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!
Air date: July 24, 2021
Show description: Listeners know Vic McCarty as a face of NewsTalk 580 through Frost & McCarty, The Big Beer Show, and weekday reports for The Ron Jolly Show’s “On the Road with Vic McCarty.” By continuing his media work, Vic has maintained safe, interactive connection with Northern Michigan listeners throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In their July 24 dialogue, join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse and guest Vic to discover upbeat, thought provoking conversation about Northern Michigan life from someone that’s been out there experiencing it throughout the pandemic response. Is hope more and more on the horizon? Is Vic really in charge of The Big Beer show on the air on Saturday mornings? Listen in now to feel hopeful, a little reflective and a likely chuckle coming on!
Air date: July 17, 2021
Show description: Many generations of Northern Michigan families have made an imprint on history and continue to impact community. The Nelsons are solidly within this population. Join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse with siblings Darryl Nelson and Karen Nelson, two area leaders with voices and actions steeped in community generosity. How was a servant commitment woven into their practices? What are their personal perspectives and priorities? Have they experienced life elsewhere? Going beyond supporting Northern Michigan neighbors, listeners also discover a journey they themselves may understand. Experiences of Karen and Darryl may connect personally with listeners, and this conversation delivers thoughtful commentary and critical hope. Please join this special conversation. Listen now!
Air date: July 10, 2021
Show description:After the 2020 program event and flight pause as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Northern Michigan’s most distinguished heroes may soon return to travel with style, comfort and recognition. Discover how area American military veterans travel as honored guests from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport to Washington, D.C to participate and benefit from Mid-Michigan Honor Flight opportunities that continue to honor sacrifices of WW II Veterans, Korean Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans. What is being planned for fall 2021? Click the show link now to learn more from American Military Veteran and Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Board Member Matt Hodges. His July 10 conversation with BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse is filled with program information, how to participate, and ways to support this program that tributes our American military heroes at no cost to them. Listen now, and thank you!
Air date: July 3, 2021
Show description: Please listen at every chance! Tuesday, July 6 marks the thousandth episode of Words to the Wise, the longest-running radio program about words and language in America. Typically broadcast from the WTCM NewsTalk studio during The Ron Jolly Show, it’s an event to celebrate! Broadcasting from City Opera House, Traverse City, live audience members and listeners everywhere experience show number 1,000 with Professor Michael Sheehan, Words to the Wise co-host Ron Jolly, and NewsTalk producer Colleen Wares. Before the big event, enjoy time on July 3 with BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse and Professor Sheehan. Smile through BoomerAbility conversation that expands beyond answers to curiosity about grammar and language. Delightful and quick-witted Professor Sheehan may educate, entertain and surprise you! To join the 9 a.m. live broadcast audience on July 6, visit CityOperaHouse.org. Each $10 ticket supports City Opera House arts programs. Thank you for joining us!
Air date: June 26, 2021
Show description: It’s a comeback summer! As summer festivals make a return to our lives in Northern Michigan, how are they different from pre-pandemic 2019? Our National Cherry Festival (NCF) worked hard to create a virtual “very cherry” festival experience in 2020, and our 2021 NCF physically returns to Traverse City from July 3-10. What may we expect? Learn the updates and feel the cherry love from NCF Executive Director Kat Paye when she joins BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse just days from this highly anticipated, globally recognized event. Tune in now, and prepare to mark your calendars!
Air date: June 19, 2021
Show description: ”Remember when…?” Sharing nostalgia has been proven to be more than present day dialogue, and those memories of our past actually may propel positive vibes into our futures. Enjoy June 19 storytelling that will undoubtedly spark your own Northern Michigan memory-making. Join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse in this special broadcast that features her parents, Mike and Barbara Moyes, and their lives as a Michigan State Police family that experienced MSP life in volumes of statewide communities including St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. Please click the show link and travel along now!
Air date: June 12, 2021
Show description: For eight years at 10:00 a.m., the voice of Shea Petaja has delivered much more than the familiar and informative “Shea stats” to Thursday’s New Retirement Radio on NewsTalk 580. Get to know Shea Petaja, discover the impact of her professional life as a certified coach in Northern Michigan, and benefit by learning easy-to-follow guidance she provides. While you may know Shea as “putting the fun in Prout Financial Design”, you’ll also feel inspired by the qualified personal and career coaching direction she offers. Click the show link now to enjoy a half hour with BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse and Shea! Follow Shea at SheaPetaja.com and look forward to her next visit to the BoomerAbility studio. Will you know your superpower by then?
Air date: June 5, 2021
Show description: Beyond encompassing support through Traverse City Downtown Development Authority-managed organizations such as Downtown Traverse City Association, Traverse City Parking Services and Traverse City Arts Commission, the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (TC DDA) also connects in a warm and reflective way. For example, in addition to stories from and about Northern Michigan small businesses, the TC DDA offers neighborhood stories, testimonies, memories, and photos. In this June 5, 2021 conversation, join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse and Jean Derenzy, CEO, Traverse City Downtown Development Authority. Learn about scheduled projects, a few areas of focus for strategic planning, and mark calendars for Downtown Traverse City events. With opportunities, kindness and safety in mind, the TC DDA has launched a more open, “business near normal” environment. Welcome back summer! Join this upbeat and forward thinking conversation now.
Air date: May 22, 2021
Show description: May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and show guests include leadership figures of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority. This valuable May 29 conversation with BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse includes Darryl Washington, Director of Long Term Care and Support Services and Marshall Cronican-Walker, LMSW, OBRA program navigator for Northern Lakes. Meet and get to know these personable mental health experts that have the credentials and experience to understand mental health needs and deliver specific health providers and proven solutions available for Northern Michigan individuals and families. Please listen now!
Air date: May 22, 2021
Show description: National Older Americans Month continues throughout May! Join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse and Lana Payne, Director, Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging along with April Missias, Director, Leelanau County Senior Services. Meet two of the agency directors that lead service agencies in Northern Michigan. Discover collaborations and organizations that meet the needs of individuals over age 60 living in our region. Listen now!
Air date: May 15, 2021
Show description: Join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse and Deb Allen, Community Engagement Officer, Grand Traverse Pavilions for this timely conversation during May, National Older Americans Month. As a bonus, experience a brief rebroadcast conversation that also includes Heidi Gustine, Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging for Northwest Michigan (AAANM). These BoomerAbility guests are familiar leadership collaborators, and Allen also serves as Advocacy Committee Chair for the Area Agency on Aging. Discover resources and how to learn more about supporting specific needs of individuals over age 55 or age 60 living in Northern Michigan. Listen now!
