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On Air

Mike Grisdale

News / Sports / Marketing

Big Country Gold keeps you informed with world and national news from CBS News each hour, state and regional news during the mornings and mid-days from the Michigan News Network and local news and information with Mike Grisdale.

A longtime radio veteran in Northern Michigan, Mike is also very active in his community. His busy schedule includes officiating basketball, serving several roles in his church (Cheboygan Catholic Community) and volunteering.

Besides handling news and sports duties on most Black Diamond Broadcasting stations, he also is an integrated marketing consultant for the company and has been the Voice of Cheboygan Chiefs football for over 35 years! Mike also serves as the Director of Marketing and the Foundation Director for Mackinac Straits Health System.

He is the proud father of three boys, Bryan, Matt and Adam. When he and his wife Sandy have free time, they enjoy spending it with their dog (Drake), traveling, concerts and sampling local restaurants.

"I have seen plenty of changes in radio over the years," said Grisdale. "But like most businesses, one thing doesn't change.... the importance of strong relationships. I have been fortunate to develop many wonderful relationships with staff, clients and most importantly, the audience."


Tim O'Brien

Weather Forecasts - Tim started at WWQM in Madison, Wisconsin in the late 1970s, working at stations in Minnesota and northern Michigan. Tim is WCBY Program Director and one of the many voices heard on Big Country Gold. Tim’s roots in country music radio go back to the 70’s and 80s creating a perfect match for WCBY.

NASCAR Steve



FAST LANE NASCAR reports on Fridays at 5:30pm

Karen Manzel

TRADIO is Northern Michigans favorite way to Buy - Sell - Trade your stash of stuff. Call us LIVE weekday mornings at 9:30 am at (231) 627-9005

Hosted by Karen Manzel:

My radio adventures began after serving four years in the U.S. Army, followed by receiving a broadcast education at ICB in Dayton, Ohio, with emphasis on radio and television (talent and production.)

My first go in commercial radio began at WCBY, a small AM/FM station in Cheboygan, MI. Then playing Big Band/WWII “oldies” format for the local audience!

Leaving Cheboygan for a news-anchor position at a NBC Affiliate in Traverse City revealed a greater appreciation for the intimacy of radio. I was able to return to the station I had left not quite two years before! By that time, WCBY had changed management and FM format to a more contemporary programming.

“Between a Rock and a Soft Place” read the tee shirt I was wearing when my right arm suddenly snapped in an arm-wrestling “guest appearance” during Cheboygan’s then weeklong summer festival. That moment cemented my place in local stories and conversation-starters for years to come!

My husband and I married a year later, deciding there could be no better place for us to make our family home than in this lovely small town.

Being “On the Air” filled out the better part of decades after that. The highlight was the invitation to serve at the non-profit Dove FM, a newly licensed station; Contemporary Christian format. As Operations Director, I was responsible for Programming, and also free to write and produce weekly 1:30 minute devotional programs: I also produced in-studio interviews with local clergy, chapter leaders of non-profits, Salvation Army etc., as well as news & PSAs.

My husband and I eventually bought the local “Mom & Pop” Alcock’s Market. It was excellent while it lasted! (BTW Alcock’s was a sponsor of Tradio on WCBY!) I am a grateful wife, mother and grandmother to the two most beautiful and intelligent grandchildren on the planet!

Serendipity defined: “At just the right time” —The opportunity to return to radio came to be. This is one grateful woman-child LIVE ON TRADIO for Black Diamond Broadcastings / Big Country Gold.

Here’s to Joy!

On-Air Schedule
Monday 09:30am - 10:00am Tradio
Monday 04:30pm - 04:45pm Tradio ReWind
Tuesday 09:30am - 10:00am Tradio
Tuesday 04:30pm - 04:45pm Tradio ReWind
Wednesday 09:30am - 10:00am Tradio
Wednesday 04:30pm - 04:45pm Tradio ReWind
Thursday 09:30am - 10:00am Tradio
Thursday 04:30pm - 04:45pm Tradio ReWind
Friday 09:30am - 10:00am Tradio
Friday 04:30pm - 04:45pm Tradio ReWind

Mike Avery

Veteran broadcaster Mike Avery is host and producer of Outdoor Magazine, Michigan's number one outdoor radio show.
On-Air Schedule
Saturday 06:00am - 09:00am Mike Avery Outdoor Magazine

Sports

Big Country Gold is the home for the Detroit Tigers (over the air only), The Detroit Red Wings and Cheboygan Chiefs sports.

On Air Now
A Classic Country Weekend
9:00am - 6:00am
A Classic Country Weekend

TIP UP TOWN USA

70th TIP UP TOWN USA

GROOVY 70's Peace Love & Fishing

Houghton Lake, MI

Two Weekends

RED WINGS HOCKEY

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Pro Sports are not streamed per contractual agreement.  Available only on the radio dials of 

WCBY 100.7 FM / 1240 AM 

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Cheboygan Chiefs Athletics

 

Basketball Schedule 2019

Mike Avery Outdoors

Tune In Saturdays 6:00-9:00am

 

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THE FAST LANE

 

NASCAR Steve is back with the FAST LANE report.  

Mondays 5:35p with recap of past NASCAR race action & standings update.  

Fridays 5:35p with weekend preview and race headlines.

 

 

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