Archives: April 2013

Pure Michigan Campaign Results in $1.1 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2012

LANSING – The Pure Michigan campaign had its biggest impact to date in 2012, attracting 3.8 million out-of-state visitors to the state, who spent a record high of $1.1 billion at Michigan businesses according to a just-completed report by Longwoods International.

The report, released at this year’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism being held in Detroit, found the Pure Michigan campaign generated 580,000 more trips to Michigan in 2012 than in 2011. $79.1 million in new state tax revenues were generated as a result of the $1.1 billion spent by these visitors at Michigan businesses.

The return on investment for the award-winning Pure Michigan campaign also continued to climb in 2012. When compared to the $13.7 million spent on out-of-state advertising for the Pure Michigan campaign in 2012, the $79.1 million in tax revenue received by the state resulted in a return on investment of $5.76. The cumulative return on investment since the Pure Michigan campaign began in 2006 is now $4.10, up from $3.70.

“The Pure Michigan campaign plays a vital role in growing our tourism industry by consistently attracting new visitors to Michigan and delivering a strong return on investment for the state,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “These impressive results showcase the power of Pure Michigan, and demonstrate the vast potential we are seeking to tap into with our efforts to expand this campaign into international markets.”

Of the 3.8 million out-of-state visitors the Pure Michigan campaign attracted last summer, 2.3 million came from the Great Lakes region and 1.5 million came from distant markets around the country. In 2011, the Pure Michigan summer advertising campaign motivated a total of 3.2 million trips from out-of-state – 2 million from the Great Lakes region and 1.2 million from distant markets.

The 2013 Pure Michigan national advertising campaign launched March 18 and is currently airing on more than 25 cable channels. The national campaign television ads, which include national partner ads from Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Mackinac Island, The Henry Ford and Traverse City, will air more than 5,000 times through June. The total budget for the 2013 national campaign is $13 million.

“The positive impact of the Pure Michigan campaign, illustrated by this data, provides a strong foundation for our efforts to raise awareness of Michigan as a national travel destination through our largest advertising campaign to date,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “With a new five-year, statewide tourism industry strategic plan in place and a high level of engagement at the local level, we are in a terrific position to capitalize on this growing number of out-of-state visitors choosing Michigan as their vacation destination.

Michigan’s 2012 National and Regional Tourism Advertising Campaign Evaluation and Image Study is available on the reports page of

Longwoods International is a research firm specializing in tourism advertising return on investment.

Matt Brouwer (featuring JJ Heller) “Love Can Find A Way”

“Everyone knows how it feels to have been on the losing side of love… The risk of hurt and loss is what makes real love so incredible and ‘worth it’ to those who have been embraced by it because they know how rare and precious it is. If things come too easy for us we tend not to appreciate them or at least not have a full understanding of how special and profound it can be. This song is written for those who have all but given up on love. It’s an attempt to communicate that genuine love is worth waiting for. And the only love that truly saves is the love of Christ for which, when we can receive it, we’ll be willing to surrender our lives.”  – Matt

 Love Can Find A Way

 I met JJ Heller and her husband Dave a few years ago in California when we were booked for a concert together. We became friends and have now toured together as well. I am a big fan of their music and asked them to write a song with me for my latest album. What I really love about this song is that it talks about the power of love to reach us anywhere and in just the right time. No one is beyond the reaches of love. It feels really great to be able to share that message in this song.


“Let’s Keep it Moving” at Marquette Regional History Center

Marquette Regional History Center April

Marquette Regional History Center April

Marquette, MI – Spring has sprung! It is time to think about things moving or flying on the warm breezes. Try your hand at making a fly for fishing, a kite or balsa wood plane to set a-flight, and a pinwheel for wind speed.

See how the iron lung helps people to breathe. Play games such as
marbles and jacks to keep on moving. Meet a character, Alfred, to
learn about transportation movement. Fun for all ages! Enjoy all of
this among our world class permanent exhibit regional history gallery
and our newly launched show in the Special Exhibit Gallery.

Saturday at the Center- The Third-Saturday Series at the History
Center is an open house format hands-on and activity day featuring a
new theme each month.

