabilitation and training of runners, Lisa shares how to enjoy a more active lifestyle.


Season 1 Episode 8: Mike Kent, Communications expert behind T.C. Patriot Game and Toys for Tots

Air date: May 11, 2019
Show description: Approximately 10,000 spectators gather at the annual T.C. Patriot Game for three reasons: To watch a high school football team rivalry; pay tribute to area veterans, active duty, and first responders; and contribute thousands of dollars to support programs for those individuals. Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan has been recognized as one of the top Christmas toy programs in the country. In a single Christmas, Toys for Tots has gifted over 23,000 toys to over 7,000 children. Mike Kent is the expert communicator driving these two efforts. Kent's simple advice prepares listeners to get involved and deliver messages that make a difference.


Season 1 Episode 7: Jack O'Malley, Michigan House of Representatives

Air date: May 4, 2019
Show description: "Best of BoomerAbility" March 23 conversation with State Representative Jack O'Malley, 101st District, Michigan House of Representatives. Scroll to the Season 1 Episode 1 link to revisit O'Malley's leap from a successful Northern Michigan media career to politics at age 59. Feel inspired by State Representative O'Malley's experiences and decisions to pursue this life chapter.


Season 1 Episode 6: John Williams, Co-Founder, Traverse City Film Festival

Air date: April 27, 2019
Show description: John Robert Williams, a life-long resident of Traverse City, has been a professional photographer for over 34 years. Born at Munson Hospital on Halloween in 1955, Williams served over a decade on the City Planning Commission from age 17 and in 1986 co-founded Traverse Area Recreational Trails (TART). In 2005, Williams was a co-founder of the Traverse City Film Festival. A passionate advocate for the quality of life Northern Michigan has to offer, John shares inspiration for any individual to grow their own legacy.


Season 1 Episode 5: Doug Luciani, Former CEO, Traverse Connect

Air date: April 20, 2019
Show description: As outgoing CEO of Traverse Connect and a respected business leader in Northern Michigan, Doug Luciani transitions into a planned next step. At this reflective time, Doug discusses leadership and how Northern Michigan action inspires decision-making in other areas of Michigan and our United States.


Season 1 Episode 4: Steve Constantin, Traverse City DDA and City Opera House

Air date: April 13, 2019
Show description: Steve Constantin relocated to Northern Michigan after a career that took his family around the world. Through Steve's insight, understand the building blocks and reward of both advance planning and curiosity to make new community routines more personal.


Season 1 Episode 3: Dr. Mary Beth Hardwicke, Interlochen Public Library

Air date: April 6, 2019
Show description: Dr. Mary Beth Hardwicke, a recently retired internal medicine physician and Interlochen resident, steered leadership of forty five volunteers that in 2018 built the Interlochen Public Library to provide intellectual, recreational and vocational information for a diverse and changing population. Discover how unexpected life transition creates a new connection to community, professional and personal satisfaction.


Season 1 Episode 2: Traverse City Police Department

Air date: Mar 30, 2019
Show description: Captain Jim Bussell and Detective Matt Verschaeve, Traverse City Police Department provide online and telephone safety information to protect Northern Michigan baby boomers from falling prey to these types of scams and fraud. Learn trending methods of criminals and discover how to respond and get help for yourself or others if suspicious or a victim of crime.


Season 1 Episode 1: State Representative Jack O'Malley

Air date: Mar 23, 2019
Show description: State Representative Jack O'Malley, 101st District, Michigan House of Representatives discusses his leap from a successful Northern Michigan media career to politics at age 59. Feel inspired by State Representative O'Malley's experiences and decisions to pursue this life chapter.

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