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10 Inspirational Years of The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin!

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Shelley Irwin was drawn to West Michigan as a result of a job opening, and a personal decision to make a career change in order to help make a difference in peoples lives.  She originally came to the WGVU Morning Show’s radio broadcast as a producer and fill-in host back in December of 2001, and officially became the morning show’s host in July of 2003. Shelley says that what she loves most about hosting the morning show is “the opportunity to get the word out on what is happening locally, the feeling of connectivity to the community, and essentially having a front row seat to West Michigan.”


The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin is a two hour conversational news magazine which focuses on local news and events, with a goal to inform, educate, and entertain. In addition to regular guests, both regional and national newsmakers traveling through West Michigan will often grace the show’s microphone. The morning show has many regular segments including:

  • Business Happens in Heels– 3 local west Michigan women gather monthly to discuss their career journeys, challenges, surprises, and thrills, and to share practical advice
  • The Right Place– CEO Birgit Klohs joins in monthly to discuss business development and the regional economy
  • Off the Mat– a local Chopra certified wellness expert joins TMS to discuss stress free lifestyles
  • From Where I Sit– monthly, crunching the numbers with a local furniture analyst
  • Healthy Headlines– guests from the Kent County Health department discuss health in the news, as well as available pets for adoption at the local animal shelter
  • City Beat– weekly, discussing what to do and where to go during the weekend in West Michigan
  • Roving microphone– out and about in the community and statewide to showcase community features, including: the John Ball Park Zoo, Lake Michigan, local coffee shops, cycle races in Traverse City, sailboat races of northern Michigan, and even a trip to the country of Jordan
  • Many other guest segments including: librarians, veterinarians, educators, travel experts, wine experts and those from surrounding communities (Holland, Muskegon, and “up north”)


Since Shelley Irwin began hosting the WGVU Morning Show, one of her goals has been to constantly strive to do more and to do better.  As a result of her hard work and dedication, she has earned a multitude of awards:

  • Five Gracie Allen Awards (American Women in Radio and TV) for outstanding Show Host
  • Multiple AP and MAB awards,Silver Microphone awards
  • Michigan Excellence in Journalism award
  • GVSU Community Award
  • Epilepsy Foundation Service Award
  • GVSU Women’s Center Award
  • GRBJ 50 most influential Women in West Michigan
  • GR Magazine’s Face of GR 2013
  • TedX speaker  Macatawa September 2013
  • 2013 Media Personality of the Year Proof Award PRSA
  • GR Lion of the Year and President’s Plaque
  • Half Iron athlete


In celebration of ten successful years of The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin, there are frequent postings on the show’s Facebook page, including memories and photographs of key guests who have appeared on the show. What an adventurous, informational, and fun-packed decade!

Congratulations to The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin on 10 successful years!

Harley-Davidson Celebrates “110 Years of Freedom”

History110 Harley Davidson
Harley-Davidson is a Milwaukee based, American motorcycle manufacturer, founded in 1903 by 22-year-old William S. Harley. In 1901, Harley designed the initial prototype, which was a bicycle frame with a motor. Over the next couple years, Harley and his friend Arthur Davidson worked on the motor-bicycle development. Ultimately, they found that the motorized pedal bicycle wasn’t practical for climbing the hilly terrain around Milwaukee. So, in 1903, they designed a new bike with a bigger engine, and on a loop-frame. The prototype was built in a 10ft x 15ft shed in the Davidson family backyard. The motorcycle was functional and competed in the Milwaukee motorcycle race held at the state fair on September 8, 1904, and placed fourth. In 1906, the Harley-Davidson first factory was built on Juneau Avenue, producing 50 motorcycles. Today, the original factory serves as the corporate headquarters, and Harley-Davidson is the most recognized motorcycle brand in the world.