Air date: May 8, 2021
Show description: Hear from State Representative John Roth, 104th District, elected in November 2021 to serve Grand Traverse County constituents. Learn more about his connection to Grand Traverse County and a few of his legislative responsibilities. In addition, continue discovering regional services available as National Older Americans Month is celebrated throughout May. Join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse with Lori Wells, Community Outreach Director, Advocacy Committee Chair, PACE North. Listen now!
Air date: May 1, 2021
Show description: May is nationally a month to recognize and celebrate our older Americans across the country, and Northern Michigan leaders represent! Join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse along with Deborah Allen, Advocacy Committee Chair for the Area Agency on Aging for Northwest Michigan (AAANM) and Agency Executive Director, Heidi Gustine. Did you know our Area Agency on Aging coordinates regional aging services for 10 counties? As National Older Americans Month launches on May 1, discover perspective on the importance of advocacy for aging adults and the regional organizations that care for this valued population. Deborah Allen, a familiar area figure, also serves as Community Engagement Officer, Grand Traverse Pavilions. Information shared in this May 1 BoomerAbility conversation will provide resources and answer questions about individuals over age 60 living in Northern Michigan. Listen now!
Air date: April 25, 2021
Show description: The 10.5 mile long TART is a paved urban transportation and recreation corridor in the Grand Traverse region connecting Acme Township to the east and the Leelanau Trail to the west of Traverse City. The non-profit organization, Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART), offers a free-to-access trail system that connects area participants to destinations such as workplaces, shopping and restaurants, recreation areas, resorts, and the Traverse City State Park campground. Connecting trails include Boardman Lake Trail, Three Mile Trail, and the Leelanau Trail. Learn timely TART updates in this conversation between BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse and TART Communications and Policy Director Brian Beauchamp. Discover how to support and enjoy the TART scenic transportation opportunity that is treasured and trusted by locals and visitors. Click the link to listen now!
Air date: April 17, 2021
Show description: The automatically lifelong health care provided by Michigan’s auto no fault insurance system is on track for a significant change in July 2021 after May 2019 legislation was passed. Do you know what this soon to be enacted auto no fault insurance protection change means? Do you know how your family may be impacted? Hear personal stories of families after their loved ones survived catastrophic injury. This personal discussion of Kris Ruckle-Mahon and Peg Campbell with BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse will inform and share resources for education, support and action if devastating circumstances have or may land in lives of listeners. Join this important show now, and feel more aware!
Air date: April 10, 2021
Show description: Revisit this timely, upbeat conversation with Traverse City’s City Clerk, Benjamin Marentette. Recognize collaborations and accomplishments taking Northern Michigan government into 2021 and beyond. Discover resources to learn more about strategies and action taking place. Listen now!
Air date: April 3, 2021
Show description: TikTok is a social media platform popular with and targeted for those ages 13-40 using mobile phones. In 2020, TikTok was the most downloaded app in the world. What exactly is it? Put simply, those with TikTok accounts upload three to sixty second videos that repeat (loop) content, and entertainment is the most popular category. In June 2020, entertainment accumulated 443.3 BILLION category views collectively on the platform! Tune in to this special April 3 broadcast and podcast conversation between Olivia Nienhouse and social media expert Waffle Bordelon. Through examples, discover how younger generations are utilizing smart phones and capitalizing on social media platforms like TikTok. Better understand costs, benefits, and business incentives that make social media lucrative and doable. If nothing else, define language and ideas that enlighten us and inspire dialogue with tech savvy kids and companions with whom we want to connect. Listen now!
Air date: March 27, 2021
Show description: It’s spring! We are thrilled to soon see leaves on our trees. How may we best care for our woodlands at this time of year and into summer? Bo Burke, certified arborist, reconnects with host Wendy Nienhouse to share his ISA arboriculture experience with Northern Michigan listeners. Discover how to avoid tree disease, shape healthy tree growth, and feel successful with spring yard maintenance. Protect the living history provided by your trees! Tune in to this March 27 BoomerAbility conversation.
Air date: March 20, 2021
Show description: You or a loved one may be one of approximately 58,500 Michigan individuals to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) this year. Join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse with Tom Constand, President and CEO, Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) as discussion focuses on that number of Michigan residents annually afflicted with a brain injury. This March 20 NewsTalk 580 conversation features March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, the celebration of 40 years of BIAMI and Northern Michigan connection points, and impending legislation that warrants attention of Michigan families. Discover education, advocacy and support of BIAMI available to listeners and families across the state. Tune in to this informative and supportive conversation now!
Air date: March 13, 2021
Show description: Does life feel a little brighter, or would you like a shot of optimism?Join host Wendy Nienhouse and guest Vic McCarty, the familiar radio WTCM NewsTalk 580 figure that daily takes listeners throughout Northern Michigan. Vic and Wendy’s March 13 conversation travels through regional opportunities for hope, appreciation, and respect for the broadcast messages we depend upon to feel informed, inspired and influenced. Please join this upbeat and thought-provoking BoomerAbility dialogue now!
Air date: March 6, 2021
Show description: Join baby boomer and Public Relations Manager Mike Kent, Traverse City Tourism, in this optimistic conversation with BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse. Discover a few facts about what’s open and what’s available for listeners to put on their “to do” lists this spring. Known as a premium resource for things to do in Northern Michigan, spend time with this Traverse City Tourism figure that shares your questions and has educated, timely answers! Tune in now, and get planning!
Air date: February 27, 2021
Show description: As much as you try to lift spirits, are you or someone in your life feeling down? Depression may increase during Northern Michigan winter months due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Fortunately, there are a number of evidence-based treatments that can be quite effective in alleviating symptoms once properly diagnosed. Get to know Dr. Curt Cummins, Medical Director, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority when he joins BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse on February 27. Discover S.A.D. symptoms, how to reach out for help for self or others, and feel educated on area support and methods to improve healing in our region. Do you know the area professional resources available for those that face depression? Learn more now!
Air date: February 26, 2021
Special description: Gratitude is lifted to Ron Jolly, NewsTalk 580’s “The Ron Jolly Show” for this February 17, 2021 statement. Ron offered his perspective upon the death of Rush Limbaugh, founder, Excellence in Broadcasting Network and The Rush Limbaugh Show that have reached Northern Michigan listeners for decades. Ron includes a brief NewsTalk 580 timeline featuring the impact of Rush Limbaugh on radio and the impact that solidified NewsTalk 580 AM as a premier, powerful and trusted Northern Michigan connector. Thank you RJ. Steve Cook and I offer a brief audio tribute link above. RIP Rush. — Wendy Nienhouse, BoomerAbility Host
From Ron Jolly: “I remember back in 1989 or thereabouts, WTCM AM 580 was about to take a big step and go from a station that broadcast simulcast country music programming from WTCM-FM and featured one local program, Farm and Orchard Time with Merlin Dumbrille.