This month, “Let’s Keep it Moving”
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
At the Marquette Regional History Center
11:00am – 2:00pm
Included with museum admission: Adult: $7 Senior: $6 Student: $3, 12 & under: $2

Marquette Regional History Center
145 West Spring Street, Marquette, MI 49855

Keith Bradford – Likileake Radio Show

Country / Speech / Gospel


Record Label:
KMA Records


A Likileake by definition, is a word describing a story that was never intended to be published, yet found it’s way to the editorial columns of an Internet Online News Paper namely WHISNews21 run by Frans Maritz out of South Africa. A Likileake is not to be confused with the now already famous Wikileaks, which divulges secret government and sometimes harmful information. A Likileake on the other hand is a name coined by Frans Maritz of Wildhorse Entertainment and WHISNews21 to describe situations and open up about information that people think about everyday but never really feel comfortable to want to talk about.
Likileaks have become so popular on WHISNews21 that they have in collaboration with Keith Bradford of the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network, created short 10 minute radio programs divulging Likileaks to the public.

Michigan Iron Industry Museum Packs Music, History And Family Fun Into Summer Events Schedule

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum, located at 73 Forge Rd. in Negaunee Township, has announced a summer schedule of events that includes music, living history, lectures and more. The museum kicks off its summer schedule of events with a public open house on May 19

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum, located at 73 Forge Rd. in Negaunee Township, has announced a summer schedule of events that includes music, living history, lectures and more. The museum kicks off its summer schedule of events with a public open house on May 19

Negaunee, Michigan – The Michigan Iron Industry Museum, located in Negaunee, will host a full schedule of family fun and educational activities for visitors of all ages this summer. Whether tastes run from music to classic cars to artillery demonstrations to historic bike tours on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, visitors to the museum can expect a “Pure Michigan” experience.

In addition, a July/August weekday program series will cover presentations on the Copper Strike of 1913-14, local antique bottles, U.P. folk music, Iron Mountain’s Cornish pumping engine, and iron ore pelletizing pioneer Tsu Ming Han. All weekday programs begin at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

Located in forested ravines nine miles west of Marquette, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum tells the story of Michigan’s three iron ranges and the hard-working immigrants who helped build modern America. Overlooking the Carp River and the site of the region’s first iron forge, exhibits and outdoor trails interpret the large-scale capital and human investment that made Michigan an industrial leader. The 22-minute, high-definition film “Iron Spirits – Life on the Michigan Iron Range,” shown seven times daily, presents the colorful story of immigrant and community life in the Upper Peninsula.

Visitors will also find a wide selection of unique books, games, jewelry, apparel and other Michigan-related specialty items at the Museum Store.

Museum events are funded in part by visitor donations and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board. Scheduled activities for 2013 include:

May 19 – Museum Open House, with “White Water” in concert at 1 and 2:30 p.m., featuring traditional music from Michigan’s past. Light refreshments.
June 16 – “Iron, Steel and the Automobile: 24th Annual Antique Auto Exhibit,” featuring more than 50 vintage automobiles and light trucks from the 1910s to 1969; live jazz and Swing performances by the “Bluffs Orchestra.”
July 9 – Lecture Series: “Community in Conflict: A History of the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike and the Italian Hall Tragedy,” presented by author and labor historian Gary Kaunonen.
July 11 – Iron Ore Heritage Bike Tour. Registration required.
July 16 – Lecture Series: “Antique Bottles of Marquette County,” presented by Bill Van Kosky.
July 18 – Iron Ore Heritage Bike Tour. Registration required.
July 23 – Lecture Series: “Alan Lomax and Collecting U.P. Folk Music,” presented by Daniel Truckey, director of Beaumier Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University (NMU).
July 25 – Iron Ore Heritage Bike Tour. Registration required.
July 30 – Lecture Series: “Iron Mountain’s Cornish Pumping Engine and the Mines it Dewatered,” presented by Iron Mountain historian William Cummings.
Aug. 3 and 4 – “Iron Ore and the Civil War,” a living history encampment featuring military and civilian camp life during the Civil War; campfire cooking demonstrations; music; and children’s activities.
Aug. 6 – Lecture Series: “Bats and the Mines: An Update on White Nose Syndrome,” presented by Bill Scullon, biologist with the Department of Natural Resources.
Aug. 13 – Lecture Series: “Archaeology on the Cusp of a Changing World: An Early Fur Trade Era Archaeological Site in Marquette County,” presented by Dr. John Anderton, NMU.
Aug. 20 – Lecture Series: “Tsu Ming Han: Pelletizing Pioneer,” presented by Dr. Russell Magnaghi, NMU.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center, an agency within the Department of Natural Resources. It is located at 73 Forge Rd. in Negaunee Township, overlooking the site of the Carp River Forge, a pioneer industrial site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about museum programs call (906) 475-7857 or visit online at

In May, the museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting June 1, the museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free; donations are encouraged.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

Upcoming Michigan Events

Pure Michigan: Win the 2013 Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Spirit Cup Pace Car!