This year marks the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson, which is being recognized by a 3-day celebration on Labor Day Weekend, Thursday August 29-Saturday August 31, 2013. Two-day ($79 per person) or three-day ($99 per per) celebration tickets are available. The festivities take place at Milwaukee’s lakefront Summerfest Grounds, otherwise known as the Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Festivities include:

  • A Harley-Davidson Museum
    View Harley-Davidson history and culture through self-guided tours
    Open 9am-9pm Thursday through Saturday
  • Product displays
  • Food and drink booths
  • UFC 164
    Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown on Sat, Aug 31
    Ultimate Fighting Championship at the BMO Harris Bradley Center
  • Music from:
    • Toby Keith
    • Aerosmith
    • Kid Rock
    • ZZ Top
    • John Fogerty
    • Uncle Kracker
    • Dropkick Murphys
    • Lupe Fiasco
    • Common
    • Brantley Gilbert
    • Doobie Brothers
    • Buckcherry
    • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    • Gaslight Anthem
    • Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers
    • Sublime with Rome and Halestorm

*Note – some bands require an additional ticket

  • Downloadable 110th Anniversary Celebration Poster
  • Downloadable Official Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Mobile App- your guide to the celebration

H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) 30th AnniversaryFLHS Electra-Glide Sport
In addition to this year being the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson, it is also the 30th Anniversary of the Harley Owners Group or H.O.G. The H.O.G. celebration is the same time as the 110th Anniversary Celebration, but requires both an 110th Anniversary celebration ticket and a H.O.G. membership card for entrance. Activities include:

  • Live entertainment from Lynyrd Skynyrd and nine other bands
  • Motorcycle Skills Competition
  • Members-only MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) bike raffle for charity, where raffle ticket purchasers can win a 2014 one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson.
  • New Orleans-style walking parade displaying country’s colors, chapter flags, and H.O.G. and Harley-Davidson colors and attire.
  • Custom bike show
  • 30th Anniversary pin for attendees

Congratulations to Harley-Davidson on 110 years and H.O.G. on 30 years!

Chipotle Mexican Grill- “Celebrating 20 Burritoful Years”

20 YearsAbout
Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle in July 1993 at a former Dolly Madison ice cream location in Denver, CO. A chef himself, Steve’s vision was to build a place where people could eat delicious food, made of the finest ingredients, quickly and affordably. A simple idea, although rarely followed through on, people loved the idea and Chipotle began to grow and expand. “Food with Integrity” is Chipotle’s commitment; to always look closer, dig deeper, and work harder. Chipotle promises to run their business in a way that doesn’t exploit animals, people, or the environment. It is this philosophy that guides every decision made at Chipotle.

1993: Chipotle opened, only 880 sq feet, and is the smallest Chipotle in the world.
1995: The 2nd and 3rd locations were opened.
1996: Five more restaurants were opened in the Denver area
1999: The first Chipotles opened outside of Colorado: Minneapolis, MN and Columbus, OH
1999: Steve Ells learns about the way most pork is raised in the US and decides to do things differently
2000: Chipotle started serving naturally raised pork. The price of carnitas increased $1 but sales increased as well. As of 2010, 100% of pork served is naturally raised.
2002: Chipotle started serving naturally raised chicken as well, and 100% of chicken served is naturally raised
2002: The first green Chipotle opened in Austin, Texas
2004: Chipotle starts using zero trans fat frying oil.
2006: Chipotle goes public on the NYSE
2007: Chipotle started serving naturally raised beef, and 100% of beef served in naturally raised
2007: All cheese and sour cream used at Chipotle is rBGH free
2008: Begins using certified organic black beans and as of 2010, 40% of black beans served are organic

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Chipotle is celebrating their 20th anniversary with the Adventurrito- 20th Anniversary Treasure Hunt

Participants in the contest must pre-register at

The treasure hunt starts on July 13th and lasts for 20 days.

Each day Chipotle will release a new puzzle to complete and Chipotle will select 20 players at random (19 days, 20 winners per day, equals 380 happy people) to receive free burritos for a year!

The players that correctly solve the first 19 puzzles get a shot at the grand prize on the 20th day. The first 20 people with the highest scores on the 20th puzzle win!

The grand prize is 20 years of free burritos! Yes, that’s a lot of burritos–1040 to be exact! The grand prize winners will receive 52 free burrito cards per year- one burrito per week- for 20 years.

Join us in congratulating Chipotle on their 20th anniversary!

Frontier Celebrates 19 Successful, High-Flying Years

Frontier Airlines is celebrating their 19th anniversary this year.  Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc, an airline holding company that also owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines, and Shuttle America.  Frontier operates its primary hub at Denver International Airport. Today, Frontier operates more than 350 daily flights, serves more than 75 destinations in the United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico; and employs more than 4,500 professionals.

