MEET OUR ON-AIR STAFF

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Ben Stevens - Mornings 6am-10am

Ben has been working for WATZ since June of 2015. He worked in the Newsroom for years but would fill in for DJs when they were out sick or on vacation. Now, you can spend weekday mornings with him from 6 to 10 a.m.

Ben has a love for all kinds of music, especially for rock and metal bands from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. When it comes to Country, he likes both the old and the new. He enjoys Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson as well as Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood among others. 

He also likes sports, particularly football, and hockey. He’s rooted for the University of Michigan since he was a boy, idolized Michigan alum and NFL legend, Tom Brady, and has become a Red Wings fan over the years.

When he isn't working, Ben enjoys exercising, relaxing or whatever piques his interest. As he would put it, “I do what I want.”

Bruce Johnson - News Director / Morning Show Co-Host

As News Director, Bruce has well over 35 years in the broadcast industry, starting out as a disc jockey in top 40 radio.

Bruce went on to the retail sales field and also spent time in public service before his interest in current affairs eventually led him down the path to news reporting. 

When not working on news, Bruce maintains a number of the stations' computers, engages in webpage development, and dabbles in a host of other "technical stuff".

Bruce also enjoys driving in his classic car, ham radio and digital audio music recording in his home studio..

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Shannon Roeske - Mid-Day Host

Growing up in Ohio, Shannon enjoyed many years in The Girl Scouts, as a Youth Fire Cadet, and most importantly, being "Big Sis" to her 3 younger brothers.

Shannon chose the North as home when she fell in love with Lake Huron and her now Husband Colten. The Roeske’s reside near Long Lake and enjoy the calm & quiet that comes with living out of town.

In her free time, you can find Shannon searching for treasures on the beach... camping...cozied up with her two rescue cats...singing in her truck... and of course…smiling & making friends along the way!

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Michael Rhea - Program Director & Afternoon Host

My father was in broadcasting for 50 years and I followed him into this profession of radio broadcasting at the age of 18 in 1988. I have not looked back since and have no plan to ever do so! 

I love working at WATZ and love many more things in life, including my children Emily, Liam, and Brandon. Most especially, I love my wife Lisa, because without her I could not do this! And of course I love all our loyal listeners, who make us the best in Northern Michigan. 

Thanks for listening!

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Maxwell Stacy - Community Connection

Maxwell is the "Man on the Street" for WATZ! You may have seen him around as he makes his way into our amazing Northeastern Michigan Communities each day! Maxwell highlights businesses, community organizations and other places of interest in his feature: Community Connection! When you see Maxwell and Jolene, the WATZ Country Truck, be sure to stop by and say Hi! You may just get on air or on camera! 

If you want to be part of Maxwell's Community Connection, learn more HERE!

EMAIL MAXWELL - COMMUNITY CONNECTION CALENDAR

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Elaine Misiak - Host of "Sunday in Poland"

Elaine serves as the host of Sunday In Poland on Sunday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

 

She had served as co-host of the program until the passing of her husband, Clem Misiak ("Polish Polka Clem"), on August 31, 2010. Clem and Elaine shared 47 years of polka happy; singing, dancing, working together at various radio stations over many years and sharing Polka Hall Of Fame honors. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Elaine retired from her secretarial position at Posen Schools in 1996 after 32 years of service and opted for a part time position as a township clerk.

 

Her hometown is Posen and she is familiar with the Polish language since her parents and older family members conversed in Polish, but did not teach it to the younger children.

 

Dedications for Sunday in Poland can be made by mail:

Attention: Elaine

WATZ Radio

Sunday In Poland

123 Prentiss Street

Alpena 49707

 

Or you can e-mail your requests and dedications to: polka@watz.com 

As Elaine always says, "Enjoy the show! Dzien Dobry! Have a good week! God Bless!"

J.R.Wooster--Host of "Sunday's Country Gold"

J.R. Wooster has been a weekend voice of WATZ since the late 90’s, after joining the late Don Parteka on Sunday Morning's Country Gold Show.

 J.R.'s humor and passion for traditional country music drives his show, Sunday's Country Gold, which airs 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  During the show, you may hear J.R. put an artist in the spotlight or "Salute A Hometown Near You". Integrating a local twist in the hour always brings you home to sitting on the front porch with the songs of yesterday.

 J.R. has always taken an active role with promotions and hosted many classic country shows, including Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Jett Williams, David Frizzell, and Tommy Cash.

 Most important to J.R. is spending quality time with his daughter. Teaching to ride her pony or looking for deer tracks--J.R. says those are life's little moments that make it all worth while.