Our fearless leader was taking a big chance, reading the tea leaves, peering out over the radio horizon, and moving to a News and Talk format. Colleen Wares and I, along with Jim Alexander would be responsible for providing much local news to the station that would start out with a lot of national syndicated programming.
I told the boss about a guy who was called "the Paul Harvey of the 90's." He was controversial, but picking up affiliates and a lot of attention. Next thing we knew, WTCM NewsTalk 580 was a Rush Limbaugh affiliate. With that show came Dr. Dean Edell. I recall we also had a guy named Chuck Harter in the afternoon, later replaced by Larry King, and later by the great G-Man, G. Gordon Liddy.
Rush changed...no, saved AM radio across the country. He spawned imitators, and inspired others to create their own presence on the dial. Love him or hate him, Rush was a great broadcaster. He understood and loved the medium.
He changed the face of Republican politics, and politics overall as well as national news media. His opponents have tried every trick in the book to get him off the dial, understanding the immense power and influence he commanded.
The word came down today like a punch in my gut. Rush is gone.
Thank you Rush for all that you have done for the medium of radio and the business of broadcasting, for validating the views of millions of conservative thinkers, for the millions of dollars that you have donated to good causes, for the many laughs, for your courage. RIP”
Air date: February 20, 2021
Show description: “We're Ready When You're Ready!” Listeners, are YOU ready? Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) continues its top priorities of safety and security of passengers and airport employees. In contact with public health officials including the Grand Traverse County Health Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control, Cherry Capital Airport leadership remains vigilant for any changes issued by all health authorities during the health pandemic. In this February 20 conversation with BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse, TVC Airport Director Kevin Klein addresses health and safety as well as TVC’s unprecedented growth in 2020 that continues with all carriers reporting strong demand for domestic flights. Learn TVC health and safety news, exciting new flight information, and restore hope for air travel to make a comeback as part of our work and leisure lifestyles. Listen now!
Air date: February 6, 2021
Show description: In 2021, Midwestern Broadcasting celebrates 80 years as Northern Michigan’s original and most powerful radio communicator. During a pandemic, learn how baby boomer Steve “Omelette” Normandin and his WKLT morning shenanigans were inducted into the Midwestern Broadcasting family. Discover one glimpse into the real Omelette backstory, how his wingman Rick Coates wrangled a particularly memorable rock icon as their show guest, and how Governor Whitmer and KLT listeners feel about her recent on-air conversations with Omelette. Join host Wendy Nienhouse and Northern Michigan’s popular KLT morning voice. Will Wendy be able to keep up? Find out now!
Air date: January 30, 2021
Show description: Join host Wendy Nienhouse for our January 30, 2021 BoomerAbility conversation! Michigan State House Representative Jack O'Malley, 101st District, delivers personal thoughts as a Northern Michigan baby boomer looking toward the future. Rep. O’Malley also discusses methods of communication as well as legislative perspective following the January 27 State of the State address. Tune in to this timely conversation now!
Air date: January 23, 2021
Show description: Relaxing together over a fabulous, freshly made pie is a welcomed opportunity to connect us through conversation. It’s also a chance to promote community advocacy, as it turns out, and this is important in the successful vision of Grand Traverse Pie Company founders Mike and Denise Busley. Get to know this bighearted, Northern Michigan power couple when the Busleys join BoomerAbility host Wendy Nienhouse on National Pie Day, January 23. Learn about their roots, their philanthropic evolution, and the Busleys’ focus on family, all families, that inspires their personal and professional legacies. Treat yourself to a warm slice of inspiring, Northern Michigan life on National Pie Day 2021. Listen now!
Air date: January 16, 2021
Show description: Radio delivers timely and often entertaining information free of charge as we invite broadcasts into our homes, vehicles, work and leisure spaces. In 2021, Midwestern Broadcasting celebrates 80 years as a Northern Michigan ambassador. Discover examples and benefits of radio enthusiasm that advances into the future since founded by Les Biederman with a little help from his friends. The Biederman family continues to own and manage the expansive Midwestern Broadcasting network as a communications asset and has invested in decades of regional support. Join host Wendy Nienhouse and guest Mitch Truemner, Midwestern Broadcasting, in one tribute to this Northern Michigan success story. Learn why this network continues to lead information sharing. Listen now!
Air date: January 9, 2021
Show description: The City Clerk’s Office, Traverse City serves as the City’s legislative and corporate office. Operations are in accordance with and upholding the Michigan constitution, City Charter, ordinances, policies, federal and state laws and administrative orders of the City Manager. On January 9, 2021, get to know City Clerk Ben Marentette in this upbeat discussion with host Wendy Nienhouse. Did you know Marentette has been past recognized as State of Michigan's City Clerk of the Year? Learn more about our City Clerk’s responsibilities including five areas addressed in the Annual Report “Performance” released on January 19, 2021. Listen now!
Air date: January 2, 2021
Show description: This fresh conversation provides both local viewpoints and personal perspectives that pertain to several 2020 Northern Michigan headlines. Join host Wendy Nienhouse and guest Vic McCarty, the familiar radio presence and reporter at WTCM NewsTalk 580 that daily takes listeners throughout Northern Michigan. Discover McCarty’s observations of business owners and their responses that have demonstrated resilience against challenges and continue to inspire our region. Join this January 2021 conversation now!
Air date: December 26, 2020
Show description: Revisit this timely BoomerAbility conversation! Northern Michigan small businesses have been bombarded by and have adapted to incredible, unexpected and immediate change during the 2020 COVID-19 health pandemic. How did Traverse City’s Downtown Development Authority instantly respond and transition? What organizations have been involved in this overwhelming effort? What is next? Learn area business infrastructure perspective shared on October 24 by accomplished Traverse City leader Jean Derenzy, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Development Authority. Tune in now!
Air date: December 19, 2020
Show description: Serving Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation as Vice President, Donor Engagement and Operations, Alison has been part of the Foundation staff since October 2005. Raising her young family in Traverse City is reminiscent of her own youth in the region. Discover how mentors like you have steered and confirmed Alison’s career decisions. Working alongside generous and forward thinking community members, Alison shares personal and professional objectives to enrich lives in our region now and into the future. Learn how gifts of all sizes are established for meaningful endowments of our familiar Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Are you curious about or interested in area arts, education, the environment, human services and/or youth? In support of our incredible Northern Michigan region, will you match your passion to purpose in a specific way? Get to know Alison and the Foundation to observe ways that our baby boomer generation is cultivating legacies that feel personal and manageable. Listen now to this December 19 BoomerAbility conversation that may be exactly what inspires and connects you to Northern Michigan!