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Frontier Airlines began as a local service airline, operating out of Denver’s Stapleton Airport, on November 27, 1946.  At that time it was known as Monarch Airlines, which serviced Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.  In 1950, Monarch Airlines merged with Arizona Airways, and Challenger Airlines, becoming Frontier Airlines.  Frontier then served the Rocky Mountain area, 40 cities in total, with 12 Douglas DC-3s in its fleet.  The airline carried millions of passengers over the years and had a reputation for great service and an outstanding safety record.  The airline declared bankruptcy in 1986,  and was subsequently purchased by Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. Then, in August of 1993, executives derived a plan to give Frontier Airlines a fresh start while looking to fill a huge gap left by Continental Airlines’ drastic cutback on flights to Denver’s International airport.  In November of the same year, executives finished the business plan to create the “new” Frontier Airlines.

1994: the beginning!

  • February 8, 1994

The new company was incorporated as Frontier Airlines

  • March 15. 1994

The new headquarters office opened with a staff of 22, on a sunny and chilly day in Denver, celebrating the milestone with a nice juicy steak.

  • July 5, 1994

Take off! Frontier launches their first flights. Operations begin with two Boeing 737-200s on routes linking Denver to Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot, N.D. Champagne was served.

1999 – 2004: the wonder years!

  • July 5, 1999

Frontier celebrated their fifth anniversary of flight operations, having carried approximately 5.8 million passengers since July 1994. Employees: 1,700.

  • 2004

The fleet gets a makeover, with each plane getting a wild animal painted on the tail.  There are over 50 different animals with unique personalities in all.

  • May 6, 2004

EarlyReturns® mileage program places in the top three in five categories at the 2004 Freddie Awards for frequent flyer programs. The awards came after Frontier’s “Talking Animals” advertising campaign which won widespread critical accolades in 2004, including the Denver Advertising Federation’s (DAF) “Fame and Fortune” Award, four New York Festival Awards, nine Mobius Awards and one Cresta Award.

2005-2009: into the wild blue yonder!

  • July 1, 2005

For the third consecutive year, Travel + Leisure magazine recognized Frontier Airlines as one of readers’ “Top 10 Domestic Airlines” in its World’s Best Awards.

  • Nov. 3, 2005

The Department of Transportation released the “On Time Arrival Performance” report ranking all carriers at the 33 largest airports in America, and Frontier ranked #1 with 92.1% of flights arriving on time.

  • Nov. 30, 2006

Frontier is named the best U.S. low-cost carrier by the readers of Business Traveler magazine.

  • Dec. 24, 2007

Frontier Airlines received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for best use of On Demand Technology.

  • March 31, 2009

Frontier wins its tenth consecutive award for excellence in safety and training from the FAA. A record number of our maintenance and engineering employees win the Diamond Award of Excellence.


Frontier Airlines takes pride in their green initiatives.   They are setting themselves apart from other airlines.  Their fleet is newer and more fuel-efficient than the average domestic fleet by 25%. They are working on reducing fuel consumption, and therefore emissions, by becoming more efficient.  They recycle 80% of aluminum cans from flights and virtually 100% of cardboard products.

Anniversary Celebration

Frontier is celebrating their 19th birthday this year by offering 19% off fares for travel on July 4th and 5th, 2013.

Congratulations to Frontier Airlines on 19 successful years of service!

Bob’s Big Boy – 75 Years of Delicious

BigBoy75Big Boy franchise is still growing, and has over 1,000 locations nationwide, with locations in Canada and even Japan.  The oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy restaurant is the one located at 4211 W. Riverside Drive in Burbank, California, and was declared a historical landmark by the state of California in 1993.

The Creation of the Big Boy Double Decker Burger

As it would happen, one night a regular customer to Bob’s Pantry requested a hamburger, but wanted something different.  Bob accepted the challenge, went to work on creating a new burger, and so the first double-decker hamburger was born.  Customers loved the burger so much that Wian added it to his menu.  There was one neighborhood boy in particular, Richard Woodruff, who loved the new burger.  He would offer to help Bob sweep the restaurant in exchange for a free burger. Wian was inspired by the boy and named the new burger the Big Boy.  Shortly thereafter, a regular customer and Warner Bros. animation artist Ben Washam, sketched the boy on a napkin, and the infamous Big Boy character was born. The rest as they say, is history.

