Get to Know Walt & Mike
Walt Lindala – News Director and Morning Host
I am a born and bred Yooper from Chassell, Michigan and a genuine information junkie. I live and work here and I’ve made it my life’s work to report on the day to day events that shape our community. I’ve covered news and public affairs in Upper Michigan since 1987 starting on the campus of Northern Michigan University at Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM where I hosted the morning news program for nearly a decade.
I joined the Great Lakes Radio team in 1997 as Network News Director and over the years I’ve met and interviewed hundreds of the people who make our area such a great place to live. Along the way, it’s turned into an interesting and satisfying career and I’ve been lucky enough to have been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters over two dozen times for excellence in news reporting, event coverage, on-air and production work.
I truly do have a passion for this area and feel it’s my civic duty to give back to the community that supports our work here at Great Lakes Radio. As a result, I have served on boards and committees for both the City and County of Marquette, Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, WUPX Student Radio, Marquette Area Blues Society, the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Marquette County, The Beacon House and more.
I also believe that music and the arts enhance the experience of living in our community and in my spare time, I play guitar and sing in the Flat Broke Blues Band, a group I helped found in 1991.
I live in Marquette with my beautiful and tolerate wife April and our irascible cat Merlin.
Tune in Weekday Mornings from 6-10 am for The SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike, LIVE on Sunny FM!
Mike Plourde – Sports Broadcaster and Morning Host
I’ve been working with Great Lakes Radio as a sports broadcaster for over eight years. I was offered this current opportunity to co-host the Sunny Morning Show, back in February of 2012. I accepted of course!
I live in Marquette with my wife Rosemary. WE have two children, four granddaughters, and a grandson.
I retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections after 31 years of service.
My wife and I are both graduates of Northern Michigan University. My degree is in Criminal Justice and Business Administration.
I like to be involved and active in the community. I have run for public office.
I participate in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and continue to do that.
I’m involved in various other charitable events and have coached and officiated youth activities and sporting events.
I am an avid reader and crossword puzzle nut. I am also an old movie buff and a fan of classic cartoons.