Air date: December 12, 2020
Show description: Northern Michigan community members established Traverse City Central United Methodist Church in 1858. That year, Central Church’s downtown landmark opened their doors as the largest meeting room north of Grand Rapids. On December 12, 2020, BoomerAbility guest Pastor Chris Lane delivers personal and Central Church staff perspective to listeners. What does your Christmas season look and feel like this year? For millions, it means a more isolated reflection of faith and spirituality due to the coronavirus pandemic safety response and government directives. A majority of churches seem dark in physical church sanctuaries during this traditionally brightly celebrated time of year. Are churches actually silent? Listen now to find support and connections that may assist any age anywhere in the world.
Air date: December 5, 2020
Show description: Over 20 years of Northern Michigan influence qualifies Judy Harrison as a local leader, and BoomerAbility listeners are the first media audience to hear a breaking announcement from this powerhouse! In addition, discover why Harrison has been driven to deliver opportunities and create generous support of Northern Michigan charity organizations. To date, over $4.2 million dollars have been raised through consecutive, annual SwingShift and The Stars Dance-off for Charity events. Observe how the SwingShift and the Stars fundraising network maintained relevancy and promoted safety while transitioning through the 2020 pandemic response. Learn how Northern Michigan nonprofits Michael’s Place, a grief support system for all ages, and Traverse City’s Old Town Playhouse continue to inspire and support their own board member Harrison through their reputable work. Could you benefit from them as well? Do you have your own personal connection to support any nonprofit that is close to your heart? Feel Judy Harrison’s companionship as a community member and vibrant inspiration that lights and lifts the region in many measurable ways. Gain understanding of why and how you are such a vital component of our region. Listen now!
Air date: November 28, 2020
Show description: After this timely BoomerAbility conversation, confidently seek out Northern Michigan-owned video game retailers for games, consoles and expert guidance. Enter the holiday shopping season while supporting local small businesses that have been delivering education, escape and fun to our homes throughout the pandemic and beyond. Learn about retro classics, new releases, proven consoles and more. Join our November 28 guests now!
Air date: November 21, 2020
Show description: Six Northern Michigan counties and 5,000 adults and children annually receive services from four locations of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, staff and care providers of the organization have continued to provide essential health care services to individuals living with serious mental health illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbance, and persons with co-occuring substance use disorders. In addition to addressing needs of these vulnerable individuals, Northern Lakes delivers primary health care services in two Northern Michigan locations as part of their Integrated Health Clinic. In this two-pronged conversation with Northern Lakes leaders Joanie Blamer, Chief Population Officer for Mental Health Services, and Tracy Andrews, Director of Managed and Integrated Care, listeners gain valuable insight to protect and improve mental and physical health. Many friends and family members may be experiencing sadness, loneliness and depression due to stressors and isolation. Discover how to identify mental health challenges and find resources for mental health support. In addition, learn more about the growing awareness of the link between physical health and mental health. Find out how Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority engages people in a safe and confidential environment with the opportunity to get connected with primary health care through their services. Listen now!
Air date: November 14, 2020
Show description: Bo Burke is a certified Arborist and referred area “tree doctor” following ISA arboriculture standards. Bo Burke also owns and operates Climb a Tree, the original tree-climbing outrigger in Northern Michigan. Discover tree care insight as well as examples of affliction that may affect our loved, neighborhood trees like oak, hemlock and beech trees among others. Join this November 14 BoomerAbility conversation now!
Air date: November 7, 2020
Show description: Feel inspiration from this rebroadcast fall 2020 conversation! Join community leaders Sue Buck and Betsy Carr. The duo are recognized, admirable contributors to Northern Michigan through their consistent support of charities. Buck, Carr and their enterprise have delivered twenty five years of service aligned with their development and leadership of Dance Arts Academy, Company Dance Traverse, and Diva Dancewear. What has their journey been like during the coronavirus health crisis? What has felt inspiring in their continued connection to students? From virtual sessions to dance camps into the Dance Arts Academy fall 2020 class schedule, how has transition quickly been accomplished? What’s next, and what feels most important? These two former professional dancers are experienced educators with a combined sixty-plus years of teaching experience. Tune in to this conversation to be part of Sue and Betsy's healthy, positive, and supportive energy and vibe. Listen now!
Air date: October 31, 2020
Show description: In a historical year of the unexpected, Northern Michigan governance decision-makers have demonstrated resilience and transition to safely serve our communities. Importantly in mind, local issues and legislative offices as part of a presidential election have our full attention in Northern Michigan. On the last weekend before our national Election Day, hear from City Clerk Ben Marentette, City of Traverse City. Discover updated information relevant to your vote in 2020. Still possible on air date October 31, what is the deadline to register to vote and cast your 2020 ballot? How and where may we learn more? How is Traverse City helping you share this important message statewide? Get to know this professionally recognized and respected City Clerk. PLUS! Beyond civics, discover how Ben’s family life has become fabulous with the addition of a remarkable Baby Boomer, and learn local sailing excursions that globetrotting Ben recommends. This vibrant, Northern Michigan leader will demonstrate why his involvement is held in such high regard locally and across the map. Tune in now!
Air date: October 24, 2020
Show description:Northern Michigan small businesses have been bombarded by and have adapted to incredible, unexpected and immediate change during the 2020 COVID-19 health pandemic. How did Traverse City’s Downtown Development Authority instantly respond and transition? What organizations have been involved in this overwhelming effort? What is next? Learn area business infrastructure perspective shared on October 24 by accomplished Traverse City leader Jean Derenzy, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Development Authority. Tune in to this timely conversation now!
Air date: October 17, 2020
Show description: Politics are front and center during this unheard-of year. A pandemic and United States presidential election are two headliners greatly affecting us in Northern Michigan. Join perspective shared on October 15 by sitting legislator and baby boomer State Representative Jack O'Malley, 101st District including four area counties. Tune in to this timely conversation now!
Air date: October 10, 2020
Show description: Join leaders of Safe Harbor Grand Traverse including Mike McDonald, Executive Board Chairperson and Donna Olendorf, Community Liaison. Traverse City’s seasonal emergency shelter, Safe Harbor, has created and continues its commitment to deliver important case management and housing assistance to a vulnerable population. A primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for guests experiencing homelessness. What are the newly adopted practices and environmental parameters as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic? How are collaborators working within Safe Harbor, and how may Northern Michigan individuals and groups offer support? Discover and learn the importance of Safe Harbor Grand Traverse as their programs become fully available. Better understand improvements tailored for pandemic safety to appropriately protect volunteers and guests during a new season, October 31, 2020 through early spring 2021. Understand how and perhaps feel called to personally contribute to this community continuum of care.