New Developments After 75 Years

Big Boy is always working to improve their restaurant, and this 75th year of service is no different. Big Boy is currently trying out some changes to their menu. This year, they are testing a new Blockbuster Breakfast in the Grand Rapids, Michigan test market, which has garnered great success so far. Likened to the Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast, customers can mix and match 3 to 5 breakfast options at a more affordable price point.

They’ve also added the build-your-own-burger option, giving guests the ability to customize their burger to perfection. Some restaurants are also expanding their salad bars, with a build-your-own baked potato bar at lunchtime, and a taco bar at night.

Big Boy is proud of their 75 years of food service, with their 75th anniversary logo stamped on cups, napkins, banners, and other decor throughout their restaurant.

Congratulations to Bob’s Big Boy restaurant on 75 years of service!

MACkite– 30th Anniversary Soaring High!

30yearsMACkite, originally known as the Mackinaw Kite Co., has been in business for over 30 years. It was founded by brothers Bob and Steve Negen, whose passion for flying kites prompted them to try selling kites for a living. In 1981, the Negen brothers decided to open the Mackinaw Kite Co., located in Mackinaw City, Michigan.  Due to its popularity and success, a second store soon followed in 1986, which is located in Grand Haven, Michigan.  The Grand Haven location has grown exponentially to include not just kites, but yo-yos, unique toys, windsocks and spinners, kiteboarding equipment, paddleboard equipment, and surf shop apparel and accessories. Today, MACkite is one of the most renowned, largest, and oldest kite stores in the world.

MACkite carries kites for all skill levels from beginner to expert, as well as kites of all types, shapes, and sizes. MACkite also offers kite lessons and safety courses for those new to the fun sport and hobby of kite flying.

Free Kiting Events from MACkite

MACkite holds several free events and festivals annually to promote the hobby and sport of kite flying.  Events include:

  • The Great Lakes Kite Festival in May, the weekend before Memorial Day at Grand Haven State Park
  • The Mackinaw City Kite Festival in June
  • The King of the Great Lakes Kiteboarding Competition in September at Grand Haven State Park
  • >One Sky One World International Kite Fly For Peace, 2nd Sunday in October at Grand Haven State Park
  • The Reeds Lake Ice Fly in January or February (depending on ice conditions) in East Grand Rapids

Great Lakes Kite Festival CelebrationKite Festival

Mackinaw Kites & Toys recently hosted its 25th Annual Great Lakes Kite Festival.  The festival is fun for all observers and participants of all ages and skill levels.  The activities included:

  • Kite Ballets – watch some of the world’s best kite flyers fly their kites synchronized to music – Saturday and Sunday afternoon
  • World’s Largest Outdoor Kite Store- browse the best in kite flying gear and more – Friday afternoon through Sunday
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course for kids – Saturday and Sunday afternoon
  • Giant Kites- watch several kites flying that are as large as a school bus – All day Saturday and Sunday- wind permitting
  • Indoor Fly- indoor kite flying competition – Friday night
  • Kiteboarding Demonstrations – Saturday and Sunday afternoon- weather permitting
  • Night Fly – illuminated kites light up the sky – Saturday at dusk
  • Open Flying Field- bring your own kite or test fly a kite – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Congratulations to MACkite on more than 30 years in business and in celebrating the 25th Annual Great Lakes Kite Festival!


Zee Medical – 50 Years of Service

50 YearsZEE Medical is a leading provider of van-based first-aid, safety, and emergency solutions in the United States and Canada.  Their mission is “to create a safer, healthier, and more productive workplace by providing unequaled customer service, training, education, and products”.  They have nearly 1,000 representatives across the nation and 50 years of service experience.  ZEE understands the balance between the time, energy, and costs involved in providing workplace health and safety, and that employees are the most valuable asset to an organization, so it is important to keep them safe and healthy.

ZEE’s professional representatives will work with you in setting up a complete first aid and safety program.  They offer:

  • First Aid for the workplace
  • Safety equipment and solutions
  • Training programs
  • Emergency preparedness

To start, a ZEE Representative will conduct a thorough workplace safety evaluation which will identify industry specific needs ranging from first aid solutions and first responder needs, to fire protection, personal protective equipment, and more.

ZEE Medical is an industry trusted source for first aid and safety needs.  Being well prepared and equipped for accidents, illness, and medical emergencies can make all the difference.

Join us in congratulating ZEE Medical on their 50th anniversary! 

