AREA SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO THE FLU
Hancock – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY, Extracurriculars and athletics also cancelled
Republic-Michigamme – CLOSED THRU TUESDAY
Father Marquette – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
Munising – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
Munising Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
Norway-Vulcan – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
Holy Spirit – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
Tahquamenon Area Schools – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
Ontonagon – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
KBIC Pre-Primary – CLOSED THRU FRIDAY
Birthdays for Thursday, 10/29/09
Denny Laine 65/singer-guitarist, Moody Blues, Wings
Melba Moore 64/singer-actress
Peter Green 63/guitarist, original Fleetwood Mac
Randy Jackson 48/singer, The Jacksons
Richard Dreyfuss 62/actor, Jaws, Close Encounters, Mr. Holland’s Opus
Kate Jackson 61/actress TV’s Charlie’s Angels
Dan Castellaneta 52/actor, voice of Homer on TV’s The Simpsons
Joely Fisher 42/actress, TV’s Ellen
Winona Ryder 38/actress, Girl, Interrupted, Reality Bites
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: LUKE BRYAN
Luke Bryan grew up in the very small town of Leesburg, Ga. Back home, he helped his father with his peanut and fertilizer businesses while playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors. Yet he can remember his mother urging him to belt out George Strait songs over and over while she drove him into town to shop. By age 14, his parents bought him an Alvarez guitar. By 15, his father would take him down to a nearby club, Skinner’s, where he shared guitar licks and lead vocals with other local country singers.
At age 16, two local songwriters who’d enjoyed some success providing tunes for Nashville artists invited him to join their twice-a-week writing sessions at a local church. By that time, Bryan led his own band, playing at Skinner’s and various community events.
Encouraged by everyone who heard him play, Bryan planned to move to Nashville after high school graduation. Supported by his family, he was loading his car for the move when tragedy struck. His older brother Chris, Bryan’s biggest supporter and one of his best friends, was killed in an auto accident the day Bryan was to leave town.
He continued to devote himself to music, finding escape and emotional release in its songs. He poured his feelings into his songwriting, and after enrolling in Georgia Southern University, Bryan and his band would perform nearly every weekend on campus or at nearby clubs or parties. He eventually recorded an album of 10 songs, nine of which he’d written.
Despite everyone’s encouragement, he stubbornly refused to reconsider moving to Tennessee. After graduation, he went to work for his father’s agriculture business. Bryan loved the work, but a year into it, his father forced him to quit the job and move to Nashville. He arrived in Music City on Sept. 1, 2001.
Within two months, he’d signed a publishing deal with a company owned by songwriter Roger Murrah. Bryan spent time honing his material, building up a catalog of songs. Capitol Records will release his debut album in 2006.
DOC~n~DUCK’S VIDEO OF THE DAY
STUDIO 330 IN MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Watch Rhodes scholar and award-winning icon Kris Kristofferson perform legendary classics in this unforgettable and exclusive Studio 330 Sessions performance. CLICK HERE to view Kris’ performance of his Number #1 hit song “Why Me” at CMT.com
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