Air date: October 3, 2020
Show description: John Russell professionally and voluntarily daily chronicles Northern Michigan life and history. In this conversation, discover John’s perspective observed within area communities to maintain personal connections between individuals through a socially disconnected health pandemic. Feel inspired by the trademark humor of this familiar figure proud to claim Northern Michigan as his lifelong hometown.
Air date: September 26, 2020
Show description: Sherrie Moseler, Executive Director, PACE North in Traverse City, updates NewsTalk listeners regarding the unique PACE North model and the organization’s transitions through the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall, PACE North also celebrates a year of serving Northern Michigan through its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE North delivers expert medical and wellness care for individuals ages 55 or older as they continue to live safely at home. Discover this proven alternative for traditional long-term care, how PACE North adapted and continues to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis, and how PACE continues to safely serve participants now and into the future. Feel informed with this September 26, 2020 conversation!
Air date: September 19, 2020
Show description: Through consistent delivery by journalist Mike Kent, listeners may have already discovered crises often experienced and expressed by Michigan American Military Veterans. In 2019, Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan gifted nearly 26,000 toys to over 5,700 children. Mike Kent is an expert communicator and advocate for our American Military Veterans as well as a Toys for Tots figure to support his wife, Maggie, and her leadership of regional Toys for Tots efforts. How may we support our American Military Veterans feeling crisis? What does the 2020 Toys for Tots season look like through the coronavirus pandemic? Join our September 19 conversation to learn, get involved and create hope and opportunity for those supported by his articulate, Northern Michigan messages. Listen now!
Air date: September 12, 2020
Show description: Community leaders Sue Buck and Betsy Carr are recognized, admirable contributors to Northern Michigan through their consistent support of charities. The duo and their enterprise have delivered twenty five years of service aligned with their development and leadership of Dance Arts Academy, Company Dance Traverse, and Diva Dancewear. What has felt inspiring in their continued connection to students during the coronavirus health crisis? From virtual sessions to dance camps into the Dance Arts Academy fall 2020 class schedule, how has transition quickly been accomplished? What’s next, and what feels most important? These two former professional dancers are experienced educators with a combined sixty-plus years of teaching experience. Tune in to this conversation to be part of Sue and Betsy's healthy, positive, and supportive energy and vibe. Listen now!
Air date: September 5, 2020
Show description: Providing care for over a hundred years, Grand Traverse Pavilions, Traverse City has experienced how to consistently adhere to federal regulations as well as creatively adapt. Owned by Grand Traverse County and operated by the Grand Traverse County Department of Health and Human Services Board, the Pavilions is home to more than 300 residents and an employer of 400 staff members. For over a century and currently through the 2020 global coronavirus pandemic, the Pavilions Community programs address needs through Nursing Care, Residential Services, a Wellness Center and Adult Day/Respite Care Services. Discover how this 28 acre campus on historical property is adapting in new ways to their commitment to aging adults and caregivers. Hear from Deb Allen, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer of Grand Traverse Pavilions as September 5, 2020 discussion includes safety and daily practices as well as vital engagement with family, friends and community. What has been addressed and accomplished, what’s new, and what’s next? Northern Michigan may get involved and have some fun as we support this special population of residents and staff. Listen now and learn how!
Air date: August 29, 2020
Show description: Jennifer Szunko, Executive Director of TCNewTech, is among the first Northern Michigan figures to quickly transition due to COVID19-driven social gathering parameters. Traditional face to face, public events swiftly became monthly online gatherings. Jennifer and her TCNewTech team understandably rose to the challenge, since goals of the organization are accomplished through interaction among technology enthusiasts. What innovations have been ignited since March 2020? How has TCNewTech continued their free, monthly Traverse City events temporarily away from City Opera House, Traverse City? What has evolved as TCNewTech continues to engage all ages? Learn now!
Air date: August 22, 2020
Show description: Vic McCarty’s radio presence at WTCM NewsTalk 580 includes conversations as host and reporter from both the Midwestern Broadcasting studio and mobile news van. BoomerAbility listeners continue to benefit from McCarty’s reports through the COVID19 pandemic, and this phone conversation offers a perspective from Northern Michigan during our summer response to the coronavirus. What is creating conversation in August 2020? Find out here!
Air date: August 15, 2020
Show description: Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority offers support for children and youth among the 5,000 individuals annually served in six Northern Michigan counties. As the reimagined launch of the school year approaches, discover tools available to all ages feeling mental health challenges including stress and loneliness experienced as a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Daily services of Northern Lakes address needs of adults and children living with serious mental health illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbance, and persons with co-occuring substance use disorders for all community members of Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon and Wexford counties. Meet Joanie Blamer, Chief Population Officer for Mental Health Services and Melissa Trout, Operations Manager of Child and Family Services to learn how our general population may immediately benefit from Northern Lakes tools and resources. Could you or those you care about discover mental health relief more conveniently than you expected? Listen now!
Air date: August 8, 2020
Show description: This enthusiastic conversation with Kristi Dockter, City Opera House, Traverse City rebroadcasts the expert work of City Opera House staff and volunteers as regional anchors. Note: BoomerAbility has worked with incredible guests and WTCM NewsTalk friends in 2020, and this is the first rebroadcast conversation since the COVID19-related executive orders of Michigan’s Governor started limiting activity. Thank you, guests and listeners, for your incredible commitment to keep our Saturday show informative, relevant and fresh! Originally aired in June 2020, prioritization of health and safety continue for COH to best respond to the coronavirus pandemic. What’s happening now, and what’s next for City Opera House? This timely, summer 2020 conversation is relevant and upbeat. Listen now!
Air date: August 1, 2020
Show description: Seeking healthy weight management and goals that feel within reach? You aren’t alone! Join this August 1 BoomerAbility conversation with Dr. Pat Friedli, the only Northern Michigan physician that is a member of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. Also a member of the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Friedli serves Northern Michigan families at Bay Area Family Care in Traverse City. Dr. Friedli’s volunteer work also sheds light on the benefits of giving back. Join this timely conversation now!
Air date: July 25, 2020
Show description: In the follow up segment of a two part conversation, Northern Michigan’s 101st District State Representative Jack O’Malley joins BoomerAbility for timely perspective. Representative O’Malley serves Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. Conversation topics include Rep. O’Malley’s personal evaluation of this “over age sixty phase of life” and the decision to pursue a career shift into politics. Tune in now!