Win the 2013 Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Spirit Cup Pace Car!
Enter the MI Pace Car Sweepstakes and you could be the lucky person driving away from the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in a brand new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid on August 18. Learn how you can win other great prize giveaways as well.
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Readers Theater Thursday, April 18 in the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room

Readers Theater welcomes the public to join in a reading of Relative Values, a three-act comedy by English playwright, Noel Coward on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00pm in the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room.

Relative Values is a satire of snobbery in all its guises. The play deals with the clash of cultures between Hollywood stars and the English aristocracy. Relative Values was first produced in London in 1951 and has been adapted to film in the 2000 release of the same name starring Julie Andrews.

Refreshments will be served. Readers Theater is a group of adults, who are interested in drama and are willing and able to read a scripted role. They meet on the third Thursday of each month to read plays for enjoyment. New readers are always welcome.

For more information call 226-4318 or visit

Peter White Public Library’s Film Club Screens “The Mission”

Peter White Public Library Film Club Screens Mission Movie -  Poster

Peter White Public Library Film Club Screens Mission Movie – Poster

Marquette, MI – The Peter White Public Library’s Film Club, welcomes the public to a screening of the modern classic film The Mission on Thursday, April 18 at 1:00 pm in the library’s Community Room.

Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro star as two men—one of the sword and one of the cloth—who unite to risk everything against the forces of two empires in order to save a South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal during the mid-18th century.

Nominated for 7 Oscars and 5 Golden Globe awards, The Mission was released in 1986, is rated PG and runs for 128 minutes. Light refreshments will be served.

There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. For more information visit or call 226-4318.

Cody Collier – “MY HEART IS RUNNING”

New music from Cody Collier is here! “MY HEART IS RUNNING” will keep you singing all day long! It’s a fresh, fun, and family friendly message of encouragement perfect for your station’s target!

“MY HEART IS RUNNING” is the title track to Cody Collier’s first album due May 24th, 2013!

 Track listing for upcoming album:

1. My Heart Is Running

2. Farrah Sees

3. Hold On

4. The Dance

5. You Are

6. Keeping That Promise

7. Shepherd Song

Marquette Michigan Becomes a Frisbee Sanctuary

In 1975, Wham-o Manufacturing Company designated Marquette, Michigan as Frisbee Sanctuary. This designation established Marquette as a community who helped develop Frisbee and disc games as a worldwide recreational and competitive sport.

On March 25, 2013 the Marquette City Commission unanimously approved a resolution to designate Marquette, MI with the official title of Frisbee Sanctuary.

Marquette City Manager William Vajda was excited about the resolution.  “”Marquette has long enjoyed hosting disc sport events, and recognizing our commitment, as Wham-O did almost 40 years ago, will be a great way to promote all the opportunities flip, float, and fly!”

Marquette Michigan becomes the only city in the world with the official designation of Frisbee Sanctuary. “The adoption of the resolution will recognize the history of Marquette in the development of Frisbee, create more opportunities to become a place of disc destination and further our worldwide recognition as a founder and contributor to disc sports., says “Disc da UP” spokesman Buck Buchanan.

“This title will help us expand all disc sports in Marquette and the UP. We will continue to host the US National Guts Frisbee Championships and are in the final stages of building a world class 18 hole disc golf course here in Marquette, with the grand opening in June of 2013.”

“We are also assisting other cities around the UP in expanding or building new disc golf courses and hope to have a UP Disc Golf Tournament series in 2014. The City has also helped us obtain an official “Frisbee Sanctuary” disc which commemorates the new title and will soon be available to the public.”, Buchanan says.

For more information on any disc questions or helping with the US National Guts Frisbee Championships or assisting in building the disc golf course you can call Buck Buchanan, “Disc da UP” at (906) 360-2607 or contact him at