Here's one way to feel real old--start writing a biography that says
"since before the turn of the century". Unfortunately, I don't have
a choice in the matter.
Since before the turn of the century, I've been at Q107-WMQT.since
September 1988, in fact. Born in Marquette, I decided to return
home following too many years of school at Michigan State and an
illustrious career in TV in Flint. He hasn't regretted it since.
A local history buff and avid summer beach-goer, I have what someone
once described as "the world's strangest collection of interests",
including photography, cooking, writing, running, old-time radio,
Looney Tunes, and zydeco music. I'm also very involved in many
local organizations, including positions on the boards of directors
for the Marquette County History Museum, the March of Dimes, and
NMU's student radio station, WUPX. And, in my spare time, I'm also
an avid non-smoker.
I seem to be able to retain obscure facts about movies, as well;
probably a good thing, seeing as how I've been asking movie trivia
questions on the air since 1991. And if you must know, my favorite
movie of all time is the original "King Kong". And no, I'm not
quite sure why.
I live in Marquette with the lovely and buff Loraine, a converted
Troll. In fact, neither of us would live anywhere else.
Jennifer is a native of Detroit and hails most recently from
Chicago. She started her career right here in Marquette after
proudly graduating as a Wildcat. She held several positions at local
stations before relocating downstate to her childhood home after her
father refused to stop supplementing her income. The underpinnings
for a lengthy career of very early mornings on the radio started at
WHYT-FM in Detroit along with contributions reporting and anchoring
news down the hall at WJR. After that Jen was off to Grand Rapids as
News Director and co-host of the John Howell Morning Show on WGRD-FM.
Fast forward to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania not to be confused with
Pittsburgh where Jen's mother thought she lived for 10 years
(seriously!) ...... where Jennifer spent a decade as News Director
and co-host of the Don Cannon Morning Show on WOGL-FM and
contributed to the newsroom on AM sister station WCAU and CBS
network headquarters in New York on weekends. Next it was back to
the Mid-west and the city of Chicago where Jen has spent the last 17
years successively; co-hosting with Kevin Matthews on WXCD and
contributing on AM sister station WLS in the newsroom locally and at
ABC Network news in New York, co-hosting mornings with Bill Leff on
WNND, co-hosting with Scott MacKay on WLS-FM and co-hosting the
Jimmy and Jen Show with Jimmy Novak at WXLC. Jennifer also held
various news anchoring positions at both WBBM-AM and WLS-AM news
radio stations in Chicago.
Jen is beside herself with glee at the opportunity to leave the 2
hour commutes on the Kennedy expressway behind and embrace the
star-filled sky over Lake Superior. She loves reading newspapers and
books and holding both of them in her hands not clicking through
them on line. She loves napping, Starbucks, shopping, gardening and
beer-in that order! Guilty pleasures - any of the Real Housewives
shows and Hello Kitty. But her warmest passion is dogs. She lost
both of her precious pups 2 years ago and is finally ready to start
a new chapter with a puppy sometime soon.
And Jen continues her tireless work to promote and elevate radio -
THE coolest medium that ever was and ever shall be. You can find her
inside your radio every morning on Q-107 waiting to inform you,
engage you and laugh with you.