Air date: July 18, 2020
Show description: Northern Michigan’s 101st District State Representative Jack O’Malley joins BoomerAbility on July 18 for part one of a timely, two part conversation. First elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018, Representative O’Malley serves Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. Conversation topics include Rep. O’Malley’s responsibility to Northern Michigan citizens including his action on the Joint Select Committee for the State’s Response to COVID-19. Current commitments to constituents in the north also include leadership as Chairperson, House Transportation Committee and member of Tax Policy, Education, and Energy Committees. Please learn Rep. O’Malley’s legislative perspective on July 18, and tune in to our July 25 BoomerAbility broadcast for personal evaluation of Rep. O’Malley’s “over age sixty phase of life” and the decision to pursue a career shift into politics. Tune in to part one on July 18 now!
Air date: July 11, 2020
Show description: Grand Traverse Pavilions, Traverse City is owned by Grand Traverse County and operated by the Grand Traverse County Department of Health and Human Services Board. The Pavilions organization, a 28 acre campus rooted in rich history, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for aging adults and caregivers. Providing care for over a hundred years, Grand Traverse Pavilions is home to more than 300 residents and employer of 400 staff members. With one in three residents in the service area over the age of 60, The Pavilions Community programs address needs through Nursing Care, Residential Services, a Wellness Center and Adult Day/Respite Care Services. In this July 11 BoomerAbility conversation, get to know Deb Allen, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer of Grand Traverse Pavilions. Learn more about The Pavilions Community as well as the response of the organization to the coronavirus pandemic. What are standard practices of The Pavilions and their Emergency Preparedness Team based upon current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? What does daily life feel like, and what is next? How is Northern Michigan able to support this familiar and special population of residents and staff? Listen now!
Air date: July 04, 2020
Show description: This conversation with Kristi Dockter, City Opera House, Traverse City, demonstrates the expert work of City Opera House staff and volunteers as regional anchors and community advocates. Discover current priorities of health and safety as well as COH business transitions to best respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Absorb fast facts regarding City Opera House history, culture, leadership, arts education, and how City Opera House moves forward for continued community connections to each other and the arts. What’s happening now, and what’s next for City Opera House, Traverse City? Learn now in this July 4, 2020 conversation!
Air date: June 26, 2020
Show description: In addition to a variety of roles to support Michigan citizens, guest Steve Sinas is an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law teaching a course on Michigan’s Auto No-Fault insurance system as well as a practicing personal injury trial lawyer. Professional commitments also include Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board Member and Board Member, Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council (MBIPC). A partner of Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Steve is a sponsor of Lids for Kids Traverse City and the statewide events that have put thousands of free, properly fitted bike helmets on children since 2003. Since legislation was passed in May 2019, Michigan’s Auto No-Fault insurance system has seen significant changes that continue in July 2020. This continued Auto No-Fault discussion with BoomerAbility listeners delivers expert insight from the perspective of a highly engaged educator and lawyer that is active and respected across the state. Learn insight from Steve Sinas, one author of the guide, “Making Smart Choices: A Summary Guide to the New Auto No-Fault Law” available as one of many learning tools available free to you from Sinas Dramis Law Firm. Listen now!
Air date: June 20, 2020
Show description: As a native of Traverse City and familiar NewsTalk 580 authority, Jeff Needham leads and volunteers thousands of hours to the community. Needham holds an anchor role as National Cherry Festival Director of Parades and serves on the Festival Foundation Board of Directors. His expert perspective is also shared regularly with NewsTalk 580 listeners as an independent Farm Bureau Insurance agent with the Needham Pearson Agency. While this discussion includes the difficult decision to postpone this summer’s National Cherry Festival, you’ll also discover one of several fun ways to participate in Cherry Fest spirit during this pause. In addition, our BoomerAbility conversation provides important information regarding significant, July 2020 changes to Michigan’s Auto No-Fault Insurance System. Are you prepared to protect your family? Listen and learn more now!
Air date: June 13, 2020
Show description: Based in Traverse City, Norte is developing happy, healthy, ready to learn kids and empowering the young and young at heart. Alongside wife, Johanna, in 2013 Ty Schmidt founded Norte, Traverse City’s bike-centric, youth-focused advocacy organization. Today, Norte has grown to become much more than just kids pedaling to school. Programs include a few listed here: Pro Walk/Pro Bike advocacy, a mountain bike club, youth empowerment projects, educational programming, and a comprehensive Safe Routes To School initiative. Norte Summer Bike Camp continues in Traverse City in 2020, however due to the pandemic, this popular summer camp was postponed until 2021 in other communities. What is it like to be a part of these important decisions? Discover the collaborations and partners that support creative, healthy opportunities to improve lives in Northern Michigan. Learn about the Clubhouse and Wheelhouse that are so important for Norte as Traverse City’s community bike shop. Discover personal perspective from Norte’s Executive Director Ty Schmidt, what’s next for Norte, and how you may find yourself an important link. Enjoy time with Ty and Wendy on June 13, 2020!
Air date: June 6, 2020
Show description: The unique, proven PACE model provides expert medical and wellness care to help Northern Michigan individuals ages 55 or older live safely at home. At PACE North, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, those individuals who may qualify for nursing home care but prefer to remain living in their community are offered this choice. Meet Sherrie Moseler, Executive Director and Michelle Reardon, Community Outreach and Advocacy at PACE North in Traverse City. Discover this proven alternative for traditional long-term care, how PACE North adapted during the COVID-19 stay home order, and how PACE is planning for re-opening the day center to include precautions to safely serve participants. Learn from this June 6, 2020 conversation now!
Air date: May 30, 2020
Show description: Raised in Traverse City on the ball diamonds and backyards of Slabtown, combat Marine Veteran David Mikowski was nurtured to value community and serve our country as well as capture dreams. In this initial BoomerAbility conversation, gain an overview of the path, the decisions and the inspirations that ultimately anchored David Mikowski’s commitment during retirement to create Northern Michigan’s “Veterans in Crisis” organization. Veterans in Crisis is a 501c-3 non-profit that serves veterans not rated with a service-connected disability however face other challenges to live independently and productively. Northern Michigan retired and still-active business executives, lawyers, and advocates of American Military Veterans’ needs have been inspired and assembled by the energy and passion of this former combat Marine. Please listen, feel motivated, and preview David Mikowski’s next conversation with us. Will it include famous sports figures? Find out now!