REI Celebrates 75 Years of Adventure

75 yearsREI, one of the nation’s largest consumer co-op’s and a trusted retailer of outdoor gear, is proud to celebrate its 75th anniversary this year.


REI was founded as an outdoor gear co-op on July 21, 1938 by Seattle mountaineer Lloyd Anderson.  Lloyd had wanted a reliable ice axe at a reasonable price, but had no success in finding one locally.  He finally found one in an Austrian alpine gear catalog for only $3.50 which included the shipping to the U.S.  Word quickly spread among Seattle climbers about his amazing find. This led Lloyd and his wife, Mary along with 21 fellow climbers to establish the outdoor gear co-op.  Today, REI has over $1.6 billion in sales. Its leadership has earned the title of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” 15 years in row!


REI is committed to helping people enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest, from weekend family camping trips to Mt. Everest expeditions, by offering innovative and high-quality outdoor gear and apparel. REI’s values are reflected in everything they do, from their focus on customers to their commitment to environmental stewardship. Their values serve as a foundation for how they conduct business, how they serve members and how they treat each other.

Authenticity- being true to the outdoors
Quality- providing trustworthy products and services
Service- serving others with expertise and enthusiasm
Respect- embrace differences and listen and learn from each other
Integrity- demonstrate rock-solid ethics, honesty and decency
Balance- encourage personal growth and fun to enjoy all aspects of life


  • 1938- The first REI logo
  • 1938- REI begins selling merchandise in the Richfield gas station
  • 1940- Begins the decade with 200 members and $3,000 in annual sales
  • 1944- The first REI store opens in Seattle
  • 1945- Co-op creates a gear rental business
  • 1946- Hiring of first part-time employee
  • 1950- Begins the decade with 3,000 members and $40,000 in annual sales
  • 1954- First of many expansions
  • 1956- The co-op officially becomes Recreational Equipment, Inc. when members vote to incorporate as a nonprofit
  • 1960- Begins the decade with 20,000 members and $500,000 in annual sales
  • 1963- Grand Opening of REI’s 2nd location in Seattle
  • 1962- Warehouse blow-out flood sale marks beginning of used-gear sales
  • 1963- Jim Whittaker –sales manager and one of REI’s first employees, becomes first American to summit Mount Everest
  • 1966- Debut of profit sharing plan
  • 1967- THAW corporation- subsidiary of REI begins making sleeping bags and soft goods
  • 1969- Climbing safety pioneer Cal Magnusson joins REI as the first quality control engineer
  • 1970- Begins decade with 200,000 members, 2 retail locations in Seattle, and $5 million in annual sales, Lloyd Anderson retires
  • 1972- REI announces 250,000th member
  • 1975- Grand opening of REI’s first retail location outside of Seattle in Berkeley, CA
  • 1976- REI launches giving program to support outdoor recreation
  • 1977- First distribution center opens along with administrative headquarters, Tukwila, WA
  • 1980- Begins the decade with 1 million members, 6 retail stores, and $50 million in annual sales
  • 1983- REI launches Novara, a line of bikes, cycling clothing, and accessories
  • 1987- REI Adventures is launched featuring unique travel itineraries focusing on sustainable, human-powered outdoor adventures, off the beaten path, in iconic destinations
  • 1989- REI co-founds the Conservation Alliance to fund the protection of wild places
  • 1990- Begins the decade with 2 million members, 26 retail stores and over $230 million in annual sales
  • 1993-Mary and Lloyd Anderson are inducted into the Cooperative Business Association’s Hall of Fame
  • 1993- Launch of REI Foundation in honor of 3 Seattle employees who died on Mt. Rainier
  • 1996- flagship store opens in downtown Seattle and is launched as the largest outdoor gear and apparel store on the Internet
  • 1998- launched
  • 1998-2013- Forbes “Top 100 Companies to Work For”
  • 2000- Begins decade with over 5 million members, 61 retail stores, and nearly $700 million in annual sales
  • 2006- REI celebrates $1 billion in annual sales by awarding $1 million in grants to 100 national parks
  • 2008- REI goes mobile and joins social media
  • 2010- Begins decade with 10 million members, 114 retail stores, and  $1.66 billion in annual sales
  • 2013- REI celebrates 75 years

REI is celebrating 75 years by having an anniversary sale of up to 30% off items and offering members 20% off one full price item.  Congratulations REI on 75 years!