Air date: May 23, 2020
Show description: Thank you, Vickie, Rick and Adrienne. This Memorial Day weekend conversation features the family of Marine Sgt. Justin Hansen, the American military hero that, at 26 years old, lost his life on July 24, 2012 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. With his young, impressive life’s accomplishments on a track leading to a career in the United States Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Sgt. Hansen also remained strongly connected to his Northern Michigan family and roots. Although the 2020 health crisis may eliminate events that honor our fallen American heroes on this Memorial Day weekend, the love, strength and integrity of this Gold Star Family including Vickie Hays, Rick Hansen and Adrienne Russell are inspiring. Discover how to now honor Sgt. Hansen, our Northern Michigan Gold Star Families, and our fallen American military service members in this very personal conversation. Please listen.
Air date: May 16, 2020
Show description: Serving 5,000 individuals annually in six Northern Michigan counties, the four locations of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority quickly adapted to working remotely as a result of state Executive Orders and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Staff and care providers of the organization quickly continued essential health care services to adults and children living with serious mental health illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbance, and persons with co-occuring substance use disorders. In addition to addressing needs of these vulnerable individuals, Northern Lakes understands their opportunity to serve mental health care support for all community members of Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon and Wexford counties. In this May 16 conversation with Karl Kovacs, CEO, Northern Lakes, discover how this critically important community mental health care organization demonstrates their commitment to all citizens and also swiftly transitioned during the pandemic. Learn more about Northern Lakes services, support and points of contact as this BoomerAbility conversation recognizes Mental Health Month. Listen now!
Air date: May 9, 2020
Show description: Executive orders and the spring 2020 pandemic create a unique shopping environment for gifts to honor the women we love. Our May 9 BoomerAbility conversation highlights Mother’s Day on May 10 and features creative ways Northern Michigan businesses may help us honor our favorite women. This unique time of physical distancing continues to include news figure Vic McCarty in our weekly updates to discuss Northern Michigan neighbors listening and leading with optimism to support our communities. Listen now!
Air date: May 2, 2020
Show description: On May 3, 2020, Cherryland Electric Cooperative General Manager Tony Anderson will have completed his extraordinary goal to conquer 50 marathons in as many states to benefit Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Learn in Tony’s words his gratitude and sense of hope he delivers to our region and to this organization. Our BoomerAbility conversation also continues to include news figure Vic McCarty in our weekly updates to discuss Northern Michigan neighbors and businesses generously giving assistance to others through the coronavirus pandemic.
Air date: April 25, 2020
Show description: With continued focus on inspiring actions and safety, BoomerAbility conversations continue to deliver time sensitive information. During Michigan’s current “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, join community leader and business owner Dan Brady to discover a few of his property maintenance tools and tricks of the trade. News figure Vic McCarty discusses Northern Michigan neighbors and businesses generously giving assistance to others through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Air date: April 18, 2020
Show description: Cultivating awareness and safety, two BoomerAbility guests each deliver time sensitive information. Join State Representative Jack O’Malley and news figure Vic McCarty as Northern Michigan addresses state guidelines to transition regional routines and seeks to optimally overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Air date: April 11, 2020
Show description: This BoomerAbility phone conversation delivers business inspirations to meet need in a new way or consider a new opportunity during “30 Days to Slow the Spread.” Guest Vic McCarty is a familiar radio presence at WTCM NewsTalk 580 and reporter throughout Northern Michigan. In addition, McCarty broadcasts from the NewsNet Cadillac studio as the daily evening anchor for MINews 26 cable subscribers. Discover business owners inspired to act as a result of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state guidelines to overcome our COVID-19 pandemic.
Air date: April 4, 2020
Show description: Vic McCarty’s radio presence at WTCM NewsTalk 580 includes conversation as host and reporter throughout Northern Michigan from the Midwestern Broadcasting studio and mobile news van. In addition, McCarty broadcasts from the NewsNet Cadillac studio as the daily evening anchor for MINews 26 cable subscribers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state guidelines to overcome our COVID-19 pandemic have inspired many area individuals and businesses to act. This BoomerAbility phone conversation honors the important “Stay Home, Stay Safe” message and delivers easy ways listeners may support Northern Michigan during this critical time. Community members prioritize health by staying home. Learn easy ways to further reinforce “30 Days to Slow the Spread”!
Air date: March 28, 2020
Show description: Starting his own Traverse City business at age 23, Todd McMillen has been a part of the downtown pulse. As the owner of McMillen’s Custom Framing, the region also knows Todd for his board roles and community momentum. Merchants and community members rally in March 2020 to connect yet physically stay distanced as part of the CDC and governmental guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover the hopeful, calm and intelligent perspective of a Northern Michigan role model that has been lighting up Downtown Traverse City and Old Town for over 30 years!
Air date: March 21, 2020
Show description: For over thirty years, Midwestern Broadcasting’s Steve Cook has produced and delivered messages that stick. Learn more about how during his typical workday, “The Legend of Michigan’s Dogman” was created and ultimately launched into a national headline that garnered tens of thousands of dollars for local charity. How and why did that even happen? Discover how Steve Cook simply has a knack to connect. For example, even before the daily evolving, national health crisis of 2020 that has temporarily modified activity or shuttered many Northern Michigan businesses, in late winter, there was an impression of seriousness and necessity for community calm conveyed through a public service announcement voiced by Cook. Since then, that particular message has transitioned to reflect actions in response to the national coronavirus crisis. In fact, since this late winter conversation was recorded and broadcast, the statewide Executive Order of Governor Whitmer ordered a “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life” through April 13, 2020. Learn more about Michigan’s Executive Order 2020-21 here: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html. Before this order and while much was still unknown to the public, Steve Cook found a creative way to demonstrate calm and command respect for the coronavirus as the outbreak was beginning to impact daily life in Northern Michigan. Discover this message to follow through on a commitment as a community to prioritize the task of eliminating a massive epidemic in our nation and to deliver the message in a memorable way. Hear, recognize, and meet creative communicator Steve Cook of Midwestern Broadcasting.
Air date: March 14, 2020
Show description: The lives of Janeen and Ron Wardie were forever changed on September 29, 2015, when they lost their son, Zechariah, to suicide. Their hearts were shattered, never to be whole again. Zech did not want to die; he just wanted his pain to end. Janeen and Ron have found strength and healing by sharing their story of loss and by being Zech’s voice to bring hope and healing to those affected by suicide and/or mental illness. Meet the remarkable Wardie family and learn how the 2020 Healing HEARTS walk channels awareness and 100% of proceeds raised to fund local programs to support families, schools, and businesses affected by suicide. Discover through Michael’s Place Executive Director Mindy Buell how hope is restored, at no cost to those suffering, to grief-consumed lives of Northern Michigan children, teens, and adults. Please listen to this important conversation now.
Air date: March 7, 2020
Show description: Bill Marsh Jr. and his family are associated with positive support, regional progress and community generosity. Learn how the Marsh family grew roots in Northern Michigan and how business continues to impact their family and regional connection. Discover the popular blog that demonstrates Bill’s perspective and strategies for an abundant life. In this half hour, develop five mindset shifts to maximize time engaged with priorities most valuable to you in your life. Listen now!
Air date: Feburary 29, 2020
Show description: Please revisit this conversation that features a free service to promote and capture area history! In January 2020, Matt Kern publicly launched opportunity for all ages in Northern Michigan to be a part of history. As Station Manager at Traverse Area Community Media in Traverse City, Kern followed through on a popular hope: Professional studio availability and support for all ages to chronicle and archive their history for public sharing. Kern grew up in the Grand Traverse area with a deep love for the region, and his college degree in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design secured career opportunity in his hometown. Learn more about “Reflections,” an oral history project created by Kern geared toward engaging people to tell their stories and those of their families. Active with others that archive local history and at no cost to the participant, this project is building an archive of personal histories from throughout the region.
Air date: February 22, 2020
Show description: Over forty million Americans address incredible reading challenges throughout each day due to dyslexia, the condition that scrambles how the brain identifies speech sounds and how they relate to letters and words. Meet an intelligent, brave baby boomer that articulates his very personal, lifelong challenge with this reading disability. Undiagnosed until age 23, Kirk Mallow graduated in his teens without knowing there is a name for his private challenge and that he is not alone. Journalist Mike Kent joins the conversation to share how Kirk demonstrates many strengths and continues to build capabilities as a Northern Michigan advocate of Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association. Discover how dyslexia feels and how to support those living with it to feel successful in school and life. Explore available, area opportunities for emotional support combined with a specialized education program or tutoring. Listen now to this February 22 conversation!
Air date: February 15, 2020
Show description: Get to know Northern Michigan baby boomer Jennifer Szunko, Executive Director of TCNewTech. Jennifer spearheads goals of the organization to spark interaction among technology enthusiasts through free, monthly Traverse City events at City Opera House. Each month, five presenters pitch their new tech product or business venture to a voting audience that selects the winner of a financial award. TCNewTech engages all ages in a way that’s smart, social and creating jobs. Learn more now!
Air date: February 8, 2020
Show description: Born too late to be considered a baby boomer, Max Anderson has already followed through on commitments to community that inspire any age. Discover the baby boomer role models of Max and their impact on his path. Feel connection to this Suttons Bay-raised Eagle Scout that continues to invest time and influence into many areas of Northern Michigan volunteer service. In addition, Max shares impressive, no-cost Northern Michigan resources that many business-minded baby boomers may not realize are available for planning and business development. Listen now to launch business opportunity and expansion in this exciting life phase!
Air date: February 1, 2020
Show description: Influencing Northern Michigan communities and families for 20 years, Judy Harrison has delivered star power as founder and CEO of High Impact Productions. The annual SwingShift and The Stars Dance-off for Charity was created by High Impact Productions and has channeled checks to nonprofit organizations to the tune of 4.3 million dollars. Nearly all fundraising has been a commitment to Northern Michigan nonprofits. Harrison recently developed Community Impact Partners, a nonprofit which facilitates the ongoing work and impact of SwingShift and the Stars. Discover more about the Judy Harrison snowball of giving, her reputation to consistently blow the roof off her beloved City Opera House, and her band’s Patsy Cline tribute tour with a stop to benefit Traverse City’s downtown home!
Air date: January 25, 2020
Show description: Matt Kern has launched opportunity for all ages in Northern Michigan to be a part of history. As Station Manager at Traverse Area Community Media in Traverse City, Kern followed through on a popular hope: Professional studio availability and support for all ages to chronicle and archive their history for public sharing. Kern grew up in the Grand Traverse area with a deep love for the region, and his college degree in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design secured career opportunity in his hometown. Learn more about “Reflections,” an oral history project created by Kern geared toward engaging people to tell their stories and those of their families. Active with others that archive local history and at no cost to the participant, this project is building an archive of personal histories from throughout the region.
Air date: January 18, 2020
Show description: At age 59, State Representative Jack O'Malley was elected and transitioned into legislative office from a 34 year Northern Michigan media career. Familiar to our region, State Rep. O’Malley daily represents the residents as well as protects and promotes the four counties of our 101st District. Tune in to this insightful and easygoing conversation with our State Representative a year after taking office!
Air date: January 11, 2020
Show description: Outdoor recreational expert and service provider of the gear and expertise for an active Northern Michigan lifestyle, Tim Brick delivers far-reaching impact into our region. Tim’s involved, community-based passions support and educate Northern Michigan families and visitors of all ages that want to experience relaxation in the woods and explore our world class trail systems. Gain experienced insight to enjoy any outdoor temperature and each season at any age and every skill level. Is your goal to spend more time in our beautiful Northern Michigan landscape this winter? Do you want pointers on how and reminders why? Listen now, learn from Tim Brick, and feel excited to experience a Northern Michigan trail!
Air date: January 11, 2020
Show description: Listeners have discovered or witnessed 10,000 spectators at the annual T.C. Patriot Game. This Traverse City event offers a great high school football matchup and simultaneously contributes thousands of dollars to area programs. In 2019, Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan gifted nearly 26,000 toys to over 5,700 children. Mike Kent is an expert communicator shepherding these two area efforts, and on January 11, 2020, Mike rejoins BoomerAbility to multiply his advice. Tune in to learn, get involved and demonstrate respect of one iconic generation that continues to create new opportunity.
Air date: January 4, 2020
Show description: Please revisit this insight from two popular pros! 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.
Air date: December 21, 2019
Show description: Available since fall 2019 and located in Traverse City, the PACE Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly is an innovative model to support a favorite population in our lives. PACE enables individuals age 55 years old or older and certified by their state to need nursing home care to live as independently as possible. Learn from Dennis Prout, co-chair of the unprecedented capital campaign that created PACE through generous community support. Discover the experiences and passion for our region that have inspired Dennis Prout to lead and improve life changing opportunities available to us in Northern Michigan.
Air date: December 14, 2019
Show description: Feeling blah as skies gray? Winter months in Northern Michigan provide a traditional opportunity to work on future health goals. Discover unexpected benefits of feeling more fit and working with a qualified professional to guide this health journey. Learn from examples and identify with others familiar with health and fitness challenges that may creep into this best time of life.
Air date: December 7, 2019
Show description: To better support family and friends feeling the weight of depression, revisit this BoomerAbility conversation originally aired on October 19. Join the second chapter of a two-part conversation including 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.